Player News

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Wes Welker Den - WR
News: Welker is expected to be reinstated from his suspension on Tuesday night, after the NFL officially revised its drug policy, ESPN.com's Ed Werder reports. (Sep 16)
Impact: Welker will be eligible to return to practice immediately, and presumably, he'll be on the field for the Broncos for Sunday's Super Bowl rematch with the Seahawks. Though his lack of practice time over the last two weeks could be detrimental to his production in Week 3, it shouldn't take long for Welker to reestablish a rapport with Peyton Manning. In fact, the time off might have actually been beneficial for Welker, as it ended up giving him nearly a full month to recover from the third concussion he's sustained over the last calendar year. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:35p ET)
Overall Rank: 76 Position Rank: 28
% Started: 11.6 % Owned: 92.2
Josh Gordon Cle - WR
News: The NFL has officially announced a change to its drug policy Tuesday night, and Gordon's one-year suspension is expected to be formally reduced to 10 games, ESPN's Ed Werder reports. (Sep 16)
Impact: Momentum for a new drug policy had been building for the past couple of weeks, and as anticipated, Gordon's season will not be completely lost. While many of the other players that were under suspension will be immediately reinstated after Tuesday's news, Gordon's status as a repeat offender won't allow him to join the Browns until Nov. 23. In pleading guilty to a DWI charge earlier in the day, Gordon likely shaved an additional two games off his banishment, since drunk driving charges won't be considered retroactive under the new policy. Given his overwhelming numbers over 14 games last season with subpar quarterback play, Gordon is probably worth stashing in most formats until he's eligible to return. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:22p ET)
Overall Rank: 1006 Position Rank: 366
% Started: 0.2 % Owned: 48.0
Tavon Austin StL - WR
News: Austin (knee) has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and is expected to be sidelined for roughly two weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. (Sep 15)
Impact: Austin twisted his knee during the first quarter of Sunday's game and didn't return following the incident. With Monday's MRI revealing a sprained MCL, he figures to be out a couple weeks. However, considering the Rams' Week 4 bye, owners may fortunately only be without Austin for next week's game versus the Cowboys. Nonetheless, while Austin is sidelined, Austin Pettis should move up St. Louis' depth chart at wide receiver. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:48p ET)
Overall Rank: 131 Position Rank: 51
% Started: 2.5 % Owned: 20.1
Jamaal Charles KC - RB
News: Charles suffered a high ankle sprain Sunday, according to Chiefs' coach Andy Reid, Lindsey Jones of USA Today reports. (Sep 15)
Impact: Charles' sprain was initially thought to be mild, but Reid disclosing his star running back actually sustained a high ankle sprain is certainly of concern. The variety of sprain typically forces players to miss time, putting Charles' Week 3 status moving forward in question. While a timetable for his return has not yet been outlined, it appears as though Knile Davis could be in line for an extended role in the Chiefs' offense Sunday against the Dolphins. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:15p ET)
Overall Rank: 2 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 84.7 % Owned: 99.8
Marcedes Lewis Jac - TE
News: Lewis (ankle) will be out for 6-to-8 weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain Sunday. (Sep 15)
Impact: Lewis ran free for a 63-yard touchdown before leaving Sunday's game with the dreaded sprain. As a result, the Jaguars' No. 1 tight end will now miss significant time, opening an opportunity for Clay Harbor to see extended snaps, provided he overcomes a current calf issue. Other than Harbor, Mickey Shuler is the only remaining tight end on Jacksonville's roster. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:03p ET)
Overall Rank: 189 Position Rank: 24
% Started: 1.1 % Owned: 4.6
Mark Ingram NO - RB
News: Ingram is slated to sit out about a month due to a hand injury he suffered during Sunday's game, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. (Sep 15)
Impact: Ingram once again led the Saints in rushing Sunday against the Browns, when he totaled 83 yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries. However, in a surprise development, he'll now be sidelined because of a hand injury he picked up along the way Sunday. As a result, Ingram's encouraging early-season production of 143 rushing yards and three touchdowns will be put on hold. While his time off will include New Orleans' Week 6 bye, both Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson figure to carry the bulk of the Saints' backfield touches moving forward. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:34p ET)
Overall Rank: 118 Position Rank: 45
% Started: 30.5 % Owned: 82.2
Ryan Mathews SD - RB
News: Mathews (knee), who suffered a sprained MCL on Sunday, is expected to be sidelined for four or five weeks following MRI results Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. (Sep 15)
Impact: Mathews went down while attempting to recover a fumble Sunday and was subsequently carted off the field. The Chargers' starting running back has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and will now miss around a month of action. Last season was Mathews' only complete campaign since joining the league in 2010, but the team prudently opted to sign Donald Brown this offseason to safeguard against another Mathews injury. With that situation unfolding Sunday, Brown's role within San Diego's offense should be expanded moving forward, with Danny Woodhead also receiving touches out of the backfield. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:17p ET)
Overall Rank: 36 Position Rank: 18
