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Steelers RB James Conner has tested positive for COVID-19, according to NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala. A 2nd test is coming Sunday, but confirmation there will mean he'll miss Tuesday's game against the Ravens. If Conner doesn't play, then Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland would be in for more work. Make sure you plan to not have Conner in your fantasy football lineups.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (shoulder) put in a full practice on Friday and isn't listed on the final injury report for this weekend's game against the Patriots. He injured his throwing shoulder in last Thursday night's loss to the Seahawks, but his Week 12 status never seemed in doubt. With so much of his fantasy value tied to his rushing ability, Murray remains an elite fantasy play.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder in Thursday night's loss to the Seahawks. Murray could be seen applying heat to the joint and trying to keep it loose between possessions throughout the game. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the issue isn't expected to cost Murray any game time. Murray posted his lowest fantasy score of the season vs. Seattle but still threw for 269 yards and 2 TDs on 29-of-42 passing (69%). So we're not altering our Week 12 outlook for him much -- if at all.

Cardinals S Budda Baker is active for today's game against the Bills. He likely features some re-injury risk with the groin issue that rendered him questionable and allowed just 1 limited practice this week. But go ahead and play Baker in your IDP lineup if you were waiting for him.

Cardinals S Budda Baker is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday but returned for a limited workout Friday. DC Vance Joseph said earlier in the week that he expects Baker to play. We'll check the safety's status Sunday. Chris Banjo stands as a potential replacement if you're looking to wait on Baker for your IDP lineup.

Cardinals S Budda Baker missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a groin injury. DC Vance Joseph, however, said Thursday that he still expects Baker to play Sunday against the Bills, according to Kevin Zimmerman of ArizonaSports.com. We'll see about Baker's Friday participation and game status. Chris Banjo is listed as his backup and would have tackle upside if Baker can't go.

The Cardinals have placed OLB Devon Kennard and CB Byron Murphy on the COVID list. That likely means both guys will be out for at least this week and probably another game beyond that. The absences shouldn't make a big impact on IDP lineups or the Arizona team defense. We'll see how soon they return.

Cardinals LB Jordan Hicks left Sunday night's game against the Seahawks with an ankle injury, according to Sports Illustrated's Mason Kern. We knew about Hicks being off the field late in that game, but the team was not forthcoming with news of the injury. We'll see about Hicks' status coming out of the Week 8 bye (unless we get further details in the meantime).

Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) is active for tonight’s game against the Seahawks. He only got in a limited practice on Friday with what HC Kliff Kingsbury called a “lingering” ankle injury. It obviously adds risk to Hopkins’ profile, but he remains a strong fantasy play vs. Seattle’s league-worst WR defense.

Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) is expected to play against the Seahawks tonight, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Hopkins only got in a limited practice on Friday. The only other time he was listed as questionable with this ankle issue this season was Week 4, when he ended up posting a 7-41 receiving line vs. the Panthers. Hopkins comes with elevated risk in Week 7 fantasy lineups but is virtually impossible to bench vs. Seattle's league-worst WR defense.

Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Seahawks. He only got in a limited practice on Friday. HC Kliff Kingsbury said Friday that Hopkins’ ankle injury is “lingering” and that he’s “hopeful” he’ll be able to play vs. Seattle. We’re expecting Hopkins to suit up but will look for an update on his status on Sunday morning.

Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He missed all 3 practices before playing against the Panthers back in Week 4, although he didn't look like himself in that game, managing just 41 yards on 7 catches. We'll see if Hopkins practices tomorrow and how he's listed on the final injury report.

Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) isn’t listed on the final Week 6 injury report. He put in a full practice on Friday, so he should be available for his usual role. That doesn’t make Green a recommended fantasy play, though. He hasn’t topped 51 yards all season.

Cardinals OLB Chandler Jones will miss the rest of the season after surgery to repair his right biceps. Jones suffered the injury in Sunday's win over the Jets. Kylie Fitts replaced him and figures to start going forward. Fitts is a 3rd-year player the Bears drafted in Round 6 in 2018. He brings a 78th-percentile speed score but posted just 1 good season of college production. We'll see how he fares, but Fitts isn't on the IDP radar right now.

Cardinals OLB Chandler Jones left Sunday's win over the Jets early with a biceps injury. The Cardinals expect Jones to miss some time, though it's not yet clear how much. It appears that Jones is weighing his options and hoping to not miss the rest of the season. We'll keep an eye out for a return timeline. In the meantime, make sure you get a replacement for your IDP roster. Kylie Fitts came on for Jones against the Jets. He collected 3 tackles (2 solo) and 2 hurries.

Bengals WR A.J. Green suffered a hamstring injury in the 2nd half of Sunday's game vs. the Ravens. He was deemed doubtful to return, so don't expect to see him back out there. Green had already been getting out-played by rookie WR Tee Higgins over the past couple of weeks.

Cardinals S Chris Banjo (hamstring) is inactive for today's game against the Jets. That should leave Deionte Thompson starting in his place, next to returned starter Budda Baker. DL Jordan Phillips is active. He arrived questionable with an illness but is available as a lower-level IDP option.

Cardinals OLB Devon Kennard (calf) is out for Sunday's game against the Jets. DT Jordan Phillips (illness) is questionable. He missed Thursday and Friday workouts. S Chris Banjo (hamstring) is also questionable. He missed Wednesday practice before limited workouts the next 2 days. We'll check on Phillips and Banjo when the inactives come out Sunday. Neither is worth waiting for in most IDP leagues, though. If Banjo is active, the Deionte Thompson won't be usable.

The Jets' positive COVID test turned out to be a false-positive, the team announced on Friday night. So the Cardinals-Jets game is on for Sunday. Your Cardinals are safe to keep in fantasy lineups. Hopefully you're not too invested in the Jets.

Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) put in a full practice on Thursday. He was clearly bothered by that ankle last week, turning 9 targets into just 7 catches and 41 yards. Hopkins should be much closer to 100% for Sunday's plus matchup against the Jets. Start him, obviously.

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