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Jamaal Charles (head) is not listed on the Chiefs' Wednesday practice participation/injury report, the team's official site reports.

Impact

Though Charles absorbed a helmet-to-helmet hit in the second quarter of this past Sunday's game against the Chargers, he finished the contest, and the fact that he is not listed on the Chiefs' injury report Wednesday indicates that his Week 8 playing status is secure.

Morgan Burnett (calf) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin reports.

Impact

Burnett has been rock solid in his fifth NFL campaign, totaling 58 tackles (44 solo) and one forced fumble in seven contests. Because the injury emerged suddenly, his absence Wednesday may be a precautionary measure. As a result, his practice participation should be watched with a keen eye as the week continues to ensure he's active Sunday at New Orleans.

Ryan Shazier (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday, per the Steelers' official site.

Impact

Shazier has missed the Steelers' past four games because of a sprained knee, but his practice participation Wednesday – albeit in a limited fashion – suggests that he has a shot to return to the mix Sunday against the Colts. We'll revisit his status Thursday.

DeAngelo Williams (ankle) worked with trainers on the side at Wednesday's practice, ESPN.com reports. "He did a lot of work, pushing sleds and running," coach Ron Rivera said. "That was very encouraging. The next step is to see how he feels tomorrow."

Impact

Just last Monday, Oct. 13, Rivera said that Williams was a "couple of weeks" from a return, but Wednesday's development opens the door, albeit slightly, for active status Sunday against the Seahawks. If he fails to sidestep a fourth DNP in a row, though, Jonathan Stewart is the main man in the Panthers' backfield with Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) also sitting out the first practice of the week.

A.J. Green (toe) did not practice Wednesday, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

The report relays that Green participated in conditioning drills off to the side Wednesday, a sign of progress, but his Week 8 status remains cloudy at this stage.

Brandon Gibson (hamstring) practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday, the Miami Herald reports.

Impact

In any case, Gibson's fantasy utility is limited these days, given that he has been overtaken on the Dolphins' wideout depth chart by Jarvis Landry.

Vincent Jackson (ribs) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Impact

Jackson played through the concern during the Buccaneers' last game in Week 6, when he was targeted a team-high 13 times. Although he only caught four balls for 66 yards, he's dominating the attention of quarterback Mike Glennon, garnering double-digit looks in three consecutive games heading into the team's Week 7 bye. Upon the release of Friday's injury report, owners should be aware of Jackson's status in advance of Sunday's outing against the Vikings.

Charles Clay (knee) practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday, the Miami Herald reports.

Impact

There's nothing so far to suggest that Clay's status for Sunday's game against the Jaguars is in danger, on the heels of a Week 7 effort in which he caught four passes (on five targets) for a season-high 58 yards and a TD. We'll let you know if that assessment changes.

Toby Gerhart (foot) practiced in limited fashion Wednesday, the Jaguars' official site reports.

Impact

Coach Gus Bradley noted after practice Wednesday that Gerhart looked good during the session, which offers hope that the running back could return to action as soon as Sunday against the Dolphins. In such a scenario, however, it's unclear what Gerhart's role might be, given the strong effort turned in at running back by teammate Denard Robinson in Week 7.

The Chiefs indicated Wednesday that Jamaal Charles – who absorbed a helmet-to-helmet hit this past Sunday – has passed a battery of tests and does not display signs of a concussion, the Associated Press reports.

Impact

Following comments made by Charles on Tuesday on ESPN Radio, which suggested that the running back had his bell rung Sunday, the team checked Charles out, but team trainer Rick Burkholder indicated that Charles passed all of his concussion tests in advance of Wednesday's practice. "We're not classifying him as having a concussion," Burkholder noted Wednesday. "But as with all of our players, I'll monitor him as he goes and he'll go through practice today."

Khiry Robinson (forearm) didn't take part in Wednesday's practice, the Saints' official site reports.

Impact

Following Pierre Thomas' shoulder injury, which is expected to result in a 2-to-3 week absence, Robinson was poised to take on a larger piece of the RB pie. However, Robinson is suffering through his own ailment of unknown severity, meaning interested parties should keep close tabs on his practice participation as the weekend approaches. If Robinson is unable to go Sunday against the Packers, Mark Ingram would handle the bulk of the workload, with Travaris Cadet working in a complementary role.

Sammy Watkins (groin) was able to practice on a full basis Wednesday.

Impact

The injury must be minor given it's the first we've heard of it and that he wasn't limited at all in the first practice of the week. Watkins is coming off his best game of the season, where he put up a 9/122/2 line, while scoring the winning touchdown on the game's last play from scrimmage.

Aaron Williams, who appeared to aggravate a neck injury in Sunday's win over Minnesota, was able to practice on a limited basis Wednesday.

Impact

Williams is the team's best safety, and while Geno Smith probably doesn't strike the same fear into Bills fans as some of the other quarterbacks the team will face this season, his presence this week will go a long way toward helping the Buffalo defense continue to make up for some of the squad's shortcomings on offense.

Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice, the Saints' official site reports.

Impact

The limited showing in drills is Graham's third in a row, but they're sandwiched around an active, albeit catch-less performance in Week 7 at Detroit. As long as he ramps up his workload this week, his first contributions since Week 5 should arrive on fantasy doorsteps. While he's unlikely to approach his injury-free production from the first four weeks of the season – he averaged eight catches (on 10.5 targets) for 85 yards per game, while tallying three touchdown grabs – owners can likely expect a whisper of the preceding if his health makes the requisite progress.

Rey Maualuga (hamstring) is expected to miss a couple more weeks, Richard Skinner of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Impact

With Maualuga ruled out already and Emmanuel Lamur (shoulder) iffy, the Bengals could be very thin at linebacker this weekend when facing the Ravens.

Giovani Bernard (ribs) was limited at practice Wednesday, the Bengals' official site reports.

Impact

More on Bernard's status Thursday, but so far there has been nothing to suggest that his availability for Sunday's game against the Ravens is in any danger.

Emmanuel Lamur (shoulder) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Richard Skinner of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Impact

With Rey Maualuga expected to be out for a couple weeks, Lamur's return will be key for the Bengals' linebacking depth. If he continues to participate in practice, he should hopefully see snaps in Cincinnati's key game against the Ravens.

John Brown (ankle) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Impact

Listed on the injury report for the first time in his career last week with a hamstring concern, Brown garnered his typical workload (43 of Arizona's 76 offensive snaps) Sunday in Oakland, but recorded just two receptions (on five targets) for 41 yards. However, instead of full practices this week, the rookie receiver only fit in some drills, which should spur owners to watch his status closely as the week unfolds.

Ike Taylor (arm) was limited in practice Wednesday, Scott Brown of ESPN reports.

Impact

This is Taylor's first participation in practice since suffering a forearm injury in Week 3, a positive step, but his Week 8 status remains unclear at this stage.

Andre Ellington (ribs/foot) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Impact

Ellington is now sans walking boot, which is an encouraging development regarding his season-long foot concern. After racking up a season-high 160 yards from scrimmage (88 rushing and 72 receiving) Sunday at Oakland, he appears to be rounding into the form displayed during his dynamic rookie campaign last year. Take note that his 13th carry Sunday against the Eagles will match his entire workload from a season ago, which makes his 3.7 YPC through seven games acceptable for fantasy ventures.