The Packers on Wednesday placed #1 CB Sam Shields on IR as he continues to try to work through a concussion. They have also ruled out CBs Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins, who both have groin injuries. That certainly doesn't hurt the fantasy outlook for Bears QB Brian Hoyer, who has already delivered 4 straight games of 300+ passing yards, with 2 TDs in 3 of those.
Bears QB Jay Cutler played through ligament damage in his right (throwing) thumb during Monday night's loss to the Eagles, according to the Chicago Sun-Times' Adam Jahns. Cutler reportedly suffered the injury in Week 1. A source tells Jahns that the injury usually sidelines guys for 3-4 weeks. Cutler left last night's game late in the 3rd quarter after tossing a bad INT. He was wearing a cast on the hand afterward and will be re-evaluated on Tuesday. “I’m concerned,” Cutler said after the game. “As a quarterback, you kind of need your right thumb. So I think it was  when I had surgery on this thumb. So we’ll see what it is.” We'll look for an update on Cutler later today. QB Brian Hoyer would start vs. Dallas on Sunday night if Cutler can't.
Bears QB Jay Cutler exited in the 3rd quarter of Monday night's game with a right (throwing) hand injury. He struggled before getting hurt, completing 12 of 17 passes for 157 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT. He also lost a fumble. We'll look for an update on Cutler's status after the game. He hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2009. QB Brian Hoyer is Chicago's backup.
Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion) won't practice on Wednesday, according to insider Aaron Wilson. That's not a surprise just 2 days removed from the head injury. Hoyer is no better than 50/50 to be cleared in time for Sunday's game against the Jets. If he's not, QB T.J. Yates will get the start. It's a situation to avoid in Week 11 fantasy lineups.
Multiple sources are reporting that the Browns believe QB Brian Hoyer suffered a torn ACL in last night's game against the Bills. He's undergoing an MRI this morning to confirm. The injury would knock Hoyer out for the year and push Brandon Weeden back into the starting lineup. It wouldn't be a death knell to the Browns passing game, but it'd certainly be a downgrade for WR Josh Gordon and TE Jordan Cameron. Weeden is indecisive, struggles reading defenses and has poor pocket presence.
Browns HC Rob Chudzinski declined to name his starting QB for this weekend's game against the Bengals. "I'm going to wait on that until I have all of the information," Chud said. It's unclear if QB Brandon Weeden will be available after missing Week 3 with a thumb injury. But there's no way Cleveland can go back to him after QB Brian Hoyer's performance. He tossed for 321 yard and 3 scores in Sunday's thrilling win over the Vikings. Weeden has yet to throw for 3 TDs in any of his first 17 NFL appearances. Look for Hoyer to be under center against Cincinnati on Sunday, although he still won't be a recommended fantasy option.
Browns QB Brandon Weeden is out for Week 3 with a thumb injury. But HC Rob Chudzinski wouldn't commit to Weeden as his starter even when he's healthy again. “I’m going to leave all of the options open," Chud said. "It’s a matter of where he’s at from a health standpoint -- all of that plays into it -- where we’re at and how guys are playing, as well.” It sounds like QB Brian Hoyer will have a chance to retain the starting job if he plays well. Of course, it's Brian Hoyer, so we doubt he'll play well enough to lock down the spot. We're still expecting to see Weeden on the field again this season. But between this news, his thumb injury and the loss of Trent Richardson, Weeden has no place on your fantasy roster.