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The start of the season, off weekends and Darlington lead takeaways from the new schedule.

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  • LAC Running Back #30
    On an online stream by Ekeler, he stated that there is a “long time between now and Monday Night Football vs the Cowboys, so expecting to be back by then for sure.” Ekeler has been out the last three weeks with an ankle injury, practicing in a limited capacity last week before being declared out. A Week 5 bye will give Ekeler time to rest and return for a Week 6 MNF matchup against the Cowboys.
  • LAR Wide Receiver #10
    McVay explained Kupp is listed as limited on the team’s injury report, adding “it says limited, he’s not going to be limited.” Kupp will go through a normal practice despite his limited designation on Wednesday. He was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury prior to the Week 1 and just had his 21-day practice window opened by the Rams. McVay’s comments indicate Kupp is pretty much at a full-go in practice, boding well for his Week 5 status. Kupp will likely be eased into games, but Puka Nacua’s fantasy value takes a hit with Kupp’s return.
  • DEN Wide Receiver #10
    Jeudy was removed from Denver’s injury report prior to Week 4’s game against the Bears. There was no indication of Jeudy tweaking his knee in the game, but he is back as a limited participant this week. The Broncos are likely lightening his workload in the early-week practice, so no cause for concern yet. Barring a drastic change with his knee, expect Jeudy to play in Week 5.
  • PHI Defensive Tackle #91
    Cox has been experiencing discomfort in his back over the past couple weeks. The epidural injection procedure he underwent this week aims to decrease the pain with the expectation that he will miss not more than one game, if any. If he cannot go in Week 5 against the Rams, Cox expects to return Week 6 against the Jets.
  • LAR Running Back #23
    McVay was quick to mention that the move was precautionary, likely meaning they are simply giving Williams some rest. That likely welcome news for the young running back since he has seen the highest usage rate of any running back in the NFL, including Christian McCaffrey. McVay did say that he expects Williams to play on Sunday against the Eagles.
  • SEA Safety #33
    An independent concussion doctor ruled Adams out after he took an accidental knee to the head from Daniel Jones on a scramble. When the concussion doctor ruled him out for the remainder of the game, Adams lost his temper and had to be physically separated from the doctor and escorted off of the field. There’s no word on what the discipline could be but considering Adams didn’t make physical contact with the doctor, a hefty fine figures to be most likely.
  • DET Wide Receiver #14
    St. Brown ran every route for the Lions in Week 4, so he seemingly gutted it out through the end of the game despite getting banged up at some point. The hope will be that he can continue to play through the abdomen issue going forward, but that’s far from a given. If he can’t suit up in Week 5, the Lions could throw Jameson Williams, who is coming back from his gambling-related suspension this week, into a full-time role for the jump.
  • IND Running Back #28
    Well, if Taylor is not on the field on Sunday, it certainly won’t be because of his ankle. The full participant designation means that Taylor was not limited in any way, which would normally be a near guarantee that a player will play on Sunday. However, there have been multiple reports that the relationship between Taylor and the Colts “remains unsettled,” so his status for Sunday still remains up in the air.
  • NO Quarterback #4
    Carr played through a shoulder injury in Week 4, but he and the Saints offense struggled. Head coach Dennis Allen mentioned that Carr was able to throw more on Wednesday and “things look good in terms of where he’s at this week.” The team has to hope that Carr is able to do more this week because he was clearly not healthy on Sunday. He threw a high rate of screen passes, missed several downfield throws, and also fumbled in the fourth quarter. If he’s that limited again, the Patriots defense would make for a good fantasy play.
  • CAR Running Back #6
    Sanders was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday of last week because of a groin issue but then didn’t practice on Friday. However, he was still able to play in Week 4 and proved to be ineffective, rushing for just 19 yards on 13 carries. With the groin injury still lingering, it’s safe to assume that Sanders will suit up again on Sunday but be less than 100 percent, which should limit his effectiveness against a solid Lions defense. Panthers CB Donte Jackson (shoulder), LB Frankie Luvu (hip), DL DeShawn Williams (elbow) and OL Austin Corbett (knee) were also limited in practice.


