Sun Sep 27 12:47pm ET
By The Associated Press
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) makes the catch aganst Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin (26) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) makes a catch in front of Dallas Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie (24) in the second half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
The winless Atlanta Falcons will be playing without star wide receiver Julio Jones for Sunday's game with the unbeaten Chicago Bears.
Jones headlines the list of inactive players for Sunday's early games as he will be sidelined with a hamstring injury. Other key players missing for Atlanta include safety Ricardo Allen, cornerback Kendall Sheffield, offensive tackle Kaleb McGary, defensive tackle Deadrin Senat and defensive end Takk McKinley. Falcons first-round pick A.J. Terrell was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list on Saturday.
Among the other notable inactives around the NFL for Sunday's early games, Tennessee receiver A.J. Brown will miss his second straight game with a knee injury with the Titans at Minnesota. Tennessee outside linebacker Vic Beasley Jr., a key offseason acquisition, makes his Titans debut after missing the first two games with a knee injury.
For the Vikings, rookie cornerback Cameron Dantzler misses his second straight game with a rib injury, and another starter, Mike Hughes, is out with a neck injury. That leaves Holton Hill and rookie Jeff Gladney as the top two cornerbacks on a depleted, struggling defense.
The Patriots will be without starting center David Andrews and rookie linebacker Josh Uche when they host the Raiders after both were placed on injured reserve. Running back James White also will be out for the second straight game following the death of his father.
Andrews missed practice all week with a hand injury and Uche was hampered by a foot injury. Andrews spent the 2019 season on IR with a blood clot issue in his lungs but started the first two games of this season.
The Raiders will be without speedy rookie receiver Henry Ruggs III because of injuries to his knee and hamstring. Ruggs was ruled out along with starting right tackle Trent Brown and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski.
Brown has been sidelined by a calf injury since leaving the opener at Carolina after one series. Kwiatkoski injured his pectoral muscle later in that game and will miss his second straight week.
In Buffalo's game with the Los Angeles Rams, Bills linebackers Tremaine Edmunds (right shoulder) and Matt Milano (hamstring) returned after missing one game. Both were listed as questionable on Friday. Veteran tight end Lee Smith was active for the first time this season with starter Dawson Knox out with a concussion.
For the Rams, running back Cam Akers has been ruled out because of a rib injury, while running back Malcolm Brown is active after hurting his left pinky finger last weekend.
In the Texans-Steelers game, Houston has made defensive tackle Ross Blacklock inactive a week after the rookie second-round was ejected from a loss to Baltimore for shoving after the whistle, a move that drew condemnation from his teammates.
The Steelers will have Pro Bowl right guard David DeCastro active for the first time this season. DeCastro missed the first two games because of a left knee injury. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who sat out practice early in the week with a knee issue, will also play for the unbeaten Steelers.
The Cleveland Browns will at least have one of their projected starting cornerbacks against Washington as Denzel Ward will play against Washington after being listed as questionable with a groin issue. Ward worked out on the field before the game and was cleared to go.
Cleveland's other starting cornerback, Greedy Williams, will miss his third game with a shoulder injury sustained in training camp. Defensive end Olivier Vernon is out again with an abdominal injury.
Sunday Morning Update: Week 3
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb had a big game in a 34-20 win over the Washington Football Team in Week 3. Chubb carried the ball 19 times for 108 yards and two touchdowns while adding a two-yard reception in helping his team improve to 2-1. The third-year back found the end zone on an excellent 16-yard run in the second quarter, cutting back and breaking several tackles on his way across the goal line. Chubb now has two straight 100-yard games and four total touchdowns on the year. While Kareem Hunt is seeing a larger role this season, Chubb has remained productive thanks to a run-heavy Cleveland offense. He will take on the Dallas Cowboys on the road in Week 4.
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for 264 yards on 19-for-27 passing in Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Watson tossed a pair of touchdowns and was picked off once. The dual-threat QB only had one rushing attempt, going for five yards. It wasn't a terrible day for Watson, but the Texans struggled mightily in the second half, getting blanked on the scoreboard and looking completely overmatched. Houston's had a nightmare start to 2020, but a Week 4 meeting against a winless Vikings team might finally be what it takes to get this Texans offense playing a full force.
San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon had a strong game in Week 3 against the New York Giants. McKinnon took on a heavier workload with both Raheem Mostert (knee) and Tevin Coleman (knee) out in the game. He rushed the ball 14 times for 38 yards and a touchdown and added three catches for 39 yards on four targets. Jeff Wilson Jr.also had a strong game out of the 49ers backfield, carrying the ball 12 times and totaling 69 yards from scrimmage. However, most of Wilson's production came late in the game. McKinnon should be seen as the team's top running back for however long both Mostert and Coleman remain out.
