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Jimmy Graham has opted out of the Pro Bowl after undergoing wrist surgery earlier this month.

Graham also played with a dislocated right ring finger down the stretch this season. The injuries led to a career-high 15 drops amongst 100 targets in a down year for New Orleans' usually dominant tight end. The wrist injury never cost Graham a game, but it did affect his on-field performance. Graham will be a prime bounce-back candidate in 2013 fantasy leagues, worthy of a second-round pick in drafts. Minnesota's Kyle Rudolph will replace Graham in Honolulu.
Fri, Jan 25, 2013 09:07:00 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 late in 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 week 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 RB4 fantasy stash.
Sep 22 - 4:27 PM

ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson stated on NFL Insiders that Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) and Brandon Marshall (ankle) are "going to play" Monday night against the Jets.

Both are listed as questionable, but will be in the lineup, per Dickerson. Jeffery practiced on a limited basis all last week, while Marshall is coming off of a three-touchdown performance against the 49ers. Marshall is a locked-in WR1 against the Jets' Dee Milliner-less secondary. Jeffery is a high-end WR2.
Sep 22 - 3:29 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

FOX Sports reports Vincent Jackson suffered a "small fracture in his wrist" during last week's 56-14 loss to the Falcons, but plans to play through it.

Jackson apparently suffered the injury on the Bucs' second series, which was before either of his two catches. It's obviously far from ideal, but it shouldn't be an issue that knocks V-Jax any farther down the fantasy ranks. With Mike Glennon likely taking over for Josh McCown (thumb) in Week 4, Jackson is a boom-or-bust WR2.
Sep 22 - 2:20 PM

NFL.com's Albert Breer reports Kyle Rudolph (groin) needs surgery, and will be sidelined "about" six weeks.

He's undergoing a sports-hernia operation. It's a brutal blow for the Vikings' Adrian Peterson-less offense, and removes a big target for rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Rudolph has looked sluggish this season, and likely hasn't been at 100 percent all year. Considering the current league-wide depth at tight end, Rudolph can be dropped in 12-14 team re-draft leagues. The Vikes will roll with a combination of Rhett Ellison and MarQueis Gray.
Sep 22 - 1:59 PM

Jonathan Stewart has a "severely" sprained knee, and will not be re-evaluated until Friday.

He's been all but ruled out for Week 4. It's unclear if the Panthers have received Stewart's MRI results, but it appears they have. Going on what we know now, Stewart should be considered week to week. With Mike Tolbert (leg) out for Week 4, the Panthers are down to DeAngelo Williams (thigh), Fozzy Whittaker (quad) and practice-squad signee Darrin Reaves. Carolina could be in the market for a veteran runner this week.
Sep 22 - 1:33 PM

Panthers RB Mike Tolbert has been diagnosed with a "hairline fracture" in his leg, and ruled out for Week 4.

He's week to week. Tolbert took a big hit late in Sunday's loss, but it was unclear how serious it was since the game was almost over. With Jonathan Stewart battling a "severely" sprained knee, DeAngelo Williams could have the Panthers' backfield all to himself for Week 4 if he can get over his thigh injury. If not, the Panthers will be down to Fozzy Whittaker (quad) and Darrin Reaves. It's a big concern for a banged up Cam Newton.
Sep 22 - 1:25 PM

Speaking Monday, Arian Foster (hamstring) called himself "day to day"

Players are typically bubbling over with enthusiasm when they expect to return, so Foster should be considered highly questionable for the time being. Foster hasn't exactly been the most enlightening with the media of late, however, so it's possible this is just his form of a non-answer. Coach Bill O'Brien will update his status in Monday's presser. For now, Foster owners need to keep Alfred Blue on speed dial for Week 4.
Sep 22 - 1:10 PM




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