Vincent Jackson - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson wasn't limited in practice Monday, Sept. 22, after sustaining a slight wrist fracture in Week 3. He had his wrist wrapped Monday.
Huddle Up: Jackson, with 10 receptions on 25 targets for 102 yards and a TD, is off to a slow start like almost every other member of the Bucs. See if the wrist is a problem during practice later this week, but for now plan on starting him if you need him.
Vernon Davis - TE - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle) said his ankle is doing much better and he is reportedly looking better with no sign of a limp.
Huddle Up: Davis missed the Niners' Week 3 debacle in the desert, but early signs are pointing toward a return Sunday vs. the Eagles. If so, Davis should be able to get in some practice reps this week.
Ryan Tannehill - QB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is scheduled to start this weekend in London against the Oakland Raiders, despite head coach Joe Philbin repeatedly not committing to Tannehill as the starter. 'At the end of the week, we're going to pick the 46 guys that give us the best chance to win the game in London,' Philbin said Tuesday, Sept. 23.
Huddle Up: With two interceptions, Tannehill isn't making killer mistakes. Rather it's the plays he isn't making --missing open receivers, converting in key situations -- that are frustrating the Dolphins and fantasy owners. It's netted only 624 passing yards, 18 rushing yards and 49 fantasy points, and continued struggles against the winless Raiders could certainly lead to a change in the team's QB thinking during the following bye week.
Dennis Pitta - TE - Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens placed TE Dennis Pitta (hip) on Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Sept. 23, officially ending the tight end's season.
Huddle Up: Rugged turn of events for Pitta, who went down on a non-contact play Sunday. Look for Owen Daniels, who was with offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak in Houston, to assume most of the TE workload. Daniels had a big Week 2 with a pair of TD grabs but has only 5 receptions for 42 yards in the Ravens' other 2 contests.
Shaun Draughn - RB - Free Agent
The San Diego Chargers signed free-agent RB Shaun Draughn (Bears) to an undisclosed one-year deal Tuesday, Sept. 23, according to Draughn's agent.
Huddle Up: With starter Ryan Mathews likely out for another month, look for Draughn and rookie Darren Oliver to spell starter Donald Brown, who 's not going to be able to shoulder the 36 touches he had Sunday in Buffalo each week.
Brandon Marshall - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) was held to just one catch for six yards in the team's Week 3 win over the New York Jets on Monday, Sept. 22. Marshall was limited with a sore ankle.
Huddle Up: Marshall's 3-TD performance in Week 2 no doubt masked the severity of the ankle issue, and it certainly didn't help matters when the ankle was kicked Monday night on a second-quarter running play. See what Marshall is able to do in practice this week before making any hard and fast lineup decisions.
Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden did not rule out QB Kirk Cousins permanently replacing QB Robert Griffin III at quarterback. 'Crazy things have happened in NFL,' Gruden said. 'I'm not going to discount anything'
Huddle Up: Some wins and more than a one-game sample will be needed, but 30-of-48, 427 yards and three TDs wasn't too shabby of a starting point.
Eric Berry - S - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (ankle) is dealing with a high ankle sprain, according to a league source. Berry suffered the injury in Week 2 and sat out in Week 3. Head coach Andy Reid said Berry 'most likely' will return to practice Thursday, Sept. 25. Reid doesn't think the injury is related to Berry's heel tendonitis that caused him to miss preseason games.
Huddle Up: It's been a tough go for the Pro Bowl safety and his IDP owners, but see if the extra day of rest -- the Chiefs don't play until Monday night -- will work to Berry's benefit in Week 4.
Mike Tolbert - RB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers FB Mike Tolbert (leg) was placed on Active/Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 23. He will not need surgery to fix the hairline fracture in his left leg.
Huddle Up: This news combined with yet another injury for Jonathan Stewart, opens the door to a significant workload for DeAngelo Williams if he can return from his own 2-game injury absence this week.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WR - New York Giants
Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is targeting the team's Week 5 game against the Atlanta Falcons to return from a hamstring injury and make his debut.
Huddle Up: We'll believe it when we see the first-round pick actually is on the field in full uniform for a live snap in a live game. Stay tuned ...
Jordan Reed - TE - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) has been ruled out for the team's Week 4 game. Reed is not sure when he will play again, and his status is not known for the team's Week 5 game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Huddle Up: This will make 3 straight missed games for Reed, and it's starting to seem like his rookie season all over again when he missed 6 contests. He's totally expendable in 10-team leagues if you haven't already pulled the plug.
