Chris Johnson RB NYJ 17 Hrs3 Comments

Johnson was used as a change-of-pace back in Sunday's loss to Detroit, collecting eight touches. Chris Ivory, meanwhile, handled the ball 19 times.

Johnson had a nifty 35-yard touchdown run late in the game, but his other seven chances didn't go anywhere (26 yards). Ivory looks like the player you want in this backfield. The Jets play the Chargers in Week 5.

Bobby Rainey RB TB 17 Hrs

Rainey carried four times for two yards and caught one pass for 16 yards in Sunday's win over the Steelers.

Meanwhile, fellow RB Doug Martin returned to action and saw the bulk of the Bucs' carries Sunday, rushing 14 times for 40 yards and a TD in the contest. While Rainey figures to see his share of touches in the coming weeks, as long as Martin can stay healthy, it looks like Rainey will work in a complementary role out of the team's backfield.

Chris Ivory RB NYJ 17 Hrs

Ivory was New York's featured runner in Sunday's loss to Detroit, carrying 17 times for 84 yards. He also caught two passes for 16 yards.

A handy showing from Ivory, especially when you consider how good Detroit's rushing defense has been this year. Chris Johnson, meanwhile, was limited to eight touches (though one went for a 35-yard touchdown). If you have just one running back card to play in this backfield, we suggest you spend it on Ivory.

Geno Smith QB NYJ 17 Hrs

Smith is keeping his starting job for now despite a mediocre performance in Sunday's loss to the Lions, ESPN New York reports. Smith completed 17-of-33 passes for 209 yards, with one touchdown and one pick.

Smith also lost a fumble and took two sacks, and was not a factor as a runner. The schedule doesn't get any easier, with the Chargers, Broncos and Patriots next up on the schedule.

Marqise Lee WR JAC 17 Hrs

Lee (hamstring) could return to practice later this week, the Florida Times-Union reports.

While the report would seem to suggest that Lee may be trending in the right direction, his status for Sunday's game against the Steelers remains cloudy. At this stage, though, Lee at least has a better chance to suit up this weekend than Cecil Shorts, who is expected to miss Week 5's contest.

LaRon Landry DB IND 17 Hrs

Landry has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances, Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports.

With Landry unavailable for the team's next four games, the Colts have added fellow safety Dewey McDonald to their active roster.

Ace Sanders WR JAC 17 Hrs

The Jaguars have received a one-week roster exemption for Sanders, whose suspension for violating the NFL substance abuse policy has ended, the Florida Times-Union reports.

Sanders can start practicing with Jags on Wednesday, though it remains to be seen if he will be added to the team's active roster in advance of Sunday's game against the Steelers. A decision on that front is presumably tied to Sanders' level of conditioning, but once the wideout is up to speed, he's a candidate to bolster both the Jags' depth at wideout, as well as the team's punt return unit.

Carson Palmer QB ARI 17 Hrs

What Palmer (shoulder) is able to do at practice Wednesday figures to be pivotal with regard to the QB's status for Sunday's game against the Broncos, the Cardinals' official site reports. "Wednesday and Thursday would be huge this week," coach Bruce Arians acknowledged in reference to Palmer's Week 5 availability.

While the report notes that Palmer maintains some optimism that he can play against the Broncos, such an outcome is not a lock at this stage, with Drew Stanton a candidate to get another start for the Cards on Sunday if things don't progress this week as hoped for Palmer.

Chris Owusu WR TB 18 Hrs

The Jets plan to sign Owusu, Manish Mehta of the Daily News reports.

Owusu, who was recently let go by the Bucs, is thus slated to join fellow newcomer T.J. Graham in the Jets' depth wideout mix, following the team's release of Jalen Saunders.

Da'Rick Rogers WR IND 18 Hrs1 Comment

Rogers was released by the Colts on Monday, NFL.com reports.

Rogers' release comes after he was reportedly arrested for DUI on Sunday night. Character concerns caused the talented-but-troubled wideout to go undrafted last year, which came after he was dismissed from Tennessee's football program in college. In a corresponding roster move, the Colts signed safety Dewey McDonald to their active roster on Monday.