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Brandin Cooks (ankle) officially probable 10-09-2015
Brandin Cooks WR NO
Brandin Cooks (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 5. Cooks was limited Wednesday, but practiced in full the last two days. He'll continue to play through his ankle issue. Cooks is Rotoworld's No. 28 receiver for Week 5.
Saints LT Armstead (knee) out for Week 5 10-09-2015
Terron Armstead T NO
Saints LT Terron Armstead (knee) has been ruled out for Week 5. Armstead hasn't practiced since going down last week. It's a downgrade to the entire Saints' offensive line, with rookie Andrus Peat expected to start on Drew Brees' blindside. Amstead is the No. 2 overall tackle in PFF's rankings.
Randall Cobb (shoulder) listed probable 10-09-2015
Randall Cobb WR GB
Randall Cobb (shoulder) is listed as probable for Week 5. The Packers limited Cobb in practice after he played through a setback last week. His Week 5 status was never in doubt. Cobb is a high-end WR1 for Sunday's matchup with the Rams.
Vernon Davis (knee) ruled out for Week 5 10-09-2015
Vernon Davis TE SF
Vernon Davis (knee) has been ruled out for Week 5 against the Giants. Davis was 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 against tight ends. Garrett Celek will continue to start.
Andre Ellington (knee) probable for Week 5 10-09-2015
Andre Ellington RB ARZ
Andre Ellington (knee) is probable for Week 5 against the Lions.

Darren Urban on Twitter
After missing three games with a sprained PCL, Ellington is finally expected to play this week. Unfortunately, the absence allowed Chris Johnson to solidify himself as the starter. Until Johnson falters, Ellington will be little more than a low-end RB3.
Alfred Blue has turf toe injury 10-09-2015
Alfred Blue RB HOU
Alfred Blue is dealing with a turf toe injury.

Aaron Wilson on Twitter
Coach Bill O'Brien characterized Blue as "day to day" at his Friday presser. It doesn't sound like something that will cost Blue any games, but it could hinder his on-field effectiveness. Blue is one of the Texans' three rotating backups behind Arian Foster, along with Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes.
Fred Jackson listed as questionable 10-09-2015
Fred Jackson RB SEA
Fred Jackson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 5 against the Bengals. It's possible F-Jax will be available in case of emergency against the Bengals, but players who try to play through high ankle sprains generally aren't very effective. With Marshawn Lynch formally ruled out, Thomas Rawls should be the Seahawks' every-down back with FB Derrick Coleman changing the pace.
Thomas Rawls will start against Cincinnati 10-09-2015
Thomas Rawls RB SEA
Thomas Rawls will draw another start in place of Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) Sunday against the Bengals. Rawls was bottled up for just 48 yards against the Lions in Week 4 but his high volume was encouraging (17 carries). With Fred Jackson (ankle) listed as questionable, Rawls could be in for an even bigger workload this week. That makes him a high-upside RB2 against Cincinnati.
Seahawks rule out Marshawn Lynch for Wk 5 10-09-2015
Marshawn Lynch RB SEA
The Seahawks have ruled out Marshawn Lynch (calf, hamstring) for Week 5 against the Bengals.

Field Yates on Twitter
Demaryius Thomas (neck) probable for Week 5 10-09-2015
Demaryius Thomas WR DEN
Demaryius Thomas (neck) is probable for Week 5 against the Raiders.

Andrew Mason on Twitter
A neck injury has limited Thomas' practice availability the past few days but he should be good to go for Sunday's game in Oakland. Thomas went for 108 yards on 11 catches the last time he visited the Black Hole.
Davante Adams listed as questionable 10-09-2015
Davante Adams WR GB
Davante Adams (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 5. Adams did little to no practice work this week, and looks to be on the doubtful end of his questionable tag. Once Adams is announced as inactive, Ty Montgomery will take his place in three-wide sets versus the Rams.
Eric Ebron ruled out 10-09-2015
Eric Ebron TE DET
Eric Ebron (knee) has been ruled out for Week 5. 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.
Shorts, Washington both Q marks for Week 6 10-09-2015
Cecil Shorts WR HOU
Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Friday that Cecil Shorts (shoulder) has a better chance to return than Nate Washington (hamstring) in Week 6 against the Jaguars.

