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-- Ben Watson Lost for Season with Torn Achilles --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football NBC Sports reports Baltimore Ravens TE Ben Watson suffered a torn Achilles in tonight's preseason game. He is lost for the season.
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-- Tony Romo Likely OUT 6-10 Weeks with a Broken Bone in His Back --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) has suffered a compression fracture of his L1 vertebrae, according to a source. While HC Jason Garrett wouldn't put a timeline on Romo's return, he is looking at 6-10 weeks to recover. Garrett, who announced the injury on a conference call Saturday, said the injury would not cost Romo the season and he declined to rule out the quarterback for the regular-season opener against the New York Giants on Sept. 11. "We don't believe that to be the case at all," Garrett said when asked if Romo's season was in jeopardy. Romo first learned of the results Friday night. If he cannot play Week 1, rookie fourth-round draft pick QB Dak Prescott will start against the Giants.
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-- Tyler Eifert Targeting Week 4-6 To Return --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football NFL.com reports Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle surgery), who just started jogging, is targeting Weeks #4-6 for his return from ankle surgery, per source. His hope is Week #4, but he could push it into week #3 if he's feeling up to it.
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Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Draft Guide: Catchin' Cash - Players in Their Contract Year --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Tony Romo Hurts Back --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys QB Tony Romo took a big hit when trying to slide in tonight's game against the Seahawks. He stayed down on the field for several minutes and held his back. He slowly walked off the field, stood on the sidelines with his helmet still on. Cowboys HC Jason Garrett says on their broadcast at halftime, regarding Romo's back: "We don't think it's a serious thing."
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-- Draft Guide: IDP Sleepers, Creepers, & Impact Rookies UPDATED! --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Cody Latimer Injures Knee --
Sun Aug 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ABC Sports Channel 7 in Denver reports Broncos WR Cody Latimer suffered a knee injury in tonight's game against the Rams. He is set to undergo an MRI on Sunday.

