Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas will miss the rest of the season after an MRI discovered a torn triceps in his left arm, the team announced Monday.
Sando: Falcons. I’m not changing my preseason pick every few weeks based on which team is playing the best at the time. Although New Orleans looks like the best team and a great bet right now — the Saints are 4-2 after playing the NFL’s toughest schedule by 2017 win percentages — I’ll stick with the Falcons and trust that they’ll improve. They’re one game behind New Orleans in the NFC South race, with both games against the Saints coming much later in the season. This isn’t doubling down. It’s more like checking with a pair of nines.
Impact: While the Patriots still field the NFL’s second-ranked passing offense, Edelman’s absence could be felt in the playoffs, as quarterback Tom Brady won’t be able to rely upon the most prolific — and clutch — postseason receiver in franchise history during critical situations.
Impact: As the first tight end ever to record three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons, Olsen will make a huge impact in Carolina’s passing offense. Besides productivity, Olsen is Cam Newton’s favorite target and safety blanket. His presence should help Newton rebound from the rough patch he’s currently experiencing.
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins (15.4 percent): Stills has made good on an opportunity to step into a No. 2 receiver role in Miami, with 10 catches on 13 targets, including three touchdowns, in the two games DeVante Parker has missed. Stills is an established speedster who could stay in that role with Miami playing Thursday night. While Matt Moore is set to start, that doesn’t impact Stills’ value monumentally. Still is on the flex radar in PPR scoring in 12-team or larger leagues.