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Titans place Stephen Tulloch on I.R. 09-22-2014
Stephen Tulloch LB DET
Lions placed MLB Stephen Tulloch on injured reserve with a torn left ACL, ending his season. We'll resist taking the latest potshot at Tulloch for the way he tore his ACL. The Lions figure to turn to DeAndre Levy at Mike 'backer, positioning Levy to be an IDP monster the rest of the way. Tahir Whitehead will take over at weak side. Tulloch, 30 in January, is owed $4.5 million in 2015. The Lions will have to decide whether he is worth that much money next spring.
Whisenhunt: 'Footwork' holding back Sankey 09-22-2014
Bishop Sankey RB TEN
Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said Bishop Sankey's reps won't increase until he improves his footwork.

Joe Fann on Twitter
Sankey dusted off 61 yards on ten carries and was the Titans' most dangerous player in Sunday's loss to the Bengals, but Whisenhunt is still obsessed with his footwork. "If he can get the attention to detail better, his reps will increase," stated Whisenhunt. As @StopTheVetoing suggested on Twitter, "Maybe they should have drafted Fred Astaire." The 54th overall pick in May's draft, Sankey has 89 yards on 18 carries (4.94 YPC) through three games. He's rotating with Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster.
Bucs try out Terrelle Pryor 09-22-2014
Terrelle Pryor QB SEA
The Buccaneers tried out free agent QB Terrelle Pryor on Monday.

Field Yates on Twitter
Josh McCown may need surgery on his right (throwing) thumb, and the only other quarterback on Tampa Bay's current roster is Mike Glennon. A deficient thrower but threat athlete, Pryor is the complete inverse of Glennon.
Steelers place Jones on I.R.-return 09-22-2014
Jarvis Jones LB PIT
Steelers placed OLB Jarvis Jones (wrist surgery) on injured reserve-designated for return. Jones must miss at least eight weeks on the list, robbing Pittsburgh of its 2013 first-round pick until no sooner than Week 12. Ineffective when healthy, Jones has three sacks through 803 career snaps. The red flags were there for the Steelers in Jones' Combine numbers. He's not an explosive pass rusher, and now he's on the shelf. Pittsburgh's defense opened the season playing poorly. It was ransacked by serious injuries in Sunday's loss to Carolina.
Ravens TE Pitta has hip surgery, out for year 09-22-2014
Dennis Pitta TE BAL
Dennis Pitta underwent surgery to repair his dislocated right hip on Monday and is done for the season. The Ravens will now turn to Owen Daniels as their primary tight end. They also drafted Crockett Gillmore with a top-100 pick in May. Pitta, 29, has now suffered right hip dislocations in back-to-back years. The Ravens signed him to a five-year, $32.5 million contract in February, one GM Ozzie Newsome will likely come to regret. All of Pitta's 2015 base salary ($4 million) is guaranteed. It's unclear whether Pitta intends to continue trying to play.
Browns noncommittal on Ben Tate as starter 09-22-2014
Ben Tate RB CLE
Coach Mike Pettine was noncommittal Monday when asked if Ben Tate (knee) would return as a starter following the Browns' Week 4 bye.

Nate Ulrich on Twitter
Pettine said the Browns are "eager" to get back Tate, but the performance of rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell has "made it tougher" to lean on Tate in the manner the team initially planned. They wanted to use Tate as an every-down back. Tate remains likely to retake the Browns' lead back role when healthy and should be owned in all leagues. West and Crowell's fantasy stock will both be very much touch and go when Tate returns.
Chargers lose RB Woodhead for rest of season 09-22-2014
Danny Woodhead RB SD
Danny Woodhead needs surgery on his fractured fibula and ankle and will be lost for the rest of the season.

Michael Gehlken on Twitter
With Ryan Mathews (knee) out 3-4 more weeks, the Bolts will keep Donald Brown in a workhorse role. They could turn to UDFA Branden Oliver in Woodhead's passing-back replacement, and perhaps promote Marion Grice from the practice squad. Woodhead's loss is a blow to San Diego's passing game, but Oliver showed some Sprolesian flashes in the preseason. Woodhead will turn 30 next January. The Chargers signed him to a new three-year deal late this summer.
Jake Locker (wrist) uncertain to play Week 4 09-22-2014
Jake Locker QB TEN
Jake Locker suffered an injury to his right (throwing) wrist in Week 3, and the Titans are unsure of his status for Week 4 against the Colts.

Paul Kuharsky on Twitter
Locker's wrist apparently got bent awkwardly in Sunday's loss to the Bengals. Per coach Ken Whisenhunt, Locker could barely grip a football late in the game. The Titans could conceivably use the injury as an excuse get another QB under center. Charlie Whitehurst and rookie Zach Mettenberger are next on the depth chart. Locker has been abominable over Tennessee's last two games, combining for a 1:4 TD-to-INT ratio with two fumbles in back-to-back losses.
Chad Greenway dealing with multiple fractures 09-22-2014
Chad Greenway LB MIN
Vikings WLB Chad Greenway is now dealing with a fractured rib in addition to a fractured hand.

