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Victor Cruz WR - NYG Cruz (calf) will not practice this week,...
Cruz (calf) will not practice this week, and his status for Week 1 is in jeopardy, Newsday reports.
Impacts: While Cruz remains hopeful that he'll be ready for Week 1, his absence for the upcoming week is far from an encouraging sign. The 28-year-old is no longer dealing with inflammation in his calf, but the Giants' training staff is not yet allowing him to so much as jog. He's considered day-to-day by the team, but his Week 1 status likely won't become any more clear until early next week. "I know how coach Coughlin loves his guys that practice; if you don't practice, you don't play," Cruz said. "I think I'll be ready to go. Just a small setback."By Rotowire.com
Travis Kelce TE - KC Kelce departed Monday's practice early d...
Kelce departed Monday's practice early due to a leg injury, the KC Star reports.
Impacts: Kelce was seen walking off the field under his own power, but at this point the extent of the injury remains unknown, and the Chiefs' training staff said an update will not be available until Tuesday. Assuming he's healthy, the 25-year-old, who hauled in 67 passes for 862 yards and five TDs last season, could be poised for an even bigger season in 2015. While the team brought in Jeremy Maclin from Philadelphia, Kelce remains one of Alex Smith's top targets in what should be a more balanced offense in 2015.By Rotowire.com
Sean Weatherspoon LB - ARZ Weatherspoon (hamstring) was a limited p...
Weatherspoon (hamstring) was a limited participant at Monday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impacts: Making his long-awaited return to drills, Weatherspoon wouldn't commit to suiting up for the final preseason game Thursday at Denver, stating, "I feel I have time to be ready." An appearance would likely go a long way in appeasing the mind of head coach Bruce Arians, but Weatherspoon isn't incorrect with nearly two weeks remaining before the Cardinals open the regular season on Sept. 13 against the Saints. If Weatherspoon is unable to do so, Kevin Minter and Kenny Demens would likely hold down the two spots at inside linebacker.By Rotowire.com
Trent Richardson RB - Richardson was cut by the Raiders on Mon...
Richardson was cut by the Raiders on Monday, Bill Williamson of ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Selected third overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, Richardson hasn't lived up to the hype, despite receiving numerous opportunities to warrant a spot with his previous teams, the Browns and Colts. In 46 career games, he's been handed the rock 614 times, yet averaged a measly 3.31 YPC, which he supplemented with 19 career touchdowns and 2.45 receptions per contest. For the preseason, he managed just 15 rushes for 42 yards and three catches (on four targets) for five yards, so it's no surprise that the Raiders have subjected Richardson to waivers.By Rotowire.com
Stevan Ridley RB - NYJ Ridley (knee) is still on the physically...
Ridley (knee) is still on the physically unable to perform list, and head coach Todd Bowles indicated that's likely where Ridley will start the season, NJ.com reports.
Impacts: Bowles stated that the team's running backs are playing well right now, so Ridley will be able to take his time and get fully healthy. Once he has some practice time in pads, the team will evaluate at which point he's ready to be placed on the active roster. Even then, it's uncertain as to what his role on the team will be.By Rotowire.com
Martavis Bryant WR - PIT The NFL upheld Bryant's four-game suspen...
The NFL upheld Bryant's four-game suspension for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy, the Steelers' official site reports.
Impacts: Pittsburgh's offense will thus be without two of its primary contributors for at least a portion of the season's first quarter (also, Le'Veon Bell). The absences should result in significant looks for Markus Wheaton opposite Antonio Brown in the passing attack. After serving the suspension, Bryant will be allowed to return to the Steelers on Oct. 2 following a Week 4 showdown with the RavensBy Rotowire.com
Julius Thomas TE - JAC Thomas will get a second opinion before...
Thomas will get a second opinion before he decides to have finger surgery, the Florida Times-Union reports.
Impacts: GM Dave Caldwell said Thomas would miss the first three games if he has surgery to repair a tendon in the finger her broke in mid-August. "My understanding is that if he does need it, it only pushes him back a couple of weeks in terms of his return time," Caldwell said. "He was going to be 50-50 for the opener. We would hope if everything went well it should be four weeks from the surgery where he'd be back to full strength."By Rotowire.com
Julius Thomas TE - JAC Thomas needs finger surgery, but it shou...
Thomas needs finger surgery, but it should only set him back a few weeks, John Oehser of jaguars.com reports.
