Derek Carrier
Rams' Derek Carrier: Not on injury report
Derek Carrier, TE, LAR
10/18/2017
News: Carrier (concussion) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report.

Carrier won't miss a game with this ding, and he's in line to suit up Sunday against the Cardinals. The fifth-year tight end has just three receptions on four targets this season, though, so don't expect much production from Carrier anytime soon.

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Ryan Hewitt
Bengals' Ryan Hewitt: No practice Wednesday
Ryan Hewitt, TE, CIN
10/18/2017
News: Hewitt (knee) missed practice Wednesday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN reports.

Hewitt sustained a knee injury in Week 5 and hasn't practiced since. He'll likely need to fit in some reps Thursday or Friday to have any chance of playing in Sunday's divisional matchup against the Steelers.

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Nick O'Leary
Bills' Nick O'Leary: Ready for action
Nick O'Leary, TE, BUF
10/18/2017
News: O'Leary (undisclosed) doesn't appear on the injury report ahead of Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

With Charles Clay (knee) sidelined, O'Leary is fully expected to get the starting nod Sunday. However, he'll have a tough matchup against a Tampa Bay defense that's held tight ends to a league-best 21.8 receiving yards per game. With that said, O'Leary seemed fully capable of playing a key part of the Bills' passing game when Clay went down in Week 5, catching five of six targets for a team-high 54 yards.

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Benjamin Watson
Ravens' Ben Watson: Misses practice with knee ailment
Benjamin Watson, TE, BAL
10/18/2017
News: Watson (knee) didn't practice Wednesday.

Watson was held out of Wednesday practices in Weeks 4 and 5 due to a calf injury, but he didn't end up missing any games or having his workload limited. There will only be cause for concern if he doesn't make it back to practice by the end of the week as the Ravens prepare for Sunday's game in Minnesota. Watson is locked in as the team's top pass-catching tight end, but he's essentially been limited to low-value short targets since catching eight passes for 91 yards in a Week 2 win over the Browns. He's caught 16 of 21 targets for just 85 yards over the past four weeks, limited to a dump-off role in an unproductive passing game.

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Seth DeValve
Browns' Seth DeValve: Omitted from injury report
Seth DeValve, TE, CLE
10/18/2017
News: DeValve (shoulder) wasn't included on the Browns' injury report following Wednesday's practice, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.

DeValve reportedly received treatment on his shoulder following Sunday's loss to the Texans, but after two full days off to recover from the issue, the Browns aren't concerned about his availability heading into the Week 7 matchup with the Titans. Though he hasn't started a game this season, DeValve has managed to turn in more fantasy value than multiple starters around the league due to his standing as a safety valve for young quarterbacks DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan. He's reeled in 14 of 25 targets for 167 yards and a touchdown in six contests.

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Marcedes Lewis
Jaguars' Marcedes Lewis: Limited at practice Wednesday
Marcedes Lewis, TE, JAC
10/18/2017
News: Lewis was limited at practice Wednesday due to a shoulder issue.

Lewis was on the field for 55 out of 69 snaps on offense in the Jaguars' 27-17 loss to the Rams in Week 6, yet he failed to catch a pass for the second time in three games. His three-touchdown effort in Week 3 is an obvious outlier, as the Jaguars' starting tight end has logged just five catches for 76 yards (on 17 targets) through six games on the season.

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Maxx Williams
Ravens' Maxx Williams: Missing more practice time
Maxx Williams, TE, BAL
10/18/2017
News: Williams (ankle) isn't practicing Wednesday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Williams returned from a three-week absence for Sunday's game against the Bears, only to suffer a new ankle injury during the first half of an eventual 27-24 loss. He didn't return to the game and seems likely to miss more time, leaving Vince Mayle as the Ravens' No. 3 tight end.

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A.J. Derby
Broncos' A.J. Derby: Catches one pass
A.J. Derby, TE, DEN
10/17/2017
News: Derby was targeted four times but managed just a 10-yard catch in Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Giants.

After a big 75-yard outing in Week 4, Derby fell back to earth Sunday, falling below 11 yards receiving for the third time in five games. He figures to get more opportunities this week against the Chargers. Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) and Isaiah McKenzie (ankle) will be out, and Derby can serve as an oversized slot receiver. The duo's injuries held Derby secure a season-high 52 snaps on Sunday.

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Jeff Heuerman
Broncos' Jeff Heuerman: Scores first career touchdown
Jeff Heuerman, TE, DEN
10/17/2017
News: Heuerman nabbed both of his targets for 24 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Giants.

Heuerman, the Broncos' third-round pick from 2015, finally scored his first career touchdown late in Sunday's blowout, stealing the ball from a crowd of defenders. That kind of red-zone presence has been missing in Denver as the offense's struggles inside the red zone continue. Look for Denver to maybe look Heuerman's way more, especially this week with Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) out of the lineup.

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Demetrius Harris
Chiefs' Demetrius Harris: Catchless in loss
Demetrius Harris, TE, KC
10/17/2017
News: Harris was targeted twice, but did not record a catch in Sunday's 19-13 loss to the Steelers.

Harris' second target was the biggest of the game as Alex Smith looked his way on fourth and goal, the ball ripped out of Harris' hands before he could establish possession. Harris, playing behind one of the best tight ends in the league in Travis Kelce, saw the field for 18 offensive snaps on Sunday, a third of the Chiefs' total. He has almost as many catchless games, four, this season as he does catches, five, but he's a big body that might nab a touchdown here and there.

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