Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Friday he expects Tevin Coleman (ribs) to return Sunday against the Redskins.
Quinn said Friday that LB Justin Durant (elbow) is "out," and Coleman is "in." Coleman won Atlanta's starting tailback job out of training camp, but Devonta Freeman's touchdown-scoring binge in Coleman's two-week absence has earned Freeman the lead back role for the foreseeable future. We'd guess Freeman sees around 20 touches against Washington, with Coleman mixing in for 5-8.
Joique Bell admitted Friday that his ankle is "flaring up" after undergoing surgery on it in March.
The surgery clearly didn't fix Bell's issues; he admitted to experiencing pain in the ankle "all year," which has limited his effectiveness and will keep him out of Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Ameer Abdullah will be Detroit's lead back with Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner behind him. Joique has been droppable in 12- and 14-team leagues for several weeks at this point.
Jay Cutler (hamstring) is questionable for Week 5 against the Chiefs.
He's been limited at practice this week. Cutler isn't 100 percent but that shouldn't stop him from suiting up Sunday against Kansas City. His fantasy value would get a major boost if Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) returns to the lineup this week.
Bills RG John Miller (groin) is listed as probable for Week 5.
Miller suffered a groin injury in late September. His return is not necessarily good news for Buffalo's offensive line. Through three appearances, Miller has a bottom-four grade among 74 qualified guards at Pro Football Focus.
Eddie Royal (ankle) is questionable for Week 5 against the Chiefs.
He's been practicing on a limited basis. Royal has showed up on the injury report every week but has yet to miss a game. His offensive contributions have been minimal to this point (18 catches for 120 yards and one touchdown).
Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) sat out Friday's practice and is questionable for Week 5 against the Chiefs.
Jeffery was a limited participant at practice on Wednesday and Thursday, so it's not a good sign that he wasn't available on Friday. He hasn't appeared in a game since Week 1. Jay Cutler (hamstring) and Eddie Royal (ankle) are also questionable for Sunday's game in Kansas City.
Sammy Watkins (questionable, calf) continued to express uncertainty Friday when asked about his Week 5 availability.
Players who are genuinely preparing to play on game day usually express more confidence than this. "I don't know whether I'm going to play or not," Watkins said, "but if it's an emergency, if I need to play, I think I'll play." Notice that Watkins stated he would probably only play in an "emergency." Per beat writer Mike Rodak, Watkins only participated in "three or four" practice reps on Friday. Watkins appears to be on the doubtful side of his questionable tag, and even if he suits up would be difficult to trust in a fantasy lineup.
LeSean McCoy has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring pull.
It's more significant than a Grade 1 pull, which would've rendered McCoy day to day. On Friday, McCoy said he anticipates missing 3-4 weeks, and he believes he "made it worse" by trying to play through the injury early this season. We may not see Shady back in action until after the Bills' Week 8 bye.