-- Broncos 17, Rams 9 --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian appears to have locked up the starting job with a solid performance to help beat the Los Angeles Rams, 17-9. Sieman threw for 122 yards and a TD with a pick. TE Virgil Green (3-14-1) caught the score. RB Ronnie Hillman (5-45-1) also rushed for a score. RB C.J. Anderson (11-50) and WR Demaryius Thomas (4-63) led the Broncos in rushing and receiving. For the Rams, QB Case Keenum threw for 77 yards without a TD or pick. RB Todd Gurley had the night off. WR Kenny Brit (2-20) and TE Lance Kendricks (3-36) led a passing game that struggled for much of the game. Rookie QB Jared Goff threw for only 45 yards before leaving after being shaken up.
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-- Titans 27, Raiders 14 --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports QB Marcus Mariota and QB Derek Carr look ready for the season to start after a successful preseason dress rehearsal. Mariota led Tennessee to scores on all four drives he played and Carr threw two touchdown passes for Oakland and the Titans beat the Raiders 27-14 on Saturday night. Mariota had the Raiders scrambling all night, faking out CB D.J. Hayden on an option run and beating Oakland's top CB Sean Smith on a couple of plays. Smith nearly intercepted a pass to WR Tajae Sharpe on the opening drive and S Nate Allen jumped in apparent celebration. But Sharpe caught the ball and got by the unsuspecting Allen for a 60-yard gain that set up Murray's 1-yard TD run. Mariota survived a big hit to convert a third down to WR Andre Johnson on the next drive that led to the first of two field goals. Mariota then led one more TD drive late in the half before calling it a night. He finished 9 for 16 for 170 yards. Carr was just as sharp, completing 10 of 15 passes for 146 yards. He was able to hit a couple of deep passes, including a 41-yarder to WR Michael Crabtree on the opening drive and a perfectly placed 29-yarder to WR Amari Cooper in the end zone for his second TD pass. Carr capped the opening drive with a 6-yard TD pass to rookie RB DeAndre Washington. He nearly had a third TD, but missed an open TE Clive Walford in the end zone late in the first half. Titans RB Derrick Henry used his size to overpower Raiders defenders at times and rushed for 49 yards on 12 carries with a 3-yard TD run. Raiders rookies Washington and RB Jalen Richard provided sparks as they make a case to become the primary backup running back to RB Latavius Murray. Washington ran for 55 yards on eight carries to go with his TD catch and Richard had 35 yards on seven runs. Washington lost a fumble when he was drilled after catching a short pass from QB Matt McGloin.
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-- Giants 21, Jets 20 --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a touchdown pass to WR Eric Decker and the New York Jets' defense stifled Eli Manning and the New York Giants' starters in a 21-20 preseason loss Saturday night. Both teams' first-string offenses did very little in the last regular-season tuneup for most starters, but Fitzpatrick connected with Decker for a 22-yard score three plays after CB Darrelle Revis intercepted Manning on a pass intended for WR Odell Beckham Jr. in Giants territory in the second quarter. Fitzpatrick finished 9 of 16 for 76 yards with the score and lost a fumble in the red zone before being replaced by QB Geno Smith just before halftime. Manning was 10 of 15 for 65 yards and an interception while playing one series into the third quarter. The Giants' starters managed just 61 total yards against HC Todd Bowles' defense. Jets second-rounder QB Christian Hackenberg began trending on Twitter after he went 4 of 6 for 79 yards on his first NFL drive, capping it with a 10-yard TD throw to WR Robby Anderson. He was also intercepted with 2:34 left, leading to King's go-ahead touchdown catch for the Giants. Hackenberg finished 6 of 16 for 105 yards for the Jets (1-2). Giants WR Victor Cruz played for the first time since 2014, catching a pass for 4 yards. Cruz was limited to six games two years ago because of a knee injury and then missed all of last season with a calf injury. The 29-year-old Cruz was sidelined the first two preseason games this summer with a groin injury. Jets RB Matt Forte (hamstring) and DE Muhammad Wilkerson (leg) made their preseason debuts. Forte, signed in March after eight seasons in Chicago, had 28 yards on 10 carries and added two catches for 9 yards.
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-- Eagles 33, Colts 23 --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports QB Sam Bradford continues making his pitch to be the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback. On Saturday night, he threw mostly strikes. With QB Carson Wentz missing a second straight game because of fractured ribs, Bradford led the Eagles on three touchdown drives and to a third straight preseason victory, 33-23. Bradford has been virtually flawless in each of his three starts. This time, he was 17 of 20 for 167 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception. He played into the third quarter and led the Eagles to scores on four of their first six possessions. The Eagles stuffed the run and put QB Andrew Luck under so much duress in the first half, HC Chuck Pagano pulled out Luck for the final two quarters. RB Robert Turbin's 81-yard TD run in the third quarter could have gotten Indy back into the game. The problem: WR Phillip Dorsett was called for holding. "You can't survive those penalties," Luck said. "You can't do it." Eagles WR Josh Huff caught two passes for 60 yards and scored on a 9-yard run. The recently acquired WR Dorial Green-Beckham also caught two passes for 15 yards, including a 4-yard TD reception on which he used his bigger body to get position over a smaller defender.
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Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Ravens 30, Lions 9 --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports QB Joe Flacco went 11 for 16 for 94 yards in his first action since November, but the Baltimore Ravens apparently lost TE Benjamin Watson for the season during a 30-9 preseason victory over the Detroit Lions on Saturday night. After Watson tore his right Achilles tendon on the game's first play, promising rookie RB Kenneth Dixon left in the second quarter with a sprained knee. HC John Harbaugh said both players would receive MRIs on Sunday. He then provided his unsolicited take on the NFL's four-game preseason. "Maybe it's more games than we need," he said. "Fewer preseason games and bigger rosters -- that's good for everybody." With Watson out, Flacco turned his attention toward WR Mike Wallace, signed as a free agent during the offseason. Wallace was targeted six times, catching three for 37 yards. Matthew Stafford played the first half for Detroit (1-2), completing 14 of 23 passes for 95 yards. He threw an interception and did not produce a touchdown. Lions PK Devon Bell misfired badly on a 42-yard field-goal try, but rebounded to hit one from 33 yards. Veteran PK Matt Prater, on the other hand, kicked a 60-yarder to end the first half. With Dixon out, RB Terrance West appears poised to be the backup behind RB Justin Forsett. He gained 43 yards rushing compared to 15 for RB Javorius Allen.
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-- Brandon Marshall Held Out Due to Sore Hip --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The New York Daily News reports Jets HC Todd Bowles says that WR Brandon Marshall (hip) was held out because of a sore hip. The decision was made yesterday. "I just need him ready for opening day and I think he'll be," said Bowles.

-- Delanie Walker Fine --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Tennessean reports Titans HC Mike Mularkey says TE Delanie Walker is fine. He just had a loss of breath, but is OK now.
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-- David Harris Injures Shoulder --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New York Jets LB David Harris (shoulder) is out for the remainder of tonight's game against the Giants with a shoulder injury, the team announced.

-- Chiefs 23, Bears 7 --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports QB Alex Smith looked sharp in leading three scoring drives in the first half and the Kansas City Chiefs got a 23-7 preseason victory over the Chicago Bears on Saturday. Smith completed 20 of 30 passes for 181 yards before QB Nick Foles came in to start the third quarter. The defense strangled Chicago's offense, and the Chiefs (1-2) came away with the win after dropping their first two exhibitions. Kansas City got two second-quarter field goals from PK Cairo Santos and a 1-yard touchdown run by RB Spencer Ware in the closing seconds of the half to take a 13-0 lead. But the score didn't reflect just how lopsided the game was. The Chiefs outgained the Bears 239-20 in the half, had 16 first downs compared to Chicago's two and dominated time of possession 21:54 to 8:06. Kansas City had 177 yards passing compared to minus-7 for the Bears through the first two quarters. Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler had a rough game playing behind a line that was missing star right guard Kyle Long. The three-time Pro Bowl pick injured his shoulder at New England last week, forcing more shuffling for an already thin group. Cutler played into the third quarter and completed 6 of 15 passes for 45 yards. WR Alshon Jeffery had two catches for 18 yards and dropped a wide-open pass in the second quarter that could have led to a big gain. WR Kevin White had just a 3-yard catch, another quiet performance for the 2015 first-round draft pick. Among the missing starters and backups for the Chiefs were RB Jamaal Charles (knee) and RB Charcandrick West (elbow).
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-- Delanie Walker Feeling Ill --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (undisclosed) left tonight's game against the Raiders with an undisclosed injury or illness, the team announced. He is questionable to return.
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-- Darius Butler Injures Ankle --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Indianapolis Colts CB Darius Butler left tonight's game against the Eagles with an ankle injury.

