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The Boston Herald reports that the Patriots believe DE Chandler Jones will miss at least 6 weeks with his hip injury and fear that he may need to sit out the rest of the regular season. IDP owners in deep leagues could hold out for a little while to make sure that's the case, but everyone should be making alternate plans at D-line for the rest of the year.

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Cardinals HC Bruce Arians has deemed DE Calais Campbell a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with the Eagles. The 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff plus uncertainty about his knee makes Campbell not worth waiting on for many IDP owners. But we'll be tracking his game status on Sunday for those hoping to use him. For what it's worth, Campbell told AZCentral.com that he's optimistic. "If it feels the same way on Sunday as it feels now, then if it's up to me, I'll be playing," he said Friday.

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Cowboys LB Bruce Carter is officially probable for Monday night's game against Washington and expected to play for the 1st time since Sept. 28. Carter suffered a thigh strain in that win over the Saints and missed the past 3 games. We'll see if he takes back over the full-time role he left. He'll make for a risky IDP option, especially against a Washington team that has proved to be a negative matchup for fantasy LBs so far.

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Washington QB Robert Griffin III is listed as questionable for Monday’s showdown with Dallas. Griffin put in a limited practice on Saturday. Colt McCoy remains the heavy favorite to start against the Cowboys, but there’s a good chance that RG3 returns for Week 9 at Minnesota or Week 11 vs. Tampa Bay. (Washington has their bye in Week 10.) The 24-year-old is certainly worth stashing if you have a need at QB.

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Titans RB Shonn Greene was arrested on Friday night. The veteran drew charges for a handicap parking violation, driving on a revoked/suspended license, reckless driving and resisting stop/halt/frisk. Team insider Paul Kuharsky says this incident won’t threaten Greene’s roster spot. It certainly puts him even further away from fantasy relevance, though. The plodding veteran missed the past 2 games with a hamstring injury and hasn't shown anything special when healthy. Bishop Sankey is the only Tennessee RB worth owning in 12-team fantasy leagues.

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NFL insider Albert Breer passes along word that Bengals WR A.J. Green is dealing with ligament damage under his big toe. Breer says the injury is “lingering” and notes that the team will be “careful” with their young star. Green’s highly unlikely to suit up vs. Baltimore, but we’ll have official word by 12pm EST on Sunday. Mohamed Sanu looks poised to see 8+ targets for the 4th straight game.

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ESPN's Ed Werder reports that Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is "not likely" to play against the Falcons on Sunday.  Johnson put in 3 limited practices this week and is clearly making progress with that bum ankle.   But HC Jim Caldwell is wisely looking "big picture" with his #1 WR.  Detroit has a Week 9 bye, so holding Johnson out this Sunday should have him at or close to 100% when Week 10 rolls around.

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Texans LB Brian Cushing missed practice again Friday and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans. Cushing told ESPN.com "we'll see how it goes" when asked whether his bothersome left knee would be ready for the game. “We’re going to make the best decision for myself (and) the team,” he added. “I think we all can agree the last couple weeks I haven’t really been myself. It’s been really hard on me." Cushing has had surgery on the same knee each of the past 2 offseasons and has reportedly had the joint drained multiple times this year while missing plenty of practice and playing fewer snaps in the games to manage it. Cushing will make for a risk/reward IDP option if he's active.

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Chiefs S Eric Berry is questionable for Sunday's meeting with the Rams after putting in another limited workout Wednesday. It's at least an improvement over Week 7, when he returned to the practice field only to find that his sprained ankle wasn't ready and was ruled out before Sunday. If Berry's active for the game, he'll be worth inserting into plenty of IDP lineups. Check the Week 8 rankings for just how high we're willing to consider him.

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Bears rookie CB Kyle Fuller is expected to play Sunday against New England despite breaking his right hand and suffering a hip pointer in the Week 7 loss to Miami. Playing with a cast will obviously affect Fuller's ability to secure INTs, which makes him tough to like on the IDP front. Elsewhere on the Chicago D, starting LBs Lance Briggs (ribs) and Jon Bostic (back) are doubtful for Sunday despite putting in limited practices all week.

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Steelers LB Ryan Shazier practice again Friday and is expected to play Sunday against the Colts. He's officially listed as "probable" after missing the past 4 games with a knee sprain. Shazier should immediately reclaim the ILB starting job next to Lawrence Timmons, and likely not take long to get back to his full role. The rookie appeared close to returning last week, but Pittsburgh held him out of the Monday night win over Houston.

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After sitting out Friday's practice with an illness, Patriots RB Shane Vereen showed up as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears. We'll obviously keep an eye on his status come game day, but New England's notorious for overusing the "questionable" tag. Unless he suddenly came down with Jared Allen-level pneumonia, we expect Vereen to be ready to face his brother, Brock Vereen, and Chicago on Sunday.

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Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Packers. He’s going to play, but the question is just how productive he’ll be. Graham played just 40% of the snaps last week and finished without a catch. He put in 3 limited practices this week after just 2 last week. Graham’s fantasy ceiling and floor are lower than usual for Week 8, but he remains a top-5 TE play thanks to his talent and matchup.

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Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm) has been ruled out for Sunday night's game against the Packers.  RB Pierre Thomas (shoulder) is also out.  It makes RBs Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet even more intriguing Week 8 fantasy options.  Ingram could see 15+ touches in what should be a high-scoring game.  Cadet, meanwhile, figures to play a significant role in the passing game.  He's a potential RB3 in PPR leagues.

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Bucs WR Vincent Jackson (ribs) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. He put in 3 limited practices. V-Jax was listed as questionable prior to Tampa’s last game and ended up playing 88% of the snaps and seeing 11 targets. There’s been nothing to suggest he’s in any danger of missing this weekend’s game. Jackson is a strong WR2 in a plus matchup.

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Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart (foot) is probable for this weekend’s game against the Dolphins. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday, so that foot shouldn’t be an issue. HC Gus Bradley confirmed earlier in the week that Denard Robinson will remain the lead back, though. Gerhart should mix in for a handful of touches, probably including goal-line work, but isn’t a fantasy option.

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Someone told Texans HC Bill O'Brien about this week's report that LB Brian Cushing would miss at least a game because of knee trouble. Coach says don't buy it. “I wasn’t aware of that report. I was trying to figure out how to get a first down against the Tennessee Titans, because it was third-down night,” O’Brien said, per the Houston Chronicle. “And, secondly, there is no accuracy to that report.” O'Brien said that Cushing is "getting better every day" and traveling with the team to Tennessee. He said the LB missed practice time to "ease him back into the week" after the Monday night game at Pittsburgh. We'll keep an eye on Cushing's status for Sunday's game and have added him back into the Week 8 LB rankings.

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