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Thursday, September 11, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL DAILY WRAPUP: JOSH GORDON AND WES WELKER RETURNING TO FIELD DUE TO NEW DRUG AGREEMENT

                                               

Lots of news from around the league as fantasy football Week 2 approaches.  Let's get to all the latest.

-The NFL and the players association have agreed on a new drug program that will be voted on as early as this Tuesday.  Once ratified, the new agreement will instantly release Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker from his 4-game suspension (he will wind up only serving two) but the case of Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns is much more complicated.  ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Gordon will in no way get an automatic return like Welker and that he will serve some sort of suspension that could last between  and 10 games.  While this is great news for Welker owners, those who took a shot on Gordon may not get the bang they were originally looking for.  If Gordon's gets as little as 6 games, he will have wound up missing 8 games altogether.  Still even having Gordon for one game could be a difference-maker so hold onto him if he is still sitting there on your roster.

-Double trouble in Chicago as both WR's Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery were missing from practice on Thursday which sent alarms ringing.  Marshall is dealing with a bum ankle that he first injured during Week 1's game and Jeffery has a more serious with his hamstring that has not allowed him to practice one bit through Thursday.  Jeffery's status is looking much more iffy than Marshall at this point and obviously his loss would be huge.  Marshall has always gutted through injuries and is as durable as they come so bet on him going out there to play.  Friday's practice is incredibly important for both.

-Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White appearing on the injury report with a knee problem brought back reminders of his marred 2013 season where he was hobbled for pretty much the entire first three months.  However White downplayed the injury and proclaimed himself ready to go for Week 2.  While this on the surface looks like a minor deal, any injury issue with White has to be watched closely given his age and recent history there.

-It is all systems a go for Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy who has been fully cleared by both the NFL and the team from the concussion he suffered in Week 1.  Hold James Starks for another day just to be safe but it looks like Lacy will be fully ready to go.

-Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams was added to the injury report with a thigh injury which caused him to miss Thursday's practice.  Williams is looking like a questionable deal at this point but he was only a RB 3 or 4 at best anyway.

-Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington looks like he will be an ongoing concern as he missed practice Thursday with his sore foot.  Ellington didn't practice at all last week but still played in Monday night's opener.  The same thing could occur again this week but Ellington remains a high-risk guy for the time being.

-Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron sat out practice again Thursday with his sore shoulder but he pronounced himself "all good" when he met with the media.  It is looking unlikely Cameron will be able to play in Week 2 and the fact he has dealt with the shoulder all summer and into the season is a big concern. 

There you have it.  Be sure to check back for Week 2's position rankings and Friday's injury report.

 

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