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Patriots HC Bill Belichick suggested that QB Jimmy Garoppolo could be a game-time decision for Thursday night's meeting with the Texans. “Could be, sure,” Belichick said. “It would depend on the situation. It would depend on a lot of things. It’s possible. Sure.” Garoppolo's injury is to his throwing shoulder, so it's tough to imagine his playing and being effective 4 days after getting hurt. This is probably a case of the Patriots being the Patriots. We're still expecting QB Jacoby Brissett to start on Thursday, but we'll continue to monitor the situation.

Additional testing on Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo's injured throwing shoulder revealed a sprained AC joint. "The damage wasn't as severe as they originally projected," insider Jeff Howe writes. It sounds like Garoppolo might only miss 1-2 weeks. He won't play vs. the Texans this coming Thursday but might have a shot to return the following week against the Bills. QB Tom Brady will debut in Week 5.

Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo won't play against the Texans on Thursday night, per insider Jeff Howe. Garoppolo is still undergoing tests on his injured throwing shoulder to determine the extent of the damage and how much time he'll miss. New England has 2 more games to get through before QB Tom Brady returns. QB Jacoby Brissett will start vs. Houston. He completed 6 of 9 passes for 92 yards in relief of Garoppolo today.

Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo left Sunday’s game in the 2nd quarter with a right shoulder injury. Rookie Jacoby Brissett took over under center. Garoppolo is officially questionable to return.

Update: Garoppolo has been ruled out.

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (ankle) got in a limited practice on Wednesday. The fact that he was out there at all is a good sign and puts him on track to be ready for this weekend's game against the Raiders. We'll see if he's able to put in a full workout on Thursday or Friday.

Eagles OLB Mychal Kendricks played just 19 defensive snaps in Sunday's opener against the Browns, and Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that his role doesn't appear likely to grow any time soon. Philly played its nickel package on defense more than its "base" defense, which keeps MLB Jordan Hicks and OLB Nigel Bradham on the field as the 2 LBs (with Kendricks leaving for an extra DB). "As good an athlete as Mychal is, it's just unfortunate that we have to take one guy off," coach Doug Pederson said. "Right now . . . he's the odd man out and he ends up coming off the field." No Eagles coach has spoken publicly of any dissatisfaction with Kendricks' play or attitude, but he was on the field for the 4th quarter of the 3rd preseason game and started the 4th -- territory, in both cases, that NFL starters usually avoid. Kendricks lost 2 weeks to a hamstring injury in August, which might have helped slot him behind Bradham for nickel duties. But Bradham played under DC Jim Schwartz in Buffalo 2 years ago and might need to screw up significantly or get hurt to give Kendricks an opportunity. You can drop Kendricks for a more trustworthy LB in most redraft IDP leagues.

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu injured his ankle and was spotted "limping heavily" after Sunday's loss to the Bucs, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. We didn't notice Sanu miss much time during his 5-80-1 Falcons debut, but we'll look for an update on his status tomorrow.

The Bears have released K Robbie Gould after 11 years with the team. Chicago has yet to sign a replacement but will obviously need to this week.

The 49ers have waived 6th-round rookie RB Kelvin Taylor, ESPN's Adam Scheffer reports. The son of longtime NFL RB Fred Taylor, the younger former Gator showed average athleticism in the lead-up to the NFL Draft. His departure leaves Carlos Hyde, Shaun Draughn and Mike Davis and as the RBs on the San Francisco roster -- at least for now.

The Niners have 3 guys competing to start at ILB next to NaVorro Bowman this offseason. DC Jim O'Neil told the San Francisco Chronicle that Gerald Hodges, Michael Wilhoite and Ray-Ray Armstrong will get equal time with the 1st unit in OTAs. Wilhoite started the 1st 12 games last season before getting hurt, and then Hodges stepped in for the final 4. Armstrong arrived in November after the Raiders waived him and played only on special teams. We'd bet on Wilhoite or Hodges winning the job, with any guy offering just marginal, spot-starter type IDP value.

