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DeMarco Murray more than likely to play
Titans RB DeMarco Murray, listed as questionable for Sunday, is “more than likely” to play vs Seattle, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Murray was limited in practice this week, but it sounds like he will be on the field. His role remains to be seen, but smart money would be on Derrick Henry receiving the bulk of reps at running back. Murray can't be trusted in Week 3.
Jordan Reed, gametime decision
Vernon Davis becomes viable TE2
Washington TE Jordan Reed (rib) is considered a game-time call, per source, but is more unlikely to play vs. Raiders. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: The Redskins and Raiders play Sunday night, leaving Reed owners in a bind but grabbing Vernon Davis off the waiver wire would be a prudent move. Reed injured his ribs and suffered a SC joint ligament sprain in his shoulder last week against the Rams.
Rob Kelley not expected to play Week 3
Washington RB Rob Kelley, listed as questionable with rib injury, is not expected to play Sunday night vs Raiders, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Kelley was able to practice on a limited basis this week, but it appears he will gives his ribs another week to heal. In his absence, expect Samaje Perine to see the bulk of early-down work with Chris Thompson handling third downs. Both are flex considerations against the Raiders.
Cobb doubtful, Jordy expected to play
Chest injury for Cobb
It appears the Green Bay Packers will be without a number of key starters and contributors for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, despite the optimism of coach Mike McCarthy. Left tackle David Bakhtiari (hamstring), safety Kentrell Brice (groin), wide receiver Randall Cobb (chest), defensive end Mike Daniels (hip), cornerback Davon House (quadricep), outside linebacker Nick Perry (hand) and inside linebacker Jake Ryan (hamstring/concussion) are all listed as doubtful after being unable to practice Wednesday and Thursday. (Green Bay Press Gazette)
FF Today's Take: Jordy Nelson (quad) is expected to play. Cobb's absence should mean more work for Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison. Adams moves into the viable WR2 category against the Bengals.
Bradford headed to see Dr. James Andrews
Still having pain in knee
Vikings QB Sam Bradford seeking second opinion on knee from Dr. James Andrews, per @mortreport. Has pronounced pain in knee. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: This doesn't sound good. Bradford is not expected to play in Week 3 meaning Case Keenum will make his second-straight start. Keenum went 20-37 for 167 yards with zero TDS last week against the Steelers. Keenum represents a downgrade for the Vikings offense as a whole. Dalvin Cook and Stefon Diggs are viable players, but expectations should be tempered.
Tyler Eifert ruled out for Week 3
Back and knee injuries
Bengals TE Tyler Eifert is out Sunday vs Packers due to back and knee injuries. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Same story, different year for Eifert. He's struggled to stay healthy during his five-year career, playing in only 10 games the last two seasons. The Bengals will roll with C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Kroft at tight end this week but neither are fantasy options.
Carolina to ride "hot hand"?
HC: Game flow to determine playing time
HC Ron Rivera said balance with playing time between Christian McCaffrey and Jonathan Stewart is "about the flow of the game" and who is doing well. (Associated Press)
FF Today's Take: It's unclear what exactly prompted Rivera to make this statement. McCaffrey and Stewart are two very different backs who complement each other well, which is pretty much how they have been used to this point. The Panthers would be silly to wear out an injury-prone back like Stewart or put too much on McCaffrey's plate when Stewart is around to be the hammer for this offense. Both players have a enticing matchup in Week 3 against New Orleans.
No practice for DeMarco Murray on Thursday
Sat out Wednesday as well; still day-to-day
DeMarco Murray (hammy) didn't practice today. He was inside on the treadmill during the viewing period. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Tennessee seems willing to let Murray play and start if he can show the coaching staff something before the end of the week, but owners probably need to consider other alternatives considering he is obviously less than 100 percent and the matchup (Seattle). If he ends up sitting, Derrick Henry figures to be a strong candidate for 20 touches and should be trusted as a RB2, even in a difficult matchup.
Chris Johnson set for bigger workload
11 carries for 44 yards in season debut in Week 2
HC Bruce Arians: Chris Johnson's carries will likely go up this week. (98.7 FM - Mike Jurecki)
FF Today's Take: The Kerwynn Williams era sure was fun while it lasted, wasn't it? The reality is that Johnson could probably get a quick hook as well if he gets off to a slow start against Dallas in Week 3. Johnson doesn't possess great upside at this point of his career and figures to lose passing-down snaps to Andre Ellington, leaving Johnson as a low-upside RB3 at best.
Reed officially limited on Thursday
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#Redskins TE Jordan Reed (rib/sternum) was limited in practice today, Gruden says. "Pain is becoming manageable...see how he does tomorrow." (Redskins on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Reed is shaping up to be a gametime decision on Sunday night football against the Raiders. Owners should have plan B in place.
Tyler Eifert absent from practice Thursday
Likely out for Sunday
#Bengals TE Tyler Eifert, who missed practice entirely Wednesday with a bad back, once again absent. Likely means out for Sunday. (Jim Owczarski on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Things aren't looking good for Eifert this week. It's a shame, because we'd expect the Bengals to be throwing the ball quite a bit against the Packers in Week 3. A.J. Green should see double-digit targets on Sunday.
