||(RotoWire) Polk did not participate in Tuesday's practice because of a knee injury, according to the Texans' official site reports. Analysis: The Texans backfield is in a bit of flux, with both Polk and Jonathan Grimes (hamstring) missing Tuesday's workout. Arian Foster is returning from a groin injury, but may not be ready for a full-time load.||24 minutes||
||(RotoWire) Mallett (chest) participated fully in Tuesday's practice, according to the Texans' official site reports. Analysis: Mallett will start Thursday's game against the Colts, but head coach Bill O'Brien doesn't want him throwing 50-plus passes a game, as he's done in two of his three starts. If Arian Foster is ready for a bigger role, look for the Texans to work the running game early and often Thursday.||24 minutes|
||(RotoWire) Bucannon matched his career high with eight tackles (seven solo) during Sunday's loss to the Rams. Analysis: As a rookie in 2014, Bucannon tallied eight tackles on two occasions, and he a reached that threshold for the first time this season. Acting as a pseudo-linebacker has ensured that five defensive backs are on the field at all times, which may hinder his ability to achieve the monster tackle totals of true middle linebackers. No matter, his role should keep him near the top of the category among Cardinals defenders, as his 24 tackles rank second to Calais Campbell's 25.||24 minutes|
||(RotoWire) Butler (hamstring) is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Patriots, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Butler strained a hamstring on his first catch of the season, a 67-yard grab in New Orleans on Sunday night. With the first practice of the week imminent Wednesday, head coach Jason Garrett will be afforded his first chance to clarify Butler's status. If he's deemed inactive this Sunday, Butler's next opportunity to play arrives on Oct. 25 against the Giants after the Cowboys' Week 6 bye.||24 minutes|
||(RotoWire) Pettigrew (hamstring) will take part in practice this week, and if he avoids a setback, he's expected to play Sunday against the Cardinals, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports. Analysis: Pettigrew has done very little since sustaining a hamstring injury in the opener, but it appears as if he'll make initial attempts to return to the field this week. On Monday night, fellow tight end Eric Ebron suffered a knee injury that has placed his immediate availability in question, necessitating Pettigrew's presence in the offense. Expect the week of preparation to determine the eventual TE pecking order Sunday.||24 minutes|
||(RotoWire) Ogletree underwent surgery Tuesday on a fractured fibula and will be miss at least eight weeks, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: What was initially termed an ankle injury has been confirmed as a broken leg, threatening the remainder of Ogletree's season. He was easily on pace to achieve a third 100-tackle campaign in a row to kick off his career. However, his absence will make way for Akeem Ayers to serve as the Rams' weak-side linebacker.||24 minutes|
||(RotoWire) Campbell was a one-man wrecking crew Sunday against the Rams, racking up 11 tackles (10 solo), three tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, and 0.5 sacks. Analysis: Campbell was everywhere in Week 4, but the Cardinals' defense itself was unable to force a turnover, after accumulating seven (all interceptions) over the course of the first three weeks of the season. Stuck in the 50-to-75 tackle territory in each of the past five campaigns, he currently has 25 to his credit, which is a career-best pace. On the other side of the coin, the half sack Sunday was his first in the category in 2015, so he has some work to do to uphold his ... (More)||49 minutes|
||(RotoWire) Rambo (thigh) will likely miss Sunday's game against the Titans, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports. Analysis: Rambo has been filling in for Aaron Williams (neck), which means the Bills may be down to a third-string safety for Sunday's game in Tennessee. Duke Williams would likely get the start, and Buffalo's defense is otherwise in good health.||1 hour|
||(RotoWire) Washington (hamstring) was a non-participant at Tuesday's practice. Analysis: Cecil Shorts (shoulder) is expected to miss Thursday's game against the Colts, and Washington appears no better than questionable. Rookies Keith Mumphries and Jaelen Strong may be forced into expanded roles alongside NFL target leader DeAndre Hopkins.||1 hour|
|10.||Aldon Smith's next court date November 4
||(Rotoworld) Raiders OLB Aldon Smith's next court date is November 4.||1 hour|
||(RotoWire) Adams was a non-participant at Tuesday's practice due to a neck injury. Analysis: Adams wasn't on Monday's injury report, so he may have suffered an injury at practice. With 24 tackles and an interception, he's on pace for numbers that would look similar to last year's. If Adams misses Thursday's game against the Texans, either Clayton Geathers or Colt Anderson will get the start.||2 hours|
||(RotoWire) Allen (ankle) was listed as a full practice participant for the second straight day on Tuesday's injury report. Analysis: With Allen on track to return from a one-game absence, Coby Fleener figures to lose some snaps and targets. When both tight ends are healthy, neither can be counted on for much of anything.||2 hours|
|13.||Bryce Brown works out for the Colts
||(Rotoworld) Free agent RB Bryce Brown worked out for the Colts on Tuesday. Analysis: The Horseshoe also hosted Ahmad Bradshaw. The Colts have very little depth behind Frank Gore, and could end up making a signing.||2 hours|
|14.||Travaris Cadet works out for Jets Tuesda...
