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Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Texans. His absence should open up a few extra targets for RBs James White and Dion Lewis.

The Panthers listed QB Cam Newton (shoulder, ankle) as questionable for Week 3 after a limited week of practice. We've heard nothing to suggest that he's in any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Saints. Go ahead and keep him penciled into fantasy lineups. Just check back Sunday morning to make sure he's active.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) did not practice on Wednesday. We still haven't gotten any details on his injury, but he's obviously in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Texans. Burkhead's absence could mean extra work for RBs James White and Dion Lewis.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead injured his ribs in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Saints and hasn't played in the 2nd. New England is calling him questionable to return, but don't expect to see him back out there. We'll look for an update after the game.

Patriots S Devin McCourty is active for Sunday's game against the Saints after entering the day questionable with a groin issue. He's fine to use in IDP lineups against a pass-heavy Saints offense.

The Patriots have ruled LB Dont'a Hightower out for Sunday's game against New Orleans with a right knee injury. We'll see about his status heading toward Week 3, but Hightower's not worth owning in most IDP leagues at this point. It's the same knee that dogged him throughout the offseason, camp and preseason. The Patriots have also showed willingness in the past to bring him along slowly even when he's active.

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Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the 49ers. He was listed as questionable but put in a full week of practice and was never in danger of missing this one. This will be Newton’s 1st extensive action since March surgery on his throwing shoulder. It makes him a risk/reward QB1 for the opener.

The Panthers listed QB Cam Newton (shoulder) as questionable for Week 1.He practiced in full all week and will start against the 49ers on Sunday.He’s a risk/reward fantasy play in a plus matchup but having thrown just 2 passes in the preseason.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower left Thursday night's game with a right knee injury after another player fell into the side of it. He could be seen riding the stationary bike on the sideline with a hot pad on the joint. The team announced that he's questionable to return. The right knee is the same spot that kept Hightower out of action until late August.

Patriots RBs Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis are all active for tonight's opener against the Chiefs. We're eager to see the backfield usage here, but it's a situation to avoid in Week 1 fantasy lineups in possible. White is the safest play as the likely passing-down back.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead practiced on Monday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. Burkhead missed the 3rd preseason game with an undisclosed injury, which allowed RB Mike Gillislee to regain some momentum. This backfield remains wide open heading into the regular season. Burkhead will be tough to trust in Week 1 fantasy lineups but is still worth a look in the double-digit rounds of drafts.

Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (ankle) got back on the practice field Saturday. He was reportedly dealing with a high-ankle sprain but ended up missing only a couple of weeks. He's on track to start alongside Allen Robinson but is tough to get excited about in fantasy with Jacksonville's QB woes.

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports that an MRI on Patriots WR Julian Edelman's right knee confirmed a "complete ACL tear." He's done for the season and is tasked with a lengthy rehab. If all goes smoothly, he'll be ready for the start of training camp next year. But Edelman will be 32 years old at that point. He's signed in New England through the 2019 season with cap hits of $5.2 and $4.7 million over the next 2 seasons. We've already removed Edelman from the 2017 WR rankings and bumped up Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola. QB Tom Brady's projections took a slight hit, but he's still flush with weapons and sitting 2nd in the QB rankings.

The Patriots "suspect" WR Julian Edelman suffered a torn ACL in Friday night's preseason game against the Lions, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "But do not definitely know," Schefter adds. "MRI on Sunday to determine full extent of injury." These "he-probably-tore-his-ACL" reports usually turn out to be torn ACLs. If that's the case, Edelman will miss the entire 2017 season. That'd open up a boatload of targets in 1 of the top passing games in the NFL. WR Chris Hogan would stand as the most likely beneficiary. WR Danny Amendola would also see a big boost in snaps. And WR Brandin Cooks, TE Rob Gronkowski and RB James White would pick up some extra targets.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman suffered a leg injury in the 1st half of Friday night's preseason game against the Lions. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Edelman "limped off grabbing the back of his knee." He was eventually carted to the locker room. We'll update his status when we learn more. WR Chris Hogan would appear to be the biggest beneficiary of Edelman's absence. He's already caught 4 balls for 70 yards and 2 TDs tonight.

Update: The Associated Press reports the injury is to Edelman's right knee.

Panthers QB Cam Newton had a quick but effective preseason debut on Thursday night, leading his team on a 10-play, 75-yard TD drive. Newton handed off 8 times -- 4 times to Jonathan Stewart and 4 to Christian McCaffrey. He completed both of his pass attempts for 21 yards and a score. Newton checked down to McCaffrey and then connected on a quick slant to WR Kelvin Benjamin for a 9-yard TD. He showed no signs of the shoulder surgery that sidelined him for much of the offseason, although we didn't get to see him unleash any long balls. With Newton unlikely to play in the preseason finale, the next time we'll see him is Week 1 against the 49ers. He's a risk/reward QB1.

The Patriots on Tuesday activated LB Dont'a Hightower off the PUP list. He had been sitting out with a right knee injury. New England re-signed him in the offseason to a multi-year deal, however, which included $19 million in guarantees. According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, Hightower was always believed to be on track for Week 1. His return coincided with LB Elandon Roberts returning to practice after missing a few days with a rib injury. Roberts had been calling the plays and wearing the green-dot helmet on defense recently, but Hightower's the more likely candidate for that role if he's at full health. We'll see what the playing time looks like in the 3rd preseason game this weekend. Neither makes for a strong IDP candidate, but Hightower carries a high weekly ceiling when fully healthy.

Jaguars WR Marqise Lee is out of his walking boot and getting around without a limp, according to insider John Oehser. Lee told the media on Saturday that he expects to play Week 1. We'll see about that. Players tend to be over-optimistic about their outlooks. And if Lee is truly dealing with a high-ankle sprain, we'd still consider him questionable for the opener. He's not worth drafting outside of deep fantasy leagues.

Panthers QB Cam Newton won't play tomorrow afternoon against the Titans, but he's on track for Carolina's 3rd preseason game next week, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Newton's rehab from throwing-shoulder surgery has gone slowly (by design) but smoothly. "Cam is throwing more each day, and he feels fine," Pelissero added. We're looking forward to seeing him in action next week.

Jaguars WR Marqise Lee suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's practice, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "He'll push hard to be ready for Week 1, but caution could push it back," Rapoport adds. High-ankle sprains tend to cost players at least 4 weeks -- and sometimes 6 or more. We're a little less than 4 weeks away from the season opener, so we'd consider Lee on the doubtful side of questionable for that one. It's tough to make a case for drafting him outside of best-ball leagues. Lee's absence gives WR Allen Hurns' outlook a boost.

 
 
 

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