NFL Player News: All Positions

News: Johnson is slated to miss "some time" due to a right knee injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: Johnson picked up the injury in the first quarter of Sunday's eventual loss to the Vikings when teammate Jesse James landed on him. While Johnson played the rest of the series, he yielded the backfield to Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic the remainder of the game. On Monday, coach Matt Patricia said that Kerryon Johnson told him he's "fine," according to Justin Rogers of The Detroit News. However, because Schefter is calling Johnson "week to week," the running back may be hard-pressed to suit up Sunday against the Giants. Johnson's practice reps will be one to monitor as the week rolls along.
News: Coach Dan Quinn confirmed that Ryan sprained his ankle in Sunday's 37-10 loss to the Rams, but the quarterback hasn't been ruled out for the Week 8 game against the Seahawks, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Impact: According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com, Quinn noted that he "wouldn't define" Ryan's injury as a high ankle sprain, but the veteran signal-caller's availability for Week 8 still looks to be in jeopardy. Quinn acknowledged that Ryan likely won't practice early in the week, but the Falcons will wait and see how the 34-year-old progresses over the next few days before a determination is made on his status for the game. If Ryan is sidelined this weekend, Matt Schaub would step in for what would be his first regular-season start since 2015.
News: Thielen's MRI revealed no major damage to his right hamstring, but the receiver is considered unlikely to play Thursday against the Redskins, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Impact: Thielen suffered the injury on an acrobatic 25-yard touchdown reception -- his only catch of the day -- in the first quarter of Sunday's 42-30 win over the Lions. Though the MRI results seem to support Thielen's own optimism that his injury isn't anything too worrisome, he'll still have a tough time gaining clearance to play due to the quick turnaround in Week 8. If the Vikings do end up ruling Thielen out versus Washington, Stefon Diggs would serve as the team's unquestioned top target, with the likes of Bisi Johnson, Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr. also potentially benefiting from heightened involvement in the passing game.
News: Fuller suffered a "rather significant" hamstring pull in Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Colts and is expected to miss several weeks as a result of the injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impact: The Texans should provide further word on the extent of Fuller's injury within a few days, but the wideout's initial test results apparently weren't encouraging. Fuller looks on track to miss at least the Week 8 game against the Raiders, if not additional contests to follow. His likely absence should create regular spots in three-receiver sets for both Kenny Stills and Keke Coutee, with the former filling Fuller's role as a deep-ball threat.
News: Brees (thumb) plans to practice this week and hopes to return for a Week 8 game against the Cardinals, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports. "We'll see how it goes," Brees said Sunday. "I'd love to [play]. It's a goal."
Impact: Coach Sean Payton declined to discuss a timeline when he spoke to the media after Sunday's 36-25 win over the Bears, but he did refute a report that suggested the Saints might activate Brees to serve as their backup quarterback in his first week back from the thumb injury. "If he's healthy, you play him," Payton said. "I'll fill you guys in day by day. We're not targeting. ... We're gonna see how he's doing. And we'll give you the news when we feel like we're ready to."
News: Elliott ran the ball 22 times for 111 yards and a touchdown, adding 36 more yards on six receptions (seven targets) in Sunday's 37-10 win over the Eagles.
Impact: The Cowboys were in desperate need of a win after dropping three consecutive contests, so coach Jason Garrett turned to his star back early and often in a blowout victory. Elliott had plenty of lanes to plow through (5.0 yards per carry) with the healthy return of starting tackles Tyron Smith and La'el Collins. The 24-year-old has been putting up RB1 numbers through six games (602 yards and six touchdowns), but we could see an uptick in production after the team's Week 8 bye now that Dallas' offensive line is the healthiest it has been all year.
News: Edmonds ran for 126 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries and added 24 yards on two catches during Sunday's 27-21 win over the Giants. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury said after the game that David Johnson, who finished with one carry, was being used as needed, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Fresh off a Giants fumble, Edmonds took an inside handoff and weaved through the defense for a 22-yard score, his third touchdown of the game and fifth in the last three contests. Edmonds, who was scantly used as a rookie, has seen an uptick in usage in recent weeks as David Johnson deals with an ankle injury. That culminated in Sunday's 29-touch outing, which nearly tripled his past career high in usage. While a healthy Johnson deserves the lion's share of touches, Edmonds looks like he's done enough in relief to warrant a larger role once Arizona's lead back returns to full strength.
News: Barkley notched 18 carries for 72 yards and one touchdown while reeling in three of five targets for eight yards during Sunday's 27-21 loss to the Cardinals.
Impact: Afterward, Barkley elaborated on his return from three games missed due to a high right ankle sprain. "I think I did fine. I know I felt fine, but didn't do enough to help my team win," he told Darryl Slater of The Newark Star-Ledger. "I was able to take my normal workload. Physically, I feel good." At one point in the third quarter, Barkley had the ankle re-taped, but otherwise he seemed to be back to normal, as no other Giants running back earned a touch Sunday. He'll aim to be closer to his dynamic self Week 8 versus the Lions.
News: Thielen will undergo an MRI on his right hamstring but is hopeful that he'll play Thursday versus the Redskins, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Impact: Thielen injured the hamstring on his circus catch in the back of the end zone in the first quarter, ending his day with just the 25-yard touchdown. He'll have a short turnaround for the Vikings' next game, but even if Thielen suits up, rookie Bisi Johnson (four catches for 40 yards and one TD on eight targets Sunday) could be utilized more in the passing attack.
News: Rodgers connected on 25 of 31 passes for 429 yards and five touchdowns during Sunday's 42-24 win over the Raiders. He added six yards and a touchdown on two carries.
Impact: Even without Davante Adams (toe), Rodgers managed to put together his best outing of the Matt LaFleur era. He made up for the absence of his favorite target by spreading the wealth, connecting with eight different receivers for completions and five different receivers for touchdowns. His six total touchdowns Sunday were just two fewer than he had during the first six games of the season. Much has been made about Rodgers and LaFleur building a rapport. After Sunday's perfect 158.3 quarterback rating, it's safe to say that they're on the same page. Next up is a Chiefs defense that has moved up to eighth best in the league in opponent passer rating at 84.9.
News: Walker was forced out of Sunday's game against the Chargers with an ankle injury, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports.
