Here's a look at some of the top rumors for Thursday, Oct. 8:
Veteran backup Matt Hasselbeck will be under center for the Indianapolis Colts for the second straight week, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Hasselbeck will once again fill in for Andrew Luck, who is still dealing with a shoulder injury. It was just last Wednesday that coach Chuck Pagano expressed "supreme confidence" that Luck would start in Indy's Week 4 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and now Luck is on the verge of missing a game for the second time in his career. A source told Indy Sports Central's Chris Hagan that Luck suffered a slight shoulder separation, while another source vehemently denied Hagan's report to ESPN's Mike Wells. Luck's shoulder isn't the only concern for the Colts' quarterbacks, however, as Hasselbeck is also dealing with some issues of his own. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted that Hasselbeck ended up at the hospital after beating Jacksonville, needing an IV to help combat a virus. According to Rapoport and Schefter, Hasselbeck is still feeling the effects of the virus, which kept him in the emergency room until 2 a.m. on Monday. With their top-two quarterbacks ailing, the Colts re-signed Josh Johnson ahead of Thursday night's game against the Houston Texans.
Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston has been a turnover machine in the early going for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, except when running the no-huddle offense. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times writes that offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter hasn't ruled out running more of an up-tempo offense to help Winston reduce his turnovers. "Jameis is definitely playing better in no-huddle," Koetter said. "Obvious next question is, why aren't you going no-huddle more? You can't do everything you want to do game plan-wise out of no-huddle ... We probably should be doing no-huddle more." The goal right now for the Bucs' coaches is to get Winston comfortable within the offense, so he can begin to limit mistakes. "We could have nine or 10 guys playing great," Koetter said. "But if we turn the ball over that really takes everybody else out of it."
The Seattle Seahawks' running back situation is once again up in the air heading into the later stages of the week. Pete Carroll called Marshawn Lynch's status "day-to-day" as he continues to work back from the hamstring injury that kept him out of Seattle's Week 4 win over the Detroit Lions. Backup running back Fred Jackson's status is also uncertain. Jackson suffered a gruesome-looking high-ankle sprain during the victory but is hopeful that he can play on Sunday. Carroll went so far as to say Jackson's quick recovery has been "a little bit of a surprise," but "it’s going to take him all week, too." If Lynch and Jackson are both unable to play, that will leave Seattle with just rookie running back Thomas Rawls and fullbacks Derrick Coleman and Will Tukuafu to carry the load against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Buffalo Bills' offense could be missing some important pieces for their game with the Tennessee Titans. Both LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Karlos Williams (concussion) did not participate in Buffalo's Thursday practice, according to WKBW's Joe Buscaglia. If neither back is able to play on Sunday, Boobie Dixon is expected to get the start. Dixon has carried the ball eight times on the season for zero yards and one touchdown. Coach Rex Ryan expressed confidence in Dixon despite his stat line. "We'll see. I think Boobie can be a good back," Ryan said. "I think he is a good back." While the Buffalo run game could be in trouble, the possibility of Sammy Watkins returning against the Titans could boost the Bills' passing attack. Buscaglia also tweeted that the Buffalo wideout participated in individual drills at practice today, an encouraging sign for Watkins' status in Week 5. Reporters were only allowed to view stretching and the individual drills, so how much Watkins participated later in the practice session is unknown.