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ESPN NFC West reporter Bill Williamson anticipates second-round pick Carlos Hyde getting "a chance at big playing time right away."

The 49ers' backfield seems crowded at first glance, but isn't. Frank Gore is 31, Kendall Hunter is a change-of-pace back, and Marcus Lattimore is a health question mark. Per Williamson, Hyde "has shined out of the backfield as a runner and receiver," during offseason practices, and is "looking like" a "steal." Hyde is a borderline first-round Dynasty pick, and worth a late re-draft flier.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 23 - 3:40 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. He'll surely argue that he should be allowed to play 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

The Colts are unsure if Reggie Wayne (elbow) will return for Monday's game against the Giants.

"(It's) too early in week (to decide)," were the words of coach Chuck Pagano after Thursday's practice. Wayne was a "DNP," but it was officially for "rest" purposes. We'll see how truthful that designation was when the Colts practice on Friday. A "limited" session would put Wayne on track to return after missing Week 8.
Oct 30 - 4:04 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Panthers made "no progress" on a long-term deal with Cam Newton before the season started, but that both sides "hope to do it this offseason."

Newton is signed through 2015 after the Panthers exercised his fifth-year option. Per Rapsheet, Newton is not open to a "pay as you go" style extension, à la Colin Kaepernick. Rapsheet considers Matt Ryan's six-year, $113.75 million deal a "ballpark" estimate of what Newton will be looking for.
Oct 30 - 3:34 PM

Doug Martin (ankle) remained sidelined at Bucs practice Thursday, but has shed his walking boot.

The fact that Martin has shed his boot offers a glimmer of hope for his Week 9 status, but most signs point toward him sitting out against the Browns. Reporter Greg Auman believes Bobby Rainey will lead the Bucs in touches in Martin's potential absence, but that rookie Charles Sims could earn a much bigger role going forward if he performs well. We'd consider Rainey a borderline RB2, and Sims a wait-and-see RB3.
Oct 30 - 2:08 PM

Owen Daniels (knee) was downgraded to "DNP" on Thursday.

Daniels was shockingly "limited" on Wednesday after getting his knee scoped last Friday, but isn't a good bet to suit up for Sunday night's game against the Steelers. Even if the Ravens try to make it appears as if he'll play, he can't be relied on as a TE1 at far less than 100 percent health.
Oct 30 - 1:58 PM

Justin Forsett (ankle) returned to Ravens practice Thursday.

Forsett was officially "limited," but is fully on track to suit up against the Steelers. The clear leader of the Ravens' committee, Forsett is safe to fire up as an RB2.
Oct 30 - 1:50 PM

Speaking Thursday, coach Jay Gruden confirmed Robert Griffin III (ankle) will be the Redskins' Week 9 starter, barring setbacks.

Gruden believes his quarterback is "100 percent" physically. Getting in a "full" practice on Thursday, RGIII took the "majority" of the first-team reps over Colt McCoy after splitting them on Wednesday. Griffin is a monster upgrade over McCoy and Kirk Cousins, but sidelined since Week 2 and a questionable fit for the offense Gruden insists on running, he should be considered a wait-and-see QB2 for Week 9 despite his considerable upside.
Oct 30 - 1:32 PM

A.J. Green (toe) participated in Thursday's practice.

It was another "limited" session for the long-sidelined receiver, but it's a step in the direction for his Week 9 status. Even if Green practices again on Friday, he's likely trending toward a game-time decision, but owners can be cautiously optimistic he'll suit up. CIN/JAX kicks off at 1ET, so thankfully we'll have a Green answer no later than 11:30 AM ET.
Oct 30 - 1:26 PM




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