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ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini reports ILB David Harris (shoulder, questionable) will play Week 3 against the Chiefs.

It is good news with Erin Henderson (foot, questionable) unlikely to play after sitting out all week. First-round ILB Darron Lee should get the start next to Harris.
Sep 25 - 10:14 AM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini believes Brandon Marshall (knee, foot) could be used situationally Week 3 against the Chiefs.

Adam Schefter reported earlier Sunday Marshall would be on a snap count, so it would make sense to use him primarily on third downs and in the red zone. Cimini also floats the idea Marshall could be a decoy to occupy Marcus Peters. Even with Marshall active, Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa should see a bump in targets.
Source: ESPN
Sep 25 - 10:01 AM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Ameer Abdullah (ankle, foot) is expected to return shortly after the Lions' bye in Week 10.

Abdullah was placed on injured reserve this week with a badly sprained foot/ankle. He can be activated in eight weeks if the Lions make him their designated player to return. Barring any setbacks, that seems to be the most likely scenario. Theo Riddick is going to be the featured back in his absence with seventh-round Dwayne Washington also taking on more work.
Sep 25 - 9:57 AM

Giants sophomore Bobby Hart is expected to start at right tackle Week 3 against the Redskins.

Hart replaced Marshall Newhouse after he suffered a calf injury late in the Week 2 win over the Saints. With Newhouse still sidelined, Hart will get the call again this week. Hart will get a tough draw against Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan, but the Giants do a good job protecting their line with quick passes.
Source: ESPN
Sep 25 - 9:53 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Packers CB Sam Shields (concussion) is expected to be cleared in "a few more weeks."

This is at least Shields' fifth concussion since entering the league, and there were some reports he was considering retiring. Schefter reports Shields received a "good report" from a concussion specialist this week, however, and will eventually return. The Packers are on bye next week, so Shields could be targeting Week 5.
Source: ESPN
Sep 25 - 9:49 AM

With Sammy Watkins (foot) out, Marquise Goodwin is expected to be the Bills' featured receiver against the Cardinals in Week 3.

Good luck with that. Goodwin torched washed-up Darrelle Revis for an 84-yard touchdown in Week 2 but was useless otherwise, connecting on just one-of-four targets for 28 yards the rest of the night. Though Goodwin is set up for an increased workload with Watkins out and Charles Clay (knee) banged up, he has a nightmare matchup waiting against Arizona's elite secondary. It's possible he'll draw coverage from All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson. Goodwin won't be a recommended fantasy play in Week 3.
Sep 25 - 9:01 AM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Dolphins will "mix in other runners" behind starter Kenyan Drake against the Browns in Week 3.

Jay Ajayi, Isaiah Pead and Damien Williams will be left to fight for Drake's scraps on Sunday. All three of those players have been in coach Adam Gase's doghouse at some point this year. Ajayi showed nothing in his season debut against the Patriots last week, plodding his way to 14 yards on five carries while committing a costly fumble. Even with Arian Foster (groin) on the shelf, it doesn't look like he'll have much of a role.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 25 - 8:53 AM

Shane Vereen is expected to start with Rashad Jennings (thumb) sidelined for Week 3 against the Redskins.

Vereen has rarely been used in a feature role throughout his career, mostly settling for passing-down work and change-of-pace duties. However, Vereen is one of only three Giants backs to receive carries this year (the others are Jennings and Orleans Darkwa) and should be close to an every-down player on Sunday. Vereen turned 17 touches into 66 yards with Jennings banged up last week and will be a strong RB2 play in PPR formats against Washington.
Sep 25 - 8:45 AM

The Bills will be without No. 2 CB Ronald Darby (hamstring) Sunday versus Arizona.

Darby is one of the best young corners in the league. His absence will force the Bills to lean more heavily on slot CB Nickell Robey-Coleman and sixth-round rookie Kevon Seymour opposite Stephon Gilmore. It's a huge concern versus Carson Palmer. Darby couldn't get his hamstring right with a ten-day layoff, suggesting the injury may cost him more than one game.
Sep 25 - 8:44 AM

Delanie Walker (hamstring, questionable) will warm up early to see if he can play against the Raiders in Week 3.

He's a true game-time decision. Walker missed two of the Titans' three practices this week including Friday's session. Even if Walker gets the green light, he might not play a full complement of snaps. Fifth-round rookie Tajae Sharpe would be in for an increased workload if Walker sits.
Sep 25 - 8:39 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Josh McCown's (shoulder) timeline for return is 2-4 weeks.

Rather than a broken collarbone as previously reported, RapSheet calls the injury a "painful strain and hairline crack" in McCown's non-throwing shoulder. It sounds like McCown could return sooner than expected, which would be great news for suspended WR Josh Gordon's outlook. The Browns will likely struggle to generate much offense with third-rounder Cody Kessler running the show.
Sep 25 - 8:34 AM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Cardinals DE Robert Nkemdiche (ankle) is expected to miss Week 3 against the Bills.

It's a mild surprise to see Nkemdiche inactive after practicing all week, albeit in a limited fashion. It looks like the Cards are targeting Week 4 against the Rams for his return. The Cardinals are going to be thin at defensive end this week with Nkemdiche sitting and Frostee Rucker (knee) listed as doubtful.
Sep 25 - 8:33 AM

Jaguars C Brandon Linder (knee) is not expected to play in Week 3.

He got hurt on Wednesday. The Jaguars will also be without LT Kelvin Beachum (concussion). Jacksonville's offensive line completely failed to open run-game holes in the first two weeks when their line was at full strength, so we wouldn't expect any improvement from the decimated group Sunday against the Ravens.
Sep 25 - 8:20 AM

The Jaguars are expected to be without CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring) for Week 3 against the Ravens.

It's a plus to Joe Flacco's matchup. Without Amukamara in Week 2, the Jags were utterly torched by Philip Rivers for four touchdown passes while ceding a mammoth game to Travis Benjamin and a long touchdown to Tyrell Williams.
Sep 25 - 8:19 AM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) is expected to miss Week 4 against the Bears.

He's already been ruled out for Sunday's game in Green Bay. Ansah left last week's game against the Titans with a high-ankle sprain and will now get a second opinion on his MRI. There's no timetable for his return.
Sep 25 - 8:18 AM


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