|Adrian Peterson case "under review" by NFL|
Former New York prosecutor Lisa Friel reviewing Hardy case too
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 16 2014, 10:54 am
|The NFL says the Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy cases are under review, according to Ed Werder's Twitter post. The Vikings reinstated Peterson Monday, but deferred any questions about further discipline to the league office. The NFL's new hire, former New York prosecutor Lisa Friel, is examining both cases. (Twitter (@Edwerderespn))|
FFToday's Take: Whether the NFL has the power to step in and suspend Peterson before the case goes to trial is hard to assess, but FOX's Jay Glazer reported Sunday it falls under the new domestic violence policy, in which first-time offenders get a six-game ban. Our advice is to hold Matt Asiata until a clearer picture emerges.
| Ryan Mathews likely out 4-6 weeks|
By: Doug Orth | Sep 15 2014, 4:45 pm
|An MCL sprain can sideline a player anywhere from a minimal amount to eight weeks. For Ryan Mathews, the timetable appears to fall somewhere in between.
A recent MRI has confirmed a sprained MCL for the Chargers running back, and he is expected to miss four to five weeks, according to the NFL Network. The team will take the news, knowing it could've been much worse after Mathews was carted off the field Sunday. His right knee injury came during the fourth quarter of a 30-21 win over Seattle. (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Mathews' injury history was likely one of the main reasons the Chargers signed Donald Brown this offseason. The former first-round pick of the Colts didn't do a lot with his 10 touches on Sunday, but figures to pretty much absorb the role of Mathews in his absence while Danny Woodhead remains the passing-down/change-of-pace option. Along with Kansas City's Knile Davis, expect Brown to be one of the top waiver-wire additions in most leagues this week.
| A.J. Green likely out until Week 5|
By: Doug Orth | Sep 15 2014, 4:35 pm
|Although the Cincinnati Bengals' victory over the Atlanta Falcons was a pyrrhic one, the early signs on A.J. Green's toe injury are positive.
If Green can't go against the Tennessee Titans this week, the Bengals' official website expects him to be ready after the Week 4 bye for the Oct. 5 game in New England.
Green's ligament strain knocked him out of Sunday's bout on the opening series, but did not require crutches after the game. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Bengals' Week 4 bye couldn't come at a better time for Green, who was held without a catch for the first time in his career after playing only six snaps in Week 2. Expect Cincinnati to focus even more on its running game against the Titans and look for Mohamed Sanu to remain Andy Dalton's primary target again.
| RG3 out indefinitely with dislocated ankle|
Team believes he will return at some point in 2014
By: Doug Orth | Sep 15 2014, 4:00 pm
|Robert Griffin III will have a cast put on his dislocated ankle but it remains unclear how long the quarterback will be sidelined, coach Jay Gruden said Monday. “We’ll know in a few more weeks how long he’ll be out,” Gruden said. Gruden said Griffin did not suffer any fractures or ligament damage and he would not be put on season-ending injured reserve, but the coach did not offer any timetable for a potential return. He said he does believe Griffin will be back this season.
Kirk Cousins, who entered after Griffin left the game, will take over as the starting quarterback. (Washington Times)|
FFToday's Take: Griffin and the team hopes he can make it back in 4-5 weeks, but that seems overly optimistic at this point. Furthermore, the team may be tempted to stretch it if Cousins can continue to perform well in the interim. It would be a surprise if Griffin can make it back before midseason, so owners in leagues with short benches may be forced to release him. Cousins should be a more-than-adequate replacement while he is recovering.
| Charles diagnosed with high ankle sprain|
No timetable for return
By: Doug Orth | Sep 15 2014, 3:45 pm
|Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles suffered a high ankle sprain, and S Eric Berry sprained an ankle in Sunday’s loss at Denver, HC Andy Reid said Monday.
Reid provided no timetable for their returns. A high ankle sprain can often result in a multi-week injury, but Reid says Charles’ injury “doesn’t look to be a real severe one.”
