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Cowboys placed DE Charles Tapper on injured reserve with a broken back.

The fourth-rounder suffered the injury just before the season and recently experienced a setback. Newly-signed OT Emmett Cleary takes his roster spot.
Sep 28 - 12:43 PM

Chiefs CB Marcus Peters has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 3.

The Chiefs picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick a whopping six times last Sunday, and ballhawk Peters got him twice. The first led to the Chiefs' lone offensive touchdown. Last year's No. 18 overall pick, Peters has flashed big time playmaking ability through 19 career games. He already has 12 interceptions.
Sep 28 - 12:38 PM

Vikings RE Everson Griffen has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 3.

The Vikings defense terrorized Cam Newton last Sunday, and Griffen pitched in with three sacks, three tackles for loss, and nine combined sacks, hits, and hurries on the quarterback. He'll be in another prime spot Monday night against pass protection-deficient Giants LT Ereck Flowers.
Sep 28 - 12:34 PM

Drew Brees said his "trust factor and confidence level" in Coby Fleener "just continues to go up."

"We’re still growing, big time," Brees said. "But I think there were some things that happened out here [Monday night] where it’s the way that I envisioned. The way that we’ve been talking about, the way I've been communicating to him and we’ve been working on it during practice. So when those things begin to happen, the trust factor and the confidence level just continues to go up." Fleener exploded for a 7-109-1 line on 11 targets in the Week 3 loss to the Falcons and will again be a mid-range TE1 in a dream matchup with the Chargers this Sunday.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 28 - 12:29 PM

Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) is not practicing Wednesday.

As expected. Stewart is fully expected to miss multiple games with his strained hammy. Cameron Artis-Payne, Fozzy Whittaker, and Mike Tolbert will again carry the running-back load Week 4 against the Falcons.
Sep 28 - 12:25 PM

Charles Clay (knee) is not practicing Wednesday.

Clay never practices on Wednesdays. He'll be fine for Sunday against the Patriots.
Sep 28 - 12:24 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) is not practicing Wednesday.

Watkins is expected to test his foot either today or Thursday and will then make a decision on his Week 4 status. His week isn't starting off on the right foot.
Sep 28 - 12:22 PM

Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) said he's experienced "no setbacks" since last Thursday night's win over the Texans.

In his first action of the season, Gronkowski splayed just 14-of-64 snaps in a very limited offensive role. The Patriots still steamrolled the Texans. Gronk should be closer to full go this week against the Bills and will be a top-end TE1 since he'll likely be in the game for red-zone situations at the very least.
Sep 28 - 12:09 PM

Dez Bryant (knee) will not practice Wednesday.

The Cowboys say Tuesday's MRI results aren't yet known. Yeah, okay, right. Beat writers remain in the dark regarding Bryant's injury and status. It's truly anybody's guess whether Bryant will play against the 49ers.
Sep 28 - 11:42 AM

Chargers signed ILB Korey Toomer from the Raiders' practice squad.

He takes Manti Te'o's roster spot after Te'o tore his Achilles' last Sunday. Toomer has 18 games of experience and will likely pitch in on special teams.
Sep 28 - 11:04 AM

Coach Doug Pederson had nothing but praise for rookie RB Wendell Smallwood's performance following the Week 3 win over the Steelers.

"He's the same type of runner that we felt he was coming out of college and what we saw in preseason," said Pederson. "He's a big, powerful guy. He's a downhill guy. He's a one-cut runner. He did a great job for us." At the link below, Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski broke down a bunch of Smallwood's runs from the win, and his burst through the hole was incredible. He also showed great awareness to stay in bounds on a 3rd-and-7 run late in the fourth quarter to keep the clock moving. "To get the first down and stay in bounds as a rookie is tremendous," said Pederson. Smallwood missed much of training camp with a quad injury, but he looks poised to take on a big role in this backfield with Ryan Mathews again banged up and struggling to make plays.
Sep 28 - 10:25 AM

Colin Kaepernick finally admitted that his loss of weight has become an issue.

The 49ers haven't said how much Kaepernick weighs, but they admit he's not at his listed 225 pounds. And probably isn't close to it. Kap became a vegan last season, and his weight noticeably started to tumble. He has a plan to gain it back: "Eat food. And a lot of it." His fragile build is likely contributing to coach Chip Kelly not putting Kaepernick on the field. "To get the full Kap for what you need -- the potential that he has," Kelly said, "he needs to continue to just work on the physical aspect of things." Kelly has long been big on physical stature.
Sep 28 - 10:17 AM

CSN New England's Mike Giardi reports Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) is "still in pain and doesn't yet have full mobility in his throwing shoulder."

There have been reports Garoppolo has made steady progress, and the Patriots are "hopeful" he'll play Week 4 against the Bills, but it doesn't sound like he's anywhere near 100 percent. Meanwhile, rookie Jacoby Brissett (thumb) replied "oh yeah" when asked if he's feeling in tip-top shape. If the Patriots were to play today, Brissett would likely be the one under center.
Sep 28 - 10:03 AM

Kendall Wright (hamstring) is expected to practice fully this week and make his season debut Sunday against the Texans.

Wright has been out since early August with the strained hamstring. He returned to limited practices two weeks ago, but now should have "no limitations." The Titans could really use Wright to help jumpstart their No. 24 passing offense. Rookie Tajae Sharpe has taken a step back on the outside, and veterans Harry Douglas and Andre Johnson are providing nothing. Wright should immediately take back over slot duties from Douglas and is worth watching in PPR leagues.
Sep 28 - 9:55 AM

Bills signed OT Michael Ola from the Giants' practice squad.

Ola started the final seven games at right tackle for the Lions last season and received positive grades from Pro Football Focus for both his pass protection and run blocking. He could be cut by the Bills next week when OT Seantrel Henderson's suspension is done. Ola can play either tackle spot.
Sep 28 - 9:49 AM



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