| Jordan Reed has new hamstring injury|
Washington TE not 100 percent heading into Week 12
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 18 2014, 10:20 am
|Tight end Jordan Reed strained his right hamstring -- he dealt with a strained left hamstring earlier this season. Linebacker Trent Murphy has a partial tear of the posterior cruciate ligament, but Gruden said, "It's something he can play with if he can deal with a little bit of soreness." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Reed just can't stay healthy. Expect TE Niles Paul to see more snaps until Reed can get back to 100 percent.
| Allen Hurns (concussion) expected to play Week 12|
Rookie named starter opposite Cecil Shorts III
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 18 2014, 9:22 am
|Gus Bradley said wide receiver Marqise Lee continues to practice well. Bradley said before the bye the rookie had had his best two weeks of practice, and he said he had another good practice Monday.
“He’s showing his competitiveness,” Bradley said. “I think it’s just his mindset and he’s really taking advantage of this opportunity.” Lee’s opportunity is coming in the wake of a season-ending injury to rookie Allen Robinson, who is expected to undergo foot surgery this week. With Robinson out, Bradley on Monday said rookie Allen Hurns and veteran Cecil Shorts III will start, but that Lee will move into the third receiver role.
FFToday's Take: Hurns is a viable deep threat in the Jaguars offense but Cecil Shorts III will likely see a ton of targets this week against the Colts. Hurns is expected to be cleared from the concussion protocol and both he and the veteran Shorts make interesting plays this week in what should be a high-scoring game.
|Report: Adrian Peterson suspended for rest of 2014|
Vikings RB was notified today of NFL decision
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 18 2014, 9:00 am
|Adam Schefter reports Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was notified today that he has been suspended without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 NFL season. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Well, that settles that. Peterson may appeal, but at this point it's unrealistic to expect he'll return to the football field in 2014. He's safe to drop in redrafts and may have played his last snap in Minnesota.
| Ahmad Bradshaw likely done for season|
By: Doug Orth | Nov 17 2014, 6:40 pm
|Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw's season is in serious jeopardy after he suffered what the Colts believe to be a broken ankle against the New England Patriots on Sunday night, a league source told The Indianapolis Star. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: Beat writer Mike Chappell later revealed on Twitter that Bradshaw's injury is a fractured fibula, meaning a trip to season-ending IR is imminent. It is a crushing blow to the Colts, who lose an integral part of the running game and the short-passing game in the process. Trent Richardson should move into more of a lead-back role while Dwayne Allen and Reggie Wayne should see their red-zone opportunities increase.
| Julius Thomas' ankle injury not serious|
Day-to-day; appears to have avoided high ankle sprain
By: Doug Orth | Nov 17 2014, 6:15 pm
|The early diagnosis is the ankle injury to Broncos TE Julius Thomas is not as bad as initially feared.
Thomas injured his ankle in the first quarter of the Broncos' 22-7 loss at St. Louis on Sunday and did not return. He underwent a MRI Monday morning. It might be difficult for Thomas to play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins in the Broncos' first home game in a month, but his injury status is considered day-to-day. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: He appears to have avoided the dreaded "high ankle sprain", which is what was initially feared. Even with that bit of good news, the rash of injuries - including the concussion suffered by Emmanuel Sanders - comes at a bad time for Denver with Miami playing so well on defense lately. Thomas' owners in a pinch could opt for Peyton Manning favorite Jacob Tamme, although he is a replacement-level player at best at this stage of his career.
| Update: Cooks' timeline is 4-6 weeks|
Earlier reports suggested 2-4 week timetable
By: Doug Orth | Nov 17 2014, 4:00 pm
|Saints WR Brandin Cooks had surgery on his injured thumb and is actually out 4-6 weeks, per his agent. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This report, if true, makes Cooks droppable given the fact there are five weeks remaining in most fantasy leagues. It may be worthwhile to hold on to him until an official announcement is made, but owners should plan to be without the rookie for the rest of the year.
