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NFL spokesman: Ezekiel Elliott's suspension in place

Monday, October 16, 2017, 2:26pm

Lindsay Jones on Twitter - [Full Article]

NFL spokesman on Ezekiel Elliott status: "The suspension is in place and anyone who tells you otherwise is not accurate."

Related players: Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden

Fantasy Impact:

Reports continue to float around that Elliott will again be able to play. But the NFL and the NFLPA seem to disagree on Judge Amos Mazzant's new order. The Fifth Circuit is expected to provide clarity Monday or Tuesday, several reports say. We're suggesting Elliott owners hold off doing anything drastic until there is more clarity in the situation.

Lions WR Golden Tate (shoulder) to miss time

Monday, October 16, 2017, 2:11pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

Lions WR Golden Tate, who injured his shoulder Sunday, is expected to miss time, source says.

Related players: Kenny Golladay

Fantasy Impact:

Tate is waiting for the results of the MRI, but Rapoport said it would likely be "a few weeks." Golladay could stand to benefit the most from Tate missing time, but is still recovering from a hamstring injury. The Lions are on a bye in Week 7.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston has AC joint sprain

Monday, October 16, 2017, 12:29pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

QB Jameis Winston suffered an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder, source said. It may be something he’ll be able to play through.

Related players: Ryan Fitzpatrick

Fantasy Impact:

Reports said Winston was throwing on the sideline after the injury but whether the team didn't want to risk playing him or he wasn't comfortable is unknown. Winston said he expects to play in Week 7, but like we said in the earlier report, we can't always trust what a player says when it comes to an injury.

Bills say WR Jordan Matthews (thumb) day-to-day

Monday, October 16, 2017, 12:27pm

Mark Gaughan on Twitter - [Full Article]

Sean McDermott says WR Jordan Matthews (thumb) is day to day and "we'll know more tomorrow [Tuesday]." Coming off bye "he made tremendous progress."

Fantasy Impact:

Matthews would be a big boost for the offense, especially with Charles Clay out at TE. Matthews is not quite a lock to play but seems to be ahead of schedule. Another report said Matthews has not begun to catch passes with his injured hand.

49ers will start C.J. Beathard at QB

Monday, October 16, 2017, 12:23pm

49ers.com - [Full Article]

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said C.J. Beathard will start at QB moving forward.

Related players: Brian Hoyer

Fantasy Impact:

A question was asked in the video if C.J. showed enough to take away the starting job from Hoyer and Shanahan replied "yes, he did." Shanahan added he wasn't perfect but competed and the game isn't too big for him, but thought the team played better once the change was made. Beathard and the 49ers take on Dallas this week.

Rapoport: Vikings will active QB Teddy Bridgewater this week or next

Monday, October 16, 2017, 12:16pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

On Teddy Bridgewater post-exam today: Vikings will activate him this week or next week. They expect him to play this year. Amazing recovery.

Related players: Case Keenum, Sam Bradford

Fantasy Impact:

This updates a story we had earlier today. This is a little more definitive in terms of the team activating him and expecting him to play this season. The Vikes will have three weeks after he practices to make a decision, which Week 10 after the Week 9 bye seems to add up right now. Like the previous story said, no one will have an idea how Bridgewater will respond to a hit until a game situation, but it's looking like the Vikes are thinking he's going to play at some point this year.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston thinks shoulder injury is minor

Monday, October 16, 2017, 9:52am

USA Today - [Full Article]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, who left Sunday’s game versus the Cardinals with a shoulder injury, says that his X-rays came back negative but he will have an MRI on Monday to determine the extend of the injury.

Winston was hurt attempting a throw during the second quarter of the game when Cardinals pass rusher Chandler Jones dropped the 23-year-old gunslinger to the ground while the Bucs were being shut out by Arizona. Shortly after, Ryan Fitzpatrick took over for Winston. Fortunately for Tampa Bay, Fitzpatrick carried the workload well, completing 22 of 32 passes for 290 yards, three touchdown passes and two interceptions.

Fantasy Impact:

Winston was seen on the sidelines throwing as if he was going to return to the field but never did. Following the game, Winston seemed optimistic and felt that the injury was minor, the story said. Winston told Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, that he was in pain but didn’t feel that it was anything serious at all. Rick Stroud's tweet within the story said Winston expects to play Week 7. Keep in mind it's hard to trust a player's stance on an injury so we'll monitor the situation this week.

Nick O'Leary next man up for Bills at TE

Monday, October 16, 2017, 9:42am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Nick O'Leary is the next man up at tight end for the Bills after starter and team-leading receiver Charles Clay suffered torn meniscus and sprained MCL in his left knee during the Bills' loss Oct. 8 to the Bengals, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Clay could miss six weeks, according to Schefter.

Fantasy Impact:

The story was mostly about O'Leary being a favorite Jameis Winton target at Florida State, as the Bills and Bucs face one another in Week 7. But when Clay went down, O'Leary was an instant factor in the Week 5 game, catching five balls for 54. For those in need of a TE, O'Leary could prove to be a key target for the Bills in their banged up passing game.

