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Rams RB Todd Gurley (quad) will participate in individual drills at Wednesday's practice, HC Sean McVay said. That's an upgrade over last week, when Gurley didn't practice at all. He has a legitimate shot to return for Sunday's game against the Falcons. RB Malcolm Brown, meanwhile, is "day to day" with an ankle injury, per McVay. We'll get another update on both guys tomorrow.

Rams S John Johnson hurt his right shoulder in Sunday's loss to the 49ers. He returned to the game but later left again and was ruled out. We'll see about Johnson's status heading into the Week 7 meeting with Atlanta.

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Rams RB Todd Gurley (quad) is officially inactive for today’s game against the 49ers. He has a “chance” to return for Week 7, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said this morning. Malcolm Brown is expected to serve as Los Angeles’ feature back today, with Darrell Henderson — and potentially John Kelly — spelling him.

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Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey (back) is inactive for today's game against the Saints. It'll be his 3rd straight missed game since the Thursday night win over the Titans that followed Ramsey's trade request. Ramsey's absence can only help a matchup that was already positive for Teddy Bridgewater and Saints receivers.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Rams RB Malcolm Browns is "expected to be the featured back" against the 49ers today in Todd Gurley's absence -- with rookie RB Darrell Henderson "sprinkling in." That goes along with our expectation. San Francisco has presented a tough run D this year, but Brown should be a good volume bet in an offense that ranks 6th in scoring and 4th in yards through 5 weeks.

Rams RB Todd Gurley (quad) is out for Sunday's game against the 49ers, a team source tells ESPN's Lindsay Thiry. The team has promoted RB John Kelly from the practice squad. Both Kelly and rookie Darrell Henderson could mix in for a handful of touches, but look for Malcolm Brown to handle the majority of the backfield work tomorrow.

Rams WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) isn't listed on the final Week 6 injury report. He's passed through the protocol and will play against the 49ers on Sunday. Consider Cooks a WR2 with upside for that one.

Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey (back) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints. He put in limited practices all week. Team owner Shad Khan also reportedly said after a "heart-to-heart" with Ramsey this week that he believed the star corner would play. We'll see.

Rams RB Todd Gurley (quad) is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the 49ers after missing practice all week. His status beyond Week 6 is unclear. Gurley’s absence this weekend leaves Los Angeles’ backfield to Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson. We’re expecting Brown to handle most of the early-down and red-zone work, with Henderson operating in a change-of-pace role. Note that this isn’t a great matchup against a ‘Niners squad sitting 5th in Football Outsiders’ run defense rankings and 2nd in adjusted fantasy points allowed to RBs.

Rams HC Sean McVay said WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) was "feeling good" after practicing on Wednesday. He's reportedly no longer experiencing concussion symptoms. While he hasn't cleared the protocol yet, it sounds like Cooks has a good shot to play against the 49ers this weekend.

Rams RB Todd Gurley's status for Sunday's game against the 49ers is "very much up in the air," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. So Wednesday's missed practice was more than just a day off. The Rams are "preparing as if [Gurley] doesn't go" on Sunday, Rapoport adds. His absence would leave Malcolm Brown as Los Angeles' lead back, with rookie Darrell Henderson in a change-of-pace role.

Rams RB Todd Gurley sat out Wednesday's practice with what HC Sean McVay said is a left thigh contusion. We'd be surprised if this kept Gurley from playing against the Rams on Sunday, but we'll keep an eye on him over the next couple of days. Gurley's absence would leave Malcolm Brown as Los Angeles' lead back.

Rams WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) got in a limited practice on Wednesday. That means he's made some progress through the protocol. Cooks still has multiple stages to pass through but has a shot to get cleared for Sunday's showdown with the 49ers.

The Jaguars have ruled CB Jalen Ramsey out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. Ramsey will miss his 2nd straight contest with a back injury that he says has been an issue throughout his career. "Jalen's been working extremely hard to get back with this low-back issue and it hasn't been getting any better," HC Doug Marrone said Friday, according to ESPN's Mike DiRocco. We'll see where this goes.

Rams WR Brandin Cooks left in the 4th quarter of Thursday night's game against the Seahawks to get checked for a concussion and didn't return. We haven't yet seen confirmation that Cooks was concussed, but it looked like he was briefly knocked out on the field. We'll look for updates on his status. Cooks has 10 days to get cleared for Week 5's meeting with the 49ers. His absence would elevate WR Josh Reynolds to #3 on the depth chart.

Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey is inactive for today's game against the Broncos. He returned to the team following the birth of his 2nd daughter, but a back issue will keep Ramsey out of the game. That's good news for Denver's wideouts, if you're starting either of the top 2 this week.

Rams TE Tyler Higbee (lung) practiced all week and is set to return for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. That knocks TE Gerald Everett out of the spot-start discussion. Higbee actually out-targeted Everett 8 to 5 over the season’s first 2 games.

Rams DE Aaron Donald is questionable for Sunday night's game against the Browns with a back issue. He hurt it against the Saints last week but returned to that game. Donald then put in limited practices all week. Here's what HC Sean McVay said about his status Friday, though, according to Pro Football Talk: “He’s playing. It’s a ‘questionable’ because, really, we’re smart with him. He didn’t do some things, but unless something really unforeseen happens, this guy is going on Sunday night.” So keep Donald in your IDP lineups -- especially for a nice pass-rushing matchup.

Rams TE Tyler Higbee (chest) has been ruled out for Sunday night's game against the Browns. He's played 43% of the offensive snaps so far vs. 55% for TE Gerald Everett. So Higbee's absence could turn Everett into something close to an every-down TE. He's on the deep-league spot-start radar for Week 3.

Rams TE Tyler Higbee suffered a lung injury in Sunday's win over the Saints that had him coughing up blood, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Higbee was briefly hospitalized but isn't expected to miss much time, per Rapoport. We'll keep an eye on him this week. Higbee's absence would make TE Gerald Everett a low-end spot-start option.

 
 
 

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