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Report: Lions still may sit Bush at Redskins 09-20-2013
Reggie Bush RB DET
A league source tells Profootballtalk.com the Lions may hold Reggie Bush (knee) out of Week 3 as a precaution.

Profootballtalk on NBC Sports
Per PFT's Mike Florio, "the scales could tilt toward shutting him down" against the Redskins because the Lions want Bush "available for the long haul," and are "inclined to give him a week off to heal." Florio reports the final decision may not be made until pre-game warmups, so it's going to come down to a game-time decision. If Bush is held out against the Redskins, Joique Bell could post legit RB1 numbers against Washington's swiss-cheese defense.
Vernon Davis on Week 3 status: 'We shall see' 09-20-2013
Vernon Davis TE SF
Vernon Davis (questionable, hamstring) replied "we shall see" when quizzed on his Week 3 availability.

Sacramento Bee
Davis was the only 49ers player who didn't practice on Friday. He did run on a side field. "I'm feeling pretty good, sore, bruised up, but that comes with the business, comes with the game," Davis said. "Definitely my focus is on this game. ... We shall see when Sunday comes." Davis appears to be a full-blown game-time decision for Sunday's 4:25PM matchup with the Colts.
Justin Houston up to 7.5 sacks thru 3 games 09-20-2013
Justin Houston LB KC
The NFL announced Friday it credited Chiefs OLB Justin Houston with an additional sack in Thursday night's Week 3 win over Philadelphia, bringing his game total to 4.5.

Kansas City Star
The NFL's sack leader on the season, Houston has 7.5 through three games. Still only 24 years old, Houston on Thursday became the NFL's third-fastest pass rusher to record 20 sacks to open their career, trailing only Derrick Thomas and Jared Allen. We studied Houston's tape coming out of Georgia in 2011, and his get-off was among the most explosive we've ever seen from a college edge rusher. Houston fell to the third round due to off-field issues.
Browns to use 3-headed RBBC against Vikings 09-20-2013
Chris Ogbonnaya RB CLE
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski says Chris Ogbonnaya, Willis McGahee, and Bobby Rainey will share time at tailback in Week 3 against Minnesota.

Akron Beacon-Journal
Ogbonnaya played fullback to this point, but he's really a tailback at 6-foot, 225 and Cleveland's primary third-down specialist. He'll probably play the most snaps against Minnesota because he knows the protection schemes the best. McGahee may lead the backfield in carries, though not by much. None of the above is worth Week 3 fantasy investment, and their values are all minimal long term.
Mike Wallace 'moving normally' 09-20-2013
Mike Wallace WR MIA
According to the Miami Herald, Mike Wallace (questionable, groin) "appeared to be moving normally" after Friday's "limited" practice.

Miami Herald
We almost wonder if the Dolphins listed Wallace as questionable to spite their Week 3 opponent the Falcons, who list Roddy White and Julio Jones as questionable despite the fact both will play Sunday. Expect Wallace to start.
Roman Harper listed as out for Week 3 09-20-2013
Roman Harper S CAR
Saints S Roman Harper (knee) has been ruled out for Week 3 versus Arizona. Kenny Vaccaro and Malcolm Jenkins will handle all of the safety duties against the Cardinals. Harper has been demoted to a sub-package blitzer only this year under new DC Rob Ryan. He has nine tackles and a pick in two games.
Panthers to start Lester at strong safety 09-20-2013
Robert Lester S CAR
The Panthers will start UDFA Robert Lester at strong safety in Week 3 against the Giants.

Charlotte Observer
Lester is an undrafted free agent out of Alabama, where he caught a bunch of interceptions but displayed painfully stiff hips and very little speed. Carolina has the NFL's most banged-up secondary. The Panthers will start box safety Mike Mitchell at free, and either Josh Norman (MCL sprain) or in-season free-agent signing Drayton Florence at corner opposite Captain Munnerlyn.
Falcons to start Jeremy Trueblood on Sunday 09-20-2013
Jeremy Trueblood T ATL
The Falcons will start Jeremy Trueblood at right tackle in Week 3.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta is reeling up front. Trueblood was cut by the Redskins before final cuts, and signed by the Falcons on September 3. Lamar Holmes -- who's gotten rocked at right tackle -- will attempt to protect Matt Ryan's blindside due to Sam Baker's foot and ankle injuries. Trueblood has been wholly ineffective in his eight-year career. He'll be on Cameron Wake's side on Sunday.
49ers TEs Davis, McDonald game-time decisions 09-20-2013
Vernon Davis TE SF
Coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday 49ers TEs Vernon Davis (hamstring) and Vance McDonald (ankle) will both be game-time decisions for Week 3.

CSN Bay Area
The 49ers play the Colts in a 4:25PM ET game. Per Harbaugh, neither player's status will be determined until 90 minutes before kickoff, at which point teams must issue inactives lists. Davis didn't participate in any practices this week. On Friday, Davis worked with an athletic trainer on a side field.
Eric Reid questionable for Week 3 09-20-2013
Eric Reid S SF
49ers FS Eric Reid (concussion) is listed as questionable for Week 3.

CSN Bay Area
Reid says he's symptom free with only one test to pass before receiving medical clearance following Sunday night's scary brain injury. "I have to check back tomorrow," Reid said. "So it's just a waiting game." Reid has been one of the NFL's most impressive defensive rookies through two weeks.
Steven Jacksos 'looks like' he'll miss 3 wks 09-20-2013
Steven Jackson RB ATL
According to ESPN Falcons blogger Vaughn McClure, Steven Jackson's thigh injury "looks like" it'll cost him three weeks.

ESPN.com
It was just a throwaway line in a blog post previewing Sunday's Falcons-Dolphins game, but notable nonetheless. NFL Network has reported S-Jax's timetable is 2-4 weeks, though he seems unlikely to recover quickly at age 30 with so much mileage on his tires. Jackson owners will just have to weather the storm with bye weeks approaching. He should remain stashed in all leagues.
Tony Gonzalez expects breakout game 09-20-2013
Tony Gonzalez TE ATL
Tony Gonzalez expects to be leaned on heavily in Week 3 against Miami, and receive one-on-one coverage after studying Dolphins tape.

