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Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 6:02pm

Panthers TE Ed Dickson (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 6:02pm

Giants TE Larry Donnell (neck) did not practice Wednesday. It looks like Donnell is out for Week 9. Will Tye will fill in. He has 8-77 on nine targets this season and should play heavy snaps with the Giants so thin at tight end.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 6:02pm

Steelers TE Heath Miller (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. Miller is just getting a veteran’s day off. He’s a low-end TE1 this week with Ben Roethlisberger back under center.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 6:02pm

Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Seferian-Jenkins practiced last week and didn’t play, so we’re not certain that he’ll play this week. He seems to be on track to start, however, and if he does he’s likely to get plenty of targets with Vincent Jackson out.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 6:02pm

Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (abdomen) practiced fully Wednesday. The full practice is a good indicator that Thomas will be able to play in Week 9.

TNF Injury Report: Browns vs. Bengals

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 5:42pm

NFL Communications - [Full Article]

Cleveland Browns

CB Joe Haden (concussion, ankle), WR Brian Hartline (concussion), WR Andrew Hawkins (concussion), QB Josh McCown (right shoulder, ribs), S Jordan Poyer (shoulder), S Donte Whitner (concussion)

S Tashaun Gipson (ankle), LB Nate Orchard (shoulder), LB Craig Robertson (ankle)

QB Johnny Manziel (right elbow)

Cincinnati Bengals

T Andre Smith (concussion)

DE Carlos Dunlap (shoulder), LB Rey Maualuga (calf)

Fantasy Impact:

Josh McCown is out, so Johnny Manziel gets the start. Travis Benjamin caught three touchdowns from Manziel in the first two weeks, but was only targeted seven times (total). It's also worth noting that Duke Johnson failed to catch a pass in the first two games while Gary Barnidge managed just four catches for 55 yards. These players are all still startable, but obviously the risk is much higher with the erratic Manziel under center.

Bears Beat: Jeremy Langford's workload is 'expected to triple'

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 10:33am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Primary backup Jeremy Langford has been sprinkled in the offense over seven games. The 2015 fourth-round pick has played just 73 total snaps; carrying the football 27 times for 80 yards (3.0 yard average) and two touchdowns with two receptions for 31 yards. Langford’s workload is expected to triple in the coming weeks until Matt Forte returns. The Bears claim Langford is talented enough to handle the assignment of being the feature back. Time will if that assessment is accurate. Langford’s longest run of the year is nine yards.

Fantasy Impact:

We currently project Langford for 18 carries in Week 9, but be aware of Antone Smith, who seemingly scored on every other touch while he was a backup in Atlanta. He has gained 518 total yards and seven touchdowns on 44 career touches. Smith should see carries behind Langford and if he is making plays and Langford is not, the tide could turn quickly. The Bears seem committed to giving Langford most of the work, so he's the better waiver add at this point.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 9:02pm

San Diego Union Tribune - [Full Article]

Jacoby Jones was envisioned to be the missing spark to the Chargers' return game.

That spark was missing.

The Chargers have moved on from the veteran, releasing the 31-year-old on Tuesday. He signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract in March of which he collects $2.5 million. Jones returned five punts for minus-4 yards. On Sunday, he watched a punt that needed to be fair caught bounce 19 yards to his own 3-yard line.

Fantasy Impact:

Wide receiver Javontee Herndon is expected to handle Jones' duties.

Rob Chudzinski is new Colts OC

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 9:00pm - [Full Article]

On Sunday afternoon, Colts fans will see new offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski calling plays for Andrew Luck and company.

Chud brings ample NFL offensive experience to the coordinator position. From 2012-2013, Chudzinski was the coordinator in Carolina for Cam Newton’s first two NFL seasons. With Newton, Chud helped the Panthers offense go from the worst unit in the NFL in 2010 to a top-10 offense the next two seasons.

In earlier NFL stops, Chud worked with the tight ends in Cleveland and San Diego.

Chud arrived in Indianapolis last season after he spent 2013 as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns (4-12 record).

With the Colts, Chud has been a special assistant and is the current associate head coach. His duties have spanned both sides of the football during his two seasons in Indianapolis.

Fantasy Impact:

Chuck Pagano is very familiar with Chud, the story went on to say. The two served together on the University of Miami coaching staff in the late 1990s. Chud played a part in recruiting and coaching both Frank Gore and Andre Johnson at “The U”. That could be good news in terms of getting those players going from a fantasy perspective. At this point in the season, it's hard to expect a lot of change for the offense and it could be a move Pagano was forced to make to save his head coaching job.

Ryan Mathews confirms groin injury

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 8:54pm

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

Apparently, Ryan Mathews really was hurt.

Last Monday afternoon, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly surprised everyone when he said Mathews hurt his groin in the first half in the loss to Carolina (see story).

It was surprising because no one mentioned the injury the night before and because Mathews seemed plenty healthy running for a 63-yard touchdown after the supposed groin tweak.

But as the team returned to practice after the bye week, Mathews corroborated Kelly’s story.

“Yeah, a little bit,” Mathews said on Tuesday when asked if his groin was a problem against Carolina. “I tweaked it on a run play and I told Duce [Staley] about it.”