||(Rotoworld) Free agent RB Travaris Cadet worked out for the Jets on Tuesday. Analysis: The Jets are likely just updating their emergency list during their bye week. Cadet was waived by the Patriots last week.||2 hours|
|15.||Saints release WR Joe Morgan
||(Rotoworld) Saints released WR Joe Morgan. Analysis: The fifth-year deep threat had been active only one time this season. Now 27, Morgan is running out of time in the league.||2 hours|
|16.||Bears promote OT Nick Becton
||(Rotoworld) Bears promoted OT Nick Becton from the practice squad. Analysis: He'll provide offensive line depth after C Will Montgomery (broken leg) was sent to injured reserve.||2 hours|
|17.||Bears waive P Lanning and LB John Timu
||(Rotoworld) Bears waived P Spencer Lanning and LB John Timu. Analysis: With Pat O'Donnell (knee) back to full health, Lanning was no longer needed.||2 hours|
||(RotoWire) After trading Gerald Hodges to the 49ers, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team feels good about Kendricks, Andrew Krammer of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports. Analysis: Hodges had been getting most of the snaps in Minnesota's base defense, with Kendricks replacing him in nickel and dime formations. The rookie may now get a shot at an every-down role, though the Vikings haven't said anything to that effect. If he does take on Hodges' snaps, Kendricks would immediately be a viable IDP in most leagues.||2 hours|
|19.||Nate Washington (hamstring) sits Tuesday
||(Rotoworld) Nate Washington (hamstring) remained sidelined Tuesday. Analysis: Washington is looking quite doubtful for Thursday's game against the Colts. With Cecil Shorts (shoulder) expected to sit, rookie Jaelen Strong will be forced into a role behind DeAndre Hopkins. Keith Mumphery and Chandler Worthy have been active ahead of Strong up until this point.||2 hours|
|20.||Cecil Shorts (shoulder) doesn't practice
||(Rotoworld) Cecil Shorts (shoulder) remained sidelined Tuesday. Analysis: With Nate Washington (hamstring) also sidelined, Houston could be majorly shorthanded at wideout against the Colts on Thursday. Rookie Keith Mumphery is the next man up, but is well off the fantasy radar with Ryan Mallett at quarterback.||2 hours|
|21.||Arian Foster (groin) still limited on Tu...
||(Rotoworld) Arian Foster (groin) remained "limited" on Tuesday. Analysis: The Texans are simply managing Foster's reps after he made his 2015 debut in Sunday's blowout loss. Even on a short week, Foster is a top-eight option for Week 5 against the Colts.||2 hours|
||(RotoWire) Gore (foot) was a full participant at Tuesday's practice, Steve Andress of the Colts' official website reports. Analysis: Gore only missed one practice, and there's been no indication that his injury is serious. He should be fine for Thursday's game against the Texans, but Andrew Luck's (shoulder) status is far less certain.||2 hours|
||(RotoWire) Hodges was traded from the Vikings to the 49ers on Tuesday, NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports. Analysis: Hodges started three of Minnesota's first four games, but he's only been a part-time player since Week 1, typically coming off the field whenever the Vikings use their nickel defense. This trade suggests that rookie Eric Kendricks has been deemed ready for a three-down role. Hodges, on the other hand, may get a shot to replace Michael Wilhoite in the 49ers' starting lineup, but a three-down role is probably out of the question.||2 hours|
|24.||Bacarri Rambo (quad) expected to miss ga...
||(Rotoworld) Bills FS Bacarri Rambo (quad) is expected to miss at least one game. Analysis: Rambo has been filling in for Aaron Williams. Duke Williams should get the start against the Titans.||2 hours|
||(RotoWire) Phillips was released by the Saints on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports. Analysis: With Jairus Byrd now healthy, the Saints no longer have need of Phillips, who played nearly every snap in Weeks 2 and 3. The former first-round draft pick is unlikely to draw interest as anything more than a depth option.||2 hours|
|26.||Frank Gore (foot) full in Tuesday's prac...
