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Per ESPN's Chris Mortensen, new Browns VP of Player Personnel Mike Lombardi had Ryan Mallett rated as the top quarterback in the 2011 draft.

Mort expects the Browns to strongly consider a move for Mallett, but did note that Cleveland does not have a 2013 second-round pick after using it on Josh Gordon in the 2012 Supplemental Draft. If Lombardi truly desires Mallett, he could consider sending the Patriots a future first-rounder or future package of picks. Although Mallett has attempted just four career regular season passes, the Patriots aren't going to give him up for peanuts.
Sun, Jan 20, 2013 02:30:00 PM

Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) are both active for Monday night's Week 3 game against the Jets.

Neither player's status was in serious doubt. Marshall is coming off a three-touchdown game on his balky ankle, but Jeffery is said to still be at less than 100 percent. Both are still elite WR1 plays against a weak Jets secondary. Inactive for the Bears are C Roberto Garza, OT Charles Leno, OLB Shea McClellin, CB Sherrick McManis, DT Jeremiah Ratliff, DE Trevor Scott, and LG Matt Slauson.
Sep 22 - 7:17 PM

Eric Decker (hamstring) is active for Monday night's Week 3 game against the Bears.

Decker's hamstring passed the tests in pre-game warmups, and he'll get the start. It's not an ideal matchup for a less-than-100-percent Decker. The Bears have yielded the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers so far this season. Inactive for the Jets are DL T.J. Barnes, OG Dakota Dozier, LB A.J. Edds, CB Dee Milliner, OLB IK Enemkpali, WR Walt Powell, and OT Ben Ijalana.
Sep 22 - 7:07 PM

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said Bishop Sankey's reps won't increase until he improves his footwork.

Sankey dusted off 61 yards on ten carries and was the Titans' most dangerous player in Sunday's loss to the Bengals, but Whisenhunt is still obsessed with his footwork. "If he can get the attention to detail better, his reps will increase," stated Whisenhunt. As @StopTheVetoing suggested on Twitter, "Maybe they should have drafted Fred Astaire." The 54th overall pick in May's draft, Sankey has 89 yards on 18 carries (4.94 YPC) through three games. He's rotating with Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster.
Sep 22 - 5:46 PM

Dennis Pitta underwent surgery to repair his dislocated right hip on Monday and is done for the season.

The Ravens will now turn to Owen Daniels as their primary tight end. They also drafted Crockett Gillmore with a top-100 pick in May. Pitta, 29, has now suffered right hip dislocations in back-to-back years. The Ravens signed him to a five-year, $32.5 million contract in February, one GM Ozzie Newsome will likely come to regret. All of Pitta's 2015 base salary ($4 million) is guaranteed. It's unclear whether Pitta intends to continue trying to play.
Sep 22 - 5:08 PM

Coach Mike Pettine was noncommittal Monday when asked if Ben Tate (knee) would return as a starter following the Browns' Week 4 bye.

Pettine said the Browns are "eager" to get back Tate, but the performance of rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell has "made it tougher" to lean on Tate in the manner the team initially planned. They wanted to use Tate as an every-down back. Tate remains likely to retake the Browns' lead back role when healthy and should be owned in all leagues. West and Crowell's fantasy stock will both be very much touch and go when Tate returns.
Sep 22 - 4:54 PM

Danny Woodhead needs surgery on his fractured fibula and ankle and will be lost for the rest of the season.

With Ryan Mathews (knee) out 3-4 more weeks, the Bolts will keep Donald Brown in a workhorse role. They could turn to UDFA Branden Oliver as Woodhead's passing-back replacement, and perhaps promote Marion Grice from the practice squad. Woodhead's loss is a blow to San Diego's passing game, but Oliver showed some Sprolesian flashes in the preseason. Woodhead will turn 30 next January. The Chargers signed him to a new three-year deal late this summer.
Sep 22 - 4:45 PM

Jake Locker suffered an injury to his right (throwing) wrist in Week 3, and the Titans are unsure of his status for Week 4 against the Colts.

Locker's wrist apparently got bent awkwardly in Sunday's loss to the Bengals. Per coach Ken Whisenhunt, Locker could barely grip a football after the game. The Titans could conceivably use the injury as an excuse get another QB under center. Charlie Whitehurst and rookie Zach Mettenberger are next on the depth chart. Locker has been abominable over Tennessee's last two games, combining for a 1:4 TD-to-INT ratio with two fumbles in back-to-back losses.
Sep 22 - 4:36 PM

The Charlotte Observer suggests Jonathan Stewart's knee sprain could cost him a month.

Specifically, beat writer Joe Person "wouldn't be surprised" if the injury cost Stewart four weeks after he missed five games last year with a sprained MCL. Person refers to Stewart's latest sprain as "severe." Stewart is on the verge of being droppable in 12- and 14-team leagues. With DeAngelo Williams (thigh) also hobbled and Mike Tolbert (hairline leg fracture) out indefinitely, UDFA Darrin Reaves is worth grabbing as an RB5 fantasy stash.
Sep 22 - 4:27 PM

The Baltimore Sun reports Dennis Pitta had his dislocated hip "popped back in" after being sedated on Sunday evening, and is expected to undergo surgery.

Pitta also has a fracture. Underscoring the severity of the situation, Pitta has remained in Cleveland. There hasn't been official word, but Pitta is almost certainly done for the season, leaving Owen Daniels as the Ravens' starting tight end. If you're already in a bye-week crunch, Pitta can be safely dropped. Hopefully his career isn't in danger, but it's a possibility.
Sep 22 - 3:20 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter stated on NFL Insiders Monday that the "early sense" is T.Y. Hilton (ankle) will be available for Week 4 against Tennessee.

Coach Chuck Pagano said earlier Monday he didn't think Hilton's injury was "too severe," despite the fact that it cost him the entire second half of Sunday's win over Jacksonville. Of course, the Colts may have simply been playing it safe with Hilton because they were pasting the Jags. Through three games this season, Hilton has 16 catches for 186 yards without a touchdown.
Sep 22 - 3:07 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins' coaching staff is meeting Monday afternoon to "weigh" benching Ryan Tannehill for Week 4.

Per reporter Armando Salguero, a change "is not certain," but a real possibility. Coach Joe Philbin was simultaneously blunt and evasive in Monday's presser, declining to say he was planning to bench Tannehill, but also refusing any opportunity to throw a lifeline his quarterback's way. Tannehill has regressed instead of progressing this season, but the Dolphins would be better off committing to the run instead of going with backup Matt Moore. Tannehill is struggling, but he's still easily the Dolphins' best bet to manage games.
Sep 22 - 2:27 PM




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