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08/30 Ravens RB Buck Allen in HC John Harbaugh's doghouse
Source: Jamison Hensley via espn.com

Baltimore Ravens running back Buck Allen got his first shot to fill in for Lorenzo Taliaferro this week. Allen is now the primary backup in Baltimore while Taliaferro is out with a knee injury. With his first opportunity, he fumbled on the goal line and his head coach John Harbaugh is clearly frustrated. "You have to hold on to the football," Harbaugh said. "It's just not possible to put runners ... [Read More]
08/30 Rams RB Tre Mason questionable for Week 1
Source: Nate Latsch via SCOUT.com

St. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of this weekend's playoff game. His head coach Jeff Fisher said it's a mild strain but he is questionable for Week 1. "Tre has a mild hamstring strain," Fisher said. "So we'll evaluate it. We don't know how long that's going to be. He's a quick healer. It appears to be mild at this point. It will be unlikely th... [Read More]
08/30 Cardinals RB Chris Johnson forced to sit out again
Source: Brad Wilbricht via SCOUT.com

Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson was not able to make his team debut in Sunday night's game. He was once again forced to sit out with a hamstring injury. Johnson is expected to make the roster but the coaching staff would really like to see him get out on the field. His status is up in the air for the Cardinals fourth and final preseason game. ... [Read More]
08/30 Bears WR Kevin White placed on reserve/PUP list
Source: Jeremy Stoltz via SCOUT.com

Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White has officially been placed on the reserve/PUP list. He underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his shin and now will officially miss the team's first six games of the season. However, there is no guarantee he'll be ready to play once he's eligible to return or at all this season. ... [Read More]
08/30 Steelers K Garrett Hartley doubtful for season opener with hamstring injury
Source: Jim Wexell via SCOUT.com

Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Garrett Hartley suffered a hamstring injury in Saturday's preseason game. This is the second kicker the Steelers have lost to injury this preseason. When head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about Hartley's availability for Week 1, he stated that "it doesn't look positive". There are only so many kickers out there. Look for the Steelers to add one after cuts. ... [Read More]
08/30 Lions RB Joique Bell is 'in good shape right now'
Source: Michael Rothstein via espn.com

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell has been sidelined while recovering from minor knee and Achilles' surgeries. However, his head coach Jim Caldwell says he's looking good and it sounds like he should be ready for the season opener. He missed all of training camp last year as well. "One of the things about return-to-play protocol is they give him the kind of load that he's going to experience... [Read More]
08/30 Packers WR Randall Cobb avoids disaster, questionable for Week 1
Source: Bill Huber via SCOUT.com

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb had an x-ray taken of his injured shoulder and it came back negative. The injury is significant but not disastrous. As of now he is considered questionable for Week 1. There is a strong chance he can't suit up for the opener. Cobb recounted the injury in detail. "I just caught the ball and was going down to the ground, and I had a guy land on top of me... [Read More]
08/30 Colts RB Vick Ballard dealing with another hamstring issue
Source: Phillip B. Wilson via SCOUT.com

Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard is back on the injury report. He is dealing with yet another hamstring injury and this one is more serious than the hamstring injury he sustained early in camp. It is becoming more and more likely Ballard has taken his last snap in a Colts uniform. Many around Indy are pulling for this guy. This is what Colts Blitz's Phillip B. Wilson has to say on the... [Read More]
08/29 Ravens WR Steve Smith ejected from Saturday's game
Source: Staff via SCOUT.com

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith was ejected from Saturday's preseason game. The always fiery wideout got into an altercation with Redskins defensive back Chris Culliver. Tension began to rise when Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson slammed WR Kamar Aiken on his head. So, Smith does what he always does. He burned the defense for a 63-yard touchdown, threw up a 95-yard half and violentl... [Read More]
08/29 Falcons and WR Julio Jones agrees to five-year extension
Source: Bill Shanks via SCOUT.com

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones has agreed to a five-year extension with the team. The deal is reportedly worth $71.25 million with $47 million guaranteed. Jones has separated himself as the clear WR1 in Atlanta. A.J. Green is next up for a big extension. ... [Read More]
08/29 Rams RB Tre Mason leaves Saturday's game with a hamstring injury
Source: Nate Latsch via SCOUT.com

St. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason was forced out of Saturday's game with a hamstring issue. He was spotted on the sideline with his right hamstring iced up and he did not return. The extent of the injury is not yet known. However, initial reports are that it's not overly serious. ... [Read More]
08/29 Browns RB Duke Johnson suffers a concussion
Source: Fred Greetham via SCOUT.com

Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson made his long awaited debut on Saturday after dealing with a hamstring issue. He promptly suffered a concussion and was forced out of the game. He has a chance to be a major factor in the Browns' offense but can't stay on the field. He will have to pass the league's concussion protocol before he can get back on the field. ... [Read More]
08/29 Bills WR Marquise Goodwin suffers rib injury
Source: Ryan Talbot via SCOUT.com

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was forced out of the team's third preseason game with a rib injury. Head coach Rex Ryan says that Goodwin may have a few broken ribs. This is bad news for a fringe wideout fighting to prove he deserves snaps. ... [Read More]
08/29 Packers WR Randall Cobb injures shoulder in Saturday's game
Source: Bill Huber via SCOUT.com

Green Bay Packers wide receiver injured his shoulder attempting to make a catch during the first series of the team's third preseason game. He immediately went to the locker room and the extent of the injury is not yet known. The Packers cannot afford to lose Cobb. Jordy Nelson will already miss the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. ... [Read More]
08/29 Dolphins OT Branden Albert may be out until Week 3
Source: Adam Caplan via Twitter

Miami Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert may not be ready to play until Week 3. Prior to this report by Adam Caplan, all reports said he was expected to be ready for Week 1. Perhaps there was a development. An already shaky Dolphins offensive line is really relying on Albert to return to Pro-Bowl form. ... [Read More]
08/29 Titans RB David Cobb in danger of missing Week 1
Source: Greg Arias via SCOUT.com

Tennessee Titans running back David Cobb is looking very questionable for Week 1 with a calf injury Jim Wyatt tweeted he's considered week to week. Cobb was originally considered a favorite to win the starting job. However, Bishop Sankey sits firmly atop the depth chart and Cobb isn't even guaranteed to beat out Antonio Andrews for the RB2 spot. ... [Read More]
08/29 Saints RB Khiry Robinson dealing with an undisclosed injury
Source: Mike Triplett via espn.com

New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson missed an entire week of practice with an undisclosed injury. Nonetheless, the injury is believed to be minor and he is fully expected to suit up Week 1. The Saints may be relying on him as C.J. Spiller is predictably out with a knee injury. His status for the season opener is very much in question. ... [Read More]
08/29 Jaguars TE Julius Thomas looking good for Week 1
Source: Ryan O'Halloran via Twitter

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas has been dealing with a hand issue and is considered to be in danger of missing the season opener. However, things are beginning to look favorable for his Week 1 availability. Head coach Gus Bradley stated that "everything points to" Thomas being ready for one. If nothing else, he's trending in the right direction. ... [Read More]
08/29 Falcons RB Devonta Freeman still sidelined with a hamstring issue
Source: Bill Shanks via SCOUT.com

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman will not participate in tonight's preseason game against the Miami Dolphins. He has been dealing with a hamstring issue. Although he was well ahead of Tevin Coleman in the battle for the Falcons' RB1 job prior to injury, Coleman will get the start and has the opportunity to gain ground on Freeman. As of now, Freeman is projected to be the starter ahead... [Read More]
08/29 Jaguars RB Denard Robinson has a shot to be the Week 1 starter
Source: Charlie Bernstein via SCOUT.com

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson has impressed this preseason and has a real shot to start Week 1. T.J. Yeldon was named the starting back not long after the Jags drafted him in the beginning of the third round, however, he has been badly outplayed by Robinson. The feel around the team is that Robinson could now start the season ahead of Yeldon. Robinson was a college quarterback... [Read More]
08/28 Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will not be cleared for Saturday's game
Source: Ben Standig via SCOUT.com

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was reportedly cleared for action. However, now it turns out he has not been cleared by an independent doctor and is still in the concussion protocol. He will not be able to play against the Ravens Saturday as originally expected. This will leave the door open for Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins to make an impression on their coaching staff. The two ... [Read More]
08/28 Buccaneers WR Mike Evans feels good enough to play in this weekend's game
Source: Roy Cummings via tbo.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans has been shut down for the remainder of the preseason with a minor hamstring injury. However, he says he feels good enough to play this weekend but the team is just playing it smart. I think it's smart,'' said Evans. "There's no reason to risk it. I've already proven myself. And this way I can just try to get back for Week 1 of the regular season.''... [Read More]
08/28 Panthers WR Devin Funchess will sit out tonight's game
Source: Brandon Croce via SCOUT.com

