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Injury Calvin questionable, Bush doubtful
Lions excpted to be without two offensive stars
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 27 2014, 7:45 am

Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson took part in his third straight practice today, but when he walked off of the field, he made no promises about his status for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons (9:30 a.m., Fox). "I'm getting right," he said. "Trying to get right." Lions running back Reggie Bush is doubtful for Sunday because of an ankle injury he aggravated in last weekend's win over the New Orleans Saints. (Detroit Free Press)

FFToday's Take: Reading between the lines, Calvin Johnson will likely sit this week but he will be a gametime decision. The Lions play at 9:30 am Eastern tomorrow in London. If they sit, both players can use the bye week (9) to get healthy. Joique Bell is a solid RB2 with RB1 upside against a weak Falcons run defense.
Injury Saints rule out Robinson, Thomas at RB
Ingram and Cadet to carry the load
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 25 2014, 7:15 am

New Orleans
Both running backs, Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas ruled out for the SNF game against Green Bay. (Canal St. Chronicles)

FFToday's Take: Running back duties will fall on Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet against the Packers Sunday night. Cadet will be better play in PPR leagues but both have RB2 appeal.
TE Crockett Gillmore to start in place of Daniels
Owen Daniels has knee scoped
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 25 2014, 7:00 am

Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens will be shorthanded at tight end for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals as veteran tight end Owen Daniels underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee after his injury didn’t improve this week. Daniels was officially ruled out on the injury report. Rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore will start in place of the two-time Pro Bowl selection. (Baltimore Sun)

FFToday's Take: It's conceivable that Daniels could return in Week 9 but there's no guarantee. The Ravens have already lost Dennis Pitta at the position and will now call on their rookie to fill the void. Crockett will be a TE2 against the Bengals this week.
Injury A.J. Green misses practice Friday
Bengals receiver doesn't practice all week
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 24 2014, 11:30 am

Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green not practicing again today. Have to think that will rule him out for Sunday. Will get official injury report around 2. (Paul Dehner Jr. via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Bad news for Green owners as it appears likely that he will sit this week. If he does, Mohamed Sanu remains on the WR2 radar against the Bengals.
Injury Graham among hobbled Saints
Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas sit out; Graham limited
By: Doug Orth | Oct 23 2014, 5:40 pm

New Orleans
Saints RBs Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas held out of practice again Thursday. Jimmy Graham, Keenan Lewis limited again. No changes from Wednesday. (Mike Tripplett on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Graham's shoulder injury is reportedly similar to the one Jordan Cameron has dealt with for most of the season, but the Saints' standout is expected to play Sunday night versus Green Bay after doing so in worse shape last week. Thomas (shoulder) is expected to miss 2-3 weeks, so fire up Travaris Cadet as a solid flex play regardless of whether or not Robinson can go.
Injury Megatron could be game-time decision
WR (ankle) encouraged with recovery
By: Doug Orth | Oct 23 2014, 4:25 pm

Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson is more encouraged about his progress this week in returning from a high right ankle sprain than he has been the past two weeks. He practiced for the first time in two weeks on Wednesday, although on a limited basis, and said he has been moving better than in prior weeks. He was also able to practice Thursday. However, he said a decision on whether he'll play could go all the way to Sunday inside Wembley Stadium. Lions coach Jim Caldwell said the most important thing to see is how Johnson responded Thursday. But Caldwell said the decision will come down to doctors. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The early Sunday morning start in England will give owners more time than usual to consider other options, but the Lions would probably be best-served to sit their star receiver and give him two more weeks to completely recover as they head into their Week 9 bye after returning from London.
Injury Kyle Rudolph making progress
Recovering from double sports hernia surgery
By: Doug Orth | Oct 23 2014, 4:00 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph, who has been out since Week 3 after double sports hernia surgery, participated in the team stretch at the beginning of practice for the first time since surgery and did running on the side with an athletic trainer. (Fox Sports)

