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Footballguys #207 - 11/14 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #207 -- Wednesday Night, November 14th, 2018

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

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1. PIT - RB James Conner practices in full

Source: Steelers.com

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (concussion) practiced in full on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

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Conner is through the concussion protocol and locked into RB1 status in Week 11, on the road against the Jaguars.

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2. GB - TE Jimmy Graham ready to play

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 14, and is not on the injury report for Week 11.

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Randall Cobb isn't going to play on Thursday night against the Seahawks. That could lead to more targets for Graham as he's playing against his former team. Graham hasn't performed up to expectations with the Packers and is a low-end TE1 this week.

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3. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson limited Wednesday

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (shoulder) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 14.

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The shoulder injury should limit him all year on Wednesdays. It doesn't seem like it will keep him out of action in Week 11.

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4. WAS - RB Chris Thompson misses practice

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (rib) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 14.

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Thompson may have to miss another game as he deals with this ribs injury. Washington uses Kapri Bibbs as the pass-catching back behind Adrian Peterson when Thompson is out.

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5. HOU - WR Keke Coutee listed as limited

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 14.

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The plan was for Coutee to return after the team's Week 10 bye. He might be on track to do that but keep an eye on his practice status. The Texans added Demaryius Thomas before the trade deadline and he'll be worked more into the offense, thus limiting what Coutee could see thrown his way.

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6. CAR - Carolina claims RB Kenjon Barner

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

The Carolina Panthers claimed RB Kenjon Barner off waivers from the New England Patriots Wednesday, Nov. 14.

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Barner is back with the Panthers as they continue to look for running back help. They released C.J. Anderson earlier in the week and then added Travaris Cadet. A sixth-round pick of the Panthers back in 2013, Barner will compete with Cadet for third on the depth chart behind Christian McCaffrey and Cameron Artis-Payne.

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7. PIT - No practice for QB Ben Roethlisberger

Source: Steelers.com

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 14.

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Sounds like a day of rest here. Nothing to see as we expect Roethlisberger to post QB1 numbers in Week 11 on the road against the Jaguars.

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8. MIN - WR Adam Thielen puts in limited session

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen (back, calf) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 24.

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He should be fine for Sunday night's game against the Bears. Check on his status when Friday's practice report comes out just to be sure.

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9. DET - WR Marvin Jones does not practice

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 14.

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Jones may not play this week due to a bone bruise on his knee. The Lions are at home against the Panthers on Sunday but then they have a quick turnaround with their annual Thanksgiving game on Thursday in Week 12 -- this time against the Bears. Fantasy GMs need to have other options ready.

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10. MIA - Miami adds WR Brice Butler

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent WR Brice Butler (Raiders) was signed to an undisclosed deal by the Miami Dolphins Wednesday, Nov. 14.

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The Dolphins are quite banged up at the WR position. Butler was with the Cowboys for about a month earlier this season. He gives them veteran depth with Jakeem Grant and DeVante Parker banged up.

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11. SEA - RB Chris Carson ready for Thursday night

Source: Seahawks.com

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (hip) practiced in full Wednesday, Nov. 14, and he was removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 11 game against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Nov. 15.

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Carson is the workhorse for the Seahawks when healthy. Even with 2018 first-round pick Rashaad Penny's breakout 100-yard game last week, he might be the one most negatively impacted by Carson's return. Against the Packers on Thursday night, Carson should post RB2 numbers for Fantasy GMs.

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12. TB - RB Peyton Barber limited in practice

Source: Buccaneers.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber (ankle, shoulder) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Nov. 14.

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Barber is the lead back for the Bucs but he's not much of an exciting fantasy option. He could post RB3 numbers against the Giants in Week 11.

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13. WAS - RB Chris Thompson could be out again

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (ribs) was absent from practice Wednesday, Nov. 14, and has a good chance of being held out this week, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

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Thompson has only appeared in five games this year. Without Thompson again, they'd continue to turn to Kapri Bibbs as the pass-catching threat out of the backfield.

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14. OAK - WR Martavis Bryant out a couple weeks

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Oakland Raiders WR Martavis Bryant (knee) will miss a couple of weeks and could be out longer after injuring his posterior cruciate ligament last week, according to head coach Jon Gruden.

