| Cutler expected to start Week 10 -- Thu Nov 7 2:30 pm --|
Suffered torn groin in Week 7
|Jay Cutler will start Sunday’s game against the Lions, HC Marc Trestman said, after he took every repetition in practice Thursday. Cutler, who suffered a torn left groin Oct. 20 against the Redskins, was cleared to play by team doctors Thursday morning. He said Cutler’s ability to recover was unique, and that he spent every available moment rehabbing.
“If he’s cleared to go, we’re doing everything,” offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said. “We’re running the offense. (Chicago Sun-Times)|
FF Today's Take: It is a slightly stunning turn of events as Cutler will end up missing only one game with an injury that was supposed to sideline him at least four weeks. Based on the report, it is clear Cutler isn't convinced he is fully healed yet, so owners would be wise to give him a week to prove his health. If he comes out of Week 10 without a setback, he should be in good shape to finish out the season strong in fantasy.
| Roddy White expected to play -- Thu Nov 7 12:30 pm --|
"I'm pretty sure I'm going to be out there Sunday''
|Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who missed the last three games with hamstring and ankle injuries, announced his intent to play against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. "I'm pretty sure I'm going to be out there Sunday,'' White said Thursday. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: White was limited on Wednesday but barring a setback should suit up Sunday against the Seahawks. He won't be a recommended fantasy play due to the matchup and questionable health.
| Sproles practices in full -- Wed Nov 6 3:55 pm --|
Saints running back is back after concussion in Wk 9
|Darren Sproles practiced fully despite leaving Sunday's game against the New York Jets with a concussion. (Times-Picayune)|
FF Today's Take: Sounds like the Saints running back will be ready for Week 10 after suffering a concussion in Week 9. He's got a good fantasy matchup against the Cowboys.
| Julius Thomas returns to practice -- Wed Nov 6 3:25 pm --|
|At Wednesday's practice, the Broncos were healthier than they'd been in weeks. Notable returns were safety Duke Ihenacho, offensive tackle Orlando Franklin and tight ends Julius Thomas and Joel Dreessen. Ihenacho and Thomas both hurt their ankles against Washington.
FF Today's Take: Good news for Thomas owners. He injured his ankle in Week 8. We'll follow his practice status throughout the week.
| Pryor practices, McFadden sits Wed. -- Wed Nov 6 3:20 pm --|
Raiders QB should be fine for Sunday
|Quarterback Terrelle Pryor was practicing and appeared to be moving without pain Wednesday, an indication a knee sprain won't keep him out of the Raiders' game against the New York Giants. Running back Darren McFadden, who left in the second quarter because of a hamstring strain, was not at practice. (Inside Bay Area)|
FF Today's Take: It looks like Pryor will be fine and ready to suit up against the Giants. McFadden is less likely to play after re-aggravating his hamstring injury. Expect Rashad Jennings to get the start at running back and be a viable RB2 or Flex play in Week 10.
| Foster, Tate miss practice Wednesday -- Wed Nov 6 3:10 pm --|
Tate expected to start
|Arian Foster, who’s battling back and hamstring issues that first surfaced during training camp, didn’t even make an appearance at practice Wednesday, so Ben Tate seems the likely starter at running back against the Cardinals Sunday, his four broken ribs notwithstanding. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: Foster is reportedly seeing a doctor for his back issues which explains his absence from practice. Tate will likely practice on a limited basis later in the week and should start on Sunday against Arizona with Dennis Johnson serving the backup role.
| Spiller not on injury report -- Wed Nov 6 1:30 pm --|
Head coach indicates Spiller's injury is behind him
|C.J. Spiller is no longer on the injury report and Marrone implied the injury is behind the HB. He's excited to get Spiller more touches. (Joe Buscaglia)|
FF Today's Take: Spiller rushed for 116 yards on 12 carries last week against the Chiefs but came up limping at the end of a couple runs. In any case, Spiller is expected to see more touches and will be a borderline RB2 as he shares carries with Fred Jackson.
