Shark Bites

Bears QB Brian Hoyer broke his left arm in Thursday night's game against the Packers. That'll cost him an extended period of time, and possibly the rest of the season. Hoyer can be dropped in all fantasy leagues. Now we'll see if QB Jay Cutler truly remains injured, or if Chicago was just riding with Hoyer. QB Matt Barkley will start against the Vikings (gulp!) next week if Cutler can't.

Packers RB Don Jackson injured his left hand in the 1st half of Thursday night's game against the Bears. He lasted 6 snaps and 2 carries before going down. The undrafted rookie is officially questionable to return but is sporting a heavy wrap or cast on that hand, per ESPN's Rob Demovsky. Green Bay is down to RB Knile Davis, who joined the team 2 days ago.

Raiders RB Latavius Murray (toe) is expected back for this weekend's game against the Jaguars, according to insider Adam Caplan. Murray has put in a couple of limited practice this week after missing the past 2 games. A healthy Murray figures to resume lead duties in Oakland's backfield, but he'll continue to lose touches to RBs DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.

Bills OLB Shaq Lawson returned to practice this week, his 1st chance to do so after opening the year on the PUP. The rookie said he felt "completely healthy," according to the Buffalo News, after working back from shoulder surgery to fix an issue that dated back to college. HC Rex Ryan didn't rule out playing Lawson this Sunday at Miami, though we wouldn't bet on too prominent a role within the next few games. OLB Lorenzo Alexander is playing the best ball of his career in what would have been Lawson's place, across from OLB Jerry Hughes.

The Bears on Thursday activated OLB Pernell McPhee from the PUP list. McPhee had been out since having offseason knee surgery but should get worked back into the OLB rotation. Willie Young has played well recently, including 5 sacks over the 2 games leading up to Thursday night's visit to Green Bay. Rookie Leonard Floyd has been dealing with a calf injury and has lacked the time to grow in the defense this season. Chicago entered Week 7 tied for 12th in the league in sacks.

Bears QB Brian Hoyer injured his left (non-throwing) arm in the 2nd quarter of Thursday night's game against the Packers. He headed back to the locker room with trainers. QB Matt Barkley is Chicago's backup tonight. QB Jay Cutler (thumb) has yet to resume practicing and has no timetable for return. We'll update Hoyer's status when we learn more.

Update: Hoyer has been ruled out for the rest of the game.

Broncos QB Trevor Siemian played in the Week 6 Thursday night loss to the Chargers, but he did so with his injured shoulder still bothering him. Siemian and his coach say the extra rest has helped this week. “I think he’s been much better,” coach Gary Kubiak told The Denver Post. “Obviously last week when he played in the game he was still somewhat sore. To me, watching him turn a few balls loose, he didn’t rotate the way he normally does, but he’s had some good time on his hands. It’s been a week now since that game, so you can see a difference. We knew it was going to take a little time for him to get back to himself." Siemian doesn't look attractive for fantasy lineups even at full strength, but a healthier shoulder can only help his usable WR assets, Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.

The Jets have ruled rookie LB Darron Lee out for Sunday's game against the Ravens with the ankle injury he suffered in Monday night's loss to the Cardinals. HC Todd Bowles said that it's too early to tell whether Lee will miss time beyond this week, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. The defense does expect to get LB David Harris back after a hamstring injury cost him Week 6. Erin Henderson and Bruce Carter also figure to remain in the LB rotation.

The Giants have signed K Robbie Gould. He'll kick vs. the Rams this Sunday and presumably for the rest of the season. Gould drilled 33 of 39 FGs (84.6%) for the Bears last year and sits on a career 85.4% conversion rate. He's on the spot-start radar, but we wouldn't use him this week.

Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham did not practice on Thursday and is listed on the injury report with knee and hip issues. The hip injury is new. Graham was a full participant on Wednesday, so he was either hurt sometime in the last 24 hours or just got Thursday off. Check back tomorrow for an update.

As expected, Bears LB Jerrell Freeman (wrist) is active for tonight's game against the Packers. He had been questionable but didn't miss any practice time. Use him as you normally would in your IDP lineup.

Packers RB Knile Davis is active for tonight's game against the Bears. He was acquired just a couple of days ago and is expected to have "a package of 10 plays or so," according to insider Tom Silverstein. Don Jackson, promoted from the practice squad this afternoon, is listed as Green Bay's starter. If you're dabbling in the Packers backfield tonight -- and we wouldn't recommend it -- Jackson is the better fantasy play.

Packers WR Davante Adams is surprisingly active for tonight's game against the Bears, just 4 days after suffering a concussion. He's a low-end WR3. Adams' presence doesn't hurt WR Ty Montgomery much. He still figures to be involved in both the passing and running games.

Washington TE Jordan Reed sat out practice Thursday as he continues to try to move past a Week 5 concussion. HC Jay Gruden said the earliest Reed can be cleared for contact is Friday, according to CSN MidAtlantic, and did not rule out Reed returning for Sunday's game at Detroit. But "few" reportedly expect Reed to be available for the game. Vernon Davis becomes a sneaky option against 1 of the league's worst TE defenses -- and pass defenses in general.

Washington WR DeSean Jackson missed practice for the 2nd straight day Thursday, as he deals with a shoulder injury. We'll see if he can get back onto the field Friday and what HC Jay Gruden says about the situation heading into the weekend. Jackson's absence would help the target outlooks for WR Pierre Garcon and WR Jamison Crowder -- especially with TE Jordan Reed also not yet cleared.

The Giants have announced that K Josh Brown won't travel with them to London and plan to "revisit the situation when they return," according to ESPN's Jordan Ranaan. The only change to the Brown "situation" is that a journal entry in which he admitted abusing his wife has come to light, which only makes it tougher for the team to keep ignoring the charges that have already been hanging over Brown for more than a year. Fantasy owners should go ahead and drop Brown for a replacement this week. Don't be surprised if Brown doesn't kick again for the Giants -- at least this season. This reminds us of the Ray Rice "situation" in Baltimore.

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports that Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) won't play against the Dolphins on Sunday. It's seemingly been trending this way over the past 24 hours, although the team has yet to rule him out. We should get confirmation tomorrow. Anderson adds that McCoy "could miss more time" beyond Week 7. Buffalo's bye isn't until Week 10. Mike Gillislee will serve as the lead back for as long as McCoy is out and should be owned in fantasy leagues of 10+ teams.

The Giants listed WR Odell Beckham (hip) as a limited participant in Thursday's practice. He wasn't spotted during the portion of practice open to the media but evidently got on the field later. He's on track to play against the Rams in London on Sunday.

Chargers WR Travis Benjamin (knee) returned to practice on Thursday. "Barring setback, expectation is he'll play Sunday in Atlanta," insider Michael Gehlken tweeted. Benjamin will be a high-upside WR3 in what should be a shootout vs. the Falcons.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) put in a full practice on Thursday. That seemingly puts him on track to make his 2016 debut this weekend vs. Cleveland. Eifert figures to be on some type of snap count, making him a TD-dependent fantasy play. His return is excellent news for QB Andy Dalton.


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