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  • Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth perfect in return

    Buccaneers kicker Connor Connor Barth made a triumphant return to the Bucs, successfully converting all three field goal attempts and a trio of point-after tries in Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Jaguars.

    Barth helped to quickly put the departed Kyle Brindza's inconsistencies in the rearview mirror, turning in a perfect performance in Week 5. The veteran kicker hit field goals of 35, 45 and 47 yards and was impeccable on his first three career extra-point tries from the newly-instituted distance.

    Connor Barth / 8H ago
  • Buccaneers LB Kwon Alexander collects five tackles in Week 5

    Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Kwon Alexander tallied five tackles (three solo), a sack, and two passes defensed in Sunday's 38-31 victory over the Jaguars.

    Alexander continues to do a solid job manning the middle in Lovie Smith's defense. The rookie linebacker collected his first career sack and also got his hands on two Blake Bortles' passes Sunday. Alexander will continue his impressive first-year campaign in Week 7 when the Bucs travel to Washington to face the Redskins following their Week 6 bye.

    Kwon Alexander / 8H ago
  • Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy nets 1 1/2 sacks in Week 5

    Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald Gerald McCoy amassed three tackles (one solo), 1 1/2 sacks, and a tackle for loss in Sunday's 38-31 victory over the Jaguars.

    The Bucs' star defensive tackle continues to play through a shoulder ailment and nevertheless put heat on opposing quarterback. McCoy has now collected at least one sack in all but one game in 2015, and tallied his 1.5 takedowns Sunday in the closing minutes, helping to snuff out the Jaguars' last-ditch attempt at potential game-tying touchdown. McCoy will face off against the Redskins and Kirk Cousins in Week 7 after the Bucs' bye.

    Gerald McCoy / 8H ago
  • Cardinals LB Alex Okafor to miss a month

    Cardinals linebacker Alex Okafar emerged from Sunday's win with a calf strain, which will keep him out for a month, Kent Somers of the Arizona Wildcats Republic reports.

    The recovery timetable signifies the Arizona Cardinals ' hope, but they will exercise caution with one of the primary pass rushers. With a number of injuries befalling the linebacker ranks in Arizona -- reserve Kenny Demens suffered a torn ACL on Sunday -- the team inked Dwight Freeney to a veteran minimum deal, though LaMarr Woodley and Markus Golden could be the immediate beneficiaries of available snaps.

    Alex Okafor / 8H ago
  • Buccaneers' Bradley McDougald totals three tackles, interception in Week 5

    Buccaneers safety Bradley Bradley McDougald totaled three tackles (two solo), an interception and a pass defensed in Sunday's 38-31 victory over the Jaguars.

    McDougald's second career pick came on a second- quarter Blake Bortles pass intended for Marcedes Lewis, and set up Jameis Winston and company in prime field position on the Jaguars' 20-yard line, a drive that culminated in a Doug Martin rushing touchdown. Nevertheless, McDougald was part of a secondary that surrendered over 300 passing yards and four touchdowns, underscoring the need for continued improvement.

    Bradley McDougald / 8H ago
  • Buccaneers LB Lavonte David totals nine tackles, sack in Week 5

    Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte Lavonte David collected nine tackles (eight solo), a sack, a tackle for loss and a pass defensed in Sunday's 38-31 victory over the Jaguars.

    David tallied his highest number of solo tackles in a game this season, along with registering his first quarterback takedown. The fourth-year standout has had a couple of relatively quite performances in 2015, but has been a force two out of the last three contests. David will look to continue his strong play in a Week 7 matchup against the Redskins following the Bucs' Week 6 bye.

    Lavonte David / 9H ago
  • Jaguars QB Blake Bortles likely to play Week 6 vs. Texans

    Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley doesn't expect quarterback Blake Blake Bortles (shoulder) to practice Wednesday, but anticipates the quarterback being ready for Week 6 against Houston, the Florida Times-Union reports.

    Bortles suffered a Grade 1 sprain of the AC joint in his right shoulder after getting sacked six times in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay. You'll need to monitor his status each day of practice leading up to the game against the Texans.

    Blake Bortles / 10H ago
  • Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden to be evaluated during bye

    Coach Jason Garrett said Monday that the Dallas Cowboys will evaluate the entire roster during their upcoming Week 6 bye, Marc Sessler of reports.

    "We're gonna evaluate our quarterbacks, we're gonna evaluate our offensive line, we're gonna evaluate our tight ends, our receivers, our running backs, everybody on defense and everybody in the kicking game," Garrett said. "We'll do that this week. We'll make any determinations as the week goes on."

