Fantasy Football News & Views
Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger making progress (Thu Oct 8, 06:08 PM) [jump to this story]
Jaguars | Julius Thomas not optimistic (Wed Oct 7, 03:46 PM) [jump to this story]
Ravens | Steve Smith week-to-week (Wed Oct 7, 03:27 PM) [jump to this story]
Broncos | Owen Daniels to be used more? (Wed Oct 7, 02:34 PM) [jump to this story]
Seahawks | Russell Wilson under a lot of duress (Tue Oct 6, 04:22 PM) [jump to this story]
Saints | Marques Colston misses practice Wed Oct 7, 07:02 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: Colston's decline over the last few years has been slow but sure and continues this season. Once a borderline WR1 for fantasy GMs, now he's a shell of his former self, reduced to a low-end WR5 guy most weeks, including this one against the Eagles.|
Titans | Wednesday practice report for Week 5 Wed Oct 7, 07:00 PM
Tennessee Titans LB Wesley Woodyard (non-injury) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 7. DT Sammie Hill (knee) and OG Chance Warmack (knee) were limited, while CB Jason McCourty (groin) and CB Cody Riggs (knee) practiced in full.Wesley Woodyard player page
Sammie Lee Hill player page
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Saints | Brandin Cooks limited Wednesday Wed Oct 7, 06:58 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: The Saints spread the touches around, so Cooks is limited by scheme and opportunity, which is too bad. It holds his ceiling to low-end WR3 for the most part, far below what we hoped for this year with Jimmy Graham gone.|
Texans | Arian Foster will play against Colts Wed Oct 7, 06:57 PM
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7, but is probable for Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts Thursday, Oct. 8.
|Footballguys view: That sigh of relief was really big because 1) everything is bigger in Texas and 2) with Ryan Mallett or Brian Hoyer under center, a firm run game is needed. With Foster going, we expect decent RB1 production from him.|
Texans | Wednesday injury report for Week 5 Wed Oct 7, 06:43 PM
Houston Texans S Quintin Demps (hamstring) and LB Akeem Dent (hamstring) have been ruled out for Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts Thursday, Oct. 8. S Lonnie Ballentine (knee) and LB Whitney Mercilus (thigh) are questionable, while OT Duane Brown (hand), LB Max Bullough (shoulder), LB Jadeveon Clowney (shoulder, knee), LB Brian Cushing (foot), CB Johnathan Joseph (hip), OT Derek Newton (ankle), S Eddie Pleasant (thigh), OG Xavier Su'a-Filo (calf) and DT Vince Wilfork (ankle) are probable. Demps, Dent and Mercilus didn't practice Wednesday, Oct. 7. Ballentine, Brown, Clowney, Joseph and Pleasant were limited, while the others practiced in full.Vince Wilfork player page
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Brian Cushing player page
Akeem Dent player page
Whitney Mercilus player page
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Jadeveon Clowney player page
Buccaneers | Wednesday practice report for Week 5 Wed Oct 7, 06:39 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Johnthan Banks (knee), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder), WR Russell Shepard (hamstring) and C Evan Smith (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 7. DT Gerald McCoy (shoulder) and TE Luke Stocker (hip) were limited. S Major Wright (abdomen) was a full participant.Gerald McCoy player page
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Austin Seferian-Jenkins player page
Packers | Randall Cobb, James Jones limited Wed Oct 7, 06:34 PM
Green Bay Packers WRs Randall Cobb (shoulder) and James Jones (hamstring) were both limited participants in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: These guys just need a bit of a break, and this isn't something to be concerned about. Cobb is a great WR1 play and Jones should be in lineups as a decent WR2.|
James Jones player page
Randall Cobb player page
Packers | Wednesday practice report for Week 5 Wed Oct 7, 06:30 PM
Green Bay Packers S Morgan Burnett (calf) and LB Jake Ryan (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 7. OT Bryan Bulaga (knee) and CB Demetri Goodson (hamstring) were limited, while LBs Jayrone Elliott (quadriceps) and Clay Matthews (quadriceps) practiced in full.Link to story
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Jake Ryan player page
Rams | Wednesday practice report for Week 5 Wed Oct 7, 06:26 PM
St. Louis Rams LB Alec Ogletree (ankle) and S Mo Alexander (groin) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 7. RB Chase Reynolds (knee) and DE Eugene Sims (knee) both practiced in full.Link to story
