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Eric Decker's Week 3 Status Still Uncertain (9/15 11:59 PT)

The Facts: Decker's hamstring injury is a concern, but HC Rex Ryan expressed optimism that the wide receiver could be back on the field for next Monday night's game against the Bears. “We don’t know right now, we’ll see,” Ryan said. “Hopefully he’ll be ready to roll on Monday.” Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: Decker had four catches for 63 yards and a touchdown Sunday at Green Bay, but was unable to play in a crucial -- and scoreless -- fourth quarter. Decker dealt with a hamstring injury during training camp. Jets quarterback Geno Smith said the team had other options if Decker -- the Jets' No. 1 wide receiver -- isn’t in the game. “We’ve got viable weapons,” Smith said. ... It's true. But Decker is still the team's WR1 for a reason. ... We'll be following up.

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Dexter McCluster Dealing With A Sore Foot (9/15 11:58 PT)

The Facts: HC Ken Whisenhunt told reporters that running back Dexter McCluster has a sore foot Monday, and that additional details will be known Wednesday.  Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: McCluster was spotted leaving the locker room with a walking boot on his foot after Sunday's game. ... The boot and subsequent stonewalling don't seem promising, but we'll be following up.

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Adrian Peterson Being Investigated In Second Abuse Case Involving Another Son (9/15 6:58 PT)

The Facts: If, as it appears, Peterson didn’t see anything wrong with spanking one of his children with a switch until the boy’s flesh ripped open and bled, logic suggests that it wasn’t a one-time occurrence. According to multiple reports, it may not have been. KHOU 11 in Houston and FOX 9 in Minneapolis report that Peterson is being investigated for a second abuse case involving another one of his sons. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: The Vikings reinstated Peterson on Monday after a one-game deactivation arising from Friday’s indictment on charges of reckless of negligent injury to a child in Texas. Stay tuned for more details regarding the second case -- and for how it might (or might not) change the Vikings' handling of the situation.

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Eagles-Colts Inactives; No Surprises Tonight (9/15 6:17 PT)

The Facts: The Eagles and Colts have announced their inactive lists for tonight's game in Indianapols and there are no surprises. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: The Eagles will be without WR Josh Huff, who is nursing a shoulder injury. The Colts have declared Da'Rick Rogers and newly-signed RB Dion Lewis inactive. You can get the complete list for both teams on our Inactives Page.

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Adrian Peterson's Arraignment Delayed Until Oct. 8 (9/15 6:11 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Peterson's first day in court has been delayed. The Minnesota Vikings' star running back's initial court date concerning a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child -- his 4-year-old son -- has been moved to Oct. 8 at 9 a.m. CT, the Montgomery County (Texas) District Attorney's office confirms to NFL Media.  Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Peterson was indicted Friday and faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted. He flew to Texas and turned himself in early Saturday morning to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and was released after posting a $15,000 bond. The Vikings deactivated Peterson for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots, but the team announced the 29-year-old was reactivated and will fully practice this week. He is expected to play against the New Orleans Saints in Week 3. Peterson's arraignment was scheduled for Wednesday, but it was delayed to October because his attorney, Rusty Hardin, is out of the country this week.

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Vincent Brown Signs With Raiders (9/15 5:50 PT)

The Facts: Brown worked out with the Raiders and signed a one-year contract Monday afternoon, a source said. Reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune

Diehards Line: Brown was waived-injured in late August due to a calf injury that forced him to miss all but one practice in training camp. The Chargers drafted Brown in the 2011 third round. Fittingly, his best career games have come versus Oakland. He caught seven passes for 117 yards, both personal highs, last year at O.co Coliseum. As a rookie, he had five catches for 97 yards and a touchdown versus the Raiders. The Chargers will see him when they travel north on Oct. 16. He's shown to be a versatile and effective route runner, and he has a knack for the deep ball, able to high-point it with a good catch radius, particularly for a 5-foot-11 receiver. But he also has struggled with lower body injuries.