| Larry Fitzgerald suffers Grade 2 MCL sprain|
Expects to play in Week 12
By: Doug Orth | Nov 17 2014, 3:45 pm
|Larry Fitzgerald has a grade 2 MCL sprain. Expects to play vs. Seahawks. (Kent Somers on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fitzgerald has not missed a game since 2007 and suffered his fair share of injuries over that time, although that doesn't mean owners should share his optimism. The Cardinals have been spreading the wealth all season long and the matchup in Seattle is far from favorable. Furthermore, Fitzgerald is unlikely to be anywhere close to 100 percent by the end of the week.
|Josh Gordon cleared for Week 12|
Reinstated from 10-game suspension
By: Doug Orth | Nov 17 2014, 3:35 pm
|The Browns lost Sunday, but Josh Gordon is reinstated today. He can return to facility and is cleared for normal activities without restriction. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gordon has a strong chance to be a difference-maker in fantasy down the stretch after leading the lead in receiving last season despite playing only 14 games. With that said, the Browns are a run-heavy team this year, so owners would be wise to dial down expectations just a bit on Gordon. It is a safe assumption that Gordon should produce at a WR2 level right away, with WR1 status very possible.
| Fred Jackson expects to play in Week 12|
By: Doug Orth | Nov 17 2014, 3:30 pm
|Bills HC Doug Marrone said last week that if their Week 11 game was on Sunday instead of Thursday night, he felt Fred Jackson would’ve been able to play in the game. on Thursday night however, he was scratched after tweaking his injured groin in practice Tuesday. Now Jackson fully anticipates being ready to go this coming Sunday against the Jets. The veteran running back also said the plan was to play in both the Chiefs and Dolphins games despite the quick turnaround of five days between them. (BuffaloBIlls.com)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson said "the plan was to play both games", but he had a setback in practice last Tuesday. Expect a questionable tag this week. If he can play, he'll probably be a low-end RB2 in PPR and flex option in standard leagues in a difficult matchup. Jackson has juicy matchups against Cleveland (Week 13) and Oakland (Week 16) down the stretch. Expect Bryce Brown to continue in C.J. Spiller's old role while Anthony Dixon returns to his No. 3 role.
|Browns still have no clear leader in RBBC|
HC: "We're not just going to pick one"
By: Doug Orth | Nov 17 2014, 3:15 pm
|Despite entering the game ranked 12th in rushing, the Browns have no set running-back rotation. Nobody has grabbed hold of the featured-back role, and free-agent signing Ben Tate seems to be slipping out of favor with the coaching staff. He earned just two attempts Sunday against his former team - running for minus-9 yards - and getting just 10 attempts last week.
"It's something we'll look at week to week," HC Mike Pettine said. "We're not just going to pick one. When you go in a game-plan situation you look at what gives us the best chance to win." (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: The Browns appear to be moving on from Tate, so it appears the dice-roll owners will have to make each week will be between Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell. To that end, West, who carried 26 times for 94 yards against the Bengals, had just five attempts versus the Texans. It's a frustrating situation for all parties involved and makes both rookies nothing better than flex plays until one player emerges - if they do at all.
| Colts fear broken ankle for Bradshaw|
MRI on Monday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 17 2014, 11:45 am
|Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw's season is in serious jeopardy after he suffered what the Colts believe to be a broken ankle against the New England Patriots on Sunday night, a league source told The Indianapolis Star. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: Bradshaw has been one of the bright spots this fantasy season, rankings 10th in standard leagues and 8th in PPR leagues among running backs, easily out-performing his 11th-round ADP. Trent Richardson will likely see a bump in opportunities. Dan Herron will move into the backup role and is worth a look in deeper leagues.
| Broken thumb for Cooks, out 2-4 weeks|
Saints' rookie wide receiver injured in Week 11
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 17 2014, 11:35 am
|New Orleans Saints rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks broke his thumb in Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and could miss as much as a month, according to reports. (New Orleans Times Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Cooks actually stayed in the game after the injury and caught three passes. Kenny Stills projects to see increased playing time with the rookie wideout on the sidelines. Cooks was the top fantasy receiver in New Orleans with 53 catches, 550 yards and 3 TDs.
| Rivers dealing with rib injury|
...And has been for a few weeks
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 16 2014, 9:00 pm
|Philip Rivers took a fourth-quarter shot to the ribs Sunday.