ESPN.com
Gonzalez has been one of the few slow-starting tight ends early this season, but the Dolphins get creamed by that position for reasons he points out here: "They doubled up (Larry) Fitzgerald a lot (in Week 4 last season), and you would probably think they'd do the same thing against Julio (Jones), which is going to create one-on-one matchups with other guys," Gonzalez said. "They blitz a lot, too, which creates one-on-one matchups." The Dolphins have the same defensive coordinator, Kevin Coyle, who is a Mike Zimmer disciple.
Vance McDonald listed as questionable 09-20-2013
Vance McDonald TE SF
49ers TE Vance McDonald (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 3. The Niners' beat writers expect McDonald to play against the Colts despite the "Q" tag, though his game-day role is uncertain. He's banged up, and starting tight end Vernon Davis (hamstring) is in danger of being inactive.
Vernon Davis listed as questionable for Wk 3 09-20-2013
Vernon Davis TE SF
Vernon Davis (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 3 against the Colts.

Matt Barrows on Twitter
Davis still hasn't received medical clearance, and beat writer Matt Barrows believes he's the "least likely" of San Francisco's four questionable players to be active versus Indy. Backup TE Vance McDonald (ankle) is one of those four. The 49ers and Colts don't play until 4:25PM ET Sunday, making this a hairy fantasy situation that may be best left avoided despite the juicy matchup.
Shawn Lauvao listed as doubtful 09-20-2013
Shawn Lauvao G WAS
Browns RG Shawn Lauvao (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Week 3. Perhaps he'll return in Week 4. Lauvao was initially expected to play against the Vikings, but didn't make enough progress during the practice week. The Browns will continue to struggle up front with Oniel Cousins at right guard.
Chud noncommital on Weeden's starting job 09-20-2013
Brandon Weeden QB DAL
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski remained noncommittal Friday when asked if Brandon Weeden (thumb) will get his starting job back upon return.

Akron Beacon-Journal
In other words, Brian Hoyer has a big opportunity Sunday against the Vikings. He could keep the job if he plays well. "We're just going to take it week by week and see where he's at and where we're at," Chud said of Weeden. "He's played two games. I'd love to see more of him." Meantime, dirt has been shoveled upon Jason Campbell, who is now Cleveland's third-string quarterback.
Blaine Gabbert ruled out for Week 3 09-20-2013
Blaine Gabbert QB SF
Blaine Gabbert (hand) has been ruled out for Week 3. Chad Henne will start at Seattle. And our prayers are with him.
Jones-Drew considers self game-time decision 09-20-2013
Maurice Jones-Drew RB OAK
Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) expects the Jaguars to make a decision on his Week 3 availability during pre-game warmups Sunday.

Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter
Listed as questionable, Jones-Drew expects to go through Saturday's day-before walkthrough for a better feel on the ankle. Jones-Drew did practice in limited fashion on Friday, one day after coach Gus Bradley called his status "up in the air." Avoid Jacksonville's backfield in fantasy lineups. We don't know if MJD is going to play, and the matchup is impossible in Seattle.
Seahawks place Okung on short-term IR 09-20-2013
Russell Okung T SEA
Seahawks placed LT Russell Okung on injured reserve/designated for return with a torn plantar plate in his foot. "Short-term" I.R. isn't really short term, per se, because it costs players eight weeks. That's half the season. Okung will be eligible to return in Week 11. Our assumption is Paul McQuistan will replace him at left tackle, although that's only because McQuistan did so in last week's win over the 49ers.
49ers plan to play OLB Smith vs. Indianapolis 09-20-2013
Aldon Smith DE SF
Updating a previous item, coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters he expects Aldon Smith to play in Week 3 despite Smith's Friday morning arrest for suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession.

Matt Barrows on Twitter
"I expect Aldon to be back at work and play on Sunday," said Harbaugh. The NFL will not intervene on a player's Sunday availability following a Friday arrest because the appeals process can't be expedited that quickly. The actions say it all: The 49ers care about winning over punishment, individual players' decision making, those players' well being, and the well being of the community. Smith gives San Francisco its best chance to win.
49ers haven't decided if OLB Smith will play 09-20-2013
Aldon Smith DE SF
Coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters Friday the 49ers have yet to decide whether Aldon Smith will play at Indianapolis.

Matt Barrows on Twitter
Andrew Luck owners should be watching this situation closely, because if Smith does not play Luck is going to be a much better fantasy start. In an unbelievably knuckleheaded move, Smith partied all night and tried driving to the team facility at 7AM in the morning. He was smashed drunk with weed in the car, passed out at the wheel while hitting a tree, and still didn't wake up, as Smith's foot remained on the accelerator when police arrived. This is Smith's second DUI as an NFL player. He's in his third season.
Martellus Bennett listed as probable 09-20-2013
Martellus Bennett TE CHI
Martellus Bennett (shoulder) is listed as probable for Week 3. He practiced in full again Friday and will start against the Steelers.
Mendenhall expected to play on Sunday 09-20-2013
Rashard Mendenhall RB ARZ
The Cardinals' website expects Rashard Mendenhall (questionable, toe) to play in Week 3 after returning to Friday's practice.

azcardinals.com
Cards.com's Darren Urban also expects Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring, questionable) to play. Both players were limited in Friday's practice, but coach Bruce Arians is a bit conservative with practice participation and injury reports. Expect both core starters to be out there in a plus matchup at New Orleans.
Rob Housler listed as probable 09-20-2013
Rob Housler TE ARZ
Rob Housler (ankle) practiced fully Friday and is listed as probable for Week 3. We can't pretend to know Housler's usage in Bruce Arians' offense because we've never seen him in it. Perhaps tight end-desperate fantasy owners should grab Housler, but we're not optimistic he'll pay many dividends. For the Cards, at least, he'll be an obvious upgrade over fill-in starter Jim Dray.
Jones-Drew listed as questionable 09-20-2013
Maurice Jones-Drew RB OAK
Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 3. The Jaguars have dropped enough implicit hints that we don't expect Jones-Drew to play against Seattle. He'd have zero running room even if he did.
Marcedes Lewis ruled out for Week 3 09-20-2013
Marcedes Lewis TE JAX
Marcedes Lewis (calf) has been ruled out for Week 3. Lewis has resumed practicing, but he's not ready to resume playing in games. The Jaguars are gonna get eviscerated on the road in Seattle.
Reggie Bush expected to play at Washington 09-20-2013
Reggie Bush RB DET
The Detroit Free Press expects Reggie Bush (questionable, knee) to play Sunday at Washington.

