Chiefs HC Andy Reid said Monday that WR Sammy Watkins and LB Anthony Hitchens have "a pretty good chance" to return for Monday night's game against the Rams in Mexico City, according to BJ Kissel of the team website. Watkins was inactive for Sunday's win over the Cardinals with a foot injury. Hitchens was active but didn't play a snap as he deals with a rib injury. We'll keep an eye on both players throughout the week, but expect to have Watkins and Hitchens available for Week 11 fantasy usage.
Despite being active for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Chiefs ILB Anthony Hitchens didn't play a snap. There didn't appear to be any report from the team beforehand that this would be the case. Hitchens has been dealing with a rib injury, but he played through a "questionable" tag in Week 9 and re-entered that game after appearing to aggravate it. He then put in limited practices this week. We'll see if better info precedes next Monday's clash with the Rams.
Chiefs ILB Anthony Hitchens (rib), OLB Justin Houston (hamstring) and S Daniel Sorensen (knee) are active for today’s game against the Cardinals. Hitchens is the only real IDP option here. There’s pass-rushing upside to Houston, but we can’t count on his normal snap allotment.
Chiefs LB Anthony Hitchens (rib), OLB Justin Houston and S Daniel Sorensen (knee) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Hitchens entered last week's game with the rib issue and left early but returned. He should be ready for the game. Houston and Sorensen are expected to return for limited playing time, according to The Kansas City Star. Houston missed the past 4 games but returned to practice last week. Sorensen recently came off IR after suffering a fracture in his left leg in August. Neither Houston nor Sorensen looks like a viable IDP option this week, but each has a chance to become 1 soon. Hitchens looks fine for IDP usage.
Chiefs ILB Anthony Hitchens (ribs) is active for today's game against the Browns. That makes him available for IDP usage, but he carries risk. Along with the durability question attached to his rib injury, Hitchens played just 65% and 75% of the defensive snaps the past 2 weeks (though the 2nd game found him leaving early with the injury).
Chiefs ILB Anthony Hitchens (ribs) and OLB Justin Houston (knee) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns. Both guys missed Wednesday's practice but then put in limited workouts the next 2 days. We'll see about their status Sunday morning. Each guy will be in play for IDP lineups if he's active.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Chiefs ILB Anthony Hitchens came away from Sunday's win over the Broncos with "severely bruised ribs" that have rendered him week-to-week. "Too early to tell how much time he'll miss," Rapoport added. That makes it sound like Hitchens has a pretty good chance to miss at least 1 game. Add that he had just played a season-low 65% of the snaps the week before (coaches' choice), and IDP owners should just keep Hitchens out of the Week 9 plans. Reggie Ragland played a season-high 74% of the snaps Sunday and looks like the best bet for tackle production inside the K.C. defense. The Cleveland matchup carries plenty of fantasy upside for LBs.
The Chiefs have reached a 5-year deal with LB Anthony Hitchens worth about $9 million a year, according to multiple reports. Hitchens played well across 4 seasons with the Cowboys, playing all 16 games in each of the 1st 3. The deal with K.C. obviously indicates he'll line up as the team's new top ILB. Hitchens should be in for much bigger stats and more IDP value with the Chiefs than he's posted to this point. We'll see whether Dallas seeks a replacement or believes Jaylon Smith is ready to step in as a full-timer.
Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (groin) is questionable for Thursday night's game against Washington. Hitchens played through the issue on Thanksgiving and totaled 7 tackles. We expect him to play. LB Sean Lee will miss his 3rd straight game with a hamstring injury.
Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (groin) is active for today's game against the Chargers. There's tackle upside with LB Sean Lee out, but Hitchens isn't a high-level IDP option.
Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (groin) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Chargers. He was limited in practice the past 2 days after sitting out Monday. Hitchens looks like a shaky IDP bet, especially given that he hasn't been a high-upside fantasy option when healthy.
Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens left in the 2nd half of Sunday night's loss to the Eagles with what Jerry Jones called a groin pull, according to Pro Football Talk. Hitchens was due for an MRI Monday, though we have yet to see any results from that. Dallas will already be without lead LB Sean Lee for Thursday's game against the Chargers.
The Cowboys will start Anthony Hitchens at MLB and Sean Lee on the weak side Sunday against the 49ers, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. That means 2nd-year LB Jaylon Smith will return to a reserve role. The Dallas plan had reportedly been to bring Smith along slowly in his 1st season of on-field action, but Hitchens' August knee fracture and Lee's recent hamstring injury forced him to play more snaps and make the defensive calls. “I don’t see a lot of physical limitations,” DC Rod Marinelli said this week. “It’s just a lot for a young guy, a rookie, coming in at that position. It’s a lot and the communication and all the things you have — close calls, adjustments — it can wear you out as you go. It’s a lot to it.” Smith remains interesting long term. Hitchens' contract runs out after this season, so we could see the youngster back in the middle to open 2018. But Smith is safe to drop in redraft IDP leagues.
The league has suspended Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain for 10 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. That comes after Dallas re-signed McClain to a 1-year, $4 million deal. The most likely path for the defense seems to be moving Anthony Hitchens from the strong side to the middle, which he did previously, with Kyle Wilber or Andrew Gachkar filling in outside. We'll see how the Cowboys adjust and whether McClain has a shot at reclaiming a starting spot when he returns.
Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain will miss Saturday night's game against the Jets because of a concussion. That likely means Anthony Hitchens will start for him in the middle and play more snaps. He's not a trustworthy IDP candidate, though.
Cowboys OLB Sean Lee completed the league's concussion protocol Monday and is expected to practice with the team Wednesday, according to the Dallas Morning News. That should have him back for Sunday's game at Miami in his full-time role, pushing Anthony Hitchens back to the strong side.
The Cowboys will have LBs Rolando McClain (hand) and Anthony Hitchens (ankle) for today's game at Tampa Bay. We can't necessarily trust either to play full time, though, which makes both shaky IDP bets. If you're desperate, McClain probably makes the most sense. Sean Lee is out with a concussion, and Andrew Gachkar will join them in the starting lineup.
Cowboys OLB Sean Lee left Sunday night's loss with a concussion, his 2nd of the season. The veteran previously suffered 1 back in Week 4 but didn't miss a game then. We'll see what happens this time. Shortly after Lee's departure, replacement Anthony Hitchens left with an ankle injury. We'll see about the severity of that as well. Andrew Gachkar followed Hitchens into the lineup but wouldn't be worth much IDP attention if Lee and Hitchens miss further time.
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