Cleveland.com reports that the Browns expect to start LB Jamie Collins Sunday against Dallas after acquiring him from the Patriots on Monday. DC Ray Horton reportedly plans to keep him on the field for most of the snaps as well, specifically saying: "We're going to ask a lot of him and obviously see what he can handle, but so far, I have been really impressed with his smarts and his savvy and athleticism on the field and really off the field, too, of just learning something and not hesitating to translate it in his mind." Collins carries some risk by virtue of his relatively unknown role, but he has showed us all his cross-category upside. This is probably a chance worth taking for most IDP owners who have counted on Collins as a regular starter to this point. Expect Collins to take the place of veteran ILB Demario Davis and play next to Christian Kirksey.
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.
The Patriots have traded LB Jamie Collins to the Browns. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Cleveland's giving New England a 3rd-round compensatory pick. (The upcoming NFL Draft marks the 1st time those picks will have been tradeable.) Collins is in the final year of his contract, so New England clearly didn't believe it would re-sign the young LB. The trade also indicates that the Patriots figured the league compensatory-pick system would have given them something later than a 3rd-rounder for losing Collins. Thirdly, this suggests the team is happy with rookie LB Elandon Roberts, who has seen his role grow this season. Collins should start quickly for Cleveland. We'd guess he'll take over for veteran ILB Demario Davis. The Browns will also need to re-sign Collins to make this a worthwhile move. New England gets a Week 9 bye before a Week 10 game against Seattle. Dont'a Hightower figures to be the top Pats LB for IDP owners in that game and likely the rest of the way. Keep an eye on Roberts' role and production, however. The move takes a playmaker out of New England's defense, though FOX's Michael Lombardi pointed out that Collins has done more freelancing this year than the Pats would like. For now, we're not adjusting the team D's outlook.
Colts WR Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) is not on the final Week 8 injury report after putting in full practices on Thursday and Friday. He's set to return for this weekend's game against the Chiefs but will do so as the #3 WR behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief.
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.
Colts WR Phillip Dorsett (foot, hamstring) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday -- his 1st since going down in Week 6. It gives him a shot to play against the Chiefs this weekend, but it might be as the #3 WR with WR Donte Moncrief expected back. The real winner here is QB Andrew Luck, who might have his WR corps at full strength for the 1st time since Week 2.
Patriots LB Jamie Collins (hip) is active for today's game at Pittsburgh. He missed Week 6 but should be good to use as you normally would in your IDP league. Collins practiced all week.
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.
Patriots LB Jamie Collins (hip) traveled with the team to Pittsburgh for Sunday's game, according to ESPN. That would seem to put him in line to play, though we'll still have to check on his game status this afternoon. Collins entered the weekend questionable after missing Week 6. If you're planning to use Collins in your IDP lineup, make sure to have an insurance option available.
Colts WR Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) didn’t practice all week and is out for Sunday’s game against the Titans. Chester Rogers will step in as Indy’s #2 WR, putting him on the WR4 map in fantasy football.
Colts WR Phillip Dorsett missed the end of the 4th quarter and overtime on Sunday night with a hamstring injury. We'll keep an eye on him this coming week, but the 2nd-year wideout hasn't been much of a fantasy option. Week 6 marked his 5th straight game with 3 or fewer catches.
Patriots LB Jamie Collins (hip) is inactive for today's game against the Bengals. Collins' absence can't hurt the already positive receiving outlook for Bengals RB Gio Bernard.
The Patriots added LB Jamie Collins to the injury report Thursday with a hip issue that limited his practice time Thursday and Friday. He's questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals. We'll check on his status Sunday.
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.
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