Dave Birkett on Twitter
The Redskins rank dead last in run defense through two weeks, and Bush impressed observers in his return to practice Friday. Get him into your fantasy lineup. Despite Bush's improved health, Joique Bell also has some desperation flex appeal. He's in the mix for goal-line carries and could push for double-digit touches in the most favorable matchup Detroit will get all season.
Chris Clemons to make season debut 09-20-2013
Chris Clemons DE JAX
Coach Pete Carroll confirmed DE Chris Clemons (knee) will make his season debut Sunday versus Jacksonville.

John Boyle on Twitter
Seattle's pass rush is going to be absolutely vicious as long as they keep all of their guys healthy. They're also getting Bruce Irvin back in Week 5.
Zach Sudfeld expected to play in Week 3 09-20-2013
Zach Sudfeld TE NYJ
Zach Sudfeld (hamstring, probable) turned in a full practice week. Sudfeld is a deep sleeper Sunday against Tampa Bay, in the likely event Rob Gronkowski (back) is declared inactive. The Patriots are desperate for reliable pass catchers and could shake up their corps a bit in Week 3.
Pats list Gronk questionable against the Bucs 09-20-2013
Rob Gronkowski TE NE
Rob Gronkowski (back, questionable) was limited in Patriots practice Friday. The questionable tag suggests Gronkowski is definitely making progress, but reports from both the Boston papers and Profootballtalk.com indicate he won't return until Week 4. We'd still check back Sunday morning for confirmation. In the unlikely event Gronk plays at Tampa, he'll be a plug-and-play TE1.
Danny Amendola doubtful for Week 3 09-20-2013
Danny Amendola WR NE
Danny Amendola (groin) is listed as doubtful for Week 3. Amendola is week to week. He will not be active Sunday versus Tampa.
Mark Ingram expected to miss Week 3 game 09-20-2013
Mark Ingram RB NO
Mark Ingram (toe, questionable) missed his third straight practice Friday. Ingram is expected to miss Sunday's game against Arizona, which could get Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas a few more carries apiece. Thomas remains a low-end flex option, while Sproles is an every-week starter in all leagues.
Josh Thomas rules out for Week 3 09-20-2013
Josh Thomas CB CAR
Panthers LCB Josh Thomas (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 3. The Panthers are so thin at cornerback that we're not even sure whom they're going to start against the Giants. Eli Manning has a terrific Week 3 matchup.
Bernard Pierce to make first career NFL start 09-20-2013
Bernard Pierce RB BAL
With Ray Rice (hip) listed as doubtful for Week 3 against the Texans, Bernard Pierce is expected to make his first career start.

2nd-year RBs: Bernard Pierce
We've been impressed with Pierce through 22 NFL games, including January's playoffs. A link to Evan Silva's offseason game tape review of Pierce is accessible at the link below. A solid RB2 option versus an above-average Texans run defense, Pierce should push for 20 carries and has decent hands as a receiver.
Owen Daniels listed as probable 09-20-2013
Owen Daniels TE BAL
Owen Daniels (not injury related) is listed as probable for Week 3. He'll be a viable TE1 with Garrett Graham listed as questionable. The Texans face a Ravens team that has struggled in early-season tight end coverage.
Garrett Graham listed as questionable 09-20-2013
Garrett Graham TE HOU
Texans TE Garrett Graham (groin/hip) is listed as questionable for Week 3. His status is wholly uncertain. Graham has scored fluky red-zone TDs in back-to-back games. His absence could translate to an extra target or three for starting tight end Owen Daniels, and No. 2 wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
Ravens list Ray Rice as doubtful for Week 3 09-20-2013
Ray Rice RB BAL
Ray Rice (hip) is listed as doubtful for Week 3 versus Houston. The doubtful designation officially means the Ravens believe Rice's chances of playing Sunday are 25 percent or worse. They previously stated he'd be a game-time decision, but the odds are heavily against Rice dressing against the Texans. Appearing on ESPN's NFL Insiders Friday, John Clayton suggested it would be a "miracle" if Rice played. Expect Bernard Pierce to flirt with 20-plus touches in an average to above-average matchup.
Malcom Floyd expected to miss one month 09-20-2013
Malcom Floyd WR SD
FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports Malcom Floyd's (neck) "rough estimate" on a timetable for return is a month.

Mike Garafolo on Twitter
Floyd is "taking it slow, for obvious reasons," per Garafolo. Floyd has a severe neck injury, and at age 32 isn't going to push it. His absence removes any semblance of a downfield threat from the Chargers' passing attack. Floyd can safely be dropped in fantasy leagues. Rookie Keenan Allen is his replacement, working in three-wide packages with Eddie Royal and Vincent Brown.
Roddy White listed as questionable 09-20-2013
Roddy White WR ATL
Roddy White (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 3. White is expected to play Sunday against the Dolphins, but will face off with red-hot LCB Brent Grimes and is not a fantasy option until he gets healthy.
Julio Jones listed as questionable 09-20-2013
Julio Jones WR ATL
Julio Jones (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 3. Despite the "Q" tag, Julio will be in the starting lineup versus Miami.
Te'o listed as doubtful 09-20-2013
Manti Te'o LB SD
Chargers ILB Manti Te'o (foot) is listed as doubtful for Week 3. In terms of regular season game participation, it's still unclear whether Te'o actually exists.
Sam Baker ruled out for Week 3 09-20-2013
Sam Baker OT ATL
Falcons LT Sam Baker (knee/foot) has been ruled out for Week 3. It's a huge concern for an Atlanta offense that faces Miami without any real threat of a running game to take pressure off Matt Ryan in the passing attack. Ryan is going to have to get the football out quickly versus Cam Wake & Co. The Falcons are already scuffling mightily at right tackle. Usual RT Lamar Holmes is now going to play on Ryan's blindside. That's a bad situation.
Russell Okung likely headed to short-term IR 09-20-2013
Russell Okung T SEA
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Seahawks LT Russell Okung has received positive news on his partially torn plantar plate, and is expected to be placed on injured reserve/designated for return.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
The Seahawks will fill in with usual guard Paul McQuistan, which is a concern for their already limited passing game. Russell Wilson ranks just 30th in the NFL in pass attempts through two weeks. Seattle will continue to be a run-heavy team, featuring Marshawn Lynch with very little fantasy value for the wideouts.
Heyward-Bey listed as probable 09-20-2013
Darrius Heyward-Bey WR PIT
Darrius Heyward-Bey (shoulder) is listed as probable for Week 3.

George Bremer on Twitter
Severely outplayed by T.Y. Hilton, DHB's game-day role is uncertain.
Update: Colts deem Hilton probable for 49ers 09-20-2013
T.Y. Hilton WR IND
Updating a previous item, the Colts have listed T.Y. Hilton (groin) as probable for Week 3 at San Francisco.

