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Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Wednesday that RB Andre Ellington's foot is "improved" after the bye week.  Ellington still isn't at 100% but will be able to start practicing more.  The 2nd-year back is averaging a strong 4.5 yards per carry but seemed to be missing last year's burst in his first 3 games.  We'll see if he has it back in Sunday's game against the Broncos.

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Rams HC Jeff Fisher announced Wednesday that QB Austin Davis will remain the starter going forward.  QB Shaun Hill is healthy, but Davis has played too well over the past 3 games to head back to the bench.  He's completed a sparkling 72.3% of his passes and averaged 8.0 yards per attempt.  The Rams will remain a run-heavy offense, though, leaving Davis as a low-end QB2.  He does have upside beyond that this week in a plus matchup against the Eagles.

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Cardinals HC Bruce Arians admitted Wednesday that QB Carson's Palmer's injured throwing shoulder "regressed" after ramping up his throwing last week.  Arians added that Palmer is "pretty close" to where he started with the injury.  He was excused from practice today to see a specialist.  Palmer now looks extremely doubtful to play against the Broncos this Sunday.  Consider him week-to-week.

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Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice.  It's a sure sign that he's getting over the ankle issue that's bothered him the past 3 weeks.  We'll continue to track Marshall's status over the next few days, but plan on having him in your lineup this week.

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As expected, Lions RB Joique Bell (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday.  He's trying to get through the league's protocol ahead of this weekend's game against the Bills.  Check back tomorrow for another update, but make sure to have a backup plan in place if you're hoping to start Bell this week.

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Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday.  He only practiced on a limited basis on Friday last week before being significantly limited in the game against the Jets.  We're looking for signs of progress this week.  Johnson did say on Wednesday morning that he's feeling better this week than he did last.

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Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Packers.  After sitting out on Monday and Tuesday, he put in a limited practice on Wednesday.  Bridgewater will be a game-time decision.  For what it's worth, beat writer Matt Vensel "guesses" Bridgewater will play.  In a road game with limited preparation, though, the rookie would be a risky play even in 2-QB fantasy leagues.

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Titans QB Jake Locker (wrist) "threw the ball well" in Wednesday's practice, according to insider Jim Wyatt.  "Good velocity on throws, no issues," Wyatt added.  Locker is on track to return for this weekend's game against the Browns but is just a low-end QB2 in fantasy football.

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Packers WR Jarrett Boykin (groin, knee) has been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Vikings.  It again leaves rookie Davante Adams as the #3 WR.  It gives him theoretical upside, but he caught just 2 of 3 targets for 18 yards last week.  He did have a long TD called back by a penalty, though.  Consider Adams a WR3 flier for Week 5.

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Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) put in a limited practice on Wednesday.  HC Mike Pettine is hoping to see Tate graduate to a full workout by the end of the week.  He remains on track to play against the Titans this weekend.  Tate is the best bet to lead Cleveland's backfield in touches but will likely cede some work to RBs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West.

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Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno said Tuesday that "he's still about four weeks away from returning," according to Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post.  That obviously gives Lamar Miller's fantasy outlook a significant boost.  Moreno had been targeting Week 6 for a return, after the team's Week 5 bye.  Holding down the starting job for another 3 games would give Miller juicy matchups against the Packers, Bears and Jaguars after the bye. Moreno becomes a riskier stash where available, given that he's likely to miss at least another 3 games.  We'll see what kind of role awaits him upon return.

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Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) told reporters on Wednesday morning that he's "definitely better than at this time last week."  Johnson avoided a setback in his limited action against the Jets last Sunday.  We'll be keeping a close eye on his practice participation this week.  If Johnson is active against the Bills, though, he'll be impossible to bench in fantasy.

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Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (hamstring) has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Steelers.  That doesn't bode well for his Week 6 status.  The rookie has yet to practice since injuring his hamstring 2 weeks ago.  WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) is unlikely to play this week, either.  That leaves WRs Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns to dominate targets.  Both guys are intriguing WR3 fliers in a plus matchup against the Steelers.

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Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt says RB Bishop Sankey's role will grow starting this week against the Browns.  "He's made strides and done some of the things we've asked him, and in turn, he's going to get more reps and they're going to be earlier in the game," Whiz said. "He's going to get in the game earlier no matter what because he's a good football player, but that's coming."  Sankey has actually led the Titans backfield in snaps each of the past 2 weeks.  But he's still been on the field just 42.5% of the time.  The rookie has certainly earned a bigger role by averaging 5.1 yards per carry through 4 games (and 5.9 over the last 2).  He's certainly capable of emerging as an every-week RB2 if he starts getting 15 or so touches per game.  Now is a good time to try to acquire Sankey in a trade.

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Bucs QB Josh McCown isn't planning on having surgery on his injured throwing thumb, according to insider Rick Stroud.  McCown is "getting better" but is still unlikely to be available for this weekend's game against the Saints.  Of course, he's likely lost his starting job after QB Mike Glennon led Tampa Bay to its 1st win of the season this past Sunday.

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Washington TE Niles Paul missed practice Tuesday but told the Washington Times that he expects to be ready to face the Seahawks on Monday night.  Paul has reportedly passed each stage of the league concussion protocol he's encountered since suffering the injury Thursday night.  If he and TE Jordan Reed both stay on track for Week 5, then fantasy owners will get a first look at how the pair of pass-catchers will share time.  Paul has emerged as a consistent target since Reed went down with a Week 1 hamstring injury.  The presence and talent of each could hurt the fantasy profiles of both TEs going forward, though.

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ESPN Dallas reports that Cowboys LB Bruce Carter will need to rest his strained right quad at least 10-14 days before returning to action.  Former Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware lost 3 games last season to a quad strain, but Carter's hopeful.  "It's just something how your body responds to it," Carter said. "Some guys are different so hopefully my recovery time will be lot faster than his."  Carter has played pretty well in recent weeks, especially Sunday night against the Saints.  He should at least slide back into a starting role when he's ready to return.  He has not been a special fantasy performer outside of 1 big game, however, so Carter can be dropped for immediate help in many IDP leagues.

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