Ron Parker DB KC 18 Hrs
Parker recorded seven tackles against the Broncos on Sunday.
Parker and Marcus Cooper were charged with covering Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders on Sunday, and the seven tackles came largely on the eight receptions by Sanders. Parker now has 13 tackles through two games, however, making him someone to look at in IDP leagues despite his lack of interceptions.
Tamba Hali LB KC 19 Hrs
Hali recorded four tackles (four solo) and a sack against the Broncos on Sunday.
Hali and Justin Houston are the leaders of the linebacking corps following injuries to both of the starting inside linebackers, and Hali showed off his pass-rushing skills by getting to and sacking Peyton Manning, who is rarely taken down.
John Abraham LB ARI 19 Hrs1 Comment
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Abraham did not pass his concussion test Tuesday.
Though Abraham rejoined the Cardinals on Tuesday after briefly pondering retirement, it doesn't appear likely that he'll be sufficiently recovered from the concussion in time for Sunday's Week 3 tilt with the 49ers. The Cardinals will have a bye the week after, which could allow Abraham to return to action in Week 5, resulting in him missing just two games. Any return, however, will be contingent on Abraham ultimately passing all concussion tests. It's certainly not a given with the 36-year-old complaining of memory loss after his most recent head injury.
Donnie Avery WR KC 19 Hrs
Avery had three catches for 14 yards against the Broncos on Sunday.
Avery is back to his number two role in Kansas City behind Dwayne Bowe, and will likely see limited production in a run-heavy offense. With Travis Kelce and Anthony Fasano also being used in the passing game, Avery will likely see limited targets going forward.
Reshad Jones DB MIA 19 Hrs
Despite the NFL's revision of its drug policy Tuesday night, Jones will not be among the players immediately reinstated from his four-game suspension, Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post reports.
Since the exact parameters of the new policy have not been formally announced, it's not yet known why Jones (nor teammate Dion Jordan) are eligible for immediate reinstatement, unlike other players around the league. With Jones out until the Week 6 tilt with the Packers, the Dolphins will continue to trot out Jimmy Wilson as their starting free safety.
Dion Jordan DL MIA 19 Hrs
Despite the NFL's revision of its drug policy Tuesday night, Jordan will not be among the players immediately reinstated from his four-game suspension, Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post reports.
Since the exact parameters of the new policy have not been formally announced, it's not yet known why Jordan (nor teammate Reshad Jones) are eligible for immediate reinstatement. The Dolphins will continue to prepare for Sunday's game against the Chiefs with Derrick Shelby and Terrence Fede as their top backups at defensive end.
Orlando Scandrick DB DAL 19 Hrs
With the NFL revising its drug policy Tuesday night, Scandrick is expected to be immediately reinstated from his four-game suspension, ESPN's Ed Werder reports.
Assuming no last-minute snags in announcing the new policy, Scandrick could be back at practice as soon as Wednesday, with a return to action Sunday against the Rams. Scandrick would more than likely replace Morris Claiborne as one of the starting cornerbacks, giving the Cowboys' beleaguered defense a modicum of respectability.
Wes Welker WR DEN 19 Hrs5 Comments
Welker was reinstated from his suspension on Tuesday night, after the NFL officially revised its drug policy, ESPN.com's Ed Werder reports.
Welker will be eligible to return to practice immediately, and presumably, he'll be on the field for the Broncos for Sunday's Super Bowl rematch with the Seahawks. Though his lack of practice time over the last two weeks could be detrimental to his production in Week 3, it shouldn't take long for Welker to reestablish a rapport with Peyton Manning. In fact, the time off might have actually been beneficial for Welker, as it ended up giving him nearly a full month to recover from the third concussion he's sustained over the last calendar year.
Josh Gordon WR CLE 19 Hrs
The NFL has officially announced a change to its drug policy Tuesday night, and Gordon's one-year suspension has been reduced to 10 games, NFL.com's Albert Breer reports.
Momentum for a new drug policy had been building for the past couple of weeks, and as anticipated, Gordon's season will not be completely lost. While most of the other players that were under suspension were immediately reinstated after Tuesday's news, Gordon's status as a repeat offender won't allow him to join the Browns until Nov. 23. In pleading guilty to a DWI charge earlier in the day, Gordon likely saved himself from missing an additional two games. Given his overwhelming numbers over 14 games last season with subpar quarterback play, Gordon is probably worth stashing in most formats until he's eligible to return.
Ray Rice RB BAL 20 Hrs17 Comments
Rice officially filed an appeal Tuesday against the indefinite suspension levied to him by the NFL, Albert Breer of NFL.com reports.
Since Rice was already suspended for two games by the NFL prior to his release from the Ravens, he'll appeal on the basis that he's already being punished twice for the same domestic assault charge. Given the unprecedented nature of this type of appeal, it's uncertain how things may play out here. In any case, it would still seem unlikely that Rice would end up playing this season, given the PR nightmare his signing would almost certainly create.