George Bremer on Twitter
Hilton was limited throughout the week and reporters anticipated a Sunday morning decision, but the Colts' injury report designation suggests they are very confident he'll be in the lineup. Per NFL injury report rules, the probable tag means the Colts consider Hilton "virtually certain" to be available for his usual game-day role. Start him against the 49ers as a high-ceiling WR3.
Ryan Tannehill listed as probable 09-20-2013
Ryan Tannehill QB MIA
Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) is listed as probable for Week 3.

Barry Jackson on Twitter
He'll be a high-end QB2 in Sunday's matchup with the Falcons.
Fins list Mike Wallace (groin) 'questionable' 09-20-2013
Mike Wallace WR MIA
Mike Wallace (groin) was limited in Friday's practice and is listed as questionable for Week 3.

Barry Jackson on Twitter
Wallace was added to Miami's Thursday participation report with the groin injury, but practiced fully. Practice observers noticed nothing noticeably wrong with Wallace's running gait, so perhaps the Dolphins are trying to play injury report games ahead of Sunday's tilt with the Falcons. Check back Sunday morning, but our money is on "60 Minutes" getting the Week 3 start.
Daryl Richardson listed as probable 09-20-2013
Daryl Richardson RB NYJ
Daryl Richardson (foot) is listed as probable for Week 3. He'll start Sunday's game against the Cowboys, who may be without LE Anthony Spencer (knee) after Spencer failed to practice Friday. If Richardson wants to keep the starting tailback job, he's going to have to pick up his YPC.
Paul Soliai ruled out for Week 3 game 09-20-2013
Paul Soliai DT ATL
Dolphins NT Paul Soliai (knee) has been ruled out for Week 3. The Fins go so deep on the D-Line that Soliai's absence may not be felt versus the Steven Jackson-less Falcons. They'll plug in franchise player Randy Starks at the defensive tackle spot next to power player Jared Odrick.
Dimitri Patterson ruled out for Week 3 09-20-2013
Dimitri Patterson CB NYJ
Dolphins RCB Dimitri Patterson (groin) has been ruled out for Week 3. Patterson is Miami's right corner in base packages, and moves to the slot in the nickel and dime. Nolan Carroll will be a full-time player against Atlanta.
Mendenhall back at Cardinals practice 09-20-2013
Rashard Mendenhall RB ARZ
Rashard Mendenhall (toe) returned to Cardinals practice Friday. The Cards never commented on Mendenhall's early-week practice absences, but he appears on track to start against the Saints. He'll be a solid flex play.
Fitzgerald, Mendenhall back at Cards practice 09-20-2013
Larry Fitzgerald WR ARZ
Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) and Rashard Mendenhall (toe) returned to Cardinals practice Friday. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians had to physically force Fitzgerald off the practice field early in the week, but let him back out there Friday as he prepares to start against the Saints. Despite last week's bump in the road, Fitz will be a top-15 fantasy wideout start in Week 3. Mendenhall's availability never seemed in doubt. He's squarely in the flex-start discussion in a prime matchup; New Orleans has been an early-year sieve in run defense.
Dez Bryant will start Sunday against Rams 09-20-2013
Dez Bryant WR DAL
Dez Bryant (probable, back) told reporters Friday his early-week practice absences were precautionary.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"I can roll," said Bryant, who practiced on Friday. "We were just watching the situation. Don't want to go out there and do anything crazy. We've got a long season." Bryant suffered the back injury on the fifth play of last week's loss to the Chiefs, and wound up missing only eight snaps. Bryant "appeared to be moving fine" on Friday, and will start in Week 3.
Aldon Smith also charged with marijuana poss. 09-20-2013
Aldon Smith DE SF
In addition to suspicion of DUI, 49ers OLB Aldon Smith was booked on charges of marijuana possession by San Jose Police on Friday morning.

CBS Sports
Smith blew a .15 on his breathalyzer test, though it's unclear how much weed was discovered. Smith is undoubtedly, eventually facing a league-imposed suspension, and at this point we wouldn't be totally shocked if he were held out of Sunday's game against the Colts. That'd be a nice development for Andrew Luck's fantasy matchup. We expect to know more by Sunday morning.
Julius Peppers is due huge 2014 cap charge 09-20-2013
Julius Peppers DE GB
Bears RE Julius Peppers carries an $18.183 million cap charge in 2014.

ESPN Chicago
His salary is scheduled to be a non-guaranteed $13.9 million with a $100,000 workout bonus. It's notable because Peppers has one tackle through Chicago's first two games, and Pro Football Focus has given him negative grades for pass rushing in each week. It's possible Peppers is showing his age at 33 1/2.
Heath Miller uncertain of Week 3 role 09-20-2013
Heath Miller TE PIT
Heath Miller (knee) acknowledged he is uncertain how many snaps he'll play Sunday night versus Chicago.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tight end-desperate fantasy owners ought to grab Miller, but he won't be a Week 3 fantasy option. He's coming off a triple-ligament tear in his knee. "I've never been through this type of injury when I missed an extended period of time," he said. "I'm not sure how my body is going to react. It's hard to simulate playing football when you're not playing football. Obviously, I missed a lot of football to this point. We'll kind of play it by ear."
49ers won't say whether Aldon Smith will play 09-20-2013
Aldon Smith DE SF
The 49ers are not saying whether OLB Aldon Smith will play in Week 3 following his Friday morning arrest for DUI.

Profootballtalk on NBC Sports
We suspect Smith will -- the 49ers want to win above all else -- but he's likely to be suspended later this year or in 2014. "The 49ers organization is aware of the matter involving Aldon Smith," the team said in a release. "As we continue to gather information regarding this situation, we will have no further comment." This is Smith's second DUI arrest in his three-year NFL career.
49ers want to restore the running game 09-20-2013
Frank Gore RB SF
49ers OC Greg Roman made it clear San Francisco will emphasize restoring the run game moving forward.

Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Frank Gore has been stifled in the first two games, but Sunday's matchup with the banged-up Colts ought to get him back on track. "We definitely want to get Frank going," said Roman. "Frank Gore is one of the best backs in the league and one of our leaders. Frank Gore churning out those yards is going to be a big part of what we do this year and is very important to our success."
Duane Brown to be game-time decision 09-20-2013
Duane Brown OT HOU
Texans LT Duane Brown (toe) will be a game-time decision for Week 3 at Baltimore.

