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-- Bell & Blount Charged with Pot Possession; Bell Charged with DUI Too --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football 93.7 the Fan in Pittsburgh reports Steelers RB LeVeon Bell and RB LeGarrette Blount were charged by Ross Township Police today with marijuana possession. Bell was also charged with DUI after the stop today. Blount and Bell had 20 grams of marijuana, and were in a black Camaro. An unidentified female was with the two, and was also charged. All three were "cooperative."


-- The 2014 FFMastermind Draft Plan UPDATED AGAIN! --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Smith Expects S-Jax to be Ready for Week #1 --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Falcons HC Mike Smith said he fully expects RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) to be ready for the opener. “We are encouraged by what he has done over on that side with athletic performance,” Smith said. “It’s going to depend on the individual in terms of how he feels and once the doctor gives him the clear to go, then he will go.”


-- Long-Term & Short-Term Rookie Rankings Updated! --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football FFMastermind.com Rookie Specialist John Holler returns with a special update to our 2014 NFL Rookie Preview. Which rookies will make an impact in 2014 for fantasy owners and who are flopping? More importantly, who are the guys to target in Dynasty/Keeper league drafts as opposed to Redrafter league drafts? Holler provides you with TWO updated positional and overall rookie rankings lists that go 50 players deep! Check it out inside the latest cut of our Pre-Season Draft Guide!


-- Perfect Draft Series Continues --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Browns Name Brian Hoyer Starting QB for Week #1 --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football ESPN reports the Cleveland Browns have committed to start QB Brian Hoyer over rookie QB Johnny Manziel at quarterback to begin the 2014 season, the team announced Wednesday morning. "He was the clear leader from the beginning," HC Mike Pettine said in a statement. "We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room."


-- Free 2013 Pre-Season Draft Guide Preview UPDATED with FREE Perfect Draft! --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Gronk Plans to Play All 16 Games in 2014 --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football ESPN reports New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (torn ACL/MCL) says his plan remains to play the full 16-game regular season. There have been no setbacks in his recovery, he says.


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-- Four Important Texans Practice Thursday --
Thu Aug 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Houston Texans RB Arian Foster, WR Andre Johnson, LB Brian Cushing, and CB Johnathan Joseph are all practicing again on Thursday.

-- Kyle Cook Retires --
Thu Aug 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent C Kyle Cook has decided to retire from the NFL.

-- Emmanuel Sanders Practices Thursday --
Thu Aug 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

USA Today reports Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (thigh) returned to practice on Thursday.

-- Both Bell & Blount Will Play Tonight --
Thu Aug 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Pittsburgh Steelers HC Mike Tomlin's plan is to play both RB LeVeon Bell and RB LeGarrette Blount tonight. Jobs will be decided tonight, so the whole team shouldn't suffer due to the recent incident with the law. Tomlin is not a knee-jerk kind of guy.

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-- Greg Olsen Expected to Play This Week --
Thu Aug 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Charlotte Observer reports Panthers TE Greg Olsen (calf) is expected to play this week after missing last week's game with a calf injury.

-- Charles Clay Watch --
Thu Aug 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) said he feels he's ready to play after a good week of practice. However, he and the team won't know for sure until tomorrow.

-- Garrett: DeVonte Holloman's NFL Career Likely Over --
Thu Aug 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Cowboys official website reports Cowoys HC Jason Garrett just said it appears that LB DeVonte Holloman's (neck) NFL career is likely over due to his latest neck injury.

-- Knowshon Moreno Watch --
Thu Aug 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Miami Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno has been practicing for a couple of weeks and the Miami Herald reports that he looked the best he’s looked all summer during Wednesday’s practice. For his part, Moreno said that he feels good and that he feels ready to play against the Cowboys this weekend. The team will determine his status after watching him work on Thursday, but this would be the week to get Moreno some work if they want him to get up to speed against a starting defense.

-- Jets IR Dexter McDougle --
Thu Aug 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New York Jets have placed rookie CB Dexter McDougle (torn ACL) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Bell & Blount Likely Face No More Than One Game Suspension, But... --
Thu Aug 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Post Gazette reports Steelers RB LeVeon Bell and RB LeGarrette Blount probably face no more than a one-game suspension for their pot/DUI charges and that won’t come anytime soon. Bell could be in for a tad more if tests at the hospital yesterday showed he indeed was driving under the drug’s influence. Bell is in Philly but made the trip on his own and not with the team charter but Blount was on the charter jet. It will be interesting to see if HC Mike Tomlin uses them tonight.

-- Nate Burleson May Not Make Browns Fiinal Roster --
Thu Aug 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Cleveland Browns WR Nate Burleson (hamstring) may not make the team's final roster. It's been a long time since the last time Burleson was in full uniform and running routes.

-- Broncos Wednesday Injury Update - Ball Practices; Sanders Sits --
Thu Aug 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Denver Broncos again held WR Emmanuel Sanders (thigh) out of practice Wednesday with a thigh injury. Sanders has not practiced since last Thursday and did not play this past weekend against the San Francisco 49ers. Sanders did do so some work with strength and conditioning coaches off to the side. "We're just getting that quad back to 100 percent," Fox said. RB Montee Ball (appendectomy), who returned to practice Tuesday, did more in Wednesday's workout, taking part in individual drills as well as some work in 7-on-7 with the starters. The Broncos also held CB Kayvon Webster (ankle), TE Virgil Green (calf), TE Gerell Robinson (knee, ankle) and LB Jamar Chaney (hamstring) out of practice.

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-- Saints Wednesday Injury Update --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints CB Champ Bailey participated in team drills for the first time since July 31. CB Keenan Lewis returned to team drills for the first time since a leg injury against the Titans last Friday. CB Patrick Robinson took snaps during seven-on-seven drills. Oh, and S Jairus Byrd intercepted two passes. Not bad at all for the Saints. Bailey lined up as the second cornerback in the base defense along with Lewis on Wednesday. WR Marques Colston caught a pass on Bailey on a third-down play in team drills, but Bailey held his own otherwise.

-- Jadeveon Clowney Leaves Practice Early --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Houston Texans rookie LB Jadeveon Clowney's practice was cut about 45 minutes short on Wednesday when he retreated to the medical tent at the Denver Broncos' Dove Valley facility. Clowney departed practice early after colliding with Broncos TE Jacob Tamme during a 9-on-7 drill. Clowney sat in the tent for the remainder of the team's joint practice, but it didn't appear he was being examined by trainers while he rested. Clowney felt OK afterward, according to a source, but the team wanted him to undergo additional testing.

-- Andre Johnson Showing No Signs of Rust --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports reports Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson showed no signs of rust from his time away from the team this offseason. He was showing up all over the field, making one incredible catch in the back of the end zone, staying in bounds and holding on to the ball in a red zone drill. "He's a big part of what we're doing here,” HC Bill O'Brien said.

-- LeVeon Bell Won't Play This Week --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports early Wednesday afternoon, Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeVeon Bell and RB LeGarrette Blount had a brush with the law that resulted in an allegation of marijuana possession for both of them, and a DUI charge for Bell. Later in the day, the Steelers left for a preseason game in Philadelphia. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Bell didn’t make the trip.

-- Bell & Blount Charged with Pot Possession; Bell Charged with DUI Too --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football 93.7 the Fan in Pittsburgh reports Steelers RB LeVeon Bell and RB LeGarrette Blount were charged by Ross Township Police today with marijuana possession. Bell was also charged with DUI after the stop today. Blount and Bell had 20 grams of marijuana, and were in a black Camaro. An unidentified female was with the two, and was also charged. All three were "cooperative."

-- Chiefs Wednesday Injury Update - Charles & Bowe Sit --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the list of Kansas City Chiefs players not practicing Wednesday included RB Jamaal Charles (foot), RB De’Anthony Thomas (hamstring), WR Dwayne Bowe (quad), WR Junior Hemingway (hip), LB Joe Mays (wrist) and S Eric Berry (heel). CB Chris Owens left practice with a knee injury. As cautious as the Chiefs tend to be with injuries this time of year, don’t expect any of these players on the field on Saturday night.

-- Browns Wednesday Injury Update - Burleson Sits --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the following Cleveland Browns did not practice due to injury on Wednesday: OL Michael Bowie (shoulder), DL Desmond Bryant (wrist), WR Nate Burleson (hamstring), DB Pierre Desir (knee), LB Darius Eubanks (shoulder), OL Randall Harris (knee), DB T.J. Heath (hip), WR Jonathan Krause (knee), LB Eric Martin (concussion), LB Keith Pough (ankle), DB Buster Skrine (thumb), DB Isaiah Trufant (knee) and DB K’Waun Williams (hamstring), and OL Nick McDonald (wrist). Skrine underwent surgery to repair a fracture to his thumb on August 18. His return to play status will be re-evaluated weekly, the team announced.

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Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Giants PK Battle Update --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New York Giants incumbent PK Josh Brown took a step back Wednesday, missing a long field goal attempt on the last play of practice. That is not the kind of taste you want to leave when you're trying to hold off a strong challenge from the very strong-legged PK Brandon McManus.

-- Giants Wednesday Injury Update - Beckham Sits --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New York Giants WR Odell Beckham (hasmtring) was joined on the sidelines Wednesday by CB Prince Amukamara (groin), CB Jayron Hosley (foot), RB Peyton Hillis (ankle/foot), WR Trindon Holliday (hamstring), TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring), OL Charles Brown (shoulder) and OL James Brewer (back). None of them are expected to play Friday night against the Jets. HC Tom Coughlin also revealed that injured S Cooper Taylor (foot) will be having surgery, and it's possible he'll be placed on injured reserve.

