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Browns lose returner Natson for season with knee injury

Mon Sep 28 12:50pm ET
By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer

In this Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver JoJo Natson (19) warms up before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cleveland. Browns return specialist and wide receiver Jojo Natson is done for the season after he suffered a torn knee ligament in Sunday's win over the Washington Football Team. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)


CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Browns return specialist and wide receiver Jojo Natson is done for the season after he suffered a torn knee ligament in Sunday's win over the Washington Football Team.

Natson signed with Cleveland as a free agent in March following two seasons with the Los Angeles Rams. He had been handling punt and kickoff return duties and he had one carry on a sweep against Washington before getting hurt.

He returned a kickoff for 31 yards and a punt for 11 in the 34-20 win, which moved the Browns (2-1) over .500 for the first time since 2014.

Natson's loss could give playing time to rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones, a sixth-round pick from Michigan, who was inactive Sunday. Peoples-Jones returned punts for the Wolverines and the Browns took a look at him during training camp.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski would not commit to Peoples-Jones, and said he wants to talk with special teams coach Mike Priefer before making any decisions on the return game.

Cleveland plays at Dallas next Sunday.

Player Notes
Denver Broncos Sep 28 1:40pm ET

The Denver Broncos Defense predictably had a tough time slowing Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady down in the 28-10 Week 3 loss. With a pair of rookie cornerbacks in Michael Ojemudia and Essang Bassey, Brady threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns on the day. Denver's D was unable to force any turnovers and sacked Brady just two times. Safety Justin Simmons once again led the unit with seven tackles (one assist). They'll have a much easier task this Thursday night against a Jets offense missing all of their best playmakers due to injury. Still, the Broncos defense might be nothing more than a sleeper as a defensive streaming unit in Week 4.

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Matt Ioannidis Sep 28 1:30pm ET

Washington Football Team defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis (biceps) suffered a torn biceps in the Week 3 loss to the Browns and will miss the rest of the 2020 season, according to a source. It's a blow to a defense that could also be missing first-round pass-rusher Chase Young (groin) in a tough Week 4 matchup against the Ravens and their high-powered offense. Ioannidis had a career-high 8.5 sacks and 64 combined tackles for Washington in 15 starts in 2019. You can safely ignore Washington's defense next week against Baltimore.

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Josh Lambo Sep 28 1:30pm ET

The Jacksonville Jaguars are signing former Seahawks kicker Stephen Hauschka on Monday, according to a source. Hauschka was released by the Bills at the end of training camp when he was beat out by sixth-round rookie Tyler Bass. The 35-year-old latches on with the Jaguars after the team placed Josh Lambo on Injured Reserve last week. He'll battle for the starting gig with rookie Brandon Wright, who missed one of his two extra-point attempts in last Thursday's loss to the Dolphins. Hauschka made 22 of his 28 field-goal tries (78.6 percent) with the Bills last year and is a 85.7 percent kicker in his career. On a Jacksonville team with a very mediocre offense, Hauschka can be ignored for fantasy purposes if he wins the job.

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Nick Foles Sep 28 1:20pm ET

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy announced on Monday that quarterback Nick Foles is now their starting quarterback after relieving Mitchell Trubisky in Week 3 and leading an improbable comeback over the Falcons. Foles pulled another rabbit out of his hat by going 16-for-29 for 188 yards, three touchdowns and an interception against Atlanta, and the Bears will stick with him after that performance. Foles will be a popular waiver-wire addition for fantasy managers in need of QB help this week, and Chicago's pass-catchers should benefit from the move to the former Super Bowl MVP. Foles will be more of a QB2 in superflex leagues in Week 4 against the Colts.

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Chris Carson Sep 28 1:20pm ET

Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson's (knee) first-degree sprained knee is considered a one- to two-week injury, according to a source, but the team wants to see how he recovers this week before making a determination. Head coach Pete Carroll said that Carson could be back soon, but they "just have to see how that goes." Fantasy managers don't have to worry about Carson missing extended time, but he may be forced to rest in a great Week 4 matchup against Miami. If that's the case, expect some combination of Carlos Hyde and Travis Homer to split the backfield carries, making them worth a look on the waiver wire if you own Carson or are hurting at the position. Keep a close eye on Carson's practice status this week.