||(Rotoworld) Frank Gore (foot) returned to Colts practice Tuesday, getting in a full session. Analysis: Monday was just a maintenance day for the Colts' veteran back. The RB20 through the season's first four weeks, Gore's play has picked up in his past two games after a slow start. Gore is on the RB1 borderline for Week 5.||3 hours|
|27.||Dwayne Allen (ankle) practicing in full
||(Rotoworld) Dwayne Allen (ankle) is practicing in full for Week 5. Analysis: Barring a setback, it puts him on track to return for Thursday's game against the Texans after missing Weeks 3 and 4. Allen might be on a snap count, but it still throws a wrench into Coby Fleener's TE1 status. Fleener would be a shaky option if Allen plays. Allen himself won't be a viable TE2.||3 hours|
|28.||Panthers bring back Wes Horton
||(Rotoworld) Panthers re-signed DE Wes Horton. Analysis: OT David Foucault was waived in the corresponding roster move. Horton, who was waived by the Panthers three days ago, will provide depth at defensive end behind Jared Allen, Kony Ealy, Mario Addison, and Ryan Delaire.||3 hours|
|29.||Roddy White insists he isn't upset about...
||(Rotoworld) Roddy White now insists he isn't upset about his role. Analysis: White complained to ESPN, but claims he was taken out of context. "I know thats what they want me to do, go out there and be physical in the run game and block," White said amongst many team-friendly comments. "I have to go out there and do my job." It's understandable that a longtime star might be upset about seeing only 12 targets through four games, but White has remained valuable as a run blocker. He should continue to be the good soldier for a team that's again competitive after two years in th... (More)||3 hours|
|30.||Roethlisberger (knee) not targeting Week...
||(Rotoworld) Ben Roethlisberger (knee) said he is not targeting Week 7 against the Chiefs for his return. Analysis: CBS reported Monday that Roethlisberger was targeting an Oct. 25 return, but he says that's not the case. "We know that people like to just speculate and say things," Roethlisberger said during his weekly radio show. "That did not come from me, the Steelers or any of our doctors." Roethlisberger is week to week. We wouldn't be stunned to see him return in Week 7, despite his words to the contrary.||3 hours|
||(RotoWire) Hasselbeck missed Tuesday's practice due to an illness, Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports. Analysis: Even with the Colts playing Thursday night, Hasselbeck should have time to recover. The bigger question mark is Andrew Luck's shoulder, with Hasselebeck in line to start if the Colts' star signal-caller can't go.||3 hours|
|32.||Panthers on board with Newton's running ...
||(Rotoworld) Panthers OC Mike Shula is "OK" with the fact that Cam Newton is on pace for 172 rushes this season. Analysis: That would be a new career high by 45, and one of the highest rushing totals by a quarterback in NFL history. It exposes Newton to injury, but Shula knows it's one of his best bets at moving the ball for a team that barely has a receiver corps. It's excellent news for fantasy owners as long as Newton can stay on the field.||3 hours|
|33.||Luck: I'm preparing to start Thursday's ...
||(Rotoworld) Andrew Luck (shoulder) says he's "preparing to start" Thursday's game against the Texans. Analysis: Luck added that's he not just preparing, but expects to play. It's encouraging, but there was optimism about his Week 4 status, as well. The reports on his Thursday preparation have been mixed. The Colts might ultimately decide their franchise player could use another 10 days of rest, saving him for the rest of the regular season while not further risking his health. His status will be updated in the next 24 hours, likely multiple times.||3 hours|
||(RotoWire) With Matt Hasselbeck bothered by an illness, Luck (shoulder) took most of the first-team snaps at Tuesday's practice, Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports. Analysis: Between Hasselbeck's illness and the fact that it was a light practice, Luck's dominance of the snaps doesn't carry too much significance. According to Kevin Bowen of Colts.com, head coach Chuck Pagano said for a second straight day that Luck is trending in the right direction, but Pagano also suggested that the team won't push things -- basically, typical coach-speak. Even after Monday's optimistic reports, Luck may be headed for a game-time decision Thursday against the... (More)||3 hours|
|35.||Niners land LB Gerald Hodges from Minnes...
||(Rotoworld) 49ers acquired LB Gerald Hodges from the Vikings in exchange for C Nick Easton and a sixth-round pick. Analysis: It's a nifty pick up for the 49ers. Hodges, who was effective at outside linebacker in 2014, is Pro Football Focus' No. 14 (of 51) inside 'backer thus far this season. The 49ers could be hoping he's an upgrade on Michael Wilhoite opposite Navorro Bowman.||3 hours|
|36.||Nick Easton traded to Minnesota Vikings
||(Rotoworld) Vikings acquired C Nick Easton and a 2016 sixth-rounder from the 49ers in exchange for LB Gerald Hodges. Analysis: Easton was thought to have been waived earlier Tuesday, but he ends up as a throw in to the 49ers' Hodges acquisition. An UDFA out of Harvard, Easton had yet to be active for the 49ers. He may not last long on the Vikings' roster.||3 hours|
|37.||Will Montgomery officially done for the ...