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess will not play in tonight's preseason game. He has been dealing with a hamstring injury. Although there was hope he'd be able to go, the team is going to play it safe. With Kelvin Benjamin done for the year, they cannot afford to take any risks with Funchess. ... [Read More]
08/28 Cowboys WR Dez Bryant will sit out the remainder of the team's preseason games
Source: Clarence E. Hill Jr. via star-telegram.com

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant just returned to practice this week after missing extended time with a hamstring injury. There was some hope that he would be able to go in the team's third preseason game. Nevertheless, today Jerry Jones says Bryant will sit out and we won't see him this preseason. "I'm not so sure we're satisfied that it's necessary for him to extend that [hamstring] that... [Read More]
08/28 Cardinals RB Chris Johnson returns to practice
Source: Brad Wilbricht via SCOUT.com

Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson returned to practice Friday. He is returning from a hamstring injury, which cost him his team debut in last week's preseason game. His status for this weekend's game remains up in the air. He is batting with rookie David Johnson for the RB2 job. D. Johnson looked very good in the Cards' second preseason game. ... [Read More]
08/28 Raiders RB Latavius Murray garners praise from OC Bill Musgrave
Source: Scott Bair via csnbayarea.com

Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray has earned a ton of praise this summer. He has stepped up as the team's RB1 and no one has spoken higher of him than offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave. "He's made very positive impressions," Musgrave said. "He has been working a lot on his hands so he can be a good receiver out of the backfield, because we don't want a guy that's going to be a liabil... [Read More]
08/28 Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's pass-protection struggles are exaggerated
Source: Eric D. Williams via espn.com

San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon's issues in pass protection have been well documented. However, RBs coach Ollie Wilson doesn't believe they're accurate. Sure, he's still learning but Wilson is not concerned with his ability to pass block. "I know this: When he matches up, he'll put his head in and strike somebody," Wilson said. "He's a big-bodied guy, and he's long, so he keeps peop... [Read More]
08/28 Titans RB David Cobb has an injured calf and did not travel with team
Source: Greg Arias via SCOUT.com

Tennessee Titans running back David Cobb has suffered a calf injury and will not play in the team third preseason game. As a matter of fact, Cobb did not even travel to Kansas City. Bishop Sankey is the heavy favorite to be the starter. However, this is another injury issue for Cobb and it could drop him behind Antonio Andrews on the depth chart. This is a missed opportunity for Cobb. ... [Read More]
08/28 Browns WR Terrelle Pryor on track to play Saturday
Source: Jared Mueller via SCOUT.com

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor is on track to play Saturday after missing the first-two preseason games with a hamstring injury. Pryor needs to play if he's going to secure a roster spot. His head coach Mike Pettine has made that very clear as of late. "We know he's a project," Pettine said. "We want him to continue to get better … It is a projection and we have less informa... [Read More]
08/28 49ers TE Vernon Davis promised larger role in the offense this season
Source: Chris Biderman via SCOUT.com

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis was promised a larger role in the offense this season. He saw a massive drop off in production in 2014. In 2013, he caught 84 passes for 850 yards and 13 touchdowns. Then last season he totaled just 26 receptions, 245 yards and two TDs. The 49ers not only want to involve Davis more, they need to. Their team and offense are in a transition period and they... [Read More]
08/27 Texans QB Ryan Mallett overslept and missed practice Thursday
Source: Patrick Starr via SCOUT.com

Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett missed practice on Thursday. It turns out it was not an injury or illness, Mallett was not there because he overslept. He was recently informed that he would be the backup quarterback behind Brian Hoyer. However, he was also told if Hoyer sputtered, he would be thrust into the starting lineup. ... [Read More]
08/27 Steelers WR Martavis Bryant's suspension stemmed from numerous failed drug tests
Source: Jim Wexell via SCOUT.com

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant was suspended four games today for violating the league's substance abuse policy. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that the suspension stems from "multiple failed marijuana tests". He also stated that the appeal "is in the latter stages". There is now a chance that Bryant falls behind Markus Wheaton depending on how Wheaton performs in Bryant's abse... [Read More]
08/27 Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders will return to action next week
Source: Mike Klis via Twitter

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has missed three weeks with a hamstring injury. Well he's finally expected back. Sanders will be a full participant in practice next week. He projects to be the WR2 in Denver and will move into the slot in three-wide sets. ... [Read More]
08/27 Giants WR Victor Cruz will not play Saturday
Source: Rick Laughland via SCOUT.com

