Week 3 inactives

Updated: September 22, 2013, 7:16 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Welcome to Week 3 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!

Full Week 3 NFL Inactives

Ruled out before Sunday

RB Kenjon Barner (foot), S Tyvon Branch (ankle), S Morgan Burnett (hamstring), T David Diehl (thumb), WR Pat Edwards (ankle), WR Malcom Floyd (neck), QB Blaine Gabbert (right hand), RB Shonn Greene (knee), RB Steven Jackson (hamstring), WR Jacoby Jones (knee), S LaRon Landry (ankle), TE Marcedes Lewis (calf), QB Brandon Weeden (right thumb).

Top players we're watching

Early games (1 p.m. ET)

WR Danny Amendola (groin, doubtful): inactive
RB Reggie Bush (knee, questionable): inactive
TE Fred Davis (ankle, questionable): inactive
WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring, questionable): active
K Kai Forbath (right groin, questionable): inactive
TE Rob Gronkowski (back, questionable): inactive
RB Mark Ingram (toe, questionable): inactive
RB Eddie Lacy (concussion, questionable): inactive
RB Rashard Mendenhall (toe, questionable): active
RB Ray Rice (hip, doubtful): inactive

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

S Antoine Bethea (toe, questionable): active
TE Vernon Davis (hamstring, questionable): inactive
WR Julio Jones (knee, questionable): active
RB Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle, questionable): active
WR Mike Wallace (groin, questionable): active
WR Roddy White (ankle, questionable): active

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

RB Le'Veon Bell (foot, questionable): inactive
CB Charles Tillman (knee, questionable): active

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Charles Tillman active (7:16 p.m. ET): The Chicago Bears' official Twitter feed reports that CB Charles Tillman (knee, questionable) is active. Tillman's IDP owners will be happy to hear this news, as his questionable tag might have scared some of them away. Tillman is Jim McCormick's No. 7 defensive back for Week 3.

Heath Miller active (7:15 p.m. ET): The Pittsburgh Steelers' official Twitter feed reports that TE Heath Miller (knee, probable) is active. He's likely to play a limited number of snaps, however, making him a risky fantasy play. We ranked Miller our No. 23 tight end for Week 3.

Le'Veon Bell inactive (7:15 p.m. ET): The Pittsburgh Steelers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Le'Veon Bell (foot, questionable) is inactive. No major surprise here, despite his questionable tag. Bell resumed practicing this week, but the news was more promising for his prospects of a Week 4 return than one here.

Trent Richardson active (3:10 p.m. ET): Jim Irsay of the Indianapolis Colts tweeted that RB Trent Richardson is active. Richardson was expected to play, so this is no surprise, though his workload isn't entirely clear. ESPN's Ed Werder suggested a 10-15 touch total for Richardson in Week 3, so plan accordingly.

Antoine Bethea active (3:10 p.m. ET): Jim Irsay of the Indianapolis Colts tweeted that S Antoine Bethea (toe, questionable) is active. This is good news for IDP owners, as Bethea was Jim McCormick's No. 19 defensive back for Week 3.

Vernon Davis inactive (3:07 p.m. ET): ESPN's 49ers reporter Bill Williamson reports that TE Vernon Davis (hamstring, questionable) is inactive for the San Francisco 49ers. Terrible news for fantasy owners, as Davis was in the "game-time decision" category and this is the "bad news" side of that decision. With Davis out, Vance McDonald will fill in for the 49ers, but he's not a recommended fantasy replacement except for the desperate. Coby Fleener (our No. 16 tight end, available in nearly 85 percent of ESPN leagues) is worth a look, as is Charles Clay (No. 18) or Kellen Winslow (No. 20).

Mike Wallace active (2:54 p.m. ET): The Miami Dolphins' official Twitter feed reports that WR Mike Wallace (groin, questionable) is active. He logged a full Thursday practice but a limited Friday session, yet was never at serious risk of sitting Week 3. Wallace might play an important part for the Dolphins in a game that could feature them passing frequently. He is our No. 19 wide receiver for the week.

Jacquizz Rodgers starting (2:45 p.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that RB Jacquizz Rodgers is listed as the team's Week 3 starter. "Starter" status isn't especially meaningful in the NFL, but it does support the idea that Rodgers should play the larger number of snaps than Jason Snelling. Those using Snelling this week are hoping for a goal-line score; Rodgers is the safer overall play of the two.

Maurice Jones-Drew active (2:45 p.m. ET): Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times Union reports that RB Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle, questionable) is active for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Fantasy owners can breathe easier now, as Jones-Drew was shaping up as a true game-time decision. He might play a few less snaps than usual, and faces a poor matchup, but we've accounted for this with our No. 33 ranking of Jones-Drew among Week 3 running backs.

