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Vikings C John Sullivan passes concussion protocol
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:28 pm ET) Vikings center John Sullivan passed the league's concussion protocol and is on track to play Week 8 against Tampa Bay, according to ESPN. Sullivan was a limited participant in practice Thursday, but coach Mike Zimmer told reporters he "did everything."

Cardinals DE Calais Campbel limited in practice Thursday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:20 pm ET) Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell practiced in a limited capacity on Thursday, per the team's official website. He has missed the last two games after suffering a Grade 2 MCL sprain against Denver in Week 5. Campbell told reporters earlier in the week that he's hopeful of playing Week 8 vs. Philadelphia.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce limited Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:18 pm ET) Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was limited in practice Thursday, according to ESPN.

This is the second straight day Kelce has been limited in practice due to a rib injury. He's emerged as a solid threat in the passing game, hauling in 24 receptions and three scores.


Business as usual for Lamar Miller
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:16 pm ET) Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both love Dolphins running back Lamar Miller at Jacksonville this week, and it makes sense. It's the Jaguars, after all. They lose all the time, often by a lopsided score, which gives opposing running backs plenty of chances to carry the ball in the second half.

Of course, the same logic applied for the Browns last week, and you see what happened with Ben Tate. He had only 36 yards on 16 carries. Granted, the Jaguars ended up winning that game, so it didn't follow the usual script. But looking back further, the Titans' Bishop Sankey had 61 yards on 18 carries in Week 6, the Steelers' Le'Veon Bell had 82 yards on 15 carries in Week 5, and the Chargers' Branden Oliver and Donald Brown combined for 42 yards on 19 carries in Week 4. Some of those performances were OK, but you have to go back to Week 2, when the Redskins' Alfred Morris ran for 85 yards and two touchdowns, to find a time when a running back really lit it up against the Jaguars. Not surprisingly, they rank a respectable 15th against the run, allowing 110.3 yards per game and just 3.8 yards per carry.

Of course, in standard 12-team leagues, you've been content with 60 yards and a touchdown from Miller, and he's probably still good for that. I just wouldn't expect more based on the matchup.


Patriots bringing back Ja'Gared Davis
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:15 pm ET) The Patriots will sign linebacker Ja'Gared Davis to the practice squad, according to NESN.

Davis cleared waivers, allowing the team to bring him back on the practice squad. He appeared in one game this season, making one tackle. 


Ryan Tannehill a Week 8 sleeper
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:03 pm ET) Owned in just 68 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is still widely available for Week 8 at Jacksonville considering his production over his last three games. Aided in part by an increased willingness to run the ball, Tannehill has averaged 24.0 Fantasy points per game during that stretch. For the season, Philip Rivers is averaging 25.0 Fantasy points per game.

Of course, Tannehill has benefited from a run of 30 or more yards each of the last two weeks, and that probably shouldn't be the expectation for him every week. But with Lamar Miller the only running game the Dolphins have, their quarterback has become more of a focal point on offense, throwing for two scores in four of six games this season.

For all their shortcomings offensively, the Jaguars have been pretty tough on defense the last three weeks, but they still rank only 30th against the pass, allowing 280.1 yards per game. Understandably, then, Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both love Tannehill as a sleeper this week, ranking him 11th among quarterbacks, ahead of notables Matthew Stafford, Cam Newton and Nick Foles.


Bears QB Jay Cutler has no issues with Marshall's locker-room rant
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:49 pm ET) Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said he was not upset with wide receiver Brandon Marshall's postgame rant in the locker room following Sunday's loss against the Dolphins.

"He’s an emotional guy," Cutler said, per The Chicago Tribune. "Whenever he gets frustrated, he’s going to get emotional most of the time, and he’s going to speak from the heart, and he’s going to make sure everyone else around him hears him. It wasn’t anything that caught us off guard or was off-putting. It was frustration coming out and him just letting us know that it’s important to him."

Cutler added he doesn't believe Marshall crossed a line and said Marshall's actions were not directed at him.

"He didn’t come near me," Cutler said. "He didn’t say my name. I don’t think he attacked anybody personally (with) what he was saying."


Dolphins TE Charles Clay limited again with knee issue
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:43 pm ET) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay was limited in practice Thursday due to a knee injury.

Clay has been dealing with a knee issue all season, which may have limited his effectiveness early in the year. He was able to score his first touchdown last week, but isn't fully over his injury just yet. Clay has been able to play through the issue all season, so he'll likely put in more work at practice Friday. 


Kelvin Benjamin probably a worthwhile risk
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4:39 pm ET) Only you can say for sure whether you should start Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin this week because only you know your alternatives. But Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard have him in their top 24 wide receivers, which makes him an advisable start in standard 12-team leagues. And while I might rank Andre Johnson, Mohamed Sanu and Doug Baldwin ahead of him, I generally agree with their assessment.

Clearly, though, it isn't a slam dunk, and the main reason why is Richard Sherman. He's not quite Darrelle Revis in his prime, but he's been known to shut down a top flight wide receiver or two. He just held the Rams' Brian Quick to two catches for 33 yards in Week 7.

Of course, Benjamin is probably better than Quick and plays for a team with a more consistent passing attack. His size makes him an ideal red zone target, and he's scored a touchdown in five of seven games this season. How do you sit that?

Again, you probably don't, but keep your expectations in check for Benjamin this week.


Bengals still cautious with A.J. Green
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:29 pm ET) The Bengals will be cautious with wideout A.J. Green, according to the NFL Network.

Green is dealing with a foot injury, and was unable to take part in the open portion of practice Thursday. Given how quickly Marvin Jones' foot issue went south, the club wants to be more cautious with Green. There's still a chance Green plays Week 8, but it will likely depend on him putting in some work on the practice field Friday. 


 
 
 
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