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Footballguys #184 - 10/22 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #184 -- Monday Night, October 22nd, 2018

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Good Tuesday to you. We've got the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J


1. OAK - RB Marshawn Lynch placed on Injured Reserve

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch (groin) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Oct. 22.

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This move shows the injury was a little more severe than originally thought. Lynch may have surgery to repair the damage. He's eligible to return for the Raiders after eight weeks out of action. The Raiders are already tanking on the season, so Lynch may have played his final game with Oakland. The team moves forward with Doug Martin as their lead back and Jalen Richard should get some more work as a change-of-pace option.

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2. DAL - WR Amari Cooper heading to Dallas

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper is being acquired by the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a first-round draft pick, according to a source.

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Cooper has a ton of talent but injuries and inconsistencies have plagued his game over the last two years. Perhaps a change of scenery will help. The Cowboys have been devoid of WR talent this year and get a huge boost for the passing game with the addition of Cooper. The team might want to restructure his deal and get an extension done as Cooper is under their control through the 2019 season.

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3. NE - RB Sony Michel injury update

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) will be considered week-to-week after an MRI on Monday, Oct. 22, revealed no structural damage, according to a source.

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We get good news on Michel as previous reports had indicated. Michel may miss time due to this injury but he might return sooner than originally thought. In the meantime, the Patriots should turn to James White in Michel's absence. We'll see if they make a move at the position while Michel is out.

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4. OAK - More on RB Marshawn Lynch's injury

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch (core, groin) was put on the Reserve/Injured list more so because of a core muscle issue than his groin injury.

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He may have had surgery this weekend. If he did then he could return in eight weeks. The Raiders move forward with Doug Martin as their lead back.

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5. PIT - Le'Veon Bell will not report this week

Source: NFL.com - Jim Trotter

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will not report to the team this week, according to a source.

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Reports indicated he would report last week when the Steelers were on bye and he didn't. The speculation then was that he would be back at the facility on Monday...and that's not the case. Bell could hold out as long as possible, and that puts him out of action through Week 10. At that point, he'll need to report in order to earn an accrued season and hit free agency in 2019.

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6. OAK - Oakland ships WR Amari Cooper for draft pick

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper is being traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a first-round draft pick, according to a source.

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The Raiders are tanking under head coach Jon Gruden. He is reshaping the team in his image and getting rid of key players like Cooper (and previously Khalil Mack). They now turn to Jordy Nelson as their lead wide receiver and Martavis Bryant should get a bump in targets and snaps as well. Seth Roberts should win their no.3 spot in the WR corps.

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7. JAX - QB Blake Bortles will start

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles will return as starting quarterback in Week 8, according to head coach Doug Marrone.

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Here we go Jacksonville....again. Marrone said he believes Bortles gives the Jaguars the best chance to win. They paid the man this offseason to be their starter and now they'll roll forward with him through his struggles. The team could have a short hook for Bortles this week as they play the Eagles in London.

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8. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski could be ready for Week 8

Source: NFL Network - Mike Giardi

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) was sidelined in Week 7 after experiencing back spasms Friday, Oct. 19 - a problem team doctors spent 'a considerable amount of time' trying to alleviate over the weekend. According to a team source, the problem is expected to be a 'short-term thing' and there is hope he will be able to play in Week 8 against the Buffalo Bills.

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Keep an eye on Gronkowski's status during the week of practice. We have a feeling that he will miss time on Wednesday and be limited the rest of the week with an idea that he'll play in Week 8. Stay tuned.

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9. DAL - WR Brice Butler let go

Source: NFL Network - Jane Slater

Dallas Cowboys WR Brice Butler was released Monday, Oct. 22, to make room for WR Amari Cooper.

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They had to make room for Cooper and Butler was the last in line. Cooper now takes over as the lead WR for the Cowboys and should become the centerpiece of their passing attack when he's up to speed in the offense.

