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Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. He didn't practice at all last Wednesday, so you could consider this a step in the right direction. Cook's availability for this weekend's game vs. the Panthers remains uncertain. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Giants QB Daniel Jones (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday. Reporters spotting him on the field doing some soft toss, so he's evidently made some progress through the protocol. Still, Jones is no better than 50/50 to start Sunday's game vs. the Rams. QB Mike Glennon will get the nod if Jones isn't cleared.

Panthers HC Matt Rhule said Wednesday that RB Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) is “probably 50-50” to play Sunday vs. Minnesota. CMC was limited in practice today. If he returns, it’ll end up being just a 2-game absence for the 25-year-old. Last week in his place, rookie Chuba Hubbard rushed 24 times for 101 yards, adding 5 catches on 6 targets. He’ll remain a plug-in RB2 if McCaffrey sits.

Bucs QB Tom Brady (thumb) put in a full practice on Wednesday and isn't listed on the final injury report for Thursday night's game vs. the Eagles. It's impossible to know exactly how big an issue that throwing thumb will be, but everything we've read and heard suggests that we shouldn't alter our fantasy outlook for Brady much, if at all.

The Buccaneers have ruled TE Rob Gronkowski out for Thursday night's game against the Eagles with his rib injury and assortment of adjacent damage. That will keep Cameron Brate as their top receiving option at the position. It'll be Gronk's 3rd straight missed game.

The Buccaneers have ruled LB Lavonte David (ankle) and S Antoine Winfield (concussion) out for Thursday night's game against the Eagles. That will allow S Mike Edwards to start in Winfield's place for the 2nd straight week and give LB Kevin Minter starting duty. EDGE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) is questionable, though Wednesday's estimated injury report called him a "full" participant. JPP played through a questionable tag in Week 5 and got near his normal snap share in his return from a shoulder injury.

Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports that the 49ers don't expect to get RB Jeff Wilson Jr. back from the PUP list until late November. Wilson has been out since summer with a knee injury.

Browns WR Jarvis Landry will "do some running" Wednesday but isn't ready to practice yet, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. We'll see whether the wideout can make it back from IR in time for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. At this point, we wouldn't bet on Landry being usable in fantasy football lineups.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (knee) was sidelined for Wednesday's practice. He played through this knee issue last week but mustered just 2 catches on 3 targets for 22 yards. It'd be nice to see him get in a full practice before this weekend's game vs. the Bengals.

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill did not practice on Wednesday. He's dealing with a quad injury, rather than the previously reported knee. Hill is expected to be fine for Sunday's game vs. Washington, but his status is certainly worth monitoring over the next few days.

Giants WR Kadarius Toney (ankle) practiced on Wednesday. He should be fine for this weekend's game vs. the Rams. His fantasy value will hinge on whether QB Daniel Jones can get cleared from his concussion in time to play.

Giants WR Darius Slayton (hamstring) returned to practice on Wednesday. So did WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring), who said he plans on playing vs. the Rams this weekend. Slayton also seems on track to play in that one. Look for those 2 -- plus rookie Kadarius Toney -- to operate as New York's top 3 WRs.

Washington RB Antonio Gibson (shin) did not practice on Wednesday. Expect him to miss or be limited in a bunch of practices the rest of the season as he battles that stress fracture in his shin. As far as we know, he's fully expected to play vs. the Chiefs on Sunday.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton will practice on Wednesday for the 1st time since late-August surgery to alleviate a disc issue in his neck. It's still unclear whether he'll play this weekend vs. the Texans. There's room for Hilton to carve out a sizable role in this Colts passing game, but we're not falling over ourselves to add him to fantasy rosters right now.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Bucs QB Tom Brady (thumb) "should play" vs. the Eagles on Thursday night. "There's no serious injury at all," Brady said. "It's more of a discomfort." Any injury to a QB's throwing hand is worth monitoring. But at this point, we haven't heard anything to suggest that Brady needs to be benched in fantasy this week.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring) expects to return for Sunday's game against the Rams. He's been sidelined since hurting his hamstring in Week 3. Shepard opened the season with 7-113-1 and 9-94 lines and would be a welcomed return for a Giants team likely to be without WR Kenny Golladay and potentially WR Darius Slayton. We'll track Shepard's practice participation over the next few days.

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) will practice on Wednesday, HC Brian Flores said. “We’re excited to have him back," Flores added. Tagovailoa seems to be trending toward returning for Sunday's game vs. Jacksonville, but we'll keep you updated on his status.

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. We'll see if he gets back on the field over the next 2 days, but fantasy owners shouldn't plan on him playing vs. the Jaguars in London this weekend.

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski (ribs, lung) remained sidelined for Tuesday's practice. HC Bruce Arians said Monday that Gronk had a shot to play vs. the Eagles on Thursday night, but that seems unlikely at this point. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday that he expects QB Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) to be ready coming out of the Week 6 bye. “I mean, he’s doing good,” Shanahan said. “We’ll see when we get back [after the bye week]. I think he’ll be ready to go next week when we get back. That’s the plan. I know he’s doing a lot better now than he was last week.” Shanahan has consistently said that a healthy Garoppolo remains his starter. And, frankly, QB Trey Lance didn't play well enough in last week's loss to the Cardinals to change that.

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