FFToday's Take: Given the current state of the Vikings' offense (Cordarrelle Patterson's lack of involvement, for example), it is not a stretch to think that Rudolph could be a second-half stud given the fact that Teddy Bridgewater is a short and intermediate thrower. Rudolph will probably remain out through Minnesota through the team's Week 10 bye, but appears to be on track to go after that.
Denard Robinson to draw Week 8 start
Gerhart to draw some reps
By: Doug Orth | Oct 23 2014, 3:50 pm

Jacksonville Jaguars
No surprise, Jaguars HC Gus Bradley says Denard Robinson will start at RB against the Dolphins. Toby Gerhart (foot) will get some reps though. (Mark Long on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This hardly qualifies as a shock, although it needs to be noted that Robinson draws a pretty difficult matchup. Despite last week's 100-yard game, Robinson needs a strong showing this week to get a firm hold on the job because Gerhart was the hand-picked feature back of this regime and could be given another shot if Robinson falters now that he is nearing full health.
Injury Reggie Bush misses practice Thursday
Ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 23 2014, 10:00 am

Detroit Lions
Running back Reggie Bush sat out Thursday's practice with an ankle injury after sIt's a concerning downgrade for Bush, who told WXYT-FM before practice that he's "going to do everything (he) can to be out there on the field Sunday" after sitting out much of the second half of last week's win over the Saints. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: After watching Bush miss must of the fourth quarter due to his ankle injury, it will be hard for fantasy owners to trust Bush this week even if he does suit up. Joique Bell should do most of the damage out of the backfield against the Falcons.
Mettenberger to start, end of Locker in TEN?
Titans will go with rookie QB in Week 8
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 23 2014, 7:00 am

Tennessee Titans
The Titans plan to start rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger against the Texans on Sunday, according to sources familiar with the situation. The move could also signal the beginning of the end for quarterback Jake Locker in Tennessee. The fourth-year pro has missed the last two games with a thumb injury and has struggled with injuries throughout his career. (The Tennessean)

FFToday's Take: With Tennessee sitting at 2-5 the team has decided to give their rookie quarterback some playing time. It will be difficult to trust and Titans' receiver against the Texans defense this week. Delanie Walker will be a low-end TE1 consideration.
Injury Jay Gruden to decide on RG3 tomorrow
Colt McCoy to start if Griffin III can't play
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 22 2014, 7:00 pm

Washington Redskins
Jay Gruden said Wednesday that he would like to have made a decision on whether Robert Griffin III will play against Dallas following a workout and a medical examination on Thursday morning. While Gruden has told McCoy that he will be the starter on Monday if Griffin is not medically cleared to play, Gruden did say that Griffin is the “wild card” for that game. (Washington Times)

FFToday's Take: Griffin III has upside as a QB2 for the second half of the fantasy season yet inconsistency prevents him from being a reliable starter. He should not be relied upon for Week 8 even if he returns to action. The entire offense could struggle if Colt McCoy is asked to lead the Redskins against the Cowboys.
Expect RBBC from Bills in Week 8
Dixon says he and Bryce will "do it together"
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 22 2014, 1:43 pm

Buffalo Bills
Anthony Dixon: "I ran out there first today, but me and Bryce are gonna kinda do it together, as a combination." (Mike Rodak via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Dixon ran with the first team in practice on Wednesday but it sounds like the team will take a RBBC approach on Sunday. They Jets have been tough against the run so far this season giving up just 15.2 FPts on average to the position. Dixon and Bryce Brown will be FLEX considerations in Week 8.
Injury A.J. Green misses practice Wednesday
Toe injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 22 2014, 12:30 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green said Tuesday that his injured toe feels better, but it wasn’t feeling well enough for him to practice with the team on Wednesday. Geoff Hobson of the team’s website reports that Green worked on a rehab field while his teammates went through their first practice ahead of Sunday’s crucial matchup with the Ravens in Cincinnati. (Pro Football Talk)

FFToday's Take: The Bengals would welcome back their top receiver as soon as possible. They struggled to move the ball last week against the Colts managing only 135 total yards. Green will have to get in at least limited practices this week in order to play. He'll likely be a gametime decision.
Injury Reggie Wayne has MRI on elbow
Status uncertain
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 21 2014, 9:30 am

