- OAK: Raiders RB Latavius Murray (foot) ‘doubtful’ for Week 5
- SD: Chargers shutdown CB Jason Verrett (partial ACL tear) to have surgery on knee, season over
- ARI: Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (concussion) out for Week 5
- CIN: Bengals TE Tyler Eifert suffered a setback, ‘status now uncertain’
- CHI: Bears place WR Kevin White on IR with a fractured fibula
- BAL: Ravens want to throw the ball downfield more often
- BAL: Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon ‘should be 1-2’ in Week 5
- PHI: Eagles RB Ryan Mathews is healthy, remains the starter
OAK: Raiders RB Latavius Murray (foot) ‘doubtful’ for Week 5
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 10:02pm
Adam Schefter – [Full Article]
Raiders’ RB Latavius Murray wants to play Sunday vs SD, but a foot injury makes it doubtful for now that he will be able to, per sources.
If he’s out, DeAndre Washington would move up to the RB2 ranks in a nice matchup with the Chargers. Jalen Richard would serve as his primary backup.
SD: Chargers shutdown CB Jason Verrett (partial ACL tear) to have surgery on knee, season over
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 5:00pm
Adam Schefter – [Full Article]
Chargers’ CB Jason Verrett told Eric D Williams that he will have surgery on his torn ACL and his season is over. Another blow to SD.
It’s another blow to the Chargers, who have been ravaged by injury. San Diego becomes a much more favorable matchup for opposing receivers.
ARI: Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (concussion) out for Week 5
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 3:27pm
NFL.com – [Full Article]
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer will not play Thursday night versus the San Francisco 49ers.
Drew Stanton will make his first start of the season.
Palmer suffered a concussion on Sunday in a loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Coach Bruce Arians said Palmer made progress in recovery, but won’t travel with the team out of precaution.
With Palmer out, Drew Stanton will get the start. In eight starts for the Cardinals in 2014, he averaged 203 passing yards with 0.75 touchdowns and 0.63 interceptions, so he doesn’t look like much of a streaming option even in a pretty good matchup with a mediocre San Francisco pass defense. Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown all take a hit in the rankings.
CIN: Bengals TE Tyler Eifert suffered a setback, ‘status now uncertain’
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 2:23pm
Adam Schefter – [Full Article]
Bengals TE Tyler Eifert suffered setback at practice this week, not practicing today, status now uncertain, sources tell Kat Terrell and me.
Terrell added that Eifert was “noticeably limping in the locker room” on Monday, so this doesn’t sound good. Owners are unlikely to have Eifert available this week, and his recovery will take longer than originally expected.
CHI: Bears place WR Kevin White on IR with a fractured fibula
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 1:26pm
Ian Rapoport – [Full Article]
The Bears are placing WR Kevin White on Injured Reserve with a high-ankle sprain and fracture. Eligible to return in 8 weeks.
An eight-week timeline means that White can be cut in most formats. Eddie Royal looks to be the best bet to step up in White’s absence. Royal played 52% of the snaps in Week 4 (with White playing 59%, prior to the injury), catching seven passes for 111 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. He’ll be a Sneaky Start this week against the Colts. Consider him an untrustworthy low-end WR3/WR4, depending on the matchup. White’s absence also frees up extra targets for Alshon Jeffery and Zach Miller.
BAL: Ravens want to throw the ball downfield more often
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 11:54am
ESPN – [Full Article]
The Baltimore Ravens envisioned Joe Flacco firing soaring, deep shots to Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman, moving the offense briskly down the field and keeping defenses on their heels.
Through the first quarter of the season, the Ravens’ passing attack has been anything but dynamic. It’s been dink-and-dunk.
Flacco has thrown the second-most passes under five yards this season and ranks 30th in the NFL with an average of 6.3 yards per pass attempt. This style of conservative offense frustrates one of the strongest-armed quarterbacks in the NFL.
“We just make it so tough on ourselves,” Flacco said. “We throw the ball 50 times, and we only have 300 yards. You know, we have to move the ball down the field so methodically.”
Part of the problem has been giving Flacco time to throw deep. He was under pressure for 17 pass attempts Sunday, which led the league.
This is good news for Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman, who serve as the Ravens’ primary deep threats, but it’s one thing to have intent and it’s another to follow through successfully with that intent.
BAL: Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon ‘should be 1-2’ in Week 5
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 11:41am
Jeff Zrebiec – [Full Article]
Barring a setback in practice this week, Ravens rookie Kenneth Dixon in line to make NFL debut Sunday. Terrance West and Dixon should be 1-2.
West earned the starting nod, at least for now, with the 21-carry, 113-yard, 1-TD effort against the Raiders. The performance took some of the wind out of Dixon’s upside, but he’s still a quality stash as this backfield sorts itself out. Dixon is considered to be the future starter in Baltimore, though West is doing everything he can to change that narrative.
PHI: Eagles RB Ryan Mathews is healthy, remains the starter
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 11:36am
Zach Berman – [Full Article]
Eagles RB Ryan Mathews will maintain his role as starting RB. He’s healthy, Doug Pederson said.
Mathews experienced soreness in both of his ankles in Week 3, rushing only twice for -5 yards against the Steelers. He found the endzone three times in the first two games, but only played 29% of the snaps in Week 2 (when he had nine carries for 32 yards and two touchdowns against the Bears). Wendell Smallwood looked pretty good (17 carries, 79 yards, TD) against Pittsburgh, while Kenjon Barner also found the end zone (eight carries, 42 yards, TD) against the Steelers. Darren Sproles also has 22 touches over the past two games, so this is shaping up to be a full-blown committee with Mathews the most likely to see the most carries.
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