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Volume 20, #174 -- Friday Night, October 12th, 2018

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. LAR - PK Greg Zuerlein to miss another week

2. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman ruled out for Week 6

3. CAR - TE Greg Olsen listed as questionable

4. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette puts in some work Friday

5. NYJ - RB Isaiah Crowell questionable for Week 6

6. CIN - RB Giovani Bernard, TE Tyler Kroft out for Week 6

7. MIN - Riley Reiff's injury not serious

8. NE - WR Chris Hogan expected to play

9. LAR - WR Cooper Kupp expected for Week 6

10. LAR - WR Brandin Cooks practices in full

11. GB - Friday's practice report for Green Bay

12. ARI - Week 6 injury report for Arizona

13. HOU - Full practice for RB Lamar Miller

14. NYJ - NY Jets' Week 6 injury reports

15. HOU - WR Will Fuller on track to play

16. HOU - WR Keke Coutee should play in Week 6

17. HOU - QB Deshaun Watson listed as questionable

18. NE - New England's injury report for Week 6

19. IND - Week 6 injury report for Colts

20. IND - Questionable tag for TE Eric Ebron

21. WAS - RB Chris Thompson listed as limited

22. MIA - Week 6 injury report for Miami

23. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson limited

24. CHI - Chicago's injury report for Week 6

25. MIN - Week 6 injury report for Minnesota

26. ATL - Atlanta's Week 6 injury report

27. TB - Questionable tag for TE O.J. Howard

28. IND - RB Marlon Mack expected to start Week 6

29. KC - De'Anthony Thomas fractures leg again

30. DAL - DE Demarcus Lawrence playing with injury

31. OAK - Week 6 injury report for Oakland

32. WAS - Washington WRs get questionable tags

33. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson, RB Chris Thompson questionable


1. LAR - PK Greg Zuerlein to miss another week

Source: TheRams.com - Myles Simmons

Los Angeles Rams PK Greg Zuerlein (groin) has been ruled out for Week 6 against the Denver Broncos. However, he appears likely to return in Week 7 after practicing on a limited basis twice during the week, according to TheRams.com's Myles Simmons.

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Zuerlein is a strong kicker play but no kicker is worth tying up a second roster spot on. Consider adding him next week if he was dropped.

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2. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman ruled out for Week 6

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot, groin) on Friday, Oct. 10, was ruled out of the Week 6 game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with foot and groin injuries.

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Tevin Coleman will get the start, but Ito Smith has been as good or better than Coleman in recent weeks. Both have a tough rushing matchup against the Bucs this week.

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3. CAR - TE Greg Olsen listed as questionable

Source: The Athletic - Joe Person

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) has been listed as questionable for Week 6 versus the Washington Redskins, although head coach Ron Rivera told reporters Friday, Oct. 12, that he likes Olsen's chances to play.

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If Olsen plays he's worth a start because of the weak competition at the tight end position, but it's certainly possible that he doesn't look like himself, or gets fewer targets than usual in his first week back. The Panthers offense has four viable wide receiver targets and Christian McCaffery.

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4. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette puts in some work Friday

Source: The Athletic - Daniel Popper

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) was spotted running on a side field during practice Friday, Oct. 12. Head coach Doug Marrone later told reporters Fournette has a 'chance' to play as early as Week 7 against the Houston Texans.

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If Fournette can't go next week, the team could opt to sit him in Week 8 to get him the extra week of rest during their Week 9 bye and get him as close to full strength as possible for the run towards the postseason.

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5. NYJ - RB Isaiah Crowell questionable for Week 6

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (ankle) was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 12, and is listed as questionable for the Week 6 game against the Indianapolis Colts. He likely will be a game-time decision.

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Bilal Powell will be a low-end RB1 if Crowell is out. Rookie Trenton Cannon could get some work as Powell's backup if Crowell is out.

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6. CIN - RB Giovani Bernard, TE Tyler Kroft out for Week 6

Source: ESPN.com - Katherine Terrell

Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) and TE Tyler Kroft (foot) have been ruled out for Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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CJ Uzomah should have tight end targets to himself in this one with Kroft out, and in a matchup that has been good to tight ends this year. He's a viable streamer.

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7. MIN - Riley Reiff's injury not serious

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Minnesota Vikings OT Riley Reiff (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 6, but head coach Mike Zimmer said Reiff is not dealing with a long-term injury.

