Shark Bites

Browns QB Cody Kessler was benched at halftime of Thursday night's game against the Ravens. The Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich confirms that Kessler is not injured. That was our 1st guess because the rookie wasn't bad in the first 30 minutes, completing 11 of 18 passes for 91 yards, 1 TD and 0 INTs. Cleveland scored just 7 points, though, and has turned to veteran QB Josh McCown.

Browns HC Hue Jackson announced on Friday that QB Cody Kessler will start this weekend's game against the Cowboys. It's a smart move for a team already looking ahead to 2017 to get another look at its rookie. Kessler has played surprisingly well this season, completing 66.9% of his passes, averaging 7.1 yards per attempt and tossing 4 TDs vs. 1 INT. He remains a low-upside QB2 in fantasy football, though, and is a slight downgrade for Cleveland's pass-catchers.

Browns QB Cody Kessler (concussion) put in a full practice on Wednesday. That suggests he's been fully cleared, although we haven't gotten confirmation on that. We also haven't heard who Cleveland will go with against the Cowboys this weekend if both Kessler and Josh McCown are available. We'll continue to monitor the situation.

Browns QB Cody Kessler (concussion) has received medical clearance. HC Hue Jackson wouldn't say Monday who will start against the Cowboys this weekend. QB Josh McCown played reasonably well against the Jets, completing 25 of 49 passes (51%) for 341 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs. It'd make sense, though, for the 0-8 Browns to continue to evaluate Kessler.

Browns Cody Kessler (concussion) is out for Sunday’s game against the Jets. QB Josh McCown (shoulder) put in a full week of practice and will move back into the starting lineup. He’s on the Week 8 spot start radar vs. the league’s 24th-ranked QB defense.

Bears QB Brian Hoyer is expected to miss 6 weeks after undergoing surgery to fix his broken forearm. That timetable would put him back on the field for Week 14. It's unclear whether the starting job would be waiting for Hoyer at that point, though. He's not worth stashing on fantasy rosters. We'll see whether QB Jay Cutler (thumb) is ready for next Monday night's game against the Vikings. If not, QB Matt Barkley will get the start.

Browns QB Cody Kessler left in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Bengals to be evaluated for a concussion. With QB Josh McCown (collarbone) still out, Kevin Hogan is Cleveland's backup QB.

Update: Kessler has been diagnosed with a concussion and is done for the day.

Bears QB Brian Hoyer broke his left arm in Thursday night's game against the Packers. That'll cost him an extended period of time, and possibly the rest of the season. Hoyer can be dropped in all fantasy leagues. Now we'll see if QB Jay Cutler truly remains injured, or if Chicago was just riding with Hoyer. QB Matt Barkley will start against the Vikings (gulp!) next week if Cutler can't.

Bears QB Brian Hoyer injured his left (non-throwing) arm in the 2nd quarter of Thursday night's game against the Packers. He headed back to the locker room with trainers. QB Matt Barkley is Chicago's backup tonight. QB Jay Cutler (thumb) has yet to resume practicing and has no timetable for return. We'll update Hoyer's status when we learn more.

Update: Hoyer has been ruled out for the rest of the game.

Browns QB Cody Kessler (chest, ribs) practiced all week and isn’t on the final injury report. He’ll start Sunday’s game against the Titans but shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups. QB Josh McCown is out for Week 6, leaving rookie Kevin Hogan as Kessler’s backup.

Browns QB Cody Kessler (chest, ribs) put in a full practice on Thursday and is "ready to go" for this weekend's game against the Titans, according to HC Hue Jackson. The rookie hasn't embarrassed himself so far, completing 66.7% of his passes with 2 TDs and 1 INT. But he remains far from the fantasy radar.

Browns QB Cody Kessler (chest, ribs) is expected to play against the Titans this weekend, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Kessler's x-rays came back negative, and the MRI must have also come back clean. The rookie has been serviceable so far, completing 66.7% of his passes, averaging 6.5 yards per attempt and tossing 2 TDs vs. 1 INT. QB Charlie Whitehurst would have been a downgrade.

X-rays on Browns QB Cody Kessler's chest and rib injuries came back negative, according to insider Mary Kay Cabot. He'll undergo an MRI tomorrow. "My goal is to come back as fast as possible and I'll know more in the next couple of days," Kessler said said after the loss. "Just see how it feels and stay on top of it and get treatment." If he can’t play against the Titans next week, Cleveland would be down to QB Charlie Whitehurst. We’d likely see Terrelle Pryor get some snaps at QB in that case.

Browns QB Cody Kessler suffered chest and rib injuries in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Patriots. He's questionable to return. Charlie Whitehurst is the Browns' backup QB, but they could also use Terrelle Pryor.

Update: Kessler is out for the rest of the game.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is active today against the Browns. That's no surprise after he played in Week 4, but he had been listed as questionable once again. Hightower's still a lower-level IDP option, though the Browns present attractive big-play upside.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) is active for today’s game against the Browns. He was added to the injury report on Thursday but was able to get in a limited practice on Friday. Edelman is safe to get into fantasy lineups in a plus matchup and with QB Tom Brady back in action.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) is expected to play against the Browns today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Edelman popped up on Thursday's injury report but got in a limited practice on Friday. We never heard any concern about the foot. He's a borderline WR1 in PPR and a strong WR2 in non-PPR with QB Tom Brady back.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Bills. He was added to the injury report on Thursday but was able to get in a limited practice on Friday. We’re guessing Edelman will play, but we’ll find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman was added to Thursday's injury report with a foot. He was limited in practice. We won't hear anything from the team on his status, so we'll have to see what he does in practice on Friday. Edelman, of course, has had 2 foot surgeries over the past year.

Bears HC John Fox suggested Monday that the team will stick with QB Brian Hoyer even when QB Jay Cutler (thumb) is medically cleared. "Anybody's that performing well, I don't think we're going to be likely to change," were Fox's exact words. Hoyer has completed 68% of his passes for 619 yards, 4 TDs and 0 INTs over the past 2 weeks. That's come against a couple of poor defenses in the Cowboys and Lions. But Hoyer gets another 1 this Sunday when he travels to Indianapolis.

 
 
 

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