Bridgewater was able to do more in practice on Friday, and the Panthers haven’t given up on the possibility of him playing in Sunday’s Week 11 matchup against the Detroit Lions as he continues to battle through a knee injury he sustained in the previous game. Bridgewater and the team were relieved that the injury wasn’t as serious as first believed, but it would still be fairly surprising if the Panthers don’t err on the side of caution and hold their starting quarterback out of this weekend’s contest. If that hypothetical situation plays out, P.J. Walker would be the leading candidate to receive the start under center, but head coach Matt Rhule has refused to confirm who would start at the quarterback position if Bridgewater is ultimately inactive, leaving open the door for Will Grier to start or possibly split snaps with Walker.
Kamara was a spectator at practice on Thursday after being a limited participant for Wednesday’s session, and while there are reasons to have concerns, it’s still too early to worry about Kamara’s potential status for Sunday’s Week 11 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons since he missed practice time a couple of weeks ago with the same foot injury and was still able to play. However, the practice participation of Kamara on Friday will be important to monitor as it could provide major insight into how serious the aforementioned ailment might be, even if he’s able to play through an injury designation this weekend.
Adams was a spectator at practice on Thursday after originally being a limited participant in Wednesday’s session, which is definitely a cause for concern for his potential availability in this Sunday’s Week 11 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts since the Packers are typically one of the most conservative teams in the NFL when it comes to lower-body injuries like the ankle issue Adams is currently dealing with. Adams status for this weekend likely depends on his participation in Friday’s practice, but if he’s ultimately unable to suit up, the Packers will at the very least have the services of Allen Lazard for the first time in eight weeks following his recovery from a core injury, so he would likely see a majority of the wide receiver routes opposite Marquez Valdez-Scantling if Adams is unable to play through the aforementioned injury for a second straight week.
Despite practicing fully on Wednesday, Swift has entered the NFL’s concussion protocol and was unable to practice Thursday, putting his status for Sunday’s Week 11 matchup against the Carolina Panthers in some serious doubt. It’s still unclear when exactly Swift sustained the concussion, but he’ll have to clear several hurdles in just a few days to get the go-ahead for this weekend’s contest and appears to be approaching the wrong side of questionable. This comes just one week after Swift was finally able to seize control of the workhorse role in this Detroit backfield, and if he is unable to suit up, it’s already been reported by several Lions’ beat reporters that Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson will be in line to split the running back work.
As expected, Lock was able to be a limited participant in practice on Thursday after sitting out of Wednesday’s session, and he’s still reportedly going to try and play in Sunday’s Week 11 matchup against the Miami Dolphins despite dealing with a ribs injury. However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported earlier in the week that Lock avoided any fractures and is battling severe pain and bruising, so with some rest and possible pain-management injections, he should be good to go for this weekend’s contest barring a setback. If for some reason, Lock’s condition deteriorates over the next few days, Brett Rypien would be the next man up and be in line to receive the start under center for head coach Vic Fangio and the Broncos’ offensive coaching staff.
Doyle was able to return to practice for the first time this week, and he is now officially on track to play in Sunday’s Week 11 matchup against the Green Bay Packers after missing one game due to a concussion. His likely return to the field is a downgrade to the projected fantasy value of Trey Burton and Mo Alie-Cox, who were the two lone tight ends for the Colts in last Thursday’s win over the Tennessee Titans in primetime. Burton continues to lead the tight end group with a 12.7% target share, but make no mistake, this is still a full-blown committee as evidenced by Alie-Cox running 22 routes to Burton’s 19 in the previous game, which significantly lowers each players’ floor and ceilings for daily fantasy formats across the industry.
Arcega-Whiteside received a positive test on Thursday morning, and he’s been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list along with Hightower and Clement, who were deemed as high-risk close contacts. Hightower and Clement would need to test negative for five consecutive days to be cleared to return to team facilities, so they’ve effectively been ruled out this Sunday’s Week 11 matchup against the Cleveland Browns as they continue to isolate from the team. Arcega-Whiteside only has five targets on the season and was a healthy inactive for last week’s loss with the return of Alshon Jeffery, so the impact from his absence will be minimal, if not nonexistent, while both Hightower and Clement have also had minuscule roles in the offense when the Eagles are close to full strength. However, Quez Watkins can still be expected to be active in place of Hightower as the fifth wide receiver this weekend.
Homer was unable to practice fully this week, and he’s officially been listed as doubtful on the Seahawks’ injury report for Thursday night’s Week 11 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals due to an injured wrist and hand. With Chris Carson also unlikely to play through his questionable designation, Seattle is on track to have a backfield consisting of Carlos Hyde, Alex Collins, and DeeJay Dallas for tomorrow’s contest, and Collins is coming off a Week 10 performance where he led the Seahawks backfield with 11 carries and a 52.5% snap rate. Assuming Hyde is anywhere close to full health, he will be the favorite by a significant margin to lead the aforementioned trio in snaps and touches, but given Carroll’s profound nostalgia for former players, it’d seem likely that Collins will still have a significant role until Carson is able to return to the field, likely as soon as Week 12.
Lockett was held out of practice for a second consecutive day, and his status for Thursday night’s Week 11 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals is suddenly in some doubt due to a knee injury. Head coach Pete Carroll disclosed to reporters via Zoom conference on Tuesday that Lockett has “a bit of a knee sprain” but didn’t go into further detail about the potential severity. If Lockett is ultimately unable to suit up, David Moore would more than likely step into the primary wide receiver role opposite of DK Metcalf on the outside, but it’d be interesting to see if he or Freddie Swain assume a majority of the vacated slot routes, as Lockett has run well over 50% of his routes from the slot this season. Either way, both wideouts will clearly be in consideration for all of Thursday’s single-game daily fantasy formats across the industry.
The Eagles announced that they have officially designated Ertz to return from injured reserve on Monday afternoon, which means he’ll be able to rejoin the team at practice this week and initiates the 21-day window they have to add him back to the active roster. Despite likely practicing in at least a limited fashion leading up to Sunday’s Week 11 matchup against the Cleveland Browns, it still appears to be quite a stretch for Ertz to be activated from injured reserve in time to suit up for this weekend’s contest. Ertz was a major disappointment for fantasy purposes before his injury back in Week 6, so any continued absence will enable Dallas Goedert to be utilized as the de facto number one tight end for quarterback Carson Wentz for likely at least one additional game.
Dwayne Washington is inactive Sunday, meaning Ty Montgomery will work as the third RB for the Saints. With both Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray healthy, there is likely a very limited role available for Montgomery.
Deebo Samuel is inactive Sunday, while Trent Taylor and River Cracraft are both active. Cracraft and Taylor combined for 9 targets last week, catching just 3 for 22 yards, but the return of Brandon Aiyuk and Kendrick Bourne should return both back to smaller roles in the offense.
T.J. Yeldon is officially inactive Sunday for the Bills. Zach Moss and Devin Singletary will handle the RB duties this week.
Tyrie Cleveland is inactive Sunday. He has totaled 3 targets this season, and his absence does not have any DFS impact.
Sony Michel will not be activated from IR this week, despite finishing his second week of practice. This is probably a good sign for the availability of Damien Harris, who was listed as questionable on the final injury report this week. The Patriots are already deep at RB, so there is no need for them to rush Michel back if their other RBs are healthy.