    While the Cowboys have problems across the board, as intimated by Garrett's comments, the quarterback situation is poised to dominate the sports radio circuit during the bye week. Brandon Brandon Weeden has so far posted a 72.4 completion percentage, but explosive plays have been nonexistent since Tony Romo broke his collarbone in Week 2.

    As evidence, Weeden boasts 7.54 yards per attempt in Romo's stead, culminating in a mark of 4.82 in Sunday's pummeling at the hands of the Patriots. If the Cowboys opt for change, Matt Cassel would be the obvious replacement due to his starting experience, but the aforementioned by will likely delay any decision for some time.

    Brandon Weeden / 13H ago
  • Browns QB Josh McCown should play Week 6 vs. Broncos

    Browns coach Mike Pettine indicated Monday that Josh Josh McCown (ankle) might need a day off in practice this week, but the QB should be able to play Sunday against the Broncos, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    For his part, McCown -- who threw for a franchise-record 457 yards in Week 5's overtime win over the Ravens -- said that he's "hopeful" he'll be able to play this Sunday, so his status is worth monitoring in the coming days. Next up for the Cleveland Browns ' QB snaps should McCown miss any practice reps (or even game action) is Johnny Manziel, with Austin Davis also on hand.

    Josh McCown / 13H ago
  • Lions QB Matthew Stafford secure as Detroit's starter

    Though he was pulled in the third quarter of Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Cardinals, Matt Matthew Stafford remains the Detroit Lions ' starting quarterback, the Detroit News reports.

    Per the report, Stafford, who finished Sunday's game having completed 20 of 32 passes for 188 yards and one touchdown to go along with three interceptions, before being replaced by Dan Orlovsky, is not on a short leash, according to coach Jim Caldwell. Stafford -- who currently ranks 33rd in the NFL in passer rating and 34th in yards per attempt to date -- will look to turn things around in Week 6 against the 2-3 Bears, who are allowing an average of 28.4 points per game to date. It's a decent matchup on paper, but Stafford's struggles over the Lions' 0-5 start make him a hit-or-miss fantasy option this coming week.

    Matthew Stafford / 14H ago
  • Browns QB Josh McCown sprains ankle in win on Sunday

    Browns quarterback Josh Josh McCown suffered a sprained ankle during Sunday's overtime win against the Ravens and is hopeful of playing in Week 6 against the Broncos, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

    McCown finished Sunday's game with a whopping 457 yards and two touchdowns, but tweaked his ankle on Cleveland's game-winning drive during overtime. It's unknown how much the 36-year-old will be impacted by his sprained ankle, but McCown will need to be plenty mobile against the Broncos' vaunted pass rush in Week 6. While McCown's practice participation during this week should help clarify his upcoming availability, backup Johnny Manziel would figure to see increased reps if McCown is limited going forward.

    Josh McCown / 15H ago
  • Jaguars QB Blake Bortles dealing with shoulder sprain

    Jaguars quarterback Blake Blake Bortles suffered a Grade 1 AC joint sprain in his shoulder during Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

    Bortles' shoulder sprain occurred at an unknown time during Sunday's game, but he still finished with 303 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. Following that stellar performance, it's surprising to hear of Bortles' injury, which will require his status to be updated as the week unfolds.

    If Bortles misses any reps going forward, backup Chad Henne represents the only other quarterback on the Jaguars' roster.

    Blake Bortles / 17H ago
  • Rams RB Tre Mason disappearing from St. Louis offense

    Rams running back Tre Tre Mason tallied two carries for eight yards in a 24-10 loss to Green Bay on Sunday.

    Mason was in for only five plays on Sunday, and is rapidly becoming an afterthought in the St. Louis Rams ' attack. He has four carries for seven yards in the last two contests, and his fantasy relevance is pretty much nil with Todd Gurley healthy and producing.

    Tre Mason / 9H ago
  • Rams RB Benny Cunningham goes without rushing attempt in loss

    Rams running back Benny Benny Cunningham caught both targets on Sunday for 28 yards but did not get a rushing attempt in a 24-10 loss to Green Bay.

    With Todd Gurley becoming the workhorse back, Cunningham is going to be relegated strictly to third-down pass catcher out of the backfield. Sunday's output should be about typical from now on, and the ceiling on Cunningham is quite low.

    Benny Cunningham / 9H ago
  • Falcons RB Devonta Freeman limited at Monday's practice

    Falcons running back Devonta Devonta Freeman (toe) was limited in the Atlanta Falcons ' walkthrough practice Monday, Vaughn McClure of reports.

