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Texans OLB/DE Jadeveon Clowney (groin) is active for today's game against the Broncos. He entered the day questionable but looks fine for normal IDP usage in a solid pass-rushing matchup.

Lions DE Ezekial Ansah is active for today's game against the Vikings. He had been sidelined since suffering a shoulder injury in the 1st half of Week 1. We'll see just how many snaps he's in for. Ansah's a deep option for IDP owners but carries lots of risk as well.

The Lions "are optimistic" that DE Ezekiel Ansah will finally return from his Week 1 shoulder injury today against the Vikings, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ansah will test it out pregame, and it's tough to know just how much we can expect Ansah to play. But he's at least expected to be available for the 1st time since the 1st half of the 1st game. Ansah's return will likely affect the playing time of recent IDP stud DE Romeo Okwara, who has been manning Ansah's right DE spot.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Seahawks RB Chris Carson is a game-time decision for today's clash with the Chargers. The team reportedly needs to test his injured hip before the game to see whether he's ready to go. If Carson sits, Mike Davis becomes a viable fantasy starter. The 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff means that some fantasy owners might need to look in a different direction for their Week 9 lineups.

UPDATE: Ian Rapoport says the Seahawks are "optimistic" that Carson plays. So keep that in mind as you decide between waiting for Carson and playing an earlier option.

Seahawks S Bradley McDougald (knee) and OLB K.J. Wright (knee) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers, and neither's situation looks particularly encouraging. McDougald missed practiced Wednesday, returned to a limited workout Thursday but then sat out again Friday. Wright sat Wednesday and Thursday before a limited Friday workout. We'll check their statuses Sunday afternoon. If your deciding between either and an early-game option, though, go with the earlier.

Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (groin) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos. He didn't appear on the Wednesday injury report but then was limited Thursday and Friday. Clowney says he's ready to play against the Broncos, though. We'll confirm his status Sunday.

Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah is questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings with his shoulder injury. He put in limited practices all week, but that's happened before. He hasn't appeared in a game since Week 1, though. We'll see about his status Sunday morning. Ansah probably needs to make it through a game before most of us can use him in IDP lineups. If he's out again, Romeo Okwara remains the lead guy at the right DE spot.

Seahawks RB Chris Carson (hip) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Chargers. He was added to the injury report on Thursday and limited again in Friday’s practice. “A little groin thing he's feeling,” HC Pete Carroll said Friday. “Just got to make sure on gameday he's feeling okay.” The 4:05 pm ET kickoff here makes this a tricky situation. We’ll look for an update on Carson’s status Sunday morning. If he can’t go, Mike Davis would be a better fantasy bet than Rashaad Penny.

The Patriots plan to bench WR Josh Gordon for "several series" during tonight's game against the Bills because of tardiness, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. His absence will reportedly amount to about a quarter of action, with "regular playing time after that." This situation isn't likely to change many redraft plans for tonight, but it adds risk to Gordon if you're building any DFS lineups that include tonight's game. Throw in the matchup with CB Tre'Davious White and Gordon's extreme popularity for fantasy, and he looks like a good player to fade in DFS. We'll see if any off-field issues persist for Gordon in New England.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) is questionable for Monday night’s game against the Bills. He put in limited practices all week, though, and played through the exact same setup last week. We’d bet on Gordon playing but will confirm his status Monday evening.

Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah is questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. He put in limited practices all week with the shoulder issue that has kept him out since Week 1. We'll see if he's finally ready to play. It's obviously tough to trust Ansah in IDP lineups even if he's active, but we'll check his status Sunday morning.

Seahawks LB K.J. Wright practiced all week and is set to play Sunday. We’d expect him to start, though it’s tough to say whether Wright will be ready for a full snap share. He has been out since late August knee surgery. Wright’s in play for deep IDP leagues but not a strong Week 8 option in most cases

Seahawks TEs Nick Vannett (back) and Ed Dickson (quad) are both set to play against the Lions on Sunday. Vannett has been operating as Seattle’s lead TE, but Dickson could take over that role. Avoid the situation in Week 8 fantasy lineups.

The Lions have ruled DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) out for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. He still hasn’t seen the gameday field since Week 1, despite varying levels of practice participation.

Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. He put in limited practices every day this week but also did so in Week 2, Week 3 and Week 5 before missing those games. We'll see about Ansah's status in his potential return from the Week 1 shoulder injury Sunday morning.

Seahawks RB Chris Carson (hip) isn’t listed on the final injury report. He figures to return as Seattle’s lead back, but HC Pete Carroll said earlier this week that RB Mike Davis has earned a role going forward. That makes Carson just a RB3 or flex play vs. the Rams.

The Lions have ruled DE Ezekiel Ansah out for Sunday’s game against the Packers. It’ll be his 4th straight missed game for the shoulder injury suffered in Week 1

Seahawks RB Chris Carson (hip) put in a limited practice on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's session. HC Pete Carroll expects Carson to play this weekend, and he's now trending in the right direction. We'll get another update on Carson tomorrow.

Seahawks RB Chris Carson (hip) did not practice on Wednesday. HC Pete Carroll said earlier in the day that he expected Carson back for this weekend's game against the Rams, but we wouldn't consider that a lock. The missed practice is especially notable after Carson got in 3 limited practices last week. We'll get another update on Thursday.

The league has suspended Seahawks LB Mychal Kendricks indefinitely because of the insider-trading case against him. We'll see how long that winds up lasting, but it means you can go ahead and drop him in IDP leagues. Unfortunately, LB K.J. Wright's knee still doesn't seem likely to be ready for Week 5. With just 1 more game between that and the Week 7 bye, we're likely looking at Week 8 for the earliest Wright availability.

 
 
 

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