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  • Chicago Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    10/08/15CBAlan BallGroinQUESTIONABLEBears cornerback Alan Ball accrued a season-high nine tackles and batted away a pass in Sunday's 26-0 loss to the Seahawks.

    Though the Bears were beaten handily in Week 3, Ball was one of the team's more impressive performers defensively. In addition to showing activity in stopping the run, Ball was excellent during the Seahawks' final drive before halftime, denying a fade route intended for Jimmy Graham and defending Chris Matthews on another pass attempt.

    (Updated 09/30/2015)
    10/08/15QBJay CutlerHamstringQUESTIONABLEBears quarterback Jay Cutler (hamstring) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    Cutler returned Sunday from a one-week absence due to a hamstring injury and didn't miss a beat, completing 28 of 43 passes for 281 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Considering he was initially given a prognosis of at least two missed games, it isn't a surprise that his practice reps are limited to begin the week.

    As long as the healing process continues unabated, he'll face a Chiefs secondary Sunday that has allowed 311 yards per game and 11 passing touchdowns to quarterbacks this season.

    (Updated 10/07/2015)
    10/08/15WRAlshon JefferyHamstringQUESTIONABLEJeffery (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    With another limited showing in his back pocket, Jeffery has yet to show that he's in line to return for the first time since the season opener. The release of Friday's injury report will provide a good indication of his Week 5 availability, but if he returns, he could make a mark immediately against a Chiefs defense that has allowed 10 touchdowns to wideouts through four games.

    (Updated 10/08/2015)
    10/08/15LBShea McClellinElbowQUESTIONABLEBears linebacker Shea McClellin recorded nine total tackles in Sunday's 48-23 loss to the Cardinals. For the second straight week, McClellin paced the Bears in stops, benefiting greatly from the Cardinals' decision to run the ball 28 times.
    10/08/15CBSherrick McManisHamstringQUESTIONABLEBears cornerback Tracy Porter (hamstring) is out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, the Chicago Tribune reports.
    10/08/15DTJeremiah RatliffAnkleQUESTIONABLEBears defensive end Jeremiah Ratliff was suspended by the NFL for three games Monday for violating the league's substance abuse policy, per ESPN.com. 
    10/08/15SAntrel RolleAnkleQUESTIONABLEBears safety Antrel Rolle (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, the Bears' official site reports.

    Rolle came out of Sunday's game with an ankle injury, but despite clean X-rays, he has yet to practice this week. If he's eventually ruled out, Harold Jones-Quartey is the logical candidate to fill in at strong safety.

    (Updated 10/08/2015)
    10/08/15WREddie RoyalAnkleQUESTIONABLERoyal (ankle) missed practice again Thursday, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    Royal hasn't practiced this week due to an ankle injury, leaving only one day to show off his Week 5 viability. If he makes an appearance Sunday against the Chiefs, he may have to contend with Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) for targets for the first time since the season opener.

    (Updated 10/08/2015)
    10/08/15DTWill SuttonElbowQUESTIONABLEBears defensive end Will Sutton (biceps) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

    Sutton was expected to slide back to a bench role with Jeremiah Ratliff (ankle) returning from a three-game suspension, but both players are listed as questionable for Sunday, after logging limited practices throughout the week. If both suit up, Ratliff will probably get the start and play more snaps. Neither warrants IDP consideration.

    (Updated 10/02/2015)
    Detroit Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    10/08/15DEEzekiel AnsahShoulderQUESTIONABLELions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday, per Kyle Meinke of MLive.com.

    Ansah tallied two additional sacks in the Monday night loss at Seattle, pushing him to four on the season and into a tie for second in the NFL. While he's been listed with a different ailment each of the last three weeks, Ansah has brushed off the concern and played. So far, there has been no indication that the same won't occur in Week 5, but the Friday injury report should clarify his availability.

    (Updated 10/08/2015)
    10/08/15RBJoique BellAnkleQUESTIONABLEBell (ankle) did not take part in Friday's practice, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Bell's Week 5 status will not officially be revealed until Friday afternoon, but it was reported Thursday that he is not expected to play this week, and a missed practice Friday certainly does not help his chances of suiting up Sunday.

    (Updated 10/09/2015)
    10/08/15TEEric EbronKneeQUESTIONABLEEbron (knee) did not practice Friday, but he was able to run on the side with trainers, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' website reports.

    While Ebron was able to run around Friday, he did not log any practice participation this week and is almost certainly out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. It was reported earlier in the week that he could miss up to three games, but with him already back up on his feet, he could have a chance to return to action after missing just one game.

    (Updated 10/09/2015)
    10/08/15SJames IhedigboQuadricepsQUESTIONABLELions strong safety James Ihedigbo has reported to OTAs and will likely attend minicamp despite his stated desire for a new contract, the Detroit News is reporting.
    10/08/15LBDeAndre LevyHipPROBABLELions 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.

    (Updated 10/09/2015)
    10/08/15LBTravis LewisAnkleQUESTIONABLEThe Lions placed linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) on injured reserve Saturday. The team replaced Lewis on the active roster with tight end Jordan Thompson, who was signed from the practice squad.
    10/08/15CBRashean MathisCalfPROBABLELions cornerback Rashean Mathis is planning to retire after the two-year contract he signed in March expires, per the Detroit Free Press.
    10/08/15WRLance MooreAnklePROBABLELions veteran wide receiver Lance Moore will not play Thursday night against Washington in the team's second preseason game, ESPN has reported. He will return home after becoming a father.
    10/08/15DTHaloti NgataCalfQUESTIONABLELions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was limited in practice Friday with a shoulder problem and is considered questionable for the Sunday game against Minnesota.
    10/08/15TEBrandon PettigrewHamstringQUESTIONABLELions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, The Detroit News reports.

    Wednesday marks Pettigrew's first practice since sustaining the hamstring injury Sept. 13, and he could be ready for the Lions' Week 5 matchup against the Cardinals.

    Fellow tight end Eric Ebron (knee) is also banged up and expected to sit out a couple weeks, which would likely promote Pettigrew to the starting spot for the time being. Tim Wright would also likely see more snaps in Ebron's absence.

    (Updated 10/07/2015)
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