Andre Johnson - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR Andre Johnson had six catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-20 win over the Houston Texans in Week 5.
Huddle Up: After recording only seven receptions for 51 yards entering the contest, including reception-less outings the last two weeks, Johnson broke out in a big way Thursday night, sickening all the fantasy GMs who've recently dumped him. He's still going to be hard to trust, though, going forward with T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief remaining ahead of him in the Colts' WR hierarchy, but at the least, he demonstrated Thursday that he's far from done.
Arian Foster - RB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster rushed 19 times for a team-leading 41 yards and caught nine of his 10 targets for 77 yards Thursday, Oct. 8 in a 27-20 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Huddle Up: Foster didn't find his way into the end zone and averaged only 2.2 yards per carry, but it was a big plus to see him finish with 28 touches in his second game of the season -- especially after it appeared he might not make it back into the contest after heading into the locker room in the second quarter to get checked for a possible concussion. He'll now have 10 days to recuperate before a Week 6 contest in Jacksonville.
Ryan Mallett - QB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett exited against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5 with an undisclosed injury -- reportedly just having the wind knocked out of him -- and was replaced by QB Brian Hoyer.
Huddle Up: After a 7-of-10, 50-yard start with an interception for Mallett, Hoyer came in and completed 8-of-13 passes for 127 yards and a TD in directing the Texans to 10 points. His TD toss was a 42-yard Hail Mary toss to rookie WR Jaelen Strong as the first half expired. Mallett's breath recovered or not, expect to see Hoyer the rest of the game.
Arian Foster - RB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (head) was taken to the locker room by trainers after being hit in the helmet during the second quarter of Thursday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Huddle Up: Foster, in his second game of the season following his recovery from a preseason groin injury, was hurt on a second-quarter tackle by D'Qwell Jackson, left the game but returned to the field to carry the ball one more time before he could examined by trainers. His helmet was then taken away, and he headed into the locker room to be examined. Foster, however, was cleared at halftime and returned to start the Texans' opening series of the third quarter.
Cecil Shorts - WR - Houston Texans
The Houston Texans have declared WR Cecil Shorts, WR Nate Washington, RB Jonathan Grimes, LB Akeem Dent, OL Greg Mancz, DL Kourtnei Brown and SS Quintin Demps inactive for Week 5.
Huddle Up: As expected, Shorts and Washington won't play Thursday night, opening the door for those fantasy owners needing to use rookies Keith Mumphery or Jaelen Strong (preferably) in deep leagues.
Andrew Luck - QB - Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts have declared QB Andrew Luck, LB Bjoern Werner, OT Denzelle Good, LB Jerrell Freeman, OG Lance Louis, DL T.Y. McGill, RB Tyler Varga inactive for Week 5. QB Matt Hasselbeck (illness) is dealing with a bacterial infection and was still on an IV Thursday, Oct. 8. Hasselbeck is starting against the Houston Texans and said he hopes he can play all four quarters.
Huddle Up: Rough news for Luck owners and those planning to start an Indy pass-catcher. And now with Hasselbeck, the 40-year-old backup, ailing, proceed with utmost caution with your Colts.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (calf) did not participate in practice for a second consecutive day Thursday, Oct. 8.
Huddle Up: Another missed practice, another step toward Watkins missing a second straight game this weekend, and if his fantasy owners don't see any change Friday, it'll be time for Plan B once again.
Eddie Royal - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 8.
Huddle Up: It was the second missed practice in as many days for Royal, who had a season-best 7-54-1 outing this past Sunday against the Raiders. If he can't step up his participation in practice Friday, then it's time to start considering other Week 5 options.
Jordan Reed - TE - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion, knee, ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 8.
Huddle Up: Hey, Reed hasn't missed a game yet this season so he's definitely past due. Check back Friday to see if the news is any better.
Eric Ebron - TE - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday, Oct. 8, and is unlikely to play in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Huddle Up: Certainly if they haven't already, Ebron's fantasy owners need to make alternative TE plans for Week 5.
Joique Bell - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) missed practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 8, and is unlikely to play in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Huddle Up: That means another week of Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick sharing the workload Sunday, but don't expect much as a Detroit RB has yet to top 50 rushing yards in a game this season.
Randall Cobb - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 8.
Huddle Up: It was the second straight day of limited work for Cobb, but as of now, there are no real concerns that he's in any danger of missing -- or be noticeably compromised in -- Sunday's game against the Rams.
Davante Adams - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 8.
Huddle Up: Nothing really new here, and we should hear soon that he's been ruled out of a second straight game.
Tevin Coleman - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (ribs) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 8.
Huddle Up: The rookie has missed two straight games and likely will need to up his participation level Friday to avoid sitting out a third. Whenever he does return, though, he'll obviously play second fiddle to the red-hot Devonta Freeman.
Jacob Tamme - TE - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons TE Jacob Tamme (concussion) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 8.
Huddle Up: That's two straight days of full participation for Tamme, who's looking like he'll get a green light Sunday after sitting out Week 4.
Alshon Jeffery - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 8.
Huddle Up: That's two straight days now of limited work, and we'll see if Jeffery is able to up his participation Friday and become more likely to play in Week 5.
Matt Jones - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones is not in head coach Jay Gruden's doghouse after a crucial goal-line fumble in Week 3 against the New York Giants. 'He's never lost my trust (because of fumbles). A couple of weeks ago, it was Alfred (Morris) who was in my doghouse, and he's not. It's just the way it works out with the handoffs and the carries. I like both of those guys.'
Huddle Up: In truth, both backs have tailed off since posting 100-yard games earlier this season, combining for only 133 total yards and no TDs on 43 touches over the last two games. Sunday's matchup looks rather favorable with the Falcons allowing the most fantasy points to opposing RBs, so let's see if one -- or both -- can get back on track.
Marqise Lee - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (hamstring) is out of practice Thursday, Oct. 8.
Huddle Up: Lee remains, who has fallen behind fellow second-year WRs Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns regardless, remains very iffy for Week 5 and could miss his sixth game in two years.
Dion Lewis - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis signed a two-year extension through the 2017 season Thursday, Oct. 8. Lewis has $800,000 salaries in 2016 and 2017 and received a $600,000 signing bonus. He can earn $1.8 million in incentives in 2016-17.
Huddle Up: The Pats have liked what they've seen in three games from the RB who hadn't played since 2012. His fantasy owners should also cherish what they have in Lewis as he comes in as a solid RB2 in The Huddle's Rest-of-Season Player rankings released earlier this week.
Steve Smith - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith Sr. (back) did not practice again Thursday, Oct. 8, and he will not play in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns.
Huddle Up: As expected, the veteran Smith will miss his first game as a member of the Ravens, leaving Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown and newcomer Chris Givens to fill in as the team's top WRs.
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