DeAngelo Williams - RB - Carolina Panthers
Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is 'week to week', but his status for Week 5 against the Chicago Bears is in serious doubt.
Huddle Up: The Panthers may have to go to the scrap heap for running backs, unless Jonathan Stewart is able to shake off his knee injury and return. They activated Darrin Reaves from the practice squad a couple weeks ago and he saw a dozen carries in Week 4, though they only produced 26 yards.
Cecil Shorts - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Updating previous reports, Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) aggravated his left hamstring injury Sunday, Sept. 28. He'll undergo testing Monday, Sept. 29, to determine the severity of the injury.
Huddle Up: Repeat after me: hamstring injuries linger. Shorts tried to come back too soon, aggravated the injury, and now he'll be out for at least a couple more weeks--and who knows how long it will be before he's effective. Jacksonville's rookie receiver corps will pick up the slack in Shorts' absence.
Chris Johnson - RB - New York Jets
Huddle Up: Johnson had the home run touchdown run, but he's definitely sliding into a complimentary role alongside Ivory. Bump his fantasy prospects down accordingly.
Vernon Davis - TE - San Francisco 49ers
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) had X-rays on his lower back, which were negative. He is suffering from back spasms and expects to play in Week 5.
Huddle Up: Davis has been all kinds of banged up this season, though the good news here is that he is expected to go next week. Still, you'll have to monitor his status leading up to game time to make sure he's active.
Calvin Johnson - WR - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was used as a decoy for the most part in Week 4 Sunday, Sept. 28. He caught the only two passes he was targeted in for 12 yards and laughed when he was asked if he was close to 90 percent health. He rarely played on back-to-back plays in Sunday's game and had a noticeable limp.
Huddle Up: It's kind of early in the season for Johnson to be this banged up; moreover, if he's hobbled and willing to suit up as a "decoy" he's no longer a must-start just because he's active.
LeSean McCoy - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy had 10 carries for 17 yards Sunday, Sept. 28, and has 29 carries for 39 yards in the last two weeks. 'We got whooped up front,' head coach Chip Kelly said. 'We're not very good up front right now. We've got a lot of guys banged up. That's not an excuse, it's just the reality.'
Huddle Up: The Eagles have been dealing with injuries and suspensions to what has been, when intact, one of the better lines in football. They were unable to run the ball against San Francisco, and while it's easy to peg Philly as a passing team the Chip Kelly offense is predicated on success in the ground game. On the bright side, the Eagles should get some of their missing linemen back this week.
DeAngelo Williams - RB - Carolina Panthers
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) suffered a sprained ankle in the Week 4 game against the Baltimore Ravens, according to a league source. Williams will be evaluated further Monday, Sept. 29.
Huddle Up: Williams and Jonathan Stewart aren't doing a very good job of alternating their injuries, opting instead to both be hurt at the same time. And with Cam Newton not running, the Panthers have been zero threat on the ground. We'll see if either Williams or Stewart can answer the bell in Week 5.
Maurice Jones-Drew - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) was active in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins in London, but he was limited to just two carries for one yard and he had two catches for two yards.
Huddle Up: Darren McFadden saw the heavy duty for Oakland in their blowout loss in London. The Raiders are on the bye this week, so MJD will be another week removed from hand surgery when Oakland begins prep for their next game.
Ahmad Bradshaw - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle) tweaked his ankle in the Week 4 game against the Tennessee Titans, and was forced to leave the game briefly. He was able to return, but was spotted after the game with a walking boot on his left foot as a precaution.
Huddle Up: You have to think at this stage of his career Bradshaw has multiple styles of walking boots: Air Jordan walking boots, Crocs walking boots for the summer months, probably a dress walking boot for more formal occasions... what we're saying is, injury is nothing new for Bradshaw. That said, he's stepped out of the walking boot and played well on more than one occasion so this doesn't necessarily rule him out for Week 5. You'll have to monitor his practice week and availability leading up to game time, but that's part of the deal when drafting/owning Bradshaw.
Mark Ingram - RB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (hand) was inactive in Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys, but he remains on pace to return after the team's Week 6 bye.
