Player Notes

  • Roethlisberger (knee) not targeting Week 7 return
    Ben Roethlisberger (knee) said he is not targeting Week 7 against the Chiefs for his return.

    Advice: CBS reported Monday that Roethlisberger was targeting an Oct. 25 return, but he says that's not the case. "We know that people like to just speculate and say things," Roethlisberger said during his weekly radio show. "That did not come from me, the Steelers or any of our doctors." Roethlisberger is week to week. We wouldn't be stunned to see him return in Week 7, despite his words to the contrary. Yesterday, 1:52 pm
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  • Panthers on board with Newton's running pace
    Panthers OC Mike Shula is "OK" with the fact that Cam Newton is on pace for 172 rushes this season.

    Advice: That would be a new career high by 45, and one of the highest rushing totals by a quarterback in NFL history. It exposes Newton to injury, but Shula knows it's one of his best bets at moving the ball for a team that barely has a receiver corps. It's excellent news for fantasy owners as long as Newton can stay on the field. Yesterday, 1:51 pm
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  • Luck: I'm preparing to start Thursday's game
    Andrew Luck (shoulder) says he's "preparing to start" Thursday's game against the Texans.

    Advice: Luck added that's he not just preparing, but expects to play. It's encouraging, but there was optimism about his Week 4 status, as well. The reports on his Thursday preparation have been mixed. The Colts might ultimately decide their franchise player could use another 10 days of rest, saving him for the rest of the regular season while not further risking his health. His status will be updated in the next 24 hours, likely multiple times. Yesterday, 1:40 pm
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  • Matt Hasselbeck (illness) not at practice
    Matt Hasselbeck missed Tuesday's practice because of an illness.

    Advice: Andrew Luck (shoulder) took most of the first-team reps. It's looking like Luck will make his return against Houston on Thursday night. Hasselbeck did a nice job versus Jacksonville (30-of-47, 282 yards, one touchdown) but probably won't be needed in Week 5. Yesterday, 12:43 pm
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  • Stafford throws for 203 scoreless yards in loss
    Matthew Stafford completed 24-of-35 passes for 203 scoreless yards in Detroit's Week 4 loss to the Seahawks on Monday night.

    Advice: The Lions got nothing going on offense all night until the final drive of the game that ended with Calvin Johnson fumbling what should have been an 11-yard touchdown at the goal line and through the back of the end zone for a touchback. Stafford simply had nowhere to go with the ball much of the night despite the Detroit line not allowing any sacks and giving him time to throw. Stafford has now failed to throw for 300 yards in seven-straight games, the longest streak of his career. Through four games, he's on pace for a pitiful 20:20 TD:INT ratio. The 0-4 Lions will look for their first win in a home date with the Cardinals Week 5. Monday, 8:42 pm
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  • Seahawks survive despite Wilson's two fumbles
    Russell Wilson completed 20-of-26 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown in the Seahawks' 13-10, Week 4 win over the Lions on Monday night.

    Advice: He added 40 rushing yards on 10 attempts, but Wilson also lost two fumbles, one of which was returned for a touchdown to make it 13-10 in the fourth quarter. Seattle was lucky to escape this one with a win. The Lions didn't show up on offense for much of the night, but their defense played extremely tough against a Marshawn Lynch-less offense. Wilson was sacked six times behind what has been an awful offensive line through four games. Wilson left the pocket a number of times Monday night, trying to create plays with his feet. He didn't make many memorable plays after a nice 24-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin. With a quarter of the season in the books, Wilson is on pace for a meager 20: TD:INT ratio and 708 scoreless rushing yards. Seattle heads to 4-0 Cincinnati in Week 5. Monday, 8:33 pm
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  • Payton believes Brees came out 'fine'
    Saints coach Sean Payton said Monday he believes Drew Brees (shoulder) emerged from Sunday night's win over Dallas feeling "fine."

