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Week 4 inactives watch

Welcome to Week 4 of the 2014 NFL season. Here we'll be posting live updates and analysis as NFL teams release their Sunday inactive lists. All cited player rankings come from our weekly rankings, which are updated to exclude players from the Thursday night game.

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Bye week teams: Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks.

Monday Night Football: New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:30 p.m.

We track key injuries Monday-Friday in Injury Central.

Full Week 4 NFL inactives lists

Ruled out before Sunday

S Eric Berry (ankle), LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), TE Joseph Fauria (ankle), LB Mason Foster (shoulder), LB Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), LB Chad Greenway (hand), RB Mark Ingram (hand), LB Mychal Kendricks (calf), WR Marqise Lee (hamstring), RB Ryan Mathews (knee), RB Joe McKnight (achilles), RB Knowshon Moreno (elbow), TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen), LB Ryan Shazier (knee), WR Rod Streater (foot).

Top players we're watching

Early games, 1 p.m. ET (7 scheduled)

WR Jarrett Boykin (knee, questionable): inactive
WR Eric Decker (hamstring, questionable): active
RB Arian Foster (hamstring, questionable): active
WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, questionable): active
QB Jake Locker (right wrist, questionable): inactive
WR Brandon Marshall (ankle, questionable): active
QB Josh McCown (right thumb, doubtful): inactive
RB Jonathan Stewart (knee, questionable): inactive
TE Delanie Walker (shoulder, questionable): active

Late games, 4:05 and 4:25 p.m. ET (3 scheduled)

TE Vernon Davis (ankle, questionable): active
WR Harry Douglas (foot, questionable): inactive
TE Ladarius Green (hamstring, questionable): active

Sunday Night Football, 8:30 p.m. ET

No significant players impacted.

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Dez Bryant active (7:05 p.m. ET): The Dallas Cowboys' official Twitter feed reports that WR Dez Bryant (shoulder, probable) is active. Bryant is our No. 4 wide receiver for Week 4.

Antoine Bethea active (3:10 p.m. ET): The San Francisco 49ers' official Twitter feed reports that S Antoine Bethea (ankle, questionable) is active. Bethea is Jim McCormick's No. 13 defensive back for Week 4.

Vernon Davis active (3:09 p.m. ET): The San Francisco 49ers' official Twitter feed reports that TE Vernon Davis (ankle, questionable) is active. He was limited throughout the practice week but is apparently good enough to suit up in Week 4, hinted particularly by Vance McDonald's inactive status. Davis is our No. 6 tight end for the week.

Roddy White active (3:04 p.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that WR Roddy White (hamstring, probable) is active. Harry Douglas' inactive status is a positive for White, because it means White should be targeted early and often. He's our No. 16 wide receiver for Week 4.

Harry Douglas inactive (3:04 p.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that WR Harry Douglas (foot, questionable) is inactive. After full practices Wednesday and Thursday, Douglas was limited on Friday, and apparently it was a significant enough setback that he's unable to play today. This is good news for Roddy White, who entered the game with some injury questions of his own; White should receive his usual starter's number of targets with Douglas sidelined.

Toby Gerhart active (2:37 p.m. ET): The Jacksonville Jaguars' official Twitter feed reports that RB Toby Gerhart (ankle, probable) is active. Gerhart's production through three games has been sorely lacking, but he should receive another opportunity to shoulder the load for the Jaguars in Week 4. He is our No. 29 running back for the week.

Keenan Allen active (2:36 p.m. ET): The San Diego Chargers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Keenan Allen (groin, probable) is active. He practiced fully this week, so don't worry about his injury. Allen's target total through three weeks is surprisingly low, but this matchup represents a bounce-back opportunity for him. He is our No. 17 wide receiver for Week 4.

Antonio Gates active (2:34 p.m. ET): The San Diego Chargers' official Twitter feed reports that TE Antonio Gates (hamstring, probable) is active. In a surprise move, Ladarius Green is also active. Gates should get the bulk of the targets between the two of them, and he is our No. 4 tight end for Week 4.

Ladarius Green active (2:34 p.m. ET): The San Diego Chargers' official Twitter feed reports that TE Ladarius Green (hamstring, questionable) is active. Green sat out Friday's practice, so even with this news, there's reason to be skeptical about his potential production in Week 4. He is our No. 15 tight end this week, though his presence does lower Antonio Gates' fantasy appeal slightly.

Michael Johnson active (12:10 p.m. ET): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official Twitter feed reports that DE Michael Johnson (ankle, questionable) is active. Johnson is Jim McCormick's No. 17 defensive lineman for Week 4.

Jared Allen inactive (12:09 p.m. ET): The Chicago Bears' official Twitter feed reports that DE Jared Allen (illness, questionable) is inactive.

