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Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (knee) opened Wednesday's practice with the 1st-team offense, according to's Conor Orr.  That suggests he's on track to return for -- and start -- this weekend's game against the Jaguars.  We'll be looking for clues on just how close Taylor is to 100%, though.  If his rushing ability is limited, he won't be a recommended QB1.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (knee) is "optimistic" that he'll be back for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, according to insider Vic Carucci.  Taylor practiced some last week and told Carucci he now has "no limitations."  We'll be keeping a close eye on his progress this week.  Even if he starts vs. Jacksonville, he'll be a shaky fantasy play if his rushing ability is compromised.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Chargers WR Keenan Allen "should be good to go" for Sunday's game against the Raiders.  Rapoport describes his hip injury as a "strain."  We'll track Allen's status throughout the week, but owners can pencil him into lineups for now in a juicy matchup.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen is dealing with a hip flexor, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  Allen doesn't believe it's serious, but he's scheduled for additional testing today.  We should get another update on his status this afternoon.  Allen has a juicy Week 7 matchup against the Raiders.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen left Sunday's game at Green Bay in the middle of the 3rd quarter with an injury. It wasn't immediately clear what was bothering San Diego's top receiver, who caught 14 balls before exiting. Allen jogged back out to the sideline a few just a few plays after heading toward the locker room, so it doesn't look like anything significant.

UPDATE: CBS finally reported that Allen suffered a hip injury. His return is questionable, and we've seen him sitting on the bench wearing a coat with the Chargers on offense.

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Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (knee) is inactive for today’s game against the Bengals. He put in 3 limited practices this week, so he appears to have a good chance to be ready for Week 7. QB E.J. Manuel gets the start today. A source tells NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that Manuel will be in the mix for the starting job going forward with a strong performance. We’re not banking on that.

The Bills listed QB Tyrod Taylor (knee) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals.  He put in 3 limited practices this week.  "He wants to go, but we'll see," Rex Ryan said Friday.  Dealing with a sprained MCL, Taylor seems like a long shot.  We'll find out his official status by noon ET on Sunday.  He won't be a recommended QB1 if active.  QB E.J. Manuel will start if Taylor is out.

Bills HC Rex Ryan said QB Tyrod Taylor will do "a few things" in Wednesday's practice.  He also said that Taylor hasn't been ruled out for this weekend's game against the Bengals.  Buffalo is surely hoping Taylor will be able to play so they don't need to roll with QB E.J. Manuel, but that still seems unlikely.  We'll continue to track the situation.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is dealing with a sprained MCL, according to insider Jason La Canfora.  HC Rex Ryan noted a sore ankle on Monday but made no mention of a knee injury.  It could cost Taylor "multiple games," per La Canfora.  His absence would leave E.J. Manuel as Buffalo's starting QB.  The former 1st-rounder looked improved this preseason, but he won't be a Week 6 fantasy option in any format against the Bengals.  Upgrade Cincinnati's defense if they get Manuel.

Bills HC Rex Ryan said Monday that QB Tyrod Taylor is dealing with an ankle injury.  "He is beat up right now," Ryan added. "He is sore. We knew he would be. He hasn't been 100 percent all season."  Taylor has already carried 31 times and taken plenty of hits.  We've seen him get up slowly on multiple occasions.  He busted off a season-high 76 rushing yards against the Titans yesterday, though.  We'll see if Taylor can make it through the season, but the ankle isn't a major concern right now.  Buffalo has a bye coming in Week 8.

The Bills are going with Tyrod Taylor as their starting QB to open the season, according to insider Jay Glazer.  HC Rex Ryan isn't expected to make an official announcement before Week 1, but we figured the decision would get leaked.  And Glazer is as reliable as they come.  Taylor has looked like Buffalo's best QB this preseason, completing 77.4% of his passes, averaging 7.6 yards per attempt and running for 108 yards and a score.  It's that rushing ability that will make Taylor an intriguing spot-start option, especially in DFS.  The Bills are expected to run the read-option with him.  That's also good news for RB LeSean McCoy.  We're decidedly less excited about Buffalo's pass-catchers.

Bills insider Tyler Dunne reports that OC Greg Roman has "trained Tyrod Taylor in the read-option" this offseason.  Roman ran the read-option with QB Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco and figures to do the same in Buffalo if Taylor is under center.  Taylor's athleticism is his greatest strength -- and it's also what could make him a sneaky spot-start option in fantasy this year.  The read-option would also be good news for RB LeSean McCoy's value.

