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Thursday, October 30, 2014, 10:21pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

While the Giants were practicing on Thursday, RB Rashad Jennings was working with a trainer on a side field. He was running and dragging a weighted sled behind him. It was the first time he's done this since the injury. "We can build off that," Jennings said.

This is the first step in helping rebuild his strength in the knee and get his endurance to a point where he can carry a significant workload in a game.

Up next is running in zigzags. The expectation is that will come in the next couple days or so. Jennings hasn't reached the point of planting his foot in the ground and changing directions. He isn't ready to cut.

"We haven't gotten the OK for that," Jennings said.

Fantasy Impact:

Jennings hasn't had a setback, it's just taking a bit longer than expected for the knee to be ready for cuts.

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49ers TE Vernon Davis said his speed 'returned' during bye week

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 10:18pm

49ers.com - [Full Article]

With San Francisco taking Week 8 off as its bye, you can be assured that there was no player more thrilled with the timing than the 49ers' most prolific tight end, Vernon Davis.

“I think the bye week was a great opportunity for me to try and work on a couple of things and get healthy,” Davis told reporters on Thursday. “It was pretty good for me overall.”

Davis said his speed has returned this week at practice. Greg Roman also has witnessed a determined pass-catcher.

“He’s got a very focused glare when it comes to what he wants to accomplish from here on out,” the team’s offensive coordinator said.

Fantasy Impact:

Davis is currently our #12 TE for Week 9. He hasn't done much since Week 1 thanks to a few nagging injuries, most recently a back injury. He should perform better down the stretch.

DeAngelo Williams active for Panthers

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 7:17pm

Panthers Inactives
Byron Bell T
Bene' Benwikere CB
Philly Brown WR
Thomas DeCoud FS
Amini Silatolu G
Trai Turner G
Fozzy Whittaker RB

Fantasy Impact:

DeAngelo Williams returns for the Panthers and is expected to get the start with Jonathan Stewart rotating in behind him.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 7:14pm

Saints Inactives
Jonathan Goodwin C
David Hawthorne ILB
Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB
Austin Johnson FB
Khiry Robinson RB
Pierre Thomas RB
Nick Toon WR

Fantasy Impact:

Mark Ingram will again be asked to carry the load at RB with Travaris Cadett chipping in on some passing downs. Jimmy Graham is active as expected.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. No worries here.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. Griffin has been medically cleared to play and will start, per HC Jay Gruden. He’s a risky start, but given his weapons and ability add fantasy points in the running game, we believe he’s a high-end QB2 against the Vikings.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) missed practice again Thursday. Owner Jerry Jones said that the injury is a “function of pain tolerance,” and that it would come down to a game-time decision. Jason Garrett says he’s optimistic about Romo’s availability. The Cowboys play early on Sunday, though we would shy away from using Romo since one hard hit could knock him out of the game.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Chiefs QB Alex Smith (right shoulder) took full practice reps again Thursday. Smith should be fine for a great matchup against the Jets. He had a great matchup in Week 8, but failed to score a touchdown as the Chiefs found other ways to score.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Jets QB Geno Smith (right shoulder) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Michael Vick will start against the Chiefs in Week 9.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) missed practice again Thursday. It looks like Ball will miss another week, but we’ll continue to monitor his progress. Ronnie Hillman is a strong play against a Patriots defense that has struggled against running backs this season.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hip) missed practice again Thursday. The injury reportedly isn’t serious, but Bernard suddenly looks iffy for Sunday. If he can’t play, Jeremy Hill would be a very good start against the Jaguars. The Bengals play early on Sunday.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Texans RB Alfred Blue (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (not injury related) missed practice Thursday. Bradshaw was just getting a day of rest ahead of a revenge game against his old team.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) took full practice reps again Thursday. It looks like Brown is on track to play in Week 9. His presence will put a dent in Branden Oliver’s workload, though we expect Oliver to remain the lead back.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (back) took full practice reps again Thursday. Charles should be fine for a so-so matchup against the Jets.