Player News

Review the latest player news for a specified group of players.
Carson Palmer Ari - QB
News: Palmer (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 reports. (Oct 21)
Impact: Dealing with a shortened week after playing on Monday night, Palmer sat out Wednesday's practice, but he returned to limited sessions both Thursday and Friday. Head coach Bruce Arians said his quarterback was able to make all the necessary throws at Friday's practice, though the team did run more plays from pistol formations in an effort to limit Palmer's movement. Given his long-standing reputation as a strong-armed statue in the pocket, Palmer shouldn't be too bothered by a slight loss in mobility, provided he's able to complete his drop backs and step into his throws. He seems to be trending in the right direction, but Sunday's 8:30 p.m. ET kickoff still isn't ideal for worried fantasy owners. Palmer may also be missing a key weapon or two, as John Brown (leg) is doubtful and Jaron Brown (knee) is questionable. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:08p ET)
Overall Rank: 109 Position Rank: 16
% Started: 2.1 % Owned: 75.6
Jimmy Graham Sea - TE
News: Head coach Pete Carroll said Graham (hip/knee) looked great at Friday's practice and is ready for Sunday's game in Arizona, Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. (Oct 21)
Impact: Graham has been present on the injury report all season due to his surgically repaired knee, but there was some concern when he missed Thursday's practice while listed with a new hip injury. Head coach Pete Carroll said the tight end was merely rested due to some residual soreness from last week's game, suggesting Graham should be fine to handle his usual workload in Sunday's difficult matchup against Arizona. If there was any doubt remaining, Graham erased it when he returned to practice as a full participant Friday, leaving him without any designation on the final injury report, according to John Boyle of the team's official website. He's caught exactly six passes on either eight or nine targets in each of the last three games, notably playing a season-high 63 snaps (96 percent) in last week's win over the Falcons. With No. 2 TE Luke Willson (knee) out for the foreseeable future, Graham may again be asked to play upward of 90 percent of the snaps. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:43p ET)
Overall Rank: 127 Position Rank: 9
% Started: 4.1 % Owned: 96.3
News: Beckham (hip) does not have a designation on Friday's final injury report for Sunday's game against the Rams. (Oct 21)
Impact: The Giants initially reported Beckham as probable, which is no longer one of the injury designations. As expected, the final injury report cleared the star wideout entirely rather than listing him as questionable or doubtful. Beckham did miss Wednesday's practice, but he returned as a limited participant both Thursday and Friday. He'll take aim at a vulnerable Rams secondary that's missing top cornerback Trumaine Johnson (ankle). (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:46p ET)
Overall Rank: 3 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 4.6 % Owned: 99.9
Joe Flacco Bal - QB
News: Flacco (right shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets. (Oct 21)
Impact: Flacco missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but then returned as a full participant Friday. The upgrade suggests he should be able to play -- a sentiment confirmed by longtime teammate Dennis Pitta, who said Flacco didn't appear to be in any pain at Friday's practice, ESPN.com's reports. Head coach John Harbaugh took a more cautious stance, saying he wants to see how Flacco's arm feels Saturday. Should Flacco ultimately be too sore to play, Ryan Mallett will direct a Baltimore offense that probably won't have No. 1 WR Steve Smith (ankle) or top offensive lineman Marshal Yanda (shoulder). (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:20p ET)
Overall Rank: 113 Position Rank: 20
% Started: 0.9 % Owned: 27.6
Eddie Lacy GB - RB
News: Lacy will be placed on injured reserve due to his ankle injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. (Oct 20)
Impact: After a second opinion, Lacy's left ankle suffered more than a sprain, requiring surgery to alleviate the concern. Under the NFL's new rules concerning IR, each team can activate one player from the list during the season, so his recovery will be one to monitor closely in the coming weeks and months. For the time being, the Packers' backfield is ripe with uncertainty. Scooped up from the Chiefs earlier this week, Knile Davis will likely require some time to learn the nuances of the playbook, relegating him to kick-return duties. Outside of Davis, Ty Montgomery has received reps out of the backfield of late, but his pass-catching chops will likely make him a complementary piece to recently promoted running back Don Jackson. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:24p ET)
Overall Rank: 1004 Position Rank: 236
% Started: 0.3 % Owned: 27.6
Geno Smith NYJ - QB
News: Smith was officially named the Jets' starting quarterback by head coach Todd Bowles on Wednesday. (Oct 19)
Impact: Smith replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick in Monday's game against the Cardinals after throwing yet another red-zone interception, and while Smith was also picked off in his limited playing time, Fitzpatrick's struggles over the course of the season have landed him on the no. 2 spot on the depth chart. Smith was a fairly weak fantasy option when he was the starter a few years ago, and with Brandon Marshall his only established wideout, it's tough to see a fantasy breakout happening anytime soon. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:55p ET)