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Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Leon Hall Suffers Concussion --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New York Giants CB Leon Hall suffered a concussion during the first quarter of Saturday night’s game against the Jets.

-- Kenneth Dixon Suffers Knee Injury --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Baltimore Ravens rookie RB Kenneth Dixon suffered an apparent serious left knee injury in tonight's game against the Lions. He had to be helped off and was immediately taken to the locker room.
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-- Ben Watson Lost for Season with Torn Achilles --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football NBC Sports reports Baltimore Ravens TE Ben Watson suffered a torn Achilles in tonight's preseason game. He is lost for the season.
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-- 49ers Release Jerome Simpson & Eight Others --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the San Francisco 49ers have waived/released WR Jerome Simpson, RB Kendall Gaskins, WR DiAndre Campbell, DL Darren Lake, PK John Lunsford, LB Wynton McManis, OL Blake Muir, OL Ian Silberman and CB Cleveland Wallace.

-- Rams Extend Tavon Austin --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Los Angeles Rams have signed WR Tavon Austin to a four-year, $42 million contract extension through 2021.

-- Source: Connor Shaw Breaks Leg --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Chicago Bears QB Connor Shaw suffered a broken leg right above the ankle today against the Chiefs, a source said. If there is no ligament damage, he could be back this season

-- Redskins Release Eight --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Washington Redskins have waived/released CB Jeremy Harris, OT Cody Booth, LB Ejiro Ederaine, OT Al Bond, LB Willie Jefferson, WR Dez Stewart, RB Kelsey Young, and WR Jarvis Turner.

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-- Chiefs Acquire Kenneth Acker --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Kansas City Chiefs have acquired CB Kenneth Acker from the San Francisco 49ers for a 2018 seventh-round pick.

-- Tony Romo Likely OUT 6-10 Weeks with a Broken Bone in His Back --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) has suffered a compression fracture of his L1 vertebrae, according to a source. While HC Jason Garrett wouldn't put a timeline on Romo's return, he is looking at 6-10 weeks to recover. Garrett, who announced the injury on a conference call Saturday, said the injury would not cost Romo the season and he declined to rule out the quarterback for the regular-season opener against the New York Giants on Sept. 11. "We don't believe that to be the case at all," Garrett said when asked if Romo's season was in jeopardy. Romo first learned of the results Friday night. If he cannot play Week 1, rookie fourth-round draft pick QB Dak Prescott will start against the Giants.
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-- Dolphins Release 11 --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Miami Dolphins have waived/released WR Matt Hazel, LB Akil Blount, C Ruben Carter, WR A.J. Cruz, LS Ryan DiSalvo, TE Gabe Hughes, PK Marshall Koehn, CB Al Louis-Jean, OG Vinston Painter, CB Brandon Harris, and WR Brandon Shippen.

-- Tracy Porter Suffers Possible Concussion --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Chicago Bears CB Tracy Porter left today's game against the Chiefs with a possible concussion.

-- Falcons Release Nine --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Atlanta Falcons have waived/released QB Sean Renfree, S Sergio Brown, OL Michael Huey, RB Gus Johnson, WR Jordan Leslie, TE Arthur Lynch, LB Ivan McLennan, CB Ryan White, and DL Brandon Williams.

-- Patriots Extend Jonathan Freeny --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New England Patriots have signed LB Jonathan Freeny to a two-year contract extension, a source said. He is now under contract through 2018.

-- Jamaal Charles Won't Play Today --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) will not play today against the Bears. The Chiefs are just taking a cautious approach to Charles this preseason.

