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NFL Week 8 fantasy football inactives watch



Who should you start? Who should you sit? To help you set your fantasy football lineups and to avoid starting a player who won’t be in the lineup, we’ll post fantasy-relevant updates and analysis here as NFL teams release their official inactives lists, typically about 90 minutes before kickoff. Any rankings cited in this column come from our ESPN Fantasy staff ranks.

Official Sunday inactives should begin coming in approximately 90 minutes prior to the scheduled kickoff time, including around 11:30 a.m. ET for the early games and 2:30 p.m. ET for the late games.

Refresh often for the latest information.

1 p.m. ET games


Dawson Knox, TE, BUF: Hand — OUT
Impact: Tommy Sweeney will start with Kahale Warring backing up.

Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, CAR: Concussion — OUT
Impact: Keith Kirkwood will see an uptick in targets.

Jimmy Graham, TE, CHI: COVID-19 — Questionable
Impact: Cole Kmet has done very little with his opportunities this season.

Chris Evans, RB, CIN: Hamstring — OUT
Impact: Samaje Perine is the primary backup to Joe Mixon.

Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, CLE: Groin — OUT
Impact: Anthony Schwartz could be the biggest beneficiary of his absence.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, CLE: Shoulder — Questionable
Impact: Jarvis Landry, on the other hand, is fully cleared to play.

Jamaal Williams, RB, DET: Thigh — Questionable
Impact: Jermar Jefferson would step into a backup role if Williams can’t go.

D’Andre Swift, RB, DET: Groin — Questionable
Impact: He’s been banged up all season, but would get a big boost in value if Williams sits.

Pharaoh Brown, TE, HOU: Thigh — Questionable
Impact: Brevin Jordan might actually see the field if Brown is out.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND: Quad — Questionable
Impact: He’s expected to play, though Michael Pittman Jr. might be the better fantasy option.

DeSean Jackson, WR, LAR: Team decision — OUT
Impact: Van Jefferson steps up for the Rams as the team seeks to trade the veteran Jackson.

DeVante Parker, WR, MIA: Shoulder — Questionable
Impact: Preston Williams is a healthy scratch, so Parker looks very likely to play.

Zach Wilson, QB, NYJ: Knee — OUT
Impact: Mike White should start this week, with Joe Flacco possibly taking over next week.

Tevin Coleman, RB, NYJ: Hamstring — OUT
Impact: Michael Carter becomes New York’s RB1, with Ty Johnson getting a few crumbs.

Corey Davis, WR, NYJ: Hip — Doubtful
Impact: Elijah Moore and Keelan Cole gain a little value. Very little.

Tyler Kroft, TE, NYJ: Back — Questionable
Impact: Looking to return for the first time in over a month, this is a risky fantasy play.

Miles Sanders, RB, PHI: Ankle — OUT/IR
Impact: Kenneth Gainwell may see a lot more touches, though Jordan Howard was promoted to the roster.

Eric Ebron, TE, PIT: Hamstring — OUT
Impact: Pat Freiermuth gets another chance to raise some fantasy eyebrows.

Julio Jones, WR, TEN: Hamstring — OUT
Impact: Nick Westbrook-Ikhine is someone to watch.


Trey Flowers, DE, DET: Knee — Questionable

Jerry Jacobs, CB, DET: Illness — Questionable

Christian Kirksey, LB, HOU: Thumb — Questionable

Xavier Rhodes, CB, IND: Calf — Questionable

Sebastian Joseph-Day, DT, LAR: Chest — OUT

Jalen Ramsey, CB, LAR: Illness — Questionable

Jordan Fuller, S, LAR: Knee — Questionable

Robert Rochell, CB, LAR: Knee — Questionable

Jerome Baker, LB, MIA: Knee — Questionable

Shaq Lawson, DE, NYJ: Wrist — Questionable

C.J. Mosley, LB, NYJ: Hamstring — Questionable

Anthony Harris, S, PHI: Hand — Doubtful

Javon Kinlaw, DT, SF: Knee — OUT

Azeez Al-Shaair, LB, SF: Concussion — Doubtful

Jaquiski Tartt, S, SF: Knee — OUT

Teair Tart, DT, TEN: Groin — Questionable

Rashaan Evans, LB, TEN: Ankle — OUT

4 p.m. ET games


Jerry Jeudy, WR, DEN: Ankle — Questionable
Impact: He was activated from IR, but may not be ready to play.

Austin Ekeler, RB, LAC: Hip — Questionable
Impact: Ekeler is expected to be active this week.