    Freeman was also limited after his Week 3 breakout, but in two games in the meantime, he hasn't slowed down in the slightest, racking up 221 yards on the ground, scoring four touchdowns, and recording 12 catches for 125 yards. With a friendly matchup on tap Thursday -- the Saints have conceded 4.5 YPC and five total touchdowns to running backs in 2015 -- he's a great bet to keep up his early-season pace.

    Devonta Freeman / 10H ago
  • Falcons RB Terron Ward held catchless Sunday

    A week after carrying the ball 19 times, Falcons running back Terron Terron Ward didn't get a single carry in Week 5, and his two targets fell incomplete.

    Some wondered if Ward was going to eat into Devonta Freeman's workload, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Tevin Coleman (ribs) did receive two carries, and he'll likely get a little more work so long as he stays healthy, but it appears that Freeman will still be getting the bulk of the work.

    Terron Ward / 11H ago
  • Ravens RB Justin Forsett avoids high ankle sprain

    Though Ravens running back Justin Justin Forsett had his ankle rolled up on in Sunday's loss to the Browns, coach John Harbaugh relayed Monday that 'it's not a high-ankle' sprain that the running back is dealing with, The Baltimore Sun reports.

    Per Harbaugh, "that's a good sign. That gives him a chance for this week." Forsett's status will thus be worth monitoring closely as Sunday's game against the 49ers approaches, with Javorius Allen a candidate for added work in Week 6 if Forsett ends up being limited or out this Sunday.

    Justin Forsett / 11H ago
  • Lions running back Joique Bell hopes to return in Week 6

    Lions running back Joique Joique Bell (ankle) plans to practice this week and expects to play Sunday against the Bears, the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Assuming he is able to return to action this week, there's an opportunity for Bell to reclaim a portion of the Detroit Lions ' backfield touches, with fellow RB Ameer Abdullah having fumbled twice in Week 5.

    Joique Bell / 11H ago
  • Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson limited during Monday's practice

    Falcons wide receiver Leonard Leonard Hankerson (ribs) was limited in the Atlanta Falcons ' walkthrough practice Monday, Vaughn McClure of reports.

    Hankerson left Sunday's game briefly due to a rib issue, which was likely the impetus for his least productive performance of the season (one catch for 13 yards on four targets). His practice participation Monday bodes well for active status Thursday at New Orleans, but the injury could again hamper his output.

    Leonard Hankerson / 10H ago
  • Steelers WR Markus Wheaton listed as active Monday

    Steelers wide receiver Markcus Markus Wheaton (ankle) is listed as active for Monday's game against the Chargers.

    With Martavis Bryant not yet ready play, Wheaton has another chance to make a mark while working behind top wideout Antonio Brown, but through four games thus far, he's been limited to a modest total of eight catches for 156 yards.

    Markus Wheaton / 11H ago
  • Chargers WR Jacoby Jones good to go Monday

    Chargers wide receiver Jacoby Jacoby Jones (ankle) is listed as active for Monday's game against the Steelers.

    His return arrives at a good time for the San Diego Chargers , with fellow wideout Stevie Johnson out Monday, though Jones is likely to make most of his initial impact in the team's return game.

    Jacoby Jones / 11H ago
  • Chargers WR Malcom Floyd listed as active Monday

    Chargers wide recveiver Malcom Malcom Floyd (concussion) is listed as active for Monday night's game against the Steelers.

    Floyd, who has eight catches for 167 yards and a TD through four games to date, is out there if you need him Monday, with his presence representing good news for the San Diego Chargers , who will be without the services of Stevie Johnson this week.

    Malcom Floyd / 11H ago
  • Falcons WR Julio Jones unable to practice Monday

    Falcons wide receiver Julio Julio Jones (hamstring) didn't practice Monday.

    Jones has put together back-to-back less-than-stellar outings, but increased attention from defenses rather than his health were likely at the crux of scaled-back production due to his regular presence on the injury report this season. Even if he misses every practice this week, he's a good bet to prosper Thursday against a Saints secondary that has allowed 16 yards per reception and four touchdowns to wide receivers this season.

    Julio Jones / 11H ago
  • Report: Ravens WR Steve Smith could return this week

    Ravens wide receiver Steve Steve Smith , who is dealing with microfractures in his back, has a chance to return to action in Week 6, The Baltimore Sun reports.

