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Washington WR Terry McLaurin (hamstring) is questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Chiefs. He was added to the injury report and did not practice on Friday. We don't have any other details at this point, but he seems to be in real danger of missing Sunday's game. We'll keep you updated and get McLaurin's game status around 11:30 am ET on Sunday.

Update: McLaurin worked off to the side of Friday's practice, per ESPN's John Keim, and HC Ron Rivera said afterward that they're operating more under "an abundance of caution" with McLaurin. It sounds like Washington is still expecting him to play on Sunday, but McLaurin will come with added risk in fantasy lineups.

Bengals HC Zac Taylor said Friday that RB Joe Mixon (ankle) "should get a full workload" against the Lions on Sunday. Mixon was obviously limited by that ankle last week but came out of that game without suffering a setback. He averaged 20.8 carries and 2.3 targets over the first 4 games of the season and should be in line for similar volume on Sunday.

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The Browns have ruled RB Nick Chubb out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals because of a calf injury. His absence obviously leaves room for Kareem Hunt to lead the backfield and hit the week as a RB1 across fantasy football formats. Demetric Felton will be involved as well, but he has been more receiver than RB so far, tallying 7 targets vs. 0 rushing attempts over the first 5 games. RB D'Ernest Johnson has logged 0 offensive snaps the past 2 weeks and in 3 of 5 games this year, but he'll likely be involved as well.

Giants QB Daniel Jones (concussion) will be a full participant in Friday's practice and "appears" on track to start Sunday's game vs. the Rams, HC Joe Judge said Friday morning. Jones still needs to be cleared by an independent neurologist in order to play this weekend, but it sounds like that's expected to happen. Jones is a borderline QB1 for Week 6 and an upgrade over QB Mike Glennon for all of New York's skill-position players.

The Eagles traded TE Zach Ertz to the Cardinals in exchange for rookie CB Tay Gowan and a 2022 fifth-round draft pick. Ertz has been on the trade block all year, and Arizona came calling after losing TE Maxx Williams to a season-ending knee injury last week. Williams averaged 4 targets in 4 healthy games this season. Ertz has a chance to exceed that mark the rest of the way, but he'll probably struggle for reliable weekly fantasy value alongside Arizona's deep WR corps. We're assuming Ertz won't play vs. the Browns this weekend after playing his final game for the Eagles last night. The real winner here is TE Dallas Goedert, who should finally get a full-time role in Philly with Ertz out of the way. See where Goedert and Ertz sit in the updated Rest-of-Season Rankings.

Update: Ertz isn't even eligible to play vs. the Browns on Sunday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ertz should make his Cardinals debut in Week 7 vs. the Texans.

Dolphins HC Brian Flores confirmed that QB Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) is on track to start Sunday's game vs. the Jaguars, barring a setback between now and then. We wouldn't trust Tagovailoa in starting lineups outside of 2-QB leagues, but he should be an upgrade over QB Jacoby Brissett for Miami's offense.

The Browns designated WR Jarvis Landry (knee) to return from IR on Friday morning. Now we'll see if they place him on the active roster before Saturday's 4 pm deadline. That'd mean he'd play vs. the Cardinals on Sunday. Landry has been sidelined since Week 2.

Teams are calling the Eagles about trading for TEs Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer. Glazer adds that he "wouldn't be surprised" if 1 of them is dealt within the next week. A trade would likely increase the fantasy value on both guys considering they've been splitting work in Philadelphia.

Broncos RB Melvin Gordon (hip) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. That puts him on track to play vs. the Raiders this weekend.

Titans WR Julio Jones (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. He's on track to return for Monday night's game vs. the Bills. Buffalo currently ranks 2nd in adjusted fantasy points allowed to WRs, but Tennessee's passing volume should be up in this game.

Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. His availability for this weekend's game vs. the Ravens is now in question. Check back tomorrow for another update on his status.

Bears WR Allen Robinson (ankle) remained sidelined on Thursday. His status for this weekend's game vs. the Packers is now in question. Robinson, of course, has been a major fantasy disappointment even before this injury. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Vikings WRs Justin Jefferson (ankle) and Adam Thielen (foot) missed their 2nd straight practices on Thursday. We haven't heard any concern about their availability for this weekend's game vs. the Panthers, but make sure to check back tomorrow afternoon for another update.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice for the 1st time since hurting that ankle in Week 2. He's on track to return for Sunday's game vs. the Panthers -- and it looks like he's ready to resume lead-back duties. We'll see if Minnesota mixes in RB Alexander Mattison more than before, but Cook should be considered a RB1 for Week 6.

Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf (foot) did not practice on Thursday. He's been on the injury report with this foot since Week 4 but had put in 6 straight limited practices. It's unclear if he suffered a setback or just got Thursday off. We should learn more tomorrow.

Seahawks RB Chris Carson (neck) remained sidelined on Thursday. It's bad news after HC Pete Carroll said yesterday that he expected Carson to practice today. At this point, he seems unlikely to play vs. the Steelers on Sunday night, giving RB Alex Collins another start. We'll get another update on Carson tomorrow.

Giants WRs Kadarius Toney (ankle), Sterling Shepard (hamstring) and Darius Slayton (hamstring) remained limited in Thursday's practice. All 3 are expected to play vs. the Rams this weekend, but we'll get another update tomorrow.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (knee) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. He seems to be following the same routine as last week, when he put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. Hockenson is fully expected to play vs. the Bengals this weekend, but don't expect him to be at 100%.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (ankle) did not practice on Thursday. He either suffered a setback with that ankle or got the day off. Tomorrow's practice participation and final injury report will tell the story. With RB Samaje Perine still on the COVID list, rookie Chris Evans could be left as the lead back for Sunday's game vs. the Lions.

Patriots RB Damien Harris (ribs) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. It gives him a shot to play vs. the Cowboys this weekend. Check back tomorrow for another update on Harris.

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