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Redskins RB Samaje Perine has been diagnosed with a bruised hand and is considered "day-to-day," according to ESPN's John Keim. It's good news -- although the fact that he lost another fumble on what sounds like a minor injury probably won't sit well with HC Jay Gruden. Perine struggled to just 2.6 yards per carry before going down. We'll track both his and Rob Kelley's (ribs) practice participation this week. RB Mack Brown is next in line if neither guy can play against the Chiefs on Monday night.

Redskins RB Samaje Perine suffered a hand injury in the 2nd half of Sunday night's win over the Raiders. We haven't heard any other details yet. With RB Rob Kelley also out with his rib injury, Mack Brown took over as Washington's lead back, carrying 6 times for 27 yards down the stretch. He's worth scooping up in deep leagues while we wait to learn more about Perine and Kelley's Week 4 availability.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora hears that Bengals RB Joe Mixon's role is expected to expand under new OC Bill Lazor. The rookie already leads the team with 17 carries through 2 games. But he's been targeted just 4 times and played only 30.4% of Cincinnati's offensive snaps. Mixon remains a risk/reward RB3 for this week. But now might be your last chance to buy low on him.

Bengals HC Marvis Lewis said Friday that WR Tyler Boyd was a healthy scratch for Week 2. That's contrary to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport's report that Boyd had a tight hamstring. At least for this week, Boyd was behind A.J. Green, Brandon LaFell, John Ross and Alex Erickson on the depth chart. He's obviously off the redraft radar for now.

RB Jeremy Hill started in the Bengals backfield in Friday night's preseason opener against Tampa Bay, but rookie RB Joe Mixon got in for touches starting with the 1st drive. Altogether, he carried 6 times for 31 yards and caught a pass for 11 more. Hill, meanwhile, ran for 26 yards on 7 rushes. Amid rumors that Hill could "start" all season, it's clear that Mixon will at least factor heavily into the backfield. We'll see where this work split goes. Of course, Mixon's late-Round 3 ADP has made him an expensive upside play in recent fantasy football drafts.

Redskins RB Samaje Perine fumbled in Thursday night's preseason game against the Ravens. He recovered, but that won't matter to the coaching staff. Perine has reportedly struggled with ball security in training camp, so this has become a concern. The rookie finished his night with just 15 yards on 5 carries. RB Robert Kelley carried 3 times for only 2 yards but strengthened his grasp on the starting job in this one.

The league has suspended Rams WR Mike Thomas for the 1st 4 games of 2017 for violating the PED policy. Thomas caught just 3 passes among 9 targets as a rookie. He hadn't garnered much attention in early fantasy football drafts this year and has yet to generate much buzz since entering the league. But the Rams' wide-open WR corps presents opportunity to just about all of their wideouts. He'll have to hope the group falters over the season's 1st month.

Redskins RB Samaje Perine has "a ways to go" to catch RB Rob Kelley atop the depth chart, according to the Washington Post's Mike Jones. That jibes with OC Matt Cavanaugh's declaration last month that Kelley had "earned" the starting job with his 2016 showing. Kelley finished with a decent 4.2 yards per carry, although he mustered just 3.2 over his last 6 outings. Washington's coaching staff evidently liked what it saw, though. And Kelley has reportedly worked on his pass-catching ability while shedding some body fat this offseason. Perine beats out Kelley in the college production and athleticism departments and certainly has a shot to claim a significant role this year. But he's currently going 3 full rounds ahead of Kelley in fantasy drafts.

ESPN's John Keim considers rookie RB Samaje Perine an "instant challenger" for RB Rob Kelley's starting job. One anonymous Redskins player even predicted that Perine would win the battle. He and Kelley are cut from the same cloth. They're power backs with remarkably similar measurables: Perine a 5'11, 233-pounder with a 4.65-second 40 time and Kelley 5'11, 226 pounds with 4.68 speed. That'll make it an intriguing battle to watch this summer, with the victor potentially returning RB2 value in a talented Redskins offense.

The Bengals spent a 6th-round pick Saturday on RB Brandon Wilson. The former Houston Cougar arrives as an intriguing athletic prospect short on backfield experience. Wilson wowed observers at his pro day with a 4.36-second 40 time, a 41-inch vertical and an 11'1 broad jump. In 2015, he was the only player in the nation to score multiple TDs on offense, defense and special teams, while seeing time at RB, DB and kick returner. We'll see where/if he fits in for the Bengals, who have Jeremy Hill heading into a contract year, Gio Bernard returning from injury and Joe Mixon toting off-field concerns.

Update: Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Bengals say Wilson will "compete for playing time at nickel, safety and on kick return." So he'll play DB, not RB.

