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Martellus Bennett (hamstring) didn't take part in Wednesday's practice, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Impact

Despite not reaching the end zone since Week 3, Bennett has been a frequent target of Jay Cutler in the red zone, where he's accrued nine targets in the last four games. The extent of Bennett's current ailment is unknown, but his activity level in practice this week will reveal his availability for Sunday's contest in New England.

Greg Salas (wrist) practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday, the Jets' official site reports.

Impact

With the Jets' acquisition of Percy Harvin, Salas now has another wideout (to go along with Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley) obstructing his path to fantasy reliability.

Bilal Powell, who left last Thursday's game against the Patriots with a foot injury, practiced fully Wednesday, the Jets' official site reports.

Impact

Given that he slots in behind both Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson in the team's RB pecking order, Powell's current status is of more import to the Jets' backfield depth than it is to fantasy owners.

Eric Decker (hamstring) was a limited participant Wednesday, the Jets' official site reports.

Impact

With no reported setbacks in Week 7's loss to the Patriots, at this stage, we'd expect Decker – who caught four of seven targets for 65 yards in that contest – to ultimately draw a probable designation in advance of Sunday's game against the Bills.

Mychal Kendricks (calf) was limited in practice Wednesday.

Impact

With back-to-back practices behind him, Kendricks' first appearance since Week 2 appears nigh. If he's given the all clear for Sunday's game in Arizona, he's expected to assume the spot at inside linebacker next to DeMeco Ryans (groin).

Darren Sproles (knee) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday.

Impact

In Week 6, Sproles sustained a slight MCL tear to his left knee, which was expected to knock him out for at least two weeks. However, only a week-and-a-half later, he's logged a capped practice and is angling to play Sunday at Arizona. His activity level in drills will likely indicate whether or not active status is possible, but at the very least, he's now trending in the right direction.

Justin Tucker made both of his field goal attempts Sunday against the Falcons.

Impact

Tucker has struggled a bit more this season, already missing as many field goals through seven games (three) as he did in each of the last two campaigns. Having said that, he's still tied for second among all kickers in field goals made, and all of his misses have come from 50+ yards out. Tucker and the Ravens head to Cincinnati this week to face a defense that has allowed a combined 107 points over the last three games.

Dan Carpenter made his only field goal attempt from 31 yards out Sunday against the Vikings.

Impact

Carpenter is now 14-for-16 on field goals this season, including a 58-yard boot against the Lions in Week 5. His 14 field goals ties him for fourth best among all kickers, but he has only attempted 11 extra points, dropping his value a bit in fantasy leagues. The Bills go on the road this week to face the Jets, who have been generous to opposing kickers this year.

Vontaze Burfict (neck) was present for practice Wednesday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Impact

Burfict has a had a tough time staying on the field this season, but his presence at practice Wednesday does at least appear to confirm that his latest injury (a cervical strain that he sustained in Week 7) is not a major issue.

Sam Shields (knee) didn't take part in practice Wednesday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Impact

Until Shields takes the practice field, his return to action is up in the air. Prior to suffering a knee injury in the second half of a Week 6 win at Miami, he had tallied 14 tackles (12 solo), six passes defended, and two picks in five-plus games, making him a viable IDP, when healthy.

Coach Chuck Pagano indicated that he hopes Trent Richardson (hamstring) can practice Thursday, Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official site reports.

Impact

Adding plausibility to a positive outcome is that Pagano noted Wednesday that Richardson's current hamstring injury isn't nearly as bad as the one that the running back dealt with during training camp, an issue which forced Richardson to miss about a week.

Reggie Wayne (elbow) did not practice Wednesday, Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Impact

Meanwhile, Holder relays that coach Chuck Pagano is calling Wayne day-to-day, though the report encouragingly suggests that the wideout's MRI didn't reveal a significant injury. That said, Pagano didn't commit to Wayne practicing later this week, thus clouding the receiver's availability for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

James Starks (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Impact

Starks alternated modest showings (twice) and no touches (otherwise) through the first four contests of the season, but with appearances in three consecutive games, he's spelled Eddie Lacy admirably out of the Packers' backfield. During that stretch, Starks has averaged nine carries for 37.7 yards and 1.7 catches for 6.7 yards per week, while reaching the end zone on one occasion. With an ankle injury now in tow, though, his status is clouded in advance of Sunday's game in New Orleans.

Trent Richardson (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official site reports.

Impact

While Richardson previously downplayed his hamstring issue, his absence at Wednesday's practice solidifies the notion that the running back's Week 8 availability will need to be tracked as Sunday's game against the Steelers approaches. More on Richardson's status no later than Thursday, once the Colts return to practice.

Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) was a non-participant in practice Wednesday.

Impact

Whittaker's thigh injury has lingered, placing his Week 8 status in jeopardy. As the week of preparation unfolds, his practice participation, if any, will forecast his availability for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. The Panthers' backfield is somewhat banged up at the moment, as DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is still out a few weeks, which leaves Jonathan Stewart without a hurdle to most of the RB touches.