Mark Craig on Twitter
Greenway has played solid run defense through three weeks, so it would be a blow to Minnesota's defense were he forced to miss time. The Vikings would presumably turn to sophomore Gerald Hodges at weak-side linebacker.
Panthers RB Stewart (knee) to miss a month? 09-22-2014
Jonathan Stewart RB CAR
The Charlotte Observer suggests Jonathan Stewart's knee sprain could cost him a month.

Joe Person on Twitter
Specifically, beat writer Joe Person "wouldn't be surprised" if the injury cost Stewart four weeks after he missed five games last week with a sprained MCL. Person refers to Stewart's latest sprain as "severe." Stewart is on the verge of being droppable in 12- and 14-team leagues. With DeAngelo Williams (thigh) also hobbled and Mike Tolbert (hairline leg fracture) out indefinitely, UDFA Darrin Reaves is worth grabbing as an RB4 fantasy stash.
Doug Martin participates in Bucs practice 09-22-2014
Doug Martin RB TB
Doug Martin (knee) participated in Bucs practice Monday.

Greg Auman on Twitter
Per beat writer Greg Auman, Martin "looked like he was practicing without limitations." Bobby Rainey has lost three fumbles through three games, and struggled outside of his Week 2 blowup against St. Louis. Martin still has a chance to retake Tampa Bay's backfield. The Bucs face Pittsburgh in Week 4.
Panthers FB Tolbert out indefinitely 09-22-2014
Mike Tolbert RB CAR
The Charlotte Observer reports Mike Tolbert could miss "more than a month" with a hairline fracture in his left leg.

Joe Person on Twitter
He also has a bone bruise. The injuries put UDFA Darrin Reaves on the fantasy radar with Jonathan Stewart also in danger of missing multiple weeks, and DeAngelo Williams short of 100 percent. Tolbert can be safely dropped in any leagues where he was owned. He might eventually become an I.R. candidate.
Redskins place DeAngelo Hall on I.R. 09-22-2014
DeAngelo Hall CB WAS
Redskins placed LCB DeAngelo Hall on injured reserve with a torn Achilles' tendon, ending his season. Hall is under contract through 2017. It seems like Hall has been in the league forever, but he's still only 31 years old (in November) and will have a chance to return to the Redskins at his 2015 base salary of $4 million. The Skins will move forward with David Amerson and E.J. Biggers at corner.
Redskins place Ihenacho on I.R. 09-22-2014
Duke Ihenacho S WAS
Redskins placed S Duke Ihenacho on injured reserve with a fractured heel, ending his season. Ihenacho was the Redskins' No. 3 safety behind Brandon Meriweather and Ryan Clark. He also contributed on special teams for Washington.
Jon Beason considered 'long shot' for Week 4 09-22-2014
Jon Beason LB NYG
Giants MLB Jon Beason (toe) is considered a "long shot" to play in Thursday night's game against the Redskins.

Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter
Beason might be able to practice on a limited basis this week, but the quick turnaround isn't helping his chances after Beason's Week 2 aggravation of his offseason toe injury. Look for Jameel McClain to start against the Skins.
Ebron a 'bit player' in Lions offense 09-22-2014
Eric Ebron TE DET
Eric Ebron (23) played fewer snaps than both Brandon Pettigrew (49) and Joseph Fauria (25) in the Lions' Week 3 win over Green Bay.

Detroit Free Press
The Detroit Free Press describes Ebron as a "bit player" in first-year OC Joe Lombardi's offense. This is probably a good time to buy 21-year-old Ebron in Dynasty leagues. He's not even a viable TE2 in re-draft formats, however.
Reggie Bush out-snaps Joique Bell in Week 3 09-22-2014
Reggie Bush RB DET
Reggie Bush played 37 snaps to Joique Bell's 36 in the Lions' Week 3 win over the Packers.

Detroit Free Press
Bell led the tandem in touches in each of Detroit's first two games. Bell still finished with 15 carries, including six in clock-killing mode, and remains the Lions' primary between-the-tackles runner. Bush is OC Joe Lombardi's space back. Detroit takes on the Jets in Week 4, with Bush as the superior fantasy bet because of his role. New York is very stout in the front seven.
Carson Palmer (shoulder) 'improving' 09-22-2014
Carson Palmer QB ARZ
Carson Palmer (shoulder) is "improving," and could throw "this week or next."

Mike Jurecki on Twitter
That's all good and well, but Palmer's outlook remains rather vague. The Cardinals are on bye this week, giving Palmer seven extra days to heal up for Week 5's showdown with the Broncos. He should be considered week to week, and a tenuous hold in 12-team leagues as byes start creeping in.
Report: Jeffery, Marshall 'are going to play' 09-22-2014
Alshon Jeffery WR CHI
ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson stated on NFL Insiders that Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) and Brandon Marshall (ankle) are "going to play" Monday night against the Jets. Both are listed as questionable, but will be in the lineup, per Dickerson. Jeffery practiced on a limited basis all last week, while Marshall is coming off of a three-touchdown performance against the 49ers. Marshall is a locked-in WR1 against the Jets' Dee Milliner-less secondary. Jeffery is a high-end WR2.
Antonio Cromartie considered day to day 09-22-2014
Antonio Cromartie CB ARZ
Cardinals RCB Antonio Cromartie (bone bruise in knee) is considered day to day, and likely to suit up against the Broncos for Week 5.

