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Colts officially dub RB Jonathan Taylor for return

Wed Oct 4 3:01pm ET
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The Indianapolis Colts officially opened the 21-day practice window for disgruntled running back Jonathan Taylor on Wednesday, designating him for return from the physically unable to perform list.

Taylor, in addition to being unhappy with his contract, has been dealing with a right ankle injury following surgery in January. Taylor, his ankle now fully healthy, returned to practice Wednesday.

Taylor didn't speak with the media; he's not required to since he's not on the 53-man roster.

"I know he's excited to be back and I'm excited to see what he does with it," Colts rookie QB Anthony Richardson told reporters. "He's a great guy. I love him. We talk almost every other day ... I think our relationship's pretty tight. We'll see how it is on the field."

Now, the waiting begins to see whether Taylor actually plays another game for the Colts or gets traded, per his wishes from the summer. If he's not activated in 21 days, he would be shut down for the rest of the season. He could also be traded or released.

Taylor, 24, requested a trade in July after Indianapolis failed to offer him an extension. He is due to earn $4.3 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract.

Taylor rushed for 861 yards and four touchdowns in 11 starts last season. The 2020 second-round pick and 2021 All-Pro selection has gained 4,643 yards from scrimmage and scored 36 TDs in 43 career games (41 starts).

The Colts' leading rusher through four games this year is Zack Moss with 280 yards and one touchdown on 66 carries. Richardson has rushed for 131 yards and four scores.

The Colts are tied for first place in the AFC South -- along with every other team in the division. Every team is 2-2, with Indianapolis hosting the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

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C.J. Stroud Oct 4 3:10pm ET
C.J. Stroud

Houston Texans offensive tackle Tytus Howard (hand) suffered a broken hand this offseason, resulting in him missing the team's first four games while on Injured Reserve. The Texans designated him to return from IR on Wednesday, and he returned to the practice field. The 27-year-old signed a three-year, $56 million contract extension this offseason and should provide additional pass protection for rookie C.J. Stroud, who has gotten out to a hot start. Houston's offensive line has battled injuries this season, so getting Howard and Leremy Tunsil (knee) back would be huge for its offense.

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Justin Fields Oct 4 3:10pm ET
Justin Fields

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields will kick off Week 5 Thursday in Washington against the Commanders. Fields is coming off his best game of the season and easily his best passing game as a pro. The third-year quarterback totaled 335 passing yards and four touchdowns against the Broncos last week but two critical turnovers doomed Chicago late. He will now face a Commanders defensive line that ranks among the best in the NFL. Washington's defense, as a whole, has surrendered 20-plus fantasy points to each of the last three quarterbacks they have faced. Fields carries boom-or-bust potential Thursday night.

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Curtis Samuel Oct 4 3:00pm ET
Curtis Samuel

Washington Commanders wide receiver Curtis Samuel (quad) has seen some unexpected usage to start the season. After being an afterthought throughout the offseason, the veteran receiver is currently second on the team in receptions through four weeks. Now, Samuel has the advantage of taking on a bottom-five pass defense in the NFL, the Chicago Bears. With the strong matchup and Samuel reportedly being cleared to play despite being limited during the short week, he could continue his run of successful outings. Consider him a flex option in Week 5.

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Keaton Mitchell Oct 4 3:00pm ET
Keaton Mitchell

Baltimore Ravens rookie running back Keaton Mitchell (shoulder) began the 2023 season on Injured Reserve. On Wednesday, he returned to practice as the team activated his 21-day window to be activated from IR. The undrafted rookie rushed for 2,584 yards and 23 touchdowns and caught 49 passes for 505 yards and two touchdowns over his final two collegiate seasons at East Carolina. Although he has no guaranteed path to playing time, there's a chance he could carve out a role in a running back room consisting of Gus Edwards, Justice Hill, and Melvin Gordon III. He's not worth picking up in fantasy football yet, but he is worth monitoring moving forward.

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Kenny Pickett Oct 4 2:50pm ET
Kenny Pickett

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (knee) suffered a bone bruise to his knee in the Week 4 loss to the Houston Texans. His status is up in the air against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5, but the second-year signal-caller said, "I'll be ready to go by Sunday." For now, there's good reason to be optimistic about his availability for the AFC North contest, but it's too early in the week to take his word for it. Even if Pickett does play, he should remain on the bench in fantasy football. The Ravens have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to quarterback this season, and the Steelers' offense is one of the worst units in the NFL. If Pickett's mobility is limited by his injury, this game has the chance to get ugly quickly. Mitch Trubisky will draw the start if Pickett is ruled out.

