According to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, Rams QB Jared Goff remains "a long way from playing." Chief among his issues, Goff's reportedly struggling to master calling audibles at the line -- perhaps a byproduct of his spread offense in college. Carson Wentz, of course, was touted at draft time for his experience in a "pro-style" offense. The Rams recently also said that they'd increase Goff's 1st-team reps. It might be tough to keep him off the field if the team goes on a losing streak following Case Keenum's poor game in the Week 7 London loss to the Giants.
The Falcons have signed RB Stevan Ridley and promoted RB Terron Ward from the practice squad. It's a sure sign that RB Tevin Coleman (hamstring) won't play against the Packers this weekend. Ridley and Ward won't combine for more than 10 touches in that one. RB Devonta Freeman is a good bet for 20+.
Texans HC Bill O'Brien labeled RB Lamar Miller "day to day" with the shoulder injury he suffered early in Monday night's loss to the Broncos. Miller was in and out of the lineup the rest of the game, finishing with 11 carries on a season-low 44% snap rate. We'll keep a close eye on his status throughout the week. The Texans have a plus matchup on Sunday vs. a leaky Lions defense. Alfred Blue would serve as Houston's lead back if Miller can't go.
The Giants have released K Josh Brown, a move long overdue since the domestic violence allegations against him. The G-Men will move forward with K Robbie Gould, who connected on 1 FG and 2 XPs in his team debut last week.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was on the field throwing passes during the team's bye-week workout on Tuesday. "I'm taking it day to day, but my goal is to practice next week," Big Ben said afterward. Timetables for his return have varied from 2-4 weeks to 4-6 weeks. Roethlisberger has always been a quick healer, so we're giving him a legitimate chance to be back for Week 9 against the Ravens.
Bears RB Jeremy Langford (ankle) returned to practice on Tuesday, according to insider Brad Biggs. He's missed the past 4 weeks but appears to have a chance to return for Monday night's game against the Vikings. That'd turn what's recently been a 2-man committee into a 3-man backfield. Langford, Jordan Howard and Ka'Deem Carey are all better off on fantasy benches vs. Minnesota's 7th-ranked RB defense.
Colts HC Chuck Pagano said Monday that there's a "good chance" that WR Donte Moncrief (shoulder) returns to practice this week. He's been sidelined since fracturing his scapula in Week 2. We'll keep an eye on Moncrief's progress throughout the week. He'd be a risk/reward WR3 if he plays against the Chiefs on Sunday.
Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle, concussion) is expected to practice on Tuesday, according to insider Ed Bouchette. It'll be Green's 1st official practice since inking a 4-year, $20 million deal with Pittsburgh back in March. Barring a setback, Green has a shot to play after the team's Week 8 bye. He wouldn't be a reliable fantasy play in his debut but could certainly emerge as an asset down the stretch.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that 49ers WR Torrey Smith is on the trade block and that "multiple teams have shown interest." Smith has mustered just 13 catches on 32 targets for 199 yards and 2 TDs through 7 games in San Francisco's anemic passing game. His fantasy value would almost certainly get a boost with a trade out of town. Smith might be worth stashing if you have a free roster spot to play with. The trade deadline in November 1.
Dolphins RB Arian Foster announced his retirement in a written statement on Monday. "There comes a time in every athlete's career when their ambition and their body are no longer on the same page," Foster wrote. "I've reached that point ... I know it's not commonplace to do it midseason, but my body just can't take the punishment this game asks for any longer." Foster dealt with numerous injuries throughout his 8-year career, including a torn meniscus and a torn Achilles. He mustered just 2.6 yards per carry over between 2015 and 2016. RB Jay Ajayi, riding back-to-back 200-yard games, is locked in as Miami's feature back going forward. He'll be backed up by Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake.
ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (hamstring) is "unlikely" to play against the Packers this weekend. The team is still awaiting test results on the severity of Coleman's injury, but we were reminded this week of the risk of pushing a RB through a hamstring injury. Coleman's absence would put RB Devonta Freeman in a feature-back role. He averaged 17.6 carries and 4.9 catches per game in that spot last year.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry has a concussion, HC Mike McCoy announced Monday. The rookie never left yesterday's game against the Falcons but experienced symptoms afterward. We'll track his status throughout this week. Henry's absence would give TE Antonio Gates' Week 8 outlook a boost.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said Monday that the “goal” is for RB Thomas Raws to resume running this week. Rawls, of course, is recovering from a hairline fracture in his leg. Carroll added that he hopes to have the rehabbing runner back for Week 9 vs. Buffalo. He certainly won’t return to a workhorse role, but Rawls' presence will take some upside away from Christine Michael.
Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Monday that he expects WR John Brown to return for this weekend's game against the Panthers. Doctors discovered this past week that Brown has a sickle-cell trait that's been causing leg pain. It sounds like they've come up with a solution. Arizona's struggling passing game could certainly use Brown's big-play ability. He figures to slide back in as the team's #2 WR.
Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion) has been cleared to practice on Wednesday, HC Jay Gruden said. Reed put in a limited workout last Wednesday before sitting out the next 2 days and ending up inactive on Sunday. So he's certainly not a lock to return for this weekend's game against the Bengals. We'll continue to track his progress.
Chiefs HC Andy Reid said Monday that RB Jamaal Charles' "leg wasn't feeling right" during Sunday's game against the Saints. Charles was active but played just 2 snaps and carried once. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Sunday that Charles had MRIs on both of his knees last week. We'll keep an eye on his practice participation this coming week, but Charles needs to earn his way into fantasy lineups at this point. Kansas City has no reason to go away from the red-hot Spencer Ware.
Bears QB Jay Cutler (thumb) has been cleared to return for next Monday night's game against the Vikings, HC John Fox announced. It's probably no coincidence that Cutler got the green light just a few days after QB Brian Hoyer broke his arm. Regardless, it's good news for the Bears' skill-position guys. Say what you want about Cutler, but he's a big upgrade over QB Matt Barkley.
Jets QB Geno Smith is believed to have suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's game against the Ravens, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He'll undergo additional testing to confirm the injury that would end his season. Incredibly jinxed, Smith is due to hit the free-agent market this offseason. The Jets, meanwhile, will go back to Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. He gets a plus Week 8 matchup against Cleveland's 30th-ranked QB defense, putting him on the spot-start radar for bold fantasy owners.
ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee) is on track to return for Sunday night's game against the Eagles. He participated in Monday's post-bye-week practice. Bryant averaged 7.7 targets, 3.7 catches, 50 yards and .33 TDs in his 3 games before getting hurt. He'll return as a WR2 against Philly's 4th-ranked WR defense.
Cardinals WR Jaron Brown tore his ACL in Sunday night's tie against the Seahawks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. With WR John Brown out indefinitely with his sickle-cell issue, Arizona is down to WRs Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and J.J. Nelson. Nelson played 84% of the offensive snaps last night, hauling in 3 of 7 targets for 84 yards. He's worth a look on waiver wires in deeper fantasy leagues.
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