Tania Ganguli on Twitter
Brown's potential absence is concerning for fast-starting Matt Schaub, whose box-score stats already seem fluky seeing as the Texans have thrown a lot more passes than they want to due to early-season catch-up mode. Brown didn't practice on any of the three days this week. Terrell Suggs plays on his side.
Andre Johnson fully cleared & all systems go 09-20-2013
Andre Johnson WR HOU
Texans coach Gary Kubiak confirmed Friday Andre Johnson (concussion) has been fully cleared for Week 3.

Tania Ganguli on Twitter
He practiced fully on both Thursday and Friday and will start Sunday's game against the Ravens. Johnson has historically shredded Baltimore, which has been struggling at both outside cornerback and safety early in the season. Johnson leads the NFL in targets (29) through two weeks. He's a locked-in fantasy WR1.
Hakeem Nicks listed as probable 09-20-2013
Hakeem Nicks WR IND
Hakeem Nicks missed Giants practice Friday for personal reasons, but is listed as probable for Week 3. He'll be in the starting lineup for a cakewalk matchup with the injury-depleted Carolina secondary. Nicks played his college ball at North Carolina.
Pat Angerer listed as doubtful 09-20-2013
Pat Angerer LB ATL
Colts ILB Pat Angerer is listed as doubtful for Week 3 with a knee injury. Colts SS LaRon Landry (ankle) has been ruled out, and FS Antoine Bethea (toe) is questionable. Vernon Davis and Frank Gore are set up for big Week 3s.
Hankerson listed as questionable 09-20-2013
Leonard Hankerson WR WAS
Leonard Hankerson (groin) was added to the Redskins' Friday injury report and is listed as questionable for Week 3.

Chris Russell on Twitter
Hankerson injured the groin in Friday's practice, making it probably less than 50:50 that he'll play against the Lions. Hankerson holds very limited fantasy value despite scoring two garbage-time touchdowns in the season opener.
LaRon Landry out for Week 3 09-20-2013
LaRon Landry S IND
Colts SS LaRon Landry (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 3 at San Francisco. After a slow start, Landry's absence is more reason to believe this'll be Frank Gore's 2013 breakout performance. Landry has shown up big time on early-season tape; he's been a top-four safety per Pro Football Focus' grades.
Quinton Coples listed as probable for Week 3 09-20-2013
Quinton Coples DE NYJ
Jets OLB Quinton Coples (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 3. Coples' return upgrades arguably the NFL's most underrated defense. He'll give the Jets some pass-rushing juice as a movable "end-backer" chess piece.
John Kuhn listed as doubtful 09-20-2013
John Kuhn RB GB
Packers FB John Kuhn (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Week 3. Kuhn isn't playing, Eddie Lacy (concussion) isn't medically cleared, and Johnathan Franklin has yet to play a 2013 offensive snap, leaving James Starks as the Packers' every-down back for Sunday's affair against the Bengals.
Jermichael Finley listed as probable 09-20-2013
Jermichael Finley TE GB
Jermichael Finley (toe) is listed as probable for Week 3. He'll be all systems go for Sunday's tilt with the 1-1 Bengals.
Brandon Marshall practices fully & will play 09-20-2013
Brandon Marshall WR CHI
Brandon Marshall (back) returned to a full practice Friday and will play in Week 3 against the Steelers.

Rich Campbell on Twitter
Marshall will likely be shadowed by Steelers CB Ike Taylor -- who held A.J. Green below 50 yards and without a touchdown in Week 2 -- but leads Chicago's much-improved passing attack in targets through two weeks, and has had a lot of success in past matchups with Taylor. Lock in Marshall as a top-ten receiver play.
Gio Bernard limited as a precaution 09-20-2013
Giovani Bernard RB CIN
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis made it clear Gio Bernard (hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday and Friday "as a precaution."

Joe Reedy on Twitter
Bernard looked just fine going through drills in Friday's workout, per the eye of beat writer Joe Reedy. Bernard is coming off a two-touchdown game, but has yet to hit double-digit touches in either of the first two weeks. We like Bernard as a flex play and nothing more in Sunday's tilt with the Packers.
Dwan Edwards not expected to play 09-20-2013
Dwan Edwards DE CAR
Panthers DT Dwan Edwards is not expected to play in Week 3 against the Giants due to a thigh injury.

Joe Person on Twitter
Colin Cole is expected to get the start. Edwards graded out positively in run defense in Week 1 per Pro Football Focus, but was part of the problem as C.J. Spiller shredded the Panthers for 6.44 yards per carry last Sunday.
Colts scale back Hilton; to be game-day call 09-20-2013
T.Y. Hilton WR IND
T.Y. Hilton (groin) was held out of team drills at Colts practice Friday, and will be a game-time decision Sunday at Candlestick.

Mike Chappell on Twitter
Our guess is the Colts held Hilton out of 11-on-11s with the sole intention of resting him to play against the 49ers. They're in danger of falling to 1-2. Hilton was limited in Wednesday and Thursday's practices, so it's possible Friday was a planned day off. Stay tuned for updates into Sunday. Hilton has a favorable fantasy matchup versus a beatable San Francisco secondary.
Le'Veon Bell takes part in practice again 09-20-2013
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT
Le'Veon Bell (foot) participated in Steelers practice again on Friday, and "isn't ruling out" a Week 3 return.

Scott Brown on Twitter
Even if Bell plays Sunday night against the Bears, it would likely be in a limited role in a tought matchup. Bell owners should be excited, but can't expect to lean on him as a Week 3 start. He could be back in the fantasy mix by Week 4.
Corey Webster doubtful for Week 3 09-20-2013
Corey Webster CB NYG
Giants CB Corey Webster (hip) is listed as doubtful for Week 3. He isn't going to play, worsening an already poor Giants defense that will now have to lean heavily on its limited depth. Upgrade Steve Smith's matchup.
Kendall Wright back at Titans practice 09-20-2013
Kendall Wright WR TEN
Kendall Wright (concussion) returned to Titans practice Friday.

Jim Wyatt on Twitter
Barring a recurrence of symptoms on Saturday or Sunday morning, Wright will be in the lineup for Tennessee's Week 3 matchup with San Diego. Wright is not a recommended WR3 despite last week's seven receptions and touchdown.
Kenjon Barner ruled out for Week 3 09-20-2013
Kenjon Barner RB CAR
Panthers RB Kenjon Barner (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 3. DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert will continue to carry all the mail.
Quentin Groves to miss 4-6 weeks 09-20-2013
Quentin Groves LB HOU
Browns OLB Quentin Groves is out 4-6 weeks with a high left ankle sprain.

Nate Ulrich on Twitter
His absence will just mean more snaps for explosive first-rounder Keke Mingo behind Jabaal Sheard and Paul Kruger. Groves is an injured reserve candidate.
Ray Rice to be game-time decision vs. Texans 09-20-2013
Ray Rice RB BAL
Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed Friday Ray Rice (hip, questionable) will be a game-time decision in Week 3.

Aaron Wilson on Twitter
We won't know for sure until Sunday's inactives are announced, but our guess is Rice won't play against the Texans, allowing Bernard Pierce to push for 20-plus touches. Rice didn't get in a single practice during the week as he attempts to recover from a strained hip flexor. The Ravens will officially decide Rice's availability either on Saturday, or Sunday in a pre-game workout. Fantasy owners need to have running back alternatives lined up.
Joique Bell, Reggie Bush share practice reps 09-20-2013
Joique Bell RB DET
Although Reggie Bush (knee) returned to Lions practice Friday, he shared first-team reps with Joique Bell.

Detroit Free Press
Bush is tentatively expected to start against the Redskins, but could be on a bit of a "pitch count" with similarly effective Bell rotating in. Since Washington ranks dead last in the league in run defense, both Bush and Bell could emerge from Sunday's game as viable fantasy starts. Consider Bell more of a flex option with some upside in the event Bush reinjures his banged-up knee.
Jairus Byrd (foot) questionable for Week 3 09-20-2013
Jairus Byrd S NO
Bills FS Jairus Byrd (foot) is listed as questionable for Week 3 against the Jets. Byrd was listed as doubtful the first two weeks, so he's inching closer to a return to the field. He'll travel with the team to the Meadowlands and will likely be a game-time decision. Byrd is dealing with plantar fasciitis.
Giants want balance on offense 09-20-2013
David Wilson RB NYG
Giants OC Kevin Gilbride emphasized the team is indeed seeking balance on offense and needs more from its run game.

ESPN New York
The Giants have had a ton of preseason and early-year O-Line shakeup, but are finally rounding into shape with C David Baas healthy. Under Gilbride and Tom Coughlin, the Giants want to be a balanced offense, and not one-dimensional. They've been one-dimensional through two games, and their quarterback leads the NFL with seven interceptions, and their record is 0-2. "We're definitely going to make an effort to run," Gilbride said. "We're definitely going to do whatever we can to be as balanced as we can." Gilbride added the Giants will ride the hot hand in their Week 3 backfield: "The only thing I care about is are we moving the ball? If (starter David Wilson) is running and making yardage, then he'll get it. If he's not, then somebody else will get a chance to carry it or we'll be throwing it."
49ers OLB Aldon Smith popped for DUI Friday 09-20-2013
Aldon Smith DE SF
49ers OLB Aldon Smith was arrested early Friday morning for suspicion of driving under the influence.

Matt Maiocco on Twitter
Heath Miller sweeps the week, full again Fri. 09-20-2013
Heath Miller TE PIT
Heath Miller (knee) practiced in full Friday.

Mark Kaboly on Twitter
That's a clean sweep of the week for Miller, who was a full participant in each practice this week. His chances of suiting up for Sunday night's game against the Bears look good, though he'd likely be on a snap count.
Carl Nicks expected to play Sunday 09-20-2013
Carl Nicks OG TB
Bucs LG Carl Nicks (toe) is expected to play Sunday against the Patriots.

Rick Stroud on Twitter
It's good timing for his return because fill-in left guard Gabe Carimi will be sidelined with an illness. Nicks hasn't played in a game since Week 8 of last season. His return will be a boost for Doug Martin and the running game.
Lacy sits again on Friday, likely out Sunday 09-20-2013
Eddie Lacy RB GB
Eddie Lacy (concussion) didn't practice for the third consecutive day Friday.

Jason Wilde on Twitter
He's not going to play this week against the Bengals. Coach Mike McCarthy said Lacy would have to practice Friday to play Sunday. James Starks will get the start and the bulk of the work. Expect Lacy to be back after the Week 4 bye.
Eagles S Pat Chung's left arm in a sling 09-20-2013
Patrick Chung S NE
Eagles S Pat Chung's left arm is in a sling after he injured his shoulder in Thursday night's loss to the Chiefs.

Tim McManus on Twitter
It sounds like Chung could be sidelined for a couple weeks, though he does have ten days to heal up for Week 4. Chung has graded out as Pro Football Focus' fourth-worst safety after three games. Earl Wolff is his backup.
Ray Rice (hip) a no-go at Friday's practice 09-20-2013
Ray Rice RB BAL
Ray Rice (hip) remained sidelined at Ravens practice Friday.

Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter
Rice will head into the weekend with no practices under his belt this week. He'll be a game-time decision Sunday afternoon. Look for Bernard Pierce to carry the load against the Texans. Pierce is a legitimate RB2 for Week 3.
Dez Bryant (back) practicing on Friday 09-20-2013
Dez Bryant WR DAL
Dez Bryant (back) returned to practice Friday and was reportedly "moving a lot better."

Clarence Hill on Twitter
Bryant will likely be listed as a "limited" participant. He's going to play his full allotment of snaps Sunday against the Rams. Julio Jones burned St. Louis for 11 catches, 182 yards, and a touchdown last week.
Patrick Edwards sits again on Friday 09-20-2013
Patrick Edwards WR DET
Patrick Edwards (ankle) remained sidelined at Friday's practice.

Dave Birkett on Twitter
Expect Ryan Broyles to make his season debut Sunday against the Redskins. Edwards has three catches for 30 yards through two games this season.
Reggie Bush (knee) returns to practice Friday 09-20-2013
Reggie Bush RB DET
Reggie Bush (knee) returned to practice Friday.

Dave Birkett on Twitter
Bush sat out both Wednesday and Thursday's sessions as he recovers from a tweaked left knee. Per beat writer Dave Birkett, Bush practiced with a sleeve on his leg and showed "no signs of injury" as he was running before practice and catching passes from Matthew Stafford. Birkett also said he expects Bush to play Sunday against the Redskins. Bush isn't out of the woods yet, but it's looking like he has a pretty good shot to suit up. However, it remains unclear how big of a role he'll have. Keep checking back throughout the weekend.
Shady to get treatment on ankle, will be fine 09-20-2013
LeSean McCoy RB PHI
LeSean McCoy said he "couldn't press" on his right ankle following Thursday night's loss to the Chiefs but will "get treatment and I'll be fine."

