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Injury Panthers' backfield in shambles
Stewart to be reevaluated on Friday, Tolbert out Week 4
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 4:45 pm

Carolina Panthers
Coach Ron Rivera is optimistic that DeAngelo Williams will return from a hamstring injury to play versus the Baltimore Ravens this week, but the Carolina Panthers' backfield woes aren't going away. Jonathan Stewart will be held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday with a severely sprained knee. Mike Tolbert, sporting crutches and a knee brace, will miss Sunday's game with a hairline fracture in his right leg. The fullback is week to week, per Rivera. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: In the event that Williams cannot go, owners may need to consider Darrin Reaves, who was elevated from the practice squad over the weekend. The bigger problem, however, is that Cam Newton may not be healthy enough and the offensive line may not be good enough this year to mask the injuries that the Panthers overcame last year.
Injury Woodhead out for the season
Needs surgery on fractured fibula
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 4:30 pm

San Diego Chargers
The Chargers lost RB Danny Woodhead early in their Week 3 victory over the Bills and it may be some time before they get him back on the field. San Diego announced that Woodhead, who left the game on crutches, suffered a right ankle injury that caused him to be carted off the field. It looks like it is more than your garden variety ankle injury, however. Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that Woodhead suffered both a severe high ankle sprain and a fractured fibula. He’s expected to have surgery that will bring his season to an end. (Pro Football Talk)

FFToday's Take: Chargers beat writer Michael Gehlken tweeted the news that Woodhead would be lost for the season. It likely locks Donald Brown into a Woodhead-like role when Ryan Mathews returns and probably ensures that Branden Oliver - dubbed "Baby Sproles" by some in the preseason - will see an increase in snaps.
Dolphins considering quarterback change?
Team unhappy with Ryan Tannehill's performance thus far
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 4:15 pm

Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins are considering a quarterback change this week. A change is not certain but coaches are meeting this afternoon to weigh whether benching starter Ryan Tannehill in favor of reserve Matt Moore is the right decision to make in the run up to Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders, multiple sources are saying. HC Joe Philbin dodged multiple questions today on the topic. When asked if Tannehill will start against the Raiders next Sunday, he declined on every single occasion to say Tannehill would continue to be Miami's quarterback. (Miami Herald)

FFToday's Take: Remember when the Dolphins beat the Patriots in Week 1? Two weeks and two losses later, Miami could be considering Moore, although OC Bill Lazor was quick to say Tannehill would get the call against Oakland in Week 4. The Dolphins have a bye the following week, making then the common-sense time to make a move if they are going to do so. With that said, Tannehill should get a bit more time in a new offense to make his mark.
Injury Dennis Pitta suffers dislocated hip
Likely out for season and could threaten career
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 4:00 pm

Baltimore Ravens
Ravens TE Dennis Pitta will undergo surgery to repair the damage to his dislocated right hip, which likely is also fractured, according to team sources. Pitta dislocated his right hip for the second time in the past year, getting hurt without being touched during the second quarter of Sunday's 23-21 win over the Cleveland Browns. This is a major setback for Pitta, one that probably ends his season and casts doubt on his career outlook. (Baltimore Sun)

FFToday's Take: Pitta fractured and dislocated his hip during training camp last year and missed all but the final four games of the 2013 regular season. With Pitta sustaining this injury, the Ravens will turn toward TE Owen Daniels and rookie Crockett Gillmore. They could also utilize FB Kyle Juszczyk, who caught three passes for 54 yards and a touchdown against the Browns, in a tight end role.
Injury Vincent Jackson has small fracture in wrist
Not expected to miss any time.
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 3:45 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson sustained a small fracture in his wrist during Thursday night's 56-14 loss against the Atlanta Falcons. The injury will not cause Jackson to miss any time, though, and the 10th-year wide receiver plans to play Sunday against the Steelers. Jackson, who was targeted nine times, finished with two receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown. (Fox Sports)

FFToday's Take: The injury likely occurred on the first play of the Bucs’ second offensive series when Jackson fell on his wrist after taking a hit from Dwight Lowery, according to Fox Sports. Jackson hasn't come to justifying his fourth-round ADP, although the ascension of Mike Glennon may help his cause. The Bucs travel to Pittsburgh in Week 4.
Injury Kyle Rudolph likely out six weeks
Will undergo sports hernia surgery
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 3:35 pm