| Jermichael Finley placed on IR -- Wed Nov 6 11:45 am --|
Packers tight end officially out for the season
|Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is done for the season after the team placed him on injured reserve. Finley had to be carried off on a stretcher after suffering a spinal cord contusion while being tackled Oct. 20 against the Browns. (AP)|
FF Today's Take: The Packers have seen Randall Cobb, Finley and QB Aaron Rodgers go down with significant injuries this season. Finley has stated he wants to return to football and will be a free agent at the end of the season.
| Victor Cruz not practicing Wednesday -- Wed Nov 6 11:30 am --|
Held out as a precaution
|Victor Cruz returned to the Eagles game after receiving X-Rays on his neck, but the Giants are still holding him out of practice today as a precaution. "I wouldn't call it a setback but when a guy's not practicing, obviously, it's an issue," Coughlin said. "They're just going to hold him to make sure he doesn't have any further incidents today. He feels better, quite frankly. He probably could practice if we needed him to practice today, but we're going to err on the side of caution here in hopes that he will be prepared to go tomorrow." (NJ.com)|
FF Today's Take: Sounds like Cruz isn't in any danger of missing this week's game against the Raiders even though he may be limited during practice. We'll check his practice status again tomorrow.
| Crabtree cleared for practice -- Tue Nov 5 1:20 pm --|
Team has three weeks to activate him
|The San Francisco 49ers will have Michael Crabtree at practice for the first time in 2013.
The fifth-year wideout has been cleared to practice with the 49ers as of Tuesday.
Crabtree suffered a torn Achilles during Organized Team Activities and is now able to join his teammates as they prepare for a Nov. 10 home game against the Carolina Panthers. (49ers.com)|
FF Today's Take: The 49ers have three weeks to active him from the team’s Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list. Best-case scenario is Crabtree returns during fantasy playoff time.
| Rodgers has fractured collarbone -- Tue Nov 5 1:00 pm --|
Timetable for return uncertain
|On his weekly radio program with ESPN Milwaukee, quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he suffered a fractured collarbone in Green Bay's 27-20 loss to the Chicago Bears. But, contrary to reports, he said multiple times there is no timetable for his return. Rodgers called it a "significant injury."
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FF Today's Take: Speculating here, but it's likely that Rodgers will miss three games and with the team content on going to war with Seneca Wallace, you have to downgrade the Packers passing game as a whole. Jordy Nelson will remain a viable WR2 but James Jones and Jarrett Boykin become dicey WR4s until Rodgers returns.
| Burleson returns to practice -- Tue Nov 5 11:00 am --|
Not likely to play in Week 10
|Nate Burleson returned to practice today for the first time since breaking his left forearm in a single-car accident Sept. 24 but Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz said it’s too early to say whether his No. 2 receiver will play Sunday against the Chicago Bears. “I’d caution reading too much into being out there and being back, but he is progressing well, and everybody’s pleased with his progression,” Schwartz said. (Detroit Free Press)|
FF Today's Take: Don't expect to see Burleson on the field this week. He took part in position drills on Tuesday. Kris Durham is likely to be the teams No.2 receiver opposite Calvin Johnson.
| Aaron Rodgers out with shoulder injury -- Mon Nov 4 9:30 pm --|
|The one player the Green Bay Packers probably can't afford to lose is out of Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers landed on his left shoulder when he was sacked by Bears defensive end Shea McClellin on the game's opening series. (AP)|
FF Today's Take: Seneca Wallace is in the game and the Packers have turned to a run-heavy gameplan. The Packers are currently carrying just two QBs (Rodgers and Wallace) on the roster.
| Andre Brown to return in Week 10 -- Mon Nov 4 4:30 pm --|
Distribution of carries among Giants RBs to be determined
|Andre Brown was given a package of plays in practice today but how the carries will be split among the team’s four running backs on Sunday against the Raiders has yet to be decided.
