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Matt Benning Headshot

Benning (illness) was declared healthy by coach Todd McLellan and will return to the lineup in Philadelphia.

Benning has missed Edmonton's previous three contests, but returns just in time to face the league's fourth best offense -- the Flyers are averaging 3.71 goals per game. When healthy, the blueliner is logging a mere 16:55 of ice time per outing, which limits his opportunities to get on the scoresheet. Eric Gryba and Yohann Auvitu are the most likely candidates to move up to the press box with Benning back in the lineup.
3:49 pm (EST)
Lars Eller Headshot

Eller (illness) will return to the lineup for Friday's game against the Red Wings.

Eller missed Tuesday's game against Toronto due to an illness, but the 28-year-old Dane will return to his role centering the Capitals' third line against Detroit. Eller's known more for his abilities as a penalty-killing specialist than his offensive aptitude, so his return will likely go unnoticed by most fantasy owners.
3:48 pm (EST)
Noah Spence Headshot

Spence (shoulder) practiced without limitations Friday and is questionable to play Sunday against the Bills, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Spence has been nursing this injury for most of the season but hasn't missed a game, so he should be expected to show up in at least a limited fashion. Still, he plays a backup role on the defensive line and shouldn't be considered an IDP threat.
3:46 pm (EST)
Demaryius Thomas Headshot

Thomas (calf) has been cleared to play in Sunday's game against the Chargers.

This was an expected outcome upon his return to practice Thursday and with Emmanuel Sanders out this week, Thomas should be busy Sunday, while Bennie Fowler is slated to move into the starting lineup opposite him in place of Sanders. Meanwhile, Jordan Taylor is a candidate to see added looks this weekend, as he temporarily moves up a peg in the Broncos' wideout pecking order.
3:46 pm (EST)
Jay Ajayi Headshot

Ajayi (knee) was a full participant in the Dolphins' practice Friday and doesn't carry an injury designation heading into Sunday's contest against the Jets, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

The Dolphins held Ajayi out of practice Thursday, but that's been a common occurrence throughout the season with the intention of providing regular maintenance to combat his chronic right knee soreness. Unless the pain in Ajayi's knee intensifies as the season progresses, he's not expected to miss any game action, but the running back's restricted practice schedule could be hampering his development as a receiver. Though Ajayi displayed three-down capabilities during his college career at Boise State, he's yet to emerge as much of a receiving threat in his three seasons in Miami, and has arguably taken a step back in that regard in 2017. With seven catches for just 23 yards, Ajayi hasn't been a go-to check-down option for quarterback Jay Cutler, but fortunately, he remains a formidable presence on the ground. Ajayi's 391 rushing yards rank seventh in the NFL, though his failure to find the end zone in five games has rendered him a disappointment in the fantasy realm.
3:46 pm (EST)
Lardarius Webb Headshot

Webb (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Webb was added to the injury report Thursday after suffering an undisclosed knee injury in practice. However, the fact he made it back for a limited session Friday suggests the issue isn't all that severe. As someone who's logged at least 40 defensive snaps in four of six games this season, Webb's potential absence Sunday could thrust rookie Chuck Clark into an expanded role.
3:44 pm (EST)
Laquon Treadwell Headshot

The Vikings may need Treadwell to contribute more in the passing game while Stefon Diggs (groin) and Michael Floyd (hamstring) battle injuries, Matthew Coller of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports.

Diggs is out for Sunday's game against Baltimore, while Floyd is listed as questionable after barely practicing all week. Treadwell had the best game of his young career -- catching three passes for 51 yards -- in a 23-10 win over the Packers last week, but his snap share (57 percent) was actually right around its usual range. With Floyd potentially joining Diggs on the sideline this time around, Treadwell could push for a typical starter's workload, albeit against a Baltimore defense that's completely shut down opposing wideouts to the tune of 6.4 yards per target and 105.7 yards per game.
3:43 pm (EST)
Ryan Arcidiacono Headshot

Arcidiacono will not be the team's backup point guard during Saturday's game against the Spurs, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The rookie may have already lost his job after one game. In five minutes, the only statistic he recorded was one assist. Coach Fred Hoiberg has instead opted to give Kay Felder the job Saturday. Felder finished Thursday's season opener by dropped six points and six assists.
3:43 pm (EST)
Kay Felder Headshot

Felder will be the team's backup point guard during Saturday's game against the Spurs, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Ryan Arcidiacono was the team's reserve point guard to open the season, but after one game, coach Fred Hoiberg may have changed his mind. In 16 minutes Thursday, Felder posted six points and six assists.
3:41 pm (EST)
Leon Draisaitl Headshot

Draisaitl (concussion) will not be in the lineup against the Flyers on Saturday, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.

Initial indications were that Draisaitl might be ready in time to face Philadelphia, but it appears he has not been given the all-clear. Considering the difficult nature of pinpointing return dates from concussions, it's tough to estimate when the center will return to the lineup; however, his next opportunity to do so will come Tuesday when the Oilers head to Pittsburgh.
3:40 pm (EST)
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