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Bills RB Fred Jackson officially ruled out for Week 8
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:08 pm ET) As expected, Bills running back Fred Jackson was officially ruled out for Week 8 against the Jets because of a groin injury, per WGR.

Jackson sustained the injury in the previous week against the Vikings and will likely require at least two weeks of recovery. The team will likely turn to Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon to shoulder the load against New York.


Julius Thomas' touchdown drought no cause for concern
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:07 pm ET) After his second subpar performance in a row, we have to ask: Are you worried about Broncos tight end Julius Thomas?

Thomas has long been dependent on touchdowns, but he has also been a touchdown machine over the last two seasons. He has at least one touchdown in five of seven games this season and 10 of 14 last season, so he has proven to be a reliable red zone option. In fact, Week 7 and 8 represents the first time he has gone two weeks in a row without scoring.

Thomas recorded nine games with less than 50 yards last season, and has four in seven games already this season, so you pretty much know what you are getting from him. He was still targeted six times overall in each of the last two games even without scoring, a solid number in line with what we have come to expect.

In other words, don't panic. That Thomas failed to score in consecutive games for the first time in two seasons is probably bad luck more than anything indicative of a changing role. He remains one of the most dangerous weapons in the league near the end zone, and should make his return there soon. 


Chargers CB Jason Verrett to 'miss some time' with shoulder issue
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:04 pm ET) Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett is expected to "miss some time" with a shoulder injury, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network on Friday. Verrett suffered the injury Week 8 at Denver had his arm in a sling following the game. He is set to undergo further exams on Friday.

Verrett has one interception and 19 combined tackles on the season.


Colts RB Trent Richardson could be game-time decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:00 pm ET) Colts running back Trent Richardson was officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers in Week 8. Richardson left Week 7 against Cincinnati with a hamstring issue and has not been able to practice all week. Coach Chuck Pagano told reporters he has been doing some rehab work on the side and could be be viewed as a game-time decision leading up to kickoff, per the team's official website.

Colts' Chuck Pagano: WR Reggie Wayne will sit out Week 8
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:53 pm ET) Colts coach Chuck Pagano told reporters that wideout Reggie Wayne will miss Sunday's Week 8 clash against the Steelers, according to the team's official website. Wayne was unable to practice all week after suffering an elbow injury Week 7 against the Bengals.

He has 38 catches for 434 yards and a touchdown this season.


Branden Oliver looking like less of a sure thing
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:37 pm ET) After taking the league by storm with consecutive 100-yard rushing games, Chargers running back Branden Oliver has come back down to earth over the last two weeks.

Oliver rushed for just 36 yards on 13 carries in Week 8 against the Broncos, his second straight game with six or fewer Fantasy points. Though it looked like he might take the starting job and run with it, Oliver's struggles over the last two games should leave the door open for Ryan Mathews to take on a solid role when he comes back from his knee injury -- whenever that might be.

As long as Mathews remains out, Oliver will be the go-to back in San Diego, but this is something to keep an eye on. He could remain useful in the Danny Woodhead role, however, even when Mathews is back, so don't expect Oliver to lose all of his value. He has a tough matchup on the way in Week 9, however, with a Dolphins defense that is allowing just 3.70 yards per carry to running backs on the way.  


Eagles in good shape heading into Week 8 game at Arizona
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:31 pm ET) The Eagles have released an injury report Friday that has just one player worse off than questionable. Wide receiver Brad Smith (groin) will not play.

Those designated as questionable are center Jason Kelce (hernia), linebacker Mychal Kendricks (calf) and running back Darren Sproles (knee). Running back Chris Polk (hamstring), linebacker DeMeco Ryans (groin) and cornerback Jaylen Watkins (wrist) are probable.


Keenan Allen still searching for the big play
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:27 pm ET) Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen put together his second double-digit Fantasy point effort of the season Thursday, but does Week 8 represent a turning point in his season?

Allen finally found the end zone for the first time all season en route to a seven-catch, 73-yard effort, which made for his best outing of the season. However, we still see some of the big issues that have limited him all season lurking in Allen's supposed breakout game.

Targets and catches have been there all season for Allen, but he hasn't done much with them, and that was still something of an issue Thursday. He had a season-high 41 yards after the catch, but that came out to an average of just 4.6 per reception. That is still down from 6.2 per catch a year ago.

Allen's role in the offense is still big enough that there is reason for confidence, but his inability to break off the big play remains troubling. Until he starts to turn that trend around, Allen's upside remains limited. 


Patriots RB Shane Vereen not practicing Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:19 pm ET) Patriots running back Shane Vereen was absent from practice Friday for unknown reasons, per ESPN. He was not listed in their previous injury reports and had participated in the team's three previous sessions this week in preparation for the Week 8 game against Chicago.

Vereen, who dealt with a shoulder issue early in the season, is coming off his most productive game of 2014. He rushed for 43 yards on 11 carries and added five catches for 71 yards and his first two receiving touchdowns of the year in Week 7 against the Jets.


Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald not worried about fewer targets
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:19 pm ET) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald is not concerned with his lack of targets this season. The 11-year wideout has not been targeted more than six times in a game this season. Through six games, he's had 23 catches for 283 yards and a touchdown.

Fitzgerald called his slow start, "champagne problems," per the team's official website.

"We all care about our touches and looks, don't get me wrong," Fitzgerald said. "We just don't put our touches and looks in front of what we are trying to accomplish as a team. There is a distinct difference. You are playing ball your whole life, you are in the NFL, you've been 'The Man' your whole life, so you have to put that aside and focus on what is best for your team. I think everyone has a good grasp of that."

Fitzgerald will face the Eagles at home on Sunday. He's scored 10 times in six career appearances against Philadelphia.

 
 
 
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