Player News

Review the latest player news for a specified group of players.
Le'Veon Bell Pit - RB
News: Bell has officially been activated from the Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner list, per NFL.com. (Sep 26)
Impact: After serving a three-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, Bell was eligible for reinstatement Monday and is now formally the top running back in Pittsburgh once again. He may serve as one of the team's top receiving options right off the bat as well; the Steelers have lacked an elite option in the passing game behind All-Pro wideout Antonio Brown through the first three weeks of the season, as DeAngelo Williams (14) and tight end Jesse James (10) are second and third on the team in receptions, respectively, behind Brown's 24. This is a void Bell should help fill, and fill well, as the multi-faceted tailback corralled a gaudy 83 receptions for 854 receiving yards and three touchdowns in his last fully-healthy, 16-game season. While it's unclear how many touches Williams may command after his admirable showing as the Steelers' lead back, Bell is positioned to embark on his delayed 2016 campaign as a top fantasy option across all formats. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:40p ET)
Overall Rank: 14 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 52.5 % Owned: 99.5
Shane Vereen NYG - RB
News: Vereen is likely to undergo surgery on his triceps injury, but is a candidate to be placed on injured reserve and return later this season given the procedure's two-month recovery timetable, NFL.com's Mike Garafolo reports. (Sep 26)
Impact: Vereen was initially thought to be lost for this season due to his triceps injury suffered Sunday, but the Giants have since backtracked on that outlook, as the NFL's new injured reserve rules could make him eligible to return after eight weeks, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. That preserves hope that Vereen could be healthy to play the last month or so of this season, which would obviously help New York's backfield options. While it remains to be seen exactly how Vereen's situation will pan out, the Giants' immediate focus will turn to the status of fellow running back Rashad Jennings (thumb) ahead of next Monday night's game against the Vikings. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:02p ET)
Overall Rank: 1004 Position Rank: 237
% Started: 10.8 % Owned: 28.8
News: Seferian-Jenkins has been claimed off waivers by the Jets, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. (Sep 26)
Impact: Seferian-Jenkins was released by the Buccaneers last week after being arrested and charged with DUI, which followed previous questions regarding his mentality in Tampa Bay. However, with the Jets clearly lacking a tight end, picking up the 2014 second-rounder seemingly helps New York address a position of need. Of course, that's only if the 23-year-old can remain available, as he's played just 18 games since entering the league. In those appearances, Seferian-Jenkins totaled an underwhelming 45 catches (on 81 targets) for 603 yards, but his seven career touchdowns could give quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick a big-bodied target to help him in the red zone. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:33p ET)
Overall Rank: 210 Position Rank: 32
% Started: 3.1 % Owned: 8.3
Thomas Rawls Sea - RB
News: Rawls will be sidelined for a few weeks due to a fibula injury, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports. (Sep 26)
Impact: Rawls' upcoming sideline stint comes after testing was conducted Monday to further investigate the lower-leg injury that forced him to miss Sunday's win over the 49ers. Unfortunately, those results deemed it necessary to rule him out for upcoming action, even though coach Pete Carroll's timetable of Rawls missing "a few weeks" leaves some room for clarification. In terms of a diagnosis, Rawls is dealing with a hairline fracture, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. Regardless of the accompanying time out, what's certain is that Rawls' absence, which follows a season-ending ankle injury last year, should result in Christine Michael assuming the bulk of Seattle's backfield work, with rookie Alex Collins a likely alternative while fellow first-year player C.J. Prosise (hand) returns from injury. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:58p ET)
Overall Rank: 27 Position Rank: 12
% Started: 17.8 % Owned: 78.8
Russell Wilson Sea - QB
News: Wilson suffered a sprained MCL during Sunday's game against the 49ers, Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. (Sep 26)
Impact: Wilson's injury was confirmed by coach Pete Carroll during a Monday morning interview, when he also said the quarterback has already started rehabbing the injury. As it stands, it's unclear what Wilson's status for this Sunday's game against the Jets will be, especially since he's still nursing an ankle ailment, but escaping the gruesome-looking incident with just a sprained knee should be some relief for all parties involved. While Wilson's situation will certainly have to be monitored in the days, and likely weeks, to come, it wouldn't be surprising if the Seahawks sign a veteran quarterback to bolster their ranks outside of undrafted rookie Trevone Boykin at the position going forward. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:49p ET)
