Player Notes

  • Colts add Olympian Demps to practice squad
    Colts signed RB Jeff Demps to the practice squad.

    Advice: The Olympic sprinter will bide his time on the taxi squad as he waits for a spot to open up on special teams in Indy.
    Today, 3:37 pm
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  • Anthony Dixon to feature over Bryce Brown?
    WGR 550 Buffalo cautions "(not to) be surprised" if Anthony Dixon leads the Bills' running back committee this weekend.

    Advice: Ace reporter Joe Buscaglia knows "everyone is waiting for Bryce Brown to be unleashed," but says the Bills "love" Dixon. Dixon himself is under the impression that he'll be the lead man, but hard answers could be hard to come by before Buffalo takes on the Jets. Brown is the more talented player. Both backs need to be 100 percent owned in 12-14 team leagues.
    Today, 2:49 pm
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  • Ryan Mathews (MCL) still not practicing
    Ryan Mathews (MCL) remained out of Chargers practice Thursday.

    Advice: Mathews can be safely ruled out for Week 8, and isn't looking promising for Week 9, either. The Bolts will continue to roll with Branden Oliver as their bell-cow back in the interim.
    Today, 12:45 pm
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  • Donald Brown (concussion) still not cleared
    Donald Brown (concussion) remained sidelined Tuesday.

    Advice: It will be the Branden Oliver show in Thursday night's game against the Broncos. Brown remains week to week.
    Today, 12:44 pm
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  • Rice's suspension appeal set for Nov. 5-6
    Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension has been set for November 5-6.

    Advice: CBS' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday that Rice is viewed as having an "exceedingly strong" case, and could be reinstated by mid-November. Rice maintains that he didn't lie about his domestic-violence arrest in his initial interview with commissioner Roger Goodell, and believes he shouldn't have been subject to more than a six-game ban. Rice should have resolution in little more than two weeks.
    Today, 11:45 am
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  • Bills were interested in Broncos RB Bibbs
    The Broncos promoted RB Kapri Bibbs from the practice squad before he was drawing interest from the Bills.

    Advice: Bibbs' promotion raised eyebrows since the Broncos already have Montee Ball, C.J. Anderson, Juwan Thompson and Ronnie Hillman on the 53-man roster, but they didn't want to lose Bibbs to Buffalo. An undrafted rookie out of Colorado State, Bibbs is a power back at 5-foot-9, 212 pounds with 4.67 wheels. He's unlikely to get work outside special teams on Sundays.
    Today, 11:20 am
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  • Bills stash Spiller (collarbone) on IR/return
    Bills placed RB C.J. Spiller (broken collarbone) on injured reserve/designated to return.

    Advice: Spiller can resume practicing in six weeks, but won't be eligible for game action until Week 16. There's obviously a (strong?) chance the Bills are already eliminated from playoff contention by then, but they were running out of time to use their I.R./return spot. There's really no downside to stashing Spiller in the hope that he can return to a team that will be in the thick of the playoff race with two weeks to go. Spiller remains safely droppable in all re-draft leagues.
    Today, 10:58 am
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  • Bills add Tanner as running back insurance
    Bills signed RB Phillip Tanner.

    Advice: With C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson both injured, the Bills need a caddie behind Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon. A fourth-year undrafted free agent who spent 2011-13 in Dallas, Tanner has averaged 2.7 yards on 56 career carries. Even in the deepest of leagues, Tanner is a pure desperation add with almost no shot at paying off.
    Today, 10:02 am
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  • Sproles at practice, but still questionable
    Darren Sproles (knee) is practicing Tuesday.

    Advice: Sproles is ahead of schedule as he comes off a sprained MCL. However, he's not expected to participate fully in this light Tuesday session and remains questionable for Sunday's game at Arizona. Sproles was originally expected to miss 1-2 games. Of course, fantasy owners should note he is averaging just 5.5 touches per game in his last four outings anyway.
    Today, 9:15 am
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  • Giants work out RBs Felix Jones, Alex Green
    Giants worked out free agent RB Felix Jones.

    Advice: It's a standard bye-week workout, but raises some concern about Rashad Jennings' (knee) status. The Giants also worked out free agent RB Alex Green on Tuesday.
    Today, 8:46 am
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  • Denard Robinson plays heavy snaps vs. Browns
    Denard Robinson played 46-of-74 snaps in Sunday's win over the Browns.

    Advice: Storm Johnson was on the field for 10 snaps in a change-of-pace role. Jordan Todman remained Jacksonville's third-down back, getting 19 snaps. Robinson is expected to keep the starting job going forward, with Toby Gerhart likely to be a complementary option with Johnson when he returns. Robinson is one of the top waiver-adds for Week 8. He's a recommended pickup in Yahoo leagues, where he has WR eligibility.
    Today, 8:19 am
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  • Antonio Andrews getting called up
    Titans signed RB Antonio Andrews off their practice squad.

