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The Browns will release WR Josh Gordon on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Here's the statement from GM John Dorsey: "For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally and wanted the best for him, but unfortunately we've reached a point where we feel it's best to part ways and move forward. We wish Josh well." This is a stunning turn after Gordon opened the season on the active roster and played more than expected in Week 1. His Week 2 deactivation -- reportedly for a hamstring injury -- may have been the last straw. We'll see if there's more to this story. It's hard to imagine another team taking on the Gordon headache at this point ... but talent is always attractive. In Cleveland, Rashard Higgins could see the biggest role growth the rest of the way vs. preseason expectations.

Update: Schefter reports that "multiple league sources" expect the Browns to trade Gordon by Monday instead.

Browns WR Josh Gordon is out for Sunday's game at New Orleans. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Gordon complained of hamstring trouble at team headquarters Saturday and was ruled out after getting checked. That leaves a few more targets available for WR Jarvis Landry, TE David Njoku and RB Duke Johnson in a game where Cleveland figures to trail.

Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars after a limited week of practice. His status might depend on whether RB Rex Burkhead (concussion) is cleared for Sunday’s game. We’d try not to use Michel in Week 2 fantasy lineups, but he’d at least carry some upside if he’s active and Burkhead is not.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (concussion) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Jaguars. He was limited in practice Thursday and Friday. We’ll look for updates on Burkhead Sunday morning. Pats-Jags doesn’t kick off until 4:25 pm ET.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (concussion) got in a limited practice on Thursday. He's making progress through the protocol but still has multiple stages to clear. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead missed practice Wednesday with a concussion. It's the 1st we've heard of the injury, so Burkhead must have developed symptoms since Sunday's game. He'll obviously need to pass through the league protocol before returning to action. We'll see about Burkhead's availability Sunday at Jacksonville. RB Sony Michel (knee) put in a limited practice Wednesday and could be a potential replacement if Burkhead's not ready.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Browns plan to play WR Josh Gordon "roughly 20 snaps, give or take." That's certainly enough for Gordon to compile some stats, but it's also about one-third of a normal game's worth of offensive snaps. Use Gordon in fantasy football lineups at your own risk.

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Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is inactive for today’s game against the Texans. The rookie has been limited in practice the past couple of weeks and seemingly has a shot to debut in Week 2. But it might be October before we can trust him in fantasy lineups. Rex Burkhead, James White and Jeremy Hill will handle backfield duties for the Pats today.

Patriots RB Sony Michel is not expected to play in today's opener against the Texans, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Michel is officially questionable with his knee issue. His absence would add upside to RB Rex Burkhead for fantasy lineups. We'll see, though, about Burkhead's workload as he deals with his own knee issue.

Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Texans. He was limited in practice all week. Even if he plays, we’re not expecting the rookie to play a big Week 1 role after missing most of August. He’s a strong stash but shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups this week.

Browns WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) is not listed on the final Week 1 injury report. He put in a full practice on Friday after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday. Gordon won't start this weekend's game against the Steelers -- rookie Antonio Callaway will -- and he's expected to be on a snap count. It leaves Gordon as a risk/reward WR3 for Week 1.

ESPN's Mike Reiss expects Patriots RB Rex Burkhead to be "eased into the mix" as he works back from his knee injury. Burkhead has been practicing for a few weeks now, so the report is a bit surprising. New England is also thin at RB, with Sony Michel (knee) iffy for the opener. James White is a pass-catching back, and Jeremy Hill is the only other RB on the roster. We're curious to see exactly what the Patriots offense will look like considering they're also razor thin at WR. Expect White, WR Chris Hogan and TE Rob Gronkowski to be super busy against Houston on Sunday. Burkhead is shaping up as a risk/reward RB2.

Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice. He's been practicing for about a week now but still isn't a full-go. His availability for Week 1 remains uncertain -- but he'll be tough to trust in fantasy lineups even if he ends up active against the Texans on Sunday. RB Rex Burkhead (knee), meanwhile, isn't listed on the injury report and will serve as New England's lead back in the opener.

Browns HC Hue Jackson said Monday that WR Antonio Callaway will start this weekend's opener against the Steelers. That'd be alongside WR Jarvis Landry and instead of WR Josh Gordon. Of course, who starts is far less important than who plays the most snaps. And we'd still bet on Gordon playing the 2nd most snaps among Browns WRs. But he won't be a full-go after essentially missing all of August. Gordon will be a risk/reward WR3 in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

The Raiders have placed K Eddy Pineiro (groin) on IR and will roll with K Mike Nugent. The 36-year-old has connected on 83.9% of his career FGs. He might be a spot-start option this season, but you should be able to do better than Nugent coming out of your draft.

Browns WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) will practice on Monday, HC Hue Jackson said. Gordon has been sidelined for the past week with hamstring tightness. He'll be "a little more than limited" when he returns on Monday, according to Jackson. It sounds like Gordon still isn't a lock to play against the Steelers in Week 1. And if he does, it'll be with precious few reps with QB Tyrod Taylor.

Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) returned to practice this week but remains limited. “He’s progressing pretty well,” RBs coach Ivan Fears said. “He’s still under doctors’ care — they haven’t totally freed him up for us to do everything with him, so we’re doing everything we possibly can to keep him up to date. Anything we can do, walkthrough-wise, that’s not going to be a problem ... We’re keeping him up to date, but until he’s totally turned loose, he’s still limited right now.” Michel's Week 1 availability "remains unknown," according to the Boston Herald's Kevin Duffy. We won't be able to trust the rookie in early-season fantasy lineups, but there's still intriguing upside here. Michel is worth a look if he gets into the 7th or 8th round of drafts.

Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) returned to practice on Monday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. It's unclear how much work the rookie got in, but this is at least a step in the right direction. Michel has been sidelined since early August after having a procedure to drain fluid from his knee. Missing so much time figures to leave him with a limited role early in the season -- but he's capable of quickly carving out a significant workload in 1 of the league's most productive backfields. Michel's current ADP sitting in the mid-8th round. He's a risk/reward pick there.

Browns WR Josh Gordon did take part in Saturday morning's walkthrough after being reinstated, but he sat out afternoon work "largely because of tightness in his hamstring that occurred while conditioning at the Browns' facility over the past week," according to Cleveland.com. Just another thing to watch with Gordon over the coming 2 weeks.

Updating a previous item, the Browns have activated WR Josh Gordon from the non-football injury list, and he's cleared to participate in any team activities -- including full practices and games. We'll see if he can make it into real action before the regular season begins, but know that drafting Gordon likely won't give you a Week 1 starting option in fantasy -- at least not a guy you can count on.

Update: Gordon tweaked his hamstring shortly after returning to the team. Any extra missed time only adds risk to an already volatile fantasy pick.

 
 
 

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