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Report: New Drug Policy Should Be In Place By Wednesday (9/15 4:01 PT)

The Facts: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, upon agreement of term sheet for new drug policy, these players will be reinstated: Broncos WR Wes Welker, Rams WR Steadman Bailey, Cowboys DB Orlando Scandrick, Giants OL Eric Herman and former Vikings DE Spencer Nealy. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: WRs Josh Gordon and former Colt LaVon Brazill will have their season-long suspensions reduced to 10 games. Gordon continues to be allowed to work out at the Browns’ training facility. The seven above names are part of the estimated 20 who will be affected by the new policy once it is approved by the NFL, which is likely to occur in the next 24 hours.

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Lewis: A.J. Green's Injury Isn't A Long-Term Issue (9/15 3:17 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... HC Marvin Lewis said Monday, via the team, that Green doesn’t have a “long-term injury.” Lewis didn’t elaborate on the nature of the injury or how short a term the team is looking at, however. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Green suffered what is believed to be a strained ligament in his foot early in the Bengals’ victory over the Falcons and any absence from a player of his stature is cause for concern. It doesn’t sound like anyone in Cincinnati is overwrought, however. As PFT suggests, if Green doesn’t practice this week or play against the Titans, he’ll have a lot of time to get ready for their Week 5 game against the Patriots because their bye will fall in between the two games.

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John Abraham Returning To Cardinals (9/15 2:59 PT)

The Facts: According to Darren Urban of the team’s official website, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said that Abraham was returning to the team. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Last week when he stepped away from the Cardinals, Abraham said he was missing the desire to play. He apparently found it this weekend. ... Abraham is in the process of being cleared from a recent concussion, and there were concerns that he was suffering from memory loss as a result. Arians said he wasn’t worried about Abraham’s commitment to the team, but the question should be able his ability to play a role.

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Giants Lose CB Walter Thurmond For Rest Of The Season (9/15 2:58 PT)

The Facts: As if the New York Giants' Sunday implosion wasn't depressing enough, they are now dealing with the loss of a valuable member of their secondary. Thurmond is set to undergo surgery for a torn pectoral and will miss the remainder of the season. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: A free-agent acquisition in March, Thurmond was one of the NFL's premier nickelbacks as part of the Seahawks' historically great 2013 pass defense. The Giants will welcome Jayron Hosley back from suspension if the league's new drug policy goes through this week, but it's still a steep downgrade from Thurmond. Depth is a concern in an era in which most offenses utilize three- and four-wide receiver sets.

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Charles Tillman's Season Is Over Due To Torn Triceps (9/15 2:57 PT)

The Facts: The Bears played the second half of last season without Tillman because of a right triceps injury. It looks like they’ll have to play a lot more than that without him this year. Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that the Bears will place Tillman on season-ending injured reserve after he injured the same triceps in Sunday night’s comeback win over the 49ers. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Tillman got the designation to return last season, but never did. That isn’t an option this year with wide receiver Marquess Wilson already tabbed with that once a year option after he broke his collarbone this summer. Although this is a big loss, the coaching staff has to feel good about the play of first-round rookie Kyle Fuller, who was outstanding in Week 2, who recorded two interceptions.

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Adrian Peterson Issues Statement: Says He's Not A Child Abuser (9/15 2:16 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Peterson released a statement on Monday saying that he “very much” wants to share his story with the public, but that he’s limited about what he can say about a pending court matter. Peterson does say that he “never intended” to harm his son while disciplining him and that he has spoken to a psychologist about “alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate.” Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Peterson is expected to return to the lineup in Week 3 after missing Sunday’s loss to the Patriots after being indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child in Houston last week. His statement started by noting: “I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury,” the statement reads. “No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. ..." The full text of the statement can be found here. And with that, our focus will return to and remain on the football aspect of this story to the degree possible.

