Head2Head Sports

MenuSkip to content

Football

Pro Playoff Pick'em

Latest Player News

Dannell Ellerbe (quadricps) will not make his season debut in Monday's matchup with the Falcons, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

Impact

The veteran linebacker has yet to take the field this season as he recovers from a quadriceps injury. He projects to start at weakside linebacker when healthy, but Craig Robertson has been filling in at the position during his absence.

Vaccarol (ankle) is listed as inactive for Monday's game against the Falcons, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

Impact

Vaccaro recorded nine tackles and a forced fumble in Week 2's loss to the Giants, but also came out of the game with an ankle injury. He was unable to practice throughout the week, which ultimately led to a questionable designation for Monday's contest. Roman Harper figures to fill in for Vaccaro in his absence.

Dashon Goldson (coaches decision) is inactive for Monday's matchup with the Saints.

Impact

Goldson has been limited be a hamstring injury recently, which is likely the reason for his inactive status. While he has been able to suit up the first two weeks of the season, he played a very limited role.

Keanu Neal (knee) wasn't among the Falcons' inactives and will thus make his professional debut Monday at New Orleans.

Impact

After a month of diligent rehabilitation, the Falcons' 2016 first-round pick will don the pads in his first regular season game. It's unclear if he'll usurp Kemal Ishmael as the starting strong safety off the bat, but Neal will nonetheless bolster what has so far ranked as the ninth-worst pass defense in terms of yards per game (290).

Josh Hill (ankle) is inactive for Monday's game versus the Falcons, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Impact

In Week 1, Hill suffered a high ankle sprain, which is typically associated with a multi-week absence. With wideout Willie Snead (toe) joining Hill on the sideline, starting tight end Coby Fleener may finally back up the investment made in him during the offseason.

Willie Snead (toe) is listed as inactive Monday against the Falcons, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Impact

It'll be all hands on deck for the Saints in Week 3, with a number of starters, including Snead, unavailable. While Brandin Cooks is an unassailable option in the passing attack, Drew Brees will now look to get Michael Thomas, rookie Brandon Coleman, and offseason pickup Coby Fleener more involved in the offense.

Head coach Mike Zimmer indicated Alex Boone (hip) "should be OK" following an MRI on Monday.

Impact

The veteran guard has started all three games for the Vikings this year after spending his first six seasons with the 49ers. Zac Kerin figures to be next up at left guard if Boone is forced to miss any time.

Eric Ebron logged five receptions for 69 yards across eight targets in the Lions' 34-27 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Impact

Ebron finished second on the team in both receiving yards and targets, but it was wideout Marvin Jones who stole the show for the Lions in this one. Consequently, it appears Jones has secured the role as team's clear No. 1 option down the field, leaving the rest of Detroit's receivers seemingly fighting for attention underneath. However, Ebron (6-4, 253) still projects as QB Matthew Stafford's most viable option in the red zone, a role that could prove fruitful on a weekly basis if the Lions are able to move the ball effectively. Next up is a Week 4 matchup against a Bears defense that limited Cowboys TE Jason Witten to two catches for 22 yards in Week 3.

Prince Amukamara (hamstring) is optimistic regarding his chances to take the field in Sunday's contest against the Colts, Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Impact

Amukamara suffered a hamstring game in Week 1, and subsequently missed the following two games. It is unclear at this point in time if the Colts share the 27-year-old's optimism regarding his status for Sunday, but his workload will need to be monitored throughout the week.

Julio Jones (calf) is active for Monday's contest at New Orleans.

Impact

Jones managed but one limited practice session this week but expressed confidence Saturday that he'd be available in Week 3. Indeed, his optimism has come to fruition, and he'll now face a similarly banged-up Saints secondary to the one that he tore up for 15 catches (on 21 targets) for 242 yards in two matchups a season ago.

Duane Brown (knee) returned to practice for the first time since undergoing offseason surgery, The Houston Chronicle reports.

Impact

Brown's return to practice is clearly a major step in his recovery, but he is still considered unlikely to take the field for Sunday's matchup against the Texans. However, head coach Bill O'Brien is not ruling him out yet, and Brown himself called it "a possibility". A more realistic return date at this point seems to be Houston's game the following week against the Vikings. Chris Clark has filled in for Brown while he has been sidelined.