Bills HC Rex Ryan isn't planning on revealing his starting QB until just prior to the team's Week 1 game against the Colts.  "I'm not going to make that decision until we play Indy," Ryan said. "Competitive reasons, whatever. Go for it. We don't need to tell them. Until the league makes us tell them, we can just go right up in there and say, 'We're not gonna say anything.'  We may know. But why would we say any different? The quarterbacks that we're talking about, they're all three different. So plan for all three of them. And I think that's smart on our part."  Can't argue with Ryan's logic there.  And none of the Bills QBs should be a major part of your fantasy draft plans anyway.  The smart money is on Tyrod Taylor winning the job, but he's only worth considering as a 3rd QB in best-ball leagues.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was efficient if not spectacular in Thursday night's preseason game.  Playing the entire 1st half with the starting offense, he completed 7 of 10 passes for 65 yards, 0 TDs and 0 INTs.  Taylor added 41 yards on 4 carries, including a 21-yard gain on a read-option play.  It's that rushing ability that could make this guy a sneaky fantasy option.  If Thursday night's game was an audition for the starting job as we've heard it was, Taylor is now the favorite to be Buffalo's Week 1 starter.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers loves what he's seen from WR Keenan Allen in training camp.  "He's had a great camp. He's had his best camp," Rivers said.  "I think that's not even close, just how consistent he's been."  It's the 2nd time this month that Rivers has talked up his #1 WR.  Allen disappointed last year but finished 18th among WRs in PPR points as a rookie.  He's capable of climbing back into that territory this year.  Allen is fairly priced at his 4th-round ADP.

Broncos TE Virgil Green hauled in 5 balls for 45 yards and a score in Friday night's preseason opener against the Seahawks.  It was an encouraging showing for a guy who's spent most of his first 4 seasons blocking.  All of Green's grabs came with the 2nd-team offense, which confirms that he's still behind TE Owen Daniels on the depth chart.  But a couple more performances like we saw against Seattle could earn Green a significant early-season role.  He's an elite athlete who's worth monitoring over the next few weeks.

Bills HC Rex Ryan said after Friday night's game that QB Tyrod Taylor will start the 2nd exhibition against the Browns. Ryan said all 3 of his QBs played at a high level against the Panthers. Taylor delivered 47 rushing yards to go with 5-of-8 passing for 49 yards. He followed Matt Cassel in the game and led 2 TD drives. EJ Manuel threw the Bills' only TD pass. This still looks like a wide-open battle.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers noted his strong rapport with 3rd-year WR Keenan Allen. “(Trust) gradually grows,” Rivers said. “(And) that’s building with Keenan still. Now a couple years in, he’s so smart that usually when I start to tell him something, if it were to be a correction, he already knows. I think he’s got to be as smart as there is, when it comes to (his knowledge of) every position, every spot and every adjustment. He’s got great football knowledge, so that’s another thing that’s helped him. Not only is he talented, he really understands what we’re trying to do.” Allen has dazzled early in training camp, and there’s bounce-back chatter following last year’s 77-783-4 line. He profiles as a WR2, especially in PPR leagues.

ESPN Chargers writer Eric D. Williams writes that LBs Donald Butler and Manti Te'o remain the projected inside starters for San Diego this season. That would make 2nd-round rookie Denzel Perryman the #3. DC John Pagano seemed to indicate the same even while praising the addition of Perryman. “It not only makes us better on defense, he makes our special teams better. And it pushes the veterans to always play at a higher level," Pagano said. We expect a rotation of the 3 players, especially given the dodgy injury histories of Butler and Te'o. That figures to sap the IDP value of all 3 players, though it should be good for a run D that has needed an upgrade. The Chargers D doesn't present much to get excited about in fantasy.

QB Tyrod Taylor is getting “every opportunity” to win Buffalo’s starting job, per Pro Football Talk. Taylor – a 5th year pro – hasn’t started an NFL game. But he’s competing with EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel for the Week 1 nod. “The coaches have done a good job of splitting reps, and getting us all equal reps, getting us an equal opportunity to work with the ones, twos and threes,” Taylor said. “All of us have worked with each group an equal amount of time. That’s all I can ask for.” Buffalo’s messy QB situation is a reminder that they’ll field a run-heavy offense in 2015.


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