Some big-name players are returning from their four-game suspensions this week, and it's not soon enough for the Cowboys. Six teams are still undefeated and extra points are starting to mess with kickers' heads.
Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree underwent surgery Tuesday on a fractured fibula and will be miss at least eight weeks, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
What was initially termed an ankle injury has been confirmed as a broken leg, threatening the remainder of Ogletree's season. He was easily on pace to achieve a third 100-tackle campaign in a row to kick off his career. However, his absence will make way for Akeem Ayers to serve as the Rams' weak-side linebacker.
Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) has been designated as probable for the Week 5 game against Arizona.
A regular on the injury report this season, Ansah has yet to miss a game and already has four sacks. He should be fine for Sunday, but his matchup with Cardinals left tackle Jared Veldheer is a tough one.
An ankle injury has Lions running back Joique Bell sidelined for the Sunday game against the Cardinals.
According to MLive.com, Bell had a procedure on his ankle in March, in addition to the reported surgeries on his Achilles and knee. The third surgery explains his slow recovery leading up to the season, and he's reportedly been bothered by the ankle all along.
Bell's early-season struggles now come with more context, but he seems to be in danger of missing games beyond Week 5. With the Detroit offensive line struggling and the backfield still crowded, Bell offers very little upside.
With Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) probable, the impact of Ebron's absence is at least somewhat mitigated. Though it has been reported that he could miss up to three games, Ebron ran on the side with trainers Friday, suggesting he has some shot to return for the following game against the Bears.
Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy (hip) will make his season debut Sunday against the Cardinals, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Levy is ready to go after missing the first four games with the hip injury. He should give the unit a boost, and was one of the top Individual Defensive Player linebackers the last two seasons, so it's worth checking to see if he is available if you play in a Fantasy league that uses them.
Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) is listed as probable for the Sunday game against the Cardinals.
Pettigrew would normally be restricted to a blocking role, but with Eric Ebron (knee) out for at least one week, Pettigrew could see some extra targets in his return from a three-game absence. He still offers minimal upside in the passing game.