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The Facts: The Week 4 matchup of Pittsburgh and Tennessee has been postponed. A new date has not been set.
Diehards Line:The Titans are dealing with a small COVID-19 outbreak. They have had four players and five staff members return positive tests in the past two days. The NFL is currently considering all options for a new date including Monday or Tuesday.
The Facts: Raiders WR Bryan Edwards (ankle) is out Week 4 and could miss additional games.
Diehards Line:The Raiders drafted Edwards with the No. 81 overall pick to complement their first-round speedster Henry Ruggs on the outside. Now the team could be without both receivers for their Week 4 matchup with the Bills. Expect Derek Carr to struggle to put points on the board once again.
The Facts: Phillip Lindsay logged a limited practice on Tuesday and there's optimism that he plays on Thursday.
Diehards Line:Lindsay got seven carries and a catch in Week 1. His role isn't large enough to warrant a starting position on fantasy rosters but should reduce the projection of Melvin Gordon.
The Facts: Jamison Crowder logged a limited practice on Tuesday and the Jets are hopeful he will play on Thursday.
Diehards Line:The Jets are in desperate need of help at wide receiver. They were down to Braxton Berrios as their leading receiver in Week 3. Crowder's return might not turn the Jets around as a team but will give a small boost to the struggling offense.
The Facts: The Eagles are signing TE Hakeem Butler off the Carolina practice squad.
Diehards Line:Butler was drafted in the fourth round by Arizona but broke his hand before his rookie season. He was waived by the team this September before being signed to the Panthers practice squad. He was drafted as a receiver but Philadelphia appears to be converting him to tight end in lieu of the Dallas Goedert ankle injury.
The Facts: Dallas Goedert has been placed on IR with an ankle fracture.
Diehards Line:The fracture was described as minor and the new IR rules allow this to be as little as a three-week absence. The Eagles are winless and down to Zach Ertz and Greg Ward as their top receivers. They should continue to struggle against the 49ers this week.
The Facts: Brett Rypien will start for the Denver Broncos versus the Jets on Thursday night.
Diehards Line:Rypien averaged 8.3 yards per attempt during his four-year career at Boise State. He threw 90 touchdowns to 29 interceptions. The Broncos signed him as a UDFA a year ago and he's yet to throw an NFL pass. Scouts liked his accuracy but noted his limited physical abilities.
The Facts: The Tennessee Titans had three players and five staffers return positive COVID-19 tests today. The team suspended all facility activities and all staff and players will work from home.
Diehards Line:The Titans face Pittsburgh this week and have not been informed of any changes to their schedule yet but that is subject to change. The Vikings faced Tennessee on Sunday and have suspended all facility activities out of caution but haven't returned any positive tests. The Pittsburgh game could be rescheduled for later in the year. Expect the NFL to exercise ample caution with the situation as they have already levied serious fines for improper mask usage.
The Facts: Dallas Goedert suffered a minor ankle fracture that will cost him multiple weeks.
Diehards Line:The injury is minor as far as ankle fractures go but his return date will be determined by the speed of his recovery. A couple of weeks is the baseline but he could be out longer if his ankle doesn't heal as expected. The Eagles are winless and down to Zach Ertz and Greg Ward as their top receivers. They continue to struggle against the 49ers this week.