Impact: Walker headed in the game is listed as questionable after not practicing Friday, so it's possible the tight end aggravated his previous ankle issue. In his absence, Jonnu Smith is a candidate for added targets.
News: Jones hauled in six of nine targets for 93 receiving yards during Sunday's 37-10 loss to the Rams.
Impact: Atlanta's top wideout paced all players in receiving during this star-studded affair, and had more than double the receiving yardage of any other Falcon. Though he has now gone four straight contests without a touchdown after scoring four times between Weeks 1 and 3, Jones has racked up a combined 201 yards against the Cardinals and Rams over Atlanta's past two games. Upcoming next, he and the Falcons' receiving corps will face a Seahawks defense that entered Week 7 as a bottom-half team in receptions (22nd) and receiving yards (20th) allowed to opposing wideouts.
News: Gurley ran for 41 yards on 18 carries and turned his only target into a 13-yard receiving touchdown during Sunday's 37-10 win against the Falcons.
Impact: The 25-year-old back has been held under 4.0 yards per carry in five straight games, but he's paid dividends to fantasy investors by logging 14 receptions and six total touchdowns since Week 2. Rookie Darrell Henderson garnered seven second-half carries with the Rams holding a multi-possession lead throughout the third and fourth quarters, but Gurley appeared healthy enough to command an even greater workload than he did, coming off a quadriceps injury that kept him out against the 49ers in Week 6. Upcoming is a matchup against a Bengals defense that entered the weekend ranking among the NFL's six worst units in carries, rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns allowed to opposing running backs.
News: Ryan has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Rams due to an ankle injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Ryan was strip sacked by Aaron Donald, getting his right ankle twisted severely in the process, per D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. At the time of his departure, Ryan had a season-worst 159 yards and one interception on 16-for-27 passing. Matt Schaub will take over under center for the rest of this contest.
News: Thielen has been ruled out of Sunday's contest in Detroit due to a hamstring injury, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Thielen's only contribution occurred on his 25-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Aside from Stefon Diggs, the Vikings will rely on rookie Bisi Johnson and Laquon Treadwell to man wide receiver.
News: Johnson (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's road game against the Giants, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Johnson has endured an injury-plagued couple weeks, dealing first with a bad back and then an ankle issue. With the latter in tow, he still managed limited practices both Thursday and Friday before going through a pregame warmup Sunday, according to Bordow. Considering he's received at least 70 percent of the offensive snaps in five of six games this season, Johnson has a great shot to extend his streak of 100-plus yards from scrimmage to four contests versus a Giants unit that has conceded the fifth-most yardage (171 per game) to running backs in 2019. If he yields reps, though, Chase Edmonds is the only Cardinals RB aside from Johnson available to the offense.
News: The second opinion Mahomes recently received for his dislocated right kneecap "went well," but the Chiefs have yet to establish a firm timeline for the quarterback's return to game action, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: While the team has remained fairly mum on Mahomes' injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Sunday that the reigning MVP could return "in three weeks, if not sooner." Meanwhile, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network suggested that Mahomes' timeline has been estimated at around 3-to-5 weeks, with the signal-caller expected back no later than the Dec. 1 game against the Raiders. Whenever Mahomes is cleared to start again, Teope notes that it'll hinge on how the 24-year-old proceeds through a slate of rehab work and follow-up evaluations. Matt Moore is expected to step in for Mahomes as the starting quarterback beginning with the Week 8 matchup with Green Bay.
News: Mahomes (kneecap) is expected to miss 3-to-5 weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impact: After Mahomes remained on the turf following his quarterback sneak in the second quarter of Thursday's win at Denver, he actually helped his cause by not moving and waiting for the Chiefs staff to readjust his dislocated right kneecap, per Rapoport. Mahomes' timetable was slated to be multiple weeks, but the team apparently is honing on two dates for his return to action, assuming all goes well with his recovery: either Week 11 against the Chargers in Mexico City, or following its Week 12 bye in Week 13 versus the Raiders. During his upcoming absence, Kansas City will turn to Matt Moore to direct the offense.
News: Green (ankle) isn't expected to be ready to make his season debut until after the Bengals' Week 9 bye, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: Even though Green has made strides in his recovery from left ankle surgery and was able to put in some on-field work last week, the winless Bengals aren't inclined to rush him back. He's already been ruled out ahead of Sunday's game against the Jaguars, and Schefter's report suggests that Green won't be on track to return to action Week 8 against the Rams, either. If that's the case, the Bengals wouldn't have the opportunity to showcase Green prior to the Oct. 29 trade deadline, thereby decreasing the chances of him actually being dealt.
News: While Newton (foot) hasn't been ruled out for the Panthers' next game Oct. 27 against the 49ers, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that it's "highly unlikely" the quarterback will be ready to play in Week 8.
Impact: Though recent reports have suggested Newton is on tap to resume practicing coming out of the Panthers' Week 7 bye, La Canfora relays that there's a "sense" that the 30-year-old's recovery from the left foot sprain will still require multiple weeks of rehab, practice and increased conditioning before Carolina is convinced that he's 100 percent. The fact that Kyle Allen has led Carolina to a 4-0 record in Newton's absence affords the Panthers some extra leeway in proceeding carefully with their franchise signal-caller, who first injured his foot in the third week of the preseason. La Canfora also notes that a source has told him that it's "not an absolutely certainty" Newton returns as Carolina's starter once he gains clearance, so Allen's play in Week 8 and any further action that may follow could influence the Panthers' decision.
News: Cooper (quadriceps/ankle) is expected to play Sunday night against the Eagles, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: Cooper received the questionable tag after working as a limited participant Friday, but his status never truly appeared in doubt. The 25-year-old was limited to only three snaps in last week's loss to the Jets due to the bruised quad, but it doesn't look as though he'll miss additional time. Fellow WR Randall Cobb (back) -- who is also questionable -- is also expected to play Sunday.
News: Gurley (quadriceps) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Atlanta, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
Impact: Gurley upgraded to full practice participation Friday, while Malcolm Brown (ankle) once again was held out and now is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game. The Rams will use Darrell Henderson as their No. 2 running back against a leaky Atlanta defense that's given up 31 points per game. However, the Falcons actually have been decent against the run, ranking ninth in yards per carry allowed (3.9).
