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Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) was limited in practice all week but isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’s good to go for Sunday’s game against a leaky Dolphins pass defense.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) was limited for the 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He's fully expected to play against the Dolphins this weekend, but it'd be nice to see him put in a full practice on Friday.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) was on the field for the start of Wednesday's practice. It's confirmation that he's on track to play vs. Miami this weekend. As usual, Jones will be a high-upside WR1 for that game.

The Chargers have cut K Younghoe Koo. He connected of just 3 of 6 FG attempts, although all 3 of his misses came in the first 2 weeks. Los Angeles has signed K Nick Novak to replace Koo. The 36-year-old made 85.4% of his FG attempts for Houston last year and will be a spot-start option in plus matchups.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Falcons don't expect WR Julio Jones to miss any games. He's dealing with a hip flexor injury but gets a well-timed Week 5 bye. We'll keep a close eye on Jones when Atlanta returns to work next week, but owners can tentatively plan on getting him back for Week 6.

Falcons WR Julio Jones exited in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Bills with a hip injury. He was shown heading back to the locker room with trainers. We'll update his status when we know more.

Update: Jones has been ruled out for the rest of the game.

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle) is inactive for tonight's game against the Cowboys. There had been hope he'd be ready to make his 2017 debut vs. Dallas, but Bucannon clearly needs more time. We'll need to see him in at least 1 game before putting him into any IDP lineups. Don't be surprised if he returns to a limited role early on.

Falcons HC Dan Quinn said Monday that WR Julio Jones is dealing with a lower-back injury. Quinn said Jones will be limited in practice this week but expressed no concern about his availability for Sunday's game against the Bills, per ESPN's Vaughn McClure. We'll keep an eye on the situation. Jones played a season-high 85.3% of Atlanta's offensive snaps and tallied a 7-91 line on 12 targets in the win over the Lions.

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon is expected to make his season debut Monday against the Cowboys. According to Mike Jurecki of 98.7 FM in Arizona, Bucannon will be on a snap count in his return game. The veteran put in limited practices all week and missed the full offseason, training camp and preseason following ankle surgery. Karlos Dansby remains the only usable Cardinals ILB in IDP leagues.

The Chargers are sticking with K Younghoe Koo, HC Anthony Lynn said Monday. The rookie missed the would-have-been game-winning 44-yard FG on Sunday. He missed a 43-yarder earlier in the game and had a 44-yarder blocked in the opener. Koo's leash can't be very long at this point. Find a safer option for your Week 3 fantasy lineups.

Titans S Johnathan Cyprien suffered a hamstring strain in the 4th quarter of Sunday's loss to the Raiders and will miss "a few weeks," HC Mike Mularkey said at his Monday press conference. Da'Norris Searcy is expected to step into the lineup for Cyprien. He started most of last season but was not much of an IDP option.

The Cardinals have ruled LB Deone Bucannon out for Sunday's game at Detroit. It's not surprising after he missed practice all week. We'll see if the veteran is ready to participate in Week 2. Rookie Haason Reddick figures to start in his place after spending training camp and the preseason working there.

After releasing kicker Josh Lambo, the Chargers are poised to role with Younghoe Koo atop the depth chart. A UDFA from Georgia Southern, Koo made just 1 FG this preseason (27 yards). He went 3 for 3 on XPs. We’d take a wait-and-see approach here, but the Chargers’ loaded offense certainly provides fantasy upside.

Cardinals LB Deone Bucannon returned to actual practice Tuesday for the 1st time since having ankle surgery back in May. "He's right on schedule," HC Bruce Arians said, per 98.7 FM in Arizona. "He's got to get in football shape real fast." The coach said they'll need to track Bucannon's progress, but the plan is reportedly for him to start next to Karlos Dansby in Week 1 at Detroit if the veteran proves ready. We wouldn't bet on a full load of snaps right away after such a long layoff, however. Look for rookie Haason Reddick -- who has been filling in for Bucannon -- to mix in. Dansby looks like the best IDP bet among the 3 to open the year.

The Cardinals on Tuesday activated LB Deone Bucannon off the PUP list, but he's not yet practicing. The team website reports that HC Bruce Arians wanted Bucannon active so that he could participate in walkthroughs, with the hope that the LB will be ready to practice next week. “We haven’t been counting on Deone,” Arians said. “That’s going to be a blessing (if he plays).” Bucannon has been out since spring ankle surgery and makes for a high-risk pick in IDP leagues.

Rams HC Sean McVay raved about RB Todd Gurley after a strong performance in a joint practice against the Chargers on Saturday. "He did a great job of getting it out into the open field," McVay said. "And there was a couple where he's reading it one gap at a time on some of the schemes we have, and you can feel his speed once he gets to the corner. He's a guy that has been motivated and has been a standout throughout the offseason program, and it's been the same throughout camp. We're expecting big things from Todd." Gurley was 1 of the bigger disappointments in fantasy football last year. That's sunk his draft range into the late 2nd or early 3rd round this summer. There's certainly bounce-back potential here for a former 1st-round pick who's still only 23 years old.

Falcons WR Julio Jones joined team drills Wednesday for the 1st time in training camp, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. More importantly, it marked his 1st full practice since the latest procedure on his left foot back in March. Jones said through the offseason that the operation wasn't a big deal, but it'll be nice to see him prove it on the field over the next few weeks. Of course, we already didn't have any trouble taking him in the middle of Round 1 of fantasy football drafts this year.

Falcons HC Dan Quinn said Wednesday that WR Julio Jones (foot) will be limited to begin training camp. That he'll be out there at all this early on is a good sign. Jones is returning from surgery to remove a bunion from his left foot on March 6. There's been nothing to suggest that it'll be an issue when Week 1 rolls around.

New Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian is looking to get WR Julio Jones more red zone targets this season. "When you have a player like Julio, it's making sure we maximize his opportunities because there is so much double-coverage, there are so many unique coverages that roll his way that when we don't get that, let's make sure he's one of the primary receivers on that play because it is such a tough matchup for anybody one on one," Sarkisian said. Hallelujah! Jones' 9 red zone targets last year ranked 6th on his own team. That number deserves to at least double in 2017. (Jordy Nelson led the league last year with 29 red zone looks.) A spike in TD production should follow for Jones, who scored just 6 times last year.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) is targeting the start of training camp for his return to full action. He's spent the offseason recovering from surgery to remove a bunion from his left foot. The procedure had nothing to do with his twice-fractured right foot. “I just had to get something repaired,” Jones said of the March surgery. “That was it. It was light." This particular issue shouldn't be a concern in 2017, although Jones' durability remains a sticking point. He's missed 17 games through 6 NFL seasons. Of course, he's also finished among the top 6 WRs in fantasy points per game in 4 straight years.


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