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NFL special investigator Ted Wells released his Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin report, and concluded three Dolphins offensive linemen "engaged in a pattern of harassment" directed at Martin.

"The report concludes that ... Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at not only Jonathan Martin, but also another young Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant trainer," Wells stated. "The report finds that the assistant trainer repeatedly was the object of racial slurs and other racially derogatory language; that the other offensive lineman was subjected to homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching; and that Martin was taunted on a persistent basis with sexually explicit remarks and at times ridiculed with racial insults and other offensive comments." The "harassment" was deemed a "contributing factor" in Martin's decision to leave the team. The report paints a nasty picture for Incognito and the Dolphins, and seems to favor Martin. How coach Joe Philbin had no idea this was going on in his locker room, we have no clue.
Feb 14 - 11:11 AM

A.J. Green (toe) is practicing again on Friday.

Barring a setback, Green is fully expected to play against the Jaguars. The question is whether he'll be more of a decoy than box-score contributor. Green is currently our No. 11 receiver for Week 9. He'd be an intriguing DFS play. Green has elite WR1 upside and likely won't have a high ownership percentage.
Oct 31 - 11:09 AM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner doesn't expect Giovani Bernard (hip) to play Week 9 against the Jaguars.

Dehner thinks it would take a Mr. Miyagi-like miraculous healing for Bernard to play against Jacksonville. Bernard has been getting beat up the past few weeks, first injuring his collarbone, then suffering a hip pointer last week. Jeremy Hill is expected to "take over the load of the duties" on Sunday. A candidate for 20-plus touches as the feature back, Hill will be a borderline RB1.
Oct 31 - 10:19 AM

Rashad Jennings (knee) said the "goal" is to be cleared to play Week 10 against the Seahawks.

Jennings has already been ruled out for Monday night's Week 9 tilt with the Colts. He just began running and jogging earlier this week, but hopes to reach the point of planting and cutting on his sprained MCL at some point next week. We'd consider Jennings highly questionable for Week 10 at this point. Week 11 against the 49ers seems more realistic. Andre Williams will start Monday.
Oct 31 - 9:19 AM

DeAngelo Hall re-tore his Achilles' tendon while at home this week.

Hall is already on season-ending I.R. because he tore his Achilles' in Week 3. It's unclear how he re-injured it at home, but it happened, and Hall had it repaired again on Thursday. It's a five-week setback, though Hall should be ready for training camp next summer. That's not a given, however, with Hall being 31 (next month) and now rupturing the tendon two times in two months.
Oct 31 - 8:57 AM

Jimmy Graham caught 7-of-7 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans' Week 9 win over the Panthers.

Both the catches and yards were Graham's most since Week 4. The nice night came despite the fact that Graham appeared to tweak his troublesome shoulder multiple times, though he never checked out of the game. Graham beat blanket coverage from CB Melvin White on his one-yard score, and also dealt with supremely-physical attention from LB Thomas Davis. With half the season now in the books, Graham is on pace for 92/1,036/10 despite playing at less than 100 percent for the better part of a month. The yardage rate should pick up.
Oct 30 - 11:43 PM

Mark Ingram rushed 30 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns in New Orleans' Week 9 win over the Panthers, adding a 10-yard reception.

Ingram got the ball on New Orleans' first two plays from scrimmage and never looked back, becoming the first Saint since Deuce McAllister in 2006 to notch back-to-back 100-yard days on the ground. The 3.3 YPC was mildly disappointing against a Panthers team surrendering a league-worst 5.2 yards per carry, but Ingram was dialed up in a host of predictable running situations. He now has 54 carries for 272 yards and three touchdowns in the past five days. Ingram has a tough Week 10 matchup in the 49ers, but will be a locked-in RB2.
Oct 30 - 11:38 PM

Drew Brees completed 24-of-34 passes for 297 yards, one touchdown and one interception in New Orleans' 28-10, Week 9 win over the Panthers, also scoring a one-yard rushing touchdown.

Brees also lost a fumble. Brees started out shaky, with both of his turnovers coming in the game's first 10 minutes. He settled in quickly, however, and turned in a typically methodical performance, spreading the ball around to eight different pass catchers as Mark Ingram notched 30 rushing attempts. The Saints are now 4-4, with four of their next five games coming at home. With half the season in the books, Brees is on pace for 5,048 yards and 30 passing scores. The 5K campaign would be his fifth, and fourth straight.
Oct 30 - 11:27 PM

Profootballtalk reports Panthers RE Greg Hardy's trial for domestic abuse has been postponed until after the season.

The trial had been set for mid-November. It's unclear if or how this will affect Hardy's indefinite suspension, though NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports it means Hardy won't play this season. He'll surely argue that he should be allowed to suit up as his legal situation plays out. The Panthers' defense has desperately missed Hardy's dominating presence off the edge.
Oct 30 - 7:13 PM

Trent Richardson (hamstring) is absent from the Week 9 injury report.

It means he's all-systems-go for Monday's game against the Giants after being limited to emergency duties in Week 8. Speaking Thursday, Colts coach Chuck Pagano said he planned to employ his standard two-back attack of Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw in New York. That should mean 15-20 touches for T-Rich, and looks around the goal-line. Richardson is an RB2 for Week 9 despite his 3.5 YPC.
Oct 30 - 5:56 PM

Ronnie Hillman (shoulder) remained limited on Thursday, but is expected to handle his "normal workload" in Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Hillman is just dealing with a tweak. His status is not a concern for Week 9. Going up against a Patriots defense surrendering the fifth most fantasy points to running backs in a game that has major shootout potential, Hillman is a legit RB1 with six teams on bye.
Oct 30 - 4:43 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Bengals believe Giovani Bernard (hip) is "(going to) be ok."

Rapsheet's tweet is devoid of other context, so it's unclear if that means "ok" for Week 9, or simply the long run. Bernard sat out Wednesday and Thursday's practices, and the Bengals haven't offered any meaningful updates on his status. For now, he should be considered unlikely to suit up against the Jaguars. That would leave backup Jeremy Hill as a clear top-20 option.
Oct 30 - 4:35 PM




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