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Storm Johnson will likely serve as the Jaguars' third or fourth back Sunday against the Dolphins.

Impact

It appears Johnson's stay as the starter will be short-lived, as coach Gus Bradley named Denard Robinson the starter for Sunday's matchup and indicated Toby Gerhart will receive reps in his return from an ankle/foot issue. Johnson rushed for 21 yards and a touchdown against the Titans two weeks ago and gained 16 yards on six carries in last week's victory over the Browns. He won't be completely out of the rotation, but it's unlikely he sees enough snaps to be a fantasy difference-maker in Week 8.

Coach Ron Rivera indicated Thursday that DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is not ready to play this week, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Impact

Per Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, Rivera is hopeful that Williams could play next Thursday against the Saints, with Jonathan Stewart on track to head the Panthers' Week 8 rushing attack on Sunday against the Seahawks.

Charlie Whitehurst's teammate, Zach Mettenberger, will start Sunday's game against the Texans, the Titans' official site reports.

Impact

Meanwhile, Jake Locker is slated to slot in as the team's No. 2 QB behind Mettenberger, thus relegating Whitehurst to third-string duties, assuming the health of his fellow signal-callers.

Darius Butler (ankle) was a full participant in practice Thursday.

Impact

It looks like Butler will return this week as the team's nickelback, which should move Josh Gordy back to a more limited role.

Trent Richardson (hamstring) did not practice Thursday.

Impact

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said Wednesday he hoped he would return Thursday, so his lack of practice doesn't bode well for his availability for Sunday's game. Ahmad Bradshaw will likely get the bulk of work if Richardson can't play.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday that Jake Locker (thumb) will serve as the Titans' No. 2 QB behind Zach Mettenbeger on Sunday against the Texans, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.

Impact

With Locker evidently healthy enough to suit up as the team's No. 2 quarterback this week, the move to Mettenbeger is thus being made in the hopes of sparking the 2-5 squad's offense. Per coach Ken Whisenhunt, Locker would have an opportunity to play if Mettenberger suffers an injury going forward, which implies that the QB switch is not viewed as a temporary one.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt has confirmed that Mettenbeger will start Sunday's game against the Texans, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.

Impact

Whisenhunt also confirmed Thursday that Mettenberger will be backed up by Jake Locker on Sunday. With the Titans 2-5 and Locker in the final year of his contract, the team will now look to see what they have in the strong-armed Mettenberger, who was selected in the sixth round of this past May's draft. A wait-and-see approach with Mettenberger is in order in most formats in his starting debut, but he'd presumably need to struggle mightily on Sunday in order to not retain the assignment once the Titans return to action from their Week 9 bye.

Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano said David Ausberry's foot injury could be serious, though time will paint a clearer picture, CSNBayArea.com reports.

Impact

An official diagnosis of the injury has not been provided, but it sounds like Ausberry, who sat all of last season with a shoulder issue, could be forced to miss significant time yet again. The 27-year-old has been a non-factor in the passing game this season, seeing just four targets through six games. His lost snaps figure to be inherited mostly by Mychal Rivera.

Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano said Wednesday that there's "a possibility" D.J. Hayden (foot) will be ready to play Sunday against the Browns, CSNBayArea.com reports.

Impact

Sparano added that Hayden, who's been out since undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot in late July, had "a good day" in practice Wednesday. Hayden was able to take some defensive team reps, which represents a significant increase in activity from last week, when he was limited mostly to working with the scout team. While it sounds like the 24-year-old could be back to face Cleveland, Sparano cautioned that the team will continue to take a day-to-day approach with Hayden.

Kyle Fuller (hip/hand) was limited in Thursday's practice, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.

Impact

Making his presence known in drills is a great sign before the week even concludes. However, Fuller's injuries include a hip pointer and broken hand, the latter of which doesn't lend itself to picking off passes and may be a burden when attempting tackles. Expect his status to receive clarification, though, as the weekend approaches.

Alan Ball (biceps) said Thursday that he's "pretty doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, the Florida Times-Union reports.

Impact

The report adds that Ball hopes his current injury is not something that will sideline him for an extended period of time. "My thoughts are that it isn't season-ending," Ball said. "In the next week, week-and-a-half, I'm be trying to get my body back to the best it can possibly be and then go from there." Ball visited a specialist in San Francisco this week for a second opinion, and at this point it's unclear if he'll require surgery or some other type of procedure.

Khalil Mack recorded 11 tackles (10 solo) in the Raiders' Week 7 loss to Arizona.

Impact

The 23-year-old set a new career high and matched his output from his previous three games combined with the 10 solo tackles, three of which came behind the line of scrimmage. Mack still is yet to record a sack this season, but the Raiders have just six sacks as a team through six games, and Mack's contributions in the run game alone have put him on the map as a fringe linebacker IDP option.

Martellus Bennett (hamstring) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.

Impact

Bennett made an appearance in drills, albeit capped, just one day after sitting out, which bodes well for his Week 8 availability. However, his designation upon the release of Friday's injury report will intimate whether active status is possible or not.

Owen Daniels (knee) did not practice Thursday, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Impact

More on Daniels' status Friday, but his absence Thursday clouds his status in advance of Sunday's game against the Bengals. Next up for the Ravens' TE snaps if Daniels is out or limited at all this weekend, is Crockett Gillmore.

David Ausberry (foot) did not practice Wednesday, the Raiders' official site reports.

Impact

Ausberry's status for Sunday's game against the Browns is thus cloudy, though with just two catches for 14 yards to his credit through six games, his availability is of more import to the Raiders' depth at tight end (behind Mychal Rivera) than it is to fantasy owners.

James Starks (ankle) was wearing pads during Thursday's practice, Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin reports.

Impact

Starks' activity level is unknown, but a limited showing is the most likely scenario in his return to drills. In any case, his presence is an encouraging sign as the week draws to a close, with Friday's injury report forecasting his availability Sunday at New Orleans.

Theo Riddick (hamstring) practiced fully Thursday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Impact

It's an upgrade in participation for Riddick, who was a limited participant Wednesday. Meanwhile, fellow running back Reggie Bush did not practice Thursday after being limited Wednesday. We'll revisit the status of both backs Friday, with Riddick's chances of providing Week 8 fantasy utility (while working with Joique Bell, who is not in the team's injury report) largely tied to Bush's availability.

The Lions plan to have TJ Jones (shoulder, PUP list) participate in practice soon, mlive.com reports.

Impact

"We're going to bring him off (the physically unable to perform list) sometime in the next few weeks and let him practice, and we'll see what he does," GM Martin Mayhew noted Thursday of Jones, who the Lions drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Assuming he re-proves his health, Jones is a candidate to carve out a role out of the slot in the Lions' offense, but a wait-and-see approach remains in order from a fantasy perspective.

Tony Romo (undisclosed) didn't take part in Thursday's practice, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.

Impact

Because the Cowboys take the field Monday against Washington, Romo is missing the first scheduled practice, which lands on Thursday this week. The precise cause of the absence is unknown, but his back or ankle could be ailing him again. Expect him to return to drills in some capacity before Saturday's injury report emerges.

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

Impact

The Colts maintain that Wayne is day-to-day as Sunday's game against the Steelers approaches, though what the veteran wideout is able to do Friday will be telling with regard to his Week 8 status.