-- Raiders Wednesday Injury Update --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Oakland Raiders have concluded their final price before playing at Green Bay on Friday night, and HC Dennis Allen said the team has not decided if rookie QB Derek Carr will play. Carr suffered an injury to his ribs and a concussion Friday night in a victory over Detroit. He practiced some the past three days. Carr has been upbeat and lucid. Still, Allen said the Raiders will be cautious with their second-round pick. FB Marcel Reece practiced fully for the second straight day. He is dealing with a foot injury he suffered against the Lions. It is not known if he will play Friday. Both Reece, who was wearing a walking boot after practice Wednesday, and Allen said they do not think the injury will linger. Second-year CB D.J. Hayden worked on the side on Tuesday. The Raiders have to decide next week if they are going put him on the physically unable to perform list to start the season. If so, he’d miss at least the first six weeks of the season. WR Brice Butler has not been cleared from a concussion yet.

-- Bears Wednesday Injury Update --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports nearly five months since undergoing shoulder surgery, Chicago Bears FS Chris Conte (shoulder) will make his preseason debut Friday night against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Barring a setback, S Craig Steltz is also expected to play on Friday, along with WR Chris Williams, who seems to be recovered from a hamstring injury that he suffered in the preseason opener. The Bears held five players out of Wednesday’s practice: CB Kyle Fuller (ankle), OG Eben Britton (hamstring), OL Brian de la Puente (knee), CB Isaiah Frey (hamstring) and S Ryan Mundy (excused). OT Jordan Mills (foot) returned to practice for the first time since injuring his left foot two weeks ago, the same foot that required offseason surgery on a fractured metatarsal in January.

-- Redskins Wednesday Injury Update --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports a look at the Washington Redskins' injury list includes two new ones: NT Barry Cofield and CB Tracy Porter. The latter was easing back into playing after after having shoulder surgery in the offseason, though he did play against Cleveland. Porter's durability has been an issue throughout his career. Cofield (groin) sat out practice Wednesday. HC Jay Gruden said Cofield could have practiced, but they opted to hold him out. RB Chris Thompson (ankle) was limited, as expected. Gruden said he still “has a ways to go.” Thompson hurt his ankle in the Aug. 7 preseason game vs. New England. He was in a good position to win a roster spot before his injury. Porter (hamstring) sat out practice and Gruden called him questionable-to-doubtful for Saturday’s game at Baltimore. LB Darryl Sharpton (high ankle sprain) remains sidelined and is doubtful for Saturday.

-- Bengals Wednesday Injury Update - Eifert Practices --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (stomach bug), DE David King (undisclosed), CB Darqueze Dennard (hip), RB Rex Burkhead (knee), QB A.J. McCarron (shoulder), QB Tyler Wilson (head) and LB J.K. Schaffer (head) id not practice on Wednesday. WR Dane Sanzenbacher (undisclosed), WR James Wright (hip), DE Dontay Moch (undisclosed), DE Wallace Gilberry (undisclosed), OL Mike Pollak (knee), TE Tyler Eifert (shoulder), LB Sean Porter (knee) and LB Marquis Flowers (ankle) returned to practice.

-- Cardinals Wednesday Injury Update --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Arizona Cardinals LB Kevin Minter (pectoral), OT Max Starks (ankle) and OG Jonathan Cooper (toe) will miss practice Wednesday. S Tyrann Mathieu (torn ACL) and DT Alameda Ta'amu will go through individual drills for the next couple of days and then be worked into team drills. C Lyle Sendlein returns to practice Wednesday from a calf injury, and HC Bruce Arians said the team will monitor his snap count.

-- The 2014 FFMastermind Draft Plan UPDATED AGAIN! --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- 49ers Not Interested in Trading Alex Boone --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CSNBayArea.com reports a source says teams have inquired about trading for San Francisco 49ers holdout OG Alex Boone, but the team is not interested in trading him.

-- Cardinals IR Darnell Dockett; Sign One --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Arizona Cardinals have placed DE Darnell Dockett (torn ACL) on injured reserve, ending his season. The team also signed free-agent DL Ryan McBean.

-- Working Doubletime to Help You Win! --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Bengals Extend Vontaze Burfict --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Cincinnati Bengals and LB Vontaze Burfict have agreed on a multi-year contract extension. Burfict's extension is a four-year, $20 million deal, including $7.6 million this year, through 2017.

-- Cardinals Sign Isaac Sopoaga --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Arizona Cardinals official website reports the Cardinals have signed free-agent NT Isaac Sopoaga.

-- Jordan Norwood Lost for Season with Torn ACL --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Denver Post reports Broncos rookie WR Jordan Norwood, who seemed on the verge of becoming one of the NFL's best comeback stories of the preseason, suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament during practice Wednesday and is lost for the season.

-- Geno Atkins Set to Play This Week --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Cincinnati Bengals DT Geno Atkins (torn ACL) is scheduled to play a few series Sunday against the Cardinals this week.

-- Rams Release Isaiah Pead Injured --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

USA Today reports the St. Louis Rams have waived RB Isaiah Pead (torn ACL) injured on Wednesday. Should Pead clear waivers, he can revert to the Rams and go on injured reserve for the entire season or reach an injury settlement that makes him a free agent.

-- Smith Expects S-Jax to be Ready for Week #1 --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Falcons HC Mike Smith said he fully expects RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) to be ready for the opener. “We are encouraged by what he has done over on that side with athletic performance,” Smith said. “It’s going to depend on the individual in terms of how he feels and once the doctor gives him the clear to go, then he will go.”

-- Colts Release Phillip Tanner --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Indianapolis Colts have waived RB Phillip Tanner.

-- Long-Term & Short-Term Rookie Rankings Updated! --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Colts Acquire RB --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Philadelphia Eagles announced Wednesday they had traded rookie RB David Fluellen to the Colts for rookie PK Cody Parkey.

-- Eagles Acquire Kicker --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Philadelphia Eagles announced Wednesday they had traded rookie RB David Fluellen to the Colts for rookie PK Cody Parkey.

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-- Vikings Wednesday Injury Update - A.P. Excused --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports two of the Minnesota Vikings' most prominent players, LB Chad Greenway and RB Adrian Peterson, were scheduled to miss most or all of practice on Wednesday. Peterson was away from the team on Wednesday because of a personal matter, HC Mike Zimmer said. The coach added that he was going to back Greenway down on Wednesday because the linebacker is dealing with a "little wrist" issue. Greenway, who sprained his right wrist last season and later broke it in two spots, had an X-ray and a MRI that showed no serious issue, Zimmer said, but the coach didn't want to risk irritating the injury further. DE Brian Robison, who was gone for personal reasons the past two days, was back at the Vikings' morning walk-through on Wednesday and was expected to be at practice during the afternoon. CB Jabari Price, LB Brandon Watts, LB Gerald Hodges, and DT Linval Joseph were all scheduled to miss practice again because of injury.

-- Bills IR Stevenson Sylvester --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Buffalo Bills placed LB Stevenson Sylvester on injured reserve Wednesday, the team announced. Sylvester has a torn patella tendon in his left knee, per a source. He had been out of practice since Tuesday.

-- Patriots Wednesday Injury Update --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New England Patriots starting OT Sebastian Vollmer was not spotted at the start of the team’s practice Wednesday, as he missed his third practice in a row for an undisclosed reason. Vollmer’s situation bears monitoring as he has not been seen on the practice field since playing 22 snaps in Friday’s preseason win against the Eagles. His injury history is well documented, which includes a broken ankle that landed him on injured reserve in the eighth week of the 2013 season In other injury news, DT Sealver Siliga has progressed to the point that he is doing rehabilitation work with other players coming back from injuries. He was wearing a black protective cast/brace on his left hand Wednesday as he passed by reporters en route to practice. Siliga’s presence adds context that his injury, sustained Aug. 5 in a joint practice with Washington, is probably not of a season-ending nature. TE D.J. Williams (right lower leg, Aug. 5), DT Chris Jones (left ankle, Aug. 7) and OT Chris Martin (non-football injury list) were injured players not spotted at practice again.

-- Lions Wednesday Injury Update --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Detroit Lions S DeJon Gomes was in attendance Wednesday but continued to sit out of practice as he recovers from an injury suffered against Oakland last Friday. He was absent from the viewing portion of practice Tuesday. WR T.J. Jones remains on the PUP list, so he is at practice but not practicing. Otherwise, the Lions remain remarkably healthy so far this preseason.

-- Leodis McKelvin Leaves Wednesday's Practice Early --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Buffalo Bills CB Leodis McKelvin (groin) appeared to be on track to make his preseason debut Saturday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That might have changed Wednesday when he left practice with a groin injury. His status for Saturday's game is unclear. "I have no idea. They haven't told me that yet," HC Doug Marrone said. McKelvin had been limited throughout organized team activities, minicamp, and training camp as he recovered from offseason hip surgery. He practiced fully Tuesday, lining up on the first team across from Stephon Gilmore. If McKelvin can't go Saturday, the Bills could turn to either CB Corey Graham or CB Ron Brooks as their starter. Graham began to see time at safety this week upon McKelvin's return.

-- Sammy Watkins Limited Wednesday --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Buffalo Bills rookie WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) was limited in Wednesday's practice. For a second consecutive day, Watkins was dressed in full pads but only participated in warm-up drills and stretching. HC Doug Marrone said the Bills' medical staff hasn't made a decision on Watkins' status for Saturday's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "They told me they have not made a decision on him yet," Marrone said. "I'm kind of like you [reporters]. I ask the same questions."

-- Cowboys Wednesday Injury Update - Romo Sits --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys LB DeVonte Holloman (neck) missed practice on Wednesday because of a neck injury. Also not practicing is QB Tony Romo (back surgery). He practiced on Tuesday, but the Cowboys are continuing to monitor his work as he returns from back surgery. The Cowboys will have one more full practice before traveling to take on the Miami Dolphins on Saturday. Romo has yet to practice three straight days in camp. DB Sterling Moore (groin) is also missing his second straight day of practice. DT Henry Melton (groin) and DT Amobi Okoye are working on their conditioning off to the side.

-- Perfect Draft Series Continues --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Cooper Taylor Could be Lost for Season with Foot Injury --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Ledger reports giants S Cooper Taylor needs surgery on his foot. Injured reserve is a possibility.