“It does have the component of a high ankle sprain. What does that mean? We’ll see,” Reid said. (Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners know this drill pretty well by now. High-ankle sprains are often multi-week injuries and Charles would be doing himself and his team a disservice by trying to rush back. Knile Davis will step and replace him as the featured back in his absence. The second-year back should be considered a low-end RB1 in all leagues while Charles is out.
| Mark Ingram expected to miss a month|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 15 2014, 12:30 pm
|New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram is expected to miss about a month with a hand injury he suffered Sunday, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Ingram was off to a good start this season rushing for 143 yards on 24 carries with 3 TDs over the first two weeks. Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas will likely see their roles increased.
|Peterson expected to play in Week 3|
Vikings to let legal system play out before imposing discipline
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 15 2014, 11:50 am
|The Minnesota Vikings announced Monday that running back Adrian Peterson will return to practices and meetings this week and is expected to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Peterson was deactivated for the Vikings' Week 2 game against the New England Patriots after he was indicted by a grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: "At this time we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action." The Vikings will the Peterson case play out in the legal system before imposing any kind of punishment. Peterson owners can exhale for now and should be able to plug him into lineups for the foreseeable future.
| Vernon Davis on crutches, ankle injury|
MRI expected today
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 15 2014, 9:30 am
|Tight end Vernon Davis sat out the final 10 minutes of the 49ers’ 28-20 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday night with an ankle injury. Afterward, Davis was seen on crutches in the 49ers’ locker room. The severity of his sprain is not known. (CSNBayArea.com)|
FFToday's Take: Backup tight end Vance McDonald injured his knee in the first half and was limited the rest of the game. Derek Carrier filled in with 3 catches for 41 yards.
| Eric Decker re-injures hamstring|
Jets wideout bothered by hamstring injury in preseason
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 15 2014, 9:00 am
|The New York Jets suffered a potentially costly injury Sunday, as wide receiver Eric Decker exited in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury. It's the same hamstring that nagged Decker throughout training camp, except this time the injury is believed to be more severe. He will have tests Monday, presumably an MRI. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Decker is the key receiver for the Jets so his loss would be a significant blow to the offense. Jeremy Kerley is operating as the No.2 wideout. David Nelson would likely slide into a starting role if Decker misses any time.
| Knowshon Moreno expected to miss 4-8 weeks|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 14 2014, 8:00 pm
|Moreno was injured on his first touch of the game Sunday in a 29-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills and did not return.
Moreno will miss four to eight weeks with a dislocated elbow and possible fracture. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: To make matters worse, Lamar Miller left in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury, but should be OK. Rookie Damien Williams is next in line behind Miller with Moreno out.
| Carson Palmer Out, Drew Stanton will start at QB|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 14 2014, 10:03 am
|Source: Cardinals QB Carson Palmer will not play today. He tested his shoulder out and couldn’t go. It’s Drew Stanton. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Palmer was limited in practice this week due to a nerve issue in his shoulder. Pregame warmups didn't go so well so Stanton gets the call. This move is a downgrade to the fantasy values of Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.
| Marshall, Jeffery 75% not to play|
Both Bears' wide receivers are gametime decisions
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 14 2014, 9:38 am
|There are major questions about whether Chicago Bears starting wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery will play Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers.
Both players were listed as questionable to play and one source said he was "75 percent" sure neither would play. In addition, receiver Josh Morgan is listed as doubtful on the injury report with a groin injury. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Both have been labeled as gametime decisions for Sunday night's contest against San Francisco. Marshall didn't practice all week while Jeffery worked on a limited basis Friday. If both sit, its likely Santonio Holmes would fill one starting role and perhaps Josh Bellamy the other. Holmes would be a worthwhile WR3 if you're able to adjust your roster at gametime.
| Jordan Cameron not expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 14 2014, 7:00 am
|Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is not expected to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints due to a shoulder injury, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Cameron missed practice all week. Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray are likely to see more reps at the tight end position but neither is a recommended fantasy play.
|Asiata set to make third career start|
Will replace Adrian Peterson in starting lineup
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 13 2014, 7:00 am
|Matt Asiata is expected to start in Peterson’s absence Sunday, with rookie Jerick McKinnon serving as the backup. Asiata, in his third season, will make his third career start. The previous two starts occurred in the final two games last season, when Peterson and Toby Gerhart were inactive with injuries. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Even with Peterson out of the lineup, the Vikings should focus on the running game against the Patriots who gave up 193 yards to Knowshon Moreno and Lamar Miller last week. Asiata should touch the ball 20 times with the rookie McKinnon playing a complementary role.