Darren Urban on Twitter
The Cardinals' bye came at the right time for Cromartie. Cromartie's play has improved on his dismal 2013, and his presence opposite Patrick Peterson will be very important as the Cardinals look to slow down Peyton Manning next week.
Dennis Pitta (hip) likely to undergo surgery 09-22-2014
Dennis Pitta TE BAL
The Baltimore Sun reports Dennis Pitta had his dislocated hip "popped back in" after being sedated on Sunday evening, and will likely undergo surgery.

Aaron Wilson on Twitter
Underscoring the severity of the situation, Pitta has remained in Cleveland. There hasn't been official word, but Pitta is almost certainly done for the season, leaving Owen Daniels as the Ravens' starting tight end. If you're already in a bye-week crunch, Pitta can be safely dropped.
49ers optimistic Vernon Davis back for Week 4 09-22-2014
Vernon Davis TE SF
The 49ers are "optimistic" Vernon Davis (ankle) will return for Week 4.

49ers on Twitter
Coach Jim Harbaugh said so at Monday's presser. With Davis and Vance McDonald sidelined for Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, the 49ers increased No. 3 receiver Stevie Johnson's role on offense. Davis would be a mid-range TE1 for a likely shootout with the Eagles.
Gerald McCoy practicing on Monday 09-22-2014
Gerald McCoy DT TB
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy (broken hand) participated in Monday's practice.

Roy Cummings on Twitter
McCoy is fully expected to return for Week 4 after sitting out last week's debacle. His status will be updated later this week.
'Early sense' is T.Y. Hilton will play Week 4 09-22-2014
T.Y. Hilton WR IND
ESPN's Adam Schefter stated on NFL Insiders Monday that the "early sense" is T.Y. Hilton (ankle) will be available for Week 4 against Tennessee. Coach Chuck Pagano said earlier Monday he didn't think Hilton's ankle injury was "too severe," despite the fact that it cost him the entire second half of Sunday's win over Jacksonville. Of course, the Colts may have simply been playing it safe with Hilton because they were demolishing the Jaguars. Through three games this season, Hilton has 16 catches for 186 yards without a touchdown.
Josh McCown doesn't practice on Monday 09-22-2014
Josh McCown QB TB
Josh McCown (sprained thumb) didn't participate in Monday's practice.

Greg Auman on Twitter
Report: Odell Beckham not back for Week 4 09-22-2014
Odell Beckham Jr. WR NYG's Kimberly Jones reports Odell Beckham (hamstring) will not make his NFL debut in Week 4.

Kimberly Jones on Twitter
CBS had reported that Beckham was "fully expected" to debut on Thursday Night Football against the Redskins. Instead, he'll rest up another 10 days for Week 5. Beckham remains off the radar in 12-14 team leagues.
Roddy White doesn't practice Monday 09-22-2014
Roddy White WR ATL
Roddy White (hamstring) was held out of Monday's practice.

Vaughn McClure on Twitter
It was just an informal session the the Falcons coming off the Thursday night game, but it would have been nice to see White get some reps. White has said he expects to return for Week 4, but his Wednesday practice status will be telling. He needs to get in at least a limited session.
Antone Smith has hamstring issue 09-22-2014
Antone Smith RB ATL
Falcons RB Antone Smith was held out of Monday's practice with a hamstring injury.

Vaughn McClure on Twitter
It was just an informal session with the Falcons coming off Thursday Night Football. Smith wasn't announced with an injury against the Bucs. He should be considered day to day, and likely to serve in his reserve change-of-pace role for Week 4.
Harry Douglas (foot) not practicing Monday 09-22-2014
Harry Douglas WR ATL
Harry Douglas (foot) was held out of Monday's practice.

Vaughn McClure on Twitter
However, Douglas was "moving around well" in the informal session. We'll get our first real hint as to Douglas' Week 4 status when the Falcons return to official practice on Wednesday.
Duke Ihenacho suffers fractured heel 09-22-2014
Duke Ihenacho S WAS
Redskins S Duke Ihenacho has been diagnosed with a fractured heel, and will be sidelined "several weeks."

Chris Russell on Twitter
In a related move, DB Chase Minnifield has been promoted to the 53-man roster. Ihenacho and Trent Robinson are the top reserves behind starters Ryan Clark and Brandon Meriweather after the Redskins waived Baccari Rambo.
Report: 'Fins having Tannehill meeting Monday 09-22-2014
Ryan Tannehill QB MIA
The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins' coaching staff is meeting Monday afternoon to "weigh" benching Ryan Tannehill for Week 4.

