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Detroit's Kerryon Johnson (knee) reportedly expected to 'miss some time'
Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson (knee) is considered "week to week" after exiting Week 7's game in the first half.
According to Schefter's source, Johnson is "expected to miss some time with a knee injury." Stay tuned for more practice updates and injury reports but for now expect Johnson to sit out this week.
If Kerryon is inactive for Week 8's matchup against New York Giants, expect Ty Johnson to take over on most downs with J.D. McKissic handling pass work behind him.
Patriots' Rex Burkhead (foot) inactive in Week 7
New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (foot) will not play in Monday night's matchup against the New York Jets.
Burkhead will miss his third straight game after suffering a foot injury in Week 4. Expect James White and Sony Michel to handle most of the running back touches against the Jets.
In four games this season, Burkhead has produced 229 scrimmage yards and one touchdown.
Jets' Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) available on Monday night
New York Jets wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) is active for Week 7's game against the New England Patriots.
Thomas will play in tonight's "revenge" game despite dealing with a hamstring injury.
Our models project Thomas to haul in 2.9 receptions for 32.3 yards on 5.1 targets.
New England's Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) active for Monday night's matchup against the Jets
New England Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) will play in Week 7's matchup against the New York Jets.
Dorsett is active on Monday night after logging several limited practices. Expect the 26-year old to start on the outside in Week 7.
Our models currently project Dorsett to haul in 3.4 receptions for 47.5 yards on 5.6 targets.
Titans' Delanie Walker's (ankle) Week 8 status considered day-to-day
Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker (ankle) is day-to-day after exiting Week 7's game in the first half.
According to head coach Mike Vrabel, the Titans are "frustrated" for Walker and will "get him in a position where he can help us." Considering the nagging nature of an ankle injury, it's possible the veteran could sit until it's fully healed.
Expect Jonnu Smith to take over at tight end if Walker is unable to play in this week's matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Matt Ryan (ankle) may play for Falcons in Week 8
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (ankle) has not been ruled out for Week 8 against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, head coach Dan Quinn said.
Ryan suffered a sprained right ankle in the Falcons' blowout Week 7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. "Hopefully it's not a long-term thing," Quinn said, adding that more will be known on Ryan's status later this week. Matt Schaub would draw the start if Ryan were to miss a game for the first time since 2009.
Ryan has completed 70.9 percent of his passes for 2,170 yards (7.6 per attempt) with 15 touchdowns and 8 interceptions this season.
David Johnson (back) didn't feel right in Cardinals' win
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (back) didn't feel right after a couple of plays of Sunday's Week 7 win over the New York Giants, head coach Kliff Kingsbury said.
Johnson started Sunday, ran the ball once, and then was sidelined for the rest of the game. The Cardinals are reportedly bringing in Jay Ajayi and Spencer Ware for workouts on Tuesday, suggesting they expect to be without Johnson for Week 8 against the New Orleans Saints. Chase Edmonds scored 3 touchdowns on over 20 touches in the Cardinals' Week 7 win.
DJ has 77 rushes for 300 yards (3.9 per carry) and 2 touchdowns and 30 receptions for 315 yards and 3 touchdowns on 41 targets this season.
Jay Ajayi reportedly working out with Cardinals Tuesday
Free agent running back Jay Ajayi will work out for the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Ajayi is fully recovered from his 2018 ACL tear and ready to contribute. The Cardinals will also bring in Spencer Ware, indicating David Johnson (back) isn't expected to play in Week 8 against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Ajayi or Ware being signed would be a buzzkill for Chase Edmonds' outlook.
Ajayi rushed 45 times for 184 yards (4.1 per carry) and 3 touchdowns in four games for the Philadelphia Eagles last season.
Rashaad Penny's limited usage for Seahawks 'just worked out that way'
Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny's usage against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7 "just worked out that way," head coach Pete Carroll said.
Penny played just two offensive snaps and didn't touch the ball in Sunday's 30-16, Week 7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He practiced in full heading into the game and Carroll claims that the limited usage wasn't injury-related. The 2018 first-round pick has become a trendy name in trade rumors ahead of next week's deadline. This is Chris Carson's backfield.
Penny has 22 carries for 98 yards (4.5 per carry) and 1 touchdown in four games this season.
Daniel Jones to play through struggles for Giants
New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones will not be benched, according to head coach Pat Shurmur.
"I think Daniel is going to learn from everything that is going on," said Shurmur. After an impressive starting debut in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jones has failed to exceed 225 passing yards in any game while throwing 4 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Despite the poor play, the Giants seem committed to the sixth overall pick. They play the Detroit Lions in Week 8.