-- Check Out The FFMastermind Edge Podcast TONIGHT! --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football Our weekly podcast, The Fantasy Football Mastermind Edge, returns this week TONIGHT at 11 PM ET! Tune in to catch host Michael Nazarek and co-host Chris Rito offer their fantasy analysis with regard to the tight end position. Who are the top 10 guys and a few interesting sleepers and creepers? And what about the latest player injuries from camps? Tune in to find out!

-- Sanders Sits; Welker Excused --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

USA Today reports Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (thigh) did not practice on Wednesday. The Denver Post adds WR Wes Welker had an excused absence for today.

-- Geno Smith Will Start This Week --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports barring an injury, QB Geno Smith will be the New York Jets' opening-day quarterback, but the team isn't willing to anoint him just yet. HC Rex Ryan confirmed the obvious, saying Smith will start Friday night against the New York Giants, but he didn't want to make a commitment beyond then. "When we think it's the right time, we'll tell you," said Ryan, who was peppered with questions.

-- Buccaneers Release Lavelle Hawkins --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released veteran WR Lavelle Hawkins.

-- Nelson Leading Hill for Jets' #2 WR Job --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New York Daily News reports Jets WR David Nelson is the clear leader in the clubhouse for the team's #2-WR job, but WR Stephen Hill, who has only 45 career receptions for 594 yards and four touchdowns, still has a chance to grab it before the Sept. 7 opener.

-- Keep Coming Back! --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- A.P. Won't Play This Week --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Tribune reports Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is not expected to play in this week's preseason game. "I really don't see the need," HC Mike Zimmer said.

-- Odell Beckham Insists He's Had No Setback --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New York Giants WR Odell Beckham missed practice on Tuesday, keeping his string of not completing a full training camp practice alive. After the session, Beckham and the Giants said that the wide receivers injured hamstring was sore but they insisted that he didn’t suffer a setback in his recovery from the initial injury. He has, however, been ruled out. “We have progressively built up my workload. I was sore this morning, and I didn’t work today because we didn’t want a setback, and I don’t consider this a setback. I see it as another step in getting back to full strength,” Beckham said, via the team’s website. HC Tom Coughlin said something similar regarding it not being a setback, although Beckham was making progress toward his preseason debut after returning to practice in a limited fashion last week so it seems like a setback to have that taken off the table.

-- Steelers Officially Re-Sign Brett Keisel; Release One --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have officially re-signed free-agent DE Brett Keisel to a two-year contract. The team also waived DT Al Lapuaho.

-- Browns Name Brian Hoyer Starting QB for Week #1 --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football ESPN reports the Cleveland Browns have committed to start QB Brian Hoyer over rookie QB Johnny Manziel at quarterback to begin the 2014 season, the team announced Wednesday morning. "He was the clear leader from the beginning," HC Mike Pettine said in a statement. "We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room."

-- Jets Injury Update - Ivory Limited --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New York Jets CB Dimitri Patterson (leg), CB Ras-I Dowling (groin), C Nick Mangold (toe) and RB Chris Ivory (ribs) returned on a limited basis on Tuesday. Patterson, who sat for more than a week, said he hopes to play Friday night against the New York Giants, adding that he's a definite for Week 1. He's a projected starter, so, yeah, the depleted secondary needs him. One player not all the way back is TE Jeff Cumberland (Achilles tendon), who returned to positional drills, but that's it. Rookie WR Jalen Saunders, four days removed from his car accident, came out late and watched from the sideline. He won't play against the Giants. Once again, HC Rex Ryan declined to comment on the "medical event" that led to his accident. Saunders is expected to speak Wednesday with the media. Rookie WR Shaq Evans underwent shoulder surgery, Ryan confirmed. CB Dee Milliner (high-ankle sprain) was spotted without his walking boot. That's a good sign.

-- Sammy Watkins Watch --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Buffalo Bills rookie WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) returned to practice Tuesday, taking part in individual drills before watching the remainder of practice from the sideline. It was an apparent step forward for Watkins, who was in pads Tuesday after spending part of Monday's practice on an exercise bike. "I'm fine, I could go out there and practice if I need to," Watkins said after Tuesday's practice. "But the thing is doing it without pain, but I could play a full game right now. It's just being safe." HC Doug Marrone did not indicate whether Watkins will play in Saturday's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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-- Panthers Trade Kenjon Barner --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC sports reports the Philadelphia Eagles have acquired Carolina Panthers RB Kenjon Barner for a conditional 2015 seventh-round draft pick.

-- Eagles Acquire Kenjon Barner --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC sports reports the Philadelphia Eagles have acquired Carolina Panthers RB Kenjon Barner for a conditional 2015 seventh-round draft pick.

-- Michael Crabtree Contract Watch --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The NFL Network reports there is progress toward completing a contract extension with San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree before the start of the regular season.

-- No Decision Yet in Josh Gordon Appeal Hearing Case --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports 15 days ago, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon’s appeal hearing ended. Hearing officer Harold Henderson has not yet issued a decision. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the news is there is no news. No update, no development, no ruling.

-- Nick Collins Retires --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports former Packers S Nick Collins announced his retirement on his verified Twitter account on Tuesday. Collins’ Green Bay career ended because of a neck injury suffered in the club’s second regular season game of 2011. Collins, who underwent vertebrae fusion surgery, was released by Green Bay in April 2012. He has not appeared in an NFL game since.

-- Cardinals Plan to Sign Isaac Sopoaga If... --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

Yahoo Sports! reports in search of depth on their defensive line since losing anchor DT Darnell Dockett for the season, the Arizona Cardinals are bringing in DT Isaac Sopoaga for a workout this week, a league source said. Sopoaga played in six games for the New England Patriots last season after being traded by the Philadelphia Eagles in late October. The lineman was inactive for the Patriots' final two regular-season and two postseason games and was later cut in March.

-- Foster, A.J., & Cushing Ramp Up Practice Time --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Houston Chronicle reports Texans HC Bill O’Brien will wait until later in the week to determine whether his star players will take the field Saturday against the Denver Broncos. But RB Arian Foster, WR Andre Johnson and LB Brian Cushing were among those who increased their activity Tuesday, during the first of three joint practices between the Texans and Broncos. Foster often ran with the Texans’ first team and displayed his normal acceleration, while Johnson and Cushing saw some first-team activity. “They practiced more than they had and it’s a good sign for our football team,” O’Brien said.

-- Steelers Re-Sign Brett Keisel --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed free-agent DE Brett Keisel.

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-- Jets IR Shaq Evans --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New York Jets have placed fourth-round draft pick WR Shaq Evans (shoulder) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- 49ers Extend Glenn Dorsey --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the San Francisco 49ers don’t know when or if DL Glenn Dorsey (torn biceps) will play in 2014. But they do know that they have him under contract through 2016. The team has announced a two-year extension with Dorsey. “Glenn is a true pro who has quickly become a valued contributor to our organization both on and off the field,” GM Trent Baalke said in a team-issued release. “He is a quick study and a very good football player that has earned this extension, and we look forward to his future contributions.”

-- NFL Expands Practice Squad to 10 Players --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the NFL has officially expanded the practice squad to 10 players from eight.

-- Steelers Extend Marcus Gilbert --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed OT Marcus Gilbert to a five-year extension worth $30 million.

-- Cardinals Activate Alameda Ta'amu --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Arizona Cardinals official website reports the Cardinals have activated NT Alameda Ta'amu (knee) from the active PUP list.

-- Jairus Byrd Expected to Play This Week --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints S Jairus Byrd (back surery) went through full-contact team drills for the first time as a member of the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, and he's expected to make his preseason debut Saturday night against the Indianapolis Colts.

-- Cardinals Unlikely to Sign Brett Keisel --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports it's very unlikely that the Arizona Cardinals sign free-agent DE Brett Keisel.

-- Patroits Tuesday Injury Update --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New England Patriots starting OT Sebastian Vollmer was not present for the team's practice Tuesday, marking the second straight day he's been absent. It is unclear what is keeping Vollmer off the practice field. Vollmer played 22 of 91 snaps in Friday's preseason win against the Eagles, which was the same total as starting OG Logan Mankins, as top starters played the first two series. In Vollmer's absence, the Patriots would most likely insert four-year veteran OL Marcus Cannon into that spot. But with Cannon also working at left tackle at times in training camp, the club could always keep him there and play Nate Solder on the right side as well. Elsewhere on the injury front, TE D.J. Williams, DL Chris Jones and DL Sealver Siliga were absent Tuesday. Meanwhile, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, LB Cameron Gordon and OL Chris Martin worked on the lower field with members of the athletic training staff.

-- 17 Fantasy Football Titles! --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Bears Tuesday Injury Update --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Chicago Bears held out six players from Tuesday’s workout inside the Walter Payton Center, as the team continued preparation for Friday’s road matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. OG Brian De La Puente (MCL sprain) and OG Eben Britton (hamstring) didn’t participate in Tuesday’s session along with CB Isaiah Frey (hamstring), CB Kyle Fuller (ankle), OT Jordan Mills (foot) and DE Jared Allen (bruised shoulder). LB Lance Briggs (knee bruise) also returned to practice Tuesday after being held out of Monday’s workout. Bears HC Marc Trestman has called Fuller and Mills day to day, and said Allen was held out as a precautionary measure. Mills hasn’t yet played in a preseason contest, leading to questions about whether he’ll be available for the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the Buffalo Bills.

-- Packers Release One --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

USA today reports the Green Bay Packers have waived TE Colt Lyerla injured. If he clears waivers, her will revert back to the team's injured reserve.

-- Cardinals Activate Tyrann Mathieu --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Arizona Cardinals official website reports the Cardinals have activated S Tyrann Mathieu (torn ACL) from the active PUP list.

-- Marcel Reece Practices Tuesday --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Oakland Tribune reports Raiders RB Marcel Reece (foot) returned to practice on Tuesday.

-- Odell Beckham Won't Play This Week --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

New York Newsday reports Giants HC Tom Coughlin has ruled out rookie WR Odell Beckham (hamstring) for Friday's game vs. the Jets.

-- Lions Release Drayton Florence --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Detroit Lions have released CB Drayton Florence.