Brown, who suffered a second fracture of his left fibula in the final preseason game, and veteran Brandon Jacobs practiced today, as did Peyton Hillis and rookie Michael Cox. Running back David Wilson’s injured neck was re-examined today, coach Tom Coughlin said. (Newark Star-Ledger)|
FF Today's Take: First things first: the Giants issued a statement on Monday saying Wilson's neck has made "significant improvement". However, he has not been cleared for football activities and there is no guarantee he will be anytime soon. As for Brown, it is possible that he'll be featured as soon as Week 11 if he shows well with his package of plays this week. Either way, Brown has a very good shot at being a very good flex play in fantasy for owners down the stretch if he can remain healthy.
| Roddy White worked out prior to Wk 9 -- Mon Nov 4 2:30 pm --|
Has missed three straight games
|Roddy White was inactive for the third straight game coming off hamstring and ankle injuries. White ran some routes before the game but went back to the locker room after discussing his status with head coach Mike Smith and receivers coach Terry Robiskie. "I'm not going to speculate in terms of our injured players with Roddy," Smith said. "We did work Roddy out before the game. We made a decision that we felt like it was in the best interest for Roddy and our football team, long term, not to go." (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: White is close, although it is debatable how useful he might be in fantasy right away if Seattle (Week 10) and Tampa Bay (Week 11) opt to use Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis in shadow coverage, respectively, although that appears unlikely given how their teams have used their top cornerbacks to this point. Owners are unlikely to have much better options to start down the stretch in front of White, who should be a target monster upon his return.
| Harvin "will run really hard" today -- Mon Nov 4 2:20 pm --|
|HC Pete Carroll said of WR Percy Harvin that he will “run really hard” today and then the team will assess where he is, saying that he remains “day-to-day-to-day.” (Seattle Times)|
FF Today's Take: It's hardly surprising news, but the Seahawks may choose to preserve him this week in a game they should win against Atlanta before reaching a decision on whether they should bring him back on a limited basis next week against his former team (Minnesota) or keep him out through the team's Week 12 bye. Owners need to keep him stashed away as a potential top-20 WR during fantasy playoff time.
| Kyle Rudolph to miss a month -- Mon Nov 4 2:05 pm --|
Fractured left foot
|Vikings HC Leslie Frazier said TE Kyle Rudolph has a fractured left foot and will miss the next month. Starting RT Phil Loadholt (concussion) won't practice today. The team's "practice" will be a walkthrough.
Frazier also said today, in his press briefing at Winter Park, that Christian Ponder will be the starting quarterback on Thursday night against Washington at the Metrodome. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Given his level of production with the inadequate quarterbacking in Minnesota this season, most owners can probably part ways with Rudolph in redraft leagues. A four-week absence would put his probable return around Week 13 - much too long for teams to hold on to a TE2. John Carlson will likely absorb most of his snaps, but isn't a realistic fantasy option. As for Ponder, the Vikings didn't have much of a choice other than to stick with Ponder on a short week.
| EJ Manuel cleared for return -- Mon Nov 4 11:10 am --|
Bills expected to get rookie QB back for Week 10
|Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel has been cleared by doctors to return from a knee injury that has sidelined the rookie for more than a month. Manuel will practice this week but the decision to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers remains up to coach Doug Marrone, the quarterback said. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Manuel suffered a sprained LCL in his right knee in an Oct. 3. The Bills released QB Matt Flynn today which is a sign that they expect Manuel to be ready in Week 10.
| Foster, Tate both active -- Sun Nov 3 7:10 pm --|
Dennis Johnson will the third running back
|Arian Foster is officially active. Dennis Johnson gets the call to be the Texans third active running back. (Tania Ganguli via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Foster (hamstring) and Ben Tate (ribs) were both limited in practice this week. Neither will be 100% and Tate's value will now be limited with Foster active.