News: Johnson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Johnson wouldn't have been healthy enough to play if the game took place Friday instead of Sunday. The running back was a bit more optimistic, noting that he felt good after Friday's limited practice and remains hopeful to suit up against the Giants, per Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site. This sounds like a true game-time decision ahead of Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff, with Chase Edmonds headed for a large workload if Johnson is declared inactive. Third-string running back D.J. Foster (hamstring) already has been ruled out, so the Cardinals may need to call up Justin Davis from the practice squad.
News: Kamara (ankle/knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Chicago, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Kamara struggled while playing through an ankle injury last week and picked up a knee ailment somewhere along the way. He was held out of practice each day this week, casting doubt on his status even beyond Week 7. The Saints will turn to Latavius Murray as their lead back Sunday, with Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner on hand in reserve.
News: Cooper (quadriceps/ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Cooper will carry an injury designation into the weekend after turning in a limited practice Friday, which amounted to his only reps of the week. Despite his minimal activity since exiting the Week 6 loss to the Jets with a bruised quad, Cooper is expected to play Sunday if he experiences no further setbacks before the 8:20 p.m. EDT kickoff, per Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The same applies to fellow wideout Randall Cobb (back), who is also questionable after managing only one limited practice during the week.
News: Coach Sean McVay expects Gurley (quadriceps) to play in Sunday's game against the Falcons, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: On the other hand, McVay views fellow running back Malcolm Brown (quadriceps) as doubtful, likely setting up Darrell Henderson for some degree of usage for a second straight week. Gurley was a limited practice participant each day this week, so he'll probably be listed as questionable on the final injury report.
News: Johnson (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's contest against the Giants, with coach Kliff Kingsbury noting that the running back wouldn't have been able to play if the game took place Friday, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Despite closing out the week with a pair of limited practices, Johnson appears in real danger of missing the Week 7 contest. Kingsbury's comments are rather discouraging, but the running back still has two days to recover before the 1 p.m. EDT kickoff Sunday. If Johnson ends up inactive, Chase Edmonds will be set up for a large workload in a game with one of the largest over/unders of this week's slate.
News: Mahomes (kneecap) could be sidelined for 3-to-4 weeks, but the Chiefs will seek a second opinion on the injury before establishing a formal timeline for the quarterback's return, a source tells Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star.
Impact: In the wake of Mahomes' initial MRI revealing that he suffered a dislocated right kneecap in Thursday's win over the Broncos, varying reports have surfaced regarding a projected recovery timetable. While Adam Schefter of ESPN and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relayed that the reigning MVP would be out for as few as three games, the Associated Press suggested Mahomes could be out for 4-to-6 weeks. Mellinger's report puts Mahomes' timeline somewhere between the two extremes, leaving the possibility open that the signal-caller may be ready to go as soon as Nov. 18 against the Chargers in Mexico City. The Chiefs are unlikely to offer more clarity on Mahomes' situation until the results of the second opinion are made available.
News: Coach Andy Reid relayed Friday that the Chiefs are still gathering information pertaining to Mahomes' dislocated right kneecap, BJ Kissel of the team's official site reports.
Impact: The Chiefs haven't revealed an official for Mahomes' return to action, but Adam Schefter of ESPN and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network both report that a three-week absence is likely a best-case scenario for the quarterback's return to action. For now, Matt Moore is the Chiefs' top healthy signal-caller, though Reid mentioned the possibility of Kyle Shurmur receiving a promotion from the practice squad. Meanwhile, veteran Chad Henne (ankle) isn't eligible to return from injured reserve until after Week 8.
News: The MRI that Mahomes underwent confirmed that he suffered a dislocated right kneecap in Thursday's 30-6 win over the Broncos, though he avoided "significant additional damage," Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impact: Per the report, the star quarterback will seek added opinions to be sure, but the plan is for Mahomes "to return this season after a brief absence." The team should pass down an estimated timeline for Mahomes' return in the near future, but it looks like the Chiefs will need to rely on Matt Moore for at least the next few weeks while the reigning MVP is on the mend.
News: Mahomes, who suffered a right patellar dislocation in Thursday's 30-6 win over the Broncos, is looking at a recovery timeline of approximately three weeks in a best-case scenario, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: A precise timeline for the star quarterback's return to action will be speculative until the results of his MRI are available, with the length of his likely absence largely hinging on whether or not he suffered any ligament damage. In any case, it looks as though veteran signal-caller Matt Moore will be leading the Chiefs offense for a spell, beginning with the team's Oct. 27 tilt against the Packers.
News: Mahomes sustained a dislocated right kneecap during Thursday's game against the Broncos, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Impact: Mahomes appears to have avoided a fracture as he already received X-rays, and he's now expected to undergo an MRI on Friday to further determine the extent of the injury, per Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star. The reigning NFL MVP suffered the injury on a QB sneak during the second quarter and was quickly ruled out from returning to the contest. Matt Moore is leading the offense in his absence and is currently the only healthy quarterback on the Chiefs' roster.
News: Mahomes won't return to Thursday's game against the Broncos due to a right knee injury.
Impact: Mahomes exited during the second quarter after suffering the injury on a QB sneak. A cart was initially called onto the field, but the 24-year-old gingerly made his way to the locker room under his own power. According to Erin Andrews of FOX, Mahomes was only briefly in the the X-ray room before being officially ruled out. Matt Moore steps in at quarterback in what is a disastrous sequence of events for the Chiefs.
News: Mahomes exited Thursday's game at Denver after appearing to injury his right knee on a QB sneak, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Mahomes initially appeared as though he would leave the field via a cart, but he was instead helped to his feet and headed to the locker room under his own power. The 24-year-old has been battling a left ankle injury but athletic trainers appeared to be tending to his right knee while he was on the ground. The team should provide an official update sometime in the near future. Matt Moore has taken over at quarterback for the Chiefs.
News: Gurley (quadriceps) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
Impact: During a conference call with Atlanta media early Thursday, coach Sean McVay relayed that Gurley would practice "in a limited fashion," per D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Indeed, McVay's prediction came to pass, and Gurley now has one more session to prove the health of the thigh contusion in his left quad. If he checks all the boxes this week, Gurley has a good shot to return Sunday in Atlanta, where the Rams may be without backup running back Malcolm Brown (ankle). Aside from Gurley and Brown, the remaining RBs on the 53-man roster are rookie Darrell Henderson and John Kelly.