Steven Jackson inactive (2:40 p.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that RB Steven Jackson (hamstring, out) is inactive. He was ruled out earlier in the week, but fantasy owners should know that Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling should serve in a partnership in Jackson's absence this (and probably also next) week, Rodgers doing much of the passing-down work and Snelling much of the short-yardage work. We ranked Rodgers our 28 running back, Snelling 39th.

Roddy White active (2:37 p.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that WR Roddy White (ankle, questionable) is active. He has been more decoy than receiver in the season's first two weeks, and his fantasy owners would be reasonable to have concerns about his target total for Week 3. We accounted for it with our ranking, however, placing him 38th among wide receivers.

Julio Jones active (2:37 p.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that WR Julio Jones (knee, questionable) is active. He was listed as questionable mainly because of a limited Friday practice, but no report made it sound as if he'd sit. With Roddy White also battling injuries, and arguably the more significant one of the two, Jones should occupy his usual workload in this game. He is our No. 4 wide receiver for the week and should be active in all formats.

Daryl Richardson active (12:13 p.m. ET): Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that RB Daryl Richardson (foot, probable) is active for the St. Louis Rams. Thomas goes on to note, however, to "keep an eye on" Richardson, who did little during Friday's practice and therefore might have a limited snap count. We ranked Richardson our No. 20 running back for Week 3, but it might be worth exploring healthier alternatives ranked within his range.

Brandon Bolden active (12:11 p.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that RB Brandon Bolden (knee, questionable) is active. He's third on the depth chart, but as this is his 2013 debut and the team's higher-ranked backs have struggled to date, Bolden's usage and performance bears watching. He could factor into this backfield in time.

Anthony Spencer inactive (12:09 p.m. ET): Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that DE Anthony Spencer (knee, questionable) is inactive for the Dallas Cowboys. Heads up, IDP owners, as Spencer is sidelined for his second game of the year; he also sat out Week 1. He's usually one of the better defensive linemen for our purposes, so this is bad news in IDP leagues.

Willis McGahee active, to be part of committee (12:04 p.m. ET): Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that RB Willis McGahee is active for the Cleveland Browns, despite having signed with the team only days ago. According to Ulrich, McGahee, Chris Ogbonnaya and Bobby Rainey will be utilized in a committee in Week 3, with the team saying that "formation will dictate who starts." Expect a division of the carries, minimizing any of their individual fantasy appeal, which is the reason why we don't have a single Browns running back ranked within our top 35, nor any individual ranker having ranked a Browns back higher than 33rd (my Rainey ranking).

Carl Nicks active (12:01 p.m. ET): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official Twitter feed reports that G Carl Nicks (foot, questionable) is active. This is very good news for RB Doug Martin, as it signifies that the Buccaneers should put a heavy load on their running back, in a matchup where fantasy owners might instantly assume a hefty dose of the pass instead. Martin should be a focal point for the Bucs, and there's every reason therefore to trust our No. 3 ranking of him for the week.

Zach Sudfeld active (11:59 a.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that TE Zach Sudfeld (hamstring, probable) is active. Even with Rob Gronkowski sidelined, Sudfeld's buzz has waned and he has yet to show us any reason to trust him even in a "starting" role. With Gronkowski potentially back for Week 4, Sudfeld is a cut candidate even in deeper fantasy leagues.

Fred Davis inactive (11:55 a.m. ET): The Washington Redskins' official Twitter feed reports that TE Fred Davis (ankle, questionable) is inactive. Davis was a late addition to the injury report after suffering his injury on Friday, but the truth is that this injury merely clears up the team's tight end situation at least for this week. It grants Jordan Reed an opportunity to start and impress his team; we ranked Reed our No. 25 tight end and that was before it became clear that Davis might sit.

Ed Reed active (11:55 a.m. ET): The Houston Texans' official Twitter feed reports that S Ed Reed (hip, questionable) is active. He'll be making his Texans debut in Baltimore against his former team. Reed might play a limited number of snaps, meaning he's not on the IDP radar, but at least his presence is a plus for the Texans' D as a whole.

Andre Johnson active (11:55 a.m. ET): The Houston Texans' official Twitter feed reports that WR Andre Johnson (concussion, probable) is active. He logged full practices on both Thursday and Friday, then earned a probable tag, which alleviated any major concern that his concussion would sideline him. Perhaps Johnson might see a few less targets this week, especially as the team has a productive alternative in WR DeAndre Hopkins, but Johnson is still too talented to sit in any fantasy leagues. He's our No. 10 wide receiver for Week 3.

Kai Forbath inactive (11:50 a.m. ET): The Washington Redskins' official Twitter feed reports that K Kai Forbath (right groin, questionable) is inactive. John Potter stuck on the roster all week, a surefire sign that he'd serve the Redskins' kicker for another week. He was 0-for-1 on his field-goal chances for one fantasy point in Week 2, and he's the kicker for a struggling offensive team. You can find better alternatives elsewhere.

