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Vernon Davis just has a deep ankle bruise

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 1:48pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Vernon Davis left Sunday night’s game on crutches, but he could be back on his feet soon.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, Davis avoided a serious ankle injury and could be back as soon as Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.

An MRI yesterday revealed a deep bruise, but no structural damage.

Davis wasn’t able to return to the game after being rolled by Bears linebacker Jon Bostic. That left them thin, with backup tight end Vance McDonald suffering a knee injury and Derek Carrier is the only healthy tight end on the roster.

Fantasy Impact:

Davis wasn’t able to return to the game after being rolled by Bears linebacker Jon Bostic. That left them thin, with backup tight end Vance McDonald suffering a knee injury and Derek Carrier is the only healthy tight end on the roster. Keep an eye on his progress this week. Davis has a potentially good matchup against the Cards who struggle to defend the TE. Since it's a late afternoon game, owners will still need a backup plan in place in case Davis can't go.

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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.

Carson Palmer unsure when he'll return

Monday, September 15, 2014, 9:59am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Cardinals said all last week that they expected quarterback Carson Palmer to play against the Giants even though he was only practicing in a limited fashion because of a shoulder injury.

On Sunday, Palmer said that wasn’t quite accurate because he was never close to playing in Week 2 because of the nerve issue he’s dealing with in the shoulder. Palmer said that he isn’t sure when he’ll be able to return to the lineup because doctors don’t know how long it will take for the issue to resolve itself.

“They said my shoulder was stretched out and I landed on the nerve, shut the nerve down,” Palmer said, via the Arizona Republic. “It’s just one of those things you’ve just go to wait and hope it wakes up. There’s no, ‘it needs 48 hours. It needs six days, it needs 12 days. You just don’t know.”

Fantasy Impact:

Drew Stanton would get the call if Palmer can't go in Week 3, a tough divisional matchup against the 49ers. With a bye in Week 4, it's very possible Palmer again sits in Week 3 and then comes back Week 5. Stanton didn't turn the ball over but didn't look overly impressive either, throwing for 167 yards. Stanton brings down the value a bit of WRs Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald in what was already a tough matchup against San Francisco.

Vernon Davis spotted on crutches

Monday, September 15, 2014, 9:32am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, tight end Vernon Davis missed the last 10 minutes of the game and was on crutches in the locker room with an ankle injury.

Davis came up hobbling after a hit by Bears linebacker Jon Bostic, in which is foot was caught underneath him. On the next play, Colin Kaepernick was picked off throwing to third-string tight end Derek Carrier. Backup Vance McDonald hurt his knee in the first half and was limited in the second half.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say that 49ers coach John Harbaugh was asked about the condition of his Pro Bowl tight end but all he said was he didn't talk to Davis after the game. Obviously there will be tests today to determine his status, including a possible MRI. It wasn't a good night for 49er TEs as backup Vance McDonald was limited by a first-half knee injury. Third stringer Derek Carrier was forced into action as a result.

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 7:11pm

49ers Inactives
Tramaine Brock CB
Anthony Davis T
Demarcus Dobbs TE
Josh Johnson QB
Brandon Lloyd WR
Marcus Martin C
Quinton Patton WR

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 1:35pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

In desperate need of good news, here's some for the Giants and WR Victor Cruz. The Giants top wide receiver appears likely to avoid what some consider the NFL's top cornerback.

Arizona's Patrick Peterson is a Pro Bowl and All-Pro player. And while he has in the past slipped inside to guard receivers in the slot -- where Cruz resides on a regular basis -- he's unlikely to do it on Sunday when the Giants welcome the Arizona Cardinals in their home opener.

When asked about it this week, Peterson told Cardinals reporters that Cruz was "an inside guy." He then went on to explain that he didn't expect to move around until Arizona plays the 49ers and top wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

"Now next week when we play San Francisco, not to jump ahead, when we get to those guys, that's when you'll start to see a little matching up, here and there," Peterson said.

Fantasy Impact:

The Giants had trouble getting Cruz the ball in the opener. He had two receptions 24 yards on Monday night in Detroit, and expressed a need the following day to get the ball earlier and more often, even if he did drop a pair of passes. Both he and Rueben Randle didn't appear on the same page as Eli Manning several times when Manning changed the play. The bad news is Peterson will be on someone, perhaps Randle, on Sunday afternoon.

Bears will use 'every minute' before game to make decisions on WRs

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 9:28am

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will not know who his options are at wide receiver for Sunday night's game with the San Francisco 49ers are until shortly before kickoff.

''We'll see where we are closer to the game,'' coach Marc Trestman said. ''We've got up to 90 minutes before the game to make those decisions and we're going to use every minute of it to make sure we make the right decision in the best interests of the team, and certainly for the player.''

Trestman said he has no overall policy about using a player who hasn't been able to practice during the week, calling it a ''player to player decision.''
''The No. 1 thing I want to be sure is that the player is healthy enough to play the game and can be safe out there,'' he said.

Fantasy Impact:

As we had in our injury reports, WR Brandon Marshall didn't practice Friday while WR Alshon Jeffery did do some work. Owners probably shouldn't expect a decision until right before the game, based on this story, which puts owners in a tough spot. Obviously QB Jay Cutler's value takes a huge hit if both guys are out so he's a very risky start in what already isn't a great matchup. Cutler owners may just want to go another direction while Marshall and Jeffery owners need a backup plan in place.