Overall Rank: 48 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 51.6 % Owned: 97.1
Willie Snead NO - WR
News: Snead (toe) is expected to be ruled out of Monday night's game against the Falcons, ESPN's Britt McHenry reports. (Sep 26)
Impact: Snead is officially listed as questionable due to his toe injury but apparently won't be available Monday night, barring an unforeseen improvement. After an explosive first couple games this season, Snead's absence figures to open more opportunities for rookie Michael Thomas and Brandon Coleman as complements to Brandin Cooks against a vulnerable Falcons pass defense. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:57a ET)
Overall Rank: 101 Position Rank: 44
% Started: 25.5 % Owned: 86.1
Jordan Cameron Mia - TE
News: Cameron suffered a concussion during Sunday's win over the Browns and has already been ruled out of Thursday's upcoming game against the Bengals, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports. (Sep 26)
Impact: Cameron was forced to exit during the first half of Sunday's contest and subsequently did not return. His absence left Dion Sims and MarQueis Gray to fill the void at tight end, which figures to be the case with him out again Thursday versus Cincinnati. Following that contest, the Dolphins will have an extended period before their Week 5 game against the Titans, but considering Cameron previously had three concussions in less than two years during his time with the Browns, his recovery coincides with a concerning history. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:24a ET)
Overall Rank: 203 Position Rank: 26
% Started: 7.5 % Owned: 17.3
Dez Bryant Dal - WR
News: Bryant is anticipated to undergo an MRI on his right knee on Monday morning, The Dallas Morning News reports. (Sep 26)
Impact: Bryant injured his knee during the second play of Sunday's night win over the Bears. Although he only missed a few plays following that incident, he was seen receiving medical attention on the sideline during the course of the game and had X-rays on his knee afterward. According to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Bryant may have sustained a sprain to his right knee, but the results of Monday's MRI should help clarify his condition and availability going forward. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:32a ET)
Overall Rank: 8 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 80.4 % Owned: 99.3
Russell Wilson Sea - QB
News: Wilson (sprained knee) said he could have returned to Sunday's game against the 49ers if the score had been closer, ESPN's Sheil Kapadia reports. (Sep 25)
Impact: Wilson got his left leg pinned underneath 49ers linebacker Eli Harold on a sack in the third quarter, and while the injury initially appeared serious, he surprisingly only missed one snap and then finished out the drive. He was taken out for good at the end of the series, with Seattle holding a 27-3 lead and in no real danger of losing. Wilson is scheduled for an MRI on Monday. He has yet to miss game in his career, and he's already been playing through a sprained right ankle that the Seahawks initially expected to require a multi-game absence. If Wilson can't play in Week 4, Trevone Boykin will start at the Jets. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:27p ET)
Overall Rank: 48 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 51.6 % Owned: 97.1
Delanie Walker Ten - TE
News: Walker (hamstring) is inactive against Oakland. (Sep 25)
Impact: With Walker out Sunday, Anthony Fasano, Jace Amaro and Phillip Supernaw are on hand to handle the Titans' Week 3 TE duties, with all three representing fantasy lineup darts. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:36a ET)
Overall Rank: 63 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 45.9 % Owned: 92.8
Rashad Jennings NYG - RB
News: Jennings (thumb) is not in line to play Sunday against Washington, ESPN.com reports. (Sep 25)
Impact: The official Week 3 game status of Jennings, who was listed as questionable by the Giants on Friday, will be confirmed as Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff approaches, but based on this news, look for Shane Vereen to head the team's rushing attack, with Orleans Darkwa also in the mix. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:57a ET)
Overall Rank: 90 Position Rank: 30
% Started: 16.9 % Owned: 79.7
Sammy Watkins Buf - WR
News: Watkins (foot) will not play Sunday against the Cardinals, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. (Sep 25)