News: Kamara (ankle/knee) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Kamara hasn't ruled himself out from playing Sunday in Chicago, but he'll likely need to log some practice activity Friday to have a decent chance at suiting up. The high-ankle and knee issues have kept him sidelined during the Saints' first two sessions of Week 7, leaving first-team work for backup running back Latavius Murray. The Saints would likely turn to Murray to handle the bulk of the backfield snaps if Kamara can't play against the Bears, with Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner on hand as depth options.
News: Adams (toe) wasn't present Thursday for the Packers' practice session, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Though Adams was a spectator for the Packers' second consecutive practice of Week 7, the wideout noted after the session concluded that his sprained right toe feels "a million times better" compared to when he initially got injured Sept. 26 against the Eagles, per Schneidman. That said, Adams wasn't willing to speculate on when he might return to action, suggesting he's likely trending toward a third straight missed game Sunday against the Raiders.
News: Cooper (quadriceps/ankle) admitted Thursday that he's uncertain if he'll be ready to play in Sunday's game against the Eagles, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Cooper is listed with two injuries on the Cowboys' official report, but it's the bruised quad he picked up in the Week 6 loss to the Jets that appears to be the greater concern. Though Cooper indicated he was feeling better Thursday, he was a non-participant in practice for the second straight day and was only able to do some running on the side. Cooper indicated he will try to practice Friday, and his activity level in that session should provide a better indication of his status for Week 7.
News: Green (ankle) said he likely won't participate in Thursday's practice, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Green will presumably work out on a rehab field and go down as a non-participant in practice for the second day in a row, making it rather unlikely that he'll suit up Sunday against Jacksonville. The Bengals will probably hold off on making a call on Green's Week 7 status until after Friday's practice concludes, but it's expected that Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate will head Cincinnati's wideout corps for at least one more game.
News: Gurley (quadriceps) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: In his first visible on-field work since emerging from a Week 5 loss to the Seahawks with a thigh contusion and sitting out Sunday's defeat to the 49ers, Gurley was contained to individual drills. The Rams likely hope he makes incremental progress over the next few days, but ultimately Friday's injury report will give a sense of his potential to return this weekend. Backup RB Malcolm Brown (ankle) didn't practice at all Wednesday, so rookie Darrell Henderson and John Kelly are the Rams' healthiest backs at the moment.
News: Kamara (ankle/knee) did not practice Wednesday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Kamara suffered a knee injury Week 6 versus the Jaguars and came into the contest dealing with a high ankle issue, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. The star running back has expressed some optimism that he'll be available Sunday against the Bears, but he'll almost certainly need to practice in some capacity Thursday and/or Friday for any chance of taking the field Week 7. In the event that Kamara is forced to miss any time, Latavius Murray would likely draw the start for New Orleans. The team also opted to sign Zach Zenner as a reserve option Wednesday.
News: Dissly will undergo season-ending surgery Thursday to address a torn Achilles, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impact: The Seahawks feared Dissly suffered a serious injury during Sunday's over the Browns, and follow-up tests ultimately confirmed as much. The injury is a major blow both to the Seahawks offense and the tight end's outlook moving forward, as his rookie season was previously cut short due to a patellar tendon tear in his right knee. On a brighter note, Dissly is expected to be ready to go for the 2020 campaign.
News: Watkins (hamstring) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Broncos.
Impact: Watkins will miss a second consecutive game due to his hamstring injury, though it'll effectively function as three straight absences considering that he played only two snaps Week 5 against the Colts before being pulled. In Watkins' stead, expect Demarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman and Byron Pringle to see increased opportunities behind top wideout Tyreek Hill.
News: Engram (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
Impact: Engram sat out New York's loss to the Patriots in Week 6 due to a sprained MCL in his left knee, but he looks like he'll return to action after missing just one game. Barring any setbacks, Engram is on track to suit up Sunday, taking on a Cardinals defense that has consistently struggled to slow down tight ends this season. Star running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) also practiced in full Wednesday and is trending toward availability Week 7.
News: Barkley (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
Impact: Barkley's full participation offers a strong sign that he'll be ready to go for Sunday's contest against the Cardinals after missing the previous three games due to a high-ankle sprain. Tight end Evan Engram (knee) was also listed as a full participant Wednesday, so rookie quarterback Daniel Jones will likely benefit from the return of two of his top weapons Week 7.
News: The Dolphins named Fitzpatrick their starting quarterback for Sunday's game in Buffalo, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Coach Brian Flores apparently changed his mind at some point this week, having previously said he would stick with Josh Rosen as the starter even after the second-year pro was replaced (and outplayed) by Fitzpatrick in the Week 6 loss to Washington. The Week 7 matchup couldn't get much worse, with the Dolphins traveling to Buffalo to face a Bills defense that ranks second in the league at 5.5 yards allowed per pass attempt. Opposing quarterbacks have thrown three touchdowns and five interceptions in five games against the Bills.
News: Tannehill will start Sunday's game against the Chargers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impact: After completing 13 of 16 passes for 144 yards and an interception replacing former No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota during last week's game, coach Mike Vrabel elected to stick with Tannehill. The Titans offense has been stagnant the past two weeks with Mariota under center, so the 31-year-old will get his first start since last season with the Dolphins. It's hard to deploy Tannehill in fantasy lineups this week despite the fact that he does face a decent matchup against a banged up Chargers defense for Week 7.
News: Kamara is dealing with an ankle issue that will limit him in practice this week, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Impact: Pelissero would specify that it's a "high ankle issue" that Kamara is dealing with, which is usually more serious than a normal ankle injury. Kamara battled through the ankle injury as well as a knee issue during Sunday's win over Jacksonville, limiting his rushing output to just 31 yards. The 2017 third-round pick still thinks he has a shot to play in Sunday's game against the Bears, but his status for Sunday seems murky at this point in the week. Latavius Murray would be in line for an uptick in his workload should Kamara sit out.
News: Coach Pete Carroll admitted that the Seahawks fear Dissly ruptured his left Achilles' tendon in Sunday's 32-28 win over the Browns, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.
