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DuJuan Harris had two carries for minus-one yard in Sunday's victory over the Panthers.

Impact

Harris saw action late in Sunday's game with the Packers comfortably ahead and fellow running back James Starks sidelined with an ankle injury. On the season, Harris has tallied just seven touches but would serve as the backup behind Eddie Lacy, if Starks is forced to miss any further action.

Jason Witten saw just two targets Sunday versus the Giants, catching both for 27 yards.

Impact

He remains Mr. Reliable when Tony Romo looks his way, but Witten's just not a big part of the Cowboys' passing attack this season. Don't be afraid to cut him loose and find a more useful tight end on the waiver wire.

Carlos Hyde gained 15 yards on three carries Sunday, while adding eight yards on a pair of receptions, in the 42-17 loss to the Broncos.

Impact

The 49ers abandoned the run game early in this one after the Broncos built a healthy lead by halftime. Like his fellow back, Frank Gore, Hyde doesn't provide much value in the passing game, so duds like Sunday's will happen whenever the 49ers fall behind early. Hyde is still second fiddle in San Francisco's backfield but should have more success against a soft St. Louis defense after the bye week.

Terrance Williams caught just one pass, an 18-yard touchdown grab, on three targets Sunday against the Giants.

Impact

Williams continues to produce big plays that salvage his day for owners but isn't going to be able to sustain his current TD pace (six scores in seven games) when he's getting fewer than five targets a game. If you can find a taker, don't hesitate to trade him away for a more reliable receiver.

Davon House didn't return to Sunday's game after dislocating a finger in the fourth quarter, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Impact

House felt he could have returned to the game but was held out after suffering the injury with the Packers well ahead on the scoreboard. He started Sunday's game in place of an injured Sam Shields (knee) and would step in again if Shields is unable to go in Week 8.

Anthony Sherman caught two passes for 12 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Chargers.

Impact

Sherman scored his first touchdown of the season and the second of his career Sunday. He now has four receptions and two carries through five games, but mainly serves as a blocker for Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis.

Sam Barrington started Sunday's game at inside linebacker alongside A.J. Hawk and made two tackles (one solo), the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Impact

Barrington had never started a game prior to Sunday, but he got the nod over the the injured Jamari Lattimore (neck) and the ineffective Brad Jones and held his own. Lattimore played Sunday, though he didn't start, so it remains to be seen who will line up next to Hawk in Week 8.

Blaine Gabbert saw the field for the first time this season Sunday, completing 3-of-7 pass attempts for 38 yards and a touchdown in the blowout loss to the Broncos.

Impact

Gabbert was called into action once the game was well out of hand, so little should be read into his rare appearance Sunday. Barring a serious injury to starter Colin Kaepernick, Gabbert will remain on the bench going forward.

Brandin Cooks caught two passes on three targets for 23 yards in Sunday's loss to the Lions. He played 65 of 74 offensive snaps, compared to 62 snaps for Marques Colston and 47 snaps for Kenny Stills, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Impact

Despite seeing significantly more playing time than Stills, Cooks was unable to get anything going, while both Colston (six catches for 111 yards) and Stills (five catches for 103 yards and a touchdown) had big statistical performances with Jimmy Graham (shoulder) hobbled. With the Lions boasting one of the best run defenses in the game, it appeared the Saints' strategy was to find their running backs on short passes, an area where Cooks usually thrives, as the Saints' backfield combined for 13 receptions on 17 targets. With New Orleans' Week 8 opponent, Green Bay, significantly softer against the run, the team will likely have more success running the ball up the middle, which could free Cooks more on the outside. Though he may never be an elite red-zone threat, as long as Cooks continues to see substantial playing time, he should remain a viable wide receiver option in most leagues and particularly in PPR ones.

Tony Romo needed a shot before Sunday's game to manage soreness in his ribs and ankle, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Impact

Romo was still feeling the effects of the Seahawks game, but there's been no word that he aggravated any of his various bumps and bruises while carving up the Giants in Week 7. Expect the Cowboys' quarterback to keep to his usual schedule of taking off the week's first practice prior to next Monday's tilt against Washington.