Vikes Beat: QB Teddy Bridgewater could be cleared this week

Monday, October 16, 2017, 9:34am

Star Tribune - [Full Article]

Dr. Dan Cooper, who performed Teddy Bridgewater’s knee surgery on Sept. 8, 2016, will evaluate the quarterback on Monday. If Cooper clears Bridgewater, and the Vikings sign off on it, the quarterback could return to the practice field as soon as Wednesday.

The Vikings’ plan all along has been to get Bridgewater practicing soon after Week 6, and signs point to the quarterback being ready to go. He’s been doing extensive rehab work in recent weeks, and has looked impressive in brief glimpses of his throwing sessions, flashing overhauled mechanics that have the quarterback driving off a flexed back leg and putting less stress on his surgically-repaired front leg.

Related players: Case Keenum, Sam Bradford

Fantasy Impact:

If Bridgewater returns this week, the Vikings have three weeks to make a decision about whether to put him on their active roster. The story suggested Bridgewater could be back after the team's Week 9 bye. With the injury to Aaron Rogers opening up doors to a lot of NFC teams, this certainly can't be ruled out. As the story said, there are still questions on if the QB can cut at full speed, protect himself and recover from a hit.

49ers deny RB Carlos Hyde trade rumors

Monday, October 16, 2017, 9:20am

ESPN - [Full Article]

On the heels of the San Francisco 49ers' decision to release linebacker NaVorro Bowman on Friday, speculation immediately turned to running back Carlos Hyde.

Reports soon surfaced that the Niners were attempting to deal Hyde as well. Following Sunday's loss to the Washington Redskins, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan adamantly shot down those reports.

"That is absolutely, absolutely 100 percent false," Shanahan said. "There is nothing true about that."

Related players: Matt Breida

Fantasy Impact:

Much like Bowman, Hyde had his playing time reduced last week against the Indianapolis Colts and also let it be known he wasn't thrilled about it in his postgame media session. Hyde did get 13 carries to Breida's four and turned two of them into TDs in Week 6. Hyde also had five catches for 47 yards. The team said Hyde and Breida are in a hot hand situation after last week's game making both of the risky plays going forward. The story said while Hyde had more work, Breida seemed to make the most of his limited touches.

Jags RB Leonard Fournette: 'I just twisted my ankle'

Monday, October 16, 2017, 9:13am

Florida Times Union - [Full Article]

Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette sustained a right ankle injury late in Sunday’s 27-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, but coach Doug Marrone said Fournette was available to return for the final offensive series if needed.

Marrone said Fournette received a “spat” – a new tape job over the pre-game tape applied.

“They said he could have gone back in the game,” Marrone said. “That’s encouraging.”

Fantasy Impact:

The team was concerned it was Fournette's knee, and the story said replays made it seem Fournette may have hyperextended his knee. He was helped off the field but was able to do short sprints.

Broncos QB Trevor Siemian (shoulder) 'probably' to get MRI

Monday, October 16, 2017, 9:08am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Coach Vance Joseph said QB Trevor Siemian would “probably” have an MRI on his shoulder.

Related players: Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch

Fantasy Impact:

Siemian tried to make a tackle on a pick-six late in the first half of Sunday night's game and came down on his left shoulder, the same one he had offseason surgery on. Siemian gave way to Osweiler but did return in the second half.

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) to have MRI

Monday, October 16, 2017, 9:01am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Broncos HC Vance Joseph also said wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie will have MRIs on ankle injuries Monday. He added that X-rays on both Sanders' and McKenzie's injuries were negative.

Fantasy Impact:

It's certainly good news for Sanders and his owners after he was carted off on Sunday night. We'll continue to keep an eye on this, but as of right now his status for Week 7 has to at least be considered up in the air.

Report: Steelers WR Martavis Bryant requested trade

Monday, October 16, 2017, 8:58am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off their most comprehensive victory of the season, but one of their top receivers still wants out.

Martavis Bryant recently requested a trade from the AFC North leaders, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported late Sunday, per sources informed of Bryant's request. Rapoport noted that Bryant's teammates and coaches are well aware that the receiver is unhappy.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story said, the team stuck with Bryant through suspensions, so it's a bit of a surprise he wants out, although QB Ben Roethlisberger did criticize Bryant during that time. Bryant did tweet Sunday he's "happy to be a Steeler." Fantasy-wise, he's mostly been a boom or bust player with big-play potential, and this season, so far, it's mostly been bust as he tries to get back up to speed after being suspended all of last season. The Steelers have until the Oct. 31 trade deadline to make a move.

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 7:18pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore Ravens: The team declared Perriman out because of a concussion.

Maxx Williams, TE, Baltimore Ravens: On a play during which he fumbled the ball, Williams appeared to be kneed in the head as his legs were tangled with two Bears defenders. He appeared woozy while being helped to the sideline and headed to the locker room after being examined on the sideline. He was subsequently declared out for the remainder of the game because of an ankle injury.

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