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Cardinals OLB Devon Kennard is inactive for today's game against the Panthers because of a calf injury. That could ding the Arizona pass rush a bit, but it should mean more snaps for veteran Haason Reddick in Kennard's place -- which might not ultimately be a downgrade.

11:10am EDT 10/4/20

Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (groin) is active for today’s game against the Panthers. He was limited in practice all week after missing Week 3, so it’s unclear what kind of shape he’ll be in today. Kirk totaled just 3 catches for 57 scoreless yards in 2 games before the injury, so we’d try to leave him on fantasy benches today.

Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Panthers. He didn’t practice all week, so he clearly won’t be at 100% today. Still, you’d need to be awfully stacked at WR to bench Hopkins.

Cardinals’ WRs DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) and Christian Kirk (groin) are both expected to play against the Panthers today "if there are no pre-game setbacks," ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Hopkins missed practice all week, while Kirk was limited after sitting out Week 3. An active Hopkins would be awfully tough to bench. We'd try to avoid Kirk in fantasy lineups after his slow start to the season.

12:10am EDT 10/3/20

The Cardinals have officially ruled S Budda Baker out for Week 4. The move was expected after Baker had thumb surgery this week. We'll see if he can make it back for Week 5. Arizona also ruled out S Chris Banjo (hamstring), leaving the defense down its top 3 safeties against the Panthers. (Jalen Thompson is already on short-term IR.)

Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (groin) is a game-time decision for Sunday’s game against the Panthers after a limited week of practice. He’d get a volume boost if WR DeAndre Hopkins sits with his ankle injury. But Kirk was struggling before going down and still isn’t at 100%. We’d try not to use him in Week 4 fantasy lineups.

Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with the Panthers, HC Kliff Kingsbury said. Hopkins didn't practice all week. Even at less than 100%, though, he'd be tough to bench in fantasy. We'll get his official game status by noon ET on Sunday.

Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He played a full allotment of snaps last week, and we haven't heard anything about this injury. We'll get another update on Hopkins' status tomorrow.

Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (groin) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. That gives him a shot to return for this weekend's game vs. the Panthers. Kirk totaled just 3 catches for 57 scoreless yards over the first 2 weeks.

Cardinals S Budda Baker plans to play against the Lions today despite a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb, according to NFL Network's ian Rapoport. Baker will need surgery afterward, though, and expects to miss the Week 4 visit to Carolina. His absence would likely push S Deionte Thompson into the lineup. It's the same injury that has Eagles WR Jalen Reagor on IR at the moment, so we'll see about Baker's return timeline. Obviously, it's not quite as important for the safety to be able to catch footballs.

Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (groin) is out for Sunday’s game against the Lions. That should move Andy Isabella into 3-WR sets, putting him in play for DFS tournaments. Kirk’s absence could also mean a few extra targets for WRs DeAndre Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald.

Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (groin) remained sidelined for Thursday's practice. He's now looking extremely iffy for this weekend's game against the Lions. Kirk's absence would elevate WR Andy Isabella to a top 3 role and make him an intriguing DFS flier.

Cardinals WR Christian Kirk missed Wednesday's practice with a groin injury. It's the 1st we've heard of it. Kirk's availability for this weekend's game against the Lions is uncertain. We'll get another update tomorrow.

Titans CB Malcolm Butler (quad) is active for today's game against the Jaguars. He entered the day questionable. He's no more than a low-level IDP option in a low-floor matchup.

Steelers RBs James Conner and Benny Snell are expected to split carries in today's game against the Broncos, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Conner, of course, struggled early in Week 1 before exiting with an ankle injury. Snell ran for over 100 yards in his absence. HC Mike Tomlin historically prefers to ride a workhorse back, so this could turn into a hot-hand situation. Conner and Snell are both risk/reward Week 2 fantasy plays.

Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) put in full practices on Thursday and Friday and isn't listed on the final Week 2 injury report. So he'll play in this weekend's game against the Broncos. But it's unclear how carries will be divvied after RB Benny Snell played well in Conner's absence in the opener. Pittsburgh will also be without offensive linemen David DeCastro, Stefan Wisniewski and Zach Banner vs. Denver.

Steelers RB James Conner put in a full practice Thursday. That's a little surprising after he sat out Wednesday following the Monday night ankle sprain. It just might indicate that Conner could have played more against the Giants but didn't because Benny Snell displayed the hot hand. This will be a tough situation to parse for Week 2 fantasy lineups. We'll hope to get some indication on usage from Pittsburgh coaches before the Sunday games.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin indicated Tuesday that RB James Conner has a chance to play Sunday against the Broncos, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Conner left Monday night's win over the Giants with an ankle sprain and then watched Benny Snell rack up 113 yards. We'd bet that even an active Conner wouldn't operate as a workhorse against Denver. We'll watch his practice participation this week.

Steelers RB James Conner sprained his left ankle in Monday night's win over the Giants. He'll have it examined further Tuesday, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the team is "optimistic for a timely return." Conner watched Benny Snell run for 113 yards on 19 carries (5.9 per rush) in his place. That might lead to Snell siphoning some Conner carries even when the starter returns. We'll keep an eye out for further updates on the situation.

Steelers RB James Conner suffered a left ankle injury in the 1st half of Monday night's game against the Giants. He's officially questionable to return. Conner has been on the sidelines since exiting, but it doesn't look like he'll return to this one. RB Benny Snell has run well in Conner's absence. We'll update Conner's status when we learn more.

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