-- DeMarcus Lawrence Rehab Update --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys rookie DE DeMarcus Lawrence is in the early stages of his comeback from right foot surgery and is not ready to say when he will be able to return. Lawrence, who remains on crutches, will be re-examined on Sept. 4 and is looking at possibly missing three to six regular-season games. “It feels great,” Lawrence said. “Surgery went well, I’m glad it happened now than later. Just going on a day-to-day basis with the treatment and getting that done so we can get back on the field.”

-- Sammy Watkins Practices Tuesday --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Buffalo Bills official website reports Bills rookie WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) returned to practice on Tuesday.

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-- Montee Ball Practices Tuesday --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendectomy) returned to practice on Tuesday.

-- Delano Howell to See a Specialist --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Indianapolis Colts S Delano Howell (neck) has gone from having the inside track to being the Indianapolis Colts' starting safety to now wondering if he'll be able to play football again. Colts GM Ryan Grigson said Tuesday that Howell plans to see a specialist for his injured neck, which has kept him out of practice for the past week. "Anytime there's anything with a neck, you have to cross your T's and dot your I's," Grigson said. "That's a serious area. It's something that's been nagging him. He's going through the whole entire process of seeing multiple people so he can formulate that opinion with his wife and his agent and himself and us and make the decision that's best for Delano. He's seeing another specialist so we can pinpoint what the problem is exactly and hopefully he's back out there playing for us soon."

-- Texans Activate Brandon Brooks --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Houston Texans received some excellent news this morning: OG Brandon Brooks (back) has passed his physical. Brooks is now on the Texans' active roster, having been removed from the non-football injury list where he languished with a back injury until now.

-- Caleb Sturgis Won't Kick This Week; Could Lose Job --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

FOX Sports reports Miami Dolphins PK Caleb Sturgis (groin) will miss Saturday’s preseason game against Dallas because of a groin ailment. Sturgis, who was hurt early in training camp, reinjured himself in pregame warm-ups before last Saturday night’s matchup against Tampa Bay. Sturgis hopes to kick in Miami’s preseason finale Aug. 28 against St. Louis, the source said. PK John Potter replaced Sturgis against the Buccaneers and connected on field goals of 51 and 48 yards. Potter spent six games in 2012 with Buffalo and three last season in Washington, where he made three of four field goal attempts. A former University of Florida standout, Sturgis has struggled with groin injuries in Miami since being a 2013 fifth-round draft pick. Sturgis made his first 10 attempts last year but went 16-for-24 the rest of the season. Asked by local media about how much uncertainty he had about who would be kicking in the regular-season opener Sept. 7 against New England, HC Joe Philbin said, “We’ll see. We’ve got a lot of time … We’re open to anything. We haven’t named any kicker. I don’t know who’s going to be kicking for the New England game yet.”

-- Odell Beckham Sits Tuesday --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Ledger reports Giants rookie WR Odell Beckham (hamstring) is not practicing on Tuesday. He can be seen riding the bike.

-- Jamaal Charles & Dwayne Bowe Sit Tuesday --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Kansas City Star reports Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (foot) and WR Dwayne Bowe (quad) won't practice on Tuesday.

-- Colin Kaepernick Played Injured in 2013 --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CSNBayArea.com reports 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick revealed he sustained a chipped bone on his forefoot and a ruptured capsule in the ball of his foot on a Week 2 scramble last season against the Seattle Seahawks. Kaepernick went on to rush for 524 yards during the regular season – the second-most in 49ers history behind QB Steve Young’s 537 yards in 1992. But in the four games immediately following the game against the Seahawks, Kaepernick averaged less than 16 yards rushing per game. “It was something that was always there,” Kaepernick told the Sacramento Bee. “Never spoke about it, never said anything about it because you're a football player, you play through pain. Unless you're being carted off, you should be on the field. If it's something you can play through, that's what you do.” Kaepernick described the play in which he sustained the injury against the Seahawks as a scramble along the sideline on which he went down out of bounds. “And I think it was one of their linemen or linebackers landed on my foot when I was on the ground,” he said.

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-- Lardarius Webb OUT Next Two Games --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Baltimore Sun reports Ravens CB Lardarius Webb (back) will not play in the team's final two preseason games.

-- RGIII Suffers Bruised Thigh --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin took several hard hits at the end of scrambles against the Browns on Monday night and ended the evening with a bruised thigh. Griffin says that it isn’t a serious injury and admitted that he has to do a better job of avoiding those collisions, calling his attempts to better protect himself a “work in progress.”

-- Blake Bortles Watch --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Jacksonville Jaguars did as they promised on Monday and gave QB Blake Bortles time with the starting offense. They never promised to give him a lot of time with the starters, however, and Bortles didn’t spend much time working with the first team. HC Gus Bradley said after practice that Bortles took three reps during 11-on-11 and four or five more during 7-on-7 drills, an experience that the coach feels will help the rookie adjust to the speed of NFL defenses. Bradley indicated that Bortles would get a similar number of snaps with the first team on Tuesday and is expected to play about a quarter with the starters on Friday against the Lions. He’ll enter the game after QB Chad Henne, who is expected to start when the season opens.

-- Surgery for Two Jets Rookies --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New York Jets rookie CB Dexter McDougle says on Twitter he'll have knee surgery tomorrow. Meanwhile, rookie WR Shaq Evans is undergoing shoulder surgery today.

-- Vikings Announce Settlement with Chris Kluwe --
Tue Aug 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

USA Today reports the Minnesota Vikings have confirmed they've "reached a resolution of all issues" with former P Chris Kluwe. Owner Zygi Wilf takes the high road, and thanks Kluwe for his contributions.

-- Redskins 24, Browns 23 --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports rookie QB Johnny Manziel and QB Brian Hoyer didn't make Mike Pettine's decision any easier. Good luck picking a starting quarterback after this mess. Manziel struggled to hit open receivers and added another gesture to his repertoire, a middle finger apparently aimed at the Washington Redskins' bench, while Hoyer completed only two passes in five series. Neither the hot-shot rookie nor the nondescript sixth-year veteran looked ready to claim a No. 1 NFL gig, failing to live up to the big-time setting of a final audition in the Cleveland Browns' 24-23 Monday night loss to the Washington Redskins. HC Mike Pettine has said he plans to announce his regular season starter Tuesday. His choices are Manziel, the No. 22 overall pick in the draft who completed 7 of 16 passes for 65 yards and an touchdown, and Hoyer, who was 2 for 6 for 16 yards. To be fair, the first two passes by Hoyer could be classified as drops by his receivers, but he also failed to move the team when an interception gave the Browns the ball at Washington's 15 in the second quarter. After a running play and two incompletions, including a pass high and through the hands of WR Andrew Hawkins in the end zone, Cleveland had to settle for a field goal. The Redskins don't have a quarterback competition, but their former Heisman winner, QB Robert Griffin III, also needs some work to get to regular season form. He finished 6 for 8 for 112 yards, including an unwise off-balance throw that was picked off by CB Joe Haden. RG3's three drives ended with a fumbled pitch by RB Alfred Morris, the interception, and a goal-line stuff by the Browns defense when Morris was unable to punch it on four runs from first-and-goal from the 3. The designed runs are being marginalized under new Redskins HC Jay Gruden, but Griffin was nevertheless hit hard several times as he scrambled four times for 24 yards. At least the game had an exciting ending. QB Connor Shaw hit TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi on a 45-yard Hail Mary at time expired. The Browns' 2-point conversion attempt failed.

-- Browns Starting QB Still Undecided --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the starting quarterback job for the Cleveland Browns was fully up for grabs for either QB Brian Hoyer or rookie QB Johnny Manziel Monday night against the Washington Redskins. Instead, both quarterbacks fumbled away a chance to seize the job. HC Mike Pettine had wanted to name a starting quarterback by Tuesday. Now that decision may have to be delayed. “All the options are still on the table,” Pettine said. “It’s still something we would like to do but we will see.” Hoyer and Manziel were wholly uninspiring against Washington. Hoyer completed just 2-of-6 passes for 16 yards while Manziel was 7-for-16 for 65 yards and a touchdown with an obscene gesture thrown in as well. Pettine said it’s possible the team waits through another preseason game before determining who will start against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week #1 despite their initial hope to choose early this week.

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-- Darnell Dockett Officially Lost for Season with Torn ACL --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Arizona Cardinals have announced a torn anterior cruciate ligament for DT Darnell Dockett. He is lost fro the season.

-- Bears Make Player Moves --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Chicago Bears have signed KR Darius Reynaud and CB Peyton Thompson. The team also released KR Eric Weems, LS Chad Rempel and P Tress Way.

-- Jerome Simpson Facing Another Suspension? --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Pioneer Press reports Vikings WR Jerome Simpson missed practice Monday to attend a hearing at NFL headquarters in New York and defend himself against a possible suspension for his November drunken-driving arrest, according to a person with direct knowledge. The league is determining whether to discipline Simpson as a repeat offender under its collectively bargained Policy and Program For Substances of Abuse. NFL spokesman Randall Liu declined to comment via email "on any meetings that are intended to be confidential." ESPN adds Simpson is facing a three-game suspension or violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

-- Cardinals Believe Darnell Dockett Tore His ACL Monday --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Sammy Watkins Sits Monday --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Buffalo Bills official website reports Bills rookie WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) did not practice on Monday. HC Doug Marrone is not sure when he'll return. "When (Watkins) comes back, I don't know," Marrone said. "Unless I know for sure, I'm not going to comment."