-- Packers 21, 49ers 10 --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports after just two drives, QB Aaron Rodgers is ready to begin the season for the Green Bay Packers. San Francisco 49ers HC Chip Kelly still needs a bit more time to figure out who his starting quarterback will be once the games count next month. Rodgers made the most of his only appearance of the preseason, throwing a touchdown pass to WR Randall Cobb in the Green Bay Packers' 21-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Friday night. QB Colin Kaepernick did not fare as well as he looked extremely rusty in his first game action since last November. He completed 2 of 6 passes and generated one first down on three drives. "I wish we had done a little bit more but it was good to get out there and get my feet wet," Kaepernick said. Even though Kaepernick struggled after sitting out the past two weeks with a tired shoulder and QB Blaine Gabbert led the Niners to a touchdown on one of his two drives, Kelly said he's not ready to pick a starter for the season opener against the Rams on Sept. 12. "You're never going to make any decisions walking off the field," Kelly said. "We'll sit down as a staff and see where we are." After a three-and-out on the opening drive, Gabbert led the Niners to a score on his final series. He had a nice run and two short completions before RB Carlos Hyde busted a 27-yard run. WR Quinton Patton then took a lateral from Gabbert and scampered into the end zone on a 3-yard run. Kaepernick entered to applause on the next series, but did little to show he deserves the starting job. He was quick to leave the pocket when his first option was covered, and three of his passes were broken up by defenders. He finished 2 for 6 for 14 yards and added 18 yards on four runs. After being held out of the first two preseason games despite being healthy, Rodgers played two drives against the 49ers, going 6 for 9 for 60 yards. After the first drive stalled because of penalties, Rodgers led a 14-play, 87-yard drive the next possession. He drew a 12-men-on-the-field penalty when he operated out of the hurry-up offense and capped the drive with a quick pass to Cobb, who got into the end zone for a 6-yard score. Packers QB Joe Callahan, an undrafted rookie out of Division III Wesley College, went 16 for 24 for 167 yards with an 18-yard TD pass to TE Jared Abbrederis. Cook, competing with TE Richard Rodgers for the starting tight end role, caught four passes for 54 yards. Rodgers had one catch for 8 yards.
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-- Steelers 27, Saints 14 --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports QB Ben Roethlisberger has played only two series this preseason, which might be all he needs. Roethlisberger torched New Orleans for 148 yards and two touchdown passes in his first action this preseason, then got the rest of the game off while the Pittsburgh Steelers rolled to a 27-14 victory on Friday night. "We were looking for some production and he gave us some production," Steelers HC Mike Tomlin said of Roethlisberger, who completed 12 of 17 passes. "Thankfully he did it in a small number of (snaps), so we got him in and got him out." Roethlisberger, who sat out of the first two preseason games, opened by leading a 14-play, 76-yard drive on which he converted two third downs and found TE Jesse James for a 5-yard score. His next series was highlighted by his 57-yard scoring pass down the left sideline to WR Antonio Brown, also playing for the first time this preseason. Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell also made his preseason debut, gaining 21 yards on three carries, but his lost fumble in the second quarter led to QB Drew Brees' only TD pass. Brees' strike went to WR Willie Snead, who made a difficult juggling catch as he landed on his back following a collision near the back of the end zone. Brees had a difficult night behind a struggling offensive line. It didn't help that starting OT Terron Armstead left unexpectedly in the first half. Brees completed 9 of 12 passes, but for only 78 yards. One of his better throws connected with newly acquired TE Coby Fleener for 26 yards, but it was called back for holding on Armstead. Steelers backup QB Landry Jones went 19 of 22 for 206 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown pass to WR Sammie Coates. He also completed a 58-yard pass to Coates to set up PK Chris Boswell's 40-yard field goal. Saints undrafted rookie WR Tommylee Lewis, among the top playmakers in training camp, made a 31-yard TD catch from QB Garrett Grayson.
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-- Buccaneers 30, Browns 13 --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports WR Josh Gordon showed why the Cleveland Browns are so happy to have him back on the field. The talented receiver with a history of suspensions for drug violations caught everything thrown his way in his preseason debut Friday night, scoring on a 43-yard reception and also hauling in another pass from QB Robert Griffin III for a 44-yard gain that led to a first quarter field goal in a 30-13 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. QB Jameis Winston threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns in one half of work for the Bucs, who achieved an objective of starting faster on offense than they did the previous two weeks. Griffin completed 8 of 14 passes for 119 yards, one TD and no interceptions before being replaced by QB Josh McCown at the start of the third quarter. Gordon was only targeted twice and finished with 87 yards receiving, both his catches coming when he beat CB Brent Grimes, one of Tampa Bay's key offseason acquisitions. Buccaneers WR Mike Evans had five receptions for 115 yards, including a 34-yard TD from Winston, who completed 16 of 25 passes in what likely was his final tuneup for the regular season. Browns rookie WR Corey Coleman played after sitting out the first preseason games with a sore hamstring. He was targeted, once on a deep throw, but did not have a reception. He also returned two punts for 10 yards. Struggling Buccaneers rookie PK Roberto Aguayo rebounded from missing three kicks in the first two weeks of the preseason, booting field goals of 48, 21 and 27 yards and making all three of his extra points. The second-round draft pick missed an extra point at Philadelphia two weeks ago, then failed to convert a pair of field goals against Jacksonville. He had a rough week in practice, too, missing two field goals and getting booed by fans attending a Browns-Bucs joint practice.
