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Ravens WR Chris Givens 'will be a part' of team's game plan in Week 5

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 1:10pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

With only three other healthy receivers, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that Chris Givens will be on the field Sunday when the Ravens play the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium.

“Chris will be a part of what we’re doing on Sunday,” Harbaugh said “How much he plays depends on how well he does. I’m really hopeful that he plays a lot. It will be up to him to learn what we’re doing.”

“It’s been a limited time,” Harbaugh said. “I think he had a good practice yesterday, it was a walk-through practice. He looked good. He’s working on learning the offense. That’s the main thing right now. He’s working on making sure he knows what to do, where to line up and be in the right spot for Joe [Flacco] when the time counts.”

Fantasy Impact:

If Steve L Smith sits, Givens will probably serve as the fourth receiver behind Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown and Darren Waller, though Waller is pretty raw.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph's role was limited due to Denver pass rush

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 12:47pm

Star-Tribune - [Full Article]

In Week 4, Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph was targeted four times, catching two passes for seven yards in the 23-20 loss at Denver. That brought his four-game totals to 14 catches, which ranks 67th in the league, for 104 yards, which ranks outside the top 100.

“The [pass rush] we just played is probably one of the best in football and when we do stuff like that, I’m required to be in more helping our offensive line with protection,” Rudolph said. “There will be plenty of opportunities for me down the road to catch footballs. As a tight end, there can be so many different responsibilities outside of just catching the ball, even though it seems like everybody on the outside only bases our success on receptions.”

Look for Rudolph to catch more passes eventually. But right now, with Peterson returning, Mike Wallace emerging and the offensive line still adjusting to two lost starters, it’s going to take a little time for offensive coordinator Norv Turner to work through some kinks.

Fantasy Impact:

Rudolph was very active as a receiver in the first two weeks, catching 10 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets. But over the past two weeks he has not been as involved. Owners should keep this in mind -- if the Vikings are facing a strong pass rush, Rudolph's targets may be limited.

Colts still expected to start QB Andrew Luck on TNF

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 12:37pm

Ed Werder, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts still expect Andrew Luck to start vs Texans. Re-signed Josh Johnson because backup Matt Hasselbeck has been sick.

Fantasy Impact:

Speculation began when the Colts re-signed Johnson, but it appears that he's serving as depth while Hasselbeck recovers from an illness. Luck should play on Thursday.

Charles Johnson hopes to return Week 6

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 9:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson was inactive on Sunday in Denver and missed his fourth straight practice on Tuesday because of the rib injury he sustained against the San Diego Chargers. Johnson, however, was hopeful he'd be back on the field when the Vikings return from their bye week.

Asked if anything was broken, Johnson said, "I don't know what it is, actually. [The trainers] were like, 'Something's wrong with your ribs.' When I tried to [run] too fast, I could feel it, so they were like, 'Just rehab it.' Hopefully, they'll get me right, and I'll be back out there."

Fantasy Impact:

He was initially injured on the interception Teddy Bridgewater threw to Steve Williams in the first quarter of the Vikings' Sept. 27 win over the Chargers. Johnson tried to work back toward the jump ball that Bridgewater threw near the goal line, and said he didn't feel anything in his ribs until several plays later.

Luck: 'I'm preparing to start'

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 8:52pm

Indianapolis Star - [Full Article]

Beyond the tired clichés (“he’s trending in the right direction”), their stab at secrecy (having the quarterbacks throw inside while the rest of the team practices outside) and the Indianapolis Colts’ utter unwillingness to divulge any real, tangible information about the status of their star quarterback (“He’s getting better,” they keep repeating), there was one nugget Tuesday that said it all.

“I’m preparing to start and to play,” Andrew Luck said matter-of-factly.

Fantasy Impact:

Luck has been limited the last two days. The Colts’ franchise quarterback missed the first start of his NFL career Sunday. He doesn’t intend, nor expect, to make it two in a row. Details were scarce Tuesday at the team’s facility, but the overall sentiment was the same as a day earlier. That is: Luck’s sore throwing shoulder is making progress and his return to the field could come as early as Thursday night.

Odell Beckham could be suspended if he threw punches

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 8:47pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Buffalo Bills are calling New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. a "prima donna" and saying he threw punches at them during Sunday's game.

