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Adrian Peterson still intends to play for Washington versus Vikings
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (ankle) said he plans to play in Thursday's Week 8 game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Peterson has reportedly been diagnosed with a Grade 1 high-ankle sprain and Grade 2 low-ankle sprain, but he says his foot is "feeling good." If Peterson winds up being ruled out, Wendell Smallwood may be asked to lead Washington's backfield.
Peterson is currently the RB30 in numberFire's Week 8 fantasy rankings. Our models project him for 8.9 FanDuel points, at a cost of $5,700.
Cardinals reportedly adding Alfred Morris to backfield
The Arizona Cardinals signed free agent running back Alfred Morris.
This may be an indication that David Johnson (back) isn't playing in Week 8 against the New Orleans Saints. Morris has been on the open market all season after spending training camp with the Dallas Cowboys. Chase Edmonds is still expected to handle lead-back duties if Johnson is ruled out.
Morris rushed 111 times for 428 yards (3.9 per carry) and 2 touchdowns in 12 games for the San Francisco 49ers last season.
Malik Hooker (knee) returning for Colts Week 8
Indianapolis Colts defensive back Malik Hooker (knee) expects to return for Week 8 against the Denver Broncos.
Hooker last played in Week 3. He returns for a tasty matchup against flat-footed Joe Flacco and the Broncos at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Colts D/ST is 9th in numberFire's Week 8 fantasy rankings.
Sterling Shepard (concussion) expects to return for Giants
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (concussion) has "no doubt" he'll play again this season.
"Oh, I'll be back out on the field," Shepard said. "It's just whether it's gonna be this week or next week." The receiver claims to be symptom-free, but he suffered two concussions in a four-week span, so the Giants are understandably erring on the extreme side of caution.
Shepard has 25 catches for 267 (10.7 yards) yards and 1 touchdown on 34 targets in four games this season.
Adam Thielen (hamstring) sidelined Tuesday for Vikings
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (hamstring) didn't practice Tuesday.
Thielen and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer suggested that the receiver might be able to suit up for Thursday's Week 8 game against the Washington Redskins. That would be a surprise on a short week in a game the Vikings are favored by 16.0 points at home. Seventh-round rookie Bisi Johnson is expected to start opposite Stefon Diggs.
Thielen is averaging 13.5 FanDuel points per game this season. He has 27 receptions for 391 yards (14.5 per catch) and 6 touchdowns on 40 targets.
Kerryon Johnson lands on IR with knee injury, Lions hoping for return
The Detroit Lions placed running back Kerryon Johnson on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Johnson is undergoing knee surgery Tuesday. The Lions are hopeful he will be able to return later this season, but it wouldn't be until Week 16 at the earliest. Sixth-round rookie Ty Johnson is taking over the early-down role, with J.D. McKissic as a change-of-pace option.
Johnson has 92 carries for 308 yards (3.3 per carry) and 2 touchdowns this season. He also has 9 catches on 14 targets for 126 yards and 1 touchdown.
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