Jones completed 22-of-35 passes for 223 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception in a 27-21, Week 7 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, finishing with 11.4 FanDuel points.
Adrian Peterson (ankle) a DNP on Washington's Monday estimate
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (ankle) was listed as a DNP on Monday's estimated injury report for Week 8 against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night.
Washington didn't hold an official practice, but both teams are required to provide an estimate of participation. Peterson underwent an MRI on Monday, according to interim head coach Bill Callahan. The results are unknown. He gained 81 yards in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers while logging 20-plus carries for the second straight game. Keep an eye on his status for Thursday night.
Peterson is averaging 6.6 FanDuel points in six games this season. He has 307 rushing yards (3.7 per carry) and 1 touchdown.
Adam Thielen (hamstring) targeting Week 9 return for Vikings
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (hamstring) is targeting a Week 9 return versus the Kansas City Chiefs, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
Thielen was a DNP on Monday's estimated injury report and is expected to sit out Thursday's Week 8 game against the Washington Redskins. The good news is it sounds like the hamstring injury will only cost him one game. Seventh-round rookie Bisi Johnson replaced Adam Thielen in two-wide sets on Sunday. Stefon Diggs should dominate targets against Washington.
Thielen is averaging 13.5 FanDuel points per game this season. He has 27 receptions for 391 yards (14.5 per catch) and 6 touchdowns on 40 targets.
A.J. Green (ankle) could play for Bengals in Week 8
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (ankle) could make his season debut in Week 8 against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, according to head coach Zac Taylor.
Taylor wouldn't rule out Green for Week 8, but he said the receiver will not make his season debut until he practices in full. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Sunday that Green will not make his season debut until after the October 29 trade deadline, so a Week 10 return following the Bengals' bye seems most likely. That's obviously assuming the contract year wideout isn't dealt elsewhere.
Operating under the optimistic assumption Green returns Week 8, he's the WR29 in our season-long fantasy rankings.
Kareem Hunt (suspension) cleared for Browns practice
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (suspension) is resuming practice Monday.
Hunt is on track to make his Browns debut when first eligible from suspension in Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills. He's fully recovered from a late-August sports-hernia operation. The 2017 third-round pick is expected to play a change-of-pace role behind Nick Chubb.
Hunt led the NFL in rushing as a rookie with 1,327 yards. He averaged 109.3 yards from scrimmage and totaled 14 touchdowns in 11 games last season.
Patriots reportedly asked about Buccaneers' O.J. Howard
The New England Patriots inquired about tight end O.J. Howard but were told he's not available, according to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated.
The Patriots still haven't found a suitable replacement for Rob Gronkowski and Howard has become an afterthought in Tampa Bay upon Bruce Arians' arrival, so it makes sense to ask. However, it was reported last week that the Bucs won't trade the 2017 first-round pick, and that appears to still be the case.
Howard has 13 catches for 176 scoreless yards (13.5 per catch) on 18 targets in six games this season. He led all tight ends with 16.6 YPC in 2018.
Drew Brees (thumb) hoping to return for Saints in Week 8
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (thumb) plans to resume practicing this week.
Brees "hopes" he can play in Week 8 against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday after missing the past five games, but acknowledges it's not a guarantee. The Saints have gone 5-0 with Teddy Bridgewater as a starter and are off next week, so it would make sense if they hold Brees out through the bye.
Brees completed 72.9 percent of his passes for 408 yards (8.5 yards per attempt) with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions before the thumb injury. The Saints face a Cardinals defense in Week 8 that is allowing the fourth-most FanDuel points per game this season (22.6).
Sammy Watkins (hamstring) now day-to-day for Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is day-to-day, head coach Andy Reid said.
Watkins appears to be headed for a Week 8 return against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night after essentially missing the last three games. He's been held under 65 yards in three straight contests after amassing 198 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Chiefs' opener. Matt Moore replacing Patrick Mahomes (ankle) under center doesn't bode well for Watkins' outlook.
Watkins averaged 4.7 catches and 55.7 yards on 9.0 targets from Weeks 2-4. The Packers are 22nd in the NFL in receiving yards allowed per game.
Kyle Allen to make another start for Panthers in Week 8
Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen will remain the starter in Week 8 against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, head coach Ron Rivera said.
Cam Newton is nearing a return, but Allen will make another start coming out of the Panthers' bye week. He's gone 4-0 in Newton's place while completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 901 yards (7.4 per attempt) with 7 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. However, the 49ers present a much tougher challenge than anything Allen has gone up against so far.