Impact: Initial diagnostic tests on Dissly haven't proven conclusive, but it's apparent the Seahawks are bracing for the worst once his MRI results become available. If Carroll's fear comes to pass, it would mark the second significant injury in as many seasons for Dissly, whose rookie campaign was cut short by a patellar tendon tear in his right knee. Luke Willson (56 snaps) and Jacob Hollister (29 snaps) filled in at tight end Sunday following Dissly's early exit, but neither player represents a major threat in the passing game.
News: Cooper was diagnosed with a thigh bruise after exiting Sunday's 24-22 loss to the Jets, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impact: While often painful, the injury doesn't typically require a long-term absence, so Cooper could try to make it back for a Week 7 matchup with the Eagles. Listed on the practice report with ankle and quadriceps injuries last week, Cooper was removed from the loss to the Jets in the first quarter, finishing with one catch for three yards on three snaps. His absence freed up extra work for Tavon Austin (93 percent snap share) and Cedrick Wilson (61 percent), with the two players combining for 10 catches and 110 yards on 12 targets.
News: Conner carried the ball 16 times for 41 yards and a touchdown, adding seven receptions for 78 yards and another score in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Chargers. However, he suffered a quadriceps injury in the second half and didn't return.
Impact: While he was seen standing on the sideline after his exit, Pittsburgh's lead back did not receive another carry even with the team trying to drain the clock in the fourth quarter. When he was on the field, however, Conner and the Steelers' defense teamed up and carried a squad that was starting a third-string quarterback to an impressive upset over Philip Rivers and the Chargers. Averaging 2.6 yards per carry looks poor on paper, but the 24-year-old was constantly dealing with eight-man fronts against a defense that was (correctly) anticipating the run for the majority of the contest. Conner's ability to shed tackles actually led to a better final yardage mark than most backs would have been able to provide in this scenario. With the Steelers on bye in Week 7, Conner will now look to move past the physical issue in time for the team's Oct. 28 contest against the Dolphins.
News: Conner is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Chargers due to a quad injury, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Impact: Conner had a huge first half against the Chargers, but it remains to be seen how much more he will be able to do Sunday night. Conner's status will be updated further when he either returns to the game or more information is released.
News: Sanders' knee injury is not believed to be serious, according to James Palmer of NFL Network.
Impact: Sanders was unable to finish Sunday's game against the Titans because of his injury, but the report indicates there is "not much concern" about his status for Week 7, even with the Broncos' next game coming Thursday night against the Chiefs. Sanders' participation, or lack thereof, in practice over the coming days figures to ultimately determine his availability for Thursday's game, but fantasy players have reason to be optimistic.
News: Cooper (quadriceps) has been ruled out of Sunday's contest at the Jets, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The Cowboys limited Cooper's practice reps this past week due to ankle and quad issues, only for the wide receiver to presumably aggravate the latter in the first quarter of this game. Cooper joins Randall Cobb (back) and Devin Smith (coach's decision) on the sideline, leaving wide receiver reps to be handled by Michael Gallup, Tavon Austin, Cedrick Wilson and Ventell Bryant.
News: Johnson (back) is listed as active Sunday against the Falcons, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: There were mixed signals out of Arizona as Johnson dealt with a back injury this week, with the running back confident that he'd play while coach Kliff Kingsbury termed him a game-time decision. Ultimately, Johnson has been made available to the Cardinals offense, but it's unclear if he'll be given the opportunity to get 17-plus touches for the fifth time in six contests to start the season. Chase Edmonds will gobble up any backfield reps that don't go to Johnson.
News: Kamara (ankle) is officially active for Sunday's Week 6 tilt against the Jaguars, Amie Just of NOLA.com reports.
Impact: As expected, Kamara will be available without any reports of limitations Week 6 against the Jaguars. Latavius Murray will continue to act as his complement, but at present, there's no expectation he'll have to take on a larger role than usual.
News: Hill (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Texans, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Impact: The Chiefs cleared Hill to return from a four-game absence after his shoulder checked out fine following a pregame workout, which was preceded by three limited practice sessions earlier in the week. While Kansas City will get one of its top weapons in the passing attack back Sunday, the extent of Hill's role coming off the sternoclavicular injury isn't fully known. At the very least, Hill's return should help compensate for the loss of fellow starting receiver Sammy Watkins (hamstring), who is sitting out for the first time this season.
News: Coach Sean Payton told Melanie Collins of CBS that Kamara (ankle) will be active Sunday at Jacksonville.
Impact: The Saints won't confirm as much until 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff, but Kamara is expected to play through the ankle that he tweaked at Thursday's practice. Assuming no setbacks before or during the game, he could have a banner day against a Jaguars defense that has conceded a league-high 5.6 yards per carry to running backs this season.
News: Hill (shoulder) went through a pregame warmup and is expected to suit up Sunday against the Texans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: Hill put in limited practices during Week 6 prep after getting cleared from his sternoclavicular joint injury, putting him into a position to return. That said, the Chiefs wanted him to get through the aforementioned workout Sunday because he tended to some lingering discomfort as he ramped up his workload. Hill's snap count is to be determined, especially with another game on tap Thursday in Denver, but Patrick Mahomes nonetheless will have his top wideout at his disposal for the first time since Week 1.
News: Hill (shoulder), who is listed as questionable and was previously labeled as a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with the Texans, is trending toward playing, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impact: Sidelined since Sept. 8 with the sternoclavicular injury he suffered in the season-opening win over Jacksonville, Hill returned to practice in limited fashion Wednesday through Friday. Though he's been cleared from the injury, Hill still experienced some residual soreness during practices, so he'll be put through a pregame workout as a final test before the Chiefs render a verdict on his status. Official word on Hill's availability (or lack thereof) will come 90 minutes before the 1 p.m. EDT kickoff, when the Chiefs will release their inactive list. Even if Hill suits up, there's a chance his role could be limited to some degree coming off a five-week absence.
