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Josh McCown might need thumb surgery
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4:26 pm ET) Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown will be re-evaluated by a hand specialist in a week or two to determine if he needs surgery to fix his thumb ligament, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Even if he does not require surgery, McCown could be sidelined several weeks, the paper said.

Mike Glennon is expected to start Sunday at Pittsburgh.


Giants appear ready to make change at free safety
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:26 pm ET) Giants safety Quintin Demps practiced with the first-team defense Tuesday and it appears he will replace Stevie Brown in the starting lineup at free safety Thursday at Washington after Brown was benched Sunday against the Texans.

"We're looking at all the possibilities. We're just trying to get better," defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said, per NJ.com. "It was an internal Giants decision [to make the switch] and I'll just leave it at that."


Travis Kelce's growing role a good thing
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4:16 pm ET) Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce will be a hot name on the waiver wire ahead of Week 4, after breaking through for his first NFL touchdown. Kelce already ranks 10th among tight ends in Fantasy scoring, despite being featured on just 45.1 percent of the team's snaps through three games, a good sign moving forward.

Kelce played just 50 snaps in the team's first two games, but was on the field 47 times on offense in Week 3, 65 percent of the team's plays. He turned that into just three catches for 36 yards, but made up for it with a touchdown, and should get more looks moving forward.

Kelce has a tough matchup on the way in Week 4, as the Chiefs get set to take on the Patriots this Sunday. New England has allowed just 4.0 Fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends, the third-lowest total in the league. Kelce might not pay immediate dividends as a waiver-wire pickup this week, but his growing role should lead to good things before long. 


Redskins tweak practice squad
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4:08 pm ET) The Redskins signed offensive lineman Tevita Stevens to the practice squad and released offensive lineman Braxston Cave from the squad.

49ers make roster moves
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4:04 pm ET) The 49ers signed quarterback Josh Johnson and waived tight end Asante Cleveland.

Aaron Rodgers: Relax, we'll be fine
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4:01 pm ET) Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Packers' offensive players are facing criticism after Sunday's 19-7 loss to the Lions. Rodgers threw for just 162 yards, and Green Bay averaged 3.5 yards per carry.

Rodgers said the offense isn't playing fast enough or converting enough third downs. "We haven't made it easy on ourselves, but we're a resilient bunch," he said, via NFL.com. "We'll bounce back."

Added Rodgers: "Relax. We're going to be fine."

Green Bay visits the Bears on Sunday.


Coordinator explains Frank Gore's limited work Week 3
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:54 pm ET) 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Tuesday the reason for running back Frank Gore's limited touches Week 3 at Arizona was because the team planned to use its depth at wide receiver early to help set up the ground game in the second half, per the team's official website.

"I think Frank knew going into the game, we kind of outlined our game plan that we were going to start the game out a certain way and see how it went," Roman said Tuesday on KNBR. "In a perfect world, you're letting Frank and the offensive line take over the game at the end of the game, but we weren't in that situation, so we were never really able to transition into that."

Despite Gore's limited work Sunday, Roman said the team is committed to Gore and the running game.

"Frank is the ultimate pro, and he's the ultimate team guy," Roman said. "He wants to win, and he wants to play in the big games in January and February. So I think he totally understood what we were doing."


Brian Orakpo to wear hard cast
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3:48 pm ET) Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo will play Thursday against the Giants wearing a hard cast on his injured left hand, reports the Washington Post. Orakpo dislocated his middle finger in the loss to the Eagles.

He told the paper he's not sure how the cast will affect his play. He has 10 tackles and half a sack through three games.


Shawn Lauvao experiences more swelling in knee
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:44 pm ET) Redskins left guard Shawn Lauvao experienced more swelling in his right knee and was unable to participate in practice Tuesday, according to The Washington Post. Lauvao had an MRI Monday, which showed no structural damage.

The Redskins are preparing to play the Giants Thursday.


As Rob Gronkowski's role returns, so does his Fantasy value
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:30 pm ET) If you drafted Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, chances are you did so knowing he might not be 100 percent healthy at the start of the season. The fact that he ranks seventh among tight ends in Fantasy scoring has to feel like a bonus for those Fantasy owners who took a chance on him this year.

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels told reporters Tuesday he thinks Gronkowski will be able to do a little more in each week, and that can only be a good sign. He hasn't quite been the stud we expected, but that is mostly because the team has been keeping him off the field. Gronkowski played a season-high 59 percent of the team's offensive snaps in Week 3, up from 44 and 42 percent in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively.

Still, he saw less of the field in Week 3 than Michael Hoomanawanui, so there is plenty of room for him to grow in the offense. As crazy as it might sound, Gronkowski might just be one of the best buy-low candidates in the league. He was the second tight end selected on average in drafts this season and can still live up to that billing as he gets closer to full health.

If there is one takeaway here, it's this: don't sell low on Gronk. You'll likely regret it.


 
 
 
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