Shark Bites

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger needs surgery on his right elbow and will miss the rest of the 2019 season, HC Mike Tomlin announced Monday. We'll look for more details on the injury, but it's fair to wonder if this is the end for the 37-year-old Roethlisberger. It'll be Mason Rudolph under center for Pittsburgh the rest of this season. The 2018 3rd-rounder posted a 65% completion rate, 8.6 yards per attempt and 4 TDs vs. 1 INT this preseason. And he played well in relief of Big Ben vs. Seattle, completing 12 of 19 passes for 112 yards and 2 scores. Rudolph looks capable of at least keeping WR JuJu Smith-Schuster -- and potentially TE Vance McDonald -- afloat. It's also worth noting that he played his college ball with fellow Steeler James Washington. We'll see if they can rekindle some magic.

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.

Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy sustained an ankle injury late in Sunday's win over the Raiders. It's not clear yet how significant the issue is. McCoy's last touch came inside the final 3 minutes, and K.C. ran the ball just 1 more time after that. Darwin Thompson took that final handoff and would likely be the backfield leader should McCoy and Damien Williams (knee) sit in Week 3. We'll be watching this whole situation closely. Thompson looks like 1 of the week's top fantasy football waiver targets, though, even if McCoy and Williams appear on track to play against Baltimore on Sunday.

Update: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that McCoy will have an MRI Monday, adding, "At first glance, it doesn't appear to be major."

Saints QB Drew Brees will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his throwing thumb, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The "initial estimate" has Brees missing 6 weeks. New Orleans has a Week 9 bye, so Week 10 might be Brees' most likely return date. We'll continue to keep an eye on the situation, but he's only worth stashing in 2-QB leagues or 1-QB leagues with an IR spot. If he returns in Week 10, he'll have 4 more home games left. QB Teddy Bridgewater will get the 1st crack at replacing Brees. He struggled in relief vs. the Rams and underwhelmed this preseason, posting a 61.4% completion rate and 5.7 yards per attempt. Consider Bridgewater just a low-end QB2 for now. But we do have some confidence that he's good enough -- alongside HC Sean Payton -- to at least keep RB Alvin Kamara and WR Michael Thomas afloat. If Bridgewater struggles, the Saints could give QB Taysom Hill a shot.

Chargers S Adrian Phillips suffered a forearm fracture in Sunday's loss at Detroit, according to multiple reports. The Chargers don't yet know how long Phillips will be out, though it's not expected to be a season-ending injury. Jaylen Watkins looks like the primary playing-time beneficiary while Phillips is out.

A decision on whether Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger needs surgery on his throwing elbow is expected to come on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. "Roethlisberger wants to avoid it all costs, but ultimately doctors will decide whether that’s possible," Schefter adds. Surgery would figure to knock Big Ben out for an extended period. Stay tuned.

Saints QB Drew Brees is dealing with a ligament injury to his throwing thumb and is "looking at missing some game time," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The team is expected to have a better idea of Brees' status after he visits a hand specialist in Los Angeles on Monday. Former Head Team Dr. David Chao believes Brees could return in 2-3 weeks -- but adds that he might need surgery, which would sideline him "into November." We'll continue to update this situation as we learn more.

Eagles WR Alshon Jeffrey (calf), WR DeSean Jackson (groin) and TE Dallas Goedert (calf) are all questionable to return to Sunday night's game against the Falcons. TE Zach Ertz, WR Nelson Agholor and WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside are still standing. We'll update the injured guys' statuses when we know more.

Saints QB Drew Brees will visit a hand specialist in Los Angeles to examine his injured right thumb, he told ESPN's Josina Anderson. Brees added that "he is concerned and that it could be significant," per Anderson. Brees only briefly tried to throw after suffering the injury, and it looked like it was uncomfortable just to even hold the ball. Brees owners should be bracing for a multi-week absence. We should learn more tomorrow.

Chiefs RB Damien Williams injured his knee in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Raiders. He's officially questionable to return. Williams' absence leaves LeSean McCoy atop the depth chart and Darwin Thompson as the #2 RB.

Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith hurt his left ankle at the end of a 28-yard catch and run in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Rams. We'll look for an update on his status. Smith's absence would leave Keith Kirkwood as New Orleans' #3 WR behind Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn.

Rams TE Tyler Higbee suffered a chest injury in Sunday's game against the Saints and is done for the day. A prolonged absence for him would make TE Gerald Everett a more intriguing fantasy option. We'll look for more info on Higbee's status.

Colts K Adam Vinatieri seemed to suggest to The Athletic's Stephen Holder that he's planning to announce his retirement tomorrow. Vinatieri missed 2 more XPs in the loss to the Titans after missing 2 FGs and 1 XP in the opener. The Colts would probably need to cut Vinatieri, so this would be a more ceremonious way for him to go out. Vinatieri turns 47 in December.

Cowboys WR Michael Gallup left Sunday's game against the Giants in the 4th quarter because of a knee contusion. Gallup didn't return, but by that time wasn't needed to clinch the win at Washington. We'll look for an update on his status, but this doesn't look like a serious issue.

Rams DE Aaron Donald left Sunday's game against the Saints with a back injury. He is a questionable to return.

Update: Donald returned in the 2nd quarter.

Saints QB Drew Brees hurt his right thumb in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Rams when banged it on Aaron Donald's hand on a follow through. Brees got the thumb taped up and briefly tried to throw on the sidelines. But he's now standing on the sidelines without a helmet. QB Teddy Bridgewater is in the game.

Bills RB Devin Singletary hurt his hamstring late in Sunday's win over the Giants. We'll look for an update on the severity. The rookie carried 6 times for 57 yards and a score before exiting.

Giants WR Cody Latimer is done for the day after sustaining a concussion in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Bills. With WR Sterling Shepard inactive with his own concussion, the G-Men are down to WRs Bennie Fowler, Russell Shepard, T.J. Jones and Cody Core.

Broncos LB Todd Davis (calf) and CB Bryce Callahan (foot) are inactive for today's game against the Bears.

Steelers RB James Conner injured his left knee in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Seahawks. He was able to get off the field under his own power but is officially questionable to return. Stay tuned for updates.

 
 
 

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