News: Newton (foot) may not be ready to practice at any point during the Panthers' upcoming bye week, and the team isn't certain if he'll be in line to resume starting duties Oct. 27 versus the 49ers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impact: Though Newton will be inactive for the fourth straight game Sunday against the Buccaneers in London, the signal-caller seemed to take a step forward in his recovery from the Lisfranc injury a few days ago, when he was able to shed the walking boot on his foot. While ditching the boot amounted to a positive sign, the Panthers apparently are reluctant to bring Newton back until he's 100 percent healthy, according to Rapoport. Furthermore, a team source told Rapoport that if Carolina continues its winning ways under replacement quarterback Kyle Allen, Newton won't be guaranteed to take the starting job back once he gains full medical clearance. The hazy timeline for Newton's return in addition to his shaky job security makes him an increasingly difficult hold in fantasy leagues, particularly in formats that start only one quarterback each week.
News: Brown (ankle), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals, isn't expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impact: Meanwhile, Adam Schefter of ESPN notes that the Ravens still aren't certain about Brown's availability, though it would probably be more surprising if ultimately suited up after he failed to practice in any fashion this week. An official call on Brown's status will come 90 minutes prior to the 1 p.m. EDT kickoff, when the Ravens release their inactive list. If Brown sits, the Ravens might be forced to rely more heavily on the likes of Willie Snead, Miles Boykin and Seth Roberts at receiver.
News: Kittle (groin), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, is expected to play but there's some concern about whether he'll be able to finish the contest, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: Kittle was added to the injury report Friday with a groin issue and he may be a true game-time decision. Fantasy managers will want to check his status closely before Sunday's 4:05 p.m. EDT kickoff as a result. Even if he suits up, Kittle may not make for an optimal lineup option in DFS contests, given the concern that his snap count could be more limited than usual.
News: Henry (knee), who is listed as questionable on the official injury report, is expected to play Sunday night against Pittsburgh, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: Henry was able to fully practice Friday, so it looks like he will return after missing four games. However, the Chargers' late kickoff presents some risk for fantasy owners, as his status may not be known until 90 minutes before the 8:20 p.m. EDT kickoff. Even if does return, Henry -- who suffered a tibia plateau fracture to his left knee in Week 1 -- could be eased into action with a reduced workload.
News: Johnson (back), who is listed as questionable on the official injury report, is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Falcons, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: This report aligns with the generally positive outlook that surrounded Johnson after he said he would be fine to play this weekend following his return to practice Friday. Still, fantasy managers will want to confirm his status when inactives are released 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:05 p.m. EDT kickoff. Chase Edmonds is next in line for backfield work if Johnson ends up sitting out or is limited.
News: Kamara (ankle) is expected to play Sunday in Jacksonville barring a setback, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. He participated in Saturday's walk-through session and is listed as questionable on the official injury report.
Impact: Kamara initially wasn't trending in the right direction for Week 6, as he went from a limited participation at Thursday's practice to no activity Friday. However, Rapoport's report suggests Kamara's condition improved Saturday. Still, a decision on his availability won't come until approximately 90 minutes before Sunday's 1 p.m. EDT kickoff.
News: Gurley (quad) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: This was expected, given he had a doubtful tag after being unable to practice this week. With Gurley out, Malcolm Brown is in line to take over as the lead back for the Rams, while rookie Darrell Henderson should be in line for an expanded role in the backfield.
News: Adams (toe) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Lions.
Impact: It was only a matter of time before this was confirmed, as Adams failed to practice all week while nursing a turf toe injury. His timetable for a return remains unclear. Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison will once again operate as the top two options in the passing game for the Packers this week.
News: Johnson (back) was a limited practice participant Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Johnson said he'll be fine to play, while coach Kliff Kingsbury said the running back will be a game-time decision. A Friday return to practice puts Johnson on the right side of questionable, though his active/inactive status may not be confirmed until 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff. Chase Edmonds is next in line for backfield work if Johnson ends up absent or limited.
News: Hill (shoulder) was officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans after practicing in a limited fashion all week.
Impact: Per BJ Kissel of the team's official site, coach Andy Reid noted that the wideout will be a game-time decision Sunday. Fortunately for those considering using the explosive playmaker in Week 6 fantasy lineups, the Chiefs kick off at 1:00 p.m. ET.
News: Kittle was added to the injury report Friday with a groin issue, leaving him questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: Coach Kyle Shanahan expects the tight end to play, but unfortunate timing at the end of the week suggests it could come down to a game-time decision before Sunday's 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff. Should Kittle end up missing the divisional showdown, Ross Dwelley and Levine Toilolo would take on more snaps at tight end, while the team's wide receivers and running backs would be tasked with larger shares of the pass-catching workload. Kittle has accounted for 25 percent of the 49ers' targets this season, after handling 26 percent in 2018.
News: Kamara (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Jacksonville, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Kamara isn't trending in the right direction for Week 6, downgrading from limited participation at Thursday's practice to a DNP on Friday. The development may have been implemented to preserve Kamara's ankle for game day, but a decision on his availability won't come until approximately 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. The next players up in the Saints' backfield are Latavius Murray and Dwayne Washington.
News: Gurley (quadriceps) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Gurley was unable to practice this week due to what coach Sean McVay has called "a thigh contusion in his left quad." While Gurley has yet to be ruled out for Week 6, the Rams haven't left much wiggle room for him taking the field Sunday. If he's among the team's inactives, Malcolm Brown will be the lead back while rookie Darrell Henderson should get the most extended run of his brief career to date.
News: Gurley (quadriceps) was held out of practice Thursday, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: After calling Gurley's injury "a thigh contusion in his left quad" Wednesday, coach Sean McVay provided a non-update on the running back's health one day later. "They're (also Aqib Talib) hopefully feeling a day better, but to be able to give you a legitimate update when we're not doing anything physically wouldn't be accurate," McVay said Thursday to Thiry. McVay is referencing his decision to hold a walkthrough as opposed to a true practice due to high winds at the Rams facilities. As a result, Gurley's status will remain up in the air until the release of Friday's injury report. If Gurley's reps are filtered elsewhere Sunday against the 49ers, Malcolm Brown is the most likely candidate to profit, but rookie Darrell Henderson would be on hand for his first potentially significant run as a pro.
News: Kamara was listed as limited on Thursday's injury report with an ankle injury, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Kamara becomes the next elite running back to deal with a health concern, but on a positive note he at least got in some work Thursday. He'll have one more practice to make his presence felt this week, at which point the Saints will tab him with a designation for Sunday's game at Jacksonville. Note that Latavius Murray and Dwayne Washington are the only other RBs on the Saints' depth chart.
