The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports Arian Foster (groin) is not expected to handle a full workload Sunday in Atlanta.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported something similar earlier Sunday, stating Foster would see "limited/specialty snaps" against the Falcons, in an effort to ramp up for a "full load" next Thursday night against the Colts. Still, Foster seems likely to be mixed in for double-digit touches in a plus matchup. We'd be hard pressed to leave him out of RB2/flex spots.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bears are "optimistic" Jay Cutler (hamstring) will start Week 4 against the Raiders.
Cutler was limited in practice all week and split reps with Jimmy Clausen. The Bears are probably rushing to get Cutler back in the lineup after Clausen's disastrous start in Seattle last week, "leading" the offense to 10 punts on 10 possessions. If Cutler plays, it's a big boost to both Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett.
Appearing on NFL GameDay Morning, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports the Eagles "do plan to play" DeMarco Murray against the Redskins.
We're seeing conflicting reports, with ESPN's Britt McHenry reporting earlier in the morning that it would be a "surprise" if Murray suited up Week 4. FedEx Field is one of the worst playing surfaces in the league, and has been pounded with rain the past couple days. If Murray plays, he'd at least be at some risk for a re-injury, but it sets up as a game to hammer the run. Treat him as a game-time call.
According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the Bears are open to trading Matt Forte.
While La Canfora's source said the price for Forte would be high and not just a salary dump, that could change as the October 28 trade deadline nears. Forte is in a contract year and unlikely to be part of the Bears' rebuilding movement. At this point, La Canfora said it would take at least a second or third-round pick to move Forte. That's a steep price for a running back who turns 30 in December.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Arian Foster (groin) is expected to play Sunday against the Falcons "barring a pregame setback."
The expectation is that Foster will be on a snap count this week before getting a full workload Thursday against Indianapolis. Even playing a limited role, Foster presents far more fantasy potential than his lesser backfield counterparts. If Foster comes out hot, it's hard to envision Bill O'Brien reverting back to Alfred Blue or Chris Polk. For what it's worth, the Falcons gave up three rushing touchdowns in one half to Joseph Randle last week, and another one to Darren McFadden.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Andrew Luck (shoulder) is out for Week 4 against the Jaguars.
It's a bold move but one that might protect Luck's longterm future. Luck barely practiced this week and what he showed during his private workout on Saturday must not have been enough to convince the coaching staff to give him the green light. Ancient Matt Hasselbeck isn't an ideal backup, but he does have a cushy matchup waiting for him against the lowly Jaguars. Receivers T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson and Donte Moncrief all become less appealing options with Luck out of the lineup. The Colts will likely attempt to lean more than usual on Frank Gore, who is averaging 4.70 yards per carry through three weeks.
Jets declared TE Jeff Cumberland, G Willie Colon, OG Jarvis Harrison, T Ben Ijalana, LB Jamari Lattimore, WR Chris Owusu and CB Darrin Walls inactive for Week 4 against the Dolphins.
Cumberland was ruled out early in the week after suffering a concussion against the Eagles in Week 3. With Jace Amaro (shoulder) and Zach Sudfeld (ACL) already on injured reserve, the Jets are incredibly thin at tight end. Kellen Davis will start there in Week 4 with Wes Saxton serving as the backup.
Dolphins declared LT Branden Albert, DT A.J. Francis, WR Matt Hazel, DB Tony Lippett, RB Raheem Mostert, TE Dion Sims and G Billy Turner inactive for Week 4 against the Jets.
This marks Albert's second absence in a row. Just as he did last week, Jason Fox will fill in at left tackle. Miami has a bye next week, giving Albert some extra time to get ready for Week 6 against Tennessee.