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NFL Weekly Roundup: A Pair of Superstar Tight Ends Return

Published on September 16, 2023

Travis Kelce is looking to make his season debut this week for the Chiefs. Photo Credit: Mezzavilla Photography
Travis Kelce is looking to make his season debut this week for the Chiefs. Photo Credit: Mezzavilla Photography

As we dive into the latest updates from the NFL, brought to you by insiders like Adam Schefter, Sarah Barshop, and Ian Rapoport, it's clear that the league is always in motion. From unexpected contract terminations to star players' injuries and inspiring comebacks, the NFL remains as unpredictable as ever.

Aaron Rodgers' Determination to Return

Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers, known for his resilience and determination, has made it clear that he intends to make a comeback. In an interview with @PatMcAfeeShow, Rodgers emphasized his drive to overcome adversity, promising to rise above any doubts and challenges.

Challenging Times for Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers also opened up about the tough times he faced during his injury, describing it as one of the most challenging stretches of his life. He revealed his emotional journey, including sadness, tears, frustration, and anger, but expressed newfound hope after undergoing surgery.

Rahsaan Evans Parts Ways with the Eagles

Today, the Philadelphia Eagles made a surprising move by terminating Rashaan Evans' practice squad contract at his request. The talented linebacker now has several offers from other teams on the table, leaving fans wondering where he might land next.

Injury Woes for Several Key Players

A slew of injuries has struck the NFL, sidelining some significant players for Sunday's games. The list includes Marlon Humphrey, Tyler Linderbaum, Ronnie Stanley, Marcus Williams, and others, affecting the strategies and performance of their respective teams.

Notably, the Houston Texans have added QB C.J. Stroud to their injury report due to a shoulder injury, making him questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Colts. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Chargers have concerns with RB Austin Ekeler, listing him as doubtful for their game against the Titans due to an ankle injury.

Bears' Defensive Shuffle

The Chicago Bears face an unusual situation as Defensive Coordinator Alan Williams will miss their Sunday game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to personal reasons. Head Coach Matt Eberflus will temporarily take on the role, with no specific timeframe for Williams' return.

Puka Nacua's Uncertain Status

Rookie WR Puka Nacua's oblique injury has raised questions about his availability for the upcoming game against the 49ers. However, Rams' Head Coach Sean McVay remains optimistic, expecting Nacua to be ready to contribute.

Injury Strikes the Vikings and a Comeback Tale

In a significant setback for the Minnesota Vikings, swing tackle Oli Udoh suffered a season-ending quad injury, according to Coach Kevin O'Connell. On a more inspiring note, Louisiana WR Michael Jefferson, whose NFL dreams were dashed by a tragic car accident in April, has made a remarkable recovery. He's now on the path to join an NFL team after visiting the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers.

Jaycee Horn's Injury and Hopeful Return

The Carolina Panthers have placed cornerback Jaycee Horn on Injured Reserve due to a hamstring injury. The good news is that his injury is not considered season-ending, with expectations of his return during the second half of the season.

Mark Andrews' Return and Chiefs' Boost

Baltimore Ravens' TE Mark Andrews, despite being listed as questionable, participated fully in practice, signaling a likely return. Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs have received a significant boost, with TE Travis Kelce and DT Chris Jones set to make their season debuts against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Chargers' Downgrades and Jets' Kicking Solution

The Chargers have downgraded three players—RB Austin Ekeler, LB Eric Kendricks, and OLB Chris Rumph II—to out for their upcoming game. Meanwhile, the New York Jets are making moves in response to kicker Greg Zuerlein's injury, signing former Browns' kicker Austin Seibert.

Cooks out for the Cowboys

Cowboys Wide Receiver Brandin Cooks is expected to be out this week with a sprained knee, though he was listed as questionable earlier in the week. Cooks' speed opens up a lot for the Cowboys in their passing game for their superstar receiver CeeDee Lamb. With a matchup against Sauce Gardner coming for CeeDee Lamb, it is going to be on guys like running back Tony Pollard to carry this game.

In the ever-evolving landscape of the NFL, surprises and challenges are par for the course. Keep these notes in mind while setting your fantasy lineups!

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