|Welker unlikely to play this weekend|
Expected to be reinstated soon
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 12 2014, 8:00 pm
|Wes Welker is hours away from becoming resinstated as a Bronco. The 32 team union representatives approved the league's revised drug policy Friday afternoon. It's possible that by late Friday night — but most likely Saturday — Welker will have his four-game suspension rescinded and he would be placed on the Broncos' 53-man roster. It's also possible final approval by the NFL could take until Monday. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: Since the league has decided to changes the rules of their drug policy and apply these rules to players already suspended... after the season has started... it appears certain players will their suspensions reduced or wiped out all together. Welker is likely to be ready for game action in Week 3.
| Doug Martin questionable, expected to start|
Head coach calls Martin "lead guy"
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 12 2014, 7:00 pm
|Doug Martin practiced last week and, although he is listed as questionable for Sunday's game, is expected back in the lineup against the St. Louis Rams. "I've talked about how important Doug is to us," (Lovie) Smith said. "Just our running game in general, we were trying to get it going with all of our guys. Doug is our lead guy. We weren't able to for whatever reason this first game, but we'll stay committed to it." (Tampa Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Martin was removed from last week's game due to a knee injury but should get the start when the Bucs host the Rams on Sunday. Bobby Rainey will serve as Martin's backup. Martin has RB2 upside but needs a solid performance this week to ease the minds of his fantasy owners.
| Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery iffy for Sunday|
Marshall sits Friday, Jeffery limited
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 12 2014, 3:10 pm
|Receivers Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) are listed as questionable for Sunday. The Bears held out Marshall from Friday's practice, but he came out and participated during the walk-through portion. Jeffery practiced in a limited capacity and took part in some of the full team drills. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like both Bears' receivers will be true gametime decisions. Not want fantasy owners want to hear considering the Bears and 49ers don't play until Sunday night. If either sit, Santonio Holmes would be in line for more targets.
| Cameron misses practice, questionable|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 12 2014, 12:05 pm
|Browns Jordan Cameron and Mingo are questionable for Saints with shoulder injuries. (Mary Kay Cabot via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Cameron has missed practice all week but the fact the Browns have listed him as questionable means they believe there's an outside chance he will play. Still, you should be making other plans for your tight end position this weekend. Gary Barnidge would likely see increased opportunities but won't be on the fantasy radar.
| Cecil Shorts sits on Friday|
Hamstring injury may cause Shorts to miss more than Week 2
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 12 2014, 11:10 am
|S Johnathan Cyprien not working Friday and WR Cecil Shorts III on side not practicing. (John Oehser via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Gus Bradley said yesterday "It’s not exactly good that he didn’t practice today, but we’ll see what happens." Shorts has been dealing with hamstring issues since early in the preseason. Fantasy owners need to be making plans to be without the receiver for the foreseeable future.
| DeAngelo Williams misses practice Friday|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 12 2014, 10:38 am
|Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams did not participate in portion open to media. Second day in a row. (Jonathan Jones)|
FFToday's Take: Williams missed practice yesterday making his status for Sunday very much in question. Jonathan Stewart would get the start and move into flex consideration if Williams can't go. Mike Tolbert would likely see some additions additional work as well.
| McFadden expected to start for Raiders|
Murray to see action as well
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 12 2014, 9:00 am
|Maurice Jones-Drew said Thursday that he had a procedure performed on his right hand — not for a broken bone, he said — and the running back and the Raiders’ coaching staff are essentially ruling him out for Sunday’s game.
"I would like to go out there (Sunday), but it’s a long season," said Jones-Drew, whose hand was very swollen. (SF Gate)|
FFToday's Take: OC Greg Olson said Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray would be the running backs this week. "Last week we wanted to see Maurice Jones-Drew in a full-time role," Olson said. "This week, I don't know if we'll see that. We'll start with Darren, and it probably will be more series-wise with Latavius and Darren."
|Adrian Peterson indicted, Week 2 status unclear|
Charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 12 2014, 5:15 am
|Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted by a Montgomery County, Texas, grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child, according to multiple media reports. Last October, Peterson's 2-year-old son died in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, after being allegedly assaulted by a man who was dating the boy's mother. Peterson learned only two months earlier that he was the boy's father. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for the NFL this week... this has been an on-going case and Peterson testified for the grand jury weeks ago. He hasn't been arrested but may need to turn himself in leaving his status for this week up in the air. There's been now official word from the Vikings as of yet. Matt Asiata would likely start if Peterson is unavailable.
