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    There are plenty of injuries heading into Week 4, but Jamaal Charles coming back gives us hope. Jamey Eisenberg talks Charles and other sleepers for this week.
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    Jimmy Garoppolo will start for the New England Patriots on Sunday when they host the Buffalo Bills.
    It wouldn't be Fantasy Football if it wasn't for injuries. Let's look at the main issues going into Week 4 and what they mean for your rosters.
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  • Chicago Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    10/02/16DEJonathan BullardTOEQUESTIONABLEBullard (toe) is doubtful to play in Week 4 against the Lions.

    Bullard was a new addition to the injury report this week. Cornelius Washington and C.J. Wilson project to see additional reps if he's ultimately unavailable to play.

    (Updated 09/30/2016)
    10/02/16RBKa'Deem CareyHAMSTRINGDOUBTFULCarey (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Detroit.

    Carey didn't practice all week and can essentially be ruled out. With Jeremy Langford (ankle) also unavailable, rookie Jordan Howard is in line to lead the Chicago backfield.

    (Updated 09/30/2016)
    10/02/16QBJay CutlerRIGHT THUMBDOUBTFULCutler (thumb) didn't take part in Thursday's practice, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    Head coach John Fox more or less termed Thursday's DNP a precautionary measure, which lines up with Fox's contention Wednesday that Cutler will be evaluated "day-to-day" this week. Speaking of Wednesday, Cutler was unable to do a "whole lot" during his limited showing. As a result, his activity level Friday will likely hold a lot of sway toward his potential to play Sunday against the Lions. Another absence from Cutler would place Brian Hoyer under center for the second consecutive game.

    (Updated 09/29/2016)
    10/02/16NTEddie GoldmanANKLEDOUBTFULUpdating a previous note, Goldman (ankle) has been ruled out for four weeks, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Goldman is dealing with a high ankle sprain that is expected to sideline him until Week 7 when the Bears take on the Packers. The defensive tackle is just one of the many injuries that resulted from Monday's loss to the Eagles. Danny Trevathan is expected to miss extended time as he undergoes finger surgery, while Lamar Houston was lost for the year with a torn ACL. Not to mention Jay Cutler is nursing a thumb injury which will keep him sidelined for some time. In Goldman's absence, look for Will Sutton to take over as a starter.

    (Updated 09/20/2016)
    10/02/16WRAlshon JefferyKNEEQUESTIONABLEJeffery (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    The Bears have capped Jeffery's activity level in back-to-back weeks due to a knee injury, but the ailment didn't stop him from hooking up with backup QB Brian Hoyer on Monday to the tune of five catches for 70 yards. Jeffery has taken full advantage of his 20 targets this season, averaging a ridiculous 13.6 per look, so the signal-caller doesn't appear to matter with Jeffery. In any case, with Jay Cutler (thumb) logging a limited practice as well Wednesday, Jeffery could be working with a familiar face Sunday against the Lions, assuming the wideout is active again in Week 4.

    (Updated 09/28/2016)
    10/02/16SHarold Jones-QuarteyCONCUSSIONQUESTIONABLEJones-Quartey recorded six tackles Saturday against the Chiefs.

    Jones-Quartey started at safety for the third time this preseason, and he led the team in tackles against the Chiefs. He's likely set to be the Week 1 starter, and he's in line to record a fair number of tackles each week, though he's not looking like he'll be a strong IDP option.

    (Updated 08/27/2016)
    10/02/16RBJeremy LangfordANKLEDOUBTFULLangford (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Detroit.

    Langford is expected to miss four-to-six weeks, but the Bears for some reason prefer to list players as 'doubtful' rather than 'out'. With Ka'Deem Carey (hamstring) also listed as doubtful and not expected to play, Jordan Howard will likely serve as the lead back.

    (Updated 09/30/2016)
    10/02/16CBSherrick McManisHAMSTRINGQUESTIONABLEMcManis (hamstring) is questionable to play in Week 4 against the Lions.

