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Darren McFadden Headshot

McFadden could be included among the Cowboys' seven inactives for the Week 7 matchup with the 49ers after starting running back Ezekiel Elliott was granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday for his six-game suspension, the Associated Press reports.

Since being handed the suspension during the preseason in August, Elliott has had the ban overturned twice by the courts, and it remains unlikely that the saga has concluded. However, the most recent legal decision at least tentatively puts Elliott on track to play Sunday against San Francisco, meaning that McFadden will likely miss out on an opportunity to earn his first snaps of 2017. With Elliott having suited up in all five games to date, Alfred Morris has acted as his primary backup, while the lone other running back on the roster, Rod Smith, has seen the bulk of his snaps on special teams. Since McFadden doesn't offer any value on the special teams units, the Cowboys have little reason to keep him active as a third-string option when all of their other running backs are available.
10:47 am (EST)
Brian Gibbons Headshot

Gibbons scored his third goal in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout win over the Lightning.

The 29-year-old Gibbons doesn't exactly fit New Jersey's youth movement, but he's been a key contributor in the team's surprising hot start. Despite skating in a bottom-six role and not seeing any power-play time, Gibbons has three goals, two assists and a plus-6 rating through six games. The career AHLer came into this season with just 22 points in 66 career NHL contests, so maintaining this early success will likely prove tough.
10:45 am (EST)
Justin Faulk Headshot

Faulk dished out two power-play assists in Tuesday's 5-3 win over Edmonton.

The American-born defenseman's assists were his first two points of the campaign, coming in his fourth game. Despite what has been somewhat of a slow start, Faulk is averaging what would be career highs in both time on ice (25:03) and power-play time on ice (4:12), which should begin to yield improved results as the season progresses. Faulk has one of the heaviest shots in the game of hockey, a weapon that helped him in scoring 48 goals over the past three seasons, and should see him continue to find the net in 2017-18.
10:44 am (EST)
Nico Hischier Headshot

Hischier dished out a pair of helpers, including one on the power play, in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout win over Tampa Bay.

Hischier still hasn't scored a goal, but the first overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft does have four helpers through six games. He's also starting to see a bigger role, topping 17 minutes of ice time in consecutive contests after seeing fewer than 16 minutes in each of his first four NHL appearances.
10:39 am (EST)
Colin Miller Headshot

Miller registered his first point of the season -- a power-play assist -- in a 5-4 overtime win over Buffalo on Tuesday.

Miller has had a pretty quiet start to his Golden Knights career, finally breaking a scoreless drought in his sixth game of the season. Despite not scoring, the 24-year-old blueliner has registered 12 hits and eight shots on goal so far. However, he may play himself off the power-play unit if his name doesn't pop up on the box score more often.
10:35 am (EST)
Kyle Palmieri Headshot

Palmieri scored a power-play goal and converted in the shootout during Tuesday's 5-4 shootout win over the Lightning.

Palmieri has quietly turned into one of the league's most lethal threats with the extra man, as he already has four power-play points this season after churning out a combined 42 over the previous two campaigns. He was the only shooter to convert in the skills challenge, propelling his team to the win by beating Peter Budaj in the third round.
10:34 am (EST)
Semi Ojeleye Headshot

Ojeleye was held scoreless (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and failed to collect any other stats during his surprising 9 minute in Tuesday's 102-99 season opening loss in Cleveland.

Gordon Hayward's horrific leg injury forced Boston to experiment with some unusual lineups, which included nine minutes of surprising floor time for the second-round rookie Ojeleye. The 6-7 wing drained 2.1 treys per game during his junior year at SMU. Boston is hoping he can provide similar outside shooting and tough defense off the bench. With Hayward likely out for the season, Ojeleye will receive a few more opportunities to prove he deserves to stay in The Association.
10:34 am (EST)
DeShone Kizer Headshot

Browns head coach Hue Jackson is expected to name Kizer the team's starting quarterback Wednesday in advance of Cleveland's Week 7 matchup against Tennessee, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.

Even after Kizer performed miserably in his first five NFL starts before being relegated to backup duties in Week 6 in favor of Kevin Hogan, it was widely expected that Kizer would get another crack at starting before the season concluded, given that the non-contending Browns have little to lose by handing the higher-upside rookie more in-game developmental opportunities. However, Kizer's appointment back into the starting lineup looks like it will come sooner than expected after Hogan, who shined in relief of Kizer in Week 5, was abysmal in last Sunday's loss to the Texans, completing only 20 of 37 passes for 140 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. With a league-worst 49.5 passer rating and nine interceptions through five contests, Kizer is unlikely to represent much of an upgrade, if any, from Hogan in his second trial as starter, so he'll need to dramatically raise his production before warranting much attention outside of deeper fantasy leagues that start two quarterbacks.
10:33 am (EST)
Oscar Lindberg Headshot

Lindberg scored a first-period goal in Tuesday's 5-4 victory over the Sabres.

It was the second straight game with a goal for Lindberg, bringing him to three on the season. The 25-year-old Swede also blocked a season-high three shots in the contest. Averaging a career-high 13:35 of ice time, Lindberg may soon force his way on to a power-play unit if he keeps up his scoring.
10:29 am (EST)
Nick Foligno Headshot

Foligno scored a goal and added two shots on net, two hits, a blocked shot and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Jets.

His unassisted tally in the second period was his first goal of the season, but Foligno's been productive without finding the back of the net, racking up five points with a plus-7 rating through six games. He's been the one constant on the Jackets' second line through the early part of the year, and the veteran should continue seeing plenty of premium ice time moving forward.
10:29 am (EST)
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