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Earl Thomas doesn't practice; Ethan Pocic out for Seahawks

Fri Sep 21 7:50pm ET
Associated Press

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas was at practice on Friday but did not take part because of reasons of a personal nature, according to coach Pete Carroll.

Carroll left open the possibility that the issue - that he wouldn't detail - could keep Thomas from playing Sunday in the team's home opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

''He couldn't work today,'' Carroll said. ''... We'll see how he's doing. Make sure he's OK.''

Thomas did not take part in practice on Wednesday either and was listed on the team's injury report as being out for non-injury reasons. He returned to practice on Thursday before missing the team's final practice of the week on Friday.

Carroll confirmed that his absence had nothing to do with an injury.

Player Notes
Josh Rosen Sep 21 11:50pm ET

Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks said it's "hard to determine" when the right time to play rookie quarterback Josh Rosen is, but ESPN's Josh Weinfuss would not be surprised if Rosen sees the field this Sunday against the Bears if the offense under Sam Bradford continues to struggle. The Cardinals have just one touchdown through two weeks, and the coaching staff had to scale down the playbook heading into this week. Rosen offers way more upside than Bradford, so don't be surprised to see him play this weekend if Bradford gets off to another bad start. Rosen will have plenty of ups and downs if he takes over as the starter eventually, making him a better stash in dynasty leagues.

From RotoBaller

Kenyan Drake Sep 21 11:40pm ET

Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (abdomen), wide receiver Devante Parker (finger) and quarterback Ryan Tannehill (ankle, knee) all practiced in full on Friday and have been removed from the Week 3 injury report against the Raiders. Drake will be the starting running back and is a strong RB2 against a weak Raiders front. Tannehill doesn't have much upside as a starting quarterback and should only be used in leagues that start two QBs. Parker could be making his season debut, but owners should take a wait-and-see approach with him even if he's active.

From RotoBaller

Evan Engram Sep 21 11:40pm ET

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (ankle) and wide receiver Kaelin Clay (ankle) practiced in full on Friday and were removed from the final injury report for Week 3 against the Texans. Engram has nine catches on 12 targets for 85 yards and a touchdown in two weeks and is a strong TE1 option again this weekend. Clay can be ignored by fantasy owners.

From RotoBaller

Derek Carr Sep 21 11:40pm ET

Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones (shoulder), who is questionable for Week 3 against the Raiders, is expected to play on Sunday. Jones is one of the more attractive IDP safeties in the league and has six tackles and two interceptions through two weeks. If he's on the field, it'll be a downgrade for Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and the deep passing game.

From RotoBaller

Case Keenum Sep 21 11:10pm ET

Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum (knee) practiced in full on Friday and was removed from the final Week 3 injury report against the Ravens. Keenum doesn't have a very high fantasy ceiling despite the team being 2-0, and he's thrown more interceptions than touchdowns through two weeks. The matchup against Baltimore isn't very enticing either, making him more of a low-end QB2 this weekend.

From RotoBaller

James Washington Sep 21 10:40pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington remains a stash at this point in the season. After limited playing time in Week 1, Washington's snap count was upped to 66 in Week 2. With Pittsburgh playing from behind the entire game, Washington was able to see plenty of action. However, despite quarterbackBen Roethlisberger's 60 passes, Washington saw only five total targets. He was able to turn one into a 14- yard score in the first half, which was encouraging for the rookie. But until Washington becomes more targeted in the passing game, he can't be looked at as more than a stash. Keep him on your bench in Week 3.

From RotoBaller

Dalvin Cook Sep 21 8:33pm ET

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 3 but is confident that he will be able to play in Week 4.

Fantasy Spin: The Vikings play on Thursday Night Football, so Cook has about a week to recover from his injury. Latavius Murray will receive a majority of the work at running back this week and can be a flex option.

Giovani Bernard Sep 21 8:10pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (ankle) was able to take part in a full practice session for the second consecutive day on Friday and he was removed from the injury report leading up to the Week 3 game against the Carolina Panthers. With Joe Mixon (knee) ruled out, Bernard is expected to do the heavy lifting. The team waived Tra Carson earlier this week, bringing in Thomas Rawls for veteran depth at the position. However, he won't be up to speed with the playbook, so it should be Bernard seeing a healthy amount of touches. Treat him as an RB3 in standard fantasy leagues and a legit low-end RB2 or flex option in PPR. He is also a strong DFS play even though Carolina sports a solid D.

From RotoBaller

Tyler Eifert Sep 21 8:10pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (back) was able to participate in a full practice session for the third consecutive day Friday. As such, he has been lifted from the Week 3 injury report leading up to Sunday's road game with the Carolina Panthers. Eifert has been rather quiet in the passing game so far, absorbing just five receptions on seven targets for a paltry 67 yards with no scores. His best attribute is his work in the red zone, but it's rather disappointing to fantasy owners that the Bengals are averaging 34.0 points per game and he has been blanked so far. Treat him more as a low-end TE2 in most fantasy formats. Even the biggest contrarians in DFS should avoid him, too.

