Originally posted: October 30, 2017
49ers trade for QB Jimmy Garoppolo
Monday, October 30, 2017, 8:25pm
Major QB shakeup: 49ers trading 2018 2nd-round draft pick to New England for Patriots’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo, sources tell ESPN.
In two starts in 2016, Garoppolo completed 42 of 59 passes (71.2% completion) for 496 yards (8.40 yards per attempt) with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He was the most coveted backup quarterback in the league and he’ll get his chance to start for a good offensive-minded coach in Kyle Shanahan. He’s a must-pickup in two-quarterback and super flex formats. His arrival is a boost for the entire offense, especially Pierre Garcon and George Kittle. It may take him a couple of weeks to get up to speed, but he should be in the starting lineup sooner rather than later.
Seahawks trade for Texans LT Duane Brown
Monday, October 30, 2017, 7:18pm
Duane Brown is on the move.
The veteran tackle has been traded to the Seattle Seahawks, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
ESPN first reported the news.
Brown returned last week from a prolonged holdout. Now he’ll be getting up to speed with a new team, which he coincidentally just faced on Sunday.
Related players: Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls
Brown held out for seven weeks before his return this week. There was a report the Seahawks were going to trade TE Jimmy Graham for Brown, but that was not the case and Seattle still got their guy. Brown should prove to be a nice upgrade at the position. Rawls and Lacy combined for 12 runs for just minus-one yard against the Texans.
Panthers TE Greg Olsen expects to play in November
Monday, October 30, 2017, 6:58pm
The Panthers have struggled to find an identity on offense this season, which should be as expected since they lost their most consistent player.
But the good news is, they could be getting Greg Olsen back on the field in the next month.
Via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, Olsen tested his surgically repaired foot Monday, what they hope is a first step toward a return.
Olsen said he went outside “and moved around a little bit.” Olsen is eligible to start practicing now, but the team is going to work him back gradually, the story said. His target date is Nov. 26 against the Jets.
Titans WR Corey Davis (hamstring) ‘feeling good’
Monday, October 30, 2017, 6:53pm
The bad news for Titans receiver Corey Davis is his hamstring injury kept him out of the past five games.
The good news is he’s on the verge of returning, and he has fresh legs.
“It felt good. It felt real good,” Davis said after stepping off the practice field Monday. “It’s been a long time coming, and it’s felt good to knock the rust off and be out there with my team.
“I have real fresh legs. I am feeling good.”
Davis is starting to find homes off the waiver wire in fantasy leagues, and if he’s still out there in your league he may be worth a stash. He was limited Monday at practice and isn’t a lock to play in Week 9. When he does return, it may take time for him to get back up to speed. But owners keep remembering the 6-69-0 line he put up in Week 1 on 10 targets.
Cowboys WR Cole Beasley in concussion protocol
Monday, October 30, 2017, 6:49pm
The Cowboys aren’t trading Cole Beasley, but they might not have the wide receiver this week.
Beasley entered concussion protocol after hitting the back of his head on the ground in the third quarter of the Cowboys’ victory over Washington.
“Bease had a concussion during the game,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday. “But he was here this morning, and he seemed good. So we’ll take his situation day-by-day.”
Related players: Ryan Switzer
Switzer replaced Beasley in the game, but may not hold a ton of fantasy value. After leading the team in catches last year, Beasley has just 18 for 141 yards this season.
Skins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) may not play Week 9
Monday, October 30, 2017, 6:43pm
Redskins coach Jay Gruden said if he had to guess now, tight end Jordan Reed won’t play Sunday after hurting his hamstring.
Related players: Vernon Davis
Reed was hurt in the first half Sunday. He seems to be a popular topic on our Discuss Your Team forum where owners are skeptical of owning him for his injury past. Now it looks like owners will again be without Reed. Although it’s tough to have two TEs on your roster, owning Reed and Davis makes for less headaches, especially now with the Skins past their bye week.
Titans TE Delanie Walker (ankle) doesn’t practice Monday
Monday, October 30, 2017, 6:39pm
Titans TE Delanie Walker (ankle) does not practice.
Walker escaped with a bone bruise to his ankle back on Week 7 and the hope was, with the bye last week, he’d be ready to go in Week 9. This will be a situation to monitor for owners as the week goes on.
Ravens will have RB decisions to make
Monday, October 30, 2017, 6:36pm
Ravens probably won’t be able to keep Alex Collins, Javorius Allen, Terrance West, Danny Woodhead and Bobby Rainey, so a decision or two will have to be made.
