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Benjamin Watson Headshot

Watson (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

After two absences from practices to begin the week, Watson was able to get back on the field in a limited capacity Friday, which may be good enough for the Ravens to clear him to play by the time Sunday arrives. The Ravens similarly limited Watson's practice workload in Weeks 3 through 5, but the veteran tight end has yet to miss a game this season. Watson is coming off a Week 6 loss to the Bears in which he saw eight targets during the contest, gaining 28 yards on six receptions.
3:30 pm (EST)
Brandon Williams Headshot

Williams (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Since Williams was a full participant in practice all week, we assume he'll ultimately be given the thumbs up to play prior to Sunday's 1:00 PM ET kickoff. If not, the Ravens could be susceptible against the run considering they've surrendered 169.5 rushing games without him in the lineup this year -- compared to 85.0 yards per game in Week 1 and Week 2 before Williams injured his foot.
3:29 pm (EST)
Rodney Hood Headshot

Hood, who is dealing with a stomach bug, will play during Friday's game against the Timberwolves but noted that he's not "quite at 100 percent", Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Hood played just 18 minutes while dealing with the illness during the team's season opener. While he was limited, rookie Donovan Mitchell saw 26 minutes (10 points, four assists) and Alec Burks saw 15 minutes (16 points). It's unclear how many minutes he'll play Friday, though the situation certainly seems fluid. For that reason, he makes for a risky DFS play.
3:29 pm (EST)
Ryan Russell Headshot

Russell (shoulder) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Bills, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Russell will miss his second consecutive game after leaving early in Week 5 against the Patriots. He's been slotting in as a No. 2 defensive end, but Russell has been still playing a fair amount of snaps. With just four tackles (three solo) on the season, though, fantasy owners shouldn't lose sleep.
3:27 pm (EST)
Daniel Murphy (L) Headshot

Murphy underwent successful knee surgery to repair the articular cartilage in his right knee, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.

The Nationals stated that Murphy will begin rehab immediately, but the only sort of timetable mentioned was that the rehab "will progress throughout the offseason." Regarding the surgery, Dr. Timothy Kremcheck performed the procedure, which entailed debridement and microfracture of the knee. There will likely be updates of Murphy's status as the offseason moves along.
3:25 pm (EST)
Mike Wallace Headshot

Wallace (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reportrs.

Durability has never been much of a concern for Wallace, who has missed just one game in his nine NFL seasons, and the wideout has stated throughout the week that he doesn't believe his back issue will keep him on the sideline come Sunday. The injury sidelined Wallace for one practice this week and limited him for two others, but if he endures no new complications during pregame warmups, he'll likely be able to tough it out and play in Week 7. Wallace's availability would loom larger than normal for an injury-ravaged Ravens receiving corps, which will be missing Breshad Perriman (concussion) and could also be without the services of Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) and Chris Matthews (thigh).
3:25 pm (EST)
Erik Gudbranson Headshot

Gudbranson will miss Friday's matchup with Buffalo as he serves a one-game suspension for boarding, per the NHL Department of Player Safety.

Gudbranson has never been hit with a fine or a suspension by the league, which likely eased the severity of the penalty -- combined with the fact that Frank Vatrano does not appear to have suffered an injury on the play. With the 25-year-old ineligible to play, Alex Biega will make his season debut for the Canucks.
3:25 pm (EST)
Josh Robinson Headshot

Robinson (concussion) didn't practice Friday and won't be ready for Sunday's game against the Bills, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Robinson was able to practice in full capacity Wednesday, but he still wasn't able to progress in concussion protocol to the point that he could play. With Keith Tandy and T.J. Ward both nursing hip injuries, Robinson could've been due for some defensive snaps too. Expect to see Justin Evans to pick up most of the workload Robinson leaves behind.
3:24 pm (EST)
Scott Wedgewood Headshot

The Devils recalled Wedgewood from AHL Binghamton under emergency conditions Friday.

New Jersey placed starting netminder Cory Schneider on injured reserve in a corresponding move Friday, so Wedgewood will presumably slot in as Keith Kinkaid's backup for Friday's game against the Sharks. The 25-year-old netminder will be returned to the minors as soon as Schneider is fit to play.
3:22 pm (EST)
Keenan Allen Headshot

Allen (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

After being added to the Chargers' injury report as a limited practice participant Thursday, Allen was unable to practice Friday, thus clouding his status for Sunday's 4:25 ET home tilt. If Allen is out or limited at all Sunday, Mike Williams could see some added work in his second game with the team, while working with Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin, who were in Week 6's starting lineup against the Raiders along with Allen.
3:22 pm (EST)
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