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Vikings Will Stick With Matt Cassel As Their Starter (9/15 2:15 PT)

The Facts: HC Mike Zimmer is sticking with Cassel as his starting QB. Despite the fans' chanting throughout the game for backup Teddy Bridgewater, Zimmer said he never thought of inserting the rookie, and he said Cassel will start Sunday at New Orleans. "I'm going to hold the quarterback position just like every position here to the same standard, and I also said I wasn't going to have a quick hook,' Zimmer said. "Matt needs to play better. It's pretty obvious he needs to play better. We all need to play better. I need to coach better.' Reported by the St. Paul Pioneer-Press

Diehards Line: Cassel tied a career high with four interceptions in Sunday's 30-7 loss to New England at TCF Bank Stadium. Inconsistency has plagued Cassel throughout his 10-year career. He went from making the Pro Bowl with Kansas City in 2010 to losing his Chiefs starting job in 2012 and being booed out of town. Not surprisingly he's glad to have the coach's backing. "I do appreciate it,' Cassel said of Zimmer's support. "There's no doubt about it.' Still, Cassel's hold on the job has gotten more tenuous. He needs to play better.

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Allen Hurns Day To Day With Ankle Sprain (9/15 2:13 PT)

The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... The Jags will evaluate Hurns on a day-to-day basis as he deals with an ankle sprain. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: Hurns was on crutches after Sunday's loss to the Redskins and his availability going forward will depend on his ability to get back on the practice field this week. We'll follow up as needed.

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More Details: Reid Says Jamaal Charles' High Sprain Isn't Serious (9/15 1:23 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the previous item. ... Reid said at Monday’s press conference that Charles, who was scheduled for an MRI, suffered a high ankle sprain. Such injuries typically carry a multi-week recovery time, but Reid said that he didn’t think this was a particularly serious version. “It doesn’t look to be a real severe one, but it does have the component of a high ankle sprain,” Reid said. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: As PFT suggests, even a mild high ankle sprain is going to make it difficult for a running back to play a week after suffering it, so the Chiefs are likely going to have to rely on Knile Davis in the immediate future. Fantasy owners should take that same approach to the degree possible.

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Ryan Mathews Expected To Miss 4-5 Weeks (9/15 1:21 PT)

The Facts: According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, an MRI confirmed that Mathews sprained his MCL in Sunday's win over the Seahawks. Mathews is expected to miss four to five weeks. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: That falls into line with the reporting on this injury Sunday night. ... With Mathews out, Donald Brown and Danny Woodhead move up in the rotation. We'll follow up with plans for the division of workload as further details come to light.

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Tavon Austin To Miss Two Weeks (9/15 1:20 PT)

The Facts: According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, an MRI revealed a minor MCL sprain for Austin. He is expected to miss two weeks. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: Austin has been a role player in the Rams' offense, but the team seemed to be finding ways to better use him against the Bucs. Now that progress will be slowed. Austin Pettis moves up in the rotation.

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Reid: Jamaal Charles Has A High Ankle Sprain (9/15 12:55 PT)

The Facts: Chiefs HC Andy Reid now saying Charles has a high ankle sprain. Reported by Twitter.com

Diehards Line: As ESPN's Adam Schefter suggests, that's a tough injury for any player to rebound from -- especially a running back. We'll continue to keep a close eye on this one and follow up as needed. Knile Davis is the man who'll pick up whatever slack is created by Charles' injury.

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Shaun Hill Will Return To Starting Lineup When Healthy (9/15 12:51 PT)

The Facts: Austin Davis' solid afternoon led to Sunday's 19-17 win over the Bucs. Was the upset victory enough to tempt Fisher into sticking with Davis and trying to create a sense of momentum? "No," HC Jeff Fisher said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "When [Hill] comes back, he's our starter. I'm really proud of Austin, but Shaun's our starter when he can play." Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Fishers has held firm to that stance ever since Sam Bradford went down with an ACL injury in late August. It's going to take more than one game to change that plan. Remember; although a thigh injury prevented Hill from starting, Fisher kept the veteran active in case the Rams needed him to finish out the game from a shotgun formation. So until/unless Davis gets further chance to prove himself, Hill will continue to be Fisher's choice.

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Marcedes Lewis Out 6-8 Weeks With High Ankle Sprain (9/15 12:50 PT)

The Facts: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Lewis Will Miss six to eight weeks with a high ankle sprain. Reported by Twitter.com

Diehards Line: That's bad news for a Jaguars team that's already struggling in all aspects of the game -- and that already had depth issues at TE with Clay Harbor's ongoing absence. Journeyman Mickey Shuler is next man up -- unless Harbor (a player the Jags like) can return from the calf injury that's sidelined him since last month.

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