    Such an outcome is far from a lock though, with coach John Harbaugh having expressed a modest degree of optimism Monday with regard to the veteran wideout's chances of suiting up this weekend against the 49ers. "We'll see," Harbaugh noted of Smith, whose final Week 5 status apparently wasn't decided until game-time. "I don't know. He was in here training hard, so that's a good sign. I'm hopeful, very hopeful."

    Steve Smith / 11H ago
  • Rams TE Jared Cook has ine catch on six targets Sunday in loss

    Rams tight end Jared Jared Cook struggled in Sunday's 24-10 loss to Green Bay, only grabbing one of his six targets from quarterback Nick Foles.

    Foles was completely off his game on Sunday, which certainly affected Cook in a negative way. Even so, after a decent start to the year, Cook has only five catches for 37 yards in his last three games combined. He may bust out for another solid game or two the rest of the way, but those looking for a consistent option should look elsewhere.

    Jared Cook / 9H ago
  • Heat F Chris Bosh not fully feeling like himself yet after dealing with flu

    Rams tight end Lance Lance Kendricks hauled in two catches for 16 yards in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Packers.

    Kendricks upped his season total to seven catches for 85 yards, and he also has a score on the year. He plays a lot of snaps, but is, at best, the fifth or sixth receiving option in the St. Louis Rams ' offense.

    Lance Kendricks / 9H ago
  • Steelers TE Matt Spaeth will play Monday

    Steelers tight end Matt Matt Spaeth (hand) is listed as active for Monday's game against the Chargers.

    Spaeth's return to action will bolster the team's depth at tight end behind starter Heath Miller, but he's not involved enough in the team's offense to be a fantasy lineup consideration.

    Matt Spaeth / 11H ago
  • 49ers TE Vernon Davis making progress in return from knee injury

    49ers tight end Vernon Vernon Davis (knee), who missed his second consecutive game this past Sunday, has reportedly made significant progress over the last week, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

    As a result, Davis -- who practiced in a limited fashion last week -- is trending in the right direction as Week 6's contest against the Ravens approaches. A return to full practice participation this week, however, would certainly brighten his outlook on that front.

    Vernon Davis / 12H ago
  • Chargers TE Antonio Gates returns to action Monday

    Tight end Antonio Antonio Gates was officially added to the San Diego Chargers ' active roster Monday.

    In a corresponding move, the team waived safety Adrian Phillips, with the transaction confirming that Gates will be available for Monday night's game against the Steelers. The 35-year-old tight end thus returns from a four-game suspension to start the season, on the heels of a 2014 campaign in which he caught 69 passes for 821 yards and 12 TDs. In his lineup re-entry, look for Gates to see his share of work in the Charger' Week 5 attack, though fellow TE Ladarius Green should remain in the team's pass-catching mix as well.

    Antonio Gates / 12H ago
  • Eagles TE Zach Ertz picks up big yards in Week 5 win over Saints

    Eagles tight end Zach Zach Ertz caught five passes for 60 yards in Sunday's 39-17 win over the Saints.

    Despite splitting more pass-catching time with fellow tight end Brent Celek than previously expected, Ertz's game has shown improvement since the beginning of the season. Considering he was returning from an injury that kept him out of the entire preseason, a slow start was to be expected. With five games under his belt, and quarterback Sam Bradford looking more comfortable in the Philadelphia Eagles ' offense, expect Ertz's stock to keep rising as the season continues.

    Zach Ertz / 14H ago
  • Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth perfect in return

    Buccaneers kicker Connor Connor Barth made a triumphant return to the Bucs, successfully converting all three field goal attempts and a trio of point-after tries in Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Jaguars.

    Barth helped to quickly put the departed Kyle Brindza's inconsistencies in the rearview mirror, turning in a perfect performance in Week 5. The veteran kicker hit field goals of 35, 45 and 47 yards and was impeccable on his first three career extra-point tries from the newly-instituted distance.

    Connor Barth / 8H ago
  • Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein has rough day at the office Sunday in loss

    Rams kicker Greg Greg Zuerlein missed his first field goal of the season Sunday, then missed another two in a 24-10 loss to Green Bay.

    Zuerlein had been lights out heading into Sunday, but dropped his season percentage from 100 all the way to less than 65 percent with the rough day. Zuerlein is ultra-reliable when indoors, but struggles in colder conditions and is part of an anemic offense. That's certainly not a good combination for a fantasy kicker.

    Greg Zuerlein / 9H ago
  • Falcons kicker Matt Bryant misses twice in Week 5

    Falcons kicker Matt Matt Bryant , who hadn't missed a kick yet this season, hit 2 of 4 field goal attempts in Sunday's overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons .

    Bryant didn't miss by much, as he hit the right upright from 38 yards and doinked the left upright from 48 yards. His two makes came from 28 yards and 42 yards, and he tallied one extra point. He has a good matchup Week 6 against the Saints.

    Matt Bryant / 11H ago
  • Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos misses twice Sunday

    Chiefs kicker Cairo Cairo Santos connected on just one of his three field goal attempts Sunday, converting from 35 yards out.

    Santos wasn't really at fault for either of his two missed attempts, with one being blocked and one coming from 66 yards as time expired. He remains among the league leaders in field goals made following seven field goals in Week 4, and the loss of Jamaal Charles could lead to more stalled drives and field goal opportunities for Santos moving forward.

    Cairo Santos / 12H ago
  • Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis boots four field goals in win Sunday

    Eagles kicker Caleb Caleb Sturgis converted all four of his field goal attempts and three of his four extra point attempts in Sunday's 39-17 win over the Saints.

    Despite missing an extra point in two straight games, Sturgis looked much better in his second game with the Philadelphia Eagles . It likely helped that the stakes weren't nearly as high, with three of his field goals coming in the second half after the Eagles' lead had ballooned to multiple scores. Head coach Chip Kelly said Monday that the team is sticking with Sturgis as their kicker moving forward.

    Caleb Sturgis / 13H ago
  • Bengals' Mike Nugent kicks game-winner against the Seahawks

    Mike Mike Nugent kicked a 42-yard field goal in overtime to complete the Cincinnati Bengals ' comeback win over the Seahawks on Sunday.

    Nugent's game-winner was banked off the left upright. He earlier tied the game in regulation as time ran out. He's 5-for-7 on field goals this season, and 17-for-18 on extra points.

    Mike Nugent / 14H ago
  • Cowboys LB Sean Lee cleared of concussion

    Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee successfully completed the league's concussion protocol and will play Sunday against the New England Patriots , ESPN Dallas reports.

    The Cowboys will need all hands on deck to try and contain Tom Brady and the Pats offense, so having Lee available along with the returning Greg Hardy and Rolando McClain could give them a fighting chance.

    Sean Lee / 3D ago
  • Bills LB Nigel Bradham plays all three downs on Sunday

    Buffalo Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham saw action on all 70 of the team's defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants , registering eight total tackles and a pass defensed.

    Bradham and Preston Brown almost never leave the field, and both fare pretty well in the IDP department. Though four games, Bradham has posted 25 tackles and a sack, pretty much in line with his 2014 season that saw him put up 104 and 2.5 in those categories.

    Nigel Bradham / 4D ago
  • Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy (shoulder) limited in practice

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, the Buccaneers official site reports.

    McCoy's limited status almost certainly falls in the "nothing to see here" category, as he has carried the same designation throughout the practice week for the last two weeks, while not missing any game action. The star defensive tackle has tallied sacks in three of the first four games, and will look to penetrate the Jacksonville Jaguars ' vulnerable offensive line in Week 5.

    Gerald McCoy / 5D ago
  • Buccaneers CB Johnthan Banks (knee) didn't practice Wednesday

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers corner back Johnthan Banks (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, the Buccaneers official site reports.

    Banks begins the practice week on the sidelines again, and there isn't any concrete indication on when he might be able to return in at least a limited capacity. The Bucs' starting right cornerback was replaced by Mike Jenkins in Week 4, a scenario that will likely repeat itself Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars should Banks be unable to go.

    Johnthan Banks / 5D ago
  • Buccaneers S Major Wright (abdomen) gets full run at practice

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Major Wright (abdomen) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, the Buccaneers official site reports.

    The unrestricted participation falls in line with the activity level Wright had built up leading into the Week 4 matchup against the Carolina Panthers . Wright is clearly trending towards finally retaking the field Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars , and another day of full participation Thursday would further confirm this. However, with Chris Conte 's strong performances over the last three contests in Wright's place, it remains to be seen if there will be any timeshare at the strong safety position in the immediate future.

    Major Wright / 5D ago
  • Chargers CB Brandon Flowers (concussion) practiced Wednesday

    San Diego Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers (concussion) practiced on Wednesday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    His practice status seems to suggest the concussion wasn't very serious, however more information should trickle out as the week progresses. The Chargers will need all of their secondary up to speed with a Monday night matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers next on the schedule.

    Brandon Flowers / 6D ago
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