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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.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower is active after missing the past 2 games with a knee injury. That should make him OK to use as you normally would in IDP leagues, given that Hightower has steadily increased his practice participation to this point. Of course, New England is consistently tough to predict. So use caution.

Colts WR Phillip Dorsett (ankle) is active for this morning's game against the Jaguars. He was added to the injury report on Friday and limited in practice, but we never heard any concern about his status. Dorsett is fine to get into fantasy lineups as a WR3 with upside.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills. He put in limited practices all week, however, after missing 1 or more each of the past 2 weeks. Hightower sat out the past 2 games but seems closer to a return this Sunday. We'll check his status Sunday morning.

Browns HC Hue Jackson said Friday that the team is "moving on" from WR Josh Gordon. "We need to close that chapter right now," he added. "I'm not going to answer any more questions about Josh Gordon. I'm done with it." The Browns have given Gordon numerous chances, and he continues to let them down. We'll see what Cleveland decides to do with him, but he's a poor bet to play for anyone in 2016.

Colts WR Phillip Dorsett is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Jaguars after being added to the injury report on Friday with an ankle. He was officially limited in Friday's practice. Colts-Jags kicks off at 9:30 am ET, so we'll know Dorsett's status early. If active, he'll be a risk/reward WR3.

Browns WR Josh Gordon announced Thursday that he’ll enter an in-patient treatment facility. He was set to return to the team on Monday and play Week 5 vs. New England, but that’s no longer the case. "After careful thought and deep consideration I've decided that I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility," Gordon wrote. "This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person. I appreciate the support of the NFL, NFLPA, the Browns, my teammates, my agent and the community through this extremely challenging process.” Gordon can be dropped outside of dynasty leagues or very deep redraft formats. The extra missed time only boosts Terrelle Pryor’s long-term outlook.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower will miss his 2nd straight game tonight against the Texans. He's out with a knee injury, despite having put in limited practices each of the past 2 weeks. Hightower would seem to be on track for a Week 4 return after the long week following the Thursday night game. But we'll have to keep an eye on his status. Jonathan Freeny will start in his place.

As expected, Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower will miss today's game against the Dolphins. He missed practice all week with a knee injury.

Ravens TE Ben Watson tore his Achilles early in Saturday night's preseason game, according to ESPN. That ends his season -- and possibly the 35-year-old's career. Maxx Williams now looks like the best fantasy bet among Baltimore's TEs. Last year's 2nd-rounder is a talented pass-catcher who tallied 13 receptions over his final 3 games as a rookie. Williams still isn't worth a roster spot in most fantasy leagues but could emerge as a spot-start option. TE Crockett Gillmore also remains in the mix.

Patriots QB Tom Brady returned to practice on Tuesday, 5 days after slicing his thumb with a pair of scissors before the team's 2nd preseason game. "Good," Brady said when asked how the thumb is feeling now. "It took a few days. I wanted to go and Coach [Belichick] said it's probably best if we just take it easy." Brady is hoping to play in the 3rd exhibition. Regardless of whether he does, the thumb thing is a non-issue.

Browns WR Josh Gordon has already been flashing in practice. He's getting 1st-team reps and "catching everything within reach," according to insider Mary Kay Cabot. "It's important for him to be out there with those guys,'' HC Hue Jackson said of Gordon and the starting offense. "It's important for him to be with the ones because I think he's going to be one of our better players. We have to put him out there and see what he is capable of doing." Not surprisingly, it sounds like Cleveland is planning on getting Gordon in the starting lineup after he serves his 4-game suspension. His ADP has settled in the mid 7th round.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady was scratched from Thursday night's preseason game after slicing his right thumb with a pair of scissors, per insider Tom Curran. Brady was reportedly "trying to pry something from the bottom of his cleat." It's uncertain whether he'll require stitches. As ridiculous as it sounds, this will be something to keep an eye on considering the injury is to Brady's throwing hand. Of course, his 4-game suspension means he has about 7 weeks to get ready for his 2016 debut.

The Browns had WR Josh Gordon and WR Corey Coleman on the field for a light practice Sunday, according to Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot. That marks the 1st workout for Gordon and a return for Coleman after a few days off with hamstring trouble. We'll see if Coleman can avoid further issues with the hammy and whether Gordon gets onto the field for preseason action. The rookie is the better value in fantasy football drafts right now, but both players certainly possess upside beyond where you can draft them right now. Having both healthy can only help QB Robert Griffin in his comeback bid, as well as a running game that has to deal with a shaky O-line. The whole offense will bear watching over the coming weeks.

Colts WR Phillip Dorsett had a buzz-filled spring and carried that momentum into training camp. Insider Stephen Holder deemed Dorsett the team's most improved player, noting growth in his route-running and hands. The former 1st-round pick will serve as the #3 WR this year, so consistency might be tough to come by. But he'll have tons of weekly upside as a 4.3 speedster in a pass-heavy offense.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman was on the practice field on Wednesday. It's unclear whether he was limited, but yesterday's issue with his twice surgically repaired foot obviously isn't a major concern. Edelman remains a big injury risk but is a good bet for at least WR2 PPR production when on the field.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman was injured during a 1-on-1 drill in Tuesday's joint practice with the Saints. The injury appeared to be to his left foot, which he had 2 surgeries on over the past 9 months. Tuesday was Edelman's 2nd practice since being activated from the PUP list. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that the injury is not believed to be serious based on "initial exams." We'll continue looking for updates on Edelman's status. He checks in as the 6th biggest injury risk among WRs.

Browns WR Josh Gordon "needs to lose weight," HC Hue Jackson said on Monday. Gordon hasn't played in a game since 2014 and hasn't been able to practice since being reinstated because of a quad injury. "Hopefully soon," Jackson said when asked when Gordon would get back on the field. Suspended for the first 4 games of the season, Gordon still has 2 months to get ready. But this all serves as a reminder that he's a risky fantasy pick. He's been the 38th WR off the board in recent MFL10 drafts. That price feels about right.

 
 
 

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