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Titans WR Josh Reynolds (foot) is inactive for today's game vs. the Cardinals. He was set to serve as Tennessee's #3 WR. Reynolds' absence should just mean a few extra targets for WRs A.J. Brown and Julio Jones.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (shoulder) isn’t listed on the final injury report after a full week of practice. The shoulder never seemed like a concern for his Week 1 status. Hockenson is the favorite to lead Detroit in targets on Sunday vs. San Francisco.

Lions RB D’Andre Swift (groin) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. RBs coach Duce Staley suggested earlier in the week that Swift won’t be on any type of snap count in Sunday’s opener vs. the 49ers. He’s a solid RB2 for that one.

Lions RBs coach Duce Staley doesn't plan on keeping RB D'Andre Swift on a snap count in Sunday's opener vs. the 49ers, despite Swift missing much of August with a groin issue. "I get caught up in the game, he’s going to get caught up in the game and every good player, every good running back that I know, anyway, once you start feeling it, you don’t want to pull him off," Staley said. "We can count the reps Monday." We'll see if HC Dan Campbell and/or OC Anthony Lynn have a say in Swift's workload. But Swift's Week 1 fantasy outlook continues to trend in a positive direction.

Jaguars WRs D.J. Chark (finger) and Marvin Jones (shoulder) aren't even listed on the Week 1 injury report. Both guys are ready to go for Sunday's opener vs. the Texans. They'll join Laviska Shenault as Jacksonville's top 3 WRs.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (shoulder) put in a full practice on Wednesday. He shouldn't have any limitations in Sunday's opener vs. the 49ers.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (groin) was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice. Despite some earlier concern about his Week 1 status, it's starting to look like Swift will be ready for a significant role in Sunday's opener vs. the 49ers.

Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (finger) appeared to be at 100% in Monday's practice, according to The Florida Times-Union's John Reid. HC Urban Meyer was reportedly happy with Chark's pass catching coming off that broken finger. He's set to join Laviska Shenault and Marvin Jones as Jacksonville's top 3 WRs in Sunday's opener vs. the Texans.

Lions HC Dan Campbell said Tuesday that RB D'Andre Swift will play against the 49ers this weekend. There's still a question of just how much action Swift will be able to handle after missing most of August with a groin issue. Consider him a risk/reward RB2 for the opener.

The Lions signed K Austin Seibert. It looks like he'll open the season as the starter after Detroit cut Ks Zane Gonzalez and Randy Bullock on Tuesday. Seibert is a weak fantasy option on what figures to be 1 of the league's lowest-scoring offenses.

Jaguars HC Urban Meyer said Tuesday that WRs D.J. Chark (finger) and Marvin Jones (shoulder) will be ready for the season opener. Chark has been out since undergoing surgery in early August. Jones hurt his shoulder last week. We'll keep an eye on both guys' participation levels when Jacksonville starts releasing practice reports next week.

According to Jeff Risdon of Lions Wire, WR Kalif Raymond has "been the most consistent downfield weapon all summer in Detroit, seizing a starting WR spot and showing some playmaking ability." Detroit recently cut WR Breshad Perriman. Veteran WR Tyrell Williams looks like the top guy, but it also looks like a pretty open situation for garnering target share. Raymond has seen just 30 total targets since hitting the NFL in 2016 as an undrafted free agent. He's already on his 5th team. So odds are against him gaining fantasy relevance this season. But he might be in the only WR corps in the league where it's a possibility. We wouldn't draft Raymond in any but the deepest of fantasy football leagues. But we'll keep an eye on his role.

The Lions held QB Jared Goff and many other starters out of Friday night's preseason finale. Fourth-round rookie WR Amon-Ra St. Brown played, however, and continued to see just limited action. He spent just 7 snaps on the field, while the game's starters played 26. According to Pro Football Focus' Nathan Jahnke, St. Brown "hasn't played a single snap" in 2 WR sets through 3 preseason contests. There's certainly room for his role to grow through the season, but the rookie doesn't look like a player you should bother with in redraft fantasy football leagues.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift had a good practice on Tuesday, according to The Athletic's Chris Burke. "Broke a long run, cut well," Burke tweeted. "Made a *great* jump cut to turn a short run off the right side into a long TD and didn't seem at all hesitant between the tackles. A step forward." This comes on the same day that HC Dan Campbell conceded that he's not sure what kind of shape Swift will be in for Week 1 after missing most of August with a groin issue. Swift will be 1 of the more important players to monitor over the next couple of weeks.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson has been dealing with an injury to the AC joint in 1 of his shoulders, HC Dan Campbell said Tuesday. Campbell added that he's not worried about Hockenson's Week 1 availability. We'll keep an eye on the situation but aren't adjusting our projections for Hockenson.

The groin issue for Lions RB D'Andre Swift has been downplayed throughout camp, but HC Dan Campbell says he doesn't yet know what the injury will mean for the regular-season opener. "We don't know if he's gonna be there," Campbell said, via Chris Burke of The Athletic. "We don't know, even if he is, how much we're going to get out of him." Campbell said the team would work him hard in practice Tuesday to test his conditioning. We'll watch for further indications of Detroit's plan leading up to Week 1. In the meantime, Jamaal Williams remains a high-upside play in low-RB3 to RB4 range of fantasy football drafts.

Chris Burke of The Athletic believes that Lions MLB Alex Anzalone "almost certainly" will be wearing the green-dot helmet and calling defensive plays come the regular season. "Anzalone could be out there for close to 100 percent of the snaps (health willing)," Burke adds. Anzalone has history with HC Dan Campbell and DC Aaron Glenn from their shared time in New Orleans. Injuries limited Anzalone's playing time there. The 2 (of 4) seasons in which he played all 16 games found Anzalone staying on the field for just 47.2% and 50.2% of snaps. It sounds like he's headed for a lot more with these Lions, which makes Anzalone an intriguing pick at the end of IDP fantasy football drafts.

The Saints signed K Aldrick Rosas. He'll compete with K Brett Maher for the starting job for as long as Wil Lutz is out after core-muscle surgery. Avoid this situation in fantasy drafts.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift has been hampered by a sore groin for the past few weeks. But he "took a heavy load of reps Thursday and said afterward he felt good to be back," according to Tim Twentyman of the team's official website. It sounds like the Lions have simply been playing it cautiously with their lead back. We'll continue to keep an eye on Swift. But, barring a setback, he should be a full-go for the start of the season.

Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports that Lions RB D'Andre Swift has "missed significant practice time while nursing a sore groin." According to Meinke, Swift has been on the field "almost every day" but generally sits out 7-on-7 and full-team work. Detroit clearly isn't too worried about the situation, or the team would have Swift sitting out altogether. But it'll certainly be an issue to monitor going forward. The Lions also watched rookie RB Jermar Jefferson leave Monday's practice with a leg injury. Meinke reports that Jefferson has been "having a nice camp." We'll see how long he's out and what role the rookie fills in preseason games.

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