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-- Redskins 21, Bills 16 --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports in their first real chance to play together this preseason, QB Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins' offensive starters showed plenty of rust and then progress in a 21-16 victory against the Buffalo Bills on Friday night. With the Bills (1-2) resting almost their entire starting defense, Cousins overcame a rough start to finish 12 of 23 for 188 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Despite coming mostly against Buffalo's second- and third-stringers, it was an important recovery for Cousins, who had thrown only five passes in the preseason and was rested last week. Undrafted rookie RB Robert Kelley was the brightest spot for Washington (2-1), especially given the previous injuries to RB Matt Jones and RB Chris Thompson, and that seventh-round pick RB Keith Marshall sprained his left elbow on his only carry of the game. "I definitely got some work in today, and I think it helped me out," said Kelley, who ran for 51 yards on 12 carries. "Every time I get up there I try to put myself in a better situation to make the team, take advantage of the opportunity." Bills starting QB Tyrod Taylor played only two series, by HC Rex Ryan's design, going 2 of 5 for 11 yards before being replaced by QB E.J. Manuel, who was 21 of 39 for 221 yards and an interception. Ryan also opted to rest RB LeSean McCoy and several key defenders, including DT Kyle Williams, LB Jerry Hughes, CB Ronald Darby, and CB Stephon Gilmore. Bills RB Jonathan Williams ran for 42 yards on 11 carries, including a 37-yard touchdown before leaving with a rib injury. Bills PK Dan Carpenter was 3 of 3 on field-goal attempts, connecting from 28, 52 and 52 yards. WR Dez Lewis didn't help himself with a drop, while WR Walter Powell had five catches for 55 yards. TE Nick O'Leary lost a fumble and quite possibly his grip on a roster spot. Redskins RB Mack Brown ran for 43 yards on 11 carries in the second half.
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-- Patriots 19, Panthers 17 --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports QB Tom Brady appeared to be in regular season form Friday night. Unfortunately for the New England Patriots, they may not see that form in a meaningful game until Oct. 9 when they face the Cleveland Browns since the three-time Super Bowl MVP will serve a four-game suspension to start the season. Brady looked sharp in his preseason debut though, throwing a 33-yard touchdown pass to WR Chris Hogan in helping the Patriots to a 19-17 preseason win over the Carolina Panthers on Friday night. Brady relieved QB Jimmy Garoppolo late in the first quarter and completed a 37-yard pass to WR Aaron Dobson on his first play from scrimmage, leading to a field goal. On his second drive Brady heaved a perfectly placed over-the-shoulder pass to Hogan down the right sideline for a 9-0 lead. Brady's other two drives failed to produce points. Brady made a quick escape after the game and did not talk to reporters. Garoppolo, expected to start the first four games for the Patriots while Brady serves a suspension for his role in "Deflategate," returned in the second quarter but couldn't get anything going. In the third quarter he rolled out of the pocket while under pressure and missed an open receiver who'd gotten behind the defense. His six drives resulted in no points, although PK Stephen Gostkowski missed a 30-yard field goal on the New England's opening possession. Brady finished 3 of 9 for 76 yards with one touchdown, while Garoppolo was 9 of 15 for 57 yards. Newton was 13 of 29 for 100 yards with two interceptions and ran once for 9 yards. Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett connected on a 12-yard TD pass to DeAndre Carter to give New England a 16-3 lead late in the third quarter. That was set up by a 60-yard punt return. Patriots RB Tyler Gaffney had 32 yards on six carries and RB LaGarrette Blount had 26 yards on five carries, including a 17-yard run in which he hurdled Panthers S Tre Boston as he broke into the secondary. Gostkowski missed field goals of 52 and 30 yards.
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-- All Signs Point to Blaine Gabbert Starting Week #1 --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Sacramento Bee reports 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick threw a pass in his first game since Nov. 1st and looked like someone who had gone nearly 10 months without any game action. Kaepernick, who entered on the 49ers’ third series in Friday night’s 21-10 preseason loss to the Green Bay Packers, went 2 of 6 for 14 yards with the first-string offense before giving way to rookie QB Jeff Driskel in the third quarter. QB Blaine Gabbert started his third consecutive contest, leading the team on a five-play, 50-yard touchdown drive on his second series. The drive was capped by a three-yard toss from Gabbert to WR Quinton Patton that officially was ruled a run by Patton because the throw was behind the line of scrimmage. Gabbert was 2 for 3 for 14 yards and ran twice for 15 yards. Through three games, he is 12 for 22 for 146 yards, a touchdown and a 90.3 passer rating. He hasn’t been sacked and hasn’t thrown an interception and seems like HC Chip Kelly’s likely choice to start the Sept. 12 opener against the Rams. Asked if the 49ers still have quarterback competition, Kelly was careful with his answer. “We’ll sit down as a staff and kind of see where we are.” he said.

