Jadeveon Clowney - LB - Houston Texans
Updating a previous report, Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney is unlikely to play in Week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles. 'It doesn't look very good for him playing Sunday,' head coach Bill O'Brien said.
Huddle Up: It's a mixed bag of IDP news here as Clowney reportedly is dealing with an unspecified illness that could keep him out Sunday, according to a Friday ESPN report. At least, however, there doesn't look to be any complications with his surgically-repaired knee that sidelined him from Weeks 2-7 before his return last Sunday.
Owen Daniels - TE - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens TE Owen Daniels (knee) returned to practice Friday, Oct. 31, and is considered a game-time decision for the team's Week 9 game.
Huddle Up: Daniels missed Week 8 after undergoing an arthroscopic knee procedure, and it wouldn't be shocking to see him sit again this week. The worst news for his fantasy owners is that the Ravens don't play until Sunday night, so the safe play is getting another TE in your lineup now.
Darren Sproles - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 31, and is probable for Week 9 against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Sproles has practiced in full all week after sitting out the Week 8 game at Arizona, and will return to his usual role spelling LeSean McCoy on Sunday in Houston.
Trent Richardson - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) is not on the injury report for Week 9, and should be able to play Monday, Nov. 3.
Huddle Up: Richardson is primed to return after sitting out Week 8 and is a decent low-end RB2/flex option Monday night against the Giants.
A.J. Green - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe), who has missed the last three games with an injured big toe on his right foot, is expected to play, according to head coach Marvin Lewis. 'If everything stays the way it is, he'll play,' Lewis said. Green has practiced all week and hasn't shown any setbacks.
Huddle Up: Green owners can prepare to have him back in their lineups following a 3-game absence, but be wary that the WR could re-aggravate the injury at any time.
Giovani Bernard - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hip) has been ruled out for Week 9 against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a hip-pointer injury.
Huddle Up: Bernard will miss his game as a pro, leaving rookie Jeremy Hill to start against the visiting Jags. Cedric Peerman and Rex Burkhead could also see a few touches, but definitely expect Hill to see his most work this season.
Tony Romo - QB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) missed his third straight day of practice Friday, Oct. 31, and he'll have to be able to move better before being allowed to play in Week 9 against the Arizona Cardinals. Head coach Jason Garrett said the team doesn't need to know before Sunday, Nov. 2, if Romo can play. Romo has had treatment on his back all week, but he hasn't done any football activities. QB Brandon Weeden would receive the start if Romo can't play.
Huddle Up: To be sure, it's looking iffy with Romo having missed practice all week, but his fantasy owners have also had all week to get their Plan Bs in order.
Ronnie Hillman - RB - Denver Broncos
Updating previous reports, Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (shoulder) is expected to have his normal workload in Week 9, despite his limited practice repetitions.
Huddle Up: Hillman has been sharing a little with Juwon Thompson, but he's still clearly the feature back in Denver. That's not going to change this week even though Hillman has missed practice time, nor is it expected to change if/when Montee Ball returns to action; it's Hillman's gig, with a smattering of help from the rest of the cast.
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.
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