| MJD recovering from right hand surgery|
Appears unlikely to go in Week 2
By: Doug Orth | Sep 11 2014, 6:25 pm
|Maurice Jones-Drew said he had a procedure on his right hand — not for a broken bone, he said — and the running back and the Raiders coaching staff essentially ruled him out for Sunday’s game. "I would like to go out there (Sunday), but it’s a long season,” said Jones-Drew, whose hand was very swollen. Raiders OC Greg Olson said that Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray would both get a crack at it if/when Jones-Drew can’t go against the Texans. (San Francisco Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: In a bit of an irony, McFadden came out of Week 1 healthy and should be expected to be the lead back on Sunday. Oakland should enjoy more success on the ground versus Houston than it did against the stout Jets' run defense, so McFadden's owners should feel comfortable using him as a flex or even RB2 if MJD is ruled out.
| Lacy cleared for Week 2|
Returns to normal practice one week after concussion
By: Doug Orth | Sep 11 2014, 6:10 pm
|Packers HC Mike McCarthy: Eddie Lacy is cleared and had a normal practice (Thursday). (Green Bay Packers on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lacy quickly passed through the league's concussion protocol and returns to what appears to be a difficult matchup on paper against the Jets. However, New York's decimated secondary is unlikely to provide much resistance versus the Aaron Rodgers-led passing attack, meaning Lacy could have a few short-yardage scores. Barring an unlikely setback, expect RB1 numbers from the Packers' lead back in Week 2.
| Lions RB Bush, TE Pettigrew limited at practice |
Veteran tailback wearing ice pack on left knee
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 10 2014, 4:41 pm
|Running back Reggie Bush (knee), safety James Ihedigbo (neck) and tight end Brandon Pettigrew (foot) were all held out of portions of Wednesday's session. Bush and Pettigrew were both new additions to the practice report. Prior to practice, the veteran running back was seen sporting an ice pack on his left knee. (mlive.com)|
FFToday's Take: Bush is nursing a sore left knee but his status for week two does not appear to be in jeopardy at this time. Continue to monitor his activity levels in practice this week. If Bush were to sit out this weekend, fellow RB Joique Bell would see his fantasy stock climb heading into the Lions' matchup against the Panthers.
| Rookie WR Martavius Bryant could make debut|
Dri Archer and Lance Moore ruled out
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 10 2014, 4:30 pm
|Running back Dri Archer has been ruled out this week with an ankle/foot injury suffered against the Browns, while Lance Moore (groin) will miss his second straight game. Rookie receiver Martavis Bryant (shoulder) returned to practice this week after missing the season opener against the Cleveland Browns and is listed as probable for the game.
FFToday's Take: The injuries to Dri Archer and Lance Moore in the passing game should open the door for Martavius Bryant to make his NFL debut. In deep leagues and dynasty formats, Bryant offers some long term upside. Archer's injury will likely result in Le'Veon Bell seeing all of the snaps on passing downs.
| Bears WRs Marshall, Jeffery miss practice|
O-line practices without Garza and Slauson
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 10 2014, 3:49 pm
|LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears first-team center Roberto Garza (high-ankle sprain), left guard Matt Slauson (high-ankle sprain) and wide receivers Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) were held out of Wednesday’s practice in advance of Week 2’s critical road game against the San Francisco 49ers.
FFToday's Take: Brandon Marshall (ankle) has been receiving treatment and is expected to be ready to go for Week 2 but the same cannot be said for Alshon Jeffery and his hamstring. If the pair of wideouts is unable to practice by tomorrow, fantasy owners will need to start making backup plans. Santonio Holmes would benefit the most if either of Chicago's receivers sit out against the 49ers.
|San Diego places Nick Hardwick on IR|
Team captain loses season to neck injury
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 10 2014, 3:00 pm
|The San Diego Chargers lost one of their leaders for the season placing Nick Hardwick on Reserve-Injured with a neck injury. A stalwart in the middle, the veteran center has started all 136 NFL games he’s appeared in, including 67 in a row, so he’s still getting over the “shock” of being out for the year. (Chargers.com)|
FFToday's Take: This is a crushing blow to Mike McCoy's offense. The Chargers will now need to transition to new center Rich Ohrnberger against the fierce Seattle Seahawks defense. As a result, keep expectations for Philip Rivers, Ryan Mathews and Keenan Allen tempered for Week 2.
