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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that there's a "real chance" Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) returns to practice on Wednesday. "He's day-to-day, not week-to-week," Rapoport adds. So this might end up being just a 1-game absence for Newton. We'll keep a close eye on his practice participation this coming week.

Patriots RB James White will not play against the Jets today because he and his wife are expecting their baby's arrival, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. That gives a big boost to RB Rex Burkhead, who drew 8 targets in a Week 1 contest that included White. Burkhead also closed out last week's blowout win at Miami after Sony Michel lost a 4th-quarter fumble. Check our updated Week 3 rankings before you finalize your lineups.

Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) has been ruled out for Week 3. He was still in a walking boot on Thursday, so he might be looking at a multi-game absence here. QB Kyle Allen starts this weekend's game against the Cardinals. He played well in last year's finale but struggled to a 52.9% completion rate and 4.9 yards per attempt this preseason. Allen is just a low-end QB2 for Week 3 -- but he's worth considering at minimum price on DraftKings.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport believes it's "trending" toward Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) missing this weekend's game against the Cardinals and QB Kyle Allen getting the start. Newton remains in a walking boot and didn't practice on Wednesday. Fantasy owners shouldn't plan on having him in Week 3 lineups. Allen started last year's season finale against a Saints team with nothing to play for, completing 16 of 27 passes (59.3%) for 228 yards (8.4 YPA), 2 TDs and 0 INTs. He posted an ugly 52.9% completion rate and 4.9 yards per attempt this preseason, although it was enough to beat out rookie Will Grier for the backup job. Allen went undrafted last year after a rocky college career. He was the #1 QB recruit in the country in the 2014 class and actually played alongside Kyler Murray at Texas A&M in 2015. Allen then transferred to Houston, opened the 2017 campaign as the starter but was benched just 3 games in. He's an intriguing player but is just a low-end QB2 for Week 3.

Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) did not practice on Wednesday. He's reportedly still in a walking boot after re-injuring his foot last Thursday night. Consider Newton no better than 50/50 to play against the Cardinals this weekend. QB Kyle Allen will draw the start if Newton is out.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said Tuesday that there's "no timeline" for QB Cam Newton's return from his latest foot injury. That doesn't sound like a guy with a good shot of playing this weekend. Newton was reportedly in a walking boot at the Panthers' facility on Tuesday. We'll track his status over the next few days, but fantasy owners should plan on being without Newton for Week 3 -- any maybe longer.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Panthers QB Cam Newton aggravated his foot injury in Thursday night's loss to the Bucs and that his status for Week 3 is "up in the air." We'll keep tabs on Newton throughout the week, but he shouldn't be in your Week 3 fantasy plans. On top of struggling as a passer, Newton isn't running. He has 5 carries for negative 2 yards through 2 games -- and the foot injury is likely to blame. QB Kyle Allen will start for Carolina against the Cardinals on Sunday if Newton can't.

Chargers S Adrian Phillips suffered a forearm fracture in Sunday's loss at Detroit, according to multiple reports. The Chargers don't yet know how long Phillips will be out, though it's not expected to be a season-ending injury. Jaylen Watkins looks like the primary playing-time beneficiary while Phillips is out.

Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (knee) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Texans. It seems like he suffered a setback with that knee on Thursday. Lee isn't worth stashing in redraft leagues.

Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (knee) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Texans. He was added to the injury report on Thursday, so it looks like he might have suffered a setback with that knee he hurt last August. Lee played just 21% of the offensive snaps in the opener, so there's little fantasy impact here. Dede Westbrook, D.J. Chark and Chris Conley are Jacksonville's top 3 WRs.

Patriots RB Damien Harris is a healthy scratch for tonight's opener against the Steelers. He's behind Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead for now. Harris might still be the best bet for carries in this backfield if Michel misses time this season, but he's obviously just a fantasy handcuff.

Patriots TE Matt LaCosse (ankle) is active for tonight’s game against the Steelers. It’s a surprise after NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported this morning that LaCosse wasn’t expected to play. It’s unclear how big a role he’ll have, leaving him as just a fantasy flier.

Patriots TE Matt LaCosse (ankle) is not expected to play in Sunday night's game against the Steelers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That leaves Ryan Izzo as New England's lead TE. Avoid the situation in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

Patriots TE Matt LaCosse (ankle) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Steelers. It sounds like he has a good shot to play, but you should be able to do better in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

Panthers QB Cam Newton isn't listed on the initial Week 1 injury report. "I feel good about the work that he has done," HC Ron Rivera said Wednesday. Newton still comes with elevated risk in Week 1 fantasy lineups after that preseason foot sprain -- and the fact that Sunday will be his 1st significant action since offseason shoulder surgery. But an active Newton always brings top-5 fantasy upside.

Panthers GM Marty Hurney said Monday that QB Cam Newton (foot) is "good to go" for this weekend's opener against the Rams. That matches everything we've heard over the past week. ESPN's David Newton noted that Newton wasn't limited in the portion of Monday's practice open to the media. We'll get Carolina's 1st official injury report on Wednesday. A full practice would make Newton a green-light fantasy play.

The Patriots are placing rookie WR N'Keal Harry on IR for an ankle injury he has been battling, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The Pats reportedly expect Harry to return this season. His deactivation clears a roster spot for WR Demaryius Thomas. Schefter reports New England has already agreed to a new 1-year deal with the veteran the team cut Saturday. Expect Thomas to have a decent-sized role Sunday night against the Steelers.

The Colts have reached agreement with QB Brian Hoyer on a 3-year deal with $9 million guaranteed, according to multiple reports. Hoyer will back up Jacoby Brissett and could present some upside as a cheap DFS play if the starter goes down.

Patriots WR N'Keal Harry is still moving "gingerly," according to insider Andrew Callahan. The rookie suffered a lower-body injury in the preseason opener about 2-and-a-half weeks ago and hasn't done much since. It's believed he's dealing with a hamstring injury, a toe injury, or both. Harry was off to an inconsistent start even before this issue and seems unlikely to play a significant early-season role.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said Tuesday that "there's no doubt in my mind” that QB Cam Newton (foot) will be ready for the season opener. He's worked off to the side of practice the past 2 days. The question now is whether Newton's mobility and rushing production will be curtailed early on. We'll be watching his practice participation closely next week.

 
 
 

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