Miami Herald
Per reporter Armando Salguero, a change "is not certain," but a real possibility. Coach Joe Philbin was simultaneously blunt and evasive in Monday's presser, declining to say he was planning to bench Tannehill, but also refusing any opportunity to throw a lifeline his quarterback's way. Tannehill has regressed instead of progressed this season, but the Dolphins would be better off committing to the run instead of going with backup Matt Moore. Tannehill is struggling, but he's still easily the Dolphins' best bet to manage games.
V-Jax to play through 'small' wrist fracture 09-22-2014
Vincent Jackson WR TB
FOX Sports reports Vincent Jackson suffered a "small fracture in his wrist" during last week's 56-14 loss to the Falcons, but plans to play through it.
Jackson apparently suffered the injury on the Bucs' second series, which was before either of his two catches. It's obviously far from ideal, but it shouldn't be an issue that knocks V-Jax any farther down the fantasy ranks. With Mike Glennon likely taking over for Josh McCown (thumb) in Week 4, Jackson is a boom-or-bust WR2.
Rex Burkhead to resume practicing 09-22-2014
Rex Burkhead RB CIN
Bengals RB Rex Burkhead (knee) will resume practicing this week.

Geoff Hobson on Twitter
Burkhead should be ready to return following the Bengals' Week 4 bye. He'll slot in as the Bengals' No. 4 back behind Giovani Bernard, Jeremy Hill and Cedric Peerman.
Marvin Jones to resume practicing this week 09-22-2014
Marvin Jones WR CIN
Marvin Jones (foot) will resume practicing this week.

Geoff Hobson on Twitter
Jones remains on track to return following the Bengals' Week 4 bye. With Mohamed Sanu playing well opposite A.J. Green, Jones should begin his 2014 as the Bengals' No. 3 receiver, but one with the ability to overtake Sanu. He's a high-upside WR5 stash.
Jonathan Goodwin has high-ankle sprain 09-22-2014
Jonathan Goodwin C NO
Saints C Jonathan Goodwin has been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Report: Kyle Rudolph (groin) needs surgery 09-22-2014
Kyle Rudolph TE MIN's Albert Breer reports Kyle Rudolph (groin) needs surgery, and will be sidelined "about" six weeks.

Albert Breer on Twitter
Rudolph is likely undergoing a sports-hernia operation. It's a brutal blow for the Vikings' Adrian Peterson-less offense, and removes a big target for rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Rudolph has looked sluggish this season, and likely hasn't been at 100 percent all year. Considering the current league-wide depth at tight end, Rudolph can be dropped in 12-14 team re-draft leagues. The Vikes will roll with a combination of Rhett Ellison and MarQueis Gray.
Marqise Lee (hamstring) expected to miss Wk 4 09-22-2014
Marqise Lee WR JAX
Marqise Lee (hamstring) is expected to miss Week 4.

John Oehser on Twitter
He'll be "evaluated through the week." It's the wrong time for Lee to be hurt, as the Jags have finally given the car keys to Blake Bortles. Depending on how things shake out during his absence, there's a real chance Lee will be returning to the fourth spot on the depth chart behind Cecil Shorts, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns whenever he gets healthy.
Jamaal Charles will practice for Week 4 09-22-2014
Jamaal Charles RB KC
Jamaal Charles (ankle) will practice this week.

BJ Kissel on Twitter
It's not exactly a surprise since Charles practiced last week, but he should be worked out with an eye toward starting against the Patriots. The game is on Monday night, so Charles will have an extra day to get ready after he couldn't convince the Chiefs' coaching staff to suit him up for Week 3. We tentatively expect Charles to start and serve in his normal role, sending handcuff Knile Davis back to the bench.
Jaguars: Denard Robinson will get more reps 09-22-2014
Denard Robinson RB JAX
Speaking Monday, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Denard Robinson will continue to get more reps.

John Oehser on Twitter
Shoelace's eight carries were just one fewer than Toby Gerhart's in Sunday's loss, but the majority of his work came in garbage time. With Gerhart averaging a wretched 2.4 yards per carry on his first 34 totes behind the Jags' shaky line, the Jags really have no choice but to get Robinson more involved. That being said, Gerhart is still the clear starter, with Robinson little more than an RB4/5 stash for fantasy purposes.
Thomas Davis dealing with injury 09-22-2014
Thomas Davis LB CAR
Panthers SLB Thomas Davis is dealing with an undisclosed injury, and won't be re-evaluated until Friday.

Joseph Person on Twitter
Coach Ron Rivera declined to say what Davis hurt in Sunday's loss, but did allow that it wasn't his three-times repaired ACL. Since he's not practicing this week, Davis can be all but ruled out for Week 4. At the latest, we'll learn his injury when the Panthers put out their first Week 4 report on Wednesday.
Jon Stewart has 'severely' sprained knee 09-22-2014
Jonathan Stewart RB CAR
Jonathan Stewart has a "severely" sprained knee, and will not be re-evaluated until Friday.