Jordan Reed "isn't healthy right now"
Rib cartilage injury and SC joint ligament strain
Redskins tight end Jordan Reed sat out of practice Wednesday because of his rib cartilage injury and a SC joint ligament strain. Reed suffered the injuries during the Redskins' 27-20 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2.
"The plan is we’ve got to get him healthy and the concern is he’s not healthy right now," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. (Washington Times)
FF Today's Take: Add rib and shoulder issues on to Reed's already ailing foot. This doesn't sound promising for Jordan Reed's chances of playing against the Raiders but we'll have to see if he's able to practice later in the week. Vernon Davis is next up on the depth chart and would be a serviceable TE2 should Reed sit.
Terrance West misses practice Wednesday
A pair of starters - nose tackle Brandon Williams and running back Terrance West - were missing from the portion of practice open to the media. West (Northwestern High, Towson University) played just 15 snaps in that game because of a soft-tissue ailment. ( Baltimore Sun )
FF Today's Take: Apparently West has a thigh injury but that is not confirmed. Javorius Allen saw the bulk of the work last week and would continue in that role against the Jaguars in London this week if West sits.
Tyler Eifert sits Wednesday
Knee, back injuries
No Tyler Eifert out here at #Bengals practice today. (Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Eifert injured his knee and back in Week 2 and is getting off to a bad start in Week 3. Tyler Kroft would likely start Sunday if Eifert sits. Eifert owners should be looking for other options.
Gronkowski, Amendola back at practice
Rex Burkhead sits
TE Rob Gronkowski (groin) is present at practice today, as are LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) and WR Danny Amendola (concussion/knee). (Mike Reiss on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: This confirms that Gronk's goin injury last week was minor. He should be good to go in Week 3 barring any setback. Amendola's presence will likely put a dent in the fantasy value of Chris Hogan who is dealing with a knee injury. Rex Burkhead (ribs) missed practice Wednesday.
Changes coming to Giants offense
More snaps for Orleans Darkwa?
Changes are a coming. This week, they might be more noticeable than a few more snaps for running back Orleans Darkwa or a slightly altered game plan. "Yeah, we can't keep doing the same thing over and over again," coach Ben McAdoo said on his Tuesday conference call. "That's insanity. It's not working. So we are going to look to make some changes this week, like we did last week. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: The Giants offense has been anemic the first two weeks. Look for Shane Vereen and Orleans Darkwa to be more involved at the running back position but its hard to trust any Giants player, including Odell Beckham Jr. given the inefficiency they've shown early in 2017.
Greg Olsen (broken foot) placed on IR
Panthers TE could return after eight weeks
Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) on Twitter: Greg Olsen has been placed on injured reserve after undergoing surgery on his broken right foot.
FF Today's Take: It's most likely a Jones fracture (fifth metatarsal) and it's an injury that heals with surgery but in a low blood flow area of teh foot, which is why it takes a while. This is bad news for Olsen owners, especially those who didn't have a plan B -- but there are some TEs available on the wire and Olsen could be back in time for the fantasy playoffs.
Rashard Higgins listed as Browns starter
WR was on practice squad last week
Mary Kay Cabot (@MarkKayCabot) posted a shot of the Browns depth chart, and Rashard Higgins was listed as a starting WR. (Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Higgins gets a starting role moving forward with Corey Coleman (broken hand) headed to IR/DFR. He snagged 7-95-0 on 11 targets last week and some NFL analysts have been high on Higgins since he was drafted in the fifth round last season. He's worth snagging as a WR3/4 or flex play and has breakout WR2 upside since the Browns will be playing from behind a lot this season.
HC Gruden: We'll be "careful" with Chris Thompson
Washington RB will get more touches, but not full-time work
Jay Gruden's comments on Chris Thompson: "But he's so important to us on third down we just have to be careful," he said. "He's not the biggest guy in the world. We don't want him to get 20-25 carries a game and get a lot of pounding on that body. He's definitely needed in pass protection and the routes and all that stuff on third down and red zone. So we'll try to expand his role a little bit, but we don't want to go too crazy with him." (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: With Rob Kelley nursing a cartilage rib injury, Thompson could see an increased workload, but won't be the full-time back -- as Samaje Perine will handle much of the standard rushing duties in early downs. Both Perine and Thompson should be owned in 12-team leagues, with Thompson the more valuable back right now, especially in PPR formats.
Jordy Nelson "50-50" to play in Week 3
Packers WR's quad strain not considered serious
Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) on Twitter: "Packers WR Jordy Nelson's quad strain is not considered serious but he is "50-50" for Sunday vs. Bengals, per source." (Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Even a one-game absence by one of the game's most dynamic playmakers greatly diminishes the potency of Green Bay's offense, especially with Randall Cobb day-to-day with a shoulder injury. But this is probably welcome news for owners who saw Nelson leave Week 2 and not return. If he's active, he's worth starting.