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Dez Bryant flying with team to San Francisco 10-01-2016
Dez Bryant WR DAL
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Dez Bryant (knee, questionable) is flying with the team to San Francisco.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Bryant basically ruled himself out on Friday, but the Cowboys will keep the charade going for another day. It would be shocking if Bryant suited up against the 49ers.
Nate Orchard (ankle) lands on injured reserve 10-01-2016
Nate Orchard OLB CLE
Browns placed OLB Nate Orchard on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

Scott Petrak on Twitter
Cam Johnson was signed off Arizona's practice squad in a corresponding move. Orchard suffered a high-ankle sprain last week against the Dolphins. The nature of the injury suggests he could be designated for return. Corey Lemonier should see more snaps with Orchard sidelined, but he was added to the injury report Saturday as doubtful for personal reasons.
Panthers cut ties with WR Brenton Bersin 10-01-2016
Brenton Bersin WR CAR
Panthers waived WR Brenton Bersin.

Joe Person on Twitter
Bersin looked poised for a big role coming out of the preseason, but he played just five snaps the first three weeks. The Panthers likely needed his roster spot to sign some help for the offensive line.
Rodgers-Cromartie questionable for MNF 10-01-2016
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB NYG
Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin) is questionable for Monday night against the Vikings.

Art Stapleton on Twitter
Rodgers-Cromartie is at best a game-time decision, and the Giants will be without fellow CB Eli Apple (hamstring, doubtful) as well as safeties Nat Berhe (concussion, out) and Darian Thompson (foot, out). Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph should find some success Monday night.
Rashad Jennings (thumb) questionable for MNF 10-01-2016
Rashad Jennings RB NYG
Rashad Jennings (thumb) is listed as questionable for Monday night against the Vikings.

Art Stapleton on Twitter
Coach Ben McAdoo said Jennings will be a "game-day" decision after Friday's practice, so this designation is not a surprise. Jennings is likely more on doubtful side of questionable, but his status will not be known for certain before Monday. That makes both Jennings and Orleans Darkwa tough to trust, especially considering the matchup.
Alex Boone back at practice Saturday 10-01-2016
Alex Boone OG MIN
Vikings LG Alex Boone (hip) practiced again on Saturday.

St. Paul Pioneer Press
Boone did not finish Week 3 because of a hip injury, but he has now practice two days in a row. He will likely be listed as limited again, but he is on track to play Monday night.
Delanie Walker: I have 'opportunity to play' 10-01-2016
Delanie Walker TE TEN
Delanie Walker (hamstring, questionable) said he has an "opportunity to play" this week.
Coach Mike Mularkey said Walker's status will be determined by a pre-game workout, but it sounds like he is trending in the right direction. Jace Amaro would be the primary pass-catching threat at tight end if Walker sits, but he is not worth streaming against the Texans.
UDFA WR Robby Anderson in line for big role? 10-01-2016
Robby Anderson WR NYJ
Jets WR Robby Anderson is expected to serve as the No. 3 receiver in Eric Decker's (shoulder) absence.

An undrafted rookie out of Temple, Anderson is an explosive athlete, but he was considered a developmental prospect in the pre-draft process. Even if he is the "No. 3," the Jets will likely lean on Brandon Marshall and Quincy Enunwa heavily with Decker out. Anderson is just a Dynasty asset right now.
Alvin Bailey not expected to start this week 10-01-2016
Alvin Bailey OG CLE
Browns RG Alvin Bailey is not expected to start this week.

Cleveland Plain Dealer
Bailey was arrested for OVI among other things early Monday morning. Bailey started at right guard with John Greco filling in at center last week. Greco is expected to move back to guard with newly-signed Austin Reiter taking over at center.
Gase wants to 'narrow' running back rotation 10-01-2016
Jay Ajayi RB MIA
Dolphins coach Adam Gase said he wants to "narrow" the running back rotation.

Miami Herald
It might not matter if Arian Foster (groin) is able to make it back Week 5, but he is questionable at best. That would leave Miami with the same dreadful four-man committee which has managed 159 yards the last two weeks. Jay Ajayi has played the best of the group, and he should get more work if Gase decides to focus more on one back.
Bills trying to get Charles Clay the football 10-01-2016
Charles Clay TE BUF
Bills OC Anthony Lynn said the team wants to get Charles Clay more involved.
"We had targets to Charles Clay last week. We missed him on one. One time the protection didn't hold up," said Lynn. "We do have Charles in mind and we know that he's a playmaker so we're trying to get him the football." In the immortal words of Admiral Ackbar, it's a trap. Clay can be left on waivers.
Jamaal Charles still saw some scout-team work 10-01-2016
Jamaal Charles RB KC
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Jamaal Charles (knee, questionable) still saw some scout-team work this week.
"It's been good," Reid said of his week of practice. "He's done a little bit of team, a little bit of scout. He's mixed it in and out and looks like he's getting better all the time." Charles will reportedly make his debut this week, but it would be surprising if he saw more than a handful of touches with the bye week on the horizon. Spencer Ware should still operate as the lead back.
Bobby Rainey should have role with Vereen out 10-01-2016
Bobby Rainey RB NYG
Giants RB Bobby Rainey should have a role with Shane Vereen (triceps, injured reserve) sidelined.

