Roddy White - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Updating previous reports, Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (hamstring) is expected to play in Week 3 unless a dramatic occurrence happens between now and the game.
Huddle Up: White didn't practice all week and is officially listed as questionable for Thursday night's contest. Still, the concern for fantasy owners is that White plays but is used more as a decoy at something significantly less than 100 percent. Weigh this possibility when setting your WR lineup.
Joe Flacco - QB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Huddle Up: Flacco appeared to come out of last Thursday's win in good shape and practiced Tuesday, but he created a mini buzz as a Wednesday no-show for undisclosed reasons. A source, however, has told the Baltimore Sun it's "nothing serious." If Flacco is back in full Thursday, consider it a non-issue.
DeSean Jackson - WR - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder) will play in Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles, his former team, according to Eagles RB LeSean McCoy. "He's playing," McCoy said. "He said he's definitely playing. That's the first thing he texted, he said 'I'm playing.' "
Huddle Up: Jackson didn't practice Wednesday as he recovers from his mild AC joint sprain, but most all reports have the WR lining up Sunday against his former team. See what the rest of the week holds.
Stedman Bailey - WR - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams WR Stedman Bailey is expected to practice Wednesday, Sept. 17, and play Week 3 after having his four-game suspension lifted. Bailey's role may be limited during the game.
Huddle Up: Bailey could step in for Tavon Austin, who's a question mark with a knee sprain, but don't expect an abundance of looks in a spread-it-around St. Louis passing game which has already targeted 8 different WRs/TEs at least 3 times apiece during the first 2 games.
Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is expected to return to the team's facility for conditioning and team meetings this week. He would be eligible to play against the Atlanta Falcons Nov. 23.
Huddle Up: And now we have a return date. Those of you squatting on Gordon, you get to determine if returning in Week 12--essentially the last couple regular season games and the fantasy playoffs--is worth holding a roster spot.
Brian Urlacher - LB - Free Agent
With an injury to LB Mason Foster, rumors have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pursuing free agent LB Brian Urlacher (Bears). Urlacher resigned Tuesday, Sept. 16, from his Fox Sports 1 analysis job, fueling the speculation. Sources say a signing, if one happens at all, would not occur this week.
Huddle Up: It's not difficult to connect the dots here, with Urlacher having played for Bucs coach Lovie Smith in Chicago and being intimately familiar with the defensive scheme. If you want to go ahead and place a speculative squat on Urlacher in IDP leagues, have at it.
Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) has soreness in his left foot but it has gone down considerably from a week ago. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians hopes Ellington can practice Thursday, Sept. 18 and Friday, Sept. 19 before the game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: This is going to be an issue all season long, but on the bright side it sounds like it's heading in the right direction. Still, until further notice you have to consider Ellington's availability a weekly game-time decision.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings announced RB Adrian Peterson was placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list Wednesday, Sept. 17, which will keep him away from the team indefinitely.
Huddle Up: The time-table for Peterson's return now falls to the legal process - which is likely to take a while. His first court hearing isn't even scheduled until October 8th. The Vikings will now roll with Matt Asiata as their starter in the backfield, but don't sleep on the talented Jerick McKinnon.
Vernon Davis - TE - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle) has a deep bone bruise but no structural damage to his ankle, and the team is optimistic he will be able to play in Week 3.
Huddle Up: Rare good injury news in a week filled with carnage. Davis will likely have to show something in practice this week, but plan on having him available Sunday for now.
Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer's (shoulder) timetable to return from a nerve injury in his shoulder could vary greatly, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'It takes some time,' Arians said. 'Could be a day, could be a month.'
Huddle Up: Not what the fantasy owners of the Cards' pass-catchers needed to hear as it's certainly a drop-off down to No. 2 QB Drew Stanton. Maybe, though, Palmer's absence will fall on the short end of the range or Stanton will show marked improvement in his next start, so don't go making any rash moves just yet.
Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon had his season-long suspension officially cut to 10 games Tuesday, Sept. 16. He could also avoid serving the mandatory two-game suspension for his DWI because he pled guilty to his drunken-driving charge early Tuesday before an agreement on the new-drug testing policy was reached, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: This is the best-case scenario for those holding on to last season's top fantasy wideout and, if there are no further alterations, that makes him eligible to return in Week 12.
Jordy Nelson - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has targeted WR Jordy Nelson 30 times in two games so far this year. Rodgers has never targeted one of his wideouts more than 8.3 times per game in a season.
Huddle Up: Nelson's 30 targets are 5 more than the next closest player (Ravens' WR Steve Smith Sr.). This rate will decline, of course, and probability also says Nelson has already put up his best yardage total (a career-high 209 in Week 2) of the season. All this makes him a prime sell-high candidate if you need help at other positions, but if not, you're locking Nelson in your lineup until the Pack's Week 9 bye or -- forbid -- he gets hurt.
Wes Welker - WR - Denver Broncos
With the NFL finally ratifying its new drug-policy Tuesday, Sept. 16, the remainder of Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker's 4-game suspension has been lifted and he'll be able to practice with the team this week and play in Week 3.
Huddle Up: It's time to add Welker to back into the Broncos' offensive mix, and he'll return to his customary role as a between-the-numbers target for Peyton Manning. He figures to take a few targets away from Emmanuel Sanders and RB Montee Ball, but nobody really takes a deep hit with Welker's return. The specter of a hard hit and another concussion, however, remains a big issue for the diminutive slot man.
Lance Moore - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Lance Moore (groin) practiced in full Tuesday, Sept. 16, and the team will keep tabs on how he responds this week, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Moore has missed the first two regular season games.
Huddle Up: Sounds like Moore is likely to make his Steeler debut Sunday night in Carolina, and if so, his targets figure to come at the expense of second-year wideout Justin Brown who's seen 8 passes directed his way in 2 games.
Doug Martin - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) was limited at practice Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Huddle Up: It's a short week but there's still no indicator whether Martin will return to action after missing Week 2. Either way, expect Bobby Rainey to still be steadily involved in some capacity after his 174-total-yard performance Sunday.
Jerrel Jernigan - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Jerrel Jernigan (foot) has been placed on season-ending Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Huddle Up: Tough break for Jernigan, who will finish the year with 6 catches for 40 yards. Going forward, though, this figures to mean more targets for Preston Parker, Corey Washington and first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr., if his hammy ever gets right.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle) did not practice for the second straight day Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Huddle Up: It's looking like the rook will miss a second straight game, meaning more looks for Brandon Myers, who's still a TE2 at best.
Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) fully participated in practice Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Huddle Up: Strong sign after Jones was limited Monday, so expect to have the wideout at or near full strength Thursday night. That might be especially important to the Atlanta passing game as fellow wideout Roddy White (hammy) has been unable to practice at all so far this week.
Marcedes Lewis - TE - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis (ankle) was placed on the short-term Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Huddle Up: With 8 catches for 106 yards and a TD in the first two games, Lewis was making his annual push for TE1 relevancy, but that's now been put on a 2-month hold. Clay Harbor, who is just now returning to practice after a late-July calf injury, Mickey Shulder and Marcel Jensen are the other TEs on the J'ville roster but none are usable in fantasy at the time being.
Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) was dealing with a bit of soreness in his foot after the Week 2 game, according to head coach Ron Rivera. However, Rivera thinks it's a good sign after Newton had offseason ankle surgery back in March. "Because it's more sore than his back," Rivera said. "Which is good. At least, I think it's good. He's moving around pretty good and he's feeling pretty good about himself."
Huddle Up: Newton (281 passing yards, passing TD, 4-19 rushing) had a solid debut Sunday and appears no worse for wear. Definitely have high hopes for his Week 3 start Sunday night against a Steeler defense that has struggled since holding the Browns to a field goal in the first half of the season opener.
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