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Tagovailoa stretchered off field after sack vs. Bengals

Thu Sep 29 9:49pm ET

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Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel walks away as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is taken off the field on a stretcher during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Joshua A. Bickel)


CINCINNATI (AP) Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was taken off the field on a stretcher after a being sacked in Thursday night's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Tagovailoa was chased down and sacked by Josh Tupou with about six minutes left in the first half. He remained down for more than seven minutes before being loaded on a backboard, stabilized and removed via stretcher.

Dolphins players gathered around as he was rolled off the field and the crowd chanted ''Tua! Tua!.''

The 24-year-old Tagovailoa was suffering from a sore back and was listed as questionable for most of the week ahead of the game.

He was replaced in the game by Teddy Bridgewater.

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Starts, Sits, Sleepers: Week 4

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Zay Jones Sep 29 10:40pm ET
Zay Jones

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones could see a decrease in his production in Week 4 versus the Philadelphia Eagles. The veteran wideout exploded for 10 receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Chargers. The former second-round pick now has only three fewer targets than Christian Kirk this season, though, he'll likely see a lot of Darius Slay in coverage this week. If the Jaguars are playing from behind in this game, Jones might still be able to put together a solid performance on the road. That being said, there are likely better options than the East Carolina product in Week 4.

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Lamar Jackson Sep 29 10:40pm ET
Lamar Jackson

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson remains a must-start heading into the matchup against the visiting Buffalo Bills. The 2019 MVP award winner is working his way toward another. He's done it all this season, accounting for 12 of the Ravens' touchdowns while throwing for 749 yards and rushing for 243 yards. The Bills defense is normally a formidable unit. However, considering the team has been plagued by injuries on that side of the ball only adds to Jackson's appeal in Week 4.

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Christian Kirk Sep 29 10:30pm ET
Christian Kirk

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Christian Kirk is in must-start territory entering Week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles. The former second-round pick out of Texas A&M has immediately built a nice rapport with Trevor Lawrence as he's caught 18 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns on a team-high 27 targets through the first three weeks. Kirk has run the majority of his routes out of the slot, so he should benefit from not seeing Darius Slay or James Bradberry in coverage for most of the game. Despite the Eagles having a talented secondary, the 25-year-old wide receiver should be started in all formats given his role on the Jaguars.

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Russell Gage Sep 29 10:30pm ET
Russell Gage

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers Russell Gage (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee) were limited participants in Thursday's practice. For the second straight day, both Gage and Jones were limited. Tampa Bay's receiving core could be back at full strength this week as Mike Evans (suspension), Chris Godwin (hamstring), Gage, and Jones could return for Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Gage caught 12 of 13 targets for 87 yards and a touchdown in the Week 3 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Jones hasn't played since Week 1 due to a partially torn PCL in his knee. The veteran is on target to return to action in Week 4. Tom Brady could have all his weapons available for Sunday Night Football. Stay tuned.

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James Robinson Sep 29 10:20pm ET
James Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson is poised for another productive performance in Week 4 versus the Philadelphia Eagles. The former undrafted running back has looked fantastic to begin the season despite returning from a torn Achilles. In the first three weeks of the season, the 24-year-old running back has tallied 230 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns while tacking on six receptions for 33 yards and another score through the air. Robinson has scored a touchdown in each game this season for the Jaguars and the defense of the Eagles is allowing the third-most yards per attempt (5.4) in the NFL, making him a solid play in Week 4.

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Chris Godwin Sep 29 10:20pm ET
Chris Godwin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Breshad Perriman (knee, hamstring) didn't practice Thursday. Godwin received a veteran rest day Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. The 26-year-old has been sidelined since Week 1 with a hamstring issue. His activity level on Friday will determine Godwin's chances of returning to action in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Perriman hasn't practiced this week due to knee and hamstring injuries. The 29-year-old will have one more chance to practice Friday before the Bucs release the final injury report for Sunday Night Football.

