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Raiders WR Amari Cooper (concussion, ankle) is out for Sunday’s game against the Giants. It’s unclear if it’s the concussion, ankle or both keeping him sidelined — but he’s no lock to be ready for Week 14. With WR Michael Crabtree suspended, Oakland is down to WRs Seth Roberts, Cordarrelle Patterson and Johnny Holton.

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott downplayed the throwing-hand injury he suffered in Thursday night’s win over the Redskins. “It’s good,” Prescott said afterward. “I’m fine.” Prescott got a quick X-ray in the locker room during the game that came back clean, but his hand was noticeably swollen. It’ll be a situation to monitor when Dallas returns to practice next week.

Raiders WR Amari Cooper (concussion, ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He's a long shot to play against the Giants this weekend. With WR Michael Crabtree suspended, Oakland will be down to WRs Seth Roberts, Cordarrelle Patterson and Johnny Holton.

Raiders WR Amari Cooper sprained his ankle on the same play he was concussed yesterday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. No word yet on the severity of the sprain, but either or both injuries could keep Cooper out of Sunday's game against the Giants. Fantasy owners need to be lining up a replacement for Week 13.

Raiders WR Amari Cooper took a big hit to the head in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Broncos. He appeared to be unconscious on the field but was eventually able to walk off under his own power. We'll update Cooper's status when we learn more.

Update: Cooper has been ruled out for the game with a concussion. It's the 1st known concussion of his career.

Cowboys LT Tyron Smith is active for today's game against the Chargers after missing the past 2 games with his back injury. That's good news for QB Dak Prescott, who posted 2 of his 3 worst outings all season over the past 2 weeks.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Ezekiel Elliott is withdrawing his appeal and serving his 6-game suspension. That will return him for the Week 16 game against the Seahawks. Elliott is obviously droppable in most leagues, but you'll have to decide whether it makes sense to stash him for that Week 16 clash. In the meantime, Alfred Morris looks like the lead fill-in. We'll see if that changes after a sluggish 1st game of rushing without Elliott, though.

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer reports that Cowboys LB Sean Lee is likely to miss at least the next 2 games with the hamstring injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Falcons. It's the same left hamstring that forced Lee out of 2 games earlier this season. The timeline for this one isn't surprising, given that Dallas plays on Thanksgiving Day after Sunday night's clash with the Eagles. We'll see if he's ready for a Week 13 game against Washington. The situation makes Lee droppable in shallow IDP leagues and raises the tackle ceiling for Anthony Hitchens. Jaylon Smith will step into the lineup for Lee.

Cowboys OLB Sean Lee suffered a hamstring injury in the 1st half game against the Falcons. He's officially questionable to return but has been standing on the sideline since leaving rather than going to the locker room for treatment. A hamstring issue previously cost him 2 games before the Week 6 bye.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's next legal hearing is scheduled for December 1. His team will appeal the Second Circuit Court's decision not to grant Elliott an injunction. Winning that would allow him back on the field. But that's considered a long shot -- and it's unclear how long it'll even take the court to make a decision. All signs point to Elliott remaining suspended through Week 15.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's motion for an injunction has been denied, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. So his 6-game suspension is on again. At least for now. There are still other avenues Zeke can take to delay this suspension, but they're all considered long shots. It looks like he'll miss Weeks 10 through 15. That'd put him back on the field for Fantasy Championship Week. Alfred Morris is the best bet for carries in Dallas for now, but Darren McFadden and Rod Smith will also be involved.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is currently eligible to play Week 10, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That could change if the next ruling from the Second Circuit Courts of Appeals comes before Sunday. But Elliott's hearing with the court isn't scheduled until Thursday. As usual, Zeke's status is in limbo. But it sounds like there's a decent chance he plays vs. Atlanta this weekend.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been granted (another) stay of his suspension and is now eligible to play against the Chiefs on Sunday. We won't pretend to understand exactly what's going on in the courts here and what Elliott's status looks like beyond Week 9. But he should obviously be locked back into fantasy lineups, while RBs Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden and Rod Smith are again non-factors.

The Southern District Court of New York has dissolved Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's restraining order. The enforcement of that decision, though, is being delayed 24 hours to give Elliott's legal team the opportunity to appeal the decision. As usual, we're still without a final conclusion to this saga. But it sure sounds like there's a good chance Elliott's 6-game suspension starts this week. That'd knock him out until Week 15.

A judge has denied the NFL's request for an expedited hearing in the Ezekiel Elliott case. That means Elliott will be on the field for at least Week 8 against Washington, and his hearing will take place next Monday (Oct. 30) as scheduled. Beyond that ... we'll see.

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett is active for today's game against the Giants. He's dealing with a plantar fascia injury that's sure to be painful, but Bennett played nearly his usual full snap allotment even in the Week 5 game in which he got hurt. Use him as normal in IDP leagues.

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett is officially questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants because of the plantar fascia injury he suffered in Week 5, before the bye. But HC Pete Carroll expects Bennett to play, according to ESPN.com's Brady Henderson. He's fine to use as you normally would in IDP lineups. Bennett played a full share of snaps in the game in which he got hurt.

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.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been granted a temporary restraining order from the Southern District of New York. It again prevents the NFL from imposing Elliott's 6-game suspension. This restraining order is good for no more than 14 days, so it makes Elliott eligible for Week 7 and potentially Week 8. His legal team will need to again make its case in front of a different judge on or before October 30. (Dallas' Week 8 game is on October 29.) So round and round we go. The simple takeaway: Elliott will play against the 49ers this Sunday. His status beyond that is completely up in the air. RBs Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris are still worth stashing on fantasy benches.

ProFootballTalk.com reports that the judge overseeing Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's case has informed both the NFL and the NFLPA that Elliott remains eligible to play until the Firth Circuit Court of Appeals rules on his petition for rehearing. It's uncertain how long it'll take for that decision. As usual, Elliott's status is as clear as mud.

 
 
 

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