Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton completed only 10 of his 28 passing attempts for a season-low 151 yards and an interception Thursday, Oct. 30 while rushing for 43 yards and a TD on 7 attempts in a 28-10 loss to the visiting New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: The struggles continue for Newton, who has averaged a paltry 175.6 passing yards with only 1 TD and 3 interceptions over his last 3 games. He has compensated somewhat with 108 yards and a TD on the ground during that span, but his aerial game is a mess right now and it's keeping him well out of QB1 consideration. It's also hurting pass-catchers Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin, who caught only 4 of their 14 combined targets Thursday night for 48 yards.
Mark Ingram - RB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram carried the ball a career-high 30 times for 100 yards and two TDs and added a 10-yard reception Thursday, Oct. 30 in a 28-10 road win over the Carolina Panthers.
Huddle Up: Four days after ripping the Packers for 172 yards and a TD on 24 attempts, Ingram became the first Saints' RB to post back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances since Deuce MacAllister in 2006. He now has 6 rushing scores on the season and has reached double-digit fantasy points in 4 of his 5 games on the year.
Kenny Britt - WR - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams WR Kenny Britt (hip) practiced in full Thursday, Oct. 30, after being limited Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Huddle Up: This was a day of progress for Britt, who was limited Wednesday. The WR also should see his targets increase with fellow wideout Brian Quick now out for the season.
Travis Kelce - TE - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (ribs) practiced in full Thursday, Oct. 30, after being limited Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Huddle Up: Kelce has been dealing with the rib issue for several weeks now but hasn't missed a start. He has a favorable Week 9 matchup against the Jets, who allow the fourth most fantasy points to opposing TEs.
Pierre Thomas - RB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints RBs Khiry Robinson (forearm) and Pierre Thomas (shoulder) are both inactive in Week 9 against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, Oct. 30.
Huddle Up: No surprise here as Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet will shoulder the RB duties against the disappointing Carolina defense.
A.J. Green - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 30.
Huddle Up: Green appears to be closer than ever to ending his current 3-game absence streak, but nothing is official just yet and might not be until Sunday morning. Stay tuned ...
Alex Smith - QB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (shoulder) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 30.
Huddle Up: There was concern earlier in the week when it was surprisingly revealed that Smith had suffered a shoulder injury in last week's rout of the Rams, but his 2 straight days of full work so far leave little doubt that he'll be ready for the Week 9 tilt against the Jets.
Donald Brown - RB - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) practiced fully Thursday, Oct. 30.
Huddle Up: After 2 straight full-practice workloads, Brown definitely looks as if he'll return Sunday after a three-game absence. Brown, though, will likely fall into the No. 2 role, spelling starter Branden Oliver.
Kyle Rudolph - TE - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 30.
Huddle Up: Rudolph, who's been out since Week 3, has been doing conditioning work on the side as of late but don't look for his return until Week 11 at the earliest. The Vikings do have a bye in Week 10, giving the TE 2 more weeks to recover.
Ronnie Hillman - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (shoulder) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 30.
Huddle Up: The shoulder remains a concern because it's an injury that cropped up Wednesday. Hillman is still expected to play and start Sunday in New England, but he might not receive the workload he would normally get, with Juwan Thompson and C.J. Anderson in line for a few more touches apiece.
Chris Johnson - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Chris Johnson, who carried the ball just three times for seven yards in Week 8, said he's frustrated with his limited role in the offense. 'This is the first time I've ever felt this type of frustration, but there's nothing I can really do about it right now,' Johnson said. Johnson and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg discussed the possibility of expanded his role 2 weeks ago, but that hasn't come to fruition. Head coach Rex Ryan insisted that Johnson isn't being phased out of the offense.
Huddle Up: Chris Ivory has been much better than expected -- currently ranking 11th among all fantasy backs -- and has emerged as the Jets' no-doubt No. 1 option. The recent trade for WR Percy Harvin also takes some opportunities away from Johnson on short passes and even some rushing attempts. The bottom line is that Johnson certainly isn't startable in the majority of leagues, but he still has value as an Ivory handcuff in deeper leagues.
Reggie Wayne - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne (elbow) is not participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 30. The team's web site, though, says it's simply for rest reasons.
Huddle Up: Wayne's fantasy owners will have to sit tight for now as it's only the first practice of the week for the Colts, who play Monday night.
Patrick Willis - LB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis (toe) is considered questionable for Week 9, according to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
Huddle Up: IDP owners take note and wait to see what the prognosis is coming out of Friday's practice.
Doug Martin - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 30.
Huddle Up: On the positive side, Martin reportedly shed his walking boot Thursday, but his status for Sunday's game in Cleveland remains very much in doubt.
Robert Griffin III - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) received most of the work with the first-team offense during practice Thursday, Oct. 30, and will start in Week 9 if he does not have any setbacks, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Gruden said the team believes Griffin is 100 percent physically but want to make sure he is up to speed mentally.
Huddle Up: All systems appear to be go for the QB at the moment so definitely get him into your lineup if you've been waiting patiently.
Owen Daniels - TE - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens TE Owen Daniels (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 30.
Huddle Up: It's a downgrade for Daniels, who at least participated in individual drills Wednesday, and it's starting to look like the TE could miss a second straight game. Check back Friday, though, for a more definitive prognosis.
Tony Romo - QB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) didn't take part in the walk-through Thursday, Oct. 30, and will not practice with the team. However, head coach Jason Garrett remains hopeful that Romo can play in Week 9 against the Arizona Cardinals. 'He's not ruled out for this game by any means,' Garrett said. 'He's getting himself mentally ready. He's in the meetings. He's a part of our football team, and hopefully as the week goes on, it feels better and he can function and it'll give him a chance to play.' Romo and the team continue to say that his injury is not related to his disc problem that he had surgery on last year. Romo said he'd play if the question is only about pain tolerance, and the Cowboys are looking into modifications for Romo's pads if he is to play Sunday, Nov. 2.
Huddle Up: Romo owners are going to have wait at least until Friday -- and most likely a game-time decision Sunday -- for the official word on the QB.
Charles Sims - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (ankle) is making progress, but it is not known if he will play in Week 9, according to head coach Lovie Smith. If he plays, Sims could have 10 or more touches in the opinion of beat writer Greg Auman.
Huddle Up: The possible debut of the third-round pick has generated some definite fantasy buzz this week -- especially with starter Doug Martin expected to miss Sunday's favorable fantasy matchup against the Browns -- but his fantasy owners are going to have to wait until Friday (and likely Sunday morning) before they'll know if they can take the wraps off the rookie this week.
Ahmad Bradshaw - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 30, because he received a day off.
Huddle Up: No worries -- just some extra, well-deserved rest for fantasy's fifth-ranked RB.
Rashad Jennings - RB - New York Giants
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (knee) has been ruled out of the Week 9 game against the Colts but said he is on track in terms of his rehab. Still, there is no timetable for his return. Jennings said he has not suffered any setbacks but is not ready to play yet.
Huddle Up: Disappointing news for Jennings' fantasy owners who were hoping to see the productive back return after the Giants' bye last week, but it looks like the wait will extend past a month.
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