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Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 10:11am

National Football Post - [Full Article]

Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria said he sprained his left ankle while trying to potty-train his dog, a Pomeranian-Husky mix named Lil' Rufio.

"He was about to pee and I was like, 'Come here you little nugget,'" Fauria said. "And I was chasing him downstairs. I wasn't running but I was chasing him downstairs and I just misstepped and I reached with my left foot and I just didn't end up well."

Fauria denied rumors he got hurt playing volleyball or at a bar.

"I heard footgolf, basketball, lewd activities as well," Fauria said. "I'm no stranger to rumors. I did get suspended from a school and I know those rumors were around, too. I'm no stranger to it, but I was there supporting my friends and it happened two hours after."

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 10:06am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

It doesn’t look like Titan QB Jake Locker's absence will be an extended one. On Monday, coach Ken Whisenhunt said that he expects Locker will practice on Wednesday and that the quarterback was “very close” to playing against Indianapolis.

“My only concern was if he got hit … during the game that it would bother him and then he’d lose his effectiveness,” Whisenhunt said, via the Tennessean. “We just wanted to make sure he’s past that hurdle. He didn’t throw today. I think he’ll continue with treatment. He was very close Sunday … I would anticipate he’ll practice Wednesday.”

Fantasy Impact:

Whisenhunt added that he hoped the time off might get Locker back to his form from the season opener, the story said. Locker played well in the Titans’ only win of the season, but followed it up with a pair of poor performances before he was injured. The Titans have home games with the Browns and Jaguars coming up.

Monday, September 29, 2014, 8:38pm

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

The Panthers didn't waste much time filling their need for a healthy running back.

Carolina signed free-agent running back Chris Ogbonnaya Monday night after cutting Tauren Poole, who was signed last week and fumbled in his first and only carry in Sunday's 38-10 loss to Baltimore.

Ogbonnaya, a fifth-year player, was released by the Browns just before the start of this season. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 draft out of Texas by the Rams.

Ogbonnaya's most productive season came last year for the Browns. He rushed 49 times for 240 yards for an average of 4.9 yards per carry, and he caught 48 passes for 343 yards and a touchdown.

At 6-foot and 220 pounds, he has seen time at both fullback and tailback. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he was looking for a veteran running back who could help immediately in pass protection while also grasping the playbook quickly.

Fantasy Impact:

The RB situation not a pretty picture in Carolina. Darrin Reaves could see a lot of work if Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams can't go. Fozzy Whittaker could be next in line along with Ogbonnaya.

Rob Gronkowski ACTIVE Monday night

Monday, September 29, 2014, 7:21pm

Patriots Inactives
Alfonzo Dennard CB
Jordan Devey G
Aaron Dobson WR
Josh Kline G
Zach Moore DE
Kenbrell Thompkins WR
Casey Walker DT

Fantasy Impact:

Interestingly, both WRs Dobson and Thompkins are inactive for Monday night, while TE Rob Gronkowski, as expected, is active.

Jamaal Charles ACTIVE for Monday night

Monday, September 29, 2014, 7:17pm

Chiefs Inactives
Eric Berry SS
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif T
Joe McKnight RB
Aaron Murray QB
Damion Square DE
De'Anthony Thomas RB
Albert Wilson WR

Fantasy Impact:

RB Jamaal Charles is active and ready to go for Monday night. Those owners who took the chance can now take a breath. It's a good matchup against the Pats at home, and based on Andy Reid's history, Charles should get a good-sized workload.

Jags don't expect Cecil Shorts to play Week 5

Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:57pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Jacksonville Jaguars don't expect to have receiver Cecil Shorts III available Sunday against Pittsburgh.

Coach Gus Bradley all but ruled Shorts out Monday, a day after the fourth-year pro tweaked a muscle near his left hamstring in a 33-14 loss at San Diego.

Shorts missed the first two games of the season with a strained left hamstring. He started the last two, catching seven passes for 60 yards and a touchdown.

But now he's back on the sidelines. Although Shorts led the Jaguars (0-4) in receiving the last two seasons, he has missed 13 games in four seasons because of various injuries.

Fantasy Impact:

Rookie Marqise Lee (hamstring) could return to practice Wednesday after missing the last two games, and fellow receiver Ace Sanders has been taken off the reserve/suspended list. Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns will also chip in but a lot needs to be sorted out among this group for fantasy purposes.

Arian Foster (hamstring) remains day-to-day

Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:53pm

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Arian Foster acknowledged postgame he wasn’t 100 percent during the Texans’ 23-17 home victory against the Buffalo Bills.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Monday the team’s attack must return to form, with daily improvements peaking Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

“We have to look at our game plans and think about what our players do well and run those type of plays. … We’ve just got to be more consistent in how we run the football,” O’Brien said.

Foster (hamstring) remains day to day, O’Brien said.

Fantasy Impact:

Foster was limited to eight rushes for six yards. The Texans running game as a whole wasn't much better and netted just 37 yards on 24 carries. Foster plays an early game in Week 5 at Dallas so we'll know his start an hour or so before kickoff.

Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:47pm - [Full Article]

The Indianapolis Colts have parted ways with Da'Rick Rogers.

Coach Chuck Pagano announced Monday that the team has released the second-year wide receiver for conduct detrimental to the team.

Pagano told reporters that it would be "inappropriate to speak further" on the matter, per Mike Chappell of RTV6.

Rogers was arrested early Monday morning for operating a vehicle while intoxicated on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Rogers' BAC was between 0.08 and 0.14, according to police.

Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:40pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Minnesota Vikings are still hopeful tight end Kyle Rudolph, who had sports hernia surgery last Tuesday, will be back on the field in fewer than eight weeks, the time Rudolph would have had to miss if the Vikings had put him on injured reserve with a designation to return this season.