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will sit out the team's third preseason game on Saturday. He has been recovering from a torn patellar tendon but has been fully cleared and declared himself 100 percent. Nonetheless, the Giants are playing it safe with Cruz. He's also dealing with a minor calf issue as well. Head coach Tom Coughlin announced Cruz will not be active. ... [Read More]
08/27 Bills RB Karlos Williams seen at the team facility Thursday
Source: Ryan Talbot via SCOUT.com

Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams seen at the team facility today. He had been missing after undergoing an undisclosed medical procedure. However, he is expected to be ready for the season opener. He is making a strong push for the RB2 job and there is a decent chance that LeSean McCoy could be out Week 1. If McCoy is out, it will likely be Williams and Fred Jackson shouldering the load.... [Read More]
08/27 Ravens WR Breshad Perriman has no timetable for a return
Source: Jeff Zrebiec via Twitter

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman still has no timetable for a return from his sprained PCL. He has been out since the first day of camp in full pads and was considered day-to-day. He is now expected to miss all of the preseason and is in question for Week 1. Head coach John Harbaugh admits his recovery has been slower than anticipated. ... [Read More]
08/27 Bills WR Sammy Watkins will sit out on Saturday
Source: Ryan Talbot via SCOUT.com

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins will not play in this weekend's preseason matchup. He is out with a glute injury. It is believed the team is just being cautious but Watkins has been banged up all offseason and training camp. He dealt with a hip injury along with other nagging soft tissue injuries. It does not appear that we will be seeing Watkins this preseason. ... [Read More]
08/27 Bills QB E.J. Manuel will start in Saturday's preseason game
Source: Ryan Talbot via SCOUT.com

Buffalo Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel will start in Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers. While each quarterback was expected to start one of the first three games, Manuel has fallen far behind as the QB3 in Buffalo. Buffalo Football Report's Ryan Talbot gave his take in a recent article saying, "Rex Ryan announced on Thursday that E.J. Manuel would be starting at quarterback when the B... [Read More]
08/27 Falcons RB Tevin Coleman will make his team debut on Saturday
Source: Bill Shanks via SCOUT.com

Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman will make his team debut in Saturday's preseason game. Coleman missed the Falcons' first two preseason games and most of training camp with a hamstring injury. The rookie is expected to be the secondary back in a two-back system with Devonta Freeman. However, the team is yet to see him in any live action. ... [Read More]
08/27 Eagles RB DeMarco Murray does not believe he'll alternate series with Ryan Mathews
Source: Corey Seidman via csnphilly.com

Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray does not believe he'll be alternating series with Ryan Mathews. He sounds like he believes that he's the clear RB1 ahead of Mathews. Although, he admits it has not yet been discussed. "I don't think it will be alternating series," Murray said. "But [Mathews] is a quality back, great guy, works extremely hard. I'm sure he'll get his fair share of touc... [Read More]
08/27 Cowboys WR Dez Bryant returns to practice
Source: Mike Fisher via SCOUT.com

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has finally returned to practice after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury. Bryant signed a huge contract this offseason so the team took it very slow with their superstar receiver. He projects to be the team's top target by a longshot. ... [Read More]
08/27 Steelers WR Martavis Bryant faces four-game suspension
Source: Jim Wexell via SCOUT.com

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The suspension is under appeal. Bryant is projected to be the WR2 in Pittsburgh opposite Antonio Brown. The Steelers will now be without Bryant, running back Le'Veon Bell and center Maurkice Pouncey for the first two weeks of the season. ... [Read More]
08/27 Lions RB Ameer Abdullah is fine with being part of a committee
Source: Carlos Monarrez via freep.com

Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah is aware that he is going to be part of a committee as a rookie and potentially moving forward. He is fine with that and just wants to play his part and help the team win. "It's not really about me," Abdullah said. "I always hear a lot of questions like, 'How do you get used to it? How do you? How does Ameer adjust to things?' But at the end of the day, y... [Read More]
08/27 Panthers QB Cam Newton will not run more read option to make up for the loss of Kelvin Benjamin
Source: Jonathan Jones via charlotteobserver.com

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton ran a ton of read option when he entered the league but has made an effort to evolve as a pocket passer and has come a long way. There has been some speculation that Newton may revert back to the read option to make up for the loss of wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to a torn ACL. Head coach Ron Rivera has debunked those ideas and does not plan to run any mo... [Read More]
08/27 Panthers TE Greg Olsen will be a focal point of the offense
Source: Jonathan Jones via charlotteobserver.com

