Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph held to seven yards in Week 4 loss to Broncos
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(10/6/2015) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph caught two passes off of four targets for seven yards in Sunday's loss to Denver.

Rudolph is second on the team with 14 catches on 22 targets, ranking 13th among league tight ends in both categories. Rudolph has thus far failed to deliver on the promise of his 2012 season and with the Vikings apparently set on making Adrian Peterson the bread and butter of their offense again, is not being featured heavily enough to warrant a weekly start.

Giants TE Larry Donnell snags five passes in win over Bills
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(10/6/2015) Giants tight end Larry Donnell hauled in five passes off of seven targets for 38 yards in Sunday's win over Buffalo.

Donnell ranks second on the team in both targets and receptions through the first quarter of the season. His 15 catches are the 11th most among NFL tight ends. Eli Manning has long built a strong rapport with his tight ends and the position is readily featured in Ben McAdoo's version of the West Coast Offense. Whether his role in the offense stays as prominent as it has will warrant monitoring once Victor Cruz returns to the lineup.

Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham nabs four passes in Week 4 victory
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(10/6/2015) Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham caught four passes off of five targets for 29 yards in Monday's win over Detroit.

After almost resembling his bayou-self during last week's seven-catch performance against Chicago, Graham was kept quiet on Monday. Part of Graham's less-than-exciting start has to do with fewer passes to go around, after being part of an offense that ranked second in the league in pass attempts last season, he's on a squad that had thrown the 23rd most passes through four weeks. Even when Seattle does pass the ball, Graham is not the go-to target he was in New Orleans. Graham trails Doug Baldwin in targets and catches and Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse in yards. Graham is far and away the Seahawks' most established target, so he should remain in your lineup with the hope of more games like Week 3 and fewer like Week 4.

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew aiming to play Sunday vs. Cardinals
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(10/6/2015) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) will take part in practice this week, and if he avoids a setback, he's expected to play Sunday against the Cardinals, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.

Pettigrew has done very little since sustaining a hamstring injury in the opener, but it appears as if he'll make initial attempts to return to the field this week. On Monday night, fellow tight end Eric Ebron suffered a knee injury that has placed his immediate availability in question, necessitating Pettigrew's presence in the offense. Expect the week of preparation to determine the eventual TE pecking order Sunday.

Colts TE Dwayne Allen logs another full practice on Tuesday
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(10/6/2015) Colts tight end Dwayne Allen (ankle) was listed as a full practice participant for the second straight day on Tuesday's injury report.

With Allen on track to return from a one-game absence, Coby Fleener figures to lose some snaps and targets. When both tight ends are healthy, neither can be counted on for much of anything.

Bills place tight end MarQueis Gray on injured reserve
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(10/6/2015) Bills tight end MarQueis Gray (broken forearm) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, ESPN reports.

With Gray ruled out for the season, Chris Gragg and Matthew Mulligan will provide depth at tight end behind Charles Clay. Gray, a former college quarterback, saw just one target in four games this season.

Packers TE Kennard Backman plays three snaps in debut
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(10/6/2015) Packers tight end Kennard Backman suited up in Week 4 for the first time in his professional career but took the field for just three offensive snaps.

After being scratched in the Packers' first three games, Backman was activated Sunday with Andrew Quarless (knee) unable to play. He was the only active tight end besides Richard Rodgers, but the Packers replaced Quarless' snaps in other ways. Backman will presumably be the Packers' No. 2 tight end for a while with Quarless on short-term IR, but he still has quite a way to go before becoming a fantasy factor.

Falcons sign Tony Moeaki due to depth concerns at TE
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(10/6/2015) Tight end Tony Moeaki was signed by the Falcons on Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

With Jacob Tamme (concussion) still recovering in the wake of a Week 4 absence, Moeaki could serve as the No. 2 tight end behind Levine Toilolo in Sunday's game against the Redskins.

A third-round draft pick back in 2010, Moeaki has struggled with injuries throughout his career, and he no longer possesses the high-end athleticism he had upon entering the league.

Report: MRI reveals Lions TE Eric Ebron has no damage in left knee
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(10/6/2015) An MRI taken on Lions tight end Eric Ebron's injured left knee revealed no structural damage, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

The full extent of Ebron's injury has not been revealed, but the MRI results are promising. Ebron's status for the Lions' next game Sunday against the Cardinals is uncertain, but he will have one fewer day to prepare than he normally would coming off a Monday night game in Week 4.

Redskins TE Jordan Reed's (concussion) status for Week 5 is cloudy
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(10/6/2015) Redskins tight end Jordan Reed will undergo the league's concussion protocol after suffering what is believed to be his at least his 4th concussion, the Washington Post reports.

Reed's last concussion was in 2013 and forced him to miss the final six games of the season.

There's no telling the severity of the concussion until he is reviewed by doctors later in the week. In addition to the concussion he is also dealing with a sprained MCL. Reed's availability for Week 5 is not looking very good. If he's unable to play Derek Carrier will start in his place.

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