The Ravens have ruled out DT Brandon Williams (foot) for Sunday's game against the Jaguars in London.
Ravens TE Maxx Williams (ankle) is out for Sunday morning’s game in London. He caught all 4 of his targets last week, so his absence does give TE Ben Watson a slight boost.
Cardinals WR John Brown (quad) remained sidelined on Wednesday. Fantasy owners can't be banking on him playing against the Cowboys on Monday night. Look for J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown to again serve as Arizona's #2 and #3 WRs.
Cardinals HC Bruce Arians admitted on Monday that it "doesn't look hopeful" for WR John Brown (quad) to play against the Cowboys next Monday night. Brown didn't practice at all this past week and has no timetable for return. His absence would again leave bigger roles for J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown. Nelson tallied a 5-120-1 line in Sunday's win over the Colts, while Brown posted a 4-73 on a team-high 11 targets.
Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon has been suspended 2 games for violating the leagues' substance abuse policy. This is in addition to his previous 4-game ban for PEDs. Dixon will serve all 6 games on IR this season and be eligible for the start of 2018. We'll see if Baltimore sticks by him. Dixon obviously has off-the-field issues to work out but turns just 24 in January.
Cardinals WR John Brown (quad) has been ruled out for this weekend's game against the Colts. He's seemingly dealing with the same issue that hampered him in August. Brown's absence leaves J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown behind Larry Fitzgerald on the WR depth chart. With both Brown and RB David Johnson out, Fitz should see huge volume on Sunday.
Cardinals WR John Brown (quad) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. It's worth noting that Darren Urban of the team's official website is "guessing" that Brown will play against the Colts, "taking it easy in practices so he can be as ready as he can be on Sundays." Even in that case, though, the quad issue makes him a risky fantasy option. We just moved Brown down the Week 2 Rankings and will update his status again tomorrow.
Cardinals WR John Brown did not practice on Wednesday and was listed on the injury report with a quad. We haven't gotten an update from the team, but any missed time for Brown is noteworthy considering his sickle-cell issue. We'll have another update on his status tomorrow.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco (back) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final Week 1 injury report. He’ll start on Sunday but isn’t a recommended fantasy play after missing all of August and drawing a solid Bengals defense.
Cardinals WR John Brown put in a full practice on Wednesday but didn't sound completely confident about his health. “I’ll be ready no matter what,” he said of his Week 1 status. “Even if I’m not 100%, I’ll do what I can do.” Brown went off for 49 yards and 2 TDs in the 3rd preseason game, but he played just 6 snaps with the 1st-team offense. He'll be active for Sunday's game against the Lions, but it wouldn't be surprising if he was on some type of snap count. Brown is a risky Week 1 play -- albeit with plenty of upside.
Ravens HC John Harbaugh confirmed on Wednesday that QB Joe Flacco (back) is "ready to roll" for Week 1. He resumed throwing in late August and returned to practice this past weekend. Flacco isn't a recommended Week 1 fantasy play on the road against the Bengals. But his availability is good news for Baltimore's skill-position guys.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco (back), RB Danny Woodhead (hamstring) and WR Breshad Perriman (hamstring) all returned to practice on Saturday. It puts them on track to play against the Bengals in Week 1. Flacco, of course, will be under center. Woodhead figures to play a significant pass-catching role. We'll see how much action Perriman gets after missing all of August, but he won't be a fantasy option.
Saints WR Willie Snead received a 3-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Popped for driving under the influence, Snead was originally expected to serve a 4-game ban before having it reduced on appeal. With the 24-year-old out, Drew Brees will rely more on Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn, Brandon Coleman and Coby Fleener. Thomas was already poised for a monster workload, so this news provides the biggest bump to Ginn, Coleman and Fleener.
Ravens HC John Harbaugh revealed on Tuesday that QB Joe Flacco has resumed throwing. The team is still waiting for him to receive medical clearance to return to practice, though. It still looks like he's on track to be ready for the opener, but the Ravens passing game will be a risky Week 1 fantasy bet after what's been a lost August for Flacco.
Cardinals WR John Brown caught both of his targets for 49 yards and 2 TDs in Saturday night's game against the Falcons. Brown caught scoring throws from Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton. According to Pro Football Focus, he played just 6 snaps with Palmer before the starting QB left the game. WRs Jaron Brown, J.J. Nelson and Brittan Golden each played 16+ with Palmer. It's tough to know how much that means after John Brown missed so much time with his quad injury -- and then played with the 2nd team. We'll see about his depth-chart status heading into Week 1, but he's worth a shot at current ADP. A healthy Brown might be the best WR on the Arizona roster.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco (back) remains sidelined. We're now 4 weeks into what the team originally called a 1-week injury. OC Marty Mornhinweg gave a rambling, useless response when asked on Wednesday about Flacco's timetable for return. We've still heard nothing to suggest that he won't be ready for the season opener, but such an extended absence with a back injury for a 32-year-old QB is a concern. Flacco isn't worth drafting outside of 2-QB leagues. And if he's not back on the field by the end of August, we'll have to start pushing WRs Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace down the WR rankings.
Packers RB Ty Montgomery (leg) returned to practice on Tuesday, according to insider Tom Silverstein. He ended up missing a few practices and the 2nd preseason game with the "soft-tissue" injury. RB Jamaal Williams failed to take much advantage in that exhibition, carrying 5 times for 15 yards. Montgomery remains the heavy favorite to operate as Green Bay's lead back this season.
The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec believes RB Buck Allen has proved "worthy of an offensive role" this summer. "Allen has been the Ravens’ most effective back throughout training camp and the preseason," Zrebiec adds. That latter part isn't exactly saying much. Allen has averaged just 3.4 yards per carry through 2 exhibitions, but that bests Terrance West's 1.9, while Danny Woodhead has carried just once for 2 yards. Allen has some pass-catching chops -- he caught 45 balls as a rookie -- but has posted 3.8 YPC in both of his first 2 seasons. Don't bet on him becoming a fantasy factor this year. We'll see if he sees enough action to dent West's or Woodhead's numbers.
Cardinals WR John Brown (quad) returned to practice on Monday. He's been on and off the field all summer, so we'll see how he's able to hold up now. A healthy Brown should still be Arizona's #2 WR and bring plenty of weekly upside. But his sickle-cell trait makes him 1 of the bigger injury risks at his position. Brown's ADP is sitting in the early 10th round.
Packers RB Ty Montgomery has missed the past 2 days of practice with a lower leg injury. When asked for details on Tuesday, Montgomery offered, "just soft-tissue stuff." He added, "It was just something on and off. Something I’m dealing with. Nothing in particular that happened. Nothing major. Nothing to worry about." We'll keep an eye on this one.
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