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|9/30/2014||Donald Stephenson, T|
|Chiefs coach Andy Reid said earlier Tuesday that he would wait to see Stephenson practice on Wednesday before he begins to decide whether he'll go back in the starting lineup.
Analysis: Stephenson was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. That suspension ended with Monday night's 41-14 victory over the New England Patriots.
|9/30/2014||Jadeveon Clowney, LB|
|Clowney's rehabilitation from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee is going well and he hopes to return for the Houston Texans in a few weeks. Clowney spoke to reporters on Tuesday after an appearance at a local middle school. He says: "Hopefully I'll be back sooner than everyone expects."
Analysis: The outside linebacker was injured in the season-opener on Sept. 7 and coach Bill O'Brien said at the time that he would miss 4-6 weeks. This is the third injury for the former South Carolina standout since he was drafted in May. He had sports hernia surgery in the offseason and suffered a concussion during training camp.
|9/30/2014||Chris Williams, WR|
|The Bears promoted Williams from their practice squad to the active roster Tuesday.
Analysis: Williams worked with the practice squad the past two weeks after making his NFL debut in Week 2 at San Francisco.
|9/30/2014||Rashad Ross, WR|
|The Bears waived Ross, announcing the move Tuesday.
Analysis: Ross appeared in the last two games for the Bears, returning five kickoffs for 106 yards.
|9/30/2014||William Moore, S|
|The Atlanta Falcons will be without starting safety William Moore for eight games with a shoulder injury.
Analysis: Moore was placed on injured return-designated to return. He can begin practicing in six weeks.
|9/30/2014||John Conner, RB|
|Conner has been re-signed by the Jets on Tuesday after fullback Tommy Bohanon was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list with a broken collarbone.
Analysis: Conner rejoins the team that drafted him in the fifth round out of Kentucky in 2010. He was released by New York in 2012 after dealing with injuries, but finished that season with Cincinnati. Conner played last season for the Giants, but was among the team's final cuts out of training camp.
|9/30/2014||Robert Mathis, LB|
|The team announced Tuesday it had given the 2013 NFL sacks leader a one-year contract extension. Financial terms were not immediately available.
Analysis: Mathis is the Colts career leader in sacks and set a single-season franchise record with 19 1/2 sacks last season. But this season has been a washout. He was suspended for the first four games after violating the NFL's the league's performance-enhancing substance policy, then sustained a season-ending torn Achilles' tendon during a private workout while he was away from the team.
|9/30/2014||Husain Abdullah, S|
|The NFL said Tuesday that Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception.
Analysis: The league's rule book prohibits players from celebrating while on the ground, but spokesman Michael Signora wrote in an email Tuesday that "the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play." He said that he knew before he even reached the end zone he would drop to his knees in thankful prayer after intercepting Tom Brady.
|9/30/2014||Jimmy Garoppolo, QB|
|Garoppolo finished things off Monday, going 6 of 7 for 70 yards and a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski in the Patriots' 41-14 loss to Kansas City.
Analysis: It's unlikely for the moment that Garoppolo replaces Tom Brady, but the Eastern Illinois product is worth keeping an eye on.
|9/30/2014||Alex Smith, QB|
|Smith went 20 of 26 for 248 yards and three TDs without an interception Monday against the Patriots.
Analysis: Smith, who outplayed Tom Brady in this contest, is currently a better fantasy option than Brady. Smith has thrown six TDs and no picks in the last two games.
|9/30/2014||Donnie Avery, WR|
|Avery left Monday's game with a strained groin.
Analysis: His status going forward is uncertain.
|9/30/2014||Jamaal Charles, RB|
|Charles, who missed last week's win in Miami with a sprained ankle, ran for 92 yards and a score Monday. He also caught two TD passes and totaled 108 combined yards.
Analysis: This kind of performance is why Charles is an elite fantasy option.
|9/30/2014||Brandon LaFell, WR|
|LaFell caught six passes for 119 yards and a TD on Monday.
Analysis: In two games, LaFell has 10 receptions for 165 yards, but likely is not a serious fantasy option for the moment.
|9/30/2014||Tom Brady, QB|
|The two-time league MVP threw a pair of interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and also lost a costly fumble in a 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night.
Analysis: Brady finished 14 of 23 for 159 yards and a touchdown, and is now averaging just 197 yards per game. He is completing 59 percent of his passes, his worst rate in 14 years as a starter. It was the fourth straight clunker for Brady, who was pulled in the fourth quarter with the game well out of reach.
|9/29/2014||Andre Holmes, WR|
|Holmes had five catches for 74 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to Miami.
Analysis: Holmes, who was targeted a whopping 12 times, could be someone to keep an eye on going forward.
|9/29/2014||Lamar Miller, RB|
|Miller carried the ball 12 times for 64 yards and two TDs in Sunday's 38-14 rout of Oakland.
Analysis: Miller is averaging a very impressive 5.7 yards per carry to rank third in the league. He should continue to carry the load until Knowshon Moreno returns from injury.
|9/29/2014||Antonio Brown, WR|
|Brown had another huge fantasy day in Sunday's stunning loss to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Brown had seven receptions for 131 yards and two more scores, giving him four over the last two weeks. He ranks fourth among wideouts with 427 yards.
|9/29/2014||Heath Miller, TE|
|Miller had 10 catches for 85 yards and a TD in Sunday's stunning loss to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Miller had been relatively quiet over the first three weeks before breaking out. His 27 targets on the year rank seventh among tight ends.
|9/29/2014||Mike Glennon, QB|
|Glennon hit Vincent Jackson for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 7 seconds remaining and Tampa Bay rallied past the stunned Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 on Sunday.
Analysis: Glennon completed 21 of 42 passes for a career-high 302 yards and two TDs. He has very little value aside from two-QB leagues.
|9/29/2014||Vincent Jackson, WR|
|Mike Glennon hit Jackson for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 7 seconds remaining and Tampa Bay rallied past the stunned Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 on Sunday.
Analysis: While Jackson has now scored in back-to-back weeks, he has just 13 catches for 134 yards on the year. He remains a WR3 going forward.
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