Biles energizes worlds crowd with floor routine
Simone Biles works the World Gymnastics Championships audience into a frenzy with her floor routine during the women's team event portion in Antwerp, Belgium.

NBC Sports Podcasts

Premier League

Everything you need to know about the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League
Arsenal vs Man City is here! And it’s far from the only tricky pick on a 10-match Premier League weekend docket.
Will Manchester City complete its quest for an unprecedented fourth-straight title?
“Something like that as far as I can remember never happened,” Klopp said on Wednesday. “That’s why I think a replay would be the right thing.”


Vaughn Dalzell, Raphielle Johnson and Dan Titus talk through their expectations for Ben Simmons this season and whether or not he still possesses top-50 fantasy upside.
Vaughn Dalzell, Raphielle Johnson and Dan Titus analyze the short- and long-term outlook for Draymond Green now set to miss multiple weeks with an ankle injury and what this means for Chris Paul and Kevon Looney’s value.
Prepare for fantasy hoops season and your drafts with Rotoworld’s 2023 Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide preview series!
On new squads, see where Damian Lillard and Jrue Holiday land in Rotoworld’s latest Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide PG Tiers.
Big Ten on NBC, Peacock
Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge discuss the “tall task” that undefeated Maryland has in facing Ohio State in Week 6 and the reasons why the Terrapins have a fighting chance to defeat the Buckeyes.
Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge break down Iowa’s play in the team’s win over Michigan State in Week 5, including the strength of the defense and special teams and room for improvement on offense.
Vaughn Dalzell breaks down how he’s playing two Big Ten matchups between Michigan at Minnesota and Nebraska at Illinois.
Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge preview Rutgers’ Week 6 matchup against Wisconsin, the success of Phil Longo’s offense and more.
PFF previews the top players to watch when Ohio State takes on Maryland, including Taulia Tagovailoa and Corey Dyches for the Terrapins and receivers Marvin Harrison Jr. and Cade Stover for the Buckeyes.
Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge discuss how Minnesota can compete against a Michigan team that has “no weaknesses,” specifically by forcing turnovers and embracing their home-crowd atmosphere.
College Football Top 25: SEC Takes a Hit

Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide

Get an assist with your draft with the Rotoworld Basketball Draft Guide, which includes player rankings, positional tiers, projections, mock draft and much more!
Prepare for fantasy hoops season and your drafts with Rotoworld’s 2023 Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide preview series!
Zak Hanshew breaks down the latest trade as the Celtics look to keep pace with Milwaukee in Eastern Conference arms race.
Check out the first few rounds of a 16-team, 9-Cat industry mock draft, which is part of the new Rotoworld Basketball Draft Guide.


One chance remains for drivers to reach the next round of the Cup playoffs.
Track’s first Cup race will be June 16, 2024 on USA Network.
Matt Crafton punched Nick Sanchez after last weekend’s Truck playoff race at Talladega.


The Bengals quarterback injured his right calf on the second day of training camp and aggravated it in Week 2.
Cowboys offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer says he will talk to former 49ers quarterback (current Cowboys quarterback) Trey Lance as Dallas prepares to visit San Francisco.
As October begins, the launch of the Christmas season looms.
Vaughn Dalzell looks to keep his hot streak on Thursday Night Football between the Chicago Bears and Washington Commanders.

2023 Rugby World Cup on Peacock

The best of the best are in action in France through October 28th for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Relive the best moments from South Africa and Tonga’s matchup at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Relive the best moments from Australia and Portugal’s matchup at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Relive the best moments from Scotland and Romania’s matchup at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.


Matthew Pouliot doesn’t see things getting much better for the Rockies, but at least some of the players are interesting.
Royce Lewis homered twice and Pablo López
was effective for the Twins’ first postseason game win since 2004.
Montgomery fired seven shutout innings against the Rays, who committed four errors on defense.
Here is everything you need to know about betting the 2023 MLB Playoffs.


