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Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Panthers RE Greg Hardy will not play until completion of his domestic abuse trial.

Cole reported late Thursday night that Hardy would ask to have his paid suspension lifted as he awaits trial. According to Cole's NFL source, Hardy will remain on the Commissioner's Exempt List until trial, so he won't be returning to the team anytime soon. Hardy's trial was originally scheduled for November 17. It's been delayed and is expected to take place sometime in January.
Oct 31 - 11:24 AM

Giovani Bernard (hip) remained sidelined at Friday's practice.

Ace beat reporter Paul Dehner "can't see a scenario" where Bernard plays Sunday against the Jaguars. Jeremy Hill is fully expected to handle feature-back duties as a candidate for 20-plus touches. Cedric Peerman would be the No. 2.
Oct 31 - 11:18 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

The San Jose Mercury News reports 49ers LE Ray McDonald is likely to escape domestic violence charges.

The Santa Clara District Attorney's Office is expected to make a formal announcement soon. McDonald allegedly roughed up his pregnant fiancee back in August. He's been playing ever since, with the 49ers letting the case play out instead of suspending McDonald from within. He's started all seven games.
Oct 31 - 10:06 AM

Isaiah Crowell said he hopes to play more this week against the Bucs.

Crowell leads the Browns with four rushing touchdowns and is averaging a team-high 4.9 YPC. This while Ben Tate has managed just 62 yards on 31 carries (2.0 YPC) the past two weeks against the Jaguars and Raiders. While Crowell hopes to play more, OC Kyle Shanahan didn't sound committed to getting him more looks, "We only play one back at a time." They trust veteran Tate more.
Oct 31 - 10:03 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

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Panthers RE Greg Hardy will ask to have his paid suspension lifted as he awaits his trial for domestic abuse.

Hardy's trial had been scheduled for November 17, but it's been bumped to after the season. Hardy's original plan was to get exonerated and then return to the Panthers, but that's obviously no longer a 2014 possibility. It's unclear if the league will be in any way sympathetic to his case.
Oct 31 - 1:07 AM

Panthers TE Brandon Williams caught a six-yard pass in Carolina's Week 9 loss to the Saints.

The grab was originally a 12-yard touchdown, but Williams ended up getting ruled down by contact midway through his run. Williams is a high-upside reserve, but has just four total catches this season. His fantasy time doesn't appear to be coming any time soon.
Oct 31 - 12:20 AM

Jerricho Cotchery caught 2-of-5 targets for 59 yards in Carolina's Week 9 loss to the Saints.

Cotchery could have had a third grab, but let a deep reception get knocked out of his hands as he took a huge shot to the back on an under-thrown ball. A world-class touchdown vulture for the Steelers in 2013, Cotchery has yet to score this season.
Oct 31 - 12:17 AM

Travaris Cadet rushed twice for one yard in New Orleans' Week 9 win over the Panthers, adding three catches for an additional 39 yards.

Not the night FLEX night streamers had in mind, though it wasn't a total disaster for PPR purposes. The question now for Cadet's middling RB3 value is if Pierre Thomas (shoulder) will be back for Week 10. Cadet is far from a must hold if you're in a roster bind.
Oct 31 - 12:15 AM

Kenny Stills caught 5-of-8 targets for 72 yards in New Orleans' Week 9 win over the Panthers.

Stills could have had an even-bigger night, but committed a couple of drops. He also tweaked his groin, but played through a "probable" return tag. Stills is coming off one of the better stretches of his NFL career, with 14 grabs for 232 yards and a touchdown over his past three games. He's on pace for 51/799/2 at the season's halfway point after missing Week 1. He's a high-risk, high-reward WR4.
Oct 31 - 12:11 AM

Marques Colston caught 3-of-3 targets for 36 yards in New Orleans' Week 9 win over the Panthers.

Another quiet night for Drew Brees' security blanket, who is on pace for a modest 56/888/2 at the season's halfway point. Colston closed strong in 2013, but that may not be in the cards this season with Brandin Cooks fighting for targets over the middle of the field. Colston is a Reggie Wayne-esque WR3.
Oct 31 - 12:08 AM

Brandin Cooks caught 3-of-3 targets for 38 yards in the Saints' Week 9 win over the Panthers.

It was a disappointing night coming off Cooks' 6/94/1 Week 8, especially since he seemed to be finding the soft spots in Carolina's secondary. Either way, Drew Brees was spreading the ball around, finding eight different receivers. Cooks has weekly blow-up potential, but his season-long upside seems capped by the Saints' spread-the-wealth passing attack. With half his rookie year now in the books, Cooks is on pace for 86/820/4 four as a receiver, and 136 additional yards as a rusher. He's a boom-or-bust WR3.
Oct 31 - 12:04 AM



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