Shark Bites

Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) is inactive for today's game against the 49ers. Ansah entered the day questionable after limited practices all week. You shouldn't have been planning to use the Lions team defense anyway.

Texans OLB/DE Jadeveon Clowney (back) will not play today against the Titans, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That takes 1 of the best players off the Houston defense, but Tennessee's multitude of offensive injuries -- plus the Texans' remaining talent -- still leaves plenty of fantasy upside for Week 2. Houston remains 1 of the strongest team-defense options for the week.

Update: Clowney is officially inactive.

The Browns will release WR Josh Gordon on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Here's the statement from GM John Dorsey: "For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally and wanted the best for him, but unfortunately we've reached a point where we feel it's best to part ways and move forward. We wish Josh well." This is a stunning turn after Gordon opened the season on the active roster and played more than expected in Week 1. His Week 2 deactivation -- reportedly for a hamstring injury -- may have been the last straw. We'll see if there's more to this story. It's hard to imagine another team taking on the Gordon headache at this point ... but talent is always attractive. In Cleveland, Rashard Higgins could see the biggest role growth the rest of the way vs. preseason expectations.

Update: Schefter reports that "multiple league sources" expect the Browns to trade Gordon by Monday instead.

The Seahawks have ruled MLB Bobby Wagner out for Monday night's game at Chicago. He missed practice all week with a groin injury. Weak-side LB K.J. Wright (ankle) will also miss his 2nd straight game. That leaves a potential tackle bonanza for rookie LB Shaquem Griffin. It also creates an attractive rushing setup for Bears RB Jordan Howard.

Browns WR Josh Gordon is out for Sunday's game at New Orleans. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Gordon complained of hamstring trouble at team headquarters Saturday and was ruled out after getting checked. That leaves a few more targets available for WR Jarvis Landry, TE David Njoku and RB Duke Johnson in a game where Cleveland figures to trail.

Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah is questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers with the shoulder injury that knocked him out of Week 1 early. Ansah put in limited practices all week, though, and appears to be trending toward playing. We'll see about his status Sunday afternoon, ahead of the 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff.

Seahawks MLB Bobby Wagner and OLB K.J. Wright did not practice Friday because of injuries. Wright missed Week 1 following a preseason knee procedure. Wagner has a groin issue, despite playing every snap in the Week 1 loss to the Broncos. We'll see about their status following Saturday's practice, ahead of the Monday night game in Chicago.

The MRI on the shoulder of Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah revealed no significant injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ansah left Monday night's loss to the Jets early, but it doesn't sound like he'll miss much more time -- if any. Ansah even put in a limited practice Wednesday. We'll keep an eye on his status heading into Sunday's visit to San Francisco.

Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah left Monday night's opener against the Jets in the 1st half with a shoulder injury. He's officially questionable to return. Ansah dealt with shoulder trouble each of the past 2 seasons and had shoulder surgery following his 2013 rookie campaign. We'll see how significant this latest issue is.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Browns plan to play WR Josh Gordon "roughly 20 snaps, give or take." That's certainly enough for Gordon to compile some stats, but it's also about one-third of a normal game's worth of offensive snaps. Use Gordon in fantasy football lineups at your own risk.

Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (hand) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He'll play in Sunday's opener against the Broncos but will be behind at least Chris Carson in the pecking order. RB C.J. Prosise also figures to be in the mix. Penny shouldn’t be in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

Browns WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) is not listed on the final Week 1 injury report. He put in a full practice on Friday after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday. Gordon won't start this weekend's game against the Steelers -- rookie Antonio Callaway will -- and he's expected to be on a snap count. It leaves Gordon as a risk/reward WR3 for Week 1.

Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (hand) put in a full practice on Wednesday. He's on track to play in this weekend's opener against the Broncos but will be firmly behind RB Chris Carson in the pecking order. Penny isn't a Week 1 fantasy option but should be rostered in all leagues.

Browns HC Hue Jackson said Monday that WR Antonio Callaway will start this weekend's opener against the Steelers. That'd be alongside WR Jarvis Landry and instead of WR Josh Gordon. Of course, who starts is far less important than who plays the most snaps. And we'd still bet on Gordon playing the 2nd most snaps among Browns WRs. But he won't be a full-go after essentially missing all of August. Gordon will be a risk/reward WR3 in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

The Seahawks have placed TE Ed Dickson on the non-football injury list to open the season. That means he can return to practice after 6 weeks and join the active roster after 8. Dickson's continued absence lets Nick Vannett stay in the lead TE role heading into the regular season.

The Jets have waived K Taylor Bertolet, according to multiple reports. That leaves Jason Myers as the team's kicker, barring some further roster moves at the position. Myers appeared in just 6 games with the Jaguars last year after spending 2 seasons as their kicker. He finished each of those seasons 15th or lower in fantasy scoring.

Browns WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) will practice on Monday, HC Hue Jackson said. Gordon has been sidelined for the past week with hamstring tightness. He'll be "a little more than limited" when he returns on Monday, according to Jackson. It sounds like Gordon still isn't a lock to play against the Steelers in Week 1. And if he does, it'll be with precious few reps with QB Tyrod Taylor.

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll says LB K.J. Wright will probably be out at least "a couple weeks," according to ESPN's Brady Henderson. Carroll called that "the most optimistic we could be." That timeline would put Wright on the sideline past the regular-season opener. We'll see as the game draws closer, but IDP owners should expect Wright to miss at least 1 game and quite possibly another. Rookie Shaquem Griffin figures to start as long as Wright's out.

Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny got the cast removed from his injured finger on Wednesday, HC Pete Carroll said. "We'll see," Carroll replied when asked if Penny would play in Seattle's preseason finale on Thursday night. We'd be surprised to see the rookie out there, but he does appear on track to be available for Week 1. Penny won't be a fantasy option for that one but is still capable of earning a significant role in this backfield throughout the season. He's gone in the 7th round of 12-team PPR drafts over the past week.

The Seahawks and WR Tyler Lockett have agreed to a 3-year, $31.8 million extension with $20 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. The new deal lands Lockett inside the top 25 highest-paid WRs in the league. It's a significant investment -- and confirmation that Lockett is set to play a big role in Seattle's passing game this season and beyond. He's an excellent target at his 13th-round ADP.

 
 
 

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