Report: Darrelle Revis was sent home Tuesday for showing up late
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10/22/2014) Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis was not allowed to participate in practice and meetings Tuesday after coach Bill Belichick sent him home for the day since Revis arrived late to the team's facility Tuesday morning, three league sources told The Boston Globe.

One source close to the cornerback said Revis accepted responsibility for his actions. He was back at practice Wednesday. The Patriots declined to comment on the situation. The Patriots were not required to put out an injury report for Tuesday or explain any players being absent.

Belichick did not make a huge announcement to the rest of the team about sending Revis home, but one source said, "The message was definitely sent. The rules apply to everybody."

O'Brien: Clowney's chances of playing Week 8 'getting better and better'
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10/22/2014) Texans coach Bill O'Brien said linebacker Jadeveon Clowney moved well in practice Wednesday and his chances of returning to the lineup Week 8 at Tennessee are "getting better and better every day." He has missed the last six games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in early September.

Clowney has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury in the season opener. Clowney has had some durability issues since being the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He was sidelined at times this summer due to hernia surgery and a concussion.

Flowers, Brown, Mathews among Chargers to sit out Week 8
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10/22/2014) The Chargers released their Week 8 injury report for Thursday's game against the Broncos, and running back Donald Brown (concussion), running back Ryan Mathews (knee) and cornerback Brandon Flowers (concussion) were all ruled out. Linebacker Manti Te'o was also ruled out due to a foot injury.

The team also listed linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring) as doubtful, and cornerback Jason Verrett (shoulder) and cornerback Steve Williams (groin) as questionable. Four players were listed as probable -- linebacker Kavell Conner (ankle), tackle D.J. Fluker (ankle), linebacker Dwight Freeney (probable) and offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger (back).

Jaguars CB Alan Ball considered doubtful for Week 8
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10/22/2014) Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Wednesday starting cornerback Alan Ball is considered doubtful to play Week 8 against the Dolphins due to a biceps injury. Bradley added Ball is getting a second opinion on the injury.

Bradley said Dwayne Gratz and Demetrius McCray would start at cornerback Sunday, if Ball is sidelined.

Colts LB Jerrell Freeman (hip) practices in full Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10/22/2014) Colts coach Chuck Pagano said linebacker Jerrell Freeman was a full participant in practice Wednesday. Freeman underwent an MRI earlier in the week after suffering a hip pointer Week 7 against the Bengals.

Browns DL Ahtyba Rubin will not need ankle surgery
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10/22/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin will not need ankle surgery after getting a second opinion. Rubin, who has missed the last two games, is expected to practice on a limited basis Wednesday.

Chiefs safety Eric Berry to practice with scout team Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10/22/2014) Chiefs safety Eric Berry is expected to work with the scout team Wednesday to see how he feels after missing the last four games due to an ankle injury, according to the team's official website. The Chiefs are preparing to the play the Rams in Week 8.

Identifying a few streaming DST options
by Chris Towers |
(10/21/2014) If you need to pick up and play a DST unit in Week 8, Jamey Eisenberg identifies three worth snagging in his waiver-wire column: the Colts (59 percent owned) in Pittsburgh, the Cowboys (43 percent) against Washington, and the Dolphins (36 percent) in Jacksonville.

Takeaways make Steelers' day
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/21/2014) The Steelers didn't have a tremendous defensive performance Week 7 against Houston, falling into an early 13-0 hole and ultimately giving up 23 points on 393 yards. But they did a fine job taking the ball away from the Texans, allowing their offense to come from behind for the victory.

They got an interception from Brett Keisel and two fumble recoveries, one by Troy Polamalu and one by Sean Spence. The three takeaways were the most they've had in a game this season.

The Steelers did have one sack but remain a poor source of those this year, tying with the Bengals for 23rd with 10. Because their DST has thrived only in games in which it's gotten a touchdown, it remains a risky start in Fantasy.

With the Steelers facing the Colts, the league's No. 1 offense, in Week 8, you should avoid the Steelers DST in Fantasy.

Texans allow 30 points again
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/21/2014) After allowing 33 points Week 6 against Indianapolis, the Texans allowed 30 Week 7 at Pittsburgh. But while their struggles were to be expected against a Colts offense that ranks No. 1 in the NFL, at least in terms of yardage, the same can't be said for their matchup against the Steelers, who scored 10 points against the Browns in Week 6 and 17 against the Jaguars in Week 5.

Because turnovers kept putting the Steelers in good field position, the Texans allowed 328 yards, only 12 away from their season low. They recorded three sacks, equaling a season high met twice previously, but their only takeaway was a fumble recovery in the first quarter.

The Texans haven't had a favorable schedule of late, but their DST has mostly held its own. Again, the 30 points given up in this one was as much the fault of the offense. With an appealing matchup Week 8 at Tennessee, the Texans DST is an advisable play in Fantasy.

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