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The Times Union says Montell Owens "seems set to start at running back" against the Jets Sunday.

Rashad Jennings is nursing a concussion, Jalen Parmele (groin) is on injured reserve and Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) remains on the shelf. That leaves Owens, a 5'10/225 plodding special teams ace that is more of a natural fullback. In 71 career games, he's rushed just 21 times for 112 yards with two touchdowns. Seven of those carries came in a relief role last week after Jennings went down. Look for a pass-heavy gameplan out of the Jags with Owens leading a committee that will also involve Richard Murphy and possibly Jordan Todman. Owens is a risky RB3 type in fantasy circles despite coach Mike Mularkey's optimism. "I think when he has had his opportunities, which have been very few, I've been pretty pleased with the way he has run the ball. He's just a really good football player," Mularkey said.
Wed, Dec 5, 2012 09:17:00 AM

Willie Snead (toe) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Snead is on track to return against the Chargers, but it isn't a slam dunk. Unfortunately, the game is at 4:25ET, and the Saints are one of the league's least-honest teams with injury information. Owners can pencil Snead in, but still need to have a back-up plan ready.
Sep 29 - 4:44 PM

Marvin Jones (hamstring) was added to the Lions' Thursday injury report, getting in a limited session with a hamstring issue.

Jones must have tweaked something in Thursday's practice. There's currently no reason to panic, but Jones' Friday status will be key. Jones has a history of (minor) hamstring issues. Sit tight, but at least start contemplating a back-up plan.
Sep 29 - 4:34 PM

Patriots QBs Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) remained "limited" on Thursday.

It's still unclear who will be starting against the Bills. CSN New England reported Wednesday morning that Garoppolo still doesn't have "fully mobility in his throwing shoulder." Brissett seems further along in his recovery. It should be considered far from a certainly Garoppolo suits up. Another Brissett start would downgrade the Patriots' skill players across the board, save LeGarrette Blount.
Sep 29 - 3:45 PM

Russell Wilson (knee, ankle) has "no doubt" he'll start Sunday's game against the Jets.

"I'll be ready to go," Wilson said. It's just the latest declaration he'll be starting despite getting his knee twisted up in extremely awkward fashion last Sunday. Wilson has a juicy matchup with a Jets pass defense allowing a league-worst 9.7 yards per attempt, but still gets docked a few spots in the ranking for his ill health. The Seahawks are on bye in Week 5.
Sep 29 - 3:36 PM

Alshon Jeffery remained limited in Thursday's practice, getting listed with a hamstring issue in addition to his knee ailment.

Jeffery seems to get hurt every other practice. The fact that he was still "limited" — as opposed to DNP — is good news, but we suppose his Week 4 status is back in question. A "limited" session Friday would have Jeffery on track to play against the Lions.
Sep 29 - 3:27 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) could miss up to four weeks.

Including this week's absence, Stewart has now missed 25 games since the start of 2012. Stewart is an effective workhorse when healthy but that's rarely been the case. Cameron Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker saw similar workloads last week with Artis-Payne going for 58 yards on 13 touches while Whittaker tallied 56 yards on 10 touches. Until a frontrunner emerges from the Carolina backfield, it's hard to endorse either of them as anything more than flex plays.
Sep 29 - 3:03 PM

Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) is out for Week 4 against the Falcons.

He hasn't practiced since tweaking his hamstring in Week 2. Consider him week to week. Cameron Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker will continue to share backfield work in Stewart's absence. Both are low-end flex options against Atlanta.
Sep 29 - 2:52 PM

Delanie Walker (hamstring) returned to practice on Thursday, getting in a limited session.

It puts Walker on track to return against the Texans, but doesn't guarantee it after he missed Week 3. Walker was sorely missed against the Raiders. Presumably not back to full health, he'll be a back-end TE1 if he suits up against Houston.
Sep 29 - 2:37 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Dez Bryant (knee) is not expected to play against the 49ers in Week 4.

Bryant hasn't practiced since an MRI revealed that he has a hairline fracture in his knee. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said the injury could sideline Dez for up to three weeks. Cole Beasley should see another heavy workload Sunday against the Niners.
Sep 29 - 2:29 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




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