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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 22, #147 • Sep. 11th, 2020


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1. TB - WR Mike Evans likely a Game Time Decision

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Updating a previous report, the status of Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) likely will be decided before kickoff Sunday, Sept. 13, head coach Bruce Arians said Friday following practice. 'He (Evens) did some individual stuff today,' Arians said. We'll see if he's sore tomorrow. It'll probably be a game-time decision.'

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Evans is best left on your bench unless you don't have any viable options behind him. Even if he plays, it's a late start that will limit your hedge options if you wait, and he'll face Marshon Lattimore. Chris Godwin could get more targets if Evans is out, and Scotty Miller would likely take his place in the pass offense.

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2. PHI - Jalen Reagor on track to play

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor (shoulder) has been handling an increased workload this week, and head coach Doug Pederson said Friday, Sept. 11, they expect 'some good things' from the rookie. Pederson added they will monitor Reagor's status over the next 48 hours, but he is on track to play in Week 1 on Sunday, in the estimation of one national reporter.

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Reagor is a boom/bust WR3/Flex who is still playing with a tear in his labrum so there could be some pain and range of motion issues, and the Eagles are down three starting offensive linemen. Reagor is probably best left on your bench and be happy you have him if he goes off.

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3. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery to miss Week 1

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (foot) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 11, and has been ruled out for Week 1.

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Jeffery is likely out multiple weeks, but should be back within 3-4 games unless the Eagles were too optimistic when they decided to not put him on the PUP list to open the season, which would have cost at least the first six games.

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4. PHI - RB Miles Sanders practicing Friday

Source: NJ.com - Mike Kaye

Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders (hamstring) was spotted running and practicing Friday, Sept. 11.

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Sanders still isn't a sure thing for Sunday, but if he's active, he should get enough touches to deserve a start in fantasy, although it could be a long afternoon for the Eagles offense if the makeshift offensive line collapses against the all first round pick Washington defensive line.

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5. KC - CB Charvarius Ward injures hand

Source: ESPN.com - Adam Teicher

Kansas City Chiefs CB Charvarius Ward (hand) suffered a fractured hand during the team's Week 1 win over the Houston Texans.

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Rookie L'Jarius Sneed had a big debut in place of Bashaud Breeland but the Chiefs don't really want to have to go deeper on their cornerback depth chart. He will have surgery but could play in a cast.

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6. DEN - WR Courtland Sutton to sit out Friday

Source: The Denver Post - Ryan O'Halloran

Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton (shoulder) will be held out of practice Friday, Sept. 11, with a sprained AC joint suffered Thursday. Head coach Vic Fangio said Friday, that Sutton could return to limited work in practice Saturday.

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Sutton is still a risky play as he could be limited in his effectiveness against the Titans. Jerry Jeudy is the best Broncos receiver play this week.

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7. PIT - WR Diontae Johnson returns to practice

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ray Fittipaldo

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (foot) returned to practice Friday, Sept. 11, a day after sitting out with a foot injury, according to fellow Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster.

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Johnson is an upside WR3/Flex play this week against a suspect Giants pass rush and secondary with Ben Roethlisberger back in the fold.

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8. SF - RB Tevin Coleman's Week 1 status in limbo

Source: ESPN.com - Nick Wagoner

San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman (non-injury) was held out of practice Friday, Sept. 11, due to a pre-existing condition (sickle-cell trait), and head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters that it will be up to Coleman if he wants to play in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals if the AQI (Air Quality Index) continues to hover around 150.

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Coleman may not go this weekend, but he wasn't in lineups anyway. If he's out, Raheem Mostert and Jerick McKinnon both become better starts, but the larger story here is make sure this game is on track to get played before setting lineups on Sunday.

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9. CHI - RB David Montgomery listed as questionable

Source: Around The NFL

Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery (groin) was a full participant in practice Friday, Sept. 11, and is listed as questionable on the team's Week 1 injury report.

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Montgomery should play and lead the backfield in touches, but he's not an advisable play with the risk of re-injury and Lions run defense up this week.

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10. NE - WR Julian Edelman removed from injury report

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 11, and has been removed from the Week 1 injury report.

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Edelman could get double digit targets from Cam Newton with the weakest wide receiver group in the league supporting him.

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11. DAL - Dallas' Week 1 injury report

Source: DallasCowboys.com

Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis (ankle) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 1 versus the Los Angeles Rams. WR Amari Cooper (hamstring), LB Luke Gifford (hamstring) and CB Chidobe Awuzie (knee) practiced in full Friday, Sept. 11, and have been removed from the injury report. All Friday practice designations are estimations as the Cowboys held a walkthrough.

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Cooper being removed from the injury report is good news, but we'll track the nicks and bumps to see if they pile up the way they did last year to limit his second half production.

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12. MIA - Miami's Week 1 injury report

Source: MiamiDolphins.com

Miami Dolphins DB Clayton Fejedelem (pectoral) was limited in practice for a second straight day Friday, Sept. 11, and is listed as doubtful for Week 1 versus the New England Patriots. TE Mike Gesicki (glute), CB Xavien Howard (knee), CB Byron Jones (Achilles), WR DeVante Parker (hamstring), QB Tua Tagovailoa (hip), LB Kyle Van Noy (hand) and WR Preston Williams (knee) practiced in full Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

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Williams, Parker, and Gesicki weren't practicing in full earlier in the week but all look good to go for Sunday.