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Noah Fant Sep 28 1:10pm ET

Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant was targeted a team-high 10 times in the Week 3 loss to the Buccaneers, but he was only able to reel in five catches for 46 yards. It was evident that backup quarterback Jeff Driskel is a clear step down from Drew Lock (shoulder) under center, which will negatively affect Fant's upside for as long as Lock remains sidelined. The good news is that Fant should continue to be targeted heavily in the passing game. He probably shouldn't be looked at as a strong TE1 option for however long Driskel is the starter, but Fant will have some TE2 sleeper appeal this Thursday night against a woeful Jets team.

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Brandon McManus Sep 28 1:10pm ET

Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus only attempted two kicks in the 28-10 Week 3 loss to the Buccaneers -- a successful 56-yard kick and an extra point. The 56-yarder was nice and might've awarded fantasy managers with bonus points, but the bottom line is that Denver's weakened offense just isn't providing the strong-legged kicker with enough opportunities to make him fantasy relevant. That could be a different story on Thursday night in Week 4 against the Jets, but even then, McManus makes for a desperation fantasy streamer in an offense led by backup quarterback Jeff Driskel.

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Jerry Jeudy Sep 28 1:00pm ET

Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver Jerry Jeudy finished the 28-10 Week 3 loss to the Buccaneers with five catches on nine targets for a team-leading 55 yards. Jeudy has yet to find the end zone in his rookie season, but he was second on the team in targets and will continue to serve as the No. 1 receiver the rest of the season with Courtland Sutton (knee) out. The Alabama product is an exceptional talent with big-play ability, but his upside is limited with backup Jeff Driskel under center for now with Drew Lock (shoulder) hurt. Jeudy could find the end zone for the first time in his career against the Jets this Thursday, but he'll be a risky WR4/5 in deeper leagues.

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Tim Patrick Sep 28 1:00pm ET

Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick caught all four of his passes for 43 yards and the team's only touchdown in the Week 3 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday by a score of 28-10. The efficiency was nice, but both the ceiling and floor are incredibly low for Patrick in an offense currently led by backup quarterback Jeff Driskel. There will be more opportunities for the 26-year-old the rest of the season with Courtland Sutton (knee) out for the year, but Patrick should probably remain on the waiver wire in the majority of fantasy leagues. Don't expect another trip to paydirt when the Broncos face the 0-3 Jets on Thursday night in Week 4.

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Royce Freeman Sep 28 12:50pm ET

Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman tallied only four touches -- two carries for four yards and two catches for 31 yards -- in the 28-10 Week 3 loss to the Buccaneers. Even with Phillip Lindsay (toe) sidelined by turf toe, Freeman continues to be an afterthought in this offense behind Melvin Gordon III, and it didn't help that the Broncos were down by multiple scores throughout the day against Tampa. There might be more chances for Freeman to make some noise this Thursday night against a woeful Jets team, but fantasy managers shouldn't count on it. Freeman just isn't seeing enough snaps or touches to merit a roster spot on your fantasy squad.

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Jeff Driskel Sep 28 12:40pm ET

Denver Broncos quarterback Jeff Driskel looked like a backup in the 28-10 Week 3 loss to the Buccaneers, completing just 17 of his 30 passes for 176 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked five times and has been sacked a whopping 11 times in the last two weeks after being forced into action because of Drew Lock's (shoulder) injury. It got so bad that Brett Rypien came into the contest in the fourth quarter. Even though Driskel is set to get another start this Thursday against the similarly 0-3 Jets, he should be avoided in fantasy leagues, even those that start two quarterbacks.

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Melvin Gordon Sep 28 12:40pm ET

Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III carried the ball just eight times for 26 yards and caught four of his six targets for an additional 12 yards in the Week 3 loss to the Buccaneers. The Broncos weren't able to get anything going on offense under backup quarterback Jeff Driskel and were playing from behind all day, which led to single-digit carries for Gordon. He was more involved in the passing game, but Gordon still disappointed his fantasy managers in this tough matchup. Things will get a lot easier this Thursday against the winless Jets, but Denver's offense doesn't have much upside as long as Drew Lock (shoulder) remains sidelined.

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Chris Carson Sep 28 12:20pm ET

Updating a previous report, Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson's (knee) MRI exam on Monday confirmed that his ligaments are intact and he's dealing with just a minor knee sprain, according to a source. Carson has a chance to be ready for the Week 4 contest against the Dolphins. The 26-year-old will remain a strong RB2 fantasy play as long as he's on the field in this high-scoring Seattle offense, even if they've shifted a bit more away from the run to the pass through three games in 2020. Carson has 37 carries for 157 yards and 12 catches on 12 targets for 93 yards and three touchdowns in the first three weeks. If he isn't up to speed by this Sunday, Carlos Hyde and Travis Homer would likely share the backfield touches.

