The health of Packers wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb appears to be a good-news/bad-news situation heading into Sunday’s matchup against the Bengals.
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Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Nelson is “progressing,” and that he is expected to practice Saturday. Nelson left last week’s loss to the Falcons in the first quarter with a quad injury.
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Officially marked as questionable, Nelson looks on track to start Sunday.
However, fellow wide receiver Randall Cobb was one of seven Packers listed as doubtful to face the Bengals. Cobb was forced from last week’s game late with a shoulder injury.
Barring a miraculous turn in Cobb’s health, Nelson and Davante Adams will start Sunday with Geronimo Allison working the slot.
Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins: If Newton wasn’t the week’s biggest matchups-related head-scratcher, Ajayi sure was. Facing a Jets defense that allowed 72.1 PPR fantasy points to opposing running backs in the season’s first two weeks, fourth most in the league, Ajayi scored just 4.5 PPR and 2.5 non-PPR fantasy points on Sunday, his fewest in either format in any of his 14 career NFL starts.
His 11 carries can be explained by the Dolphins playing a large chunk of the game from behind, which deflated any chance at his putting forth anything close to the 28 he had in Week 2, but that doesn’t excuse his awful 1.4 yards-per-carry average in the game. Perhaps the knee injury that had him listed as questionable for the game contributed, and the hit below the belt he took in the first quarter probably didn’t help, but Ajayi’s low score probably cost a lot of matchups for the 96.1 percent of ESPN managers who started him.