-- Giants Monday Injury Update - Beckham Dinged Again? --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New York Giants rookie WR Odell Beckham has been making steady progress in his return from the hamstring injury that cost him the first few weeks of training camp, and the hope has been that the New York Giants' first-round pick would be cleared to play in Friday night's preseason game against the Jets. That may still happen, but there was a sign during Monday's practice that Beckham's not all the way back just yet. Beckham looked fine returning punts and taking some snaps with the offense in team drills, but after one catch he got up gingerly, went to the sideline and seemed to be flexing his leg a bit. He did not return to the field for the remainder of practice, instead standing off to the side and watching with his helmet off. HC Tom Coughlin said he didn't know anything about Beckham, and a team spokesman said Beckham had told the Giants he was fine. Someone said Beckham had been hit in the leg on the play, but that there was no recurrence of the hamstring pull. CB Prince Amukamara (groin) was in pads and stretched with the team but didn't participate in drills. TE Daniel Fells (knee) and KR Trindon Holliday (hamstring) returned to practice following lengthy injury absences, though Holliday didn't do much. TE Kellen Davis (Achilles), OL James Brewer (back), OT Charles Brown (shoulder), RB Peyton Hillis (ankle) and TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring) all sat out.

-- Bears Monday Injury Update --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Chicago Bears kicked off a simulated regular-season game week Monday in preparation for Friday’s exhibition matchup against the Seattle Seahawks with a few players sitting out of practice due to injuries. The Bears held out OG Brian de la Puente (MCL sprain), OG Eben Britton (hamstring), CB Isaiah Frey (hamstring), CB Kyle Fuller (ankle), OT Jordan Mills (foot) and LB Lance Briggs (knee bruise). Bears HC Marc Trestman called Fuller, Mills and Briggs day-to-day. But Mills hasn’t yet played in a preseason outing, and there’s growing concern that his regular-season availability could be in jeopardy. WR Chris Williams returned to practice for the first time since injuring a hamstring while catching a 73-yard touchdown in the preseason opener. TE Dante Rosario also returned to practice after missing the team’s 20-19 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday due to calf soreness.

-- Steelers Monday Injury Update --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Pittsburgh Stelers LB Jarvis Jones practiced on Monday, putting the second-year man on track to play in the 7:30 p.m. ET game later this week at Lincoln Financial Field. “He looked good today in practice,” Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler said. “We need to get (Jason Worilds) and Jarvis in there at the same time and get them ready to play.” Jones did not play in the Steelers' 19-16 win against the Buffalo Bills last Saturday night and he has been hampered by a groin injury. HC Mike Tomlin said he will provide an updated injury report Tuesday at his news conference. He said starting OT Marcus Gilbert did not finish practice on Monday because of neck stiffness and that rookie TE Eric Waters may have sustained a concussion during drills.

-- Tyrann Mathieu Could Play Come Week #1 --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Arizona Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu, who tore his ACL and LCL last December, will come off the PUP list Tuesday, and there is now optimism he will play in Arizona's regular-season opener, a league source said. The surprise is how far along Mathieu is. Most believed he would miss the first three games of the season, then return after the Cardinals Week 4 bye. But he has made such a dramatic return that his timetable has been accelerated, and the Cardinals are hoping he'll be ready for their Monday night game on Sept. 8 against the visiting San Diego Chargers.

-- Jets Monday Injury Update - Ivory & Decker Practice --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New York Jets WR Eric Decker (quad) returned to practice on Monday. C Nick Mangold didn't practice Monday because of a toe injury. Mangold said it's not serious. Dalton Freeman took his place with the starters. TE Jeff Cumberland (Achilles) and CB Ras-I Dowling (groin) also sat out. RB Chris Ivory (ribs) and CB Dimitri Patterson (calf, ankle, quadriceps) practiced on a limited basis, as did CB Jeremy Reeves (knee) and OT Markus Zusevics (knee). HC Rex Ryan said he expected Patterson to be back for the season opener, but he didn't sound confident about Friday night versus the New York Giants. CB Dee Milliner did, in face, suffer a high-ankle sprain, Ryan finally confirmed. No word on his availability for the opener.

-- Jalen Saunders OUT Indefinitely --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New York Jets rookie WR Jalen Saunders (illness) was released Sunday morning from a local hospital and made an appearance on the sideline Monday during practice, but he won't play Friday night against the New York Giants and is out indefinitely after a mysterious, one-car accident last Friday morning. Saunders "experienced a medical event" and drove off the road while making a left turn less than a mile from the Jets' facility, according to the police report. The Jets have remained tightlipped, with HC Rex Ryan declining to elaborate on Saunders' medical condition and whether there's long-term concern over his health. "I think right now we're taking a cautious approach with him, which is a smart approach," Ryan said.

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-- Ravens Monday Injury Update - Rice Practices --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (chest) was absent during the media viewing portion of Monday's practice. Smith bruised his chest after jumping up for a pass intended for wide receiver Dez Bryant and landing on his back in the opening drive of Saturday's preseason game at the Dallas Cowboys. Smith's head also bounced hard off the turf. He was seen spitting blood on the field, and he was reportedly also doing so in the locker room after the game. X-rays to Smith's chest were negative, and he didn't return to the game. Ravens HC John Harbaugh downplayed the severity of the injury, but Smith expressed more concern, saying he couldn't remember parts of the game. RB Ray Rice (shoulder) was participating in individual drills after injuring his shoulder in the second quarter Saturday. TE Owen Daniels was not on the field after sitting out Saturday's preseason game. Harbaugh has said Daniels isn't injured and is resting his legs. Other Ravens not practicing Monday: CB Lardarius Webb (back), CB Asa Jackson (ankle), DT Brett Van Sloten (undisclosed), OG Will Rackley (head) and NT Terrence Cody (hip, physically unable to perform list).

-- Julio Jones Looking Smooth --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones looked rather smooth on Monday in catching a touchdown pass behind CB Desmond Trufant on a perfectly executed fade with QB Matt Ryan.

-- Marques Colston Looking Sharp --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston had at least two nice catches on Monday, including a gorgeous throw from QB Drew Brees over CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste during team drills. Colston sat out last Friday's preseason game for an undisclosed reason, but his health certainly hasn't looked like an issue over the past two days.

-- Buster Skrine Week-to-Week After Thumb Surgery --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Plain Dealer reports Browns CB Buster Skrine has undergone thumb surgery. He's week-to-week.

-- Marcel Reece OUT Indefinitely with a Foot Injury --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Oakland Tribune reports Raiders RB Marcel Reece will undergo an MRI to determine what's going on with his foot. He is out indefinitely.

-- LeSean McCoy Dealing with Toe Injury --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CSNPhilly.com report Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (toe) missed practice on Sunday with what he called “a small version of turf toe.” The Eagles running back returned to training camp at the NovaCare Complex on Monday and completed practice. “[Sunday] it was really, really hurting pretty bad," McCoy said. “It felt a little better [Monday], so I went for it.” McCoy said he injured the big toe on his left foot during a joint practice against the Patriots last week in New England. He told the media he had an MRI and X-rays on the toe and that he’s “fine.” After practice on Sunday, McCoy appeared frustrated and declined to answer questions about why he didn’t participate. “Anytime I’m not capable of going out there and practicing and missing a day of work, it’s not something to be happy about,” McCoy said. “Unless it’s a day off and the team has a day off. Missing a day of work can be frustrating.” McCoy said the toe bothers him when he tries to put pressure on it, but he added that the injury isn’t “severe or serious.”

-- Gronk Plans to Play All 16 Games in 2014 --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football ESPN reports New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (torn ACL/MCL) says his plan remains to play the full 16-game regular season. There have been no setbacks in his recovery, he says.

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-- Gronk Practices in 11-on-11 Team Drills --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (torn ACL/MCL) is taking another step in his progression, participating in 11-on-11 drills for first time on Monday. A lot of balls were thrown his way.

-- Falcons IR Sam Baker; Sign One --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Atlanta Falcons have placed OT Sam Baker (torn patellar tendon) on injured reserve, ending his season. The team also signed veteran free-agent OT Pat McQuistan.

-- Brandon Bostick OUT Two Weeks --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Packers TE Brandon Bostick (leg) has been diagnosed with a lower-leg injury. He is expected to miss two weeks of action.

-- Alex Boone Turns Down Big Offer --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports San Francisco 49ers holdout OG Alex Boone has been offered a contract by the team, one that would make him a top 12-paid offensive guard. He turned it down.

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Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Source: Marquess Wilson Likely to Miss First Half of Season --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

USA Today reports new Chicago Bears veteran WR Santonio Holmes has a good chance to be more than a stopgap for the team if he shows enough over the next couple weeks to make the roster. WR Marquess Wilson, the smooth, speedy offseason standout who had been in line for the Bears' No. 3 receiver job, is likely to be sidelined until at least midseason, a person with knowledge of the injury said on Monday.

-- Charles Clay Practices Monday --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Miami Herald reports Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) returned to practice on Monday.

-- Ray Rice Practices Monday --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Baltimore Sun reports Ravens RB Ray Rice (shoulder) returned to practice on Monday. He was limited to individual drills.

-- Shonn Greene Practices Monday --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Nashville Tennessean reports Titans RB Shonn Greene (knee) was in uniform and practicing on Monday after suffering a knee injury on Friday night vs the Saints.

-- Megatron Expected to Play This Week --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Detroit Lions HC Jim Caldwell said on Monday that the team plans for WR Calvin Johnson to make his preseason debut on Friday against the Jaguars. The team has been taking things slow with Johnson after offseason knee and finger surgeries and Caldwell said that the plans could still change if the team feels “prudence” continues to be the best path to take. “We plan to get him some work this week,” Caldwell said, via MLive.com. “That’s [Monday] that I’m telling you that. Toward the end of the week, something adjusts, or we have to adjust here and there, and it could be that with a number of different guys, but we plan to get him some work this week.”

-- How Jamaal Charles Tweaked His Foot --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Kansas city Star reports Chiefs HC Andy Reid said RB Jamaal Charles missed the team’s 28-16 preseason loss to the Panthers because of a “freak accident” that resulted in a bruised foot. On Monday, Reid decided told the entire backstory. “I’ll just tell you what happened,” Reid said during his weekly postgame conference call with reporters. “He was actually carrying a box down the dorms, and he came down the grassy slope there and just tweaked his foot, rolled his foot over on the curb. It was that simple.” Reid said Charles then had his foot checked out by head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder while the coaching staff apparently held its collective breath. The Chiefs held their final practice at Missouri Western on Thursday. “He was hurting that night,” Reid said. “The next day he woke up and he was feeling a little bit better, and he was feeling better today, so we’re optimistic about it. Initially, there was a little concern. But they got all the stuff done on it, MRIs and all that stuff, so everything is clear.” Reid, however, said he isn’t sure when Charles will be able to resume practicing.