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Tua Tagovailoa Sep 29 10:13pm ET
Tua Tagovailoa

Dynasty | Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left Thursday night's game on a stretcher after taking a hard hit against the Bengals. Dynasty Analysis: This was a scary sight as Tua apparently had a "neurologial response" to a hit in the second quarter. He laid on the turf for some time before being taken off on the stretcher and heading to the locker room. It's far too early to make assessments on the severity of his injury, but this looked like a serious development. It's fair to wonder if Tua should have even been playing after being hurt in last week's game. Regardless, we'll be following the news on our QB16 very closely.

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Dameon Pierce Sep 29 10:10pm ET
Dameon Pierce

Houston Texans running back Dameon Pierce (hip) returned to full practice on Thursday. The 22-year-old was added to the injury report with a hip issue and was limited in Wednesday's session. He is coming off the best game of the season, logging 20 carries for 80 yards and a TD to go along with two catches for 21 yards in the Week 3 loss to the Chicago Bears. Pierce will operate as the Texans' lead back, while teammate Rex Burkhead will provide a change of pace in Week 4 versus the Los Angeles Chargers. Fantasy managers can plug and play Pierce in their lineups as a borderline RB2 in Week 4.

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Trevor Lawrence Sep 29 10:10pm ET
Trevor Lawrence

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence is a viable option in fantasy football in Week 4 versus the Philadelphia Eagles. The second-year quarterback faced a stiff challenge in the Los Angeles Chargers last week and he responded by leading the Jaguars to a 38-10 victory while throwing for 262 yards and three touchdowns. The No. 1 overall pick from the 2021 NFL draft has looked much better in the first three weeks of this season with a revamped receiving corps that now features Christian Kirk and Zay Jones. Even though the Eagles have a formidable defense, Lawrence is worth starting in Week 4 given the improvements he's made in his game to begin the season.

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Tua Tagovailoa Sep 29 10:00pm ET
Tua Tagovailoa

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (head, neck) has been ruled out for the rest of Thursday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals with head and neck injuries. The 24-year-old stayed down after being slammed to the ground on a sack during the second quarter. He was stretchered off the field and won't return Thursday. Tua completed eight of 14 passes for 110 yards and one interception before exiting. Tagovailoa is being taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for further evaluation. The Dolphins reported that he is conscious and has movement in all his extremities. Teddy Bridgewater replaced Tagovailoa in Thursday's game. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Keenan Allen Sep 29 8:10pm ET
Keenan Allen

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (hamstring) was limited for the second straight day in practice this week on Thursday. However, Allen reportedly left practice early with a trainer near the end of the period of practice open to the media. The 30-year-old hasn't played since tweaking his hamstring in the season opener, and he'll likely be listed as questionable for the Week 4 contest against the Houston Texans. The good news is Allen has done more so far in practice this week, and the Bolts' game is on the early slate this Sunday, so fantasy managers will know right away if he's active. If Allen returns against Houston, he should once again be one of quarterback Justin Herbert's go-to options in the passing game.

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Lamar Jackson Sep 29 8:00pm ET
Lamar Jackson

Baltimore Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) is trending in the right direction and told reporters, "You might see me this week" in Week 4 against the Buffalo Bills. Stanley has been recovering from season-ending ankle surgery last October and has yet to make his 2022 season debut. But the 28-year-old Pro Bowler has returned to full practice this week and could make it back this Sunday against a strong Buffalo pass rush. The Ravens have been using Patrick Mekari as their starting left tackle on quarterback Lamar Jackson's blind side to open the year with Stanley still recovering.

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Justin Herbert Sep 29 8:00pm ET
Justin Herbert

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (ribs) took part in a full practice on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. Herbert was a game-time decision in the Week 3 blowout loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he suited up and threw for under 300 yards with a touchdown and an interception. It looks as though he's improving and shouldn't be a question mark entering the Week 4 contest against the Houston Texans, and he could have receiver Keenan Allen (hamstring) back for the first time since the season opener. The Texans defense has been pretty solid against opposing QBs so far this year, but Herbert will be a must-start QB1 for fantasy managers as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks.