Larry Fitzgerald active (11:47 a.m. ET): The Arizona Cardinals' official Twitter feed reports that WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring, questionable) is active. Confirming Adam Schefter's earlier report. Fitzgerald is our No. 12 wide receiver for Week 3.

Rashard Mendenhall active (11:47 a.m. ET): The Arizona Cardinals' official Twitter feed reports that RB Rashard Mendenhall (toe, questionable) is active. Confirming Adam Schefter's earlier report. Mendenhall is our No. 22 running back for Week 3.

Reggie Bush inactive (11:44 a.m. ET): The Detroit Lions' official Twitter feed reports that RB Reggie Bush (knee, questionable) is inactive. There's your official confirmation. See more analysis on this one below, but once again, it's tremendous news for Joique Bell's owners.

Ray Rice inactive (11:42 a.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that RB Ray Rice (hip, doubtful) is inactive. The "doubtful" tag just about decided this one, and Rice's fantasy owners should've prepared accordingly in advance of this confirmation. If you're a Bernard Pierce owner, it's great news for you, as he's our No. 13 running back for Week 3, and this now assures that he won't be ceding carries. I'd even bump him up 2-3 spots from my initial No. 15 rank.

Mark Ingram inactive (11:39 a.m. ET): The New Orleans Saints' official Twitter feed reports that RB Mark Ingram (toe, questionable) is inactive. He didn't practice all week, so this is no surprise. Expect a few more carries for each of Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles, which at least props each of them up somewhat from their current ranks: 36th among running backs for Thomas, 18th for Sproles.

Eddie Lacy inactive (11:35 a.m. ET): The Green Bay Packers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Eddie Lacy (concussion, questionable) is inactive. No shock here; Lacy was highly unlikely to play this week despite his questionable tag, considering the severity of his injury as well as the fact that he did not practice all week. It leaves the Packers with only two healthy backs in their backfield: James Starks and Johnathan Franklin . Starks is the likely starter and the one projected for the lion's share of the carries. We ranked him our No. 26 running back for Week 3 assuming Lacy would sit; Franklin, who had a miserable preseason, is unranked.

Danny Amendola inactive (11:32 a.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that WR Danny Amendola (groin, doubtful) is inactive. This was expected all along, and his "doubtful" tag was a dead give-away. It sounds as if Amendola won't miss the bulk of the season, as he avoided surgery, but don't expect him back for at least another week.

Rob Gronkowski inactive (11:32 a.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that TE Rob Gronkowski (back, questionable) is inactive. The Patriots are clearly taking the cautious approach with Gronkowski, but his practice reports this week at least were promising, which is encouraging to his fantasy owners. He might return in Week 4.

Vernon Davis a "true game-time decision" (11:24 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that TE Vernon Davis (hamstring, questionable) is a "true game-time decision" for the San Francisco 49ers. The concern here, naturally, is that this game takes place during the 4 p.m. ET hour, so fantasy owners who wait for Davis run the risk of an "inactive" call. We rank Davis our No. 8 tight end for Week 3, but waiting for his game-time call requires you to set up a contingency plan in the later games in case he sits.

Larry Fitzgerald expected to play (11:21 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring, questionable) is expected to play for the Arizona Cardinals. He returned to practice on Friday after sitting out the previous two days, so there isn't a major concern that he would've sat. It's good news for Fitzgerald, whose matchup should be conducive to many targets yet again. He's our No. 12 wide receiver for Week 3.

Rashard Mendenhall expected to play (11:21 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Rashard Mendenhall (toe, questionable) is expected to play for the Arizona Cardinals. He practiced fully Friday after sitting the previous two days, so couple that with this promising report. Mendenhall's matchup isn't a great one -- there's the risk that the Saints could put the Cardinals in a hole and force them to mostly throw -- but Mendenhall remains a fine flex play, our No. 22 running back for Week 3.

Reggie Bush not expected to play (11:11 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Reggie Bush (knee, questionable) is not expected to play for the Detroit Lions. Thankfully, we'll get an official confirmation with the Lions' inactive list within the hour, but this is great news for owners of Joique Bell, who might benefit from a full slate of snaps for the backup this week. Bell is off to a red-hot start and faces a tremendous matchup at the Redskins; he's our No. 21 running back for Week 3 as a group and my No. 24, but I'd argue he'd reside in my top 15 at the position following this news.

Trent Richardson to get "10-15 touches" (11:04 a.m. ET): ESPN's Ed Werder reports that RB Trent Richardson is expected to get "10-15 touches" in his debut for the Indianapolis Colts. Per Werder, Richardson "wants to prove this was a 'good trade for the Colts, a stupid trade for the Browns.'" It's still a limited workload for the second-year back in his first game for the Colts following his mid-week trade. We ranked him 19th as a group this week, and I had him 13th; I would now have him closer to our group rank (approximately 20th). That's still a RB2, but it's not one without questions.

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