| McFadden, Pryor hurt in loss -- Sun Nov 3 6:10 pm --|
McFadden re-aggravates hamstring injury
|Running back Darren McFadden, meanwhile, aggravated the right hamstring he strained against Washington on Sept. 29. McFadden was injured on a 5-yard carry early in the second quarter. It would appear as though Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor's pride was hurt more than his right knee. Pryor was taken out of the game midway through the fourth quarter after being hit going out of bounds. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: It sounds like Pryor was removed from the game simply as a precaution. He will be re-evaluated on Monday. McFadden may be a different story. His troublesome right hamstring flared up again and he might have a difficult time returning to the field in Week 10. Rashad Jennings will be a hot waiver wire pickup this week.
| Sproles leaves early with concussion -- Sun Nov 3 5:00 pm --|
Injured in first quarter
|The Saints lost a piece to their offensive puzzle on the third play from scrimmage. Running back Darren Sproles sustained a concussion after being hit on a 2-yard reception. (The Times Picayune)|
FF Today's Take: Sproles early exit left many fantasy owners with a goose egg on the scoreboard. The Saints did very little rushing in the game. Pierre Thomas lead the charge with six carries for 24 yards.
| White and Colston, inactive -- Sun Nov 3 11:25 am --|
Big name wide receivers will sit this week
|Falcons WR Roddy White and Saints WR Marques Colston both inactive. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Harry Douglas remains a solid WR2 while Lance Moore should see increased targets with Colston on the sidelines.
| James Jones likely to play -- Sun Nov 3 9:55 am --|
Packers play Monday night
|Packers believe WR James Jones, listed as questionable with a knee injury, is likely to play Monday night vs. the Bears. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Jones was limited in practice on Friday and Saturday. He'll be a risky play consider the Monday night start time.
| QB Jeff Tuel to start for Bills -- Sun Nov 3 8:45 am --|
Matt Flynn expected to be the backup
|Jeff Tuel will start for the Bills, per source. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: With EJ Manuel (knee) and Thaddeus Lewis (ribs, flu) unable to go, the Bills will start Tuel at home against Kansas City in Week 9. He should be no where near your fantasy lineup. Downgrade WR Steve Johnson as well.
| James Jones 50/50 for Monday night -- Sat Nov 2 3:00 pm --|
Packers receiver listed as Questionable
|James Jones (knee) is nearing his return. The wide receiver did more at practice this week for the Green Bay Packers and is officially listed as "questionable" for Monday night's game against Chicago.
After doing more at practice Saturday, he'll see how the knee responds Sunday morning and the team will make a decision from there.
"I don't know if I'll go this week, next week, but it felt better," Jones said. "It felt a little better than last week so I'm excited about that.
"If I was a betting man, 50/50."
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FF Today's Take: Jones was limited in Saturday's practice and will be a gametime decision. If he plays, his presence will have a negative effect on Jarrett Boykin's fantasy value. We probably won't know Jones' official status until the Inactives come out on Monday night.
| Tate will play, Foster gametime decision -- Fri Nov 1 6:00 pm --|
Texans running back situation a mess
|Now that the Texans know running back Ben Tate will play against Indianapolis and they won’t know about Arian Foster until right before the game, they’ve got another decision to make.
“And it’s a tough decision,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “We’re going to suit up three backs. It could be one of the new guys with Ben and Arian or two of them with Ben.” (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: Fantasy owners are going to wrestle with this situation all weekend as the Texans don't play until Sunday night and it's likely we won't know Foster's status until the Inactives come out 90 minutes before gametime. It's likely that Deji Karim or Ray Graham will be active but their fantasy impact won't felt unless Foster sits out.
| Spiller Probable, expected to play -- Fri Nov 1 5:30 pm --|
Practiced on Friday
|Bills coach Doug Marrone also announced today running back C.J. Spiller is probable after being held out of last week's loss to the New Orleans Saints with an ankle injury. (Buffalo News)|
FF Today's Take: Spiller was able to practice all week and should be a go for Sunday against the Chiefs. He'll share time with Fred Jackson and be in the mix for FLEX consideration in Week 9.
