Tag: Cleveland Browns

Key fantasy football injury updates for Week 13

Welcome to Week 13! There are only two teams not playing in this first week of December: the Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns. These are the final byes of the season as we approach the playoffs and teams battle for positioning. Thursday night saw the Dallas Cowboys visit the Minnesota Vikings, but the remaining 28 teams will take the field this weekend.

At this late date, it might be a shorter write-up if we just stuck to the players who are actually healthy. The question for fantasy owners in this crucial make-or-break week for the playoffs is whether the key players taking the field at less than 100 percent can still produce big numbers.

All of the best fantasy football advice and relevant information for Week 13 from our Insider experts, all in one place.

Which wide receivers have the easiest and toughest matchups in Week 13? Check out the downloadable PDF cheat sheet listing every matchup to help with your fantasy football decisions.

Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions, ankle, (Q): Riddick was limited in practice throughout the week and comes into the game as questionable. This has been the pattern for multiple weeks now, ever since Riddick returned from a two-week absence following the injury. He remains their go-to back when he is on the field, regardless of his designation.

Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders, ankle, (Q): Murray is again listed as questionable this week with an ankle injury. Last week he carried the ball 19 (!) times, so it’s not as if the team is reducing his workload because of an injury concern. He was a limited practice participant each day this week, and he is expected to be the majority ball carrier again in Week 13. As always with the late games, fantasy owners are advised to verify the status of players like Murray with a questionable designation.

Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, foot, (Q): Last week Rodgers was listed as questionable after getting his first practice reps since his foot injury but ended up being inactive. This week Rodgers increased his practice activity, fully participating each day. His questionable status feels much more like a probable designation, but even if he is active, Doug Martin is still expected to shoulder most of the workload for the Buccaneers.

Police called after ‘disturbance’ between Johnny Manziel and girlfriend

No arrests were made after police were called in Fort Worth, Texas to speak with Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel following a dispute with his girlfriend.

Manziel, 23, previously had a dispute with his girlfriend during the 2015 season, which drew attention and police intervention, although that incident also didn’t result in an arrest. In that incident, Manziel and his girlfriend, Colleen Elizabeth Crowley, got in a public dispute on the side of the road. While alcohol was involved, police said that only Crowley was impaired and Manziel was okay to drive.

While it’s unclear if the woman involved in a dispute with Manziel on Saturday was Crowley again, the Fort Worth Police Department issued a press release following the incident, where they confirmed they were called to the scene of a “possible assault that occurred in that jurisdiction or multiple jurisdictions.” Manziel’s girlfriend stated that she was involved in a “disturbance” with Manziel, but was “uncooperative to officers on scene.”

They prepared an incident report but were unable to designate a crime scene. The information has been forwarded to detectives, but it’s unclear if anything will happen given the lack of evidence or information. Manziel’s girlfriend told officers she was concerned about Manziel’s well-being, which led to officers attempting to locate him with phone calls and searching for him with the assistance of helicopters, according to the report.

Manziel was “safe and in no danger,” the police determined, and they are actively working with the Dallas Police Department to determine if a criminal offense occurred.

After a tumultuous first two seasons in the NFL, the Browns are expected to part ways with Manziel under new leadership. As a free agent, the Dallas Cowboys are expected to be one potential landing spot for the Texas-native and former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Texas A&M.

In six starts for the Browns in 2015, Manziel posted a 2-4 record and finished the year with 1,500 passing yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions. He spent the beginning of last year in rehab, but was benched after video surfaced of him partying and again drew criticism after he was reportedly spotted in Las Vegas while in disguise.

No Comments

Categories: Chicago Bears

Tags:

Browns could move into unprecedented QB territory in final nine games

BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns continue to be associated with records they would rather forget.

The only winless team in the NFL has six players who have attempted passes this season.

Here’s the answer: Yes. Effective this week, Montgomery is eligible at both wide receiver and running back. It’s important to note that once we add a position to a player’s eligibility, it cannot be removed that season. As such, the wide receiver/running back tag is staying for Montgomery for the rest of the 2016 season.

With that cleared up, here’s our Week 8 ESPN Fantasy waiver wire column.