Minnesota Vikings
TE Kyle Rudolph left Sunday’s loss to the Saints with a groin injury and was expected to have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the damage. Albert Breer of NFL Media reports that Rudolph will need to have sports hernia surgery and is expected to miss about six weeks while he recovers. The Vikings have targeted Rudolph 17 times this season, just behind Greg Jennings for the most of anyone on the team. (Pro Football Talk)

FFToday's Take: Another brutal blow for a Minnesota offense that has lost potentially its top two red-zone options in Adrian Peterson and Rudolph. Rhett Ellison and MarQueis Gray will fill in during his absence, but the Vikings don't have a suitable replacement for Rudolph on the roster. It makes the job even harder for rookie Teddy Bridgewater, who will make his first career start at home against Atlanta in Week 4.
Injury Arian Foster "day-to-day" ahead of Week 4
Hamstring has RB unsure about status vs. Buffalo
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 3:20 pm

Houston Texans
The Texans played without RB Arian Foster on Sunday because they didn’t feel Foster’s hamstring was up to facing the Giants. On Monday, Foster said that his hamstring felt “good” while working out on Sunday although it obviously wasn’t good enough to allay any fears that the team might have had about his condition. While he felt good on Sunday, he wasn’t making any overly optimistic predictions for this week’s game. Foster described himself as “day-to-day,”. (Pro Football Talk)

FFToday's Take: Foster's unwillingness to proclaim his readiness for Week 4 means rookie Alfred Blue could be in line for another start against Buffalo. The Bills just got done holding the Chargers' Donald Brown to 62 rushing yards on 31 carries and ranks sixth in the league in run defense, meaning it could be another long day for the Texans on the ground again.
Injury Jordan Cameron active, Bernard Pierce Out
Ravens without starting running back
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2014, 11:35 am

Cleveland Browns
Jordan Cameron will in fact be active today. Bernard Pierce is inactive for the Ravens (Jason LaCanfora via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Cameron can be inserted into fantasy lineups with the understanding that his shoulder could easily be re-aggravated. With Pierce out, Justin Forsett will handle more of the rushing load with Lorenzo Taliaferro working in a backup role.
Injury Arian Foster Inactive
Alfred Blue expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2014, 11:30 am

Houston Texans
Official: Texans' Arian Foster is inactive. (Nick Mathews via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: With Foster out, expect Alfred Blue to get the start. Jonathan Grimes and Ronnie Brown will also be in the mix. Blue becomes a low-end RB2 candidate against the Giants.
Injury Not looking good for TE Vernon Davis
Ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2014, 9:00 am

San Francisco
It’s doubtful 49ers star TE Vernon Davis (bruised ankle) will play today vs. #Cardinals I’m told. He was on crutches until Thursday. (Ian Rapaport via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This has been the feeling all along this week. With Davis out and backup TE Vance McDonald battling a knee injury, third-string tight end Derek Carrier will likely draw the start and be a TE2 in Week 3.
Injury Foster's availability for Week 3 in question
Gametime decision with hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2014, 8:45 am

Houston Texans
Texans running back Arian Foster, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, could sit out a 1 p.m. Sunday game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. The Texans are expected to work out Foster pregame, then make a decision about his status. Foster was limited in practice this week and listed as questionable on the Texans’ final injury report Friday. (Houston Chronicle)

FFToday's Take: Foster came into the season with a balky hamstring and has racked up 55 through two games. If he sits Alfred Blue would get the start and vault into RB2 status for Week 3.
Injury Charles not expected to play, gametime decision
Will test injured ankle in pregame warmups
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2014, 8:37 am

Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) is not expecting to play today, I’m told. Will still test it out pregame. Looking like Knile Davis (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It should be noted that an hour earlier Rapoport reported that Charles was a "gametime decision" and that Charles injury was more of a bruise than an ankle sprain which gives him "a real chance". We likely won't know Charles' real status until inactives come out. Chiefs play at 4:25 pm Eastern.
Injury Charles questionable, re-evaluated Saturday
Sprained ankle
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2014, 4:35 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who is on the injury report with a sprained ankle, practiced with the starters on Friday, but coach Andy Reid wasn’t certain how much, if any, Charles will be able to play on Sunday against Miami. Charles was listed as questionable for the game. "We’re going to see how he feels after this practice," Reid said. "He moved around and did a decent job. He looked a little sore, but he did OK." (Kansas City Star)

FFToday's Take: We'll get a better indication of Charles' availability if he makes the trip to Miami tomorrow. If so, and he becomes a gametime decision, fantasy owners may be in a bind since the Chiefs play at 4:25 Eastern. Knile Davis would get the start and be a borderline RB1 if Charles doesn't play.
Injury Jordan Reed out, DeSean Jackson questionable
Niles Paul on the TE1 radar
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2014, 11:45 am

Washington Redskins
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson took part in some individual drills during Friday’s practice and will be listed as questionable for the Washington Redskins’ game on Sunday at Philadelphia. Tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) has been ruled out. (Washington Post)

FFToday's Take: A converted wide receiver, Niles Paul torched the Jaguars in Week 2 to the tune of 8 catches, 99 yards and 1 TD. If DeSean Jackson is limited or sits on Sunday, Paul would become the No.2 receiving option for Kirk Cousins. Jackson will test his shoulder in pregame warmups and be a gametime decision.
Injury Jordan Cameron limited Friday, Questionable
Shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2014, 11:15 am

Cleveland Browns
Browns TE Jordan Cameron and LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulders) were limited today and they're questionable for ravens. (Mary Kay Cabot via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Cameron was limited on Thursday as well and will be a gametime decision. It's hard to get excited about Cameron as a fantasy play given the risk of re-aggravating his shoulder injury. Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge would fill in for Cameron if he sits.
Injury A.J. Green expects to play Sunday
No soreness in foot
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2014, 10:25 am

Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green told the Bengals' official team website he "feels good" and plans to play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Green strained a ligament in his foot last weekend, forcing him out most of the contest. He missed practice Wednesday and caught a few passes Thursday, but was limited in practice. Friday morning the receiver said he has "no soreness" and if he feels similarly Sunday, he'll play. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: The Bengals have a bye in Week 4 and could easily hold him out giving him extra rest for Week 5 but it appears Green will be on the field this week against Tennessee. Owners should temper their expectations given the risk of aggravating the injury, plus the Bengals are likely to incorporate a run-heavy gameplan.
Injury Doug Martin officially Inactive
Bobby Rainey expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 18 2014, 6:11 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
And Bucs have deactivated RB Doug Martin. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Bobby Rainey moves into RB2 territory with Martin watching on the sidelines. The Falcons have given up the most fantasy points to running backs over the first two weeks.
Injury Roddy White Inactive
Hamstring injury will cause Roddy to sit
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 18 2014, 6:07 pm

Atlanta Falcons
Both Roddy White and Doug Martin deactivated tonight (Jay Glazer via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Falcons hinted throughout the week that Roddy's rest during practice this week was a precaution. Sounds like his hamstring injury is more serious. Harry Douglas and Devin Hester will get a boost in fantasy value with Douglas becoming a flex option.
McKinnon likely to see expanded role
OC Norv Turner suggests he could go with "hot hand"
By: Doug Orth | Sep 18 2014, 4:30 pm

Minnesota Vikings
A stout, relatively durable back (5-11, 234), Matt Asiata is the best equipped of the Vikings' current backfield to take on the heavy dosage Peterson typically commanded. Although rookie Jerick McKinnon is also expected to see an expanded role. Running backs coach Kirby Wilson graded McKinnon well in his first extended time against the Patriots, McKinnon said, though there's certain areas he needs to work on that don't involve carrying the football. (ESPN 1500 Twin Cities)

FFToday's Take: St. Paul Pioneer Press beat writer Chris Tomasson tweeted earlier today that Turner will use both backs and could lean on one if he develops a "hot hand". McKinnon graded out well in Week 2, has reportedly picked up the playbook quickly and is the superior athlete, but it seems a bit much to ask of him to go from a jack-of-all-trades option quarterback at a FCS school to NFL lead back in less than one year. Nevertheless, he's a worthwhile stash as the situation sorts itself out.
Injury Bucs likely without Doug Martin in Week 3
Team also expects to be minus Gerald McCoy
By: Doug Orth | Sep 18 2014, 4:10 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers listed DT Gerald McCoy and RB Doug Martin as questionable for Thursday night’s game against the Falcons, but it doesn’t look like either one of them will be on the field. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that McCoy and Martin are both unlikely to be active for the NFC South matchup. (Pro Football Talk)

