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Rams eye Week 5 for WR Cooper Kupp’s return

Wed Sep 27 6:29pm ET
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Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay said Wednesday that All-Pro wide receiver Cooper Kupp is on track to return to the team after Week 4, the first week he's eligible to come off injured reserve.

The Rams play the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5.

Kupp went on IR with chronic hamstring issues and has missed the first three games of the season. He has one more to sit out -- this week at Indianapolis -- before he's eligible to come back. McVay said Kupp is "progressing" and "ramping up his workload."

"He's doing a great job with (VP of sports medicine) Reggie (Scott) and his group, but when you're talking about returning to performance and returning to play, those are different things," McVay told reporters. "And we want him to be able to return to performance at the level that he's capable of."

Kupp, 30, was first injured in a training camp practice Aug. 1, leaving the field 30 minutes into a workout. He was originally expected to be out one to two weeks, but he missed all three preseason games. He returned to practice before the Aug. 26 preseason game against the Denver Broncos before having a setback with the injury.

Kupp had been seeing a specialist in Minnesota to help with the lingering hamstring problem.

Kupp won the receiving triple crown in 2021, leading the NFL with 145 catches, 1,947 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns, and won NFL Offensive Player of the Year. He was limited to nine games in 2022 with a high ankle sprain.

The Rams (1-2) travel to play the Colts (2-1) on Sunday.

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Player Notes
Jauan Jennings Sep 27 9:20pm ET
Jauan Jennings

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jauan Jennings missed practice on Wednesday with a shin injury. All three of the 49ers' top receivers are dealing with injury as Deebo Samuel (ribs) did not practice and Brandon Aiyuk (shoulder) was limited. Jennings failed to capitalize on Aiyuk's absence in Week 3 as he finished with just two catches for 31 yards and played on just 37.3% of the offensive snaps. Jennings will not be a fantasy option in Week 4 against the Arizona Cardinals, regardless of whether Samuel and/or Aiyuk are able to give it a go.

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Cordarrelle Patterson Sep 27 9:20pm ET
Cordarrelle Patterson

Atlanta Falcons running back/wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (thigh) got in a limited practice session on Wednesday. Patterson has yet to take the field in 2023 as he has been dealing with a thigh injury since the beginning of the season. The veteran could be back in the fold in Week 4, although his role in the offense remains to be seen after the Falcons drafted Bijan Robinson in the first round of this past NFL draft. Patterson is best left on waivers until there is more clarity on how exactly the Falcons intend to deploy him on offense in 2023.

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Gerald Everett Sep 27 9:00pm ET
Gerald Everett

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Gerald Everett (illness) missed practice on Wednesday due to an illness. It would be surprising if Everett wasn't able to return to the practice field later this week, but we'll keep a close eye on his status leading up to Sunday's contest against the division-rival Las Vegas Raiders. Receiver Mike Williams (knee) suffered a season-ending torn ACL in the Week 3 win over the Minnesota Vikings, so that should mean more targets to go around for the rest of LA's pass-catchers the rest of the way, including Everett. The 29-year-old caught all six of his targets last Sunday for 30 yards. If his illness keeps him out against the Raiders, Donald Parham Jr. would be a popular streamer at tight end.

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Kadarius Toney Sep 27 9:00pm ET
Kadarius Toney

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney (toe) was listed as a limited practice participant on Wednesday. Toney played in the Week 3 blowout win over the Chicago Bears despite being listed as questionable for that contest. However, he played just two offensive snaps and still isn't 100 percent healthy. The oft-injured 24-year-old former first-rounder was expected to be eased into the offense early this year, but his involvement so far through three weeks has made him droppable in 12-team fantasy leagues. Toney has been targeted 11 times and has caught seven passes for just 35 yards through three weeks. As long as he doesn't suffer a setback this week, he should play on Sunday night against the New York Jets, but he's not a realistic flex play in standard-sized leagues right now.

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Allen Robinson Sep 27 8:50pm ET
Allen Robinson

As expected, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Allen Robinson II (ankle) sat out of the first practice of the week on Wednesday after injuring his ankle in the Week 3 win over the Las Vegas Raiders last Sunday night. Head coach Mike Tomlin said that Robinson could be limited in the early portion of the week because of the ankle injury, but it sounds like he should have a chance to play in Week 4 against the Houston Texans if he makes progress later in the week. The 30-year-old has failed to take advantage of Diontae Johnson (hamstring) being on Injured Reserve early in the year, catching 11 of 15 targets for 100 yards and no touchdowns through three games. If he's out or limited this Sunday, Calvin Austin III and George Pickens would see even more targets as the top two wideouts.

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Tyler Higbee Sep 27 8:40pm ET
Tyler Higbee

Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee (Achilles) was not present for the team's practice on Wednesday due to an Achilles injury. It's not a great start to a short week for Higbee, but if he can get back on the practice field in the next two days, he'll have a shot at playing in Week 4 against the Indianapolis Colts. The 30-year-old has operated as a decent low-end TE1 for fantasy managers through the first three weeks and has seen more targets with receiver Cooper Kupp (hamstring) beginning the year on Injured Reserve. Higbee had a season-high 71 receiving yards on five catches in the Monday night loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. If he's unable to play this week, Brycen Hopkins would likely serve as the Rams' No. 1 pass-catching tight end.