The Bills don't have to submit a formal complaint or accusation to the NFL about Beckham if they believe he threw punches. And for purposes of discipline, it doesn't matter that Beckham wasn't called for a penalty during the game. The NFL reviews every play of every game for the purposes of potential discipline, and based on that review, NFL VP of Football Operations Merton Hanks can issue a fine or even a suspension. The league acknowledges that its officials can't catch everything that goes on, so a play does not have to have been flagged for a penalty during the game in order to result in discipline.

Fantasy Impact:

The good news for owners, the story pointed out, is a suspension for Beckham is highly unlikely unless the league uncovers something truly egregious. Even then, history indicates that they would start with a series of escalating fines and only resort to suspension once the player has been warned and fined several times. But on-field fighting is an officiating point of emphasis this year, and players have been warned that they can be ejected for doing it.

Cards think Andre Ellington will play Week 5

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 8:42pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Although Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington was inactive for a third straight game Sunday, coach Bruce Arians said it was a last-minute decision to hold him out.

Ellington, who has been sidelined since the season opener due to a sprained knee, was "very close" to playing against the St. Louis Rams. "It was between him and a healthy player," Arians said.

Cardinals general manager Steve Keim is optimistic Ellington will be ready for next weekend's game against the Detroit Lions.

"He was close to being ready this week. As a matter of fact he practiced and I thought he looked pretty good out there," Keim said per Arizona Sports. "But I think he feels pretty good and he's excited and ready to go. Hopefully he'll have a good week of preparation and we'll see him out there against Detroit."

Fantasy Impact:

Chris Johnson has played well in Ellington's absence, rushing for 110 yards and two touchdowns in Week 3 and adding 83 yards on 16 carries in Sunday's loss. It will be interesting to see how the team splits the workload. Ellington should be involved in the passing game while Chris Johnson could see more of the early down work.

Owen Daniels becoming red zone target

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 8:37pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

A surprisingly shaky start on offense is not quite what tight end Owen Daniels expected when he signed a three-year, $12 million deal with the Broncos in March.

Up to this point, the veteran has been used mostly as a blocker to help a struggling offensive line. Daniels' value has come not from the amount of production, but when he has provided it.

In back-to-back games, quarterback Peyton Manning found Daniels in the end zone for touchdowns.

Sunday vs. Minnesota, it was fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard-line. Two runs up the middle by running back Ronnie Hillman got stuffed on second and third down plays. Coach Gary Kubiak knew the offense needed a touchdown, not just for the game, but for the team's overall confidence.

So Kubiak drew a misdirection play-action lob pass to the man who could sneak behind the unsuspecting defense, Daniels.

It's a staple of Kubiak's system. Bait the defense with the run, then hit the tight ends and crossing receivers off the play action passes. And Daniels expects to see a lot more of it going forward.

Fantasy Impact:

He's expecting to get the ball more too once the offense can get the run game rolling, the story said. The article added Daniels did his research before he came to Denver. He knows about Manning's love affair with the tight end. And he saw former Broncos tight end Julius Thomas, now with Jacksonville, total 151 catches, 1,277 yards and 24 touchdowns in his last two seasons in Denver. If you need help at TE and Daniels is still on our wire he should at least be considered as a guy with his stock rising at the position.

Bills sign Dan Herron

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 3:24pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Buffalo Bills hosted Trent Richardson, Dan Herron, and several other running backs for workouts on Tuesday in light of Karlos Williams' recent concussion.

After the workout, the Bills announced that they have signed Herron.

Fantasy Impact:

With McCoy likely out, and Williams looking very iffy for Week 5, the Bills needed back. Herron was especially successful catching passes for the Colts a year ago and could serve a similar role if the Bills need him.

No damage to Eric Ebron's knee

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 3:22pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

After being selected with the No. 10 pick in the 2014 draft, Eric Ebron did not exactly impress during his rookie season. He finished the year with only 25 catches for 248 yards and one touchdown.

He was off to a much better start in 2015, though, at least until he got hurt on Monday Night Football against the Seahawks. Ebron left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury and did not return. According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, Ebron escaped without any significant damage to the knee, but his status for next week's game against the Cardinals is up in the air.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a blow for Ebron and the Lions both, as he'd carved out a nice role in the offense through the first three weeks of this season. He caught 14 passes for 157 yards and two scores on 20 targets in Weeks 1-3 and had played 86 percent of Detroit's snaps, compared to only 50.6 percent last season. Losing Ebron deprives Matthew Stafford of a valuable weapon over the middle and in the red zone, and being that they're 0-4, the Lions definitly need him to get back on the field soon, the story pointed out.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 3:19pm - [Full Article]

When the Bucs drafted Charles Sims in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft, one appealing aspect of his game was his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Through the first four games of the 2015 season, Sims has been efficient not only catching passes, but also protecting the quarterback and running with the football.

