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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 22, #189 • Oct. 23rd, 2020


Antonio Brown To Tampa And More

Howdy Folks,

Welcome to the weekend. I hope you've got a nice one planned as we've got the News and Notes you need. Let's go.

J

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The Power Grid locks in their Daily Fantasy picks for the Week 7 Main Slate. Footballguys staffers Austin Lee, John Lee, Devin Knotts, and Phil Alexander debate Kyler Murray, Joe Burrow, Kareem Hunt, Aaron Jones, D.K. Metcalf, Diontae Johnson, Travis Kelce, Hunter Henry, and many more!


1. NO - WR Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders OUT

Source: Kevin Patra - NFL.com

From NFL.com: "Star receiver Michael Thomas is battling hamstring and ankle injuries, did not practice to close out the week and was ruled out ahead of Sunday's game.

"The Saints also put wideout Emmanuel Sanders on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, meaning he is out for Sunday, as well. Sanders practiced Thursday and now must quarantine."

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More hits for the Saints as they battle through injuries and COVID issues.

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2. GB - RB Aaron Jones could be a GTD

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones (calf) suffered a 'very mild' calf strain during practice Thursday, Oct. 22, per a source, and was held out Friday. He is listed as questionable on the team's Week 7 injury report and wants to play Sunday in Houston, but it's likely headed toward a game-time decision.

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The Packers staff is conservative, but the head coach said that Jones is more questionable than doubtful and Jones will apparently have a chance to show the team that he is healthy enough to play. Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon will split the work if Jones can't go, with Williams likely getting the passing down snaps.

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3. TB - WR Antonio Brown agrees to terms with Bucs

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Raiders) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, Oct. 23, according to sources. Financial terms were not disclosed. Brown is expected to make his season debut in Week 9.

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This will help Tom Brady's value, but hurt the weekly ceiling and floor of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

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4. CLE - TE Austin Hooper out with appendectomy

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com - Andrew Gribble

Cleveland Browns TE Austin Hooper (appendix) is undergoing an appendectomy Friday, Oct. 23, and will miss the team's Week 7 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, head coach Kevin Stefanski announced.

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Harrison Bryant and David Njoku will split the passing game work with Hooper out, and Njoku will get a chance to show what he can do for teams that might be interested in the trade market. Both are just desperation plays.

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5. PHI - Lane Johnson update

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Eagles OT Lane Johnson (knee) has a Grade 1 medial collateral ligament.

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Johnson might not be back for next week and the Eagles have a Week 9 bye, so he could miss only one game even though the Eagles may have forced him back onto the field too early on Thursday.

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6. CAR - PK Joey Slye off COVID list

Source: Around The NFL

Carolina Panthers PK Joey Slye on Friday, Oct. 23, was activated off the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

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Slye will be available for the game in the Superdome this week.

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7. PIT - ILB Devin Bush placed on IR

Source: Steelers.com

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Devin Bush (knee) on Friday, Oct. 24, was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

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Robert Spillane will replace Bush, and he looked up to the task last week vs. Cleveland. If the Steelers defense suffers greatly without Bush, it will likely be in the task of covering running backs out of the backfield as receivers.

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8. BUF - WR John Brown ruled out Week 7

Source: BuffaloBills.com

Buffalo Bills WR John Brown (knee) on Friday, Oct. 23, was ruled out of the team's Week 7 game against the New York Jets.

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Gabriel Davis and Cole Beasley become better plays with this news. Brown had one score and was open for a second in the first matchup between these teams.

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9. HOU - Houston's Week 7 injury report

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans TE Jordan Akins (ankle, concussion) did not practice all week but is listed as questionable for Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers. LB Peter Kalambayi (hamstring) was limited in practice all week and is also listed as questionable. CB Keion Crossen (foot), LB Dylan Cole (knee), RB Buddy Howell (hamstring), OG Senio Kelemete (knee), S Justin Reid (shoulder) and OT Laremy Tunsil (shoulder) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 23, and have been removed from the injury report. DE J.J. Watt (non-injury) was not given a practice designation for a second straight day Friday but is expected to play.