-- McCoy, Maclin, & Cooper Practice Monday --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CSNPhilly.com reports Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (undisclosed), WR Jeremy Maclin (hamstring) and WR Riley Cooper (foot) all practiced at the NovaCare Complex on Monday. McCoy spent Sunday standing on the sideline during training camp. He declined to answer questions after the session about why he didn’t participate. “Nothing serious to my knowledge,” Pat Shurmur said when asked why McCoy didn’t practice on Sunday. “Every once in a while, guys miss practice.” Cooper – who missed the Eagles’ first two preseason games and was dealing with an ankle injury that had him in a walking boot for portions of training camp – practiced for the second straight day on Monday. Maclin, who had a hamstring issue that limited him during parts of last week’s joint training camp sessions in New England, didn’t play in the second preseason game against the Patriots.

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-- Jon Beason on Track to Play Week #1 --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New York Giants LB Jon Beason’s (toe) recovery from a toe injury is going so well, he wants to play in the preseason. Beason said he remains on track to play in the regular season opener, and hopes to get a few snaps in before then. “I think so, I feel pretty good, man. I’m going through the progressions,” Beason said, via the Newark Star-Ledger. “Today should be pretty aggressive getting after it and doing some things based off reaction as opposed to anticipation, which is what we do on defense.”

-- Matt Cassel Will Start This Week --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel will start for the team in week #3 of the preseason against the Chiefs.

-- Corey Peters Practices Monday --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Atlanta Falcons DT Corey Peters (Achilles) practiced with the team on Monday for the first time since 2013.

-- Falcons Make Switch on OL --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports the Falcons made a big switch on their offensive line today. Rookie OL Jake Matthews has been moved to left tackle, while OL Lamar Holmes will be the right tackle.

-- Mike James Unlikely to Play This Week --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Tampa Bay Times reports Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith said RB Mike James (shoulder) probably won't play this coming Saturday vs. Buffalo.

-- Kevin Minter Could Need Surgery Down the Line --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Arizona Cardinals are thrusting LB Kevin Minter into a prominent role on the defense. Arizona hasn’t gotten much of a look at how he’s handling it this summer. Minter played five snaps in the first preseason game, but has been sidelined for the last week with a pectoral injury. Mike Jurecki of 910 AM in Phoenix reports that the Cardinals are considering holding him out for the rest of the preseason in hopes of getting him right in time for the start of the regular season. If the rest doesn’t get Minter back on the field, surgery that would keep him out for a major chunk of the season would be a possibility.

-- Drew Brees Plans to Play This Week --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique) was a full participant in practice on Sunday for the first time since his oblique strain and he plans to add another first when the Saints face the Colts on Saturday. Brees said he has been targeting the third preseason game as a return to game action since getting hurt in early August and the return to practice on Sunday puts him firmly on track to make that happen. “Today was my first day to be full-go. I’ve been taking it very slow,” Brees said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I wanted to make sure it was all good. I’m still not 100 percent, but I hope by Saturday I am.”

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-- Jamaal Charles Sits for Precautionary Measures --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Kansas City Chiefs HC Andy Reid said after Sunday's game that precaution was the major reason for leaving RB Jamaal Charles (bruised foot) home when they went to Carolina to face the Panthers. “With RB Jamaal Charles, he twisted his foot and kind of freak thing,” Reid said, via the team. “It didn’t happen at practice. It was after practice [when] we were leaving and so, we held him out. Precautionary measures. I think he’s going to be fine but I left him back at home. We’ll go from there but he’s doing well.” Based on Reid’s comments, Charles would seem to have a chance at playing against the Vikings on Saturday.

-- Alex Henery to Remain Eagles' Kicker --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Eagles started the summer with what was supposed to be a kicking competition after PK Alex Henery's inconsistent 2013 season, but it quickly became apparent that he was the best kicker in Eagles camp. Even with undrafted free agent PK Carey Spear ostensibly a threat to win the job, the Eagles used Henery exclusively during the first two preseason games. Unless the Eagles find a better option after the preseason, Henery will be their kicker in 2014. HC Chip Kelly came to Henery's defense Sunday, two days after Henery missed a 47-yard field-goal on his first attempt of the preseason. Kelly said Henery missed only two kicks in competitive situations during training camp. He added that Henery was 5 for 5 from 50 yards and beyond, and 8 for 8 in 45-to-49-yard situations. "He did miss one in the game," Kelly said. "But, I mean . . . we're not going to throw another guy out there. Alex has definitely outkicked Carey so far in practice."

-- Montee Ball Set for Doctor's Visit --
Mon Aug 18, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Denver Post reports Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendectomy) will visit his doctor Monday in the hope he will be cleared to practice this week. The Broncos' starting running back missed the previous two weeks to recover from an appendectomy. Even if Ball does receive his doctor's clearance, the Broncos' medical team may not allow him to take contact during practices Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in preparation to play Houston. And he may not play in the Broncos' third preseason game against the Texans. "But I am hoping so," he said. "I'm tired of sitting around."

-- Panthers 28, Chiefs 16 --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports QB Cam Newton made a successful return following ankle surgery, RB Jonathan Stewart ran for two touchdowns and the Carolina Panthers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 28-16 in a preseason game. Newton completed 4 of 9 passes for 65 yards and led a pair of touchdown drives before exiting late in the second quarter with Carolina (1-1) up 14-6. Stewart ran for 26 yards on four carries and made a strong case to be the Panthers' goal-line back -- if not their primary ball carrier -- with scoring runs of 3 and 2 yards. Newton was rusty early. Carolina's first three possessions netted a yard and no first downs. Newton compounded the problem by overthrowing rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin on a deep ball after the rookie receiver got behind the secondary. But Stewart replaced RB DeAngelo Williams and immediately gave the Panthers a boost with a 17-yard carry around left end. The Panthers found their rhythm after that, driving 66 and 50 yards for touchdowns on their next two possessions. Kansas City QB Alex Smith finished 14 of 22 for 127 yards. The Chiefs (1-1) moved the ball well early on without star RB Jamaal Charles, but were forced to settle for a pair of field goals -- one of them a 54-yarder by RB Ryan Succup. WR Dwayne Bowe, who will miss the first game of the regular season because of an NFL-imposed suspension, had five catches for 62 yards but none of the Chiefs' other wide receivers stood out. Chiefs rookie QB Aaron Murray's first NFL pass completion was for a 43-yard touchdown strike to TE Travis Kelce, but he later threw an interception leading to a Carolina touchdown. Chiefs WR Junior Hemingway left the game with a strained hip flexor. HC Andy Reid said Hemingway he will re-evaluated Monday.

-- Broncos 34, 49ers 0 --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports QB Peyton Manning threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to TE Julius Thomas and dominated in his two series, leading the Denver Broncos past the San Francisco 49ers 34-0 on Sunday to spoil the NFL debut at sparkling $1.2 billion Levi's Stadium. QB Colin Kaepernick went 5 for 9 for 39 yards in his two series before a sellout crowd at the team's flashy new digs in the heart of Silicon Valley. Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes beat the Seattle Sounders in the stadium's first sporting event Aug. 1. WR Demaryius Thomas had three catches on Denver's opening drive, including a 20-yard gain. That gives Thomas 10 receptions for 89 yards in Denver's two victories against the NFC West's powerhouses, the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco. RB C.J. Anderson ran for a 1-yard TD, while PK Matt Prater kicked a 26-yard field goal and PK Mitch Ewald added a late 22-yarder. San Francisco's typically spot-on PK Phil Dawson sailed two long kicks wide right. Two key members of San Francisco's offense made their first appearances of the preseason, with RB Frank Gore running for 9 yards on the first of his two carries. WR Michael Crabtree also appeared as defensive stars LB Patrick Willis and DE Justin Smith got the day off.

-- Antoine Bethea Sustains Concussion --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports San Francisco 49ers SS Antoine Bethea departed early in Sunday's home game against Denver with a concussion.

-- Raiders Make Player Moves --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Oakland Raiders have signed TE Kyle Auffray and waived PK Kevin Goessling.

-- Brees, Colston, & Still Practice Sunday --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique), WR Marques Colston (undisclosed), and WR Kenny Stills (quad) returned to practice on Sunday.

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-- Isaiah Pead Lost for the Season with a Torn ACL --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports St. Louis Rams HC Jeff Fisher has confirmed that RB Isaiah Pead suffered a torn ACL on Saturday. He is lost for the season.

-- Jamaal Charles Won't Play Tonight --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports RB Jamaal Charles (foot) will not play for the Kansas City Chiefs in tonight's preseason game against the Carolina Panthers because of a bruised foot. Charles did not accompany the team to Charlotte for the game. The Chiefs didn't appear concerned that the injury was serious. The plan was to get Charles ready for the next exhibition game on Saturday night against the Minnesota Vikings at Arrowhead Stadium. RB Knile Davis was scheduled to start tonight's game at running back.

-- Emmanuel Sanders Sits Sunday --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Denver Broncos elected to sit WR Emmanuel Sanders (thigh) today against the San Francisco 49ers. Broncos HC John Fox said Friday afternoon the team was going "to be smart" with Sanders. Sanders played 20 snaps against the Seahawks after he had missed some practice time with a thigh injury. Sanders did not have a catch in the game. Sanders then missed practice time again this past week, including Friday’s main workout, and as a result the Broncos have elected to keep Sanders out of Sunday’s game.

