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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Broncos C.J. Anderson does not have a torn ACL. So that's good. The team is expected to update Anderson's status later today, per Schefter, so we should get a better idea of how long he'll be out. Rookie Devontae Booker will operate as Denver's lead back while Anderson is sidelined. The Broncos' next 3 opponents rank 24th or worse in fantasy points allowed to RBs.

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson is expected to miss "at least a few weeks" with bone bruise in his knee, according to insider Mike Garafolo. Anderson is getting a 2nd opinion today to determine the exact extent of the damage. We should get a more concrete timetable for his return later this week, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that "being out for the season is also possible." RB Devontae Booker will take over as Denver's lead (feature?) back for as long as Anderson is out. The rookie has been impressive this year, averaging 4.8 yards per carry and 7.7 yards per catch. RB Kapri Bibbs moves up to the #2 spot on the depth chart with Anderson out.

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson missed Wednesday's practice to get a 2nd opinion on a knee injury suffered last week, according to insider Mike Klis. Anderson played through the issue in Monday night's win over the Chargers. "There is hope the injury could be minor in nature, although it’s also possible he could miss an extended period," Klis writes. We'll update this situation as soon as we learn more. RB Devontae Booker, who had already turned Denver's backfield into a committee, obviously needs to be owned in all leagues.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that 49ers WR Torrey Smith is on the trade block and that "multiple teams have shown interest." Smith has mustered just 13 catches on 32 targets for 199 yards and 2 TDs through 7 games in San Francisco's anemic passing game. His fantasy value would almost certainly get a boost with a trade out of town. Smith might be worth stashing if you have a free roster spot to play with. The trade deadline in November 1.

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49ers WR Torrey Smith (back) is active for today’s game against the Bucs. We never heard any concern about his status, but he remains a high-risk fantasy play.

49ers WR Torrey Smith (back) is questionable for this weekend's game against the Bucs. He popped up on the injury report on Thursday and was limited in the week's final 2 practices. We haven't heard anything to suggest that Smith won't play on Sunday, but the back issue only makes him a riskier fantasy option.

Panthers QB Cam Newton has made his was through the concussion protocol and is cleared to play against the Saints tomorrow, according to insider Bill Voth. We'll see if Carolina scales back Newton's rushing workload after the head injury, but he's an elite QB1 for Week 6.

Panthers QB Cam Newton (concussion) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Saints. He put in a full practice on Friday, though, and is fully expected to receive medical clearance by game time. Go ahead and pencil Newton into fantasy lineups. We'll get confirmation on his status by noon ET on Sunday.

Panthers QB Cam Newton (concussion) returned to practice on Wednesday. Barring a setback over the next few days, he'll be back under center for a plum matchup in New Orleans this weekend. Newton chucked for 331 yards and 5 TDs in the Superdome last year.

Panthers DE Charles Johnson (quad) and LB Thomas Davis (hamstring) are active for tonight's game against the Bucs after entering today questionable. They're OK to use in IDP leagues if you've waited to this point.

The Panthers have ruled QB Cam Newton out for Monday night's matchup with the Bucs because of his concussion. We'd already added QB Derek Anderson to our Week 5 rankings. The matchup gives him upside into the top 10 among fantasy QBs

Panthers WR Devin Funchess (foot) put in a full practice on Friday. He's good to go for Monday night's game against the Bucs but isn't a fantasy option. The 2nd-year wideout has just 5 catches through 4 games.

Panthers QB Cam Newton (concussion) missed practice again on Friday. He's looking like an extreme long shot to get cleared in time for Monday night's game against the Bucs. We've removed Newton and added Derek Anderson to the Week 5 QB rankings.

Panthers QB Cam Newton (concussion) remained sidelined for Thursday's practice. The fact that he wasn't able to even get in a limited session means that he still has multiple stages of the concussion protocol to pass through. He's not looking like a great bet to be cleared in time for Monday night's game against the Bucs.

Panthers QB Cam Newton (concussion) wasn't spotted during the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media. It's an unofficial practice since Carolina doesn't play until Monday night. And the fact that Newton isn't cleared yet isn't a death knell to his Week 5 status. But fantasy owners certainly need to be lining up a backup plan. We'll update Newton's status again tomorrow.

Panthers OLB Thomas Davis left Sunday's loss to the Falcons with a hamstring injury and did not return. He was seen riding a stationary bike on the sideline, so we doubt it's too serious an injury. But we'll look for a further update on his outlook this week.

The Panthers confirmed that QB Cam Newton sustained a concussion in Sunday's loss in Atlanta. It's the 1st known concussion of his NFL career, which helps his odds of getting cleared in time for Week 5. We'll track his status throughout the coming week. He has an extra day with Carolina playing the Bucs next Monday night.

Panthers WR Devin Funchess left Sunday's game at Atlanta with a toe injury. We'll see about the severity of the injury, but Funchess has drawn only 13 targets through 4 games, with no more than 4 in any contest. He's not a fantasy factor right now anyway.

Panthers QB Cam Newton is being evaluated for a concussion after he took a big shot to the head on a 2-point conversion. We'll let you know if he passes or fails the concussion test.

The Panthers' official website calls Cameron Artis-Payne the "feature back" while Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) is sidelined. That's probably an exaggeration. Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert will also be involved. Artis-Payne averaged 12.7 touches per game with Stewart out last year. Expect similar volume in Week 3. That makes him just a RB3 or flex option against a stout Vikings defense.


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