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  • Albert Wilson having 'mostly quiet' summer
    ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher reports WR Albert Wilson has been "mostly quiet in training camp and the preseason."

    Advice: Wilson generated some buzz with a nice finish to 2014, but has only two catches for 15 yards through two preseason games. He's been the subject of relatively few "puff pieces" from Chiefs practice since the beginning of OTAs. Wilson isn't a bad WR5 flier in 14-team leagues, but his upside is limited with Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce set to dominate targets in the Chiefs' passing game. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:11 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.93 (1822nd)
     
  • Miles Austin 'hasn't stood out' in camp
    The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Miles Austin "hasn't stood out enough" in Eagles camp.

    Advice: The 10th-year veteran is no higher than fourth on the depth chart, and could begin the year as low as fifth or sixth. Austin could be an early-season inactive if coach Chip Kelly doesn't see a role for him on special teams. Austin still has fine hands, but has lost a step or three since his prime. He should remain well off the re-draft radar this season. Austin's $2.5 million salary ($1 million guaranteed) will probably ensure his place on the 53-man roster. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:47 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.12 (2589th)
     
  • Odell Beckham dominating 'every practice'
    NJ.com reports Odell Beckham has been dominating "every practice."

    Advice: It shouldn't come as a surprise, but Beckham isn't resting on his laurels after his freak-of-nature rookie season. Some regression is inevitable, but Beckham is an elite WR1, and a legitimate threat to finish as the No. 1 overall receiver. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:35 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.13 (37th)
     
  • Jets take flier on veteran QB Josh Johnson
    Jets signed QB Josh Johnson.

    Advice: The veteran retread will be a live body for the Jets' final two preseason games. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:38 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2475th)
     
  • Packers expected to sit starters this weekend
    The Packers are expected to rest their starters in Saturday's preseason game against the Eagles.

    Advice: It means we probably won't get a look at new starting receiver Davante Adams. The Pack are packing it in after last Sunday's game from hell, where Jordy Nelson (ACL) was lost for the season. Several linemen are at less than 100 percent, which would have exposed Aaron Rodgers to unnecessary risk. If Adams indeed isn't playing, he finishes his preseason with three catches for 17 yards. That presupposes he sits out the finale, of course. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:34 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.77 (82nd)
     
  • CJ?K expected to make 53-man roster
    NFL.com reports Chris Johnson is expected to make the Cardinals' 53-man roster.

    Advice: Andie Hagemann reports CJ?K has "made a positive impression on his new teammates overall," and that he'll eventually "share the workload behind starter Andre Ellington." Johnson does seem likely to make the roster as veteran insurance for a young, injury prone running back corps, but David Johnson could send CJ to No. 3 status with another big game this weekend. CJ is missing Arizona's regular season dress rehearsal with a hamstring injury. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:08 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Terrelle Pryor unsure of Saturday status
    Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) is unsure if he'll be available for Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: Pryor said it depends on how he feels Friday. Already sidelined for Cleveland's first two preseason games, Pryor's roster odds could take a critical blow if he isn't ready for the regular season dress rehearsal. Of course, the Browns find themselves so short of premium athletes on offense that they may be willing to roll the dice on Pryor regardless of what he does the rest of the summer. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:20 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.61 (2679th)
     
  • Bills still 'optimistic' about Shady's status
    The Bills remain "cautiously optimistic" LeSean McCoy (hamstring) will be ready for Week 1.

    Advice: Coach Rex Ryan isn't prone to tall tales with injury updates, so it's a bit concerning he hasn't moved on to outright guaranteeing Shady will be ready for the opener against Indy in 17 days. McCoy's status should be updated multiple times over the next two weeks. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.52 (32nd)
     
  • Sammy Watkins will miss 3rd preseason game
    Sammy Watkins (glute) will sit out Saturday's regular season dress rehearsal against the Steelers.

    Advice: It's a disappointment for a player who has been the star of Bills camp, but he's fully expected to be ready for Week 1. Watkins needs to pick up fewer nicks and bruises as an NFL sophomore. He's not off to a good start. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:39 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.16 (96th)
     
  • Tevin Coleman will play on Saturday
    Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (hamstring) will play in Saturday's game against the Dolphins.