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen will be key to the team's offensive success this season now that Kelvin Benjamin is out with a torn ACL. Head coach Ron Rivera made it clear that they are going to find ways to get the ball to Olsen. "Guys like (Corey Brown) have to continue to step up," Rivera said. "He can't have the type of start he had last week. (Jerricho) Cotchery obviously will play a... [Read More]
08/27 Dolphins WR DeVante Parker to begin individual drills next week
Source: Eric Roddy via SCOUT.com

Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker is expected to return to practice next week, at least on a limited basis. Assuming he's limited, he will likely participate in individual drills and not team drills. Parker has missed all of training camp after undergoing a procedure on his foot to replace a screw in his surgically repaired foot early in OTAs. He projects to be a starter in Miami sooner... [Read More]
08/27 Buccaneers sign K Connor Barth
Source: Justin Pawlowski via SCOUT.com

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed free-agent kicker Connor Barth. Barth was just cut by the Denver Broncos and signed with the Bucs not long after. He is now the favorite to beat out Patrick Murray for the starting job in Tampa. This is his second stint in Tampa. ... [Read More]
08/26 Eagles TE Zach Ertz is very questionable for Week 1
Source: Corey Seidman via csnphilly,com

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz underwent groin surgery and is still recovering. The hope is that he would be ready for the season opener, however, that is not looking like an overly promising outlook. Offensive coordinator Pat Schumer was far from reassuring when asked if Ertz would be good to go Week 1. "I don't know, I'm assuming so," Shurmur said. "Behind the scenes he's taking care o... [Read More]
08/26 Bears WR Eddie Royal dealing with a hip injury
Source: Jeremy Stoltz via SCOUT.com

Chicago Bears wide receiver Eddie Royal missed practice today with a hip injury and may miss this week's preseason game. He joins Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White and Marquess Wilson on the injury report. Jay Cutler says he's never seen anything like what's happened to this WR corps. "Yeah, I've never been a part of anything like that - all four going down like that," Cutler said. "It's a great opport... [Read More]
08/26 Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders has now been sidelined for nearly three weeks
Source: Chad Jensen via SCOUT.com

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has now been sidelined for just under three weeks with a hamstring injury. He's not expected to play this preseason and the severity of the injury is not fully known. While the team has stood firm insisting he will be ready Week 1, this is becoming a bit of a concern. Sanders is projected to be the starter opposite Demaryius Thomas and slide into the ... [Read More]
08/26 Cardinals HC Bruce Arians is optimistic WR Michael Floyd will be ready Week 1
Source: Darren Urban via azcardinals.com

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd underwent surgery on his three dislocated fingers three weeks ago. The fingers actually punctured through the palm of his hand, so it was your ordinary dislocation. He just had his stitches removed last week. However, his head coach Bruce Arians is reportedly optimistic that Floyd will be ready for Week 1. As of now he should still be considered quest... [Read More]
08/26 Browns WR Terrelle Pryor returns to practice, hopeful to play this week
Source: Fred Greetham via SCOUT.com

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor finally returned to practice on Wednesday after an extended layoff. He missed nearly all of training camp with the exception of August 15-18. Pryor has a lot of catching up to do to earn a roster spot at this point. He hopes to play in the Browns' third preseason game and show enough to be considered for the 53-man roster. "We had him on a count so he ... [Read More]
08/26 Dolphins WR DeVante Parker no longer sure if he'll be ready for Week 1
Source: Eric Roddy via SCOUT.com

Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker was always expected to be ready for Week 1 after undergoing a procedure on his foot to replace a screw in his surgically repaired foot. Now, Parker isn't so sure. There's still a good chance he'll be ready, however, he hasn't even started cutting yet and the team does not want to rush him back too quickly. ... [Read More]
08/26 Seahawks RB Christine Michael needs 'to become more dependable and more accountable'
Source: Bob Condotta via seattletimes.com

Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael has been a consistent disappointment. He is physically gifted but lacks the intangibles to be successful NFL running back. His RBs coach Sherman Smith spoke on Michael's shortcomings. "For him, it's about becoming more dependable, doing stuff consistently,'' Smith said. "That's always been his Achilles' heel. The physical talent is there, absolutely... [Read More]
08/26 Packers WR Davante Adams plans on 'capitalizing' on his opprtunity
Source: Bill Huber via SCOUT.com

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams is expected to see an expanded role after the season ending ACL injury to Jordy Nelson. Adams says this will have no impact on how he approaches the season. He always expected to have a breakout year and it's no different now. Honestly, no, because the way I was going into the season mentally, and the work that I put in and the confidence I had in our... [Read More]
08/26 Broncos K Connor Barth released
Source: Khalid Alshami via SCOUT.com