It wasn't the first time, a teammate said. "For those who don't know, he's been dealing with a rib injury, a very severe rib injury, so he's been toughing it out these last three or four weeks, Gates said." "I'm no more banged up than other quarterback in the league," Rivers said. "All good." (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Rivers was in obvious pain in the fourth quarter after taking a sack. He returned to the game. Rivers hasn't been listed on the injury report the past few weeks but that will likely change this week.
| Broncos lose Sanders, J. Thomas, Ball to injury|
Denver RB re-aggravates groin injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 16 2014, 8:00 pm
|The Denver Broncos' trip to this city has been a painful one. Tight end Julius Thomas, running back Montee Ball (groin) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) all suffered injuries in a 22-7 loss to the Rams. Thomas played just two series for the Broncos before leaving the game with an ankle injury and did not return. He had X-rays on his ankle at the stadium and was diagnosed with a sprain. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It was a rough afternoon for the Broncos on the injury front and the scoreboard. Sanders took a brutal hit early in the third quarter and left the game with a concussion. Ball's groin injury is the most critical as he already missed five weeks with the same injury. The re-aggravation may cost him multiple weeks or perhaps the season. C.J. Anderson should be the lead back moving forward.
|Isaiah Crowell to get the start for Browns?|
RBBC still in effect
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 16 2014, 12:05 pm
|Yes, it appears #Browns giving RB Isaiah Crowell the start. (Tony Grossi via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Crowell will get the first crack and receiving the most carries in the crowded three-headed RBBC in Cleveland. Expect Terrance West and Ben Tate to get touches as well. It's a situation to avoid for fantasy owners.
| C.J. Anderson expected to start|
Monte Ball will be the No.2 running back
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 16 2014, 10:45 am
|C.J. Anderson did enough last week in the Broncos’ win at Oakland to earn his first NFL start here Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. Anderson will start while Montee Ball, who grew up about 25 miles from St. Louis, will be the No. 2 back. Ball is returning from a groin injury that sidelined him the previous five games. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: This has been the conventional wisdom all week. Anderson and Ball faces a Rams defense that ranks 23rd in fantasy points allowed to running backs, a below average matchup.
| Arian Foster officially ruled out, Blue to start|
Foster won't make the trip to Cleveland
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 15 2014, 2:30 pm
|Houston Texans star running back Arian Foster has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns because of a groin injury. Rookie Alfred Blue will start in Foster's place Sunday against Cleveland.
FFToday's Take: Multiple reports yesterday suggested Foster would not play this week and now it is official. Blue will get the start at running back for the Texans. He'll face a Browns' defense that ranks middle of the pack (17th) in fantasy points allowed to running backs.
| Peyton Hillis placed on IR, concussion|
Rashad Jennings to return in Week 11
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 15 2014, 1:00 pm
|The Giants injured reserve list keeps getting longer. The latest is veteran running back Peyton Hillis, who suffered a concussion in the first half Sunday in Seattle. Hillis was "not good" and sent home from the Giants facility earlier in the week, according to coach Tom Coughlin. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Rashad Jennings will return to the lineup this week and be backed up by rookie Andre Williams. Hillis played a minimal role in the Giants offense, totaling 26 carries, 115 yards; 10 receptions 87 yards.
| Bush Questionable, missed practice all week|
Unlikely to play
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 14 2014, 4:20 pm
|Reggie Bush spent the open portion of practice today working on the side with a trainer, and the Detroit Lions are holding out hope he can play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals (4:25 p.m., Fox). Bush, who aggravated a sprained ankle in last week's win over the Miami Dolphins, was listed as questionable. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Bush didn't practice all week which is as good as sign as any that he won't play on Sunday. In his absence, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick will handle running back duties.
| Kyle Rudolph practices Friday, expected to play|
Workload on Sunday is unclear
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 14 2014, 2:30 pm
|Zimmer also said that he expects Kyle Rudolph to suit up Sunday, though it is unclear if the tight end in his return will re-assume the large workload he had before sports hernia surgery in Week 3.
