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Bears sign CB Joejuan Williams

Wed Sep 27 11:02am ET
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The Chicago Bears signed cornerback Joejuan Williams off Minnesota's practice squad on Wednesday.

Williams, 25, was a second-round pick by New England in 2019 and played in 36 games (one start) for the Patriots from 2019-21. He recorded 44 tackles and eight passes defensed.

Williams missed the entire 2022 season with a shoulder injury and signed as a free agent with the Vikings in April.

Members of the winless Bears' banged-up secondary include cornerbacks Kyler Gordon (injured reserve, hand), Jaylon Johnson (hamstring) and Tyrique Stevenson (concussion).

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Player Notes
Anthony Richardson Sep 27 11:50am ET
Anthony Richardson

Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson (concussion) is still in the league's concussion protocol, but he's expected to practice on Wednesday and will take starter's repetitions, according to head coach Shane Steichen. It's a good sign for Richardson's progress and chances to start in Week 4 against the Los Angeles Rams. The first-round rookie suffered a concussion in Week 2 and was held out of last week's upset win over the Baltimore Ravens in overtime, but it looks like there's a chance he'll only miss one game. Although backup Gardner Minshew game-managed the team to a big win this past weekend, Richardson is going to be Indy's starter under center if he's cleared. It's likely he'll be listed as a limited practice participant on Wednesday's official report.

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Trevor Siemian Sep 27 11:30am ET
Trevor Siemian

The New York Jets signed veteran free-agent quarterback Trevor Siemian to their practice squad on Tuesday, according to the team. Siemian was released by the Cincinnati Bengals in the preseason and will join Zach Wilson and Tim Boyle in the team's QB room after future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers tore his Achilles on the first offensive series of the year. Wilson will make another start in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs, but Siemian gives the Jets another QB with starting experience in case Wilson continues to struggle. With Wilson under center, the offense has generated only three touchdowns in nearly three full games. Siemian is 13-17 in his career with 42 TDSs and 28 interceptions, and he hasn't won a start since 2017.

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Myles Gaskin Sep 27 11:30am ET
Myles Gaskin

The Minnesota Vikings re-signed running back Myles Gaskin to their practice squad on Wednesday. Gaskin, who began the year with the Miami Dolphins before being released, will continue to provide running back depth in Minnesota behind Alexander Mattison, Cam Akers and Ty Chandler. The 26-year-old was active in Week 2 and played two snaps on special teams, but he didn't get on the field at all on offense. The former seventh-round selection of the Dolphins in 2019 out of Washington has 361 career carries for 1,355 yards and seven touchdowns in 39 games (17 starts), all in a four-year span in Miami.

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Christian Watson Sep 27 11:20am ET
Christian Watson

The Green Bay Packers are optimistic that both running back Aaron Jones (hamstring) and wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) will return from their injuries to play on Thursday night against the Detroit Lions. However, head coach Matt LaFleur insisted that both players still need to be cleared before Thursday. Jones had 127 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns in the season opener and would return to his lead-back role this week, making him a high-end RB2 for fantasy lineups. Watson, who has yet to play in 2023, said he was "pretty close" to play in the Week 3 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Watson should be quarterback Jordan Love's go-to target this year, but fantasy managers may want to temper expectations this week if he indeed is active.

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Zay Jones Sep 27 11:10am ET
Zay Jones

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson said that wide receiver Zay Jones (knee), who is being considered day-to-day, is a "long shot" to play in Week 4 this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons in London. Jones didn't practice at all last week and was held out of the disappointing loss to the Houston Texans. The 28-year-old could get back on the practice field later this week, but it doesn't mean the Jaguars will be comfortable with putting him on the field on game day yet. If Jones misses another game, Jamal Agnew would once again have a bigger role as the No. 3 behind Calvin Ridley and Christian Kirk. Agnew caught four of a season-high five targets for 49 yards in last Sunday's loss to Houston.

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Jimmy Garoppolo Sep 27 10:10am ET
Jimmy Garoppolo

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (concussion) was placed in concussion protocol early this week after getting banged up in the Week 3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, the team is optimistic that he will available against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 4. The veteran could be a streaming option against the lackluster Chargers' secondary if he's active, but his presence in the lineup is mostly important for wide receivers Davante Adams and Jakobi Meyers. If he doesn't play, Brian Hoyer would likely start. Adams would still be a must-start option, but Meyers' outlook would take a big hit. This is worth monitoring as the week moves forward.

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Rachaad White Sep 27 9:50am ET
Rachaad White

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Rachaad White has been given 58 touches through the team's first three games. 19.3 touches per game for a running back is relatively rare in the modern NFL, but he's failed to produce big fantasy football numbers due to struggles on the offensive line and an inability to get downhill quickly. After the Monday night loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay head coach Todd Bowles was critical of White's play. "He probably had too many cuts trying to make an explosive play -- something out of nothing -- as opposed to taking what they give him," said Bowles. "Given the magnitude of the game, knowing it was going to be one of those types of games, just from an experience standpoint he can get better that way, and he will." The 24-year-old has averaged just 3.1 yards per carry this season but remains on the fantasy radar due to his workload and pass-catching acumen. If his efficiency improves, he could post a handful of RB1 weeks throughout the 2023 campaign.

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Quentin Johnston Sep 27 9:40am ET
Quentin Johnston

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Quentin Johnston has had a quiet first three games to begin his career. The TCU product was selected by the Chargers with the 21st pick of the 2023 NFL Draft but started the season behind Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Joshua Palmer on the depth chart. Chargers head coach Brandon Staley is confident Johnston can step up after the season-ending knee injury suffered by Williams in Week 3. "All he needs to continue to do is do what he's done ever since he's been here, which is to continue to make progress on the field," Staley said. "Over time, he's going to make more and more plays for us. We're really happy with him, and he's going to get to shine in a bigger way now." The 6'4" rookie will have a chance to put up fantasy-relevant numbers in the team's pass-happy offense led by Justin Herbert.