| Eddie Lacy misses practice Wednesday|
Courd return Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 10 2014, 12:58 pm
|It's too early in the week to rule out RB Eddie Lacy (concussion) or rule in OT Bryan Bulaga (knee), but the return of TE Brandon Bostick (leg) looks pretty promising as the Packers got back to work Wednesday. Lacy did not participate in practice, but the fact he was present is a good sign for him. Typically, players coming off concussions usually attend practice as part of the final stages of the recovery process, so it's possible Lacy could be back on Thursday when the team practices in full pads. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: Lucy is recovering from a concussion suffered in Week 1 against the Seahawks. Chances are good that he will get cleared before Sunday's game. James Starks would get the start if Lacy can't go.
| Tate expected to miss 2-4 weeks, sprained knee|
West and Crowell will see increased reps
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 10 2014, 6:53 am
|What is the timeline for injured #Browns RB Ben Tate? I’m told likely out 2-4 weeks, depending on how he heals. You’ll see West & Crowell. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It didn't take long for Tate to live up to his high-risk injury label. Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell will handle the running back duties in committee form with West likely to get the start. Both running backs should be owned in 12-team leagues.
| Ellington makes it through Wk 1 with no setbacks|
Likely won't be 100% anytime soon
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 9 2014, 10:00 am
|"When I warmed up beforehand," Andre Ellington said when asked when he knew he would play. "I didn't run after I injured it this week. I didn't run at all, but I was able to get out there before the game and give it a shot." Ellington wasn't 100 percent in the Cardinals' 18-17 win, but he was still Arizona's most effective running back, carrying the ball 13 times for 53 yards and catching five passes for 27. (Arizona Republic)|
FFToday's Take: Ellington admits he doesn't have the same quickness moving from left to right and the foot is likely to hamper him in the coming weeks. As a result, Ellington's fantasy ceiling is capped at a RB2 level until he regains his full lateral movement. Expect him to be limited in practice this week but give it a go on Sunday.
|Starks to assume lead back duties in Week 2?|
Lacy in concussion protocol, needs clearance from neurologist
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 9 2014, 9:33 am
|On Friday, coach Mike McCarthy said Eddie Lacy was doing better than expected and was already going through the early steps of the protocol. Still, this is Lacy's second concussion in two years and until he's cleared for contact, the Packers won't know for sure whether they'll have him for the New York Jets on Sunday. If they don't, James Starks would probably be the starter. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: With Eddie Lacy going through the NFL's concussion protocol (he will have to be cleared by an independent neurologist before being allowed to play again), Starks is in line to be the Packers lead back in Week 2. He ran well on Sunday in Lacy's stead.
|Josh Gordon reinstatement "inevitable?"|
Browns WR could end up playing in 2014
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 9 2014, 9:26 am
|ESPN Cleveland calls Josh Gordon's reinstatement to the NFL "inevitable." If a deal between the NFL and the union on a new drug policy is made, Gordon could get reinstated for some, if not all, of 2014. (ESPN Cleveland)|
FFToday's Take: There will likely be news on the new drug policy emerging today. This would make Gordon the top waiver wire add of Week 2 if the ban is somehow retroactively reduced or repealed.
| No update on Ben Tate, Jordan Cameron|
Injuries caused both players to miss time in Week 1
By: Doug Orth | Sep 8 2014, 4:45 pm
|HC Mike Pettine said he doesn't have injury updates on RB Ben Tate (knee) or TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder). (Nate Ulrich on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Injuries that keep players from returning to game action that week typically do not bode well for their status the following week. Tate's injury-history is well-chronicled and should make Terrance West - if not Isaiah Crowell - attractive free-agent or trade targets this week. Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge filled in for Cameron following his departure, but neither player is worthy of fantasy consideration.
|Miller and Moreno to continue rotation|
Moreno rushed for 134 yards on 24 carries in opener
By: Doug Orth | Sep 8 2014, 4:30 pm
|Though Lamar Miller started the game, Knowshon Moreno played more snaps, 48 to 27. Moreno ran for 134 yards on 24 carries (5.6), Miller 59 on 11 (5.4 average).
Lazor said he did not even think about who should be the starter until a team official mentioned to him Monday that reporters might ask him about it.
“The question about who takes the first snap...I hadn’t considered it really yet,” he said. “I expect them both to contribute." (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Although the assertion that Lazor "had not thought about his starter at running back" is hard to believe, there is every reason to believe Miller and Moreno will continue to rotate snaps. Both backs have a chance to be relevant in fantasy if Miami manages to give its backs 35 carries like it did on Sunday. That's highly unlikely to happen, of course, meaning both backs figure to be flex plays at best for the near future.
| Clowney likely out 4-6 weeks|
Torn lateral meniscus
By: Doug Orth | Sep 8 2014, 3:50 pm
|Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney left Sunday's win in the second quarter with a knee injury and didn't return. On Monday, HC Bill O'Brien gave an update on the rookie's status.
