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Packers place LT David Bakhtiari on injured reserve

Thu Sep 28 4:32pm ET
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The Green Bay Packers placed left tackle David Bakhtiari on injured reserve Thursday as he continues to deal with a knee injury.

The two-time, first-team All-Pro selection will be required to miss at least four games, but NFL Network reported that it is not clear whether he will return this season.

Bakhtiari, who turns 32 Saturday, was limited to one start in the 2021 season and 11 in 2022 due to a knee injury. He has had multiple knee surgeries since tearing his left ACL in December 2020.

He played Week 1 for Green Bay against the Chicago Bears but has not played since.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Bakhtiari has made 131 regular-season starts since entering the league with the Packers in 2013.

Ahead of Thursday night's home game against the Detroit Lions, the Packers also signed linebacker Kristian Welch from their practice squad and elevated cornerbacks Corey Ballentine and Kiondre Thomas from the practice squad to the gameday roster.

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Jauan Jennings Sep 28 6:10pm ET
Jauan Jennings

San Francisco 49ers wide receivers Deebo Samuel (ribs) and Jauan Jennings (shin) missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday. Jennings was doing some work off to the side. Samuel took a hard shot to his ribs in last Thursday night's win over the New York Giants and he should now be considered questionable for the Week 4 contest against the Arizona Cardinals. If the 27-year-old can get back on the field on Friday, he'll have a realistic shot of suiting up. With Brandon Aiyuk (shoulder) out last wee, Samuel had his best game of the year, catching six of 12 targets for 129 yards and a touchdown. Aiyuk is trending toward playing this Sunday. If Samuel and Jennings are unable to play in Week 4, rookie Ronnie Bell, who scored his first career TD last week, would have a significant role in the passing game.

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Brandon Aiyuk Sep 28 6:10pm ET
Brandon Aiyuk

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (shoulder) shed his blue non-contact jersey at practice on Thursday. Aiyuk suffered a painful left-shoulder injury in Week 2 and was held out on a short week in last Thursday's win over the New York Giants. He's practiced the last two days, though, and appears to be on the right track towards returning to face the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday. And with Deebo Samuel (ribs) and Jauan Jennings (shin) now questionable to play in Week 4, Aiyuk could be quarterback Brock Purdy's top aerial target in a favorable matchup. In his first two games in 2023, Aiyuk has a healthy 11 receptions on 14 targets for 172 yards and two touchdowns, although most of that production came in the season opener.

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Dak Prescott Sep 28 5:50pm ET
Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott isn't a strong fantasy option in Week 4 lineups. Prescott is just the overall QB26 so far this year, with his best finish being QB17. Combine that with a New England Patriots defense that has allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, and you have a matchup that certainly doesn't benefit Prescott. He has a decent enough floor, but not much upside until the Cowboys offense opens up.

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Tony Pollard Sep 28 5:50pm ET
Tony Pollard

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard has been the overall fantasy RB4 so far this season and should have another productive game in Week 4 despite a tough matchup against the New England Patriots. New England has been excellent at stopping the running game this season, but Pollard usually has the touches and the talent to make it through any defense. His upside is a little capped this week, but he retains a solid floor and is an easy RB1 despite the difficult matchup.

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Christian Watson Sep 28 5:49pm ET
Christian Watson

Dynasty | Christian Watson is expected to play in tonight's Thursday Night Football game against the Detroit Lions after missing the first three games of the season. Dynasty Analysis: Watson is currently ~WR26 in DLF dynasty rankings and 28th overall in September ADP, so expectations are high for him to produce in 2023. Jordan Love has performed above expectations while he's been gone, primarily relying on second year receiver Romeo Doubs, and rookies Jayden Reed and Luke Musgrave. Watson should open up the field with his deep speed and provide even more opportunities for Love. Dynasty managers should be patient with Watson, as he may be limited in his first game back in action.

Eric Kendricks Sep 28 5:43pm ET
Eric Kendricks

Los Angeles Chargers LB Joey Bosa (hamstring/toe), TE Gerald Everett (illness), S Alohi Gilman (heel), S Derwin James (hamstring) and C Corey Linsley (illness) did not practice on Thursday, Sept. 28. In addition, RB Austin Ekeler (ankle), LB Eric Kendricks (hamstring), DB Deane Leonard (hamstring), LB Kenneth Murray (groin) and OT Rashawn Slater (ankle) were limited.

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Austin Ekeler Sep 28 5:43pm ET
Austin Ekeler

Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (ankle) was limited in practice for the second straight day on Thursday, Sept. 28.

Fantasy Spin: While his return to practice was good news after missing the last two games, the veteran running back has yet to log a full session this week, which leaves his status up in the air for Week 4. Ekeler should be in lineups as a RB1 if he plays, but if not Joshua Kelley is once again a starting option, although he's just a flex after two disappointing performances in a row in Ekeler's stead.

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Curtis Samuel Sep 28 5:40pm ET
Curtis Samuel

Washington Commanders wide receiver Curtis Samuel could be in play for desperate teams in Week 4. Washington is taking on the Philadelphia Eagles on the road as 8.5-point underdogs. With the Commanders projected to be playing from behind, they may have to heavily rely on the passing game to stay within reach. With that in mind, Samuel could be considered as a sneaky fill-in. He doesn't hold much value as an option for typical rosters, but he offers intrigue as a volume-based play in extremely deep leagues. Start him as a last-resort option in Week 4.

