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Jeremy Hill (knee) limited Thursday 10-08-2015
Jeremy Hill RB CIN
Jeremy Hill (knee) remained limited at Thursday's practice.

Jeremy Hill on Twitter
He's not in danger of missing Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Hill hasn't had the most consistent results this year, but he is coming off a three-touchdown performance against Kansas City in Week 4.
Smith Sr. officially ruled out versus Browns 10-08-2015
Steve Smith WR BAL
Steve Smith Sr. (back) has been ruled out for Week 5.

Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter
Sr. is one of the toughest players in the league, but dealing with four small fractures in his back. At beast, he's questionable for Week 5.
Tevin Coleman (ribs) limited Thursday 10-08-2015
Tevin Coleman RB ATL
Tevin Coleman (ribs) was limited at Thursday's practice.

Vaughn McClure on Twitter
Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is hopeful Coleman will be cleared to play Sunday against Washington after missing the last two weeks with a broken rib. If Coleman gets the go ahead as we expect, he'll draw a handful of carries behind starter Devonta Freeman.
Malcom Floyd (concussion) practicing again 10-08-2015
Malcom Floyd WR SD
Malcom Floyd (concussion) practiced again on Thursday.

Michael Gehlken on Twitter
Floyd suffered a concussion in Week 4 but so far hasn't missed any practice time. The 34 year old has secured eight of his 15 targets this season for 167 yards and one touchdown.
Royal (ankle) not at Thursday's practice 10-08-2015
Eddie Royal WR CHI
Eddie Royal (ankle) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

Jeff Dickerson on Twitter
It's his second absence in a row and it clouds his status for Sunday's game against Kansas City. Royal is coming off his best game of the season. He caught seven balls for 54 yards and a touchdown in a win against Oakland.
Malcom Floyd (concussion) again practicing 10-08-2015
Malcom Floyd WR SD
Malcom Floyd (concussion) practiced for the second straight day on Thursday.

Michael Gehlken on Twitter
The deep threat still needs to pass his final test, but it appears he'll be active against the Steelers. Even if Stevie Johnson (hamstring) sits, Floyd will be a boom-or-bust WR5.
Alshon Jeffery still 'limited' on Thursday 10-08-2015
Alshon Jeffery WR CHI
Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) remained "limited" on Thursday.

Jeff Dickerson on Twitter
Coach John Fox has zero interest in updating Jeffery's status, but he's expected to return following his three-game absence. He has an excellent matchup in a Chiefs defense that's allowed the most passing touchdowns in the league.
Byron Maxwell (quad) practicing in full 10-08-2015
Byron Maxwell CB PHI
Eagles CB Byron Maxwell (quad) was a full participant at Thursday's practice.

Jeff McLane on Twitter
Maxwell suffered a bruised quad early in last week's loss to Washington. Maxwell claimed he couldn't "really run" earlier this week, but his practice participation Thursday suggests that he's on the mend. Philadelphia's big free-agent signing has been among the worst corners in football this year, grading out as PFF's 95th ranked cornerback out of 104 qualifiers.
Joique Bell (ankle) not seen at practice 10-08-2015
Joique Bell RB DET
Joique Bell (ankle) was not at the portion of Thursday's practice that was open to the media.

Tim Twentyman on Twitter
He hasn't practiced in over a week. Rookie Ameer Abdullah would draw another start if Bell can't suit up Sunday against the Cardinals. Bell has rushed for just 22 yards on 20 carries this season, though he does have one touchdown.
Ahmad Brooks to miss Sunday's game 10-08-2015
Ahmad Brooks LB SF
49ers OLB Ahmad Brooks will miss Sunday's game against the Giants.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Brooks is attending the funeral of his 40-year-old sister. Terrible news. We'd expect Brooks back in Week 6 against the Ravens.
J.J. Nelson resumes practicing 10-08-2015
J.J. Nelson WR ARZ
Cardinals WR J.J. Nelson (shoulder) has resumed practicing.

Darren Urban on Twitter
Even if he's healthy, Nelson could be a scratch for Sunday's game against the Lions. The fifth-rounder is a Dynasty-only prospect.
Jason Peters says he's playing in Week 5 10-08-2015
Jason Peters T PHI
Eagles LT Jason Peters (quad) says he's playing in Sunday's game against the Saints.

