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According to ESPN's John Clayton, there's been "no action right now" on Steven Jackson in trade talks.

Reliable colleague Adam Schefter had previously reported that the Rams have already fielded not just phone calls but offers from several teams. "Don't expect a trade," says Clayton, however, citing the prohibitive $3.705 million remaining on Jackson's salary. DeAngelo Williams "probably is unlikely" to be dealt, says Clayton. It's hard to imagine Williams being amendable to adjusting his salary, which has $2.779 million remaining. Per Yahoo's Brian McIntyre, a Williams trade would also cost the Panthers $1.4 million more against the 2013 cap than an offseason release. Clayton believes LeGarrette Blount "may be the most tradeable" back on the market, as he's due less than $300,000 the rest of the way and may only cost a seventh-round pick.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Oct 29, 2012 11:46:00 PM

Drew Brees said his "trust factor and confidence level" in Coby Fleener "just continues to go up."

"We’re still growing, big time," Brees said. "But I think there were some things that happened out here [Monday night] where it’s the way that I envisioned. The way that we’ve been talking about, the way I've been communicating to him and we’ve been working on it during practice. So when those things begin to happen, the trust factor and the confidence level just continues to go up." Fleener exploded for a 7-109-1 line on 11 targets in the Week 3 loss to the Falcons and will again be a mid-range TE1 in a dream matchup with the Chargers this Sunday.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 28 - 12:29 PM

Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) is not practicing Wednesday.

As expected. Stewart is fully expected to miss multiple games with his strained hammy. Cameron Artis-Payne, Fozzy Whittaker, and Mike Tolbert will again carry the running-back load Week 4 against the Falcons.
Sep 28 - 12:25 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) is not practicing Wednesday.

Watkins is expected to test his foot either today or Thursday and will then make a decision on his Week 4 status. His week isn't starting off on the right foot.
Sep 28 - 12:22 PM

Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) said he's experienced "no setbacks" since last Thursday night's win over the Texans.

In his first action of the season, Gronkowski splayed just 14-of-64 snaps in a very limited offensive role. The Patriots still steamrolled the Texans. Gronk should be closer to full go this week against the Bills and will be a top-end TE1 since he'll likely be in the game for red-zone situations at the very least.
Sep 28 - 12:09 PM

Dez Bryant (knee) will not practice Wednesday.

The Cowboys say Tuesday's MRI results aren't yet known. Yeah, okay, right. Beat writers remain in the dark regarding Bryant's injury and status. It's truly anybody's guess whether Bryant will play against the 49ers.
Sep 28 - 11:42 AM

Coach Doug Pederson had nothing but praise for rookie RB Wendell Smallwood's performance following the Week 3 win over the Steelers.

"He's the same type of runner that we felt he was coming out of college and what we saw in preseason," said Pederson. "He's a big, powerful guy. He's a downhill guy. He's a one-cut runner. He did a great job for us." At the link below, Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski broke down a bunch of Smallwood's runs from the win, and his burst through the hole was incredible. He also showed great awareness to stay in bounds on a 3rd-and-7 run late in the fourth quarter to keep the clock moving. "To get the first down and stay in bounds as a rookie is tremendous," said Pederson. Smallwood missed much of training camp with a quad injury, but he looks poised to take on a big role in this backfield with Ryan Mathews again banged up and struggling to make plays.
Sep 28 - 10:25 AM

CSN New England's Mike Giardi reports Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) is "still in pain and doesn't yet have full mobility in his throwing shoulder."

There have been reports Garoppolo has made steady progress, and the Patriots are "hopeful" he'll play Week 4 against the Bills, but it doesn't sound like he's anywhere near 100 percent. Meanwhile, rookie Jacoby Brissett (thumb) replied "oh yeah" when asked if he's feeling in tip-top shape. If the Patriots were to play today, Brissett would likely be the one under center.
Sep 28 - 10:03 AM

Kendall Wright (hamstring) is expected to practice fully this week and make his season debut Sunday against the Texans.

Wright has been out since early August with the strained hamstring. He returned to limited practices two weeks ago, but now should have "no limitations." The Titans could really use Wright to help jumpstart their No. 24 passing offense. Rookie Tajae Sharpe has taken a step back on the outside, and veterans Harry Douglas and Andre Johnson are providing nothing. Wright should immediately take back over slot duties from Douglas and is worth watching in PPR leagues.
Sep 28 - 9:55 AM

Texans placed DE J.J. Watt on injured reserve with a back injury.

The Texans are still trying to figure out the exact nature of Watt's latest back issue, but it's believed to be a herniated disk. It's the same injury he had surgery for in the offseason. Most believe he will miss the remainder of the season and won't be ready in time to be the Texans' designated-for-return player. It's a massive loss. Devon Still and Antonio Smith are Watt's backups.
Sep 28 - 9:26 AM

Jarvis Landry (shoulder) returned to Dolphins practice Tuesday.

The Dolphins were just managing Landry's reps on Monday. He'll be good to go against a Bengals defense that's been surprisingly vulnerable against the pass thus far this season.
Sep 27 - 3:20 PM

Bears signed RB Joique Bell.

Bell hasn't been an effective player since 2012, averaging 3.8 yards per carry over the past three seasons, but the Bears needed to add a back with Jeremy Langford (ankle) and Ka'Deem Carey (hamstring) down. Bell will probably have an immediate Week 4 role behind Jordan Howard, but won't be a recommended fantasy option in any format. Bell's arrival doesn't ding Howard's upside. Someone has to back the rookie up.
Sep 27 - 2:11 PM




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