Sunday Morning Tweet Storm Recap
Every Sunday morning, the NFL’s national reporters unload injury news and other tidbits to inform our gambling decisions. Here are some of the top news items and what they mean.
PLAYERS RULED OUT
No big surprises here. Saquon Barkley and Tyreek Hill had some optimism due to their participation in practice, but it will be at least another week for both of them. Jalen Ramsey’s absence is also notable given his trade request, though the official story is he has a back injury.
T.Y. HILTON (IND) AND SAMMY WATKINS (KC) EXPECTED TO PLAY
The two are mentioned in the same tweet because they’re facing each other on Sunday night. Hilton was last seen catching a touchdown pass just before halftime of Week 3. Though he missed Week 4, he’s gotten in limited practices this week.
There was some worry about Watkins since he was downgraded to questionable on Friday, but there appear to be no worries. Watkins exploded for 198 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1 but hasn’t scored or eclipsed 65 yards since.
MIKE WILLIAMS (LAC) SHOULD RETURN
The Chargers will need him. Williams missed Week 4 and was replaced by Dontrelle Inman, but now Inman is on IR. Travis Benjamin is expected to sit as well. In three career games against Denver, Williams has seven receptions for 121 yards and a score.
MICHAEL GALLUP (DAL) EXPECTED TO SUIT UP
Gallup missed Weeks 3 and 4 with a knee injury. Though Gallup is expected to be active, it’s unclear if he will receive a full workload.
DEVIN SINGLETARY (BUF) A GAME-TIME DECISION
Singletary’s hamstring injury could keep him out for a third straight game. The rookie was expected to take over Buffalo’s backfield, but the ageless Frank Gore has thus far managed to hold him off.
KENNY STILLS (HOU) UNLIKELY TO PLAY
Stills is Houston’s second-leading receiver despite his late addition to the team. Bill O’Brien called him a game-time decision on Friday.
MARLON MACK (IND) A GAME-TIME DECISION AND DAMIEN WILLIAMS (KC) EXPECTED TO RETURN
Rapoport also reiterated earlier reports regarding T.Y. Hilton and Sammy Watkins. After missing two games, it’s unclear if Williams will retain his previous role or if he’ll cede snaps to LeSean McCoy and Darrel Williams. Mack’s ankle injury may have affected him last week, but he’s still fifth in the league in rushing yards per game.
JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER (PIT) A GAME-TIME DECISION
Rapoport notes that Smith-Schuster (toe) practiced fully on Friday, which usually indicates a player is fine. The Steelers are apparently still worried. Smith-Schuster is Pittsburgh’s best receiver by a long shot, so obviously his absence would be a huge blow.
TERRY MCLAURIN (WAS) HAS A CHANCE TO RETURN
When McLaurin was held out of Week 4, it was considered precautionary. Another missed game would indicate something more serious. Despite the missed game, McLaurin is still Washington’s leading receiver. They managed three points against the Giants without him. However, the Redskins may decide to rest him again in a borderline unwinnable home matchup with New England.
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