-- 49ers Injury Update - Carlos Hyde Suffers Concussion --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Sacramento Bee reports 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (concussion) was diagnosed with a concussion Friday, one of several injuries to 49ers starters in the 21-10 loss to Green Bay. Hyde had four carries for 30 yards in the first half, including a 27-yard run that set up the 49ers’ only touchdown. He complained of feeling sick at the beginning of the third quarter and was taken into the locker room where he was diagnosed with the concussion. Hyde is now in the league’s concussion program, which he must pass before he resumes practicing in full. He is unlikely to play in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Chargers. The 49ers’ first regular-season game is Sept. 12. Hyde’s top backup, RB Shaun Draughn (ribs), has not played in the last two preseason games after taking a hit to the ribs during a scrimmage with the Broncos. His injury is not considered long term. WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring) and DL Quinton Dial (knee) also left the game in the first half. HC Chip Kelly had no updates on their condition. Fellow starters LB Eli Harold, an outside linebacker, and S Eric Reid (thumb) left the game but were available to return.
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Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Jonathan Williams OK --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Buffalo Bills rookie RB Jonathan Williams, who busted off a 37-yard run then left last night's game with a rib injury, tested out fine after the game, source said.

-- Julio Jones Likely to be Limited Sunday --
Sat Aug 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) likely will be limited during practice come Sunday, after suffering an ankle injury on Thursday night, according to HC Dan Quinn.

-- Ryan Kerrigan Injures Groin --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Washington Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan left tonight's game against the Bills with a groin injury.

-- Quinton Dial May Have an MCL Sprain --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

Bay Area News reports San Francisco 49ers DT Quinton Dial may have sustained an MCL sprain tonight. He will have a couple of weeks to recover before the September 12th opener.

-- Falcons to Work Out Dashon Goldson --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Atlanta Falcons will work out free-agent SS Dashon Goldson on Saturday.

-- Bruce Ellington Strains Hamstring --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington left tonight's game against the Packers after suffering a strained hamstring.

-- Chris Gragg & Jonathan Dowling Lost for Season --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Buffalo Bills TE Chris Gragg and S Jonathan Dowling both are lost for the season after tearing their ACLs in tonight's game against the Redskins.

-- Cameron Heyward Carted Off the Field --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Pittsburgh Steelers DE Cameron Heyward was carted off the field with a high ankle sprain injury in tonight's game against the Saints.

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-- Michael Hoomanawanui Carted Off the Field --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints TE Michael Hoomanawanui was carted off the field with an apparent serious leg injury in tonight's game against the Steelers.

-- Keith Marshall Suffers Sprained Elbow --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Washington Redskins rookie RB Keith Marshall left tonight's game against the Bills with a sprained elbow.
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-- Greg Olsen Won't Play Tonight --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Carolina Panthers official website reports Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) won't play tonight against the Patriots.

-- Tony Romo Feels His Back is Stronger Than Ever --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) is encouraged that his surgically repaired back is stronger than ever. "I feel good about the fact that was probably as tough of a hit that I've taken on the back as I've had in the last five years. From that regard, I feel very luck that it can hold up and I can can keep going," Romo said.
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-- Rams Activate Rob Havenstein --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Los Angeles Rams have activated OT Rob Havenstein (foot) from the active PUP list.

-- Colts Hosting Stevan Ridley --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Indianapolis Colts are hosting free-agent RB Stevan Ridley on Friday.

-- Tyler Eifert Targeting Week 4-6 To Return --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football NFL.com reports Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle surgery), who just started jogging, is targeting Weeks #4-6 for his return from ankle surgery, per source. His hope is Week #4, but he could push it into week #3 if he's feeling up to it.
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-- Ezekiel Elliott Visits a Pot Dispensary Store Before Game --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Houston Chronicle reports Dallas Cowboys rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott reportedly, citing TMZ Sports, visited a marijuana dispensary in Seattle prior to Thursday night's preseason game. Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones deemed Elliott's decision "not good." It's part of the learning process for the young rookie, but sources did say Elliott "didn't buy or smoke anything in the store."

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Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Keanu Neal OUT 3-4 Weeks --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports following his MRI, Atlanta Falcons S Keanu Neal (knee) did have some damage to his knee. He'll need a minor procedure, but is out 3-4 weeks.

-- Browns Really Value Josh Gordon --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports in order to acquire WR Josh Gordon away from the Cleveland Brown, it would have taken a second-round draft pick and something more.

-- Brees & Fleener Not Quite on Same Page --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports words and tone from Saints QB Drew Brees and HC Sean Payton have told a lot about the Saints' newest tight end, TE Coby Fleener. The translation: The Saints yearn for more from Fleener. The former Colts tight end hasn't been reliable enough lately on catching passes. He also isn't on the same page with Brees on some routes. Perhaps we are reading too much into things, but the feeling is that we've seen TE Josh Hill more involved in the passing game the last couple of practices. Maybe the weird drop to third team in a Saints "unofficial" depth chart really was a message.
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-- Franchised Eric Berry Set to Report to Chiefs Next Week --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports S Eric Berry's return to the Kansas City Chiefs is coming soon. The Pro Bowl safety has been staying away from the team after the sides couldn't agree on a long-term contract extension last month. Berry was slapped with the franchise tag, but hasn't signed the tag, so he's not currently under contract and therefore can't be fined for missing camp. Berry's absence will end before the preseason. Berry will report to the Chiefs' facility early next week to sign his tender, per a source with knowledge of the situation. With Berry reporting next week there is a great chance he plays Week 1 when the Chiefs face the San Diego Chargers. Berry is in good shape and "trained like crazy" this offseason. HC Andy Reid said on Friday morning he has no concerns about Berry coming in out of shape and expects the safety to start the season on the field. "Eric's one of our good players and he's in the business side of it right now," Reid said. "This is all part of the profession, so I get it. But I also know when he comes in he's going to be in great shape, he'll be able to get himself back before the first game and be ready to go because that's the way he trains in the offseason and the kind of shape he keeps himself in."