Reuben Frank on Twitter
Peters aggravated his quad in last week's narrow loss to the Redskins, but is ready to go after a few days of rest. Although he's now 33, Peters remains one of the best tackles in the game, and is critically important to Chip Kelly's offense.
Brian Hartline (ribs) not practicing Thursday 10-08-2015
Brian Hartline WR CLE
Brian Hartline (ribs, thigh) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter
Both injuries were suffered in Week 4. Aside from a 96-yard effort against Oakland in Week 3, Hartline has been a non-factor this year.
Victor Cruz (calf) to be reevaluated Monday 10-08-2015
Victor Cruz WR NYG
Victor Cruz (calf) will be reevaluated on Monday.

Jordan Raanan on Twitter
Cruz was told he'd need to wait 10 days before running after his platelet-rich plasma injection. Though there's still no timetable for his return, the Giants have not considered putting Cruz on injured reserve. Dwayne Harris has been filling in at slot receiver.
Browns to 'explore' using Gilbert on offense 10-08-2015
Justin Gilbert CB CLE
Browns OC John DeFilippo said the team is ready to "explore" using CB Justin Gilbert on offense.

Nate Ulrich on Twitter
A colossal bust on the defensive side of the ball, the No. 8 overall pick of last year's draft has played exactly eight snaps this season. However, Gilbert has always had some Ed Reed-ian return skills, and is a playmaker with the ball in his hands. It's just hard to see how he could meaningfully make the switch as a 23-year-old lifetime defensive back. The Browns have been run about as poorly as possible since firing Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi.
Cody Latimer (groin) not practicing Thursday 10-08-2015
Cody Latimer WR DEN
Broncos WR Cody Latimer (groin) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

Andrew Mason on Twitter
Latimer's status is up in the air for Sunday's tilt with Oakland. The second-year wideout has been a non-factor this year with just two catches for 23 yards. Fantasy owners can ignore him for the time being.
Gillmore (calf) not practicing Thursday 10-08-2015
Crockett Gillmore TE BAL
Crockett Gillmore (calf) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

Jamison Hensley on Twitter
Gillmore hasn't practiced since suffering a calf injury in Week 3. We'd expect Gillmore to miss his second game in a row if he can't practice on Friday. Maxx Williams snagged two catches for 17 yards in Gillmore's place last week against Pittsburgh.
Steve Smith Sr. (back) still not practicing 10-08-2015
Steve Smith WR BAL
Steve Smith Sr. (back) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

Jamison Hensley on Twitter
We'd be shocked if Smith Sr. plays Sunday against Cleveland. Smith's absence should open up more targets for Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown, though we expect the Ravens to rely heavily on their running game.
Taliaferro (foot) back at practice Thursday 10-08-2015
Lorenzo Taliaferro RB BAL
Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) returned to practice on Thursday.

Jamison Hensley on Twitter
Taliferro has battled foot issues on and off all year, though he's only missed one game. If Steve Smith Sr. (back) can't play Sunday against Cleveland, the Ravens will likely go run-heavy. Taliaferro's season-high in carries is seven.
Marcedes Lewis (knee) returns to practice 10-08-2015
Marcedes Lewis TE JAX
Marcedes Lewis (knee) returned to full practice on Thursday.

John Oehser on Twitter
Lewis was absent from Wednesday's practice, though it could have just been a rest day. He caught five passes in Week 4 after being shut out in the Jaguars' first three games. He's been filling in for starter Julius Thomas, who is still recovering from hand surgery.
Rex Ryan: Sammy Watkins getting 'close' 10-08-2015
Sammy Watkins WR BUF
Bills coach Rex Ryan said Sammy Watkins (calf) is "getting close" but admitted he's still uncertain for Week 5 against the Titans.