Steve Reed on Twitter
He's been all but ruled out for Week 4. It's unclear if the Panthers have received Stewart's MRI results, but it appears they have. Going on what we know now, Stewart should be considered week to week. With Mike Tolbert (leg) out for Week 4, the Panthers are down to DeAngelo Williams (thigh), Fozzy Whittaker (quad) and practice-squad signee Darrin Reaves. Carolina could be in the market for a veteran runner this week.
Biermann seeing decreased usage in subpackage 09-22-2014
Kroy Biermann DE ATL
After playing nearly 91 percent of the Falcons' Week 1 defensive snaps, OLB Kroy Biermann was in on just 65 percent in the Falcons Week 3 trouncing of the Bucs.

Pro Football Focus
At first glance, Biermann's usage might seem the product of a blowout, but he saw snaps on every series with the except of Tampa's final possession. While Biermann did see some subpackage snaps, Atlanta rotated Jonathan Massaquoi and Osi Umenyiora on the field in obvious passing situations. This would make sense, as Biermann currently grades out as the No. 45 pass rushing 3-4 outside linebacker among 48 qualifiers at Pro Football Focus.
Tolbert has 'hairline fracture,' out for Wk 4 09-22-2014
Mike Tolbert RB CAR
Panthers RB Mike Tolbert has been diagnosed with a "hairline fracture" in his leg, and ruled out for Week 4.

Steve Reed on Twitter
He's week to week. Tolbert took a big hit late in Sunday's loss, but it was unclear how serious it was since the game was almost over. With Jonathan Stewart battling a "severely" sprained knee, DeAngelo Williams could have the Panthers' backfield all to himself for Week 4 if he can get over his thigh injury. If not, the Panthers will be down to Fozzy Whittaker (quad) and Darrin Reaves. It's a big concern for a banged up Cam Newton.
Philbin declines to endorse Ryan Tannehill 09-22-2014
Ryan Tannehill QB MIA
Speaking at Monday's presser, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin was evasive when asked if he's considered benching Ryan Tannehill.

Barry Jackson on Twitter
Philbin left the door ajar for Matt Moore to start against the Raiders in Week 4. "We're going to choose the 46 guys we think can help us win a football game, and we'll go from there," Philbin said. We'd be surprised if the Dolphins decided to pull the plug on their supposed franchise quarterback this quickly, but there's no question he's been one of the league's worst signal callers through the season's first three weeks. Tannehill utterly failed to take advantage of a plus matchup on Sunday, and is sporting a 5.03 YPA through 124 attempts. The heat is going to keep building if he doesn't show meaningful progress this week. Tannehill is officially at risk of an in-game benching.
Foster (hamstring) says he's 'day to day' 09-22-2014
Arian Foster RB HOU
Speaking Monday, Arian Foster (hamstring) called himself "day to day"

Drew Dougherty on Twitter
Players are typically bubbling over with enthusiasm when they expect to return, so Foster should be considered highly questionable for the time being. Foster hasn't exactly been the most enlightening with the media of late, however, so it's possible this is just his form of a non-answer. Coach Bill O'Brien will update his status in Monday's presser. For now, Foster owners need to keep Alfred Blue on speed dial for Week 4.
Antonio Cromartie avoids ACL tear 09-22-2014
Antonio Cromartie CB ARZ
Cardinals RCB Antonio Cromartie has been diagnosed with a hyperextended knee and bone bruise.

Mike Jurecki on Twitter
It's a serious injury, but at least Cromartie avoided any ligament tears. Jerraud Powers will be forced to step in opposite Patrick Peterson, and opponents will continue to attack the Cardinals through the air rather than on the ground.
Panthers optimistic on DeAngelo for Week 4 09-22-2014
DeAngelo Williams RB CAR
Coach Ron Rivera sounded confident Monday about getting DeAngelo Williams (thigh) back for Week 4.

Bryan Strickland on Twitter
Williams was close to playing against the Steelers on Sunday night, but wasn't quite ready. Perhaps it was for the best, as both Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert went down with injury. The Panthers may have to ride Williams hard against the Ravens in Week 4.
Eric Decker remains a true game-time decision 09-22-2014
Eric Decker WR NYJ
Eric Decker (hamstring) remains a true game-time decision for Monday night against the Bears.

Manish Mehta on Twitter
"Even if he plays, you have to wonder how effective he'll be," said beat writer Manish Mehta. Decker did get a limited practice in on Saturday, giving owners some hope. He'll likely test the hammy out in pregame with trainers before making a final call. If Decker can go and is anywhere near 100 percent, he'll have a very tasty matchup against a Charles Tillman-less Bears secondary.
Jonathan Stewart and Tolbert headed for MRIs 09-22-2014
Mike Tolbert RB CAR
Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert will both have MRIs Monday.

