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Redskins QB situation unchanged, Colt McCoy still Week 8 starter
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:18 pm ET) Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Thursday nothing has changed with the status of the quarterback situation. He said Robert Griffin III (ankle) is progressing and was limited in practice again Thursday, but Colt McCoy remains as of now the starter for Week 8 against the Cowboys.

"Robert hasn't changed. Not a whole lot to say. Not going to announce if he's active or not until Monday night," Gruden said, per The Washington Post.

Gruden reiterated Griffin will slide back into the starter's role once he is healthy. Griffin has missed the last five games.

"When Robert's healthy, he'll be the starter. We just don't know when that will be," Gruden said.


Whisenhunt claims Titans QB Locker handling demotion well
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:11 pm ET) Ken Whisenhunt has admitted that deposed Titans starting quarterback Jake Locker is unhappy about losing his job to rookie Zach Mettenberger.

Whisenhunt, however, told The Tennesseean that Locker is handling the news well. "I love Jake Locker," Whisenhunt added.

Locker has missed three games this season due to injury and has been unimpressive when on the field. He has completed just 58 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and four interceptions.


Tre Mason still an iffy start
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3:01 pm ET) Even if you don't buy coach Jeff Fisher's assessment that the Rams' running back situation is a "week-to-week thing" and that ousted running back Zac Stacy "could get 25 carries this week," it doesn't change the fact that he said it, and he's the only who really knows anything. 

That concerns me as someone who put in a big bid for Tre Mason in Fantasy this week. When Mason ran for 85 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries against Seattle in Week 7, it wasn't just a breakthrough performance for him. It was also the best individual rushing performance the Rams have had all season. And Stacy is largely to blame for that. His longest run in five games this season was a 16-yarder Week 3 against Dallas. Mason in two games already has two runs longer than that.

The matchup Week 8 at Kansas City isn't a slam dunk. The Chiefs rank in the middle of the pack against the run, but because they have yet to allow a touchdown on the ground, they've allowed the sixth-fewest Fantasy points per game to running backs. It wouldn't be enough to scare me away from Mason if I could trust he has a feature role, but with Fisher getting cute about it, I can't.

Since Mason appears to be the Rams' best rusher, I think he will eventually, but Mason seems like a better stash than start except in an emergency right now.


Titans coach proclaims QB Mettenberger his Sunday starter
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:52 pm ET) What was suspected is now official: Zach Mettenberger is set to start at quarterback for the Titans against Houston on Sunday. Jake Locker will serve as his backup.

That news was announced Thursday by Ken Whisenhunt. Locker had been dealing with a thumb injury and Whisenhunt had previously claimed he would regain the starting position when healthy. But his apparent availability to play against the Texans could mean that Mettenberger has overtaken him.

Also in the mix had been veteran Charlie Whitehurst, who started in Locker's absence and completed 60.2 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and two interceptions.

Mettenberger played briefly in Week 4 at Indianapolis and connected on two of five attempts for 17 yards while throwing an interception.


Packers' McCarthy: 'Concern' for Morgan Burnett is growing
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:49 pm ET) Packers safety Morgan Burnett was held out of practice again Thursday due to a calf injury, raising concerns about his availability for Week 8 at New Orleans.

"My concern for Morgan is higher than it was yesterday," coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday. "We'll see if he can do anything Saturday."


Eagles RB Darren Sproles limited in practice again Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:44 pm ET) Eagles running back Darren Sproles (knee) was limited in practice for a second straight day Thursday. The Eagles are preparing to face the Cardinals in Week 8.

Better to sit DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:38 pm ET) Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson has been hit or miss from week to week, but you can't get around the fact that in three of the last five weeks, he's gone for more than 100 yards and a touchdown.

The problem is Kirk Cousins was his quarterback for all three of those games. The Redskins are turning to Colt McCoy for Week 8 at Dallas.

That's bad news for all the Redskins wide receivers, but especially Jackson, whose production is mostly tied to his ability to beat the defense deep. McCoy isn't one for going deep. He averaged 5.9 yards per attempt in his last year as an NFL starter, and aside from that short pass that Pierre Garcon turned into 70-yard touchdown, McCoy had 10 completions for just 58 yards in Week 7.

That doesn't mean Garcon is safe. Apart from that score, he had four catches for 17 yards in Week 7 and averaged just 27.3 yards in his previous three games. He should fare better than Jackson with McCoy, but ultimately, an inferior quarterback isn't going to do him good.

You might want to sit both in Fantasy for the time being.


WR Greg Salas, LB Trevor Reilly nearing red light for Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:37 pm ET) Rex Ryan has all but ruled out Jets linebacker Trevor Reilly (knee) and wideout Greg Salas (wrist, ankle) for the Sunday game against Buffalo, per Newsday. Neither played in Week 7.

Pete Carroll confident Seahawks will improve pass rush
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:34 pm ET) The Seahawks have totaled just seven sacks through their first six games. Though, coach Pete Carroll remains confident in the defense, especially pass rushers Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, who have combined for no sacks in the last four games.

"These guys have rushed really hard and been very aggressive," Carroll said of his starting defensive ends, per ESPN. "I’ve looked at every one of their rushes and situations and I think we’re going to count on those guys to continue to do what they’re doing and try to help around them."

Carroll said the team will try to make changes to improve the pass rush.

"We’ve got to get Mike active inside and get him to be the disruptor that he can be," Carroll said, hinting they might use Bennett on more snaps as a defensive tackle. "We need to help him with some stuff there, some stuff scheme-wise we’ll tweak here and there. Those guys are bringing it. In my mind it’s going to happen and we’ll just keep working until it does because we know it’s there."


DT Alan Branch appears all but set to join Patriots
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:32 pm ET) Veteran defensive tackle Alan Branch has yet to officially sign with the Patriots, but he walked through the locker room during the media interview session Thursday and radio station NESN is already reporting that he will don uniform number 97. He did not practice, however.

Branch, who was released by Buffalo on Aug. 24, had started 79 of 80 games over the last five seasons.


 
 
 
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