    Advice: Brees himself was a bit more evasive when asked about his health, but he posted 359 passing yards and two touchdowns against the Cowboys, while dealing 41 attempts. Based on a one-game sample size, it appears Brees has the capability of being effective even if he's well short of 100 percent. The Saints will visit the Eagles this week. New Orleans' bye is not until Week 11. Monday, 2:48 pm
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  • Kap on pace to take 56 sacks
    Colin Kaepernick is on pace to absorb 56 sacks this season.

    Advice: Kaepernick took a league-high 52 sacks last year. While coach Jim Tomsula said Monday he is considering making changes on the 49ers' offensive line, many of the sacks are on Kaepernick, whose pocket management is among the worst in football these days. RT Erik Pears, RG Jordan Devey, and C Marcus Martin have all been major early-season liabilities on the line. Monday, 1:44 pm
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  • Texans sticking with Mallett at quarterback
    The Texans are sticking with Ryan Mallett at quarterback.

    Advice: Mallett has played as poorly as a quarterback can play this season, but coach Bill O'Brien knows Brian Hoyer offers similarly little hope. Still, a mid-game benching for Mallett seems more likely than not against the Colts on Thursday. Mallett simply has zero feel for what an NFL quarterback is supposed to do. Both Hoyer and Mallett are turnover machines, but Hoyer has a (slightly) better overall game. Monday, 11:25 am
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  • Colts release QB Josh Johnson
    Colts released QB Josh Johnson.

    Advice: Johnson was signed on Saturday. His release is an obvious indication that the Colts expect Andrew Luck to be ready for Thursday night's game against the Texans. Monday, 10:22 am
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  • Terrelle Pryor visiting 49ers on Monday
    Free agent WR Terrelle Pryor is visiting the 49ers on Monday.

    Advice: Pryor has committed to playing wide receiver and is likely working out in that capacity for the 49ers, but his visit is interesting considering how terrible Colin Kaepernick has been the last two weeks. Pryor has had several workouts since being released by the Browns in early September but has yet to find a home. Monday, 8:41 am
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  • O'Brien says Hoyer played because of blowout
    Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Brian Hoyer replaced Ryan Mallett at quarterback Week 4 because the team was making "some substitutions."

    Advice: The Texans were down 42-0 when Hoyer entered the game. Hoyer quickly engineered three touchdown drives to make the score look more respectable, much like Ryan Mallett did to win the starting job Week 1. With the Texans playing on Thursday night, it would not be surprising if O'Brien decides to stick with Mallett for another week, but the reality is it does not matter. Neither quarterback is the long-term answer. Monday, 6:13 am
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  • Weeden throws for 246 yards, TD in loss
    Brandon Weeden completed 16-of-26 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 4 loss to the Saints.

    Advice: The Cowboys continued to hide Weeden behind conservative playcalling, leading to another game of mostly check downs. Most of Weeden's yards came on a 67-yard third-quarter pass to a wide open Brice Butler. Weeden has two straight losses since taking over for Tony Romo, but is playing without much of a supporting cast. Weeden isn't a Week 5 streaming option against the Patriots. Sunday, 9:17 pm
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  • Teddy Bridgewater throws for 269 yards
    Teddy Bridgewater completed 27-of-41 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota's 23-20, Week 4 loss to the Broncos, adding three rushes for 23 yards.

    Advice: It was easily Bridgewater's best start of the season, but he was undone by shaky protection. Under siege from Denver's elite front seven, Bridgewater took seven sacks for 57 yards. Bridgewater wasn't holding onto the ball too long, he simply didn't have time. Bridgewater was gutsy all afternoon, hanging in the pocket and picking up some really tough yardage on his runs. With 25 percent of the season in the books, the sophomore is on pace for 3,096 yards, eight touchdowns and eight picks. The TD rate will obviously pick up, but Bridgewater is merely a low-end QB2 in Minnesota's run-first offense. Sunday, 4:38 pm
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  • Derek Carr throws two touchdowns in loss
    Derek Carr completed 20-of-33 passes for 196 yards, two touchdowns and an interception Week 4 against the Bears.

