|Fri Oct 9||19:31||Washington's (hamstring) status remains cloudy||Nate Washington||WR||Titans||The Blumpies|
Washington's (hamstring) status remains cloudy, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Per coach Bill O'Brien, there is a better chance that fellow wideout Cecil Shorts will return to action next week than Washington. Though we suppose that Washington's Week 6 outlook could look up in the coming days once the Texans resume practice, Friday's report makes such an outcome seem iffy.
|Fri Oct 9||19:29||Richardson has herniated disk in his neck and expected to miss r...||Sean Richardson||S||Packers||Free Agent|
Richardson has a herniated disk in his neck and is expected to miss the rest of the season, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
The injury is reportedly similar to the one Richardson suffered in 2012 which required neck fusion surgery. Given that the Packers have been very conservative with neck injuries -- they refused to clear Nick Collins or Jermichael Finely in recent years -- it's reasonable to wonder if this latest injury could jeopardize Richardson's career.
|Fri Oct 9||19:28||Per coach Bill O'Brien||Cecil Shorts III||WR/KR||Jaguars||Free Agent|
Per coach Bill O'Brien, there is a better chance that Shorts (shoulder) will return to action next week than fellow wideout Nate Washington, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Shorts, who is bouncing back from a dislocated left shoulder that didn't require surgery, is out of the sling that he was sporting earlier this week, thus opening the door for a possible return to action as soon as Week 6 against the Jaguars.
|Fri Oct 9||19:24||Mallett's teammate||Ryan Mallett||QB||Patriots||Free Agent|
Mallett's teammate, Brian Hoyer, will start against the Jaguars in Week 6, the Houston Chronicle reports.
While coach Bill O'Brien declined to commit to Hoyer as the team's starter for the remainder of the season, Mallett is only worth stashing in the deepest of leagues, as he's no lock to get another chance to start for the Texans moving forward, in the absence of an injury to Hoyer.
|Fri Oct 9||19:17||Hoyer will start Week's 6's game against Jaguars||Brian Hoyer||QB||Patriots||Free Agent|
Hoyer will start Week's 6's game against the Jaguars, the Houston Chronicle reports. "Brian Hoyer will start the game against Jacksonville and we'll go from there," coach Bill O'Brien noted Friday.
Hoyer replaced Ryan Mallett Thursday night and proceeded to complete 24 of 31 passes for 312 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, en route to compiling a 116.6 passer rating. While O'Brien hasn't hesitated to switch things up at the QB position this season, we suspect that this change has a good chance to stick, as long as Hoyer remains healthy.
|Fri Oct 9||18:41||Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he expects Lynch (...||Marshawn Lynch||RB||Seahawks||ClayCounty|
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he expects Lynch (hamstring) to return for Week 6 against the Panthers, the Seattle Times reports.
Carroll said Lynch might be physically capable of playing in Sunday's game against the Bengals, adding that the team ruled out its star running back because it was worried that a re-injury could lead to an extended absence. Thomas Rawls is thus in line to lead the Seattle backfield in a tough road matchup against the Bengals, with Fred Jackson (questionable-ankle) potentially available as a complement. If Jackson sits, the Seahawks will likely sign another player and/or use fullback Derrick Coleman as the top backup. Despite the internal optimism, Lynch can still be considered questionable for Week 6.
|Fri Oct 9||17:47||Jones (ankle) practiced in limited fashion Friday||Jacoby Jones||WR||Ravens||Free Agent|
Jones (ankle) practiced in a limited fashion Friday.
While Jones' status for Monday night's game against the Steelers is uncertain, his potential return arrives at a good time, given that fellow wideout Stevie Johnson is dealing with a hamstring injury.
|Fri Oct 9||17:46||Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Jackson (ankle) will likel...||Fred Jackson||RB||Bills||HPO|
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Jackson (ankle) will likely play in Sunday's game against the Bengals, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Jackson's high-ankle sprain apparently isn't too serious, as he's expected to take the field just six days after suffering the injury. This situation would normally bring about skepticism, but if the Seahawks wanted to be deceptive about their Week 5 backfield plans, they wouldn't have ruled out Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) on Friday. Of course, there's no guarantee Jackson will be at full strength if he plays, and he would likely be working in a complementary role behind Thomas Rawls.
|Fri Oct 9||17:43||Floyd (concussion) practiced fully Friday||Malcom Floyd||WR||Chargers||DBTS|
Floyd (concussion) practiced fully Friday.
With back-to-back full practices under his belt this week, Floyd is trending toward a probable designation for Monday night's game against the Steelers.
|Fri Oct 9||17:41||Johnson (hamstring) did not practice Friday||Stevie Johnson||WR||Bills||ClayCounty|
Johnson (hamstring) did not practice Friday.
