Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger Making progress
Ben Roethlisberger relayed that team doctors are pleased with his progress, as the QB bounces back from an MCL sprain, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports.
While Fowler speculates that Week 8's game against the Bengals "seems like a prime return" for the QB, for his part, Roethlisberger (who has "graduated to stationary bike work") has not put forth a timetable on that front, noting "we're just going to keep taking it week-by-week and try and get back as soon as I can." In the meantime, Mike Vick will continue to start in Roethlisberger's place for the 2-2 Pittsburgh Steelers .
Indianapolis Colts' Matt Hasselbeck Appears on track to start Thursday
Though Andrew Luck (shoulder) is slated to throw pre-game, Matt Hasselbeck (illness) is expected to start Thursday's contest against the Texans, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Hasselbeck remains under the weather after dealing with a virus, per ESPN's Adam Schefter, but it appears as though the Indianapolis Colts are inclined to play it safe with Luck in Week 5, with an eye toward having him ready for the team's Oct. 18 game against the Patriots. Confirmation, either way, however, of Hasselbeck's anticipated Thursday assignment, may not arrive until closer the Colts' 8:25 ET kickoff Thursday.
Report: Colts QB Andrew Luck not expected to start Thursday vs. Texans
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport indicates that while Andrew Luck (shoulder) is slated to throw pre-game, Matt Hasselbeck (illness) is expected to start at QB for the Indianapolis Colts in Thursday night's game against the Texans.
According to Rapoport, Hasselbeck "flew to Houston planning to start," a notion echoed by ESPN's Adam Schefter, who relays via a source that Hasselbeck (who is still feeling under the weather) is on track to start the contest. We'll continue to monitor the situation as Thursday's kickoff approaches, but it appears as though the Colts are inclined to play it safe with Luck in Week 5, presumably with an eye toward having him available for the team's Oct. 18 contest against the Patriots.
Buffalo Bills' Kyle Williams Misses Wednesday's practice
Kyle Williams missed Wednesday's practice due to a calf injury.
Williams also seems to be having a tough time in Rex Ryan's new defense, as he's picked up just nine tackles and no sacks so far after logging 41 and 5.5 in 2014. He seems to be lined up out too wide for his liking at times, and until he gets a better handle on the new style of play, isn't worth owning in IDP formats.
Buffalo Bills' Chris Hogan Sees regular action sans Watkins
Chris Hogan caught a season-high five balls for 43 yards in Sunday's loss to the Giants. He was on the field for 71 percent of the offensive plays.
That will go down when Sammy Watkins returns from his calf injury, though Watkins seems about 50-50 for this week's game in Tennessee. Hogan is a viable option when he does break into the top three, as he's got a good set of hands and has decent red-zone skills.
Texans WR Keith Mumphrey to see increased role in Week 5
With both Cecil Shorts (shoulder) and Nate Washington (hamstring) having been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Indianapolis Colts , Houston Texans wide receiver Keith Mumphrey will play an increased role, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Mumphrey will probably move into the starting lineup opposite DeAndre Hopkins and could be a big target Thursday, though we suspect the Texans' plan will be to rely heavily on Arian Foster and the running game. Mumphrey had seven targets and four catches last week when Washington Huskies left that game early.
Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy (shoulder) limited in practice
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, the Buccaneers official site reports.
McCoy's limited status almost certainly falls in the "nothing to see here" category, as he has carried the same designation throughout the practice week for the last two weeks, while not missing any game action. The star defensive tackle has tallied sacks in three of the first four games, and will look to penetrate the Jacksonville Jaguars ' vulnerable offensive line in Week 5.
Texans WR Jaelen Strong will be active for Thursday's game
Houston Texans wide receiver Jaelen Strong will be active for Thursday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts , the Houston Chronicle reports.
Strong was inactive the first three games before dressing and not playing last week, but with Nate Washington (hamstring) and Cecil Shorts (shoulder) ruled out, the rookie may actually get on the field Thursday.
Buccaneers CB Johnthan Banks (knee) didn't practice Wednesday
Tampa Bay Buccaneers corner back Johnthan Banks (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, the Buccaneers official site reports.
Banks begins the practice week on the sidelines again, and there isn't any concrete indication on when he might be able to return in at least a limited capacity. The Bucs' starting right cornerback was replaced by Mike Jenkins in Week 4, a scenario that will likely repeat itself Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars should Banks be unable to go.
Buccaneers S Major Wright (abdomen) gets full run at practice
Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Major Wright (abdomen) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, the Buccaneers official site reports.
The unrestricted participation falls in line with the activity level Wright had built up leading into the Week 4 matchup against the Carolina Panthers . Wright is clearly trending towards finally retaking the field Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars , and another day of full participation Thursday would further confirm this. However, with Chris Conte 's strong performances over the last three contests in Wright's place, it remains to be seen if there will be any timeshare at the strong safety position in the immediate future.
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October 7, 2015
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