Colts OC Pep Hamilton says he has no set rotation at running back.
Eric Decker was downgraded from "limited" to "DNP" on Thursday after feeling renewed tightness in his hamstring.
This is getting ridiculous. It's gotten to the point where the Jets simply have to let Decker rest, but with their season on the brink at 1-3, they're still "hopeful" he can give it a go against the Chargers. "Even in a limited role, you want your best players out there," were the words of coach Rex Ryan on Thursday. If Decker does indeed suit up, he'll be a high-risk WR3 in danger of another aggravation. The situation couldn't have unfolded much worse for owners who thought they were getting a mid-round, WR2 steal in the former Bronco.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) returned to Bucs practice on Thursday.
Even if he's listed as "limited," ASJ is fully on track to start Sunday's game against the Saints after playing 71-of-71 snaps in Week 4. Seferian-Jenkins isn't yet on the TE1 radar, but is a TE2 to monitor.
Speaking Thursday, Arian Foster remained noncommittal on his Week 5 status.
The Texans have yet to announce Foster's Thursday practice status after he sat out on Wednesday. "I’m just going to go out there everyday and see how it feels," Foster said. "If it feels good enough to play, I’ll suit up." Foster is trending toward his third straight game-time decision, and shaping up as a shaky RB2 even against the Cowboys' soft defense. Foster was nowhere near 100 percent in last week's win over the Bills, and could need a week on the bench.
Josh McCown (thumb) has yet to rule out surgery, but "hopes to avoid it."
Regardless of McCown's surgery preferences, he's yet to practice this week, and is without a timetable for a return. The odds are stacked against him reclaiming Tampa's starting job.
Harry Douglas (foot) remained sidelined at Falcons practice Thursday.
Douglas' Week 5 status is clear as mud. What, if anything, he's able to do in Friday's practice will be critical for his odds of suiting up against the Giants. Fantasy owners can't be counting on Douglas as a WR4.
Coach Mike Pettine confirmed that Ben Tate (knee) remains on course to play and start Sunday's game against the Titans.
Tate remained limited in Thursday's practice, but he's likely to see 12-17 touches against an undersized and soft Titans front. 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 a plan for it, be willing to adjust." Tate is the best bet here as the starter, but he's going to have to play well in this hot-hand backfield.
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.