||(Rotoworld) Bears placed C Will Montgomery (leg) on injured reserve, ending his season. Analysis: The move was expected after Montgomery fractured his fibula in Sunday's win against Oakland. Matt Slauson and Hroniss Grasu are candidates to replace him at center.||3 hours|
|38.||Saints release Kenny Phillips for second...
||(Rotoworld) Saints released S Kenny Phillips. Analysis: Phillips was no longer needed with Jairus Byrd (knee) finally ready to return.||3 hours|
|39.||Pagano concerned about Vontae Davis (foo...
||(Rotoworld) Colts coach Chuck Pagano said there is "reason for some concern" about Vontae Davis (foot). Analysis: Davis hasn't practiced since hurting his foot against Jacksonville and will be hard-pressed to play this week with the Colts facing Houston on Thursday night. Fortunately for the Colts, Greg Toler should be back after missing the first four weeks with a neck injury.||3 hours|
|40.||Bucs promote Howard Jones from practice ...
||(Rotoworld) Buccaneers signed LB Howard Jones from their practice squad. Analysis: Jones joined Tampa Bay's practice squad a few weeks ago after getting cut by the Steelers. He'll give the Bucs some depth at outside linebacker behind starters Lavonte David and Danny Lansanah.||4 hours|
|41.||Matt Hasselbeck (illness) not at practic...
||(Rotoworld) Matt Hasselbeck missed Tuesday's practice because of an illness. Analysis: Andrew Luck (shoulder) took most of the first-team reps. It's looking like Luck will make his return against Houston on Thursday night. Hasselbeck did a nice job versus Jacksonville (30-of-47, 282 yards, one touchdown) but probably won't be needed in Week 5.||4 hours|
||(RotoWire) The Ravens may explore trades to give Flacco more help at wide receiver, ESPN.com reports. Analysis: Steve Smith (back) will miss at least one game, Michael Campanaro (back) is done for the year, and Breshad Perriman (knee) is out indefinitely. Flacco is thus left with Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown, Darren Waller and Chris Givens, the last of whom was recently acquired for a seventh-round draft pick. The Ravens might consider making a bigger splash, but their cap situation only allows for so much, and there aren't many teams that can spare a starting-caliber wide receiver. Flacco will have a decimated supporting cast for a Week 5 matc... (More)||4 hours|
|43.||Andrew Luck limited at Tuesday's practic...
||(Rotoworld) Updating an earlier report, Andrew Luck (shoulder) was limited at Tuesday's practice and will likely be a game-time decision against the Texans in Week 5. Analysis: Luck wasn't seen at the 15-minute portion of practice open to the media but coach Chuck Pagano said he took most of the Colts' first-team reps. Matt Hasselbeck wasn't available Tuesday because of an illness. Luck seems to be headed in the right direction after barely throwing last week. The Colts' decision to release Josh Johnson bodes well for Luck's Week 5 status.||4 hours|
|44.||Saints bring in punter Brandon Fields
||(Rotoworld) Saints signed P Brandon Fields. Analysis: Fields was let go by the Dolphins in training camp. He'll fill in for Thomas Morstead, who is out with a strained quad.||4 hours|
||(RotoWire) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expects Lee (concussion) to play against the Patriots on Sunday, the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Lee has a long history of injury concerns, but concussion haven't been one of his bigger issues. Of course, recovery from concussions is tough to predict, and Lee still needs to make it through the NFL's protocol. He suffered the injury during Sunday's loss to the Saints, leaving him with 36 tackles through the first four games of the season.||4 hours|
|46.||Charles Johnson hoping to return after b...
