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2:10pm EDT 10/13/19

Rams RB Todd Gurley (quad) is officially inactive for today’s game against the 49ers. He has a “chance” to return for Week 7, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said this morning. Malcolm Brown is expected to serve as Los Angeles’ feature back today, with Darrell Henderson — and potentially John Kelly — spelling him.

Rams RB Todd Gurley (quad) is out for Sunday's game against the 49ers, a team source tells ESPN's Lindsay Thiry. The team has promoted RB John Kelly from the practice squad. Both Kelly and rookie Darrell Henderson could mix in for a handful of touches, but look for Malcolm Brown to handle the majority of the backfield work tomorrow.

Rams RB Todd Gurley (quad) is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the 49ers after missing practice all week. His status beyond Week 6 is unclear. Gurley’s absence this weekend leaves Los Angeles’ backfield to Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson. We’re expecting Brown to handle most of the early-down and red-zone work, with Henderson operating in a change-of-pace role. Note that this isn’t a great matchup against a ‘Niners squad sitting 5th in Football Outsiders’ run defense rankings and 2nd in adjusted fantasy points allowed to RBs.

Rams RB Todd Gurley's status for Sunday's game against the 49ers is "very much up in the air," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. So Wednesday's missed practice was more than just a day off. The Rams are "preparing as if [Gurley] doesn't go" on Sunday, Rapoport adds. His absence would leave Malcolm Brown as Los Angeles' lead back, with rookie Darrell Henderson in a change-of-pace role.

Rams RB Todd Gurley sat out Wednesday's practice with what HC Sean McVay said is a left thigh contusion. We'd be surprised if this kept Gurley from playing against the Rams on Sunday, but we'll keep an eye on him over the next couple of days. Gurley's absence would leave Malcolm Brown as Los Angeles' lead back.

Falcons DB Damontae Kazee is active for today's game against the Texans. He was questionable because of an illness that kept him out of Thursday and Friday practices. Kazee has been Atlanta's primary slot corner, a role that should find more action against Houston and WR Keke Coutee than it did against Tennessee's run-heavy offense last week. Kazee has some deep IDP interest.

The Falcons on Monday traded LB Duke Riley and a 6th-round pick to the Eagles for S Johnathan Cyprien and a 7th-rounder. The move looks like an attempt by Atlanta to get a replacement for SS Keanu Neal, who suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in Week 3. Kemal Ishmael started in his place against the Titans. We'll see if Ishmael's still in the lineup for Week 5. Riley, meanwhile, joins a crowd at LB for the Eagles. He'll have some climbing to do before he's relevant.

Falcons RB Ito Smith has cleared the concussion protocol and isn’t listed on the final Week 4 injury report. He’ll return to his #2 RB role behind Devonta Freeman. Smith isn’t a real fantasy option but does downgrade Freeman to lower-end RB2 status vs. the Titans.

The Falcons believe S Keanu Neal tore his left Achilles' tendon in Sunday's loss to the Colts. Kemal Ishmael filled in for Neal on Sunday and finished with 6 tackles. He'll be worth a look in plenty of IDP leagues this week.

Falcons RB Ito Smith exited in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Colts for a concussion check. We'll update his status when we learn more. Smith's absence leaves Devonta Freeman as Atlanta's feature back.

Update: Smith has been ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Falcons and WR Julio Jones are "finalizing" a multi-year contract extension that will make him the league's highest-paid receiver. Pelissero reports that the deal should get done today. Jones had intimated he might not play Sunday without a new contract. This news means you can put the star wideout in your fantasy lineups with confidence.

Falcons WR Julio Jones isn't listed on the final Week 1 injury report. He was limited on Thursday for what the team deemed "rest" but later suggested that he might sit out this weekend's opener if his new contract isn't done. The situation is worth monitoring leading up to Sunday's game against the Vikings. But for now, Jones should be penciled into fantasy lineups.

Rams HC Sean McVay said Thursday that RB Todd Gurley won't be on a snap count in this weekend's opener against the Panthers. Gurley's usage has been 1 of the biggest mysteries in fantasy football all offseason. While his volume could still fluctuate throughout the season, it sounds like he's in for a feature role in Week 1. He should be glued into fantasy lineups as a RB1.

Falcons WR Julio Jones told reporters Thursday that he "doesn't know" if he'll play against the Vikings on Sunday. His press conference was convoluted and cryptic. Jones seemed to suggest he might sit out if his new contract isn't signed by the weekend and added that he was sore from practicing on the turf on Wednesday. "What I’m doing is getting me ready to go," Jones said. "Whatever [Dan Quinn] makes or whoever — the organization or myself — makes the decision when it’s time, we make that decision. It’s not like, 'If he’ll play, if he’s not going to play.' We’re doing everything we planned." This has obviously become a situation to track closely. We'll update Jones' status as we know more.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) was limited to open training camp but is running routes at full speed now, according to insider Orlando Ledbetter. “It feels great, being back out there running around, running routes,” Jones said Tuesday. Jones isn't expected to play in the preseason but is clearly on track to be full-go for Week 1.

Rams RB Todd Gurley's start to training camp has been an "absolute success," according to The Athletic's Vincent Bonsignore. "He looked every bit as explosive, athletic and dynamic as the Todd Gurley who was the 2017 NFL Offensive Player of the Year and the one who was pushing for consideration for the same award late last season," Bonsignore writes. It's only early August. And this is just 1 beat writer's observation. But it continues a string of positive reports on Gurley over the past month after things were sounding bleak early in the offseason. Gurley and his arthritic knee still carry plenty of risk in fantasy drafts -- but he also boasts league-winning upside at his 2nd-round price tag.

After visiting Rams camp, Yahoo's Charles Robinson projects RBs Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown to combine for about 35% of the offensive snaps this season. That'd leave about 65% for RB Todd Gurley. It'd be a noticeable reduction for Gurley, who played 86% of the offensive snaps in his 14 regular season games last year and 81% in 2017. Note, though, that only 4 other RBs topped a 65% snap rate last season. So even with less time on the field, Gurley could still finish near the top of the league in touches.

"Todd's going to be ready to go," Rams HC Sean McVay told ESPN's Lindsey Thiry on Friday, deeming Gurley fit to participate in Saturday's opening camp practice. "We've got a specific plan in terms of monitoring his workload and a lot of that will be predicated on the feedback he gives to us. But he's feeling good." And thus begins the biggest camp storyline in fantasy football.

Falcons WR Julio Jones will be limited at the start of training camp after he had a procedure to remove a bunion from his foot earlier this offseason, HC Dan Quinn said Monday. Jones reportedly took part in some individual drills on Monday but sat out full-team work. We'll continue to keep an eye on him, but this doesn't seem like something that will be an issue by the time Week 1 rolls around. We're not moving Jones in the WR rankings.

Rams RB Todd Gurley is "feeling great," HC Sean McVay said. "I think, you know, one of the things about Todd is (he's a) great competitor," McVay added. "I think he's earned the right to be able to have the plan that we had this offseason. Can't wait to get him back going. I know he's ready to go." It's been all doom and gloom regarding Gurley's knee this offseason, but we'll start to get a better idea of his status when Rams training camp opens next weekend. Gurley's ADP has dipped into the middle of Round 2.

 
 
 

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