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Rams WR Stedman Bailey in critical condition after being shot twice

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 9:55am

USA Today - [Full Article]

St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey was in critical but stable condition early Wednesday morning after being shot twice in the head in Miami, according to multiple reports.

Bailey was shot twice in the head while sitting in a car Tuesday evening, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported. His injuries were not considered life-threatening, according to NFL Media's Mike Silver.

Fantasy Impact:

Bailey was shot while serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 8:18pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum did not practice Tuesday while going through the NFL's concussion protocol, and coach Jeff Fisher is hopeful he'll be cleared Wednesday.

Fisher said Keenum, injured late in Sunday's loss at Baltimore when the back of his helmet banged into the turf after a hit, was at Rams Park studying film and participating in meetings on Tuesday.

"We're hopeful tomorrow he'll be ready to do some things outside," Fisher said. "So he's feeling pretty well, actually."

Fantasy Impact:

The NFL is investigating whether correct concussion protocol was followed when Keenum was injured. Fisher didn't learn Keenum had sustained a concussion until after his postgame news conference. Fisher is a member of the Competition Committee, but said that was irrelevant in this situation. It sounds like if Keenum is cleared he'll play in Week 12. Nick Foles would start if Keenum can't get on the field.

Justin Forsett should be ready for 2016

Monday, November 23, 2015, 9:10pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Justin Forsett's broken right arm, as gruesome as it was to watch the injury happen, shouldn't limit his long-term role with the Ravens.

The 2014 Pro Bowl running back appeared to be on his way to a great performance when St. Louis Rams star defensive tackle Aaron Donald threw him to the ground and caused his right arm to break from the impact during the first quarter of Sunday’s 16-13 Ravens win over St. Louis.

Forsett tweeted that he was having surgery Monday afternoon, and coach John Harbaugh said that while he hasn’t been given a prognosis, he doesn’t expect Forsett to miss more than this season.

"My assumption is that … bones heal pretty quickly, so I’m sure he’ll be back in the offseason lifting weights and training,” Harbaugh said. “I would expect Justin back next year full-speed, ready to go. He’s under contract, and a big part of what we’re doing going forward.”

Fantasy Impact:

A season ago, Forsett emerged from being a training camp afterthought to rush for a league-high 5.4 yards per carry (235 carries for 1,266 yards) and make his first Pro Bowl. The Ravens rewarded him with a three-year, $9 million contract this offseason, though most of the guaranteed money comes in 2015. The Ravens have struggled to run the ball this year. Javorius Allen will get a chance to show his stuff with what should be a big part of the workload for the rest of the season.

Case Keenum has concussion

Sunday, November 22, 2015, 7:40pm

Jim Thomas on Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams QB Case Keenum was diagnosed with concussion and was unavailable to media.

Fantasy Impact:

If Keenum can't play in Week 12, an early afternoon game against the Bengals, Nick Foles would likely be back under center.

Joe Flacco tears ACL, out for year

Sunday, November 22, 2015, 7:20pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Ravens QB Joe Flacco will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL and possibly a torn MCL, coach John Harbaugh announced after the Ravens' win over the Rams.

"It's just the nature of the game, man," Flacco said after the game. "Stuff like this happens. So you've just got to stand tall and get through it."

The Ravens could take solace that the timing of the injury gives Flacco more time to rehabilitate for 2016. The injury also came in a rare lost season for the Ravens.

Fantasy Impact:

The Ravens will turn to Matt Schaub at QB for the rest of the year. RB Justin Forsett (broken arm) was also lost for the year in this game. Of course, the team was already without Steve L. Smith so it could be a struggle on offense for Schaub.

Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm

Rams TE Justice Cunningham (finger, questionable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 11.

Bears need to make decision on Kevin White soon

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 8:22pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Chicago Bears used the seventh-overall pick in this year's draft to select wide receiver Kevin White, a 6-foot-3 West Virginia product with the ability to stretch the field. Originally expected to make an immediate impact, he has spent his rookie season languishing on the physically unable to perform list instead.

White, who suffered a stress fracture in his left shin and underwent a surgical procedure in August, will learn his fate soon enough. The Bears have until Tuesday, Nov. 24, to either activate him or declare him out for the rest of the season, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

After the Bears' 37-13 defeat of the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday, reporters asked White when he'll be cleared for practice.

