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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Updated: September 29, 7:13 PM ET
Week 4 inactives

By Tristan H. Cockcroft
ESPN.com

Welcome to Week 4 of the 2013 NFL season. Here we'll be posting "live" updates and analysis as NFL teams release their inactive lists. Refresh often for the latest information.

Ruled out before Sunday

WR Danny Amendola (groin), WR Miles Austin (hamstring), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), S Tyvon Branch (ankle), WR Nate Burleson (forearm), WR Malcom Floyd (neck), RB Shonn Greene (knee), TE Rob Gronkowski (back), RB Chris Ivory (hamstring), RB Steven Jackson (hamstring), WR Jacoby Jones (knee), S LaRon Landry (ankle), QB Christian Ponder (rib), QB Brandon Weeden (right thumb).

Top players we're watching

Early games (1 p.m. ET)

WR Vincent Jackson (ribs, questionable): active
WR Andre Johnson (shin, questionable): active
RB Ray Rice (hip, questionable): active
WR Mike Williams (hamstring, questionable): active

Late games (4:05 and 4:25 p.m. ET)

WR Kenny Britt (neck, questionable): inactive
TE Fred Davis (ankle, questionable): active
K Kai Forbath (right groin, questionable): inactive
QB Terrelle Pryor (concussion, questionable): inactive
TE Jordan Reed (thigh, questionable): inactive
TE Delanie Walker (toe, questionable): active

Night game (8:20 p.m. ET)

RB Brandon Bolden (knee, questionable): active
WR Julio Jones (knee, questionable): active
WR Roddy White (ankle, questionable): active

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Brandon Bolden active (7:13 p.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that RB Brandon Bolden (knee, questionable) is active. It's not worth taking the Patriots' questionable tags to heart; we usually hear which of them are unlikely to play in advance of Sunday and most all of the ones we don't end up suiting up. Bolden is this week's example of injury-report massaging, but it's difficult to trust any of the Patriots' running backs right now because of their unpredictable carry totals from week to week. Bolden is our No. 37 running back accordingly.

Asante Samuel inactive (7:11 p.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that CB Asante Samuel (thigh, questionable) is inactive. Consider this a plus for Tom Brady and the Patriots; Samuel had been testing his injury pre-game but was unable to suit up.

Julio Jones active (7:09 p.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that WR Julio Jones (knee, questionable) is active. Though he practiced on a limited basis on Friday, Jones was never at any serious risk of sitting. He's well worth activating in all formats, especially with Roddy White at a bit less than full strength. Jones is our No. 4 wide receiver for Week 4.

Roddy White active (7:09 p.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that WR Roddy White (ankle, questionable) is active. White continues to play through his injury, though the impact on his fantasy production has been severe. He is our No. 40 wide receiver for Week 4.

Champ Bailey inactive (3:07 p.m. ET): The Denver Broncos' official Twitter feed reports that CB Champ Bailey (foot, questionable) is inactive. IDP owners were probably already prepared for this, but Bailey's absence at least gives the Eagles a better chance of succeeding via the pass.

Jordan Reed inactive (3:01 p.m. ET): ESPN 980 Radio in Washington, D.C. reports that TE Jordan Reed (thigh, questionable) is inactive for the Washington Redskins. This was hinted earlier, and Reed always appeared the less likely of the Redskins' two primary tight ends to play. Expect Fred Davis and Logan Paulsen to split the work in Reed's absence.

Kai Forbath inactive (3:01 p.m. ET): ESPN 980 Radio in Washington, D.C. reports that K Kai Forbath (right groin, questionable) is inactive for the Washington Redskins. He's out for the third consecutive week, John Potter filling for him yet again.

Fred Davis active (3:01 p.m. ET): ESPN 980 Radio in Washington, D.C. reports that TE Fred Davis (ankle, questionable) is active for the Washington Redskins. He might play limited snaps, however, with Logan Paulsen spelling him at times. Look elsewhere for a Week 4 plug-in.

Terrelle Pryor inactive (2:57 p.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that QB Terrelle Pryor (concussion, questionable) is inactive. Well, that clears things up. It's bad news for the Raiders offense as a whole, as Matt Flynn's weak arm should make them easier to defend, but at least there's some clarity on who will start/take the bulk of the snaps at quarterback.

Duke Ihenacho active (2:56 p.m. ET): The Denver Broncos' official Twitter feed reports that S Duke Ihenacho (ankle, questionable) is active. Ihenacho is Jim McCormick's No. 13 defensive back for Week 4.

