Week 13 Injury News


Danny Amendola (knee) practiced on Thursday, but was limited. With New England running thin on receiving options, Amendola should be fed a heaping helping of targets on Sunday against Philadelphia. … Devonta Freeman (concussion) was a full participant in practice on Thursday and will be a top Week 13 fantasy option at the running back position. … Allen Hurns(concussion) is still not practicing and appears to be a long shot to play on Sunday. Marqise Lee is surprisingly healthy and would soak up some targets if Hurns does indeed sit. … Tyler Eifert (neck) missed practice on Thursday, and fantasy owners should not plan on having the services of this stud tight end in Week 13. Hopefully Andy Dalton’s red zone target is healthy for Week 14. … Ben Roethlisberger (concussion) practiced on Thursday and is ready to roll for a nice Week 13 matchup with Indianapolis after leaving Week 12 early with a concussion. … Karlos Williams (shoulder) did not practice on Thursday and was wearing a sling on his left arm. Williams will most likely miss Week 13 according to coach Rex Ryan, leaving LeSean McCoy with a large workload against Houston’s surging defense. … Carlos Hyde (foot) could potentially be placed on injured reserve, which would end his season and make Shaun Draughn’s fantasy stock rise for the final weeks of 2015. …Sam Bradford (shoulder) is practicing normally for the Eagles this week and will take back his starting job from Mark Sanchez on Sunday at New England. … Peyton Manning (foot) shed the cast on his injured foot and will begin rehabbing in hopes of playing again in 2015, which is no guarantee. …Marquess Wilson (foot) hurt his foot on Wednesday and missed Chicago’s Thursday practice session, leaving his Week 13 status in question. More news on Wilson’s status should surface on Friday. … Case Keenum(concussion) is still in the league’s concussion protocol, leaving Nick Foles to start this week against Arizona. … Ryan Mathews (concussion) won’t be seeing the field in Week 13 as he is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Marshawn Lynch and Thomas Rawls News

Marshawn Lynch will reportedly undergo sports-hernia surgery on Wednesday and is expected to miss the next 4-5 weeks at minimum. It’s the same procedure Arian Foster underwent over the summer that forced him to miss eight weeks. Lynch and Foster are both older running backs that likely require more time to recover than their younger teammates. In a best-case scenario, it sounds like Lynch could be back by Week 16. We’d consider than extremely unlikely at this point.

It’ll be the Thomas Rawls show at running back for the foreseeable future in Seattle. Even before this news came out about Lynch needing surgery, Rawls was the No. 1 waiver add of the week. Lynch needing surgery and likely to miss the rest of the re-draft fantasy season has solidified Rawls as the top add. After piling up 254 total yards and two touchdowns against the 49ers last Sunday, Rawls has serious high-end RB1 upside and should see 20-plus touches weekly. Lynch owners can probably cut bait without any regrets. It’s very possible he’s started his final game for the Seahawks.

Week 12 Injury Notes

Ben Roethlisberger (concussion) left Pittsburgh’s game on Sunday and is currently in the NFL’s concussion protocol. No news has surfaced yet regarding Roethlisberger’s status, but Landry Jones will likely start if he misses time. … Allen Hurns (concussion) was removed from the field on a stretcher on Sunday, but later tweeted that he will “be okay.” No word yet on the severity of Hurns’ injury, but more news will be announced in coming days. … Tyler Eifert suffered a stinger in the third quarter of Cincinnati’s game on Sunday and did not return, although Eifert does not appear to be in serious danger of missing time at this point. … Both Andre Ellington (foot) and Chris Johnson (knee) were forced from Arizona’s game on Sunday, leaving David Johnson to run the ball for the Cardinals. This will be a very interesting situation to monitor this week ahead of Arizona’s Week 13 game at St. Louis. … Ahmad Bradshaw (wrist) departed early on Sunday and will be evaluated over the course of the week. Bradshaw had been more involved in Indianapolis’ offense in recent weeks behind Frank Gore. … Heath Millercaught five passes for 45 yards before leaving Sunday’s game with a rib injury. Jesse James replaced Miller at tight end.

Backup Running Backs

Week 11 unfortunately produced multiple running back injuries, providing opportunities for a few notable backups around the NFL in Week 12. Seattle’sThomas Rawls handled the rushing duties with Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) out, and ran for 81 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Rawls receiving 21 carries in an up-and-down game is encouraging for his weekly workloads heading down the stretch and into the fantasy playoffs.