Both Kahwi Leonard and Paul George are extension eligible, but should the Clippers go there?
The Nuggets take on the Lakers opening night, right after Denver raises its banner.
Vaughn Dalzell, Dan Titus and Raphielle Johnson discuss Jrue Holiday’s move to the Boston Celtics and why the two-time All-Star’s fantasy value should hold ‘steady’ with his new team.
The reports out of practice were he looked good. No fireworks... yet.

College Football

Brad Thomas is back again with another Big Ten Betting Power Rankings. See where he’s placing his money this week!
Notre Dame will struggle to make a strong closing statement this season, through no fault of its own, as Wake Forest and Stanford look worse and worse.
Wisconsin players Tanner Mordecai and Braelon Allen interview each other about the best class they’ve taken in college, favorite school traditions and their typical game day routines.
Iowa quarterback Cade McNamara will miss the rest of the season because of a torn knee ligament and Deacon Hill will be the starter against Purdue this week, coach Kirk Ferentz announced Tuesday.


Vaughn Dalzell looks to keep his hot streak on Thursday Night Football between the Chicago Bears and Washington Commanders.
College Football Week 6 Player Props Opening Best Bets
Brad Thomas is back again with another Big Ten Betting Power Rankings. See where he’s placing his money this week!


Hull also talked about the state of her physical health, following the Solheim Cup.
Thompson will be the first LPGA player to compete on the PGA Tour since 2018.
Jake Knapp joins Golf Today to discuss working as a bouncer, making ends meet to keep his golf career alive and what being a professional means to him.
Davis Riley joins Golf Today and discusses his position in the FedExCup Fall race. He currently sits at 62nd in the standings, needing to jump into the top 60 to earn his spot in the initial 2024 Signature events.
Defending champion Ryan Fox joins Golf Today to discuss what makes the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship one of the best events of the year, his takeaways from the Ryder Cup and more.
Ludvig Aberg played in four matches last week in Rome as a Ryder Cup rookie and will have a quick turnaround ahead of this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship as he’s honoring his prior commitment to play in the event.

Brother From Another

Michael Holley, Ashley Nicole Moss and Mike Jones of The Athletic discuss the Dallas Cowboys’ matchup with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football, in which Dak Prescott and co. can quiet the noise with a win.
Michael Holley, Ashley Nicole Moss and The Athletic’s Mike Jones debate over the best team in the NFC, between the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers -- and how the Dallas Cowboys can reenter the conversation.
Michael Holley and Ashley Nicole Moss are puzzled by Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis’ warning to the Denver Nuggets, which doesn’t pack much of a punch given the Nuggets’ easy Western Conference Finals sweep.
Ashley Nicole Moss is tired of Aaron Rodgers’ nonsense after he referred to Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce as “Mr. Pfizer.”

Local coverage

As 49ers Kyle Shanahan tries to balance Christian McCaffrey’s usage, the star running back recently made his opinion on the matter clear.
Harden was with the Sixers for Day 2 of training camp.
Tom Giles, Mike Giardi, and Trenni Casey discuss on “Early Edition.”
Where to cheer, how to track your runner and more questions answered on how to be the best Chicago Marathon spectator


When NHL players were surveyed by their union for which goalie they’d want to win one game, Vasilevskiy was the choice for over than half of those who answered.
With the return of Cameron Beaubier and a strong finish by JD Beach, Jake Gagne faced his toughest competition yet.
Almiron, Burn, Longstaff, Schar all score goals as Magpies triumph in 4-1 victory over French giants
The UEFA Champions League 2023-24 group stage is here and check out the latest tables as the tournament seems wide open this year.
The UEFA Europa League and Conference League group stage is here with Premier League clubs Liverpool, Brighton, West Ham, and Aston Villa all in action.