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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports J.J. Watt underwent back surgery on Thursday and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

This was the fear and expectation all along since it was revealed on Tuesday that Watt re-injured his back. It's believed to be a recurrence of the herniated disk that Watt needed surgery for in the offseason. The Texans will need more from former No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus.
Sep 29 - 11:01 PM

Kamar Aiken (thigh) returned to Ravens practice Thursday, getting in a "full" session.

Aiken will be good to go for Week 4, but has fallen off the map in the Ravens' receiver corps. He has three catches for 19 yards.
Sep 29 - 7:53 PM

Redskins CB Josh Norman is not expected to shadow Terrelle Pryor on Sunday.

Pryor is coming off a monster game, but has five inches on the 6-foot-0 Norman. He's also used all over the alignment. "We’re still working on our game plan now and (Pryor's) all over the place," coach Jay Gruden said. "Team defense is gonna have to take him away, somebody different every time possibly." Gruden lays out the situation pretty accurately. Pryor is an upside WR2.
Sep 29 - 7:51 PM

Dolphins SLB Koa Misi (neck) and WLB Jelani Jenkins (groin) are inactive for Week 4 vs. the Bengals.

The Dolphins' already thin run defense figures to offer even less resistance to Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. Spencer Paysinger is filling in for Misi, Donald Butler for Jenkins.
Sep 29 - 7:22 PM

Tyler Lockett (knee) remained "limited" in Thursday's practice.

Lockett will be good to go against the Jets' burnable secondary. He's a risk/reward WR4.
Sep 29 - 7:16 PM

Jimmy Graham (knee) was downgraded to "DNP" in Thursday's practice.

Graham was limited on Wednesday. It's unclear if Graham tweaked something or the Seahawks are just managing his reps after he played 47 snaps against the 49ers. Friday will obviously tell the story. Graham is just a mid-range TE2 when active.
Sep 29 - 7:15 PM

Bengals declared CB Dre Kirkpatrick, TE Tyler Eifert, WR Cody Core, CB KeiVarae Russell, OG Christian Westerman and DT DeShawn Williams inactive for Week 4 vs. the Dolphins.

Darqueze Dennard will slide into the starting lineup for Kirkpatrick. It's a concern for a defense that's been surprisingly leaky vs. the pass thus far.
Sep 29 - 7:11 PM

Tyler Eifert (ankle) is inactive for Week 4 vs. the Dolphins.

Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah will once again split snaps. Eifert is expected to return for Week 5.
Sep 29 - 7:08 PM

Miami LB Donald Butler will start at strong-side linebacker on Thursday night with Koa Misi (neck) ruled out.

In addition, the Dolphins will be scaling back CB Byron Maxwell's involvement this week. The Miami defense has struggled early in the 2016 season and will face Andy Dalton in Week 4 after taking on Cody Kessler, Jimmy Garoppolo, and an injured Russell Wilson. Dalton has taken a league-high 12 sacks through three games, but the Dolphins D/ST is still a risky bet in fantasy leagues on Thursday night.
Sep 29 - 7:07 PM

The Dolphins have announced Damien Williams as their Week 4 starter at running back.

Jay Ajayi was the closest thing the Dolphins had to a nominal "starter" in Arian Foster's absence, but the Dolphins are going to give Williams a whirl after Ajayi and Drake were ineffective in Week 3. Isaiah Pead should also be involved. Despite the "starter" tag, Williams is best avoided in fantasy leagues. The same goes for Ajayi, Pead and Drake.
Sep 29 - 7:06 PM

The Dolphins have announced Damien Williams as their Week 4 starter at running back.

Coach Adam Gase is sending shockwaves through his team, benching starters on both sides of the ball. Not that Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake were actual starters. A four-man committee between Williams, Drake, Ajayi and Isaiah Pead remains likely. The situation should be avoided at all costs for fantasy purposes. Williams won't see more than 10-12 touches, and even that might not happen.
Sep 29 - 7:02 PM

Dolphins declared LT Branden Albert (ankle) inactive for Week 4 vs. the Bengals.

LG Laremy Tunsil, drafted in the first round as a tackle, will kick over to the blindside. Albert was a game-time decision, and should be back for Week 5. Also inactive for the Dolphins are RB Arian Foster, C Mike Pouncey, C Anthony Steen, LB Jelani Jenkins, LB Koa Misi and TE Jordan Cameron. With Pouncey and Steen sidelined, the Dolphins are down to their third-string center.
Sep 29 - 6:58 PM

Texans reserve RB Jonathan Grimes will be sidelined "roughly a month" with a cracked fibula.

Grimes had been running as the Texans' No. 3 running back. At this time, he doesn't appear headed to injured reserve. His absence creates an opening for rookie Tyler Ervin, whose NFL career is off to a very rough start thanks to special teams miscues.
Sep 29 - 6:34 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are scaling back CB Byron Maxwell's snaps for Week 4.

NFL.com's Mike Garofolo reports Maxwell has been outright benched, and that Tony Lippett will start opposite rookie Xavien Howard. Maxwell's dismal Eagles play has carried over to Miami, where he's been one of the league's worst corners on 244 snaps. A second-year fifth-rounder, Lippett is also a disaster waiting to happen. He hasn't played a defensive snap this season. Miami's secondary is a massive trouble spot.
Sep 29 - 6:32 PM

Matt Forte (knee) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

The Jets were just managing Forte's reps on Wednesday. He'll be good to go as an RB2 against the Seahawks' typically elite defense.
Sep 29 - 6:25 PM



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