Indianapolis Colts
It's uncertain if the Indianapolis Colts will have veteran wideout Reggie Wayne when they travel to Pittsburgh Sunday to face the Steelers. He underwent an MRI test Monday afternoon to determine the severity of the injury (elbow). "We'll know more (later)," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "We'll meet with the doctors later tonight, tomorrow." (Indianapolis Star)

FFToday's Take: Wayne fell on his elbow during Sunday's win against the Bengals but did return to action. Wayne ranks 36th among fantasy wideouts and is a low-end WR3 with limited upside.
Injury Pierre Thomas to miss 2-3 weeks, shoulder
Could return Week 10
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 21 2014, 8:00 am

New Orleans
Running back Pierre Thomas will miss two to three weeks with a shoulder injury, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. On the season, Thomas had just 30 carries for 133 yards, but will be seriously missed in the passing game. Thomas has by far the most targets out of any Saints running back, 29, and has come away with 26 catches so far. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson will continue to handle work on first and second downs but expect Travaris Cadet to see increased playing time on passing downs. He'll have increased value in PPR leagues.
Injury Rashad Jennings noncommital about Week 9
Recovering from MCL sprain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 20 2014, 7:15 pm

New York Giants
Rashad Jennings sprained the MCL in his left knee two weeks ago. He's eyeing a return when the Giants take the field next on November 3 against the Colts. "As the doctors said, they think I'm right on track to be back here soon and it's going to be a day to day [situation]," Jennings said. Jennings did not commit to anything. Next on the schedule is to hit the field during the bye week and begin running and cutting on the knee. He has not yet done anyone running outside the water. (Newark Star-Ledger)

FFToday's Take: Rookie Andre Williams hasn't exactly made a case for a timeshare, rushing 35 times for 110 yards (3.1 YPC) in the two full games Jennings has missed. This is yet another situation in which owners need to add depth at the position while hoping that he can clear some hurdles during the Giants' bye week.
Injury Colt McCoy to draw Week 8 start
Assuming Robert Griffin III (foot) is unable to return
By: Doug Orth | Oct 20 2014, 6:55 pm

Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he's not going to rule out a return this week by quarterback Robert Griffin III. But Gruden also made it clear that Griffin still must show a lot in practice before the team declares him ready to start. If he doesn't start, then Gruden said Colt McCoy would do so against Dallas for the teams' Oct. 27 matchup. Griffin has not played since dislocating his left ankle in Week 2. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Griffin's initial optimistic timetable was 8-10 weeks, so a six-week return is highly unlikely. McCoy went 11-for-12 in relief of Kirk Cousins after he was benched at the start of the second half of Washington's Week 7 win over Tennessee. McCoy will likely start against Dallas (Week 8) and Minnesota (Week 9) before the Redskins' bye, possibly allowing RG3 to return in Week 11 versus Tampa Bay.
Injury Andre Ellington dealing with sore ribs
Also working through foot injury; 30 touches in Week 7 win
By: Doug Orth | Oct 20 2014, 6:50 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Monday RB Andre Ellington has sore ribs following Sunday's win at Oakland. However, he is not dealing with any structural damage. Ellington rushed for 88 yards on 24 carries and added 72 receiving yards on six catches during a 24-13 win Week 7. Ellington has 393 rushing yards and is averaging 3.7 yards per carry through six games. He also has 260 receiving yards and two touchdowns (one rushing). (CBS Sports)

FFToday's Take: Yet another injury-prone back that has managed to stay healthy this season, Ellington reportedly called for Stepfan Taylor to vulture both of his touchdowns in Week 7. Ellington has surprisingly held up despite dealing with a foot issue since the start of the season and is averaging 21.6 touches after getting 30 against Oakland. Owners in desperate need of RB depth could take a shot with Taylor, who would likely be featured if Ellington got hurt.
Injury Full-go or nothing for Megatron in Week 8
Lions WR has missed last two games w/ high ankle sprain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 20 2014, 6:30 pm

Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson continues to recover from a high right ankle sprain he suffered in Week 3 against Green Bay before he aggravated it two weeks later. Johnson hasn't played since and while he'll travel to England with the Lions this week to face the Atlanta Falcons, whether he plays will be up in the air. HC Jim Caldwell said it'll either be a full Calvin Johnson or no Calvin Johnson when he makes his return. The Lions have an off week following the London trip before the second half of the season begins. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Johnson's status should be available later in the week, but with Detroit's bye coming up and a winnable game against Atlanta on the docket, the Lions would be well-served to give their star receiver two more full weeks to recover. Golden Tate should remain the offensive focal point of the passing game while Johnson sits out.
Injury HC: "A.J. Green has made tremendous progress"
Toe injury has sidelined WR last two games
By: Doug Orth | Oct 20 2014, 6:20 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
Marvin Lewis says he believes A.J. Green has made tremendous progress. He looks forward to seeing how he progresses this week. (Coley Harvey on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It is not a safe bet for Green to return for Week 8, so owners should be prepared to be without his services again. However, it is possible the Bengals - coming off a shutout loss to the Colts on Sunday - may feel a bit of urgency to get Green back on the field in order to play against Baltimore. At best, he is probably shaping up to be a game-time decision.
Injury Both Spiller, Jackson injured in Week 7
Spiller likely out for the year with broken collarbone
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2014, 8:30 pm

Buffalo Bills
C.J. Spiller's shoulder and emotions were wrecked. Ten minutes earlier, Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood helped running back Fred Jackson limp off the field with a groin injury. Spiller's collar bone reportedly was broken. The Bills could be without Spiller and Jackson for a long time. (Buffalo News)

FFToday's Take: Spiller will have surgery on his collarbone and will likely miss the remainder of the season. Jackson will have an MRI on his groin on Monday. He's likely out for Week 8 and the Bills have a bye in Week 9. Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon will be the top two running backs next week and perhaps for the next few weeks until Jackson can return.
Injury Kelvin Benjamin cleared to play
Panthers WR gets concussion clearance from doctor
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2014, 5:11 am

Carolina Panthers
Panthers rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) has been cleared, source says. He’ll play today vs. the Packers. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It sounds like Benjamin will be on the field today against Green Bay. He's a solid WR2 but keep in mind the Packers haven't allowed any wide receiver to gain more than 82 yards (Calvin Johnson).
Injury Jimmy Graham expected to play, may not start
Will test shoulder in pregame warmups
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2014, 4:27 am

New Orleans
So for now, Saints TE Jimmy Graham is expected to play, though not expected to start due to shoulder injury. Will test injury in pregame. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The good thing here is, we will know soon whether or not Graham is active for the game. If he is, it will difficult for Graham owners not put him in their lineups considering he will likely be used around the goaline. More to come on Graham's status later this morning...
Harvin reportedly traded to Jets
Seahawks receive conditional mid-round pick
By: Doug Orth | Oct 17 2014, 5:50 pm

New York Jets
BREAKING: The Jets have just agreed with Seattle to a trade sending WR Percy Harvin to New York for conditional pick. (Jay Glazer on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This one is a stunner and has fairly far-reaching implications for both teams. By making this move, the Seahawks essentially are scrapping the misdirection part of their offense and likely recommitting themselves to Marshawn Lynch. Doug Baldwin should see his stock increase the most among Seattle wideouts. The Jets now have a dynamic (albeit injury-prone) playmaker opposite Eric Decker that should aid Geno Smith's development.
Injury Calvin Johnson not likely to play in Week 7
TE Eric Ebron also not expected to play
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 17 2014, 1:30 pm

Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell indicated today that Johnson likely will miss his second straight game because of the right ankle injury he suffered in a loss to the Buffalo Bills earlier this month. Asked whether he expected Johnson to play Sunday, Caldwell said, "I've been surprised before because he's an unusual guy and, just talking to him at practice, he's feeling good and coming along. Miracles have happened." (Detroit Free Press)

FFToday's Take: In addition to Johnson, tight end Eric Ebron (hamstring) is expected to sit as well. Golden Tate will once again be Matthew Stafford's top target in the passing game. RB Reggie Bush is expected to return this week.
Injury Shonn Greene Doubtful, hamstring
Bishop Sankey expected to start at running back
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 17 2014, 1:15 pm