Roman Harper active (12:08 p.m. ET): The Carolina Panthers' official Twitter feed reports that S Roman Harper (knee, probable) is active. Harper is Jim McCormick's No. 26 defensive back for Week 4.

Thomas Davis inactive (12:07 p.m. ET): The Carolina Panthers' official Twitter feed reports that LB Thomas Davis (hip, questionable) is inactive.

Jarrett Boykin inactive (12:05 p.m. ET): ESPN NFL Nation reporter Rob Demovsky reports that WR Jarrett Boykin (knee, questionable) is inactive for the Green Bay Packers. It already seemed as if Boykin had slipped behind Davante Adams on the Packers' depth chart in recent weeks, and now this news, which effectively confirms it. Adams could be a sneaky fantasy play as the No. 3 option for Aaron Rodgers, so take a look if he's out there in your league. As for Boykin, he can be safely dropped in standard leagues.

Jelani Jenkins active (12:04 p.m. ET): The Miami Dolphins' official Twitter feed reports that LB Jelani Jenkins (abdomen, questionable) is active. Jenkins is Jim McCormick's No. 11 linebacker for Week 4.

Doug Martin active (12:03 p.m. ET): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Doug Martin (knee, probable) is active. In other news, Mike James is inactive, so Martin should start and get a full-timer's workload, in a game where he badly needs to make a statement in order to maintain his status atop the depth chart. He'll be facing a middling Steelers run defense, albeit one that served up 29 fantasy points to the Browns in Week 1. Martin is our No. 13 running back for Week 4.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins active (12:03 p.m. ET): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official Twitter feed reports that TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle, probable) is active. He'll battle Brandon Myers for targets, but is the less attractive fantasy play of the two for Week 4. We ranked Seferian-Jenkins 27th, compared to 19th for Myers.

Dri Archer active (12:00 p.m. ET): The Pittsburgh Steelers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Dri Archer (ankle, probable) is active. Archer's primary role is on kick returns, so he's a non-factor in any fantasy league that doesn't reward heavily for those yards.

Charles Clay active (11:59 a.m. ET): The Miami Dolphins' official Twitter feed reports that TE Charles Clay (knee, probable) is active. He has been limited during the practice week, but at least he's able to suit up for this game in London. Clay is our No. 14 tight end for Week 4.

Chris Johnson active (11:59 a.m. ET): The New York Jets' official Twitter feed reports that RB Chris Johnson (ankle, probable) is active. Johnson has 35 carries to Chris Ivory's 33, so it's clear that this frustrating time share is bound to continue into Week 4. Frankly, Ivory is probably the better runner of the two right now, which is part of the reason for Johnson's No. 25 ranking, four spots behind Ivory's, among running backs for Week 4.

T.Y. Hilton active (11:57 a.m. ET): The Indianapolis Colts' official Twitter feed reports that WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle, probable) is active. He put in full practices on both Thursday and Friday, and in a week with so many teams off, he's a decent enough WR3/flex consideration. We ranked Hilton our No. 26 wide receiver for Week 4.

Joique Bell active (11:55 a.m. ET): ESPN NFL Nation reporter Rich Cimini reports that RB Joique Bell (knee, probable) is active for the Detroit Lions. He put in full practices on both Thursday and Friday, a positive sign heading into this game against a Jets defense that has allowed 16 total fantasy points to opposing running backs the first three weeks. Bell should get his usual 15-18 touches, but the matchup explains his mere No. 26 ranking among running backs for Week 4.

Robert Woods active (11:54 a.m. ET): The Buffalo Bills' official Twitter feed reports that WR Robert Woods (ankle, probable) is active. Woods has only eight catches all season, and despite his starter status, he isn't much of a fantasy consideration. We ranked him 54th for Week 4.

Jerricho Cotchery active (11:54 a.m. ET): The Carolina Panthers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Jerricho Cotchery (thigh, probable) is active. Cotchery should earn the start across from Kelvin Benjamin, but he has a mere eight catches for 78 yards and no scores thus far. Cotchery fell short of our top-50 wide receiver rankings for Week 4.

Bernard Pierce active (11:52 a.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that RB Bernard Pierce (thigh, probable) is active. Pierce will be part of a running back-by-committee in Week 4, sharing time with both Lorenzo Taliaferro and Justin Forsett. It's a difficult situation to read, and we ranked Pierce 31st, Taliaferro 36th and Forsett 37th accordingly. Try to find a better option elsewhere.

Sammy Watkins active (11:52 a.m. ET): The Buffalo Bills' official Twitter feed reports that WR Sammy Watkins (ribs, probable) is active. Watkins continues to play through his injury, but he had a mere two catches for 19 yards in Week 3 playing at less than full strength. He is our No. 25 wide receiver for Week 4.

