NFL PLAYER NEWS
Michael Pittman Jr. (calf) back at Colts practice
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (calf) is returning to practice on Wednesday, per head coach Frank Reich.
Pittman injured his leg during the Colts' Week 3 win over the New York Jets. The rookie second-rounder's return will likely lead to a reduced role for Marcus Johnson. Pittman averaged 4.0 targets, 3.0 catches, and 24.3 yards per game before landing on injured reserve. He could potentially be active for Sunday's Week 8 contest against the Detroit Lions.
Pittman logged a 91.8 percent offensive snap share in Week 2 but was in on fewer than 60.0 percent of the snaps in the other two games. He recorded an average depth of target of just 5.0 yards.
Aaron Jones (calf) still sidelined for Packers
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (calf) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.
Jones may be headed for a second consecutive absence in Week 8 when the Packers play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Jamaal Williams stepped in as the lead back last week and rushed 19 times for 77 yards and a touchdown while also catching 4 passes (5 targets) for 37 yards. He handled 79.2 percent of the team's running back carries and was the only back to draw a target.
Williams played 88.7 percent of the offensive snaps and scored 19.4 FanDuel points in Week 7 as the Packers' lead back. The Vikings have the No. 17 rushing defense in numberFire's advanced team rankings.
Phillip Lindsay (concussion) not practicing for Broncos
Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (concussion) is not practicing Wednesday.
Melvin Gordon will likely operate as the Broncos' workhorse back if Lindsay isn't cleared for Sunday's Week 8 game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Lindsay out-carried Melvin Gordon 9-5 and out-rushed him 79-20 before being forced to leave at the end of the first half of Denver's Week 7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Gordon averaged 19.3 touches and 80.0 yards over three games without Lindsay earlier this season.
Lindsay ranks 21st and Gordon ranks 46th out of 68 running backs with at least 25 carries this season. Gordon averaged 15.3 FanDuel points in three games without Lindsay. The Chargers' rush defense is 9th in numberFire's advanced team rankings.
Joe Mixon (foot) on Bengals sidelines Wednesday
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (foot) is not practicing Wednesday.
The Bengals have their bye in Week 9, so they may elect to hold him out for a second game on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans to provide some additional rest. Giovani Bernard rushed 13 times for 37 yards and caught 5 passes (5 targets) for 71 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' Week 7 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Bernard scored 18.1 FanDuel points in Week 7 as the Bengals' lead back. The Browns have the No. 21 rushing defense in numberFire's advanced team rankings.
Mark Ingram (ankle) sitting out for Ravens on Wednesday
Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram (ankle) is not practicing Wednesday.
Ingram is still hobbled after the Ravens' bye week, making him questionable for Week 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Gus Edwards took over as Baltimore's lead back in Week 7 after Ingram was forced, but he only managed 28 yards on 14 carries. Second-round rookie J.K. Dobbins and Justice Hill could be more involved versus the Steelers if Ingram is unavailable. Ingram is averaging 8.83 touches per contest and playing about a third of the offensive snaps. The Steelers are allowing the second-fewest rushing yards per game (68.83).
Dobbins (0.19) and Edwards (0.15) are both adding more Rushing Net Expected Points per carry than Ingram (0.09) this season. Per numberFire's advanced team rankings, the Steelers have the best rush defense in the league.
Cowboys' Andy Dalton in concussion protocol
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (concussion) is not practicing Wednesday.
Dalton was knocked out of the Cowboys' embarrassing Week 7 loss to the Washington Football Team. Seventh-round rookie Ben DiNucci replaced Dalton under center and completed 2-of-3 passes for 39 yards. DiNucci or Garrett Gilbert will make the start for Dallas in Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night if Dalton is unavailable. Gilbert was drafted in 2014 and has thrown 6 passes in his career.
Dalton is averaging just 4.7 yards per attempt in two games as a starter and has the fourth-lowest average depth of target (6.6 yards) of any quarterback with multiple starts this season. The Eagles are allowing 20.1 FanDuel points per game to opposing quarterbacks and have the No. 21 pass defense in numberFire's advanced team rankings.