Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware suffered a back strain Sunday at Oakland and is expected to miss two weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Broncos travel to Cleveland next Sunday, before their bye arrives in Week 7, so the team is prepared to be without Ware for potentially just one game. Thus, his next few weeks will be characterized by treatment, with the likely aim of a return for Sunday Night Football on Nov. 1 against the Packers.
Though Ravens running back 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.
Gillmore (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports.
Gillmore missed practice for a second straight week, and he may need to miss games beyond Sunday. Maxx Williams will likely fill in as the starter, with fellow rookie Nick Boyle also absorbing a larger role.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) did not sustain a new injury before the team's Week 3 game against the Bengals, according to NFL Network.
"It's just a slow-healing deal," Harbaugh said Monday. "He's had probably one of the all-time slowest healing sprained PCLs ever. That's nothing against him. It's just the way it is. It's tough. It's one-in-some number, whatever Dr. [James] Andrews said it was."
Perriman appeared to re-injure his knee during Week 3 pregame warmups, but Harbaugh said the incident wasn't the reason the rookie needed surgery. Either way, Perriman is out indefinitely after undergoing a knee scope and getting a stem-cell injection.
Ravens wide receiver 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."
Taliaferro had been listed as probable for the contest after practicing on a limited basis both Thursday and Friday. He'll give way to Javorius Allen to be the primary backup to starter Justin Forsett. Fantasy owners hoping to vulture a goal line touch from Taliaferro should quickly execute their contingency plan.