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Alec Ogletree player page
Cowboys | Wednesday practice report for Week 5 Wed Oct 7, 06:25 PM
Dallas Cowboys WRs Dez Bryant (foot) and Brice Butler (hamstring), DE Randy Gregory (ankle), TE James Hanna (ankle) and LB Sean Lee (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 7. LB Andrew Gachkar (foot) and DE Ryan Russell (groin) were limited.Link to story
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Cardinals | Andre Ellington limited Wednesday Wed Oct 7, 06:23 PM
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: With Chris Johnson running well, they won't rush Ellington back. And when they do, will they really give him a ton to do? If he plays this week, he's no better than a flex/RB4 type player and not worth more than a long shot spot.|
Andre Ellington player page
Redskins | Wednesday practice report for Week 5 Wed Oct 7, 06:17 PM
Washington Redskins CBs Chris Culliver (knee) and DeAngelo Hall (toe) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 7. LB Perry Riley (calf) was limited. DE Kedric Golston (hand), LB Ryan Kerrigan (hip), OG Josh LeRibeus (calf), C Kory Lichtensteiger (finger), OG Spencer Long (ankle) and LB Trent Murphy (hip) participated fully.Link to story
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Texans | Ryan Mallett should play Wed Oct 7, 06:15 PM
Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett (chest) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7, and is listed as probable for the Week 5 game against the Indianapolis Colts.
|Footballguys view: Mallett or Brian Hoyer - neither should be in your lineup. Avoid this mess because it will only make you sad and cost you fantasy points.|
Ryan Mallett player page
Cardinals | Wednesday practice report for Week 5 Wed Oct 7, 06:12 PM
Arizona Cardinals TE Darren Fells (hip) and WR JJ Nelson (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 7. CB Justin Bethel (foot), S Chris D. Clemons (hamstring), LB Alani Fua (hamstring), S Rashad Johnson (hip), DT Frostee Rucker (thigh) and LB LaMarr Woodley (thigh) were limited.Link to story
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Redskins | Jordan Reed misses practice Wed Oct 7, 06:11 PM
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion, knee, ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: Reed is the only tight end worth playing there - Derek Carrier and Anthony McCoy shouldn't even be on fantasy rosters, forget in lineups - so until he returns don't look to Washington for tight end help in fantasy.|
Jordan Reed player page
Texans | Jonathan Grimes will not play Wed Oct 7, 06:11 PM
Houston Texans RB Jonathan Grimes (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7, and has been ruled out for the Week 5 game against the Indianapolis Colts.
|Footballguys view: Hopefully Arian Foster will have more work this week, as we see him with the potential to be a great RB1 this week in fantasy. Alfred Blue should be back on your bench unless Foster gets hurt again.|
Jonathan Grimes player page
Texans | Nate Washington, Cecil Shorts ruled out Wed Oct 7, 06:10 PM
Houston Texans WR Nate Washington (hamstring) and WR Cecil Shorts (shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7, and have been ruled out for the Week 5 game against the Indianapolis Colts.
|Footballguys view: If it isn't DeAndre Hopkins (a WR1 this week, by the way) then it isn't worth playing in this passing offense.|
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Cecil Shorts player page
Redskins | DeSean Jackson limited Wed Oct 7, 06:05 PM
Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: We're still waiting for the green light here, and think we won't see it this week. Keep looking elsewhere.|
DeSean Jackson player page
49ers | Torrey Smith not getting it done Wed Oct 7, 05:57 PM
San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith has nine catches for 185 yards on the season through four games, but two of those catches accounted for 122 of his yards, and he has one touchdown. Smith was seen storming off the field in a Week 4 loss in frustration, and San Fran has the No. 32-ranked passing attack with an average of just 158.8 yards per game through the air. Smith is averaging just 9.0 yards per catch if you take away his 75-yard touchdown catch in Week 2. He averaged 16.9 yards per catch with the Baltimore Ravens. 'We need to use (Smith) more and we need to get him more involved,' head coach Jim Tomsula said. 'So again, that's on the checklist.'