Aaron Wilson on Twitter
O'Brien only said Shorts "might" play against Jacksonville, however, indicating that it's possible the Texans could continue to be without their Nos. 2 and 3 receivers. If you're expecting DeAndre Hopkins' absurd target totals to "regress," you can go ahead and stop that now.
O'Brien says Clowney (foot) should be fine 10-09-2015
Jadeveon Clowney DE HOU
Texans coach Bill O'Brien said OLB Jadeveon Clowney (foot) should be fine for Week 6 against the Jaguars.

Tania Ganguli on Twitter
Clowney was seen wearing a walking boot on his right foot after Thursday's loss to Indianapolis but O'Brien insists the injury isn't serious. The former No. 1 overall pick has earned PFF's sixth-highest 3-4 outside linebacker grade out of 48 qualifiers this season.
Travis Kelce (groin) listed as probable 10-09-2015
Travis Kelce TE KC
Travis Kelce (groin) is probable for Week 5 against the Bears.

Terez Paylor on Twitter
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.
Albert Wilson listed as questionable 10-09-2015
Albert Wilson WR KC
Albert Wilson (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Week 5. Wilson was a limited practice participant all week. He was also limited-questionable last week, and did not suit up against the Bengals. Even when healthy, Wilson may have been passed by rookie Chris Conley.
Crabtree probable for Broncos in Week 5 10-09-2015
Michael Crabtree WR OAK
Michael Crabtree (ankle) is probable for Week 5 against the Broncos.

Scott Bair on Twitter
He missed Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury but returned the following day. Crabtree has enjoyed a renaissance year. Right now, he's on pace for his first 1,000-yard season since 2012.
Titans expect 'more & more' of Green-Beckham 10-09-2015
Dorial Green-Beckham WR TEN
Titans GM Ruston Webster expects rookie Dorial Green-Beckham to play "more and more" as the season moves along.

Paul Kuharsky on Twitter
The Titans are coming off a Week 4 bye, which should have served as an opportunity for Ken Whisenhunt to upgrade Green-Beckham's involvement, and reduce the perennially ineffective Harry Douglas'. On Friday, Webster called Green-Beckham "clearly a difficult matchup for people." With Marcus Mariota showing very well, Green-Beckham has WR2 upside for the fantasy stretch run.
Latavius Murray (shoulder) is probable 10-09-2015
Latavius Murray RB OAK
Latavius Murray (shoulder) is probable for Week 5 against the Broncos.

Scott Bair on Twitter
He's been limited at practice this week. Denver has allowed the eighth-fewest rushing yards in the league on a per game basis, which certainly lowers Murray's ceiling for Week 5.
Texans name Hoyer 'new' starting quarterback 10-09-2015
Brian Hoyer QB HOU
Coach Bill O'Brien announced Friday that the Texans will move forward with Brian Hoyer as their starting quarterback.

Aaron Wilson on Twitter
A week too late, of course. Ryan Mallett was so bad that he isn't even worth discussing in this space. Hoyer has at least shown signs of being able to generate offense, compiling a 5:2 TD-to-INT ratio through three appearances (one start) while completing over 62 percent of his throws. He gives the Texans their best chance to get the ball consistently to DeAndre Hopkins, which at this stage is Houston's lone means of passing offense. Hoyer should be scooped up in two-quarterback leagues with Jacksonville, Miami, and Tennessee's weak defenses next up on the schedule before a Week 9 bye.
Kenny Britt misses practice with swollen knee 10-09-2015
Kenny Britt WR STL
Kenny Britt missed Friday's practice with a swollen knee but is probable for Week 5 against the Packers.

Jim Thomas on Twitter
It doesn't sound like anything to be too concerned about. Britt followed up a 100-yard effort against Pittsburgh in Week 3 with a goose egg last week against the Cardinals. Despite his inconsistency, Britt leads the team with 183 receiving yards, though Jared Cook and Tavon Austin have both been targeted more times.
Steve Smith listed as doubtful 10-09-2015
Steve Smith WR BAL
Steve Smith Sr. (back) is listed as doubtful for Week 5. Coach John Harbaugh ruled out Smith earlier in the week. Still, the doubtful tag this week suggests Smith is tentatively on track to return in Week 6.
Byron Maxwell (quad) probable for Sunday 10-09-2015
Byron Maxwell CB PHI
Eagles CB Byron Maxwell (quad) is probable for Week 5 against the Saints.

