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Just days after signing him, the Raiders expect to start LB NaVorro Bowman tonight against the Chiefs, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Oakland obviously signed him to help a struggling LB corps and likely felt more pressure to speed the veteran along because starters Cory James and Marquel Lee are dealing with injuries that have them questionable for the game. It's tough to know just how much Bowman will play in his 1st Raiders game, but he's the best bet in the corps to play enough snaps to help your IDP squad in a tackle-heavy format.

Redskins RB Rob Kelley (ankle) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. It gives him a shot to play against the Eagles on Monday night. A healthy Kelley should be Washington's lead ball-carrier, but he'd be no better than a RB3 vs. a Philly defense allowing just 2.9 yards per carry.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera revealed Thursday that WR Kelvin Benjamin is dealing with knee swelling after taking a hit in last Thursday night's loss to the Eagles. Rivera admitted that he's "a little concerned" about Benjamin's availability for Sunday's game against the Bears. He's yet to practice this week. We'll see if he can get on the field tomorrow.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston (shoulder) will take all the 1st-team reps in Friday's practice, HC Dirk Koetter said. That presumably means the Bucs expect Winston to play against the Bills this weekend -- although how tomorrow goes will play a big part in that decision. Winston hasn't done much so far this week.

Titans RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) remained sidelined on Thursday. He played through the injury on Monday night, so Tennessee could just be taking a cautious approach with the veteran. But it's clear that he won't be 100% if he plays against the Browns on Sunday. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (calf) was on the practice field Thursday after sitting out the previous day. He'll likely be listed as limited but is on track to play against the Chargers this weekend. It remains to be seen how close to 100% he'll be. We'll get another update tomorrow.

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) returned to practice on Thursday. He admitted beforehand, though, that his Week 7 status remains uncertain. “It’s kind of up in the air right now," he said. “Each day I’m going to do more and more. I feel good. (My) body feels fine. It’s not up to me. It’s bigger than me." We'll see how Diggs progresses over the next few days. Vikings-Ravens kicks off at 1 pm ET on Sunday.

Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (knee) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. It looks like he's in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Colts. His absence would shift more targets toward WR Allen Hurns. We'll get another update on Lee tomorrow.

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. This could certainly be Jacksonville's plan to take it easy on the rookie early in the week, but we also can't assume that he'll definitely be available for Sunday's game against the Colts. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Jets RB Bilal Powell (calf) put in a full practice on Thursday. He's on track to return for this weekend's game against the Dolphins. How touches will be divvied in the Jets backfield is anyone's guess, though. Powell is the preferred fantasy play over Matt Forte and Elijah McGuire, but he's no more than a RB3 or flex.

Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood (knee) put in a limited practice on Thursday -- his 1st since going down back in Week 4. Dave Spadaro of the team's official website believes Smallwood is still a "question mark" for Monday night's game against the Redskins. We'll continue to monitor his progress, but he shouldn't be in Week 7 fantasy lineups right now.

Raiders LB Cory James is questionable for Thursday night's game against the Chiefs with the knee issue that dogged him in Week 6. James played just 7 snaps in Sunday's loss to the Chargers after leaving the previous game early with the injury. James looks like a poor bet to play in this game and certainly isn't worth trusting in IDP lineups even if he's active.

Chiefs RB Charcandrick West (concussion) is out for Thursday night's game against the Raiders. He's played 24% of the offensive snaps so far and averaged 2.7 touches per game. The majority of that work should go to RB Kareem Hunt vs. Oakland.

Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (ankle) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. That gives him a shot to return for this weekend's game against the Giants. Prosise would be tough to trust in Week 7 fantasy lineups but is worth owning in most PPR leagues. There's opportunity in Seattle's unsettled backfield.

Titans RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. He was noticeably hobbled on Monday night but never exited the game. We're expecting him to play against the Browns this weekend, but check back tomorrow for another update.

Colts GM Chris Ballard said Wednesday that QB Andrew Luck is experiencing soreness in his throwing shoulder. He received a cortisone shot and won't practice this week. This certainly qualifies as a setback. We'd now be surprised to see Luck before the Colts return from their Week 11 bye -- and it's possible he doesn't play at all this season.

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) remained sidelined on Wednesday. He's yet to practice since injuring that groin 9 days ago. Fantasy owners can't plan on having Diggs for Week 7. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (leg) did not practice on Wednesday. He played through the issue on Sunday night but was noticeably hobbled. Thomas figures to play against the Chargers this weekend, but we'll continue to keep a close eye on his health.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) was back on the practice field Wednesday. It gives him a shot to play against the Seahawks this weekend. Shepard's slot role would keep him away from CB Richard Sherman, making him a viable WR3. We'll continue to track his progress.

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) returned to practice on Wednesday. It puts him on track to play against the Patriots on Sunday night. Sanu will be in the WR3 mix for that plus matchup.

 
 
 

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