Palmer's initial prognosis was at least eight weeks, so the quarterback may be overly optimistic in his ability to recover. While the upcoming evaluation may bring his timetable into focus, injured reserve remains a possibility in the mind of head coach Bruce Arians. If that comes to pass, Arians will "definitely" tab Palmer as one of the two players the Cardinals can designate for a return from IR. As long as Palmer is sidelined, Drew Stanton will hold down the fort at quarterback, with Blaine Gabbert handling backup duty.
The Colts are shutting down Luck's throwing program for the second straight week, which was fully expected after he suffered a setback in his recovery from offseason right shoulder surgery earlier this month. Assuming Luck experiences no renewed soreness in his shoulder during the upcoming days, he could resume light throwing early next week, but that shouldn't be interpreted as a sign that his season debut is forthcoming. While the Colts have previously stated that Luck will play at some point in 2017, it's looking increasingly likely that he could be at least a month away from doing so. Once he initiates the throwing program again, Luck is expected to gradually increase the intensity and frequency of his workouts, and it could take multiple weeks before he's able to log full practices on back-to-back days. Jacoby Brissett still looks to be safely entrenched as the Colts' starting quarterback through at least the team's Week 11 bye.
Siemian was riding high after completing 65 percent of his passes while tossing six touchdowns and scampering for another in the Broncos' first two contests, but he's slumped badly while Denver has dropped three of its last four games, including a shutout loss Sunday to the Chargers. Over that four-game stretch, Siemian has turned the ball over six times while leading the Broncos to just three touchdown drives along the way. It hasn't helped Siemian's case that the team's pass protection has been poor of late, but the 25-year-old may nonetheless need to do a better job of protecting the ball beginning with the Broncos' Week 8 game against the Chiefs in order to stave off backup Brock Osweiler for the starting gig.
Despite Gabbert boasting more experience as a starting quarterback over the course of his NFL career, the Cardinals will move forward with long-time backup Drew Stanton in Palmer's absence. Gabbert last started the first five games of the season for the 49ers last year and threw five touchdowns and six interceptions before being benched.
Cutler exited Sunday's 31-28 win over the Jets in the third quarter after being taken down hard to the ground, with a follow-up MRI determining that he suffered two fractured ribs. Moore sparkled in relief of Cutler to lead Miami to a comeback victory, completing 13 of 21 passes for 188 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. It's not believed that Cutler's injury will result in an extended absence, but Gase was unwilling Monday to commit to the incumbent automatically gaining the starting job back upon his return to full health. With Cutler sitting on an unremarkable 78.8 quarterback rating through his six starts, Moore could end up holding down the starting gig beyond Week 8 if he's able to provide the Dolphins with better play behind center.
The Dolphins had feared Cutler fractured his ribs in the third quarter following a hard takedown in Sunday's game, and it appears the team's worst fears were confirmed after he underwent X-rays. It's almost certain that Cutler will miss the team's Week 8 tilt Thursday against the Ravens, but until the Dolphins officially comment on the matter, it won't be known if he's due to miss any additional time beyond that. Matt Moore came on in relief for Cutler on Sunday and performed admirably, completing 13 of 21 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Considering Cutler had been one of the league's worst-performing starting quarterbacks prior to his exit, the Dolphins' skill-position players shouldn't notice too much of a downgrade with Moore under center, and in fact, their fantasy ceilings could actually be higher.
It was the second-year quarterback's third straight week with three passing touchdowns. He put on a clinic against the overmatched 49ers defense, and his teammates consistently made plays around him, highlighted by Ezekiel Elliott's 72-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the third quarter. The Mississippi State product has a pretty favorable schedule coming up, starting at Washington in Week 8.
Facing an elite defense and without his three primary pass-catching weapons, Manning was Captain Checkdown, resulting in a meager 3.4 YPA and only one pass play of more than 20 yards. He was only sacked once and wasn't intercepted, but the 36-year-old did lose a key fumble in the fourth quarter that led to a Seattle touchdown. A Week 8 bye and the return of Sterling Shepard from an ankle injury in Week 9 could help, but apart from rookie tight end Evan Engram, the outlook for this offense is dim.
Brady ensured the Falcons wouldn't be exacting revenge for the Patriots' come-from-behind victory in Super Bowl LI by repeatedly converting third downs and ultimately dicing the Atlanta secondary at an 8.7 YPA clip. His first touchdown was a simple shovel pass to Brandin Cooks, who then carried the ball 11 yards into the end zone, while Brady's second score was a perfectly-placed throw to James White from the two-yard line. With his team up 17-0 at halftime and the Falcons struggling on offense, Brady didn't really need to do much thereafter to seal the victory. The future Hall-of-Famer, who's on pace for over 4,470 passing yards and a sterling 35:5 TD-to-interception ratio, will next take aim at a Chargers defense that allowed the fourth-fewest passing yards in the league entering Week 7.
A four-yard TD scramble in the fourth quarter saved what would have been a fairly disappointing passing performance for the rookie at home against a less-than-intimidating passing defense. Beathard's offensive line did him no favors in his first NFL start, surrendering five sacks on the day. Most of the 23-year-old's completions were of the short and medium variety, but he did take a few shots downfield, notably connecting with Marquise Goodwin for 48 yards in the first quarter. While his skill set is better suited for ball-control offenses, the 49ers' inconsistent defense could lead to fantasy usefulness for Beathard in deeper formats due to sheer passing volume. The rookie signal caller may be asked to do even more throwing against a high-octane Eagles club next Sunday.