The Redskins added Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Perine turned in a huge freshman season, taking 263 carries for 1,713 yards and 21 scores. That included an FBS-record 427 rushing yards against Kansas. His numbers slid from there as Joe Mixon arrived in Norman, but Perine still totaled 2,409 yards and 28 TDs on 5.7 yards per carry across the past 2 years. He wasn’t nearly as productive in the passing game, failing to top 15 catches or 108 receiving yards in any of his 3 seasons. He also tested poorly at the Combine, registering a 33rd percentile SPARQ score. An early-down pounder, Perine seems like a redundant player with Rob Kelley already in Washington. Kelley isn’t a special talent, though, so Perine is a threat to steal significant work this season.

The Saints grabbed Florida Atlantic DE Trey Hendrickson in Round 3 of the NFL Draft on Friday night. Hendrickson racked up 23 sacks and 30 total tackles for loss over his final 2 college seasons and then delivered strong testing numbers at the Combine. His 4.65-second 40-yard dash produced the position's 3rd-best speed score (behind only Jordan Willis and Myles Garrett). Hendrickson also rated 81st percentile or better in the broad jump, 3-cone drill, and short and long shuttle. Hendrickson should be a DE in New Orleans' primarily 4-3 front. That would put him on an ascending line with Cameron Jordan, Nick Fairley and 2016 first-rounder Sheldon Rankins. There's nice upside to Hendrickson for dynasty IDP leagues.

The Bengals rolled the dice on Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon with the 48th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Mixon’s off-field transgression — he punched a woman in 2014 — caused him to drop in the draft and will continue to haunt him as a pro. But on the field, this is a 1st-round talent. Perhaps the best RB in the class. Mixon shows good patience, power and burst as a runner. And he’s a big-time weapon in the passing game. He exploded for 1,274 rushing yards on just 187 carries this past year and averaged a robust 6.8 yards per carry across 2 college seasons. Mixon added 65 total receptions for 894 yards (13.8 yards per catch) and 9 TDs. And he doesn’t turn 21 until July. Mixon joins a crowded backfield in Cincinnati alongside Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard. But Hill has disappointed since his rookie season, while Bernard is rehabbing from his 2nd torn ACL. Mixon certainly has a shot — and might be the favorite — to lead the 2017 backfield in touches.

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Bengals WR Tyler Boyd contributed both through the air and on the ground in Sunday's win over the Browns. He led the team with 6 catches and 49 receiving yards and also carried twice for 40 yards. The majority of that came on a 39-yarder early in the game. Boyd is now averaging 5.3 catches and 57.8 yards with WR A.J. Green out for all or most of the past 4 games. The rookie will be a viable WR3 against the Steelers next weekend.

The forecast for today's Bengals-Browns game calls for 1-3 inches of snow and winds of 10-20 mph. We start to worry about the passing games when winds get over 15 mph, so this is a slight concern. Both teams figured to go run-heavy anyway, and the weather will only push them farther in that direction.

The Bengals have officially ruled MLB Rey Maualuga (leg) out for Monday's game against the Giants, as expected. LB Vontaze Burfict (thigh) and DE Michael Johnson (calf) are questionable for the game. Burfict returned to a full practice Saturday after putting in limited workouts the 1st 2 days. Johnson started with a limited workout Thursday, was a full participant Friday and then had no status (whatever that means) on the Saturday report.

The Bengals are expected to make MLB Rey Maualuga inactive for Monday night's game with the Giants, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. Maualuga missed practice Thursday and Friday with a leg injury, though his absence Monday night might ultimately be tied more to a defense in need of some changes. DC Paul Guenther reportedly indicated this week that some veterans are on notice after a 3-4-1 start. That apparently includes Maualuga. We might see some of rookie LB Nick Vigil on Monday night. Given the uncertainty, though, Vontaze Burfict's the top LB play among Bengals. Karlos Dansby's in play in deeper leagues. Beyond that, we'll see what happens.

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (thigh) and DE Michael Johnson (calf) were limited in practice both Thursday and Friday, despite the team coming off a Week 9 bye. We'll watch for their game statuses Saturday, heading into the Monday night game against the Giants.

Giants CB Eli Apple left Sunday's game with a hamstring injury. The team announced that he will not return. The rookie had spent the 1st 2 weeks working his way into a starting job. We'll see how serious this issue turns out to be.

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd is expected to start his pro career playing the slot.  "He’s played a lot of slot. He’s very familiar with where the bodies are coming from down in there," OC Ken Zampese said. "And he’s got good vision, football IQ and instincts to avoid and get up field.”  Zampese added that Boyd could eventually move to the outside.  But it sounds like Cincinnati is hoping to use Brandon LaFell opposite A.J. Green on the outside this season.  There's still a chance Boyd out-targets LaFell, but both guys figure to finish behind Green and TE Tyler Eifert.

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