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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
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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Joe Burrow Sep 27 7:30pm ET
Joe Burrow

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (calf) was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice for the first time since the week of the Baltimore Ravens game in Week 2. However, the Bengals only held a walkthrough practice on Wednesday, so his status was an estimation. The 26-year-old strained his calf at the beginning of training camp and missed all of the preseason before aggravating the injury in Week 2. He gutted it out in the Monday night win over the Los Angeles Rams, but his mobility was very limited and he didn't look good by any means while throwing for 259 yards with no touchdowns and one interception on a great play by a Rams defensive back. The good news about Week 3 is he was finally able to get top wideout Ja'Marr Chase involved. Burrow should get better as the season progresses and his calf injury gets put behind him, but for now, he's more of a low-end QB1 in fantasy.

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Cooper Kupp Sep 27 7:20pm ET
Cooper Kupp

When asked if he expects Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (hamstring) to come off Injured Reserve to make his season debut in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles, head coach Sean McVay said, "That's the hope." Kupp is "ramping up his workload" and "progressing," according to McVay. It's all good news for Kupp's fantasy managers hoping to get him back as soon as he's eligible, but we won't know more about his availability for Week 5 until the Rams begin practicing next week. In the 30-year-old's absence, both rookie Puka Nacua and Tutu Atwell have been fantasy relevant, combining for 584 receiving yards in the first three games of the season. Kupp's return will surely put a damper on their overall upside and target shares, but how much remains to be seen.

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Patrick Mahomes Sep 27 7:20pm ET
Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (ankle) was able to put in a full practice on Wednesday. Mahomes had an injury scare in the blowout win over the Chicago Bears in Week 3 when his right ankle was rolled up on, but he remained in the game and wasn't limited in the team's first practice of the week. Unless the 28-year-old suffers a setback with his ankle later this week, he won't be in any danger at all of missing the Sunday night showdown in New York against the Jets. Mahomes and the Chiefs offense was firing on all cylinders last Sunday, a great sign for fantasy managers moving forward. They'll face a pretty stingy Jets defense this weekend, but Mahomes is a must-start, regardless of matchup in fantasy.

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Christian Watson Sep 27 7:10pm ET
Christian Watson

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) is being listed as questionable for Thursday night's matchup against the Detroit Lions. The second-year wideout has yet to play in 2023 as he's been dealing with a hamstring injury since late August. He's been listed as questionable the last two weeks and was unable to play so fantasy managers shouldn't have him in their lineups until they know for certain he is active. Wide receivers Romeo Doubs and Jayden Reed would continue to soak up the wide receiver targets if Watson were to miss his fourth straight game on Thursday.

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Austin Ekeler Sep 27 7:10pm ET
Austin Ekeler

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (ankle) returned to a limited practice session on Wednesday. Ekeler didn't practice or play the last two weeks after injuring his ankle in the season opener, so the fact that he was back out on the field on Wednesday is a great sign for his chances of playing in Week 4 against the division-rival Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. Joshua Kelley flopped in his opportunity as the Bolts' lead back the last two weeks, gaining 51 rushing yards on 24 carries (2.13 yards per carry) while catching one pass for a five-yard gain. Ekeler still isn't a lock to be active this weekend and will need to show more the rest of the week at practice, but if he returns, he's a must-start in all fantasy lineups against Vegas.

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Aaron Jones Sep 27 6:50pm ET
Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (hamstring) is being listed as questionable ahead of Thursday night's game against the Detroit Lions. Jones has missed the last two weeks dealing with a hamstring injury and the fact the Packers are playing on Thursday makes him truly questionable this week. The veteran ball carrier was dynamic in the only game he's played this year, carrying the ball nine times for 41 yards and a score and hauling in 2-of-4 targets for 86 yards and another touchdown through the air back in Week 1. If he missed a third straight week on Thursday then AJ Dillon would continue to lead the Packers' backfield. If Jones suits up, he's likely to be on a snap count and would check in as a low-end RB2. Dillon is more of an RB3 even if Jones doesn't play.

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