Jonnu Smith, TE, NE: Shoulder — Questionable
Impact: He did travel with the team, but Hunter Henry is a safer play.

Taysom Hill, QB, NO: Concussion — OUT
Impact: No timetable exists for his return to the field.

Dwayne Washington, RB, NO: Neck — OUT
Impact: The arrival of Mark Ingram II fills whatever void this absence may have created.

Deonte Harris, WR, NO: Hamstring — Questionable
Impact: Practiced enough this week to make a Week 8 start likely.

Alex Collins, RB, SEA: Groin — Questionable
Impact: He’s expected to play, but Rashaad Penny is the more optimistic fantasy option.

Antonio Brown, WR, TB: Ankle — OUT
Impact: Mike Evans and Chris Godwin get to battle it out for top Tampa Bay WR honors.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, TB: Ribs — Questionable
Impact: He’s expected to make what he hopes is a triumphant return to the Buccaneers’ huddle.

Curtis Samuel, WR, WAS: Groin — OUT
Impact: Terry McLaurin, on the other hand, was fully cleared to start.

Dyami Brown, WR, WAS: Knee — OUT
Impact: DeAndre Carter and Adam Humphries get boosts in value.

Cam Sims, WR, WAS: Hamstring — Questionable
Impact: Antonio Gandy-Golden waits in the wings.


Mike Purcell, DT, DEN: Thumb — OUT

Von Miller, LB, DEN: Ankle — Questionable

DaVon Hamilton, DT, JAX: Shoulder — Questionable

Drue Tranquill, LB, LAC: Chest — Questionable

Deatrich Wise Jr., DE, NE: Knee — Questionable

Davon Godchaux, DT, NE: Finger — Questionable

Dont’a Hightower, LB, NE: Ankle — Questionable

Kyle Van Noy, LB, NE: Groin — Questionable

Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, TB: Shoulder — Questionable

Lavonte David, LB, TB: Ankle — Questionable

William Jackson III, CB, WAS: Knee — Questionable

Sunday night game

Dak Prescott, QB, DAL: Calf — Questionable
Impact: While he is a game-time call, the prospect of Cooper Rush starting should be enough to scare fantasy managers away.

Dorance Armstrong, DE, DAL: Questionable

Michael Pierce, DT, MIN: OUT

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Minnesota Vikings DE Everson Griffen leaves home, getting care



EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying the team has been notified by law enforcement agencies that defensive end Everson Griffen came out of his home “without incident and is now getting the care that he needs,” hours after the 33-year-old made a series of disturbing Instagram posts early Wednesday morning claiming that someone was in his home trying to kill him.

“We are thankful to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnetrista Police Department and the Orono Police Department for their quick response and dedication to ensuring the situation ended peacefully,” the Vikings’ statement read. “Our focus remains on Everson’s health and safety and providing the proper resources for him and his family.”

A statement from the Minnetrista Public Safety Department said that Griffen left the residence “without incident” around 2:30 p.m. ET and was taken by ambulance to a health care facility. The statement added that the case remains under investigation.

“We got him the necessary help that he needs and [he’s] in the care of medical professionals,” Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said. He added that the team has an emergency action plan that was activated once the club was notified.

Earlier Wednesday, the Minnetrista Public Safety Department said in a news release that Griffen called 911 after 3 a.m. Wednesday from his residence and said someone was inside his home while requesting assistance from authorities. Griffen told the 911 dispatcher that he fired a weapon but that no one was injured.

According to the news release, law enforcement and Vikings team psychologists were in communication with Griffen since approximately 7 a.m. but Griffen had refused to come out of his residence for hours, well into the middle of the afternoon. Police said they could not find an intruder at Griffen’s residence.

Early Wednesday morning, Griffen made several Instagram posts, all of which have been deleted, including a video that showed the defensive end inside his home with a pistol, which he said belongs to him.

“I’m in my house. N—– trying to pop me,” Griffen said in the video. “I’ve still got clips left. This is my gun, .45 Wilson Combat, registered to me. I bought all my bullets around town. Dalvin Cook helped me purchase this gun. It all belongs to me, and they are registered to me. I know exactly where I bought them. I’ve got the card I have them on. I have everything.”

Cook told Twin Cities media members Wednesday that he did not know why he was referenced in Griffen’s video but that he called and texted the defensive end to check in on him earlier in the day. Griffen, according to Cook, did not answer.