    Advice: Coleman missed the Falcons' first two exhibition contests. Coleman has a shot at a big role this season, but has set himself way behind by missing the majority of camp. As of now, he's not a realistic RB3 for the season's first month. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:27 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.31 (69th)
     
  • Alshon Jeffery not practicing on Thursday
    Alshon Jeffery (calf) remained sidelined Thursday.

    Advice: It means he's likely to miss Saturday's Week 1 tune up. Jeffery should be ready to rock for Week 1, which is in 17 days. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:22 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.61 (43rd)
     
  • Marquess Wilson still not practicing
    Bears WR Marquess Wilson (hamstring) remained sidelined Thursday.

    Advice: It's a major disappointment for a player the Bears need to step up in the absence of Kevin White, as Wilson is now all but certain to miss this weekend's regular season dress rehearsal. Wilson is shaping up as a dart throw WR5/6 in re-draft leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:21 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.87 (214th)
     
  • A.J. Jenkins coming on strong in camp
    Cowboys WR A.J. Jenkins has played well the last week of training camp.

    Advice: "He’s made a lot of progress in the last week," said wide receivers coach Derek Dooley. "He’s made a lot of plays. He’s getting a lot more comfortable out there. I’m looking forward to watching him more." With not much talent behind Dallas' top three receivers, Jenkins has at least a shot at cracking the final roster. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:14 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2266th)
     
  • Abdullah fine with running back by committee
    Lions rookie RB Ameer Abdullah said he has no problem being in a running back by committee.

    Advice: "There's certain things necessary to get that team [to the playoffs]," Abdullah said, "and if that's to be a running back team by committee, I'm going to be that guy. And when I'm in, I'm going to make sure I make an impact." Abdullah will likely open the season in a timeshare with Joique Bell (knee, Achilles'), though that is not certain to remain the case. Bell started slow last year coming off a similarly unhealthy offseason. If that happens again, Abdullah has the talent to run away with the job. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.83 (104th)
     
  • Rivera hints Funchess will replace Benjamin
    Panthers coach Ron Rivera hinted the team is planning on rookie WR Devin Funchess replacing Kelvin Benjamin (ACL).

    Advice: "The thing we’re waiting for is for Devin to be healthy and get him out on the football field," Rivera said. "He runs a lot of the same type of routes. He’s almost as imposing a target as Kelvin and the biggest thing with him is the confidence that he plays with as he develops." OC Mike Shula said the plan is to replace Benjamin with a committee, but it sounds like Funchess will get most of the snaps in Benjamin's old "X" position. The jury is still out on if Funchess can be an effective wide receiver in the NFL, but volume alone could make him a value at his WR38 draft price. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:47 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.79 (145th)
     
  • Josh Johnson working out for the Jets
    Free agent QB Josh Johnson is working out for the Jets on Thursday.

    Advice: The Jets signed Matt Flynn after Geno Smith suffered a broken jaw, but Flynn is still sidelined by a hamstring injury. With the third preseason game approaching, perhaps New York wants another arm to take snaps off Bryce Petty. Johnson was cut by the Bengals this week. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:26 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2475th)
     
  • Sammy Watkins was training camp MVP
    The Buffalo News called WR Sammy Watkins the Bills' "August MVP."

    Advice: Tyler Dunne said Watkins was the best player on the field in camp and easily beat No. 1 CB Stephon Gilmore on multiple occasions. All reports on Watkins this preseason have been glowing, and it appears he has taken a step forward in his first NFL offseason. The problem for Watkins' fantasy value was never his talent, though. On a low-volume passing offense with an unsettled quarterback situation, it will be difficult for Watkins to consistently produce WR2 numbers. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:56 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.16 (96th)
     
  • Panthers to replace Kelvin Benjamin by committee
    Panthers OC Mike Shula said the Panthers will likely replace Kelvin Benjamin "by committee."

    Advice: "Eventually there might be a guy that emerges," Shula added. It suggests the Panthers don’t view Devin Funchess as ready to replace Benjamin, though Funchess remains the favorite to open the year at X receiver. Corey Brown and Ted Ginn played with the first team in Saturday’s preseason game, but are deep threats that struggle at the short/intermediate levels. Greg Olsen projects to lead the Panthers in early-season targets. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:30 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.79 (145th)
     
  • Terrelle Pryor (hammy) back in full pads Wed.
    Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Pryor had to get back to practice this week if he's going to make the roster. He initially injured his hamstring the first week of August, returned August 15, but re-tweaked it on the 18th, and had been out until today. Pryor missed the Browns' initial scrimmage and the first two preseason games. He's going to need to make some sort of impression the next two weeks to earn a spot. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:53 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.61 (2679th)
     
  • Cobb: Davante Adams ready for 'breakout' year
    Randall Cobb said new No. 2 receiver Davante Adams is "poised for a breakout year."