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The Raiders are going to be pretty shorthanded with Bryant missing at least a couple of weeks. They traded away Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson is battling an injury at this time (knee, questionable) so they may have to use Brandon LaFell and Seth Roberts more than ever.

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15. CIN - WR John Ross logs limited practice

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (groin) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Nov. 14.

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Ross might be limited all week with this groin injury. He's a deep threat when healthy but struggles to find his way onto the field. In Week 10 against the Saints, Ross was targeted six times, caught two passes for 39 yards and one touchdown. He's a 'what the heck' flex for Fantasy GMs if he plays against the Ravens on Sunday.

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16. CAR - Limited practice for TE Greg Olsen

Source: Charlotte Observer - Jourdan Rodrigue

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) put in a limited practice Wednesday, Nov. 14.

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Same as it ever was. Olsen's foot limits him every week but he goes out to play on Sundays. The veteran tight end still posts low-end TE1 numbers for Fantasy GMs.

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17. LAC - DE Joey Bosa returning to practice

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa (foot) will return to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, Nov. 14. He will begin with individual drills and be assessed from there.

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Keep an eye on Bosa's status during the week of practice. He suffered this foot injury in early August and has been recovering since then. There's a chance he could be ready for Sunday's home game against the Broncos.

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18. BAL - No practice for QB Joe Flacco

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) is not practicing Wednesday, Nov. 14.

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The Ravens are home against the Bengals in Week 11. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has already stated that Flacco doesn't need to practice during the week to play. Even if Flacco does play, we'd expect to see a bit more of rookie QB Lamar Jackson. Robert Griffin III is another option at quarterback if Flacco can't play due to this hip problem.

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19. HOU - D'Onta Foreman to practice

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Houston Texans RB D'Onta Foreman (Achilles') will practice Wednesday, Nov. 14, which will open his 21-day window to possibly return from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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During the next week or so, the Texans should work diligently to get Foreman back into game shape. If healthy and activated, Foreman would replace Alfred Blue as the primary backup to Lamar Miller.

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20. BAL - RB Tyler Ervin joins Ravens

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Free-agent RB Tyler Ervin (Texans) signed with the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad Wednesday, Nov. 14. DB Makinton Dorleant was released.

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Ervin is a quick scatback who can line up as a return man or slot receiver. We'll monitor his progress with the Ravens but only in super crazy deep dynasty leagues.

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21. SEA - RB Rashaad Penny having rookie woes

Source: ESPN.com - Brady Henderson

Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny still has rookie moments in the classroom, according to offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. 'He'll always be involved in the plan,' Schottenheimer said. 'We're hard on him. We're excited about him. He's still a young player. He still has those times in the meetings where it's like, 'Rashaad, are you listening?' like most young players do. The season is long.'

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The Seahawks play against the Packers at home on Thursday night. Penny finally emerged with his first 100-yard game last week but with Chris Carson cleared to play this week we may see the rookie take a back seat in the rotation.

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22. MIN - WR Stefon Diggs says he'll play Sunday night

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Darin Gantt

Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (ribs) indicated he 'will play' against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Nov. 18, as part of an interview with NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

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Diggs was able to rest during the Vikings Week 10 bye. He'll be good to go against the Bears on Sunday night.

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23. GB - WR Randall Cobb won't play Thursday

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Silverstein

Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (hamstring) will not travel with the team for their Week 11 game against the Seattle Seahawks.

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Unfortunately, the Packers are used to playing without Cobb. He's only made it through five games this year and wasn't able to travel to Seattle for the team's Thursday night game against the Seahawks. Without Cobb, expect the Packers to lean more on rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

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24. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin no longer in pain

Source: 710 ESPN Seattle

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin told 710 ESPN Seattle on Tuesday, Nov. 13, the knee issues he's been battling all season improved to the point that he woke up without pain last week for the first time.

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Baldwin is starting to feel like his old self, and he could start playing at a higher level because of it. Over the last two games for Seattle, Baldwin has been targeted nine times combined and has nine catches. We'll see if those target numbers go up as he could have a resurgence here in the second half of the season.

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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