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Harry Douglas (foot) remained sidelined at Falcons practice Thursday.

Oct 2 - 1:13 PM

Coach Mike Pettine confirmed that Ben Tate (knee) remains on course to play and start Sunday's game against the Titans.

Tate remains limited a bit in Thursday's practice, but he's likely to see 12-15 touches against an undersized and soft Titans front this week. Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West will be competing for the rest of the work. When asked about dividing reps between three running backs, Pettine said, "It's not an easy problem. It is an issue. You have to have plan for it, be willing to adjust it." Tate is the best bet here as the starter, but he's going to have to play well in this hot-hand backfield.
Oct 2 - 12:56 PM

Chiefs WR Donnie Avery needs sports hernia surgery.

Avery is going to Philadelphia, presumably to be operated on by sports hernia specialist Dr. William Meyers. Recovery timetables for this procedure can range anywhere from 2-8 weeks. Avery, the Chiefs' second-most targeted player, had 14 catches for 156 yards and no touchdowns through the first four games. Look for A.J. Jenkins and Frankie Hammond to fill in on the outside.
Oct 2 - 12:51 PM

Joique Bell (concussion) remains in the concussion protocol.

Bell was in the locker room with his teammates Thursday, a sign he's made some progress. He remains questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills. If Bell can't go, Reggie Bush would get a bump as he'd only be complemented by Theo Riddick and George Winn.
Oct 2 - 12:45 PM

Jonathan Stewart (knee) is not in pads Thursday.

We don't know yet if Stewart will be listed as "limited" in practice or "DNP." Either way, he's not taking contact. Even if Stewart is somehow active Sunday, he'd only handle a portion of the workload while splitting time with Darrin Reaves.
Oct 2 - 12:43 PM

Lions WR T.J. Jones (PUP, shoulder) said he has no medical restrictions right now.

Jones is eligible to come off PUP in Week 7. The sixth-round rookie will compete with Jeremy Ross and Corey Fuller for a backup role. Ryan Broyles has seen just four snaps all year.
Oct 2 - 12:28 PM

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tyler Dunne said to expect a lot of James Starks in Thursday night's game against the Vikings.

Starks oddly played one snap in Week 4 and received zero carries. Expect that to change this week, especially if the heavily favored Packers get a lead. Dunne says the goal is 25-30 rushing attempts for the team and it's reasonable to think Starks can get around 10 of those. He's impressively averaged 5.46 YPC over the last two seasons while Eddie Lacy has plodded to 3.03 YPC so far this year.
Oct 2 - 12:20 PM

The Vikings plan to take the Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) decision right up until 90 minutes before Thursday's kickoff.

"Teddy Bridgewater still wants to play," but the Vikings want "to make sure it limits danger," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Teddy is fighting a garden-variety ankle sprain sustained just four days ago. If there's any danger of making it worse at all, the Vikings should play it safe with the new face of their franchise. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier signs point to Bridgewater sitting out this difficult spot at Lambeau.
Oct 2 - 11:52 AM
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