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|10/13/2015||Antonio Gates, SD, TE|
|Gates returned from a four-game PED suspension and caught nine passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns in the Chargers' 24-20 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday night.
Analysis: Fantasy owners should be thrilled with Gates' return. He should continue to play a big role in the San Diego offense. However, backup Ladarius Green still chipped in with five receptions and 50 yards.
|10/13/2015||Le'Veon Bell, Pit, RB|
|Bell rushed 21 times for 111 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' 24-20 win at San Diego on Monday night.
Analysis: Bell's TD against the Chargers was a 1-yard surge on the final play of the game. He's scored once in each of his first three games of the season, and he's rushed for 240 yards while averaging 5.6 per carry in the last two.
|10/13/2015||Philip Rivers, SD, QB|
|Rivers completed 35 of 48 passes for 365 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Chargers' 24-20 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday night.
Analysis: Rivers leads the NFL with 1,613 passing yards, completing 71.3 percent of his attempts with 10 touchdowns and five picks. His 103.9 passer rating ranks sixth in the league.
|10/13/2015||Mike Vick, Pit, QB|
|Vick completed 13 of 26 passes for 203 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Steelers' 24-20 win at San Diego on Monday night.
Analysis: Vick is 1-1 as a starter in place of the injured Ben Roethlisberger. He's connected on 61.5 percent of his passes for 327 yards with two TDs and one pick.
|10/12/2015||Muhammad Wilkerson, NYJ, DE|
|Wilkerson will have precautionary X-rays on his sore ribs that limited him at practice in the team's return from its bye-week break.
Analysis: Coach Todd Bowles says Wilkerson, who leads the team with 3 1/2 sacks, only made the team aware of the injury Monday. The injury isn't believed to be serious or potentially keep him out Sunday against Washington.
|10/12/2015||Scott Solomon, Cle, LB|
|Solomon sustained a knee injury and could be sidelined for some time.
Analysis: He recently returned from an ankle injury.
|10/12/2015||Blake Bortles, Jax, QB|
|Bortles sprained his throwing shoulder in a 38-31 loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Analysis: The team says Bortles suffered a "Grade 1 AC joint sprain" early in the game but played through it. Coach Gus Bradley adds, "We think he should be in good shape" to play against Houston on Sunday. Bradley added, "don't be surprised if you don't see him out there Wednesday. If he could practice Wednesday, it would be a situation where we don't want him to be sore and affect his throwing mechanics. But we think he should be OK."
|10/12/2015||Jacquizz Rodgers, Chi, RB|
|Rodgers will miss the rest of the season with a broken right arm.
Analysis: Rodgers, one of the backups to Matt Forte, suffered the injury in a win over Kansas City.
|10/12/2015||Justin Forsett, Bal, RB|
|Coach John Harbaugh said Forsett has a good chance to play Sunday against San Francisco.
Analysis: Forsett sat out overtime in a loss to Cleveland while dealing with an ankle injury.
|10/12/2015||Cameron Wake, Mia, DE|
|Wake watched from the sideline during the portion of Monday's practice open to the media.
Analysis: He is dealing with a hamstring injury and his status for Sunday's game against Tennessee is unclear.
|10/12/2015||Brent Grimes, Mia, CB|
|Grimes watched from the sideline during the portion of Monday's practice open to the media.
Analysis: He is dealing with a right knee injury and his status for Sunday's game against Tennessee is unclear.
|10/12/2015||Steve Smith Sr., Bal, WR|
|Coach John Harbaugh said he is hopeful Smith will return Sunday against San Francisco.
Analysis: Smith missed last week's loss to Cleveland with four microfractures in his back.
|10/12/2015||Dwight Freeney, SD, DE|
|A person with knowledge of the situation says the Arizona Cardinals have signed outside linebacker Dwight Freeney to a one-year contract.
Analysis: The 35-year-old Freeney, a seven-time Pro Bowl player, has 111 1/2 career sacks and led the NFL with 16 sacks in 2004.
|10/12/2015||Josh McCown, Cle, QB|
|McCown said he will continue to receive treatment on his left ankle, which he rolled late in Sunday's 33-30 overtime victory.
Analysis: He passed for 457 yards - a franchise regular-season game record. He's hoping to be able to play this week when the Browns host the Denver Broncos.
|10/12/2015||Joe Haden, Cle, CB|
|Haden will likely miss one game with a concussion sustained during Sunday's overtime win at Baltimore.
Analysis: Haden, who was already playing with a broken right ring finger, got hurt when he came up to stop a screen pass on the first play of the fourth quarter. Browns coach Mike Pettine said Monday that Haden has been placed in the NFL's concussion protocol.
|10/12/2015||Sheldon Richardson, NYJ, DE|
|Richardson has returned to practice after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He was added to the active roster and New York waived tight end Wes Saxton to make room.
Analysis: Richardson was back with the team Monday following the Jets' bye-week break and coach Todd Bowles says he will play in New York's home game against Washington on Sunday, although his role is uncertain. Richardson could face additional discipline from the league later this season or next after his arrest on charges of resisting arrest in Missouri in July. His next court hearing is Nov. 9.
|10/12/2015||Andrew Luck, Ind, QB|
|Luck was a full participant in Monday's practice for the first time in two weeks, though his availability for Sunday night's showdown with New England remains unknown.
Analysis: Luck is still day-to-day with a sore right shoulder and had been limited in practice since leading Indianapolis to a 35-33 win at Tennessee on Sept. 27. "It feels better every day," Luck said. "It was good to go through practice without limitations in a sense, get out there and throw. It's feeling better." Practice wasn't open to the media on Monday and Luck wouldn't go into detail about what exactly he did.
|10/12/2015||IK Enemkpali, Buf, LB|
|The Bills filled an open roster spot on Monday by activating defensive end Ikemefuna Enemkpali, who finished serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's player personal conduct policy.
Analysis: Enemkpali was suspended for a punch that broke the jaw of New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith during a locker room altercation in August. The Bills, who claimed Enemkpali on waivers, were granted a one-week roster exemption and had until Monday to activate or cut the player. He takes the roster spot of Cierre Wood, who tore his ACL on Sunday.
|10/12/2015||Cierre Wood, Buf, RB|
|Wood will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL on Sunday.
Analysis: Wood was placed on injured reserve after he was hurt in Buffalo's 14-13 win at Tennessee. Starting running back LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is out indefinitely. Backup Karlos Williams (concussion) has a chance to return Sunday, when Buffalo (3-2) hosts Cincinnati (5-0).
|10/12/2015||Eli Manning, NYG, QB|
|Manning had a career-best 41 completions in 54 attempts in Sunday's win, and his throw to the double-covered Larry Donnell finished off an 82-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown with 21 seconds left.
Analysis: The two-time Super Bowl MVP threw for three scores and has 10 TD passes in his last four games, though next week's trip to Philadelphia is a daunting one since Manning laid an egg there last year as the Giants were blanked in embarrassing fashion.
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