Jimmy Kempski on Twitter
Maxwell bruised his quad in Sunday's loss to Washington but has practiced in full this week. Receivers have been lighting Maxwell up on a weekly basis this year so his presence might actually help the Saints.
T.J. Carrie out for Week 5 10-09-2015
Travis Carrie CB OAK
Raiders CB T.J. Carrie (chest) is not expected to play in Week 5.

Vic Tafur on Twitter
He's easily Oakland's top corner. With Carrie out in last week's loss to the Bears, the Raiders were forced to trot out DFS moneymaker David Amerson at cornerback. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders will go to work this week.
Crockett Gillmore (calf) sitting out Week 5 10-09-2015
Crockett Gillmore TE BAL
Crockett Gillmore (calf) is out for Week 5 against the Browns. 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.
Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) probable for Sunday 10-09-2015
Lorenzo Taliaferro RB BAL
Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) is probable for Week 5 against the Browns. Taliaferro missed Wednesday's practice but was back a day later. He'll get a handful of carries behind starter Justin Forsett.
Mychal Kendricks ruled out for Week 5 10-09-2015
Mychal Kendricks LB PHI
Eagles ILB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 5. With Kendricks and Kiko Alonso (knee) both ruled out against the Saints, the Eagles will start DeMeco Ryans and rookie Jordan Hicks at inside linebacker.
Ty Sambrailo out for Week 5 10-09-2015
Ty Sambrailo T DEN
Broncos LT Ty Sambrailo (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 5. Ryan Harris struggled in Sambrailo's place at left tackle against Minnesota last week, but Sambrailo himself wasn't doing any better. Michael Schofield did hold up well at right tackle and will get another start against Oakland.
Julio Jones officially questionable for Week 5 10-09-2015
Julio Jones WR ATL
Julio Jones (toe, hamstring) is questionable for Week 5 against the Redskins.

Master Tesfatsion on Twitter
Jones has shown up on the injury report several times this year but has yet to miss a game. We'd expect that trend to continue in Week 5. Only Houston's DeAndre Hopkins has logged more receiving yards than Jones this season.
Charles Clay listed as probable 10-09-2015
Charles Clay TE BUF
Charles Clay (calf) is listed as probable for Week 5. 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.
Kiko Alonso (knee) won't play in Week 5 10-09-2015
Kiko Alonso LB PHI
Eagles ILB Kiko Alonso (knee) is out for Week 5 against the Saints.

Zach Berman on Twitter
As expected. Alonso hasn't practiced since aggravating his surgically repaired knee in Week 2. He should be back in about a month.
Cody Latimer (groin) will sit out Week 5 10-09-2015
Cody Latimer WR DEN
Broncos WR Cody Latimer (groin) is out for Week 5 against the Raiders.

Mike Klis on Twitter
He hurt his groin in last week's win over Minnesota. Latimer has barely registered this year with just two catches for 23 yards. We doubt he would have made an impact had he played this week.
Victor Cruz ruled out for Week 5 10-09-2015
Victor Cruz WR NYG
Victor Cruz (calf) has been ruled out for Week 5. Cruz remains out indefinitely with no known timetable for return.
Turbin (ankle) won't be available Sunday 10-09-2015
Robert Turbin RB CLE
Robert Turbin (ankle) said he will not be active for Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter
Turbin is coming off a high-ankle sprain and will need at least one more week of practice before he's game-ready. Duke Johnson and Isaiah Crowell will split carries again Sunday at Baltimore.
Jermon Bushrod (concussion) ruled out for Week 5 10-09-2015
Jermon Bushrod OT CHI
Bears LT Jermon Bushrod (shoulder/concussion) is out for Week 5 against the Chiefs.

Jeff Dickerson on Twitter
It's his second straight absence. Charles Leno will continue to start at left tackle. Leno was a major liability against Oakland last week and could be in for another rough game against elite pass-rusher Justin Houston.
Sammie Lee Hill ruled out for Week 5 10-09-2015
Sammie Lee Hill DT TEN
Titans NT Sammie Lee Hill (knee) has been ruled out for Week 5. Slow to recover from MCL surgery, Hill has yet to play a snap this season. Al Woods and rookie Angelo Blackson have been filling in at nose tackle.
Stevie Johnson misses another practice 10-09-2015
Steve Johnson WR SD
Stevie Johnson (hamstring) sat out Friday's practice.