Josh McCown inactive (11:49 a.m. ET): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official Twitter feed reports that QB Josh McCown (right thumb, doubtful) is inactive. The "doubtful" tag was a dead giveaway; Mike Glennon was always going to start this game for the Buccaneers. It could be good news for Vincent Jackson, who had good chemistry with Glennon last season. Glennon, however, is only our No. 22 quarterback (out of 24 yet to play) for Week 4.

DeAngelo Williams active (11:46 a.m. ET): The Carolina Panthers' official Twitter feed reports that RB DeAngelo Williams (thigh, probable) is active. He'll start and he faces little competition for carries, but he'll also probably be playing at less than full strength. Williams is our No. 28 running back for Week 4, ranked that generously mainly because of the likelihood of starter's touches.

Jonathan Stewart inactive (11:46 a.m. ET): The Carolina Panthers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Jonathan Stewart (knee, questionable) is inactive. It's not remotely a surprise, and frankly, Stewart might have been declared "out" in advance of Sunday if not for the Panthers' lack of running back depth. With Stewart out, DeAngelo Williams will get the start at less than full health, with Darrin Reaves the No. 2 and Tauren Poole the No. 3 running back. Williams is only a flex-play consideration and a weak one at that; we ranked him 28th among running backs.

Brandon Marshall active (11:43 a.m. ET): The Chicago Bears' official Twitter feed reports that WR Brandon Marshall (ankle, questionable) is active. Great news for Marshall's owners, who get him active for a plus matchup against the Packers, who have allowed at least 17 fantasy points to their opponents' combined wide receivers in each of the season's first three weeks. Marshall is our No. 7 wide receiver for Week 4.

Arian Foster active (11:42 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Arian Foster (hamstring, questionable) is active for the Houston Texans. It is unclear how limited -- if at all -- Foster will be this week, but his active status is tremendous news for fantasy owners. He will, however, be facing a Bills defense that has afforded opposing running backs the seventh-fewest fantasy points through three weeks. Foster is our No. 18 running back for Week 4.

Maurice Jones-Drew active (11:40 a.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand, probable) is active. Jones-Drew is not expected to start, however; Darren McFadden is expected to get that assignment. The news sets up a maddening running back-by-committee picture that fantasy owners should avoid if possible. Jones-Drew is only our No. 32 running back for Week 4.

Eric Decker active (11:38 a.m. ET): The New York Jets' official Twitter feed reports that WR Eric Decker (hamstring, questionable) is active. He's playing through his injury and almost assuredly will be on some sort of snap count. Temper your expectations for Decker this week; he is our No. 39 wide receiver for Week 4.

Calvin Johnson active (11:34 a.m. ET): ESPN NFL Nation reporter Rich Cimini reports that WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, questionable) is active for the Detroit Lions. This confirms Adam Schefter's earlier report. It's the 14th time in 20 games in his career that Johnson has been listed as questionable on the injury report, yet suited up for the game, a pretty good track record of durability. More: He has averaged 5.0 catches on 8.6 targets for 88.3 yards in those games, totaling 9 touchdowns. There's no doubt you should activate him, as he is our No. 1 wide receiver for Week 4.

Jake Locker inactive (11:28 a.m. ET): The Tennessee Titans' official Twitter feed reports that QB Jake Locker (right wrist, questionable) is inactive. There's your confirmation; Adam Schefter reported earlier this morning that Charlie Whitehurst would start at quarterback. Look elsewhere for a Week 4 fill-in.

Delanie Walker active (11:28 a.m. ET): The Tennessee Titans' official Twitter feed reports that TE Delanie Walker (shoulder, questionable) is active. Confirming Adam Schefter's earlier report. Walker is our No. 7 tight end for Week 4.

Delanie Walker will play (8:32 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that TE Delanie Walker (shoulder, questionable) will play for the Tennessee Titans in Week 4. Still, with the news that Charlie Whitehurst will be starting at quarterback, Walker's fantasy appeal is limited. He is our No. 7 tight end, but keep in mind that's a more generous ranking due to six teams being on bye, two of those teams possessing tight ends I'd clearly have ranked higher had they played this week.

Charlie Whitehurst will start for Jake Locker (8:30 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Charlie Whitehurst will start at quarterback for the Tennessee Titans in Week 4, in place of QB Jake Locker (right wrist, questionable). It is unclear yet whether that means Locker will also be on the Titans' inactive list, but his fantasy owners should bench him accordingly either way. The opposing Colts' defense also gets a bump in value with this news; we ranked them 10th among D/STs.

Calvin Johnson will be active (8:27 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, questionable) will be active for the Detroit Lions in Week 4. It's great news for fantasy owners of Johnson, who didn't practice either Wednesday or Thursday and put in only a limited session on Friday. He'll be going up against a Jets defense that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, so there's still every reason to believe he'll earn his No. 1 ranking among wide receivers this week.