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Chiefs QB Alex Smith (shoulder) was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice.  He threw "effortlessly" in the portion open to the media, per insider Randy Covitz.  Smith sprained his throwing shoulder in last week's game against the Rams but never left and didn't seem inhibited.  He's a solid Week 9 spot-start option against the Jets' 32nd-ranked QB defense.

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Chargers RB Donald Brown has been cleared to return to action after missing the past 3 games with a concussion. He practiced Wednesday for the 1st time since suffering the injury Oct. 5. Don't expect Brown to steal too much work from Branden Oliver, who has way outperformed the veteran since stepping in.

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Bucs HC Lovie Smith said RB Charles Sims (ankle) "has a chance" to play against the Browns on Sunday.  Sims has been practicing since last week, but Tampa is being cautious with its 3rd-round rookie.  If Sims is active this weekend, we're expecting him to play a change-of-pace role.  He'd be a RB3/flex flier.

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Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) said that he'll be a full-go whenever he returns to game action.  “If I’m healthy, I’m playing," he said. “If I’m playing, I’m playing all the snaps. If I’m going, I’m going.”  Green was officially limited in practice and has a good chance to play against the Jaguars this weekend.  If he's active, he'll be a must-start.

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Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Panthers.  He didn't practice at all this week, though, and all indications are that he won't play.  We'll have Robinson's official status at 7 pm ET tomorrow.

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Multiple sources report that Redskins QB Robert Griffin (ankle) will start Sunday's game against the Vikings.  The team was obviously satisfied with how he looked in Wednesday's full practice.  And Washington has been cautious with RG3's return, so we can be fairly confident that he's back to 100%.  He'll still make for an extremely risky Week 9 fantasy option, though.  It'll be his 1st action since Week 2, and it's not like Griffin is returning to an offense he's been playing in for years.  He struggled in the preseason and was shaky in the season opener.  RG3 is best off on fantasy benches this week.  If he looks good, he'll be an upside play coming out of the bye against the Bucs.

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Ravens RB Justin Forsett revealed that he has a "minor" ankle injury.  He was held out of Wednesday's practice, but that's a rest day for plenty of full-time players.  Forsett fully expects to play against the Steelers on Sunday night.  He'll be safe to use in fantasy lineups as long as he practices Thursday and Friday.

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Redskins QB Robert Griffin (ankle) put in a full practice on Wednesday -- his first since dislocating his ankle in Week 2.  He reportedly split 1st-team reps with QB Colt McCoy.  HC Jay Gruden said after practice that he's monitoring how Griffin "calls plays, gets in and out huddles, reads and goes through progressions."  Gruden previously said that he wanted to decide on his Week 9 starter by Thursday, so we'll look for an update tomorrow.  RG3 would be an extremely risky fantasy start if he plays this weekend, but he always presents upside.

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Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) remained sidelined on Wednesday.  He's now over 6 weeks removed from his sprained MCL, which was originally expected to cost him 4-5 weeks.  Mathews has always been a slow healer, though.  And with the Chargers approaching their Week 10 bye, it makes sense to hold him out another game.  Look for Mathews to return for Week 11.  He should regain lead-back duties.

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It turns out Ravens TE Owen Daniels' knee procedure this past Friday truly was minor.  He was back on the practice field on Wednesday, giving him a good chance to return for Sunday night's showdown with the Steelers.  Daniels scored twice against Pittsburgh back in Week 2, despite playing behind Dennis Pitta.  If we're confident in his health, he'll be a fine spot-start option for Week 9.

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Bucs RB Doug Martin did not practice on Wednesday and was in a walking boot, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  The boot could be anything from precautionary to a sign of a serious injury.  Either way, though, Martin is clearly in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Browns.  "Sounds like Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims time," Schefter tweeted.

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Bengals RB Gio Bernard (hip) did not practice on Wednesday.  He never returned to last week's game after the early-4th-quarter injury, and there's been no update for the team since.  The general belief among the media is that it's not a serious injury, but Bernard isn't a lock to play against the Jaguars this Sunday.  RB Jeremy Hill could see 20+ touches if Bernard is out.  Check back tomorrow for another update.

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Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) practiced on Wednesday.  It's his first Wednesday practice since Week 6.  We'll see how Green's toe responds and whether he's able to practice again tomorrow, but he certainly has a good chance to return for this weekend's game against the Jaguars.

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Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday.  No surprise there.  Cameron sustained his 3rd concussion in 3 years on Sunday.  He's an extreme long shot to be cleared in time for this weekend's game against the Bucs and should be considered questionable for Week 10.

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Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports that Cincinnati OLB Vontaze Burfict will miss a "couple of games" after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. The team reportedly "hopes" to have him back for the Week 11 trip to New Orleans. Burfict has dealt with multiple injuries this year and been a big disappointment for anyone who drafted him relatively high in an IDP league. His absence should make LB Vincent Rey a 3-down player and the weak-side starter. That gives Rey lots of upside, starting this week against the Jaguars.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said QB Tony Romo's Week 9 status will come down to "soreness, stiffness and pain tolerance."  He can't do any additional damage to his back by playing, and Romo has a history of playing through pain.  The question is how effective he can be.  Jones admitted that Romo could be a game-time decision.  Cowboys-Cardinals kicks off at 1 pm ET on Sunday.

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Falcons insider Vaugh McClure reports that RB Antone Smith suffered a neck stinger in last weekend's loss to the Lions and is "going to be fine."  He has an extra week to heal up with Atlanta on bye.  Smith has still yet to top 6 touches in a game, though, and isn't worth rostering in most fantasy leagues.

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ESPN's Ian Fitzsimmons hears that Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) is "at best questionable" for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.  Romo was able to return on Monday night, but it took a pain-killing shot to get him back out there.  And he undoubtedly woke up sore on Tuesday.  Of course, Romo has a history of playing through injuries, so don't count him out for Week 9.  But he'll be a risky fantasy start if he plays.  QB Brandon Weeden will start if Romo can't.  Fitzsimmons adds that Romo's season "is not in jeopardy."

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