-- Eagles Injury Update - McCoy & Maclin Sit; Cooper Practices --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CSNPhilly.com reports RB LeSean McCoy joined the list of Eagles who weren’t practicing Sunday as training camp resumed at the NovaCare Complex. The NFL’s reigning rushing champion emerged from the locker room without a helmet and didn’t participate in any warm-ups during the first five periods, the only portions of practice the media is allowed to observe for the rest of the preseason and regular season. In HC Chip Kelly’s press conference, the coach didn’t mention that McCoy wouldn’t practice and downplayed the team’s rising list of walking wounded. He said hamstring injuries sidelining WR Jeremy Maclin and right CB Cary Williams aren’t major and wouldn’t be an issue if the Eagles were preparing to play a game that counted. “It’s just a hammy, it’s tight. If we had to play a game, Mac could play,” Kelly said. “If we had to play a game last night, Cary could have played. Some of these are, in terms of what they are, are Grade 1 mild. But to put Cary back in the game (against the Patriots), I think we know that Cary’s going to be our starting corner when we play against the Jaguars, so it’s a chance to get other guys some repetitions. So the hamstring issue isn’t a big concern for us.” Kelly said Maclin, who tweaked his hamstring in last Wednesday’s joint practice against the Patriots, should return to practice Tuesday. The biggest injury news pertained to rookie wideout Josh Huff, who injured his right shoulder on a kickoff return Friday night. X-rays taken on the third-round pick’s shoulder came back negative, Kelly said, but Huff’s shoulder remained in a sling and his status for Thursday’s preseason game against the Steelers is iffy. “He probably will be out this week,” Kelly said. “But we haven’t gotten anything further from that, so (we’ll) kind of see what he feels like. We’ll see how he goes.” WR Brad Smith, who played just five snaps against the Patriots, didn’t appear to be practicing. Neither did LB Bryan Braman, who didn’t play Friday night. Kelly said Braman had back spasms but didn’t give out information on Smith. Others who remained out were CB Jaylen Watkins (hamstring), CB Nolan Carroll (groin), LB Jake Knott (hamstring), RB Chris Polk (hamstring) and C Julian Vandervelde (back). In better news, WR Riley Cooper came out in a helmet and Kelly said the wide receiver would participate in all of practice. Cooper hasn’t practiced in full for the first full week of camp in late July because of an undisclosed foot injury. He participated in some light parts of practice the past week. Also practicing were RB Matthew Tucker and RB David Fluellen, giving the team more depth with McCoy sitting out.

-- Vikings 30, Cardinals 28 --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports QB Matt Cassel was polished and QB Teddy Bridgewater was poised. The Minnesota Vikings have yet to pick a starting quarterback, but their passing game has sure been productive in the preseason. Bridgewater gave the giddy fans chanting his first name a pair of go-ahead touchdown throws to cheer for in the fourth quarter, propelling the Vikings past the Arizona Cardinals 30-28 on Saturday night. Cassel has taken the majority of the turns with the first-team offense, and the veteran has done nothing but solidify his status. HC Mike Zimmer said he hasn't reached the date he's had in mind for a decision. Bridgewater at least gave him more to think about with his second-half performance, albeit against backups and guys bound to be cut in a couple of weeks. "I'm very pleased. I'm just going to continue to try and get better from here," said Bridgewater, who finished 16 for 20 for 177 yards, much better than his debut. Bridgewater found TE Allen Reisner for a short touchdown and WR Jarius Wright for the 2-point conversion with 7:57 left, giving the Vikings a 24-21 edge. TE Kyle Rudolph had four catches for 89 yards and a scoring toss from Cassel as the Vikings kept their first team in for the whole first half, and Bridgewater and the backups picked up where they left off. QB Carson Palmer led the Cardinals on a 93-yard drive to start the game, and RB Jonathan Dwyer ran around left end untouched for the score. Palmer played two series and finished 4 for 8 for 91 yards. QB Drew Stanton threw a scoring pass to basketball-player-turned TE Darren Fells for the Cardinals in the second quarter.

-- Texans 32, Falcons 7 --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports LB Jadeveon Clowney is already showing how dominant he can be in the NFL. The top overall pick in the draft made big hits behind the line on consecutive plays and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a touchdown pass to WR DeVier Posey in the Houston Texans' 32-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night. RB Jonathan Grimes returned a blocked punt for a touchdown and a pick was returned 64 yards for another score for the Texans (1-1), who were significantly better than they were in a 32-0 loss to Arizona last week. Falcons QB Matt Ryan went 3 for 7 in a quarter and a half of work and WR Julio Jones caught two passes in his first live-game action since he broke his right foot in Week 5 last season. The Falcons finished with 248 yards and 19 first downs. Fitzpatrick completed 9 of 12 passes for the Texans, guiding the offense much more smoothly than he did against the Cardinals. HC Bill O'Brien said Fitzpatrick's performance carried over from a strong week at practice. He went 3 for 5 and had a 10-yard scramble on Houston's initial scoring drive and rookie RB Alfred Blue, a sixth-round pick from LSU, finished it with runs of 10, 3 and 1 yard to put the Texans in front. QB Sean Renfree replaced Ryan with 6:20 left in the first half and led the Falcons on an 11-play, 66-yard touchdown drive. Renfree, competing with QB T.J. Yates for the backup job behind Ryan, found WR Devin Hester on a 12-yard pass with 1:32 left for the tying score. Rookie QB Tom Savage played one series before Fitzpatrick returned to lead the Texans in the final 90 seconds before halftime. Fitzpatrick had a 15-yard scramble and then connected with WR Keshawn Martin for a 31-yard gain to the Falcons 15. A Falcons' penalty moved the ball to the Atlanta 8, and Fitzpatrick avoided the rush to his right before finding Posey in the back of the end zone with 19 seconds left.

-- Steelers 19, Bills 16 --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger needed all of two series to reach the end zone twice on Saturday night. At the rate QB E.J. Manuel and the Buffalo Bills are going it might take a month to reach that total. Maybe longer if they don't have dynamic rookie WR Sammy Watkins (ribs). Roethlisberger hit WR Antonio Brown for a 76-yard score on Pittsburgh's second play from scrimmage and found WR Markus Wheaton for a 16-yard score as the Steelers edged the Bills 19-16 for their first preseason win in nearly two years. Working almost exclusively out of the no-huddle, Roethlisberger finished 8 of 11 for 128 yards and the two scores. Shaun Suisham's 20-yard field goal as time expired ended Pittsburgh's five-game losing streak in exhibitions. "The communication was what I wanted to work on and we didn't have any mental errors of what I saw so far," Roethlisberger said. QB E.J. Manuel completed 17 of 27 passes for 148 yards and an interception while playing the entire first half for Buffalo (1-2). Watkins left early in the first quarter with a rib contusion and did not return. It's uncertain whether the fourth overall pick in the draft will be available when the Bills host Tampa Bay next weekend. The Bills drove into Pittsburgh territory four times with the starters on the field. The result? PK Dan Carpenter's two field goals and a pair of failed fourth-down attempts.

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-- Ravens 37, Cowboys 30 --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo passed the first test with his surgically repaired back, and Baltimore's defense and special teams made three more scoring drives from QB Joe Flacco an afterthought. WR Deonte Thompson returned a kickoff 108 yards for a score after Romo threw a touchdown pass in his preseason debut for Dallas, Flacco had a scoring toss and the Ravens beat the Cowboys 37-30 on Saturday night. The Ravens (2-0) also got a 26-yard fumble return for a touchdown when LB Courtney Upshaw picked up a botched handoff from Romo and stayed on his feet while Romo tried to drag him down by his jersey. Romo's final play was a 31-yard touchdown pass to WR Dez Bryant midway through the first quarter. Baltimore led 14-7 before Flacco took the field for the first time late in the first quarter. He threw a 19-yard scoring pass to WR Torrey Smith for a 24-10 lead late in the first half. Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray had 25 of his 34 yards rushing and a 21-yard catch on the next drive, which ended with Bryant leaping over Ravens CB Dominique Franks at the goal line and falling into the end zone. Romo was 4 of 5 for 80 yards, and Bryant had three catches for 59 yards after both skipped the preseason-opening loss at San Diego, along with several other offensive and defensive starters. Flacco had a rougher start than in Baltimore's win over San Francisco in the exhibition opener, when he led an 80-yard scoring drive on his only possession. But he finished 9 of 14 for 133 yards and is 4-for-4 in getting points with first-year OC Gary Kubiak's version of the West Coast offense. After a drive to the first of three field goals from PK Justin Tucker, Flacco's only touchdown drive was kept alive by a roughing-the-passer penalty on a third-down incompletion. The Ravens scored two plays later after Flacco's longest pass of the night, a 38-yard to WR Jacoby Jones, and Smith's over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone despite tight coverage from rookie CB Terrance Mitchell.

-- Dolphins 20, Buccaneers 14 --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports backup QB Matt Moore provided most of the scoring offense for the Miami Dolphins on Saturday night. Moore led two straight touchdown drives in Miami's 20-14 preseason victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday night. "We got into a little bit of a rhythm. Guys were in the right spots, making big plays," said Moore, who completed 13 of 19 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown. The Dolphins took advantage of a mistake by Bucs rookie WR Mike Evans that turned the game around in the second quarter. Evans, the Bucs' first-round pick from Texas A&M, caught a short pass from QB Mike Glennon and after breaking a tackle, sprinted down the sideline toward a 42-yard touchdown which could have given the Bucs a 14-3 lead. After a review of the original touchdown call, however, it was ruled that Miami CB Brent Grimes had punched the ball out of Evans' hands just before Evans crossed the goal line. The fumble went through the end zone, giving the Dolphins (1-1) the ball. "If it's a game that matters, then (Evans) scores because he's learned from it," Bucs QB Josh McCown said. "But yeah, he was pretty ticked off at himself." Bucs HC Lovie Smith was also inclined to give the rookie some slack. "I know Mike fumbled the ball, but it was a great play to get it down to there," Smith said. "He'll learn from his mistakes. My rookies are doing too many great things for me to harp on that." Moore, competing with newcomer QB Brady Quinn for the No. 2 quarterback spot, drove the Dolphins 71 yards to a touchdown in the final 1:41 of the first half. He completed 6 of 8 passes, including a 9-yard touchdown pass to WR Rishard Matthews that gave Miami a 10-7 lead over the Bucs (0-2) with 8 seconds left in the half. Moore completed 21-yard passes to WR Kevin Cone and WR Armon Binns on Miami's first possession of the second half, part of a nine-play, 71-yard touchdown drive. Rookie RB Damien Williams ran 1 yard for the touchdown that gave Miami a 17-7 lead with 8:58 left in the third quarter. PK John Potter added a 51-yard field goal that made it 20-7 with 4:30 left in the third. Dolphins starter QB Ryan Tannehill completed 9 of 14 passes for 110 yards, including a 16-yard completion to Matthews that set up the game's first score. Potter's 48-yard field goal put the Dolphins up 3-0 with 4:47 left in the first quarter. McCown threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to WR Vincent Jackson to give the Bucs a 7-3 lead. The Bucs' other touchdown came with 14 seconds left on QB Mike Kafka's 13-yard pass to WR Lavelle Hawkins. McCown completed 5 of 7 for 46 yards in three series.