|Footballguys view: Some of it is also scheme, as the Niners aren't going downfield. Smith, who we have as a WR5 this week, must be bummed he left Baltimore, where they used him to stretch the defense in a way San Francisco doesn't. Of course at this point, Baltimore would love to have him back since they haven't found a replacement.|
Torrey Smith player page
Broncos | Committee backfield approach for Denver? Wed Oct 7, 05:55 PM
Denver Broncos RBs C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman are both considered starters by head coach Gary Kubiak, and the repetitions will be split 50-50 going forward. Hillman has earned more repetitions.
|Footballguys view: We actually like Hillman just a tad more and he has made more of his opportunities to date. Anderson still has value, but as a low-end RB3, while Hillman is a borderline RB2/RB3 this week against Oakland.|
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C.J. Anderson player page
Jaguars | Wednesday injury report for Week 5 Wed Oct 7, 05:47 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars DE Chris Clemons (knee), TE Marcedes Lewis (knee), LB John Lotulelei (concussion), LB Paul Posluszny (ankle) and SS James Sample (shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7. FS Sergio Brown (calf), CB Aaron Colvin (shoulder) and DT Sen'Derrick Marks (knee) were limited during practice.Link to story
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Marcedes Lewis player page
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Sergio Brown player page
John Lotulelei player page
Aaron Colvin player page
James Sample player page
Redskins | Full practice for Pierre Garcon Wed Oct 7, 05:46 PM
Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon (knee) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: Garcon has been huge in Washington's offense this year and while he left the game briefly last week, he returned to make some key contributions late. He should be a borderline WR3/WR4 as the matchup is tough but Washington might have to throw a lot to keep up with a potent Atlanta offense.|
Pierre Garcon player page
Seahawks | Fred Jackson not ruled out Wed Oct 7, 05:44 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Fred Jackson (ankle) could play in Week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals, and head coach Pete Carroll is hopeful that the running back will play. RB Thomas Rawls will likely be a three-down back this weekend if both Jackson and RB Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) don't play.
|Footballguys view: Rawls was uninspiring behind a poor offensive line and unless Marshawn Lynch is playing, there isn't much upside here. It could be even tougher against a good Cincinnati defense, so Rawls is likely to be a low-end RB4 at best even if he gets all the carries.|
Fred Jackson player page
Jaguars | Julius Thomas limited Wednesday Wed Oct 7, 05:43 PM
Updating previous reports, Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (hand) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: We still don't know if he'll be playing or not, though we lean towards not this week. If he was dropped in a league you play in, snap him up as he will be a big part of this offense when he returns.|
Julius Thomas player page
Jaguars | Denard Robinson misses practice Wed Oct 7, 05:39 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Denard Robinson (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: Out for several weeks, even when he returns, Robinson's value will be minimal.|
Denard Robinson player page
Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch remains day-to-day Wed Oct 7, 05:34 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) remains day-to-day with a hamstring injury Wednesday, Oct. 7, according to head coach Pete Carroll. The Seahawks won't have a clear idea of whether he'll be available for Game 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals until later this week.