||(Rotoworld) Charles Johnson (ribs) hopes to return after the Vikings' bye week. Analysis: The Vikings are off this week but return October 18 to play Kansas City. Johnson missed his fourth practice in a row on Tuesday. If Johnson isn't ready by Week 6, expect Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen to play a bigger role in the Vikings' passing attack.||4 hours|
||(RotoWire) Walker (leg) is having surgery to repair a broken fibula, and he will be placed on injured reserve, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. Analysis: Walker and Haloti Ngata (calf), the Lions' starting defensive tackles, both suffered injuries during Monday's loss to the Seahawks. Ngata's injury doesn't appear nearly as serious, so the Lions may only need to replace one starter. Caraun Reid and Gabe Wright figure to see more snaps.||4 hours|
|48.||Rams bring back Jo-Lonn Dunbar
||(Rotoworld) Rams re-signed OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar. Analysis: The Rams needed linebacker depth with Alec Ogletree (broken leg) done for the year. Dunbar received PFF's fourth worst 4-3 outside linebacker grade out of 40 qualifiers last season.||5 hours|
||(RotoWire) Gray (broken forearm) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, ESPN.com's Mike Rodak reports. Analysis: With Gray ruled out for the season, Chris Gragg and Matthew Mulligan will provide depth at tight end behind Charles Clay. Gray, a former college quarterback, saw just one target in four games this season.||5 hours|
||(RotoWire) Herron (shoulder) signed with the Bills on Tuesday, ESPN.com's Mike Rodak reports. Analysis: With LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Karlos Williams (concussion) both in danger of missing Sunday' game in Tennessee, Anthony Dixon may have to lead the Buffalo backfield. Herron has presumably recovered from the shoulder injury he dealt with earlier this season, and he could have an immediate role on passing downs. Herron doesn't have much of a ceiling, as Cierre Wood could also be involved in the offense, and the Buffalo running backs have only accounted for 20 targets this season.||5 hours|
||(RotoWire) Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said Murray didn't play the final drive of Sunday's loss to the Bears because the team felt Roy Helu was a better option for the situation, ESPN.com reports. Analysis: Although Del Rio said Murray wasn't benched, it was pretty clear that the Raiders kept their workhorse off the field because of his mistakes and poor performance throughout the game. Murray has otherwise been solid in a three-down role, so his pair of miscues (a lost fumble and bobbled pass) shouldn't have much impact on his workload, unless he makes similar mistakes in the coming weeks. Murray draws a dreadful Week 5 matchup with the... (More)||5 hours|
||(RotoWire) Backman suited up in Week 4 for the first time in his professional career but took the field for just three offensive snaps. Analysis: After being scratched in the Packers' first three games, Backman was activated Sunday with Andrew Quarless (knee) unable to play. He was the only active tight end besides Richard Rodgers, but the Packers replaced Quarless' snaps in other ways. Backman will presumably be the Packers' No. 2 tight end for a while with Quarless on short-term IR, but he still has quite a way to go before becoming a fantasy factor.||5 hours|
|53.||Byron Maxwell (bruised quad) 'can't real...
||(Rotoworld) Eagles CB Byron Maxwell (bruised quad) claims he "can't really run, and slowing down is hard." Analysis: Maxwell still expects to play this week but we're not as convinced. It doesn't sound like he's close to running at full speed, which is kind of a big problem when you're tasked with defending the other team's best receiver. If Maxwell can't play against the Saints this week, Eric Rowe would start in his place.||5 hours|
||(RotoWire) Moeaki was signed by the Falcons on Tuesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Analysis: With Jacob Tamme (concussion) still recovering in the wake of a Week 4 absence, Moeaki could serve as the No. 2 tight end behind Levine Toilolo in Sunday's game against the Redskins. A third-round draft pick back in 2010, Moeaki has struggled with injuries throughout his career, and he no longer possesses the high-end athleticism he had upon entering the league.||5 hours|
||(RotoWire) Hester (toe) has been placed on injured reserve/designated to return, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports. Analysis: Hester missed the first four games of the season, and he won't be eligible to return until Week 13. If he were healthy, he'd likely just the No. 3 wide receiver, albeit with a key role in the return game.||5 hours|
||(RotoWire) Janis saw action on 15 offensive snaps but was not targeted in Sunday's victory over the 49ers. Analysis: Janis worked as the Packers' fourth receiver Sunday with Davante Adams (ankle) sidelined, but he was shut out in the passing game for the fourth time in four games this season. Adams could miss further action, but it appears it will take more than that for Janis' fantasy value to see a boost.||5 hours|
||(RotoWire) White expressed frustration with his decreasing role in the Atlanta offense, ESPN.com reports. "I've contributed to offenses for this franchise for the last nine, 10 years," said White on Monday. "It always bothers me when I go out and don't catch any balls in a game because it hasn't happened in so long." Analysis: White has just 13 targets through four games, despite playing most of the offensive snaps. The Falcons appreciate what he's done for the franchise, but there's no reason to believe that White's frustration will impact the thinking of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterback Matt Ryan. Ultimately, White will ... (More)||5 hours|
|58.||MarQueis Gray sent to season-ending IR
||(Rotoworld) Bills placed TE MarQueis Gray (arm) on injured reserve, ending his season. Analysis: Gray broke his arm in Sunday's loss to the Giants. His absence will open up snaps for backups Matthew Mulligan and Chris Gragg.||5 hours|
|59.||Dan Herron resurfaces with Bills
||(Rotoworld) Bills signed RB Dan Herron. Analysis: Herron was let go by the Colts just before the start of the season. He'll give the Bills some depth at running back while LeSean McCoy recovers from a hamstring injury. Last week's starter, Karlos Williams, is in the league's concussion protocol. Buffalo cleared a roster spot by placing TE MarQueis Gray on injured reserve.||6 hours|
||(RotoWire) The Seahawks believe Jackson suffered a high ankle sprain, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. Analysis: The diagnosis hasn't been confirmed, but if it is indeed a high ankle sprain, Jackson will likely be out for at least a week or two. He was having a nice game as the passing-down back against the Lions on Monday, gaining 54 yards on just five touches (two catches) in Marshawn Lynch's (hamstring) absence, prior to exiting with the ankle injury. Thomas Rawls is now the only healthy running back on Seattle's roster.||6 hours|
|61.||Brandon Pettigrew could be back for Week...