John Hughes signed with the Patriots on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports

Impact

The fifth-year lineman was released by the Browns after Week 2. He had spent his entire career in Cleveland up to that point. The Patriots are adding depth to their defensive line with the addition of Hughes.

Benny Cunningham rushed twice for 29 yards and caught his only target for 10 yards in the Rams' 37-32 victory over the Buccaneers on Sunday

Impact

The Middle Tennessee State product remained largely uninvolved in the offense, as bell cow RB Todd Gurley garnered 27 of the Rams' 33 rushing attempts. To boot, wide receiver Tavon Austin received just as many carries as Cunningham, though Cunningham did finish with more rushing yards because he took one of his totes for a team-high 22-yard scamper. It's hard to envision his role increasing moving forward, though, especially when considering he has now received just four carries on the season compared to 63 for Gurley. Ultimately, Cunningham appears to be just a handcuff for Gurley owners entering a Week 4 tilt against the Cardinals.

Greg Hardy was arrested in Richardson, TX for possession of a controlled substance Sunday, NBC 5 Dallas reports.

Impact

The legal ramifications aside, Hardy has remained a free agent to this point in the season due to his status as a near pariah in NFL circles, what with a past filled with domestic violence allegations, among other check marks against him. Don't expect this development to endear himself to any remaining interested parties.

Larry Donnell caught three of four targets for 11 yards Sunday versus the Redskins.

Impact

Donnell is splitting reps with fellow TE Will Tye, mostly catching short passes in head coach Ben McAdoo's offense.

Will Tye caught three of five targets for 14 yards Sunday against the Redskins. One of the incompletions was an interception on a route which it looked like he stopped prematurely.

Impact

Tye and fellow tight end Larry Donnell (four targets) are splitting the receiving duties in roughly equal measure. Neither has much upside.

Kenjon Barner compiled eight carries for 42 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's win versus the Steelers.

Impact

Barner has 26 offensive snaps through three games, yet he has a remarkably high carry-to-snap ratio, considering he's received 14 rushes for 86 yards on the season. The increase in O-snaps from six in Week 1 to 12 on Sunday was likely the result of Ryan Mathews' own downward trend due to ankle stiffness, which allowed Wendell Smallwood and Darren Sproles to pick up 24 apiece this past weekend. When healthy, Mathews should handle most of the work out of the Eagles' backfield, and a bye awaits, giving him ample time to recover for the team's next contest in Week 5. If the ailment lingers, though, Sunday's development indicates Barner will otherwise be a part of the offense in some way, shape, or form.

Brian Quick secured both of his targets for 53 yards and one touchdown in the Rams' 37-32 victory over the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Impact

The Rams entered Week 3 without a single touchdown to its name, but on the team's first possession Sunday, Quick connected with QB Case Keenum on a deep route for a 44-yard score. Notably, that catch represented the first Los Angeles Rams touchdown since 1994. However, the former second-rounder was only targeted once afterword, as fellow wideouts Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt largely commanded the rest of Keenum's attention for the remainder of the contest. Due to his nature as a low-volume receiver in a low-volume passing offense, Quick likely won't make for a viable fantasy option on a consistent basis moving forward, but his outlook definitely appears a little rosier than it did prior to this weekend since the team was finally able to show some sign of life on offense. Next up for Quick and the Rams is a Week 4 matchup on the road against the Cardinals.

Graham Gano made one of two field-goal attempts and his lone extra-point try in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

Impact

Gano's four points comprised 40 percent of Carolina's total Sunday, evidencing the team's struggles on the day. The kicker converted a 48-yard field goal on the Panthers' opening drive, but later hit the right upright on a 54-yard attempt during the second quarter. On the back of that performance, Gano has now made seven of nine field goals and seven of eight extra points this season, giving him 28 points through three games.

Victor Cruz caught all three of his targets for 70 yards Sunday against the Redskins.

Impact

Cruz continues to produce, but for some reason the Giants targeted him only three times against a banged-up Redskins secondary. He'll have a tougher matchup this week against the Vikings.