-- Panthers to Work Out Stevie Brown --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent S Stevie Brown is set to work out for the Carolina Panthers today.

-- Seahawks 27, Cowboys 17 --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports three plays were all it took for Dallas to get yet another injury scare surrounding QB Tony Romo. The quarterback lasted just 90 seconds into the Cowboys' 27-17 preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night before leaving with what appeared at first to be a potentially significant injury, but ended up being minor. Romo was tackled from behind by Seattle DE Cliff Avril on the third play from scrimmage as Romo scrambled from the pocket. Turned out it was all just a scare. Romo walked off the field without assistance, threw passes on the sideline and lobbied for a return to the game. Dallas HC Jason Garrett opted to play it safe and Romo donned a baseball hat as a spectator the rest of the night. What Romo saw from the sideline was an impressive initial flash from rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott and a solid performance by backup QB Dak Prescott against one of the top defenses in the NFL. Elliott rushed for 48 yards on seven carries, including a 13-yard run where he knocked Seattle S Kam Chancellor backward. Prescott was solid playing against most of Seattle's starting defense, finishing 17 of 23 for 116 yards, including a 17-yard TD pass that TE Jason Witten. QB Russell Wilson and Seattle's No. 1 offense played into the second half, scoring on four of its final five possessions including a pair of TD tosses by Wilson. He found WR Paul Richardson on a perfectly placed 9-yard crossing route in the second quarter, then improvised, spun, scrambled and hit WR Tyler Lockett on a 9-yard strike midway through the third quarter on his final play. Wilson finished 16 of 21 for 192 yards, while RB Christine Michael averaged 8.3 yards per carry as Seattle got its running game going in the second half. Prescott is 39 of 50 for 454 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in his three preseason games. "I was ready to go at any point," Prescott said. Seahawks rookie RB C.J. Prosise got his first action of the preseason after being slowed by a hamstring injury. Prosise rushed for 23 yards on four carries and has been viewed as Seattle's best third-down option. Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham did not play, but went through a full pregame workout and team warmups as he continues his recovery from a major knee injury.
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-- Dolphins 17, Falcons 6 --
Fri Aug 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports RB Arian Foster had a 2-yard touchdown run in the Miami Dolphins' 17-6 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. The four-time Pro Bowl running back played in just one series in the first half, but he made the most of the limited opportunities by sparking the Dolphins to their lone touchdown drive of the half with five carries for 10 yards, capped by his 2-yard scoring run early in the second quarter. The Dolphins are taking a cautious approach with Foster, who hasn't played a full season since 2012 with Houston. The former Texans star didn't play in the Dolphins' preseason opener and had just two carries for minus-5 yards last week against Dallas. Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill, coming off an impressive outing against the Cowboys, didn't put his team in many scoring positions, but he did move the ball effectively. He completed 20 of 29 passes for 155 yards while leading the Dolphins to a score in one of two red zone opportunities. Falcons QB Matt Ryan, meanwhile, took a step back from his showing last week against Cleveland. He completed 12 of 22 passes for 129 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. The Falcons couldn't get much going and WR Julio Jones left in the second quarter with an ankle injury. Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu had two catches for 19 yards on three targets during the first three quarters, while WR Justin Hardy had just one catch for 11 yards in four targets as the two compete for the No. 2 receiver spot.
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Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Adrian Clayborn Set for an MRI --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Atlanta Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn injured his shoulder tonight against he Dolphins. He will have an MRI on his left shoulder tomorrow.

-- Dolphins Thursday Night Injury Update --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Miami Herald reports Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh suffered a left ankle injury and left the field in the first quarter of tonight's game against the Falcons. He did not return. HC Adam Gase said Suh is "ok." Suh was unavailable for comment. RB Isaiah Pead (hamstring), LB Jelani Jenkins (ankle) DE Terrence Fede (knee), and DE Chris McCain (shoulder) also suffered injuries and did not return to the game. Gase said the team will have to look at Pead's ankle Friday to further understand the seriousness. Fede's knee will be further examined Friday but Gase said "it's nothing major." The coach said Jenkins is ok. The coach did not mention McCain's injury.

-- Corey Fuller Headed to Reserve PUP List; OUT First 6+ Weeks --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Detroit Free Press reports Lions WR Corey Fuller (foot - PUP) will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season with the same foot injury that's kept him sidelined for all of training camp. The Detroit Lions informed Fuller on Thursday that he'll go on the reserve physically unable to perform list when they trim their roster from 90 to 75 players at next week's deadline. Fuller broke his foot during organized team activities and was one of three Lions who opened training camp on the active PUP list.

-- Tony Romo Hurts Back --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys QB Tony Romo took a big hit when trying to slide in tonight's game against the Seahawks. He stayed down on the field for several minutes and held his back. He slowly walked off the field, stood on the sidelines with his helmet still on. Cowboys HC Jason Garrett says on their broadcast at halftime, regarding Romo's back: "We don't think it's a serious thing."
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-- Julio Jones Injures Ankle --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones left tonight's game against the Dolphins with an ankle injury. He is questionable to return to action.
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-- John Brown Leaves Practice Early --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (concussion) left the field on Thursday with a trainer. He suffered from headaches yesterday.
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-- A.P. Chooses to Sit --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Tribune reports Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has chosen to sit out the entire Vikings' preseason.