Tennessee Titans
Titans running back Shonn Greene (hamstring), tight end Taylor Thompson (knee) and cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (knee) all missed practice again on Friday and none of the three is expected to play on Sunday against the Redskins. All three are listed on the team's Injury report as doubtful. (The Tennessean)

FFToday's Take: Greene's absence means Bishop Sankey is likely get the start again at running back and receive the bulk of the carries in Week 7. He's an RB2 or Flex play against the Redskins defense that only gives up 12.4 fantasy points to running backs.
Injury Kelvin Benjamin practices Friday, Questionable
Still needs to be cleared by independent doctor
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 17 2014, 1:00 pm

Carolina Panthers
Panthers rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin is questionable to play Sunday against Green Bay with a concussion. He participated fully at practice Friday, but he still must be cleared by an independent doctor before being allowed to play against Green Bay. (Charlotte Observer)

FFToday's Take: The Panthers are likely to see receive final word on his status tomorrow. The expectation is that he will be cleared so fantasy owners can pencil him in their lineups for now. The Packers have been decent against fantasy wideouts ranking 22nd in FPts/Allowed to the position.
Injury Saints "still optimistic" about Graham in Week 7
Recovering from Week 5 shoulder sprain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 16 2014, 5:05 pm

New Orleans
The Saints aren’t ready to say whether they’ll have TE Jimmy Graham in the lineup in Week 7 at Detroit. Last Sunday, word out of New Orleans was that Graham would miss 2-3 games as a result of a shoulder injury he suffered against the Buccaneers in Week Five. Graham missed practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday, leading coach Sean Payton to say, via Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, that the team is “still optimistic” about Graham’s chances of playing. (Pro Football Talk)

FFToday's Take: Payton may be optimistic about Graham's availability, but it would be a mistake if his fantasy owners felt the same way. Sitting a half-game behind Carolina in a weak division, New Orleans should give Graham another weak to heal in hopes that they can have him near 100 percent beginning in Week 8. Owners scrambling for a replacement can go with Josh Hill, who has been fairly productive recently even with Graham around.
Injury Jonathan Stewart expects to start Week 7
Gets in first padded practice since Week 3 knee sprain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 16 2014, 4:50 pm

Carolina Panthers
After participating fully in practice on Wednesday, Jonathan Stewart was more definitive in saying he will play, and start, for the Panthers this week at Green Bay. “Jonathan looked good. He had a good day,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “We’ll see how he is (Thursday), but he took the majority of the reps. He took all the reps that were slated for him as well." Wednesday was Stewart’s first fully padded practice since before his injury. (Charlotte Observer)

FFToday's Take: While Carolina appears to be a low fantasy-upside proposition for running backs, it is hard not to notice just how easy the second-half schedule appears to be (starting in Week 11). With Cam Newton now a realistic threat to run again and a likely 1-2 week window without DeAngelo Williams stealing carries, it is possible Stewart could become the clear lead back in this backfield by the time Williams gets back from his high ankle sprain.
Injury Ryan Mathews has yet to resume running
Branden Oliver could remain starter through Week 10 bye
By: Doug Orth | Oct 16 2014, 4:30 pm

San Diego Chargers
Ryan Mathews (MCL sprain) knelt over at his locker Wednesday. He slipped into running shoes. He wore gray, light-material pants fit for running. Almost time? "When (the training staff) thinks it's time for me to start running, then it's time to start running. It's all in their hands," Mathews said. Mathews continues to rehab from a Sept. 14 right knee injury and his return won't be Sunday versus the Chiefs. The next game comes the following Thursday in Denver. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

FFToday's Take: Next week's short turnaround pretty much locks in Branden Oliver as the main back through at least Week 8. At that point, San Diego could easily decide to give Mathews two more weeks in order to be completely ready for Week 11 if Oliver continues to perform well. However, owners should bear in mind the Chargers prefer a committee attack, so expect Mathews and Oliver (if not also Donald Brown) to split carries once everyone is healthy.
Injury Griffin III will start when he returns
Cousins is winless in four starts
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 15 2014, 6:30 pm

