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Footballguys #198 - 11/5 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #198 -- Monday Night, November 5th, 2018

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1. CIN - No surgery for WR A.J. Green

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (foot) will not need surgery on his injured foot, but he will miss at least two games before his foot is re-evaluated to determine when he can play again, according to a source.

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No surgery is great news for Green...but Fantasy GMs are still bummed he's going to miss a couple of games. We should see quite the increase in targets for Tyler Boyd while Green is out of action.

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2. WAS - Season over for WR Paul Richardson

Source: Redskins.com

Washington Redskins WR Paul Richardson (shoulder) will miss the remainder of the season with an injury to his AC joint, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

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Dating back to his days at the University of Colorado, Richardson has been a gifted but oft-injured player. Washington added him in free agency earlier this year but Richardson caught just 20 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns in seven games. Maurice Harris looks to have a larger role with Richardson done for the season.

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3. PIT - Le'Veon Bell remains a no-show

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has not reestablished contact with the team as of Monday, Nov. 5 - leaving him eight days to report before he becomes ineligible to play for the remainder of the 2018 season.

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Who in the world knows what Bell is going to do. He was supposed to report weeks ago according to some reports and that is long in the past. Now, he's got to report over the next week or so in order to earn an accrued season and hit free agency in 2019. Stay tuned.

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4. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette practicing

Source: ESPN.com - Michael DiRocco

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) was a full participant in practice Monday, Nov. 5.

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The plan was to get Fournette back after the Week 9 bye and his practice status on Monday reflects that all is going according to plan. He's appeared in only two games this season and has 20 carries for just 71 yards on the ground. If he's able to play against the Colts, Fournette has RB1 upside but obviously carries an injury risk.

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5. SEA - RB Chris Carson day-to-day

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (hip) is considered day-to-day because of his hip injury.

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Mike Davis could get the start this week against the Rams with Carson not able to finish the game in Week 9. The Seahawks should be cautious with Carson to avoid getting stuck in this pattern.

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6. OAK - Kolton Miller sits out Monday

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal - Michael Gehlken

Oakland Raiders OT Kolton Miller (knee) did not participate in practice Monday, Nov. 5.

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Miller has been one of the worst offensive tackles in the league at allowing sacks. It might not hurt the passing game very much if he can't go against the Chargers on Sunday.

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7. HOU - CB Aaron Colvin may return after bye

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans CB Aaron Colvin (ankle) said he expects to ready to play after the team's Week 10 bye.

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Colvin is one of the best slot corners in the game. Jarvis Landry's Week 13 matchup gets more difficult if Colvin has an uneventful return from injury.

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8. BUF - ILB Tremaine Edmunds not cleared yet

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills LB Tremaine Edmunds (concussion) is still going through the concussion protocol, according to head coach Sean McDermott.

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Edmunds might not be available for the game against the Jets this week. The Bills didn't get gashed by the Bears running game without him last week, so it wouldn't be a sizeable upgrade for Isaiah Crowell if Edmunds is out.

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9. CAR - TE Greg Olsen a limited participant

Source: Charlotte Observer - Jourdan Rodrigue

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) was limited during the team's walkthrough Monday, Nov. 5.

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Olsen has been a strong play in recent weeks. There's no reason to leave him out of your top 6-8 tight end plays this week.

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10. PHI - DT Timmy Jernigan practices

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Philadelphia Eagles DT Timmy Jernigan (back) participated in practice Monday, Nov. 5, for the first time this season. The Eagles now have three weeks to decide whether or not Jernigan will be activated from the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.

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Jernigan would be a boost to a defense that has gotten thin at defensive tackle. He probably won't be available against Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys next week, but could be back soon after.

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11. CAR - WR Torrey Smith misses practice

Source: Charlotte Observer - Jourdan Rodrigue

Carolina Panthers WR Torrey Smith (knee) did not participate in the team's walkthrough Monday, Nov. 5.

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It doesn't look like Smith is going to be ready for Thursday night. Curtis Samuel and DJ Moore could hit in Week 10 as boom/bust WR3/Flex plays.

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12. NFL - QB Sam Bradford officially a free agent

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Free-agent QB Sam Bradford (Cardinals) cleared waivers Monday, Nov. 5, and is officially a free agent, according to a source.

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No surprise here. Bradford's immense salary and history of knee problems prevented anyone from putting a waiver claim in on him. He'll be hard pressed to find work in the league again this season and maybe even after that.

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13. DET - WR Brandon Marshall worked out

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Free-agent WR Brandon Marshall (Seahawks) worked out for the Detroit Lions Monday, Nov. 5, according to a source.

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The Lions are just updating their emergency list here. They traded away Golden Tate (Eagles) last week and might be looking for some veteran depth at the position. They're pretty inexperienced behind starters Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr.

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14. GB - WR Geronimo Allison could go to IR

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Green Bay Packers WR Geronimo Allison (core) is expected to undergo surgery for a core muscle injury after consulting a specialist, according to a source.

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The recovery period is around six weeks, making Allisson a candidate to be placed on the Reserve/Injured list. Grab rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling off the waiver wire if you can.

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15. BUF - QB Derek Anderson set to start?

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Rodak

Buffalo Bills QB Derek Anderson (concussion) will start in Week 10 if he clears the concussion protocol and if QB Josh Allen (elbow) is not ready to start.

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No surprise here. Nathan Peterman does little to help the team win, and in fact his interceptions are becoming commonplace. We think Anderson starts (so long as he is healthy) until Allen is back.

