It seems unlikely that Saints RBs Pierre Thomas or Khiry Robinson will return to the field Thursday after both were also held out of Sunday’s game -- though neither has been ruled out yet. The Saints’ Tuesday practice was more of a glorified walkthrough since they’ve had such little recovery time between games.
Running back Mark Ingram insisted he’ll be ready to carry a heavy load again if needed. Ingram carried the ball a career-high 24 times Sunday night for 172 yards.
According to the story, Ingram said he feels a little sore -- naturally -- but insisted he feels good. He also said the increased reps can also be a positive since they help his body get into a rhythm. He could be ins store for another big day Thursday. The Panthers rank 30th in allowing fantasy points to RBs. Be sure to check the Wednesday rankings, but Ingram could very well be among our better RB plays for Week 9.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:37pm
The Rams shipped fourth and sixth-round picks to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for safety Mark Barron, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Scheffer. In making the trade, the Rams add the No. 7 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
On paper, adding any talent to a secondary ranked last in the league in opponent completion percentage is a good move, and Barron has long been considered an emerging talent with upside. The Rams liked him coming out of Alabama but passed on him to move down in the 2012 draft before selecting defensive tackle Michael Brockers with the 14th pick.
But the question the Rams must now answer is where, exactly, Barron fits within coordinator Gregg Williams' defensive scheme. At first blush, one would think that Barron could slide in and play alongside T.J. McDonald while the Rams keep tabs on injured safeties Rodney McLeod (knee) and Cody Davis (concussion).
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:34pm
The New Orleans Saints announced Thursday that receiver Joseph Morgan was placed on the reserve/suspended list and replaced by tight on Tom Crabtree on the 53-man roster. Coach Sean Payton declined to elaborate on the reason, and none has been revealed yet.
It appears as though it may have been a team suspension and not a league suspension, though that has not been confirmed. The move did not appear on the NFL’s transaction wire as of Tuesday.
Morgan, 26, has not played in a game since Week 1 (he’s been inactive five times this season). But when asked why during the course of the season, Morgan always insisted that there wasn’t any disciplinary reason for it. As Morgan has said, the Saints typically only use four receivers on game days, and the Saints had him below Marques Colston, Brandin Cooks, Kenny Stills and Robert Meachem in the pecking order.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:32pm
Washington suffered an AC joint sprain while making a diving catch in Sunday's loss to the Texans.
"Of course it is still a little sore, but continuing to work with the trainers and coaches, I'll be OK,'' Washington said.
Washington landed on his shoulder while making a 43-yard catch in the second half. It was a highlight-reel catch, but Washington said he wouldn't rate it as one of the top five of his career.
The story said that he's feeling better, but he'll need to work to get himself ready for the second half of the season. If Washington misses time, or is limited, it would likely lead to more snaps for Justin Hunter.
Megatron is on the mend.
Lions All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson told reporters before tonight’s Courage House Dinner at Ford Field that he plans to be back with his teammates the next time they hit the field Nov. 9 against Miami at Ford Field.
“Definitely expect to play,” Johnson said. “Looking forward to the game. Playing some old teammates (former Lions safety Louis Delmas among them), so that makes it all that much better.”
Johnson has missed the Lions last three games with a high ankle sprain and has been limited in two others. We know it's hard to trust a player's comment about his status, but it's believed the Lions held him out Week 8 in London knowing he'd have the bye week as some extra time. The Lions won all three of those games.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:25pm
Foster has caught 24 passes on those routes for 166 yards, which ranks 13th in the league among running backs. Foster also has two receiving touchdowns, more than all running backs except Ahmad Bradshaw, Forte and Marshawn Lynch.
Darren Sproles injured his knee in the team’s Week 6 win over the Giants and wound up being listed as questionable for last week’s game after spending the bye week rehabbing the injury. The team ultimately decided not to play him, however.
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Sproles said things would be different against the Texans. Sproles practiced on Tuesday and said afterward that he will be in the lineup when the game kicks off in Houston.
With Chris Polk active, the team decided to rest Sproles another week. Polk had three carries and a catch while spelling LeSean McCoy against Arizona - his first offensive touches of the season. Sproles had seven carries in each of his last two games, but hasn't recorded a catch since Week 4.
Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor is expected to miss “significant time,” according to coach Bruce Arians, because of a calf injury.
Taylor didn’t have a carry against the Eagles before going out with the injury in the second half. But it now means that the top two backs that were supposed to support Andre Ellington — Jonathan Dwyer and Taylor — are not around. And this is all while Ellington is playing through a bum foot. The Cardinals have explored adding a running back through trade but nothing has been that close to happening.
It's likely going to mean a bigger role for Ellington. Marion Grice — a rookie sixth-round pick of San Diego who was cut and on a practice squad before the Cards signed him — is the Ellington backup. At some point, the Cards will have to add a back to the 53-man roster and Kerwynn Williams is an option from their own practice squad, the story said.
Reggie Wayne (elbow) is ahead of schedule and considered day-to-day.
The Colts hope to get him back out there this week, the story added, but it's a bit of good news that he's ahead of schedule. While Wayne will slide back to his normal WR2 role, Donte Moncrief had a huge game in his place against Pittsburgh, seemingly moving ahead of Hakeem Nicks as the WR3. Wayne has struggled as of late so it's possible we start to see a little more of Moncrief.
Trent Richardson (hamstring) will be ready to go this week.
It sounds like Richardson may have been able to play against the Steelers but the team didn't want to force carries on him after not practicing all week. Richardson will go back to splitting time with Ahmad Bradshaw, with Boom Herron losing time. Indy travels to take on the Giants on Monday night.
"So far, so good I would say is how we're looking at it," McCarthy told reporters on Monday, per the Green Bay Press Gazette.
The coach didn't speak with Rodgers on Monday, but said Green Bay's medical staff feels "very confident" with their All-Pro quarterback's status, especially with a bye in Week 9. The Packers next play at home in Week 10 on Sunday Night Football against the Bears.
Rodgers ripped off a season-high 418 passing yards and ran for a 14-yard score late in the loss to New Orleans. He wasn't hobbled, but offensive coordinator Tom Clements acknowledged the team "stayed away from designed quarterback movement plays," although "he still moved around fairly well," the story pointed out. A bye in Week 9 comes at a great time for Rodgers who looks like he'll be ready to go Week 10, a Sunday night matchup at home against the Bears.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 10:24am
But now, he has another set of instructions: Let it rip.
During his annual state of the organization on Monday, Reese said that he sees the offense under new coordinator Ben McAdoo as one that is developing some cautious tendencies.
Manning, he thinks, can take things in another direction by being more aggressive.
"I just think, as an offense, we have to be more aggressive," Reese said. "I think at times we're a little bit almost too cautious with what we're doing offensively. This is the National Football League. You've got to go out there and you have to win the game. You can't think something's going to fall into your lap. You've got to go out and take the games. I think we have to be more aggressive offensively. I appreciate Eli taking care of the ball and not turning it over because that correlates to wins a lot of the time, but you can't be too cautious."
The story pointed out that under the team's previous offensive coordinator, Kevin Gilbride, a system was in place where Manning could take more calculated shots down field than many other quarterbacks. It was the team's choice not to hire a coordinator with knowledge of that offense when Gilbride retired back in January.
Romo was sacked midway through the third quarter. Romo, who reached for his back immediately after the hit by Washington linebacker Keenan Robinson, remained on his back for several minutes as he talked with team trainers and a team doctor.
Romo was slowly rolled on his side before he sat up and walked off under his own power. The Cowboys quarterback then headed directly to the locker room to be evaluated. He returned to the sideline midway through the fourth quarter. He threw several passes on the sideline in full pads with his helmet on.
After the game, coach Jason Garrett said Romo has back contusion and X-rays were negative.
Romo was due to have an MRI on his back Tuesday. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, pain tolerance and functional ability will now be key for Romo going forward. It's certainly a situation to monitor if you count on Romo as your fantasy QB.
Monday, October 27, 2014, 7:15pm
Greg Ducre CB
Robert Griffin QB
Jackson Jeffcoat DE
Spencer Long G
Aldrick Robinson WR
Clifton Geathers DT
Tyler Polumbus T
No surprise here as reports all day indicated Griffin was closer to doubtful than questionable. Colt McCoy gets the start, but it isn't a great matchup against a Dallas defense playing well this season.