|Footballguys view: Keep an eye on this, and it will impact whether he remains an RB2 as we have him currently ranked. Thomas Rawls was disappointing last week and the offensive line continues to be a huge issue for the whole backfield, including Lynch.|
Marshawn Lynch player page
Falcons | Wednesday practice report for Week 5 Wed Oct 7, 05:32 PM
Atlanta Falcons LB Justin Durant (elbow) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7. S Ricardo Allen (knee) and LB Brooks Reed (groin) were limited.Link to story
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Brooks Reed player page
Falcons | Jacob Tamme a full participant Wed Oct 7, 05:32 PM
Atlanta Falcons TE Jacob Tamme (concussion) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.Link to story
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Chargers | Antonio Gates lost weight Wed Oct 7, 05:29 PM
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates said he lost weight recently in order to give himself the best chance to avoid injuries as he gets back into football shape.
|Footballguys view: Gates was banged up last year and we were hoping he could avoid that this year. Coming back from a suspension, we'll see quickly how ready to go he is and how durable. We see him as a solid TE1 this week against the Steelers.|
Antonio Gates player page
Falcons | Roddy White sits out of practice Wed Oct 7, 05:22 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: A day to rest and maybe think about priorities after his mini-rant? The team promises to get him more involved but if Leonard Hankerson is healthy, that might not amount to much. White is no more than a WR5/WR6 right now.|
Roddy White player page
Jaguars | Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee sit out Wed Oct 7, 05:22 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (ankle, thigh) and WR Marqise Lee (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: Lee is Lee -- always hurt --so that's not a cause for concern. Hurns, on the other hand, has been a great fantasy producer (and cheap in Daily circles) with Allen Robinson getting the attention as the No. 1, so losing him to an injury would be tough. That said, we have two more practices to go, and if he plays, we see him as a really good WR3.|
Marqise Lee player page
Allen Hurns player page
Bengals | Wednesday practice report for Week 5 Wed Oct 7, 05:20 PM
Cincinnati Bengals DR Wallace Gilberry (calf), CB Adam Jones (groin) and OT Andrew Whitworth (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7. CB Leon Hall (non-injury), FS George Iloka (ankle) and FS Reggie Nelson (hamstring) were limited during practice.Link to story
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Falcons | Leonard Hankerson limited Wed Oct 7, 05:13 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson (thumb) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: If he plays, we like Hankerson as a solid WR3, but if he doesn't it could be the chance for the Falcons to get Roddy White more touches. Hankerson has emerged as a solid receiver for Atlanta, which is why the bell is tolling for White. If he can keep it up, White won't get any happier.|
Leonard Hankerson player page
Bengals | Jeremy Hill limited Wed Oct 7, 05:13 PM
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: Hill is talented but so is Giovani Bernard, so the two of them are in what amounts to a very productive RBBC. Both are nice RB3 plays with upside again this week even against a tough Seattle defense.|
Jeremy Hill player page
Patriots | Wednesday practice report for Week 5 Wed Oct 7, 05:12 PM
New England Patriots CB Tarell Brown (foot) and DE Trey Flowers (knee) were limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 7. C Ryan Wendell (illness) fully participated in practice.Link to story
Tarell Brown player page
Bills | Wednesday practice report for Week 5 Wed Oct 7, 05:03 PM
Buffalo Bills FS Bacarri Rambo (quadriceps) and DE Kyle Williams (calf) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7. OT Cordy Glenn (ankle), WR Marquise Goodwin (ribs), SS Corey Graham (shoulder), WR Chris Hogan (hamstring), OG John Miller (groin) and FS Aaron Williams (neck) were limited during practice.Link to story
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Chris Hogan player page
Marquise Goodwin player page
Bills | Percy Harvin not on the field Wed Oct 7, 05:02 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Percy Harvin (hip) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: After a few weeks where Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor looked for Harvin often, many owners thought his production was on an upswing. Instead he got eight targets but could only catch three of them against a usually porous Giants secondary. We think he does better this week, but only so much so keep him as a nice WR4 play and that's it.|
Percy Harvin player page
Falcons | Tevin Coleman returns Wed Oct 7, 05:00 PM
