Report: Titans WR Nate Washington could be on trade block
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Titans wide receiver Nate Washington
has drawn some trade interest recently and could be on the trade block
, NFL.com reports.
Washington recently lost his starting job to Justin Hunter and is making $4.8 million in the final year of a six-year contract signed in March 2009. He has tallied 13 receptions for 169 yards in seven games.
Bills WR Marcus Easley returns to practice Wednesday
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Bills wide receiver Marcus Easley
returned to practice in a limited capacity Wednesday.
Easley has missed the last four weeks while recovering from a sprained MCL. If he's healthy enough to play Sunday, his presence on special teams could help counter the loss of Anthony Dixon on the unit, as he's expected to fill a much bigger offensive role in the wake of multiple injuries to the team's running backs.
Vikings second-year wideout Cordarrelle Patterson
, who had dealt with a hip flexor strain since Week 5, is not listed on the team's injury report, according to 1500ESPN.com. Patterson has been a big disappointment, catching 19 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown in seven games.
Minnesota visits Tampa Bay on Sunday.
49ers WR Steve Johnson making most of limited snaps
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49ers wideout Steve Johnson
has played 31 percent of the team's offensive snaps, yet he ranks third on the team in catches (25) and receiving yards (315) and is tied for the team lead
with three touchdown grabs, notes the San Francisco Chronicle
. Colin Kaepernick has a sterling 127.8 passer rating when targeting Johnson, completing 25 of 31 throws, the report said.
Despite his success, Johnson might have a hard time earning more time because Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin are locked in as starters and Brandon Lloyd is a deep threat coaches want to get on the field, the paper said.
For now, the paper envisions Johnson continuing to split No. 3 receiver duties with Lloyd, who has played 38 percent of the snaps.
Rams WR Kenny Britt a non-participant Wednesday
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Rams wideout Kenny Britt
did not practice Wednesday due to an ankle injury, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
. St. Louis visits Kansas City on Sunday.
Colts have confidence in Hakeem Nicks if Reggie Wayne is sidelined
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If Reggie Wayne is unable to play Week 8 against the Steelers due to an elbow injury, Colts coach Chuck Pagano expressed complete confidence
in veteran receiver Hakeem Nicks
helping pick up the slack in Wayne's absence.
"He comes here every day with his hat on, lunch pail, ready to work," Pagano said about Nicks, per ESPN. "He’s a competitive guy. We have a ton of competitive guys in that locker room. They all want to contribute and they all want to make plays. He understands that. He’ll be ready no matter when his number is called. He knows his stuff; he practices hard, prepares hard."
Nicks has posted modest numbers in his first season with the Colts, totaling 17 catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.
If Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders
is to bounce back from a surprisingly quiet showing over the last two weeks, he will have to do so in Week 8 against a Chargers defense that has more than held their own against wide receivers this season.
The Chargers rank sixth in Fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers this season, and have done a fantastic job overall, with one exception. The Raiders -- yes, the Raiders -- absolutely torched the Chargers in Week 6, with three receivers going off for double digit Fantasy points.
The Chargers have allowed just one other receiver to score 10 or more Fantasy points, though they also just haven't faced off against many good passing offenses. The Broncos racked up 519 passing yards and four touchdowns against the Chargers last week, so they should have some success.
Sanders has at least 8 Fantasy points in five of six games this season, and should be able to keep that up even in the face of the Chargers' success. Keep him active in most Fantasy formats for Week 8.
Jets are not expecting Percy Harvin to play 50 snaps Week 8
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Jets coach Rex Ryan said wide receiver Percy Harvin
will be considered for punt and kickoff returns
. While he will also play on offense Week 8 against the Bills, Ryan said it's unrealistic for Harvin to play 50 snaps
. The Jets acquired Harvin in a trade with the Seahawks last week.
Bucs WR Vincent Jackson doesn't practice
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Buccaneers wideout Vincent Jackson
did not dress for practice Wednesday, though he did catch a few passes during individual drills, reports the Tampa Tribune
. Jackson is nursing a rib injury ahead of Sunday's game against the Vikings.
MRI on Colts WR Reggie Wayne's elbow shows nothing significant
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Colts coach Chuck Pagano said the MRI on wide receiver Reggie Wayne
's elbow showed nothing significant
. Still, Pagano would not commit to Wayne practicing this week and said he is day to day
leading up to Sunday's game against the Steelers.