||(Rotoworld) According to Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo, the Lions are hoping to get TE Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) back Sunday against the Cardinals. Analysis: Now that Eric Ebron is dealing with a knee injury, Tim Wright is Detroit's only healthy tight end. Pettigrew tweaked his hamstring in Week 1 and hasn't been on the field since. He was targeted once in the Lions' season opener.||6 hours|
||(RotoWire) Johnson (ribs) hopes to return to the field following the Vikings' Week 5 bye, Ben Goessling of ESPN NFL Nation reports. Analysis: Johnson was unable to play in Week 4 due to his rib injury, but he is hoping an extra week of rest and recovery will prevent him from missing any further action. His participation, or lack thereof, in practice next week figures to ultimately determine whether or not he will be able to suit up for the Vikings' Week 6 matchup with the Chiefs.||6 hours|
|63.||Falcons re-sign S Charles Godfrey
||(Rotoworld) Falcons re-signed S Charles Godfrey. Analysis: The Falcons cut Godfrey after Week 1. His re-signing would suggest Ricardo Allen isn't close to returning from a sprained MCL. Godfrey played 212 snaps for the Panthers last year, splitting time between safety and cornerback.||6 hours|
||(RotoWire) Shorts (shoulder) will not play in Thursday's game against the Colts, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports. Analysis: Shorts dislocated his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Falcons, and with the Texans playing on Thursday night in Week 5, he will not have enough time to recover and play. While Shorts will not be able to take the field Thursday, he has not been ruled out beyond this week, and will have a chance to return to action in Week 6 against the Jaguars.||6 hours|
|65.||Giants | Daniel Fells has MRSA
||(USA Today) New York Giants TE Daniel Fells (ankle) had surgery this week on his ankle and was diagnosed with MRSA, which is a very serious condition.||6 hours|
|66.||Falcons cut TE Mickey Shuler
||(Rotoworld) Falcons released TE Mickey Shuler. Analysis: With Jacob Tamme (concussion) sidelined, Shuler saw 21 snaps against the Texans in Week 4. Tony Moeaki will take Shuler's spot on the active roster.||6 hours|
||(RotoWire) An MRI taken on Ebron's injured left knee revealed no structural damage, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports. Analysis: The full extent of Ebron's injury has not been revealed, but the MRI results are promising. Ebron's status for the Lions' next game Sunday against the Cardinals is uncertain, but he will have one fewer day to prepare than he normally would coming off a Monday night game in Week 4.||6 hours|
||(RotoWire) Toler (neck) has been cleared to return to practice and could play Thursday against Houston, ESPN reports. Analysis: The Colts may really need Toler to return this week with Vontae Davis missing practice with a foot injury. It's not clear if Toler will be ready to play significant snaps right away as he hasn't played this season due to the injury.||6 hours|
|69.||Falcons re-sign TE Tony Moeaki
||(Rotoworld) Falcons signed TE Tony Moeaki. Analysis: With Jacob Tamme dealing with a concussion, the Falcons needed some depth at tight end. Moeaki has spent the last month recovering from an ankle injury. He'll back up Levine Toilolo.||6 hours|
|70.||Falcons | Roddy White open to trade?
||(USA Today) Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White could be open to a trade due to a declining role with the Falcons.||6 hours|
|71.||Devin Hester (turf toe) placed on IR/DR
||(Rotoworld) Falcons placed Devin Hester (turf toe) on injured reserve/designated to return. Analysis: He hasn't played yet this season. When Hester returns, he'll slide in behind Julio Jones, Leonard Hankerson and Roddy White on the Falcons' wide receiver depth chart. Even when healthy, he's not a fantasy consideration.||6 hours|
|72.||Falcons | Devin Hester put on IR
||(USA Today) Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (toe) was placed on the short-term Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Oct. 6.||6 hours|
|73.||Niners waive C Nick Easton
||(Rotoworld) 49ers waived C Nick Easton. Analysis: Easton was acquired from the Ravens right before final cuts. He didn't play a single snap for the 49ers.||6 hours|
|74.||Seahawks | Fred Jackson with high ankle sprain
||(USA Today) Seattle Seahawks RB Fred Jackson (ankle) is dealing with a high ankle sprain, according to head coach Pete Carroll.||6 hours|
|75.||Tyrunn Walker (broken fibula) done for 2...