Washington has reached a deal with former Panthers CB Josh Norman. According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, it's a 5-year pact worth $75 million total, with $36.5 million fully guaranteed. The $15 million annual average will make Norman the league's highest-paid CB, while the guaranteed money falls about $2.5 million short of Darrelle Revis' most recent Jets contract. Assuming Norman continues to perform anywhere near his 2015 level, he'll go on hurting his own IDP value by not allowing enough completions to drive his tackle numbers. Norman's arrival should, however, help the IDP value of already useful CB Bashaud Breeland. He might also help buy a bit more time for a struggling Washington pass rush.

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The Panthers on Wednesday rescinded their franchise tag on CB Josh Norman. That all but guarantees he'll sign with another team. It's clear the team wasn't willing to match Norman's asking price, but the market for corners this offseason -- Janoris Jenkins signed a 5-year, $62.5 million deal with the Giants -- suggests he'll get what he's seeking. We'll see who pays up and how the Panthers replace the league's top cover man for 2015.

The Falcons have signed WR Mohamed Sanu to a 5-year, $32.5 million deal.  That amount of coin suggests Atlanta views Sanu as a starter opposite Julio Jones.  It's a leap of faith for a guy who's never topped 790 yards or 5 TDs and has averaged just 11.8 yards per catch through 4 NFL seasons.  Sanu did tally 18 catches for 299 yards and 1 TD in 3 games without A.J. Green back in 2014, so perhaps there's some untapped potential here.  WR Julio Jones will continue to hog targets in Atlanta, though, and Sanu's lack of big-play ability leaves him without much fantasy upside.

The Panthers on Tuesday made the unsurprising move of placing the franchise tag on CB Josh Norman. The young corner emerged as 1 of the league's top cover men in 2015, to the point that it hurt his fantasy value after a hot start. Don't expect Norman to turn into an IDP asset unless he starts allowing more completions. Do expect Carolina to work hard on a long-term deal before the July deadline to agree on one. His continued presence can obviously only help the value of the Panthers' team D

The 49ers have hired Chip Kelly as their new HC.  Kelly got off to a strong start in Philadelphia, winning 10 games in each of his first 2 seasons and leading the offense to 2nd- and 5th-place finishes in total yards.  The Eagles won just 6 games this past year, though, and ranked 12th in total offense.  Kelly isn't inheriting nearly as much offensive talent in San Francisco as he did in Philadelphia.  His 1st order of business will be deciding what to do with QB Colin Kaepernick, who has the mobility Kelly likes but not the accuracy.  Kelly's run-heavy offense is good news for RB Carlos Hyde.

The 49ers have fired HC Jim Tomsula.  He went 5-11 in his only season on the job but didn't have much of a chance with a talent-deficient roster.  San Francisco's next HC will have a huge challenge on his hands.

Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks put in a full practice Wednesday. He has missed 3 full games among the past 4 and most of the other with a hamstring injury suffered back in Week 2. The full Wednesday practice has us hopeful for a full return to action at Carolina on Sunday night. We'll certainly watch for further reports on Kendricks' status this week. LB Kiko Alonso also put in a limited practice Wednesday. If he remains out, Kendricks and emergent rookie Jordan Hicks could start together. Hicks has been playing in Kendricks' spot, but veteran DeMeco Ryans suffered a hamstring injury in Monday night's win over the Giants.

The Eagles have ruled out LB Mychal Kendricks for Sunday's game against the Saints. That'll give another start to rookie revelation Jordan Hicks. He probably makes for a more attractive IDP option than Kendricks would have, given the hammy question.

The Eagles lost LB Mychal Kendricks and CB Byron Maxwell to injuries on their 1st defensive drive of the game. Kendricks tweaked the hamstring injury that cost him Week 3 and is questionable to return, according to FOX's game crew. Maxwell hurt a quad and is also questionable -- but reportedly more likely to return today than Kendricks. LB Jordan Hicks helped keep Washington out of the end zone in his 1st action with a nice tackle on RB Chris Thompson. Hicks has played terrifically in recent weeks in Kendricks' place.

Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks is active for today's game at Washington. He missed Week 3 with a hamstring injury suffered in the Week 2 loss to the Cowboys. We'd still be a bit wary of using him in an IDP league today, especially given how well rookie Jordan Hicks played in Kendricks' absence the past 2 weeks. Philly should feel comfy easing Kendricks back in to take care of his hamstring. Of course, a full-power Kendricks comes with as much fantasy upside as just about any LB. So decide how much you're willing to take the risk (compared with your other options).

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