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Falcons place Peter Konz on IR, sign Jonathan Scott
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:45 pm ET) The Falcons announced Monday they placed center Peter Konz on injured reserve due to a knee injury suffered Week 7 against the Ravens. To take his spot on the roster, the Falcons signed offensive lineman Jonathan Scott.

Lions' Caldwell not ready to tip Calvin Johnson's status for Week 8
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:38 pm ET) Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Monday that it won't be "varying degrees" when it comes to star wideout Calvin Johnson's status for Week 8 against Atlanta in London, ESPN reports.

"It's not going to be a thing of degrees," Caldwell said. "When they say he's cleared, he's ready to go and he’s feeling great, when they doctors say, OK, that's when it's going to happen. It's not going to be a whole lot of in between."

Johnson has missed the previous two games due to an ankle injury, which has also knocked him out of the last six practices for the Lions. When asked if he could be playing Sunday, Johnson told ESPN "maybe" following a Week 7 victory over New Orleans. Caldwell also told the media Monday that Johnson will travel with the team to London.


Dashon Goldson, Johnthan Banks back at Bucs practice
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:33 pm ET) Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson (ankle) and cornerback Johnthan Banks (neck) were back at practice Monday, according to The Tampa Tribune. Banks sat out Week 6 vs. Baltimore, while Goldson has missed the last two games.

The Bucs were on a bye Week 7. They are back in action Week 8 vs. Minnesota.


It's only getting worse for Steven Jackson
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:30 pm ET) When Falcons running back Steven Jackson averaged 47.6 rushing yards in his first five games, it was bad. His Fantasy owners were by and large displeased.

So now that he's averaged 23.5 rushing yards in his last three games, where does that leave him? After the disappointment that was his 2013 season, how could he possibly redeem himself in Fantasy?

How indeed. It's one of those questions that doesn't need to be answered because you already know the answer. The Falcons' offensive line is in tatters. Their defense was never good to begin with. They're falling behind and struggling to keep up. The need for a volume running back -- the kind that eats up clock with a consistent 3 to 4 yards -- has dwindled to almost nothing.

It's not like Jackson has become less effective. The Falcons just aren't giving him the ball as much. He's gotten fewer than 10 carries in each of last two games after averaging 12.6 over his first five. And with Jacquizz Rodgers, Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith all better at catching the ball out of the backfield, that may not change.

You shouldn't plan on starting Jackson anytime soon, and you wouldn't be wrong to rid yourself of him altogether.


The heartbreak begins for Antone Smith
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:11 pm ET) After he delivered a touchdown of 35 yards or more in four straight games and five of six to begin the season, you really couldn't blame anyone for starting Falcons running back Antone Smith in Week 7, as happened in 26 percent of CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues. But those who started him had to know based on the limited number of opportunities he gets that whenever he had a week when he didn't break a long one, he'd leave them high and dry.

That's exactly what happened at Baltimore. He got his usual allotment of touches -- three carries and two catches -- and netted a total of 9 yards with them.

We may not have seen the last long touchdown from Smith this year, but he couldn't sustain the pace he was on. You're playing with fire every time you use him in Fantasy because for all the Falcons' big talk, they're not increasing his role. He played only 15 percent of their snaps in Week 7, less than any of their other three running backs. He has played the fewest snaps of the four in four of the team's seven games this season, and rookie Devonta Freeman was the only one with fewer in the other three.

Smith is and always has been a touchdown-or-bust player, and I predict a lot more bust in his future.


Buccaneers QB Josh McCown returns to practice Monday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:07 pm ET) Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown returned to the practice field for the first time since suffering a right thumb injury. He on the field taking snaps and throwing the ball during the media availability portion of the session on Monday, according to the Tampa Tribune. McCown, who was wearing a wrap around his thumb, has not played since Week 3 because of the injury. 

The Buccaneers will face Minnesota in Week 8.


Lions announce several roster moves Monday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:00 pm ET) The Lions have announced several roster moves on Monday, ESPN reports. The team signed tight end Kellen Davis, and in order to free up a roster spot, Detroit has waived safety Jerome Couplin. Wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah was also signed to the practice squad.

Report: Lions sign TE Kellen Davis
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:56 pm ET) The Lions have signed tight end Kellen Davis, a league source told Pro Football Talk on Monday. The move will give the team more depth at tight end after Joseph Fauria (ankle) and rookie Eric Ebron (hamstring) all sat out Week 7. The only healthy tight end on the roster, Brandon Pettigrew, injured his ankle on Sunday against New Orleans.

Davis caught three passes in 15 appearances last season for the Seahawks. He has yet to play a game this season.


Bears K Robbie Gould downplays Brandon Marshall 's rant
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:49 pm ET) Bears kicker Robbie Gould has downplayed his teammate Brandon Marshall 's dramatic postgame rant in a radio appearance on WSCR 670-AM on Monday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

"I wouldn't give this any more attention than it obviously needs," Gould said. "Everyone's trying to make this a story out of something that really wasn't that big of a deal. … Obviously everyone's frustrated. Everyone wants to win. Our fans want to win. Coaches want to win. The players want to win. And everyone's obviously frustrated."

After losing to his former team on Sunday, the star wideout was heard screaming at his teammates -- including Gould -- through the locker room doors before venting to the media. The Bears have lost their first three games at home this season, matching their home loss total from each of the previous five seasons.

They'll look to get back on track Week 8 at New England.


Demaryius Thomas clearly the top wide receiver
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:38 pm ET) Coming into the season, Demaryius Thomas wasn't the clear No. 1 wide receiver in Fantasy. Calvin Johnson was. And while Thomas was in the discussion for the No. 2 spot, so were A.J. Green and Julio Jones.

But with Johnson and Green battling injuries and Jones an indirect victim of the Falcons' offensive line woes, Thomas has emerged as the top dog at the position. Frankly, he'd probably be there even if those other three played exactly as they were supposed to. He's the most talented wide receiver the (soon to be) most prolific passer in league history has ever had to work with, and the two are beginning to click like never before. Over his last three games, Thomas has averaged 8.7 catches for 173.7 yards with five touchdowns.

Certainly, he won't maintain that pace for the rest of the season. If he did, he'd finish with about 2,400 yards. But if Peyton Manning continues to give him preferential treatment instead of reverting to the equal opportunity passer he was in his first two years with the Broncos, the two could challenge the record books.

Nothing against Jordy Nelson, who has actually been the best wide receiver in standard CBSSports.com leagues to date, but I think Thomas blows him and every other wide receiver out of the water going forward.


 
 
 
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