-- Cecil Shorts Practices Sunday --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) returned to practice on Sunday.

-- Colts Make Player Moves --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

Scout.com reports the Indianapolis Colts made a roster move Sunday by signing RB Deji Karim and waiving RB Davin Meggett.

-- Jets 25, Bengals 17 --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports QB Andy Dalton completed all eight of his passes and led the Cincinnati Bengals to a pair of touchdowns and a field goal during three impressive series Saturday night before the New York Jets' reserves rallied for a 25-17 preseason victory. The fourth-year quarterback went 8 for 8 for 144 yards, one touchdown and a perfect passer rating of 158.3. The Bengals (0-2) rolled up 173 yards while he was in the game, pulling ahead 17-3. With their starters on the field, the Jets (2-0) had another bad day at Paul Brown. They got drubbed 49-9 in Cincinnati midway through last season -- Dalton threw a career-high five touchdown passes in that one. Their injury-depleted secondary made it easy for Dalton on Saturday night. "Dalton looked like a million-dollar quarterback tonight," Jets HC Rex Ryan said. In an experiment, the Jets moved S Antonio Allen to cornerback and had him cover WR A.J. Green. It didn't go well at all -- Green caught three passes for 69 yards, including a 35-yard catch after he pulled away from Allen down the sideline. Dalton threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to WR Mohamed Sanu on the opening series, fitting a long throw in-between double coverage. QB Geno Smith played the first half, staying in with the starters after Cincinnati substituted on defense in the second quarter. Smith was 10 of 13 for 98 yards and a passer rating of 65.5. He also ran four times for 20 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown. Smith had his worst day as a rookie at Paul Brown last season, throwing two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. QB Michael Vick took over in the second half and threw a 17-yard touchdown pass. He went 5 of 9 for 70 yards and scrambled twice for 16 yards.

-- Giants 27, Colts 26 --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports QB Ryan Nassib finally showed the New York Giants how this new offense should look. Crisp, efficient and potent. After three quarters of bumbling around in Indianapolis, the second-year quarterback led New York to two touchdowns in the final four minutes Saturday night. The second came on a 4-yard TD pass to WR Corey Washington with 55 seconds left to give the Giants an improbable 27-26 victory against the Indianapolis Colts. Two-time Super Bowl MVP QB Eli Manning finished 1 of 7 for 6 yards and was fortunate to have an interception wiped out by a Colts penalty. Backup QB Curtis Painter, the one-time Indy starter, completed one pass during a first half that the Giants managed only 48 yards and wound up 6 of 15 for 64 yards and one TD. The late rally by the Giants backups, against Indy's backups, ruined what had been a big night for WR Hakeem Nicks, who signed with Indianapolis (0-2) as a free agent in March after helping the Giants win the Super Bowl in their last trip to Lucas Oil Stadium in February 2012. He showed his old team that he could still play. Nicks caught five passes for 53 yards, accounting for most of QB Andrew Luck's production on a night WR Reggie Wayne was again held out. Luck wound up 12 of 18 for 89 yards with one TD. QB Matt Hasselbeck replaced Luck and promptly threw a 14-yard TD pass to WR Da'Rick Rogers to make it 20-0 at halftime, and two field goals from PK Cody Parkey made it 26-0 early in the fourth -- a lead that looked safe. Manning said he is comfortable in the offense but that the Giants are still trying to understand all the nuances.

-- Barrett Jones Could Miss Another Season --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Rams HC Jeff Fisher confirmed that OL Barrett Jones, a highly-decorated lineman at Alabama and a fourth-round draft pick in 2012, underwent back surgery. Jones experienced lower back issues earlier in training camp, and the Rams tried to see if the back would settle down. But he underwent surgery about a week ago, and now the Rams must decide what to do with him roster-wise. They have a couple of weeks to decide. They can place him on the injured reserve list ending his season. They can place him on the injured reserve/designated for return list, in which case he would be eligible to return sometime during the second half of the season if healthy. Or they could simply carry him on the 53-man roster.

-- Jordan Todman Pretty Much Locked Up the Primary Backup RB Job --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Jacksonville Jaguars RB Jordan Todman has all but locked up the primary backup tailback job behind starting RB Toby Gerhart.

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-- Jeremy Hill Fine --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Cincinnati Bengals rookie RB Jeremy Hill injured his shoulder in Saturday's game. He later tweeted that his injured right shoulder is "fine." HC Marvin Lewis expressed no real concern over the injury.

-- Source: Sam Baker Appears Lost for Season --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the early diagnosis for Atlanta Falcons OT Sam Baker is a torn patella tendon, according to a source. If tests confirm that is true, it would almost certainly end his season.

-- Bell Says Blount Will Likely Get the Goal Carries, But... --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeVeon Bell said that he believes RB LeGarrette Blount will probably get the goal line carries for the team in 2014. That said, Steelers HC Mike Tomlin insists their respective workloads haven't been determined yet and that Saturday's action was just a step in the process. That action had Bell starting and seeing all the work in the first two series, then Blount coming on and seeing all the work in the next two series.

-- Cowboys Injury Update --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar's best highlight Saturday turned into a play he might like to forget. Escobar suffered a right shoulder injury in the third quarter of Saturday's 37-30 loss to the Baltimore Ravens after laying out for a 37-yard completion. He will be examined further Sunday. "We don't think it's going to be too, too serious," coach Jason Garrett said. LB DeVonte Holloman left in the fourth quarter with a neck injury. There is concern because Holloman missed seven games as a rookie last season with a neck injury. He was able to return and start the final two games. He has been playing mostly at backup middle linebacker in training camp. "We don't know if it's the exact same thing, but it's the same body part so we're checking on him [Saturday] night and we'll check him out in the morning," Garrett said.

-- Giants Injury Update --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New York Giants CB Prince Amukamara left the game Saturday against the Colts with a groin injury. He said after the game that he didn't feel a pop and was able to jog and do some cutting left and right on the sideline, but that he didn't feel he could let it go at full-speed and so it didn't make sense to go back in the game. "What they said was to see how it feels [Sunday], and if it's worse, take some pictures, do an MRI, stuff like that," Amukamara said. S Cooper Taylor had a toe injury and left the stadium on crutches and with a boot on his left foot. Obviously, that's cause for significant concern for Taylor, who's been having a strong camp and preseason as a reserve safety and a special teams player. The Giants are already short at safety because of the suspension and release of Will Hill, so they don't want to lose Taylor as he's showing improvement. DT Markus Kuhn left the game with an elbow injury, but Giants HC Tom Coughlin said Kuhn told him after the game that his elbow felt fine. OT Charles Brown left the game with a shoulder injury. It's unclear how severe it is at this time.

-- Derek Carr Day-to-Day --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Oakland Raiders HC Dennis Allen raised a few eyebrows Friday night when he said QB Derek Carr suffered a concussion when it was obvious the rookie quarterback was pointing to his ribs after taking a blow in his team's 27-26 preseason victory over the Detroit Lions. In a conference call with Bay Area reporters Saturday, Allen said X-rays were taken of Carr's ribs and the results were negative, though the second-round pick is still concussed. As such, Carr is off-limits to reporters until he passes the NFL-mandated concussion protocol. "I spoke to Derek this morning," Allen said. "He's feeling a lot better ... got to take that day by day."

-- Jaguars Activate Dekoda Watson --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Jacksonville Jaguars activated LB Dekoda Watson (groin) from the physically unable to perform list on Sunday, clearing the way for him to possibly make his debut with a few plays in Friday's preseason game at Detroit. Watson hasn't practiced since early in OTAs because of a groin injury. He underwent surgery on his groin shortly after signing a free-agent contract with the Jaguars, but developed scar tissue and had another surgery in June.

-- Jimmy Smith Bruises Chest --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith bruised his chest on the opening series of Saturday's game. X-rays to Smith's chest taken after the game were negative.

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-- Sam Baker Carted Off Field with Knee Injury --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Atlanta Falcons starting OT Sam Baker, who missed a good part of last season with a knee injury, was carted off the field in the second quarter of Saturday's preseason game against the Houston Texans. The medical staff attended to Baker's right knee as he covered his eyes in obvious pain. Baker could not put pressure on his right leg after he was helped off the ground.

-- Manti Te'o OUT Indefinitely With Another Foot Injury --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports for a second straight season, San Diego Chargers LB Manti Te'o will miss time during the preseason because of a foot issue, jeopardizing his availability for the regular season. Chargers HC Mike McCoy announced on Saturday that the Notre Dame product has a sprained left foot and will not play in the team's third preseason game at San Francisco next week. Asked if Te'o would be out for a prolonged period of time, McCoy declined to specify if his inside linebacker would be out for an extended period. "When he's ready, he'll be back out there," McCoy said. LB Kavell Conner, a fifth-year pro out of Clemson, will likely step in to play inside linebacker next to LB Donald Butler with Te'o unavailable.

-- Sammy Watkins Fine --
Sun Aug 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports despite a brief scare, Buffalo Bills rookie WR Sammy Watkins and his sore ribs are fine. It's nothing serious.


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