Arian Foster - RB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring), who is day-to-day with a hamstring injury, is unsure if he'll be able to return in Week 4 against the Buffalo Bills. RB Alfred Blue replaced Foster in Week 3 and ran for 78 yards on 13 carries in the loss. Foster has 55 carries for 241 yards in two games this year.
Huddle Up: Foster owners are going to need some patience as this, in all likelihood, means another game-time decision Sunday morning.
Eric Decker - WR - New York Jets
Updating previous reports, New York Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) said he didn't re-injure his hamstring Monday, Sept. 22, but it just wouldn't loosen up. He said he pulled himself from the game instead of risking further injury. '(I ran) a few plays and decided it was best to step aside and pull myself out. I gradually tightened up,' Decker said. 'It was to the point where it wasn't loosening up, and instead of doing something stupid and really hurting something down the road I decided to pull myself and give myself a chance.'
Huddle Up: Sounds like a prudent preventative measure, but Decker now has short week to try to get ready for the Week 4 tilt against the Lions. See if things improve in practice over the next few days.
Denard Robinson - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Denard Robinson will start to receive more targets in the near future. He had eight carries for 33 yards in Week 3. 'I think that Denard has really showed to us during the last three weeks that he's earned the opportunity to get more reps,' head coach Gus Bradley said. 'We made a conscious decision this past week to get him more opportunities and he did a pretty good job so that will continue.'
Huddle Up: The Jaguars are desperately seeking playmakers, and to this point Toby Gerhart has not delivered. Robinson may not be ready for a feature back workload, but he certainly has the talent to shine in a complementary role. Not sure he's worth a pickup in all but the largest of fantasy leagues at this juncture, but it's not as if Gerhart has all the backfield touches in Jacksonville locked down.
Jonathan Stewart - RB - Carolina Panthers
Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) could miss a month due to his sprained knee, in the opinion of beat writer Joseph Person.
Huddle Up: Stewart is not exactly an iron man, and at this juncture he's burned just about every bridge among fantasy owners. The key will be whether or not DeAngelo Williams is healthy enough to take advantage of the opportunity to get the bulk of the carries in Carolina.
Bishop Sankey - RB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey's footwork is still an issue of concern to head coach Ken Whisenhunt, despite Sankey's 10-carry, 60-yard performance in Week 3.
Huddle Up: Don't say you weren't warned; NFL coaches feel some sort of attachment to sluggish veteran running backs and find reasons to keep their more talented rookie understudies off the field--like, say, "footwork". Eventually Sankey's talent will be too much for Whisenhunt and Shonn Greene to keep off the field, but you have to be patient and let Whisenhunt come to that realization himself.
Geno Smith - QB - New York Jets
New York Jets QB Geno Smith was 26-of-43 for 316 yards, a TD and two interceptions Monday, Sept 22 in a 27-18 loss to the visiting Chicago Bears.
Huddle Up: Smith had his second career 300-yard game, but turnovers continue to dog the second-year QB as he was victimized for an ugly pick-six on the opening possession of game and later was intercepted in the end zone. He now has thrown four picks and lost a fumble in 3 games -- not exactly promising stats with veteran Michael Vick looming behind him on the depth chart.
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett caught 5 passes for 54 yards and 2 TDs Monday, Sept. 22 in the team's 27-19 win over the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: Bennett, who already had 15 catches for 107 yards and two TDs entering the contest, doubled his TD total on a night he was targeted eight times. He's now scored in all 3 games and has been getting extra looks with starting WRs Bandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery banged up. Lock him into your starting lineup and ride him while he's hot.
Eric Decker - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Eric Decker left the team's Week 3 game Monday, Sept. 22, after re-aggravating a hamstring injury and is questionable to return.
Huddle Up: Decker gave it a go but didn't last a half, re-aggravating the injury in the second quarter and hadn't returned as of late in the third quarter. He caught his only target for 19 yards, while Jeremy Kerley took over as Geno Smith's top target, hauling in a 19-yard scoring pass in the second quarter.
James Harrison - LB - Free Agent
The Pittsburgh Steelers will sign free-agent LB James Harrison (Bengals) in the next few days, according to multiple reports.
Huddle Up: A blast from the IDP past here as the 36-year-old LB will put his retirement on hold and return to the Steel City with Pittsburgh having lost LBs Jarvis Jones (wrist) and Ryan Shazier (MCL sprain) to injuries in Sunday night's win in Carolina. It's hard to envision much more than spot duty, however, for the vet who played last season in Cincy.
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