Zach Miller - TE - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks TE Zach Miller (ankle) will not be able to play in Week 8.
Huddle Up: While Miller will miss a fourth straight game, backup Luke Willson could return following a one-game absence. In the meantime, Cooper Helfet flashed production with 3 catches for 61 yards and a TD on 6 targets in Sunday's loss to the Rams.
Matt Ryan - QB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan was sacked five times as the team's offensive line continues to struggle with injuries and poor play. 'We had way too much pressure,' head coach Mike Smith said. 'Our quarterback was hit and sacked way too much. There were times where we really didn't have a chance to get the play off, and that's very difficult for a quarterback, and we have to do better with our protection.'
Huddle Up: After throwing for 3 scores in 3 of his first 4 games, Ryan has cooled considerably with only 3 TD passes total and 1 300-yard game over the last 3 weeks. The schedule doesn't bring any good news, either, as the Lions and their vastly improved D await Sunday in London.
Vincent Jackson - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson's name came up over the weekend in reports that the team was fielding phone calls from interested teams, but head coach Lovie Smith said Monday, Oct. 20, that the team isn't interested in trading their star receiver.
Huddle Up: Jackson is averaging 10 targets a game, which ranks sixth among WRs, but only has caught 25 of the 60 passes thrown his way for 344 yards and 2 TDs. Still, that might have as much to do with the team's struggles at QB and other areas, and V-Jax remains one of the few valuable commodities the 1-5 Bucs possess.
Donald Brown - RB - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) would not have participated in practice Monday, Oct. 20, had the team worked out.
Huddle Up: Brown already has missed the last 2 games so it's not out of reason that the Bolts could have held him out Sunday to save him for the short week and Thursday's game in Denver, but he's likely going to have to get on the practice field in the next couple days for that to happen.
Martavis Bryant - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie WR Martavis Bryant is expected to make his NFL debut Monday, Oct. 20 as he avoided the inactive list for the first time this season. Meanwhile, the Steelers have declared OG Chris Hubbard, CB Ike Taylor, WR Justin Brown, QB Landry Jones, LB Ryan Shazier, SS Shamarko Thomas, DL Steve McLendon inactive for Week 7.
Huddle Up: The 6-foot-4 fourth-round pick provides a red-zone target for a team that has had more than its share of struggles inside the 20. Don't be surprised if Big Ben gives him a shot or two to make a play Monday night.
Rey Maualuga - LB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals LB Rey Maualuga (hamstring) is expected to miss a few weeks because of his hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: The Bengals' D has struggled of late, allowing 107 points over the last 3 games and playing without their starting MLB isn't going to help.
Jadeveon Clowney - LB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney (knee) will not play in Week 7 because his lateral movement is not where the team wants it to be.
Huddle Up: The top overall pick warmed up and reportedly was close to returning, but he will sit out a sixth straight game.
Austin Pettis - WR - St. Louis Rams
The St. Louis Rams waived WR Austin Pettis Monday, Oct. 20.
Huddle Up: Pettis was inactive Sunday after catching 12 passes for 118 yards and a TD in the previous 4 games, but with a deep -- and still mediocre -- WR corps, the Rams felt he was expendable.
Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor vultured two touchdowns in the red zone Sunday, Oct. 19. RB Andre Ellington said he called Taylor in at the goal line and could have stayed in the game, but Taylor deserved the goal line love.
Huddle Up: Ellington had a nice fantasy day, but losing those two TDs certainly sapped some of the bang from it. Taylor doesn't offer much going forward other than goal line work, but if he continues to get it he'll be a fantasy factor in TD-heavy scoring formats. Meanwhile, Ellington remains a stud in performance league but appears to be trimming some of his own value in scoring-based leagues.
Anthony Dixon - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon is likely to start against the New York Jets in Week 8.
Huddle Up: The Bills lost both Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller to injuries on Sunday, Spiller for the season and Jackson for at least a couple weeks. Dixon was the only other back on the active roster, and he'll get the nod with Bryce Brown likely his backup.
Denard Robinson - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Denard Robinson rushed 22 times for 127 yards in the Week 7 game Sunday, Oct. 19. He was the team's first 100-yard rusher in almost a calendar year. Head coach Gus Bradley was somewhat vague when asked if Robinson would keep the featured back role. 'Yeah, I think so. We'll look at the film. He did a good job and we hope to get Toby (Gerhart) back,' Bradley said.