Rudolph was listed as probable. His backup, Chase Ford, is also probable despite a foot injury. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Owners desperate for a tight end can plug him into lineups immediately but ideally, you should wait a week in case his snaps are limited against the Bears.
| Cameron ruled out, will miss 3rd straight game|
Unclear if he'll return this season
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 14 2014, 2:15 pm
|Jordan Cameron, on the other hand, has been ruled out and will miss his third straight game.
Coach Mike Pettine could not give a definitive answer when asked if he'll get Cameron back this season, saying "it's a touchy subject'' because concussion symptoms sometimes come and go. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Cameron's year may be close to the end. This is his third concussion in the last two years and he's been unable to shake the systems of his latest head injury. Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray will share tight end duties for the Browns but hold no fantasy value.
| Arian Foster very questionable to play|
Expected to make trip to Cleveland
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 14 2014, 2:00 pm
|O’Brien hasn’t completely ruled out running back Arian Foster, who will make the trip and work out for the coaches Sunday morning before a final decision is made. Indications are he won’t play because of a groin strain suffered in the Eagles game, but the Texans have listed him as questionable, rather than doubtful, on the official injury report. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Most of the media reports surrounding Foster point him to being on the doubtful side of questionable. Foster owners should expect him to be Inactive on Sunday and be making other plans for their lineup. Alfred Blue would get the start in Foster's absence and be a low-end RB2 against a Cleveland defense that ranks 17th in fantasy points allowed to running backs.
| Fred Jackson out for Thursday night football|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2014, 5:23 pm
|Not able to take the field tonight, but I’ll be cheering on as we defend the Blue & Red. (Fred Jackson via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fred Jackson broke the news on his Twitter account. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown will share running back duties with Brown being the best option in PPR leagues. Both are risky FLEX plays against a solid Miami defense.
| Foster "definitely" a game-time decision|
Recovering from Week 9 groin injury
By: Doug Orth | Nov 13 2014, 4:10 pm
|Texans HC Bill O'Brien: Arian Foster is definitely a game-time decision, and we'll work him out before the game. (Drew Dougherty on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: In case it hasn't been said enough already, Alfred Blue needs to be owned in all leagues. The Browns are the Texans' Week 11 opponent and, while they managed to contain Jeremy Hill last week, they still own one of the league's worst rush defenses. The good news is that Browns-Texans is a 1 p.m. ET kickoff on Sunday, so owners should know his status an hour or so in advance and be able to make alternate plans if necessary.
| Hillman has yet to practice this week|
By: Doug Orth | Nov 13 2014, 3:40 pm
|At Broncos practice - No Ronnie Hillman (foot) or Nate Irving (knee). (Jeff Legwold on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We did a blurb on Hillman being out at least two weeks on Monday and this suggests nothing has changed in that regard. Montee Ball, who is reportedly down to about 212 pounds after dropping 12 pounds during his five-week recovery from a groin injury, is expected to return this week. Publicly, HC John Fox has stated the Broncos will ride the "hot hand" and feature "who's healthy." The player who fits both criteria right now is C.J. Anderson.
| Reggie Bush may sit Week 11|
Nagging ankle injury continues to be an issue
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2014, 11:46 am
|Caldwell said there's a possibility Lions sit Reggie Bush much like they did with Megatron to get that ankle right. Was a response to question. (Tim Twentyman via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bush's nagging ankle injury has made him unreliable as a fantasy running back. The last time he topped 50 total yards in any game was Week 4. If he does sit, Joique Bell becomes a low-end RB2 with Theo Riddick moving into FLEX consideration in PPR leagues.
| Not looking good for Fred Jackson on TNF|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2014, 8:07 am
|I'm told Bills RB Fred Jackson almost certainly won't play tonight because of groin injury. Recovery from Sunday has taken too long. (Tim Graham via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: While nothing is official, it appears Jackson may be on the Inactive list tonight when the Bills visit the Dolphins. Jackson was limited last week against the Chiefs and hasn't had enough time to recover given the short week. Expect, Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown to handle duties at running back position with Brown being the desired play in PPR leagues.
| Rashad Jennings may return against 49ers|
Giants' top RB limited in practice
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 12 2014, 5:30 pm
|EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants' running game could have its best back available when it plays the San Francisco 49ers.