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Darren Fells will likely get another start vs. Green Bay in place of Akins and he'll be a fine emergency tight end, if not a solid TE1.

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10. PHI - WR DeSean Jackson headed to IR

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson's high-ankle sprain was confirmed in an MRI on Friday, Oct. 23, and he will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list, according to a source.

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Perhaps the Eagles will think twice about having him field punts when he returns. Jalen Reagor has one less obstacle to production when he returns from his elbow injury.

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11. SEA - Seattle's Week 7 injury report

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Seattle Seahawks S Jamal Adams (groin) did not participate in practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 7 against the Arizona Cardinals. OG Mike Iupati (back) was upgraded to a limited practice Friday, Oct. 23, and is listed as questionable. FB Nick Bellore (non-injury) did not practice for a second straight day Friday but has been removed from the injury report. OT Duane Brown (knee, non-injury), CB Quinton Dunbar (knee, non-injury) and DT Anthony Rush (knee) were limited in practice Friday but no longer appear on the injury report. LB Jordyn Brooks (knee), RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder, toe), OG Damien Lewis (ankle) and DE Benson Mayowa (knee) practiced in full Friday and have also been removed from the injury report. TE Will Dissly (Achilles), OT Jamarco Jones (cramps), WR Tyler Lockett (non-injury), WR DK Metcalf (non-injury) and OT Brandon Shell (illness) were not given a practice designation Friday but are expected to play.

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Adams being out will help Kyler Murray, as Adams would be the best "spy" to limited the quarterback's running ability. Hyde will be ready to be Chris Carson's backup again this week after missing two weeks before the bye.

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12. DAL - Week 7 injury report for Dallas

Source: DallasCowboys.com

Dallas Cowboys OT Brandon Knight (knee) and OG Zack Martin (concussion) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 7 against the Washington Football Team. DE Aldon Smith (neck) was limited in practice for a second straight day Friday, Oct. 23, but has been removed from the injury report.

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Martin being out is bad news for Andy Dalton, as he's the last healthy member of the Cowboys lines that were dominant in the past. The Washington defense could be a good play this week.

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13. GB - Green Bay's Week 7 injury report

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Green Bay Packers RB Tyler Ervin (wrist) and DL Tyler Lancaster (shoulder) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 7 versus the Houston Texans. OT David Bakhtiari (chest) and S Darnell Savage (quad) also did not practice all week and are listed as doubtful. CB Kevin King (shoulder, calf) did not practice Friday, Oct. 23, and is also listed as doubtful. DL Montravius Adams (undisclosed) and RB Aaron Jones (calf) were added to the injury report after failing to practice Friday and are listed as questionable. TE Robert Tonyan (ankle) and LB Preston Smith (shoulder) were limited in practice Friday and are also listed as questionable. LB Krys Barnes (shoulder, calf), LB Rashan Gary (ankle), TE Marcedes Lewis (knee), LB Za'Darius Smith (ankle) and WR Equanimeous St. Brown (knee) were limited in practice Friday but have been removed from the injury report. CB Jaire Alexander (hand, knee) and C Corey Linsley (back) practiced in full Friday and also no longer appear on the injury report.

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Tonyan sounds like a game time decision. If he can't go, Jace Sternberger would have a larger role in the passing game.

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14. CAR - Trent Scott activated to roster

Source: Around The NFL

Carolina Panthers OL Trent Scott on Friday, Oct. 23, was activated off the Reserve/COVID-19 and placed CB Rasul Douglas on the the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

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Douglas was turning his career around with the Panthers after being a third-round pick of the Eagles in 2017. At least the Saints are likely to be without their top two receivers.

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15. KC - WR Sammy Watkins likely out again

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) isn't likely to play in Week 7 against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Oct. 25, head coach Andy Reid said Friday.

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Demarcus Robinson gets another start and Mecole Hardman maybe an extra target or two against the Broncos secondary that should get back AJ Bouye this week.

