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Roddy White has hamstring injury

Monday, September 15, 2014, 10:11pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White suffered a hamstring injury and did not practice on Monday.

Fantasy Impact:

This is something owners need to keep an eye on as the Falcons play on Thursday night this week. Harry Douglas is considered a great handcuff option for owners of either Julio Jones or White.

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Arians: Andre Ellington will be 'fine' after bye week

Monday, September 15, 2014, 9:07pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Despite being responsible for three of the Cardinals 10 longest plays Sunday against the New York Giants, running back Andre Ellington is still in pain, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said.

“It’s uncomfortable but he’s getting it up pretty good,” Arians added during his Monday press conference.

“By after the bye week, he’ll be fine,” Arians said.

Fantasy Impact:

The story says the soreness in Ellington’s left foot has gone down considerably from last Monday, according to Arians. The plan is to give Ellington off Wednesday and have him practice Thursday and Friday to prep for the 49ers in Week 3. The Cards bye week is Week 4, and we heard all along Ellington just needs to rest the foot because the issue can't get any worse. Hopefully the bye week does just that.

Ahmad Bradsaw, Reggie Wayne ACTIVE for MNF

Monday, September 15, 2014, 7:37pm

Colts Inactives
Chris Carter LB Inactive
Jerrell Freeman ILB Inactive
Jonotthan Harrison C Inactive
Khaled Holmes C Inactive
Dion Lewis RB Inactive
Joe Reitz G Inactive
Da'Rick Rogers WR Inactive

Fantasy Impact:

Ahmad Bradshaw and Reggie Wayne are both active for MNF. Bradshaw will likely split work with Trent Richards but should be involved in the passing game. Both missed time this week for non-injury related reasons but are good to go against the Eagles.

Monday, September 15, 2014, 7:33pm

Eagles Inactives
Matt Barkley QB Inactive
Taylor Hart DE Inactive
Josh Huff WR Inactive
Marcus Smith LB Inactive
Matt Tobin T Inactive
Jaylen Watkins CB Inactive
Chris Polk RB Active
Brad Smith WR Active

Fantasy Impact:

No real surprises for the Eagles. Polk gets in his first game and could stay a little work from LeSean McCoy or Darren Sproles but not enough to worry about having either in lineups.

Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:31pm - [Full Article]

Detroit Lions rookie Nate Freese is focused on his kick, not whether he'll be still be on the roster by week's end.

Freese, a seventh-round draft pick out of Boston College, has missed three of his first five field goal attempts this season, including a pair of 49-yard efforts during the first half of the team's 24-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

The Lions haven't tipped their hand, one way or the other, regarding Freese's job security following the performance, only saying all options were on the table.

With veterans potentially coming in to audition for his job this week, Freese is keeping blinders on. He's only focused on fixing the inconsistencies in his technique that have plagued him since training camp.

Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:28pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Oakland Raiders, looking to bolster their wide receiving corps, signed fourth-year pass catcher Vincent Brown to a one-year deal, multiple sources told

Brown, who was released by the San Diego Chargers last month, worked out for the team Monday morning and passed a physical.

Rehabbing from a calf injury, Brown could be the jolt Oakland's offense needs. Brown was selected in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft and hauled in 41 receptions for 472 yards last season.

Fantasy Impact:

Brown was unimpressive last year as the Chargers WR2 opposite of Keenan Allen, who emerged as a rookie.

Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:24pm - [Full Article]

On Monday, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera had some encouraging news about Carolina's battered backfield.

"Mike Tolbert is OK. He is a little sore," Rivera said. "We'll see how he progresses with his treatment. "He kind of hyperventilated on the field because he couldn't get a clean gasp of air. He's pretty sore because he took a nice shot to the sternum."

Fozzy Whittaker pulled his quad, and Rivera classified the injury as "week-by-week."

DeAngelo Williams is expected to return to practice this week.

"DeAngelo is looking pretty good," Rivera said. "We'll see how he is on Wednesday on the practice field."

Texans could split up RB carries

Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:22pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Texans running back Arian Foster has 55 carries already this season -- the highest total any running back has had since 2006.

Texans coach Bill O'Brien steadfastly maintains the team will give Foster as many carries as is necessary for the team to win, whether that's 10 carries a game or 35. On Monday he admitted the Texans will probably spread out carries among the rest of the Texans' running backs later in the season.

"Certainly when you look at one player getting a ton of carries, that’s something that you have to pay attention to as a staff," O'Brien said. "We do that. But also we do what’s necessary to win a game."

Fantasy Impact:

It's easy to say, but it's another thing for the Texans to do it. There's not a ton of experience behind Foster once the team released Andre Brown. Alfred Blue had a 11 carries and Jonathan Grimes had three, but this game became a blowout. Even Ronnie Brown had three carries. In Week 1, when the Texans were in a close game with Washington, Foster carried 27 times while Grimes and Blue had only one carry each. With an injury history like Foster's, it's probably a good idea to cut back a little on his workload to keep him healthy for the long haul.

DeSean Jackson's availability in Week 3 could come down to pain threshold

Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:15pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson might be able to suit up Sunday in Philadelphia after all. Coach Jay Gruden said on Monday that Jackson has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 sprain of the AC joint in his left shoulder.

“He’ll be day-to-day,” Gruden said.