Tom Krasovic on Twitter
He wasn't able to practice this week after tweaking his hamstring against the Browns in Week 4. We wouldn't expect to see him Sunday against Pittsburgh. Keenan Allen, Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates would all see more targets in his absence.
Alshon in danger of missing 4th straight game 10-09-2015
Alshon Jeffery WR CHI
The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs agrees it "certainly looks like" Alshon Jeffery (questionable, hamstring) is in line to miss his fourth straight game.

Brad Biggs on Twitter
Expected to play against the Chiefs to begin the week, Jeffery practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday before missing Friday's session. That constitutes a downgrade, and indicates Jeffery might have suffered yet another setback. Jeffery has battled calf and hamstring injuries all season long. With Eddie Royal (knee) also missing practice all this week, Martellus Bennett is set up for a boatload of targets at Kansas City, while Marquess Wilson may be forced into the Bears' top-wideout role.
Jacoby Jones (ankle) returns to practice 10-09-2015
Jacoby Jones WR SD
Jacoby Jones (ankle) returned to practice on Friday.

Tom Krasovic on Twitter
It's his first practice since suffering a sprained ankle in Week 1. The special teams ace won't be much of a factor in San Diego's passing game.
Matt Cassel will be active against Patriots 10-09-2015
Matt Cassel QB DAL
Matt Cassel told ESPN's Ed Werder he'll be active Sunday against the Patriots.

Ed Werder on Twitter
It's the first time he's been active since the Bills traded him to Dallas. The expectation is that Cassel will be the No. 2 quarterback behind starter Brandon Weeden. Former Lion Kellen Moore is also on the Cowboys' roster.
Sean Lee (concussion) cleared to play Sunday 10-09-2015
Sean Lee LB DAL
Cowboys WLB Sean Lee (concussion) has been cleared to play Sunday against the Patriots.

Todd Archer on Twitter
He missed the second half of last week's game with a concussion but has practiced the last two days without any issues. Lee owns PFF's second-highest 4-3 outside linebacker grade this season. That's out of 31 qualifiers.
Pettigrew (hamstring) expected to play Sunday 10-09-2015
Brandon Pettigrew TE DET
Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) is expected to play Sunday against the Cardinals.

Adam Caplan on Twitter
He hasn't seen the field since Week 1. Pettigrew won't see many targets from Matthew Stafford but his blocking presence should help the Lions' running game, which has struggled to this point.
Antrel Rolle listed as doubtful 10-09-2015
Antrel Rolle S CHI
Bears SS Antrel Rolle (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Week 5. It's an upgrade to the matchup for all Chiefs skill position players. Rolle was off to a strong start this season, and is one of only a handful of truly impactful defenders on Chicago's roster.
Quinn: Tevin Coleman to play against Redskins 10-09-2015
Tevin Coleman RB ATL
Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Friday he expects Tevin Coleman (ribs) to return Sunday against the Redskins.
Quinn said Friday that LB Justin Durant (elbow) is "out," and Coleman is "in." Coleman won Atlanta's starting tailback job out of camp, but Devonta Freeman's touchdown-scoring binge in Coleman's two-week absence has earned Freeman the lead back role for the foreseeable future. We'd guess Freeman sees around 20 touches against Washington, with Coleman mixing in for 5-8.
Joique Bell admits ankle flaring up 10-09-2015
Joique Bell RB DET
Joique Bell admitted Friday that his ankle is "flaring up" after undergoing surgery on it in March.

Kyle Meinke on Twitter
The surgery clearly didn't fix Bell's issues; he admitted to experiencing pain in the ankle "all year," which has limited his effectiveness and will keep him out of Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Ameer Abdullah will be Detroit's lead back with Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner behind him. Joique has been droppable in 12- and 14-team leagues for several weeks at this point.
Cutler (hamstring) draws the questionable tag 10-09-2015
Jay Cutler QB CHI
Jay Cutler (hamstring) is questionable for Week 5 against the Chiefs.

Dan Wiederer on Twitter
He's been limited at practice this week. Cutler isn't 100 percent but that shouldn't stop him from suiting up Sunday against Kansas City. His fantasy value would get a major boost if Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) returns to the lineup this week.
John Miller listed as probable 10-09-2015
John Miller G BUF
Bills RG John Miller (groin) is listed as probable for Week 5. Miller suffered a groin injury in late September. His return is not necessarily good news for Buffalo's offensive line. Through three appearances, Miller has a bottom-four grade among 74 qualified guards at Pro Football Focus.
Eddie Royal (ankle) listed as questionable 10-09-2015
Eddie Royal WR CHI
Eddie Royal (ankle) is questionable for Week 5 against the Chiefs.