After missing the last four weeks with sprained knee, Rashad Jennings hopes to return to the lineup on Sunday when the Giants (3-6) face the 49ers (5-4) at MetLife Stadium.
Jennings practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, and both he and coach Tom Coughlin were optimistic that he would be able to play in what has become a must-win game for New York.
(AP - Sports)|
FFToday's Take: New York desperately needs Rashad Jennings to return to the lineup and restore some semblance of a running game. If he is cleared to play, he will have RB2/Flex appeal for week eleven fantasy lineups. Andre Williams will still be in the mix for carries but loses what little fantasy value he had in a backup role.
| Ryan Mathews practices Wednesday|
Expected to start Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 12 2014, 3:05 pm
|There was outside linebacker Melvin Ingram. There was inside linebacker Manti Te'o. There were running back Ryan Mathews and outside linebacker Jerry Attaochu.
Four Chargers who've missed a combined 25 games this season practiced Wednesday. Mathews is expected to start Sunday. (San Diego Union Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: All systems go for Mathews who has missed seven games with a sprained MCL, should take over the starting role on Sunday. Branden Oliver will serve as the backup.
| Giovani Bernard misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 12 2014, 2:14 pm
|The Bengals lost to the Browns last week without running back Giovani Bernard. Bernard remained a holdout — linebacker Vontaze Burfict also didn’t practice. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Bernard (hip) will have to show some signs of life in practice Thursday and Friday in order to play this week. For now, Jeremy Hill can be penciled into your starting lineup.
|Rams make change at quarterback|
Austin Davis out, Shaun Hill in
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 12 2014, 10:51 am
|Fisher changes mind. Will start Shaun Hill vs Denver at QB. (Jim Thomas via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Rams' head coach Jeff Fishers stated earlier this week that Austin Davis would be the starting quarterback in Week 11. Hill last started in Week 1 going 8-for-13 for 81 yards and 1 INT. He'll be nothing more than a QB against the Broncos and has no business being on your fantasy team.
|Adrian Peterson grievance must be heard by Nov.17|
Ruling expected by Nov. 22 per CBA
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 11 2014, 1:35 pm
|On Monday, the NFL Players Association filed on behalf of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson a grievance against the league and the team, based on the failure of the NFL to remove Peterson from the Commissioner-Exempt list after his legal case was resolved.
Under Article 43 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, a hearing on the expedited grievance must occur within seven days of its filing. In this case, the hearing will happen by Monday, November 17. The grievance then must be resolved within five days after the hearing.
At the latest, Peterson’s status will be determined by Saturday, November 22 — one day before the Vikings launch a three-game home stand commencing with the Packers.
The grievance could, as a practical matter, be resolved sooner than that. A conference call will happen as soon as Tuesday between the league, the NFLPA, and arbitrator Shyam Das. The arbitrator, who undoubtedly understands that this matter boils down to the interpretation of the September 18 letter agreement that placed Peterson on the Commissioner-Exempt list “until the criminal charges pending against him are adjudicated,” could inform that parties that the hearing will happen this week, and Das could in turn rule quickly — possibly, at the hearing itself.
The letter launching the grievance focuses, as expected, on the argument that the agreement to place Peterson on the Commissioner-Exempt list expired when the legal case was resolved. The league has reneged on that deal by keeping Peterson on the Commissioner-Exempt list pending completion of his personal-conduct policy review.
(Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: It's good news for those holding Peterson that a decision must be reached before the end of the month, but it's obvious the league is dragging its feet and the star RB won't be back for Week 11.
|Arian Foster expected to play versus Browns|
Groin seems okay, but Alfred Blue still a smart add
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 11 2014, 9:40 am
|The Texans should be in good shape physically when they play at Cleveland on Sunday.
Cornerback Johnathan Joseph passed the concussion protocol and will start against the Browns.
“He was out there today, and he looked good,” coach Bill O’Brien said after practice.
The only player the Texans know they’ll be missing is cornerback Kareem Jackson, who suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee against Philadelphia and could miss three games.
“The players I mentioned last week are still day-to-day,” O’Brien said.
That means running back Arian Foster, inside linebacker Brian Cushing and outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney.
Foster and Cushing are expected to play. No one has any idea about Clowney, who continues to experience soreness in his knee. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: The Texans are dealing with some important defensive injuries and have benched Ryan Fitzpatrick in favor of the strong-armed Ryan Mallett, who makes his first NFL start. It's hard to say how much the Texans will use Foster in Week 11, so Alfred Blue makes an interesting flex option, and both Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins remain must-play WRs in 12-team leagues.
| Cam Newton nursing foot injury|
Panthers QB fighting through obvious discomfort on MNF
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 11 2014, 9:30 am
|Cam Newton isn't just dealing with his surgically repaired ankle. The Carolina Panthers quarterback has two bad wheels right now.
Newton is nursing a right foot injury the Panthers training staff believes might be the result of compensating for the lingering soreness in his left ankle, a source told FOX Sports. The combination of lower-leg issues could explain why Newton has appeared to be sluggish, particularly on Monday night while he was trying to escape Philadelphia Eagles pass rushers during a 45-21 loss for the Panthers.
"That ain't the same Killa Cam," former Panthers wide receiver and current New England Patriot Brandon LaFell tweeted during the game. "Gotta get healthy."
Newton was limping for much of the game and jogged gingerly to and from the sideline between series. Following one of the Eagles' nine sacks of him, Newton was stretching his groin or hamstring area, so he might have tweaked a muscle in that region as well.
Newton threw the first of three interceptions and DeAngelo Williams lost a fumble on Carolina's first three plays from scrimmage. The turnovers led to 10 points for the Eagles. Newton finished 25 of 40 for 306 yards and two fourth-quarter TDs to Kelvin Benjamin. More tellingly, Newton ran for only 6 yards.
"I have to protect the football better," Newton said. "I can't throw the football up for grabs and have to understand the difference between giving my guys a chance or opportunity and risking the football. In the pocket, man I got to do better."
This has been an injury-plagued year for Newton dating to his ankle surgery in the spring, a procedure he acknowledged recently was "bigger than I thought." He also suffered a rib injury in the preseason, which led to his being inactive for the Panthers' season-opening win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In addition to those ailments, Newton is battling a thumb issue on his throwing hand that's forced him to wrap it during games.
Newton's foot issue hasn't been listed on the team's injury report. He hasn't missed practice time for any injuries since September.
Newton is on pace to come in below last year's mark of 585 yards rushing, which was the lowest of his first three NFL seasons. (Fox Sports)|
FFToday's Take: While a dynamic player like Newton isn't ever "safe" to drop until he's sidelined for an extended period of time, the bloom really is off the rose and his Week 11 matchup against the Falcons doesn't look quite as sweet.
| Vikings "hopeful" TE Rudolph returns in Week 11|
Sidelined for six games since hernia surgery
By: Doug Orth | Nov 10 2014, 6:30 pm
|Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph "practiced a little bit" on Monday as the team returned from its bye week, HC Mike Zimmer said, and the team remains hopeful Rudolph will be able to return from a six-game absence on Sunday in Chicago.