News: Rodgers was limited at Thursday's practice due to a knee injury, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Rodgers notably played the last 15 games of last season with an MCL sprain and a tibial plateau fracture in his left knee. On this occasion, it's unclear which knee is affecting him, but his ability to participate in some capacity bodes well for his Week 6 status. Look for the Packers to clarify Rodgers' health prior to Monday's game against the Lions.
News: Green (ankle) was officially listed as a limited practice participant Thursday, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
Impact: While that's a major step in the right direction for Green -- who last practiced 44 days ago -- Hobson previously noted that the Bengals' top wideout has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Ravens. Per Ben Baby of ESPN.com, coach Zac Taylor indicated earlier this week that Green would not see any 11-on-11 work out of the gate, but the pass catcher's mere return to the field Thursday opens the door for a possible return to action as soon as the team's Week 7 contest against the Jaguars.
News: Adams (toe) may be trending toward another absence Monday versus the Lions, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. "It doesn't feel how I want it to feel at the moment," Adams said Thursday.
Impact: The Packers kicked off preparation for their Week 6 matchup Thursday, but Adams remained sidelined as a result of his right toe injury. His comment also goes against one from coach Matt LaFleur earlier Thursday. Speaking about Adams, LaFleur told Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the wide receiver is "feeling better and better" by the day. The team likely will take a wait-and-see approach with Adams over the next few practices, at which point a decision could be made about his upcoming availability.
News: Godwin (hip) practiced fully Thursday.
Impact: For the third week in a row, Godwin's practice reps were impacted by a hip injury, but his elevation from LP on Wednesday to FP one day later indicates he's putting it further in the rearview mirror. The issue hasn't affected his game-day viability during that two-game stretch, as he's totaled 19 catches (on 23 targets) for 297 yards and four touchdowns. With the Panthers on tap Sunday in London, Godwin will look to replicate his 8-121-1 line on nine targets from the Buccaneers' Week 2 road win at Carolina.
News: Green (ankle) was donning a helmet and pads at the start of Thursday's practice and appears set to work out on the field, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
Impact: Green has already been ruled out for his sixth consecutive game Sunday in Baltimore, but he at least looks on track to put his first practice activity of any kind since July 27. The Bengals will presumably wait and see what Green is able to do Thursday (and perhaps Friday) before having a better idea regarding his chances of making his season debut Week 7 versus Jacksonville. With the Bengals sitting at 0-5 and unlikely to make a serious bid for a playoff spot, a healthy Green -- who is in the final year of his contract -- could be one of the most sought-after commodities ahead of the Oct. 29 trade deadline.
News: McCaffrey (back) was listed as a full participant at Thursday's walkthrough, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
Impact: After taking the day off Wednesday to tend to a back injury, McCaffrey shed his designation by taking every rep one day later. On Thursday morning, coach Ron Rivera told Brendan Marks of The Charlotte Observer that McCaffrey will be present at Friday's session in anticipation of being available Sunday against the Buccaneers in London. As such, McCaffrey's status for Week 6 may be confirmed as soon as the conclusion of that practice.
News: Thielen was absent from Thursday's practice due to an illness, Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Thielen wasn't listed on the Vikings' first Week 6 injury report, but according to Craig's source, the wide receiver began to feel sick Wednesday and is "legitimately" under the weather. Consequently, Thielen's status will be one to monitor as the weekend draws closer. If he's not 100 percent or held out Sunday against the Eagles, Bisi Johnson and Laquon Treadwell would experience an uptick in snaps alongside starter Stefon Diggs.
News: Coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that he expects McCaffrey (back) to practice Friday and be ready for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Brendan Marks of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: It looks like the Panthers were just being extra cautious with their star running back to start the week, as it looks like McCaffrey, who is nursing back soreness, is going to be at least close to a full participant in Friday's session. Expect all this to be confirmed at some point Friday, but barring an unexpected setback for McCaffrey, expect him to be good to go against the Buccaneers in London this weekend.
News: Jones was held out of Wednesday's practice due to a hip injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Jones has had little issue playing through health concerns and producing during his career. In fact, he hasn't missed a contest since Week 15 of the 2016 season. Nonetheless, his status will be monitored closely as the week proceeds to learn whether a DNP is possible Sunday at Arizona.
News: Coach Sean McVay said Gurley was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice due to "a thigh contusion in his left quad," Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Gurley made a sudden appearance on the Rams' first Week 6 injury report, but McVay termed the running back "day-to-day," easing some of the concerns surrounding his health. It remains to be seen if Gurley will be able to practice at all this week, with Friday's report to give a sense of his status heading into Sunday's showdown with the 49ers. Aside from Gurley, the Rams' backfield includes Malcolm Brown and rookie Darrell Henderson, the latter of whom has received just two snaps on offense in three appearances.
News: Gurley was held out of practice Wednesday due to a quadriceps injury, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Gurley's touch count has ranged from 12 to 19 through five games en route to 4.2 yards per carry, five rushing TDs and a 63.6 percent catch rate. With an injury in tow, his activity level will be one to monitor closely as the week goes on. Behind Gurley, Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson occupy the next two spots on the Rams' running back depth chart.
News: McCaffrey didn't practice Wednesday due to a back injury, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Impact: Through five games, McCaffrey has logged every offensive snap on three occasions and missed just 14 of a possible 342 of those plays, so it's no surprise he's picked up some bumps and bruises along the way. The aforementioned back issue may stem from his flip into the end zone in Sunday's win over the Jaguars. With that in mind, McCaffrey's status should be monitored closely in the coming days to get a sense of his status for the Week 6 game against the Buccaneers in London.
News: Engram (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Patriots.
Impact: Engram faced a quick turnaround from the MCL sprain he sustained in the Week 5 loss to the Vikings, so it's not too surprising that he'll be sidelined for his first game of the season. With three other key skill-position players -- Saquon Barkley (ankle), Sterling Shepard (concussion) and Wayne Gallman (concussion) -- also ruled out, the Giants won't have many established options for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones to rely on against a formidable New England defense. Rhett Ellison will act as Engram's primary replacement at tight end in Week 6.