Orleans Darkwa is expected to see the biggest spike in playing time with Vereen out and could start Monday night with Rashad Jennings' (thumb) unlikely to play, but Rainey will have a passing-game role even when Darkwa and Jennings are healthy. Rainey caught 33 passes for 315 yards and a touchdown with the Bucs in 2014, and he is a solid add in deeper PPR formats.
Terrance West could become starter this week 10-01-2016
Terrance West RB BAL
ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley said it "wouldn't be surprising" if Terrance West took over as the starter this week.

Coach John Harbaugh talked about making changes in the backfield this week, and swapping out Justin Forsett for West is the most logical option. Forsett has just 98 yards on 31 carries this season and zero touchdowns. West has not been much better (33-for-119), but he has looked like a much better runner. Rookie Kenneth Dixon (knee) should also get a shot once he returns from injury.
Irsay: No serious issue with Luck's shoulder 10-01-2016
Andrew Luck QB IND
Colts owner Jim Irsay said there is no serious issue with Andrew Luck's shoulder.

George Bremer on Twitter
No serious issue is not the same as no issue. Still, Irsay said Luck will not need surgery, and the shoulder will not cause him to miss a game this year. The Colts will continue to manage Luck's practice reps all season, but there is no reason to believe it will affect him on Sundays.
Bowles 'not sure' Decker returns this year 10-01-2016
Eric Decker WR NYJ
When asked if Eric Decker's shoulder injury was potentially season-ending, Jets coach Todd Bowles said he is "not sure."

New York Post
Decker has a partially torn right rotator cuff. "They have to monitor it," Bowles said. "[Doctors] said some people play with it over the course of time. We'll see how it goes." Surgery is reportedly not an option right now, but it could be if the injury does not improve through rest and rehab. It looks like Decker will miss at least several weeks. Quincy Enunwa needs to be owned everywhere.
Kenneth Dixon will be eased back into action 10-01-2016
Kenneth Dixon RB BAL
ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley expects rookie RB Kenneth Dixon (knee, doubtful) to be "eased back into the mix."

Dixon will not play this week, and he will likely be limited even if he returns against Washington Week 5. Once he is healthy, Dixon should be in something of a timeshare with Terrance West and perhaps Justin Forsett. Dixon is a good bench stash in deeper formats, but he will likely spend most if not all of the season in a committee.
Smallwood will have 'plenty of opportunities' 10-01-2016
Wendell Smallwood RB PHI
ESPN Eagles reporter Tim McManus said fifth-round RB Wendell Smallwood should see "plenty of opportunities" this season.

McManus cautions Ryan Mathews should still be the lead back when healthy, but he correctly points out Mathews has struggled to stay on the field throughout his career. "There should be plenty of opportunities for Smallwood over the course of the season," McManus said, "and those opportunities will likely grow if he continues to produce like he did against the Steelers." Smallwood had 79 yards and a touchdown against Pittsburgh. He is a great speculative add in deeper leagues.
Howard 'committee guy' once Langford healthy? 10-01-2016
Jordan Howard RB CHI
ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson said Jordan Howard will be "more of a committee guy" once Jeremy Langford (ankle) returns.

Langford will be out at least another month, so this is not an immediate concern to Howard's fantasy value. More importantly, Langford was terrible before going down, so Howard could certainly win the starting job outright with good performances the next several weeks. He should start on the right foot against a banged up Lions defense this week.
Sam Bradford 'just trusts' Kyle Rudolph 10-01-2016
Kyle Rudolph TE MIN
Sam Bradford said Kyle Rudolph is "one of those guys as a quarterback that you can just trust."

St. Paul Pioneer Press
"He's just one of those guys who is kind of easy to develop chemistry with," Bradford said. "You know that if you put the ball in his area, he's going to go up and he's going to make a play and he's going to get it." The veracity of that statement is certainly up for debate, but it is clear Bradford trusts his big tight end. Rudolph has 10 catches for 101 yards and two scores in two games with Bradford this season, and he is a good bet to keep the touchdown streak alive Monday night against the Giants.
Titans hope Kendall Wright gives them 'boost' 10-01-2016
Kendall Wright WR TEN
Titans OC Terry Robiskie is hopeful Kendall Wright's (hamstring) return gives the offense a "boost."

Nashville Tennessean
"He's a quicker guy, and he'll come in with some energy," Robiskie said. "Hopefully he's going to give us a boost - make a play, give us some help and help generate a fast start." Wright managed just 36 catches in 10 games last year and missed most of camp and the early part of the season with a hamstring injury. That said, it is not like the Titans have many better options. Wright should see some targets.
Report: Garoppolo will start against Bills 10-01-2016
Jimmy Garoppolo QB NE
WEEI's Kirk Minihane reports Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder, questionable) will start Sunday against the Bills.

Garoppolo was always going to start over Jacoby Brissett if healthy, so his shoulder was the only question. After getting in limited practices all week, it seems Garoppolo is ready to get back to work. Tom Brady will return from suspension next week.
Hilton no longer on injury report 10-01-2016
T.Y. Hilton WR IND
T.Y. Hilton is no longer on the Colts' Week 4 injury report. Hilton practiced fully Thursday and Friday and will start in London.