Mike Rodak on Twitter
Watkins returned to a limited practice on Thursday after missing last week's game with a strained calf. Tight end Charles Clay led the Bills with 13 targets in Week 4. Percy Harvin, Chris Hogan and Robert Woods could also see more work if Watkins sits out for the second week in a row.
Rex: Karlos Williams a 'reach' for Week 5 10-08-2015
Karlos Williams RB BUF
Bills coach Rex Ryan considers Karlos Williams (concussion) a "reach" for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Mike Rodak on Twitter
Culliver's MRI shows no structural damage 10-08-2015
Chris Culliver CB WAS
An MRI on Chris Culliver's injured left knee showed no structural damage.

Mike Jones on Twitter
Culliver sat out Thursday's practice. Coach Jay Gruden said Culliver's status for Sunday's game against the Falcons will depend on how he feels Friday. Culliver owns PFF's 85th highest grade out of 104 qualifiers at cornerback.
Zenner could see carries with Joique healthy 10-08-2015
Zach Zenner RB DET
Lions OC Joe Lombardi said RB Zach Zenner could see carries even when Joique Bell (ankle) returns.

Michael Rothstein on Twitter
The good news is the coaching staff seems to trust Zenner, but he had just two carries against Seattle even with Bell sidelined. Ameer Abdullah handled 72 percent of the carries against the Seahawks, and he should continue to dominate carries even when Bell returns. Zenner is just a Dynasty stash at this point.
Sean Lee (concussion) cleared to practice 10-08-2015
Sean Lee LB DAL
Cowboys WLB Sean Lee (concussion) was cleared to practice on Thursday.

Dallas Morning News
Lee suffered a concussion in the second quarter against the Saints Sunday night. He is on track to play this week against the Patriots. The Cowboys will also have MLB Rolando McClain and DE Greg Hardy back off suspension.
Allen Hurns (ankle, thigh) back at practice 10-08-2015
Allen Hurns WR JAX
Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (ankle, thigh) returned to practice Thursday.

Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter
Hurns is on track to play this week against the Bucs. He will be a WR3 in that matchup.
Patriots sign Dion Lewis to 2-year extension 10-08-2015
Dion Lewis RB NE
Patriots signed RB Dion Lewis to a two-year, $4.4 million extension through 2017.

Field Yates on Twitter
The deal includes a $600,000 signing bonus as well as $2 million in base salary and $1.8 million in possible incentives in 2016 and 2017. Signed to a futures contract last December, Lewis took hold of the starting running back job in New England with a strong training camp and preseason. Lewis has 325 total yards and two touchdowns through three games this season.
DeSean Jackson (hamstring) practicing again 10-08-2015
DeSean Jackson WR WAS
DeSean Jackson (hamstring) participated in individual drills on Thursday.

Tarik El-Bashir on Twitter
It is the second day in a row he has seen work, though he will likely be listed as a limited participant again. Jackson has said it is "possible" he returns this week, but it is more likely he sits out another game. Jamison Crowder has 18 targets the last two games and could see another big workload if Jackson misses.
Jordan Reed (concussion) out again Thursday 10-08-2015
Jordan Reed TE WAS
Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion) did not practice Thursday.

Tarik El-Bashir on Twitter
He also missed Wednesday's session. It would be extremely surprising if Reed is able to play this weekend. Derek Carrier will fill in if Reed is forced to sit.
Sammy Watkins (calf) doing individual work 10-08-2015
Sammy Watkins WR BUF
Bills WR Sammy Watkins (calf) is participating in individual drills on Thursday.

Joe Buscaglia on Twitter
Watkins stretched to the side during warmups but reportedly saw some snaps with the wide receivers during individual drills. He will likely be listed as limited on the practice report. Though any involvement is a good sign for Watkins, it is still unlikely he plays this week.
Karlos Williams not at practice Thursday 10-08-2015
Karlos Williams RB BUF
Bills RB Karlos Williams (concussion) is not practicing on Thursday.