Tevin Coleman was solid for Atlanta on Sunday while filling-in for Devonta Freeman (concussion). Coleman ran for 110 yards on 18 carries in what was a great performance outside of losing a fumble. The Atlanta offense struggled as a whole however, and with Freeman expected back in Week 13, Coleman will be fantasy bench material until further notice.


With Charcandrick West (hamstring) out on Sunday, Spencer Ware turned in another solid outing. Ware rumbled his way to 114 yards and a score on 19 carries, and now has 210 yards on 30 carries (7.0 ypc) over the last two weeks. Ware will be a high-end RB2 next week at Oakland if West misses more time, but will likely take a back seat to West if his troublesome hamstring is ready next Sunday.

Gronk Injured Again

The New England Patriots lost their first game of the 2015 season on Sunday night, as they fell to the Denver Broncos 30-24 in overtime. The Patriots went pass-heavy in this game, attempting just 16 running plays to 42 pass attempts for Tom Brady, as New England did not let the losses of Dion Lewis,Julian Edelman, and Danny Amendola impact their passing attack. The pass-heavy approach was working fine until the world’s best tight end, Rob Gronkowski, suffered a knee injury and was carted off the field near the end of the fourth quarter. Gronkowski was the target on 10 of Brady’s throws up to that point and had caught a team-high six passes for 88 yards and score. From that point, the Broncos walked/ran-off in overtime on a 48-yard C.J. Anderson touchdown, but the fantasy world was already consumed with the potential loss of the great “Gronk.”


What we know as of Sunday night is that Gronkowski suffered a right knee injury, and was carted off for X-rays. After the game, the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe noted that Gronkowski “walked out of the Sports Authority Field at Mile High tonight without crutches or barely even a limp…” A Monday MRI is on the way, but the apparent positivity surrounding Gronk’s status is encouraging, although Tom Brady’s favorite target should still be considered an extremely dicey bet for Week 13 in even the best case scenario. Scott Chandler stands to gain the most fantasy juice if Gronk misses time, but stay tuned to Rotoworld for more Rob Gronkowski news this week.

Week 11 Injury Notes

Darren McFadden (groin) was limited in practice on Thursday, and will likely need a full showing on Friday to ease the minds of fantasy owners. Rod Smith would pick up the slack if McFadden is a surprise inactive. … Alshon Jeffery (groin, shoulder) did not practice on Thursday and his Week 11 status is in jeopardy. This situation reeks of “game-time decision.” … DeAndre Hopkins (knee) has missed two practices this week, but no reports from Houston have stated that the stud wide receiver is actually in danger of missing Week 11. More news should surface regarding Hopkins’ status Friday. … Matt Forte (knee) did not practice on Thursday, and his Week 11 status is in serious doubt. Forte will likely return in Week 12 to some form of timeshare with Jeremy Langford. … Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) made it through practice on Thursday and is in no danger of missing Week 11. … Emmanuel Sanders (finger) was limited in practice on Thursday, but coach Gary Kubiak expects Sanders to be ready for Week 11. … Michael Floyd (hamstring) did not practice on Thursday and looking like a dicey bet to play on Sunday after injuring a hamstring in Week 10 at Seattle. … Vincent Jackson (knee) hasn’t played since Week 7, but is getting closer to returning to game action and was limited in practice on Thursday. Jackson’s status may require extra attention over the weekend for fantasy owners. … Ryan Fitzpatrick (thumb) practiced in full on Thursday and is good to go this week as the Jets take on Houston. … Brian Hoyer (concussion) reportedly suffered memory loss on Monday night against Cincinnati, leaving Houston backup QB T.J. Yates to handle the passing duties for the Texans this week. … Ryan Mathews (concussion) missed practice on Thursday and is a good bet to sit out this week, leaving DeMarco Murray with plenty of opportunities to carry the ball against the Bucs. … John Brown (hamstrings) got in a limited practice on Thursday and is tentatively looking like he may suit up this week. Brown hasn’t caught a pass since Week 7 and is a risky fantasy start at the moment. … Sam Bradford (shoulder, concussion) did not practice on Thursday and will likely miss Week 11 while going through the NFL’s concussion protocol. Mark Sanchez is in line to get the start against Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Quarterback and Running Back Slants