Impact: Watkins was already having trouble with his foot, and then it was stepped on during a walkthrough this week, with the pain apparently strong enough that the team will keep him out. The Bills' offense has really struggled early this season thanks to Watkins' issues, and a matchup against one of the league's best defenses will do little to help them break out. Marquise Goodwin is expected to start in Watkins' place. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:28a ET)
Overall Rank: 30 Position Rank: 15
% Started: 19.2 % Owned: 85.6
Jamaal Charles KC - RB
News: Charles (knee) is not expected to play Sunday against the Jets, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. (Sep 25)
Impact: Charles was officially listed as doubtful, so it will not be overly surprising if he misses out. Spencer Ware will likely get the start, with Charcandrick West the backup once again, though the Jets boast one of the better defensive lines in the league, particularly against the run, so a breakout rushing performance is unlikely from either back. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:26a ET)
Overall Rank: 16 Position Rank: 7
% Started: 21.5 % Owned: 97.8
Kenyan Drake Mia - RB
News: With Arian Foster out, Drake is being treated as the team's starter Sunday against the Browns, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. (Sep 25)
Impact: This isn't a big surprise given how Jay Ajayi had fallen out of favor. Of course, Damien Williams and Isaiah Pead are still there, and Ajayi could get some work, so Drake's workload is probably dependent on how successful he is early on. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:59a ET)
Overall Rank: 198 Position Rank: 70
% Started: 2.6 % Owned: 7.2
Jacoby Brissett NE - QB
News: The severity of Brissett's right thumb issue has yet to be clarified, the Patriots' official site reports. (Sep 23)
Impact: While initially there was speculation suggesting that Brissett may have suffered a torn ligament in his thumb, subsequent reports made the injury seem less ominous, including a report via ESPN's Dianna Russini that the QB is dealing with a sprained thumb that will not require surgery. In any case, we expect added clarity this coming week on the status of both Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo, who was inactive Thursday due to a shoulder injury. New England's next game is in on Oct. 2, against the Bills, giving the Patriots some time to evaluate the health of the two QBs on their active roster, and quite possibly add depth at the position. Of course, looming large for the team on that front is the fact the top signal-caller Tom Brady (suspension) will be eligible to return to action in Week 5. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:22p ET)
Overall Rank: 309 Position Rank: 35
% Started: 0.5 % Owned: 0.9
Thomas Rawls Sea - RB
News: Rawls (lower leg) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against San Francisco. (Sep 23)
Impact: Head coach Pete Carroll was optimistic earlier in the week, but he changed his tune during a Friday morning radio interview, and Rawls then missed a third consecutive practice. With the injury lingering longer than expected, it appears Christine Michael will take on a heavy workload for a game in which the Seahawks are heavily favored. What's more, passing-down back C.J. Prosise (hand) is listed as questionable, potentially setting Michael up for a full three-down role. Fifth-round rookie Alex Collins could also be involved. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:58p ET)
Overall Rank: 27 Position Rank: 12
% Started: 17.8 % Owned: 78.8
Brandon Marshall NYJ - WR
News: Coach Todd Bowles noted Friday that Marshall (knee, foot) is "probably a game-time decision" for Sunday's 4:25 ET game against the Chiefs. (Sep 23)
Impact: Marshall was listed as a limited practice participant Friday and will be listed as questionable for Sunday's contest. Meanwhile, fellow starting wideout Eric Decker is slated to play, with Quincy Enunwa a candidate for added looks in Week 3 if Marshall ends up limited or sidelined. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:16p ET)
Overall Rank: 18 Position Rank: 10
% Started: 54.1 % Owned: 98.0
Sammy Watkins Buf - WR
News: Watkins (foot) will be a game-time decision to play Sunday against the Cardinals, Bills writer Chris Brown reports, but coach Rex Ryan says, "odds probably not real good that he plays." (Sep 23)
Impact: Watkins is officially deemed as questionable for Sunday's contest, but he did not practice all week and also had his injured foot stepped on during a walkthrough. Although Ryan acknowledges that Watkins hasn't been ruled out and could play Sunday if his health improves enough, most indications now suggest he won't be available for a matchup against Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson that doesn't seem favorable anyway. If Watkins is indeed sidelined Sunday, the Bills could really struggle to move the ball through the air, as No. 3 wideout Greg Salas (groin) and starting tight end Charles Clay (knee) are both considered questionable as well. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:30p ET)
Overall Rank: 30 Position Rank: 15
% Started: 19.2 % Owned: 85.6
Rob Gronkowski NE - TE
