News: The Buffalo Bills' depth at running back could be further depleted after tests revealed Williams sustained a concussion.
Impact: General manager Doug Whaley revealed Williams' injury Tuesday during his radio show on Buffalo's WGR-AM. Whaley says tests showed the concussion on Monday, a day after Williams complained of not feeling well following a 24-10 loss to the New York Giants. Williams is following the NFL's concussion protocol, and must pass a series of tests before being cleared to play. The Bills signed free agent running back Dan Herron Tuesday to address their injury-depleted backfield.
News: Green-Beckham is back at work after being arrested last week on a warrant for an unpaid speeding ticket in Missouri during Tennessee's bye week.
Impact: Missouri police stopped Green-Beckham on Sept. 30 for driving 65 in a 55-mph zone, and Van Buren police Chief Nick J. McBroom said Tuesday officers found an outstanding warrant from Osage Beach, Missouri. Green-Beckham was arrested before bonding out paying $92.48 for failure to appear over a speeding ticket. Green-Beckham was given a warning for last week's stop.
News: The Bills have signed Herron to address their injury-depleted backfield.
Impact: The signing was announced Tuesday after Herron was one of several running backs who worked out for the Bills at their facility. Buffalo is suddenly short on running backs after general manager Doug Whaley announced rookie Karlos Williams' status is uncertain after test revealed he sustained a concussion. Herron spent the previous two seasons in Indianapolis, where he had 389 yards rushing and a touchdown in 25 games, including three starts.
News: Hasselbeck, Indy's starter Sunday against Jacksonville with Andrew Luck out with a shoulder injury, did not practice Tuesday because he was sick.
Impact: Luck increased his workload Tuesday, but it remains uncertain if he'll play Thursday at Houston. Coach Chuck Pagano said with Hasselbeck out, Luck took most of the snaps and practice squad quarterback Alex Tanney took the rest.
News: Brees led the Saints to their first victory Sunday.
Impact: Brees, who missed New Orleans' previous game because of a bruised rotator cuff in his right (throwing) shoulder, completed 33 of 41 throws for 359 yards and two TDs in his return. "It felt fine. Felt good enough, got the job done, so we're all good," Brees said of his shoulder.
News: Richardson gets to return to the field after a drug suspension, he'll also see his legal troubles reappear in court.
Impact: The former University of Missouri star is scheduled for a court appearance Monday in St. Charles County just west of St. Louis, where the Pro Bowler is charged with five misdemeanor counts that include resisting arrest. He has pleaded not guilty to all of them.
News: A day after Richardson's four-game drug suspension ended, a judge on Monday postponed the Pro Bowler's hearing on charges stemming from his arrest in Missouri this summer following a police chase.
Impact: The St. Charles County judge postponed the hearing until Nov. 9 at the request of Richardson's attorney. Richardson completed a four-game suspension Sunday for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, namely for using marijuana. That suspension came 12 days before his Missouri arrest, which carries a possibility of more discipline because it violates the league's personal conduct policy.
News: The Giants are planning to place tight end Daniel Fells on injured reserve after discovering that he has a staph infection.
Impact: The Giants announced their plans Monday. Fells has been bothered by an ankle injury in recent weeks and missed Sunday's win over the Buffalo Bills. In evaluating the injury, it was discovered that he has a staph infection, which requires treatment. With tight end Jerome Cunningham sidelined with a knee injury, the Giants signed Will Tye off their practice squad Saturday.
News: The New York Jets signed Thompkins after he was released by New England this weekend.
Impact: He was signed by New England as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati in 2013 and he caught 32 passes for 466 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. He played in two games the following season before being released and then claimed off waivers from Oakland. Thompkins had 15 catches for 209 yards in 12 games with the Raiders last season, but was cut before the start of this season.
News: The Texans are sticking with Ryan Mallett as their starting quarterback despite his recent struggles, leaving Hoyer on the sideline for now.
Impact: Coach Bill O'Brien says that Mallett is their starter but that he "knows he has to play better." Mallett threw an interception and didn't lead the Texans to any points before was replaced by Hoyer late in a 48-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Hoyer threw two touchdown passes and directed three scoring drives late against a Falcons defense that had pulled most of its starters. Hoyer won the job out of camp, but was benched after one game.
News: The Texans are sticking with Mallett as their starting quarterback despite his recent struggles.
Impact: Coach Bill O'Brien says that Mallett is their starter but that he "knows he has to play better." Mallett threw an interception and didn't lead the Texans to any points before was replaced by Brian Hoyer late in a 48-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Hoyer threw two touchdown passes and directed three scoring drives late against a Falcons defense that had pulled most of its starters.
News: Bryant is back on the practice field following his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Impact: Bryant was cleared to return after last Thursday's 23-20 loss to Baltimore. The second-year receiver spent three weeks getting counseling in Houston at a facility operated by former NBA player and coach John Lucas. Bryant says he learned from his mistakes and has a better understanding on how to avoid them in the future. Bryant's presence should help an offense that had trouble getting downfield against the Ravens.
News: The loss of center Will Montgomery to a broken left fibula in Sunday's 22-20 win over the Oakland Raiders left the offensive line scrambling, and the grouping for this Sunday's game in Kansas City appears uncertain at best.
Impact: Coach John Fox said he had no idea whether Montgomery's injury was a season-ender, but it definitely forces a shift this week.
News: Wendell, who has yet to play this season because of an illness, returned to practice Monday for the first time since having limited participation on Sept. 17.
Impact: "We all work hard to try to contribute to the team and you can't do that when you're not playing, so it feels good to get out there and practice," he said. "It just feels good to do your job. You don't want to get paid to do nothing."
News: Warford is out for Monday night's game against the Seattle Seahawks, a big blow for an already struggling offensive line.
Impact: Warford was questionable with an ankle injury that got worse during the week. It's the second game Warford has missed this season after sitting out Week 1 with the ankle problem. The Lions will start Manny Ramirez at right guard and go with rookie Laken Tomlinson at left guard.
News: Ebron is out of Monday's game against the Seattle Seahawks after suffering a knee injury in the first half.
Impact: Ebron suffered a left knee injury midway through the second quarter on a 5-yard run by Theo Reddick. Ebron was rolled up blocking on the play. He was examined on the sideline for several minutes before walking back to the locker room. The team said at the start of the second half that he would not return. Ebron had two catches for 22 yards before getting injured.
News: Brindza has missed his last kick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Impact: The young kicker's struggles the past two weeks cost him his job Monday, a day after the rookie from Notre Dame missed two field-goal attempts and an extra point during a 37-23 loss to NFC South rival Carolina. Brindza also missed three field goals and an extra point the previous week in a 10-point loss at Houston, making him 2 of 7 on field goal tries with two missed extra points against the Panthers and Texans.
News: Johnson had seven catches for 56 yards on Monday.
Impact: Johnson was targeted 11 times against physical defense by Cary Williams, though this effort will be remembered for his costly fumble near the goal line in the closing minutes as he cost fantasy owners a much-needed TD reception.