% Started: 48.4 % Owned: 95.8
Adrian Peterson Min - RB
News: Peterson, who will fully participate in this week's practices and meetings, is expected to play this Sunday in New Orleans, the Vikings announced on their official website. "To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child. At this time, however, we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action," Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf said in a statement. (Sep 15)
Impact: Peterson was arrested on a felony charge of injury to a child in Montgomery County, Texas on Saturday and was deactivated from Sunday's game. The Montgomery County district attorney said the next court appearance for Peterson's case won't be for several weeks, and a trial won't be scheduled for several months. It's possible that he could face a suspension from the NFL before his legal proceedings are resolved, but at this point, the Vikings will let him play while the situation unfolds. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:56a ET)
Overall Rank: 3 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 48.9 % Owned: 98.4
Vernon Davis SF - TE
News: Davis (ankle) was seen on crutches after Sunday's game, ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez reports. (Sep 15)
Impact: Davis left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter after his ankle got trapped under Bears linebacker Jon Bostic. The most likely diagnosis is a sprained ankle, but said injury still leaves a wide range of possibilities. Fantasy owners will hope that this isn't a dreaded high-ankle sprain, and while the crutches aren't a good sign, they also aren't cause to panic. If Davis misses time beyond Sunday, Vance McDonald and Derek Carrier will take on increased roles in the offense, with McDonald the more intriguing fantasy option. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:47a ET)
Overall Rank: 66 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 78.1 % Owned: 99.3
Alshon Jeffery Chi - WR
News: Jeffery (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the 49ers, the 49ers' official twitter account reports. (Sep 14)
Impact: As is Brandon Marshall (ankle), though it seems likely that both wide receivers will be playing at something less than 100 percent. Still, even banged up in a tricky matchup, Jeffery and Marshall both offer tantalizing upside. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:10p ET)
Overall Rank: 26 Position Rank: 8
% Started: 47.1 % Owned: 97.8
Knowshon Moreno Mia - RB
News: Moreno is expected to miss four-to-eight weeks due to a dislocated and possibly fractured elbow, The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports. (Sep 14)
Impact: Further testing may provide more clarity, but all reports indicate that Moreno is facing a lengthy absence, which could perhaps make him a candidate for the IR/designated to return list. Lamar Miller (ankle) also left Sunday's game and failed to return, but his injury is not believed to be quite so serious. Miami's third-string back is Damien Williams, while Orleans Darkwa sits fourth on the depth chart. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:43p ET)
Overall Rank: 70 Position Rank: 28
% Started: 53.2 % Owned: 93.8
News: Coach Jay Gruden confirmed that Griffin suffered a dislocated ankle Sunday against the Jaguars, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. (Sep 14)
Impact: Meanwhile, Schefter speculates that the injury could be a season-ender for Griffin, but we'll await further details on that front. Kirk Cousins thus merits a pickup in most fantasy formats, and is the obvious priority addition for those who roster Griffin. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:47p ET)
Overall Rank: 64 Position Rank: 11
% Started: 30.2 % Owned: 85.6
Doug Martin TB - RB
News: Martin (knee) is inactive for Sunday's contest versus the Rams, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. (Sep 14)
Impact: Following clashing reports Sunday morning regarding his availability, Martin will don sweats on the sideline due to his knee injury. Expect most of the backfield reps to be handed to Bobby Rainey. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:40p ET)
Overall Rank: 18 Position Rank: 10
% Started: 42.6 % Owned: 95.3
A.J. Green Cin - WR
News: Green (toe) has been declared out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Falcons. (Sep 14)
Impact: Green hurt the toe, or at least aggravated his earlier injury, by blocking on the Bengals' first drive of the game. The Bengals' wide receiver corps now consists of Mohamed Sanu, Dane Sanzenbacher and Brandon Tate. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:48p ET)
Overall Rank: 15 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 87.7 % Owned: 99.9
News: Griffin was carted off during Sunday's game with an aircast on his left ankle and foot, CBS Sports reports. (Sep 14)
Impact: Griffin suffered a non-contact injury while making a throw along the Redskins' sideline and was down for quite some time, before being carted to Washington's locker room. Although he was wearing a cast over his left ankle, it's worth noting that Griffin's surgically repaired left knee seemed unaffected by his latest injury incident. Nonetheless, the Redskins' quarterback appeared visibility distraught, while heading to the locker room for further evaluation. With Griffin listed as questionable to return, Kirk Cousins will command Washington's offense until further notice. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:34p ET)
Overall Rank: 64 Position Rank: 11
% Started: 30.2 % Owned: 85.6
Jordan Cameron Cle - TE
News: Cameron (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reports. (Sep 14)
Impact: With Cameron out, Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray are next up for the team's TE snaps, though neither are high-percentage fantasy options in Week 2. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:36a ET)
