Colts RB Marlon Mack (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday. He still has multiple stages of the protocol to pass through and isn't looking like a good bet to play against the Jaguars this weekend. That'd leave the backfield to Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins.
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (groin) and TE Eric Ebron (back) did not practice on Wednesday. Both guys appeared to make it out of last weekend's game against the Dolphins healthy, so we're guessing this is more of a rest day. But check back tomorrow for another update.
Panthers WR Devin Funchess (back) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. That doesn't bode well for his chances of returning for Sunday's game against the Bucs. Frankly, we like Carolina's offense better with D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel as the top 2 WRs.
As expected, Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (hamstring) is inactive for today's game against the Browns. It'll be his 4th straight missed contest. Breeland Speaks will get another start in his place and carries nice upside in the matchup.
Chiefs OLB Justin Houston is "considered very unlikely to play" against the Browns today, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Houston returned to practice this week after missing the past 3 games but doesn't sound ready for IDP lineups. If he's inactive, Breeland Speaks becomes an upside option for IDP owners.
Chiefs HC Andy Reid told reporters early Wednesday that he expected OLB Justin Houston to return to practice after missing 3 games with a hamstring injury. "He's going to do a little bit today but just very, very limited," Reid said. "But he is making progress." The team then listed Houston as a non-participant in the official practice report. So if Houston did anything, it couldn't have been much. It's nice that the veteran pass-rusher is making some progress, but he doesn't look like a good bet for this week's upside matchup with the Browns. If Houston remains out, OLB Breeland Speaks would be an option in deeper IDP leagues. Speaks has delivered 17 total pressures over K.C.'s past 4 games, starting with the contest Houston left early.
Colts S Clayton Geathers (neck) and DE Jabaal Sheard (abdomen) are active for today's game against the Raiders. Each guy entered the day questionable but is OK to use in IDP lineups.
Colts K Adam Vinatieri (groin) is active for today’s game against the Raiders. He got in a full practice on Friday, but Vinatieri still comes with more risk than usual in Week 8 fantasy lineups.
Colts RB Marlon Mack (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Raiders. He didn’t practice on Thursday but returned to a full workout on Friday. Mack comes with slightly elevated risk today but also has plenty of upside vs. Oakland’s 26th-ranked RB defense.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Colts RB Marlon Mack has a "good shot" to play against the Raiders later today. That's a bit less optimistic than Rapoport's usual Sunday morning reports. Mack did get in a full workout on Friday, so we're expecting him to be active this afternoon. But it's clear he won't be at 100%.
Colts S Clayton Geathers (neck) and DE Jabaal Sheard (abdomen) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders. Geathers put in a full practice Wednesday before sitting out the next 2 days. He has followed odd practice schedules for weeks, whether active or inactive come Sunday. We'll have to check on his status Sunday afternoon (barring earlier word). If Geathers can't go, S Mike Mitchell will make for a solid IDP starting option in his place. Sheard's injury lacks clarity. He popped up on Thursday's report as "did not practice" but then returned to full participation Friday. We'll see about his status Sunday afternoon as well but would anticipate Sheard being in the lineup.
Colts TE Jack Doyle (hip) practiced all week, including a full workout on Friday. He's not listed on the final injury report and will play against the Raiders this weekend. Doyle is a risky fantasy play in his 1st action since Week 2, but he's worth considering in low-end TE1 territory. His return also dings TE Eric Ebron's fantasy value. Doyle out-targeted Ebron 15 to 9 over the first 2 games.
Colts K Adam Vinatieri (groin) is officially questionable for this weekend's game against the Raiders. He got in a full practice on Friday, though, so he should play on Sunday. It's a fine spot, but we might go with a K with a fully healthy groin in Week 8 fantasy lineups.
Colts RB Marlon Mack (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Raiders. He was limited on Wednesday, sat out on Thursday but returned to a full workout on Friday. That suggests he'll play on Sunday, but we'll continue to look for updates on his status. Consider Mack a risk/reward RB2 at less than 100% in a plus matchup.
Colts RB Marlon Mack wasn't spotted at portion of Thursday's practice open to the media. He was limited in Wednesday's workout with an ankle issue. We assumed that was just a rest day, but it now looks like Mack is in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Raiders. That'd leave the backfield to Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins. We'll get another update on Mack's status tomorrow.
Colts HC Frank Reich said TE Jack Doyle (hip) will practice on Wednesday for the first time since going down in Week 2. Reich "didn't rule him out" for Sunday's game against the Raiders, according to insider Mike Wells. We'll monitor Doyle's progress over the next few days. His return would obviously be a buzzkill for TE Eric Ebron's fantasy value.
The Broncos have released QB Chad Kelly. The 2017 7th-round was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing early Tuesday morning after breaking into a residence. Kelly has NFL arm talent but a long history of off-field issues. Case Keenum should be safe as Denver's starting QB the rest of the season.
Colts HC Frank Reich said Monday that K Adam Vinatieri is dealing with a groin injury. That explains why the usually reliable veteran missed a pair of XPs in yesterday's win over the Bills. The Colts will work out Ks this week, so Vinatieri isn't a lock to play against the Raiders on Sunday. Look elsewhere for your Week 8 K.
Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (hamstring) is doubtful for Sunday night's game against the Bengals. It'll be his 2nd straight missed game after Houston left Week 5 early with the injury. Kansas City also expects to remain without S Eric Berry (heel), who is also listed as "doubtful."
The Colts have ruled S Clayton Geathers (concussion) out for Week 7. He participated in practice 2 of 3 days this week, so we'd bet on Geathers being ready for a Week 8 trip to Oakland. We'll check his status leading up to that one.
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