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (34.5 percent). With Doug Martin suffering a setback in his recovery for a hamstring issue, Rodgers has the starting job to himself in Tampa Bay. What has he done so far? Gone more than 100 yards on the ground in two straight games and handled 62 total touches. The volume is great, and so is the production, and the upcoming schedule isn’t something to be scared of. Rodgers is a must-add in all leagues and an RB2 right away.

Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota Vikings (26.0 percent). Asiata’s value is not rooted solely in the health of Jerick McKinnon, but it’s worth noting that the latter left Sunday’s game against Philly because of an ankle injury. If McKinnon sits, that thrusts Asiata right into RB2 territory for Week 8 against the Bears.

Have a company you’d like Glover Quin to put his money toward? Then your product had better have a purpose. “We like companies that we feel can change the world,” Quin said.

“I just want to get her intake,” Quin said. “Like, ‘Oh, I would never use that or I think that’s a great idea, you know. If somebody did something like that, it would be dope.’ See what she says about it because she has a good feel for stuff.”

After all that, if a deal excites him, he has four benchmarks he typically uses to decide if a deal makes sense.

While all of that is going on, just over a mile away the Cleveland Browns prepare for what might be their best shot at a win this season. They will host the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Browns enter Week 8 as the only winless team in the NFL and are No. 32 in ESPN’s Power Rankings, as well as No. 32 in ESPN’s Football Power Index.

Cleveland currently has a 69 percent chance to get the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, according to FPI. That’s over four times more likely than the next-closest team, the San Francisco 49ers (15 percent).

To put that in perspective, at this time last year, the Tennessee Titans were the most likely team to get the top pick in the 2016 draft with a 17 percent chance. Their chances of getting that top pick, plus the chances of the next four teams behind them through Week 7 last year, still would have fallen short of the Browns’ chances at getting the 2017 top pick right now.

Browns WR Corey Coleman suffers fractured hand during practice

The Cleveland Browns are dealing with another major injury as Corey Coleman broke his hand at practice Wednesday, according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. The injury is believed to have occurred when a teammate landed on it after he had caught a pass. The Browns confirmed Coleman suffered a fractured hand and are still evaluating the injury to determine a recovery timeline, but he’s not expected to need surgery.

“He’s a good player. He’s a really good player. No hate whatsoever, man,” Norman said, via NFL.com. “The guy can play ball. I think the competitor in me likes that. Just a challenge to get up for that. He’s a good player.”

Beckham, for his part, also said he has no feelings about seeing Norman for the first time since their melee. “Honestly, there really is a bigger concern. Division game, 2-0 start to the year. Really focused on going 3-0,” he said, via Giants.com. “Wherever I go, wherever I lineup, that’s my job. The same way it would be whoever’s job it is to stop me. My job is to win over there. The biggest concern is winning, winning this game.”

Those words are strikingly different than what Beckham and Norman were saying about each other just a couple of months ago. In a July interview with GQ, Beckham kept up the trash talk. “The reason he’s become relevant is because of me,” he said. Norman responded by saying Beckham is only relevant “because of a catch,” an allusion to OBJ’s sensational one-handed touchdown grab on Sunday Night Football two years ago.

Just last week, some of Beckham’s teammates were belittling Norman for not covering Steelers No. 1 wideout Antonio Brown in Washington’s season opener. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins said Norman should’ve been on Brown all game — regardless of the game plan. Cruz suggested Norman ducked Brown and dared him to cover OBJ when the two teams match up.

But now, the tone between Beckham and Norman is tame. It appears as if the rigors of a new season have caused the two rivals to turn their attention elsewhere. Given the divisional implications of Sunday’s contest, that may be the wise move to make — even if it makes it less fun for all of us.

The Bears did not list Cutler on the injury report for Week 2, but he was not limited in practice at all during the week, so they are not required to do so.

When Peterson was removed from the game against the Packers, he was unable to put any weight on his right leg. He was helped from the field and examined on the sideline, and then he made his way to the locker room for further evaluation with assistance. After the game, Peterson left the locker room in a brace and on crutches.

The Vikings’ opponents have been selling out to stop the run this season, limiting Peterson’s production. He gained just 31 yards on 19 carries against the Titans in Week 1, and 19 yards on 12 carries in the win over the Packers.

No Comments

Categories: Chicago Bears

Tags: