Freeman (hip) will practice in full Thursday.
There was cause for concern when Freeman took the practice field in a non-contact jersey Wednesday, but those thoughts should fall by the wayside with an uninhibited session just one day later. With Tevin Coleman (hamstring) expected to sit out Sunday against the Packers, Freeman is poised to handle a significant workload, as he did last season.
Lewis (knee) returned to practice Thursday, CSN New England reports.
With this development, the Patriots now have a three-week window in which to officially activate Lewis from the team's PUP list. With the team on bye in Week 9, we'd be surprised if we saw Lewis in a game before Week 10, a scenario that would extend, for at least this week, the window of PPR-utility of James White.
Williams (coach's decision) didn't play in Wednesday's 108-96 win over the Magic.
Coach Erik Spoelstra snubbed Williams for the starting power forward duties in the opener, opting to go with three-point specialist Luke Babbitt on the top unit. It was still expected that Williams would factor into the rotation off the bench, but Spoelstra surprisingly decided not to look his way, as Babbitt, James Johnson and Justise Winslow covered all the playing time at the position. The non-injury related scratch certainly isn't an encouraging development for Williams' fantasy prospects, but those who are rostering him in deep leagues may want to see how the distribution of playing time at power forward shakes out over the next few games before cutting bait.
Shumpert is likely to play Friday night against the Raptors, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.
Coach Tyronn Lue said that there's a "great chance" that Shumpert is able to participate in the Cavaliers' first road matchup in Toronto. Shumpert exited Cleveland's season opener against the Knicks during the third quarter and was placed in the concussion protocol after attempting to drive past Kristaps Porzingis. If Shumpert is cleared, he would serve as the primary backup point guard behind Kyrie Irving. Luckily, if the guard is unable to play, rookie point guard Kay Felder is cleared for Friday after also dealing with a concussion.
According to coach Tyronn Lue, Felder (concussion) will be available to play against the Raptors on Friday, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.
Felder missed the season opener against the Knicks while dealing with a concussion, but has progressed through the league-mandated concussion protocol and will be good to go for Friday. He should slot in as one the Cavaliers' top point guard options off the bench, but considering Iman Shumpert (concussion) has a good chance of being available as well, the two guards will be slated to share the point guard workload off the bench.
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