News: Gronkowski (hamstring) is listed as active for Thursday night's game against the Texans. (Sep 22)
Impact: It remains to be seen how close to a full workload the Patriots' star tight end receives in his first regular-season contest, but his return to action, in any capacity, should provide a boost to the Patriots' Jacoby Brissett-helmed offense Thursday, especially in the red zone. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:06p ET)
Overall Rank: 7 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 61.5 % Owned: 99.7
Rob Gronkowski NE - TE
News: Gronkowski (hamstring) is in line to be active for Thursday night's game against the Texans, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. (Sep 22)
Impact: Those considering Gronkowski in Week 3 fantasy lineups will still want to verify his status once the Patriots submit their inactives for the 8:25 ET contest, but at this stage it looks like the team's offense, which is on track to be helmed by rookie QB Jacoby Brissett, will be bolstered by the anticipated return of Gronkowski. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:35p ET)
Overall Rank: 7 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 61.5 % Owned: 99.7
Alshon Jeffery Chi - WR
News: Jeffery (knee) didn't take part in practice Thursday, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports. (Sep 22)
Impact: Jeffery's lack of activity in the portion of practice open to the media extended to the rest of the session. It's unclear if the DNP is merely for maintenance purposes or the result of a setback, but Friday's injury report could bring his Week 3 availability into focus. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:40p ET)
Overall Rank: 24 Position Rank: 13
% Started: 68.4 % Owned: 98.2
Julio Jones Atl - WR
News: Jones (calf) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. (Sep 22)
Impact: Although he was able to complete the walkthrough prior to Thursday's session, Jones was otherwise held out of drills due to the strained calf stemming from Sunday's win at Oakland. The decision to ease the burden on Jones this week is warranted, as he's tended to ailments in advance of both of the Falcons' games this season. In a conference call with Saints beat writers Thursday, head coach Dan Quinn said Jones is expected to reach "100 percent" for Monday's outing in New Orleans, according to Herbie Teope of the Times-Picayune. Considering only three receivers have more 20-plus yard catches than Jones' four, he should be ready to roll with an extra day to rest this week. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:23p ET)
Overall Rank: 2 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 92.1 % Owned: 99.8
Jonathan Stewart Car - RB
News: Stewart (hamstring) is expected to be sidelined for multiple weeks, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. (Sep 22)
Impact: Stewart has so far missed two practices since suffering a hamstring injury this past Sunday versus the 49ers. With rehab his primary motivation at the moment, the Panthers' backfield is certainly in some flux. In Stewart's stead, Fozzy Whittaker took on primary RB duties in Week 2, recording 16 carries for 100 yards and three receptions (on four targets) for 31 yards. A plurality of work was available to Whittaker due to Cameron Artis-Payne on the inactive list, but with the Panthers' hand forced, the duo is slated to split carries in some way, shape, or form for the foreseeable future. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:28p ET)
Overall Rank: 42 Position Rank: 17
% Started: 12.7 % Owned: 83.6
Corey Coleman Cle - WR
News: Coleman will not require surgery on his fractured hand but is slated to miss 4-to-6 weeks. (Sep 22)
Impact: It was confirmed Wednesday that Coleman suffered a fractured hand during practice, but the real question at the time was the duration of his absence. After seeing a hand specialist, the team determined that surgery during the season is off the table, and the rookie wideout is now on track to miss roughly a month. Already down two quarterbacks, Coleman's absence will cost the Browns their leading pass catcher through the season's first two weeks, setting up Terrelle Pryor and Andrew Hawkins for extra targets. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:18a ET)
Overall Rank: 94 Position Rank: 41
% Started: 2.4 % Owned: 43.0
Corey Coleman Cle - WR
News: The Browns have confirmed that Coleman suffered a fractured hand during Wednesday's practice. (Sep 21)
Impact: Per the team's statement, Coleman's injury "is being further evaluated in order to determine when he will return to play." While not officially ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, we'll operate under the assumption that Coleman will sit the contest out, which leaves the Browns with a big hole at wideout, as the team lacks experience at the position beyond Terrelle Pryor (a converted QB) and slot man Andrew Hawkins. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:34p ET)
Overall Rank: 94 Position Rank: 41
% Started: 2.4 % Owned: 43.0
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