Impacts: ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reported Thomas could miss 4-5 weeks, which would include the first three games. Marcedes Lewis should see an expanded role in the Jaguars' offense to start the 2015 regular season.By Rotowire.com
Kevin Norwood WR - CAR Norwood was traded Monday to the Panther...
Norwood was traded Monday to the Panthers, the National Football Post reports.
Impacts: Norwood, who was injured most of last year, entered training camp with seemingly little competition for the last WR job, but he did next to nothing, was overshadowed by B.J. Daniels, among other lesser-knowns, and was expected to be cut. The Seahawks found a suitor, though, in the Panthers, who need help at wideout after the season-ending injury to Kelvin Benjamin and a hamstring injury to rookie Devin Funchess. Norwood is the third fourth-round WR bust in the last five years for the Seahawks.By Rotowire.com
T.Y. Hilton WR - IND Hilton is going through the NFL's concu...
Hilton is going through the NFL's concussion protocol.
Impacts: The wideout was evaluated after Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, with the report noting that coach Chuck Pagano "expects Hilton to be okay." While that wording sounds vaguely encouraging, Hilton's status must now be monitored in advance of the Colts' Sept. 13 regular season opener against the Bills.By Rotowire.com
Joique Bell RB - DET Bell (knee/Achilles) was activated from...
Bell (knee/Achilles) was activated from the PUP list Monday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Impacts: After head coach Jim Caldwell relayed Sunday that the Lions would play Bell's activation from the PUP list "by ear," the 29-year-old running back was removed from the list just one day later. Bell's activity level will likely be capped off the bat, clouding his availability for Thursday's exhibition finale against the Bills. However, he can now embark upon regaining his standing as the Lions' No. 1 back, which has been held down by rookie Ameer Abdullah throughout the preseason.By Rotowire.com
Kirk Cousins QB - WAS Coach Jay Gruden confirmed Monday that C...
Coach Jay Gruden confirmed Monday that Cousins will be Washington's starter at QB for the upcoming season, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Previous reports had relayed that Cousins was slated to start the team's regular-season opener against the Dolphins, but it's now been made clear that the assignment will stick beyond Week 1, with Gruden saying that Washington is "Kirk's team." Per Gruden, "when it's all said and done...we feel like at this time Kirk Cousins gives us the best chance to win." While Cousins now has a degree of job security, at least in the short term, the team remains in the process of deciding whether Robert Griffin or Colt McCoy will serve the Cousins' top backup.By Rotowire.com
Tom Brady QB - NE Settlement talks held Monday between the...
Settlement talks held Monday between the NFL and Brady have failed to yield results in the quarterback's appeal of his league-imposed four-game suspension, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Meanwhile, Judge Richard M. Berman indicated Monday that with the two sides not having settled the case, that he plans to announce a ruling, which the report relays could arrive as early as Tuesday, and no later than Friday. In any case, there should be added clarity with regard to Brady's early-season status by the end of the week, which is of strategic significance, as the Patriots open their regular season slate against the Steelers on Sept. 10.By Rotowire.com
Tyrod Taylor QB - BUF According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, th...
According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the Bills plan to go with Taylor as their starting quarterback.
Impacts: While the Bills have not yet publicly confirmed their Week 1 QB plans, it appears as though they will roll with Taylor, who had been competing with Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel for the assignment. From a fantasy perspective, Taylor is a speculative option, but his mobility adds a degree of intrigue/upside on that front.By Rotowire.com
Tim Wright TE - DET Wright was traded from the Buccaneers to...
Wright was traded from the Buccaneers to the Lions on Monday.
Impacts: In a league where trading isn't very common, Wright seems to move around more than most. This second time in as many seasons he's been shipped out by the Buccaneers, and this year to the Lions. He serves more as a receiver than a blocking tight end, and with no real slot option in Detroit behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, it's possible Wright will fill that void for his new team.By Rotowire.com
Fred Jackson RB - Jackson was released by the Bills on Mon...
Jackson was released by the Bills on Monday, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports.
Impacts: Jackson has been a long-term member of the Bills' backfield, but with both Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon available, he's now been cut loose. The veteran running back has shown the ability to produce on a yearly basis despite a limited role in the offense. While it's no guarantee, it seems likely Jackson will find work elsewhere as a secondary back. With him out of the picture in Buffalo, Dixon, Brown and Karlos Williams stand increased chances of earning both a roster spot and some playing time behind LeSean McCoy.By Rotowire.com
Kirk Cousins QB - WAS Cousins will start at quarterback in Wee...