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Logan Thomas Sep 28 5:33pm ET
Logan Thomas

Washington Commanders TE Logan Thomas (concussion) practiced in full on Thursday, Sept. 28, after being limited the day before.

Fantasy Spin: Thomas ranks as TE20 overall despite missing last week's game with the concussion. He's a mid-range TE2 entering Week 4.

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Justin Simmons Sep 28 5:33pm ET
Justin Simmons

Denver Broncos LB Frank Clark (hip), LB Josey Jewell (hip) and DL Mike Purcell (ribs) did not practice on Thursday, Sept. 28. Also, WR Jerry Jeudy (knee) and S Justin Simmons (hip) were limited.

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Saquon Barkley Sep 28 5:33pm ET
Saquon Barkley

Updating a previous report, New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 28.

Fantasy Spin: Barkley has shown confidence about his availability for Week 4, and it is a good sign that he was on the field Thursday. Fantasy players will need to monitor his situation during the week because he is a weekly starting option when healthy.

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Josh Palmer Sep 28 5:30pm ET
Josh Palmer

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Joshua Palmer could have some fantasy value in a Week 4 game against the Las Vegas Raiders. Palmer hasn't had a huge role in the Chargers offense yet this year, but with Mike Williams (knee) done for the season, it's easy to see Palmer stepping into a much more significant role in the passing game. In Week 3, when Williams went down, Palmer caught four of his seven targets for 66 yards and a touchdown. He's likely to serve as a sort of field stretcher for Justin Herbert and the Chargers offense, giving him a little of a boom-or-bust profile until his role becomes more clear. He's solidly in the WR3-4 conversation though.

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Zay Jones Sep 28 5:23pm ET
Zay Jones

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Zay Jones (knee) and LB Devin Lloyd (thumb) did not practice on Thursday, Sept. 28. In addition, S Antonio Johnson (hamstring), WR Jamal Agnew (quadriceps), LB Josh Allen (shoulder), S Andrew Wingard (shoulder), OL Anton Harrison (ankle) and DL Folorunso Fatukasi (shoulder) were limited

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Zay Jones Sep 28 5:23pm ET
Zay Jones

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Zay Jones (knee) did not practice for the second straight day on Thursday, Sept. 28.

Fantasy Spin: Head coach Doug Pederson said Jones was a "long shot" to play earlier in the week. He shouldn't be in lineups outside of the deepest formats, anyway.

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Logan Thomas Sep 28 5:23pm ET
Logan Thomas

Washington Commanders RB Chris Rodriguez Jr. (illness) did not practice on Thursday, Sept. 28. In addition, S Percy Butler (foot) was limited and CBs Emmanuel Forbes (elbow) and Benjamin St-Juste (neck) and TE Logan Thomas (concussion) were full participants.

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Joshua Kelley Sep 28 5:20pm ET
Joshua Kelley

Los Angeles Chargers running back Joshua Kelley isn't much of a fantasy starting option in a Week 4 game against the Las Vegas Raiders. Kelley wasn't able to do much as the starting running back in place of an injured Austin Ekeler (ankle) in Weeks 2 and 3. With Ekeler trending toward playing in Week 4, Kelley would take a backseat from that starting role. While he did produce much more in Week 1 as a rotational back behind Ekeler, it remains to be seen if that pattern will continue. Kelley can be kept on benches just in case, but likely shouldn't be started in Week 4.

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Jahan Dotson Sep 28 5:20pm ET
Jahan Dotson

Washington Commanders wide receiver Jahan Dotson is still searching for his first solid performance of the 2023 season. The high expectations for the former first-rounder seem like a distant memory as his utilization to start the season has been lackluster. In Week 4, the Commanders have the tall task of handling the elite Philadelphia Eagles. So, if Dotson were to have his breakout this week, it would have to be on the back of a concentrated volume of targets. Unfortunately for the second-year pro, the Washington offense has taken an interest in spreading the ball around amongst their receivers. With many factors stacked against Dotson in this matchup, he's not looking like a trustworthy option until there's a noticeable improvement in his usage.

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Keenan Allen Sep 28 5:20pm ET
Keenan Allen

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen should have another excellent game in Week 4 against the Las Vegas Raiders. Allen is the overall WR1 in fantasy football through the first three weeks of the season and has shown no signs of slowing down. He is in the top 10 of essentially every positive wide receiver ranking in the league so far, and nothing about the Raiders defense seems like it will keep Allen off the board. He's a top-five wide receiver for fantasy lineups this week, although fantasy managers likely shouldn't expect another 49-yard touchdown throw like the one he threw in Week 3.

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Robert Woods Sep 28 5:13pm ET
Robert Woods

Houston Texans OT Joshua Jones (hand), LB Denzel Perryman (hand/wrist), CB Tavierre Thomas (hand) and OT Laremy Tunsil (knee) did not practice on Thursday, Sept. 28. In addition, OL Michael Deiter (chest) was limited and WR Tank Dell (rest), OT George Fant (rest), DE Jonathan Greenard (knee), DB Shaquill Griffin (foot), OG Shaq Mason (ankle), S Jalen Pitre (chest), S Jimmie Ward (rest) and WR Robert Woods (rest) practiced in full.

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Deshaun Watson Sep 28 5:13pm ET
Deshaun Watson

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 28.

Fantasy Spin: Watson probably will be able to play in the Week 4 despite the injury, but fantasy players can check on his status over the next few days. He is coming off one of his better performances as a member of the Browns and can be a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback this week.

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