From RotoBaller

David Amerson Sep 21 8:03pm ET

Free-agent CB David Amerson (Chiefs), CB Demetri Goodson (Packers), CB Tony Lippett (Dolphins), CB Herb Waters (Packers), OT Jeremiah Sirles (Panthers) and DT Garrison Smith (Cardinals) worked out for the Buffalo Bills Friday, Sept. 21.

Jamison Crowder Sep 21 8:00pm ET

Washington Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder looks to snap out of his early-season funk with a big game in Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers. So far, Crowder has been lost in the offensive plan, racking up just five receptions for 40 yards on eight targets, including a dismal eight yards on two grabs last weekend against the Indianapolis Colts. QB Alex Smith is a signal caller who looks to his slot receiver early and often, but these two just haven't been on the same page to date. Normally, Crowder is a sharp WR4 in PPR formats, but fantasy owners will want to be patient and wait for him to show some consistency before plugging him back into the active lineup.

From RotoBaller

Alex Smith Sep 21 8:00pm ET

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith heads into Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers facing a very favorable matchup. The Packers pass defense ranks 26th in the NFL through two games, yielding 283.5 yards per game with four touchdowns. They have also given up nine pass plays of 20 or more yards and one pass play yielding more than 40 yards. Smith flirted with 300 yards last week, settling for 292 yards, and he has not tossed an interception yet in 76 attempts wearing burgundy and gold. He is also completing 71.1 percent of his passes through two games. Bump Smith up to low-end QB1 status heading into Week 3.

From RotoBaller

Vince Biegel Sep 21 7:23pm ET

New Orleans Saints practice squad LB Vince Biegel was signed to the 53-man roster Friday, Sept. 21. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived CB Arthur Maulet.

Corey Clement Sep 21 7:13pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles RB Corey Clement (quadriceps) should be able to play in the Week 3 game despite being listed as questionable for the game.

Fantasy Spin: Clement likely will receive the start this week if he is active for the game. He should have a favorable matchup this week and can be at least a flex option in most leagues.

JuJu Smith-Schuster Sep 21 7:00pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster has been fantastic thus far in the 2018 season. Through two games, Smith-Schuster ranks inside the top six in both receptions and yards, while matching or outpacing his teammate Antonio Brown in both. Against the Browns and the Chiefs, Smith-Schuster amassed 18 catches for 240 yards and a touchdown. He enters Week 3 with another plus matchup against an injured Tampa Bay secondary on Monday night. With Pittsburgh reeling and trying to avoid an 0-2-1 start to the season, expect this offense to come out firing. Smith-Schuster is a high-end WR2 in this one.

From RotoBaller

Earl Thomas Sep 21 6:33pm ET

Updating a previous report, Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (personal) missed practice Friday, Sept. 21, due to personal issues, according to head coach Pete Carroll. His availability for Week 3 is unclear at this point.

Earl Thomas Sep 21 6:30pm ET

Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas missed practice on Friday due to personal reasons, and head coach Pete Carroll wouldn't say if Thomas would be available for Week 3 against the Cowboys. Dallas and Seattle discussed a potential trade of Thomas all offseason, but Seattle's price was always too high. It's unclear if Thomas actually has a chance to miss this week's game, but if he does, it'll be a big boost to Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and the passing game.

From RotoBaller

Earl Thomas Sep 21 6:23pm ET

Seattle Seahawks C Ethan Pocic (ankle) and LB K.J. Wright (knee) did not practice Friday, Sept. 21, and have been ruled out for Week 3. C Justin Britt (shoulder) did not practice and is questionable. LB Mychal Kendricks (ankle) was limited and is questionable. FS Earl Thomas (non-injury related) did not practice but will play. DE Dion Jordan (non-injury related) was limited. OT George Fant (illness), CB Tre Flowers (hamstring), OG D.J. Fluker (hamstring), SS Delano Hill (hamstring), RB C.J. Prosise (abdomen) and LB Bobby Wagner (groin) participated fully.

Marcus Maye Sep 21 6:13pm ET

New York Jets S Marcus Maye (foot) may have a chance to play in the Week 4 game, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

Russell Wilson Sep 21 6:13pm ET

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (hamstring) participated fully in practice Friday, Sept. 21.

Fantasy Spin: Wilson has had a year to forget through two weeks, but this is his first game at home in 2018. As we've seen before, he can succeed against any defense no matter how poor his supporting cast is. Consider him a borderline QB1 versus the Dallas Cowboys.