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The Steelers signed WR Anthony Miller to the practice squad. He's expected to join the active roster soon. There's an opening in Pittsburgh's 3-WR sets with JuJu Smith-Schuster out for the season. We'll see how snaps are divvied between Miller, James Washington and Ray-Ray McCloud.

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) has been activated from IR. It makes him eligible to return for Sunday's game against the Jaguars but doesn't necessarily mean that he will. We'll track Tagovailoa's progress over the next few days.

The Broncos signed WR John Brown to the practice squad. Brown, of course, couldn't find playing time in a relatively weak Raiders WR corps this summer. He's a poor bet for fantasy value in Denver, especially with WR Jerry Jeudy expected back soon.

The Chiefs placed RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) on IR. So we now know that he'll miss at least the next 3 games vs. Washington, Tennessee and the Giants. It sounds like there's a good chance he's ready when first eligible to return in Week 9. Darrel Williams is the favorite to step in as Kansas City's lead back in the meantime, with Jerick McKinnon mixing in on passing downs.

Eagles TE Dallas Goedert has been placed on the COVID list. With Philly hosting the Bucs on Thursday night, Goedert seems unlikely to be cleared in time for that one. His absence would turn TE Zach Ertz into a low-level spot-start option.

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said Monday that LB Bobby Wagner sustained a bruised knee in last Thursday night's loss to the Rams, according to ESPN. Wagner was on the sideline when the team resumed practicing Monday. We'll see about his status throughout the week.

Jets HC Robert Saleh says he hopes to get LB Jarrad Davis back from IR after the Week 6 bye. Davis has been out since the preseason with an ankle injury. He was wearing the green dot and calling defensive plays before he went down, though. We'll see whether Davis can reclaim his job from Quincy Williams upon return.

The Chiefs have "looked into" trading for Colts RB Marlon Mack, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported a couple of weeks ago that Mack is on the trade block. He's looked pretty good coming off last year's torn Achilles, averaging 4.3 yards on 20 attempts. The Chiefs, of course, have a need at RB after losing Clyde Edwards-Helaire for the next few weeks. We'll see where this goes, but Mack is an interesting stash if you have a roster spot to play with.

Ravens WR Sammy Watkins injured a hamstring in the 1st half of Monday night's game vs. the Colts and did not return. We'll look for further updates on his status. Ravens 1st-round rookie WR Rashod Bateman seems close to debuting after August core-muscle surgery.

Colts K Rodrigo Blankenship injured his hip in the 1st quarter of Monday night's game vs. the Ravens, HC Frank Reich said. Blankenship ended up missing an XP, getting a FG blocked and missing a 47-yard FG that would have won the game as time expired. We'll keep an eye on Blankenship this week, but you should plan on using someone else in Week 6 fantasy lineups.

Raiders HC Jon Gruden is resigning, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The move comes 3 days after the Wall Street Journal reported 10-year-old emails in which Gruden used racially offensive language in talking about DeMaurice Smith. Earlier today, the New York Times reported on other emails in which Gruden used racist and homophobic language. We'll see about the succession plan for the Raiders and how the players handle the transition, though we're not altering our fantasy outlook for any of the players.

Update: The Raiders have made assistant HC and special-teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia to interim HC. Bisaccia coached in Tampa for Gruden's entire stint there (plus another 2 years after Gruden left), then with the Chargers and Cowboys before re-joining Gruden with the 2018 Raiders.

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill is not expected to miss time with the knee injury he suffered in Sunday night's loss to the Bills, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. We'll track Hill's practice participation this week, but expect him to be out there for Sunday's game vs. Washington.

Colts S Khari Willis is active for tonight's game against the Ravens.

Bucs QB Tom Brady hurt his right thumb during Sunday's win over the Dolphins. He didn't miss any snaps in that game and is expected to be fine for Thursday night's game vs. the Eagles, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. This is certainly a situation worth monitoring, but it sounds like Brady can be penciled into Week 6 fantasy lineups for now.

Niners HC Kyle Shanahan said Monday that QB Trey Lance has a sprained left knee. Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports that Lance said he didn't know when the injury occurred and didn't feel it until he went to bed Sunday night. San Francisco has a Week 6 bye, but Barrows reports he's "questionable" for the Week 7 game against the Colts. With Jimmy Garropolo likely ready to return from his calf injury, we'd bet on the veteran reclaiming his job in Week 7. We'll see as the game draws closer.

NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports that the Steelers plan to have WR Anthony Miller in for a physical Tuesday. Barring a physical issue, that would obviously indicate Pittsburgh plans to sign the veteran. Miller seems a suitable fill-in for JuJu Smith-Schuster's vacated slot role. We'll see about projecting the group the rest of the way if Miller actually signs.

The Giants expect WR Kenny Golladay to miss "just a week or two" with the knee injury he suffered at Dallas, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's reportedly good news vs. what the team feared. We'll have to watch practice reports this week to see who else will be available among Giants wideouts. Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and Kadarius Toney are all dealing with injuries. John Ross finished the Dallas game as the Giants' lead wideout in playing time. Collin Johnson and C.J. Board are also in the mix.

Bears QB Justin Fields missed a couple of snaps in Sunday's win over the Raiders with what's been diagnosed as a hyperextended left knee. After further testing on Monday, Fields "should be good to go" for this weekend's game vs. the Packers, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Fields has played well the past 2 weeks but hasn't done enough to be a fantasy asset.

Ravens WR Rashod Bateman (core) won't play vs. the Colts tonight, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie has been practicing for a couple of weeks now and should be close to making his debut. WR Miles Boykin (hamstring) is expected to be activated from IR and make his 2021 debut tonight. He'll be no better than 3rd on the WR depth chart behind Marquise Brown and Sammy Watkins.

The chest and rib injuries Patriots RB Damien Harris suffered in the win over the Texans are not significant, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "He’s best described as day-to-day," Rapoport adds. We'll keep an eye on Harris' status throughout this week. If he's not able to play vs. the Cowboys on Sunday, it'd likely be rookie RB Rhamondre Stevenson as New England's lead ball carrier.

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