In the first quarter of the Bucs’ season, Sims has played 128 snaps. Of those 128 snaps, Sims has run routes 75 times, (59%), run the ball 26 times (20%), set up in pass protection 19 times (15%) and been a run-blocker eight times (6%).

So far, Sims has been successful in all four categories.

On Sunday, Sims caught a touchdown pass for the second week in a row, becoming the first Buccaneer running back to catch touchdowns in back-to-back weeks since 1991. Only three other running backs – James Wilder, Robert Wilson and Adger Armstrong – have achieved the feat.

Fantasy Impact:

He's established himself as of the Bucs’ most productive receivers this season. Sims has caught two touchdowns, tied for the team-lead, has the team's second-most receptions (10) and third-most receiving yards (108). He has hauled in 70 percent of the passes aimed his way.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 3:18pm

Tribune - [Full Article]

Ben Roethlisberger's rehab is going well and is on schedule, but that doesn't mean the Steelers quarterback will be back for the Oct. 25 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

A report Monday said Roethlisberger is targeting the Chiefs game — four weeks to the day from when he suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain and a bone bruise to his left leg — for his return after he made positive strides in his rehabilitation process.

Roethlisberger denied the report Tuesday during his weekly radio show on 93.7 and said he is sticking to his week-to-week mentality of when he will return.

“I just left (team doctor James) Dr. Bradley, and he said, ‘Where do these reports come from that you're coming back at a certain week?' ” Roethlisberger said. “I'm like, ‘I don't know Doc, I haven't really heard any of them.' So I assume that's exactly what he was talking about. We know that people like to just speculate and say things. So that did not come from me, the Steelers or any of our doctor's more importantly.”

Bucs bring back K Connor Barth

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 10:54am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed kicker Connor Barth one day after releasing rookie Kyle Brindza.

The Buccaneers announced the move Tuesday morning on their official Twitter account.

Barth, 29, had a previous stint with the Bucs, making 91 of 108 field-goal attempts and all 110 extra points from 2009 to 2012. He began his career with the Chiefs in 2008, and he also played for the Broncos last season.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bucs signed Barth on Aug. 27 to a two-year deal to compete for the kicking job late in the preseason after he was released by the Broncos. But Brindza won the job after being acquired by Tampa Bay in a trade with the Lions, prompting the Bucs to release Barth on Sept. 5.

Fred Jackson has sprained ankle

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 10:51am

Yahoo - [Full Article]

Running back Fred Jackson and cornerback Marcus Burley were both forced from Monday's game against the Detroit Lions due to injury.

Jackson suffered a sprained ankle when a Detroit defender landed on the back of his right leg. X-rays were negative, but Jackson will undergo an MRI exam on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact:

The Seahawks are hopeful to get Marshawn Lynch back for Week 5, saying he was close in Week 4. Thomas Rawls should also be available if Jackson can't go but isn't much of a pass-catching option.

Seattle hopeful to have Marshawn Lynch Week 5

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 10:49am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Seahawks played without running back Marshawn Lynch on Monday night because of a hamstring injury that the team hopes will not linger into Week Five.

Lynch was ruled out of the game on Sunday after initially being listed as questionable to play against the Lions, but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that Lynch still went through a pregame workout on Monday night. Carroll said that workout went well and left the team hopeful they’ll have Lynch back for their game against the 4-0 Bengals.

“He wasn’t quite right,” Carroll said, via the team’s website. “His best day was today. He ran pretty well in pregame, but they did not think he could sustain through the game and come out healthy again the next week. So we’re hoping that by using patience here, that he’ll be ready to go this next week.”

Fantasy Impact:

If Lynch can’t play, the Seahawks may need to make a roster move before facing Cincinnati. Fred Jackson sprained his ankle during Monday’s 13-10 win, leaving Thomas Rawls as the only healthy running back on the active roster. Seattle has Rod Smith on the practice squad if they do need to bolster the group this week.

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