Huddle Up: We'll see if Ingram returns to his previous role as the Saints' primary ball-carrier; right now Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson are trading off that duty as New Orleans looks for answers on offense. At least you know the Saints' backfield is a mess, so you can't simply pencil Ingram in for the bulk of the carries once he returns.
Bernard Pierce - RB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (thigh) was active in Week 4 against the Carolina Panthers, but he said Sunday, Sept. 28, that he did not play as a 'precaution.'
Huddle Up: Justin Forsett had a solid game and Lorenzo Taliaferro was serviceable in Pierce's absence. We'll see what the Ravens opt to do going forward, but Pierce was nothing special prior to his injury so there's no guarantee he returns to the starting gig.
Justin Forsett - RB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens RBs Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro nearly split the carries in half in Week 4 against the Carolina Panthers with RB Bernard Pierce (thigh) held out as a precaution. Forsett carried 14 times for 66 yards and a touchdown, while the rookie Taliaferro had 15 carries for 58 yards and a score. Forsett also added three grabs for 31 yards.
Huddle Up: With Pierce closer to health, the Baltimore backfield will be a muddled situation. Forsett should hang on to his pass-catching and change-of-pace duties; the real battle will be between Pierce and Taliaferro for primary and goal line carries.
Tony Romo - QB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo tossed a touchdown pass in the first quarter of the Week 4 game against the New Orleans Saints. He extends his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 32 games, sixth-longest streak in NFL history.
Huddle Up: The Cowboys were firing on all cylinders Sunday night as they handled the Saints, with a stout ground game setting up Romo and the pass. For all the heat he takes about crunch time foibles, Romo remains a solid fantasy QB option.
Matt Forte - RB - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte carried 23 times for a season-high 122 yards and no touchdowns in the Week 4 game against the Green Bay, and he added 49 yards on five receptions. Forte went over 10,000 career total yards from scrimmage in the loss.
Huddle Up: It was a fantasy-friendly matchup for Forte and he delivered, though the Bears failed to show up in other areas of the lopsided loss to Green Bay. No worries about Forte going forward, in case his first three games had you poised over the panic button.
Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Minnesota Vikings
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) said Sunday, Sept. 28, that his ankle is 'just a sprain' and he expects to play in the Week 5 game Thursday, Oct. 2 against the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: Sprains are tricky and Bridgewater has a short week to get ready. However, the good news is Bridgewater hasn't suffered a serious injury coming off his impressive NFL debut. If you're looking for QB help, Bridgewater is a waiver wire target this week.
Joique Bell - RB - Detroit Lions
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (head) likely has a concussion, after leaving the Week 4 game against the Detroit Lions due to a head injury. He was taken to the locker room for evaluation and never was able to return. The team did not provide an update after the game, but they would not let him speak to the media after the game, which follows concussion protocol.
Huddle Up: Bell will have to go through the NFL concussion protocol and his availability for Week 5 against Buffalo is in question. Bell's status will be updated throughout the week.
Jamaal Charles - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 4. He was limited in practice again Saturday, Sept. 27.
Huddle Up: Charles will start Monday night and is locked in as a RB1 this week. Knile Davis will go back to being Charles' handcuff.
Arian Foster - RB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) remains a game-time decision, but he will probably play in Week 4, in the opinion of beat writer John McClain. Foster was close to playing last week.
Huddle Up: Foster is a still a game-time decision but the good news is the Texans play Buffalo at 1:00 ET, so at least owners will know either way. Alfred Blue will get the start if Foster is held out another week.
Clay Harbor - TE - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Clay Harbor (calf) returned to practice on a full-time basis this week, and he is expected to make his regular season debut in Week 4 against the San Diego Chargers. He suffered a calf injury July 28, and has been sidelined since.
Huddle Up: Harbor will slide right in as the top TE target for the Jags after they had to place Marcedes Lewis on IR/Return list. The big question now is how well rookie QB Blake Bortles finds his big TE target.
Josh McCown - QB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon remains on track to start in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers with QB Josh McCown (thumb) listed as a doubtful.
Huddle Up: All indications are that Mike Glennon will indeed start Sunday for the Bucs. While Glennon should give the Tampa Bay offense a boost, he isn't worth much fantasy attention at this time. But the fact that he's favored WR Vincent Jackson in the past is.
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