Sio Moore LB OAK 2 Days
Moore recorded nine tackles (eight solo) in Sunday's 23-13 loss to the Browns.
Moore led the team in tackles for the second time in three weeks, and is now just five tackles off the team lead for the season despite missing two games with an ankle injury. He hasn't done much in the other statistic categories, outside of one sack and one forced fumble, but Moore should continue to see ample tackle opportunities, with most teams able to sustain drives against the Raiders' defense.
DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 2 Days5 Comments
Williams (ankle) will start at running back in Thursday's game against the Saints, NFL.com reports.
Williams has been sidelined for six games this season due to hamstring and ankle injuries, but will make his long-awaited return Thursday. The Panthers' franchise-leading rusher will start at running back, with Jonathan Stewart expected to fulfill his usual complementary role. From there, Carolina may roll with the hot hand Thursday versus New Orleans. Nonetheless, minus fullback Mike Tolbert (leg), the Panthers will finally have their preferred backfield rotation available in Week 9.
Robert Griffin QB WAS 2 Days
Griffin (ankle) is "very, very, very close" to being cleared for game action, according to coach Jay Gruden, The Washington Post reports.
Griffin returned as a limited participant during practice last week, but fell just short of being able to play in Monday's win over the Redskins. While coach Gruden expects Wednesday's practice to be more of a walk-through, the Redskins' team doctors reportedly just need to deem Griffin comfortable enough in the pocket in order to grant him the ability to play. Nonetheless, it appears Griffin stands a favorable chance of being cleared for Sunday's game against the Vikings, although his status will still need to be tracked for confirmation one way or another.
Bryce Brown RB BUF 2 Days10 Comments
Brown only saw action on 14 offensive snaps (25 percent) in Sunday's win over the Jets, according to WGR550.com.
Meanwhile, Anthony Dixon played 75 percent of the offensive snaps, so as expected it's Dixon who's remained higher in the pecking order. Neither back did much at all with their carries, with Brown posting a 7/15/0 line and Dixon putting up a 22/44/0 line. Brown was given three targets to Dixon's zero, but didn't haul in any of them. With a bye in Week 9 and Fred Jackson's return expected sometime in November - and perhaps the early part - Brown's window of fantasy opportunity may not be all that vast. That said, with C.J. Spiller on returnable IR, Brown should at least be active the rest of the way, and maybe he'll at least have a few chances to show he can be the guy who gets the team's sagging running game going again.
Mike Tolbert RB CAR 2 Days
Tolbert (leg) expects to be ready to play once he's eligible to return in Week 13, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Tolbert is currently on the Panthers' designated to return list, which will prevent Tolbert from playing for four more weeks. However, with the fullback reportedly ahead of schedule in his recovery from a hairline fracture in his left leg, Tolbert is aiming to be full-go for that Week 13 contest versus the Vikings.
Calais Campbell DL ARI 2 Days
Campbell (knee) took the field for 62 of the Cardinals' 92 defensive snaps in Sunday's win against the Eagles, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 reports. Afterward, Campbell told the Cardinals' official site, "I could definitely tell a difference [wearing the brace] but I was able to be functional and explosive and leave it all on the field. It held up pretty good. After the game I was exhausted."
Although Campbell mustered just two tackles (one solo) and no other counting stats, he equaled fellow lineman Tommy Kelly for most snaps along the defensive front. Campbell was understandably constrained by the brace on his right knee, but his recovery from an MCL sprain may require its services for the foreseeable future. If so, owners should temper expectations until his playmaking ability is reestablished.
Antonio Cromartie DB ARI 2 Days
Cromartie took the field for all but one of the Cardinals' 92 defensive snaps in Sunday's victory versus the Eagles, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 reports.
On the day, Cromartie supplied five solo tackles and three passes defended, the latter of which he took full advantage with his first two interceptions in a Cardinals uniform. According to Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site, his fourth-quarter pick of Nick Foles ensured Cromartie's status as the only player with at least two interceptions in each of the last eight seasons (2007-14). If Patrick Peterson is unable to fend off a concussion in advance of next Sunday's showdown at Dallas, Cromartie seems poised to handle most, if not all, of the snaps for a second week in a row.
Deone Bucannon DB ARI 2 Days
Bucannon took the field for 76 of the Cardinals' 92 defensive snaps in Sunday's victory against the Eagles, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 reports.
The rookie safety tallied a career-best eight tackles (four solo), but Bucannon's IDP performance was buoyed by the recovery of a Josh Huff fumble early in the second quarter. Following the news Monday that Tony Jefferson awakened with concussion symptoms, Bucannon could be in line for his first career start and the perks that accompany such a gig: a full workload. As the week carries on, watch Jefferson's status closely to learn if Bucannon will indeed take over at strong safety.
Rashad Johnson DB ARI 2 Days
Johnson took the field for all 92 of the Cardinals' defensive snaps in Sunday's win versus the Eagles, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 reports.
As a result, Johnson ranked second on the team in tackles with 11 (10 solo), while recording a whopping four passes defended. Because the LB corps has been decimated by a confluence of events, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has hung his hat on a deep secondary, with six defensive backs playing at least 79 percent of the snaps Sunday. However, both Patrick Peterson and Tony Jefferson have entered the concussion protocol, which could place some additional strain on the remaining defensive backs in a Week 9 showdown at Dallas. No matter, as the owner of 47 tackles (42 solo), two picks (one for a touchdown), one fumble recovery, and one sack in seven contests, Johnson should continue to aid IDP pursuits.
Champ Bailey DB NO 2 Days
Bailey has decided to retire from the NFL, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Bailey was drafted seventh overall in 1999 and quickly established himself as a dominant cornerback. In fact, beginning in 2000, Bailey was named to 12 consecutive Pro Bowls, the most in NFL history for a cornerback. Additionally, Bailey earned All-Pro honors seven times across 15 seasons spent with the Redskins and Broncos. On the whole, Bailey tallied 909 tackles (812 solo) and 52 interceptions during a decorated NFL career that should result in Bailey being inducted to the Hall of Fame.