|Justin Blackmon suspended indefinitely -- Fri Nov 1 3:00 pm --|
|Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the league announced Friday. Blackmon's latest suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement prior to the start of the 2014 season. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Blackmon missed the first four games of this season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. With Blackmon out for the year, Mike Brown should fill the No.2 receiver role in the Jaguars offense and becomes a viable, low-end WR3 moving forward.
|Ponder to start for Vikings -- Fri Nov 1 1:50 pm --|
Not guaranteed to start Week 10
|Vikings coach Leslie Frazier announced Christian Ponder will start against the Cowboys on Sunday at AT&T Stadium. Frazier made the decision public on Friday, although he knew Ponder would start earlier in the week. Ponder took first team reps throughout the week during the open portion of practice and did not participate after practice in team sessions with the second team. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Once we learned Ponder was taking first team reps in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, it was inevitable that Ponder would be announced as the starter. TE Kyle Rudolph has some low-end TE1 fantasy value but receivers Greg Jennings and Jerome Simpson will be high risk fantasy gambles.
| Roddy White returns to practice Fri. -- Fri Nov 1 11:45 am --|
Listed as Questionable
|Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, a four-time Pro Bowler, returned to practice on Friday. He missed the past two games with hamstring and ankle injuries. He could be available when the Falcons (2-5) face the resurgent Carolina Panthers (4-3). (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FF Today's Take: White has a chance of playing this week but he's not a good fantasy option until he proves it on the field. If he does play, his presence would kill the value of Drew Davis but shouldn't have any effect on Harry Douglas. Douglas is a WR2 with or without White on the field.
| Harvin won't play in Week 9 -- Thu Oct 31 9:00 pm --|
No timetable for a return
|Seahawks coach Pete Carroll doesn’t speak to local media on Thursdays during the season. But he did talk to Sirius XM today and said that Percy Harvin won’t play Sunday against Tampa Bay: "Percy won't play this week. He's getting close but not close enough". (Seattle Times)|
FF Today's Take: Harvin hasn't practiced since last Tuesday and there's no timetable for his return. The Seahawks will go with Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse as their top three wideouts against the Bucs this week. Expect Darrelle Revis to cover Golden Tate the majority of the game.
| Zac Stacy practices in full Thursday -- Thu Oct 31 6:00 pm --|
|Back on the practice field after missing Wednesday’s session were: LT Jake Long (knee), C Scott Wells (thigh), WR Austin Pettis (thigh), and RB Zac Stacy (ankle). All were full participation. RB Daryl Richardson (foot) was limited Thursday after not practicing Wednesday. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)|
FF Today's Take: Good news for Stacy owners. It appears he's on track to play this weekend against Tennessee. The Titans are giving up the 7th most fantasy points to running backs.
| Bowe "limited" in practice -- Thu Oct 31 5:10 pm --|
Downgraded with groin strain
|The Chiefs called on Dexter McCluster more this week. He logged 55 percent of the Chiefs’ offensive snaps, up from the 38 percent he logged against the Texans. This seemed to affect fullback Anthony Sherman the most, as he saw his snap percentage decrease from 50 percent to 38 percent. (Kansas City Star)|
FF Today's Take: ESPN's Adam Teicher tweeted that Dwayne Bowe was "limited" Thursday, which is a step in the wrong direction for the receiver who caught one pass in Week 8. McCluster has seen at least half of his team's snaps in all but one game and Alex Smith hinted after the game that he expects McCluster to be a bigger part of the game plan over the second half of the season. A less-than-100-percent Bowe this week would probably ensure McCluster remains heavily involved against Buffalo.
| Baldwin will be asked to replace Rice -- Thu Oct 31 3:10 pm --|
Jermaine Kearse will also be a factor
|Doug Baldwin is confident that he can help fill the void created by the loss of Sidney Rice. While Baldwin is usually used in the slot, he is listed as Rice’s backup at the “Z’’ (or outside receiver) position and has lined up there regularly throughout his career.