    Though starting cornerback Kyle Fuller (knee) has been lost to injured reserve, McManis serves as nothing more than depth in the Bears' CB corps.

    (Updated 09/30/2016)
    10/02/16CBTracy PorterKNEEQUESTIONABLEPorter tallied four tackles in the Bears' 31-17 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.

    Porter was questionable to play with a hamstring injury, but ended up playing every defensive snap. He should be good to play again in Week 4 against the 49ers.

    (Updated 09/26/2016)
    10/02/16GJosh SittonSHOULDERQUESTIONABLEThe Packers announced Friday quarterback Aaron Rodgers (calf) and running back Eddie Lacy (knee) are both listed as probable for Sunday's NFC title game at Seattle. Defensive end Josh Boyd (ankle) and guard Josh Sitton (toe) are also probable.
    10/02/16LBDanny TrevathanTHUMBDOUBTFULTrevathan (thumb) is doubtful to play in Week 4 against the Lions.

    Trevathan underwent thumb surgery prior to Week 3 and did not go on to play in that contest. His status will be confirmed prior to the start of the Sunday's action.

    (Updated 09/30/2016)
    10/02/16LBWillie YoungKNEEQUESTIONABLEYoung (knee) is questionable to play Week 3 against the Cowboys.

    Young appears to have suffered a knee injury during Thursday's practice and remained limited during Friday's session. Sam Acho projects to fill his place in the starting lineup if Young is unable to give it a go.

    (Updated 09/23/2016)
    09/02/16TEBen BrauneckerAnkleQUESTIONABLEBraunecker worked out on the side of practice on Thursday as he recovers from an ankle injury, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Braunecker is an undrafted rookie who faces an uphill battle to make Chicago's roster, as he's buried on the depth chart. The sooner he can return to action the better, and it appears he's nearing a return now that he's been able to at least work out on the side. Rob Housler and Gannon Sinclair will likely continue to see extra reps as long as Braunecker is out.

    (Updated 08/18/2016)
    07/29/16DLEgo FergusonSuspensionSUSPENDFerguson has been handed a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports.

    After notching three tackles in four games, Ferguson was placed on season-ending injured reserve in October due to a nagging knee injury. Thus, his ban won't kick in until he's healthy enough to take the field during the 2016 campaign.

    (Updated 11/12/2015)
    New England Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    10/02/16QBJacoby BrissettRIGHT THUMBQUESTIONABLEBoth Brissett (right thumb) and Jimmy Garoppolo (right shoulder) are listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, a 1:00 ET kickoff, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

    Per the Providence Journal, both signal-callers threw some this week, but the Patriots have not indicated which of the two is in line to draw the teams' start at QB in Week 4. At this point, we may not have clarity on that front until Sunday, which makes Brissett a risky fantasy roll for now. Once the Patriots get past this week's action, the team will welcome top QB Tom Brady back to the fold in advance of Week 5's contest against the Browns.

    (Updated 09/30/2016)
    10/02/16TMarcus CannonCALFQUESTIONABLEPatriots offensive lineman Marcus Cannon has signed a two-year extension, according to ESPN.
    10/02/16GJonathan CooperFOOTQUESTIONABLECooper (foot) has been listed as inactive for Thursday's matchup with Houston.

    Cooper has been dealing with his foot injury for a while now and has yet to play this season. Look for Shaq Mason to get the start once again with Cooper out.

    (Updated 09/22/2016)
    10/02/16LBJonathan FreenySHOULDERQUESTIONABLEFreeny (shoulder) is active for the Patriots' Week 3 game against the Texans.

    Freeny was limited in practice all week and was questionable to play on Thursday. It's unclear if he'll be at all limited in the game, in which case Shea McClellin would likely see some extra snaps.

