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Coach Jason Garrett said Thursday he's "certainly" optimistic Tony Romo (back) can play in Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Romo did not participate in the Thursday morning walkthrough and is unlikely to practice much -- if at all - this week. However, he doesn't have any structural damage in his back and we've seen him play through all kinds of pain before, often taking pre-game injections. Ultimately, owners should expect a game-time call ahead of the 1pm ET matchup against a leaky Cardinals secondary.
Oct 30 - 11:42 AM

Rashad Jennings (knee) will not play in Monday's game against the Colts.

Jennings rehab from a Week 5 MCL sprain is not going as expected -- he hasn't even resumed practicing yet. We'll consider him questionable for Week 10. In the meantime, rookie Andre Williams will try to rebound from two ineffective and disappointing starts prior to the bye. Showing a lack of vision and a tendency to run to contact, Williams will only be a borderline RB2.
Oct 30 - 11:04 AM

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Bengals are "getting [Cedric] Peerman ready as a complimentary back to Jeremy Hill."

Gio Bernard (hip) is in doubt for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He couldn't finish last week's game and did not practice on Wednesday. The change-of-pace type Peerman has been on the fringe of Cincy's roster for the last five seasons, rushing just 54 times. The real winner if Gio sits, of course, would be rookie power back Jeremy Hill. He'd take on feature duties and would be a candidate for 20 touches.
Oct 30 - 10:54 AM

Titans first-round OT Taylor Lewan pleaded guilty Thursday to two misdemeanors for being drunk and disorderly.

This stems from an incident with an Ohio State fan following Michigan's loss to the Buckeyes in Ann Arbor last season. He was originally charged with aggravated assault and battery. Instead, he pleaded down and is not expected to face discipline from the NFL as the incident occurred before he was in the league. Lewan has started the last three games at left tackle for the Titans, showing well.
Oct 30 - 10:47 AM

Ben Tate suggested that a lack of running lanes is the reason for his brutal two-game stretch.

Over the last two weeks, Tate has rushed 31 times for 62 yards (2.0 YPC). He was asked if there were any holes against the Raiders last week. "Did you watch the game?" he replied. Tate now has another favorable matchup against Tampa Bay's leaky run defense this week, but is just an RB2 post-Alex Mack.
Oct 30 - 10:29 AM

Bucs beat writer Greg Auman sees 10-plus touches for Charles Sims (ankle) Sunday.

It sounds like a lot for a rookie that has been on IR/return all season, but it speaks to the kind of role the Bucs want him to have. Doug Martin (ankle) is in a walking boot and highly questionable, possibly leaving Sims and Bobby Rainey as the top-two backs against the Browns' No. 30 run defense Sunday. "There's no doubt, when (Sims) is ready to go, he will give us a spark," coach Lovie Smith said. "I feel pretty confident in saying that."
Oct 30 - 9:47 AM

Darren Sproles (knee) appears ready to return for Sunday's game at Houston.

Sproles, who was limited in practice before sitting out Week 8, is practicing in full this week. He'll be ready for a bit role against the Texans, likely something in the neighborhood of 5-7 touches. It's not a drain on LeSean McCoy's projection at all.
Oct 30 - 9:36 AM

Doctors do not know yet if Dennis Pitta (hip surgery) will play football again.

It's been five weeks since Pitta went under the knife to repair his second dislocated and fractured hip. "In a few months, we'll see how I'm feeling and how things are going, and we'll be able to make some determinations then," he said. Pitta, 29, signed a five-year, $32.5 million contract with $16 million guaranteed in February of this year.
Oct 30 - 9:30 AM

New Jets starter Michael Vick says he has "to play with some type of control."

After relieving Geno Smith against the Bills last week, Vick committed three turnovers in three quarters. "Last week, I got too greedy," he said Wednesday. "I was trying to play like a 24-year-old Mike Vick." We don't expect Vick to shed his turnover- or injury-prone label, but he does have some fantasy upside thanks to his still dominant legs. Ideally, streamers will use him in a Week 10 home game against the Steelers rather than at Arrowhead against the Chiefs Sunday. Note that while starting for the Eagles in the first four games of last season, Vick averaged 270.0 pass yards, 57.0 rush yards and 1.7 total touchdowns per game. He knows this Marty Mornhinweg offense well after their time together in Philly.
Oct 30 - 9:12 AM

Mark Ingram said he feels good despite the short recovery time ahead of Thursday's game against Carolina.

We're always a little leery of players in the Thursday games, especially running backs who touched the ball 25 times the previous Sunday. But the spot is right again for Ingram as Pierre Thomas is out and Khiry Robinson is highly questionable, leaving Ingram to carry the load against a Panthers team that is giving up 5.22 YPC to opposing running backs. He's a borderline RB1 option.
Oct 30 - 8:57 AM

Cordarrelle Patterson (ankle) is not even on the Week 9 injury report.

Patterson lightly bruised his left ankle in last week's win at Tampa, but it's obviously not a concern. He's trending up this week after seeing a season-high 12 targets and coming up with an encouraging 6-86-0 line. The Redskins are primed for a letdown after upsetting Dallas on Monday night.
Oct 30 - 8:52 AM

Jaguars LT Luke Joeckel (concussion) has been cleared for non-contact work.

Joeckel still has some steps to get through in the concussion protocol, but has not been ruled out of Sunday's game at Cincy.
Oct 30 - 8:50 AM

Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis (ankle) has resumed practicing on a limited basis.

Lewis is eligible to come off short-term IR for Week 12. It appears he's on track to do so, which would really ding Clay Harbor's TE2 status.
Oct 30 - 8:47 AM

49ers LG Mike Iupati has cleared the concussion protocol.

Iupati will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Rams, sending Joe Looney back to the bench. Iupati has been one of the league's best run-blocking guards this season.
Oct 30 - 8:34 AM

49ers ILB Patrick Willis (toe) returned to practice Wednesday.

It's Willis' first practice since going down in the Week 6 loss at Denver. He says he does not have turf toe, but rather a strained muscle in his toe. Consider Willis questionable for Sunday against the lowly Rams.
Oct 30 - 8:32 AM

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