Jeff Dickerson on Twitter
He's been practicing on a limited basis. Royal has showed up on the injury report every week but has yet to miss a game. His offensive contributions have been minimal to this point (18 catches for 120 yards and one touchdown).
Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) misses practice 10-09-2015
Alshon Jeffery WR CHI
Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) sat out Friday's practice and is questionable for Week 5 against the Chiefs.

Jeff Dickerson on Twitter
Jeffery was a limited participant at practice on Wednesday and Thursday, so it's not a good sign that he wasn't available on Friday. He hasn't appeared in a game since Week 1. Jay Cutler (hamstring) and Eddie Royal (ankle) are also questionable for Sunday's game in Kansas City.
Sammy Watkins on playing: 'I don't know' 10-09-2015
Sammy Watkins WR BUF
Sammy Watkins (questionable, calf) continued to express uncertainty Friday when asked about his Week 5 availability.
Players who are genuinely preparing to play on game day usually express more confidence than this. "I don't know whether I'm going to play or not," Watkins said, "but if it's an emergency, if I need to play, I think I'll play." Notice that Watkins stated he would probably only play in an "emergency." Per beat writer Mike Rodak, Watkins only participated in "three or four" practice reps on Friday. Watkins appears to be on the doubtful side of his questionable tag, and even if he suits up would be difficult to trust in a fantasy lineup.
Shady McCoy has a 'Grade 2' hamstring pull 10-09-2015
LeSean McCoy RB BUF
LeSean McCoy has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring pull.

Vic Carucci on Twitter
It's more significant than a Grade 1 pull, which would've rendered McCoy day to day. On Friday, McCoy said he anticipates missing 3-4 weeks, and he believes he "made it worse" by trying to play through the injury early this season. We may not see Shady back in action until after the Bills' Week 8 bye.
Robert Turbin (ankle) questionable for Week 5 10-09-2015
Robert Turbin RB CLE
Robert Turbin (ankle) is questionable for Week 5 against the Ravens.

Nate Ulrich on Twitter
Turbin has been working his way back from a high-ankle sprain. Coach Mike Pettine remarked that Turbin looked healthy at practice this week but was also a little rusty. Turbin won't get a big workload even if he gets the green light for Sunday.
Hartline (ribs, thigh) listed as questionable 10-09-2015
Brian Hartline WR CLE
Brian Hartline (ribs, thigh) is questionable for Week 5 against the Ravens.

Nate Ulrich on Twitter
Hartline hasn't practiced since suffering a rib injury and a bruised thigh in last week's loss to San Diego. The veteran has only caught eight balls for 123 yards this season. He's not on the fantasy radar.
Joe Haden (finger) questionable for Sunday 10-09-2015
Joe Haden CB CLE
Browns CB Joe Haden (finger) is questionable for Week 5 against the Ravens.

Scott Petrak on Twitter
He's been a limited participant at practice all week. Coach Mike Pettine said he'd meet with Haden to discuss his status on Saturday. If Haden can't play, Pierre Desir would get another start at left corner.
Jadeveon Clowney wearing a walking boot 10-09-2015
Jadeveon Clowney DE HOU
Jadeveon Clowney was seen wearing a walking boot on his right foot.

