Meanwhile, Gates hasnt been spotted on the field this week during periods open to media. Given his age, the delicate injury type, early point in the season and the fact the Chargers signed a third tight end Tuesday to their 10-man practice squad, the next positive sign surrounding his Sunday availability would be the first. Hunters a very talented player like weve talked about since that first rookie minicamp (in May coach Mike McCoy said Thursday. He made another great, one-handed grab today in practice. He can do it all for us. Prior to this week, his only practice since the spring came Aug. 30, so his body is still in training-camp mode. The No. 3 overall pick has been a limited participant. If he progresses without setback, the hope may be to graduate him to full participation, including team drills, next Wednesday. Newton received no votes of any kind from coach Ron Rivera, but with the Panthers playing on Monday, his ability to play seems more likely. Antonio Gates injury update Gates (hamstring) hasn't been particularly close to playing or practicing in either of the past two weeks. If Foster doesn't play, Miami will once again use its frustrating committee in the backfield, though coach Adam Gase suggested the Dolphins need to "focus" their approach at running back. We have Jay Ajayi ranked among starting flex backs this week, but he's far from a sure thing.
For now, we rank Smallwood ahead of Mathews, but in this favorable matchup, both could have value. WEEK 5 RANKINGS : Quarterback. Running back Wide receiver Tight end Defense. Kicker Matt Forte injury update It's still unclear what exactly is wrong with Forte (knee who was carted off and received X-rays after Week 4's loss to the.