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Texans QB Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) will return to practice on Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. HC David Culley confirmed that Taylor remains the team's starter when healthy. He was off to a strong start before going down about midway through Week 2, completing 70.5% of his passes and averaging 9.5 yards per attempt. Taylor still isn't much of a fantasy option but should at least be good news for WR Brandin Cooks.

Bears HC Matt Nagy tested positive for COVID. We'll see if he can get cleared in time for Sunday's game vs. the 49ers. OC Bill Lazor has been calling plays for Chicago the past few weeks, so there's not much of a fantasy impact here.

Washington WR Dyami Brown is expected to miss Sunday's game vs. the Broncos with a "minor" knee injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Brown is getting an MRI on Monday, but it sounds like the team expects him back after the Week 9 bye. We'll see if Washington gets WRs Curtis Samuel and/or Cam Sims back this weekend.

49ers HC Kyle Shanahan was rather unenthusiastic when asked whether QB Jimmy Garoppolo will remain his starter in Week 8. “I would guess so," Shanahan said. "We had two QBs hurting this week. Jimmy was able to come back and play. We'll see if Trey [Lance] can next week, we're still not sure yet, but I got a lot of things to figure out.” Garoppolo mustered just 181 passing yards with 1 TD and 2 INTs in Sunday night's loss to the Colts -- although, in his defense, the game was played in messy weather. Regardless, expect to see Lance back under center for San Francisco at some point this season. We'll see when rookie is ready to return from his knee injury.

Jets QB Zach Wilson is expected to miss 2 weeks with a "minor" PCL sprain, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's relatively good news on what looked like a more serious injury. Wilson, of course, has not been a fantasy factor this season. But backup QB Mike White is a downgrade for the offense.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter puts Wilson's timetable at 2-4 weeks. We'll monitor the rookie's rehab.

The Jets entered Sunday's game against the Patriots with LB C.J. Mosley (hamstring) inactive and Jarrad Davis (ankle) not yet back from IR. The defense then watched LBs Jamien Sherwood (calf), Quincy Williams (concussion) and Blake Cashman (groin) leave the game. We'll have to watch the whole situation to see who's in for next Sunday's game against the Bengals. If healthy, Mosley should remain a full-time starter. Davis' return would complicate the outlook for Williams, though.

Dolphins LB Jerome Baker left Sunday's loss to the Falcons with a knee injury. ESPN's Marcel Louis-Jacques reports that Baker already had an MRI and that it "came back clean." We'll see about the LB's availability for Week 8 at Buffalo. Sam Eguavoen wound up leading Miami LBs with 84% snap share against Atlanta.

Falcons S Erik Harris left Sunday's win over the Dolphins with a shoulder injury. We'll see about the severity of that injury. Rookie S Richie Grant wound up playing 79% of the snaps, even with Harris in for 68%. That indicates a role for Grant even if Harris returns. The 2nd-round pick played 50% of snaps in Week 5, before the bye, despite Harris missing that game entirely. So his presence appears to be growing. Expect Grant to start opposite Duron Harmon if Harris misses further time.

Texans HC David Culley said after Sunday's loss to the Cardinals that LB Christian Kirksey suffered a thumb fracture. That injury has tended to cost players at least the next game but often no more beyond that in positions that don't need to throw or catch passes. We'll see about Kirksey's specific outlook.

"Early indications are that [Raiders RB Josh Jacobs] avoided a major injury" in Sunday's win over the Eagles, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. We should learn more tomorrow, but Jacobs gets a Week 8 bye to heal up.

Panthers HC Matt Rhule said after Sunday's loss to the Giants that Sam Darnold remains his starting QB. "Just felt like we needed some sort of a spark," HC Matt Rhule said of the decision to bench Darnold. "Not that anything was necessarily him, I think it was all of them. Hoping P.J. [Walker] would go out there and make a run or do something to kind of get us going. Sam will be our quarterback next week, he'll be our quarterback moving forward." Darnold won't be a bankable fantasy play in Week 8, even in a plus matchup vs. Atlanta.

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs suffered a chest injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Eagles and is questionable to return. Stay tuned for an update.

Update: Jacobs has been ruled out.

Jets QB Zach Wilson will "likely miss time" with his knee injury, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, "but the tests will determine how much." Rapoport adds that Wilson is believed to be dealing with a PCL injury. We should learn more after the rookie's MRI. Backup QB Mike White went 20-of-32 for 202 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs in relief of Wilson in New England.

Eagles RB Miles Sanders hurt his right ankle in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Raiders. He was carted back to the locker room, so we're not expecting to see him again today. We'll update his status when we know more.

Update: Sanders has been ruled out.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes cleared concussion protocol, HC Andy Reid said after Sunday's loss to the Titans. We'll keep an eye on Mahomes this coming week, but it looks like he'll be available for next Monday night's game vs. the Giants.

Patriots TE Jonnu Smith injured his shoulder in the 1st half of Sunday's game vs. the Jets and did not return. We'll look for an update on his status.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes took a knee to the head as he was falling to the ground in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game vs. Tennessee. He was noticeably woozy as he was helped off the field. Mahomes will certainly be checked for a concussion. We'll update his status when we know more.

3:35pm EDT 10/24/21

Panthers QB Sam Darnold was benched in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Giants. He struggled again in this one, completing 16 of 25 passes for 111 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT. QB P.J. Walker will finish this one out for Carolina. We'll see what HC Matt Rhule does at QB next week.

Update: Rhule told reporters after the game that he made the switch seeking a spark and that Darnold remains the starting QB. Walker certainly didn't do anything to help himself, completing just 3 of 14 passes for 33 yards and producing an even lower QB rating (39.6 vs. 57.2).

Buccaneers EDGE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder, hand) is active for today's game against the Bears. He missed practice all week but has been seeing near-usual playing time since returning from missing 2 games with his shoulder injury.

Bears OLB Khalil Mack (foot) is active for today's game against the Buccaneers. DL Bilal Nichols (knee) and CB Duke Shelley (ankle) are as well.

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