News: Shepard (concussion) is ruled out for Thursday's contest against the Patriots.
Impact: Shepard suffered his second concussion of the season during the Week 5 loss to Minnesota, so he was always facing an uphill battle to clear the five-step protocol for head injuries on a short week. With top running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and tight end Evan Engram (knee) also ruled out, rookie quarterback Daniel Jones will operate with Golden Tate, Darius Slayton, Cody Latimer and Cody Core as his primary targets in the passing game.
News: Barkley (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday's game at New England.
Impact: There was hope Barkley would be able to return just two and a half weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain, but the Giants won't press their luck with the workhorse running back. With No. 2 option Wayne Gallman (concussion) also sidelined, the backfield will be headed by Jon Hilliman and Elijhaa Penny in Week 6. Barkley will set his sights on returning Oct. 20 for a matchup with the Cardinals.
News: Engram (knee) was listed as a limited participant in Tuesday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Impact: Reportedly nursing an MCL sprain of his left knee coming out of Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Vikings, Engram is uncertain to be available for the Week 6 matchup with the Patriots on Thursday night. The fact that he was able to fit in some on-field work two days ahead of the game can be viewed as a positive sign, though Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com noted that Engram "didn't look great" while running routes early in Tuesday's session. After practice concluded, coach Pat Shurmur didn't offer much assurance that Engram would be ready to go by Thursday, merely stating "we'll see," when asked about the tight end's status for the contest, per Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York.
News: Darnold (illness) has received full medical clearance to resume playing and will start Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Eric Allen of the Jets' official site reports.
Impact: The Jets had been optimistic that Darnold would be ready to go this past weekend for their eventual loss to the Eagles, but the quarterback ended up missing a third straight game after the team's medical staff ruled that he was at too much risk to play in the contest. With Darnold having since regained stamina following his bout with mononucleosis and earning clearance from doctors, he should take all the first-team reps in practice this week as he prepares for his first action since the season-opening loss to the Bills. Luke Falk will slide into the No. 2 quarterback role following a pair of starts.
News: Barkley (ankle) is now considered unlikely to play in Thursday's game against the Patriots, sources tell Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com.
Impact: Barkley sat out a second straight game over the weekend while managing the high-ankle sprain, but his ability to practice on a limited basis last Friday seemingly put him on track to return in Week 6. Even though reports have indicated that Barkley is making tremendous progress in his recovery, he's still only 16 days removed from an injury that initially called for a 4-to-8-week timeline for a return. With that in mind, the Giants look to be leaning toward holding him out on a short week, but he should have a good chance at receiving full medical clearance ahead of the Oct. 20 matchup with the Cardinals. If Barkley and top replacement Wayne Gallman (concussion) are both ruled out for Week 6, Jon Hilliman would be the next man up in the Giants backfield.
News: Mahomes said he'll get treatment on his injured left ankle ahead of a Week 6 home game against the Texans, ESPN.com's Adam Teicher reports.
Impact: Mahomes was limping around throughout much of the second half in Sunday's 19-13 loss to Indianapolis, including one point in the third quarter when he was barely able to put weight on his left leg after the already-injured ankle was accidentally kicked by a lineman. He never came out of the game, finishing with 321 passing yards and a touchdown, along with three carries for 17 yards. Coach Andy Reid didn't specifically comment on Mahomes' availability for Week 6, but the coach did say he expects his quarterback to be "OK."
News: Coach Ron Rivera told Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic that McCaffrey dealt with cramps near the end of Sunday's 34-27 win against the Jaguars.
Impact: McCaffrey limped off the field on the Panthers' second-to-last possession and was seen stretching his legs, per Rodrigue. A short time later, McCaffrey's backup, Reggie Bonnafon, iced the game with a 59-yard touchdown run, and while the Panthers had one last drive, Bonnafon got all the reps out of the backfield thereafter. Rivera implied that McCaffrey will receive plenty of rest this week, so his practice reps may be capped as the team readies itself for a divisional matchup with the Buccaneers in London.
News: Smith-Schuster (toe) is active for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Coming off a short week after playing 73 percent of the offensive snaps in the Monday night win over the Bengals, Smith-Schuster was only able to participate in one practice while managing the painful toe injury. That was apparently good enough for the Steelers to sign off on Smith-Schuster suiting up, but it's worth wondering how effective he might be while playing hurt. He turned in his worst performance of the season in the game against Cincinnati, bringing in only three of his four targets for 15 yards.
News: Diggs is listed as active for Sunday's road game against the Giants.
Impact: The ongoing saga with Diggs will simmer down for at least one day, as coach Mike Zimmer has deemed that the wide receiver is prepared to play after a week in which he missed team activities Monday and Wednesday. It's unclear if Diggs will retain his typical workload of 76.5 percent of the offensive snaps, and if he doesn't, the likes of Bisi Johnson, Laquon Treadwell and Davion Davis are on hand to pick up the slack.
News: Smith-Schuster (toe), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens, is considered a true game-time decision, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impact: Despite putting in a full practice Friday, Smith-Schuster apparently wasn't able to assuage the Steelers' concern about his injury. The team will wait and see how he responds to a pregame workout before making a call on his status when the inactive list is released 90 minutes prior to the 1 p.m. EDT kickoff.
News: Hilton (quadriceps) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans.
Impact: Hilton finished off Week 5 prep with appearances at practice Thursday and Friday, though he was limited in both sessions. Still, he appears to be in a better spot physically than he was a week ago, when he carried a doubtful designation before ultimately being inactive for the Colts' loss to the Raiders. Unless some clarity on whether Hilton is trending toward playing or sitting out another game arrives early Sunday, he'll carry risk for fantasy managers since Indianapolis won't offer final word on his status until releasing its inactive list 90 minutes before the 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff.
News: The Packers have ruled Adams (toe) out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Even with the benefit of some extra recovery time after the Packers lost to the Eagles on Thursday Night Football last week, Adams wasn't able to overcome his bout with turf toe. Adams was a non-participant in practice Wednesday through Friday, making it an easy decision for Green Bay to withhold him from action Sunday. With his top wideout sidelined for Week 5, Aaron Rodgers will distribute targets to a receiving corps consisting of Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Geronimo Allison, Jake Kumerow, Darrius Shepherd and Allen Lazard.