FFToday's Take: Martin is expected to test his knee before the call is officially made to deactivate him, so there is still a glimmer of hope for his owners that he'll be able to play in what should be a juicy matchup. If he cannot go, then Bobby Rainey is a high-end RB2 play. McCoy's absence should allow Matt Ryan & Co. to feel a bit more comfortable in the pocket, meaning the Falcons have a shot to put up some stellar offensive numbers.
Injury Charles back at practice
Took part in warm-ups and cutting drills
By: Doug Orth | Sep 18 2014, 4:00 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
RB Jamaal Charles, who suffered a high ankle sprain in last week's game against Denver, was participating in the early portion of Kansas City Chiefs practice Thursday. His availability for Sunday's game against the Dolphins in Miami is uncertain. Charles went through warm-ups with his teammates and was then tended to briefly by trainer Rick Burkholder before joining the running backs for position drills. One such drill involved cutting through cones to catch a pass. Charles did this several times and appeared to pass these tests without a problem. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Charles' quick return to practice is an interesting turn of events after he did not go on Wednesday. Kansas City desperately needs a win, but it would be foolish for the team to rush him back if he has anything close to the high ankle sprain that was initially reported. Although the surprise return bodes well for Charles' Week 4 status and beyond, Knile Davis is the heavy favorite to dominate touches this week.
Injury Jordan Cameron limited Thursday
Likely questionable at best for Week 3
By: Doug Orth | Sep 18 2014, 3:50 pm

Cleveland Browns
Browns OC Kyle Shanahan said TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) was "very limited" today. "It can go either way." (Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Cameron sat last week after leaving early in Week 1. With the Browns on a bye in Week 4, it makes a ton of sense to give their talented tight end another two weeks to get his shoulder right. Cleveland doesn't have anything close to a Cameron clone on the roster, so Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin should continue to see their fair share of targets against the Ravens.
Injury Tony Romo misses practice with back injury
Back still a concern even after past surgeries
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 17 2014, 7:53 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Romo sat out Wednesday's practice with "back tightness" although coach Jason Garrett and Romo anticipate he'll return to practice on Thursday. Either way, it's a concern that Romo can't get fully healthy. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: This appears to be normal rest associated with continued back issues for Dallas' signal caller but should serve as a reminder that Tony Romo carries injury risk. As a result, fantasy owners would be wise to invest in a capable backup.
Injury Hamstring keeps Decker out of practice Wed.
Rex Ryan optimistic that Decker will play MNF
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 17 2014, 7:04 pm

New York Jets
FLORHAM PARK - Though Jets wide receiver Eric Decker did not practice Wednesday, because he tweaked his hamstring in Sunday’s loss at Green Bay, he said it was "a good sign" that he was able to do some jogging in the rehab area of the practice field, under the supervision of trainers. Moreover, Jets coach Rex Ryan sounded optimistic that both Decker and cornerback Dee Milliner will play Monday night against the Bears. (NJ.com)

FFToday's Take: Through two weeks of action the Jets are ranked 29th in offensive passing yards per game while the Bears defense is giving up under 200 yards through the air. Considering the fact that the Jets play on Monday night fantasy owners should play it safe by going with a different option for Week 3. Decker owners willing to roll the dice may want to consider picking up Jeremy Kerley or David Nelson in case the Jets keep their top receiving threat on the sideline.
RB Dwyer latest to be tied to domestic violence
Arizona running back arrested Wednesday
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 17 2014, 6:28 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals running back Jonathan Dywer was arrested in Arizona on Wednesday on charges related to domestic violence. Dwyer has been charged with aggravated assault and preventing someone from calling 911, the CBS Evening News has reported. (CBSSports.com)

FFToday's Take: Here we go again. Given the way other players have been held out in recent weeks it is very likely that Jonathan Dwyer will receive similar treatment over the next few days. Stepfan Taylor is the next in line behind starter Andre Ellington.
Injury Vernon Davis still on crutches
Deep ankle bruise
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 17 2014, 4:46 pm

San Francisco
The 49ers began practice today with just one healthy tight end from their 53-man roster, Derek Carrier. The other two, Vernon Davis (ankle) and Vance McDonald (knee), were working out in the team’s weight room. Davis emerged using the same crutches he was seen using after Sunday’s loss to the Bears. Earlier in the day, Jim Harbaugh said the team “dodged a bullet” with Davis’ injury, which occurred when he was tackled awkwardly from behind in the fourth quarter. Still, it’s unknown whether the team’s top tight end will be ready in time for Sunday’s game against Arizona. He has a deep bruise on his ankle, a source said. (Sacremento Bee)