Free agent RB Kendall Hunter worked out for the Seahawks. … The Texans are “hoping” Brian Hoyer (concussion) will be cleared in time for Week 11 against the Jets. On a short week, it’ll be a chore. … T.J. Yeldon (foot) has shed his walking boot and expects to be fine for Thursday night against the Titans. … Cowboys waived QB Brandon Weeden. With Tony Romo healthy, Matt Cassel beat out Weeden for the backup gig. … Ryan Mathews (concussion) didn’t practice Tuesday. Neither did Sam Bradford (shoulder, concussion). … Geno Smith is expected to take most of the first-team reps in practice this week after Ryan Fitzpatrick underwent thumb surgery last Friday. Fitzpatrick’s status will become cleared later in the week. … Coach Mike McCarthy thinks Aaron Rodgers may be “trying to do too much.” … Coach Jim Tomsula will go week-to-week with his quarterback situation. … Coach Jay Gruden said he wants the team to re-signed contract-year QB Kirk Cousins. … Andre Ellington will continue to be used in special packages. … The Rams still owe Nick Foles $7.75 million in guaranteed money. … The Colts want Andrew Luck to change his running style.

Wideout and Tight End Notes

Dolphins rookie WR DeVante Parker has resorted to watching his Louisville highlights to remind himself that he’s good and can make plays. He’s played just 110 snaps and seen seven total targets as the No. 5 receiver. … Lions signed former Giants WR Corey Washington to their practice squad. … Browns waived TE Rob Housler off injured reserve. The free-agent bust caught one pass for six yards before being placed on I.R. earlier this month. … Patriots promoted WR Chris Harper from the practice squad. … Kendall Wright (knee) is expected to miss Thursday night’s Week 11 game against the Jaguars. … Chiefs placed TE James O’Shaughnessy (foot) on I.R. … Ravens signed WR Kaelin Clay and TE Chase Ford. They waived WR Jeremy Ross. … Seahawks waived Super Bowl breakout WR Chris Matthews. He caught just four passes this season. His size should earn him another look. … Tom Brady hinted WR Keshawn Martin could have an increased role in the absence of Julian Edelman (foot). … Titans signed rookie WR Tre McBride off their practice squad. … There’s some belief Roddy White will be more involved on offense moving forward. … Coach Gus Bradley is unsure if WR Rashad Green (thumb) will be activated off I.R./recall this week. … Giants signed WR Hakeem Nicks, their 2009 first-round pick. He takes Victor Cruz’s (calf, I.R.) roster spot. … Julian Edelman underwent surgery on Monday to have a screw inserted into his broken foot.

Injury Notes

Michael Floyd was forced from Sunday night’s game with a hamstring injury after shredding Seattle for 113 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches. … Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) was active on Sunday night and turned in 50 total yards and a score on nine touches after concern was raised about his playing status over the weekend. … Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) was active on Sunday but didn’t catch a single pass and was evaluated for a concussion during Denver’s loss to Kansas City. … John Brown (hamstring) was active on Sunday night but couldn’t haul in any of his three targets and has been ineffective since the hamstring issues popped up. … Ryan Mathews suffered a concussion on Sunday as Philadelphia played Miami. Look for updates on Mathews’ status this week. … Sam Bradford sprained his non-throwing shoulder and suffered a concussion on Sunday. Mark Sanchez could see action if Bradford misses time. … Justin Hunter fractured an ankle on Sunday and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

Tuesday Morning Headlines

  • Woodhead totals 111 yards, TD in MNF defeat
  • Alshon posts 10-151 line on 15 targets in win
  • Langford piles up 142 yards, TD in MNF win
  • Cutler’s 345 yds, 2 TDs engineer comeback win
  • Malcom Floyd exits with shoulder injury in 2Q
  • 49ers giving Gabbert another start Week 11
  • Packers OC: We need to get Eddie Lacy going

Big Ben Hurt Again?