    Advice: "He's poised for a big year," Cobb continued. "I look forward to helping him accomplish that." The Packers continue to talk up their second-year wideout, and Cobb is just the latest in a long line that has also included coach Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers. Cobb's role isn't expected to change much; he'll remain in the slot in three-wide sets, leaving Adams to assume Jordy Nelson's (torn ACL) old role on the perimeter. Adams is a high-upside WR2. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:46 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.77 (82nd)
     
  • Bengals release veteran QB Josh Johnson
    Bengals released QB Josh Johnson.

    Advice: The well-traveled veteran was a camp arm. Now 29, Johnson hasn't attempted a regular season pass since 2011. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:38 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2475th)
     
  • Sammy Watkins still nursing glute injury
    Sammy Watkins (glute) remains sidelined at Bills practice.

    Advice: Watkins missed last week's preseason game, and is day to day. It's not a major issue, but a reminder that the wiry wideout dealt with a variety of minor ailments as a rookie. Watkins will be healthy long before Week 1. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.16 (96th)
     
  • Funchess (hamstring) gets in limited practice
    Panthers WR Devin Funchess (hamstring) returned to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was limited to individual drills. With Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) sidelined for the entire season, Funchess needs as many snaps as he can get with the first-team offense. It would be a boost if he can play in the third preseason game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:29 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.79 (145th)
     
  • Bears insist Jeffery (calf) only 'day to day'
    Bears coach John Fox said Alshon Jeffery (calf) is day to day.

    Advice: "When they clear him medically and we feel that’s the smartest thing to do, he’ll be out there," Fox said. The Bears consistently hid the truth about Kevin White's shin injury, so it is difficult to take Fox's injury analysis with anything but a grain of salt. Still, all reports about the injury have indicated it is minor, and there is not yet any reason to be worried about Jeffery's regular season status. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:13 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.61 (43rd)
     
  • Chris Johnson injury less than expected
    Coach Bruce Arians has upgraded Chris Johnson's (hamstring) injury outlook to "day to day."

    Advice: The Cardinals originally feared Johnson's hamstring injury would sideline him 1-2 weeks. Johnson needs to get healthy just to hold off rookie David Johnson for the No. 2 back job behind Andre Ellington. David had a big second preseason week, showing well on traditional carries and catching two balls. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:59 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Terrelle Pryor back on the roster bubble?
    ESPN Cleveland believes Terrelle Pryor's (hamstring) roster odds could come down to the next 72 hours.

    Advice: Reporter Tony Grossi believes Pryor "has" to practice this week and play in Saturday's regular season dress rehearsal to have a realistic shot at making the team. Coach Mike Pettine has basically said the same. Pryor was looking like a lock in early August, but at this point, his odds are probably worse than 50-50. Switching positions, he simply couldn't afford to miss as much camp time as he has. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:16 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.61 (2679th)
     
  • Marquess Wilson sitting out on Monday
    Bears WR Marquess Wilson (hamstring) isn't practicing Monday.

    Advice: The Bears have claimed Wilson's injury isn't "overly serious," but are committed to providing misleading injury information under new coach John Fox. For now, Wilson should be considered day to day, and questionable for this weekend's important preseason game. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:30 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.87 (214th)
     
  • Davante Adams held without a catch
    Davante Adams was held without a catch in the Packers' second preseason game.

    Advice: Adams was targeted once, but the big story of the game was Jordy Nelson's likely season-ending ACL injury. Adams is poised to soak up the majority of the 151 targets Nelson saw last season, making him a solid WR2 with big touchdown upside. Adams scored 24 touchdowns his final season at Fresno State. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:00 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.77 (82nd)
     
  • CJ2K out a week or two with pulled hamstring
    Chris Johnson will miss a week or two with a pulled hamstring.

    Advice: He suffered the injury at Thursday's practice and could be sidelined for the remainder of Arizona's preseason slate. It's been a tough offseason for Johnson, who was injured in a drive-by shooting and didn't sign with a team until August. He's hoping to be the Cards' No. 2 back behind starter Andre Ellington. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:28 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Bears downplay Marquess Wilson's injury
    The Bears don't think Marquess Wilson's hamstring injury is "overly serious."