Aaron Wilson on Twitter
If the injury happened against the Colts on Thursday night, we didn't see it. Clowney was moving fine throughout his 35 snaps and actually had one of the best games of his career. We'll have more info on Clowney's condition as soon as it becomes available.
Sammy Watkins questionable for Week 5 10-09-2015
Sammy Watkins WR BUF
Sammy Watkins (calf) is questionable for Week 5 against the Titans. Coach Rex Ryan said Watkins has looked good in his return to practice this week and hopes to get him back for Sundays game. Watkins will be someone to track heading into Sunday. If active, he'll have WR3 value.
Jeremy Hill probable for Week 5 10-09-2015
Jeremy Hill RB CIN
Jeremy Hill (knee) is probable for Week 5 against the Seahawks. Hill was limited in practice all week but is ready to go. This will likely be a "Hill game," as opposed to a Giovani Bernard one, but the numbers don't point to Hill having much success. Cross your fingers for a touchdown.
Karlos Williams officially ruled out for Week 5 10-09-2015
Karlos Williams RB BUF
Karlos Williams (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 5 against the Titans. As has LeSean McCoy (hamstring), leaving Anthony Dixon and newly-signed Dan Herron atop the depth chart, with Cierre Wood brining up the rear. Dixon will likely get the start, but he and Herron are expected to split carries against the Titans. Williams should be held onto in all fantasy leagues.
Jordan Reed out for Week 5 10-09-2015
Jordan Reed TE WAS
Jordan Reed (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 5. 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.
DeSean Jackson ruled out for Week 5 10-09-2015
DeSean Jackson WR WAS
DeSean Jackson (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 5 against the Falcons. Jackson returned to individual drills this week but sat out Friday's practice and needs at least another week to recover after going down in Week 1. Jamison Crowder and Ryan Grant will work behind No. 1 receiver Pierre Garcon.
Redskins to be without Culliver for Week 5 10-09-2015
Chris Culliver CB WAS
Redskins RCB Chris Culliver (knee) has been ruled out for Week 5 agains the Falcons. Julio Jones owners salivate. The Redskins will be without both Culliver and LCB DeAngelo Hall (toe), leaving nickel CB Bashaud Breeland atop the depth chart, followed by Justin Rogers and Will Blackmon. After Jones' quiet 4-38 line in Week 4, it could be back to a monster day for the NFL's leading receiver.
Lions likely to be without DT Ngata Week 5 10-09-2015
Haloti Ngata DT DET
Lions DT Haloti Ngata (calf) remained sidelined at practice Friday. He hasn't practiced at all this week after getting hurt in last Monday night's loss to Seattle. If Ngata can't play, the Lions will be without both he and DT Tyrunn Walker, who broke his leg Monday. It'd be a plus for Chris Johnson.
Packers to get RT Bulaga back Week 5 10-09-2015
Bryan Bulaga T GB
Packers RT Bryan Bulaga (knee) is expected to return Week 5 against the Rams.
Bulaga absolutely sped through his recovery from a sprained MCL and torn meniscus suffered in Week 2. He was initially expected to miss six weeks. Asked if Bulaga, who returned to practice this week, would play Sunday, coach Mike McCarthy said, "So far, so good. Yes." Don Barclay will head back to the bench.
Crockett Gillmore still not practicing Friday 10-09-2015
Crockett Gillmore TE BAL
Crockett Gillmore (calf) remained sidelined at practice Friday.

Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter
He hasn't practice since going down in Week 3. Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle will continue to fill Gillmore's shoes Week 5 against the Browns.
Ebron running off to the side at practice 10-09-2015
Eric Ebron TE DET
Eric Ebron (knee) was running off to the side at Friday's practice.
Ebron isn't going to play this week, but word around the Lions is that Ebron could be back sooner than the three-week timetable he provided to ESPN's Josina Anderson. Brandon Pettigrew and Tim Wright will man tight end Sunday.
Joique Bell not practicing again Friday 10-09-2015
Joique Bell RB DET
Joique Bell (ankle) remained sidelined at Friday's practice.

Dave Birkett on Twitter
He's not going to play Week 5 against the Cardinals. Ameer Abdullah will get another start and be backed up by between-the-tackles-type Zach Zenner, with Theo Riddick getting work as a pass-game specialist. Bell is week-to-week.
Julius Thomas questionable for Week 5 10-09-2015
Julius Thomas TE JAX
Julius Thomas (hand) is listed as questionable for Week 5 against the Bucs. 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.
Denard Robinson not returning for Week 5 10-09-2015
Denard Robinson RB JAX
Denard Robinson (knee) is doubtful for Week 5 against the Bucs. Still recovering from a sprained MCL, Robinson has been out since getting hurt Week 2. He should be nearing a return within the next couple weeks.
Marqise Lee doubtful for Week 5 vs. Bucs 10-09-2015
Marqise Lee WR JAX
Marqise Lee (hamstring) is doubtful for Week 5 against the Bucs. He's not going to play. Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are locked in as Jacksonville's top two receivers. Bryan Walters has played sparingly as the No. 3.
Karlos Williams misses another practice Friday 10-09-2015
Karlos Williams RB BUF
Karlos Williams (concussion) remained sidelined at Bills practice Friday.

Joe Buscaglia on Twitter
That's three consecutive missed practices for Williams as he struggles to get through the league's concussion protocol. He's virtually certain to miss Sunday's game against the Titans. Look for Anthony Dixon to get the ceremonial start, but word around the team is Dan Herron could lead the backfield in touches.
Spagnuolo praises LE Kerry Wynn 10-09-2015
Kerry Wynn DE NYG
Giants DC Steve Spagnuolo praised LE Kerry Wynn after his strong Week 4 against the Bills.