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Rashod Hill will shift to left tackle to face Chandler Jones and rookie Brian O'Neill will start at right tackle. Kirk Cousins has functioned well under pressure this year, but the team could keep Kyle Rudolph in more to block this week.

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8. NE - WR Chris Hogan expected to play

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Howe

New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan (thigh) is expected to be cleared to play in the Week 6 game, according to a source.

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This makes starting Josh Gordon a little dicier with Hogan being almost a full-time player and limiting Gordon's snaps and opportunities. Hogan is barely rosterable, but he is an impediment to value growth for other wide receivers on the roster.

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9. LAR - WR Cooper Kupp expected for Week 6

Source: The Orange County Register - Rich Hammond

Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp (concussion) was able to take part in a full practice session Friday, Oct. 12, and he is expected to be ready for Week 6 against the Denver Broncos, head coach Sean McVay said.

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Kupp should have one of the best matchups of the week in the slot and will likely remain red hot for fantasy lineups.

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10. LAR - WR Brandin Cooks practices in full

Source: The Orange County Register - Rich Hammond

Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) went through a full practice Friday, Oct. 12, and head coach Sean McVay said he expects Cooks to be ready for the Week 6 game against the Denver Broncos.

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Cooks is safe to play. There shouldn't be much wind and the worst of the snow should be over by game time. We'll see if Jared Goff can be as effective in cold weather, although the Denver pass defense has been torched repeatedly and shouldn't put up much resistance.

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11. GB - Friday's practice report for Green Bay

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers CB Jaire Alexander (groin), WR Geronimo Allison (hamstring), CB Bashaud Breeland (hamstring), S Kentrell Brice (ankle), OT Bryan Bulaga (knee), WR Randall Cobb (hamstring), LB Nick Perry (ankle), OT Jason Spriggs (ankle) and S Jermaine Whitehead (back) were listed as limited participants. TE Jimmy Graham (knee), CB Kevin King (chin), OG Justin McCray (shoulder) and QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) were each full participants.

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Allison and Cobb look on track to play on Monday night. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is still worth rostering in deep leagues, but he's probably not worth a start.

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12. ARI - Week 6 injury report for Arizona

Source: Mike Jurecki

Arizona Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds (back), DE Markus Golden (knee), OT D.J. Humphries (knee), OG Mike Iupati (shoulder), Robert Nkemdiche (foot) and OL Andre Smith (hamstring) were limited in practice Friday, Oct. 12, and are listed as questionable for Week 6 versus the Minnesota Vikings. S Budda Baker (shoulder), Tre Boston (shoulder), LB Josh Bynes (wrist), WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring, back), TE Jermaine Gresham (Achilles') DT Corey Peters (elbow), WR Trent Sherfield (illness) and CB Jamar Taylor (hamstring) participated fully in practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report.

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The Cardinals offensive line is compromised this week with three players questionable against the tough Vikings defense. It's probably going to be a long afternoon for Josh Rosen.

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13. HOU - Full practice for RB Lamar Miller

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller (chest) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 12, and is not on the injury report for Week 6.

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Miller will still share with Alfred Blue and the Texans running game has been stalling out lately. He's only a desperation play against the Bills.

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14. NYJ - NY Jets' Week 6 injury reports

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets WR Charone Peake (hamstring) and CB Buster Skrine (concussion) did not participate in practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts. CB Trumaine Johnson (quad) and LB Kevin Pierre-Louis also have not practiced all week and is listed as doubtful. RB Isaiah Crowell (ankle), S Marcus Maye (ankle, foot) and S Doug Middleton (hamstring) were limited in practice Friday, Oct. 12, and are listed as questionable. OT Kelvin Beachum (foot), DL Folorunso Fatukasi (hamstring), C Spencer Long (knee, finger), WR Terrelle Pryor (groin), WR Andre Roberts (elbow, foot), DL Nathan Shepherd (shoulder), TE Neal Sterling (concussion) and DL Leonard Williams (back) logged a full practice Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

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The Jets will be without two of their top three corners in good news for Andrew Luck, Ryan Grant and Chester Rogers.

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15. HOU - WR Will Fuller on track to play

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (hamstring) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 12, but is not on the injury report for Week 6.

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Fuller is safe to play as you normally would and a solid bet for a score against the Bills this weekend as long as he and Deshaun Watson can stay on the field.

