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Titans rookie Bishop Sankey has led the team's running backs in snaps in each of the past two weeks. Although he wasn't on the field for more than 30 plays in either game, no other Tennessee RB -- Shonn Greene, Dexter McCluster -- was on the field for more than 20.
Sankey also paced the team in carries in Week 4 against the Colts and scored his first career touchdown. More snaps and carries, it's just the start for Sankey. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said as much during a Tuesday radio interview.
"You will see (more reps for Sankey). That's coming," Whisenhunt said. "And I think you'll see more of that earlier in the game this week.
"[Sankey has] made strides and done some of the things we've asked him, and in turn, he's going to get more reps and they're going to be earlier in the game. He's going to get in the game earlier no matter what because he's a good football player, but that's coming."
After spending most of the past couple of weeks limited in practice, Arian Foster and Andre Johnson took a step back Wednesday. Perhaps it was a step with a bit of a limp. Both players missed the day's entire session. Foster has been nagged by a hamstring injury for the better part of two months and was sidelined in Week 3. He played Sunday against Buffalo but admittedly wasn't 100 percent and rushed for just 6 yards on eight carries.
Johnson left that Week 4 win in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. However, he said after the game that he was "fine."
Suspended Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon is in a voluntary treatment facility for substance abuse and is 'doing well,' the Associated Press reported Wednesday. Blackmon entered himself into the 90-day program and is about halfway through. Head coach Gus Bradley took notice, saying "[Blackmon's] doing very well and he's learning a lot. He's healing and taking time for himself. The great thing is he has chosen this for himself. It's awesome to hear about." Blackmon is eligible for reinstatement to the NFL after Week 9.
After missing the first two games of 2014 with a hamstring injury, Cecil Shorts suffered a setback on Sunday. Shorts was forced out of the Jaguars' Week 4 matchup in the third quarter after recording two catches for 25 yards on four targets. Shorts is set to undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the damage.
Colts WR Da'Rick Rogers was arrested early this morning for DUI, according to Colts beat writer Charly Arnolt. Shortly after the news became public, Rogers was released by the team.
It's not a big deal to the fantasy community. The talented-but-oft-troubled Rogers saw zero snaps through the first four weeks of the NFL season, playing behind Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Griff Whalen and Donte Moncrief. If he wasn't on your waiver wire already, he can be safely dropped.
The injury report heading into Week 3 was overwhelming simply due to the towering list of players who were dealing with ailments. The list isn't as long heading into Week 4, but the players who are worth tracking this morning are some of the league's best -- Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Arian Foster. Updates on those players and many others will start pouring in around 11:30 a.m. Eastern when the inactive reports come out. Keep refreshing this post until the early kickoffs for the latest on the this week's damaged fantasy commodities.
Jake Locker's injured wrist won't allow him to start versus the Colts, so the Titans are turning to Charlie Whitehurst to make his first start since 2011. According to numerous reports, Whitehurst will start in place of Locker and should have tight end Delanie Walker available to him. Walker was limited throughout the practice week because of a shoulder injury.
Texans running back Arian Foster was limited for every practice last week and ended up not playing on Sunday.
This week, he went through the same routine Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. But his Sunday will be much different. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Foster is expected play today against the Bills. Rapoport adds that while Foster will test out his hamstring during pregame warmups, he was feeling much better late in the week. A hamstring injury has bothered him since the early stages of training camp but in two games played this season, Foster has 270 yards from scrimmage on 59 touches.
Texans running back Arian Foster didn't play in Week 3 despite practicing in limited fashion every possible day leading up to the Giants game. If fantasy owners were hoping that clarity would shine through one week later, they will have to wait a little bit longer. Foster's status remains foggy after he went through limited practice again Wednesday. He continues to be nagged by a hamstring injury that he's had since the preseason.
Arian Foster's hamstring injury is the same issue that hampered his participation in training camp, according to the Houston Chronicle. Foster missed Sunday's game against the Giants with the ailment and recently told members of the media he considers himself "day to day." In Foster's absence, RB Alfred Blue carried most of the rushing load for the Texans with Jonathan Grimes and Ronnie Brown chipping in.