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10. MIA - Full practice for QB Brock Osweiler

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins QB Brock Osweiler (back) fully participated in practice Monday, Oct. 22.

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Ryan Tannehill has been declared out for Week 8 against the Texans on Thursday night. That makes Osweiler the starter for the third straight game. There is no timetable for Tannehill's return.

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11. MIA - WR Jakeem Grant takes part in practice

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins WR Jakeem Grant (Achilles') fully participated in practice Monday, Oct. 22.

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Grant is going to have to do more with the Dolphins having such a banged up WR corps. Albert Wilson (hip) and Kenny Stills (groin) are both out for Week 8, so that makes Grant a starter on the outside opposite DeVante Parker. We'll see plenty of Danny Amendola from the slot.

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12. MIA - WR Danny Amendola limited Monday

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins WR Danny Amendola (shoulder) was limited during practice Monday, Oct. 22.

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They'll monitor Amendola closely during this short week. He should get plenty of targets on Thursday against the Texans. Fantasy GMs should consider Amendola a flex option in Week 8.

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13. JAX - RB Jamaal Charles released

Source: Jaguars.com

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Jamaal Charles was released Monday, Oct. 22. LB Nick DeLuca was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad in a corresponding move.

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That didn't last long. Charles was just picked up by the Jaguars a couple of weeks ago. He didn't do much in two games (six carries for seven yards) with the team and now finds himself back as a street free agent. The Jaguars move forward with the newly acquired Carlos Hyde and T.J. Yeldon...that is until Leonard Fournette can come back from his lingering hamstring injury.

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14. BUF - QB Derek Anderson starting again

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Buffalo Bills QB Derek Anderson will make his second consecutive start in Week 8 as QB Josh Allen (elbow) remains sidelined, according to head coach Sean McDermott.

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Anderson didn't do much as the starter in Week 7 but the other choice is Nathan Peterman...so here we go again with Anderson as the starter. Fantasy GMs have much better options at the quarterback position.

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15. SF - QB Tom Savage back with 49ers

Source: ProFootballTalk.com

Free-agent QB Tom Savage (49ers) was re-signed to an undisclosed deal by the San Francisco 49ers Monday, Oct. 22.

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That move was expected when they let him go a few days ago. Savage is their veteran backup plan behind starter C.J. Beathard and his backup Nick Mullens.

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16. IND - Indy had interest in WR Amari Cooper

Source: NFL Network - Michael Silver

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper was pursued by the Indianapolis Colts before being traded to the Cowboys. Whether or not the Colts made an offer was not disclosed.

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The Colts could use some help at the WR position. They didn't get Amari Cooper but perhaps they could land another WR on the trade block like DeVante Parker (Dolphins) or Demaryius Thomas (Broncos).

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17. PHI - Philly made offer for WR Amari Cooper

Source: NFL Network - Michael Silver

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper was pursued by the Philadelphia Eagles before being traded to the Cowboys. The Eagles had offered a second-round pick for the wide receiver.

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The Raiders received a first-round pick from the Cowboys in exchange for Cooper. That gives them three, first-round picks in the 2019 NFL draft. The Eagles missed out on adding a talent like Cooper but perhaps could land someone like DeVante Parker (Dolphins) or Demaryius Thomas (Broncos) instead.

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18. MIA - WR DeVante Parker primed to play

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (quadriceps) is expected to play in Week 8, according to head coach Adam Gase.

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Parker is supposedly on the trade block but the Dolphins can't really afford to get rid of him just yet. They are down both Kenny Stills (groin) and Albert Wilson (hip) in Week 8. That makes Parker a starter on the outside opposite of Jakeem Grant.

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19. MIA - QB Brock Osweiler to start again

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Miami Dolphins QB Brock Osweiler will be under center again this week as QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) remains sidelined.

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There's no timetable for Tannehill's return. Osweiler is the starter until something changes with Tannehill's status.

