Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) returns to practice
Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, The Detroit News reports.
Wednesday marks Pettigrew's first practice since sustaining the hamstring injury Sept. 13, and he could be ready for the Lions' Week 5 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals .
Fellow tight end Eric Ebron (knee) is also banged up and expected to sit out a couple weeks, which would likely promote Pettigrew to the starting spot for the time being. Tim Wright would also likely see more snaps in Ebron's absence.
Texans running back Arian Foster probable for Week 5
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (groin) is listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Indianapolis Colts .
Fellow running back Jonathan Grimes is out for the contest, while Chris Polk is listed as questionable, which leaves Foster and Alfred Blue as the team's healthiest backfield options heading into Week 5.
Foster recorded just 10 yards on eight carries to go along with three catches for 25 yards in his return to action this past Sunday, but Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle puts forth the highly plausible notion that Foster could have a dramatically increased role in Thursday's game.
Browns CB Joe Haden still bothered by rib and finger issues
Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden , who received flak for sitting out of the Browns' Week 4 loss against the San Diego Chargers with a broken finger and rib injury, is once again listed on the injury report this week, Cleveland.com reports.
Haden was criticized and his toughness was questioned after sitting out of Week 4 with the injuries, but Browns coach Mike Pettine explained Wednesday he had no issue with Haden not playing due to the fact he would've hurt the team's chance of winning if he played.
"Joe wanted to be out there. He wanted to play. But just in his assessment, did not want to put the team at risk knowing that he could not be at the percentage that in his heart he knew couldn't get to," Pettine said."
Haden will likely be probable for the Browns' Week 5 matchup in Baltimore.
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch considered day to day
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll relayed Wednesday that running back Marshawn Lynch 's (calf) status is considered day to day.
That's to be expected after Lynch ended up being downgraded to out for this past Monday's game against the Detroit Lions . Fortunately for those invested in Lynch's Week 5 status, the Seahawks kick off against the Cincinnati Bengals at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Texans RB Jonathan Grimes will not play Week 5
Houston Texans running back Jonathan Grimes (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Indianapolis Colts , the Houston Chronicle reports.
Meanwhile, fellow running back Chris Polk is listed as questionable for the contest, which leaves the Texans' top two backs, Arian Foster and Alfred Blue , as the healthiest components of the Week 5 backfield.
Texans rule out WRs Nate Washington, Cecil Shorts for Week 5
Houston Texans wide receiver Nate Washington (hamstring) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Indianapolis Colts , the Houston Chronicle reports.
Fellow wideout Cecil Shorts has also been ruled out, which sets the stage for the likes of Keith Mumphrey, Chandler Worthy and Jaelen Strong to see added opportunities behind top wideout DeAndre Hopkins in Week 5.
For those looking for a direct replacement for either Washington or Shorts, Mumphery (who had four catches this past Sunday) looks like best option.
Harbaugh calls Steve Smith 'week to week,' still likely out Week 5
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (back) did not practice Wednesday, according to ESPN.
Coach John Harbaugh has backtracked a tad from a previous declaration Saturday that Smith has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns .
"He's week to week," Harbaugh said, per the team's official website. "The injury report rules people out. I've got my own thoughts on it, as I've stated, but I'm just telling you there's a process."
As tough as Smith is, by Friday we fully expect the wideout will indeed be ruled out of Week 5 action.
Lions RB Joique Bell sits out practice, Week 5 status is TBD
Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (ankle) didn't take part in Wednesday's practice, according to MLive.com.
Bell's absence on Monday night gave Ameer Abdullah unfettered access to touches out of the Lions' backfield, but the rookie could only muster 33 yards on the ground and two catches for 11 yards against the Seattle Seahawks ' typically stout defense.
Meanwhile, Theo Riddick took on a pass-catching role, turning five receptions into 31 yards. If Bell remains out of commission, the preceding breakdown of reps between Abdullah and Riddick will likely be replicated.
Packers WR Davante Adams (ankle) to be re-evaluated Thursday
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Adams will be re-evaluated Thursday, though a return to the field isn't expected in the near future. The Packers have two games before reaching their bye in Week 7, meaning the team may exercise caution to ensure Adams is healthy for the long haul.
Colts RB Tyler Varga will miss second straight game Week 5
Indianapolis Colts running back Tyler Varga (concussion) is listed as out for Thursday's game against the Houston Texans .
With Varga still out, Josh Robinson and Zurlon Tipton are in line to serve as Frank Gore 's top backups Thursday.
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