Rudolph hasn't played since sustaining a sports hernia on Sept. 21 in New Orleans, and was originally projected to be out for six weeks. Rudolph said last week a return for the Bears' game "has been my goal the whole time," though he added he wouldn't run the risk of a setback by trying to return too quickly. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Rudolph said around the time of the surgery that his hernia had bothered him since the preseason, which means owners never got a chance to see what he could really do after dropping 15 pounds in the offseason. The fourth-year tight end returns to a team desperate for the size and athletic mismatch he offers down the middle of the field and in the red zone, which means he should be immediately considered as a fantasy TE1 when he is cleared to play.
|NFLPA files non-injury grievance for AP|
RB could be on verge of playing
By: Doug Orth | Nov 10 2014, 6:20 pm
|NFLPA announced it has filed an expedited, non-injury grievance to remove Adrian Peterson from the Commissioner’s Exempt list based on explicit language in a signed agreement dated September 18, 2014. "We asked the NFL to honor the terms of that agreement last week and as of now, they have failed to respond or comply. It is our obligation to protect all players’ rights, and we will pursue any and all breaches of any contract between a player and his team or the NFL." (Adam Schefter on Facebook)|
FFToday's Take: Although the league has hinted it will take as much time as it needs to "get it right", NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell may get pressured to make a decision sooner than later. There figures to be plenty of updates throughout the week, but the possibility of Peterson playing as soon as Week 11 against the Bears - although unlikely - cannot be discounted.
| Hillman expected to miss at least two weeks|
HC John Fox calls midfoot sprain "day-to-day" injury
By: Doug Orth | Nov 10 2014, 4:55 pm
|C.J. Anderson emerged just in time. Montee Ball is returning from injury just in time.
The Broncos will be without Ronnie Hillman for at least two weeks after the starting running back suffered a midfoot sprain in his left foot Sunday, according to an NFL source. Broncos coach John Fox confirmed the injury, but only said Hillman was day-to-day. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: One of the backfield situations ripe with fantasy points on a weekly basis appears to have no clear leader right now. Fox stated Monday that his will depend "first and foremost" on "who's healthy", making Week 10 star C.J. Anderson the odds-on favorite for this week against the Rams. Ball is expected back after recovering from a five-week groin injury and dropped 12 pounds while he was away. Hillman's likely absence may allow Ball to fulfill his preseason fantasy hype after all.
| Rashad Jennings likely to return in Week 11|
Out since suffering MCL sprain in Week 5
By: Doug Orth | Nov 10 2014, 2:50 pm
|Still early, but I am told it's "looking good" for Giants RB Rashad Jennings to return from knee injury this week. (Dan Graziano on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jennings got in some practices last week prior to the Giants' loss to Seattle, so he is trending in the right direction. Andre Williams has proven to be an impatient runner thus far and largely ineffective (2.9 YPC for the season, with no game above 3.5 since Jennings' injury), so it wouldn't be a surprise if Jennings returned to a full workload in Week 11 - assuming he is cleared to play against San Francisco.
| Lamar Miller no worse for wear after Week 10|
Dolphins promote LaMichael James from practice squad
By: Doug Orth | Nov 10 2014, 2:40 pm
|It is apparently not as it bad as it looks for Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (separated AC joint). He carried only four times, which was the fewest time this year and less than either Daniel Thomas or Damien Williams. The Dolphins also informed practice squad RB LaMichael James on Monday that he was being promoted to the 53-man roster.
But a source tells me Miller "is fine" and that he did not reinjure his shoulder in Week 10. He can practice this week (if that's what trainers decide) and play against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, barring another setback to the shoulder. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: The promotion of James would typically mean that Miller was a question for Thursday's AFC East battle with Buffalo, but it appears to be a play-it-safe move more than anything else. Regardless, the Bills possess one of the best run defenses in the league, making any Dolphins' running back a flex play at best in Week 10.
| Reggie Bush limited on Sunday|
Ankle injury continues to bother Lions' RB
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 10 2014, 11:30 am
|Caldwell on Reggie Bush's limited role: "He just got a little nicked up during the course of the game so he wasn’t able to do as much as he’d like". (Dave Birkett via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bush hasn't topped 6.5 fantasy points since Week 3. He continues to miss time on Sunday's because of a nagging ankle injury. As a result, he can't be trusted in fantasy lineups.