Rams’ Aaron Donald added to roster, will start vs. Redskins

Aaron Donald is officially back.

The Rams defensive tackle has been added to the team’s active roster and is expected to start Sunday against the Redskins in Los Angeles.

Donald, who ended his contract holdout last weekend, reported to the team facility and passed his physical after missing all of training camp and preseason. According to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, Donald won’t be an every-down player in his first game back.

Elliott had never been held to less than 50 yards in a game, and the last time he was held to fewer than 80 yards on the ground was in his first game of his rookie season.

The Broncos are known for their vaunted pass defense as they have been top 5 in the NFL each of the last two seasons, but their rush defense held Elliott and the Cowboys to 40 yards on 14 carries in the blowout.

In the meantime, while Elliott was having trouble finding room to run quarterback Dak Prescott struggled mightily in the loss. He finished the day 30 of 50 for 238 yards, but he threw two interceptions and had less than 150 passing yards well into the fourth quarter of the loss.

Prescott only had four interceptions in his career coming into this game, but this was the second multi-interception game of his career. He threw two INTs in the Cowboys Week 13 loss to the Giants in 2016.
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Odell Beckham Jr. active, will play Monday against Lions

Odell Beckham Jr. will play Monday against the Lions.

The Giants receiver was a game-time decision, but felt good enough during warmups to be listed as active.

Beckham, who injured his ankle in the Giants’ second preseason game against the Browns, has not played since and has seen limited practice time through the first two weeks of the regular season.

Beckham, who caught 101 passes for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, was bouncing around the field at MetLife Stadium Monday. He was able to run, stop and start during warmups.

Beckham’s injury occurred when Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun hit him just above the right knee as Beckham leaped in an attempt to catch a high pass from quarterback Eli Manning.

Terrelle Pryor Sr., WR, Redskins: His Redskins career hasn’t begun quite as well as his fantasy owners had hoped, as he managed just 3.9 PPR fantasy points on Sunday Night Football, his worst single-game score since 2016 Week 14 (1.3) and second worst since the beginning of the 2016 season. Pryor was started in 69.3 percent of ESPN leagues, and as his point production continues to slide, so soon will his start rate. That might well be true in Week 4 facing a much tougher matchup against the Chiefs.

Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: He and the entire Raiders offense couldn’t get things going on Sunday Night Football, as Carr finished with 5.2 fantasy points, his sixth-worst single-game total in 50 career NFL games. Carr was started in 75.7 percent of ESPN leagues.
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5 winners and 4 losers from the Texans’ win over the Bengals

The Texans and Bengals faced off in the first real Thursday Night Football game of the season — filled with Color Rush uniforms and bad football.

Both teams headed into the game having had miserable Week 1 performances. The Texans benched Tom Savage in a 29-7 loss to the Jaguars, and the Bengals got shut out, 20-0, against the Ravens. On a short week of rest, one team was going to come out feeling better about itself, and the other, not so much.

Thursday, Deshaun Watson made his first start, and the Bengals were hoping to finally score their first touchdown of the season. That didn’t happen for the Bengals, whose only scores were a trio of field goals by Randy Bullock. They fell to the Texans, 13-9, at home.

John Ross — the NFL Combine’s 40-yard dash king — made his NFL debut on Thursday night. It didn’t get off to a great start. On his first touch, Kareem Jackson popped the ball loose.

For all the pundits, and experts who didn’t think Denver could compete in 2017, the first two weeks of the season seem to be pointing in the other direction. It’s early, but watching the Broncos dismantle the Cowboys was up lifting. Dallas is considered a contender to be the NFC representative in the Super Bowl. Denver is pushing to be in the same conversation.

Things won’t get any easier, as Denver has the toughest schedule in the NFL. If they can continue to make statements like they did against the Cowboys, it will be impossible to ignore the Broncos as a true contender.

The Falcons are coming off a season where statistically they ranked as one of the top 10 offenses of all time

Greg Olsen suffered a foot injury in Week 2 and will miss six to eight weeks, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. It’s a massive loss for a team that has directed 22 percent of its targets to Olsen since he joined the team in 2011. Veteran Ed Dickson will be promoted to starting duties and should be viewed as a TE2 with some upside. Dickson has played a complementary role to Olsen over the past three-plus seasons, but he did post a 54-catch campaign with Baltimore in 2011. Devin Funchess, who posted 68 yards on four catches in Week 2, and Kelvin Benjamin stand to benefit from Olsen’s absence and should see a slight uptick in target share. If you have the bench space, Olsen is a worthwhile stash for your playoff run, but he can be dropped in shallow leagues.

Backfields are often fluid, but through two weeks, Carson has been the best Seahawks running back … and it hasn’t been close. Eddie Lacy was a healthy scratch in Week 2 while Thomas Rawls handled just five carries (for 4 yards). Carson had 21 total touches for 100 yards in Week 2. He’s a powerful, decisive runner who looks ready to be the weekly starter. He’s a must-add.

The Falcons are coming off a season where statistically they ranked as one of the top 10 offenses of all time, and virtually everybody is back at the skill positions. Meanwhile, the Packers are coming off a season in which their passing defense was historically bad. Although a Week 1 win over Seattle may seem like a step in the right direction, we have to remember that the Seahawks’ major struggles on the offensive line could have made things appear better than they really are on that Packers D. — Joe Kaiser
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