New England Patriots' Dion Lewis Signs contract extension
Dion Lewis has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the New England Patriots that will keep him with the team through the 2017 season, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Lewis has emerged as Shane Vereen's replacement as the Patriots' top pass-catching back, with his strong effort out of the gate leading to the team giving him some added job security. Through three games, Lewis has recorded 30 carries for 146 yards, to go along with 15 catches for 179 yards, en route to scoring two touchdowns. While the bruising LeGarrette Blount is a candidate to handle a good chunk of the heavy lifting in the Patriots' backfield moving forward, Lewis also figures to retain of portion of the team's carries, while looking like a solid play in PPR formats thanks to his involvement in the team's passing game.
Buffalo Bills' Anthony Dixon Good chance of starting Sunday
Anthony Dixon 's two teammates, Karlos Williams and LeSean McCoy, did not practice for the second straight day Thursday.
McCoy seems highly doubtful to play this week against Tennessee and Williams would need to practice Friday to have any chance. Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan has already made statements this week implying Dixon is his Week 5 starter. No matter how Friday unfolds, Dixon will be a hot pickup this week as the run-oriented Bills prepare to face the Titans and their 22nd-ranked run defense.
Atlanta Falcons' Roddy White Returns to practice Thursday
Roddy White (personal) returned to Thursday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
After tending to a personal matter Wednesday, White was back in his normal capacity Thursday. Seeking to turn around a slow start to the season -- 13 targets, while earning 80 percent of the offensive snaps -- his output could depend on opposing defenses limiting both Julio Jones (toe/hamstring) and Leonard Hankerson (thumb) going forward. In the short term, White could return to relevance Sunday against a Washington defense that has given up 13.7 YPC and six touchdowns to wideouts this season.
Jacksonville Jaguars' Marqise Lee Misses practice Thursday
Marqise Lee (hamstring) did not practice Thursday.
After sitting out Week 4's contest, Lee looks iffy, at best, for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.
Jacksonville Jaguars' Allen Hurns Returns to practice
Allen Hurns (ankle/thigh) returned to practice Thursday.
It remains to be seen if the Jacksonville Jaguars list Hurns as a limited or full participant, but the wideout's presence at practice, in any capacity Thursday, bodes well for his chances of playing Sunday against the Buccaneers.
Washington Redskins' Jordan Reed Not yet practicing
Jordan Reed (concussion/knee/ankle) didn't participate in practice Thursday, Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports.
Reed's history with concussions has reared its ugly head yet again, and fortunately the protocol for head injuries exists to make sure he's without symptoms before returning to the field. If he's unable to play Sunday in Atlanta, Washington would turn to Derek Carrier as the No. 1 tight end.
Buffalo Bills' LeSean McCoy Misses practice Thursday
LeSean McCoy (hamstring) did not practice Thursday, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.
Karlos Williams (concussion) was also absent from Thursday's practice, with both players remaining pretty iffy for Week 5. If neither McCoy or Williams can play, Anthony Dixon would be in line to start at running back for the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's game against the Titans.
Buffalo Bills' Karlos Williams Misses practice again
Karlos Williams (concussion) did not practice Thursday.
The same applies to fellow RB LeSean McCoy, with Anthony Dixon continuing to work as the Buffalo Bills ' lead back in the duo's absence. More on Williams' Week 5 status no later than Friday's injury report, but at this stage both he and McCoy are looking pretty iffy for Sunday's contest against the Titans.
Buffalo Bills' Sammy Watkins Takes part in individual drills
Sammy Watkins (calf) was spotted taking part in individual drills during Thursday's practice, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.
Watkins figures to be listed as a limited practice participant by the Buffalo Bills , but his presence on the field Thursday, in any capacity, is nonetheless a step in the right direction in advance of Sunday's game against the Titans.
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 .
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October 7, 2015
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