Ryan Matthews nearing return? 

October, 25, 2014
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Branden Oliver's days as San Diego's featured back could come to an end as soon as Week 9, when Ryan Mathews might return after a six-week absence due to a right knee injury.

Season over for Chandler Jones? 

October, 25, 2014
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After Chandler Jones injured his hip during New England's Week 7 matchup against the New York jets, it was initially believed that he would miss up to four weeks. That's no longer the case, as New England's feared pass-rusher could be out much longer.

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With a future Hall of Famer in Jason Witten ahead of Gavin Escobar, there has been no reason to consider Escobar's fantasy prowess -- until Sunday, when he pulled in three passes for 65 yards and 2 TDs.

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How will Rams backfield split carries? 

October, 24, 2014
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Prior to Sunday's battle between the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks, Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer implied that he would use a full-blown running back by committee, with the intention of leaning on the hot hand later in the game. In the end, though, it was basically all Tre Mason, who had 18 carries for 85 yards. Benjamin Cunningham had just two carries and Zac Stacy had zero. In fact, WR Tavon Austin had more carries (5) than either of them.

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It's hardly a shocker that the Tennessee Titans decided to insert their rookie QB Zach Mettenberger as this week's starter, at least if you consider how much their passing game has struggled. They rank 28th in the NFL with just 210 passing yards per game.

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Broncos backfield once Ball returns 

October, 24, 2014
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In just five games -- and only three as a the featured back -- Ronnie Hillman has racked up more rushing yards this season (349) than he did in either of his previous two seasons (330, 218). Hillman has topped 100 combined yards in each of his three starts, including 138 combined yards Thursday night against the San Diego Chargers.

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Who will step up if Wayne sits? 

October, 24, 2014
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The Indianapolis Colts practiced Thursday without Reggie Wayne, as he nurses an elbow injury sustained during Week 7's game. His status for their Sunday tilt with the Pittsburgh Steelers is uncertain. If Wayne sits, it will be interesting to see how the likes of Hakeem Nicks, Donte Moncrief and Griff Whalen pick up the slack out of the Colts WR corps.

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Browns' backfield buzz 

October, 24, 2014
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In Week 6, Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate rushed for 124 yards. He followed that up with 78 yards and two scores in Week 7. However, he managed only 36 yards and failed to score Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was the unquestioned lead back in each of those three games, with Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West playing small roles.

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Lions to be missing entire TE corps? 

October, 24, 2014
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The Detroit Lions appear to be holding out hope that WR Calvin Johnson and RB Reggie Bush will be able to play through their respective injuries on Sunday in London. The availability of basically their entire TE corps is up on the air, too.

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Lions to be quiet at trade deadline? 

October, 23, 2014
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As general manager of the Detroit Lions, Martin Mayhew has proved to be active around the trade deadline, pulling of three separate deals. He sent Roy Williams to the Dallas Cowboys in 2008, nearly acquired Ronnie Brown from the Philadelphia Eagles (the trade was voided when Jerome Harrison failed his physical) in 2011 and acquired Mike Thomas in 2012.

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RG III likely out until Week 11? 

October, 23, 2014
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We haven't seen Robert Griffin III on the field since he dislocated his ankle in Week 2. He has been practicing, but as we noted Wednesday, there is virtually no chance that he will return to action on Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Andre Ellington's foot still an issue? 

October, 23, 2014
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Despite suffering a partially torn tendon in his foot prior to the start of the regular season, Andre Ellington hasn't missed a game and has churned out some impressive stats. However, after averaging 4.1 yards per carry in the opener and 6.1 YPC in Week 2, Ellington hasn't topped 3.7 YPC in any of the next four outings.

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D.J. Hayden nearing season debut? 

October, 23, 2014
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Although D.J. Hayden began testing his fractured foot in practice last week, he was never going to play against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 7. Nonetheless, once he began practicing, a three-week clock started ticking for the Oakland Raiders to take him off of the PUP list.

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Palmer's shoulder injury in the past? 

October, 23, 2014
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Since returning from the nerve issue in his shoulder, Carson Palmer has looked terrific, throwing for 503 yards, 4 TDs and 1 INT in two games.

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Sporting a 2-5 record and tied for 28th in the NFL in points per game (17.3), the Tennessee Titans are going to turn to rookie Zach Mettenberger as their starting quarterback Sunday against the Houston Texans, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan. Charlie Whitehurst had been starting in place of Jake Locker, who has been injured.

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