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Sunday’s fantasy football inactives watch — Who’s in and who’s out?



To help you set your lineups and avoid starting a player who won’t take the field, we will post fantasy-relevant updates and analysis here as NFL teams release their inactives lists, typically about 90 minutes before kickoff. Any rankings cited in this column come from our ESPN Fantasy staff ranks.

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1 p.m. ET games


David Johnson, RB, ARI: Ankle — Questionable
Impact: Game-time call. Chase Edmonds would start if he can’t go.

Christian Kirk, WR, ARI: Ankle — Questionable
Impact: Also a game-time call. Damiere Byrd is the safer play.

A.J. Green, WR, CIN: Ankle — OUT
Impact: Seemingly still not close to return. Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate remain fantasy-viable.

Geronimo Allison, WR, GB: Concussion — Questionable
Impact: Upgraded on Saturday, but still risky.

Davante Adams, WR, GB: Toe — OUT
Impact: Jake Kumerow/Allen Lazard become flex longshots.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, GB: Ankle — Questionable
Impact: At best, a game-time call, which behooves you to have a Plan B.

Marqise Lee, WR, JAX: Ankle — OUT
Impact: Chris Conley should handle No. 3 WR duties.

Dede Westbrook, WR, JAX: Shoulder — Questionable
Impact: Game-time call. If he sits, Keelan Cole might get a few looks.

Geoff Swaim, TE, JAX: Concussion — OUT
Impact: Josh Oliver primed to make his NFL debut.

Malcolm Brown, RB, LAR: Ankle — Doubtful
Impact: Todd Gurley II will be back in the huddle in the nick of time.

Jakeem Grant, WR, MIA: Hamstring — Questionable
Impact: Albert Wilson, who is also dinged up, is the best of the sad Miami WR bunch.

Sterling Shepard, WR, NYG: Concussion — OUT
Impact: Limited practices, but won’t clear protocol. Go with Golden Tate/Darius Slayton instead.

Tyrell Williams, WR, OAK: Foot — OUT
Impact: Trevor Davis, Hunter Renfrow are among potential replacements …

Dwayne Harris, WR, OAK: Ankle — Questionable
Impact: … as would be Zay Jones and Keelan Doss.

Deebo Samuel, WR, SF: Groin — OUT
Impact: Not traveling with team. Dante Pettis/Marquise Goodwin get minor value bumps.

Raheem Mostert, RB, SF: Knee — Questionable
Impact: With Tevin Coleman back from injury, Mostert’s fantasy value is all but zero.

Chris Thompson, RB, WAS: Toe — OUT
Impact: Wendell Smallwood should be quite active in the passing game.

Vernon Davis, TE, WAS: Concussion — OUT
Impact: Jeremy Sprinkle hasn’t done much with his window of opportunity thus far.


Zach Allen, DE, ARI: Neck — OUT

Desmond Trufant, CB, ATL: Toe — OUT

Matt Milano, LB, BUF: Hamstring — Questionable

Taron Johnson, CB, BUF: Hamstring — Questionable

Carlos Dunlap, DE, CIN: Knee — Doubtful

Darius Slay, CB, DET: Hamstring — Questionable

Quandre Diggs, S, DET: Hamstring — Questionable

Kenny Clark, DT, GB: Calf — Questionable

Darnell Savage, S, GB: Ankle — OUT

Johnathan Joseph, CB, HOU: Hamstring — Questionable

Tashaun Gipson Sr., S, HOU: Hip — Questionable

Bradley Roby, CB, HOU: Hamstring — Questionable

Justin Houston, DE, IND: Calf — Questionable

Malik Hooker, S, IND: Knee — Doubtful

Kenny Moore II, CB, IND: Knee — OUT

Pierre Desir, CB, IND: Abdomen — Questionable

Reshad Jones, S, MIA: Chest — OUT

Xavien Howard, CB, MIA: Knee — Questionable

Ben Gedeon, LB, MIN: Concussion — OUT

Arden Key, DE, OAK: Kneecap — OUT

D.J. Jones, DT, SF: Hamstring — OUT

Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, SF: Foot — OUT

Josh Norman, CB, WAS: Thigh — Questionable

4 p.m. ET games


Marquise Brown, WR, BAL: Ankle — Questionable
Impact: Missed practice all week. Willie Snead IV/Miles Boykin both benefit if he’s out.