Zrebiec added in tweets the both Woodhead and West could practice this week. Woodhead won’t be back until at least Week 11, after the team’s bye. Zrebiec in yet another tweet said Harbaugh feels Collins deserves more chances, so he seems to be the safest option to own right now in the Ravens backfield.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco (concussion) could return Week 9
Monday, October 30, 2017, 6:32pm
Harbaugh said that Joe Flacco has a good chance of playing Sunday.
Flacco, of course, took a big hit against the Dolphins. Zrebiec added tweets that said Flacco has been in the building every day and is expected to take part in meetings. He also added Flacco has “zero” concussion symptoms.
Ravens RB Alex Collins to get more chances
Monday, October 30, 2017, 6:28pm
Harbaugh said he expects Alex Collins to get more and more opportunities going forward.
Related players: Javorius Allen
Collins had 20 touches last week against the Dolphins, including 18 rushes for 113 yards. He also caught his first two balls on the season. The 20 touches is the most he’s had this year, collecting 12, 15 and 10 touches from Week 5-7.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders expects to play Week 9
Monday, October 30, 2017, 6:23pm
Emmanuel Sanders believes he is a week away and will play in Philly next week.
Of course, that means he won’t play tonight on MNF against the Chiefs. Palmer’s tweet added that original timetable was 6 weeks so next week puts him back before that mark.
Bears update TE Zach Miller status
Monday, October 30, 2017, 2:37pm
Successful surgery to TE Zach Miller to repair a torn popliteal artery was performed immediately on Sunday by University Medical Center New Orleans’ vascular surgeons to stabilize his injury.
We reported several outlets that said doctors were trying to save Miller’s leg, so it was obviously a very scary and serious situation. The tweet said Miller is still in the hospital for further evaluation.
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman has shoulder injury
Monday, October 30, 2017, 2:32pm
Dan Quinn said a few players might be limited on Wednesday, but he doesn’t think anyone will be out. Devonta Freeman will be limited.
Related players: Tevin Coleman
Reports say the injury is a stinger. But according to the tweet it shouldn’t keep Freeman from playing in Week 9.
QB Jay Cutler to return to Dolphins Week 9
Monday, October 30, 2017, 1:13pm
Jay Cutler will return to the Miami Dolphins’ starting lineup on Sunday night against the Oakland Raiders, according to coach Adam Gase. But whether the 11-year veteran quarterback can awaken what Gase called the “worst offense in football” remains a question, especially considering he might be limited due to a rib injury.
Cutler isn’t off to a good start with seven touchdowns, five interceptions, and a 78.8 passer rating that ranks 28th in the NFL. And now he must deal with an injury, the severity of which remains unclear. The good news is the team should also get back WR DeVante Parker in Week 9 as well.
Dolphins expect WR DeVante Parker (ankle) to play Week 9
Monday, October 30, 2017, 1:06pm
The Miami Dolphins expect wide receiver DeVante Parker to play in Sunday night’s primetime game against the Oakland Raiders, barring a setback in practices this week, according to sources.
Parker, who has missed the past three games with an ankle injury, will get his first significant practice work since the first week of October, the story said. Dolphins players are off until Tuesday and will begin practice preparations for the Raiders on Wednesday.
Jags RB Leonard Fournette (foot) practices Monday
Monday, October 30, 2017, 1:04pm
Jags RB Leonard Fournette practiced with position groups on Monday.
Fournette was reportedly close to playing in Week 7 before the team’s Week 8 bye. Seems like he’ll be able to play in Week 9. The Jags have an early game against the Bengals this week.
Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) practices Monday
Monday, October 30, 2017, 1:02pm
WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) was practicing inside the field house today.
Shepard tweaked his ankle before Week 7 and didn’t play, so this could be a good sign he’ll be able to go in Week 9. Shepard could jump right into the team’s No. 1 WR role. The Giants have an early game against the Rams in Week 9.
Payton: Saints will rely on WR Willie Snead down the stretch
Monday, October 30, 2017, 12:59pm
Sean Payton said Willie Snead is someone the Saints will rely on down the stretch. He also mentioned they had hoped to get him more snaps yesterday.
Snead didn’t play in Week 7 and had just four snaps this past Sunday. He certainly isn’t a safe play until we see signs of more consistent playing time. Owners may want to think about going another direction at this point as the Saints don’t have much of a reason to change their depth chart at WR.