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20. MIA - WR Albert Wilson going to IR?

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Miami Dolphins WR Albert Wilson (hip) has a 'high probability' of going on the Reserve/Injured list, according to head coach Adam Gase.

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That move would put the veteran receiver out of action for a minimum of eight weeks. Wilson suffered a labrum injury in Week 7 and will visit a specialist, as noted earlier.

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21. MIA - WR Kenny Stills ruled out for Week 8

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills (groin) will not play in Week 8 versus the Houston Texans and could miss more games due to the grain injury he suffered in Week 7 against the Detroit Lions.

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It's a short week for the Dolphins as they play on Thursday night...and they're going to be really shorthanded at the position with Stills (groin) and Albert Wilson (hip) out of action.

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22. ARI - CB Patrick Peterson won't be traded

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson being traded is 'out of the question,' according to head coach Steve Wilks. Wilks added that he will speak to Peterson about his desire to be traded, adding that everyone's focus should be on turning the team around.

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Reports came out on Monday that Peterson wants to be traded. Wilks may say that they're not trading the star corner away but he doesn't control that decision. We'll see if the Cardinals can get a haul for the 2011 first-round pick and perennial Pro Bowler.

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23. HOU - WR Keke Coutee not dealing with serious injury

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) is likely to miss Week 8 against the Miami Dolphins with a hamstring injury, but he is not expected to miss much more time than that, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

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Good news for the Texans here. The rookie wide receiver is a dangerous run-after-the-catch weapon when healthy. He'll miss the Texans game on Thursday night against the Dolphins but he should be ready for the road game against the Broncos the following week.

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24. ARI - QB Josh Rosen sits out practice Monday

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals QB Josh Rosen (toe) did not practice Monday, Oct. 22.

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The Cardinals are at home against the 49ers on Sunday. Earlier reports indicated that Rosen's toe problem was not a major issue. We'll see if he can practice later in the week.

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25. NE - Confidence growing in WR Josh Gordon

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon is reportedly doing what he needs to do in order to gain the trust of Tom Brady, as the latter praised the former during a radio interview Monday, Oct. 22.'I think our confidence (in Gordon) is growing and growing and growing ... I'm excited to see where we're going,' Brady told the Kirk & Callahan radio show.

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Brady is trusting Gordon and the team is trusting him to play more snaps each week. We saw that trust come to fruition on Sunday against the Bears as Gordon recorded his first 100-yard game with the Patriots. Fantasy GMs should start moving him up the cheatsheets. So long as he's earned the trust of Brady, Gordon is worth starting as a flex with WR2...or even WR1...upside.

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26. CAR - WR Torrey Smith has knee issue

Source: Panthers.com - Max Henson

Carolina Panthers WR Torrey Smith (knee) will be checked out Monday, Oct. 22, after his knee swelled up from a hard hit.

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Smith has provided some veteran punch to the Panthers WR corps. He's caught nine passes over the last two weeks and Smith is a reliable target for QB Cam Newton on occasion. Smith's injury is not believed to be structural, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

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27. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy in concussion protocol

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Rodak

Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (head) has been placed in the NFL's concussion protocol after suffering a head injury during the team's loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Oct. 21.

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McCoy took a big hit against the Colts and looked to injure his leg or ankle on the play. It ended up that he was concussed. In the protocol now, McCoy will have to be cleared before he gets back to practice. Chris Ivory would be the lead back for the Bills if McCoy has to miss time.

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28. CIN - WR John Ross aggravates groin injury

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (groin) departed early in Week 7 versus the Kansas City Chiefs due to a groin injury and did not return.

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Ross has great speed but we hardly ever get to see it because he seems to be banged up nearly every time you turn around. The Bengals have Tyler Boyd as their second threat in the passing game opposite A.J. Green. We'll see how long this groin injury keeps Ross out, but the team has been fine without him for most of his year-and-a-half pro career.

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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