Fred Jackson (groin) won't require surgery, but said that his injury is typically one that requires a four-week absence, ESPN Buffalo's Mike Rodak reports.

Impact

C.J. Spiller is expected to miss the rest of the season with a broken collarbone, leaving Boobie Dixon and Bryce Brown with opportunities for an expanded role in the Buffalo backfield. Presumably, Dixon will have the larger role, as Brown was inactive for the Week 7 game against Minnesota, but it's possible that Brown will end up carving out the larger role. With a four-week absence, Jackson may be out until Week 12 against the Jets.

Andre Roberts caught two passes on four targets for 18 yards in Week 7 against the Titans.

Impact

Roberts tied a season low in yards. Expect his targets to be inconsistent as he's typically the fourth or fifth option in the passing game.

It's unclear who will start at quarterback in Week 8 for the Redskins, the Washington Post reports.

Impact

Cousins was benched in the second half of Week 7 versus the Titans, Colt McCoy played well in relief, and Robert Griffin III (ankle) is scheduled to return to practice this week. It will be important to see who takes the most practice reps this week.

Robert Griffin (ankle) is expected to return to practice Wednesday, the Washington Post reports. He's been out since dislocating his ankle on Sept. 14. Coach Jay Gruden has stated in the past that he wants to see Griffin practice for two weeks before putting him back on the field.

Impact

The team plans to put Griffin through a rigorous workout this week to see how the ankle responds. At this stage, it seems unlikely that he'll return to the Washington lineup this coming weekend, with a potential Week 9 return against Minnesota appearing to be a more plausible scenario. We'll let you know, however, if that assessment changes in the coming days.

Jeremiah Ratliff delivered perhaps the best performance of his career Sunday versus the Dolphins, contributing a team-leading seven tackles and 3.5 sacks.

Impact

Showing the pass-rushing skills that hadn't appeared since his Pro Bowl days with the Cowboys, Ratliff feasted on a vulnerable Dolphins offensive line that has struggled to protect the quarterback all season. Unfortunately, Ryan Tannehill carved up the Chicago secondary when he did receive enough time in the pocket, but Ratliff was still the Bears' shining star on an afternoon in which most of the team came out flat. It's hard to imagine him continuing to supply sacks from the defensive tackle spot with much regularity, however. From the start of the 2011 season through his first three games of 2014 – a span of 30 contests – Ratliff had registered 3.5 sacks in total.

Joe Flacco completed 16-of-25 passes for 258 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Falcons.

Impact

Flacco's first interception came on a deep pass that Torrey Smith probably could have made more of an effort for, but the second pick was simply a bad decision on the quarterback's part. Flacco otherwise played well in windy conditions, and he added an unexpected 39-yard touchdown to Smith on a 4th-and-9 with just one minute, 46 seconds remaining in the game. Flacco will face the slumping Benglas defense next week, and while the matchup may be a bit easier than in recent seasons, he's never had much luck in Cincinnati. In a season-opening 23-16 loss to the Bengals, Flacco completed 35-of-62 passes for 345 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.

Everson Griffen had a career-high three sacks, seven total tackles and forced a fumble in Sunday's loss at Buffalo.

Impact

Griffen has seven sacks this season, as he's done his part to replace Jared Allen in Minnesota's revamped defensive line.

John Sullivan suffered a concussion in Sunday's loss at Buffalo, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Impact

The Vikings may have depth issues on the offensive line as right guard Vlad Ducasse suffered a knee injury as well.

Jason Pierre-Paul had six solo stops and two sacks against the Cowboys Sunday.

Impact

Pierre-Paul is finally healthy, after two mediocre seasons, and is a force against both the run and pass this year.

Daniel Fells caught his only target Sunday, a 27-yard TD pass.

Impact

Larry Donnell is the starter, but Donnell fumbled twice, so Fells' role could grow slightly, should Donnell wind up in Tom Coughlin's doghouse. Fells is a journeyman who's never caught more than 41 passes in a season, though, so his ceiling is limited.