||(Rotoworld) Lions DT Tyrunn Walker underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a broken fibula. Analysis: Walker suffered the injury in Monday's loss to Seattle. He'll be placed on season-ending injured reserve. Detroit will now turn to Gabe Wright at right defensive tackle.||6 hours|
|76.||Carroll: Fred Jackson has high-ankle spr...
||(Rotoworld) Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said RB Fred Jackson has a high-ankle sprain. Analysis: The injury will likely sideline Jackson several weeks. The Seahawks are hopeful Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) will play this week. If he does not, Thomas Rawls would see a ton of work against the Bengals.||7 hours|
|77.||Lions | Tyrunn Walker\'s season over
||(USA Today) Detroit Lions DT Tyrunn Walker (leg) will have season-ending surgery to fix a broken fibula. He will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list and is expected to make a full recovery.||7 hours|
|78.||No structural damage to Eric Ebron's kne...
||(Rotoworld) ESPN's Adam Caplan reports an MRI on Lions TE Eric Ebron's left knee showed no structural damage. Analysis: An X-ray taken during the game also came back clean. The specifics of the injury are not yet known, but it is possible Ebron is dealing with a sprain. His availability for Week 5 will be updated throughout the week.||7 hours|
|79.||Lions | Eric Ebron\'s MRI clear
||(USA Today) Updating an earlier report, Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee) had an MRI reveal no structural damage in his left knee. His status is to be determined for Week 5.||7 hours|
|80.||Bills | Looking at Alfonso Smith
||(USA Today) Free-agent RB Alfonso Smith (49ers) worked out for the Buffalo Bills Tuesday, Oct. 6, according to multiple reports.||7 hours|
|81.||Eagles | Byron Maxwell sits
||(USA Today) Philadelphia Eagles CB Byron Maxwell (quadriceps) is out of practice Tuesday, Oct. 6.||7 hours|
|82.||Eagles | Kiko Alonso out of practice
||(USA Today) Philadelphia Eagles LB Kiko Alonso (knee) is out of practice Tuesday, Oct. 6, but he's doing warmup exercises on the side.||7 hours|
|83.||Green-Beckham arrested for unpaid ticket
||(Rotoworld) Titans rookie WR Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested after it was discovered he had an unpaid traffic ticket during a routine stop. Analysis: Green-Beckham was released after paying the fine. Green-Beckham's history off the field caused the story to make headlines, but the "arrest" is a non-issue. Coach Ken Whisenhunt confirmed DGB will not face discipline from the team from the incident.||7 hours|
|84.||Bills | Karlos Williams day-to-day
||(USA Today) Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB Karlos Williams (concussion) is listed as day-to-day and must be cleared from the NFL-mandated concussion protocol before he can play in Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans. The Bills would have to turn to RBs Anthony Dixon and Cierre Wood if both Williams and RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) cannot play this weekend. General manager Doug Whaley said the team could sign another runner this week, and they could re-sign RB Bryce Brown, who was released last month.||7 hours|
|85.||Browns | Joe Haden had broken finger
||(USA Today) Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden (finger, ribs) was inactive in Week 4 against the San Diego Chargers with a broken right ring finger after he was initially listed as probable on the injury report. He decided not to play after testing his hand in pregame warmups. CB Pierre Desir started in Haden's place. Haden's status for Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens is unknown. "Hopefully Joe will get more comfortable with the finger injury so we can get him back out there," head coach Mike Pettine said.||7 hours|
|86.||Steelers | Markus Wheaton feeling better
||(USA Today) Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton (ankle) looks dramatically improved from his ankle injury and has a good chance to play in Week 5 against the San Diego Chargers.||7 hours|
|87.||49ers | Colin Kaepernick still growing
||(USA Today) San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is still growing into the quarterback position as a pocket passer, according to former QB Kurt Warner, who mentored the Niners quarterback in the offseason. "I think the unfortunate thing for Kap is he's continuing to try to learn how to play the quarterback position," Warner said of Kaepernick. Kaepernick's total QBR is at a career-low 38.6 after four games with two passing touchdowns and a running TD, but all three of his scores have come with San Fran trailing by at least 25 points. He has five interceptions, no touchdowns... (More)||7 hours|
|88.||Bills | Walter Powell to Buffalo
||(USA Today) Free-agent WR Walter Powell (Jets) was signed to the Buffalo Bills' practice squad Tuesday, Oct. 6.||8 hours|
|89.||Lions | Eric Ebron\'s X-rays negative
||(USA Today) Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee) had X-rays on his left knee, which were negative. He'll have an MRI as well.||8 hours|
||(RotoWire) GM Doug Whaley expressed hope that Watkins (calf) can return this week against Tennessee, BuffaloBills.com reports. "Everything points to that it's not that severe," said Whaley. "We're hoping to see how he responds this week. We have our fingers crossed that he may be in this week. There's no indication that it's going to be something long term, but I never say never with injuries, especially with soft-tissue injuries." Analysis: Wednesday's practice will be telling, obviously. The Bills could use Watkins after failing to get much of a passing game going in this week's loss to the Giants. Buffalo wideouts combined for just an 11/... (More)||8 hours|
|91.||X-rays negative on Eric Ebron's left kne...
