Shark Bites

The Lions practiced without OLB DeAndre Levy (quad) and DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) on Wednesday. Levy has missed the past 2 games, while Ansah sat out Week 3. Neither looks like a particularly good bet for Week 4, though we'll see if Levy can make it back to the field. Ansah's high ankle sprain has figured to be a multiple-week injury. DE Devin Taylor (ankle) and S Tavon Wilson (neck) were limited Wednesday but seem likely to play Sunday. Taylor played through his ankle issue in Week 3.

Dr. David Chao, a former NFL head team physician, believes Cowboys WR Dez Bryant's hairline fracture in his knee could cost him 4-6 weeks. Chao doesn't have any intimate knowledge of Bryant's exact situation, but he's highly knowledge and has experience dealing with NFL players. His prognoses tend to be very accurate. The Cowboys have been more optimistic about Bryant's timeline, with HC Jason Garrett throwing out a 1-3 week timetable. Fantasy owners are obviously hanging on to Bryant but need to be prepared for a lengthy absence. Note that Dallas has a Week 7 bye, so Week 8 could make sense as a return date.

Texans ILB Brian Cushing returned to practice Wednesday and said there's a "possibility" he'll play Sunday against the Titans, according to ESPN's Sarah Barshop. Cushing has been out since Week 1 with a knee sprain. HC Bill O'Brien said the team will evaluate Cushing every day after practice to determine if he's ready to play. You should be cautious with your IDP lineup even if Cushing returns to the field. He's not a "can't miss" fantasy starter even when fully healthy.

Saints WR Willie Snead (toe) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. It gives him a shot to return for this weekend's game against the Chargers. We'll have another update on Snead tomorrow.

The Seahawks have signed RB C.J. Spiller. The 29-year-old was cut by the Saints after being a healthy scratch in Week 1. He averaged just 3.7 yards per carry and 6.9 yards per catch over the previous 2 seasons. Spiller should step in as Seattle's passing-down back but won't see more than a handful of touches behind Christine Michael. And he'll need to hold off C.J. Prosise once the rookie gets over his hand injury.

Titans TE Delanie Walker (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. HC Mike Mularkey expressed optimism about Walker's status afterward, but he certainly doesn't look like a lock to play against the Texans this weekend. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (knee) was on the field for Wednesday's practice, per insider Danny O'Neil. He'll likely be listed as limited, but this puts him on track to play against the Jets on Sunday. "He's going along just like we've seen the last few weeks," HC Pete Carroll said, adding that he'd "be surprised" if Wilson didn't play this weekend. At less than 100%, though, he'll be more of a low-end QB1.

Jets WR Eric Decker (shoulder) did not practice on Wednesday. HC Todd Bowles revealed afterward that Decker's shoulder is worse now than it was before last week's game against the Chiefs. It sounds like he's in danger of missing this Sunday's game vs. Seattle. We'll have another update on Decker tomorrow.

Redskins HC Jay Gruden admitted on Wednesday that he's "very concerned" about WR Josh Doctson's Achilles problem. The rookie was expected to play last week but was a late scratch after pregame warmups. There's reportedly no new damage to the Achilles, but Doctson is still experiencing pain. He's not worth rostering in redraft leagues.

Dolphins RB Arian Foster (groin) has been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Bengals. There's still no timetable for his return. Miami will again go with a 4-man committee backfield led by Kenyan Drake and Jay Ajayi. It's a situation to avoid in fantasy lineups.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Thursday night's game against the Dolphins. He'll now aim for a Week 5 debut. C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Kroft will continue splitting TE duties in the meantime. Neither guy should be in fantasy lineups.

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) remained sidelined on Wednesday. He didn't practice at all last week and "wasn't close to playing" against the Colts, according to insider Michael Gehlken. Fantasy owners can't be counting on Gates for Week 4 at this point. His absence would make rookie TE Hunter Henry a spot-start option in a plus matchup vs. New Orleans.

Patriots QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett split 1st-teams reps during Wednesday's practice, according to insider Ryan Hannable. Both guys threw passes -- a good sign for their Week 4 availability. Garoppolo will certainly get the nod for Sunday's game against the Bills if he receives medical clearance in time.

Bears QB Jay Cutler (thumb) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. That gives him a shot to play this weekend, although we'd still consider him no better than 50-50. Whoever starts at QB for Chicago -- Cutler or Brian Hoyer -- will have spot-start appeal against Detroit's 31st-ranked QB defense.

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett revealed Wednesday that WR Dez Bryant has a hairline fracture in his knee. Garrett called it a "day-by-day, week-by-week thing." That doesn't tell us much, but we should get a more concrete timeline soon. For now, consider Bryant highly questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (shoulder) did not practice on Wednesday. ESPN's Ed Werder reported earlier this week that Sanu is expected to play against the Panthers this weekend, but we'll need to keep an eye on his status over the next few days.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski told reporters Wednesday that he had "no setbacks" with his hamstring in last week's game against the Texans. Gronk played just 14 snaps in that one, finishing catch-less on 1 target. We can safely expect a bigger role this Sunday. There's still some risk here, but Gronkowski's upside makes him worth getting into fantasy lineups.

Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon (knee) is expected to return to practice this week, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie has been sidelined since tearing his MCL in Baltimore's 3rd preseason game. He was building momentum prior to that injury and now returns to a backfield averaging 3.3 yards per carry. Dixon won't be an immediate fantasy option but could quickly emerge as Baltimore's lead back. He's worth stashing in most fantasy football leagues.

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett labeled WR Dez Bryant "day-by-day" and said that his injured knee is "still under evaluation." Bryant won't practice on Wednesday. Considering he was able to play through the issue last week, we'd be surprised if Bryant is dealing with a significant injury. But we can't consider him a lock for this Sunday's game against the 49ers. We'll continue to keep on eye on the situation.

Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (concussion) has been cleared for non-contact work, according to insider Alex Marvez. The team believes that he could receive full clearance by Thursday. Floyd appears to be on track to play against the Rams this weekend, although there are no guarantees with these concussions.


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