    Advice: It's worth noting that the Bears have basically pledged not to share accurate injury information this season. Either way, Wilson said "I'm good" to reporters. He should be considered day to day, and questionable for next week's regular season dress rehearsal. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:58 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.87 (214th)
     
  • Marquess Wilson exits with hamstring injury
    Marquess Wilson left Saturday's preseason game with a hamstring injury.

    Advice: Wilson initially stayed in the game, but was replaced by Josh Bellamy in the second quarter. He had two catches for 18 yards on three targets before going down. Losing Wilson would be another blow to Chicago's receiving depth. Wilson should be considered day to day. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:06 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.87 (214th)
     
  • Alshon Jeffery sitting out on Saturday
    Alshon Jeffery (calf) is sitting out Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: He's day to day. There's a good chance Jeffery will be ready to go for next week's regular season dress rehearsal. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:26 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.61 (43rd)
     
  • Pettine: Window narrowing for Terrelle Pryor
    Browns coach Mike Pettine said the window for WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) to make the team "narrows every day that he's not out there."

    Advice: Pryor started out his career as a wide receiver strong, earning consistent praise early in camp. A hamstring injury has cost Pryor the first two preseason games and most of the last two weeks of practice. Once considered a good bet to make the final 53, it appears Pryor's roster chances are slipping away. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:55 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.61 (2679th)
     
  • Devin Funchess still a work in progress
    Panthers WR coach Ricky Proehl stopped short of saying rookie Devin Funchess is ready to step into the No. 1 receiver role.

    Advice: "He’s got the physical tools. The process now has quickened," Proehl said. "He’s got to play physical and play to his size. That’s what we’re working on." Funchess rarely played to his size at Michigan, managing four TDs in his final season. The Panthers are counting on him to play the high-volume X role, but his learning curve remains a concern. Funchess still offers WR2 upside, and should be acquirable in the ninth and tenth rounds of 12-team drafts. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:04 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.79 (145th)
     
  • Panthers confident Funchess can be new No. 1
    Coach Ron Rivera expressed confidence in second-round rookie Devin Funchess as the Panthers' new No. 1 receiver following Kelvin Benjamin's torn ACL.

    Advice: "He knows two positions, and obviously he’ll concentrate on Kelvin’s and work to handle that spot for us," Rivera said of Funchess. "You want to have a big, quality receiver, and Devin gives us that still." Funchess is sidelined with a minor hamstring injury at the moment, but is expected back next week when he'll start gobbling up all the reps at X receiver he can handle. Funchess ran mostly with the second-team offense in the preseason opener, but made a nice sideline catch for a big gain and was close to reeling in a long touchdown. His ADP has already risen two full rounds since Benjamin's injury and will continue to climb. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:51 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.79 (145th)
     
  • Abdullah gets only two carries vs. 'Skins
    Ameer Abdullah rushed twice for seven yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Redskins.

    Advice: Theo Riddick again got the "start" in place of Joique Bell, but Abdullah was featured on the first drive. Neither player was in the game for long, as Matthew Stafford played just two series. Abdullah has been impressive all offseason, including last week's preseason opener. He has 74 yards on just nine exhibition carries (8.2 yards per carry). He's going to have a big Week 1 role. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:31 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.83 (104th)
     
  • Bills optimistic Shady will be ready for Wk 1
    Bills coach Rex Ryan reiterated Thursday that he's "cautiously optimistic" LeSean McCoy (hamstring) will be ready for Week 1.

    Advice: It's an indication the Bills were reassured by McCoy's MRI results. Shady has 24 days to get healthy for Buffalo's opener against the Colts. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:08 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.52 (32nd)
     
  • Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) sitting Thursday
    Terrelle Pryor is sitting out Thursday's preseason game against the Bills.

    Advice: Pryor aggravated his hamstring injury earlier this week. It's not a serious issue, but Pryor's missed reps are. Pryor got off to a blazing start at camp, but has barely practiced since. His spot on the 53-man roster isn't assured. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:50 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.61 (2679th)
     
  • Bills missing loads of skill talent vs. CLE
    Bills WRs Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Percy Harvin are inactive for Thursday's preseason game against the Browns.

