Charles Sims has been the sixth-most efficient pass blocker among NFL running backs, according to PFF.
Sims has made the most of his 128 snaps this season. He ranks second on the team with 10 receptions and is third in receiving yards with 108. The 25 year old hasn't had much success running the ball (only 3.4 yards per carry) but he's done the little things well and should be in line for more touches as the season progresses. Starter Doug Martin bought himself some breathing room with a strong performance in Week 4 (143 combined rushing and receiving yards, one touchdown).
Brice Butler (hamstring) hopes to return after the Cowboys' bye week.
That would put him on track to return October 25 against the Giants. Butler has been targeted once on 81 snaps this season. He's not a fantasy option.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians expects Andre Ellington (PCL) to return Sunday against the Lions.
Arians said Ellington could have played Sunday against the Rams but the team gave him an extra week to be safe. Ellington was Arizona's lead back before the injury but now it appears veteran Chris Johnson is safely ahead of him. Even with four teams on bye this week, he's merely a flex option.
Saints signed OT Tony Hills.
Jahri Evans just underwent a knee scope and ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett suspects Terron Armstead might be banged up as well, necessitating the need for offensive line depth. Hills was cut from the Ravens' practice squad a few weeks ago.
ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Cowboys are not planning to sign another running back despite losing Lance Dunbar (knee) for the season.
It means Christine Michael is locked in as Jason Garrett's No. 3 running back, and will be getting touches on Sundays. Long a favorite of the fantasy community, Michael has notched just 54 touches in 2.5 seasons. He's a freak athlete, but hasn't shown much feel for the game. Nevertheless, his upside remains tangible. There are worse players to use your final roster spot on in 12-team leagues.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher confirms WLB Alec Ogletree has a fractured fibula, and expects him to be sidelined "at least" eight weeks.
Ogletree underwent surgery on his leg Tuesday. The third-year pro is almost certainly headed to injured reserve/designated to return. We won't see him before December.
ESPN's Dan Graziano reports the league is discussing the idea of reducing the preseason from four games to three.
It's unclear how far along the idea/proposal is. Cutting a preseason game would hurt fringe roster types, but would likely be favored by coaches and most veterans. The fourth preseason game is mostly just a glorified exercise in trying to avoid injury. At this point, it exists almost solely for financial reasons.
The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins "reached out" to ex-Lions coach and Bills DC Jim Schwartz.
However, reporter Adam Beasley can't confirm if the Dolphins were/are interested in Schwartz for their defensive coordinator position. Current DC Kevin Coyle is a lame duck after the Dolphins fired Joe Philbin, but the team appears unsure of whom to replace Coyle with. Adding Schwartz would be all about getting Ndamukong Suh going.