Mitchell Trubisky, QB, CHI: Shoulder — Questionable
Impact: Practiced in full pads all week, so it would be a surprise if he didn’t start this one.

Michael Badgley, K, LAC: Groin — Questionable
Impact: If he is able to suit up, one would have to be fearful of rust.

Drew Brees, QB, NO: Thumb — OUT
Impact: Next week is a real possibility. Teddy Bridgewater is to be avoided, given all the other offensive injuries.

Alvin Kamara, RB, NO: Ankle — OUT
Impact: It will be Latavius Murray, early and often and all of the time.

Tre’Quan Smith, WR, NO: Ankle — OUT
Impact: Deonte Harris/Lil’Jordan Humphrey become deep-league dart throws.

Jared Cook, TE, NO: Ankle — OUT
Impact: Dan Arnold promoted from practice squad.

Will Dissly, TE, SEA: Achilles — OUT
Impact: Out for the year. Luke Willson will try to pick up the slack.

Delanie Walker, TE, TEN: Ankle — Questionable
Impact: Jonnu Smith is as good as dice roll as any, should Walker sit.


Patrick Onwuasor, LB, BAL: Ankle — Questionable

Bilal Nichols, DE, CHI: Knee — Questionable

Melvin Ingram III, DE, LAC: Hamstring — Doubtful

Brandon Mebane, DT, LAC: Knee — OUT

Justin Jones, DT, LAC: Shoulder — OUT

Ziggy Ansah, DE, SEA: Ankle — Questionable

Bradley McDougald, S, SEA: Back — Questionable

Jayon Brown, LB, TEN: Groin — Doubtful

Cameron Wake, LB, TEN: Hamstring — Questionable

Official Sunday inactives should begin coming in at approximately 11:30 a.m. ET for the early games and at 2:30 p.m. ET for the late games.

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Niners’ George Kittle (knee, ankle) won’t play against Cardinals



Niners tight end George Kittle, listed as doubtful due to knee and ankle injuries, will miss his second straight game Sunday when San Francisco visits the Arizona Cardinals, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Niners also will be without running back Matt Breida and kicker Robbie Gould, a source told Schefter. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who was questionable because of a rib injury suffered in the first quarter of Monday night’s overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks, will play Sunday, according to a source.

Kittle was injured in the 49ers’ Week 9 win over the Cardinals. His absence leaves the team without its top receiving threat, as Kittle leads the Niners in receptions (46), receiving yards (541) and targets (57). He also serves as an integral blocker in the run game.

With Kittle out, backups Ross Dwelley and Levine Toilolo will once again be counted on to fill the void at tight end.

Breida, who has a team-best 542 rushing yards this season, was listed as doubtful for Sunday because of an ankle injury. He rushed for 18 yards on 10 carries Monday against the Seahawks.

Gould was doubtful to play Sunday because of a quad injury and will miss his second straight game. Chase McLaughlin, who was 3-for-4 on field goal attempts against the Seahawks, will once again take Gould’s spot.

Sanders suffered some cartilage damage in his ribs in the first quarter Monday, though he attempted to play through it. Those efforts ended early in the second quarter, when he departed for the locker room and did not return.

The Niners traded for Sanders on Oct. 22 with hopes that he could be the missing piece the offense needed to push the team to Super Bowl contender status. Sanders wasted no time making an impact, posting 14 catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns in his first two games.

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Colin Kaepernick throws passes for 40 minutes at workout, urges NFL to ‘stop running’



RIVERDALE, Ga. — Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who completed a 40-minute workout in front of representatives from eight NFL teams, said he’s ready for another opportunity and wants the league to “stop running” from him.

