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Titans' Lewan loses appeal of suspension, will miss 4 games

Fri Aug 23 7:22pm ET

In this Dec. 30, 2018, file photo, Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (77) leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, in Nashville, Tenn. Lewan, Tennessees three-time Pro Bowl left tackle, says the NFL has suspended him for the first four games of the season for violating the leagues policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Lewan announced his suspension Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in a video he posted to Twitter. (AP Photo/James Kenney, File)


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) As expected, Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan has lost his appeal and will be suspended for the first four games of the season for using a performance-enhancing substance.

The NFL and the Titans announced Friday that Lewan's appeal had been denied.

Lewan revealed last month that he had been suspended. He apologized to his teammates, fans and the Titans organization and said he did not knowingly ingest a banned substance. He tested positive for ostarine, which he blamed on a bad batch of a nutritional supplement.

The three-time Pro Bowler will be eligible to play for the first time on Oct. 6 against Buffalo. He will miss games against Cleveland, Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Atlanta. The Titans will host the Colts in Week 2, while the other three games are on the road.

''I don't want the legacy or whatever I've done in the last five years to be tarnished by something like this, which was a complete accident,'' Lewan said last month when discussing his suspension.

Player Notes
Adoree' Jackson Sep 28 9:13pm ET

Tennessee Titans OT Isaiah Wilson (illness) and CB Adoree' Jackson (knee) may return to practice this week, according to head coach Mike Vrabel. Wilson is currently on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, while Jackson is on the Reserve/Injured list.

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Nick Kwiatkoski Sep 28 9:13pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders OT Trent Brown (calf) and LB Nick Kwiatkoski (pectoral) may be available to play in the Week 4 game, according to head coach Jon Gruden.

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D.J. Chark Sep 28 9:03pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars WR DJ Chark Jr. (back, chest) was undergoing tests Monday, Sept. 28.

Fantasy Spin: Chark was not able to play last week and is questionable for the Week 4 game. Fantasy players should keep an eye on his practice participation during the week. He can be a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues this week if he plays.

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Trey Burton Sep 28 8:53pm ET

Indianapolis Colts CB Rock Ya-Sin (illness), TE Trey Burton (calf) and DT Sheldon Day (knee) are expected to return to practice this week.

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Kevin Johnson Sep 28 8:33pm ET

Cleveland Browns LB Mack Wilson (knee) and CB Kevin Johnson (liver) will receive more playing time moving forward after returning to the lineup in Week 3, according to head coach Kevin Stefanski.

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Denzel Ward Sep 28 8:33pm ET

Cleveland Browns CB Denzel Ward (groin) hopefully will be ready for the Week 4 game. Ward sat out the second half of the Week 3 game because of a groin injury.

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Sam Darnold Sep 28 8:10pm ET

New York Jets head coach Adam Gase remains committed to struggling quarterback Sam Darnold after an 0-3 start. Darnold had three interceptions -- two which were returned for touchdowns -- in the Week 3 blowout loss to the Colts. Veteran backup Joe Flacco (neck) underwent surgery in April and has been out the first three games. Flacco didn't start practicing until last week and might be inactive again this Thursday against the Broncos. Mike White, who has no regular season experience, is currently the backup until Flacco gets healthy. It's not all Darnold's fault, as Gang Green's best offensive players -- Le'Veon Bell, Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman -- have all been sidelined by injuries in recent weeks. Until further notice, it's best to avoid this entire offense, even against a banged-up Broncos Defense in Week 4. Darnold has 32 interceptions in 29 career starts.

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Jordan Jenkins Sep 28 8:03pm ET

New York Jets LB Jordan Jenkins (shoulder) is considered day-to-day because of a shoulder injury.

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Jerick McKinnon Sep 28 7:53pm ET

San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (ribs) is considered day-to-day because of injured ribs.

Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players will need to keep an eye on McKinnon's practice participation during the week. He received a majority of the touches at running back last week, but his role this week is uncertain since Raheem Mostert may be able to play. McKinnon can be a No. 2 running back or flex option if he receive most of the work at running back this week.

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Byron Jones Sep 28 7:53pm ET

Miami Dolphins CB Byron Jones (groin) did not participate in practice Monday, Sept. 28.

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Dee Ford Sep 28 7:43pm ET

San Francisco 49ers DE Dee Ford (back) will not be able to play in Week 4 and may be a candidate for the Reserve/Injured list, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.

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Sep 28 7:43pm ET

San Francisco 49ers LB Mark Nzeocha (quadriceps) likely will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list because of a quadriceps injury.

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Jordan Reed Sep 28 7:33pm ET

San Francisco 49ers TE Jordan Reed (knee) suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament during the Week 3 game and will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan. Reed will be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

Fantasy Spin: Reed was filling in for George Kittle but may not return until December because of the injury. Kittle has a chance to return this week, so fantasy players should monitor the situation. He is a must-start option if he plays.

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Sammy Watkins Sep 28 7:20pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (concussion, neck) is active for Monday night's meeting against the Baltimore Ravens. An inconsistent weapon for quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Watkins is best viewed as a risky DFS play this week for fantasy managers looking to differentiate their lineups from everyone else's, because you can't bet on Watkins having a solid night against a strong Ravens Defense. Still, the possibility that he finds the end zone will always exist in this high-powered Chiefs offense.

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Justice Hill Sep 28 7:20pm ET

Baltimore Ravens running back Justice Hill is a healthy scratch on Monday night against the Chiefs, making it three weeks in a row that the second-year back hasn't played. Fantasy managers had high hopes for Hill last year, but it's become clear that he's not going to have a consistent role -- or even any role -- in Baltimore. Hill shouldn't be rostered in redraft leagues and is barely rosterable in shallow dynasty leagues.

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Chris Moore Sep 28 7:13pm ET

The Baltimore Ravens have declared RB Justice Hill, QB Trace McSorley, OG Ben Bredeson, DT Justin Madubuike, DT Broderick Washington, S Geno Stone and WR Chris Moore inactive for Week 3.

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Alex Okafor Sep 28 7:13pm ET

The Kansas City Chiefs have declared DE Alex Okafor, OG Andrew Wylie, CB Thakarius Keyes, DE Demone Harris and TE Ricky Seals-Jones inactive for Week 3.

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Sammy Watkins Sep 28 7:13pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (concussion, neck) is officially active for the team's Week 3 game.

Fantasy Spin: Watkins had a terrific Week 1 performance but was held to 11 yards last week. He will be facing a tough Baltimore Ravens defense this week but could be at least a flex option in leagues.

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Jordan Reed Sep 28 7:10pm ET

San Francisco 49ers tight end Jordan Reed (knee) left Sunday's game against the New York Giants after injuring his knee on an end zone target. According to head coach Kyle Shanahan, Reed has a significant knee sprain that could keep him out between six and eight weeks. This is awful news for Reed, who has struggled with injuries throughout his career. He can be dropped in all fantasy leagues at this point. Hopefully he'll be able to progress through the injury and return later in the year.

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