Huddle Up: Maybe Robinson shares some of the workload with a healthy Gerhart or with Storm Johnson, but after Sunday's showing Robinson certainly looks to be the Jaguars' back of the future--both next week and next season.
Owen Daniels - TE - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens TE Owen Daniels was targeted by QB Joe Flacco nine times Sunday, Oct. 19, and caught six balls for 58 yards and a touchdown in Week 7. Daniels is second on the team with 27 catches, 275 yards and three touchdowns. 'He makes catches in traffic,' Flacco said. 'He obviously has held onto the ball a lot of times while getting hit by two guys, even one in the end zone. So, yes, I have a lot of confidence throwing to him.'
Huddle Up: No surprise that Daniels is standing out in a Gary Kubiak offense he's intimately familiar with. His role seems secure as one of the Ravens' top three pass catchers, and he'll see enough looks to be a fantasy factor the rest of the way.
C.J. Spiller - RB - Buffalo Bills
Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) is out for the season, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Spiller's injury came after Fred Jackson had already exited the game with a groin injury, leaving the Bills with only Anthony Dixon at running back. As there were already trade rumors regarding Spiller, he may have played his last game in a Bills' uniform.
Gavin Escobar - TE - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar had career-highs with three receptions, 65 yard and two touchdowns in Week 7 against the New York Giants. It was his first multi-touchdown game.
Huddle Up: Escobar is far from the first option in Dallas' offense, but he's capitalizing on an expanded role by giving Tony Romo another viable red-zone option. And when Jason Witten finally hangs 'em up, Escobar looks to be capable of handling at least some of his workload.
Peyton Manning - QB - Denver Broncos
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning threw his third touchdown of the first half of Week 7 against the San Francisco 49ers to WR Demaryius Thomas in the second quarter. It was the 509th touchdown pass of Manning's career, as he moved into the top spot in NFL history for career touchdown passes.
Huddle Up: Manning carved up the 49ers all night, quickly securing the record before calling it an evening with the Broncos up by a healthy margin. He remains the top fantasy quarterback in the game, even without the record to pursue.
DeMarco Murray - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is the first player in NFL history with over 100 rushing yards in each of his first seven games to begin a season, surpassing Hall of Fame RB Jim Brown.
Huddle Up: Murray is having a remarkable season, capitalizing on the Cowboys' renewed commitment to the ground game and a line that features the teams' last three first-round picks
Fred Jackson - RB - Buffalo Bills
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) had an MRI Sunday, Oct. 19, and he will be out at least two weeks due to the groin injury he suffered in the Week 7 game against the Minnesota Vikings. The team has a bye in Week 9, so it is possible he returns in Week 10 and misses just one game.
Huddle Up: One game is a best-case scenario for Jackson; don't be surprised if it's closer to a month before he's back on the field. With CJ Spiller also out, Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown are left to handle the Bills' backfield workload.
Aldon Smith - LB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith was given a nine-game suspension for multiple violations of league policies before the season began. According to multiple sources, there's a chance the suspension could be lifted a game or two early.
Huddle Up: The league has tweaked a few rules this season, reducing a few suspensions along the way, so an early return for Smith is hardly out of the question. The Niners could use some good news on the defensive front, as they've been gutted by injury this season and just got sliced and diced by Peyton Manning.
Charlie Whitehurst - QB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (hand) is expected to be back in Week 8. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Sunday, Oct. 19, that Locker's hand was still sore this week. QB Charlie Whitehurst started in his absence in Week 7 against the Washington Redskins.
Huddle Up: Whitehurst hasn't been particularly impressive in Locker's absence. The next time Locker goes down, don't be surprised if Zach Mettenberger gets the call instead. In fact, with Locker's contract expiring at the end of the season it would behoove the Titans to get a look at Mettenberger to determine if he's their future at the position.
Calvin Johnson - WR - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) would not give any indication whether he would play in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons. After the Week 7 game Sunday, Oct. 19, he simply said, 'maybe' as he was asked about his playing status next week.
Huddle Up: Megatron was apparently not even close to playing this week; not playing in London next week, with the Lions on the bye Week 9, would give him almost a full month of recovery time.
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