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (ribs) returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: He's going to have to hang out and wait for Devonta Freeman to cool off though and we don't expect that this week as we have Freeman as a very nice RB1 play.|
Tevin Coleman player page
Falcons | Julio Jones limited Wednesday Wed Oct 7, 04:55 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe, hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: Toe, Shmoe. Run Julio Jones out there as the WR1 we all know he will be. Sure, he under-performed last week even while the Falcons were destroying the Texans, but the team will get back to him and his toe should be fine.|
Julio Jones player page
Lions | Wednesday practice report for Week 5 Wed Oct 7, 04:46 PM
Detroit Lions LB Travis Lewis (ankle) and DT Haloti Ngata (calf) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 7. DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder), S James Ihedigbo (quadriceps), P Sam Martin (knee), CB Rashean Mathis (calf) and OG Larry Warford (ankle) were limited. LB DeAndre Levy (hip), WR Lance Moore (ankle) and OT Corey Robinson (ankle) were full participants.Link to story
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DeAndre Levy player page
Travis Lewis player page
Ezekiel Ansah player page
Browns | Wednesday practice report for Week 5 Wed Oct 7, 04:44 PM
Cleveland Browns RB Shaun Draughn (back), LB Craig Robertson (ankle), DE Randy Starks (non-injury), OT Joe Thomas (non-injury) and SS Donte Whitner (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7. DE Desmond Bryant (shoulder), LB Karlos Dansby (ankle), LB Scott Solomon (ankle), RB Robert Turbin (ankle) and CB K'Waun Williams (concussion) were limited during practice. CB Johnson Bademosi (elbow), QB Johnny Manziel (elbow) and OT Mitchell Schwartz (thumb) fully participated in practice.Link to story
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Browns | Joe Haden limited Wednesday Wed Oct 7, 04:43 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden (finger, ribs) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.Link to story
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Browns | Tashaun Gipson does not practice Wed Oct 7, 04:41 PM
Cleveland Browns FS Tashaun Gipson (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.Link to story
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Lions | Limited practice for Brandon Pettigrew Wed Oct 7, 04:39 PM
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: Pettigrew hasn't been a factor this year, and even with Eric Ebron banged up, we wouldn't expect much from him this week.|
Brandon Pettigrew player page
Browns | Duke Johnson takes part in practice Wed Oct 7, 04:30 PM
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: Johnson has not been able to grab a big slice of the mediocre Browns backfield production, but has begun to see more receptions. It's promising, but don't get carried away as we only have one game of that production. Expect low-end RB3 production and everything else will be gravy and you won't open yourself up to a letdown.|
Duke Johnson player page
Ravens | Wednesday practice report for Week 5 Wed Oct 7, 04:28 PM
Baltimore Ravens DE Chris Canty (calf) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7. OG Marshal Yanda (ankle) was limited during practice, while OT Eugene Monroe (concussion) fully participated in practice.Link to story
Chris Canty player page
Ravens | Crockett Gillmore not on the field Wed Oct 7, 04:24 PM
Baltimore Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore (calf) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: If he plays, we like him as a low-end TE2, so keep alert to any changes between now and this weekend. If he doesn't go, Maxx Williams could sneak up to that status, though he is still fighting off fellow rookie Nick Boyle which would make him a shakier play.|
Crockett Gillmore player page
Lions | Joique Bell doesn't practice Wed Oct 7, 04:22 PM
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: Ameer Abdullah has pretty much made Bell irrelevant at this point. Abdullah is a useful RB3 with some upside, while Theo Riddick's receiving ability makes him a hail mary and an RB5.|
Joique Bell player page
Ravens | Breshad Perriman still sidelined Wed Oct 7, 04:21 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: We don't know when Perrimen might come back and by the time he does, and then syncs up to the rest of the offense, his impact might be minor. From a redraft standpoint, you might be better off in another direction.|
Breshad Perriman player page
Ravens | Steve Smith misses practice Wed Oct 7, 04:18 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (back) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
|Footballguys view: As expected, given the microfractures he suffered. Keep an eye on Kamar Aiken as another option though, as he has been a frequent (if inconsistent) target for Joe Flacco. We see Aiken as a WR3 right now.|
Steve Smith player page