Cowboys placed Lance Dunbar on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ACL.
This is just a formality after Dunbar underwent surgery on Friday. WR Vince Mayle was added off the practice squad in a corresponding move. Mayle could play snaps with Dez Bryant (foot) and Brice Butler (hamstring) out, but he is not worth a look in any fantasy league.
49ers C Daniel Kilgore (PUP, ankle) is no longer in a walking boot.
Kilgore was seen snapping to Colin Kaepernick before last week's game. Along with the trade of backup Nick Easton, Kilgore's activity suggests he will be ready to return as soon as eligible Week 7. Marcus Martin has struggled mightily in place of Kilgore the first four weeks.
ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure expects Devonta Freeman to remain the starting running back even with Tevin Coleman (ribs) set to return.
"My gut feeling is moving forward, Freeman, with his powerful running style, will remain in the starting role unless his production really tails off," McClure said. "Then Coleman can be brought in as the change-of-pace guy with his speed burst." Freeman is unlikely to see the 27 touches he averaged over the last two games with Coleman back, but he is still a good bet for 20 looks each week. That should keep him in the RB1 mix.
ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams expects TE Antonio Gates to have a big offensive role in his first game back from suspension.
"Don't expect limited touches for Gates," Williams said. "He returned to Chargers Park from his four-game suspension in shape and ready to resume a leading role in San Diego's offense." Gates had 98 targets including 19 red-zone opportunities last season. He should be an immediate touchdown threat and is low-end TE1 against a Steelers' defense which gave up four touchdowns to tight ends Week 1 against the Patriots.
The Newark Star-Ledger's Darryl Slater said Jets RB Stevan Ridley (PUP, knee) "does not appear on the verge of being game-ready."
Ridley is eligible to start practicing in two weeks, but it does not sound like he will be ready. The Jets will have 21 days to activate Ridley once he begins practicing, but they have to activate him before Week 12 or he will spend the entire season on the PUP. Slater's comments make it sound like Ridley could be sidelined the entire year.
Seahawks signed RB Rod Smith off their practice squad.
The Seahawks hope Fred Jackson will be able to play through a high-ankle sprain, but Smith will provide insurance behind presumptive starter Thomas Rawls. Marshawn Lynch will miss his second game in a row with a hamstring injury.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said "there is not enough data" to say Ryan Mathews is a better fit in the offense than DeMarco Murray.
Murray has 47 yards on 29 attempts this season including a 30-yard gain last week while Mathews has 132 yards on 33 carries. The Eagles' best running performance of the season, a 38-123-1 effort against the Jets, came with Murray on the sidelines. Kelly is right the sample size is not big enough to make definite statements, but early returns suggest Mathews should at least be given a bigger role.
Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said WR Justin Hunter is "showing some signs of progress."
"I have been very impressed with Justin in his progression," Whisenhunt said. Hunter has played 52 percent of the offensive snaps this season, but he has just four receptions on six targets. With rookie Dorial Green-Beckham coming on strong, Hunter could start to lose snaps, though both young receivers should be playing ahead of Harry Douglas. Hunters does not need to be owned in redraft leagues.