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Derek Carr Sep 27 8:30pm ET
Derek Carr

New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr (shoulder) was unable to practice on Wednesday. Carr is week-to-week heading into Week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday after suffering an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder in the Week 3 loss to the Green Bay Packers. The 32-year-old is unlikely to make a return this week. Backup Jameis Winston didn't look good at all after taking over for the injured Carr last Sunday, but he's in line to make his first start of 2023 in Week 4. Winston could fare better with a full week to prepare with starter's repetitions in practice, and the Saints offense is also getting running back Alvin Kamara back from suspension. The 29-year-old Winston will be in play as a low-end QB2 in superflex leagues if Carr is officially ruled out.

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Treylon Burks Sep 27 8:30pm ET
Treylon Burks

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks (knee) was limited in practice on Wednesday and was seen with a wrap on his left leg. Even though Burks was able to do something in the first practice of the week, this bears watching after the 23-year-old second-year pass-catcher suffered an injury to the same knee in training camp in the summer. The Titans offense has disappointed through the first three weeks of the 2023 season, and Burks has done very little with only six receptions on 13 targets for 99 yards and no touchdowns. If he's able to put in a full practice on Thursday or Friday, he should be good to go for Week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals at home. Burks has become a low-ceiling WR4/flex in fantasy behind All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins.

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Luke Musgrave Sep 27 8:20pm ET
Luke Musgrave

Green Bay Packers tight end Luke Musgrave will take on the division-rival Detroit Lions on Thursday night. The rookie has played more than 85% of snaps the past two weeks and earned eight targets last week against the New Orleans Saints. The potential return of Christian Watson (hamstring) could make quarterback Jordan Love spread the ball around more. However, Musgrave has far too good of a matchup to pass up starting him over plenty of other options. The Detroit defense has allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to the tight end position and has given up 263 yards in total through three weeks. For context, the next closest team is the New York Giants, who have given up 189 yards. The Lions' defense has been much better against running backs and receivers this year than it has been in the past but at the cost of allowing tight ends to feast in the middle of the field. Musgrave is a top-tier streamer in Week 4.

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Anders Carlson Sep 27 8:20pm ET
Anders Carlson

Green Bay Packers kicker Anders Carlson will take on the division-rival Detroit Lions in Week 4 on Thursday night. The rookie has seen his fantasy output drop each week since the start of the season and has never attempted more than one field goal in a game thus far. With Detroit's defense much improved compared to recent years and this matchup happening on a short week, Carlson is best left on the waiver wire in favor of better options. His ceiling is capped with how well the Packers are finding the end zone in scoring range, and he could have a more challenging time scoring even a solid baseline of fantasy points if he kicks just a couple of extra points. Look for a better option in Week 4.

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Jerry Jeudy Sep 27 8:20pm ET
Jerry Jeudy

Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (knee) is on the initial Week 4 injury report after being limited in practice on Wednesday with a knee injury. Jeudy missed the season opener due to a hamstring injury suffered late in training camp, but this knee issue is new and must be something he picked up in the embarrassing 70-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 3, when he caught five of his seven targets for 81 yards. The knee injury doesn't appear to be very serious, so Jeudy should be fine for this Sunday's game against the winless Chicago Bears if he's able to return to a full practice later this week. Courtland Sutton has been quarterback Russell Wilson's go-to target through three weeks, but the 24-year-old Jeudy quietly had a very solid day last Sunday and could build on it this weekend in a great matchup against Chicago.

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Bryce Young Sep 27 8:00pm ET
Bryce Young

Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Bryce Young (ankle) was a full participant in practice on Wednesday, which puts him on track to start in Week 4 on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Young tweaked his ankle in Week 2 and was held out in the Week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. It appears the first overall pick in this year's draft will only miss the one game, though. The 22-year-old hasn't looked very good behind a weak offensive line in his first two NFL games, but he'll be facing one of the most porous defenses in the league this weekend. We're not saying that Young is an option as a QB1 in single-quarterback leagues in his return, but he should be able to move the offense better than he did in Weeks 1 and 2.

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Miles Sanders Sep 27 8:00pm ET
Miles Sanders

Carolina Panthers running back Miles Sanders (groin) can't seem to shake his groin injury and put in a limited practice on Wednesday. Sanders was on last week's injury report with a pectoral injury, but he missed time in training camp in August with a groin injury. Regardless, the injury isn't very serious and shouldn't keep him off the field this Sunday in a Week 4 meeting with the winless Minnesota Vikings and their terrible defense. The 26-year-old had a season-low nine carries for just 24 yards in the Week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but he salvaged his fantasy day with rushing and receiving scores. With rookie quarterback Bryce Young (ankle) on track to return from an ankle sprain, Carolina should lean more on their ground game this weekend, which is good news for Sanders.