The Pittsburgh Steelers provided piles of fantasy intrigue on Sunday as they topped the Oakland Raiders 38-35. Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brownwent nuts in this game, hauling in 17 of 23 targets for 284 receiving yards. Brown was making plays all over the field in his usual fashion, but he capitalized on an enormous target total as Pittsburgh battled with the impressive young Oakland offense. The performance by Brown may be his last major contribution for a few weeks however, as Pittsburgh quarterbackBen Roethlisberger was diagnosed with a foot sprain late on Sunday and will likely miss one or two weeks. Landry Jones will attempt to keep the Steelers’ skill players fantasy-relevant with Roethlisberger on the shelf again, but expect Pittsburgh to use a healthy dose of DeAngelo Williams while Jones in under center.

News and Notes after Week 9

Latavius Murray (concussion) left Oakland’s Week 9 game early to be evaluated for a potential concussion. Marcel Reece, Taiwan Jones, and Roy Helu would be left to pick up the slack if Murray misses time. … Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) took a vicious hit on Sunday and was forced to sit out the final quarter of Minnesota’s win over St. Louis. More news will surface this week regarding Bridgewater’s status. … Jacksonville’s Allen Hurns racked up 122 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, his sixth consecutive game with a touchdown reception. … Sammy Watkins was on the field for the first time since Week 6 and delivered a huge performance, catching eight passes for 168 yards and a score. With his ankle now apparently healthy, Watkins will be a solid fantasy contributor down the stretch. … Devonta Freeman struggled with just 12 yards on 12 carries this week, but salvaged his fantasy line by adding eight catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. Freeman’s receiving skills give him a solid weekly floor. … Both C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman handled seven carries on Sunday, with Hillman registering one yard, and Anderson running for 34 yards. Anderson has looked solid over the last two weeks although he will remain a RBBC member with Hillman for the time being. … Shaun Draughn led the San Francisco backfield on Sunday, with 20 touches and 96 total yards. Draughn appears to have the upper hand in the 49ers’ backfield while Carlos Hyde is out. … Dorial Green-Beckham was targeted 10 times by Marcus Mariota on Sunday, catching five passes for 77 yards. Hopefully this is the start of DGB being worked into the Tennessee offense on a more regular basis. … The New York Giants’ backfield remained a muddled mess on Sunday, as four separate backs were mixed into the rotation behind Eli Manning on Sunday. Rashad Jennings led the rushing work while Shane Vereen did the most damage in the receiving game.

LeSean McCoy Out With Shoulder Injury

The Buffalo Bills handled the Miami Dolphins on Sunday with relative ease, but running back LeSean McCoy suffered a shoulder injury after chipping in with 119 total yards and a touchdown. A Monday MRI awaits, but the Bills play on Thursday night this week so the quick turnaround could give McCoy problems even if the shoulder injury is minor. If McCoy misses time, Karlos Williams stands to benefit and the rookie was mighty impressive on Sunday, running for 110 yards and two touchdowns on only nine carries. Williams now has five touchdowns in five games and would approach RB1 status if McCoy misses extended time.


Patriot’s Dion Lewis Injured

One of fantasy’s best story lines this season has been the emergence of New England running back Dion Lewis, who has been a top-flight fantasy option in 2015. Lewis was off to another fine start on Sunday, tallying 53 total yards, before suffering a knee injury that forced him to miss the remainder of New England’s win over Washington. Lewis will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of his knee injury, with the Patriots organization hoping the issue is simply an MCL sprain. Stay tuned to Rotoworld for more information on Lewis’ status and be prepared to fire up LeGarrette Blount, as the bruising running back stands to see a jump in usage if Lewis misses time. Game flow is still a concern with Blount, but he did stack up 129 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries on Sunday.

Monday Morning Headlines

  • Report: Big Ben should only miss 1-2 weeks
  • Blaine Gabbert engineers upset of the Falcons
  • Report: Dion Lewis has ‘loose’ ACL, needs MRI
  • Shady (shoulder) expected to undergo an MRI
  • Sammy Watkins goes off: 8-168-1 on 8 targets
  • ‘Hope’ is Dion Lewis suffered just MCL sprain
  • Antonio Brown posts stratospheric 306 yards


  • Mariota (knee) does all team drills Wednesday
  • Brandon Marshall (ankle) DNP on Wednesday
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick cleared to start vs. Jaguars
  • T.Y. Hilton underwent MRI on foot this week
  • Mularkey: Andrews is Titans ‘workhorse’ at RB
  • T.Y. Hilton misses practice with foot sprain
  • 49ers confirm Gabbert will start vs. Falcons

Backs Dropping Like Flies – Who To Get

There were eight running backs drafted in the first round based on Average Draft Position on CBS Sports with Adrian Peterson, Eddie Lacy, Jamaal Charles, Le’Veon Bell, Marshawn Lynch, Matt Forte, C.J. Anderson andDeMarco Murray. That group looked great in August, but it has been quite a disappointment ever since.

