Update: Jimmy Graham has officially appealed the ruling that stated he’ll be paid as a franchise-tagged tight end not wide receiver, source said.
Well that's a sudden turn. Graham choosing not to appeal indicated that perhaps he and the Saints were close on a renegotiated deal. This now obviously mean that they are not close. Let the drama begin...ANALYST: Howard Bender
LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is not practicing Thursday.
Reports on McCoy's hamstring haven't been positive and when discussed prior to Week 4, the word was that he would be out for at least a couple of weeks. Do not expect to see him on the field in Week 5. If Karlos Williams is cleared via concussion protocol, he will fill in. If he is not, Anthony Dixon is expected to get the start. Analysis: Howard Bender
Ben Roethlisberger's recovery from an MCL sprain suggests the Pittsburgh Steelers' wait on the franchise quarterback could be fairly short.
There seem to be a lot of varying opinions here as NFL.com's Ian Rappaport reported a week ago that Big Ben's recovery would be six weeks and not four but then a number of local Steelers blogs said he would be back sooner. The team refuted those reports, saying there was no change in his timetable but now this report from Jeremy Fowler of ESPN says that he could be back relatively soon. Clear as mud? Exactly. What we do know is that Roethlisberger will not play in Week 5 and given the nature of the injury, he will likely miss Week 6 as well. The team will probably try to target Week 7 at Kansas City, but they won't push him to the point where he could do more damage to the knee. Stay in tune with all the latest reports but pay extremely close attention to what is fact and what is conjecture. You'll likely get more of the latter than the former so don't jump the gun on any moves or trades just yet. Analysis: Howard Bender
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said RB Marshawn Lynch is day-to-day and there still not sure if he plays Week 5.
This will once again be a game-time decision, but fantasy owners need to start planning for an alternative. Lynch has now battled injuries for the last three weeks and may need another week before returning to the field. The Seahawks will once again turn to Thomas Rawls and the running back may get all the work he can handle with Fred Jackson sidelined with a high-ankle sprain. The Seahawks have a very difficult match-up this week against a Bengals run defense ranked in the top 10, so fading any of the running backs from Seattle wouldn’t be the worse idea. Analysis: Phil Backert
Andrew Luck Will not play Thursday night. Matt Hasselbeck to start.
This is a brutal blow for fantasy owners as all signs pointed to Luck returning against the Texans, but that won’t be the case. Hasselbeck has also been dealing with an illness which caused him not to throw passes during the week as well, but he will be healthy enough to suit up for the Colts tonight. In relief of Luck, Hasselbeck completed 30 passes on 47 attempts for 282 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars in Week 4. Even though the Colts have a favorable match-up against the Texans secondary, the receivers lose some of their fantasy appeal due to the absence of Luck and Hasselbeck's illness. Analysis: Phil Backert