Steve Reed on Twitter
Stephen Tulloch tore ACL during celebration 09-22-2014
Stephen Tulloch LB DET
Lions MLB Stephen Tulloch tore his left ACL during Sunday's win over the Packers. Tulloch suffered the injury in humiliating, Bill Gramatica fashion: Celebrating a sack with an attempt at a discount double-check. The sturdy veteran had previously never missed a game in his nine-year career. "It's unfortunate, man, you're passionate about the game," Tulloch said. "You want to get up and celebrate and it happened." The Lions compensated Sunday by moving DeAndre Levy to the middle and inserting Tahir Whitehead at weak-side linebacker.
Tramaine Brock not expected back for Week 4 09-22-2014
Tramaine Brock S SF
49ers CB Tramaine Brock (toe) is not expected back for Week 4 against the Eagles.

Adam Caplan on Twitter
Ladarius Green's snaps still way down 09-22-2014
Ladarius Green TE SD
Ladarius Green played on 23-of-69 snaps (33.3 percent) in Sunday's win at Buffalo.
Green did set season-highs with four catches and 64 yards on six targets. He also encouragingly saw two red-zone targets. However, his snap count was essentially the same as it was in the first two weeks while Antonio Gates was up at 65.2 percent of the snaps again. Green will be a boom or bust fantasy play in Week 4 against a Jaguars team that is as bad as the Cardinals at defending the tight end.
Report: Eagles C Jason Kelce needs surgery 09-22-2014
Jason Kelce G PHI
Eagles C Jason Kelce reportedly needs surgery to repair a hernia.

Howard Eskin on Twitter
Alex Henery to be Lions' new kicker 09-22-2014
Alex Henery K PHI
Lions will sign K Alex Henery.

Josh Katzenstein on Twitter
Nate Freese bungled his big chance, missing four field goals in three games. Henery steps into a dream opportunity for production with the Lions, but recent accuracy woes caused him to lose his job in Philly. He'll be a boom or bust fantasy kicking option weekly.
Nate Freese's time with DET is up 09-22-2014
Nate Freese K DET
Lions will waive K Nate Freese.

Josh Katzenstein on Twitter
Freese, a seventh-round rookie, has gone 3-of-7 on field goals so far. This comes after going 20-of-20 at Boston College last year. He'll be replaced by Alex Henery, who lost his job in Philly to Cody Parkey.
Bears still optimistic on Jeffery, Marshall 09-22-2014
Alshon Jeffery WR CHI
The Bears remain optimistic that Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) and Brandon Marshall (ankle) will play in Monday night's game against the Jets.

Dan Wiederer on Twitter
The Bears have been expecting each of their starting wideouts to play all week. In fact, there's reason to believe they're healthier now than they were against the 49ers when they combined for eight catches, 95 yards and three touchdowns. We'll have official word around 7pm ET.
Dan Bailey sets record for consecutive FGs 09-22-2014
Dan Bailey K DAL
Dan Bailey has set a franchise record for consecutive field goals made with 28.

ESPN Dallas
Fantasy owners aren't going to find many better options than Bailey on a week-to-week basis. He plays for an explosive offense in a kicker-friendly stadium and has gone 7-of-8 on field goals from 50+ over the last two seasons. Fire Bailey up for a potential shootout with the Saints in Week 4.
Marcus Easley will be out 4-6 weeks 09-22-2014
Marcus Easley WR BUF
Bills WR/KR Marcus Easley (knee) is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

Adam Caplan on Twitter
Michael Johnson back for Week 4? 09-22-2014
Michael Johnson DE TB
The Bucs expect RE Michael Johnson (ankle) to return for Week 4 against the Steelers.

Tampa Tribune
The Bucs' $43 million free agent add missed Week 2 and then played just seven snaps in Thursday's loss to the Falcons. The long week should help get Johnson right and Gerald McCoy (hand) is also expected back.
Bucs confident Doug Martin will return Week 4 09-22-2014
Doug Martin RB TB
The Bucs are reportedly confident that Doug Martin (knee) will return for Week 4 against the Steelers. Martin was a late scratch last Thursday night, giving Bobby Rainey a chance to run toward the lead of this committee. Instead, Rainey lost two fumbles, averaged 3.72 YPC and the Bucs got whipped 56-14 by the Falcons. In other words, things couldn't have gone much better for Martin owners. If truly healthy, he'll likely start against a Steelers defense that is both shaky and injured.
MarQueis Gray fills in for Rudolph 09-22-2014
MarQueis Gray RB MIN
MarQueis Gray was the Vikings' primary pass-catching tight end after Kyle Rudolph (groin) left late in Sunday's loss to the Saints.
Gray, an H-back type, saw no targets on 11 snaps. If Rudolph is going to miss time, the Vikings will theoretically need to force feed Cordarrelle Patterson more. They've oddly shown no urgency in that department yet.
Frank Gore too upset to talk after game 09-22-2014
Frank Gore RB SF
Frank Gore told reporters he was too upset to talk following Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

Sacramento Bee
OLB Jarvis Jones needs wrist surgery 09-22-2014
Jarvis Jones LB PIT
Steelers OLB Jarvis Jones needs wrist surgery and is out indefinitely.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Jones' rocky start to his NFL career continues. In 17 games since the Steelers took him 17th overall, Jones has produced three sacks and two quarterback hits on 803 snaps. He'll be replaced in the lineup by Arthur Moats.
ILB Ryan Shazier diagnosed with sprained MCL 09-22-2014
Ryan Shazier LB PIT
Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Travis Kelce up to 42 snaps in Week 2 09-22-2014
Travis Kelce TE KC
Travis Kelce played on 47-of-72 snaps (65.2 percent) in Sunday's win at Miami.
Jarrett Boykin's struggles are mounting 09-22-2014
Jarrett Boykin WR GB
Jarrett Boykin dropped two more catchable balls in Sunday's loss to the Lions.