Les Bowen on Twitter
"When it happened, the way I landed, I felt pain right away," McCoy said. "I couldn't press on it. I had that type of injury before; that's why I thought it was something serious. ... The X-rays looked good; they didn't see anything on there. I still was in pain. A couple of runs, I could feel it. ... I'll get treatment on it and I'll be fine." McCoy has ten days to heal up for Week 4.
James Casey has played just eight snaps 09-20-2013
James Casey RB PHI
Eagles H-back James Casey has played just eight snaps in the season's first three games.

Pro Football Focus
The Eagles handed Casey a three-year, $12 million contract with a $3.3 million signing bonus on the opening day of free agency. He's likely not going to see the field much unless one of Brent Celek or Zach Ertz gets injured.
Titans to use more no-huddle this week? 09-20-2013
Jake Locker QB TEN
Coach Mike Munchak said using more no-huddle offense is "maybe something we have to do more."

Nashville Tennessean
"I think there's a spot in the game where if a guy gets a feel - and Jake [Locker] gets it - we stay with it," Munchak said. "Maybe that's something we have to do more." Locker completed 7-of-8 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown on the one drive the Titans used the no-huddle last week. Tennessee went three-and-out on its seven other second-half possessions. The Titans want to be a run-first team with Chris Johnson, so we wouldn't expect them to go no-huddle too much.
Riddick ahead of Leshoure for carries? 09-20-2013
Theo Riddick RB DET
MLive.com believes Lions sixth-round RB Theo Riddick could be Joique Bell's top backup this week, ahead of Mikel Leshoure, if Reggie Bush (knee) sits out.

MLive.com
Riddick has been on the active 46-man roster for game days over Leshoure the first two weeks mainly because he contributes on special teams. OC Scott Linehan thinks Riddick has "some of the effect that maybe a Reggie might do" as a rusher and receiver out of the backfield. It's looking like Leshoure has absolutely no future in Detroit. He's a candidate to be traded ahead of October's deadline.
Redskins still trying to figure their TEs out 09-20-2013
Jordan Reed TE WAS
Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan suggested the team is still trying to figure out their tight end situation.

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Fred Davis played 51 snaps in the opener before being limited to 16 last week. Third-round rookie Jordan Reed played 29 snaps in Week 2, the most among Redskins tight ends, after playing 24 snaps in Week 1. "It's something that will be week-to-week, game-to-game," Shanahan said. "As the game went on [last week], we felt we had a better chance with Jordan there in the second half." Reed has put himself on the TE2 radar, while Davis continues to fall down the rankings.
Rex downplays report that Simms could play 09-20-2013
Matt Simms QB NYJ
Coach Rex Ryan shot down a report from earlier in the week that said backup QB Matt Simms "has some real support to play" within the Jets' organization.

ESPN New York
"Well, I think there are a lot of guys that like Simms, I don't think there's any doubt, but to say as our starting quarterback? I don't see that," Ryan said. "Again, I'm obviously saying that that couldn't happen, but we see Geno as our starting quarterback now, and that's how we see it. We like Matt -- or Phil, if you want." The Jets are going to ride or die with Geno Smith.
Joeckel struggling with mental adjustment 09-20-2013
Luke Joeckel T JAX
Jaguars first-round RT Luke Joeckel said he needs to "clear my mind and play football" and "not have the mental stuff."

Florida Times Union
Making the adjustment to the NFL is already hard enough, but on top of that Joeckel is still learning a new position. He was a left tackle in college. "I have to get over the mental errors," Joeckel said. "I've never been a Mental Error Guy but there are a lot of things going on." He's committed two false start penalties and given up two sacks and five hurries through two games.
Marcedes Lewis (calf) returned to practice 09-20-2013
Marcedes Lewis TE JAX
Marcedes Lewis (calf) returned to practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

Florida Times Union
It was Lewis' first practice since straining his calf September 4. He's not expected to play this week in Seattle, but a Week 4 return looks promising.
Giants top corner Webster battling hip injury 09-20-2013
Corey Webster CB NYG
Giants CB Corey Webster missed Thursday's practice with a hip injury.

ESPN New York
Webster wasn't on the injury report Wednesday, so this is a new injury and one to monitor. Webster is New York's top corner, though his play has fallen off considerably since the start of last season. Even if Webster plays, Sunday's matchup with the Panthers remains a juicy one for Cam Newton.
Ray Rice no longer limping, Sunday in play 09-20-2013
Ray Rice RB BAL
Ray Rice (hip) is no longer limping, and he could play this weekend against the Texans if he responds well to treatment.

Baltimore Sun
Dolphins work out four defensive linemen 09-20-2013
Marvin Austin DT DEN
The Dolphins worked out free agent DT Marvin Austin on Thursday.

Aaron Wilson on Twitter
Austin has now visited Miami, Kansas City, Seattle, and Detroit since being let go by the Giants at final cuts. The Dolphins also worked out free agent defensive linemen Jerrell Powe, Marcus Dixon, and Antonio Dixon.
Patriots work out WR David Nelson 09-20-2013
David Nelson WR NYJ
Free agent WR David Nelson worked out for the Patriots on Thursday.

Aaron Wilson on Twitter
Nelson spent the summer with the Browns but never looked fully recovered from his 2012 torn ACL. He's a possession receiver who fits best in the slot. The Patriots also worked out free agent CBs Myron Lewis and DeQuan Menzie.
McGahee to suit up for Browns on Sunday 09-20-2013
Willis McGahee RB CLE
Willis McGahee will play in Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
McGahee was just signed off the street Thursday. He didn't have a training camp and barely saw any reps in minicamp with the Broncos. The Browns are throwing him into the fire anyway. They need someone to carry the football. McGahee played in a similar system in Baltimore and will likely see 12-15 touches.
LeSean McCoy says he has sprained right ankle 09-20-2013
LeSean McCoy RB PHI
Speaking after the game, LeSean McCoy called his Week 3 injury a right ankle sprain.

Jeff McLane on Twitter
McCoy claimed it was of the high variety, but that strains belief considering he rushed for 92 yards after returning in the third quarter, and wasn't sporting a noticeable limp. Shady will undoubtedly be sore on Friday, but for now there's little reason to fret about his Week 4 status.
Eagles' Chung leaves with shoulder injury 09-20-2013
Patrick Chung S NE
Eagles S Pat Chung departed Philadelphia's Week 3 loss with a left shoulder injury in the fourth quarter, and did not return.

