Matt Jones RB WAS (9) 12 minutes ago
Head coach Jay Gruden said the team won't give up on Jones as a result of his fumbling issues, The Washington Post reports.
Jones put a lot of work into solving his ball security issues during the offseason, but he's now fumbled three times in the past five games. He also hasn't offered much as a receiver -- catching just eight passes all season -- and even his running performance has been wildly inconsistent from week to week. Despite his coach's comments suggesting the starting running back will retain his role, Jones is clearly in at least some danger of falling out of favor. Passing-down back Chris Thompson has been surprisingly effective in the running game to the tune of 5.1 yards per carry, including 12 totes for 73 yards in Sunday's 20-17 loss to Detroit. Considering the Redskins already operate a pass-oriented offense, it would make sense to lean on the quick, sure-handed Thompson over the more powerful Jones in most situations. It remains to be seen what the team will actually do, starting with Sunday's game in London against the Bengals.
QJulius Thomas TE JAC (5) 20 minutes ago
Thomas (ankle) did not participate in Tuesday's practice.
Thomas was listed as limited on Monday's injury report, which provided an estimation of what each player's availability would've been if the team had actually practiced. With the Jaguars taking the field for a real practice Tuesday, their starting tight end wasn't available. However, no setback has been reported after Thomas played through the ankle issue in Sunday's loss to Oakland -- suggesting he's merely sitting out as a matter of maintenance. He logged 54 of 67 snaps in Sunday's game, catching three of seven targets for 20 yards and a touchdown.
Tyler Eifert TE CIN (9) 1 hour ago
Eifert is expected to get more work in Week 8 against Washington, after only playing third-down and red-zone snaps in Sunday's win over the Browns, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.
Eifert logged 15 snaps and two targets in his first appearance of the season, catching one pass for a nine-yard gain. He said his back and surgically-repaired ankle both felt fine during and after the game -- potentially setting him up for something closer to his pre-injury role in Week 8. The Bengals are traveling to London to face a Washington team that has limited opposing tight ends to just one touchdown and 6.4 yards per target this season.
Kevin Hogan QB CLE (13) 2 hours ago
Hogan is initially listed atop the Browns' unofficial depth chart for Week 8 against the Jets, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The caveat is that Cody Kessler (concussion) and Josh McCown (collarbone) are both listed at the end of the depth chart in brackets, as neither has been cleared to play. It seems likely the Browns will have at least one of the two available, which would push Hogan back to a role as the No. 2 or 3 quarterback. However, there's perhaps some chance the Browns won't have Kessler or McCown -- in which case the rookie out of Stanford would get his first career start. Hogan replaced the concussed Kessler in Sunday's 31-17 loss to the Bengals, piling up 104 yards and a score on the ground, but only completing 12 of 24 passes for 100 yards with two interceptions. When/if everyone is healthy, Hogan poses no threat to Kessler or McCown.
QJamaal Charles RB KC (5) 2 hours ago
Head coach Andy Reid emphasized that the team will remain cautious with Charles (knee), Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports. "It seems like there's a rush on (his return), but if you really look at what's real, it's a long season," Reid said. "And we'll need him as we go, and I'm trying to be smart with it."
Charles dealt with swelling in his surgically-repaired knee in the days leading up to Sunday's game against the Saints. While it seems to have only been a minor setback, the 29-year-old running back was still limited to just one carry (for no gain) on two snaps in Sunday's contest, with the Chiefs unsurprisingly opting for a cautious approach. Spencer Ware's emergence has allowed the team to be careful without sacrificing too much, but it does seem there's still hope for Charles to play a starring role at some point before the end of the season. The immediate outlook remains a major question mark, potentially shaping up as a mystery on a week-to-week basis. Ware figures to once again lead the way in Week 8 against Indianapolis, but it's possible Charles could still take on an increased role if the swelling in his knee subsides.
Coby Fleener TE NO (5) 2 hours ago
Fleener played 43 snaps (58 percent) in Week 7 against the Chiefs, compared to 41 snaps (55 percent) for tight end Josh Hill, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
After exiting in Week 1 with an ankle injury, Hill returned to the Saints' lineup in Week 6 and actually played more snaps than Fleener (46 snaps for Hill; 41 snaps for Fleener). Yet, it was Fleener who had the big game, catching six passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Fleener even scored a second touchdown on a two-yard rushing play. In Week 7, however, Fleener again almost evenly split snaps with Hill but had far less success against Kansas City, hauling in only two passes on two targets for 44 yards. Going forward, Fleener should continue to have value, as the Saints heavily utilize the tight end in the offense and Fleener is a superior receiver to Hill, but the recent downward trend in playing time is certainly not welcome news for his fantasy owners.
PUPJustin Houston LB KC (5) 3 hours ago
Head coach Andy Reid doesn't expect Houston (knee) to play in Sunday's game against the Colts, Terez A. Paylor of the the Kansas City Star reports.
Houston returned to practice last week, but the Chiefs want to take things slow with their superstar pass-rusher. A return in Week 9 or 10 seems more likely than an appearance this upcoming Sunday.
QMichael Floyd WR ARI (9) 3 hours ago
Head coach Bruce Arians said Floyd (hamstring) should be okay, after the wideout played through injury for most of Sunday's game against Seattle, Darren Urban of azcardinals.com reports.
With the Cardinals already hit hard by injuries at wide receiver, Floyd played through a hamstring injury in the second half and overtime of Sunday's 6-6 tie. The issue may have contributed to Floyd's modest total of seven targets, which was surprisingly low considering John Brown (leg) and Jaron Brown (knee) were unavailable in a game that featured 49 pass attempts from Carson Palmer. While John Brown is expected to return to practice this week, Jaron Brown is out for the year with a torn ACL. Depending on the former's ability to handle a full workload, Floyd may drop back to the No. 3 role. The Arizona wideout group still requires close watching, with Larry Fitzgerald the only key member free of an injury concern.
OUTSteve Smith WR BAL (8) 3 hours ago
Smith (ankle) may be available when the Ravens return from a Week 8 bye, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports.
Smith missed the past two games, leaving Mike Wallace as the No. 1 receiver, with Breshad Perriman and Kamar Aiken also taking on expanded roles. Wallace took full advantage to the tune of 217 receiving yards over the past two weeks, but a struggling Joe Flacco clearly still would've benefited from Smith's presence in the short passing game. The Ravens will face the Steelers in Week 9, coming out of a badly-needed bye week.
OUTPhillip Dorsett WR IND (10) 3 hours ago
Dorsett (hamstring) may return to practice Wednesday, Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports.
Dorsett missed Sunday's game in Tennessee, leaving Chester Rogers as the No. 2 receiver in an injury-laden Colts offense. While the second-year speedster may end up missing just the one game, it's possible he'll return to action as the No. 3 wideout, with Donte Moncrief (shoulder) also hoping to practice Wednesday. Moncrief hasn't played or practiced since suffering a fractured scapula in Week 2.