Green Bay Press-Gazette
A red-zone drop in Week 2 is what got Davante Adams going initially and Boykin continued to struggle Sunday. Per the Green Bay Press-Gazette, "Aaron Rodgers' confidence in him as the No. 3 receiver has to be eroding." Note that Boykin played on 36-of-54 snaps against the Lions, while Adams was in on 35 snaps. We'd expect the more talented Adams to eventually emerge from this rotation, making him the one to stash where possible.
Nate Freese misses yet another FG 09-22-2014
Nate Freese K DET
Nate Freese missed his fourth field goal of the season in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Packers.

Detroit Free Press
This one was a 41-yarder in the friendly kicking confines of Ford Field. Freese, who went 20-of-20 at Boston College last season, is now 3-of-7 through three NFL games. It's time for the Lions to cut their losses on their seventh-round pick.
Allen Robinson's snaps continue to rise 09-22-2014
Allen Robinson WR JAX
Allen Robinson played on 42-of-60 snaps in Sunday's loss to the Colts.

Florida Times Union
Robinson played 20 snaps in Week 1, 30 in Week 2 and is now up to very usable levels at 70.0 percent of the snaps. The second-round rookie is also playing well, racking up 11 catches for 154 yards on his last 16 targets. With Blake Bortles taking over, Marqise Lee sidelined and Robinson closing on Allen Hurns (52 snaps Sunday), there's plenty of room for a waiver add here.
Eddie Lacy, GB run game is at a loss 09-22-2014
Eddie Lacy RB GB
Eddie Lacy said the Packers have to figure out better ways to run the ball.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"I don't know if I have to be more patient or speed things up but one way or another I'm responsible for the run game," Lacy said after rushing 11 times for 36 yards in Sunday's loss to the Lions. Perhaps it's just a case of playing three of the league's best run defenses in a row to start the season: Seahawks, Jets, Lions. We wouldn't be selling Lacy low with cupcake matchups against the Bears and Vikings on deck.
Ben Watson suffers undisclosed injury 09-22-2014
Benjamin Watson TE NO
Saints TE Ben Watson left Sunday's Week 3 win over the Vikings with an undisclosed injury.
It's a chance for second-year man Josh Hill to step in as the No. 2 tight end. Hill had a career-high 48 yards and scored his second career touchdown Sunday.
Lance Moore plays one snap in debut 09-22-2014
Lance Moore WR PIT
Lance Moore played one snap in Sunday night's Week 3 win at Carolina.