||(Rotoworld) X-ray on Lions TE Eric Ebron's left knee came back negative. Analysis: Ebron is expected to have an MRI on Tuesday. Ebron was forced from Monday night's loss to the Seahawks when C Travis Swanson slammed into the side of his knee while he was blocking downfield. Ebron did not return to the game.||8 hours|
|92.||Redskins | Chris Thompson improving blitz pickups
||(USA Today) Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson has improved on his blitz pickups.||8 hours|
||(RotoWire) Barth signed with Tampa Bay on Tuesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Analysis: The seven-year veteran was the Bucs' kicker from 2009-13, and he was in camp with the team this preseason to compete with Kyle Brindza. While Brindza won the job, he was released following Sunday's Week 4 loss, so Barth will return and presumably step in as the starter. In his career, Barth has converted 116 of 136 field goals (83 percent).||8 hours|
||(RotoWire) McClain was officially reinstated to the Cowboys' active roster after serving his four-game suspension. Analysis: Linebacker Keith Smith got waived to make room for him on the 53-man roster. Assuming McClain has fully recovered from the knee injury that limited him in training camp, he should immediately slot into middle linebacker for a Dallas defense that could be missing Sean Lee (concussion) against the Patriots in Week 5.||8 hours|
||(RotoWire) Hardy was officially reinstated to the Cowboys' active roster after serving his four-game suspension. Analysis: Defensive tackle Ken Bishop got waived to make room for him on the 53-man roster. Hardy joins a Dallas pass rush that has only six sacks through four games and should be itching to make a good impression with his new team when they take on the Patriots in Week 5.||8 hours|
||(RotoWire) Randle did not see a snap in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Saints after nearly fumbling at the goal line for the second consecutive week, the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: After being explicitly told not to try and jump over the pile and stretch the ball into the end zone on goal-line carries, Randle did exactly that Sunday on a play that was initially ruled a fumble but was overturned on replay to award him the touchdown. Lance Dunbar's season-ending injury will probably keep him in the backfield mix, but with Christine Michael now being worked in as well, Randle's hold on the starting job appears to be slip... (More)||8 hours|
||(RotoWire) Reed will undergo the league's concussion protocol after suffering what is believed to be at least his fourth concussion, the Washington Post reports. His last concussion was in 2013 and forced him to miss the final six games of the season. Analysis: There's no telling the severity of the concussion until he is reviewed by doctors later in the week. He's also dealing with a sprained MCL right now, so his availability for Week 5 is not looking very good. If Reed is unable to play, Derek Carrier will start in his place.||8 hours|
||(RotoWire) Dixon's teammate Karlos Williams suffered a concussion during Sunday's loss to the Giants, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. Analysis: Williams could still get through the league's concussion protocol in time for Sunday's game in Tennessee, plus there's a long shot that LeSean McCoy could rally from his hamstring injury, but we'll note that Dixon is the clear next back in the pecking order behind those two, so there's a chance he could be more than just a short-yardage guy this week.||8 hours|
|99.||Jerry Jones said Randle was not benched
||(Rotoworld) In a radio interview, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said RB Joseph Randle was not benched after almost fumbling at the goal line. Analysis: "We did not bench him," Jones said. "We just wanted McFadden in there at that time. Seriously, it was not a bench." Coach Jason Garrett said otherwise on Monday. Either way, Jones said the play will not "impact who starts out the game" Week 5 against the Patriots. Randle should remain the lead back, but his hold on the starting job is tenuous.||8 hours|
||(RotoWire) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he thinks Bryant (foot) has a shot to return for Week 7 against the Giants, Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Week 7 represents an absolute best-case scenario, as the Cowboys have acknowledged all along that Bryant will at least be out through the Week 6 bye. With his recovery going well, Bryant could be back for Week 7 or 8, but it's also quite possible he'll need a few weeks beyond that to heal.||8 hours|