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|10/10/2015||Lance Dunbar, Dal, RB|
|Dunbar was placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL, ending his season.
Analysis: Dunbar had surgery on Friday after twisting his knee on a kickoff return against New Orleans last week.
|10/10/2015||Martavis Bryant, Pit, WR|
|There are reports that Bryant missed practices on Thursday and Friday because he "tweaked his knee" in last Monday's session.
Analysis: The extent of the injury is unknown, but Bryant is iffy for Monday night's game against San Diego. Bryant was set to return after he was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
|10/10/2015||Cortez Allen, Pit, CB|
|Allen is questionable for Monday night's game against San Diego.
Analysis: He has a knee injury.
|10/10/2015||Sean Spence, Pit, LB|
|Spence will start in the injured Ryan Shazier's place on Monday against San Diego.
Analysis: Shazier will miss his third straight week with an injured right shoulder.
|10/10/2015||Ryan Shazier, Pit, LB|
|The Steelers ruled Shazier out for Monday night's trip to San Diego after he didn't practice on Saturday.
Analysis: Shazier had practiced earlier in the week and was hopeful to return against the Chargers, but he will miss his third straight game with an injured right shoulder. He was injured in a Week 2 win against San Francisco, a game in which Shazier had a team-high 15 tackles with a sack and a fumble recovery. Shazier has now missed 10 of 21 games since the Steelers took him in the first round of the 2014 draft. Sean Spence will start in his place.
|10/10/2015||Peyton Manning, Den, QB|
|The Broncos' release of veteran fullback James Casey on Saturday says plenty about how they've skewed the offense more toward Manning's strengths and away from coach Gary Kubiak's trademark running style.
Analysis: The 31-year-old Casey played for Kubiak in Houston from 2009-12 and was signed in Denver to be a big part of the zone-blocking scheme. However, the unbeaten Broncos have put Manning more in the shotgun and pistol formations the last two games.
|10/10/2015||Derek Wolfe, Den, DE|
|Wolfe is returning from a four-game drug suspension and is expected to start Sunday at Oakland.
Analysis: Wolfe missed the first four games of the season after a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs
|10/10/2015||James Casey, Den, TE|
|Casey was released by the Broncos on Saturday.
Analysis: The move says plenty about how they've skewed the offense more toward Peyton Manning's strengths and away from coach Gary Kubiak's trademark running style. The 31-year-old Casey played for Kubiak in Houston from 2009-12 and was signed in Denver to be a big part of the zone-blocking scheme. However, the unbeaten Broncos have put Manning more in the shotgun and pistol formations the last two games.
|10/9/2015||Michael Crabtree, Oak, WR|
|Crabtree (ankle) made it through his second day of practice Friday.
Analysis: He is listed as probable on Oakland's injury report.
|10/9/2015||TJ Carrie, Oak, CB|
|Carrie missed his third consecutive practice with a chest injury and will not play this week, leaving the Raiders without the most versatile member of their secondary for Sunday's game against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Analysis: Carrie was injured while fielding a punt during the first play of the second quarter of the Raiders' 22-20 loss to the Chicago Bears last week. He left the game and did not return and later left the team's locker room with his left arm in a sling.
|10/9/2015||Julio Jones, Atl, WR|
|Jones (toe, hamstring) is listed as questionable but is expected to play Sunday.
Analysis: Jones has been on the injury report plenty so far this year but has yet to miss a game. He has 38 catches for 478 yards and four touchdowns.
|10/9/2015||Brandon Bair, Phi, DE|
|Bair will not play Sunday against New Orleans.
Analysis: He has a groin injury.
|10/9/2015||Ryan Mallett, Hou, QB|
|Brian Hoyer has his job back as Houston's starting quarterback, moving Ryan Mallett to the sideline.
Analysis: Hoyer won the job out of camp but was pulled in the fourth quarter of a season-opening loss to the Chiefs. Mallett has started since then, but he has struggled and Hoyer took over in both of the last two games as the Texans fell to 1-4. Hoyer replaced Mallett in the second quarter on Thursday night and threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns.
|10/9/2015||Brian Hoyer, Hou, QB|
|Hoyer has his job back as Houston's starting quarterback.
Analysis: He won the job out of camp but was pulled in the fourth quarter of a season-opening loss to the Chiefs. Ryan Mallett has started since then, but he has struggled and Hoyer took over in both of the last two games as the Texans fell to 1-4. Hoyer replaced Mallett in the second quarter on Thursday night and threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns.
|10/9/2015||Chris Culliver, Was, CB|
|The Redskins will be missing both starting cornerbacks against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, with Culliver joining DeAngelo Hall on the sideline.
Analysis: Redskins coach Jay Gruden says Friday that Culliver, who missed practice all week, has "some cartilage issues" in his left knee, which was operated on in the past. Hall will be sitting out a second game in a row with an injured right toe. Will Blackmon is expected to start alongside Bashaud Breeland at cornerback against Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Atlanta's high-powered offense.
|10/9/2015||George Selvie, NYG, DE|
|Selvie, Devon Kennard and Robert Ayers Jr. are going to miss Sunday night's game against San Francisco with injuries.
Analysis: Coach Tom Coughlin ruled out the three players and receiver Victor Cruz on Friday after they did not practice. Selvie hurt a calf last weekend in a win over Buffalo.
|10/9/2015||Devon Kennard, NYG, LB|
|Kennard, Robert Ayers Jr. and George Selvie are going to miss Sunday's game against San Francisco with injuries.
Analysis: Coach Tom Coughlin ruled out the three players and receiver Victor Cruz on Friday after they did not practice. Kennard pulled a hamstring last weekend in the win over Buffalo.
|10/9/2015||T.Y. Hilton, Ind, WR|
|Hilton caught five passes for 88 yards Thursday night at Houston.
Analysis: Hilton is averaging 7.6 fantasy points per game, hurt by the fact that he's still yet to find the end zone this year.
|10/9/2015||Andre Johnson, Ind, WR|
|Johnson made his former team pay with six receptions for 77 yards and two scores Thursday against the Texans.
Analysis: After being a fantasy bum through the first four weeks, very few owners likely had Johnson in their starting lineups. Even in light of this performance, they still shouldn't feel very confident in Johnson as a starter with the Colts taking on New England next week.
|10/9/2015||Arian Foster, Hou, RB|
|Foster was mostly unimpressive as a runner Thursday, carrying the ball 19 times for 41 yards against the Colts, but flashed in the passing game with nine receptions for 77 yards.
Analysis: Foster is averaging just 1.9 yards per carry through two games. The best thing for Foster would be more consistency from the Houston passing game, but that doesn't appear to be happening anytime soon given the mess of a quarterback situation.
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