Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said Friday the team will "ride the hot hand" at running back against New England this week.
Jones said Joseph Randle would get the nominal start, Darren McFadden will enter "a couple series later," and Christine Michael will enter thereafter. Whomever performs the best in his early-game opportunities will lead the backfield the rest of the way. We'll be interested to see just how much running Dallas will actually be able to do against the Patriots, who are coming off a bye week. Without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant available to control the clock on offense, Rod Marinell's defense has been shredded in back-to-back games.
Allen Hurns (ankle, thigh) is listed as probable for Week 5.
Hurns played through an ankle injury last week and was limited Wednesday before practicing the last two days. He has eight fewer targets than Allen Robinson through four games. Hurns is a WR3 against the Bucs.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll disclosed that Marshawn Lynch is dealing with "some tissue damage" in his hamstring.
"He is running very well," Carroll assured. "However, it's just two weeks now, and he's just getting over it. ... He could try to come back and play, but we think he'd be vulnerable. He needs another weekend to get through it, and then by next week, by Wednesday or something, we think we can get him going again." The Seahawks are smartly taking a cautious approach with their foundational back. Thomas Rawls will serve as Seattle's lead runner until Lynch returns.
James Jones (hamstring) is listed as probable for Week 5.
Jones turned in a limited practice week, but he'll be in the starting lineup against the Rams. He remains an underrated every-week WR2 in fantasy.
According to Dale Lolley of the Pennsylvania Observer-Reporter, it's looking "more and more" like Martavis Bryant will remain on the Steelers' reserve/suspended list into Week 6.
The Steelers have a one-week exemption to keep Bryant on the suspended list, and appear poised to use it after Bryant "practiced sparingly" this week. They would have had to cut a player to activate Bryant. Steelers beat writers seem to have very few details regarding Bryant's absence from team activities. Bryant should be removed from all fantasy lineups entering Week 5.
ESPN Dallas reports the Cowboys "remain hopeful" Dez Bryant (foot) will return in Week 7.
Bryant has resumed running on a treadmill, but hasn't been cleared to run routes. Reports on his timetable have been all over the place, but a Week 7 return is still overly aggressive. The Cowboys decision not to place Bryant on I.R./Designated to Return suggests he should return in the next 3-5 weeks.
Broncos LT Ty Sambrailo (shoulder) expects to return in Week 6.
Sambrailo should only miss two games. Ryan Harris will continue to replace him on Peyton Manning's blindside. The Broncos offensive line has pass-protection concerns after allowing two sacks and seven QB hurries last week. The Denver Post expects LG Evan Mathis (questionable, hamstring) to play Sunday.
Broncos released FB/TE James Casey.
Casey was active for three games, but played 19 snaps in an H-back role. The Broncos needed Casey's roster spot with LE Derek Wolfe returning from suspension.