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16. CAR - Week 7 injury report for Carolina

Source: Panthers.com

Carolina Panthers OG John Miller (ankle) did not participate in practice for a second straight day Friday, Oct. 23, and is listed as questionable for Week 7 versus the New Orleans Saints. CB Donte Jackson (toe) and WR Curtis Samuel (knee) were limited in practice all week and are also listed as questionable. CB CB Eli Apple (hamstring) practiced in full all week and is listed as questionable as well. DT Zachariah Kerr (toe), RB Trenton Cannon (neck), RB Mike Davis (ankle), PK Joey Slye (non-injury) and OT Trent Scott (non-injury) practiced in full Friday and have been removed from the injury report. CB Rasul Douglas (non-injury) was not given a practice designation Friday but is also expected to be available.

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Samuel should be on the field against the Saints. The team has expressed a desire to get him more involved in the passing game.

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17. CIN - Cincinnati's Week 7 injury report

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cincinnati Bengals CB William Jackson III (concussion) and RB Joe Mixon (foot) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 7 versus the Cleveland Browns. WR John Ross (illness) was added to the injury report and did not practice Friday, Oct. 23; he is listed as questionable. S Shawn Williams (hamstring) was limited in practice all week and is also listed as questionable. DT Geno Atkins (non-injury), LB Markus Bailey (neck), DE Khalid Kareem (illness), WR Auden Tate (shoulder) and CB Darius Phillips (illness) practiced in full Friday and no longer appear on the injury report. DE Carlos Dunlap (non-injury) and WR A.J. Green (non-injury) were not given a practice designation Friday but are also expected to play.

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Jackson is Cincinnati's best cover corner. His absence will help Odell Beckham, who beat him for a long touchdown in the first matchup and the refs miss a hold on another deep target when Beckham was breaking open.

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18. DEN - Denver's injury report for Week 7

Source: DenverBroncos.com

Denver Broncos LB Jeremiah Attaochu (quad) and WR Diontae Spencer (shoulder) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 7 versus the Kansas City Chiefs. FB/TE Andrew Beck (hamstring) also did not practice all week but is listed as questionable. OG Dalton Risner (shoulder) was upgraded to a limited practice Friday, Oct. 23, and is also listed as questionable. TE Jake Butt (hamstring) did not practice Friday but no longer appears on the injury report. OT Demar Dotson (shoulder), LB Bradley Chubb (ankle), WR KJ Hamler (hamstring), TE Noah Fant (ankle) and NT Mike Purcell (knee) practiced in full Friday and have also been removed from the injury report.

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Fant is fully ready to go, but it remains to be seen if fourth-round pick Albert Okwuegbunam will cut into his target share. Hamler being back should also widen the Broncos target tree.

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19. PIT - Pittsburgh's Week 7 injury report

Source: Sirius XM NFL Radio - Adam Caplan

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Mike Hilton (shoulder) and FB Derek Watt (hamstring) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 7 against the Tennessee Titans. QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury), WR Diontae Johnson (back), WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee), C Maurkice Pouncey (foot), OG David DeCastro (abdomen) and DE Stephon Tuitt (non-injury) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 23, and no longer appear on the injury report.

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Hilton is a big time playmaker in the Steelers defense from the slot, so this may help Adam Humphries outlook this week.

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20. BUF - Buffalo's injury report for Week 7

Source: Buffalo Bills PR

Buffalo Bills WR John Brown (knee), LB Tyrel Dodson (hamstring), OG Cody Ford (knee) and TE Dawson Knox (calf) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 7 versus the New York Jets. CB Josh Norman (hamstring) did not practice Friday, Oct. 23, and has also been ruled out. CB Cam Lewis (wrist) and LB Matt Milano (pectoral) were limited in practice all week and are listed as questionable. CB Tre'Davious White (back) did not practice Friday and is also listed as questionable. QB Jake Fromm (non-injury) was limited in practice all week but is expected to be available. QB Josh Allen (shoulder) and S Jaquan Johnson (back) practiced in full Friday and have been removed from the injury report. TE Tyler Kroft (non-injury) was not given a practice designation Friday but is also expected to play.

