Player Notes

  • No change in Dennis Pitta's (hip) status
    Ravens coach John Harbaugh had no update on TE Dennis Pitta's (hip) status.

    Advice: Pitta is eligible to start practicing on October 19, but whether he will be healthy enough to participate remains a mystery. "He's been working really hard to get himself ready to play," Harbaugh said. "What form that takes when the time comes will be up to him and his family and the medical people involved. Those conversations are taking place and I'm looking forward to seeing what the decisions are just like everybody else." Pitta has played just seven games since 2012 because of two surgeries on his right hip. It would be surprising if Pitta plays a snap this season. Today, 8:41 am
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  • Antonio Gates will have big role immediately
    ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams expects TE Antonio Gates to have a big offensive role in his first game back from suspension.

    Advice: "Don't expect limited touches for Gates," Williams said. "He returned to Chargers Park from his four-game suspension in shape and ready to resume a leading role in San Diego's offense." Gates had 98 targets including 19 red-zone opportunities last season. He should be an immediate touchdown threat and is low-end TE1 against a Steelers' defense which gave up four touchdowns to tight ends Week 1 against the Patriots. Today, 8:10 am
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  • Broncos cut FB/TE James Casey
    Broncos released FB/TE James Casey.

    Advice: Casey was active for three games, but played 19 snaps in an H-back role. The Broncos needed Casey's roster spot with LE Derek Wolfe returning from suspension. Yesterday, 5:18 pm
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  • Marcedes Lewis (knee) gets probable tag
    Marcedes Lewis (knee) is probable for Week 5 against the Bucs.

    Advice: Lewis practiced in full the last two days. He's coming off his best game last week, catching 5-of-8 targets for 40 yards. Lewis should start with Julius Thomas (hand) questionable, but will have a limited blocking role when Thomas returns. Yesterday, 4:49 pm
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  • Brandon Pettigrew set to return Sunday
    Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) is probable for Week 5 against the Cardinals.

    Advice: With Eric Ebron sidelined, Pettigrew will have an every-down role after missing the last three games. Tim Wright will serve as Detroit's move tight end. Yesterday, 3:39 pm
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  • 49ers rule out Vernon Davis (knee) for Week 5
    Vernon Davis (knee) has been ruled out for Week 5 against the Giants.

    Advice: Davis was thought to be on track to return after practicing on a limited basis, but won't play for the second straight week. It's a missed opportunity against a Giants secondary that's struggled with tight ends. Garrett Celek will get the start and makes for a viable TE1 streamer for owners in desperate spots. Yesterday, 1:42 pm
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  • Eric Ebron ruled out
    Eric Ebron (knee) has been ruled out for Week 5.

    Advice: Ebron was seen running off to the side of Friday's practice, but he didn't take part. He should be considered questionable to return in Week 6. Yesterday, 1:07 pm
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  • Travis Kelce (groin) listed as probable
    Travis Kelce (groin) is probable for Week 5 against the Bears.

    Advice: Kelce was added to the injury report Wednesday but hasn't missed any practice time. Among tight ends, only Rob Gronkowski has produced most yards this season. He's an every-week TE1. Yesterday, 12:55 pm
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  • Crockett Gillmore (calf) sitting out Week 5
    Crockett Gillmore (calf) is out for Week 5 against the Browns.

    Advice: He was never expected to play this week. His absence should open up a few more targets for backup tight ends Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle. Yesterday, 12:10 pm
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  • Charles Clay listed as probable
    Charles Clay (calf) is listed as probable for Week 5.

    Advice: With Sammy Watkins (calf) out last week, Clay tied Martellus Bennett for the NFL lead among tight ends in targets, seeing 13. Clay should be all systems go against the Titans and is a recommended fantasy TE1 play. Yesterday, 11:51 am
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  • Jordan Reed out for Week 5
    Jordan Reed (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 5.