And it is Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse who are expected to get the first call at filling in for Rice when the Seahawks host Tampa Bay on Sunday. (Seattle Times)|
FF Today's Take: Rice was a fringe fantasy receiver at best this season, but the reason this is notable is because Percy Harvin is in a holding pattern as he attempts to return from hip surgery. If Harvin needs more time to receive clearance, Golden Tate could emerge as a consistent WR3 option. Baldwin has played about 64% of his team's snaps through Week 8, so any bump in playing time he gets might be enough to put him on the fantasy radar - even in Seattle's run-heavy offense.
| Foster, Tate practice Thursday -- Thu Oct 31 2:55 pm --|
Kubiak expects both RBs to be game-time decisions
|All Texans players practiced Thursday, including running backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate. Foster completed his full schedule of practice reps, while Tate went through a light session.
Texans HC Gary Kubiak said he still can’t say whether the duo will play Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium. Foster (hamstring) continues to make progress, though, while Kubiak praised Tate’s devotion to the team as he attempts to play with four cracked ribs. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: Hamstring injuries don't heal without rest, so Foster should be extremely limited even if he plays. As far as Tate is concerned, it seems hard to believe he can make it through a full game with four cracked ribs. As a result, owners should consider adding Deji Karim in the likely event one or both of the Texans' top RBs are ruled out. Karim may not be the featured in such a scenario, but the odds are good that he'll be the lead back.
| Marrone "feels good" about Spiller -- Thu Oct 31 12:45 pm --|
Bills may have Spiller back for Week 9
|Marrone: "I feel good about @CJSPILLER playing." Week off appears to have been enough. (Buffalo Bills)|
FF Today's Take: Spiller was limited in Thursday's practice but it appears he may be back on the field barring any setback. He'll likely split time with Fred Jackson making both shaky fantasy plays in Week 9.
| James Jones misses practice Thu. -- Thu Oct 31 12:15 pm --|
Packers receiver recovering from knee injury
|The Packers returned to the practice field Thursday and were closer to full strength than they've been in a long while.
Only four players were missing: WR James Jones (knee), LB Clay Matthews (thumb), LB Nick Perry (foot) and TE Jermichael Finley (neck).
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FF Today's Take: Keep in mind, this is Green Bay's first practice of the week since they play Monday night against Chicago. Still, there hasn't been any indication that Jones is ready to return to the field. As long as Jones is out, Jarrett Boykin will start.
| Percy Harvin not practicing -- Wed Oct 30 3:00 pm --|
No timetable for a return
|Coach Pete Carroll said WR Percy Harvin won’t practice today and said again that he is “day-to-day” with no specific date set for a return. He said he will work with the other players who are rehabbing today and then they will take it from there. He said it was “best to keep him in that mode” of rehabbing “for a little bit longer.” My read? Don’t expect Harvin to play this week. (Seattle Times)|
FF Today's Take: Harvin reportedly suffered a setback last week and hasn't practiced since. It's looking more and more like Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse will be the Seahawks receivers against the Bucs on Sunday.
| Foster sits, Tate practices Wed. -- Wed Oct 30 2:10 pm --|
Both Texans RBs are gametime decisions
|Arian Foster, Wade Smith and Darryl Sharpton didn't practice. Ben Tate practiced with 4 cracked ribs. (John McClain via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Head coach Gary Kubiak stated earlier that both Foster and Tate would be gametime decisions. At this time, It appears Tate has a better chance to play than Foster. The Texans signed three running backs during their bye including Deji Karim, Ray Graham and Dennis Johnson. The Texans play on Sunday night football this week so it may be tough to get a true read on the situation until early Sunday evening.
| Bills starting QB unclear -- Wed Oct 30 11:55 am --|
Jeff Tuel takes first team reps
|Undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel was taking the first-team snaps at quarterback today as the Buffalo Bills began on-field preparation for Sunday's game against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. Thaddeus Lewis was not on the practice field. Lewis took a severe shot to the ribs at the start of Sunday's game in New Orleans, although he played the entire game. (Buffalo News)|
FF Today's Take: Matt Flynn took second team reps and head coach Doug Marrone declined to name a starter for Week 9.