Kellen Winslow active (2:43 p.m. ET): The New York Jets' official Twitter feed reports that TE Kellen Winslow (knee, probable) is active. After tallying 13 fantasy points in Week 1, Winslow has garnered just three catches on six yards for one fantasy point in two games since. The latter two games are the more accurate representation of his value; he is our No. 22 tight end for Week 4.

Santonio Holmes active (2:42 p.m. ET): The New York Jets' official Twitter feed reports that WR Santonio Holmes (foot, probable) is active. He's expected to start, and is coming off a 21-point fantasy game in Week 3. Holmes is a worthy WR3/4 in these bye weeks; we ranked him our No. 33 wide receiver.

Delanie Walker active (2:40 p.m. ET): The Tennessee Titans' official Twitter feed reports that TE Delanie Walker (toe, questionable) is active. Walker is our No. 20 tight end for Week 4.

Kenny Britt inactive (2:36 p.m. ET): The Tennessee Titans' official Twitter feed reports that WR Kenny Britt (neck, questionable) is inactive. This comes on the heels of a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter that the Titans are open to trading Britt, with the inactive report as sure a sign as any that Britt's stock is falling fast in Tennessee. He's nearing cut status in shallow leagues.

T.Y. Hilton active (12:14 p.m. ET): Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Colts reports that WR T.Y. Hilton (toe, probable) is active for the Indianapolis Colts. Hilton missed Friday's practice, but he wasn't at any major risk of sitting out Week 4. Still, expect him to again be the Colts' No. 3 receiver, meaning he'll only warrant using in larger fantasy leagues. He is our No. 27 wide receiver for the week.

Charles Tillman active (12:11 p.m. ET): The Chicago Bears' official Twitter feed reports that CB Charles Tillman (groin, questionable) is active. Fantasy's No. 1 defensive back from 2012 is available to his IDP owners today, and he does have two interceptions in three games. He's worth activating in all IDP formats even if he's not at full strength.

Jordan Reed, Fred Davis unlikely to play (12:07 p.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that TEs Jordan Reed (thigh, questionable) and Fred Davis (ankle, questionable) are unlikely to play for the Washington Redskins in Week 4. This is a bit of a heads up for games during the 4 p.m. ET hour, if you own either Redskins tight end. Expect TE Logan Paulsen to see additional work, though he's not enough of a pass-catcher to be a viable fantasy plug-in.

Reggie Bush active (12:05 p.m. ET): The Detroit Lions' official Twitter feed reports that RB Reggie Bush (knee, probable) is active. Bush got in a full week's worth of practice, so his fantasy owners shouldn't have been too worried that he'd sit. In fact, the full week makes it highly likely he returns to the role of "go-to running back" for the Lions, though backup RB Joique Bell should still be relevant out of your flex spot (we ranked him 22nd).

Leon Hall inactive (12:03 p.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that CB Leon Hall (hamstring, doubtful) is inactive. The Bengals enter Week 4 hurting badly at defensive back, but fortunately for owners of their D/ST, they're facing one of the league's weaker offenses in the Browns. Still, it's a slight plus for QB Brian Hoyer, if you're in a desperate spot in a two-quarterback league.

David Diehl active (12:01 p.m. ET): Pat Hanlon of the New York Giants reports that T David Diehl (thumb, doubtful) is active for the New York Giants. Wow, the rare doubtful-to-active decision. This is still no guarantee that Diehl will start the game; he might well be their first reserve off the bench. It only underscores the Giants' O-line issues, especially in the injury department, so don't leap to activate RB David Wilson seeing this news.

Isaac Redman inactive (11:55 a.m. ET): Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that RB Isaac Redman (healthy scratch) is inactive for the Pittsburgh Steelers. RB Le'Veon Bell's (foot, probable) return to action is the primary reason Redman is scratched; the Steelers' depth chart now appears to be Bell, Felix Jones, Jonathan Dwyer, Redman.

Ray Rice expected to start (11:49 a.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that RB Ray Rice (hip, questionable) is expected to start. So there's our official word, though I'm sticking by my projected 60/40 split of the rushing chores, as Rice is no guarantee to make it completely through the game unscathed.

Andre Johnson active (11:49 a.m. ET): The Houston Texans' official Twitter feed reports that WR Andre Johnson (shin, questionable) is active. The Houston Chronicle quoted Johnson as saying he was at "about 80 percent" as recently as Friday, so he might not be at full strength for this game, and he's playing one of his tougher matchups of the season against the Seahawks. Some hesitation is understandable; it's mostly why we ranked him only 19th among wide receivers for the week.