“Since I got here, he was one of the older guys that took me under his wings and taught me, ‘This is what you don’t do, this is how you do it, this is how you take care of your body,'” Cook said. “Just how to be a pro. Appreciate him for that, for the little things he did. Since he got back, our relationship has gotten stronger. He’s been trying to win games. We’ve been on the same mission, all of us, just trying to win games, trying to get better, trying to lead this team in the right way. So we are definitely close. That’s my brother. I just want him to be OK. In his mind, make sure his family is OK. I just want what’s best for Everson overall.”

In an Instagram story, Griffen wrote, “I need help people trying to kill me. At my own house,” and he posted screenshots of an alleged text conversation with his agent, Brian Murphy of Athletes First, in which he requested help from 911.

Griffen was alone inside his home according to authorities.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said when asked that he was unsure whether Griffen was safe. As far as the defensive end’s status for Minnesota’s Week 12 game at San Francisco, Zimmer also said he was not sure.

“No, that’s really not our concern right now,” Zimmer said. “It’s really about him.”

In his first stint with the Vikings, Griffen took a monthlong hiatus during the 2018 season to focus on his health and well-being after the team ordered him to undergo a mental health evaluation and after two incidents involving police authorities led to him being hospitalized. He said in April 2019 that he had had a “rough year” relating to his mental health.

Zimmer said that he addressed the team Wednesday morning.

“We’re only concerned about his well-being,” Zimmer said. “He’s been with us for a long time. Good guy. Works hard.”

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George McCaskey meets with Chicago Bears, reiterates that Matt Nagy won’t be fired after Thanksgiving game, sources say



CHICAGO — Bears team chairman George McCaskey addressed the players Wednesday and told them coach Matt Nagy would not be fired after Thursday’s game in Detroit, sources told ESPN on Wednesday, confirming an earlier report.

McCaskey’s message to the team capped a tumultuous week when Nagy’s job status came under extreme scrutiny after a report Tuesday on that claimed the Bears had already informed Nagy that Thanksgiving’s game vs. the Lions would be his last, regardless of the outcome.

Nagy denied the report on Tuesday, saying “my focus is on these players and Detroit, and that’s it. That’s my job as a head coach and a leader, is to do that. These players have been amazing. They’ve been great. You have this quick turnaround after a loss like [Sunday’s to the Baltimore Ravens], and now here you go. The only thing we can do is focus on the now and do everything we can. Thursday is going to be here quickly.”

The Bears did not make McCaskey or team president Ted Phillips available to the media.

Losers of five straight, the Bears enter the Lions game at 3-7 and outside of the NFC playoff picture.

To make matters worse, Chicago ranks near the bottom of the league in most offensive categories — a running theme the past three years under Nagy, who was originally hired based on his extensive experience in the Andy Reid system of offense in Philadelphia and Kansas City.

Just a couple of years ago, Nagy was named NFL Coach of the Year (2018) as the Bears surged to 12-4 and reached the playoffs for the first time in eight years.

Chicago finished 8-8 in 2019 and 2020 but qualified for the postseason last year as a wild-card team. Nagy is 0-2 in the playoffs.

The Athletic was the first to report that McCaskey’s meeting took place.

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New Orleans Saints again to be without RB Alvin Kamara vs. Buffalo Bills



METAIRIE, La. — Running back Alvin Kamara has been ruled out for the third straight week with his knee injury as the New Orleans Saints prepare to host the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving night.

Right tackle Ryan Ramczyk (knee) and defensive ends Marcus Davenport (shoulder) and Tanoh Kpassagnon (ankle) were also ruled out for Thursday’s game. Running back Mark Ingram II (knee) and left tackle Terron Armstead (knee/shoulder) are listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis Wednesday.

If Ingram is out or limited, the Saints will obviously be short-handed at running back. Second-year pro Tony Jones Jr., RB/WR Ty Montgomery and backup quarterback Taysom Hill would likely be among those who fill the void.

Kamara is not expected to be sidelined long term, and he was not placed on injured reserve after he first started experiencing knee soreness during the Saints’ Week 9 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints will play another Thursday night game at home against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 13 before having three extra days between games in Week 14.

Kamara has obviously been missed in a depleted Saints offense that has been short on playmakers in the passing game all season. He leads the team with 840 yards from scrimmage, 7 touchdowns and 32 receptions this season.

The Saints (5-5) have battled injuries all season — but especially over the past month (including quarterback Jameis Winston‘s season-ending ACL tear and receiver Michael Thomas‘ season-ending setback with an ankle injury). The Saints have hit a three-game losing streak for the first time since 2016.

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