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16. BAL - QB Joe Flacco won't be benched

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco will remain the starting quarterback despite QB Lamar Jackson playing well, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

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Baltimore sits at 4-5 after nine games. They've lost three in a row and their offense has been sputtering. Flacco is the starter for now but we think there's a possibility Jackson could get a late start or two (think around the fantasy playoffs) if the team falls out of contention in the AFC playoff picture.

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17. BAL - RB Kenneth Dixon yet to receive league clearance

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon (knee) is 'having issues behind our coaches control,' according to head coach John Harbaugh, who added the team has to wait for the league to clear him to practice and he has yet to receive clearance.

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This is a mysterious situation to monitor if you're a Ravens fan. As a Fantasy GM, you've got no interest in Dixon unless you play in crazy deep dynasty leagues. The Ravens traded for Ty Montgomery last week and he'll start getting mixed into the offense in the near future.

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18. DAL - Dallas talking WR Amari Cooper extension

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper and the Cowboys have already discussed a contract extension. Executive vice president Stephen Jones said he ultimately believes an extension will be achieved. 'We feel like he was worth the No. 1 [draft pick], and I think part of making it worth it is that we eventually sign him to an extension.'

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A first-round pick in 2015 for the Raiders, Cooper is set to play on his fifth-year option in 2019 and will be a free agent in 2020. The Cowboys gave up quite a bit for the uneven production we've seen from Cooper. They'll work to get him extended and hopefully Cooper starts producing like he did earlier in his career.

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19. HOU - WR Keke Coutee will not rush recovery

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) told the Houston Chronicle on Monday, Nov. 5, that he will not return to action until he is '100 percent.'

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The Texans have a bye in Week 10. We'll see if Coutee can get back in action after that. The Texans went out and traded for Demaryius Thomas so Coutee should be third in the pecking order at wide receiver when he's healthy.

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20. NFL - RB Chris Johnson ready to walk away

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Darin Gantt

Free-agent RB Chris Johnson announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday, Nov. 5.

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CJ2K will always be remembered fondly by Fantasy GMs who had him when he was at his best. Johnson, a first-round pick in 2008 out of East Carolina, had the best season of his career in 2009 when he had 12 100-yard games and rushed for 2,006 yards on the season. He had six 1,000-yard rushing seasons during his career and was one of the fastest running backs to ever play the game. Johnson held the Scouting Combine record with a 4.24 40-yard dash until John Ross (4.22) beat that mark in 2017.

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21. MIN - WR Adam Thielen slowed by calf injury in Week 9

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Ben Goessling

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen (calf) dealt with a calf injury all week and was heating it on the sideline between series during the team's win against the Detroit Lions, according to FOX Sports sideline reporter Jen Hale.

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For the first time this year, Thielen was held to under 100-yards receiving on the day. He shared an NFL record with eight 100-yard receiving games to begin the season, tying the mark of Calvin Johnson. Thielen has a bye week to get healthy before the Vikings get back in action against the Bears in Week 11.

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22. CIN - RB Giovani Bernard returns to practice

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) was back at practice Monday, Nov. 5.

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It's been over a month since Bernard last practiced. The Bengals had a bye in Week 9, so by practicing on Monday it looks like Bernard could return this week. They'll monitor his progress during the week of practice. Upon his return, Bernard will provide the Bengals with veteran depth behind Joe Mixon...but he may not have much of a role so long as Mixon is healthy.

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23. ARI - WR Kendall Wright returns to Arizona

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Free-agent WR Kendall Wright (Cardinals) signed an undisclosed contract with the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, Nov. 5.

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Wright was signed to the Cardinals roster back in early October but barely lasted over a week with the team before getting released. Now he's back, and the Cardinals could use depth at the WR position...but Wright is not any sort of fantasy option at this point of his career.

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24. HOU - D'Onta Foreman return date still up in air

Source: HoustonTexans.com - Deepi Sidhu

Houston Texans RB D'Onta Foreman (Achilles') is 'trending upwards,' but the team is still unsure when it plans to activate him off the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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As soon as he starts practicing again, the Texans will have a three-week window to decide whether or not to activate him. The power back could help the Texans offense, but Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue are getting the job done (for the most part) now. There's no need to rush Foreman back, and he'd be a deep bench stash only if he does get on the field in 2018.

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25. IND - RB Robert Turbin back at practice

Source: IndySportsCentral.com - Mike Chappell

Indianapolis Colts RB Robert Turbin (shoulder) participated in practice Monday, Nov. 5.

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The Colts had a bye in Week 9 and they get to face the Jaguars at home in Week 10. So long as Marlon Mack is healhty, Turbin doesn't have much fantasy value if he's on the gameday roster.

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26. IND - RB Marlon Mack limited to side work Monday

Source: IndySportsCentral.com - Mike Chappell

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (undisclosed) was spotted working on the side with trainers Monday, Nov. 5.

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An ankle injury limited Mack's practice availability in Week 8. The Colts had a bye in Week 9 and are back on the field this week against the Jaguars in Week 10. They should limit Mack's availability once again, and we'll get a status update on their lead back when Wednesday's practice report is released.

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27. JAX - QB Blake Bortles practicing

Source: ESPN.com - Michael DiRocco

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Monday, Nov. 5.

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The Jaguars had a bye last week so Bortles had a bit more extra time to get rest. They travel to play the Colts in Week 10 and Bortles should be out there. We'll know more about his status as the week of practice goes on.

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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