Mike Williams active (11:46 a.m. ET): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Mike Williams (hamstring, questionable) is active. Williams might pace the team in targets this week, accounting for teammate Vincent Jackson's injury status as well. That said, Williams also made only one practice appearance all week, so he might not be his usual self. He is our No. 32 wide receiver for Week 4.

Vincent Jackson active (11:46 a.m. ET): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Vincent Jackson (ribs, questionable) is active. This is good news, because there were earlier reports this morning that Jackson's injury was of the multi-week variety and that the Buccaneers were seriously entertaining the idea of resting him through their Week 5 bye. But even with the "active" report, Jackson's health is of concern here, as he appeared in only one limited practice all week. Expect fewer targets than usual, in a game where a rookie quarterback is making his first career start. Frankly, even our No. 16 ranking of Jackson might be too generous now.

C.J. Spiller active (11:42 a.m. ET): The Buffalo Bills' official Twitter feed reports that RB C.J. Spiller (quadriceps, probable) is active. He was a full participant in practice all week, so there aren't any major lingering injury concerns. Spiller's lackluster fantasy production to date is the primary compelling argument against him, the next-most his matchup, but we've accounted for both of those in our No. 14 ranking of him among running backs.

Brandon Stokley inactive (11:40 a.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that WR Brandon Stokley (groin, questionable) is inactive. He has the third-most targets on the team (15), but is only the fourth-highest fantasy scorer among their wide receivers/tight ends (6). Stokley is barely even on the radar in the deepest of leagues.

Ray Rice active (11:37 a.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that RB Ray Rice (hip, questionable) is active. This confirms Adam Schefter's earlier report, though the Ravens have yet to provide any indication of a starter or the division of carries between Rice and backup RB Bernard Pierce. Fantasy owners would be smartest to assume, at best, a 60/40 split in Rice's favor, but even that means enough work and a favorable enough matchup for both to matter on lower tiers.

Brandon Flowers inactive (11:36 a.m. ET): ESPN NFL Nation's Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher reports that CB Brandon Flowers (knee, questionable) is inactive for the Kansas City Chiefs. Flowers continues to deal with knee issues, and after a Week 3 appearance, he's back to sitting out this week. It's a plus for members of the Giants' passing game.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis active (11:33 a.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (ankle, probable) is active. He wasn't ever expected to sit, having returned to a full practice on Thursday, but his injury could be just the "excuse" the Bengals need to drop him to the lesser share of the team's backfield committee with RB Giovani Bernard. Green-Ellis should still get a decent amount of work, hence our No. 28 ranking of him, but his value (and touches total) might only decline from this point forward.

Ryan Williams inactive (11:30 a.m. ET): Darren Urban of the Arizona Cardinals reports that RB Ryan Williams (healthy scratch) is inactive. Williams has now sat all four games this season, as clear a sign as there is that he's not a fantasy factor in the slightest.

Josh Freeman inactive (11:28 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that QB Josh Freeman (healthy scratch) is inactive for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team had already announced Freeman's demotion, and QB Mike Glennon's ascension to the starting role, but Freeman doesn't even garner No. 2 status for Week 4. A trade is his only chance at recapturing fantasy appeal in the deepest of leagues; feel free to cut him.

Ray Rice expected to play (9:56 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Ray Rice (hip, questionable) is expected to play for the Baltimore Ravens, "unless he suffers a setback to his hip injury in pre-game warmups." Rice's matchup at Buffalo is extremely favorable, and could vault him into the top 10 at his position if we knew he was 100 percent plus getting almost all the carries. Unfortunately, neither is entirely clear, and it's possible that RB Bernard Pierce will take on a sizable role as Rice's backup.

Matt Flynn to start for Raiders (9:53 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that QB Matt Flynn, not QB Terrelle Pryor (concussion, questionable), will start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. Pryor passed his concussion test and might yet play in the game, with the two quarterbacks comprising some sort of rotation. But with Flynn under center, the Raiders' offense as a whole will take a hit in terms of fantasy production facing a favorable matchup against the Redskins. As theirs is a game in the 4 p.m. ET hour, plan accordingly.

Danny Amendola will not play (9:49 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that WR Danny Amendola (groin, out) will not play for the New England Patriots. Amendola did not travel with the team to Atlanta, and was downgraded to "out" late on Saturday.

Rob Gronkowski will not play (9:49 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that TE Rob Gronkowski (back, out) will not play for the New England Patriots. Gronkowski did not travel with the team to Atlanta, assuring that he will miss his fourth consecutive week.