Montee Ball ended up inactive after all. All this does in reinforce the idea that Hillman will continue to be the RB1 for Denver, something we’ve all expected. So even when Ball does come back you can count on him having no more than a secondary role in the backfield.
Dolphins Inactives – TE Dion Sims, T Jason Fox, G Daryn Colledge, G Billy Turner, DE Terrence Fede, DT Anthony Johnson, LB Kelvin Sheppard
Lions Inactives – QB Kellen Moore, WR Ryan Broyles, TE Eric Ebron, TE Joseph Fauria, G Garrett Reynolds, DE Larry Webster, DT Nick Fairley
Brandon Pettigrew is the lone healthy TE but not a recommended starter in Fantasy.
Cowboys Inactives – QB Dustin Vaughan, T Tony Hills, T Donald Hawkins, DT Tyrone Crawford, DT Davon Coleman, LB Tim Dobbins, DB Jakar Hamilton
49ers Inactives – QB Josh Johnson, WR Quinton Patton, G/C Dillon Farrell, LB Dan Skuta, LB Patrick Willis, CB Leon McFadden, S L.J. McCray
Saints Inactives – RB Pierre Thomas, RB Khiry Robinson, WR Robert Meachem, T Nick Becton, C/G Eric Olsen, LB David Hawthorne, DB Stanley Jean-Baptiste
Titans Inactives – RB Antonio Andrews, WR Kris Durham, DB Brandon Harris, NT Sammie Lee Hill, T Will Svitek, QB Charlie Whitehurst
Chiefs Inactives – WR Donnie Avery, DB Jamell Fleming, C Eric Kush, QB Aaron Murray, DB Daniel Sorensen
Bills Inactives – RB Phillip Tanner, WR Mike Williams, WR Marcus Easley, G Cyril Richardson, LB Randell Johnson, CB Ron Brooks, S Jerome Couplin
Note that Fred Jackson and Sammy Watkins are indeed playing today; however, this is going to be a difficult matchup against the Chiefs and the Bills will struggle to put points on the board. Watkins could be limited by his groin injury and Jackson may not be quite ready for a full workload. In other words, consider other options if available for both players.
Falcons Inactives – QB Sean Renfree, WR Freddie Martino, T Jonathan Scott, T Cameron Bradfield, DT Cliff Matthews, LB Tyler Starr, CB Javier Arenas
That does it for the early games. We’ll be back with updates for the 4:00 games. Montee Ball is the only player we’re monitoring then, but he is expected to play. If you’re considering Ball today, be advised that he is not expected to get more than 5-10 touches in a change of pace role with Ronnie Hillman continuing to be the featured back.
Jason LaCanfora is reporting that both Sammy Watkins and Fred Jackson will play today barring a significant setback during team warmups. Jackson is still a risky start but now Anthony Dixon becomes someone you need to bench, as he will almost certainly see fewer touches with Jackson playing. The presence of both Jackson and Watson certainly makes this a different game but it could still be a tough battle for points, especially for the Bills.
Welcome to the Sunday game day edition of The Xpert Eye. As we do every Sunday, we’ll list all of the injury updates and game day inactives for the Sunday afternoon games. Updates will be added frequently, especially between 11:15 and Noon, which is when teams report their inactives to the league. As always, the most recent update will appear at the top of the document.
Teams on Bye for Week 10
Patriots, Vikings, Redskins, Chargers, Colts, Texans
Players Already Declared OUT
Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas, Donnie Avery, Nick Foles, Zach Miller, Stepfan Taylor
Injured Players We’re Watching
Lamar Miller (AC Joint sprain) – Miller is expected to play but there is a chance that his touches may be limited due to this injury. He’s a risky play, especially against a tough Lions defense.
Sammy Watkins (Groin) – Watkins missed practice both Thursday and Friday, which is quite concerning. Without Watkins, the Buffalo offense could be in big trouble in what is already expected to be a low scoring affair. Robert Woods gets a bump (a very small bump) in value if Watkins sits. If you have other options at WR, Watkins is best left on the bench.
Charles Sims (Ankle) – Sims participated in practice so he’s likely to play despite popping up on the injury report. He’s listed here because we’re not sure he’s going to be active after being a healthy scratch last week. [UPDATE] – Adam Schefter is reporting that Sims will make his NFL debut today.
Vincent Jackson (Knee) – Jackson practiced fully on Friday so he’s expected to play despite the questionable designation on the injury reports.
Mark Ingram (shoulder) – Ingram is expected to play despite being limited most of the week.
Tony Romo (back) – The Cowboys actually upgraded Romo to probable on the injury report and all indications are that he will play. Still, Jacksonville’s aggressive pass rush is among the league leaders in sacks, so this will be a dangerous game for Romo, who might not make it through four quarters. He’s a very risky Fantasy play today, one you’re advised to consider very carefully, especially if you have other options at QB.