Newark Star-Ledger
"He's been great. I think Wynn has been one of our more consistent, dependable, physical, fast football players, and we've needed it obviously out there at defensive end," Spagnuolo said. Wynn has started the past two game and is PFF's second-ranked 4-3 end in run defense at the season's quarter pole. He almost single-handedly was responsible for Karlos Williams' down game last week.
Brown feeling more comfortable with Vick 10-09-2015
Antonio Brown WR PIT
Antonio Brown said he's feeling "more confident and comfortable this week" with Michael Vick.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"Last week, it just wasn't Vick's fault," Brown said. "There is a lot of blame on me. I left a lot of plays out there. All of us are getting more comfortable, not just him. I am more confident and comfortable this week with him." Brown had his 35-game streak of at least five catches for 50 yards snapped in Week 4 with Vick, but he still remains a high-end WR1 with Ben Roethlisberger nearing a return.
Daniel Fells battling serious case of MRSA 10-09-2015
Daniel Fells TE NYG
Giants TE Daniel Fells (foot, I.R.) remains hospitalized with MRSA and will undergo a fifth surgery this weekend.

Newark Star-Ledger
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.
O'Brien noncommittal on QB moving forward 10-09-2015
Brian Hoyer QB HOU
Coach Bill O'Brien was noncommittal when asked about the quarterback position.

Houston Chronicle
He has 10 days to make a decision. We fully expect Brian Hoyer to get the nod in Week 6 after tossing two touchdowns in relief of Ryan Mallett, who took a shot to the ribs, on Thursday night. Mallett wanted back in one play later, but watched Hoyer throw a touchdown before half. Mallett pouted all night on the sidelines and went to the locker room early, a sign he's not a leader whatsoever.
Michael Floyd's snaps and targets on the rise 10-09-2015
Michael Floyd WR ARZ
ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss expects Michael Floyd to "continue to get more opportunities" with teams focusing on Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown.
Floyd was targeted a season-high seven times last week and caught five balls for 59 yards after having just two catches for 30 yards the first three weeks. He also drew a couple pass interference penalties Week 4. With Brown struggling a bit as a sophomore, Floyd played a season-high 72 percent of the snaps last week.
Browns to focus on stopping Forsett? 10-09-2015
Justin Forsett RB BAL
ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley expects the Browns to stack the box against Justin Forsett.
With Steve Smith Sr. (back) and Crockett Gillmore (calf) out this week, the Ravens are left with Kamar Aiken as the No. 1 receiver and rookie Maxx Williams at tight end. Forsett is going to be the focal point coming off his 150-yard rushing game in Week 4. Still, it's hard not to like Forsett this week. The Browns are allowing over 5.1 YPC and the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs.
Pagano: Andrew Luck is 'really, really close' 10-09-2015
Andrew Luck QB IND
Speaking after Thursday's win, coach Chuck Pagano said Andrew Luck (shoulder) is "really, really close."