And things just keep getting worse due to injuries. We already lost Charles to a torn ACL, and now Bell was placed on injured reserve with a torn MCL, ending his season. Forte is also expected to miss at least two weeks with his own MCL injury.

DeAngelo Williams is back on the Fantasy radar now as the top priority to add this week. He will replace Bell as the starter for the Steelers, and there’s a good chance he will become a weekly starter for your Fantasy team based on how he’s done when Bell missed time.

After Bell got hurt in Week 8 against the Bengals, Williams came in and had nine carries for 71 yards and four catches for 39 yards. Remember, Williams also started two games for the Steelers when Bell was suspended to open the season, and he had 12 Fantasy points in a standard league against New England in Week 1 and 26 Fantasy points against San Francisco in Week 2.

He is owned in just 34 percent of leagues on CBS Sports, and he should be considered a solid No. 2 Fantasy running back for Pittsburgh’s matchup with the Raiders. We just hope Williams, 32, can hold up as a starter for the rest of the year.

In Chicago, the Bears will turn to rookie Jeremy Langford as their starter, and he should be the No. 2 priority off waivers behind Williams. He is owned in just 7 percent of leagues on CBS Sports.

Langford does have two touchdowns on the season, but he saw the most action of the year in Week 8 after Forte got hurt against the Vikings with 12 carries for 46 yards. He’s nowhere as talented or versatile as Forte, but he does have a great matchup in Week 9 at San Diego, which makes him worth considering as a flex option.

There were a lot of injuries in Week 8 that Fantasy owners need to monitor, but the other big ones aside from Bell and Forte included Steve Smith (torn Achilles), Reggie Bush (torn MCL), Khiry Robinson (broken leg), Mike Davis(broken hand), Keenan Allen (back), Brandon Marshall (toe/ankle) andKendall Wright (knee). Smith, Bush and Robinson are out for the season.

Smith’s injury is devastating because he has been tremendous this year, and it will be hard to replace his production — for the Ravens and Fantasy owners. And the 49ers might have a new running back out of Pierre Thomas (7 percent) or Kendall Gaskins (0 percent) with Davis and Carlos Hyde (foot) also banged up. Allen also is expected to miss time with a kidney injury.

Needless to say, this will be an extremely active week on the waiver wire, especially with six teams on a bye (Detroit, Kansas City, Arizona, Seattle, Baltimore and Houston). Be ready to spend plenty of bid points on Williams, Langford, Steve Johnson (46 percent) and Kamar Aiken (18 percent), among many others, as Fantasy owners are scrambling due to all these injuries.


Vernon Davis Traded to Broncos

davisIf I can get my hands on Vernon Davis, who is now the latest weapon for Peyton Manning and the Broncos, I’m going to do that.  The 49ers traded Davis to the Broncos for draft picks.  I will personally guarantee a booster in his stats which were borderline pathetic for this year.  So, maybe it’s not much of a stretch to predict this, but, as you know, many fantasy owners in EVERY league fall asleep at the wheel.  Davis playing with a putrid 49ers offense this year has zero touchdowns.  Granted, he hasn’t played every game, but other games that he played it was if he wasn’t out there either.  Over 6 games, he has 18 receptions for 194 yards.  Expect those numbers to take a major leap.  I can only predict this player who seems to often focus on his brand on off field business will have more focus, especially if they line him up a few more times as a wideout once in awhile, which the 49ers would never do.