Overall Rank: 386 Position Rank: 52
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 0.2
Eddie Lacy GB - RB
News: The Packers have ruled Lacy (ankle) out for Thursday's game against the Bears, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. (Oct 19)
Impact: Until Tuesday evening, there appeared to be a chance Lacy would play on a short week, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Network revealed that the running back could be sidelined for a number of games. Indeed, head coach Mike McCarthy hinted Wednesday it would be difficult for Lacy to suit up in Week 7, and shortly thereafter, the decision was made to shelf him for the third time in his career. Because James Starks (knee) will be out for at least four weeks, the Packers will have to rely upon recent pickup Knile Davis, Ty Montgomery, Randall Cobb and fullback Aaron Ripkowski out of the backfield. It remains to be seen if the team will also promote true running back Don Jackson from the practice squad. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:17p ET)
Overall Rank: 1004 Position Rank: 236
% Started: 0.3 % Owned: 27.6
Joe Flacco Bal - QB
News: Flacco -- who missed practice Wednesday -- is downplaying his right shoulder issue. "It's nothing to worry about," Flacco noted Wednesday. "I have a little shoulder soreness, so I just thought it was best to take the day off and come back and see how it feels tomorrow." (Oct 19)
Impact: "Really it's just about getting to the point where I feel like I can go out there and sufficiently throw the ball," Flacco added. "I think a little bit of rest right now is probably the best thing." While we wouldn't bet against Flacco toughing things out Sunday against the Jets, if rest ends up not doing the trick for him, then Ryan Mallett would get the Ravens' Week 7 starting nod at QB. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:40p ET)
Overall Rank: 113 Position Rank: 20
% Started: 0.9 % Owned: 27.6
Joe Flacco Bal - QB
News: Flacco did not take part in Wednesday's practice, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports. (Oct 19)
Impact: It's not clear why Flacco sat out Wednesday, but he is seemingly dealing with some sort of unspecified injury. Head coach John Harbaugh is planning to address Flacco's status after practice. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:23a ET)
Overall Rank: 113 Position Rank: 20
% Started: 0.9 % Owned: 27.6
News: Roethlisberger could be out 4-to-6 weeks after undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee, ESPN reports. (Oct 19)
Impact: The Steelers have not released an official timetable for Roethlisberger's return, but the latest report has him missing at least a month, as opposed to just a couple weeks. Roethlisberger's status is in flux at the moment, but what it is certain is that he will not play in this week's matchup with the Patriots, and that Landry Jones will get the start in his place. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:07a ET)
Overall Rank: 89 Position Rank: 8
% Started: 2.0 % Owned: 97.1
Dak Prescott Dal - QB
News: Prescott will start in Week 8 against the Eagles following the Cowboys' bye week, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. (Oct 19)
Impact: The Cowboys have not committed to Prescott starting the rest of the season, but fellow quarterback Tony Romo is not expected to be ready to play until Week 9 at the earliest, so Prescott will get at least one more start coming out of the Cowboys' off week. The team has little reason to push Romo given Prescott's performance so far, and figure to wait on making a call on who starts when Romo is healthy until he actually is. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:14a ET)
Overall Rank: 111 Position Rank: 18
% Started: 1.7 % Owned: 88.9
Eddie Lacy GB - RB
News: Lacy (ankle) is expected to be unavailable for several weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. (Oct 18)
Impact: Lacy will consult Dr. Robert Anderson for a second opinion in the near future, but reports suspect that the injury is more than just a sprained ankle, making this an ailment of greater significance than originally anticipated. With fellow running back James Starks expected to be out for four weeks, the rushing load will rest on the shoulders of newly signed Knile Davis as well as wide receiver Ty Montgomery, who carried three times for six yards in Week 6 and stands to see an expanded role in the backfield with the Packers spread so thin at running back. Green Bay also has the option of promoting 2016 undrafted free agent Don Jackson from the practice squad to the active roster if need be. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:55p ET)
Overall Rank: 1004 Position Rank: 236
% Started: 0.3 % Owned: 27.6
News: Roethlisberger (knee) has been officially ruled out for Sunday's game against New England, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. (Oct 18)
Impact: Head coach Mike Tomlin made it official Tuesday, naming Landry Jones as the Week 7 starter. Roethlisberger had surgery Monday t o trim his damaged meniscus, with hope he'll miss just one game and return after a Week 8 bye to face the Ravens on Nov. 6. Le'Veon Bell will likely be busy against New England, as the Steelers didn't have much luck throwing downfield when Jones was under center last season. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:35p ET)
