Owen Daniels - TE - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens TE Owen Daniels (knee) is not participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
Huddle Up: That's 2 missed practices in 2 days for the veteran TE, but see what happens Friday before making any concrete lineup decisions.
James Starks - RB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (ankle) is participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
Huddle Up: Things appear to be moving in a positive direction for Starks, who missed Wednesday's practice. He should be able to go Sunday, but check the reports following practice Friday.
Martellus Bennett - TE - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring) participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
Huddle Up: Bennett was at least able to take a stride Thursday after sitting out entirely Wednesday. See what the outlook is after Friday's always-crucial practice.
Reggie Wayne - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne (elbow) is not participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
Huddle Up: Wayne hasn't been ruled out of Sunday's game in Pittsburgh by any means just yet, but it's not looking good for the veteran wideout who also sat out Wednesday.
Jake Locker - QB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (thumb) will return to the starting quarterback job when he is healthy, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. The team has decided to start QB Zach Mettenberger in Week 8 against the Houston Texans with Locker still recovering from his injury.
Huddle Up: Locker still has some life in Tennessee, but it's clear the team won't hesitate to move on from the QB, who on Sunday will miss his 18th start since the beginning of the 2012 season.
Demaryius Thomas - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas is not expected to have contract extension talks with the team during the season. Thomas will be a free agent this offseason, and the two sides are expected to talk after the season.
Huddle Up: Thomas, who has obliterated a slow start with 26 catches for 521 yards and 5 TDs over the last 3 games, doesn't appear to be headed anywhere as the Broncos certainly want to get a deal done and also have the franchise tag available if talks stall.
Calvin Johnson - WR - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) has been more encouraged about the progress of his high right ankle sprain this week, even though he's been limited in practices so far. 'Good. We're doing everything from straight-forward running to moving laterally as well,' Johnson said. 'Things are going good. We're moving in a positive direction.' However, Johnson said a decision on whether he'll play in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons could come down to a game-time decision in London. Head coach Jim Caldwell said the decision will come down to doctors.
Huddle Up: Sounds like Megatron is improving, but it would still be a surprise if he plays Sunday with a bye awaiting next week.
Toby Gerhart - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart (foot) appears ready to return in Week 8, in the opinion of beat writer Hays Carlyon. The team contends they will mix and match running backs.
Huddle Up: Gerhart has missed the last 2 games after struggling through a 48-123-1 showing in the first 5 games and likely will come back and play a supporting role to Denard Robinson, who is fresh off his surprising 127-yard effort in Week 7.
Reggie Bush - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) is not practicing Thursday, Oct. 23.
Huddle Up: The red flags continue to fly for Bush, who looks to be headed in the wrong direction after at least getting in limited work Wednesday. He still may play Sunday but be very wary of starting him.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has thrown just two interceptions this year, and both came in the Week 4 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: That stat goes a long way towards explaining Brady's fantasy resurgence. No turnovers equal longer possessions, which equal more yardage and more opportunities for scoring.
Eli Manning - QB - New York Giants
New York Giants QB Eli Manning has completed 65 percent of his passes, which would be a career high. He also has 14 touchdown passes to just five interceptions, compared to 10 touchdowns and 15 interceptions at this point last season. '(The difference is) probably in his football,' quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf said Wednesday, Oct. 22. 'I think he is playing at a high level and I think improved football has really helped out.'
Huddle Up: It took all of the preseason and the first couple regular season games for Manning to find his groove, but aside from last week's hiccup against the Eagles he's been as effective as ever. With the bye week to get acclimated to his receivers san Victor Cruz, the second half looks bright for Manning and the Giants' offense.
Preston Parker - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Preston Parker took almost all of his snaps as the slot receiver in Week 7 game against the Dallas Cowboys, while WR Odell Beckham Jr. was sprinkled in at the spot for a few plays. Rueben Randle could also be used in the slot over the final nine games, as the team works to replace WR Victor Cruz (knee). 'The other guy that can do certain things in the slot for us is Rueben because he's smart and he's a big target in the middle of the field,' receivers coach Sean Ryan said Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Huddle Up: New York's receiver rotation likely hinges on how quickly Beckham can pick up other spots in the offense. If he's able to play X, Y and Z the Giants can interchange their receivers to take advantage of matchups--a benefit not just to Beckham but to Randle and Parker and Eli Manning as well.
Trent Richardson - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) said Wednesday, Oct. 22, that he expects to play in the Week 8 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was injured in the second half of the Week 7 win against the Cincinnati Bengals, and could have returned. However, he was held out because the game had already been decided.
Huddle Up: Richardson is still the Colts' volume back, though Ahmad Bradshaw is the more efficient and effective of the tandem.
Robert Griffin III - QB - Washington Redskins
Updating a previous report, there is no chance Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) plays in the Week 8 game against the Dallas Cowboys Monday, Oct. 27, multiple sources said Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Huddle Up: Looks like all systems go for Colt McCoy to lead Washington against the Cowboys. McCoy's run as the starter may be short-lived, however, as it appears RG3 is very close to returning.
Zach Mettenberger - QB - Tennessee Titans
Updating a previous report, the Tennessee Titans plan to start QB Zach Mettenberger in Week 8 against the Houston Texans, a source familiar with the situation said Wednesday, Oct. 22. Indications are Mettenberger was informed of the decision Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Huddle Up: The Titans are looking to the future and will give the rookie Mettenberger a shot to start. He has a strong arm but not much mobility. Jake Locker has been demoted in his contract year and is likely done in Tennessee. Mettenberger's first start is at home but he'll face potential league MVP J.J. Watt and the Texans. Jadeveon Clowney could also return on Sunday, so the Texans defense is an option this week if you need them.
Brian Cushing - LB - Houston Texans
Updated a previous report, Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee) will miss at least a week due to his knee injury. The ailment has been bothering him for the past two games.
Huddle Up: Cushing's absence is a blow to Houston's run defense. Tennessee's Bishop Sankey should have a nice fantasy day against a Texans defense giving up just under 119 yards per game on the ground.
Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Huddle Up: Ellington has been playing through his foot injury but will be fine to start on Sunday. He has a strong matchup this week against the eagles.
A.J. Green - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) wasn't feeling good enough to return to practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. Head coach Marvin Lewis said Green won't play in Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens unless he's 'significantly healed,' but left the door open for Green to play. "It's hard for me to put a guy out there Sunday that I don't think can last a full game," Lewis said. "If we have A.J. for part of the game doing certain things, that would be great. I think we could operate offensively, and I guess we'll cross that bridge when the time comes."
Huddle Up: A few days ago, Green sounded determined to return this week after a 2-game absence but his nagging foot issue might have other ideas. His Week 8 status is very much still to be decided by his progress -- or lack of it -- the next few days.
Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones said he should be blamed for the team's offensive struggles, because he needs to make plays when given the chance. 'It starts with me,' Jones said. 'I got to go out there and make plays when they are presented to me. I got to go out there and catch the ball, be more of a deep threat. ... We are out there misreading or dropping balls. We have to fix that. It's nothing that the defense is doing, we have to fix that here.'
Huddle Up: Jones has been targeted 44 times over the last 4 games but has a modest 26 catches for 311 yards and no scores following a blazing 23-365-3 start in Weeks 1-3. He remains a WR1, but he's certainly overdue for a big game.
Jimmy Graham - TE - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Huddle Up: Graham owners were left in a tough spot last Sunday as the TE was well enough to play but clearly not well enough to contribute as he finished without a catch on only 2 targets. Look for signs he's making some health strides this week in practice.
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