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Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict facing another suspension

Fri Mar 16 5:10pm ET
By JOE KAY
AP Sports Writer

In this Oct. 1, 2017, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland. Burfict is appealing a four-game suspension from the NFL for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances, the third straight season that hes facing punishment from the league. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)


CINCINNATI (AP) Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is appealing a four-game suspension from the NFL for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances, the third straight season that he's facing punishment from the league.

The suspension was first reported by ESPN. The Bengals had no comment.

Burfict was suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season in response to his hit on Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown during the playoffs and his history of egregious conduct. He got another three-game suspension to start last season after his egregious hit on Kansas City running back Anthony Sherman during a preseason game.

The Bengals signed free agent linebacker Preston Brown to a one-year contract on Friday. Brown had started 58 straight games for Buffalo.

Player Notes
Aaron Rodgers Sep 19 6:30pm ET

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (knee) is concerned that his left knee could worsen if he continues to play on it. He played with a brace on his knee in Week 2 against the Vikings and made it through the whole game, but he admitted that his knee "obviously won't be 100 percent, so I'll just adjust accordingly to how I'm feeling and try to get through." Green Bay didn't practice on Wednesday, but it was estimated that Rodgers wouldn't have practiced. Rodgers looked to favor his knee at times last Sunday while making throws from the pocket, but he also ran three times for eight yards. The fear here is that Rodgers' knee worsens and he's forced to sit out games. That'd be the worst-case for fantasy owners. Hopefully those that own Rodgers have a decent backup just in case. It's likely that Rodgers doesn't practice much while monitoring his knee on a week-to-week basis. But as long as he's active on Sundays, he's a must-start in fantasy.

From RotoBaller

Marlon Mack Sep 19 6:20pm ET

Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack (hamstring, foot) missed practice Wednesday while dealing with two different injuries. Health continues to be a problem for Mack who in addition to re-aggravating a hamstring injury that forced him to miss much of training camp must have suffered a foot injury in last week's victory over the Washington Redskins. Fantasy owners didn't exactly get much in the way of production from Mack when he did play this season, with 10 carries going for 34 yards and one reception for two receiving yards. His situation is one to monitor throughout the week when choosing to start Colts running backs.

From RotoBaller

Jack Doyle Sep 19 6:20pm ET

Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle (hip) was absent from the team's practice on Wednesday with a hip injury. While Doyle didn't appear to suffer any serious injuries in Week 2, the wear and tear of playing on 59 of the Colts' 61 offensive snaps likely contributed to him taking a rest day. Doyle gets a tougher matchup against a hard-hitting Philadelphia Eagles defense next week, so fantasy owners should be careful about setting expectations too high.

From RotoBaller

Tommylee Lewis Sep 19 6:10pm ET

The New Orleans Saints placed wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (knee) on Injured Reserve on Wednesday after he injured his knee in Week 2 against the Browns. Lewis didn't have any catches in the two games this season. He wasn't a fantasy factor to begin with.

From RotoBaller

Corey Coleman Sep 19 6:10pm ET

The New England Patriots re-signed wide receiver Corey Coleman to their practice squad on Wednesday after releasing him. Coleman has been tossed around like a rag doll on the NFL transaction list so far this year after proving to be a first-round bust in Cleveland. He is well off the fantasy radar.

From RotoBaller

Larry Fitzgerald Sep 19 6:10pm ET

Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks said the team worked out free-agent wide receiver Kendall Wright, but the team will not sign him. The Cardinals haven't been happy with the production from their receivers behind Larry Fitzgerald, but the whole offense has been dreadful so far and has produced just six points in two weeks. Fitzgerald is the only receiver in this offense worth starting in fantasy, and even then he should be downgraded to more of a WR3 until further notice.

From RotoBaller

Corey Coleman Sep 19 6:03pm ET

Free-agent WR Corey Coleman (Patriots) was re-signed to the New England Patriots' practice squad Wednesday, Sept. 19, according to sources.

Tom Brady Sep 19 6:00pm ET

Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday, while defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) was limited. If Slay, the team's best defensive back, can't play in Week 3, it'd be a big upgrade for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Chris Hogan. Ansah sat out last weekend and is the team's best hope for a consistent pass rush, but he continues to be set back by nagging injuries. He's hard to rely on in IDP leagues.