Overall Rank: 89 Position Rank: 8
% Started: 2.0 % Owned: 97.1
Knile Davis KC - RB
News: The Chiefs traded Davis to the Packers on Tuesday, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports. (Oct 18)
Impact: The Packers were desperate to add depth at running back with Eddie Lacy sustaining an ankle injury in their Week 6 loss to the Cowboys and James Starks (knee) ruled out for the next four weeks, so the addition of Davis certainly fulfills a need. As the No. 4 running back in Kansas City, Davis had been a healthy inactive the last few weeks following the return of Jamaal Charles. That made him an expendable piece for the Chiefs, who will presumably receive a late-round pick in return for the running back. Given that the Packers have a quick turnaround in with their next game coming Thursday against the Bears, it's unlikely that Davis will be a major part of the game plan while he's still learning his new team's playbook. As such, wideout Ty Montgomery could end up seeing some involvement out of the backfield as the de facto backup to Lacy, who is listed as questionable for Thursday. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:46a ET)
Overall Rank: 198 Position Rank: 70
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 2.1
James Starks GB - RB
News: Starks is expected to miss about four weeks following his knee surgery Sunday, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports. (Oct 17)
Impact: Starks has been the subject of conflicting reports since news of his surgery to repair a torn meniscus surfaced Sunday. Prior to head coach Mike McCarthy vaguely saying Monday he anticipates a "quick" recovery from Starks, the veteran tailback was reportedly slated to miss "several" weeks. Given the latest development, it appears the latter outlook is closer to the mark and Starks will be sidelined for about a month, creating a significant absence in the Packers' offense. With starter Eddie Lacy (ankle) noticeably gimpy and no other healthy running backs on the current roster, Green Bay may be forced to promote Don Jackson from the practice squad and use wideouts Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb more out of the backfield. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:42p ET)
Overall Rank: 154 Position Rank: 42
% Started: 0.2 % Owned: 29.4
Carlos Hyde SF - RB
News: Hyde suffered a shoulder injury during Sunday's loss to the Bills, and his status going forward is uncertain, according to head coach Chip Kelly, ESPN's Nick Wagoner reports. (Oct 17)
Impact: Hyde was forced to exit during the third quarter after injuring his shoulder, and although he made a brief return later on, the tailback ultimately was back in the 49ers' locker room before Sunday's game ended. In missing portions of the second half, Hyde finished with just 52 yards on 14 rushing attempts, and San Francisco's running game struggled in his absence. Afterward, Kelly stated he wasn't sure about Hyde's upcoming availability, which figures to make his situation particularly worthwhile to monitor in the coming days. If Hyde, who represents one of the very few bright spots in the 49ers' offense, faces any time out, Shaun Draughn and Mike Davis would stand to benefit from expanded workloads. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:08p ET)
Overall Rank: 33 Position Rank: 18
% Started: 2.0 % Owned: 95.8
Dez Bryant Dal - WR
News: Bryant (knee) expects to play in Week 8 against the Eagles following the Cowboys' Week 7 bye, Jane Slater of NFL Network reports. (Oct 17)
Impact: Bryant has been sidelined since suffering a tibial plateau fracture in his right knee in Week 3 but returned as a limited practice participant last week. That resulted in a questionable tag prior to Sunday's absence versus the Packers, but Bryant made a point of revealing that he'll be back in action after Dallas' current bye week. While his status should be updated once the Cowboys reconvene, Bryant could conceivably be upgraded to a full participant in the buildup to Week 8's game against the Eagles, which would only serve to boost an already-impressive Cowboys offense. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:25a ET)
Overall Rank: 21 Position Rank: 11
% Started: 3.6 % Owned: 99.1
Will Fuller V Hou - WR
News: Fuller (hamstring) is unlikely to play Sunday against Indianapolis, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. (Oct 16)
Impact: Fuller was able to practice all week, albeit in a limited capacity, so this report is somewhat of a surprise. His status should still be verified in advance of Sunday's 8:30 ET kickoff. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:38a ET)
Overall Rank: 164 Position Rank: 68
% Started: 0.3 % Owned: 24.4
News: Washington (ankle) will not play Sunday against the Rams, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. (Oct 16)
Impact: With Theo Riddick (ankle) ruled out for Sunday and now apparently Washington as well, the Lions will split carries between Zach Zenner and newly signed Justin Forsett. However, fantasy owners will want to make sure Washington is out when inactives are announced before Sunday's 1 pm ET game. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:35a ET)
Overall Rank: 159 Position Rank: 47
% Started: 0.2 % Owned: 5.5
Cam Newton Car - QB
News: Newton (concussion) was cleared by an independent neurologist and will play in Sunday's Week 6 matchup with the Saints. (Oct 15)