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Jahan Dotson Oct 4 2:40pm ET
Jahan Dotson

Washington Commanders wide receiver Jahan Dotson (ankle) could be an intriguing option in Week 5. Dotson was limited throughout the short week, but has reportedly been cleared and will be active for Thursday Night Football. After saving his day with a last-second touchdown in Week 4, the former first-rounder has the privilege of taking on a bottom-five pass defense in the Chicago Bears. He's been a disappointing fantasy option to start the season, but if there were any game for him to get back on track, it would be this one. Consider him a WR3 or flex option against Chicago.

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Rashod Bateman Oct 4 2:40pm ET
Rashod Bateman

Baltimore Ravens wide receivers Rashod Bateman (hamstring) and Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) returned to practice on Wednesday after missing the Week 4 win over the Cleveland Browns. It's unclear to what extent they participated in practice until the official Wednesday injury report comes out later today, but it's a good sign for their return. That said, neither are safe fantasy options until proven otherwise. Beckham has totaled just 66 yards in two games, and Bateman has posted 59 yards in three games. Against an overmatched Pittsburgh Steelers team in Week 5, Baltimore will likely have its way in this matchup and fail to pass with enough volume to support Beckham or Bateman in fantasy football. Mark Andrews and Zay Flowers seem to be ahead of both receivers in the target pecking order.

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Jahan Dotson Oct 4 2:40pm ET
Jahan Dotson

Washington Commanders wide receivers Jahan Dotson (ankle) and Curtis Samuel (quad) will be active against the Chicago Bears in the Week 5 Thursday Night Football contest against the Chicago Bears. Both players either missed practice or were limited this week, but they are good to go. The Bears have allowed the 12th-most fantasy points to wideouts this season and are without safety Eddie Jackson (foot) and cornerback Jaylon Johnson (hamstring), so Dotson and Samuel are intriguing DFS options or low-end PPR league flex considerations. However, neither has a safe floor based on what we've seen thus far this season.

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Marlon Humphrey Oct 4 2:30pm ET
Marlon Humphrey

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (foot) has not appeared in a game this season after undergoing foot surgery in August. The 27-year-old took the practice field for the first time since his operation on Wednesday so he could make his season debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5. The three-time Pro Bowler could provide a nice boost to the Baltimore defense that has been decimated by injuries so far this season. However, there's a chance it could take him a few weeks to get back to game action and 100% ready for contact.

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Brian Robinson Jr. Oct 4 2:20pm ET
Brian Robinson Jr.

After seeing a tough matchup in Week 4, Brian Robinson Jr. could have a big bounce-back performance in Week 5. The Commanders are taking on the Chicago Bears in a matchup where they're currently six-point favorites and expected to be playing in a positive game script. Not only that, but when Washington has led this season, they've heavily favored a game plan where Robinson sees plenty of work on the ground. With those factors in mind, it wouldn't be surprising to see the second-year back put up RB1-like numbers against Chicago. Consider him a locked-in starter this week.

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Chase Claypool Oct 4 2:20pm ET
Chase Claypool

Chicago Bears wide receiver Chase Claypool (healthy scratch) has officially been ruled out of the Thursday Night Football contest against the Washington Commanders. The 25-year-old was traded to Chicago for an early second-round pick in the middle of the 2022 season and has caught just 17 passes for 191 yards and one touchdown in 10 games. Head coach Matt Eberflus said Claypool was asked to stay away from the team, so it looks like his time as a Bear is coming to a close. Claypool was critical of his usage when speaking to the media last week and is now a healthy inactive for the second straight game.

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Wan'Dale Robinson Oct 4 1:50pm ET
Wan'Dale Robinson

New York Giants wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson (knee) is expected to be limited in Wednesday's practice. Robinson tore his ACL last year and didn't make his debut until Week 3 this year. The Giants played on Monday night, so perhaps they are just giving the 22-year-old second-year pass-catcher some additional rest heading into a short week against the Miami Dolphins this Sunday. He has nine receptions on 11 targets for 61 yards in his two games in a Giants offense that has looked terrible to this point. Robinson should continue to have a prominent role in a crowded Giants receiver room moving forward, but as long as New York's offensive woes continue, Robinson will be more of a low-ceiling, low-floor fantasy flex.

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Jahan Dotson Oct 4 1:40pm ET
Jahan Dotson

Washington Commanders wide receivers Jahan Dotson (ankle) and Curtis Samuel (quadriceps) were taken off the final Week 5 injury report on Wednesday and will play on Thursday night against the Chicago Bears. Dotson and Samuel both scored their first touchdowns of the year in the Week 4 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and have an excellent matchup on hand to kick off Week 5 at home in D.C. The 23-year-old Dotson has had a pretty slow start to the year aside from his touchdown last week, but he could put up his best performance of the season on Thursday against a Bears team that is allowing 30.2 half-PPR points per game, the 11th most in the league through four weeks. Samuel will continue to operate as the No. 3 wideout behind Terry McLaurin and Dotson.

