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Mychal Kendricks (calf) returned to practice Tuesday.

Impact

Kendricks has been sidelined since Week 2 due to a calf injury, but made his long-anticipated return to practice Tuesday. A key contributor on Philadelphia's defense, Kendricks' involvement throughout this week should provide an indication of his status leading up to Sunday's game versus the Cardinals.

Chris Polk (hamstring) is practicing Tuesday.

Impact

Polk was banged up in Philadelphia's Week 6 game, but as expected following the bye week, he is back practicing in advance of Sunday's contest versus the Cardinals.

Darren Sproles (knee) returned to practice Tuesday.

Impact

Sproles suffered a slight MCL tear heading into the Eagles' bye week, which apparently offered him ample treatment time to begin practice this week. While Tuesday's sessions are typically on the lighter side, it will still be interesting to monitor Sproles' participation level throughout the week. In any event, it's certainly encouraging to hear of Sproles being back on the field in advance of Sunday's game versus the Cardinals.

Ryan Shazier (knee) is expected to be "really close" to returning for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Impact

Shazier has been sidelined with a sprained MCL since Week 3, but apparently is edging close to a return. The rookie linebacker has been limited in practice recently, so if he's able to increase his workload throughout this week, that would certainly be an encouraging development toward his availability this weekend.

Aldon Smith's current suspension could be reduced by a game or two based on the good behavior he's exhibited since agreeing to the punishment, NFL.com reports.

Impact

Smith's union/league-negotiated settlement reportedly included an agreement that his original nine-game suspension could be shortened if Smith displayed good behavior during his punishment. If Smith's behavior indeed results in an early return, he could be available after the 49ers' current bye week. At the moment, it's unclear if the league will allow Smith early reinstatement from his personal-conduct and substance-abuse violations, so until further notice, the dynamic outside linebacker will remain sidelined until Week 11.

Brandon Carr tweaked his hamstring during Sunday's win over the Giants, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Impact

With an extra day to heal up prior to Monday's game against Washington, Carr should be fine for Week 8.

DeMarcus Lawrence (foot) looked good in practice last week and should be able to join the lineup immediately after he's eligible to come off IR following this week's game against Washington, the Dallas Morning News reports. "He has really improved his body during this time off," Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones said Monday. "He's used it to really have a lot of strength work. It's something that he didn't do as much [in college] as he's doing now. He's had quite a physical improvement."

Impact

The Cowboys' defense has a mere six sacks so far on the season, so the rookie can't help but improve the pass rush once he makes his debut. If he hits the ground running in Week 9, Lawrence could be worth consideration in IDP leagues.

Cullen Jenkins is expected to miss a couple of weeks due to his strained calf, NJ.com reports.

Impact

Jenkins' injury coincides with the Giants currently on their bye week, but it sounds like the defensive tackle still expects to miss some game action. As a result, Mike Patterson could see increased playing time, while Mathias Kiwanuka is also capable of moving inside in certain defensive packages for the Giants.

Reggie Wayne could miss a game or two due to the elbow injury he suffered in Sunday's game versus the Bengals, Mike Chappell of RTV6 Indianapolis reports.

Impact

Wayne underwent an MRI on his injured elbow Monday and although those results have not been released yet, the veteran's ailment is not considered serious. Nonetheless, reports suggest Wayne may be sidelined for a game or two because of his banged-up elbow. After falling on his left arm during the first quarter of Sunday's game, Wayne went on to finish with just four catches for 15 yards and two dropped passes. Should Wayne indeed miss some time, Hakeem Nicks and rookie Donte Moncrief figure to fill expanded roles alongside explosive receiver T.Y. Hilton.

LeGarrette Blount rushed seven times for nine yards and caught one pass for eight yards in the Steelers' 30-23 win against Houston on Monday night.

Impact

Through seven games, Blount has a respectable 5.0 yards per carry and two scores, but he does not see consistent touches, making him a difficult start for fantasy owners.

Reggie Bush (ankle) expects to play in Sunday's game against the Falcons, MLive.com reports.

Impact

While Bush acknowledged that he was rolled up a few times and injured in the Week 7 win over the Saints, he said that he's fine and that he has not been 100 percent since high school. Nevertheless, the Lions should offer up more regarding their plans for Bush depending on his levels of participation in practice throughout the week.

Darrius Heyward-Bey caught the only ball thrown his way for 17 yards in the Steelers' 30-23 win against Houston on Monday night.

Impact

He also misplayed an onside kick in the final minutes that almost gave the Texans an opportunity for a game-winning drive. His fantasy value is virtually non-existent at this point.

Sean Spence recorded six tackles (five solo) and a fumble recovery in the Steelers' 30-23 win against Houston on Monday night.

Impact

The fumble recovery was part of a 73-second stretch late in the first half that moved the Steelers from down 10 to an 11-point lead.

Troy Polamalu recorded two tackles (both solo) and a fumble recovery in the Steelers' 30-23 win against Houston on Monday night.

Impact

The takeaway was the 39th of Polamalu's career, but just his first this season. Overall, the Pittsburgh defense was opportunistic, forcing three turnovers that led to 17 points.

Heath Miller caught the only ball thrown his way for 13 yards in the Steelers' 30-23 win against Houston on Monday night.

Impact

Miller has been all but forgotten in the Pittsburgh offense with just eight targets in their last three games. He'll face an Indianapolis defense in Week 8 that has allowed just two touchdowns to opposing tight ends not named Julius Thomas.

Lance Moore was targeted twice, catching both passes for 12 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' 30-23 win against Houston on Monday night.

Impact

His score came on a trick pass play from fellow receiver Antonio Brown, giving Moore a touchdown reception for the second straight game. His current fantasy value is touchdown dependent, making him little more than a bye-week replacement.

Theo Riddick (hamstring) expects to play in Week 8, Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News reports.

Impact

With Reggie Bush (ankle) suffering an apparent setback in the win over the Saints, Riddick may be able to take on a complementary role behind Joique Bell in Week 8 if he's able to avoid having a setback throughout the practice week.

Calvin Johnson (ankle) doesn't know if he'll play in Week 8, but he acknowledged that he's feeling better, the Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News reports.

Impact

At the end of last week, Johnson was able to participate in some field drills. Still, the Lions are undoubtedly considering the benefits of resting Johnson again Sunday with the extra time off afforded to them with a Week 9 bye around the corner.

During his press conference Monday, Browns coach Mike Pettine confirmed Brian Hoyer as the team's starter for Week 8 against the Raiders, the Akron Beacon-Journal reports.

Impact

A dismal showing against Jacksonville on Sunday opened up speculation that the Browns might consider making a switch to rookie Johnny Manziel, but Pettine's comments have shut that door for now. In addition to Hoyer's struggles, the Browns were unable to run the ball, perhaps in large part because it was their first game without Pro Bowl center Alex Mack (broken fibula). If Hoyer were to struggle again Sunday in a favorable home matchup against Oakland, it's reasonable to think that the coaches might be tempted to make a change at quarterback as soon as Week 9.

Pierre Thomas (shoulder) will miss two or three weeks after he left Sunday's game with an injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Impact

With the return of Mark Ingram (hand) in Week 7, the workload distribution in the Saints' backfield was altered, but Thomas' role as a change-of-pace option (six carries, 13 yards) and pass-catcher (four receptions, 17 yards) looked to be safe in a complementary role to Mark Ingram (10 carries) and Khiry Robinson (three).