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Footballguys #203 - 11/10 - Thank you Veterans - Plus News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #203 -- Saturday Night, November 10th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

Hi Folks,

Good Sunday to you. We've got the news and notes you need but first I hope you'll indulge me a moment as we celebrate Veteran's Day. It's always November 11 and this year it'll be observed by the public tomorrow, Monday the 12th. But today's the official day. As I always do on this day, I'm including the essay titled "What is A Vet".

Please take a moment and thank a Veteran today. These Men and Women rock.

Joe and David

What is a Veteran?

Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye.

Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity.

Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem.

You can't tell a vet just by looking.

He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.

He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.

They are the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.

He is the POW who went away one person and came back another - or didn't come back AT ALL.

He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat - but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.

He is the parade - riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.

He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now and aggravatingly slow - who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.

He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being - a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say Thank You. That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU".

"It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protestor to burn the flag."

Father Denis Edward O'Brien/USMC


1. PIT - Le'Veon Bell unlikely to report

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is unlikely to report by the deadline Tuesday, Nov. 13, according to multiple sources, which would make him ineligible to play for the remainder of the season.

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Make sure to read this for what it is - multiple sources are telling ESPN and Adam Schefter they don't expect Bell to report by Tuesday. The story in the link specifically says however Bell's camp has been silent on this. Adam Schefter is the most reliable reporter in the NFL in our opinion. But understand this is not official yet. With that said, James Conner's value has never been higher. And Le'Veon Bell's value has never been lower this year. Backup RB Jalyen Samuels would also benefit of course if Bell doesn't report on time.

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2. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski traveling with team

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) is traveling with the team for their Week 10 game, according to a source.

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The Patriots have not officially ruled Gronkowski out...yet. He is still listed as questionable to play and is not expected to be active.

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3. SF - TE George Kittle limited Saturday

Source: 49ers.com

Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (chest) was limited in practice Saturday, Nov. 10.

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Kittle has been limited with this chest injury all week. He'll likely play on Monday night against the Giants and is a TE1 for Fantasy GMs whenever he's on the field.

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4. NYJ - QB Davis Webb officially promoted

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous, New York Jets QB Davis Webb was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad Saturday, Nov. 10.

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That means rookie Sam Darnold is unlikely to be the backup to Josh McCown in Week 10. We'll see if Webb is actually active for gameday and Darnold inactive due to his foot injury.

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5. BUF - QB Josh Allen will not play

Source: BuffaloBills.com

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen (elbow) has been ruled out of the Week 10 game.

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Allen is getting closer to a return but there is zero reason for the Bills to rush him back. QB Matt Barkley is expected to be the starting quarterback against the New York Jets.

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6. SF - WR Pierre Garcon not on the field

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Jennifer Lee Chan

San Francisco 49ers WR Pierre Garcon (knee) is not participating in practice Saturday, Nov. 10.

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It looks like Garcon is going to miss the Monday night game against the Giants. Fantasy GMs were not looking forward to starting him anyway, so his absence isn't going to change many lineups out there.

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7. NO - WR Dez Bryant placed on IR

Source: The New Orleans Advocate - Nick Underhill

New Orleans Saints WR Dez Bryant (Achilles') was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Nov. 10.

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The Saints just signed Bryant last week. Expect them to go back to the veteran free agent pool for help at the position. They had Brandon Marshall and Kamar Aiken in the same day that Bryant worked out...and reports indicate Marshall may be signed in the near future. Stay tuned.

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8. WAS - WR Jamison Crowder to miss Week 10

Source: Redskins.com

Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder (ankle) has been ruled out of the team's Week 10 game.

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Without Crowder, we'll see Maurice Harris get quite a bit of work from the slot. He's a WR3 or flex play with upside against the Buccaneers in Week 10.

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9. NO - WR Dez Bryant to miss eight months

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

New Orleans Saints WR Dez Bryant's (Achilles) MRI confirmed a torn Achilles' tendon, and he is expected to be sidelined for around eight months, according to a source.

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This means Bryant will be ready by training camp next year. He signed only a one-year deal with the Saints so we'll have to see if he can generate interest next offseason on the open market...while recovering from an Achilles' injury at 30-years old.

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10. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski not expected to play

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) is not expected to play in the team's Week 10 game, according to a source.

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Against the Titans on Sunday we'll likely see the Patriots without Gronkowski again. They have a bye in Week 11, so that would give Gronkowski an extra bit of rest if he doesn't play this week. He did travel with the team and hasn't officially been ruled out but all signs indicate he's not going to play.

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11. NE - RB Sony Michel expected to play

Source: CBSSports.com - Jason La Canfora

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is expected to be available to play in the Week 10 game.

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That was the expected outcome this week. After missing the game against the Packers, Michel should be ready to go against the Titans on Sunday. He's a RB3 or flex option for Fantasy GMs in PPR leagues.

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12. KC - WR Sammy Watkins' current injury unrelated to previous one

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins' (foot) current injury is unrelated to the previous foot problem which bothered him earlier in his career, according to head coach Andy Reid.

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Good news for the Chiefs here. Watkins battled a stress fracture in his foot during the 2015 season before undergoing a pair of surgeries to correct the condition the following year.

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13. PHI - RB Darren Sproles could return this season

Source: NJ.com - Mike Kaye

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is confident that RB Darren Sproles (hamstring) will be able to return to action this season.

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We're sad that Sproles is going to be out this week after looking like he was going to return for the first time since Week 1 this season. He was considered to be at 100 percent entering the week before suffering a setback during practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.

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14. NYJ - QB Josh McCown to face Buffalo

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Jets QB Josh McCown will start Week 10's game against the Buffalo Bills.

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No surprise here. Rookie Sam Darnold has a foot injury that needs to get some rest in order to heal up. The Jets may have Darnold as McCown's backup this week as they only have two active quarterbacks on the roster. They do have Davis Webb on their practice squad but there's no word if they'd activate him to play as a backup or not.

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15. NO - New Orleans could sign WR Brandon Marshall

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

The New Orleans Saints could sign free-agent WR Brandon Marshall (Seahawks) if WR Dez Bryant (Achilles') did indeed suffer a torn Achilles' tendon in practice on Friday, Nov. 9, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Marshall worked out for the Saints on Tuesday, the same day that Bryant did. The Saints signed Bryant because they need more from the wide receivers behind Michael Thomas. Rookie Tre'Quan Smith has flashed some interesting ability but behind him there's little left with Cameron Meredith on Injured Reserve. Marshall could give them veteran depth. He caught 11 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown in seven games for the Seahawks this year.

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16. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy frustrated by struggles

Source: The Associated Press - John Wawrow

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy said he doesn't have the answers to the offense's struggles this year, and he admitted to feeling frustrated about how the season has gone thus far.

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McCoy is a fierce competitor so of course these struggles are going to get to him. We're actually surprised the Bills didn't move him in a trade before the deadline in October. They'll continue to struggle no matter the quarterback situation which has been a jumbled mess in 2018.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

And Thank You, Veterans.

Peace,

J