Frank Gore (foot) did not practice Monday.
Coach Chuck Pagano called Gore day-to-day. With the Colts and Texans squaring off Thursday night, both teams were forced to release an injury report today. We tentatively expect Gore to be ready to roll as an RB2 Thursday.
Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar suffered a torn ACL in the Week 4 loss to the Saints and will miss the remainder of the season.
He'll head to season-ending injured reserve. Dunbar had carved out a meaningful role as the Cowboys' passing-game back behind early-down runners Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden. McFadden will now likely take over those duties, with possibly Christine Michael mixing in with Randle. Dunbar will be a 26-year-old free agent in March. It's yet another blow to the Cowboys' offense.
Texans LCB Kareem Jackson has been cleared of a concussion and will play Thursday night's Week 5 game against the Colts.
Jackson was dinged up in Sunday's blowout loss to the Falcons, but passed tests on the sidelines. He simply didn't re-enter because the Texans were getting steamrolled. Jackson will bookend RCB Johnathan Joseph on Thursday.
The Rams are expected to re-sign free agent OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar.
With WLB Alec Ogletree (broken fibula) possibly done for the season, the Rams need veteran depth at linebacker, probably their weakest position group on defense. Dunbar, 30, was released at final cuts by St. Louis.
Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier (shoulder) returned to practice on Monday.
Shazier missed the Steelers' last two games with "weakness" in his shoulder. Shazier said after Monday's practice that he "definitely" believes he'll play in Week 4 against the Chargers. It's a big boost to the Steelers' run defense, which had trouble dealing with Justin Forsett last Thursday night.
Martavis Bryant has resumed practicing with the Steelers and is expected to play Monday night against the Chargers.
"Martavis is motivated, he looks strong, he’s very impressive right now," Michael Vick observed on Monday. "He’s a great kid, wants to win and believes in himself." Until Ben Roethlisberger gets back, Martavis will be best viewed as a boom-or-bust WR3 play in fantasy. It should be noted that the Chargers are dealing with injuries to both starting cornerbacks; Jason Verrett was inactive in Week 4 with a foot injury, while Brandon Flowers suffered a concussion during the game.
Saints coach Sean Payton said Monday he believes Drew Brees (shoulder) emerged from Sunday night's win over Dallas feeling "fine."
Brees himself was a bit more evasive when asked about his health, but he posted 359 passing yards and two touchdowns against the Cowboys, while dealing 41 attempts. Based on a one-game sample size, it appears Brees has the capability of being effective even if he's well short of 100 percent. The Saints will visit the Eagles this week. New Orleans' bye is not until Week 11.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said on Sirius XM Radio on Monday that he believes Ronnie Hillman "deserves more touches."
Since the preseason, Hillman has looked like the Broncos' best back, better in pretty much every phase than C.J. Anderson. After Hillman broke a 72-yard touchdown run in Sunday's win over Minnesota, Kubiak studied the tape Monday morning and called Hillman the Broncos' "offensive player of the game," before going on the radio and stating Hillman has the "hot hand." Expect Hillman to lead Denver's backfield in touches this week against the Raiders.