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-- Panthers to Host Donte Whitner --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent S Donte Whitner is flying to Carolina tomorrow for a workout with the Panthers.

-- Ladarius Green Rehab Going Slow --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle - PUP) says he's holding out hope to play week #1, but acknowledges his ankle rehab has been very slow.
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-- Patriots Reinstate Alan Branch --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New England Patriots have reinstated DT Alan Branch. He is no longer suspended by the team.

-- Larry Fitzgerald Sits Thursday --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Arizona Cardinals official website reports Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) did not practice on Thursday. Does that mean Fitzgerald won't play this week? "We'll see," HC Bruce Arians said.

-- Patriots Acquire Barkevious Mingo --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New England Patriots have acquired LB Barkevious Mingo from the Cleveland Browns for a 2017 5th-round draft pick. He will fly to Carolina tonight and join the Patriots there, a source said.

-- John Brown Returns to Practice Thursday --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Arizona Republic reports Cardinals WR John Brown (concussion) returned to practice on Thursday.
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-- Source: J.J. Watt Expects to Practice Next Week --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (back surgery) expects to practice next week, a source said. That is potentially a major development toward him playing Week #1. He's doing well in his rehab.
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-- Duane Brown Won't be Ready to Play Week #1 --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Houston Texans OT Duane Brown (torn quad - PUP) is not expected to be ready for the start of the season. The team is being cautious, as he may be placed on the reserve PUP list.

-- Jeremy Langford Fully Practices Thursday --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford (foot) returned to a full practice on Thursday.

-- Bryan Stork to Report to Redskins; Won't Retire --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports C Bryan Stork plans to report to the Washington Redskins this weekend.

-- Dwight Freeney Won't Play Tonight --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Atlanta Falcons have announced that DE Dwight Freeney (back) will be held out tonight against Dolphins with a minor back injury. Freeney is fully expected to be back next week.

-- Eric Ebron Sits Thursday --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

MLive.com reports Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) did not practice on Thursday, likely meaning he won't play this week.

-- Vikings Release One --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Minnesota Vikings have waived CB Melvin White.

-- Dennis Pitta OUT Again This Week --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Baltimore Ravens HC John Harbaugh barely let a reporter finish asking his question about TE Dennis Pitta (finger) before venting his frustration on the tight end's fractured finger. "It’s absurd, to be honest with you, that it even happened," Harbaugh said. "It’s just ridiculous and sad, and I’m disappointed about it." Pitta hurt a finger on his right hand during a fight with rookie LB Kamalei Correa on Aug. 2, when Pitta became angered by some hits after the whistle. The finger had been the source of ribbing -- QB Joe Flacco made fun of Pitta after the practice by calling it a "little baby injury" -- because it was originally diagnosed as a sprain. Now that a magnetic resonance imaging test revealed a fracture, no one is laughing, particularly Harbaugh. Pitta has been ruled out of practice this week and will miss the team's third preseason game Saturday. "They're afraid that if gets hit again, they might have to put a screw in," Harbaugh said. "So, it’s just that kind of a fracture. We want to get him out running, get him in the [walkthroughs]. I want to get him time with Joe, but he can’t really catch right now, and he definitely can’t get his finger banged up."
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-- RBBC to Stand in Baltimore for 2016? --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports halfway through the preseason, the Baltimore Ravens have yet to make any decisions on how they're handling their crowded running-back group. Will the Ravens go with a running back by committee? Will they rely on a featured back? Or will they simply go with the hot runner from week to week? "The next couple of weeks will give us a better idea," OC Marc Trestman said. RB Justin Forsett remains atop the depth chart because no one has really separated himself yet. None of the Ravens' running backs is averaging more than 4.1 yards per carry. Forsett managed 11 yards on five carries in one forgettable game. RB Buck Allen has nearly as many yards receiving (19) as he does rushing (20). RB Terrance West has scored two touchdowns, but he hasn't broken a run longer than nine yards. And RB Kenneth Dixon has 47 yards on 15 carries (3.1-yard average) when you remove his 19-yard run. The end result could be Forsett gets the start, Allen and Dixon become third-down backs, and West turns into the power back in the red zone. But the Ravens are still trying to figure out their plan going forward.
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-- Marcus Gilbert Restructures --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert has agreed to restructure his contract.

-- Drew Brees Contract Watch --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees reiterated that he will not negotiate a contract extension after the start of the regular season. "That’s always been my mindset and my approach," Brees said. "I hope that we can get something done between now and then." Brees will earn $20 million in the final year of his contract in 2016.

-- Nick Martin Lost for Season After Ankle Surgery --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports a source says Houston Texans rookie C Nick Martin recently underwent ankle surgery by Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina. He’s expected to miss the entire 2016 season.

-- Lions Release Stevan Ridley --
Thu Aug 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Detroit Free Press reports the Lions have released veteran RB Stevan Ridley.


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