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Saturday, October 25, 2014, 6:34pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Saints have added a third tailback for Sunday night’s game vs. Green Bay.

The club promoted running back Edwin Baker from the practice squad on Saturday. To make room for Baker, the Saints released tight end Tom Crabtree. Both moves were announced on the NFL’s transaction wire.

The 23-year-old Baker signed with the Saints’ practice squad in September. He has played in three regular season games, all with the Browns at the end of 2013. In that three-game span, Baker rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns on 43 carries and caught eight passes for 57 yards. He started Cleveland’s final two contests.

In addition to playing for Cleveland, Baker has had stints with the Chargers, Broncos and Texans. A Michigan State product, Baker was a seventh-round pick of San Diego in 2012.

Fantasy Impact:

Baker will back up Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet for New Orleans, which has ruled out tailbacks Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson.

Week 8 MNF Injury Report - Robert Griffin III QUESTIONABLE

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 5:00pm

Redskins
QUESTIONABLE
QB Robert Griffin (ankle), CB Tracy Porter (hamstring)

PROBABLE
DE Chris Baker (thigh), S Ryan Clark (ankle, shoulder), RB Alfred Morris (ankle), T Tyler Polumbus (knee), LB Perry Riley (knee), T Trent Williams (knee)

Cowboys
OUT
DE Jack Crawford (calf)

PROBABLE
WR Dez Bryant (shoulder), LB Bruce Carter (thigh), T Doug Free (foot), S Jakar Hamilton (not injury related), T Jermey Parnell (chest), QB Tony Romo (back), DE Anthony Spencer (knee, foot)

Fantasy Impact:

RGIII is questionable and was limited at practice all week. The team said they are preparing as of Colt McCoy is starting, but leaving open the possibility Griffin will play. Seems like a longshot, and owners shouldn't count on him. On top of those risks, the Cowboys defense has been playing well this year so it's not a great matchup for Washington on the road.

Also of note, Cowboys WR Dez Bryant and QB Tony Romo are considered probable, as is Washington RB Alfred Morris. All are expected to play and it's especially a great matchup for Bryant and Romo.

Shonn Greene arrested

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 1:33pm

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

Titans running back Shonn Greene was arrested on Friday night on a handful of charges, the most serious a resisting stop charge stemming from him leaving the scene of an incident in Franklin, Tennessee.

Greene was charged with a handicap parking violation, driving on a revoked/suspended license, reckless driving and resisting stop/halt/frisk.

The incident began when Greene parked in a handicap parking space on the square in Franklin, located roughly 20 miles south of Nashville. When a parking enforcement officer approached Greene to issue a citation, police say he got in his 2012 BMW M6 and maneuvered to get around the parking enforcement officer's vehicle.

According to police, Greene nearly struck the officer's vehicle, and sped off from the area. Greene was later approached when he got caught up in traffic, but sped off again, police say.

Broncos Beat: Ronnie Hillman has the hot hand

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 1:29pm

DenverBroncos.com - [Full Article]

Denver's RB Juwan Thompson brings power, short-yardage potential and blocking ability. But Ronnie Hillman is playing too well to be de-emphasized -- not only as a runner, but in pass protection and ball security (one fumble in 86 touches this season). You might see more from Thompson, Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson, but for the moment, Hillman has the hot hand.

Fantasy Impact:

We've been hearing even when Ball comes back he may not have RB1 opportunities again this year because of his injuries. That could be especially true with Hillman playing as well as he is and Thompson a nice compliment as a power and short yardage back. This article said that despite Thompson's two TDs, the team likes the way Hillman is playing in all aspects of the game.

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:48am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

RB Dri Archer's role with the Steelers is about to shrink even more.

Set to face the Colts on Sunday night, Pittsburgh has stripped Archer of his kick returning duties in favor of hammer-dropping running back LeGarrette Blount.

"Things didn't work out as well as they wanted before, so they switched it up," Blount said Friday, per The Associated Press. "(And) I'm excited about it. It's going to be fun. We're hoping that we can get everything done the way that we want to get it done, and we hope that we can be effective with it so we can keep it going."

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:45am

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson is getting close to returning to the lineup, but he remains a “long shot” to play Monday night in Dallas, Coach Jay Gruden said.

“We have not made that decision yet,” Gruden said, referring to Hankerson’s timeline. “We’ve got a logjam at wide receiver.”

Hankerson started the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list while he continued to rehabbed from major knee surgery. The 25-year-old returned to practice on Oct. 15, opening a three week window for the Redskins to decide whether to activate him, place him on season-ending injured reserve or release him.

Based on Gruden’s comments, the Redskins intend to eventually activate Hankerson and cut another player to make room for him on the 53-man roster. The only question is when.

Fantasy Impact:

Hankerson has something no other receiver on the roster possesses: height. At 6-2, he’s two-inches taller than any other player at his position. Offensive coordinator Sean McVay said it’s only a matter of time before Hankerson rejoins the lineup. The story also said Hankerson will need some reps. It remains to be seen what kind of role he'll have, as he'll at least be fourth on the depth chart behind DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts, but could see some red zone work if the Skins plan to take advantage of his height.

Chargers Beat: Ryan Mathews could be back Week 9

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:39am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews knew he wouldn't play the Bills.

He knew he wouldn't face the Jaguars or the Jets, the Raiders or the Chiefs. It became clear, well in advance of Thursday night, he wouldn't be active against the Broncos either. This next game, Nov. 2 in Miami, is different. For the first time, there seems a chance he could play.

"That's in my head," Mathews said Friday. "I'm just going keep doing my treatment this week, come back on Monday, and see what they say."

Fantasy Impact:

The Chargers running back missed his sixth straight game Thursday night to a right knee injury. He sprained his medial collateral ligament Sept. 14 against the Seahawks. Mathews is nearing a return, unlikely to miss more than one additional game, if that, the story said. If he plays Nov. 2, he could be eased in, but perhaps the thing to note is if Mathews is on your wire, now may be the time to pick him up. Branden Oliver hasn't been impressive rushing the ball the last two weeks, so there's a good chance Mathews slides right back into his RB1 role. Oliver did catch seven passes Thursday night against Denver so he's still likely to have a role in the offense. Donald Brown is also expected to practice next week.

Report: Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush not likely to play Week 8

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:33am

Ed Werder on Twitter - [Full Article]

ESPN reporter Ed Werder was told: Jim Caldwell is looking big picture and WR Calvin Johnson, RB Reggie Bush not likely to play for Lions in London.

Fantasy Impact:

Caldwell may think this is a game the team can win without Johnson and Bush, and with a bye next week it gives both a chance to rest and come back strong in Week 10. As we've been saying, this is a 9:30 a.m. Eastern time kickoff, so owners can't forget to address this fantasy situation early.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 8. Brady will be fine to face the Bears.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) took limited practice reps again Friday. Griffin is not expected to play on Monday night. Colt McCoy will get the start. He completed 11 of 12 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown in Week 7, though his numbers were inflated by a 70-yard catch and run by Pierre Garcon.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Titans QB Jake Locker (right hand, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 8. Zach Mettenberger will get the start for the Titans. He has a strong arm, which may be good for deep threat Justin Hunter.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (right thumb, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 8. We’re expecting Mike Glennon to continue to start for the Bucs.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday. No worries here. The Cowboys don’t play until Monday night, so Romo was just getting his usual rest on Thursday.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (ribs, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 8. Bernard will play in a tough matchup against the Ravens. He may not find much room to run, but he racked up 19 catches for 150 yards and a TD in his three meetings with the Ravens. The Bengals will be without A.J. Green, however, so the defense will be able to focus its attention on stopping Bernard.