Josh McCown QB TB 3 Hrs
No surgery on McCown's thumb has been planned at this time, but he's still unlikely to play against the Saints this week, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
While McCown's thumb apparently showed improvement during his throwing session Monday, he still needs further recovery time and figures to be inactive again in Week 5. His week off will afford Mike Glennon another look in the starter's role, after he engineered the Bucs' comeback victory last Sunday against the Steelers.
Ronnie Brown RB HOU 4 Hrs
Brown was waived by the Texans on Wednesday, Mark Berman of MyFoxHouston.com reports.
The Texans' cutting of Brown would seem to suggest the team is confident in the health of top tailback Arian Foster, who played through a hamstring injury in last Sunday's win over the Bills. The Texans signed cornerback Jumal Rolle off the Packers' practice squad to fill Brown's spot on the 53-man roster.
Brandon Spikes LB BUF 11 Hrs
Through four games, Spikes has 13 total tackles and a sack.
Spikes' playing time is pretty disappointing, as he was seeing just 39 percent of the defensive snaps entering Sunday, though he did see 62 percent in Sunday's loss to Houston. Still, he only put up three tackles even with the increased playing time. The hope entering the season was that Spikes would be a stud on first and second downs, and do just enough to at least be part of the mix for third down, thereby making him perhaps Buffalo's best linebacker IDP. Instead, rookie Preston Brown and Nigel Bradham appear to offer far more fantasy upside.
Eli Manning QB NYG 11 Hrs1 Comment
Over the Giants' last two games, Manning's gotten rid of the ball in a blistering two seconds per snap, the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
According to Pro Football Focus, Manning has held the ball for less time than anyone other than his brother Peyton so far this season, and over the last two games, Eli's even faster than him. Combined with improved offensive line play, Manning's rarely been under pressure the last two games. He should have another good matchup at home this week against the Falcons.
Manny Lawson DL BUF 15 Hrs
Through four games, Lawson has eight total tackles, a sack, and a pass defensed.
Lawson is only seeing action on 33 percent of the defensive snaps, and with Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, Jerry Hughes, and maybe even Jarius Wynn ahead of him in the pecking order, it's obvious he's lost quite a bit of value from last season, when he finished with 73 tackles and four sacks.
Nickell Robey DB BUF 15 Hrs
Through four games, Robey has eight total tackles and a pass defensed.
Considering he was an undrafted free agent in 2013, Robey has done pretty well just to land a secure job the last two seasons. However, the addition of Corey Graham to the mix this season has dropped Robey to No. 4 or No. 5 in the cornerback pecking order. While he is seeing action on 66 percent of the defensive snaps, the fact he's a corner and not racking up a bunch of tackles on a per play basis should keep him off your IDP radar for now.
Danny Trevathan LB DEN 17 Hrs
Trevathan is expected to make his season debut Sunday against the Cardinals after missing the first three games with a knee injury, the Denver Post reports.
Trevathan, who led the Broncos with 129 tackles last season, suffered a fracture in his knee back in August while breaking up an intra-squad scuffle. Brandon Marshall has racked up 30 tackles and one sack while starting in place of Trevathan, but the latter is expected to reclaim his starting job as soon as Sunday.
Jadeveon Clowney LB HOU 17 Hrs1 Comment
Clowney (knee) recently resumed jogging, the Houston Chronicle reports. "Everything is starting to come along just like I want it to," Clowney said. "I think I'll be back in a few weeks -- that's the goal."
Now more than three weeks removed from surgery to repair a torn meniscus, suffered the first half of his first regular-season game, Clowney has progressed to the point where he can run lightly on the injured knee. He's hoping to be back in a matter of weeks, but Clowney stressed that his main focus is making sure he is completely healthy before returning to action. This year's top overall draft choice sustained the injury on a non-contact play, but he said it had nothing to do with the turf at NRG Stadium, and rather it was "just how [he] came down on it wrong."
Jerick McKinnon RB MIN 17 Hrs
McKinnon (ankle) remained limited in practice Tuesday.
McKinnon emerged from Sunday's win over Atlanta with a bit of an ankle concern, but he appears headed for a 'probable' designation in advance of Thursday's game against Green Bay, after practicing in a limited capacity both Monday and Tuesday. The 22-year-old totaled 135 yards on 18 carries last week -- he had just five carries through the first three games -- and has almost certainly earned a larger role moving forward. That said, Matt Asiata will likely continue to serve as the primary rusher, handling any short-yardage and goal-line work.
Mario Manningham WR NYG 18 Hrs1 Comment
The Giants released Manningham (calf) from injured reserve Tuesday, Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Manningham suffered a calf injury late in the preseason, resulting in his placement on IR, but he was the roster bubble long before then. The 28-year-old missed the first half of last season while recovering from a torn ACL, and he caught just nine of 23 targets for 85 yards in six games with the 49ers when healthy, so it's hard to imagine he'll garner significant interest now that he's a free agent.