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The Facts: NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday Dak Prescott will start Week 8 versus the Philadelphia Eagles, per a source informed of the situation. Rapoport noted that Romo might not be physically ready to play versus the Cleveland Browns in Week 9. The Cowboys will be prudent with their 36-year-old quarterback coming off a back injury.
Diehards Line: The news doesn't come as a surprise to anyone who watched Prescott through six weeks. The offense is rolling behind a punishing offensive line, Ezekiel Elliott and the sublime play of Prescott. The rookie quarterback frequently throws darts under pressure, displays heady decision making and elusiveness without the tendency to flee the pocket too early. Health is a convenient excuse for Dallas to keep Romo on the sideline. Even if Romo were healthy, NFL.com contends the Cowboys might have had a mutiny on their hands if they benched Dak. That won't happen after the bye week.
The Facts: Following up on the previous item. ... ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting Roethlisberger could be out 4-6 weeks after undergoing knee surgery to repair meniscus.
Diehards Line:Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that surgeons found damage from a bone bruse suffered last year when they trimmed his meniscus. He conceded that damage could add to the recovery time. Mortensen's report adds to clarity to the timetable, which probably isn't what the Steelers or fantasy owners want to hear.
The Facts: Roethlisberger, who had outpatient surgery Monday morning plans on missing just the New England game at Heinz Field. He hopes to be back after the team's bye Oct. 30 to play in Baltimore Nov. 6 against the Ravens. But he knows that might be impractical because he's 34 and because of his medical history. "Doc says my knee looked good, but there still was some stuff in there from when I had my bone bruise last season in St. Louis," Roethlisberger said Tuesday. "He said that might keep me out a little longer than just a simple meniscus tear. Maybe an extra week or so. But there's no way to put an exact timetable on it. It all depends on my pain and how I feel."
Diehards Line: Roethlisberger said his rehabilitation began as soon as he returned home Monday afternoon. “I’m icing and elevating as we speak.” Roethlisberger said Steelers team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jim Bradley and coach Mike Tomlin told him to do the first week to 10 days of his rehab at home. “But that’s going to be hard for me. I have to go in this week to see the guys. I’ll call Landry [Jones] and check in with him. I want to do everything I can to help him. I just hope coach lets me be on the sideline Sunday.” Jones will get the start against the Patriots. And we'll see if he's needed beyond that after the Steelers' bye.
The Facts: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Jets plan to name Smith their new starting QB today.
Diehards Line: HC Todd Bowles took the QB-change option off the table after Monday night's 28-3 loss to Arizona, declaring that Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the starter even though he pulled him for the final eight minutes of garbage time. But he put it back on the table Tuesday. "After the game that's always going to be status quo because I'm never going to tell the media anything before I meet with my coaches and my G.M. and the rest of the staff," Bowles said. "So, everything is status quo until we have our meeting on Monday evening. But [Smith] did show some promise when he was in there. He understood the game plan. He did good for the drive he was in there. ..." Sounds like the change is coming.
The Facts: Per Adam Schefter, Lacy "is seeking second opinion on foot injury from Dr. Bob Anderson in NC."
Diehards Line:Lacy is expected to miss several weeks with a foot injury, but will seek another opinion. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and keep you posted on any updates. For now, fantasy owners should expect to be without Lacy for some time and should go grab Knile Davis off of waivers.
The Facts: Ian Rapoport reported that the Packers are expected to be without Lacy for "several weeks" and that "it's more than a sprained ankle."
Diehards Line:This is not good news for the Packers who also lost James Starks for at least four weeks. They traded for Knile Davis today, but it is unlikely he will be up to speed with the offense for Thursday night's game. We will monitor this situation closely and update you on Lacy's status as we hear it. Knile Davis is a must add in all formats at this time.
The Facts: Decker underwent hip surgery on Tuesday.
Diehards Line:Decker who was placed on the injured reserved for a tear on his rotator cuff, underwent hip surgery. The recovery for the hip surgery is an estimated six months. Once he is recovered from this surgery, he will undergo shoulder surgery, which has an eight month timetable for recovery. At this time, it appears that best case scenario for Decker is being available for the start of next training camp.