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Speaking Thursday, coach Ken Whisenhunt confirmed the Titans have benched Jake Locker for sixth-round rookie Zach Mettenberger.

"We are searching to find out what's best," were the words of OC Jason Michael. "(Mettenberger is a) confident guy who has played in a big environment. We are confident in him." That may be true, but it doesn't get more desperate than throwing a sixth-rounder to the J.J. Watt-led wolves in his first NFL start. Mettenberger isn't on the Week 8 daily-league radar. He'll be backed up by Locker, with Charlie Whitehurst serving as the No. 3.
Oct 23 - 2:46 PM

Darren Sproles (knee) practiced on Thursday, getting in another limited session.

Sproles is still trending in the right direction for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, but his status can't yet be taken for granted. If Sproles does go, he'll be a hard sell as a snap-count RB3 at less than 100 percent.
Oct 23 - 2:41 PM

Bears CB Kyle Fuller (hip, broken hand) returned to practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

Fuller's status for Sunday's game against the Patriots remains up in the air, but this is obviously a major step in the right direction. If Fuller does play, it will have to be with protection on his hand, which is never good news for a defensive back.
Oct 23 - 2:32 PM

Vincent Jackson (ribs) practiced in pads on Thursday.

V-Jax got a "limited" designation without pads on Wednesday, so it's possible he'll be listed as "full" on Thursday. Either way, his health is not a question mark for Week 8. He'll be good to go as a WR2 against the Vikings.
Oct 23 - 2:23 PM

Martellus Bennett (hamstring) returned to Bears practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

The Unicorn is now on track for Week 8. Bennett hasn't found the end zone since Week 3, but has continued to rack up yards and receptions. With Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery both likely to draw attention from Darrelle Revis on Sunday, Bennett is a decent bet to score his fifth touchdown.
Oct 23 - 2:19 PM

Speaking Thursday, Colts OC Pep Hamilton called third-round WR Donte Moncrief "ahead of schedule."

Moncrief will be in for an increased Week 8 role if Reggie Wayne (elbow) can't go. "He’s a guy that we feel like at any given moment we can plug in and he can perform," Hamilton said of his rookie wideout. Moncrief is an intriguing talent — and out-snapped Hakeem Nicks 23-19 in Week 7 — but is still a tough sell as anything more than a WR5. He's more of a daily-league dart throw than re-draft option.
Oct 23 - 1:54 PM

Owen Daniels (knee) remained out of Ravens practice Thursday.

Daniels' Wednesday absence wasn't a concern as he's been getting "veteran days" all season, but his Week 8 prospects are now a bit muddled. It's still most likely that the Ravens are just taking it easy on Daniels as he nurses a minor injury, but his status can't be taken for granted. The situation will be updated on Friday.
Oct 23 - 1:37 PM

Bucs signed LB Orie Lemon.

The ex-Cowboy was on the Chiefs' practice squad. He'll bring up the rear of the Bucs' 53-man roster.
Oct 23 - 1:30 PM

James Starks (ankle) returned to practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

Starks got a day of rest on Wednesday after tweaking his ankle in Sunday's blowout win over the Panthers, but his status isn't in doubt for Week 8. He'll be an RB3/4 in what should be a high-scoring affair in New Orleans.
Oct 23 - 1:15 PM

A.J. Green (toe) remained sidelined at Bengals practice Thursday.

Green continued to work on a side field, but he's not looking good for Sunday's game against the Ravens. Owners have to plan on their WR1 missing one more week of action.
Oct 23 - 1:08 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine noted that Raiders WR Brice Butler "jumps off the tape."

We've noticed the same thing. Butler was spectacular in the preseason, catching 13 passes for 206 yards with four touchdowns. He's also starting to earn a bigger role in the regular season, as evidenced by his nine targets over the last three weeks. Butler, a 2013 seventh-round pick, should be owned in Dynasty formats.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 23 - 12:52 PM

Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) said he'd be surprised if he doesn't play in Sunday's game against the Titans.

Clowney hasn't played since tearing his meniscus in Week 1. He says he plans to "push through" the soreness that's still in his knee. If the training staff lets him do so, it's obviously a concern for Zach Mettenberger's first NFL start.
Oct 23 - 12:41 PM

Tony Romo (rest) is not practicing Thursday.

Since the Cowboys play on Monday night this week, this is their Wednesday. Romo will be a fine QB1 against a Redskins secondary that has no prayer of containing Dez Bryant. Romo is averaging 278.7 passing yards and 2.5 touchdowns per day over his last four games.
Oct 23 - 12:27 PM

Reggie Wayne (elbow) is not practicing again Thursday.

Wayne was on the sideline in sweats watching his teammates practice. His injury is not serious by any means, but the Colts could play it safe and hold him out of Sunday's game anyway. Wayne's legs certainly looked like they could use a day off as he dead-legged his way to 4-15-0 against the Bengals last week. Griff Whalen, Hakeem Nicks and Donte Moncrief would likely all chop up Wayne's 8.8 targets per game if the veteran sits.
Oct 23 - 11:59 AM

Theo Riddick (hamstring) participated fully in Thursday's practice.

With Reggie Bush (ankle) looking very questionable, Riddick can expect anywhere from 6-10 touches against the Falcons Sunday.
Oct 23 - 11:48 AM



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