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Boston Scott Sep 29 7:50pm ET
Boston Scott

Philadelphia Eagles running back Boston Scott (rib) was not seen at practice on Thursday for the second straight day this week. Scott is injured heading into the Week 4 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and has played only 36 offensive snaps through the first three games, which is well behind Miles Sanders' 112 and Kenneth Gainwell's 60 so far this year. The 27-year-old can be left on waiver wires for now in the majority of leagues as the No. 3 RB option in Philly's offense. Scott has turned his 11 touches into 31 yards and a touchdown through three games. If he's unable to suit up on Sunday against Jacksonville, Trey Sermon could be active for the first time this year behind Sanders and Gainwell.

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Pat Freiermuth Sep 29 7:40pm ET
Pat Freiermuth

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth is his team's second-leading receiver with 11 catches for 138 yards and a touchdown through three games. Freiermuth will look to keep it going in a Week 4 home matchup against the New York Jets. The Jets have been moderately tough on tight ends thus far, allowing the 20th-most fantasy points per game to the position. That being said, the lack of quality options at the tight end position in fantasy makes a player like Freiermuth a weekly TE1. He should be starting in most fantasy lineups heading into Sunday's game against the Jets.

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Chris Boswell Sep 29 7:40pm ET
Chris Boswell

Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell will head back home to take on the New York Jets in Week 4. Boswell has made just six of his eight field goals while making all four of his extra points. The Jets have been average against kickers in 2022, allowing the 17th-most fantasy points per game to the position. Boswell has been a quality fantasy kicker over the years but a weak Pittsburgh offense is limiting his chances this season. The Steelers' offense is last in the league in average yards per game, leaving Boswell as a low-end fantasy option for Week 4.

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Zach Wilson Sep 29 7:40pm ET
Zach Wilson

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense will be at home to host the New York Jets in Week 4. Pittsburgh's defense ranks eighth in the league with nine sacks, although seven of those came against the Cincinnati Bengals back in Week 1. The Jets have been generous to fantasy defenses in 2022, allowing the eighth-most fantasy points per game to the position through three games. That being said, they could be getting starting quarterback Zach Wilson back after Joe Flacco started the first three games. The Steelers are 3.5-point home favorites in a game with a low 41.5-point over/under, making the Pittsburgh defense a solid fantasy option in Week 4.

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Marquez Valdes-Scantling Sep 29 7:40pm ET
Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (abdomen) did not take part in Thursday's practice. Valdes-Scantling was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday, so he's trending towards being questionable for the Week 4 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night. Through the first three weeks of the season, MVS is fourth on the team in receptions (10), third in targets (18) and fourth in receiving yards (105) and he's failed to find the end zone so far in his first year in KC. If he's truly questionable for the Sunday night game against the Bucs this weekend, it will be hard to recommend Valdes-Scantling as a flex option in deeper fantasy leagues. Check back on Friday for his official designation heading into Week 4.

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Chase Claypool Sep 29 7:30pm ET
Chase Claypool

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool is off to a slow start in 2022, having caught just 11 passes for 79 yards and no touchdowns through three games. Claypool will look to get going in a home matchup against the New York Jets in Week 4. While the Jets have been generous to opposing wide receivers in 2022, Claypool's production has suffered with Mitch Trubisky under center. Treat Claypool as a low-end WR4 in fantasy for Week 4.

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George Pickens Sep 29 7:30pm ET
George Pickens

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens made the catch of the season in a Week 3 loss to the Cleveland Browns. That being said, the talented rookie has not been used very heavily in a Steelers offense that is last in the league in total yards per game. Pickens will look to post a big game at home against the New York Jets in Week 4. Until the Pittsburgh offense starts moving the ball better, Diontae Johnson is the only trustworthy Steelers receiver in fantasy. Treat Pickens as a boom/bust flex option for Week 4.

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