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Romeo Doubs Sep 27 7:50pm ET
Romeo Doubs

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Romeo Doubs will face off against the division-rival Detroit Lions on Thursday night. After leading the team in targets by a wide margin last week and catching the game-winning touchdown to bring his total to three on the season, the second-year receiver will potentially have to contend with former first-round pick Christian Watson (hamstring). The Packers top receiver has not made his 2023 debut due to the injury, but all signs point to him playing in Week 4. While Doubs will no longer see the top coverage from the Detroit defense, the added target competition makes him a riskier flex option. The Lions allow just the 12th-fewest fantasy points per game to the position, and on a short week, the game could be a low-scoring affair. Consider the 23-year-old a volatile flex option with Watson active and a much more reliable one if he sits for the fourth week in a row.

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Puka Nacua Sep 27 7:50pm ET
Puka Nacua

Los Angeles Rams rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua (oblique) remained limited at practice on Wednesday. Nacua has been playing through a nagging oblique injury in the first three weeks of his NFL career, and the Rams are managing his repetitions throughout the week. It hasn't really affected the 23-year-old fifth-rounder, though, as he's managed an incredible 30 catches on 42 targets for 338 yards in his first three games. However, he has yet to find paydirt and came back to Earth with only five catches for 72 yards in the Monday night loss to Cincinnati. Nacua may only have one more opportunity left in Week 4 against the Indianapolis Colts to be a target hog for fantasy managers that plucked him off the waiver wire with Cooper Kupp (hamstring) eligible to return from Injured Reserve in Week 5.

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Jerome Ford Sep 27 7:50pm ET
Jerome Ford

Cleveland Browns running back Jerome Ford (shoulder) was listed as a limited practice participant on Wednesday. Ford apparently suffered a shoulder injury in the Week 3 win over the Tennessee Titans and could be questionable to play in Week 4 at home against the division-rival Baltimore Ravens. Still, the fact he practiced at all to begin the week probably means his injury isn't all that serious. The 23-year-old has looked great the last two games filling in for the injured Nick Chubb (knee), who will miss the rest of the year. Ford has 26 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown while adding five catches for 58 additional yards and two more touchdowns through the air, so he'll remain a must-start for fantasy managers as an RB2 as long as he doesn't miss any time due to injury.

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Jayden Reed Sep 27 7:50pm ET
Jayden Reed

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jayden Reed will face the division-rival Detroit Lions on Thursday night. While the rookie has played the No. 2 wide receiver role to open the season due to Christian Watson (hamstring) missing time, that run could come to an end Thursday night. Watson is listed as questionable for the game, but all signs point to the second-year receiver making his 2023 debut. This would push Reed to play primarily as a slot receiver and be often left off the field in two wide receiver sets. Averaging just over six targets per game so far, it will be interesting to see how quarterback Jordan Love distributes the ball with Watson active. Couple all of this with a tough matchup against a Detroit defense that allows the 12th-fewest fantasy points per game to receivers, and it would be better to bench Reed in Week 4 in favor of a better option.

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James Conner Sep 27 7:40pm ET
James Conner

Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (back) is on the Week 4 injury report and was listed as a limited practice participant on Wednesday. Conner has already played through a calf injury this year and is now dealing with a back issue, although it doesn't appear serious enough to keep him from playing in Week 4 against the San Francisco 49ers. We'll keep a close eye on the 28-year-old's status as the weekend approaches. Through three weeks, the Cardinals offense has outperformed expectations, and Conner has been the clear workhorse back in the desert. He's averaging a career-high 5.2 yards per carry for 266 yards and two touchdowns on the ground on 51 rushing attempts through three weeks. Conner is a must-start in fantasy, but he and the Cardinals have a real challenge on their hands in San Fran's defense this Sunday.

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AJ Dillon Sep 27 7:40pm ET
AJ Dillon

Green Bay Packers running back AJ Dillon will take on the division-rival Detroit Lions on Thursday night. The 25-year-old has been incredibly underwhelming to start the season despite not having Aaron Jones (hamstring) in the past two weeks. Jones has a shot to play this week after being listed as questionable on the final injury report. Typically, Dillon would be a potential flex option with Jones active in a matchup against Detroit. However, the Lions' defense against the run in 2023 has been great, allowing just 13 points per game to the position. Even if Jones sits, the Packers' No. 2 back has done nothing with his increased role to give fantasy managers confidence in flexing him. Dillon is an easy fade in Week 4.

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Jordan Love Sep 27 7:30pm ET
Jordan Love

Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love will face the division rival Detroit Lions on Thursday night. Through three weeks, the Packers starting quarterback has thrown seven touchdowns and is the QB4 overall for fantasy. Doing all this without his top target, Christian Watson (hamstring), and no Aaron Jones (hamstring) the past two weeks is nothing short of impressive. The 24-year-old will potentially have both players back this week for a decent fantasy matchup against Detroit. The Lions are middle of the pack against fantasy quarterbacks, making Love a solid streaming option for those in need.

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