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Saquon Barkley Sep 27 9:20am ET
Saquon Barkley

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 2, holding him out of the Week 3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football. The Giants do not play until Monday Night this week against the Seattle Seahawks, so Barkley has extended time to get healthy. However, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network said the 26-year-old playing in Week 4 would be a "challenge or a stretch." It's still early, but high-ankle sprains usually hold players out for multiple games. Be sure to check back for his latest updates.

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Zach Wilson Sep 27 1:10am ET
Zach Wilson

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini says that New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh is walking a slippery slope when it comes to backing struggling quarterback Zach Wilson because he risks losing the locker room. There are already rumblings of unrest in the Jets locker room, mainly with members of their strong defense. With Wilson struggling mightily in his third year, tension is building in Gang Green's locker room. The Jets signed veteran Trevor Siemian to their practice squad on Tuesday, but he's far from the solution with future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers (Achilles) done for the year. Perhaps the Jets will attempt to trade for someone like Vikings QB Kirk Cousins this fall. For now, New York is rolling with Wilson as the starter for another game in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football.

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Jalen Pitre Sep 27 1:00am ET
Jalen Pitre

Houston Texans safety Jalen Pitre (chest) has missed the past two games recovering from a bruised lung suffered in Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens. But the 24-year-old safety is expected back at practice this week, and if all goes well, he will be in line to play in Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston. When healthy, Pitre should immediately jump back into fantasy starting lineups. He's a strong IDP play following his 147 tackle season in 2022.

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Isaiah McDuffie Sep 27 12:50am ET
Isaiah McDuffie

Green Bay Packers linebacker De'Vondre Campbell (ankle) did not practice with the team in Tuesday's walkthrough. Campbell has not practiced at all this week after being listed as a non-participant in Monday's estimate practice report. The veteran linebacker sustained the ankle injury in the second quarter of the Packers' 18-17 win over the New Orleans Saints, and he did not return to the contest. With the Packers playing on Thursday against the Detroit Lions, Campbell faces an uphill battle to play. Linebacker Isaiah McDuffie would likely draw the start in his place.

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Jaire Alexander Sep 27 12:30am ET
Jaire Alexander

Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (back) was inactive in the team's 18-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints in Week 3. The All-Pro corner did not practice on Monday but did return to the field in a limited fashion in Tuesday's walkthrough. The upgraded practice participation for Alexander is a good sign that he is trending in the right direction for Thursday's matchup against the Detroit Lions. Game designations will be released sometime on Wednesday, so we should know more about the cornerback's availability for Week 4 by then.

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Xavier Woods Sep 27 12:20am ET
Xavier Woods

The Carolina Panthers will be without safety Xavier Woods (hamstring) for an extended time following his injury in the team's 37-27 loss against the Seattle Seahawks. One source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler that Woods will be out between four and six weeks with a hamstring issue. The 28-year-old safety suffered the injury early in the second quarter when he pushed Seahawks wideout D.K. Metcalf out of bounds on a 34-yard gain. Woods immediately came out and never returned. Sam Franklin Jr. replaced the veteran safety in Week 3. But it could be fifth-round rookie Jammie Robinson, who is listed ahead of Franklin on the Panthers depth chart, that fills Woods' void.

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Tavon Austin Sep 26 11:53pm ET
Tavon Austin

Free-agent WR Tavon Austin was among a group of players who worked out for the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

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Jake Luton Sep 26 9:40pm ET
Jake Luton

The New Orleans Saints signed quarterback Jake Luton to their 53-man roster from their practice squad on Tuesday. Luton's signing is a good indication that the team is preparing to be without starting quarterback Derek Carr (shoulder) for the near future. Luton will serve as the team's backup QB while Jameis Winston runs the offense in Week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Fantasy managers relying on Carr should be making alternate plans at the quarterback position heading into this weekend.

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Deon Jackson Sep 26 9:30pm ET
Deon Jackson

The Cleveland Browns signed running back Deon Jackson and tight end Devin Asiasi to their practice squad on Tuesday. Jackson was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday but did not have to wait long to latch on with another team. He will now bide his time in Cleveland where he could eventually get elevated from the practice squad if the team needs an extra body at the running back position. Jackson has had some big games over his NFL career but struggled in 2023, losing two fumbles and gaining just 14 yards on 13 carries. Asiasi last appeared in a game with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2022 and finished the year with two catches for five yards.

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Shi Smith Sep 26 9:20pm ET
Shi Smith

Free-agent wide receiver Shi Smith signed with the practice squad of the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday. Smith spent the previous two years with the Carolina Panthers before they released him ahead of the 2023 season, accumulating 28 catches for 400 yards and two touchdowns across 23 games. In Tennessee, Smith will look to carve out a role behind wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins, Treylon Burks, and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine. It is unlikely that Smith makes a fantasy impact in the run-first Titans offense, even if he does get elevated from the practice squad at some point.

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Myles Gaskin Sep 26 9:20pm ET
Myles Gaskin

The Minnesota Vikings released running back Myles Gaskin on Tuesday. Gaskin appeared in one game for the Vikings in 2023 but did not log any stats. He became expendable in Minnesota after the team acquired running back Cam Akers from the Los Angeles Rams last week. Gaskin will now hit the free-agent market in hopes of latching on with another team.

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Matt Ryan Sep 26 8:53pm ET
Matt Ryan

Free-agent QB Matt Ryan (Colts) has no interest in joining the New York Jets, he said on Monday, Sept. 25.

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