O’Brien: RB Alfred Blue practicing better than D’Onta Foreman
Monday, October 30, 2017, 12:55pm
Donta Foreman had no carries Sunday as he was replaced by Alfred Blue. Both Texans coach Bill O’Brien and Foreman insisted that his reduction in status had nothing to do with him walking out Friday.
O’Brien said Blue had practiced better than Foreman.
Related players: Lamar Miller
Foreman and DeAndre Hopkins both skipped practice on Friday, but Hopkins had a monster game against the Seahawks, while Foreman played just one snap. This is something to keep an eye on, especially for Miller owners who are interested in having his handcuff. Strangely, since Week 2, Foreman averaged over 10 touches a game before getting none in Week 8.
Bengals WR John Ross wasn’t part of game plan
Monday, October 30, 2017, 10:54am
For those waiting to see what Cincinnati Bengals first-round pick John Ross can do, it could be a while.
Ross was a non-factor in his first game back since his injury in Week 2 and played only six offensive snaps against the Colts. He has played a total of 11 snaps this season.
“John got to dress [Sunday] because I chose to suit him up, and Cody [Core] couldn’t go,” said Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. “He’ll continue to practice and get an opportunity as it goes. But he was not part of the plan going into the game.”
Ross, who has been nursing a knee injury, finally got back on the field after practicing for the past two weeks. However, even though the Bengals were down two receivers due to Core’s and Tyler Boyd’s injuries, the Bengals still had five receivers active between A.J. Green, Brandon LaFell, Alex Erickson, Josh Malone, and Ross.
Bears TE Zach Miller had artery damage in knee
Monday, October 30, 2017, 10:52am
Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller underwent urgent vascular surgery at a New Orleans area hospital Sunday night to repair artery damage in his dislocated knee, according to an ESPN report Monday morning.
Miller suffered the gruesome injury in the third quarter of the New Orleans Saints’ win over the Bears at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Bears medical staff placed Miller on a cart after the injury, and he immediately went to a local hospital.
ESPN reported the surgery was an “effort to save his injured leg,” so this was obviously a very serious situation.
Bears Beat: Team needs TE Adam Shaheen to step up quickly
Monday, October 30, 2017, 8:44am
Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller’s knee injury Sunday opens the door for rookie Adam Shaheen to become a factor in the passing game.
Shaheen is making the tricky transition from Division II college football to the NFL, but he’s a second-round pick. And high picks are expected to contribute immediately.
Shaheen has only one reception, a 2-yard touchdown catch, in eight games. That needs to change in a hurry, the story said. All the physical traits are there. Shaheen is 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, and perfectly built to catch passes inside the red zone. Granted, the Bears offense doesn’t reach the red zone all that often, but they should use Shaheen more when they do.
Bucs Beat: QB Jameis Winston’s shoulder has team in predicament
Monday, October 30, 2017, 8:38am
The real question is, how productive can Jameis Winston still be with this sprained AC joint in his right throwing arm as the season wears on? How many more days of practice will he miss? He missed two last week after taking another jarring hit against the Buffalo Bills and two the week before. For an offense that failed to score a touchdown this week and, as Winston said repeatedly, “I’ve got to get better,” it’s tough to do that on one day of practice per week.
“Well as I mentioned earlier in the week, that’s not ideal,” HC Dirk Koetter said. “But again, that’s where you have to rely on all the work Jameis put in in the offseason, puts in after practice. I still don’t think this will be an every week, all-season thing. But, that’s just my opinion. I’m not the medical guy and I don’t know what happened. If he’s hurt from today, I don’t know that yet.”
It was one of the most inaccurate performances of his career and the first time in 39 starts he failed to account for a TD. While there was also a lot of wind during the game, Winston had just two attempts from outside the pocket, the story said. It went on to say the team is hesitant to roll Winston out of the pocket because of his shoulder.
Saints Beat: Mark Ingram fumbles could open door for Alvin Kamara
Monday, October 30, 2017, 8:32am
Sean Payton loves and trusts Mark Ingram, as evidenced by the Saints’ decision to ship Adrian Peterson out of town earlier this month.
However, there is one thing that could block Ingram’s path to redemption. Or, rather, one rookie running back Payton also has developed a love and trust in: Alvin Kamara.
Kamara finished out the game after Ingram fumbled twice in the fourth quarter. But the story said Payton knows he’s going to need Ingram if the Saints are going to make a playoff run. However, one more thing the story pointed out was how Ingram’s two fumbles in last year’s loss to Kansas City opened the door for more work for Tim Hightower over the next few weeks before Ingram eventually re-established himself as the lead man.
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