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16. HOU - WR Keke Coutee should play in Week 6

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 12, but is not on the injury report for Week 6.

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Coutee's hamstring is improving based on injury report status even though his participation hasn't taken a step up. He's a solid WR3/Flex in PPR leagues this week.

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17. HOU - QB Deshaun Watson listed as questionable

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson (chest) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 12, and is listed as questionable for Week 6.

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Watson is expected to play, but he needs to avoid taking so many hits to be sure to last the afternoon against the Bills.

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18. NE - New England's injury report for Week 6

Source: Chiefs.com

New England DL Malcolm Brown (knee), WR Josh Gordon (hamstring), DL Geneo Grissom (ankle), TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle), WR Chris Hogan (thigh), RB Sony Michel (knee), DB Eric Rowe (groin), DL Danny Shelton (elbow) and DE John Simon (shoulder) were limited in practice Friday, Oct. 12, and are listed as questionable for Week 6 versus the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Gronkowski, Gordon, and Michel should be ok, but this being a Sunday night game complicates matters. We expect to hear more about their status on Sunday morning, but for now play them as you normally would.

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19. IND - Week 6 injury report for Colts

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts DE Denico Autry (hamstring), TE Jack Doyle (hip), S Clayton Geathers (concussion, neck) and WR T.Y. Hilton (chest, hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 12, and have been ruled out for Week 6. OT Denzelle Good (non-injury) was limited during practice but has been ruled out. C Ryan Kelly (calf) and DE Margus Hunt (knee) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. LB Darius Leonard (ankle), CB Arthur Maulet (hip) and FS Mike Mitchell (pectoral) fully participated in practice but are listed as questionable. OT Anthony Castonzo (hamstring), CB Nate Hairston (ankle), FS Malik Hooker (back), CB Kenny Moore II (concussion), DT Hassan Ridgeway (calf), LB Anthony Walker (concussion) and CB Quincy Wilson (concussion) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Autry was adding to the pass rush inside and Geathers is one of the team's best safeties, but at least they are likely to get back their strong young linebacker duo this week against the Jets.

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20. IND - Questionable tag for TE Eric Ebron

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron (ankle, knee, quadriceps, shin) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 12, but is listed as questionable for Week 6.

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Ebron is expected to play and is an autostart with his strong performance at tight end to date, although it wouldn't be a shock if his afternoon is cut short by an accumulation of injuries.

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21. WAS - RB Chris Thompson listed as limited

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (knee, rib) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 12, and is listed as questionable for Week 6.

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Thompson is expected to play and has a good possibility of 5+ receptions to give him a high PPR floor, but his injury status adds risk to his profile this week and going forward.

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22. MIA - Week 6 injury report for Miami

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake (knee) did not participate in practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Week 6 versus the Chicago Bears. TE A.J. Derby (foot), CB Bobby McCain (knee) and QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) were limited in practice Friday, Oct. 12, and are listed as questionable. LB Chase Allen (foot), DE Andre Branch (knee), WR Jakeem Grant (shoulder), DE Charles Harris (calf), S T.J. McDonald (foot), WR DeVante Parker (quad) and OT Laremy Tunsil (concussion) practiced in full Friday but are listed as questionable. WR Danny Amendola (non-injury), RB Frank Gore (non-injury), S Reshad Jones (shoulder), DE Robert Quinn (non-injury), TE Durham Smythe (ankle) and WR Albert Wilson (abdomen) also practiced in full Friday and were removed from the injury report.

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Tannehill is expected to play, but his condition isn't likely to get better against the Bears pass rush this weekend. The Dolphins offense is flatlining right now.

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23. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson limited

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, knee, shoulder) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 12, and is listed as questionable for Week 6.

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It looks like Peterson will play, but he doesn't have much potential against a strong Panthers front seven.

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24. CHI - Chicago's injury report for Week 6

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Chicago Bears CB Marcus Cooper (hamstring) did not participate in practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 6 against the Miami Dolphins. CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring) and OL Eric Kush (neck) returned to full practice Friday, Oct. 12, and no longer appear on injury report. WR Anthony Miller (shoulder) was not listed with an official injury designation for the second straight day Friday and is also no longer on the injury report.

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Miller's return could complicate things for Taylor Gabriel coming off of a huge Week 6, but help the case of Mitchell Trubisky as a streamer this week.