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13. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton receives day off

Source: Colts.com

Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (non-injury) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 11, because of a rest day and is not on the injury report for Week 1.

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All systems are go for the Hilton in a matchup with a young Jaguars secondary.

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14. TB - Tampa Bay's Week 1 injury report

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) was limited in practice Friday, Sept. 11, and is listed as doubtful for Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints. DL Ndamukong Suh (non-injury) did not practice Friday but is expected to play. S Andrew Adams (hamstring), CB Parnell Motley (hamstring), LB Jason Pierre-Paul (non-injury) and CB Ryan Smith (ankle) practiced in full Friday and have been removed the injury report.

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Scott Miller is likely to start in Evans place, but he's only a long shot to hit. The team could use a lot more two tight sets with Evans out.

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15. LAC - LA Chargers' Week 1 injury report

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers C Mike Pouncey (hip) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 1 versus the Cincinnati Bengals. OG Trai Turner (knee) did not practice Friday, Sept. 11, and is listed as questionable. WR Mike Williams (shoulder) and OT Bryan Bulaga (hamstring) remained limited in practice Friday and are also listed as questionable. TE Virgil Green (quad) practiced in full Friday and is listed as questionable as well. QB Tyrod Taylor (calf) practiced in full again Friday and was removed from the injury report.

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Pouncey is a key member of a sometimes questionable offensive line. The Raiders defense may face a less than 100% Turner and Bulaga, so it could be rough day for the running game. Williams is best left on the bench and feel good if he goes off despite coming into the season with an injured shoulder.

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16. WAS - Washington's injury report for Week 1

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Football Team OT LB Thomas Davis (calf) did not practice for a second straight day Friday, Sept. 11, and has been ruled out for Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. CB Kendall Fuller (knee) was limited in practice all week and is listed as doubtful. OT Saahdiq Charles (calf) was upgraded to a full practice Friday and is listed as questionable. DT Jonathan Allen (knee) and WR Antonio Gandy-Golden (concussion) practiced in full all week and no longer appear on the injury report.

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Davis was going to be the elder leader of the linebacker group, but he'll be out against Phialdelphia. Fuller is the linchpin of the secondary, so Washington will be counting on the pass rush to get home so their players won't have to stick to Eagles receivers too long in coverage.

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17. CHI - Chicago's injury report for Week 1

Source: ChicagoBears.com

Chicago Bears LB Robert Quinn (ankle) did not practice all week and has been listed as doubtful for Week 1 versus the Detroit Lions. LB Khalil Mack (knee) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable. RB David Montgomery (groin), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (knee), LT Jason Spriggs (knee), WR Javon Wims (Achilles), OG Germain Ifedi (triceps) and CB Buster Skrine (finger) practiced in full Friday, Sept. 11, and have been removed from the injury report.

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The Bears pass rush will be weakened against a Lions offensive line that will be missing their right tackle, so these issues could cancel each other out. Either way, it's still not a great week to play Matthew Stafford with Kenny Golladay out.

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18. CLE - Week 1 injury report for Cleveland

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns OT Chris Hubbard (ankle), CB Kevin Johnson (liver), CB Greedy Williams (shoulder) and LB Mack Wilson (knee) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens. DB M.J. Stewart (hamstring) and C JC Tretter (knee) were limited in practice all week and are listed as questionable.

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The Browns are likely to trot Terrance Mitchell out there at one cornerback spot which is great news for the Ravens wide receivers.

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19. DET - D'Andre Swift not on injury report

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift (hip) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 11, and is not on the injury report for Week 1.

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Swift will still split time with Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson and is not an advisable play this week.

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20. DET - Detroit's injury report for Week 1

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions TE Hunter Bryant (hamstring), S C.J. Moore (hamstring) and OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai (foot) did not practice Friday, Sept. 11, and have been ruled out for Week 1 against the Chicago Bears. WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring) did not practice for a second straight day and is listed as doubtful. WR Danny Amendola (hamstring), DL Da'Shawn Hand (groin), CB Jeff Okudah (hamstring), DE Julian Okwara (knee) and CB Darryl Roberts (groin) were limited in practice Friday and are listed as questionable. RB D'Andre Swift (hip) was upgraded to a full practice Friday and has been removed from the injury report.

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Golladay is likely out and Danny Amendola isn't 100%, so it's looking like a big Marvin Jones and TJ Hockenson week against the Bears. Rookie Quintez Cephus could start in Golladay's place.

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21. SEA - Seattle to go with hot hand at RB?

Source: NBC Sports Northwest - Joe Fann

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson may be looking at splitting carries a bit more evenly in 2020 with Carlos Hyde, according to comments made by head coach Pete Carroll on Friday, Sept. 11.'Sometimes you go with who's hot. They're going to both play. We'll see what happens when they get out there. If it looks like somebody's got something going on that day, we'll stick with it,' Carroll said.