Denver Broncos kicker Connor Barth has been released to make room for newly signed offensive guard Evan Mathis. This leaves the starting kicker job to Brandon McManus. McManus struggled at times last season leading to the Barth signing but has had a very good offseason and training camp, earning him the nod over Barth. ... [Read More]
08/26 Falcons sign free agent QB Rex Grossman
Source: Knox Bardeen via SCOUT.com

The Atlanta Falcons have signed free agent quarterback Rex Grossman. The 35-year-old QB signed a one year deal worth $1 million. Grossman is also experienced in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's system. Head coach Dan Quinn seems excited about the signing. "The first thing, when you think about it, the support that our backup gives to Matt [Ryan], and help in terms of getting ready," Quinn sai... [Read More]
08/25 Redskins TE Derek Carrier listed second on the depth chart
Source: Ben Standig via SCOUT.com

Washington Redskins tight end Derek Carrier is listed as the TE2 on the team's depth chart. He wasn't recently acquired from the 49ers. The Redskins recently lost their TE1 Niles Paul and TE3 Logan Paulsen. Carrier slides into the TE2 spot now behind the oft-injured Jordan Reed who just returned from yet another injury. Carrier will be relied on this season. ... [Read More]
08/25 Rams RB Todd Gurley participates in team drills for first time
Source: Nate Latsch via SCOUT.com

St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley participated in team drills for the first time on Tuesday. He also worked in with the first team. This a huge step in his recovery from ACL surgery. It is beginning to look more and more likely he'll be ready for Week 1. However, regardless of whether he's ready or not, head coach Jeff Fisher insists that they will ease him into action. Fisher was asked if ... [Read More]
08/25 Rams WR Brian Quick practices in full, will play in third preseason game
Source: Nate Latsch via SCOUT.com

St. Louis Rams wide receiver Brian Quick was a full participant in practice Tuesday for the first time since undergoing serious shoulder surgery last season. His head coach Jeff Fisher says he will play in next Saturday's preseason game. He projects to be the starter opposite Kenny Britt. ... [Read More]
08/25 Steelers sign free agent QB Michael Vick
Source: Jim Wexell via SCOUT.com

The Steelers signed free agent quarterback Michael Vick. Their projected backup Bruce Gradkowski was placed on season ending I.R. after undergoing surgery for a dislocated finger. Vick is a veteran backup and former star who will likely serve as the QB2 in Pittsburgh. He brings a different dimension to the team, as well as veteran leadership. ... [Read More]
08/25 Steelers QB Bruce Gradkowski placed on season ending I.R
Source: Jim Wexell via SCOUT.com

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Bruce Gradkowski has been placed on season ending I.R. after undergoing surgery for a dislocated finger. Gradkowski is also dealing with a shoulder issue. He was expected to be Ben Roethlisberger's primary backup this season, but clearly this is no longer the case. ... [Read More]
08/25 Jets RB Chris Ivory doing 'a lot more' in the passing attack
Source: Rich Cimini via espn.com

New York Jets running back Chris Ivory has not exactly been a huge contributor in the passing game throughout his career. This year Ivory is playing a much a larger role. "I'm doing a lot more in this camp," said Ivory. "We did the same stuff with the last coordinator [Marty Mornhinweg], but the ball wasn't getting to me as much. Now it's getting to me more. Now, I guess, people can see I can cat... [Read More]
08/25 Patriots WR Julian Edelman nearing a return
Source: Jeff Howe via bostonherald.com

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is still not practicing but is reportedly getting close. He has been out since August 2 with an ankle injury. Edelman gave his very Patriots like take on the matter. "Anytime you're not able to go out there and play, yeah, it's difficult, but it's part of the game," Edelman said. "I'm just working hard, doing everything I can each and every day to... [Read More]
08/25 Giants WR Rueben Randle returns to practice
Source: Rick Laughland via SCOUT.com

New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle returned to 11-on-11 drills today for the first time since the team's preseason opener. His status for the Giants' third preseason game is still very much up in the air. He has been dealing with knee tendinitis since college, however, it has flared up worse this year and has been less manageable than before. ... [Read More]
08/25 Packers WR Ty Montgomery lining up as the WR3 at practice
Source: Bill Huber via SCOUT.com