Stephen Holder on Twitter
Pagano made Luck sound "really, really close" in Weeks 4 and 5, as well, but all signs are pointing toward Luck returning against the Patriots next Sunday night. He'll be a top-three QB1 for what will almost certainly be a shootout.
Chris Polk manages three touches vs. IND 10-09-2015
Chris Polk RB HOU
Chris Polk caught 2-of-3 targets for 17 yards in Houston's Week 5 loss to the Colts, adding a five-yard rush. With Arian Foster gobbling up 28 touches, Polk was a distant third on the depth chart behind Foster and Alfred Blue. Polk's brief fantasy moment in the sun has come and gone, at least until Foster's next injury.
Alfred Blue rushes six times vs. Colts 10-09-2015
Alfred Blue RB HOU
Alfred Blue rushed six times for 22 yards in the Texans' Week 5 loss to the Colts. He added an 11-yard reception. Blue filled in while Arian Foster was evaluated for a concussion, but was otherwise a pure breather back. Blue will have no standalone value for however long Foster can remain on the field. Ideally, Foster owners would keep Blue rostered as a handcuff.
Keith Mumphery catches four passes vs. IND 10-09-2015
Keith Mumphery WR HOU
Keith Mumphery caught 4-of-8 targets for 23 yards in Houston's Week 5 loss to the Colts. Mumphery's eight targets were the third most on the team. Mumphery has 15 looks over the past two weeks, but it's not by design. He'll tumble back to near zero involvement once Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington are back to full health.
Phillip Dorsett catches only one pass in HOU 10-09-2015
Phillip Dorsett WR IND
Phillip Dorsett caught 1-of-2 targets for nine yards in Indy's Week 5 win over the Texans. With Andre Johnson finally having a good game, Dorsett was a distant fourth on the depth chart this evening. There's no real reason to keep the talented first-rounder around in 12-team leagues.
Dwayne Allen catches 21-yard pass vs. HOU 10-09-2015
Dwayne Allen TE IND
Dwayne Allen caught his lone target for 21 yards in Indianapolis' Week 5 win over the Texans. 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.
Coby Fleener bottled up for two catches 10-09-2015
Coby Fleener TE IND
Coby Fleener caught 2-of-3 targets for nine yards in Indy's Week 5 win over the Texans. 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.
Jaelen Strong has two-touchdown debut 10-09-2015
Jaelen Strong WR HOU
Making his NFL debut in Houston's Week 5 loss to the Colts, WR Jaelen Strong caught 2-of-2 targets for 53 yards and two touchdowns. Buried deep inside coach Bill O'Brien's doghouse, Strong was only active because of injuries to Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington. It was an impressive night, but both of Strong's scores were a bit fluky. The first was a 42-yard hail mary where the Colts' DBs looked bored in the end zone, declining to make a play on the ball. The second was an 11-yarder where everybody fell asleep. We doubt Strong will suddenly be amongst the Texans' top-three receivers if Shorts and Washington are healthy for Week 6.
Moncrief takes backseat to Andre Johnson 10-09-2015
Donte Moncrief WR IND
Donte Moncrief caught 1-of-3 targets for three yards in Indy's Week 5 win over the Texans.

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That one is going to leave a mark. Moncrief out-snapped Andre Johnson 42-40, but was playing behind him in two-receiver sets. Johnson churned out his first good game of the season in the process, going 6/77/2. We're still higher on Moncrief going forward - he's soundly out-played Johnson in 4-of-5 games, while Johnson's big game came on an emotional night against his former team - but he'll be safer as a WR3 than WR2 against the Patriots in Week 6.
Frank Gore goes 22/98/1 in Houston 10-09-2015
Frank Gore RB IND
Frank Gore rushed 22 times for 98 yards and a touchdown in Indy's Week 5 win over the Texans. He wasn't targeted in the passing game. After Week 3, it was the second best Gore has looked all season. Gore was slippery though the hole, and continued to display quick feet. He could have had a second touchdown, but got wrapped up on a goal-line carry. Either way, Gore has put to rest any concerns about his slow Weeks 1 and 2. He's averaging 4.3 yards per carry, and has three scores over his past three games. He'll be a top-15 option against the Patriots in Week 6.
Andre Johnson doubles 2015 output vs. Texans 10-09-2015
Andre Johnson WR IND
Andre Johnson caught 6-of-7 targets for 77 yards and two touchdowns in Indy's Week 5 win over the Texans.

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In what will surely be billed as a #RevengeGame on Twitter, Johnson more than doubled his 2015 output against his former club. He showed much more life than he did in Indy's first four games, and spent a ton of time in two-receiver sets with T.Y. Hilton. He was still out-snapped by Donte Moncrief (per Pro Football Focus' Nathan Jahnke), but was clearly a focal point of the game plan. Perhaps it had something to do with his return to Houston, but teams are in the business of winning games, not fueling revenge narratives. Johnson was wide open on his first score, a four-yard play fake. For his second, he dove to catch a slant at the goal line, shuffling into the end zone on his glute before he could be touched down. We still prefer Moncrief going forward - he's outplayed Johnson in 4-of-5 games - but perhaps Johnson has some WR4 juice left, after all.
T.Y. Hilton goes 5/88 in Houston 10-09-2015
T.Y. Hilton WR IND
T.Y. Hilton caught 5-of-9 targets for 88 yards in Indy's Week 5 win over the Texans. Hilton was sitting on 45 yards before Matt Hasselbeck found him for a game-sealing 43-yard completion with 1:37 remaining. Hilton had his normal spring - he wasn't having trouble finding space - the Colts are just far less vertical without Andrew Luck at the sticks. That should change in Week 6, where Luck is expected to return against the Patriots. Hilton will be back in the WR1 conversation against New England's burnable secondary.