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Packers RB Jamaal Williams (concussion) is out for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. Rookie Dexter Williams figures to step into the #2 RB role — but Aaron Jones should get feature-back usage in Dallas. He registered an 84% snap rate, 13 carries and 7 targets last week.

Raiders WR Tyrell Williams (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bears. He didn’t practice all week and might be held out of this one, especially with Oakland getting a Week 6 bye. We’ll get Williams’ official game status by noon ET on Sunday.

Raiders WR Tyrell Williams (foot) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. It looks like he's in danger of missing Sunday's game against the Bears in London. It wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for Williams to sit that one out and get healthy. We'll update his status again tomorrow.

Raiders HC Jon Gruden said Wednesday that WR Tyrell Williams is dealing with a foot injury and is questionable for this weekend's game against the Bears in London. Williams played his usual snap rate (93%) last week, so we'd be a bit surprised if he's unable to play on Sunday. We'll track his practice participation over the next few days.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson left Sunday's game against the Chiefs after he tried to leap over a defender and hit the turf hard. He's certainly going for a concussion check and might have also suffered a shoulder injury. We'll update his status when we learn more.

Update: The Lions announced that Hockenson is out with a concussion.

Washington CB Quinton Dunbar graduated to a full practice Thursday and seems on track to return Sunday against the Giants. Dunbar missed the past 2 games with a knee injury but returned to the field for the 1st time Wednesday (limited). As long as he's active, Dunbar will make for a nice Week 4 IDP option. We've added him to the DB rankings.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams was carted off the field in the 1st quarter of Thursday night's game against the Eagles after taking a helmet to helmet hit. The good news is that Williams was moving, but he's obviously done for the night. We'll update his status when we learn more. Aaron Jones will serve as Green Bay's feature back the rest of the way.

Raiders WR Tyrell Williams (hip) isn't listed on the final Week 3 injury report. He was limited on Wednesday and Thursday but put in a full workout on Friday. Williams is off to a hot start, but the hip issue and a matchup with Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes makes him a shaky WR3 for Week 3.

Raiders WR Tyrell Williams (hip) was limited in Wednesday's practice. He was able to finish last week's loss to the Chiefs and should be fine for this weekend's tilt with the Vikings. We'll get another update on Williams tomorrow.

Raiders WR Tyrell Williams has a hip pointer, HC Jon Gruden said Monday. Williams played 94% of the offensive snaps in the loss to the Chiefs, so it wasn't enough to knock him out of that game. He should be fine moving forward, but we'll keep an eye on his practice participation this week.

Washington CB Quinton Dunbar (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Cowboys. Washington will also miss slot CB Fabian Moreau, leaving just one-third of the team's starting CB trio available vs. a Dallas pass offense that exploded in Week 1.

Washington CB Quinton Dunbar is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys and trending in the wrong direction. Dunbar is dealing with knee soreness, according to the Washington Post. HC Jay Gruden said Thursday it was "nothing major" after Dunbar went from limited Wednesday to not practicing Thursday. He also said, however, that Friday would be "a big day" for Dunbar and other injured players. Dunbar sat out again Friday. Plan on not having him available for your Week 2 IDP lineup. We'll check his status Sunday morning.

The Rams and QB Jared Goff have agreed to a 4-year, $134 million extension. That $33.5 million average annual salary is the 3rd highest in the league, behind only Russell Wilson and Ben Roethlisberger. Goff is receiving an NFL-record $110 million in guarantees. It's a huge investment in a guy with just 2 quality seasons under his belt. But HC Sean McVay and the Rams clearly view Goff as their guy. The extension stabilizes Goff as a top 10 dynasty QB.

Lions C Frank Ragnow left Friday night's preseason game against the Bills with a worrisome-looking leg injury. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, however, reports that Ragnow sustained only a minor ankle sprain. With 2 weeks until the season begins, this doesn't seem like an issue that should alter fantasy football outlooks for others on the Detroit offense. Treat RB Kerryon Johnson and/or QB Matthew Stafford as you were planning.

The Lions have activated DE Trey Flowers from the PUP list. NFL.com's Jelani Scott reports that the free-agent addition joined his team for practice Saturday. Flowers opened camp on the PUP as he worked back from offseason shoulder surgery, a known issue at his signing. We'll watch his progress, but Flowers should be fine to draft as planned in IDP leagues.

Lions beat writer Kyle Meinke showered TE T.J. Hockenson with praise for his training camp performance. Meinke notes that the rookie “hasn’t put a catchable football on the ground,” while he’s also dominated red zone drills. Targets will likely be an issue for the run-heavy Lions, but it’s encouraging to hear Hockenson's playing like a top-10 pick. He's draftable around TE20.

Lions RB Kerryon Johnson said he's back to 100% after a November knee injury ended his rookie campaign. He didn't need surgery and will get in a full offseason of work. Johnson will need to hold off RB C.J. Anderson for work but has breakout potential in new OC Darrell Bevell's run-focused offense.

The Lions spent a 2nd-round pick on LB Jahlani Tavai. The Hawaii product posted just an 89.6 speed score even with the generally favorable conditions of running his 40-yard dash at his pro day. Tavai fared better in production, though, tallying 13% of Hawaii's solo tackles in 2018 and 17.6% of the total tackles. The latter number ranked 2nd in the class. We'll see whether Detroit likes Tavai in the middle or on the outside. Either way, he faces opportunity in a weak LB corps that has seen 1st-round pick Jarrad Davis disappoint.

The Lions selected Iowa TE T.J. Hockensen with the 8th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. After playing 2nd fiddle to Noah Fant in 2017, Hockensen emerged as Iowa’s top dog this past season. He led the Hawkeyes with 760 receiving yards, finishing 2nd to WR Nick Easley with 49 catches and 2nd to Fant with 6 TDs. A seam-stretching threat, Hockensen averaged 15.5 yards per catch and ranked 4th in this TE class in yards per route run, according to Pro Football Focus. He made a ton of catches in traffic and dropped just 1 pass all season. Hockensen boosted his stock by registering an 85th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. He’s also a plus blocker and projects as an every-down TE for Detroit. Hockensen should at least be a spot-start fantasy option as a rookie and brings difference-making long-term upside.

Check out T.J. Hockensen's scouting report.

Lions HC Matt Patricia suggested that his team will continue to deploy a committee backfield in 2019, not wanting to overwork RB Kerryon Johnson. "I think it’s a position-specific thing where those guys, they take a lot of hits,” Patricia said. “They’re in those situations a lot where their bodies are taking some pounding so you want to be conscious of how many plays they’re getting, especially early on in the year." Patricia comes from New England, where the Patriots have long utilized multiple RBs. The Lions return RBs Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner behind Johnson and might still add to the position in free agency or the draft. There are, of course, very few every-down backs in the NFL. So Johnson still has a shot to flirt with RB1 value in his sophomore campaign under run-loving OC Darrell Bevell.

 
 
 

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