Overall Rank: 59 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 35.1 % Owned: 91.9
Carson Palmer Ari - QB
News: Palmer (shoulder) is inactive Sunday versus the Giants at New York, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports. (Sep 14)
Impact: After testing out his right shoulder in pregame warmups, Palmer was unable to fill his typical role effectively, thereby yielding snaps under center to Drew Stanton. Stanton will make his fifth career start, but first since Dec. 19, 2010 with the Lions. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:35a ET)
Overall Rank: 161 Position Rank: 24
% Started: 5.7 % Owned: 38.5
Brandon Marshall Chi - WR
News: As Sunday night's game against the 49ers approaches, ESPN's Adam Schefter suggests that there are major questions with regard to the status of both Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring). (Sep 14)
Impact: Presumably, with that in mind, the Bears promoted fellow wideouts Josh Bellamy and Chris Williams from their practice squad, with Santonio Holmes next in line for snaps should one, or both of the Bears' top wideouts not suit up Sunday night. Both Marshall and Jeffery thus appear to loom as game-time decisions, a notion supported by Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. This is a tricky scenario for fantasy owners, given the team's late kickoff Sunday. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:44a ET)
Overall Rank: 14 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 70.5 % Owned: 99.8
Jordan Cameron Cle - TE
News: Cameron (shoulder) is not expected to play against the Saints on Sunday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. (Sep 14)
Impact: We'll confirm that information, one way or the other, as Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff approaches, but in the event that Cameron is indeed out, Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray are next up for the Browns' TE snaps. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:21a ET)
Overall Rank: 59 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 35.1 % Owned: 91.9
Adrian Peterson Min - RB
News: The Vikings have deactivated Peterson for Sunday's game against the Patriots, the team's official site reports. (Sep 12)
Impact: The announcement was made Friday following a statement previously released by the team that the Vikings "are in the process of gathering information regarding the legal situation involving Peterson." (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:11p ET)
Overall Rank: 3 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 48.9 % Owned: 98.4
Adrian Peterson Min - RB
News: Peterson has been indicted by a Montgomery County, Texas, grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child, ESPN reports. Minnesota is deciding whether Peterson will play this weekend, Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com reports. (Sep 12)
Impact: Peterson was listed as a full participant in Friday's practice after missing Thursday's practice for a day of rest. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:18p ET)
Overall Rank: 3 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 48.9 % Owned: 98.4
Brandon Marshall Chi - WR
News: Marshall (ankle) did not practice Friday and is questionable for Sunday's game against San Francisco, ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson reports. (Sep 12)
Impact: Marshall participated in Chicago's walkthrough Friday, according to Chicago Sun-Times writer Adam Jahns, but the walkthrough didn't involve anything more than a light jog. Marshall is a game-time decision for the Sunday night game, which is obviously a very tough spot for his owners. Marshall has a history of playing hurt and has at least a decent chance of playing, but his owners would ideally have access to Santonio Holmes or another viable backup option in the Sunday or Monday night games. Like Marshall, fellow starting wideout Alshon Jeffery is also questionable, though Jeffery logged a limited practice Friday. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:33p ET)
Overall Rank: 14 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 70.5 % Owned: 99.8
Cam Newton Car - QB
News: Newton (ribs) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Lions, and head coach Ron Rivera said there is "no doubt" Newton will start the contest, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports. (Sep 12)
Impact: Newton sat out last week's victory over the Buccaneers while completing his recovery from a hairline fracture in his ribs, but he practiced fully all three days this week and is ready to make his season debut in Week 2. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:14p ET)
Overall Rank: 33 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 49.5 % Owned: 98.2
Eddie Lacy GB - RB
News: Lacy (concussion) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Jets, Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. (Sep 12)
Impact: Despite suffering a concussion in the Packers' season-opening loss last Thursday, Lacy will not be forced to miss any starts. He should see his regular (heavy) workload in Sunday's game after practicing fully the last two days. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:49p ET)
Overall Rank: 7 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 83.3 % Owned: 99.6
Josh Gordon Cle - WR
News: Gordon's suspension is expected to be reduced to eight games when the new NFL drug policy is approved, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. (Sep 12)
Impact: An agreement between the NFL and NFLPA could come as soon as Friday afternoon, so further clarification on Gordon's suspension should come shortly. An official decision on Gordon's status has not been made, but it is growing increasingly likely that will be eligible to play at some point this season. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:26a ET)
Overall Rank: 1006 Position Rank: 366
% Started: 0.2 % Owned: 48.0
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