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Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett is dealing with a knee sprain, HC Pete Carroll said Monday. Carroll added that it's not serious and labeled Lockett "day to day," but it's a trickier situation with Seattle playing Arizona on Thursday night. We'll monitor Lockett's status over the next few days. If he's unable to play vs. the Cardinals, WR David Moore would become a nice spot start.

Jets HC Adam Gase named QB Joe Flacco his starter for Sunday's game against the Chargers. QB Sam Darnold's throwing shoulder still isn't back to 100%. Flacco turned in the Jets' best QB performance of the season last time out, chucking for 262 yards and 3 scores vs. the Patriots. Still, he'd be a desperation Week 11 fantasy play.

Broncos QB Drew Lock is "uncertain" for Sunday's game against the Dolphins after suffering a rib injury in yesterday's loss to the Raiders, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Denver would turn to either Brett Rypien or Jeff Driskel under center if Lock is out. We'll watch his practice participation this week.

ESPN's Ed Werder reports that Saints QB Drew Brees has multiple rib fractures on both sides and a collapsed right lung. Brees reportedly entered Week 10 with a rib fracture and wore a flak jacket during the game. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport adds that Brees has been battling injuries "for several weeks." It seems like Brees will at least miss the Week 11 clash with Atlanta. We'll see beyond that. Jameis Winston looks like a waiver-wire add in fantasy football this week.

Update: ESPN's Dan Graziano reports that a source told him "the most optimistic recovery time would be 2-3 weeks; emphasis on optimistic. ... There is hope he's back in time for the playoffs." Rapoport reported earlier that the team isn't currently considering IR for Brees, which would force him to miss at least 3 games.

The Dolphins have released RB Jordan Howard. He was a healthy scratch for 4 of Miami's last 5 games and finishes his Dolphins career with 1.2 yards per carry on 28 attempts. Miami is now down to RBs Salvon Ahmed, DeAndre Washington, Patrick Laird, Matt Breida and Myles Gaskin, who's out at least 1 more game. Ahmed has operated as the lead back for the past 2 weeks.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) is "unlikely" to play against the Lions on Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. It's worth noting that Carolina still has a bye coming up in Week 13, so it's possible McCaffrey is held out through that. He's obviously still worth stashing on fantasy benches. RB Mike Davis has floundered over his last 4 starts, totaling just 212 yards and 1 TD.

Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and is considered "day to day," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It sounds like Bridgewater has a shot to play against the Lions on Sunday, but we'll track his progress throughout the week. QB P.J. Walker will start for Carolina if Bridgewater can't.

Saints QB Drew Brees suffered a rib contusion in Sunday's game against the 49ers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Brees is getting an MRI on Monday to check for cartilage damage. "New Orleans is bracing for Brees to miss some time to fully heal," Rapoport adds. We'll see exactly how long Brees will be sidelined, but expect QB Jameis Winston to get at least 1 start. The Saints have a great passing schedule upcoming: vs. Atlanta, at Denver, at Atlanta.

There's "not much concern" about Lions QB Matt Stafford's thumb after tests came back, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Though he may be limited some this week, the initial belief is he won’t miss game time," Rapoport adds. We'll keep an eye on Stafford's status throughout the week, but it sounds like he'll be available for Sunday's game vs. the Panthers.

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Rams S Taylor Rapp left in the 1st half of Sunday's win over the Seahawks with a knee injury. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the team believes Rapp suffered an MCL sprain. That's likely to cost him some further time. Rookie S Jordan Fuller jumped back into the starting lineup in his 1st game back from IR (shoulder injury) on Sunday, but Rapp also opened the game on the field. We'll see how they fit together when both back healthy. For now, though, Rapp's injury makes it easy to expect full playing time for Fuller.

"Initial word" is that the knee injury Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater suffered in Sunday's loss to the Bucs is not serious, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Source said he hasn’t even been ruled out for next week," Rapoport adds. "The MRI will tell the full story, but early prognosis is not a dire one." We should learn more about Bridgewater's status tomorrow.

Bills WR John Brown was knocked out by a right ankle injury in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Cardinals. We'll look for an update on the severity tomorrow and monitor his status this coming week.

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Ravens RB Mark Ingram (ankle) is active for tonight’s game against the Patriots. We like Baltimore’s running game to have a big one vs. a New England squad sitting 31st in Football Outsiders’ run defense DVOA, but it’s completely unclear how the RB touches will be divvied after Ingram missed the the past 2 games.

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Patriots WR N’Keal Harry (concussion) is active for tonight’s game against the Ravens. Last year’s 1st-rounder has totaled just 6 catches for 61 yards over his past 4 games.

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Patriots RB Damien Harris (chest, ankle) is active for tonight’s game vs. the Ravens. Banged up and in a bad matchup, Harris is a weak fantasy play.

Seahawks RB Travis Homer is doubtful to return for Sunday's game against the Rams with a hand injury. He had 0 carries and 3 targets before exiting. We'll update his status when we know more.

Saints QB Drew Brees is on the sidelines for the start of the 2nd half of the 49ers game. The team announced him as questionable to return with a rib injury. That presumably happened when Brees took a big hit in the 2nd quarter. We'll update his status when we know more. QB Jameis Winston is in for New Orleans.

Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith sustained a concussion in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the 49ers. We'll track his progress through the protocol this coming week.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford hurt his right thumb in Sunday's win over Washington. He played through the issue but said he'll have an MRI on the thumb. We'll see whether the thumb challenges Stafford's availability for Week 11.

Lions WR Danny Amendola was knocked out of Sunday's win over Washington with a hip injury. We'll look for an update on the severity.


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