Mon Sep 23 12:29pm ET
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
In this Aug. 29, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen (7) passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Charlotte, N.C. With Cam Newton reaggravating his foot, the team is looking at the possibility of starting Kyle Allen on Sunday against Arizona, the first of four road games in the next five. Allen has just one career start. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera yells during the first half of an NFL football game agains the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) walks off the field following the Panthers 20-14 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Carolina coach Ron Rivera says quarterback Cam Newton will miss his second straight game when the Panthers take on the Houston Texans because of a mid-foot sprain.
Kyle Allen, who threw four touchdown passes in Carolina's 38-20 win over the Cardinals on Sunday, will get this second start for the Panthers.
Rivera said Monday on the team's website that Newton needs more time to rest his foot and get better.
Newton originally hurt his foot in Carolina's third preseason game and then aggravated the injury a Week 2 loss to the Buccaneers.
Free-agent LB Stephone Anthony (Saints), TE Jason Vander Laan (Patriots) and S Trae Elston (Eagles) were signed by the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, Oct. 23.
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 23.
Fantasy Spin: Shepard is coming off his second concussion of the season, so the team will be cautious with him. Fantasy players will know more about his status later in the week. Shepard can be a flex option if he is cleared to play.
New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 23.
Fantasy Spin: Barkley probably will be limited over the next several weeks because of his ankle but should be available to play in Week 8. He is a must-start option in all leagues.
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield (hip) said Wednesday, Oct. 23, his injured hip feels good and he's good to go for the Week 7 game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Oct. 27.
Fantasy Spin: Mayfield never really seemed to be at risk of missing time but it's reassuring he'll be able to get in a week of practices following the team's Week 7 bye. Unfortunately, he has the league's toughest matchup this week against the New England Patriots and should be benched in all formats.
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley's matchup on Sunday is tougher than it looks at first glance. On the season, the Lions allow the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs; however, a lot of that has to do with an earlier injury to defensive tackle Damon Harrison. Over the last three games, the Lions held the Chiefs running backs to 21 points and the Packers running backs to 23 points, before breaking against Dalvin Cook last week. With the Lions trading their defensive captain, safety Quandre Diggs, and star cornerback Darius Slay expected to miss this game, the Giants may go to a pass-heavy approach, and they haven't been including Barkley in the passing game as much as they did last year. Barkley is still an elite play in season-long leagues, but this might not be the blow-up spot that everybody expects.
Washington Redskins QB Case Keenum (foot, shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23, and is not on the injury report for Week 8.
Fantasy Spin: Keenum is facing another tough defense this week and probably should be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
Washington Redskins S Deshazor Everett (ankle), LB Josh Harvey-Clemons (hamstring) and OG Wes Martin (chest) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23, and have been ruled out for Week 8. CB Josh Norman (hand, thigh) and FS Montae Nicholson (ankle) missed practice and are listed as questionable. WR Steven Sims (toe) was limited during practice and is listed as questionable. LB Ryan Kerrigan (elbow) fully participated in practice and is not on the injury report.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (hamstring) has been ruled out of his team's Thursday night game against Washington. Thielen injured his hamstring while making a diving touchdown catch during Week 7. There was some optimism that Thielen would be able to suit up on Thursday but the team instead will pay it safe with their star receiver. Considering how poorly Washington has played this season, the Vikings can probably manage without him. Rookie wideout Olabisi Johnson will step in as the team's No. 2 receiver behind Stefon Diggs. Johnson makes for an interesting dart throw in DFS tournaments on Thursday evening. Thielen's fantasy owners can tentatively expect him back for his Week 9 road showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (toe) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23, and has been ruled out for Week 8.
Fantasy Spin: Wendell Smallwood will continue to fill in for Thompson in the offense and could receive even a bigger role if Adrian Peterson is not able to play. Smallwood probably can be avoided in most leagues if Peterson is active for the game.
Washington Redskins TE Vernon Davis (concussion) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 23, but has been ruled out for Week 8.
Fantasy Spin: Jeremy Sprinkle likely will receive another start at tight end with Davis sidelined but should not be a starting option in any fantasy league.
Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 23, and is listed as questionable for Week 8.
Fantasy Spin: Peterson is optimistic about his availability for Week 8, but fantasy players will need to check the inactive list for his official status. He will be a risky option if he is active and may only be a flex option in certain leagues.
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (thumb) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23, and is not on the injury report for Week 8.
Fantasy Spin: Rudolph may see a few more targets this week with Adam Thielen out and can be a low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper fantasy leagues.
Minnesota Vikings DT Jalyn Holmes (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23, and is listed as questionable for Week 8. DE Everson Griffen (quadriceps), DT Linval Joseph (knee), DT Hercules Mata'afa (neck), CB Xavier Rhodes (hip), OT Riley Reiff (ankle), LB Eric Kendricks (hip), LB Ben Gedeon (concussion), OG Josh Kline (foot) and DT Shamar Stephen (knee) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.
Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23, and has been ruled out for Week 8.
Fantasy Spin: Thielen did not have enough time to recover from the injury but may have a chance to play in Week 9. Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph will be the main options in the passing game and should be starting options in fantasy, but Olabisi Johnson should also receive a bigger role and could be a flex option in some leagues.
Jacksonville Jaguars DT Marcell Dareus (core) is scheduled to meet with a specialist to see if he will need surgery on his core muscle injury, according to a source. Dareus likely will be sidelined for four to six weeks if he needs surgery.
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Nick Foles (collarbone) is expected to be a limited participant during practice Wednesday, Oct. 23. He is expected to be activated from the Reserve/Injured list in time for the Week 11 game.
Fantasy Spin: Gardner Minshew will be the starting quarterback for a few more games, but it is not known if Minshew or Foles will be the starter when both are healthy. Fantasy players should monitor the situation because the team's starting quarterback will have fantasy value.
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (ankle) won't practice Wednesday, but the team wants to see where he's at by the end of the week. The team signed running backs Zach Zenner and Alfred Morris for depth, but Johnson still has a chance to play. The breakout of running back Chase Edmonds doesn't give them any urgency to run Johnson out there. Edmonds is averaging 5.6 yards per carry, and he went off last week with 27 carries for 126 yards and three touchdowns against a weaker opponent. The New Orleans Saints are a tougher matchup. If Johnson is able to play, he'll be a high-end RB2, and Edmonds would fall to flex status. Conversely, if Johnson is out, Edmonds is the high-end RB2.
Updating an earlier report, Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (knee) will throw the ball today at practice, and they'll see if he can make it through the individual period.
Fantasy Spin: We'll need to see more to believe he's going to play this weekend. Obviously, he should be in your lineups if he goes.
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (ankle) is out of practice Wednesday, Oct. 23.
Fantasy Spin: The team signed Zach Zenner and Alfred Morris to shore up their depleted backfield, but Johnson has a chance to play. However, it's trending toward Chase Edmonds being an RB2 against the New Orleans Saints.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (knee) will practice Wednesday, Oct. 23, but QB Matt Moore will take the majority of team repetitions. Head coach Andy Reid didn't rule out Mahomes playing in Week 8.
Fantasy Spin: We'd put Mahomes on the wrong side of questionable this week and look toward other options. Moore isn't worth consideration unless you play two quarterbacks.