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery lined up as the WR3 at practice today. He was opposite Davante Adams with Randall Cobb in the slot. After Jordy Nelson when down with a torn ACL, the big question was whether Montgomery or Jeff Janis would step up into the WR3 spot. Early signs signify Montgomery is the frontrunner. ... [Read More]
08/25 Chargers RB Melvin Gordon expected to play Saturday and 'see ample load'
Source: Michael Gehlken via Twitter

San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is nearly fully recovered from an ankle injury, which was minor to begin with. He is fully expected to play in the Chargers' third preseason game and will reportedly get an "ample" workload. As the team's first-round pick, Gordon projects to be the team's primary ball-carrier. ... [Read More]
08/25 Dolphins WR DeVante Parker running hard but not yet cutting
Source: Armando Salguero via Twitter

Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker is still dealing with the after effects of an offseason procedure to replace a screw in his surgically repaired foot. He has been activated off the PUP list and is running very hard. However, he is not yet cutting. Still, he is expected to be active Week 1 when the Dolphins take on the Washington Redskins. ... [Read More]
08/25 Bills WR Sammy Watkins still sidelined
Source: Matt Macneal via SCOUT.com

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins remains sidelined at practice with a glute injury. The injury forced him to miss last week's preseason game and will likely do the same this week. He was on the field with the rehabbing players today and the injury is not serious. He's fully expected to be ready for Week 1. Head coach Rex Ryan praised Watkins and does not seem at all concerned. "They've b... [Read More]
08/25 Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill's deep ball is very much improved
Source: Andy Cohen via dolphins.com

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is a breakout player candidate, however, his struggles with his deep ball in the past is well documented. This training camp he is not only attempting way more bombs than ever before, his passes are also much improved. According to the Dolphins' official website, "Tannehill has completed more deep passes in practice than, I believe, he completed in his pr... [Read More]
08/25 Bills TE Charles Clay dealing with 'nagging' knee issue
Source: Mike Rodak via espn.com

Buffalo Bills tight end Charles Clay left practice early on Tuesday with a nagging right knee injury. He was hindered all last season in Miami with a nagging knee injury as well. Clay insisted he's fine but he said the same thing last year too. "I'm fine," Clay said. "It was just something that they wanted to look out for me a little bit. It was something that started nagging, so they decided it ... [Read More]
08/25 Redskins TE Jordan Reed returns to practice Tuesday
Source: Ben Standig via SCOUT.com

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has returned to practice after missing the first two preseason games with a hamstring injury. Since Reed suffered his most recent injury, the Redskins have lost both Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen for the season. They also acquired Derek Carrier from the 49ers. Washington will need Reed to stay healthy, which is asking a lot from the oft-injured tight end. ... [Read More]
08/25 Browns RB Duke Johnson looks 'fresh' and 'explosive'
Source: LA via SCOUT.com

Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson is back at practice and looks great. His head coach Mike Pettine has been impressed and sees him being a matchup nightmare. "His legs looked fresh,'' said Pettine. "I am not sure who he beat on the inside post – he looks explosive … You can use Duke as a wideout. It just gives you a little more flexibility from a formation standpoint, which ... [Read More]
08/25 Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston's ankle injury is not an issue
Source: Rick Stroud via tampabay.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston appeared to have injured his ankle in the team's second preseason game. He was on the sidelines with a visible limp. Head coach Lovie Smith confirmed that the injury is not at all serious. "That was a tough fall he took there,'' Smith said. "But no, that was just a coach's decision on my part. I thought we saw enough of him. I thought he did some go... [Read More]
08/25 Lions RB Joique Bell says he expects 'to come into the season healthy'
Source: Justin Rogers via mlive.com

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell is yet to be activated off the PUP list and it has raised some questions about his potential availability. He underwent offseason knee and Achilles' cleanup up procedures. However, Bell believes he'll be entering 2015 fully healthy and will be the man in Detroit. "This year, I expect to come into the season healthy," Bell said. "I think I can be that guy whe... [Read More]
08/25 Panthers WR Devin Funchess returned to practice today
Source: Brandon Croce via SCOUT.com

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess has returned to practice today after dealing with a hamstring injury. He was limited to individual drills but any progress is great news for Carolina. With Kelvin Benjamin done for the season, they desperately need Funchess out on the field. He's going to need all the snaps he can get if he's going to move into Benjamin's position as reported. His st... [Read More]
08/25 Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman 'deserves more snaps'
Source: Chad Jensen via SCOUT.com

Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman has been very impressive this preseason and in training camp. He has pulled away from a Montee Ball for the RB2 job in Denver. Now head coach Gary Kubiak says Hillman deserves more touches. "(Hillman) has had a really good camp. He's the guy in the group that is a little bit different — (he has) the gear to get the ball to the edge," Kubiak said. "... [Read More]
08/25 Steelers QB Bruce Gradkowski to undergo surgery for dislocated finger, team will meet with Mike Vick
Source: Jim Wexell via SCOUT.com

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Bruce Gradkowski will undergo surgery today on a dislocated finger on his left hand. Gradkowski is expected to be the primary backup to Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh. Because of this, the Steelers have brought in free agent quarterback Michael Vick for a meeting and potential signing. Vick did play well in New York but his coaching staff was offense illiterate a... [Read More]
08/25 Jets TE Jace Amaro's shoulder is healing 'really slow'
Source: Zach Braziller via nypost.com

New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro's sprained shoulder is healing much slower than anticipated. He was originally fully expected to be ready for Week 1, now that timetable is very much in question. It appears more probable than not that Amaro will miss real games. "Every day it's been getting better. It's just a really slow process," said Amaro. "I really can't lift my arm up all the way very qui... [Read More]
08/25 Bills WR Percy Harvin returns to practice Tuesday
Source: Ryan Talbot via SCOUT.com

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Percy Harvin returned to practice today after missing two weeks with a hip injury. Harvin has been forced to undergo pain-killing injections and he has a history of serious hip issues. He was "not a full go" but it's a good sign he's at least out there. It remains to be seen if he can stay on the field or if he can convert to a pure outside receiver. ... [Read More]
08/25 Patriots QB Tom Brady's next hearing is scheduled for August 31
Source: Chris Simoneau via SCOUT.com

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the NFLPA are scheduled to be back in front of U.S. District Judge Richard Berman on August 31 to once again go head-to-head with the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell. This is expected to be the last hearing before some sort of ruling is handed down. Both sides requested a resolution by September 4. That doesn't mean they'll get it, but if nothing... [Read More]
08/25 Saints RB Mark Ingram wants to be more involved in the passing attack
Source: Mike Triplett via espn.com

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has not been a large participant in the passing game to this point in his career. He caught a career-high 29 passes last season but has only caught a total of 53 passes in four years. Now Ingram says he is a three-down back and wants to be a significant part of the passing attack. "I know I'm a three-down back," said Ingram. "I could do first down, seco... [Read More]
08/25 Bears WR Alshon Jeffery is now considered day-to-day
Source: Zach Zaidman via Twitter

Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been sidelined with a calf injury but is reportedly nearing a return. There were questions regarding the severity of the injury after Jeffery was spotted in a walking boot and crutches. Nonetheless, he has since shed the boot, is off the crutches and head coach John Fox says he's just waiting to be cleared. "He's day-to-day," Fox said. "When they cle... [Read More]
08/25 Buccaneers WR Mike Evans' hamstring injury is minor according to HC Lovie Smith
Source: Justin Pawlowski via SCOUT.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans suffered a hamstring injury in last night's preseason game. The injury was believed to be minor at the time and now those beliefs have been confirmed. Head coach Lovie Smith talked to Evans and came to the same conclusion. "I talked to him in the fourth quarter and he didn't think it was that serious," Smith said. "We wanted to get our ones into the s... [Read More]
08/25 Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro will miss a few weeks with an MCL sprain
Source: Jamison Hensley via Twitter

Baltimore Ravens Lorenzo Taliaferro will be out a few weeks with a sprained MCL. He suffered the injury in the team's second preseason game. His availability for Week 1 is in question. Taliaferro is the frontrunner to be the secondary ball-carrier behind starter Justin Forsett. His biggest competition is talented rookie Buck Allen. ... [Read More]
08/25 Patriots WR Brandon Gibson suffered torn ACL
Source: Chris Simoneau via SCOUT.com

New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon Gibson suffered a torn ACL in the team's second preseason game. Gibson was a standout in the game catching a game-high eight passes for 68 yards. He is a very talented receiver, however, his career has been plagued by injuries. He will head to I.R. and his career may be in jeopardy. ... [Read More]
08/25 Patriots WR Brian Tyms waived and likely heading to I.R.
Source: Chris Simoneau via SCOUT.com

New England Patriots wide receiver Brian Tyms has suffered a season ending foot injury and has been waived by the team. The assumption is Tyms will clear waivers and he will then land on the Pats' injured reserve. He was a breakout star last preseason and had his moments in camp this season. However, he has more than struggled on the field since last preseason including as disastrous performance i... [Read More]
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