Against the Panthers, Mathews had just six carries despite being the team’s more productive runner. After his 22-yard run in the first half (the injury play), he went 12 game minutes before his next carry, when he broke free for a 63-yard touchdown.

Yes, according to Mathews, he did break off the longest run of his NFL career with an injured groin.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews should be fine coming off the bye week. Mathews has clearly been the Eagles best RB so far this season yet often gives way to DeMarco Murray. Mathews is averaging about eight carries a game and many feel it should be more based on his performance, however that's not expected to change.

Branden Oliver placed on IR

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 6:14pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

RB Branden Oliver suffered a turf toe injury against the Baltimore Ravens and hoped to get back on the field. However, the Chargers apparently needed the roster spot, placing him on the injured reserve list.

Oliver ends his second NFL season with 31 carries for 108 yards (3.5 yards per carry) and 13 catches for 112 yards. He also returned eight kickoffs for 197 yards (24.6 yards per return).

Fantasy Impact:

WR Javontee Herndon was added from the practice squad. Oliver was getting more time as the result of Melvin Gordon's struggles. But given the state of the team, it may be time for the Chargers to just see what they have with Gordon at RB and hope he gets on track.

Zach Ertz says he's 100-percent healthy

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 6:10pm - [Full Article]

Heading into this season, Eagles TE Zach Ertz was prepared to have his best year yet. He trained day in and day out to be a difference-maker for the Eagles in 2015, but what he wasn’t expecting was to undergo surgery during Training Camp.

A core muscle injury meant Ertz would not have a preseason. His first time in a game setting with quarterback Sam Bradford and the other new faces on offense would come in Week 1 against Atlanta.

It’s been a process of learning and recovery for the third-year Eagle, but his numbers are back on the rise as he finds himself connecting with his teammates and once again fully healthy.

“I think blocking is something that I’ve improved on. The rolling the hips is kind of something that’s come along since the injury,” Ertz said. “I feel better running, that’s for sure. Breaking into my routes, I feel more comfortable and more confident in that regard. I think I’m 100 percent healthy now and I think that’s the big difference.”

Earlier in the year, the tight end struggled to recover, noting the Cowboys and Jets games were particularly difficult for him to play in. Slowly but surely, he’s begun to feel like his normal self and understand what he can and cannot do post-surgery.

Fantasy Impact:

In Weeks 5-7, Ertz had a combined 166 receiving yards on 14 receptions, accounting for over 60 percent of his total production this season. He feels he and Bradford are building a strong rapport on the field, something he thinks will continue to improve as the season progresses, the story said. He still needs to improve on his blocking, because despite improvement, it's something he's still struggled with at times this year, and it can keep him off the field as a result.

Vernon Davis' impact on the Broncos

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 6:07pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Vernon Davis won't have Julius Thomas' impact because he's not in the same offense. Thomas found space and mismatches in an aerial circus. Open receivers littered the field under offensive coordinator Adam Gase. It created eye-opening statistics but fell short of a championship.

Davis has regressed the last two seasons, in part, because of quarterback Colin Kaepernick's thud back to earth. That said, Davis provides a tantalizing weapon for an offense that is starting to hum. He frees coach Gary Kubiak to use two and three tight end sets. His offense works best when it runs variations off the same look with tight ends. Owen Daniels and Virgil Green produced their season's best game in the win over the Packers. Davis should only enhance the position.

Fantasy Impact:

The story added Davis brings unique speed, which should open the seam route that Thomas ran so well. And with a fresh start and a veteran quarterback in Peyton Manning, Davis could re-emerge as a red-zone threat. He may need some time to learn the new system, but is worth a pickup if you're looking to upgrade the position and given Manning's success throwing to the position over his career.

Big Ben 'pretty sore' but knee OK after Week 8

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 2:35pm

Tribune Review - [Full Article]

Ben Roethlisberger is “pretty sore” following Sunday's game against the Bengals — his first one since suffering a knee injury a month ago that kept him out of four games — but he said that his knee held up fine.

“You know what, I am pretty sore, pretty beat up, I am not going to lie,” Roethlisberger said during his weekly segment on KDKA-FM on Tuesday. “It was a rough one yesterday. I am feeling a little better today. I don't think it is no worse for the wear structurally or anything like that. I think it is just bruises and typical inflammation and pains after a physical football game. I think tomorrow I will start to feel a little better again.”

Fantasy Impact:

During his weekly news conference on Tuesday, Mike Tomlin said that Roethlisberger's injury is now behind him following his performance on Sunday. It wasn't a great performance throwing the ball but things should improve for the offense which wanted to score 30 points a game this year. The loss of LeVeon Bell hurts, but the Steelers have a ton of talent at WR that will make Ben a QB1 start most weeks.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 2:31pm

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

Rookie first-round pick Nelson Agholor, who hasn’t played since hurting his ankle in the Saints game on Oct. 11, returned to practice Tuesday as the Eagles reconvened following their bye week.

Agholor had eight catches for 105 yards in the five games he played in, with a high of 64 yards in the loss to the Redskins.

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