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Patriots re-signed franchise player Wes Welker to a one-year, $9.515 million contract.

Like the rest of the franchise players around the league, Welker had no viable alternative. It's one thing to hold out in protest of a low contract, but quite another to spurn nearly $10 million. The Pats have until July 16 to work out a long-term deal, but there's been no indication that talks will jumpstart. Welker is now eligible to join his teammates in OTAs, starting next Monday.
Tue, May 15, 2012 01:21:00 PM

Braxton Miller (hamstring) is out for Week 4 against the Titans.

Miller hasn't practice since going down with a hamstring injury in Week 2. He's week to week. The Texans will use DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Jaelen Strong in three-wide sets on Sunday.
Sep 29 - 2:12 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) is expected to miss his third straight practice Friday, but coach Rex Ryan is "hopeful" he travels for the team's game to New England.

Ryan still offered no assurances about Watkins' Sunday status. Most signs suggest he will miss his second straight game.
Sep 29 - 2:05 PM

Rashad Jennings (thumb) was limited at Thursday's practice.

ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan said earlier today that he expects Jennings to miss Monday night's game against the Vikings. Jennings' thumb injury affects his ability to block and catch passes, which is obviously a huge hindrance. With Shane Vereen (triceps) also out, it looks like Orleans Darkwa will lead the Giants' backfield in Week 4.
Sep 29 - 1:46 PM

Julius Thomas (elbow) is expected to be a game-time decision for Sunday morning's game against the Colts.

Thomas missed another practice Thursday, and is looking mighty shaky for Jacksonville/Indy's "Breakfast at Wimbledon" 9:30 AM ET tilt. We'll know early if Thomas is playing, but fantasy owners need a back-up plan. Injuries are always the risk with Thomas, who is a touchdown-scoring force when healthy.
Sep 29 - 1:14 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the odds are "slim" J.J. Watt (back) returns this season, but that there are "no long-term concerns."

There were also no long-term concerns last spring. The reality is, Watt has a bad back, and it will be a concern until proven otherwise. The good news is, he has almost an entire year to get right. Watt turns 28 next March. He should bounce back in 2017.
Sep 29 - 1:10 PM

Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) both were at practice Thursday.

Both were limited on Wednesday. It was just a walkthrough, but it is looking more and more likely Garoppolo will play Sunday. He will be a solid streaming option at home against the Bills.
Sep 29 - 12:15 PM

Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter said Golden Tate will see more targets moving forward.

Targets are not really the problem for Tate, who is on pace for 117 through three games. The problem is he is averaging just 7.2 yards per reception a season after gaining just nine yards per catch. Tate has the after-catch skills to break a couple big plays, but his usage limits his yardage upside. Marvin Jones will remain the clear No. 1 in Detroit.
Source: ESPN
Sep 29 - 12:10 PM

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Dez Bryant (knee) will not practice Thursday.

It is not surprising. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has said Bryant is a "long-shot" to play against the 49ers, and he could be looking at a multi-week absence. Cole Beasley and Brice Butler are interesting names in deep leagues.
Sep 29 - 11:56 AM

Sammy Watkins (foot) is not practicing Thursday.

Watkins was expected to test out his foot either Wednesday or today, so his absence is not a great sign. It is possible he returns to the practice field Friday, but his Week 4 chances are not looking good.
Sep 29 - 11:51 AM

Eric Decker (shoulder) did not practice Thursday.

Decker was on the field, but he did not even stretch with the team. His absence is not surprising considering he was headed for an MRI after missing Wednesday's session. It is extremely unlikely he suits up this week. Quincy Enunwa should see a big bump in targets with Decker sidelined, and he is available in a ton of leagues.
Source: ESPN
Sep 29 - 11:17 AM

Jets coach Todd Bowles said the team will "make sure" Brandon Marshall gets the ball.

"I’m sure (defenses are) paying attention to him; they were paying attention to him last year," Bowles said. "We just have to find better ways to get him the ball." Marshall does have 27 targets through three games, but he has caught just 12 of those for 160 yards and, most concerningly, zero touchdowns. Marshall places the blame on the offense "trying to be scientists" instead of just playing. With Eric Decker looking likely to miss some time with a shoulder injury, Marshall will have to be more effective moving forward.
Source: ESPN
Sep 29 - 10:56 AM




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