Washington Redskins
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III returned to the practice field Wednesday and participated in individual drills for the first time since suffering a dislocated left ankle Sept. 14. Coach Jay Gruden said Griffin will once again be the team’s starter upon his return, whenever that might be. In the portion of practice open to the media, the third-year quarterback stretched with the team and threw passes to wide receivers alongside the team’s other quarterbacks. Griffin’s accuracy varied but the ankle did not appear to limit his movement. (Washington Times)

FFToday's Take: Kirk Cousins flashed some fantasy potential initially but costly turnovers have contributed to the team's four-game losing streak. RG3 is at least another week away and remains a wild card to help fantasy owners when he returns.
Injury Tony Romo says 'I'll be good to go'
Dealing with minor rib and ankle injuries
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 15 2014, 6:08 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Quarterback Tony Romo believes he will be able to practice later this week and said he will play Sunday afternoon against the New York Giants. Romo was held out of Wednesday's practice for the fifth consecutive week. But unlike previous absences, where he concentrated on core exercises to strengthen his back, Romo is nursing injuries to his rib and ankle. Head coach Jason Garrett said he's hopeful that Romo will be able to return to practice Thursday. (Dallas Morning News)

FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners can expect to have Romo playing in a huge rivalry game against the Giants this weekend. Nonetheless, he remains a risky long term investment with injuries starting to pile up.
Injury Lions' Eric Ebron, Reggie Bush limited in practice
Theo Riddick re-aggravates hamstring strain
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 15 2014, 4:39 pm

Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions had six skill position players sidelined or limited for Wednesday's practice, including rookie tight end Eric Ebron. Ebron is a new addition to the practice report, missing a portion of the session with a hamstring injury. Also limited was running back Reggie Bush, who was returning to the practice field after missing all of last week with a twisted ankle. All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) and tight end Joseph Fauria (ankle) remained sidelined and were joined by wide receiver Jeremy Ross (ankle) and running back Theo Riddick, who re-aggravated a hamstring strain against the Vikings. (mLive.com)

FFToday's Take: The injuries to Detroit's offense have sapped the fantasy value of Matthew Stafford and the passing game. If Reggie Bush is feeling good after a week of practice he and Joique Bell will be counted on to shoulder the load against a Saints team that ranks 16th in the NFL against the run with 112 rushing yards allowed per game.
Injury RB Mark Ingram returns to practice, Graham sits
Running back may wear small brace
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 15 2014, 4:30 pm

New Orleans
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram returned to practice on Wednesday and said he planned to play in the Saints' game Sunday at the Detroit Lions. Tight end Jimmy Graham, who left the Tampa Bay game on Oct. 5 after suffering a neck injury, did not practice. (Times-Picayune)

FFToday's Take: Mark Ingram was a full participant in practice and should be available to play this weekend against the Lions. Fantasy owners should take a "wait and see" approach with Ingram for Week 7 to see HC Sean Payton splits the running duties in a crowded backfield. Likewise, Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson will see their fantasy value dip upon Ingram's return. TE Jimmy Graham is dealing with a neck injury. The true extent of his injury is unknown but recent reports have tabbed him to miss at least two weeks.
Injury Toby Gerhart still in mix for bulk of carries?
With Storm Johnson on carry count, Gerhart could reclaim job
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 14 2014, 12:15 pm

Jacksonville Jaguars
Running back Storm Johnson carried 10 times in Sunday’s loss, his first career start and second game. That was exactly the amount of work Bradley planned for the rookie to handle. “Our whole intent was to get Storm 10 carries and he got 10 carries,” Bradley said. Johnson gained 21 yards and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. His longest carry went for 7 yards. The seventh-round pick from Central Florida also caught a screen pass for a 4-yard loss. “His toughness and things like that were there,” Bradley said. “But, there’s a couple of areas and just his overall reads and where we actually want the play to hit. He hit it more front side where he could bring it backside, so things like that.” On the season, Johnson has carried 14 times for 48 yards. Running back Toby Gerhart (foot) will also be evaluated Wednesday after missing Sunday’s game. (Florida Times-Union)

