Cowboys TE Geoff Swain has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL, according to the Dallas Morning News' Brandon George. Dallas has a Week 8 bye, but Swaim is unlikely to be ready for Week 9. His absence will leave the Cowboys with TEs Blake Jarwin, Dalton Schultz and Rico Gathers.
The Raiders have released K Matthew McCrane and signed K Daniel Carlson. Carlson was a 5th-round pick by the Vikings this spring but got cut after missing 3 FGs in a Week 2 loss to the Packers. He can't be trusted in fantasy lineups.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that Bengals WR John Ross is expected to miss "a few weeks" with his groin injury. It's an aggravation of the issue that cost him 2 games earlier this season. Tampa gets the Bengals this Sunday before a Week 9 bye, so it's possible Ross only misses 1 game. But he can be dropped from most redraft rosters.
The Jets have signed WR Rishard Matthews, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Matthews had a falling-out with the Titans but tallied 1,740 yards and 13 scores across 2016 and 2017. It's a nice addition for the WR-needy Jets, but Matthews has a ways to go before he's a fantasy option again. He has a brand new offense to learn, and he's joining a team that ranks in the bottom half of the league in pass attempts, yards and TDs. He's only worth adding in the deepest of fantasy leagues.
The Raiders have placed RB Marshawn Lynch (groin) on IR. That knocks him out for at least 8 weeks, meaning Week 16 would be the earliest he could return. Lynch is obviously droppable in all fantasy leagues. The tanking Raiders will move forward with a Doug Martin and Jalen Richard backfield. Neither is more than a RB3, with Martin the better bet in non-PPR and Richard in PPR.
Colts HC Frank Reich said Monday that K Adam Vinatieri is dealing with a groin injury. That explains why the usually reliable veteran missed a pair of XPs in yesterday's win over the Bills. The Colts will work out Ks this week, so Vinatieri isn't a lock to play against the Raiders on Sunday. Look elsewhere for your Week 8 K.
Dolphins HC Adam Gase confirmed on Monday that QB Brock Osweiler will start Thursday night's game against the Texans. QB Ryan Tannehill remains without a timetable for return from his shoulder injury. Osweiler has been surprisingly solid over the past 2 weeks, completing 67% of his passes, averaging 8.3 yards per attempt and tossing 5 TDs vs. 2 INTs. Still, he's no better than a low-end QB2 for Week 8.
Dolphins WR Kenny Stills (groin) is out for Thursday night's game against the Texans. "And we'll see after that," HC Adam Gase said at his Monday presser. With WR Albert Wilson (hip) also out, Miami is down to Danny Amendola, Jakeem Grant and DeVante Parker.
Jaguars HC Doug Marrone announced Monday that QB Blake Bortles will start this weekend's game against the Eagles in London. Bortles was yanked in the 3rd quarter of yesterday's game against the Texans after losing a pair of fumbles. That (surprisingly) was the 1st time he'd ever been benched in-game. He figures to be on a short leash again on Sunday and can't be trusted in Week 8 fantasy lineups.
An MRI on Patriots RB Sony Michel's injured knee revealed no structural damage, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The rookie is considered "week-to-week." It's about the best possible news Michel owners could have hoped for. We'll keep you updated on his rehab. It's worth noting that New England has a Week 11 bye, so a Week 12 return might be most likely. We'd try to hang on to Michel as a potential RB1 down the stretch.