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Moore missed the first two games due to a groin injury, so perhaps the Steelers were just easing him back in. Or maybe he's lost No. 3 duties to Justin Brown. Either way, no one can complain as the Steelers hung 37 points on one of the best defenses in the NFL.
Stewart's injury not believed to be serious 09-22-2014
Jonathan Stewart RB CAR
The right knee injury Jonathan Stewart sustained Sunday night is not believed to be serious.
It sounds like Stewart avoided any tears, but the fact that he was unable to return to the game means he's in doubt for Week 4. It's a shame, because the oft-injured former first-round pick was running well with eight touches for 51 yards before leaving. If DeAngelo Williams (thigh) can get right, he'll be a lock for double-digit touches at Baltimore next week. Mike Tolbert (leg) also left Sunday night's loss early.
Ike Taylor out indefinitely with broken arm 09-22-2014
Ike Taylor CB PIT
Steelers CB Ike Taylor will be out indefinitely after breaking his forearm in Sunday night's Week 3 win over the Panthers.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
It's bad news for matchup-savvy fantasy owners as Taylor is a weekly target. Last year, he was PFF's No. 98 corner out of 110 qualifiers. Look for Taylor to head to short-term injured reserve and William Gay to take over at right corner in the meantime. Gay was PFF's No. 9 corner last season
Jason Avant makes small contribution 09-22-2014
Jason Avant WR CAR
Jason Avant had two catches for 12 yards in Week 3. Even with Jerricho Cotchery sidelined, Avant continued to play a minor role in the passing game. He secured just two of his six targets. Avant remains off the fantasy radar.
Philly Brown draws start in place of Cotchery 09-22-2014
Philly Brown WR CAR
Philly Brown caught seven passes for 66 yards in Week 3 against the Steelers. Brown started in place of Jerricho Cotchery, with Jason Avant playing the slot in three-wide sets. He finished behind only Kelvin Benjamin with nine targets. Brown had a strong game offensively, but lost a fumble on a punt return in the fourth quarter that was recovered for a touchdown. He'll be relegated to the Panthers' No. 4 receiver when Cotchery returns.
Heath Miller plays minor role on Sunday night 09-22-2014
Heath Miller TE PIT
Heath Miller had four catches for 51 yards in Week 3 against the Panthers. Miller was overthrown by Ben Roethlisberger on his lone red-zone target. He has 11 catches for 112 yards through three games. Miller will look to exploit a Bucs defense that struggles to cover tight ends in Week 4.
Greg Olsen finds end-zone in Week 3 09-22-2014
Greg Olsen TE CAR
Greg Olsen secured 5-of-7 targets for 69 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 3 loss to the Steelers. Olsen beat Steelers CB Cortez Allen for a 37-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. He had just two catches for 10 yards at half, and did the majority of his damage with the Panthers playing from behind. Olsen will continue to be a mid-end TE1 in a matchup against the Ravens in Week 4.
Wheaton targeted just five times in Week 3 09-22-2014
Markus Wheaton WR PIT
Markus Wheaton had four catches for 35 yards in Sunday night's win over the Panthers. Wheaton had a touchdown overturned in the first quarter, but it was an otherwise quiet night. He was targeted just five times. The Steelers ran for over 260 yards and didn't need their pass game. Wheaton remains a high-upside WR4.
Kelvin Benjamin posts 11/115/1 line 09-22-2014
Kelvin Benjamin WR CAR
Kelvin Benjamin caught 11 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 3 loss to the Steelers. With Jerricho Cotchery sidelined, Benjamin had a team-high 11 targets. His touchdown came on a 35-yard pass from Derek Anderson late in the fourth quarter. Benjamin just missed coming down with a 20-yard touchdown in the first half, or he would of had an even bigger game. He continues to impress with his ability to make contested catches in traffic and is already one of the best red-zone receivers. Benjamin now has 19 catches, 253 yards, and two touchdowns through three games.
Antonio Brown drops 10/90/2 line on Panthers 09-22-2014
Antonio Brown WR PIT
Antonio Brown had 10 catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday night's Week 3 win over the Panthers. Both of his touchdowns came on seven-yard throws from Ben Roethlisberger. Brown also had a highlight over-the-shoulder 30-yard catch on third down in the second quarter. It's the 19th straight game Brown has had at least five receptions. Brown will remain a must-start WR1 against the Bucs in Week 4.
Mike Tolbert totals 24 yards in loss 09-22-2014
Mike Tolbert RB CAR
Mike Tolbert rushed three times for four yards in Sunday night's loss to the Steelers. Tolbert took over lead back duties after Jonathan Stewart left in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. He secured all three of his targets in the pass game for 20 yards. Tolbert also briefly exited with knee issue, but it didn't appear to be a major concern. With DeAngelo Williams expected to return next week, Tolbert remains off the fantasy radar.
LeGarrette Blount rumbles for 118 yards, TD 09-22-2014
LeGarrette Blount RB PIT
LeGarrette Blount had 10 carries for 118 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 3 win over the Panthers. Blount took over for Le'Veon Bell late in the second half and had a 50-yard run in garbage time. He trucked Panthers FS Thomas DeCoud for an eight-yard touchdown. Blount also did one of his signature hurdles over CB Antoine Cason. The Steelers offensive line dominated the Panthers front-four, with Blount and Bell both rushing for over 100 yards. Blount could see more late-game opportunities in Week 4 against the Bucs.
Le'Veon Bell rushes for 147 yards on Panthers 09-22-2014
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT
Le'Veon Bell rushed 21 times for 147 yards in Sunday night's Week 3 win over the Panthers. He added two catches for 10 yards. Bell's highlight of the night was an 81-yard run in the third quarter. He was held out of the end-zone for the second straight week, but continues to look like one of the league's most complete backs. Bell has 461 total yards heading into Week 4. He's locked in as a matchup-proof RB1.
Newton throws for 250 yards, TD in loss 09-22-2014
Cam Newton QB CAR
Cam Newton completed 24-of-35 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 3 loss to the Steelers. Newton was sacked three times and removed late in the fourth quarter after getting shaken up on multiple hits. He was under heavy pass rush all game behind the Panthers' shaky offensive line. Newton lost a fumble on the opening drive of the second half. His touchdown came on a 37-yard pass to Greg Olsen. Newton appeared to re-aggravate his ankle injury and could be limited in practice this week. He'll remain a QB1 for an upcoming matchup against Baltimore.
Roethlisberger throws for 196 yards, 2 TDs 09-22-2014
Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT
Ben Roethlisberger completed 22-of-30 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday night's 37-19 blowout of the Panthers. The Steelers didn't need their pass game with Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount both rushing for over 100 yards, but Roethlisberger was able to connect with Antonio Brown for two third-quarter touchdowns. One of his touchdowns was a vintage Big Ben play where he pump faked the entire Panthers defense and made a cross-field throw to Brown. Roethlisberger should get more opportunities to throw in a matchup with the Bucs in Week 4, making him a low-end QB1. He's averaging 273 passing yards with a 3:2 TD:INT ratio through three games.