Cousins will start at quarterback in Week 1 against Miami, team sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini.
Impacts: Robert Griffin III missed Saturday's preseason game because of concussion symptoms and his status isn't clear heading into Week 1. Redskins head coach Jay Gruden is expected to address the media later Monday and likely make the decision official.By Rotowire.com
Alfred Blue RB - HOU Blue had five carries for 18 yards and a...
Blue had five carries for 18 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's preseason game against the Saints, adding one reception for one yard on his only target.
Impacts: According to Larry Holder of NOLA.com, Blue got the start in place of Arian Foster (groin), who will miss at least the first few games of the season. Blue is poised to take on the starting job and lead the Houston backfield, but he'll likely cede passing-down work to Jonathan Grimes and/or Chris Polk. Blue should get the goal-line carries, as he did during the first quarter of Sunday's preseason contest. Week 1 brings a difficult matchup with the Chiefs' excellent front seven.By Rotowire.com
Brian Hoyer QB - HOU Hoyer completed seven of 11 passes for 8...
Hoyer completed seven of 11 passes for 82 yards in Sunday's preseason game against the Saints.
Impacts: Hoyer only played two drives, with the second spanning 16 plays and 80 yards, capped off by a one-yard Alfred Blue touchdown run. Named the starting quarterback earlier in the week, Hoyer will likely sit out the final preseason game in preparation for a difficult Week 1 matchup with the Chiefs. Though the Texans likely planned on using a run-heavy offense this season, it may make sense to start off with a more pass-oriented approach, as RB Arian Foster (groin) will at least miss the first few games, and Chiefs CB Sean Smith (suspension) won't be available in Week 1.By Rotowire.com
Tre Mason RB - STL Coach Jeff Fisher indicated Sunday that...
Coach Jeff Fisher indicated Sunday that Mason (hamstring) is out for Thursday's preseason finale against the Chiefs.
Impacts: More importantly, the report suggests that Mason is considered questionable for Week 1 at this stage. Thus, considering the uncertain early-season status of Todd Gurley, Benny Cunningham could merit short-term fantasy attention in the event that Mason is forced to miss any game action beyond Thursday.By Rotowire.com
Victor Cruz WR - NYG Coach Tom Coughlin relayed Sunday that t...
Coach Tom Coughlin relayed Sunday that the Giants have no injury update on the status of Cruz (knee/calf).
Impacts: At this stage, we wouldn't expect Cruz to be a consideration for Thursday's preseason finale against the Patriots, so it may not be until the Giants' practices leading up to Week 1 that we get a clearer read on the wideout's regular season playing status.By Rotowire.com
Randall Cobb WR - GB An MRI on Cobb's shoulder has revealed a...
An MRI on Cobb's shoulder has revealed an AC joint sprain, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: Per the report, the injury is considered minor and given that Cobb initially feared that he had broken his collarbone Saturday, per ESPN.com, things could obviously have been much worse for the Packers' wideout. While Cobb's Week 1 status has not yet been clarified, a long-term absence does not appear to be in the cards, which has to be of considerable relief to the team in the wake of Jordy Nelson's recent season-ending injury.By Rotowire.com
Tre Mason RB - STL The strained right hamstring that Mason...
The strained right hamstring that Mason suffered in Saturday's preseason action is described as a tweak of a previous hamstring issue, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Impacts: At this point though, the Rams are downplaying the running back's injury, with coach Jeff Fisher noting of Mason, "I don't know how long that's going to be, but he's a quick healer," adding that "it appears to be mild at this point, but it would be unlikely that (Mason) would play Thursday. But I think he'll be fine." Based on that assessment, it would appear as though Mason should be a go for Week 1, but of course the greater question to be answered in terms of his long-range fantasy value rests in when the team plans to turn first-rounder Todd Gurley loose. At this stage, it looks like Gurley -- who is bouncing back from a major knee injury -- will be eased back in, but those considering Mason are advised to consider him as a short-term solution at running back, given that he will eventually be supplanted by Gurley if all goes as hoped.By Rotowire.com
Joique Bell RB - DET Coach Jim Caldwell noted Saturday that B...
