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D.J. Chark (ankle) practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday.
This is actually an improvement from one week ago at this time, as Chark was sidelined for Wednesday and Thursday ahead of Week 6. He should be good to go for Sunday's matchup against the Chargers, with the hopes of seeing another 14 targets headed in his direction.
Added 8:04 pm (EST)
Breshad Perriman (ankle, knee) was limited for Thursday's practice.
Perriman returned to the Jets lineup on Sunday for the first time since Week 2, catching 4-of-8 targets for 62 yards - which led the team. Hopefully playing 89 percent of the team's snaps did not lead to a setback. We suggest avoiding all Jets not named Jamison Crowder against the Bills in Week 7.
Added 7:32 pm (EST)
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.
"We'll see how he responds tomorrow, how he feels," head coach Matt Rhule said. "I think the thing with Curtis is we're not going to rush him. If he can go, great, but if not, we have a lot of confidence in the other guys." Samuel sat out Sunday's game against the Bears, and the Panthers clearly do not view him as an important enough piece to hurry back into the lineup.
Added 7:21 pm (EST)
Noah Fant (ankle) remained "limited" in Wednesday's practice.
Fant got in limited practices last week before sitting out against the Patriots. He is presumably closer to suiting up now, though we have seen a number of "limited" practice players miss several weeks of action this year. If Fant can get the go-ahead, he will immediately slide back in as a top-eight option up the seam.
Added 6:49 pm (EST)
A. Lynch - LB
Jaguars DE Aaron Lynch has ended his brief retirement and joined the team.
The 27-year-old hung up his cleats just two months ago but has now decided to come back to football. The Jaguars are dead last in adjusted sack rate and need all the help they can get off the edge.
Added 5:08 pm (EST)
Robert Tonyan (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.
Tonyan played a season-low 59% of the snaps against the Bucs after limping off in the second quarter. He eventually returned for the second half, but Tonyan's numbers were forgettable with 3-25-0 on four targets on a day Aaron Rodgers was deleted by Tampa's stifling defense. Tonyan will be a TE1 if he suits up this week against Houston.
Added 5:01 pm (EST)
Jonnu Smith (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
After Smith was forced from Week 6 against the Texans and didn't return, it was reported his ankle sprain was minor. Starting the week off with a limited practice is a good sign for his Week 7 availability against the Steelers, but he's unlikely to be at 100 percent.
Added 4:38 pm (EST)
J. Willis - DL
49ers acquired OLB Jordan Willis and a 2021 seventh-round pick from the Jets in exchange for a 2022 sixth-round pick.
The former third-rounder of the Bengals in 2017, Willis has three career sacks and has played 11% of the Jets' defensive snaps this season. He's unlikely to become a significant difference-maker for the Niners.
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Added 4:36 pm (EST)