Notes and News

Jacob Tamme had a solid day for Atlanta, hauling in 10 of 12 targets for 103 yards and a touchdown as he benefited from Leonard Hankerson’s absence. … Rookie Stefon Diggs continued his hot streak, catching six passes for 95 yards and a score. … Brian Hartline made a splash on Sunday with two touchdowns but doesn’t deserve waiver wire attention this week. … C.J. Anderson finally had a productive outing, running for 101 yards and a score on 14 carries. Ronnie Hillman still got more work, but Anderson looked great on Sunday night. … Darren McFadden was the Dallas workhorse as expected, tallying 113 total yards on 26 touches. … Malcom Floyd scored twice on Sunday, including one bomb from Philip Rivers on his way to 92 yards on four catches. Floyd remains an excellent deep ball threat. … Derek Carr shredded the New York Jets on Sunday to the tune of 333 yards and four touchdowns and was impressive in a difficult matchup.

Injury Updates Following Week 8

Keenan Allen had back issues on Sunday and departed San Diego’s game early. No news has been released regarding his status for Week 9. …Brandon Marshall was banged up on Sunday with ankle and toe issues, with further details likely to be released throughout the week. … Kendall Wrightwas dealt a sprained MCL on Sunday and more details on his status will surface in coming days. … Khiry Robinson suffered a leg injury on Sunday, in what looked like a serious situation. More news will be released this week. …Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick tore ligaments in this thumb and missed most of New York’s Week 7 game. Geno Smith will start if Fitzpatrick’s Monday MRI delivers bad results. … Reggie Bush tore his ACL on Sunday in an unfortunate slip on the sideline in St. Louis. Until Carlos Hyde returns, Mike Davis and Kendall Gaskins will lead the way for the 49ers.

Gurley Is BEST Back in NFL


Todd Gurley is perhaps the best running back in the NFL.  Adrian Peterson might have just fainted listening to that, but it’s true.  Gurley has put up 144 yards per game rushing over his last 3 games since he has come back off injury.  He is a workhorse that will consistently get between 20 and 30 carries again.  With a solid Rams defense, he may have some games with 30+ carries as they have the perfect recipe for smash mouth football of playing defense and running the ball.  Does he go #1 overall in the next year’s draft ranks?

Latest Week 8 Headlines

  • Cowboys say Dez ‘on target’ to face Seahawks
  • Bengals LB Burfict (knee) ‘ready to practice’
  • Dez Bryant (foot) returns to practice Wednesday
  • No clarity: Dion Lewis questionable for TNF
  • Mariota does all individual drills Wednesday
  • Antonio Gates still not practicing for Bolts
  • Big Ben practicing in full for Week 8 vs. CIN

Patriot’s Dion Lewis To Play Thursday?

After Dion Lewis missed Week 7 with an abdomen injury, he returned to practice Tuesday on a limited basis. He did the same last week before ultimately sitting, so we’re not going to get 100 percent clarity likely until Thursday afternoon ahead of the night game with the Dolphins. Tentatively, Lewis is expected to play against Miami. With Brandon LaFell back and Danny Amendola picking up his game, there are a lot of mouths to feed in New England. Treat Lewis as a mid-range RB2 if he plays.

Cowboy Running Back Situation

Following his 31-touch, 162-yard, one-touchdown Week 7 against the Giants, Darren McFadden has been named the Week 8 starter in the Cowboys’ backfield. The matchup isn’t ideal against the Seahawks, but based on the Cowboys’ top-notch offensive line, Matt Cassel being at quarterback, and Dallas playing at home, McFadden is a solid RB2 play. Joseph Randle is nursing an oblique injury, and the whole Christine Michael thing proved to be empty. He played just seven snaps Week 7. McFadden needs to be added in all formats he’s available. Michael can again be cut loose.

QB and RB Slants

Seahawks signed RB Bryce Brown. Long on talent, Brown hasn’t been able to get out of his own way in Philadelphia and Buffalo. He’s a freak athlete, but has ball-security issues and shown an inability to run inside. … Texans officially placed Arian Foster (Achilles’) on season-ending I.R. The Texans are expected to employ a committee approach in Foster’s absence. … The Titans are hopeful Marcus Mariota (knee) will practice Wednesday after he sat out Week 7. … Coach Gus Bradley said T.J. Yeldon may start to see more goal-line work. Bradley also wants Denard Robinson to get more work. … CoachJay Gruden said he wants to use the bye week to fix the running game. …Carlos Hyde (foot) is expected to play Week 8 against the Rams. … CoachJim Caldwell said he promoted QBs coach Jim Bob Cooter to OC because of his relationship with Matthew Stafford. The Lions likely want to push the ball downfield more.

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