More on Johnson's status Saturday, but unless he returns to practice -- and looks good in doing so -- he looks like a risky Week 5 play, given the Chargers' Monday night kickoff against the Steelers.
|Fri Oct 9||17:37||Garcon (knee) listed as probable for Sunday's game in Atlanta||Pierre Garcon||WR||Redskins||Edgar's Kids|
Garcon (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game in Atlanta.
Garcon was a full participant throughout the week of practice, confirming that his sore knee is a non-issue. With DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Jordan Reed (concussion) both missing a game in which the Redskins are heavy underdogs, Garcon could be in for massive volume.
|Fri Oct 9||17:36||Crabtree (ankle) probable for Sunday's game against Broncos||Michael Crabtree||WR||49ers||Diddlee Poo|
Crabtree (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against the Broncos, CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair reports.
Crabtree, who checks in with 23 catches for 264 yards and a TD through four games, will have his work cut out for him Sunday, while facing a Denver defense that has allowed a league-low average of 185.2 passing yards per game to date.
|Fri Oct 9||17:26||Jones (foot) won't play Sunday against Broncos||Taiwan Jones||RB||Raiders||Free Agent|
Jones (foot) won't play Sunday against the Broncos, CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair reports.
While Jones' absence doesn't create much of a fantasy splash, it does represent a hit to both the Raiders' backfield and kick return depth.
|Fri Oct 9||17:25||Lee (concussion) listed as probable for Sunday's game against Pa...||Sean Lee||LB||Cowboys||Free Agent|
Lee (concussion) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Patriots.
Despite exiting with a concussion in the first half of last week's loss to the Saints, Lee is on pace for 144 tackles. Facing a fast-paced, high-powered New England offense, Lee is one of the better IDP options in Week 5. He's also one of the better options for the entire season, with his ability to stay healthy the only real concern.
|Fri Oct 9||17:18||Jackson (ankle) returned to limited practice Friday and listed a...||Fred Jackson||RB||Bills||HPO|
Jackson (ankle) returned to a limited practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Cincinnati.
The Seahawks have yet to sign a fourth running back, even though Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) has been ruled out and Jackson is dealing with a high-ankle sprain. The lack of a transaction might seem to hint at Jackson suiting up, but it's also quite possible the Seahawks are comfortable using fullback Derrick Coleman as a backup running back. Given that he'll be six days removed from suffering a high-ankle sprain, Jackson still seems unlikely to play in Sunday's game. Even if he's active, it's possible he'll just be around as an emergency backup. Thomas Rawls is set to dominate the Week 5 snaps in Seattle's backfield.
|Fri Oct 9||17:17||Lewis (knee) listed as probable for Sunday's game against Bucs||Marcedes Lewis||TE||Jaguars||Free Agent|
Lewis (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Bucs.
Lewis did catch five passes on eight targets for 40 yards against the Colts last Sunday, but with the return of Julius Thomas not too far off, Lewis' window of fantasy opportunity figures to be closing soon.
|Fri Oct 9||17:11||Matthews (quadriceps) full participant at practice Friday and pr...||Clay Matthews||LB||Packers||Free Agent|
Matthews (quadriceps) was a full participant at practice Friday and is probable for Sunday's game against the Rams.
There was some concern Thursday when Matthews was listed as a limited participant on the team's injury report, however that concern should dissipate quickly considering Matthews was not held up at all during practice Friday. While nothing has been confirmed, it seems likely Matthews will be able to play Sunday against the Rams.
|Fri Oct 9||17:06||McCoy relayed Friday that he dealing with Grade 2 hamstring pull||LeSean McCoy||RB||Eagles||The Porn Pirates|
McCoy, who was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Titans, relayed Friday that he has been dealing with a Grade 2 hamstring pull, ESPN.com reports.
McCoy, who aggravated his hamstring injury during practice in Week 3, indicated that his injury is typically a three-to-four week issue, which clouds his status for the Bills' next two games in advance of their Week 8 bye, namely an Oct. 18 contest against the Bengals and an Oct. 25 tilt against the Jaguars in London.
|Fri Oct 9||16:58||Bulaga (knee) questionable for Sunday's game against Rams||Bryan Bulaga||OT||Packers||Free Agent|
Bulaga (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams.
Bulaga has been a limited participant in practice all week -- a good sign considering he hasn't been able to take the field since Week 1 after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus. That being said, no official word has been announced regarding his status for Sunday, likely making him a game-time decision against the Rams.
|Fri Oct 9||16:50||Davis (knee) ruled out for Sunday's game against Giants||Vernon Davis||TE||49ers||The Squirts|
Davis (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants.
Garrett Celek figures to get another start, with Vance McDonald serving as the No. 2 tight end. The San Francisco offense has been a dead zone for fantasy production, and there's little reason to expect anything from the team's tight ends, regardless of Davis' health.