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White is a key piece of the Bills defense. If he's out, Breshad Perriman becomes a much more intriguing play with Sam Darnold also back.

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21. TEN - Week 7 injury report for Tennessee

Source: The Tennessean - Erik Bacharach

Tennessee Titans DE Jadeveon Clowney (knee), TE MyCole Pruitt (illness), OT Isaiah Wilson (illness), DL DaQuan Jones (foot), OT Dennis Kelly (knee), TE Jonnu Smith (ankle) and WR A.J. Brown (knee) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 23, and have been removed from the injury report for Week 7 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Smith being off of the injury report is great news after he missed most of Week 6. He'll be a key piece against the Steelers aggressive defense.

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22. JAX - Jacksonville's Week 7 injury report

Source: Jaguars.com

Jacksonville Jaguars TE Tyler Eifert (neck), LB Myles Jack (ankle) and S Jarrod Wilson (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 23, and have been ruled out for Week 7 against the Los Angeles Chargers. OG A.J. Cann (shoulder) did not practice for a second straight day Friday but is listed as questionable. WRs DJ Chark Jr. (ankle) and Laviska Shenault Jr. (hamstring) were limited in practice all week but no longer appear on the injury report. LB Dakota Allen (foot), DE Joshua Allen (knee), OT Ben Bartch (foot, knee), DE Adam Gotsis (non-injury), PK Josh Lambo (hip), OG Brandon Linder (non-injury), OG Andrew Norwell (ankle) and TE James O'Shaughnessy (non-injury) practiced in full Friday and have also been removed from the injury report.

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Jack will be missed in coverage especially as the Jaguars defense is showing more cracks each week.

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23. LAC - Week 7 injury report for LA Chargers

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers OG Trai Turner (groin) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 7 versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. OT Storm Norton (knee) also did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful. OT Bryan Bulaga (back) and WR K.J. Hill (hip) were limited in practice Friday, Oct. 23, and are listed as questionable. RB Justin Jackson (knee) and QB Tyrod Taylor (ribs) practiced in full Friday and are also listed as questionable. OT Sam Tevi (thumb, ankle) was downgraded to a limited practice Friday but removed from the injury report. WR Keenan Allen (back) and DT Linval Joseph (elbow) practiced in full Friday and also no longer appear on the injury report.

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Bulaga's return would help the pass protection, but Justin Herbert has still thrived with the right side of his line out in recent weeks. Turner is a great run blocker, but the Chargers run game should still look good vs. Jacksonville.

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24. NYG - OLB Markus Golden shipped to Arizona

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

New York Giants LB Markus Golden was traded to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a 2021 sixth-round draft pick Friday, Oct. 23.

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Golden was a second round pick of the Cardinals in 2015 and the organization knows him well. It was a minimal price for a previously productive pass rusher, which was a big need after Chandler Jones was lost for the year.

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25. NO - WR Emmanuel Sanders headed to COVID list

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

New Orleans Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders has been ruled out for Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers after he was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Oct. 23.

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The Saints will start Tre'Quan Smith and one of Deonte Harris or Marquez Callaway at wide receiver. Expect a lot of targets for Jared Cook and also a bigger offensive role for Latavius Murray in this game.

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26. SF - San Francisco's injury report for Week 7

Source: 49ers.com

San Francisco 49ers LB Kwon Alexander (ankle), RB Raheem Mostert (ankle) and S Jaquiski Tartt (groin) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 7 against the New England Patriots. DB Jimmie Ward (quad) was added to the injury report after not practicing Friday, Oct. 23, and has also been ruled out. OT Trent Williams (ankle) and Jeff Wilson Jr. (calf) were limited in practice Friday and are listed as questionable. CB Dontae Johnson (groin) practiced in full for a second straight day and has been removed from the injury report.

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The 49ers will be without their starting safeties and one of their starting linebackers, and they already lost Nick Bosa, but the Patriots passing game isn't in a position to take advantage. Whether or not Wilson plays is a key to Jerick McKinnon and Jamycal Hasty's value this week.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of the Footballguys Family. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J