Shark Bites

Texans WR Kenny Stills (hamstring) was limited in practice all week and is a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with the Chiefs, according to HC Bill O'Brien. Stills was in the same boat last week before ending up inactive. We'll get his official status by noon ET on Sunday, but Stills shouldn't be in your Week 6 fantasy plans. His absence would make WR Keke Coutee a viable flier -- just note that he played only 44% of Houston's offensive snaps last week.

Lions HC Matt Patricia said Friday that TE T.J. Hockenson is "trending towards playing" against the Packers on Monday night. The rookie has been "doing everything in practice," per Patricia, and just needs to gain final clearance. We should know Hockenson's status by Saturday afternoon.

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said in a Friday morning radio appearance that there's "a chance" RB David Johnson (back) plays against the Falcons this weekend. "I'm not 100 percent sure, but I'm certainly encouraged," Keim said. Johnson didn't practice on Wednesday or Thursday and seems legitimately questionable for Sunday's game. We'll get another update on his status this afternoon.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (back) isn't listed on the final Week 6 injury report. He didn't practice on Wednesday, but HC Ron Rivera said that giving CMC Wednesdays off will be the norm going forward. He put in full workouts on Thursday and Friday. Expect McCaffrey to play his usual workhorse role in London on Sunday morning.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (clavicle) is "very close" to returning and that there's "optimism" that he's able to play against the Texans this weekend Hill is set for another scan on that injured clavicle on Friday. If that comes back clean, he'll be cleared to play on Sunday. Check back this afternoon for another update.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon hurt his left knee in the 1st half of Thursday night's game against the Giants. He was announced as questionable to return but never did. Gordon was spotted riding a stationary bike shortly after the injury and was on the sidelines during the 2nd half, which would seem to suggest this isn't a serious injury. But we'll watch for further updates.

Seahawks RB Chris Carson was added to the injury report on Thursday as limited with a shoulder. ESPN's Brady Henderson notes that the team made Carson available to the media, "something they typically don't do with players whose statuses are in serious question." Carson should be fine for Sunday's game against the Browns, but check back tomorrow for another update.

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Patriots WR Josh Gordon (knee) is active for tonight’s game against the Giants. He was limited in practice all week, but we haven’t heard any concern about the knee. The weather in tonight’s game is a bigger concern — but we still like Gordon as a WR2 with upside.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) is inactive for tonight’s game against the Giants. Rookie RB Damien Harris is a healthy scratch again, so RBs Sony Michel and James White should be busy with the Pats 16.5-point home favorites.

Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew was added to Thursday's injury report and limited in practice with what the Associated Press' Mark Long calls "minor groin soreness." It doesn't sound like the rookie is in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Saints, but we'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (concussion) got in a limited practice on Thursday. So he's made some progress through the protocol but still has multiple stages to pass before being cleared for Monday night's game against the Packers. We'll get another update on the rookie's status tomorrow.

Packers WR Davante Adams "didn't sound optimistic" about his chances of playing Monday night against the Lions when he spoke to reporters on Thursday, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky. "It doesn't feel how I want it to feel at the moment," Adams said. Per Demovsky, the team is leery of rushing Adams back and having him aggravate the turf toe. He should be on fantasy benches right now.

Rams HC Sean McVay said WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) was "feeling good" after practicing on Wednesday. He's reportedly no longer experiencing concussion symptoms. While he hasn't cleared the protocol yet, it sounds like Cooks has a good shot to play against the 49ers this weekend.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams (concussion) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. That puts him on track to return for Monday night's game against the Lions. Williams had basically worked himself into an even timeshare with Aaron Jones before the concussion. We're guessing Jones operates as the lead back on Monday night after his huge Week 5 -- but Williams' return certainly adds risk to Jones' outlook.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara was added to the injury report on Thursday as limited with an ankle. That's all we know at this point. We'll get another update on Kamara tomorrow. Latavius Murray would step in as New Orleans' lead back if Kamara can't play agains the Jaguars on Sunday.

Packers WR Davante Adams (toe) remained sidelined for Thursday's practice. Consider him no better than 50/50 to return for Monday night's game against the Lions. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Cardinals RB David Johnson (back) missed practice again on Thursday. As HC Kliff Kingsbury told us, Johnson is in real danger of missing this weekend's game against the Falcons. His absence would leave Chase Edmonds as a strong fantasy play as Arizona's lead back in a plus matchup.

Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle) returned to a "very limited" practice on Thursday, per insider Geoff Hobson. It's Green's 1st official workout since going down on July 27. He won't play against the Ravens this weekend but has "a chance" to return for Week 7, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Rams RB Todd Gurley's status for Sunday's game against the 49ers is "very much up in the air," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. So Wednesday's missed practice was more than just a day off. The Rams are "preparing as if [Gurley] doesn't go" on Sunday, Rapoport adds. His absence would leave Malcolm Brown as Los Angeles' lead back, with rookie Darrell Henderson in a change-of-pace role.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) is not expected to play against the Giants tonight, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That's a tad surprising after Burkhead put in a full practice on Wednesday. We're expecting him back for Week 7. Sony Michel and James White will again dominate backfield work for New England in a mouth-watering spot as big home favorites.

 
 
 

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