The Raiders plan to use their Week 6 bye "to work on their running game."
Latavius Murray has been benched in back-to-back games, although the Raiders aren't calling them benchings. He's ostensibly dealing with a shoulder injury. "All I would say on that is he is one of many guys that are giving it up for the team, playing hard, playing through some pain in some situations," coach Jack Del Rio said of Latavius. "I’m really appreciative of that, respectful of that, and we’ll continue to do the best we can to put the best product out there."
A source told ESPN's Ed Werder the Falcons are "not sure" Julio Jones (hamstring) will play Thursday night against New Orleans.
"Gonna be close," said the source. "Not sure he can go." Julio played over 70 snaps in Sunday's win over the Redskins, but likely emerged from the game experiencing a lot of soreness. At one point, he was seen grabbing his hamstring on the sideline. Julio figures to be a game-time decision against the Saints. If he can't play, more targets would be in order for Leonard Hankerson, Jacob Tamme, and maybe even the ghost of Roddy White.
Packers RG T.J. Lang (sprained MCL) plans to play Week 6 against the Chargers.
Lang might plan to play, but it would make more sense for the Packers to hold him out through the Week 7 bye. We will get a better idea of his status following Wednesday's practice.
Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly (concussion) has been cleared by an independent neurologist.
He should begin practicing this week and is expected to return to the lineup against the Seahawks. Kuechly ended up missing three games with the concussion.
Bengals OC Hue Jackson said Jeremy Hill is "still our starting tailback."
"Jeremy hasn't had the success that he had a year ago, and I think that's what everybody's looking for," Jackson said "Everybody has seen over the last couple games that Gio [Bernard] has got more carries, more opportunities than Jeremy. Well, eventually that's going to flip." Hill may be the nominal starter, but the Bengals' backfield has become a matchup-by-matchup proposition. With the Bills' stout front up next, Hill should once again take a backseat to Bernard Week 6.
Vikings rookie MLB Eric Kendricks is expected to be an every-down player following the trade of Gerald Hodges to San Francisco.
Kendricks had been steadily eating into Hodges' snap total before the bye week, but now he is the clear lead at middle linebacker. Kendricks has struggled in coverage, but he has recorded 19 tackles and a sack in just four games of part-time work. He is worth a look as a LB3 in IDP leagues.
The New York Daily News reports Giants TE Daniel Fells' career is likely over because of the MRSA infection he has been battling for more than a week.
Fells has had five surgeries on his infected foot already, and he is likely to have a couple more before he is released from the hospital. There were concerns doctors would have to amputate Fells' foot, but reports say it has not come to that. Fells' career may be over, but the only thing that really matters is his health. Thankfully, it appears he is trending in the right direction.
Vikings coaches had CB Xavier Rhodes wear boxing gloves at practice Monday.
Rhodes has seven penalties in just four games this season, so the gloves are a teaching tool which prevent Rhodes from grabbing opposing wide receivers. "It’s really just a point of emphasis of keeping an open hand," coach Mike Zimmer said. "We’re trying to fix everything that we can. Just a point of emphasis." Rhodes is an ascending young corner, but he has to cut down on the penalties.