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Patriots WR Josh Gordon has passed his physical and been activated from the NFI list, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Gordon was in full pads for Sunday's practice. We'll be looking for reports on what kind of shape he's in, but he's seemingly on track to be out there come Week 1. Gordon's ADP is sitting in the mid-7th-round in best balls on DRAFT over the past week.

"There isn’t much mystery regarding the Patriots running game," the Boston Herald's Kevin Duffy writes. "The preseason has made this much clear: The Pats are going to feed Sony Michel the ball early and often." It was a shaky spring for Michel, who was sidelined after another knee surgery. But he's been healthy throughout training camp and looked excellent in New England's 3rd preseason game. Michel figures to open the season as a workhorse on the ground -- and we've even heard that his role in the passing game might expand this season. He's a fine value at his current 5th-round ADP.

Patriots TE Ben Watson sustained a concussion in Thursday night's preseason game against the Panthers. It's the 6th documented concussion of his career. Watson is suspended for the first 4 games of the season, though, so he should be ready to go when first eligible in Week 5.

Raiders WR Antonio Brown was on the field for Tuesday's practice with a certified helmet, according to HC Jon Gruden. “He’s all in. Ready to go," Gruden said. Brown filed another grievance against the NFL on Monday. But, at least for now, it looks like he's willing to play with a legal helmet while that situation is ongoing. Hopefully this is our last update on HelmetGate.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thumb) has been activated from the Non-Football Injury list. He was spotted in full uniform on the practice field on Monday. The broken thumb he suffered in early July was never expected to cost him the start of the season, and he's clearly on track for Week 1. Edelman is a fine value at his 4th-round ADP.

Raiders WR Antonio Brown rejoined the team and attended practice on Monday, according to Pro Football Talk. Brown had disappeared again after his preferred helmet failed a lab test over the weekend. It's unclear where things stand there, but showing back up is obviously a good sign. Stay tuned for more updates.

Raiders WR Antonio Brown has again left the team after the helmet he wants to wear failed a lab test, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. "At this point, we have pretty much exhausted all avenues of relief," GM Mike Mayock said Sunday. "So from our perspective, it's time for him to be all in or all out. We're hoping he's back soon. We have 89 guys busting their tails. We are really excited about where this franchise is going, and we hope AB is going to be a big part of it starting Week 1 against Denver." The Raiders believe Brown's feet are now healthy enough to practice, so it's just the helmet issue keeping him away now. We'll continue to keep an eye on this saga.

6:08pm EDT 8/16/19

The NFL has conditionally reinstated Patriots WR Josh Gordon, according to both Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport. He can rejoin the team on Sunday for meetings, conditioning work and individual drills, according to the statement released by the league. The statement doesn’t say whether Gordon is eligible to play in games yet — but Schefter confirms that he’s “ready to go for the regular season.” Of course, fantasy drafters need to be wary of the potential for relapse. Gordon performed like a WR2 after joining the Pats during last season, though, and remains a high-upside fantasy prospect. His return crushes the sleeper prospects of guys like N’Keal Harry, Phillip Dorsett, Jakobi Meyers and Maurice Harris. QB Tom Brady obviously gets a boost. Check out our updated projections for all of the Patriots.

Raiders GM Mike Mayock told HBO's Hard Knocks that he expects WR Antonio Brown (foot) to be back to full speed in a week. He was in uniform and worked out prior to Thursday night's preseason game against the Cardinals. (Here's some video.) Brown has participated in just 1 training-camp practice with his new team so far. He's been dropping to the early 3rd round in recent fantasy drafts.

Patriots RB Damien Harris is dealing with a "minor" hand/wrist injury, according to insider Jeff Howe. That explains why the rookie didn't play in last week's preseason opener. It doesn't sound like Harris is in danger of missing the start of the season, but the missed practice time hurts his chances of earning a significant role out of the gate. Sony Michel's role as lead ball-carrier seems safe to open the season.