The 49ers are allowing just 8.2 FanDuel points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season, second-best in the NFL. Allen has averaged 14.2 FanDuel points in four starts.
Case Keenum to remain Washington's starter in Week 8
Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum will remain the starter for Thursday night's Week 8 game against the Minnesota Vikings, interim head coach Bill Callahan confirmed.
“We still have a lot of faith in Case and his ability,” Callahan claimed. Keenum went 9-of-12 for 77 yards in Sunday's shutout loss to the San Francisco 49ers. As much was expected in a tough, wet matchup that had players slipping and sliding all over the field. Dwayne Haskins will have to wait at least one more week before making his first career start.
Keenum had 3.1 FanDuel points in Week 7. He's completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 1,213 yards (7.1 per attempt) with 9 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in six games this season.
Will Fuller (hamstring) reportedly out 'several weeks' for Texans
Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller is expected to miss "several weeks" with "a rather significant hamstring pull," reports NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Fuller exited on the first drive of Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts and didn't return. Kenny Stills finished with 105 yards on 4 catches and 5 targets in Fuller's place. He gains the most from Fuller's absence, but Keke Coutee should also get a boost.
Fuller has 34 catches on 49 targets for 450 yards (13.2 per catch) and 3 touchdowns this season.
Adam Thielen 'unlikely' for Vikings Thursday night
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (hamstring) is "unlikely" to play on Thursday night against the Washington Redskins in Week 8, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
Ian Rapoport also said it's "hard to imagine" Thielen playing on Thursday. The timing is unfortunate since the Vikings are on a short week, but Pelissero adds that "there's "optimism he won't miss much time." If Thielen sits, it would be the first absence of his NFL career. Seventh-round rookie Bisi Johnson stepped in after Thielen exited Sunday's Week 7 win over the Detroit Lions, finishing with 4 catches for 40 yards on 8 targets.
Thielen caught a 25-yard touchdown on 2 targets Sunday before leaving. He has 27 receptions for 391 yards (14.5 per catch) and 6 touchdowns on 40 targets this season.
Baker Mayfield (hip) 'good to go' for Browns
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (hip) is "good to go" for Week 8 against the New England Patriots on Sunday, head coach Freddie Kitchens said.
Mayfield returned to practice Monday after tending to a bruised hip during the bye week. He will have his work cut out for him in Week 8 against a Patriots defense that has been suffocating the life out of opponents this season. Mayfield has completed 56.6 percent of his passes for 1,496 yards (7.6 per attempt) with 5 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his second NFL campaign.
Mayfield is averaging 13.1 FanDuel points per game this season. The Patriots are allowing an NFL-best 7.8 FanDuel points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season.
T.Y. Hilton scores touchdown as Colts take care of Texans
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton caught 6 passes on 11 targets for 74 yards and 1 touchdown in a 30-23, Week 7 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday.
Hilton was the only Colts player with double-digit targets. He tied Zach Pascal for the team-lead in catches and finished second to Pascal in yards. His touchdown came on a short screen a couple of yards away from the goal line, giving Hilton 5 scores through as many games. The Colts will battle at home with the Denver Broncos in Week 8.
Hilton scored 16.4 FanDuel points on Sunday and is averaging 15.1 FP per game this season. He has 30 catches on 40 targets for 306 yards (10.2 per catch).
Tarik Cohen comes up with 19 yards on 12 targets in Bears' loss
Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen caught 9 passes for 12 yards on 19 targets in a 36-25, Week 7 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon.
Cohen also rushed 3 times for 10 yards. He became the second NFL player since the 1950 merger to have fewer than 20 yards on 9-plus catches. Cohen has cleared 30 total yards just once over the last five games and twice all season. The Bears host the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 8.
Cohen scored 7.4 FanDuel points on Sunday. He has 29 receptions for 147 yards (5.1 per catch) and 1 touchdown through six games, with 20 rushes for 47 yards (2.4 per carry).
Derrick Henry totals 108 yards, touchdown in Titans' win
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry rushed 22 times for 90 yards and 1 touchdown and caught an 18-yard pass in a 23-20, Week 7 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
It was Henry's third time clearing the century mark in total yardage this season. His 3.7 yards per carry is a career-low, but the fourth-year back is making it up with volume, as Henry has 20-plus carries in three of the last four games and at least 15 rushes in every outing this season. The Titans host a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense in Week 8 that is allowing a league-low 68.0 rushing yards per game.
Henry scored 17.3 FanDuel points on Sunday. He's averaging 14.6 FP per game, with 506 rushing yards (3.7 per carry), 120 receiving yards, and 6 touchdowns.
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