Geoff Mosher on Twitter
Off to a brutal start this season, Chung will be re-evaluated on Friday.
Knile Davis rushes for 25 yards in victory 09-20-2013
Knile Davis RB KC
Knile Davis rushed six times for 25 yards in Kansas City's Week 3 win over the Eagles. Davis subbed in for a gassed Jamaal Charles in the second and fourth quarters. Davis made a nice cutback for a 12-yard gain on his fist carry on the night, but mostly looked concerned with not fumbling the football. Jamaal Charles' handcuff has just 11 touches through three games.
Sean McGrath has four-catch night vs. PHI 09-20-2013
Sean McGrath TE KC
Making his first-career start, Chiefs TE Sean McGrath caught four passes for 31 yards in Kansas City's Week 3 win over the Eagles. With Travis Kelce (knee) and Anthony Fasano (ankle) both sidelined, McGrath managed to haul in all four of his targets. The only part of his game that stood out, however, was his unseemly beard. Keep McGrath quarantined to the waiver wire.
Zach Ertz has one-catch night vs. Chiefs 09-20-2013
Zach Ertz TE PHI
Zach Ertz caught one pass for five yards in the Eagles' Week 3 loss to the Chiefs. The second-round pick now has four catches for 74 yards through three games. With pass-catching tight ends not looking like a big part of Chip Kelly's offense through three games, Ertz is well off the radar in re-draft leagues.
A.J. Jenkins notches first NFL catch 09-20-2013
A.J. Jenkins WR KC
A.J. Jenkins caught one pass for six yards in Kansas City's Week 3 win over the Eagles. 511 days after being selected with the No. 30 overall pick of the 2012 draft, Jenkins has an NFL catch. There's no reason to believe his role is going to grow in the coming weeks.
Brent Celek has two-catch night vs. Chiefs 09-20-2013
Brent Celek TE PHI
Brent Celek caught two passes for 18 yards in Philadelphia's Week 3 loss to the Chiefs.
Dexter McCluster has two-touch night 09-20-2013
Dexter McCluster RB TEN
Dexter McCluster caught one pass for one yard in Kansas City's Week 3 win over the Eagles. McCluster "added" a rush for -3 yards. The fourth-year pro looked far slower than his reputation would suggest on both of his touches. He doesn't deserve a role in the offense.
Bryce Brown rushes just three times in loss 09-20-2013
Bryce Brown RB BUF
Bryce Brown rushed three times for seven yards in the Eagles' Week 3 loss to the Chiefs. He wasn't targeted in the passing game. All three of Brown's carries came as LeSean McCoy tended to a leg injury. It's a bit surprising that Brown has just 15 carries through three games, but the Eagles' run-heavy offense is eventually going to necessitate a bigger role. He remains worth a bench stash in deeper leagues.
Riley Cooper has two-catch night 09-20-2013
Riley Cooper WR PHI
Riley Cooper caught two passes for 29 yards in Philadelphia's Week 3 loss to the Chiefs. It was a pathetic night for the Eagles' stone-handed "No. 2 receiver," who committed three drops, and would have finished with only one catch had Chiefs CB Sean Smith not doubled over in cramps. Cooper is a failed experiment as an NFL receiver, but the Eagles simply have no one else to trout out.
Jason Avant has 5/87/1 night vs. Chiefs 09-20-2013
Jason Avant WR CAR
Jason Avant caught five passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' Week 3 loss to the Chiefs. Avant made a nice over-the-shoulder grab in the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and displayed his vise-like hands in the fourth, turning a tipped ball of his own making into a diving 20-yard catch. The score was just his third since 2009. Avant has a pair of ball-mitt hands, but is entirely devoid of explosion. He remains off the radar for serious fantasy players.
Donnie Avery burns Eagles for 141 yards 09-20-2013
Donnie Avery WR KC
Donnie Avery caught seven passes for 141 yards in Kansas City's Week 3 win over the Eagles. A deep threat, Avery did his damage not by beating defensive backs deep, but turning short crossing routes into after-the-catch masterpieces against the Eagles' sorry defense. The catches were his most since last Week 2 with the Colts, while the yards were his most since 2008. The evening was all the more impressive considering he was targeted only seven times. Avery had just four catches coming into Week 3, and is still little more than a WR4, at best.
DeSean Jackson held to three catches Thursday 09-20-2013
DeSean Jackson WR WAS
DeSean Jackson caught three passes for 62 yards in Philadelphia's Week 3 loss to the Chiefs. Jackson drew only seven targets, as the Eagles never got their deep game working with Michael Vick under constant harassment from the Chiefs' beastly front seven. The duo hooked up for a 40-yard gainer in the third quarter, but Jackson appeared to leave some yards on the field as he immediately went out of bounds. In his defense, he was in line for a thundering hit had he decided to fight for more yardage. With 359 yards through his first three games, there's a small chance Jackson still enters Week 4 as the NFL's leading receiver. He's a borderline WR1 who's going to put up big numbers more weeks than not in the Eagles' fast-paced offense.
Dwayne Bowe's Week 3: One catch, four yards 09-20-2013
Dwayne Bowe WR KC
Dwayne Bowe caught one pass for four yards in Kansas City's Week 3 win over the Eagles Bowe drew just four targets. Twitter was fixin' to send out a search party before noodle-armed QB Alex Smith finally found his No. 1 receiver on the Chiefs' second drive of the fourth quarter. Perhaps Bowe was well covered, but by far the biggest factor behind his near doughnut was Smith's complete unwillingness to throw the ball more than five yards down the field, or into tight coverage. It's become a running theme through the Chiefs' 3-0 start, with Bowe snagging a grand total of nine passes for 90 yards and one touchdown. He's drawn all of 15 targets. It stands to reason the Chiefs are going to start forcing the issue with their $56 million man, but for now he can't be trusted as more than a middling WR3.
Shady gashes Chiefs for 158 yards, touchdown 09-20-2013
LeSean McCoy RB PHI
LeSean McCoy rushed 20 times for 158 yards and a touchdown in Philadelphia's Week 3 loss to the Chiefs. McCoy went down with a scary looking right leg injury late in the first half, but returned after the break to pile up 92 of his yards, including a 41-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Shady was finding the seams on the Eagles' read-option plays, and is now averaging an eye-popping 6.37 yards per carry through his first 62 totes. His jump cuts are as lethal as ever. A dream fit for Chip Kelly's offense, McCoy is a weekly top-three option at running back.