NFL Recent Player News
|10/8/2015||DeAndre Hopkins, Hou, WR|
|Hopkins turned in another excellent effort for Houston on Thursday against Indianapolis, recording season highs with 11 receptions for 169 yards, though he failed to find the end zone.
Analysis: Hopkins remains immune to Houston's offensive struggles as a unit, averaging 15.0 points in standard leagues through four games.
|10/8/2015||Ryan Mallett, Hou, QB|
|Mallett was 7 of 10 for 50 yards Thursday against the Colts before being knocked out on a hard shot to the chest from Sio Moore in the second quarter.
Analysis: Mallett never came back in as Hoyer impressed once he took over, but it's not clear if Hoyer officially unseated him as Houston's starter. Either way, this is a situation to avoid.
|10/8/2015||Brian Hoyer, Hou, QB|
|Hoyer was impressive at times after taking over for Ryan Mallett in the second quarter Thursday against Indianapolis, going 24 of 31 for 312 yards and two TDs, though he also threw a terrible interception late in the fourth quarter.
Analysis: It remains to be seen if coach Bill O'Brien sticks with Hoyer next week at Jacksonville - not that you'd be playing either Hoyer or Mallett in fantasy, anyways.
|10/8/2015||Matt Hasselbeck, Ind, QB|
|Hasselbeck was 18 of 29 for 213 yards and two TDs Thursday night at Houston.
Analysis: Hasselbeck has actually been surprisingly serviceable in two starts in place of Andrew Luck, recording 37 total fantasy points in standard leagues. But even if Luck is out again, Hasselbeck still won't be a recommended play next week against an impressive New England defense.
|10/8/2015||Arian Foster, Hou, RB|
|Foster returned to the field in the third quarter against the Colts on Thursday after leaving in the second quarter with an unspecified injury.
Analysis: Foster was injured after taking a hard hit with about 4 minutes left in the second quarter. He remained on the field for a couple of minutes while trainers looked at him before walking off the field. He came back in two plays later and carried the ball for no gain before going to the locker room.
|10/8/2015||Arian Foster, Hou, RB|
|Foster has left in the second quarter against Indianapolis with an unspecified injury. Foster was injured after taking a hard hit with about 4 minutes left in the second quarter. He remained on the field for a couple of minutes while trainers looked at him before walking off the field. He came back in two plays later and carried the ball for no gain before going to the locker room.
Analysis: The team did not provide any details on his injury. It was Foster's second game this season after he missed Houston's first three games after groin surgery.
|10/8/2015||A.J. Bouye, Hou, CB|
|Bouye was injured Thursday.
Analysis: Bouye has a quad injury.
|10/8/2015||Clay Matthews, GB, LB|
|Matthews was limited in Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Matthews' status is not clear.
|10/8/2015||James Jones, GB, WR|
|Jones is on the injury list this week with a sore hamstring.
Analysis: An easygoing veteran, Jones brushed away any concern after practice Thursday. "Ain't nobody limpin', man. I'll be all right," said Jones, using bad grammar to emphasize his point.
|10/8/2015||Cecil Shorts III, Hou, WR|
|Shorts is inactive for Thursday's game against the Colts.
Analysis: Shorts is dealing with a shoulder injury.
|10/8/2015||Nate Washington, Hou, WR|
|Washington is inactive for Thursday night's game against Indianapolis.
Analysis: Washington is nursing a hamstring injury.
|10/8/2015||Jay Cutler, Chi, QB|
|There is at least some positive news on the injury front for the Chicago Bears. Their quarterback is healing. Cutler said the strained hamstring that kept him out two weeks ago is improving even if it's not quite 100 percent heading into Sunday's game at Kansas City.
Analysis: Cutler missed a shutout loss at Seattle two weeks ago. He looked sharp in his return, helping the Bears beat Oakland for their first win under new coach John Fox.
|10/8/2015||Ahmad Brooks, SF, LB|
|Brooks left the team this week after his sister, Krsunthia Brooks, died of lupus, according to the player's agent Greg Williams.
Analysis: Brooks will not be available when his team plays the New York Giants on Sunday.
|10/8/2015||Marcus Mariota, Ten, QB|
|The Titans announced Thursday that the Elias Sports Bureau corrected an incomplete pass on the first offensive play of Tennessee's opening 42-14 win at Tampa Bay by changing the scoring. A penalty was called on the play, and Mariota originally was credited with an incomplete pass while a Tampa Bay penalty was enforced after the play. Elias changed the scoring with the penalty negating the play.
Analysis: Mariota still had a perfect 158.3 passer rating for the game. He now has one less incompletion, boosting his passer rating from 109.2 to 110.3 along with a 63.5 completion percentage instead of 62.9.
|10/7/2015||Ryan Tannehill, Mia, QB|
|Tannehill says he became frustrated during a recent practice and regrets that he disparaged two teammates.
Analysis: Annoyed that defensive players were practicing aggressively during a workout that's typically low-key the day before a game, Tannehill sarcastically told two players they would receive a "scout team trophy." Neither player is a starter. The incident occurred Saturday in London, one day before the Dolphins' loss there to the New York Jets. Reports of the episode created a buzz on the internet.
|10/7/2015||Josh Johnson, Ind, QB|
|The Colts re-signed Johnson on Wednesday as Andrew Luck recovers from an injured right shoulder.
Analysis: Indianapolis originally signed Johnson on Friday then released him Monday. With Luck still limited in practice and backup Matt Hasselbeck sitting out Tuesday because of illness, the Colts (2-2) brought back Johnson in time for Thursday night's game at Houston (1-3). On Tuesday, Luck said he was preparing as if he would start against the Texans. Coach Chuck Pagano said Luck has looked good in his limited work this week.
|10/7/2015||Myles White, NYG, WR|
|The Giants have signed wide White off their practice squad.
Analysis: The team announced the move on Wednesday, two days after saying that tight end Daniel Fells would be placed on injured reserve with a staph infection. White played in seven games for the Green Bay Packers in 2013, catching nine passes for 66 yards. He suffered a knee injury later in the season and was placed on injured reserve. He spent the 2014 season on the Packers' practice squad.
|10/7/2015||Billy Cundiff, Buf, K|
|The Buffalo Bills have shaken up their special teams by signing Cundiff and releasing kickoff specialist Jordan Gay.
Analysis: Cundiff replaces Gay on kickoff duties, and his arrival poses a threat to veteran kicker Dan Carpenter. Carpenter has been erratic since the start of the preseason while nursing assorted injuries. Cundiff is a 12-year NFL veteran who spent the past two seasons in Cleveland.
|10/7/2015||Frank Gore, Ind, RB|
|Gore was back at practice Tuesday, a day after sitting out with a foot injury.
Analysis: The injury doesn't appear to be an issue, so expect him to play Thursday against Houston.
|10/7/2015||Arian Foster, Hou, RB|
|Foster was limited at practice Tuesday for the Texans.
Analysis: He still hasn't fully recovered from his groin injury, but he's expected to play Thursday against Indianapolis.
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