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Footballguys #170 - 10/8 - Jay Ajayi On IR Plus News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #170 -- Monday Night, October 8th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

Good Tuesday. And congrats to Drew Brees, the NFL's all-time passing leader. Plus we've got some News and Notes you need to know. Let's get to it.

J


1. PHI - RB Jay Ajayi out for the year

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Philadelphia Eagles RB Jay Ajayi (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Oct. 8, after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Free-agent DT T.Y. McGill (Chargers) was claimed in a corresponding move.

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The Eagles are banged up at the running back position already and this injury doesn't help. Without Ajayi, the team has to turn to Wendell Smallwood to lead the way for the time being. Corey Clement is banged up with a quad injury or else he would be in line for a larger role. The Eagles may have to depend on Smallwood in Week 6 as they play against the Giants on Thursday night.

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2. PHI - RB Jay Ajayi's left knee the issue

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles RB Jay Ajayi (knee) tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, according to sources. He suffered a torn right ACL in college.

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Ajayi (knee) will undergo surgery on his torn anterior cruciate ligament Thursday, Oct. 11, according to reports. The Eagles move forward with Wendell Smallwood as their lead back for now. When Corey Clement and Darren Sproles get healthy, the team will have more reinforcements (and a potential starter in Clement) at the position.

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3. PHI - Le'Veon Bell not trade option for Philly

Source: ESPN - Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has not been a trade target for the Philadelphia Eagles and likely will not be one even after the team created salary cap space, according to sources.

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There were some rumblings about Bell being of interest to the Eagles but apparently that's not the case. Even with Jay Ajayi done the season, the Eagles seem unlikely to pursue a trade for Bell.

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4. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette to sit out Week 6

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) will not play in Week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys due to his hamstring injury.

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The Jaguars want to give Fournette as much time as he needs to heal. They'll once again turn to T.J. Yeldon as their lead back.

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5. CAR - TE Greg Olsen hopes to return Week 6

Source: The Athletic - Joe Person

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) anticipates returning to action in Week 6 but also believes he will require a second surgery for his Jones fracture, according to Joe Person of The Athletic.

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Olsen's foot injury has been problematic over the last two seasons. He could return but obviously won't be 100 percent healthy. Fantasy GMs should temper their expectations upon Olsen's return.

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6. SF - WR Dante Pettis to miss another game

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis (knee) will not be able to play in the Week 6 game.

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Trent Taylor makes for a 'what the heck' flex for Fantasy GMs with Pettis out. In Week 5 against the Cardinals, Taylor had seven catches for 61 yards and one touchdown.

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7. SF - RB Jeremy McNichols worked out

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

Free-agent RB Jeremy McNichols (Colts) worked out for the San Francisco 49ers Monday, Oct. 8, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.

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McNichols was with the 49ers last season and into this season through training camp and the preseason. He was released before the start of the regular season.

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8. CLE - WR Rashard Higgins likely out 2-4 weeks

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Rashard Higgins (knee) is expected to be sidelined for two to four weeks because of his sprained medial collateral ligament.

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Higgins had three catches for 66 yards and one touchdown in the win against the Ravens on Sunday. The Browns will likely look for wide receiver help with Higgins out a couple of weeks. This injury could also mean a larger role for rookie Antonio Callaway.

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9. NYG - TE Evan Engram posts limited practice

Source: Giants.com

New York Giants TE Evan Engram (knee) was limited in practice Monday, Oct. 8.

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Engram should be returning soon...but he may not quite be ready for Week 7. The Giants play the Eagles on Thursday night this week and Rhett Ellison would continue as the lead tight end for the Giants if Engram isn't quite yet healthy enough to play.

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10. BUF - Buffalo meets with QB Derek Anderson

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Free-agent QB Derek Anderson (Panthers) is meeting with the Buffalo Bills Monday, Oct. 8, but head coach Sean McDermott said no deal is final at this time.

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McDermott was with the Panthers when Anderson was there as a backup to Cam Newton. They've been kicking the tires on a couple of available quarterbacks (Paxton Lynch, etc) but have not yet signed someone off the street.

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11. ARI - Arizona adds WR Kendall Wright

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Free-agent WR Kendall Wright (Vikings) signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals Monday, Oct. 8. Financial terms were not disclosed. The team also released CB Deatrick Nichols.

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Wright has value as a slot receiver but he failed to make the Vikings 53-man roster earlier this year and was let go before the start of the regular season. The only way Wright could have much of an impact is if Larry Fitzgerald were to miss time with his lingering hamstring injury.

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12. SF - RB Matt Breida not seriously hurt

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida's (ankle) MRI on his injured ankle came back negative, according to a source. He is dealing with what has been called a mid-ankle sprain.

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It's good news but Breida isn't in the clear for Week 6. We should see Alfred Morris get the start for the 49ers this week but stay tuned to the practice report on Friday. Breida has playmaking ability but he's also been banged up quite a bit already this season.

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13. NE - RB Kenjon Barner back with New England

Source: NESN.com - Doug Kyed

Free-agent RB Kenjon Barner (Patriots) re-signed with the New England Patriots on Monday, Oct. 8.

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Barner was released by the Patriots about a week ago. He returns to the team as the third back behind Sony Michel and James White.

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14. ATL - QB Matt Ryan had X-ray

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Kelsey Conway

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (foot) underwent an X-ray on his foot following Week 5's loss, but head coach Dan Quinn said Ryan will play in Week 6.

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Ryan had a poor performance against the Steelers in Week 5. We're expecting him to perhaps be limited during the week of practice leading up to their Week 6 contest against the Buccaneers. Ryan should be a great start for Fantasy GMs against the Bucs as they rank 32nd in the league by surrendering an average of 358.0 passing yards per game.

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15. MIA - WR DeVante Parker on the block

Source: The Athletic - Michael Lombardi

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker is reportedly available in a trade, according to Michael Lombardi of The Athletic.

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The Dolphins shouldn't expect much for Parker if anyone even makes an offer for the veteran wide receiver. He struggles with nagging injuries and has underperformed during his career. Parker also had his fifth-year option picked up for 2019 and is set to earn $9.3 million next season.

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16. JAX - RB Corey Grant done for the season

Source: FirstCoastNews.com - Mia O'Brien

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Corey Grant (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Oct. 8.

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Grant is hitting free agency in 2019 and should be healthy by that time. The Jaguars will turn to Brandon Wilds as the primary backup to T.J. Yeldon while their usual starter Leonard Fournette continues to miss time with a hamstring injury.

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17. JAX - TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins lands on IR

Source: FirstCoastNews.com - Mia O'Brien

Jacksonville Jaguars TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (core) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Oct. 8.

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The Jaguars now turn to Niles Paul as their pass-catching threat at the tight end position. There is a chance that Seferian-Jenkins returns later in the year but must now miss eight weeks with this designation.

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18. HOU - RB Lamar Miller to return in Week 6

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller (chest) will play in Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills in Week 6, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

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Miller was only available in emergency situation for the Sunday night game against the Cowboys. He was active but didn't see the field. Returning against the Bills next week, Miller should be considered a RB2 or flex option for Fantasy GMs.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J