News and Views
The Facts: Dallas Goedert suffered a calf injury and is questionable to return.
Diehards Line:Goedert is one of the more prominent backup tight ends in the NFL but he's still outside the starting rotation. This provides a small boost for Zach Ertz, who won't be coming off the field or sharing the field with Goedert for now.
The Facts: Damien Williams left the Kansas City game with a knee injury in the fourth quarter. He did not return.
Diehards Line:The Chiefs were up 18 points at the time of Williams' injury so they didn't need him for the final few minutes. LeSean McCoy is in line to get a tremendous boost in touches if Williams is out for an extended period of time. Darwin Thompson is worth monitoring in that scenario as well.
The Facts: Drew Brees was spotted struggling to even hold a football on the sidelines.
Diehards Line:Brees is listed as questionable to return but if he can't hold a football it seems unlikely that he'll be back in this game. Teddy Bridgewater should play the rest of the game and any games Brees misses. The Saints weapons all get small downgrades without their Hall of Fame passer under center.
The Facts: Tyler Higbee will not return to the Rams contest with the Saints.
Diehards Line:Gerald Everett gets a major boost as he figures to take over most of the snaps at tight end. Cooper Kupp may also get a small bump in targets as the receiver most likely to pick up any short to intermediate targets left by Higbee.
The Facts: Drew Brees is currently dealing with a hand injury and is questionable to return. Teddy Bridgewater is in to replace him.
Diehards Line:Teddy Bridgewater is one of the better backups in the league. The Saints offense will survive without Brees but this is a major downgrade for all New Orleans pass-catchers. They may look to lean on Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray.
The Facts: Devin Singletary suffered a non-contact hamstring injury and will not return.
Diehards Line:Non-contact injuries tend to turn out for the worse and the fact the Singletary was ruled out immediately only makes things worse. Frank Gore takes over as the lead-back. T.J. Yeldon may get in the mix but he has yet to register a touch in Week 2.
The Facts: Ben Roethlisberger is questionable to return with an elbow injury. Mason Rudolph is starting the second half.
Diehards Line:Ben left the first half early with an elbow injury. Mason Rudolph is starting the second half for Pittsburgh. Rudolph showed a special connection with James Washington during the preseason this year. It's possible he looks to his college teammate often. Otherwise, this is a significant downgrade for all Pittsburgh weapons.