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Tee Higgins Oct 4 1:30pm ET
Tee Higgins

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said that wide receiver Tee Higgins (ribs) will not practice on Wednesday. He's being listed as day-to-day. Higgins suffered a fractured rib in the Week 4 loss to the Tennessee Titans, but he's not yet being ruled out for the Week 5 contest against the Arizona Cardinals. However, Higgins is going to need to get on the field at some point by the end of the week to have a shot at suiting up on Sunday. It's been a tough start for the 24-year-old and the entire Bengals offense through the first four weeks. The injury on top of it makes Higgins a buy-low candidate in fantasy leagues. If he's out or limited in Week 5, Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd should see more targets, with Trenton Irwin and Andrei Iosivas battling for the No. 3 role.

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Treylon Burks Oct 4 1:30pm ET
Treylon Burks

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks (knee) will not take part in the team's practice on Wednesday. It's a bad start to the week for Burks, who was inactive for the team's Week 4 win over the Cincinnati Bengals due to a knee injury. Burks still has two more days to return to practice, but right now, he's looking very questionable to play this Sunday against the Colts in Indianapolis. The 23-year-old has caught just six passes for 99 yards in his first three games of the year. With an injury to boot, he's not a must-hold in shallow fantasy leagues with DeAndre Hopkins being the only realistic starting lineup option in fantasy among Tennessee's pass-catchers. If Burks misses another game, Chris Moore and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine will continue to start in three-receiver sets next to Hopkins.

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Breece Hall Oct 4 1:20pm ET
Breece Hall

New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters on Wednesday that the team will not limit running back Breece Hall's (knee) workload moving forward. The Jets plan was always to ease Hall into the fold early this year after he tore his ACL last October, which is partly why they added Dalvin Cook in the offseason. Hall didn't play over 49 percent of the offensive snaps in the first four weeks and was limited to 32 touches. Cook isn't just going to go away, but the 22-year-old Hall should see his workload steadily increase, starting in Week 4 in Denver against the Broncos, which will inevitably give the explosive second-year back a higher fantasy ceiling on a weekly basis. However, Hall's overall upside could be somewhat capped as long as quarterback Zach Wilson is running the offense.

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Dalvin Cook Oct 4 1:20pm ET
Dalvin Cook

New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh said that running back Dalvin Cook has been looking better at practices. "He's coming along ... he's still getting his legs underneath him. I'm sure he wants more, I'm sure he wants more production. He's getting faster, his GPS numbers are showing ... we just need to find those guys a little more opportunity," Saleh said. The Jets want to get more touches for the backfield, but Cook hasn't really deserved more work after averaging 2.5 yards per carry on 30 rushing attempts for 74 yards through his first four games. The Jets won't limit Breece Hall's (knee) workload anymore, either, so that's probably going to be mean fewer touches for Cook on a weekly basis. The 28-year-old has a good matchup in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos, but it's become hard to trust Cook as an RB3/flex option in fantasy lineups.

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Bryce Young Oct 4 1:13pm ET
Bryce Young

Dynasty | Embattled Panthers wide receiver Chase Claypool has been connected to Carolina in potential trade talks. Dynasty Analysis: The Panthers reportedly want to find Bryce Young some help and Claypool could be someone who has talent but would come cheaply. It's apparent Claypool has worn out his welcome in Chicago and needs a change of scenery. The Panthers would be a decent fit for his services should they make a move. Regardless, it looks like Claypool will be on the move in some way, shape or form at some point here soon.

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Denzel Mims Oct 4 1:13pm ET
Denzel Mims

Dynasty | The Steelers have signed wide receiver Denzel Mims to their practice squad. Dynasty Analysis: Mims' career has been in freefall since the Jets gave up on him and traded him to Detroit. After being released with an injury designation earlier in training camp by the Lions, Mims will now look to get his career back on track and prove he's healthy. The Steelers have a truckload of wideouts but also a history of making them successful. Mims will stay off the fantasy radar for the time being but this is at least moderately interesting.

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Saquon Barkley Oct 4 1:10pm ET
Saquon Barkley

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) will join team drills in practice on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 2, according to head coach Brian Daboll. Barkley will officially be listed as limited on the first injury report of the week. He has sat out the last two games, but Barkley should have a better chance at returning for the Week 5 tilt in Miami against the Dolphins this Sunday. We should have a better idea of whether the 26-year-old will be able to return this weekend after a few more practices from the Giants on Friday. If Barkley is out for a third straight game, Matt Breida should once again lead the backfield in what has been a pretty bad Giants offense through four weeks.

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