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Nyheim Hines Sep 28 12:10pm ET

Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines had more of a performance you can expect to see going forward in the Week 3 win over the Jets on Sunday with seven carries for 28 yards and four catches for 40 yards. Hines did not do much of anything in Week 2 but bounced back in Week 3. Most of his value rests in the passing game, but it was good to see him chip in running the ball as well. Hines has averaged a little over three catches and four rushing attempts per game throughout his career, so his 11 touches in Week 3 are probably about the most fantasy owners can expect to see going forward. He will look to replicate this performance in Week 4 against the Bears.

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Indianapolis Colts Sep 28 12:00pm ET

The Indianapolis Colts Defense dominated the Jets, as expected, in Week 3. They allowed just seven points, grabbed three interceptions and had two defensive touchdowns. After the Jets scored their first touchdown, the Colts locked in and controlled the rest of the game. It was the Colts second straight game where they forced the opposing quarterback to throw three interceptions. The Jets have been one of the worst teams in the NFL through three weeks, so it is tough to gauge the overall value of the Colts defense going forward. However, there is something to be said for doing what is expected of you. They will take on the Bears new-look offense next week, with quarterbackNick Foles looking like the new starter under center.

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T Y Hilton Sep 28 12:00pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton had another average performance in Week 3 against the lowly Jets, catching just three passes for 52 yards on three targets. Hilton led the team in yards, but it is not the fantasy performance you would like to see from a perennial 1,000-yard receiver. Part of this performance is due to the Colts getting ahead fairly early and not needing to throw the ball much, but Hilton has failed to catch more than five passes in each of the first three weeks. His lack of targets should also be concerning, as he's averaging just a little over five targets through the first few weeks. He will go against a solid Bears secondary in Week 4, where he'll be looking for his first strong performance of the year.

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Mo Alie-Cox Sep 28 12:00pm ET

Indianapolis Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox grabbed three receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown in a Sunday win against the Jets. Alie-Cox had some bust potential coming into the week, but a 45-yard reception and a touchdown made him a valuable fantasy play at tight end. Alie-Cox played 60 percent of the team's offensive snaps, and he is certainly taking advantage of the opportunity with Jack Doyle out of the lineup because of an injury. His sample size is small, so it is tough to say what his value is going forward. It could be a couple good weeks and then he disappears, but he is showing that he is worthy of a roster spot on any fantasy team as long as Doyle remains out. Alie-Cox will look to have another strong performance in Week 4 against the Bears.

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Philip Rivers Sep 28 11:50am ET

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers had an efficient performance Sunday against the Jets, throwing for 217 yards, completing over 80 percent of his passes and tossing one touchdown. The low amount of pass attempts was expected coming into the week. The Colts were tied with the Jets early in the game but blew them out after that, scoring 29 unanswered points en route to a win. Therefore, Rivers did not need to throw the ball too much, and the game was controlled by the defense and running the clock. This marks two straight games in which Rivers has recorded less than 30 pass attempts, so his fantasy stock is not too high at the moment. He will likely have to throw more next week against the Bears, but Rivers is more of a bench option in single-QB leagues until there is reason to think otherwise.

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DeSean Jackson Sep 28 11:50am ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (hamstring) is undergoing tests on his hamstring on Monday, but the belief is that he's dealing with a minor strain, according to sources. The Eagles were extra cautious with the oft-injured speedster in the Week 3 tie against the Bengals. However, his availability for Week 4 against the 49ers is up in the air this early in the week. Jackson had another disappointing week on Sunday, catching just two of his four targets for 11 yards before suffering the injury and leaving the game. The veteran wideout just hasn't taken advantage of the injuries to Alshon Jeffery and rookie Jalen Reagor. If D-Jax misses Week 4, the Eagles will really be struggling for pass-catchers after tight end Dallas Goedert also left Sunday's game with a potentially serious injury.

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Lamar Jackson Sep 28 11:40am ET

Washington Football Team rookie defensive end Chase Young's (groin) injury is not believed to be serious, but he'll undergo tests on Monday to make sure. It looks like Washington has dodged a bullet with the second overall pick in the draft. They'll definitely need the young pass-rusher if they hope to slow down Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens in a daunting Week 4 matchup. The 21-year-old from Ohio State didn't tally and tackles or sacks against the Browns on Sunday, but he does have eight combined tackles, two tackles for loss, two QB hits, one forced fumble and 2.5 sacks in his first three games. Young is the real deal rushing the passer and should already be in consideration in IDP leagues at his position.

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