From RotoBaller

Aaron Jones Sep 19 5:53pm ET

Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones was activated from his two-game suspension Wednesday, Sept. 19. CB Deante Burton was released in a corresponding move.

Fantasy Spin: As stated previously, Jones won't immediately start upon his return. Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery will be playing ahead of him, so Jones will need to earn his way back. Keep him stashed on your bench this week.

Alex Collins Sep 19 5:50pm ET

Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins (illness) and linebacker C.J. Mosley (knee) both missed practice on Wednesday. Collins should be fine to play in Week 3 against the Broncos, where he'll be more of an RB3/flex type. He's averaging just 3.0 yards per carry on 16 attempts through two weeks and has lost a lot of passing work to Javorius Allen. Mosley is the team's best linebacker. Without him, Baltimore's defense isn't as attractive in fantasy.

From RotoBaller

ArDarius Stewart Sep 19 5:50pm ET

The New York Jets waived wide receiver Ardarius Stewart on Wednesday. Stewart is coming off a two-game suspension. The third-round pick in 2017 had five catches and 41 yards in the preseason and brought down six catches for 82 yards in 15 games last season. He can continue being avoided in fantasy and might struggle to find another job.

From RotoBaller

Everson Griffen Sep 19 5:50pm ET

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. Griffen had a career-high 13 sacks in 2017 and has a full sack through two weeks in 2018. It's unknown if he'll be in danger of missing Week 3 against the Bills, but if he does, it'll be good news for rookie quarterback Josh Allen. Allen and the terrible Bills offense would still likely struggle to move the ball effectively against the strong Vikings defense.

From RotoBaller

Devonta Freeman Sep 19 5:43pm ET

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Fantasy Spin: It's not unexpected, as Freeman missed Week 2 and is listed as day to day. Circle back around later in the week for a better idea if he'll play Week 3 against the Saints or not. Tevin Coleman would again shoulder the bulk of the workload with Ito Smith as the backup if Freeman cannot go.

Julio Jones Sep 19 5:43pm ET

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (calf) was unable to practice Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Fantasy Spin: Jones was likely just getting a veteran's mid-week day off to rest his bumps and bruises. We'll get a better idea if Jones is nursing a real injury or not on the reports Thursday and Friday. He'll likely be ready to go for Week 3 against the Saints.

Will Fuller Sep 19 5:40pm ET

Houston Texans wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins (ankle, thumb), Will Fuller (hamstring), Keke Coutee (hamstring) and Sammie Coates (hamstring), tight end Ryan Griffin (hip) and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (back) were all limited in practice on Wednesday. Both Hopkins and Fuller should be fine to play in a strong Week 3 matchup against the Giants and should be started in all fantasy leagues. The rookie Coutee has a chance to make his debut but is only a stash in dynasty leagues at this time. Clowney was a surprise inactive in Week 2 but will be a strong IDP play this weekend if he starts against a non-existent Giants offensive line.

From RotoBaller

Alshon Jeffery Sep 19 5:33pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Fantasy Spin: It's unfortunate that Jeffery is not healthy yet as he and the Eagles boast one of the better matchups of the week in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He'll be a risky start even if he is active. Nelson Agholor, however, is a recommended play.

DeAndre Houston-Carson Sep 19 5:33pm ET

Chicago Bears DB DeAndre Houston-Carson (forearm) was listed as a limited participant Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Ted Ginn Jr. Sep 19 5:33pm ET

New Orleans Saints DT Tyeler Davison (foot), LB Manti Te'o (knee) and WR Tommylee Lewis (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 19. OG Andrus Peat (ankle), OT Terron Armstead (knee) and WR Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) were listed as limited participants.

Julio Jones Sep 19 5:33pm ET

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee), DE Takkarist McKinley (groin), DE Derrick Shelby (groin) and WR Julio Jones (calf) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 19. OG Ben Garland (calf), LB Corey Nelson (calf) and WR Russell Gage Jr. (knee) were listed as limited participants. CB Isaiah Oliver (ankle) was able to practice in full.

Sony Michel Sep 19 5:23pm ET

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) was able to take part in a full practice session Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Fantasy Spin: Michel was able to make his NFL debut in Week 2 after missing the opener, and he did well catching some passes out of the backfield. That might be where he is able to contribute the most. Fantasy owners in PPR formats will want to target him as a low-end RB3 or flex fantasy option, while he has lesser value in standard play.