Shark Bites

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (concussion) is active for tonight's game against the Packers. The rookie has totaled just 10 targets, 5 catches, 35 yards and 1 TD over his last 3 games.

Saints HC Sean Payton revealed after Sunday's win over the Jaguars that RB Alvin Kamara "tweaked his knee" in addition to the "swollen ankle" that made him questionable for the game. Saints Wire reports that Payton "doesn't appear worried" about Kamara's status for Week 7, but the RB did play a season-low 59% of the snaps against Jacksonville. We'll watch his status leading up to Sunday's game at Chicago.

The Steelers fear that DE Stephon Tuitt tore a pectoral muscle in Sunday night's win over the Chargers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Tuitt will reportedly get an MRI to confirm and then figure out his next step. If the muscle is torn, it would almost certainly end his season.

Update: ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that tests confirmed the torn pec. Tuitt will have surgery and miss the rest of the season.

ESPN's Todd Archer hears that Cowboys WR Amari Cooper's availability for this Sunday night's game against the Eagles is "in serious question." Cooper is reportedly in significant pain with his quad bruise. Considering it's an aggravation of an injury originally suffered in Week 5 -- and that Dallas has a Week 8 bye -- it might make sense for the team to hold Cooper out this week. We'll keep an eye on him.

The Patriots are re-signing TE Ben Watson, according to ESPN's Field Yates. Watson was surprisingly never activated after serving his 4-game suspension to open the season, and it's unclear exactly what kind of role he'll play for the Pats going forward. There's certainly opportunity, though, on a TE depth chart topped by Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) has a "good shot" to return for Thursday night's game against the Broncos. It's a bit surprising that he's expected to be ready for the short turnaround after not practicing at all last week. We'll keep a close eye on his practice participation over the next few days.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Cowboys WR Amari Cooper has been diagnosed with a thigh bruise. "There is no indication of long-term damage," Rapoport adds. It's relatively good news -- but the injury was still enough to keep Cooper from returning to Sunday's loss to the Jets. Consider him iffy for this weekend's game vs. the Eagles.

Rams S John Johnson hurt his right shoulder in Sunday's loss to the 49ers. He returned to the game but later left again and was ruled out. We'll see about Johnson's status heading into the Week 7 meeting with Atlanta.

Steelers RB James Conner was in and out of Sunday night's game against the Chargers with a quad injury. He finished with a big 119 total yards and 2 TDs but didn't play at all in the 4th quarter. Pittsburgh's comfortable lead might have played a role in the decision to hold Conner out, but we'll look for further updates on his status. The Steelers do get a well-timed Week 7 bye. RB Benny Snell picked up the slack for Conner vs. Los Angeles, finishing with 17 carries for 75 yards. He's worth stashing on fantasy rosters while we wait to learn more about Conner. RB Jaylen Samuels figures to miss another game or 2 after his knee surgery.

Titans ILB Jayon Brown left Sunday's loss to the Broncos in the 1st quarter with a groin injury. Brown left the field under his own power and was initially deemed questionable to return, but he missed the rest of the game. Wesley Woodyard stepped in to tally 6 tackles and a sack. He would start in Brown's place and likely see full playing time if Brown misses further action.

Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick left Sunday's loss to the Ravens on a cart after injuring his left knee. ESPN's Ben Baby reports that he left the locker room on crutches and with a brace on the knee. It sounds like we should expect Kirkpatrick to miss at least some time. The fill-in plan could include CB B.W. Webb, who has played near full time for most of the season so far, as well as Darqueze Dennard. Dennard opened the season on the PUP, which means Cincinnati will soon need to activate him or place him on season-ending IR.

Eagles LB Nigel Bradham left Sunday's loss to the Vikings in the 1st half with a left ankle injury and did not return. We'll see about the severity of the injury this week. LB Nate Gerry took over defensive play-calling in Bradham's absence and played a season-high 87% of the defensive snaps. Gerry hadn't previously reached 40% in a game this year.

Chiefs CB Kendall Fuller left Sunday's loss to the Texans early with a right thumb injury. He's headed for X-rays, according to multiple reports. The short week before Thursday night's game at Denver could challenge his ability to be ready for Week 7. We'll keep an eye on Fuller's status.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson cleared the concussion protocol Sunday and is expected to play against the Packers on Monday night, the Detroit Free Press reports. Hockenson suffered his concussion back in Week 4, before the bye. But he practiced in full this week and appeared on track to play. Congratulations if you waited for the rookie for Week 6.

NFL Network's James Palmer reports that Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders' knee injury "doesn’t appear to be at all serious." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that there's "optimism" that Sanders will be available for Thursday night's game against the Chiefs. We'll keep a close eye on him over the next few days.

Chargers DE Melvin Ingram will miss his 2nd straight game with a hamstring injury. He is inactive for tonight's game against the Steelers. Ingram put in just a single limited practice this week, so he's certainly no lock to be ready for Week 7. We'll see about his practice participation.

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Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) is active for tonight’s game against the Steelers. HC Anthony Lynn said Friday that Henry will be on a snap count in his 1st action since Week 1, but he only needs a handful of targets to turn in a nice fantasy outing.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota was benched in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game in Denver after tossing his 2nd INT of the afternoon. He completed just 7 of 18 passes for 63 scoreless yards. QB Ryan Tannehill has replaced Mariota.

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders is out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Titans with a knee injury. We'll look for an update on the severity.

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper exited in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Jets with a quad injury. ESPN's Todd Archer reports that this is an aggravation of an injury Cooper suffered in last week's loss to the Packers. He's officially questionable to return to this one.

Update: Cooper has been ruled out.

 
 
 

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