Coach Jim Caldwell noted Saturday that Bell -- who had offseason procedures to address knee and Achilles' issues -- is "moving along really well" in his recovery, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: That said, Bell and the Lions are "still playing it by ear" as far as when he'll be activated from the team's PUP list. When that time arrives, however, the team expects Bell to be able to handle a full workload sooner rather than later. Once he's up to speed, Bell is in line re-enter the Lions' backfield mix at the head of a running back committee arrangement that will also feature promising rookie Ameer Abdullah, pass-catching threat Theo Riddick and possibly UDFA Zach Zenner.By Rotowire.com
Tre Mason RB - STL Mason suffered a hamstring injury in Sat...
Mason suffered a hamstring injury in Saturday's preseason game which head coach Jeff Fisher described as mild, ESPN reports. Mason had four carries for 12 yards and two receptions for 19 yards before departing.
Impacts: Mason will be held out of the final preseason game as a result, but it doesn't sound like his Week 1 availability is in question. Still, Mason dealt with a sore hamstring earlier in training camp, so watch his progress. The bigger issue for Mason's fantasy value is the timing of when Todd Gurley will return from a knee injury. Mason will begin the season as the starter, but it may be only a few weeks before Gurley is ready to challenge for the bulk of carries.By Rotowire.com
Randall Cobb WR - GB X-rays on Cobb's shoulder injury showed...
X-rays on Cobb's shoulder injury showed no broken collarbone and he said he didn't think it would be a long-term injury, ESPN reports. Cobb will undergo more tests Sunday.
Impacts: Cobb left Saturday's game in the first half with a right shoulder injury. It sounds like he avoided a major injury, but we'll know more about his availability for Week 1 after Sunday's tests.By Rotowire.com
Ryan Fitzpatrick QB - NYJ Fitzpatrick completed 9 of 14 passes for...
Fitzpatrick completed 9 of 14 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's game against the Giants.
Impacts: It was a strong showing from the veteran, who spread the ball around to seven different receivers and completed touchdown passes to Eric Decker and Zac Stacy. Fitzpatrick is likely finished as far as the preseason is concerned, but he will start for the Jets in the opening portion of the regular season and will have the opportunity to produce in what should be an improved offense.By Rotowire.com
Duke Johnson RB - CLE Johnson sustained a concussion during Sa...
Johnson sustained a concussion during Saturday's game at Tampa Bay.
Impacts: After such a diagnosis, Johnson will enter the NFL's concussion protocol, which could wipe away any chance for the rookie to have at least a modest workload in Week 1. Expect Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West to pick up the slack, or at least act as the Browns' top running back options, in Johnson's absence.By Rotowire.com
Randall Cobb WR - GB Cobb was removed from Saturday's game ve...
Cobb was removed from Saturday's game versus the Eagles due to a right shoulder injury, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impacts: For a team that lost Jordy Nelson (knee) for the season last Sunday, Cobb's departure is cause for concern in Packerland. After an evaluation, the Packers will likely reveal the nature of the injury, but Cobb has almost certainly played his last snap of Saturday's contest.By Rotowire.com
Andy Dalton QB - CIN Dalton left Saturday's preseason game ag...
Dalton left Saturday's preseason game against the Bears due to a neck injury.
Impacts: Before he departed, Dalton was a perfect 6-of-6 passing for 52 yards with three carries for 16 yards, including a one-yard touchdown run. The severity of the injury is unknown, but AJ McCarron took over the Bengals' offense following Dalton's removal.By Rotowire.com
Duke Johnson RB - CLE Johnson (hamstring) left Saturday's game...
Johnson (hamstring) left Saturday's game in order to be evaluated for a concussion, Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland reports.
Impacts: The murky nature of concussions likely keeps Johnson on the sideline for the remainder of the game. If the ailment lingers, the door opens further for Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West to stake a claim to the No. 1 running back gig. In any case, the league's protocol for head injuries awaits, if the rookie is in fact diagnosed with a concussion.By Rotowire.com
Tyrod Taylor QB - BUF Bills head coach Rex Ryan said he will m...
Bills head coach Rex Ryan said he will make a decision on his starting quarterback Sunday but will not announce it publicly, NFL.com's Albert Breer reports. Taylor is currently competing with Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel.