49ers Beat: Colin Kaepernick's read-option could return in Week 2

Friday, September 12, 2014, 1:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

After cutting LaMichael James this week, the 49ers have just two tailbacks on the roster. Facing a Chicago Bears team that gave up 193 yards on the ground in its opener, you have to figure the Niners would stick to a ground attack in christening Levi's Stadium. So investing in Frank Gore seems smart. But the feeling in Santa Clara, California, is quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the read-option could make a big comeback against the Bears as well.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bears do not have a good defense and Kaepernick is already our #5 QB this week, but if the 49ers use him in the running game extensively, he'll have upside from there.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Marshall didn’t sound confident about practicing on Friday either. He typically plays through nagging injuries, so we’re tentatively expecting him to suit up against the 49ers, especially with Alshon Jeffery nursing a hamstring injury.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (calf) returns to full participation

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 10:33pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

After being limited in practices leading up to the season opener last week due to a calf strain, 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree was back as a full participant on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact:

Crabtree had a quiet game against the Cowboys, but should be able to post better numbers against a shaky Bears defense in Week 2.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Marshall said that he would be ready to face the 49ers in Week 2, but we’ll still keep an eye on his practice activity this week.

Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) says he'll 'be ready' to play in Week 2

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 11:43am

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Bears WR Brandon Marshall didn’t only lose a fumble in the loss, he also hurt his right ankle when he was bent backward after a 7-yard reception in the third quarter. That play was originally ruled an incompletion on the field. But after the Bears receiver pressed coach Marc Trestman to challenge the play, the review came back in the Bears favor.

Marshall returned to action after the injury but appeared to aggravate the ankle on a fourth-quarter incompletion thrown his way. But Tuesday, he vowed to be ready to start this Sunday night’s prime time showdown with the 49ers in San Francisco.

“I’ll be ready to play,” Marshall said. “I’ll be ready to play.”

Fantasy Impact:

Marshall has a tough matchup with the 49ers, but the team is already in desperation mode after a bad loss to the Bills at home in Week 1. The larger question is whether or not Alshon Jeffery will be ready to play. The team has downplayed his hamstring injury so far, but he was unable to return to the game against the Bills.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 8:38pm

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Since the 2011 postseason, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has played in 13 games that have been either playoff contests or games where he faced a defense that finished the year ranked in the top 10. The 2014 Seahawks are included on that list because they're the defending Super Bowl champion and were ranked No. 1 in all major defensive categories last season.

In those 13 contests, Rodgers and the Packers are 5-8. Rodgers hasn't been bad in these games. He just hasn't been special like he was in 2010.

In those 13 games, Rodgers has a passer rating of 96.4. He's completed 64.8% of his passes, averaged 259.4 passing yards per game, and has 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Rodgers is 0-6 against NFC powers San Francisco and Seattle since the start of the 2012 season. He's 1-3 in the postseason the last three years. And up-and-comers Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson have gotten the better of him.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story points out, no one will argue that Rodgers remains one of the NFL's elite players and brightest stars. But he hasn't been as dynamic in big games, the kind that cement a player's legacy. And what that means for fantasy owners is he hasn't put up stud numbers against some top defenses recently. Most QBs probably don't. While it's hard to sit Rodgers if he's healthy against anyone, this is why a lot of owners use the QB by committee approach. And something else to think about for Rodgers owners: Weeks 6-10 (bye Week 9) he's scheduled to play four-straight, top-10 defenses in terms of allowing fantasy points to QB, according to our Strength of Schedule. The good news is after that it's pretty clear sailing including fantasy playoff weeks...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 12:38pm

DallasCowboys.com - [Full Article]

A question about Cowboys QB Tony Romo's mechanics was asked on the team's Web site:

Q - It seemed that a bunch of Romo's passes on Sunday were lofted and lacked the zip of his past years. He was not setting his feet before these throws, are his mechanics are back yet?

Bryan Broaddus: The best example of that was the third down throw across the middle to Cole Beasley late in the game. It’s a throw that Romo has made a hundred times, but in this case his left foot was wide open, as were his hips. His momentum was all going to the left trying to make a throw that required him to be square to the target. He tried to throw the ball by flipping it and it was way too high. What was strange about his game is that if you look at the early throws to Williams and Bryant on the slants he was right where he needed to be.

David Helman: Jerry Jones talked about this a bit on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday. He pointed out that Romo’s longest gain of the day, a 57-yarder to Dwayne Harris, came on a “duck” of a throw. This raises some pretty obvious questions about whether Romo is rusty after a limited preseason, or if he is still feeling the effects of his back injury. He made accurate throws during training camp. But it’s something to keep an eye on.

Fantasy Impact:

Romo did struggle at times but it was a tough start going against the 49ers defense. Dallas gets another tough test against the Titans defense that looked good against the Chiefs. Romo has a lot of talent to work with but he may be a classic wait-and-see QB candidate at this point until he shakes off what many hope is just rust.

Monday, September 8, 2014, 2:41pm

Adam Caplan on Twitter - [Full Article]

RB LaMichael James has been granted his release from the 49ers according to his agent.