Joe Buscaglia on Twitter
LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is not at practice either. Both Williams and McCoy are trending towards missing Week 5, which would leave Boobie Dixon as the lead back for Buffalo. Dixon should see at least 15 carries as the primary back, but he has zero yards on eight carries so far this year and a 3.4 YPC in his career. He will be hard to trust as an RB2 even in a good matchup.
Lions sign DT Ishmaa'ily Kitchen, cut DE Hunt 10-08-2015
Ishmaa'ily Kitchen NT DET
Lions signed DT Ishmaa'ily Kitchen. DE Phillip Hunt was waived in a corresponding move. Kitchen will provide depth with Tyrunn Walker (ankle) out for the season and Haloti Ngata questionable with a calf injury.
Garrett confirms Joseph Randle still starter 10-08-2015
Joseph Randle RB DAL
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed RB Joseph Randle will remain the starter.

Dallas Morning News
Randle found himself in the doghouse after almost fumbling while trying to reach the ball over the goal line against the Saints last week. Randle had just four carries against New Orleans following the play. Despite being the "starter," Randle has just 25 total carries over the last two games and eight carries total in the second half the last two weeks. In a game the Cowboys are expected to lose big against the Patriots, Randle is a risky play.
Ben Roethlisberger (knee) setback free so far 10-08-2015
Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler said QB Ben Roethlisberger "has had no major setbacks" in his rehab from a sprained MCL and bone bruise in his knee.

Fowler said Week 8 against the Bengals could be Roethlisberger's return date, though the quarterback has refused to talk about target dates in recovery. "We're just going to keep taking it week-by-week and try and get back as soon as I can," Roethlisberger said in a radio interview. Mike Vick will continue to start while Big Ben is sidelined.
Matt Jones has not lost Jay Gruden's trust 10-08-2015
Matt Jones RB WAS
Redskins coach Jay Gruden said rookie RB Matt Jones has not lost his trust.

CSN Washington
Jones played just 16 snaps to Alfred Morris' 36 against the Eagles a week after fumbling out of the back of the end zone in the fourth quarter against the Giants. Jones may not have lost Gruden's trust, but he did lose his workload for at least one week. The backfield situation in Washington is likely to be fluid all season, but for right now Morris is clearly on top.
Hasselbeck still feeling effects of illness 10-08-2015
Matt Hasselbeck QB IND
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck is still feeling the effects of a virus which kept him in the emergency room until 2 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Hasselbeck is listed as questionable after missing practice with the illness on Tuesday, but he is fully expected to play and start Thursday night. Hasselbeck put up a decent game against the Jaguars Week 4, but on a short week and dealing with an illness, Hasselbeck is not a recommended fantasy play this week.
Colts 'uncertain' Luck will start Thursday 10-08-2015
Andrew Luck QB IND
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Colts are "uncertain" if Andrew Luck will start Week 5 against the Texans.

Sources told Schefter "it would not be a surprise" if Matt Hasselbeck started the game. Coach Chuck Pagano said on Wednesday the Colts were "going to do the right thing" with Luck, and Indy added backup QB Josh Johnson on the same day. Luck is trending the wrong direction for Thursday night.
Bucs may use no-huddle offense more often 10-08-2015
Jameis Winston QB TB
Bucs OC Dirk Koetter said the team may use the no-huddle offense more to help rookie QB Jameis Winston.

Tampa Bay Times
"Jameis is definitely playing better in no-huddle," Koetter said. "We probably should be doing no-huddle more." Winston has just 93 yards on 14 attempts from the no-huddle this season, and the Bucs have run just 22 plays total without a huddle. Perhaps an emphasis on tempo may help the young quarterback, but Winston's history suggests the interceptions are not going away. Winston has thrown seven picks through four games including six in two homes games this season.
Whiz does not care which back gets carries 10-08-2015
Antonio Andrews RB TEN
Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said, "I really don't care," which running back gets the ball.

"I'm just happy that we're more effective running the football," Whisenhunt said. "That to me is the first step." Antonio Andrews was the clear lead back heading into the bye, but the backfield is a fluid situation. It is best to avoid all Titans' backs until the situation shakes out.
T.Y. Hilton dominates Texans in Houston 10-08-2015
T.Y. Hilton WR IND
T.Y. Hilton has averaged 110 receiving yards and a touchdown in six career games against the Texans.

Hilton has been even better playing in Houston, averaging just over 140 yards a game with five touchdowns in three trips. Hilton has yet to top 100 yards in a game or catch a touchdown this season, but that could change this week. He is a high-end WR2.