    Advice: Carr made a beautifully placed throw to Amari Cooper in the back of the end zone for the first touchdown and hooked up with Roy Helu in the flat for a short score later in the second quarter. The interception was not Carr's fault. It bounced right off the chest of Latavius Murry and into the hands of Pernell McPhee. Murray fumbled a pitch later in the game. Carr played well in the loss, but he will not be a recommended option when the Broncos come to town next week. Sunday, 3:10 pm
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  • Sam Bradford finds his form in Week 4 loss
    Sam Bradford completed 15-of-28 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles' Week 4 loss to the Redskins.

    Advice: After struggling through a first half which saw the Eagles run just 20 plays, Bradford found his deep-passing arm in the second half. Bradford connected with Riley Cooper and Miles Austin on two deep touchdowns and just missed on a third to Jordan Matthews. He also threaded a pass to Matthews down the seam in the third quarter and had a bullet of a touchdown pass to Zach Ertz called back at the end of the second quarter. The Eagles lost, but Bradford's performance in the second half despite a constant pass rush from the Redskins at least gives reason for hope. After four games, Bradford is on pace for 3,792 yards, 24 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Sunday, 2:35 pm
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  • Bortles throws for 298 yards, TD in loss
    Blake Bortles completed 28-of-50 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 4 loss to the Colts.

    Advice: He added four carries for 31 yards. With Vontae Davis shadowing Allen Robinson, Bortles targeted Allen Hurns 15 times, with his touchdown coming on an eight-yard pass to Hurns in the second quarter. Bortles set the Jaguars up for two game-winning field goals, but both were missed. He continued to look erratic in stretches, completing just 56 percent of his passes. Bortles should be avoided as a streaming option in Week 5 against the Bucs. Sunday, 1:54 pm
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  • Andy Dalton throws for 321 yards, touchdown
    Andy Dalton completed 17-of-24 passes for 321 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' Week 4 win over the Chiefs.

    Advice: He added 16 yards on three scrambles. Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard hogged the touchdowns in this one -- they scored four, combined -- but Dalton remained extremely sharp, completing 10-of-10 passes for 179 yards to begin the game, and effectively managing it the rest of the way as Cincinnati nursed big leads. Despite his hot start, Dalton has not quite earned locked-in QB1 treatment against the Seahawks in Week 5. Through four weeks, Dalton is on pace for a 36:4 TD-to-INT ratio. Sunday, 1:42 pm
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  • Tyrod Taylor stalls in Week 4 loss to Giants
    Tyrod Taylor completed 28-of-42 passes for 274 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Bills' 24-10, Week 4 loss to the Giants.

    Advice: He only managed 15 rushing yards on six carries. Taylor and the Bills got off to a painfully-slow start with multiple three-and-outs in the first half. He had just 36 yards passing at the half with his interception coming on a sideline shot to Charles Clay, but was picked off by Giants SLB Devon Kennard. Taylor got things off the ground a bit after the break, but also had two touchdowns called back on penalties. The first was an impressive 31-yard scramble score that was whistled for holding. Taylor later hit Clay down the middle for a 32-yard score, but it was called back on a chop block. The Bills were penalized 17 times Sunday. Through four games, Taylor is on pace for a 32:16 TD:INT ratio and another four scores on the ground. Taylor will remain a QB1 for Week 5 at the Titans. Sunday, 1:40 pm
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  • Ryan Tannehill crumbles in embarrassing loss
    Ryan Tannehill completed 19-of-44 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while running once for four yards in the Dolphins' Week 4 loss to the Jets.

    Advice: Tannehill looked rattled from the start, often overthrowing his receivers and forcing balls into tight windows. He was especially uncomfortable when the Jets started peppering him with corner blitzes. His fourth quarter interception, a lazy pass to Jarvis Landry that was easily picked by Darrelle Revis, was the nail in Miami’s coffin. To this point, Tannehill has looked like a glorified version of Alex Smith, struggling on deep throws and relying heavily on screens and short slants. As pathetic as Tannehill looked on Sunday, he’s still quick enough to extend plays and should be in for a much better game against Tennessee when the Dolphins come out of the bye. Tannehill might have a new coach by then. Sunday, 10:53 am
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