Kaepernick saluted about 250 fans then addressed the media after his workout, which was moved from the Atlanta Falcons’ facility to Charles R. Drew High School. Kaepernick, who once quarterbacked the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl, took a stand against police brutality and social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem and has been out of football since 2016.

“I’ve been ready for three years,” Kaepernick said. “I’ve been denied for three years. We all know why I came out here: showed it today in front of everybody. We have nothing to hide. So we’re waiting for the 32 owners, 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all of them stop running. Stop running from the truth. Stop running from the people.

“We’re out here. We’re ready to play. We’re ready to go anywhere. My agent, Jeff Nalley, is ready to talk any team. I’ll interview with any team at any time. I’ve been ready.”

Kaepernick showed he still has an arm in completing deep balls to Brice Butler, Bruce Ellington, Jordan Veasy, and Ari Wertz. Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, who supported Kaepernick going back to their days with the 49ers, was at the beginning off the workout but had to leave, with a game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Kaepenerick looked bulkier up top during his playing days and appeared to impress with his accuracy, although not all his throws were perfect.

The workout originally was slated to take place at the Falcons’ facility in front of more than 20 NFL teams, but Kaepernick’s camp switched venues after the NFL declined to have cameras in to record the workout. Kaepernick’s camp wanted “transparency” regarding the workout, and wanted the media to have access.

In a statement, the NFL said it was “disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout.” The league referenced recent negotiations with Kaepernick’s representatives over the workout and citing, among others, media availability and a liability waiver.

“Colin’s decision has no effect on his status in the league. He remains an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any club,” the NFL said.

Nalley, Kaepernick’s agent, was asked about his thoughts on the process as a whole.

“I think myself, I think all of you all had questions about it all week,” Nalley said. “Something didn’t smell right. Again, nothing like this has ever happened. Roger Goddell said that the league does not get involved in player workouts, team decisions. So why did they do this? So I think from the beginning it seemed odd. And so that’s why we had to protect him in this whole process.”

Nalley seemed skeptical about Kaepernick getting a chance to sign on a team anytime soon when asked if he expected Kaepernick to receive a legit opportunity.

“I hope so, but I don’t know,” Nalley said. “I’ll be honest, I’m a little bit pessimistic because I’ve talked to all 32 teams. I’ve reached out to them recently and none of them have had any interest. I’ll tell you this: No team asked for this workout. The league office ask for this workout. And, I’ve got to tell you what, I’ve got to hand it to Colin. He stepped up, showed his in shape. I talked to the NFL people out here today. They said his arm talent is elite, that it’s the same as when he came out of college. I even asked them if you want to get him on a scale, see what he weighs, they said, ‘We don’t need to. He looks ripped. He looks in great shape.’ ”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Colin Kaepernick wraps up Atlanta-area workout, says he’s ready to go



Colin Kaepernick has completed his workout for what his agent said were eight NFL teams at an Atlanta-area high school on Saturday.

The 32-year-old former Pro Bowl quarterback said in a statement after the workout, which began two hours later than previously planned and without the blessing of the NFL, that he’s ready to go and waiting to hear from the league. He didn’t take any questions from the media.

“I’ve been ready for 3 years, I’ve been denied for 3 years,” Kaepernick said in the statement. “We all know why I came out here showed it today in front of everybody. We have nothing to hide. So we’re waiting for the 32 owners, 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all of them stop running. Stop running from the truth. Stop running from the people. We’re out here, we’re ready to play.”

Agent Jeff Nalley told reporters after the workout that he’s skeptical about the whole process with his client and is hopeful that Kaepernick gets signed.

Kaepernick’s representatives earlier said that they decided to suddenly move the session 60 miles away from the Atlanta Falcons‘ training complex in Flowery Branch to a high school in Riverdale to let the media watch and videotape the workout, adding the shift was prompted “because of recent decisions made by the NFL.”

“From the outset, Mr. Kaepernick requested a legitimate process and from the outset the NFL league office has not provided one,” his representatives said in a statement.

In a statement, the NFL said it was “disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout.” The league referenced recent negotiations with Kaepernick’s representatives over the workout and citing, among others, media availability and a liability waiver.

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