Steelers' Martavis Bryant: Week 5 status not clear
Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Martavis Bryant 's Week 5 status "remains murky."
Bryant returned to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Friday after serving a four-game suspension, but the Post-Gazette relays that the wideout indicated Wednesday that he missed practice because of "soreness." The report adds that the Steelers don't have to put Bryant's name on their official injury report until he is added to the team's 53-man roster. We'll continue to monitor this situation, but unless Bryant's Week 5 status is further clarified before Sunday's first wave of NFL kickoffs, there will be risk in rolling with him this week, given that the Steelers play Monday night against the Chargers.
Texans' Alfred Blue: Dealing with toe injury
Alfred Blue is considered day-to-day with a toe injury, the Houston Texans ' official website reports.
After saying that OT Oday Aboushi is day-to-day with turf toe, Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said that Blue has the same outlook and a similar injury. It Blue isn't ready for Week 6 against the Jaguars, Houston will be left with Chris Polk and possibly Jonathan Grimes (knee) behind Arian Foster. Blue has 10 days to get ready.
Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney dealing with minor ankle injury
Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney injured his ankle during the Thursday loss to Indianapolis, but Bill O'Brien still expects the former No. 1 overall draft pick to be available for Week 6 against the Jaguars, per the team's official website.
Clowney made a few highlight-worthy plays on TNF, but his ankle limited him to about half of the defensive snaps. Although his run-defending is far more advanced than his pass-rushing skills, he's still shown enough ability in the latter area that he shouldn't be stuck on zero sacks for much longer.
Ravens TE Maxx Williams set to replace Gillmore again
Maxx Williams ' teammate Crockett Gillmore (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports.
Williams, the first tight end selected in the 2015 NFL Draft (55th overall), caught just two passes for 17 yards on four targets in a Week 4 win over the Steelers. He was unable to capitalize on his first career start, but with Gillmore missing another game and Steve Smith (back) likely also absent, Joe Flacco is pretty much out of options. The candidates to lead the team in Week 5 targets are Williams, Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown and Justin Forsett.
Lions RB Ameer Abdullah won't lose touches to shelved Bell
Ameer Abdullah 's teammate Joique Bell (ankle) will miss at least one more game, MLive.com reports.
Abdullah failed to take advantage of Bell's absence in Week 4, gaining just 33 yards on 13 carries and 11 yards on two receptions in a dreadful road matchup with the Seahawks. Sunday's home game against the Cardinals provides a somewhat more manageable matchup, but it's still far from ideal, and Detroit's offensive line doesn't inspire any confidence. Until Bell returns, whenever that may be, Abdullah figures to dominate the early-down and goal-line/short-yardage work, though the Detroit Lions could mix in Zach Zenner a bit more often. Abdullah's a more than capable pass-catcher, but so is Theo Riddick, who has been getting most of the passing-down snaps. It remains to be seen what kind of role Bell will eventually return to.
Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls could lose touches to Fred Jackson
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Thomas Rawls ' teammate Fred Jackson (ankle) will likely play in Sunday's game against the Bengals, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Jackson previously seemed unlikely to play, having suffered a high-ankle sprain in Monday's win over the Lions. Rawls is still primed to lead the Seattle backfield in the absence of Marshawn Lynch (hamstring), but a tough matchup with the Bengals looked much more attractive when Rawls was a good bet to dominate both the early-down and passing-down snaps. Though the rookie still figures to get the bulk of the carries, Jackson could have a key role on passing downs. Despite the 1:00 PM ET kickoff, this situation could be murky, as the Seahawks might keep Jackson active just as an emergency option off the bench, even if they don't want him to play.
Chargers WR Jacoby Jones (ankle) practices Friday
Jacoby Jones (ankle) practiced in a limited fashion Friday.
While Jones' status for Monday night's game against the Steelers is uncertain, his potential return arrives at a good time, given that fellow wideout Stevie Johnson is dealing with a hamstring injury.
Seahawks RB Fred Jackson expected to play Sunday
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Fred Jackson (ankle) will likely play in Sunday's game against the Bengals, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Jackson's high-ankle sprain apparently isn't too serious, as he's expected to take the field just six days after suffering the injury. This situation would normally bring about skepticism, but if the Seahawks wanted to be deceptive about their Week 5 backfield plans, they wouldn't have ruled out Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) on Friday. Of course, there's no guarantee Jackson will be at full strength if he plays, and he would likely be working in a complementary role behind Thomas Rawls.
Chargers WR Malcom Floyd practices fully again
San Diego Chargers veteran wideout Malcom Floyd (concussion) practiced fully Friday.
With back-to-back full practices under his belt this week, Floyd is trending toward a probable designation for the Monday night game against the Steelers.
Chargers WR Steve Johnson misses practice Friday
Steve Johnson (hamstring) did not practice Friday.
More on Johnson's status Saturday, but unless he returns to practice -- and looks good in doing so -- he looks like a risky Week 5 play, given the San Diego Chargers ' Monday night kickoff against the Steelers.
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