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Carson is still RB2 material, but if Carlos Hyde gets more work than Rashaad Penny got last year, then he might not have the RB1 weekly ceiling he had last year.

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22. MIA - WR DeVante Parker practices in full

Source: 1 No Source

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (hamstring) was a full participant in practice Friday, Sept. 11, and is expected to play in Sunday's season opener in New England.

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Parker has a tough matchup against Stephon Gilmore but he might be healthier than Gilmore right now and he was excellent in the same matchup in Week 17 last year going off for 8-137. He's a reasonable WR3/Flex this week.

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23. NO - Week 1 injury report for New Orleans

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

New Orleans Saints DE Marcus Davenport (elbow) and OL Cesar Ruiz (ankle) did not participate in practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 1 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. S P.J. Williams (hamstring) was limited in practice for a second straight day Friday, Sept. 11, and is listed as questionable.

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Davenport's elbow injury could be part of the reason the team was pursuing Jadeveon Clowney before the Titans signed him. Ruiz was part of the reason the team let Larry Warford go. Nick Easton will get the start instead.

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24. NYJ - Denzel Mims expected to miss opener

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets WR Denzel Mims (hamstring) injured his other hamstring in practice Thursday, Sept. 10, after missing most of training camp with a hamstring issue. Head coach Adam Gase said Friday, Sept. 11, that the latest hamstring injury isn't as bad, but added that 'it's not looking good' for Mims to play Sunday in Week 1.

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Mims is off of the redraft radar and it might be a big climb to get back on it playing in an Adam Gase offense, although Breshad Perriman's achy knee could be a path to value for the rookie later this year.

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25. NE - New England's injury report for Week 1

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots OL Yodny Cajuste (knee) and WR Gunner Olszewski (foot) did not practice Friday, Sept. 11, and have been ruled out for Week 1 versus the Miami Dolphins. LB Cassh Maluia (knee) and TE Dalton Keene (neck) were limited for a second straight day Friday and are listed as questionable. WR N'Keal Harry (shoulder) practiced in full Friday and is also listed as questionable. DL Chase Winovich (shoulder) practiced in full for a second straight day Friday and no longer appears on the injury report. WR Julian Edelman (knee) and CB Stephon Gilmore (hamstring) did not receive practice designations Friday but are expected to play.

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Harry was a mid week addition to the injury report. He was only a deep sleeper going into this week against the tough Dolphins corners and should be on fantasy benches even if he plays.

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26. PHI - Week 1 injury report for Philadelphia

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles DT Javon Hargrave (hamstring, pectoral) and WR Alshon Jeffery (foot) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 1 against the Washington Football Team. DE Derek Barnett (hamstring), OT Lane Johnson (ankle) and RB Miles Sanders (hamstring) were limited in practice all week and are listed as questionable. RB Corey Clement (quad) and WR Jalen Reagor (shoulder) practiced in full Friday, Sept. 11, and no longer appear on the injury report.

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Johnson being on the injury report put the Eagles offensive line in a precarious spot with the possibility of three starters being out. Zach Ertz and Boston Scott could get a lot of short targets to slow down the Washington pass rush. Sanders will be a boom/bust RB2 if active this week. Reagor had a speedy recovery from a tear in his labrum, but might have trouble making a big impact if Carson Wentz doesn't have time to throw.

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27. DET - Questionable tag for WR Danny Amendola

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions WR Danny Amendola (hamstring) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 11, and is listed as questionable for Week 1.

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This paves the way for TJ Hockenson to possibly be the #2 target for Matthew Stafford with Kenny Golladay likely out.

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28. NYG - Friday's practice report for NY Giants

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Giants LB Tae Crowder (hamstring), WR Golden Tate (hamstring) and TE Levine Toilolo (hamstring) were limited in practice Friday, Sept. 11. LB Markus Golden (illness) and DB Adrian Colbert (illness) practiced in full.

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Tate is not a good Week 1 play with a hamstring injury possibly still limiting him vs. Pittsburgh. Sterling Shepard should lead Giants wide receivers in targets.

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29. PIT - Pittsburgh's practice report for Friday

Source: Steelers.com

Pittsburgh Steelers OG David DeCastro (knee) did not participate in practice for a second straight day Friday, Sept. 11. WR Diontae Johnson (foot) was upgraded to a full practice.

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No worries about Johnson this week after he missed the first practice. He's a boom/bust WR3/Flex with a great matchup against a suspect Giants secondary.

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30. SF - San Francisco's injury report for Week 1

Source: 49ers.com

San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel (foot) and CB Jason Verrett (hamstring) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals. WR Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) and OL Ben Garland (ankle) were limited in practice Friday, Sept. 11, and are listed as questionable. RB Tevin Coleman (non-injury) was not given a practice designation Friday but is expected to play.

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It's good news that Aiyuk has a chance to play, but he'll face Patrick Peterson at least some of the time if he does, so it's just best to leave him on the bench and be happy if he goes off outside of your lineup.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for being part of the Footballguys Family and we'll see you tomorrow with the Update. Enjoy the weekend!

Peace,

J