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt found the end zone for the second straight week in a 34-20 win over the Washington Football Team in Week 3. Hunt carried the ball 16 times for 46 yards and added two receptions for 18 yards and a score in the win. The touchdown reception was a nine-yard catch at the end of the second quarter. Hunt now has three touchdowns on the season, two receiving and one rushing, in a run-heavy offense in Cleveland. He will take on the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson averaged just 1.8 yards per carry in Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, with his 13 carries resulting in 23 yards. He also added 23 receiving yards on two catches. It would have been a rough day for fantasy managers, except one of those carries resulted in a touchdown for the former Arizona Cardinal. Johnson's going to have games like this at times as he's no longer an elite NFL running back, but volume does make him a fantasy RB2 for Week 4's meeting with the Vikings.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was efficient in a 34-20 win over the Washington Football Team in Week 3. Mayfield completed 16 of 23 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns in the win. The Cleveland running game took over as the game went on, limiting Mayfield's passing attempts in the win. He connected with Kareem Hunt for a nine-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and then hit Harrison Bryant for a three-yard score in the fourth. Mayfield has five touchdowns and two interceptions through three games in 2020. He has settled in as a fantasy quarterback with a decent floor but limited upside thanks to a run-heavy offense. He will face the Cowboys in Dallas in Week 4.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens had a phenomenal game filling in for starter Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) against the New York Giants in Week 3. Mullens completed 25 of 36 passes for 343 yards and a touchdown. He didn't commit any turnovers in the game. The Giants are one of of the most favorable matchups in the league, but it was still surprising to see Mullens manage well over 300 passing yards in the game. The 49ers face the Eagles in Week 4. We'll see if Garoppolo will be able to return for the game or if Mullens will be out there again.
Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen (leg) was helped off the field in the fourth quarter of the team's Week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons. He injured his right leg and wasn't able to put pressure on it as he left the game. Cohen had two carries for 21 yards and caught three of his six targets for 20 yards before the injury. He might be a long shot to return due to the limited time remaining in the game. David Montgomery and Cordarrelle Patterson should see additional opportunities if Cohen remains out.
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (ankle) has been ruled out for the rest of the team's Week 3 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Goedert only managed one catch on one target for seven yards before leaving the game early in the first half. Fellow Eagles tight end Zach Ertz of course receives the biggest boost with Goedert out. We should receive further details about the severity of Goedert's injury after the team finishes their game. Make sure to stay tuned.
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay (elbow) went to the locker room late in the third quarter of the team's Week 3 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He is reportedly dealing with an elbow injury and his return at this point is probably questionable at best. The Eagles Defense have been barely able to keep the Bengals at bay, as the Bengals had 17 points by the time Slay left the game. The Eagles Defense suffers a significant hit without their top cornerback Slay on the field.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (groin) is inactive for Week 3 against the Detroit Lions. Kirk had been unable to practice all week while dealing with a groin injury, so it's no surprise that he's inactive today. Andy Isabella should get the biggest boost from Kirk's absence, but DeAndre Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald could see some additional targets as well. Isabella is a risky start in fantasy, but you could do worse if you're in a pinch. The Cardinals should put up a lot of yards and points against Detroit and Isabella should have a chance to make a few big plays.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (concussion) has been ruled out for the rest of the team's Week 3 game against the Houston Texans. He left the game in the first half and was ruled out shortly after half-time. He finishes Week 3 with a disappointing line of no catches on two targets and one carry for nine yards.
The Chicago Bears have gone with a switch at quarterback in the third quarter of Week 3. Nick Foles entered the game to take over for Mitchell Trubisky as the team was trailing 26-10 to the Atlanta Falcons. Trubisky was 13-for-21 for 128 yards and a touchdown before being benched. He was also sacked twice. We'll see if Foles can play well enough to earn the starting job on a permanent basis going forward.
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring) is officially active for the team's Week 3 game.
Fantasy Spin: Golladay is the main focal point in the passing game when healthy, so he should see a lot of targets against the Arizona Cardinals. He is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.
The Detroit Lions have declared CB Desmond Trufant, OG Logan Stenberg, S C.J. Moore, TE Hunter Bryant and RB Ty Johnson inactive for Week 3.
The Denver Broncos have declared TE Albert Okwuegbunam, RB Phillip Lindsay, CB Davontae Harris, QB Blake Bortles, QB Drew Lock, OG Netane Muti and TE Nick Vannett inactive for Week 3.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage (head) won't return to Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. Gage has been having a strong season but finishes Week 3 with just two catches for 26 yards. The Falcons are now extremely shallow at receiver since Julio Jones is out this week, leaving Calvin Ridley and tight end Hayden Hurst as the team's top options. With a big lead already, expect the Falcons to run the ball for most of the second half. The big question now is if Gage will miss time moving forward and what would happen if both Gage and Jones are out for Atlanta's next game.
Indianapolis Colts TE Jack Doyle (knee) is officially active for the team's Week 3 game.
Fantasy Spin: Doyle likely will see a solid amount of targets in the passing game and should have a favorable matchup. He can be a low-end No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues.
New York Jets WR Braxton Berrios (hamstring) is officially active for the team's Week 3 game.
Fantasy Spin: Berrios will have a major role in the passing game this week since the Jets will be without their top three receivers. He could be a flex option in deeper leagues and point-per-reception leagues.
A late addition to the injury report this week, New York Jets wide receiver Braxton Berrios (hamstring) will play on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. With Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman inactive, Berrios will have a good chance to see targets in this contest. The hamstring issue is a concern, but Berrios offers an intriguing deep-league streamer or DFS value play in Week 3. Just don't be surprised if the Jets offense struggles to get going and Berrios suffers as a result.