Impact: This announcement comes as more of a formality than anything after Newton practiced in full on Thursday and Friday. The Saints are allowing a league-worst 32.5 points per contest and the Panthers offense is expected to be at full strength, assuming that Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) and Kelvin Benjamin (knee) both play. With the Panthers needing a win to help jump-start their season, Newton could be in for a big game in his return to action. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:28p ET)
Overall Rank: 43 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 2.3 % Owned: 97.1
Theo Riddick Det - RB
News: Riddick (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rams, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. (Oct 14)
Impact: It's not clear when Riddick injured his ankle, as he appeared to be healthy in last week's win over the Eagles, piling up 82 scrimmage yards and two receiving touchdowns while logging 66 percent of the offensive snaps. Backfield mate Dwayne Washington (ankle) was unavailable last week, which left Zach Zenner to serve as Riddick's power-running complement, ultimately to the tune of just nine yards on seven carries and 23 yards on two receptions. Zenner may get a shot to lead the Detroit backfield Sunday against the Rams, as Washington is listed as questionable after returning to practice Friday as a limited participant. With just one partial practice under his belt, Washington may be at less than full strength even if he's able to suit up. The Lions may thus have to rely on 31-year-old Justin Forsett, who joined the team Tuesday after getting rapidly demoted in Baltimore. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:26p ET)
Overall Rank: 36 Position Rank: 21
% Started: 0.5 % Owned: 76.5
Jordan Reed Was - TE
News: Reed (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Liz Clarke of The Washington Post reports. (Oct 14)
Impact: Reed first noticed symptoms Tuesday and was subsequently diagnosed with the fifth recorded concussion of his career. He didn't practice at all during the week, which head coach Jay Gruden said the tight end would have to do in order to play. However, Reed is scheduled to visit with a doctor Friday night, taking one last shot at getting cleared in time for Sunday's game. While the team might allow him to play in the game without practicing, Reed probably doesn't have enough time to pass through the concussion protocol before Sunday. If Reed doesn't play, Vernon Davis will likely serve as the top tight end, with Niles Paul also getting an uptick in snaps. Neither would be a good bet to account for more than a handful of Reed's usual targets. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:02p ET)
Overall Rank: 55 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 2.0 % Owned: 92.3
Cam Newton Car - QB
News: Newton (concussion) only needs final clearance from an independent neurologist in order to play Sunday in New Orleans and is listed as questionable, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports. (Oct 14)
Impact: Newton was a limited practice participant Wednesday and a full participant both Thursday and Friday. Barring a late setback, he isn't expected to have any trouble clearing the final stage of the concussion protocol, ESPN's David Newton reports. Newton could be cleared as soon as Friday afternoon, setting him up for a premium matchup in the SuperDome against a Saints team that's allowing an NFL-worst 32.5 points per game. Newton's top wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin (knee), is also listed as questionable, but per Bryan Strickland of Panthers.com, head coach Ron Rivera said he feels good about all of the team's questionable players -- a group that includes Newton, Benjamin and Jonathan Stewart (hamstring). Of course, owners will still want to check back before Sunday, as late setbacks with concussions aren't unheard of. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:21p ET)
Overall Rank: 43 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 2.3 % Owned: 97.1
Cam Newton Car - QB
News: Newton (concussion) practiced Friday for the third day in a row, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. (Oct 14)
Impact: Newton has not officially cleared the league's concussion protocol just yet, but he has not had any setbacks, and is expected to be given the green light to play in Week 6 at some point in the next couple days. As long as that occurs, Newton will be back in his regular starting spot under center Sunday against the Saints. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:57a ET)
Overall Rank: 43 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 2.3 % Owned: 97.1
Cam Newton Car - QB
News: Newton practiced fully Thursday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. However, head coach Ron Rivera told Max Henson of the Panthers' official site that Newton remains in the concussion protocol. (Oct 13)
Impact: Newton's activity level is curious for a player still in the NFL's protocol for head injuries, but he'll continue to meet with an independent neurologist until he completes every step. By any indication, he's on pace to suit up Sunday in New Orleans, but Derek Anderson is waiting in the wings in the event Newton is unable to do so. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:07p ET)
Overall Rank: 43 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 2.3 % Owned: 97.1
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