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GAME DAY FLASH: Week 4

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Weather

Not too bad of a weather weekend in the NFL this week. It may be a little wet in Tampa Bay where the LA Chargers visit, but things should dry off as the game goes on.  It could get a little gusty in Chicago (go figure) where the Indianapolis Colts come into town and that could have an impact on deep throws and long kicks.

In Case You Missed It

Covid-19 has reared it’s ugly head in Week 4. Tennessee and Pittsburgh have been moved to Week 7 after the Titans continue to test positive for Covid.

It’s not official as of this writing, but the Patriots and Chiefs tests all came back negative so apart from Cam Newton, so far, they may have escaped a scare. The NFL is attempting to play this game on Monday night but this situation is still fluid. We’d are downgrading the New England offense in general without Cam Newton. Brian Hoyer is expected to take over while Newton sits for what we expect will be at least two weeks.

Noah Fant, TE, Denver: Is expected to miss at least two weeks with an ankle injury.

Zack Moss‘ status is uncertain, Devin Singletary could make for a nice start if Moss can’t go but he’s a true game time decision.

Newly signed Jacksonville kicker Steven Hauschka is questionable, if he can’t go, practice squad kicker Aldrick Rosas will fill in.

Actives

With some big names playing on Monday, it’s tough to know for sure whether these players will be playing but deducing through practice reports and what the teams and various media outlets are saying, we expect the following players to be active this week:

We’ve upgraded all the following players from questionable to probable:

Joe Mixon, RB, CIN

Chris Carson, RB, SEA

Kareem Hunt, RB, CLE

Davante Adams, WR, GB

Julio Jones, WR, ATL

Calvin Ridley, WR, ATL

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, ARI

Christian Kirk, WR, ARI

Terry McLaurin, WR, WAS

The following have been cleared:

Duke Johnson, RB, HOU – After a few weeks of treatment, he’ll be back in uniform.

Russell Gage, WR, ATL – Cleared the leagues concussion protocol and will play on Monday.

Deebo Samuel, WR, SF – Is back but we expect them to take it a little easy on him.

Scott Miller, WR, TB – He was back and forth all week but is active for the game.

D.J. Chark, WR, JAC – It was a struggle for him this week in practice but he’s reportedly “healthy enough” to play this week.

George Kittle, TE, SF – Will return to the field this week.

Inactives

Tyrod Taylor, QB, LAC: Is OUT with a punctured lung.

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, SF: Will not play today.

Leonard Fournette, RB, RB: Sidelined this week. Ronald Jones should be heavily used.

Carlos Hyde, RB, SEA: Earlier in the week he was supposed to shoulder the load for Chris Carson, now he’s inactive..

Raheem Mostert, RB, SF: Not this week, but he shouldn’t be out too long.

Cam Akers, RB, L.A. Rams: Is OUT today with a rib injury.

Bryce Love, RB, WAS: Still not yet, he is still working his way back.

Michael Thomas, WR, NO: After some chatter earlier in the week about being reading for Week 4, he is out again with a high-ankle sprain.

Mike Williams, WR, LAC: Will not play today.

Chris Godwin, WR, TB: Will not go today.

Dede Westbrook, WR, JAC: He’s a healthy scratch, that just can’t feel good.

Henry Ruggs, WR, LV: Ruggs did a number on himself with knee and hamstring injuries. He’s doubtful this week.

John Ross, WR, CIN: Another healthy scratch for Ross. He can be dropped in all leagues.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, PHI: As usual, he remains out but should be getting close.

DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI: Out with a hamstring pull.

JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, PHI: Doubtful with a calf issue.

Jalen Reagor, WR, PHI: Moved to IR, could miss 6-8 weeks.

Jared Cook, TE, NO: Out today.

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