A league source said last week that Rudolph would miss six weeks with the injury, and Rudolph said Monday he was able to walk without crutches after his surgery in Philadelphia last week.

"I'm moving around a lot better," Rudolph said. "I'm excited to get the recovery process going. Now, I'm almost a week in. It's just doing everything I can to get better every day."

Rudolph said the injury first surfaced during the first week of training camp, when he noticed pain on the right side of his abdomen.

Jonathan Dwyer formally charged

Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:38pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been formally charged with assaulting his wife in two arguments in July at their Phoenix apartment.

An indictment publicly released late Friday charges Dwyer with felony aggravated assault and eight misdemeanors.

Investigators say Dwyer broke his wife's nose during a July 21 argument and engaged in a dispute the following day in which he punched his wife and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son, who wasn't injured.

Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:33pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer said last week that he’s “definitely” playing against the Broncos after missing the last two Arizona games with a nerve problem in his right shoulder. Coach Bruce Arians sounded a bit less convinced while discussing Palmer’s status on Monday.

Arians said, via Darren Urban of the team’s website, that Wednesday will be the day for Palmer to show that the issue has progressed to the point that he’ll be able to make the necessary throws to start against Denver. Arians added that he had hoped to see more progress from Palmer at this point, which makes his outlook for Sunday even further away from “definite.”

Fantasy Impact:

Urban also reported that Palmer wasn’t doing any throwing during the parts of practice open to reporters on Monday. Wednesday should give us a clearer idea if that’s part of the plan to get him healthy or if the shoulder still isn’t letting Palmer do what he needs to do to get back on the field. Drew Stanton would get the start again if Palmer can't go.

Vikes don't see RB Jerick McKinnon as every down player 'right now'

Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:31pm

Star-Tribune - [Full Article]

Vikings rookie running back Jerick McKinnon had a break-out game yesterday, showing off his wheels while rushing for 135 yards in a 41-28 win over the Falcons. But today, head coach Mike Zimmer pumped the breaks a little bit on the notion that McKinnon is ready to be an every-down back.

Zimmer said that as a defensive-minded coach, he likes the challenge that a committee approach can pose to defenses. Besides, there are only a handful of true all-situation backs in today’s NFL.

Starter Matt Asiata is more of a physical, between-the-tackles runner. Meanwhile, McKinnon, a third-round pick in May’s NFL draft, has the quickness needed to get around the edge and the speed and shiftiness to be a big-play threat when he gets into the open field. But while McKinnon has some pass-catching skills, he is not polished when it comes to things like pass protection.

“I think he’s a change-of-pace back for us,” Zimmer said. “We’ll worry about next year [then]. I hope we can continue to grow his role but I don’t think he’s going to be an every-down player right now.”Vikes

Fantasy Impact:

Even before the Adrian Peterson child abuse case, there were rumors Peterson's cap hit was going to be too much to handle next season, so it's very possible McKinnon was drafted with the intent on playing a bigger role next season. As for this year, we'll see how he progresses against defenses that aren't the Falcons. Right now it looks like third-down duties and a change of pace back as part of a committee, but if he keeps putting up numbers it will be hard for the Vikes to not give him more work. For now, he's worth a pickup if you need RB help. While it's probably best to wait and see this week, we should get a good indication of where this RB committee stands against a much better defense in Green Bay Week 5.

Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:16pm - [Full Article]

The slumping New York Jets have made a surprise move in the aftermath of their third straight loss.

The team announced Monday that it has released wide receiver Jalen Saunders, a fourth-round pick in May's draft. The Jets' filled Saunders' roster spot by signing veteran wideout T.J. Graham.

Saunders was inactive in Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions, six days after he muffed a punt against the Chicago Bears. He is a candidate to land on the Jets' practice squad.

Kyle Orton will start at QB for Bills

Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:15pm - [Full Article]

The Buffalo Bills have made a change at quarterback.

Coach Doug Marrone announced Monday that Kyle Orton will replace EJ Manuel as the starter when the Bills visit the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Marrone said he came to his decision Monday afternoon.

"I didn't ask (the front office) for an agreement," Marrone said, via "I just went in and said this is the direction I'm going."

Marrone wouldn't commit to Orton for the rest of the season. The coach said the decision to start Orton was made to help the team make a long-term decision moving forward.

"(We) can't keep going in direction that we're going," Marrone said.

Fantasy Impact:

Manuel, a first-round pick in 2013, continued his struggles in a Week 4 loss to the Houston Texans, throwing two interceptions, including a pick-six to J.J. Watt. In four starts, Manuel completed 58 percent of his passes with five touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 80.3. The Bills, 2-2, committed a good amount of money to Orton with a two-year $11 million deal, an indication Manuel may be on a short leash. Orton comes into a pretty good situation with a potent running attack as a security blanket and a talented WR1 in Sammy Watkins. It's a tough first matchup, however, against the Lions on the road in Week 5, but Orton at least has some QB2 fantasy potential in certain matchups.

Seahawks TE Zach Miller to miss 'extended amount of time'

Monday, September 29, 2014, 2:44pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

According to a report from, Seahawks tight end Zach Miller will miss an “extended amount of time” after having a procedure on his ankle.

Miller was listed on the Week 3 injury report with an ankle injury, but he was probable and wound up catching two passes in Seattle’s overtime victory against the Broncos. Injured reserve/return isn’t a possibility for Miller because the team has already used their annual spot on that list for cornerback Jeremy Lane so they’ll either have to carry Miller on the roster until he’s healthy or place him on injured reserve.

Fantasy Impact:

Luke Wilson and Cooper Helfelt are the other tight ends on the team’s active roster and they also have RaShaun Allen on the practice squad. Miller was averaging just over 25 yards a game receiving.