    Advice: Teams are scurrying to protect their developmental backs after a fistful of running backs got hurt Sunday. Andrews will slide in behind Bishop Sankey and maybe Shonn Greene (questionable, hamstring).
    Today, 7:55 am
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  • Reggie Bush says he'll play in London game
    Reggie Bush (ankle) said he will play in Sunday's game against the Falcons in London.

    Advice: Bush barely played in the second half of the Week 7 win over the Saints because his ankle was bothering him. He admits that he's still not 100 percent, but insists he now feels "fine." The Lions could use Bush on only a limited package of plays, especially if they get a big lead on the hapless Falcons. Joique Bell will be the far superior fantasy play.
    Today, 7:23 am
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  • Theo Riddick expects to play this week
    Theo Riddick (hamstring) expects to play in Sunday's game against the Falcons.

    Advice: Riddick missed his chance while Reggie Bush (ankle) was hobbled. With Bush expected to play this week in London, Riddick likely won't have much of a role.
    Today, 7:21 am
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  • Terrance West was benched against Jaguars
    Terrance West was benched after failing to pick up a first down on a pair of second-quarter carries in Sunday's loss at Jacksonville.

    Advice: West was actually playing ahead of Isaiah Crowell to open the game. He had room to run in both critical short-yardage situations, but tried to do too much. "I missed it," he said. "Wish I could get it back. ... I know I've got limited reps. So I know when I'm in a game, I'm trying to get a big play." On Monday, coach Mike Pettine lamented trying to get three running backs into the rotations. We wouldn't be surprised if West goes back to healthy scratch status this week, leaving Crowell to pick up all the work behind Ben Tate against the Raiders.
    Today, 6:45 am
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  • Whaley thought Brown had star potential
    Bills GM Doug Whaley traded for Bryce Brown because he felt the former Eagle had the potential to be a star.

    Advice: Whaley gave up a fourth-round pick to get Brown this summer, relatively steep compensation by NFL standards. Note that Brown was the unquestioned No. 1 high school player in the country coming out, getting compared to Reggie Bush by Lane Kiffin. He has 4.48 speed at 6'0/220 and is excellent in the pass game. As the Buffalo News speculates, Brown will at worst be a "co-feature back" with Anthony Dixon while Fred Jackson (groin) is out. He's a plug-n-play RB2 with potential to stick in the C.J. Spiller role even once F-Jax returns. Just note that the Bills face the Jets' rugged run defense this week and then have a bye in Week 9.
    Today, 5:43 am
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  • Report: Pierre Thomas (shoulder) out 2-3 wks
    According to NFL Network, Pierre Thomas (shoulder) will miss 2-3 weeks.

    Advice: Thomas, currently third on the Saints in both catches and rush attempts, sustained the injury during Sunday's narrow loss at Detroit. The earliest he'll return is likely Week 10, as the Saints play on Thursday night in Week 9. It opens up a nice window for Khiry Robinson to get a bump in snaps and Travaris Cadet to get on the PPR radar. Cadet's role was expanding a bit even before Thomas' injury, as he has 15-129-1 through the air over the last three weeks while exclusively playing in the pass game.
    Today, 5:22 am
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  • Blount totals 17 yards on eight touches
    LeGarrette Blount rushed for nine yards on seven carries in the Steelers' Week 7 win over the Texans.

    Advice: Blount added one catch for eight yards. He mixed in to handle some change-of-pace carries when Le'Veon Bell split out wide or needed a breather. Blount continues to see a handful of weekly carries, but even that's too much.
    Yesterday, 9:12 pm
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  • Blue totals 25 yards, TD on six touches
    Alfred Blue rushed for 14 yards on five carries and caught an 11-yard touchdown in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers.

    Advice: Blue was the vulture on the opening-drive 11-yard score after Arian Foster managed 59 rushing yards to get the Texans near the goal line. Foster is an every-down back, leaving just a handful of touches for Blue weekly, but Blue is one of the top handcuffs to own thanks to Foster's recent injury history.
    Yesterday, 9:09 pm
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  • Tre Mason leads STL RBs in snaps
    Tre Mason led Rams running backs by playing on 27-of-51 snaps in Sunday's win over the Seahawks.

    Advice: Benny Cunningham played 19 snaps and Zac Stacy got one. It's clear that Mason has surged to the front of the pile here as the most talented natural runner and is a must-add, but there are major concerns -- most notably in the form of game flow. Mason is a zero in the pass game, which we know is a red flag when a team gets behind. See Andre Williams, Alfred Morris and even Marshawn Lynch for evidence of that. The Rams next five games are at KC, at SF, at ARZ, vs. DEN, at SD.
    Yesterday, 9:15 am
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