Sean Richardson has herniated disk in neck
Sean Richardson | GB
(October 10, 2015 11:47 AM EDT)
Packers S Sean Richardson has a herniated disk in his neck.
Richardson was able to practice on Wednesday, but he started experiencing neck pain on Thursday and was sent for an MRI. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports Richardson's season is over, and there is some concern his career is in jeopardy. Richardson suffered a herniated disk which required fusion surgery in 2012.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
No change in Dennis Pitta's (hip) status
Dennis Pitta | BAL
(October 10, 2015 11:41 AM EDT)
Ravens coach John Harbaugh had no update on TE Dennis Pitta's (hip) status.
Pitta is eligible to start practicing on October 19, but whether he will be healthy enough to participate remains a mystery. "He's been working really hard to get himself ready to play," Harbaugh said. "What form that takes when the time comes will be up to him and his family and the medical people involved. Those conversations are taking place and I'm looking forward to seeing what the decisions are just like everybody else." Pitta has played just seven games since 2012 because of two surgeries on his right hip. It would be surprising if Pitta plays a snap this season.
Cowboys officially place Lance Dunbar on I.R.
Lance Dunbar | DAL
(October 10, 2015 11:35 AM EDT)
Cowboys placed Lance Dunbar on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ACL.
This is just a formality after Dunbar underwent surgery on Friday. WR Vince Mayle was added off the practice squad in a corresponding move. Mayle could play snaps with Dez Bryant (foot) and Brice Butler (hamstring) out, but he is not worth a look in any fantasy league.
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Daniel Kilgore no longer in a walking boot
Daniel Kilgore | SF
(October 10, 2015 11:25 AM EDT)
49ers C Daniel Kilgore (PUP, ankle) is no longer in a walking boot.
Kilgore was seen snapping to Colin Kaepernick before last week's game. Along with the trade of backup Nick Easton, Kilgore's activity suggests he will be ready to return as soon as eligible Week 7. Marcus Martin has struggled mightily in place of Kilgore the first four weeks.
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Devonta Freeman expected to keep starting job
Devonta Freeman | ATL
(October 10, 2015 11:15 AM EDT)
ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure expects Devonta Freeman to remain the starting running back even with Tevin Coleman (ribs) set to return.
"My gut feeling is moving forward, Freeman, with his powerful running style, will remain in the starting role unless his production really tails off," McClure said. "Then Coleman can be brought in as the change-of-pace guy with his speed burst." Freeman is unlikely to see the 27 touches he averaged over the last two games with Coleman back, but he is still a good bet for 20 looks each week. That should keep him in the RB1 mix.
Antonio Gates will have big role immediately
Antonio Gates | SD
(October 10, 2015 11:10 AM EDT)
ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams expects TE Antonio Gates to have a big offensive role in his first game back from suspension.
"Don't expect limited touches for Gates," Williams said. "He returned to Chargers Park from his four-game suspension in shape and ready to resume a leading role in San Diego's offense." Gates had 98 targets including 19 red-zone opportunities last season. He should be an immediate touchdown threat and is low-end TE1 against a Steelers' defense which gave up four touchdowns to tight ends Week 1 against the Patriots.
Stevan Ridley (knee) not close to returning
Stevan Ridley | NYJ
(October 10, 2015 10:55 AM EDT)
The Newark Star-Ledger's Darryl Slater said Jets RB Stevan Ridley (PUP, knee) "does not appear on the verge of being game-ready."
Ridley is eligible to start practicing in two weeks, but it does not sound like he will be ready. The Jets will have 21 days to activate Ridley once he begins practicing, but they have to activate him before Week 12 or he will spend the entire season on the PUP. Slater's comments make it sound like Ridley could be sidelined the entire year.
Newark Star-Ledger
Seahawks add RB Rod Smith off practice squad
Rod Smith | SEA
(October 10, 2015 10:47 AM EDT)
Seahawks signed RB Rod Smith off their practice squad.
The Seahawks hope Fred Jackson will be able to play through a high-ankle sprain, but Smith will provide insurance behind presumptive starter Thomas Rawls. Marshawn Lynch will miss his second game in a row with a hamstring injury.
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Chip: 'Not enough data' to say Mathews better
Ryan Mathews | PHI
(October 10, 2015 10:11 AM EDT)
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said "there is not enough data" to say Ryan Mathews is a better fit in the offense than DeMarco Murray.
Murray has 47 yards on 29 attempts this season including a 30-yard gain last week while Mathews has 132 yards on 33 carries. The Eagles' best running performance of the season, a 38-123-1 effort against the Jets, came with Murray on the sidelines. Kelly is right the sample size is not big enough to make definite statements, but early returns suggest Mathews should at least be given a bigger role.
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Justin Hunter showing 'signs of progress'
Justin Hunter | TEN
(October 10, 2015 10:01 AM EDT)
Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said WR Justin Hunter is "showing some signs of progress."
"I have been very impressed with Justin in his progression," Whisenhunt said. Hunter has played 52 percent of the offensive snaps this season, but he has just four receptions on six targets. With rookie Dorial Green-Beckham coming on strong, Hunter could start to lose snaps, though both young receivers should be playing ahead of Harry Douglas. Hunters does not need to be owned in redraft leagues.