During the media access portion of practice Wednesday, which ESPN's Mike Rodak noted is "essentially just warm-up drills," Anthony Dixon lined up with the Bills' first-team, along with starting QB Kyle Orton. Meanwhile, fellow RB Bryce Brown, who has yet to see a regular season snap to date, lined up with EJ Manuel and the second-team offense.

Impact

Running backs are gold this time of season once injuries strike - and the last few weeks have certainly a bloodbath for the position - so people all over are trying to play hunches on the Buffalo situation following injuries to Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller in the same half. The truth is we won't know for sure until the Bills line up to play the Jets this week, and even that could change as soon as game flow kicks in. So we'll give you the knowns in as simple a fashion as possible: Dixon is the likely starter and the surer thing. He beat out Brown for the No. 3 spot for a reason and the team brass seems to love his attitude and all-around game. He's going to get his chance, and one of his skill sets lies around the the goal line. So there's some safety in picking Dixon if you're hurting at running back. Brown, on the other hand, is the upside play. We've seen what he can do while LeSean McCoy was hurt, and quite frankly, he's a better athlete than Dixon. Also, there's a chance Dixon has trouble behind an offensive line that's struggling and the quicker-bursting Brown takes the job and runs with it for four weeks. To sum it up, we like Dixon by a slight margin as a short-term play and he could end up being a nice plugger/chugger for your lineup for a month, but if you're filling bench spots and/or looking for a lottery ticket, Brown probably has more upside.

DeAngelo Williams (ankle) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.

Impact

Williams' absence isn't a shock, though he did get some work in on the side with trainers on Wednesday, per Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. Because Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) is also out of commission, Jonathan Stewart remains the focus of the Panthers' backfield, as he's coming off a 13-carry, 50-yard performance on the ground this past Sunday at Green Bay.

Bryce Brown's teammate Anthony Dixon lined up with the first-team offense next to Kyle Orton during Wednesday's practice, while Brown was used mostly with the second team, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.

Impact

Running backs are gold this time of season once injuries strike - and the last few weeks have certainly a bloodbath for the position - so people all over are trying to play hunches on the Buffalo situation following injuries to Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller in the same half. The truth is we won't know for sure until the Bills line up to play the Jets this week, and even that could change as soon as game flow kicks in. So we'll give you the knowns in as simple a fashion as possible: Dixon is the likely starter and the surer thing. He beat out Brown for the No. 3 spot for a reason and the team brass seems to love his attitude and all-around game. He's going to get his chance, and one of his skill sets lies around the the goal line. So there's some safety in picking Dixon if you're hurting at running back. Brown, on the other hand, is the upside play. We've seen what he can do while LeSean McCoy was hurt, and quite frankly, he's a better athlete than Dixon. Also, there's a chance Dixon has trouble behind an offensive line that's struggling and the quicker-bursting Brown takes the job and runs with it for four weeks. To sum it up, we like Dixon by a slight margin as a short-term play and he could end up being a nice plugger/chugger for your lineup for a month, but if you're filling bench spots and/or looking for a lottery ticket, Brown probably has more upside.

Anthony Dixon lined up with the first-team offense next to Kyle Orton during Wednesday's practice, while Bryce Brown was used mostly with the second team, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.

Impact

Running backs are gold this time of season once injuries strike - and the last few weeks have certainly a bloodbath for the position - so people all over are trying to play hunches on the Buffalo situation following injuries to Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller in the same half. The truth is we won't know for sure until the Bills line up to play the Jets this week, and even that could change as soon as game flow kicks in. So we'll give you the knowns in as simple a fashion as possible: Dixon is the likely starter and the surer thing. He beat out Brown for the No. 3 spot for a reason and the team brass seems to love his attitude and all-around game. He's going to get his chance, and one of his skill sets lies around the the goal line. So there's some safety in picking Dixon if you're hurting at running back. Brown, on the other hand, is the upside play. We've seen what he can do while LeSean McCoy was hurt, and simply put he's a better athlete than Dixon. There's a chance Dixon has trouble behind an offensive line that's struggling and the quicker-bursting Brown takes the job and runs with it for four weeks. To sum it up, we like Dixon by a slight margin as a short-term play and he could end up being a nice plugger/chugger for your lineup for a month, but if you're filling bench spots and looking for a lottery ticket, Brown probably has more upside.

Brandon Pettigrew (foot) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, the Lions' official site reports.

Impact

According to MLive.com, Pettigrew emerged from Sunday's win versus the Saints with an injured foot, which places a cloud over his Week 8 availability. The Lions' tight end situation is dire, as both Eric Ebron (hamstring) and Joseph Fauria (ankle) are coming off inactive status and failed to practice Wednesday as well. As the week rolls along, monitor the trio's statuses, with the final injury report of the week forecasting Pettigrew's availability Sunday against the Falcons in London.