    Advice: With a long history of concussions, Reed is still in the league's protocol. Derek Carrier and Anthony McCoy will handle tight end duties against the Falcons. Yesterday, 9:53 am
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  • Julius Thomas questionable for Week 5
    Julius Thomas (hand) is listed as questionable for Week 5 against the Bucs.

    Advice: Nobody is expecting Thomas to make his season debut this week. He's still yet to gain clearance to play, though he was allowed to start catching passes this week. More than likely, Thomas will be back Week 6 against Houston. Yesterday, 8:14 am
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  • Daniel Fells battling serious case of MRSA
    Giants TE Daniel Fells (foot, I.R.) remains hospitalized with MRSA and will undergo a fifth surgery this weekend.

    Advice: Fells felt ill last weekend and was admitted to the hospital when it was revealed he had a case of staph infection. As MRSA is difficult to treat because it resists common antibiotics, it has a tendency to spread. The Giants scrubbed their entire facility this week. Fells' career and long-term health are in jeopardy. Yesterday, 6:56 am
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  • Dwayne Allen catches 21-yard pass vs. HOU
    Dwayne Allen caught his lone target for 21 yards in Indianapolis' Week 5 win over the Texans.

    Advice: Allen played heavy snaps, but primarily as a blocker. His main fantasy impact was denting Coby Fleener's. Oft injured and catching fewer passes than ever, Allen is tumbling from the TE2 ranks. Thursday, 9:31 pm
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  • Coby Fleener bottled up for two catches
    Coby Fleener caught 2-of-3 targets for nine yards in Indy's Week 5 win over the Texans.

    Advice: A returning Dwayne Allen drew only one target, but Fleener and Allen found themselves losing snaps to Jack Doyle, who somehow drew two looks. Time and again, Fleener has been a viable TE1 in Allen's absence, but time and again, that value has disappeared once Allen returned. Fleener is an end-of-bench stash in 12-14 team leagues. Thursday, 9:28 pm
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  • Jacob Tamme (concussion) practicing in full
    Falcons TE Jacob Tamme (concussion) is practicing in full for Week 5.

    Advice: Tamme won't be a viable TE2 against the Redskins. Thursday, 1:38 pm
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  • Seferian-Jenkins still not practicing for TB
    Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) remains sidelined at Bucs practice.

    Advice: Seferian-Jenkins suffered a strained shoulder Week 2 and was given a 4-6 week timetable. He's still probably a week or two away, at best. Brandon Myers will continue to fill in at tight end, while Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, Charles Sims, and Louis Murphy gobble up all the pass-game targets in Tampa Bay. Wednesday, 11:03 am
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  • Falcons cut TE Mickey Shuler
    Falcons released TE Mickey Shuler.

    Advice: With Jacob Tamme (concussion) sidelined, Shuler saw 21 snaps against the Texans in Week 4. Tony Moeaki will take Shuler's spot on the active roster. Tuesday, 10:40 am
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  • Falcons re-sign TE Tony Moeaki
    Falcons signed TE Tony Moeaki.

    Advice: With Jacob Tamme dealing with a concussion, the Falcons needed some depth at tight end. Moeaki has spent the last month recovering from an ankle injury. He'll back up Levine Toilolo. Tuesday, 10:35 am
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  • Jimmy Graham goes 4-29 in Week 4 win
    Jimmy Graham caught 4-of-5 targets for 29 yards in the Seahawks' Week 4 win over the Lions on Monday night.

    Advice: Graham had one catch for six yards at halftime and didn't catch his second pass until the fourth quarter. Graham was funneled the ball last week, posting a 7-83-1 line, but went back to being an afterthought in this anemic pass offense Monday. He's going to have ups and downs throughout the season with very little predictability. Graham will be a highly-volatile TE1 next week in Cincinnati. Through four games with his new team, Graham is on pace to post an uninspiring 72-696-8 line. Monday, 9:12 pm
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