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|10/1/2014||C.J. Spillman, S|
|Spillman is under investigation but hasn't been arrested or charged after a report of an alleged sexual assault at the team hotel last month.
Analysis: Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling said Wednesday night that the alleged incident took place early the morning of Sept. 20 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center.
|10/1/2014||Jared Allen, DE|
|Allen is feeling "much better" after sitting out Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers. He returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis and hopes to be ready when the Bears visit the Panthers this weekend.
Analysis: Allen was inactive last week because of an illness, ending a string of 113 starts for the five-time Pro Bowler.
|10/1/2014||Justin Blackmon, WR|
|Suspended Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon has checked into a voluntary treatment program and seems to be doing well.
Analysis: Blackmon is suspended indefinitely without pay for repeated violations of the league's substance-abuse policy. He was previously suspended the first four games of last season for violating the policy. He played four games before getting suspended again - at least for a year.
|10/1/2014||Dee Milliner, CB|
|Milliner will play Sunday at San Diego after he missed the last two games with a quadriceps injury.
Analysis: Milliner, the team's top cornerback, has only played in one game this season after missing most of training camp and the opener with a high ankle sprain. It's uncertain if Milliner will start against the Chargers, but is expected to see his first playing time since Week 2 at Green Bay.
|10/1/2014||Clay Matthews, LB|
|Matthews is probable with a groin injury Thursday. .
Analysis: Matthews has been a full participant all week at practice.
|10/1/2014||Jarrett Boykin, WR|
|Boykin will miss the Green Bay Packers' game against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night with a groin injury.
Analysis: Boykin hasn't practiced this week. He also missed Sunday's 38-17 win over the Chicago Bears.
|10/1/2014||Shaun Hill, QB|
|Hill received bad news since Rams coach Jeff Fisher says that Austin Davis will be the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the season.
Analysis: Fisher had insisted that Hill would return as the starter as soon as he was completely healed from a quad injury. Instead, he said Wednesday that Davis is the starter beginning Sunday at Philadelphia.
|10/1/2014||Austin Davis, QB|
|Rams coach Jeff Fisher says that Austin Davis will be the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the season.
Analysis: Fisher had insisted that Shaun Hill would return as the starter as soon as he was completely healed from a quad injury. Instead, he said Wednesday that Davis is the starter beginning Sunday at Philadelphia.
|10/1/2014||Lane Johnson, T|
|Johnson came out of his first practice since returning from his four-game suspension OK.
Analysis: Johnson is expected to start Sunday against the Rams.
|10/1/2014||Teddy Williams, CB|
|The Chicago Bears have signed Williams from Arizona's practice squad and waived linebacker Terrell Manning.
Analysis: The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Williams has appeared in 10 games over two seasons with Indianapolis (2012) and Arizona (2013) and seen time on offense (wide receiver), defense (cornerback) and special teams.
|10/1/2014||Ace Sanders, WR|
|The Jaguars expect Sanders to pick up extra snaps against the Steelers on Sunday.
Analysis: Sanders returned to practice Wednesday after missing the first four games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
|9/30/2014||John Conner, RB|
|Conner has been re-signed by the Jets on Tuesday after fullback Tommy Bohanon was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list with a broken collarbone.
Analysis: Conner rejoins the team that drafted him in the fifth round out of Kentucky in 2010. He was released by New York in 2012 after dealing with injuries, but finished that season with Cincinnati. Conner played last season for the Giants, but was among the team's final cuts out of training camp.
|9/30/2014||Robert Mathis, LB|
|The team announced Tuesday it had given the 2013 NFL sacks leader a one-year contract extension. Financial terms were not immediately available.
Analysis: Mathis is the Colts career leader in sacks and set a single-season franchise record with 19 1/2 sacks last season. But this season has been a washout. He was suspended for the first four games after violating the NFL's the league's performance-enhancing substance policy, then sustained a season-ending torn Achilles' tendon during a private workout while he was away from the team.
|9/30/2014||Husain Abdullah, S|
|The NFL said Tuesday that Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception.
Analysis: The league's rule book prohibits players from celebrating while on the ground, but spokesman Michael Signora wrote in an email Tuesday that "the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play." He said that he knew before he even reached the end zone he would drop to his knees in thankful prayer after intercepting Tom Brady.
|9/30/2014||Jimmy Garoppolo, QB|
|Garoppolo finished things off Monday, going 6 of 7 for 70 yards and a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski in the Patriots' 41-14 loss to Kansas City.
Analysis: It's unlikely for the moment that Garoppolo replaces Tom Brady, but the Eastern Illinois product is worth keeping an eye on.
|9/30/2014||Alex Smith, QB|
|Smith went 20 of 26 for 248 yards and three TDs without an interception Monday against the Patriots.
Analysis: Smith, who outplayed Tom Brady in this contest, is currently a better fantasy option than Brady. Smith has thrown six TDs and no picks in the last two games.
|9/30/2014||Donnie Avery, WR|
|Avery left Monday's game with a strained groin.
Analysis: His status going forward is uncertain.
|9/30/2014||Jamaal Charles, RB|
|Charles, who missed last week's win in Miami with a sprained ankle, ran for 92 yards and a score Monday. He also caught two TD passes and totaled 108 combined yards.
Analysis: This kind of performance is why Charles is an elite fantasy option.
|9/30/2014||Brandon LaFell, WR|
|LaFell caught six passes for 119 yards and a TD on Monday.
Analysis: In two games, LaFell has 10 receptions for 165 yards, but likely is not a serious fantasy option for the moment.
|9/30/2014||Tom Brady, QB|
|The two-time league MVP threw a pair of interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and also lost a costly fumble in a 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night.
Analysis: Brady finished 14 of 23 for 159 yards and a touchdown, and is now averaging just 197 yards per game. He is completing 59 percent of his passes, his worst rate in 14 years as a starter. It was the fourth straight clunker for Brady, who was pulled in the fourth quarter with the game well out of reach.
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