"He underwent arthroscopic surgery this morning," O'Brien said. "He'll probably be out for about four to six weeks."
Clowney also suffered a concussion during the week of practice in Denver, and missed the preseason games against the Broncos and 49ers. In June, he had surgery for a sports hernia. (houstontexans.com)|
FFToday's Take: J.J. Watt was a one-man wrecking crew in Houston's win over Washington, but Clowney's absence should allow upcoming opponents to send more blockers his way. The Texans will move forward with Brooks Reed and Whitney Mercilus at outside linebacker. Although Reed was borderline dominant in his own right on Sunday, Mercilus has yet to live up to his first-round draft status.
| Jordan Reed "could miss some time"|
Injured hamstring on only catch of Week 1
By: Doug Orth | Sep 8 2014, 3:30 pm
|TE Jordan Reed has shown flashes of great talent in his brief NFL career, but a concussion kept him out of seven games as a rookie and now another injury is threatening to cost him time in his second season with the Redskins. Reed hurt his hamstring while trying to hurdle a defender in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Texans. Reed didn’t return to the game after the injury and coach Jay Gruden said at Monday’s press conference that it “could be some time” before he’s ready to return.
(Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Niles Paul - a former college receiver - stepped up in a big way after Reed's departure and could give Washington some of the same explosiveness Reed does at the position if he is forced to miss multiple weeks. Given how conservative Gruden was with his passing attack in Week 1, Paul could actually be a worthwhile fantasy pickup while Reed is away.
| Robert Mathis suffers torn Achilles|
Reigning sack champion out for season
By: Doug Orth | Sep 8 2014, 3:05 pm
|Multiple league sources are reporting OLB Robert Mathis suffered a torn Achilles last week while working out on his own and his season is now over. Mathis had three games remaining on his suspension for violating the PED policy.
The 33-year-old Mathis had 19.5 sacks in 2013, his first without Dwight Freeney. Because the injury happened away from the team facility, the Colts could place Mathis on the non-football injury list and withhold this year’s money, setting the stage to part ways with an aging and banged-up player this offseason. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Week 1 is usually reserved for the first wave of season-ending injuries that occur on the field, but has been replaced by the release of Ray Rice and this bombshell. The Colts struggled to consistently get pressure against Denver on Sunday night and will be forced to play without one of its few defensive playmakers the rest of the season. Bjoern Werner and Erik Walden will remain the starters at outside linebacker until further notice.
| Cam Newton named Week 2 starter|
Sidelined for the opener with rib injury
By: Doug Orth | Sep 8 2014, 3:00 pm
|Panthers HC Ron Rivera says Cam Newton will start the team's home opener Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Newton was held out of Carolina's win on Sunday at Tampa Bay with fractured ribs, but backup Derek Anderson stepped in and threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-14 victory.
Newton is expected to return to practice Wednesday after his streak of 48 consecutive starts was snapped. Rivera says keeping Newton out against Tampa Bay was "one of the toughest decisions I've ever had to make," but doctors told him it will make a huge difference in his recovery. (AP)|
FFToday's Take: The key phrase here is that "doctors said it will make a huge difference in his recovery". Although it was a difficult pill to swallow for fantasy owners, it was the right move and probably something that will go a long way in making sure Newton can fully heal. Detroit and its talented front four await in Week 2, but Anderson's Week 1 showing against another tough defense was a promising development for Newton's rest-of-season prospects.
|49ers cut ties with LaMichael James|
Third-year RB played just two snaps in Week 1
By: Doug Orth | Sep 8 2014, 2:40 pm
|The 49ers waived RB LaMichael James, his agent announced Monday morning. James registered zero yards on two rushes in the 49ers' win over the Cowboys on Sunday.
He also entered the season opener as the team's backup punt and kick returner behind rookie Bruce Ellington. (NBC Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: James has been asking for his release for some time now, so the move probably was helped along by the fact that Carlos Hyde had an impressive preseason and Week 1. James could get some feelers from a running back-needy team - such as the Cardinals or Ravens - although he has shown so little as a pro that he may end up not attracting a waiver claim.