Impacts: Taylor and Manuel both impressed in Saturday's preseason win over the Steelers, and while the latter may have put his name back into the conversation, Taylor is likely still the favorite. Cassel also can't be ruled out, but he was easily outplayed by Taylor this preseason. Bills head coach Rex Ryan said that No. 4 QB Matt Simms will likely play all four quarters of the final exhibition game, according to ESPN's Mike Rodak.By Rotowire.com
EJ Manuel QB - BUF Manuel completed seven of eight passes f...
Manuel completed seven of eight passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 43-19 preseason win over the Steelers.
Impacts: Manuel got the start and made it look easy, finishing with a perfect 158.3 passer rating on three drives. Of course, Tyrod Taylor, who seemingly led the QB competition before Saturday, had a similarly effective outing, completing 12 of 13 passes for 122 yards with a 20-yard rushing touchdown to boot. Manuel may have put his name back into the conversation with his excellent outing, but he's still probably an underdog to emerge with the starting job.By Rotowire.com
Tyrod Taylor QB - BUF Taylor completed 12 of 13 passes for 122...
Taylor completed 12 of 13 passes for 122 yards, adding one carry for a 20-yard touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers.
Impacts: Taylor seemingly took a step toward winning the starting job, as Matt Cassel turned in a nondescript performance, completing 6 of 7 passes for 38 yards. EJ Manuel impressively completed 7 of 8 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns, but the former first-round pick may need more than one great preseason showing to make up significant ground on Taylor and Cassel. All three quarterbacks got work with the first-team offense, which was missing its top four wide receivers and four of its top five running backs. Taylor seems to have the lead in Buffalo's QB competition, but head coach Rex Ryan has made it quite clear that he's in no rush to name a starter.By Rotowire.com
Aaron Rodgers QB - GB Rodgers isn't playing Saturday against t...
Rodgers isn't playing Saturday against the Eagles, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impacts: The development isn't a surprise, as the Packers' offensive line is without key members -- David Bakhtiari (knee), T.J. Lang (concussion), and Josh Sitton (ankle) -- at the moment. Although Rodgers' backup, Scott Tolzien, has cleared the concussion protocol, he isn't expected to take the field. Thus, rookie Brett Hundley will get the nod Saturday, with Matt Blanchard likely taking over in the second half.By Rotowire.com
Julius Thomas TE - JAC Thomas (finger) is making good progress...
Thomas (finger) is making good progress towards being ready for the season opener, Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.
Impacts: This is good to hear for Thomas, considering an injuy that wipes out a preseason can be dangerous for Week 1 availability. Better news could come if Thomas returns to practice soon, as not only would it mean he's approaching 100 percent, but it would also mean he's getting valuable playing time with his newer, younger quarterback.By Rotowire.com
Andre Branch DE - JAC Branch suffered an MCL sprain and will l...
Branch suffered an MCL sprain and will likely miss significant time.
Impacts: Branch wasn't going to generate enough stats to become an IDP of significance, but losing a starting defensive end is a blow to a defense expected to take a step forward this season.By Rotowire.com
Kirk Cousins QB - WAS According to ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini...
According to ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini, sources say Washington plans to start Cousins not only Saturday against the Ravens, but also Week 1 of the regular season against the Dolphins.
Impacts: Cousins starting is probably not a done deal, as NFL Network's Albert Breer also tweeted no final call has been made yet. Griffin has suffered at least three concussions going back to his college days at Baylor, so it's possible that his health is playing a large role in whatever plans Washington is making for Week 1. Either way, there are many moving parts in play here, so the situation will likely remain fluid.By Rotowire.com
James Develin FB - NE Develin has a broken tibia and will be o...
Develin has a broken tibia and will be out for 6-8 weeks, per the Boston Herald.
Impacts: With Develin destined to miss time at the start of the coming season, at a minimum, the Patriots could look for free agent options to replace him, given that the team does not currently roster any other fullbacks after having released Eric Kettani earlier this week.By Rotowire.com
David Cobb RB - TEN Cobb is week-to-week with his calf injur...
Cobb is week-to-week with his calf injury, Titans Online's Jim Wyatt reports.
Impacts: He was held out of Friday's preseason game, and he should be considered questionable for the preseason finale on Thursday. Cobb certainly figures to have a shot at getting a good chunk of the carries in Tennessee this year, but the lack of reps in the preseason leave him with an uphill battle behind Bishop Sankey.By Rotowire.com