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5 hours ago

Cardinals DE Calais Campbell returned to the field Thursday for the 1st time since an illegal chop block knocked him out of the Week 5 matchup with Denver. He put in a limited practice, which doesn't necessarily mean he'll be ready to face the Eagles. We'll keep an eye on his status this week, but don't be surprised if the Cards ease him back in a bit even if Campbell does return to game action.

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The Bengals have gotten starting LBs Vontaze Burfict and Emmanuel Lamur back in practice this week. Both Burfict (neck) and Lamur (shoulder) followed limited practices Wednesday with full workouts Thursday. That certainly points to both being likely to play on Sunday. MLB Rey Maualuga remains out and appears likely to miss the rematch with Baltimore, which should leave a starting role for Vincent Rey once again. The question, however, is who will stay on the field for passing downs. That's been Burfict and Lamur when all starters are healthy. But might either OLB need a little break this week, leaving Rey to play those snaps? We'll keep an eye out for any signal. But barring some revelation, we'd have to assume that Burfict and Lamur remain the 3-down guys. Thus, they become the better IDP options over Rey, who carries upside whenever he steps into a full-time role.

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Packers S Morgan Burnett missed a 2nd straight practice Thursday because of a calf injury, and HC Mike McCarthy admitted that he's worried about the starter's availability.  "My concern for Morgan is higher than it was yesterday," McCarthy said after Thursday's practice, per ESPN.com. "Hopefully with today and what goes on tomorrow, we'll see if he can do anything Saturday." We'll see what happens with Burnett on Friday and Saturday, but Burnett looks quite risky for IDP owners this week and has tumbled down our Week 8 DB rankings. His absence would only help the upside for rookie S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

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Saints RB Khiry Robinson has missed the first 2 practices of the week with a forearm injury.  He hasn't expressed much concern, but his status for Sunday night's game seems iffy.  We'll update Robinson status again tomorrow.

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Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) remained sidelined on Thursday.  He was expected back today, so it looks like he's not progressing as hoped.  We'll have another update on his status tomorrow, but owners shouldn't consider T-Rich a lock to play against the Steelers this weekend.

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Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) put in his 2nd straight limited practice on Thursday.  It's tough to get a read on just how much healthier he is now than he was last week.  We'd love to see him get in a full practice on Friday.  For now, consider Graham a risk/reward Week 8 fantasy play.  We'll have another update tomorrow afternoon.

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12 hours ago

Redskins HC Jay Gruden confirmed that QB Colt McCoy will start Monday night's game against the Cowboys.  QB Robert Griffin (ankle) has a chance to return for Week 9, but a post-bye Week 11 return is more likely.  McCoy led Washington to a comeback win on 11-of-12 passing last week.  But there's no way we're starting him in any type of fantasy game this week.  For his career, McCoy has completed 59% of his passes, averaged 6.3 yard per attempt and tossed 22 TDs vs. 20 INTs.  Expect a run-heavy attack from Washington on Monday night.

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Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) put in his 2nd straight limited practice on Thursday.  He's still on track to play against the Cardinals this weekend, but we'd feel more comfortable about his Week 8 fantasy outlook if he's a full participant on Friday.

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After sitting out on Wednesday, Packers RB James Starks (ankle) got back on the practice field on Thursday.  It puts him on track to play in a plus matchup against the Saints on Sunday night.  Starks has totaled 27 carries and 5 catches over his last 3 games, putting him on the low-end RB3 radar.

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15 hours ago

Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) remained sidelined on Thursday.  There was early-week optimism that he'd be back for Sunday's game against the Ravens, but that's looking less likely now.  We'll have another update on Green tomorrow.

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Redskins HC Jay Gruden hinted that QB Robert Griffin (ankle) might be held out through the Week 10 bye.  “You’ve got a good bye week, you’ve got a couple weeks to make sure it’s ready," Gruden said.  “He’s progressing at a great rate, like we knew he would."  Gruden went on to explain that RG3 will need to receive medical clearance and then prove that he's comfortable in the offense again before he returns.  “You know, it’s a very difficult position to play, and just because he’s healthy, he hasn’t taken a meaningful rep in about six weeks,” Gruden said.  "You need your reps to play, and play successfully. You can’t just throw a guy out there without the reps, and the practice time, and the continuity with the receivers and the backs and the tight ends. So it’ll be a little bit of a process — probably a little bit more than people think — but we’ll play it by ear and see how he’s doing on a daily basis.”

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16 hours ago

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (elbow) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday.  His injury isn't serious, but there's a good chance he's held out of this weekend's game against the Steelers.  That'd mean increased snaps for WRs Hakeem Nicks and Donte Moncrief.

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16 hours ago

Lions TEs Brandon Pettigrew (foot), Eric Ebron (hamstring) and Joseph Fauria (ankle) are unlikely to play against the Falcons this weekend.  All 3 guys sat out practice on Wednesday and Thursday.  It'll leave Detroit with Kellen Davis and Jordan Thompson at TE.  Neither guy is a fantasy option.  WR Golden Tate is a good bet for double-digit targets on Sunday even if WR Calvin Johnson returns.  If Johnson sits out, WR Corey Fuller will be an intriguing Week 8 flier.

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