    (Updated 09/22/2016)
    10/02/16QBJimmy GaroppoloRIGHT SHOULDERQUESTIONABLEBoth Garoppolo (right shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (right thumb) are listed as questionable for Sunday's 1:00 ET game against the Bills, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

    As are six other Pats, with no players listed as doubtful or out by the team heading into Week 4 action. At this stage, the Patriots have not indicated whether Garoppolo or Brissett will start this weekend and it wouldn't surprise us if clarity on that front didn't arrive until Sunday. Either way, top QB Tom Brady is slated to return to action in Week 5, so Garoppolo's window of fantasy opportunity is closing soon.

    (Updated 09/30/2016)
    10/02/16TERob GronkowskiHAMSTRINGQUESTIONABLEGronkowski (hamstring) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday.

    As ESPN.com's Mike Reiss relays, Gronkowski reported "no setbacks" in his return to action this past Thursday, thus it's reasonable to expect the tight end's workload to increase Sunday against the Bills, after he logged just 14 snaps on offense in Week 3.

    (Updated 09/28/2016)
    10/02/16LBDont'a HightowerKNEEQUESTIONABLEHightower (knee) has been listed as inactive for Thursday's game against the Texans.

    Hightower was limited in practice all week, leaving him as a toss up to play Week 3. This will be his second missed game since spraining his MCL in the team's Week 1 game. The added time off prior to Week 4 may be enough for him to get back on the field. Look for Elandon Roberts to see some extra time once again in Hightower's absence.

    (Updated 09/22/2016)
    10/02/16CBEric RoweANKLEQUESTIONABLERowe has been listed as out for the Patriot's Week 2 game against the Dolphins due to an ankle injury.

    It's unclear how Rowe suffered the injury but seeing as it was enough to keep him out of practice on Friday it's unsurprising that he won't be playing in Week 2. Since he's little more than a depth corner and special teams player his absence shouldn't impact the team greatly.

    (Updated 09/16/2016)
    09/09/16RBTyler GaffneyFootQUESTIONABLEGaffney (foot) reached an injury settlement with the Patriots on Friday, Mike Petraglia of WEEI.com reports.

    The transaction removes Gaffney from the Patriots' injured reserve. If he can regain his health, it isn't out of the realm of possibility for the running back to resurface with another organization before season's end.

    (Updated 09/09/2016)
    09/09/16LBKevin SnyderUndisclosedQUESTIONABLE (Updated 12/31/1969)
    09/03/16DLRob NinkovichSuspensionSUSPENDThe Patriots have signed Ninkovich (suspension) to a one-year contract extension, NFL.com reports.

    Though he's suspended for the first four weeks of the regular season and concurrently nursing a triceps injury, the Patriots' brass still clearly considers Ninkovich a key piece of their defense for the foreseeable future. Previously set to hit the free agent market after at season's end, Ninkovich is now set to remain in New England through 2017.

    (Updated 09/11/2016)
    08/31/16TEBryce WilliamsUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEWilliams has missed several days of practice with an undisclosed injury.

    Clearly behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett on the Patriots' tight end depth chart, Williams is competing for depth slotting at the position along with Clay Harbor, A.J. Derby, Steven Scheu and Bear Pascoe.

    (Updated 08/16/2016)
    07/29/16QBTom BradySuspensionSUSPENDWhile playing the entire first half of Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants, Brady (suspension) completed 16 of 26 passes for 166 yards, with a TD and a pick.

    With Brady having seemingly finished up the game in good health, the veteran QB's first regular-season action is set for Week 5 against the Browns, after he serves his four-game suspension at the beginning of the upcoming campaign. In the meantime, Jimmy Garoppolo is slated to start the Patriots' first four games of the upcoming campaign.

    (Updated 09/01/2016)
    06/09/16TEMichael WilliamsKneeOUTWilliams tore his left ACL during Wednesday's practice and he'll likely be placed on Injured Reserve, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports.

    As expected, Williams' injury was a serious one as he was seen on crutches Thursday awaiting the unfortunate results. This ensures Clay Harbor's spot as the No. 3 option at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett heading into the 2016 season, as Williams enters a long road to recovery.

    (Updated 06/09/2016)
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