FFToday's Take: It's still possible that Davis plays this weekend so fantasy owners should keep a close eye on the final practice reports this week before making any changes to their lineup. Meanwhile, Davis' backup, Vance McDonald, is also dealing with a knee injury that may keep him out this week. Derek Carrier was inserted late in the game Sunday night and could be in line for considerable work if the 49ers' other options are unable to suit up for Week 3.
Injury RG3 will wear cast for 10 days
To be re-evaluated after cast is removed
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 17 2014, 4:30 pm

Washington Redskins
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will wear the cast on his dislocated left ankle for roughly 10 days and then will have it re-evaluated, with the hope of then proceeding to around a month and a half of rehabilitation, Coach Jay Gruden said. (Washington Post)

FFToday's Take: Based on Jay Gruden's suggestions, the Redskins will be without Robert Griffin III for at least eight weeks in the best possible scenario. That would put his return at week 11 following the team's bye week. Kirk Cousins should be picked up in all formats as the clear starter for the next two months and possibly longer if he excels in Griffin III's absence.
Injury DeSean Jackson misses practice, expects to play
Shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 17 2014, 1:00 pm

Washington Redskins
DeSean Jackson on Wednesday did some work on a side field while his teammates practiced and then watched other portions of that session. Gruden speculated that the team wouldn’t know until Thursday or Friday if the wide receiver would play on Sunday. "It’s going to be a huge game for myself and I’ve looked forward to ever since everything went down the way it went down." (Washington Post)

FFToday's Take: Jackson injured his shoulder last week and will do everything in his power to get on the field this week against his former team. Updates on D-Jax's practice participation coming later in the week.
Vikings reverse course on AP
Placed on Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list
By: Doug Orth | Sep 17 2014, 2:30 am

Minnesota Vikings
A statement from Vikings.com regarding the ongoing case regarding Adrian Peterson: In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team’s decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian. (Vikings.com)

FFToday's Take: There's no mandatory length of stay on the list, but the Vikings indicated that Peterson would remain there "until the legal proceedings are resolved." This is looking more and more like it will be an extended absence, especially since Peterson will be held out of team activities while the situation is resolved. Matt Asiata becomes a strong flex/low-end RB2 play for as long as AP is forced to sit out.
Injury Roddy White skips practice, expected to play
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 16 2014, 4:00 pm

Atlanta Falcons
Falcons wide receiver Roddy White suffered a hamstring injury and did not practice on Tuesday, but is expected to play against Tampa Bay on Thursday night. "It’s not important for Roddy to practice," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "We’d like for Roddy to practice, but it’s all about getting Roddy on a short week … ready for Thursday. Our goal is to have Roddy as healthy as he can be for the ball game on Thursday night." (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

FFToday's Take: Sounds like White will be ready to go for Thursday night football. Tampa Bay ranks 18th in FPts Allowed to receivers but hasn't faced a passing attack like the Falcons over the first two weeks (CAR & STL). White is an WR2 in Week 3.
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

Minnesota Vikings
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.
Injury Ryan Mathews likely out 4-6 weeks
Sprained MCL
By: Doug Orth | Sep 15 2014, 4:45 pm

San Diego Chargers
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.
Injury A.J. Green likely out until Week 5
Turf toe
By: Doug Orth | Sep 15 2014, 4:35 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
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.
Injury 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

Washington Redskins
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.
Injury Charles diagnosed with high ankle sprain
No timetable for return
By: Doug Orth | Sep 15 2014, 3:45 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
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.
Injury Mark Ingram expected to miss a month
Hand injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 15 2014, 12:30 pm

New Orleans
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

Minnesota Vikings
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.
Injury Vernon Davis on crutches, ankle injury
MRI expected today
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 15 2014, 9:30 am

San Francisco
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.
Injury Eric Decker re-injures hamstring
Jets wideout bothered by hamstring injury in preseason
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 15 2014, 9:00 am

New York Jets
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.
Injury Knowshon Moreno expected to miss 4-8 weeks
Dislocated elbow
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 14 2014, 8:00 pm

Miami Dolphins
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.