Lions OC Joe Lombardi said RB Zach Zenner could see carries even when Joique Bell (ankle) returns.
The good news is the coaching staff seems to trust Zenner, but he had just two carries against Seattle even with Bell sidelined. Ameer Abdullah handled 72 percent of the carries against the Seahawks, and he should continue to dominate carries even when Bell returns. Zenner is just a Dynasty stash at this point.
Cowboys WLB Sean Lee (concussion) was cleared to practice on Thursday.
Lee suffered a concussion in the second quarter against the Saints Sunday night. He is on track to play this week against the Patriots. The Cowboys will also have MLB Rolando McClain and DE Greg Hardy back off suspension.
Colin Kaepernick said his four-interception performance against the Cardinals caused him to be more tentative last week against Green Bay.
"I put our team in a bad situation in the Arizona game. I wasn’t going to allow that to happen again," Kaepernick said. "It cost us (Sunday), but that’s something I’ll correct moving forward." Kaepernick seemed scared to push the ball downfield against the Packers, and when he did he usually threw the ball out of bounds. Coach Jim Tomsula said he spoke with Kaepernick during the week about being more aggressive even if it results in mistakes. If Kaepernick takes that advice this week, it should be great news for the Giants DST.
Browns CB K'Waun Williams (concussion) is expected to play Week 5 against the Ravens.
Williams has missed the last two games with a concussion, but he was cleared to practice on Wednesday. Barring any setbacks, Williams will be back against Baltimore. Williams was playing well as the Browns' primary slot corner before going down.
Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (ankle, thigh) returned to practice Thursday.
Hurns is on track to play this week against the Bucs. He will be a WR3 in that matchup.
Patriots signed RB Dion Lewis to a two-year, $4.4 million extension through 2017.
The deal includes a $600,000 signing bonus as well as $2 million in base salary and $1.8 million in possible incentives in 2016 and 2017. Signed to a futures contract last December, Lewis took hold of the starting running back job in New England with a strong training camp and preseason. Lewis has 325 total yards and two touchdowns through three games this season.
DeSean Jackson (hamstring) participated in individual drills on Thursday.
It is the second day in a row he has seen work, though he will likely be listed as a limited participant again. Jackson has said it is "possible" he returns this week, but it is more likely he sits out another game. Jamison Crowder has 18 targets the last two games and could see another big workload if Jackson misses.
Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion) did not practice Thursday.
He also missed Wednesday's session. It would be extremely surprising if Reed is able to play this weekend. Derek Carrier will fill in if Reed is forced to sit.