FFToday's Take: It appears that Gerhart isn't quite dead in the water, but you'll have to suspend disbelief a bit to imagine him meeting even 80 percent of the preseason expectations heaped on him. It's a fluid situation, but the entire backfield is a mess.
Injury Knowshon Moreno out for the year, ACL injury
Dolphins RB placed on IR
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 14 2014, 8:44 am

Miami Dolphins
Knowshon Moreno’s first year with the Dolphins is over after just three games. The Dolphins announced Tuesday that Moreno has suffered an ACL injury. As a result, they placed him on injured reserve. (Miami Herald)

FFToday's Take: This explains why Moreno only got 1 carry after halftime in Week 6. Lamar Miller will no flirt with RB1 territory and should be the lead back in Miami moving forward. Moreno will be a free agent next season.
Injury Ridley, Mayo likely out for rest of the season
Knee injuries to sideline RB, LB
By: Doug Orth | Oct 13 2014, 4:55 pm

New England Patriots
New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo was carted off the field with a knee injury in the second quarter of Sunday's 37-22 win against the Buffalo Bills and did not return. Mayo, a captain and signal-caller on defense, was immediately surrounded by teammates after a Boobie Dixon run up the middle on first down, as he wound up on the bottom of the pile. The Patriots also lost RB Stevan Ridley to a knee injury and G Dan Connolly to a head injury. Mayo and Ridley were scheduled to have MRIs Monday to determine the severity of their injuries. (ESPN Boston)

FFToday's Take: Both players could be headed to IR shortly. Mayo (knee) is a three-down linebacker who had graded out well against the run and played all but four snaps entering Week 6. Ridley likely has a torn ACL and is in the final year of his contract, likely meaning offseason standout rookie James White could be in line for a bigger role. Brandon Bolden also should figure into the mix along with Shane Vereen, but the former is more of a core special teamer.
Injury Megatron could sit through Week 9 bye
High ankle sprain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 13 2014, 4:30 pm

Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell did not close the door today on resting receiver Calvin Johnson the next two games and through the team's bye, in order to give his high ankle sprain four weeks of rest. "The fact of the matter is I leave it up to the doctors," Caldwell said. "Those are the professionals. They know exactly what it takes, what can be done." (Detroit Free Press)

FFToday's Take: Even though fantasy owners are sure not to like it, resting Johnson for a full month would probably be a sound move for the Lions. With Johnson sidelined in Week 6, Golden Tate was targeted 12 times, but finished with seven catches for only 44 yards. Detroit faces New Orleans and Atlanta before its bye week.
Injury Sproles likely to miss a few weeks
Avoids ACL tear
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 13 2014, 11:45 am

Philadelphia Eagles
Eagles running back Darren Sproles won’t miss the rest of the season but will likely be sidelined a few weeks, according to a source familiar with the veteran tailback’s condition. Sproles injured his knee late in the third quarter Sunday night against the Giants, (CSNPhilly)

FFToday's Take: Sproles avoided a severe knee injury but will likely be on the sidelines for the Eagles next game in Week 8 against the Cardinals. Philadelphia has a bye in Week 7. With Chris Polk out with a hamstring injury, the team may sign a running back (Matthew Tucker?) in the near future.
Jerick McKinnon gets the start over Asiata
Vikings shake up running back depth chart
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 12 2014, 11:30 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Jerick McKinnon was informed during the week that he would start against the Lions, and he did. “I tried to prepare myself the best for it, really dial in, focus in on my assignment and make sure that I was on top of everything,” McKinnon said. McKinnon gained 40 yards on 11 rushes and had a team-high six catches for 42 yards. Matt Asiata, meanwhile, got two carries for minus-5 yards. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

FFToday's Take: The Vikings kept their depth chart change quiet leading up to Week 6. McKinnon has more athletic ability than Asiata and provides a home-run threat that Asiata doesn't possess. McKinnon has RB3 value until the Vikings prove they can move the ball on a consistent basis.