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25. MIN - Week 6 injury report for Minnesota

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings DE Tashawn Bower (ankle), DE Everson Griffen (personal), OT Riley Reiff (foot) and S Andrew Sendejo (groin) did not participate all week in practice and have been ruled out for Week 6 versus the Arizona Cardinals. RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 12, and is listed as questionable. DT Tom Johnson (non-injury), DT Linval Joseph (shoulder), LS Kevin McDermott (finger), DB Marcus Sherels (ribs) and CB Trae Waynes (concussion) practiced in full Friday and no longer appear on the injury report. OT Brian O'Neill (elbow) was limited in practice Friday but was also removed from the injury report.

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Cook going from full to limited to today and his comments about wanting to be 100% before playing this week put his Week 6 availability in question. Latavius Murray would be a great Week 6 play if Cook can't go.

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26. ATL - Atlanta's Week 6 injury report

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Atlanta Falcons DT Grady Jarrett (ankle) was unable to participate all week in practice and has been ruled out for Week 6 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. DE Derrick Shelby (groin) was limited all week in practice and has also been ruled out. CB Justin Bethel (knee) returned to a full practice Friday, Oct. 12, and no longer appears on injury report. WR Mohamed Sanu (hip) turned in a limited session for the third straight day Friday and was also removed from the injury report.

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Sanu is good to go in a great matchup against the Bucs this week. He's a strong WR3/Flex consideration.

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27. TB - Questionable tag for TE O.J. Howard

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 12, but is listed as questionable for Week 6.

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Howard was reportedly in a bulky brace and probably not going to be at his best on Sunday even if he does play. Cameron Brate may still work out as a streamer this week.

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28. IND - RB Marlon Mack expected to start Week 6

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Zak Keefer

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (hamstring) is expected to draw the start for the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6 versus the New York Jets.

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Mack will still share with Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins in a running game that hasn't gotten out of neutral gear this year. He's not worth playing this week, but his value could be surprising in a PPR league.

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29. KC - De'Anthony Thomas fractures leg again

Source: ESPN.com - Adam Teicher

Kansas City Chiefs WR De'Anthony Thomas (leg) suffered a broken left leg in practice Friday, Oct. 12 - the same leg he fractured at the end of the 2017 season.

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The Chiefs will have one fewer speedy versatile piece in this offense with the loss of Thomas. Demarcus Robinson could get more snaps in his absence.

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30. DAL - DE Demarcus Lawrence playing with injury

Source: The Athletic - Calvin Watkins

Dallas Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (shoulder) said he has been playing with a torn labrum in his shoulder and may undergo surgery when the season is over.

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Lawrence is playing well but you have to wonder how long he will remain one of the most effective edge rushers in the league.

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31. OAK - Week 6 injury report for Oakland

Source: Raiders.com

Oakland Raiders OL Kelechi Osemele (knee) and DT Frostee Rucker (neck) were limited in practice Friday, Oct. 12, and are listed as doubtful for Week 6 versus the Seattle Seahawks. S Karl Joseph (hamstring) was also limited in practice Friday and is listed as questionable. C Rodney Hudson (ankle), DT Maurice Hurst (shoulder), OG Gabe Jackson (pectoral), LB Emmanuel Lamur (foot), RB Marshawn Lynch (hip) and OT Kolton Miller (knee) were all limited in practice Friday but have been removed from the injury report.

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The Raiders are already starting rookies at both tackle positions. Osemele being out will hurt the whole offense and make any Raiders hard to feel good about this week.

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32. WAS - Washington WRs get questionable tags

Source: The Washington Post - Kareem Copeland

Washington Redskins WRs Jamison Crowder (ankle), Paul Richardson (shoulder, knee) and Josh Doctson (heel) on Friday, Oct. 12, received questionable designations for the Week 6 game against the Carolina Panthers.

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Crowder looks like the least likely to play, but with Alex Smith's play eroding, none are worth consideration. Jordan Reed could get more targets this week.

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33. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson, RB Chris Thompson questionable

Source: Redskins.com

Washington Redskins RBs Adrian Peterson (shoulder, ankle, knee) and Chris Thompson (ribs) are listed as questionable for Week 6, head coach Jay Gruden said Friday, Oct. 12, and likely will be game-time decisions.

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Washington could have to play Kapri Bibbs and Samaje Perine at running back this week in a tough matchup for backs against the Panthers. Their wide receiver group is also banged up, so it might be a long game for Alex Smith.

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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,

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