Raiders WR Antonio Brown will report back to the team's training camp in Napa on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's been a clown show with Brown over the past few weeks, between his cryotherapy mishap and helmet shenanigans. Brown hinted on Monday that he's not yet ready to practice due to the foot issue, so we'll see when he's able to get back on the field. He's practiced just once since camp opened.

Patriots TE Matt LaCosse sprained his ankle in the preseason opener and has been ruled out for the 2nd exhibition, the Boston Globe's Jim McBride reports. Based on the injury video, Dr. David Chao believes LaCosse has a high-ankle sprain and might not be ready for the start of the season. He had been the favorite to serve as New England's lead TE during Ben Watson's 4-game suspension. That job could now go to Stephen Anderson or Lance Kendricks. It's a situation to avoid in fantasy drafts.

An arbitrator has ruled against Raiders WR Antonio Brown in his grievance against the NFL to wear his preferred helmet. But it sounds like he has no plans to follow through on his retirement threat. "I'm working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field," Brown wrote in an Instagram post on Monday. We'll see when Brown's feet allow him to get back on the gridiron, but we can at least put the retirement talk to bed.

The Boston Herald's Kevin Duffy writes "it's pretty clear" that RB Sony Michel remains the Patriots' lead ball-carrier. Rookie RB Damien Harris drew some early-summer buzz but "hasn’t received many practice reps over the past week," per Duffy. Michel, meanwhile, has avoided a setback with his troublesome knee and even flashed improved pass-catching ability. He's turned into a nice value at his recent RB26 ADP.

ProFootballTalk reports that the NFL is expected to decide this week whether Raiders WR Antonio Brown can wear his discontinued helmet model this season. Brown filed a grievance to get the helmet approved and has threatened to quit if he can't wear his chosen headgear. It would be nice if fantasy football owners -- not to mention the Raiders -- can get this situation sorted out before we get to heavy draft season.

Raiders WR Antonio Brown is threatening to walk away from football unless he can wear his preferred helmet, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Yeah, seriously. Brown claims the new helmet makes it harder to catch the ball. He tried to convince league officials to let him wear his old helmet during a 2-hour conference call on Friday. According to Schefter, “a decision could come as early as next week.” It’s a jaw-dropping turn of events, especially with Brown still dealing with a foot ailment. Draft AB at your own risk.

Patriots WR N'Keal Harry suffered a lower-body injury in Thursday night's preseason opener. He remained on the sideline for the rest of the game, which usually means the injury isn't serious. The Boston Herald's Kevin Duffy hears, though, that Harry will "likely" miss some practice time. The rookie is expected to be ready for Week 1, but he was already seemingly behind Phillip Dorsett and Jakobi Meyers on the depth chart (in addition to Julian Edelman). Harry remains a high-end prospect but won't be an early-season fantasy option.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Michael Gehlken hears that Raiders WR Antonio Brown is expected to re-join the team "in the near future." He's been away getting treatment on his frostbitten (?) feet. Gehlken adds that the ailment is "largely considered a non-issue moving forward." We haven't yet moved Brown down the WR rankings, but he needs to get on the field to build some chemistry with QB Derek Carr in a new offense.

Former NFL head team Dr. David Chao believes Raiders WR Antonio Brown "is on path to return well before the regular season." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the damage to the bottom of Brown's feet was caused by a "cryogenic chamber mishap." Chao compares Brown's condition to "trench foot" that soldiers experienced in World War I. It's all well above our pay grade. But the fantasy takeaway here is that Brown shouldn't be in danger of missing the start of the season. That said, the missed practice time in a new offense and with a new QB is a concern. We're generally avoiding Brown at his mid-2nd-round price tag.

Raiders WR Antonio Brown is considered "day-to-day" with his foot injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It sounds like Brown got good news from the foot specialist he visited. We'll see when he's able to get back on the field. The veteran could use the practice reps in a new offense and with a new QB.

 
 
 

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