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Jermichael Finley has been diagnosed with a bruised spinal cord.

Finley is out of the ICU and has full feeling in his arms and legs. He's now going to seek more medical opinions and evaluations on how he should proceed, with football the furthest thing from his mind. Note that Ravens ILB Jameel McClain sustained what appears to be a similar injury last December and just returned to game action in Week 7. Other players have never played football again, especially if spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal column) is discovered.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 08:07:00 AM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes the Packers need to commit to Aaron Jones as their lead back.

With Aaron Rodgers potentially out for the year, the Packers are expected to be more run heavy behind Brett Hundley. Jones rotated with Ty Montgomery last week, but continued to outplay him. Montgomery is averaging 3.2 YPC with one run over 10 yards. He's also struggled on first downs, with three negative and six zero-yard rushes. The Packers need to start Jones and ride him to keep pressure off Hundley and the pass game. It's possible Jones takes over the backfield in Week 7 against the Saints.
Oct 18 - 7:59 PM

The Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer conceded Wednesday he "wouldn't be surprised" if Andrew Luck (shoulder) missed the entire season.

Keefer's Indy Star colleague, Stephen Holder, also suggested Luck is no lock to play again this year following the setback in his surgically repaired shoulder. To put it frankly, the Colts lied to their fanbase. Owner Jim Irsay stated as late as the final week of preseason that Luck had a chance to play in Week 1, and the Colts activated Luck from the PUP list in what was perceived as a sign he would play inside the first seven weeks. None of those things happened, and the team is now claiming a setback. Luck should have been dropped in re-draft leagues long ago. At this point, we expect Jacoby Brissett to be the Colts' rest-of-season starter.
Oct 18 - 7:18 PM

Chris Hogan (ribs) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Hogan got shaken up on a hit from Marcus Maye in the first half Sunday against the Jets, but still played 63-of-68 offensive snaps. He'll be fine for Sunday night's Super Bowl rematch against Atlanta, even if his practice reps are limited. Last week ended Hogan's touchdown streak at four games.
Oct 18 - 5:09 PM

Marcus Mariota (hamstring) practiced in full Wednesday.

The Titans only had a light workout, but it sounds like Mariota should practice fully all week. He continues to trend up after escaping Monday night's win without a setback. Mariota should have more mobility against the Browns, giving him a higher ceiling for Week 7.
Oct 18 - 4:22 PM

DeMarco Murray (hamstring) didn't practice on Wednesday.

Murray was a spectator Wednesday after being plagued by hamstring tightness on MNF. Most signs point to Murray suiting up, though the Titans can probably beat the winless Browns without his assistance. Coming off a career-high 131 rushing yards on Monday night, Derrick Henry is the better fantasy bet this week.
Oct 18 - 4:15 PM

Colts GM Chris Ballard said Andrew Luck has experienced soreness in his surgically-repaired right (throwing) shoulder and will not practice this week.

This qualifies as a significant setback, no matter how the Colts try and spin it. Luck practiced the past two weeks and appeared to be knocking on the door of playing sometime soon. He's now again out indefinitely, leaving Jacoby Brissett the starter for the next few weeks and further dropping the floors of T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief. The Colts' bye week comes Week 11.
Oct 18 - 4:03 PM

Robby Anderson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

Anderson went down late in the fourth quarter on a deep-ball chuck from Josh McCown. Prior to that, Anderson caught 4-of-12 targets for 76 yards against New England. If Anderson sits, it'll be Jermaine Kearse, Jeremy Kerley, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and Matt Forte catching the balls against Miami.
Oct 18 - 3:48 PM

Bilal Powell (calf) did not practice Wednesday.

Powell stretched with the team but didn't do much of anything after that. It's a similar situation to last week for Powell, who ended up sitting Week 6. In his absence, Matt Forte totaled 81 yards on 17 touches, while Elijah McGuire filled change-up duties. It could be the same thing this week in Miami.
Oct 18 - 3:46 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

Benjamin battled a knee issue earlier this season but hadn't been on the injury report for the past two games. He reportedly had to leave practice early Wednesday, which is a small concern right now. If for some reason Benjamin would have to sit against the Bears, Devin Funchess would be a volume WR2.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: If Benjamin suits up, he'll have his work cut out for him against Prince Amukamara. If he qualified, the Bears CB would have the second-lowest yards per cover snap in the league (0.28) and the third-best cover snaps per reception rate (30.8, per PFF). Chicago's pass defense dominated the Ravens and Vikings the past two weeks, limiting them to 178 passing yards per game with two picks and one TD. Cam Newton and the Panthers will present a tougher challenge this week though, and Devin Funchess will have a better matchup than Benjamin against Kyle Fuller, PFF’s 75th-ranked cover corner.
Oct 18 - 2:47 PM

Stefon Diggs (groin) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

Diggs didn't practice at all last week before being inactive and is off on the wrong foot for Week 7. In his absence, Laquon Treadwell acted as the No. 2 receiver, while the offense ran through Adam Thielen and Jerick McKinnon.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Thielen took advantage of his opportunity last weekend, coming down with 9 receptions for 97 yards. He may have a better matchup than it appears on paper against the Ravens this weekend as he'll battle Ladarius Webb in the slot. When inside, Webb is allowing the most yards per cover snap (2.11, per PFF) and a 68% catch rate. As a unit, Baltimore is holding passers to the 2nd-lowest completion percentage (53.6%), 4th-lowest rating (71.1), and 5th-fewest yards per game (190). With the rest of the secondary playing so well, QB Case Keenum will likely need to pepper Thielen with targets all game, providing him some potentially sneaky GPP appeal.
Oct 18 - 2:21 PM

DeVante Parker (ankle) is not practicing Wednesday.

Coach Adam Gase said earlier Wednesday that Parker remains day to day. We're going to need to see Parker out there Thursday or Friday if he's going to play Sunday against the Jets. For now, consider Parker questionable.
Oct 18 - 1:24 PM




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