"I am not sure," White said, per the Tribune. "I don’t know. When I know, that is when you guys will know. It’s day-by-day. I guess we’ll see."

Fantasy Impact:

Most thought the Bears would have White just sit out the season, but the team is creeping back into the playoff picture. The Bears have won back-to-back games and are clinging to life with a 4-5 record. With the team heating up and a very winnable slate ahead, Chicago will certainly want White in the mix if there's a legitimate chance to make a push for the playoffs. In fantasy terms, he's a very risky, but possibly sneaky add if he's sitting out there on your wire. Roster spots are valuable this time of year and White would likely need some time to get up to speed but sounds like potential owners would know by next week at this time.

Nick Foles benched, but 'eventually will be under center again'

Monday, November 16, 2015, 8:08pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Although Rams coach Jeff Fisher has benched quarterback Nick Foles for Case Keenum, Fisher told reporters on Monday that Foles will be back. Not could be back. Will be back.

“I need more production and it starts with that position,” Fisher said. “As I told Case, he doesn’t have a short leash. We’re going to let him play. We’re going to use his legs and let him make some plays.”

But while the leash isn’t short, there’s apparently still a leash.

“Nick also understands that he eventually will be under center for us again,” Fisher said. “But this is my decision based on what I think is best for this team offensively is to go this direction.”

Like all decisions, this one is still subject to change.

Fantasy Impact:

The Rams have some nice pieces with RB Todd Gurley and emerging WR Tavon Austin. But Foles has only gone over 200 yards once this season - that was Week 1 where he threw for 297 yards. He has just one TD pass in his last four games, that coming in Week 8, although his only INT in that span was this past week. But clearly, the offense in struggling and needs the threat of a passing game or teams will start to really key on Gurley.

Monday, November 16, 2015, 12:07pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins was released from the hospital Monday morning and is returning to Cleveland, the Browns announced.

Hawkins was admitted to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Sunday after taking a blow to the head late in his team's 30-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The fifth-year receiver had missed the Browns' previous two games after being diagnosed with a concussion late in a loss to the St. Louis Rams on Oct. 25.

He had been cleared to return for the Pittsburgh game and recorded seven receptions for 69 yards before the injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Hawkins' brother Artrell Hawkins Jr. posted on Facebook that Andrew "has no memory of what happened and is very confused," the story said.

Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) cleared to play Week 10

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 7:50pm

Star-Tribune - [Full Article]

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer maintained all week that he expected Teddy Bridgewater to play Sunday against the Raiders. But as of Friday, he was still waiting for his quarterback to get the green light from an independent neurologist to clear him through the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Bridgewater has finally been cleared to start, according to an ESPN report.

Bridgewater suffered his concussion in the fourth quarter of last weekend’s 21-18 overtime victory over the Rams. He was shouldered in the head by Rams rookie cornerback Lamarcus Joyner as he slid down following a run for a first down. Joyner was fined $23,152 for the hit by the NFL this week.

Fantasy Impact:

He practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and was a full participant on both Thursday and Friday. The Vikings listed him as questionable on Friday’s final injury report, which is supposed to mean he had a 50/50 chance to play. But Zimmer was certain Bridgewater would.

Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm

Bears RB Matt Forte (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 10. Forte is expected to miss one more week, though it looks like there’s a slim chance that he plays against the Rams. HC John Fox is very secretive, so all we can do is wait for the injury report and Sunday inactives. Last week, Jeremy Langford posted 142 total yards and a touchdown on 21 touches, and will be a Sneaky Start if Forte remains sidelined.

Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm

Rams RB Todd Gurley (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 10. Gurley is good to go for a so-so matchup with the Bears. He’s averaging 24.8 touches for 148 total yards and 0.8 TD over the past five weeks.

Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm

Rams RB Chase Reynolds (thigh, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 10.

Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm

Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (groin, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 10. The return on Friday is a good sign. The Bears play early on Sunday. For now we’re expecting Jeffery to play against the Rams.

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 6:09pm

Rams RB Todd Gurley (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Gurley is probably just getting a day off. The Rams want his knee to hold up all year.

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