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Eli Rogers (toe) is wearing a boot on his left foot.

Rogers injured himself about halfway through Sunday's loss to Philadelphia. Coach Mike Tomlin is calling him questionable for Week 4 against Kansas City. That will be the Sunday night game this week. If Rogers can't go, Sammie Coates would start in three-wide sets along with Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton.
Sep 27 - 12:14 PM

Free agent S Josh Evans will work out for the Redskins.

The Redskins are looking to replace starting free safety DeAngelo Hall, who is out for the year with a torn ACL. Evans was cast aside during Jaguars' final cuts. He's started 37 games in his career, though he's better suited as a reserve than a full-time starter.
Sep 27 - 12:11 PM

ESPN's Bob Holtzman reports Tyler Eifert (ankle) is expected to miss Week 4 against the Dolphins.

Eifert has hinted at a return this week but with Cincinnati playing on Thursday night, time is not on his side. He hasn't gone through a full practice yet and has yet to make an appearance in 11-on-11 drills. The Bengals are still calling him a game-time decision, but he's looking closer to doubtful than probable. Even if Eifert played this week, he would have been on a snap count. Look for Eifert to return in Week 5 against Dallas.
Sep 27 - 12:02 PM

Cowboys LG La'El Collins will seek a second opinion on his injured toe.

Collins is believed to have a torn ligament in his toe but wants to be certain before deciding on surgery. He'll meet with Indiana-based Dr. David Porter, who is well-known for his work with NBA players. Collins has already been placed on injured reserve and won't be eligible to return for at least two months. Ronald Leary will slide in at left guard and might actually be an upgrade on Collins, who has struggled this year.
Sep 27 - 11:25 AM

Colts placed OLB Trent Cole (back) on injured reserve.

He's dealing with a back issue. This came seemingly out of nowhere as Cole logged 29 snaps in Sunday's win over San Diego. With the new IR rules in place, Cole could return later this season but he'll still miss at least two months. Cole was rotating with Robert Mathis at right outside linebacker before the injury.
Sep 27 - 11:20 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said first-round WR Laquon Treadwell needs "to do better in practice."

"He's working, just biding his time until he gets an opportunity like how [Stefon] Diggs was last year," Zimmer continued. "I still think he's thinking about the number of steps to take on each route and things like that, being at the right depth." The Vikings have brought their rookies along slowly in recent years, but Treadwell is a different situation. Charles Johnson has offered nothing opposite Diggs, and the Vikings need more from their passing game if they are going to keep winning. Minnesota needs to get Treadwell involved soon.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 27 - 10:56 AM

Giants coach Ben McAdoo said fifth-round RB Paul Perkins "is ready to step up."

With Shane Vereen lost for at least a couple months with a torn triceps, McAdoo has promised a "committee" in the backfield. Perkins has been limited to special teams work so far, but it sounds like he has a shot to carve out a role. Orleans Darkwa is still the favorite to start while Rashad Jennings (thumb) is sidelined and see work once Jennings gets back, but Perkins is an interesting speculative add in deeper leagues.
Sep 27 - 10:36 AM

Tyler Eifert (ankle) said he is "still working through some things."

Eifert added he is trying to patient and trust the process. The tight end returned to practice last week and coach Marvin Lewis has said he is "close" to returning, but these comments make it seem like he is still a week away. That would make sense with the Bengals playing on Thursday night. Even if Eifert suits up, he is expected to be on a snap count.
Sep 27 - 10:31 AM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill reports Dez Bryant (knee) is expected to undergo an MRI on Tuesday.

Owner Jerry Jones said on the radio Tuesday morning Bryant had not undergone an MRI, but he did leave open the possibility he would have one later in the day. It looks like the test will happen, but the fact they have waited suggests there is not much concern. At this point, Bryant should still be expected to play.
Sep 27 - 10:12 AM

Matt Ryan said his thumb is "fine."

Ryan appeared to suffer a thumb injury on his non-throwing hand against the Saints Monday night. He did not miss any snaps, but he did play the rest of the game with a glove on his left hand. "I took a hit on it in the game, but I'm fine," Ryan said. "Put a glove on just to make sure I'd get a good grip afterwards. But I'm fine. I feel pretty good." He should be good to go for a tough matchup with the Panthers this week.
Source: ESPN
Sep 27 - 9:52 AM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Dez Bryant (knee) has not undergone an MRI and is expected to play this week against the 49ers.

Jones conceded Dez could have an MRI this week, but it does not sound like the team is concerned about his knee injury. His status for this week will become clearer after Wednesday's practice, but for now he should be expected to play. Dez will be a WR1 in a great matchup against the 49ers.
Sep 27 - 9:40 AM

Sporting News' Alex Marvez reports the 49ers are sticking with Blaine Gabbert in part because he is better in practice than Colin Kaepernick.

Coach Chip Kelly insinuated Kaepernick could be given a shot to start when he is "100 percent." He was almost certainly talking about health, but Kaepernick could also still be behind with the playbook after sitting out most of the offseason. Neither of these quarterbacks is the answer, but the 49ers should at least give Kap a shot before the end of the season.
Sep 27 - 9:24 AM

The New York Post expects Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin) to miss some time.

Rodgers-Cromartie was reportedly moving gingerly around the locker room after exiting the Week 3 loss to the Redskins. With Eli Apple (hamstring) and Darian Thompson (foot) also likely to sit out this week, the Giants are getting thin in the secondary.
Sep 27 - 9:20 AM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein said "don't be surprised" if Dwayne Washington gets more work this week against the Bears.

Coach Jim Caldwell blamed the line for Theo Riddick's struggles against the Packers, so they clearly have not given up the idea a career 3-YPC back handling the early-down work. Still, Washington was notably better as a runner against the Packers, and he should take on a bigger role soon enough. He already matched Riddick with 10 carries last week. Washington will be an upside FLEX play against the Bears.
Source: ESPN
Sep 27 - 9:14 AM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell blamed the offensive line for Theo Riddick's struggles on the ground Week 3.

"We’ve just got to block better for him," Caldwell said. "We didn’t get him going or give him an alley to get him going. It was more execution up front." The Lions apparently did execute well for Dwayne Washington, who sparked the running game in the second quarter and finished with 29 more yards on the same number of carries. Actually able to create yards on his own, Washington is a much better fit as the lead back than Riddick, and he should start to see more work this week.
Sep 27 - 9:08 AM



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