Jackson’s availability for Sunday’s game, Gruden said, could come down to his pain threshold.

“Depends on if he can play with the pain [whether] he’ll be good to go on Sunday,” Gruden said. “But we’ll have a better idea probably Thursday or Friday where he is.”

Fantasy Impact:

Because this week's game is in Philadelphia, the team who released Jackson, it might be a good bet that Jackson is a go. However, if that's the case, he may not be 100-percent so this is something for owners to monitor. It's a potentially a good matchup for Washington WRs.

Dez Bryant says his shoulder is fine

Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:09pm

Dallas Morning News - [Full Article]

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant headed to the locker room early in the game Sunday after making an 18-yard catch and landing awkwardly on his right shoulder. Bryant missed only one series and returned to play the rest of the game.

Bryant, who finished with 10 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown, said after the game that he was fine.

“He just hurt his shoulder,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday. “He came down on it. The trainers took him in and did what they needed to do and he came right back out and obviously was really, really productive throughout the game.

“Dez is a very, very tough individual. He’s physically tough and he’s mentally tough. … [We] anticipate taking his injury day by day. Hopefully he’ll be ready to do something Wednesday in practice.”

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds like Bryant is considered day-to-day but the fact he returned and was so productive should mean he's good for Week 3. However, continue to monitor him in practice this week. It sounds like the Cowboys are optimistic he's on the field Wednesday.

Monday, September 15, 2014, 4:06pm - [Full Article]

Giants wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan was said to have sustained a mid-foot sprain in the Giants loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Jernigan's injury wasn't disclosed, but it explains the increase in snaps for Preston Parker late in the contest. Parker had one catch for 29 yards on two targets in the second half.

The Giants are already short on receivers. Rookie Odell Beckham Jr. remains sidelined by a hamstring injury, although coach Tom Coughlin noted the training staff is "claiming he's getting better."

Fantasy Impact:

Jernigan was starting alongside Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle as the Giants were using three-wide-receiver sets on a majority of their plays in the first two games. Rookie Corey Washington and Parker are Coughlin's other options moving forward if Jernigan is sidelined.

Monday, September 15, 2014, 3:57pm

Dallas Morning News - [Full Article]

Observers insist Cowboys QB Tony Romo doesn’t look right in the first two weeks of the regular season. The consensus is that he doesn’t have the same zip on his passes.

Romo answered repeated questions on his health and arm strength in the wake of the team’s 26-10 victory over Tennessee.

“Listen, I’m telling you guys, the reason I’m excited is because of the way I’m throwing the football,’’ Romo said. “Physically just piercing it when I want to.

“I can throw it better than I ever have. The rest of it is part of the game and footwork and your hips. Did you find the guy at the right time, or are you working here and throwing it over there so it’s like you don’t get anything on it?’’

Romo concedes the subtle aspects of his set-up and delivery are coming along slowly since his back surgery nearly nine months ago. But he said he feels better with each week that goes by and is throwing the ball well down the field.

He said this even though he had only one completion that went for more than 20 yards against the Titans. While he had no interceptions, a sideline out to Jason Witten near the end of the first half would have been intercepted if the tight end hadn’t knocked the ball away from safety Bernard Pollard.

Fantasy Impact:

The Cowboys are fortunate enough to be riding the hot hand of RB DeMarco Murray who went over 100 yards both weeks of the season so far. With another favorable rushing matchup Week 3 for the Cowboys, expect more of the same. Things will start to get more difficult, however. Despite the talent around him, Romo has only put up very average fantasy numbers.

Monday, September 15, 2014, 2:24pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams WR Tavon Austin has a sprained MCL and is out roughly 2 weeks.

Reid: Jamaal Charles has high ankle sprain

Monday, September 15, 2014, 2:19pm

B.J. Kissel on Twitter - [Full Article]

"It doesn't look to be a real severe one, but it does have the component of a high ankle sprain," Chiefs coach Andy Reid on RB Jamaal Charles.

Fantasy Impact:

He didn't offer any timetable on Charles, but any kind of high ankle sprain you have to assume it's going to take some time, severe or not. If you're a Charles owner, Knile Davis is a must pickup. But even if you're not, Davis has some short term, favorable matchups that should make him worthy of a start in your lineup.

Jags to stick with Chad Henne at QB

Monday, September 15, 2014, 2:12pm - [Full Article]

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been outscored 75-10 since jumping out to a surprising 17-0 halftime lead at Philadelphia in the season opener.

Although the offense has ground to a halt, coach Gus Bradley said Monday, via The Florida Times-Union, Chad Henne will remain the starting quarterback for this week's game versus the Indianapolis Colts.

"There's going to be some changes," Bradley added, per the team's official Twitter feed. "If you're asking solely on the quarterback, that hasn't come up. ... Right now, Chad Henne's our starter."

Bradley told reporters that Henne has played well, but it's been a challenge to grade his performance with 14 sacks through two games.

Fantasy Impact:

It seems like it's only a matter of time before the team turns to Blake Bortles at QB - whether Henne is to blame for 10 points in the last game and a half or not. WR Allen Hurns is a question mark as is WR Cecil Shorts so the team could be looking at Marquis Lee and Allen Robinson starting this week. And the line hasn't opened many holes for RB Toby Gerhart so it's an offense to stay away from in terms of fantasy football.