    Advice: It means Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel aren't going to have many weapons to work with as they jostle for the No. 1 job. Watkins is day to day with "soreness in his glute." Woods is battling an unknown (minor) ailment. Harvin has a hip issue. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:47 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.16 (96th)
     
  • Funchess focusing on 'X' receiver duties
    Panthers WR Devin Funchess will focus more on "X" duties following Kelvin Benjamin's season-ending injury.

    Advice: Funchess had been spending time as the "Z" and slot man, but the Panthers will now focus on turning him into Benjamin's direct replacement. It's an assignment Funchess probably isn't ready for as a rookie. He didn't play nearly as big as his 6-foot-4 frame at Michigan, and showed questionable speed in pre-draft workouts. Still, Funchess' enormous opportunity makes him a WR3 pick with WR2 upside. He's a virtual lock for 100-plus targets. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:41 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.79 (145th)
     
  • Davante Adams earns praise from head coach
    Packers coach Mike McCarthy said WR Davante Adams has "had a heck of a camp."

    Advice: "Looking for big things from him," McCarthy added. Adams has been the recipient of constant praise in camp and was peppered with seven targets in the preseason opener. Adams will struggle to find consistent production as long as Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are healthy, but he could explode if either goes down. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:21 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.77 (82nd)
     
  • Coleman and Freeman game-time decisions
    Falcons coach Dan Quinn said RBs Tevin Coleman (hamstring) and Devonta Freeman (hamstring) are game-time decisions for Friday night's game against the Jets.

    Advice: Both players returned to practice on Monday after lengthy absences. Holding them out of the second preseason game would be the safe call, but the Falcons need to see what each player can do on the field. Without much time left to separate themselves in the competition, Freeman and Coleman will likely open the season in a timeshare. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.31 (69th)
     
  • Funchess (hamstring) will miss preseason game
    Panthers rookie WR Devin Funchess (hamstring) will not play in the second preseason game.

    Advice: Funchess had a big wrap around his leg at practice on Thursday. Coach Ron Rivera did not sound too concerned about the injury, but the Panthers need to get Funchess all the reps he can handle following Kelvin Benjamin's season-ending knee injury. Funchess could be back in practice on Monday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.79 (145th)
     
  • Palmer: CJ?K a 'really, really good fit'
    Carson Palmer called newly-signed RB Chris Johnson a "really, really good fit" for the Cardinals' offense.

    Advice: "This is the kind of scheme that he can get put in certain situations where he has a mismatch," Palmer said. "We have a bunch of guys outside you’ve got to worry about and you’ve got to worry about him splitting the gap and taking it all the way." Palmer may be giving the aging Johnson too much big-play credit. Johnson has just nine runs of 20-plus yards the last two seasons and has zero of more than 50 yards. Still, this is another indication Johnson will be given a real shot to earn carries in the Cardinals' backfield. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Devin Funchess gets bump post-Benjamin
    Rookie Devin Funchess' fantasy stock is on the rise after the Panthers lost Kelvin Benjamin to a torn ACL.

    Advice: We wouldn't bet against GM Dave Gettleman exploring the trade market, but for now Funchess is locked into essentially the same role Benjamin played last year. He'll have to sink or swim as Carolina's go-to receiver, with only Jerricho Cotchery, Corey/Philly Brown, and Ted Ginn as legitimate complementary options. A 12th- and 13th-round pick to this point, don't be surprised if Funchess' fantasy Average Draft Position begins to creep into the single-digit rounds. Greg Olsen also should benefit with more targets. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:47 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.79 (145th)
     
  • Arians indicates RB job open to competition
    Coach Bruce Arians "left open the possibility" that Chris Johnson could emerge as the Cardinals' "featured tailback."

    Advice: Arians also suggested Johnson could play himself off the roster, but he certainly sounds open to utilizing Johnson heavily if it's warranted. "If he wins it," said Arians, referring to Arizona's starting job. "I'm open to anything once you win it." Arians is planning on a truly merit-based backfield distribution, and stopped short Tuesday when given an opportunity to anoint Andre Ellington the Cardinals' starter. The Cardinals also got SPARQy third-round pick David Johnson back into the mix at Tuesday's practice. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Post-MRI, LeSean McCoy to be ready Week 1
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is expected to be ready for Week 1 against the Colts.

    Advice: McCoy badly pulled his left hamstring in Tuesday's practice, requiring an MRI. There was concern McCoy would have a lengthy absence, but the test results came back clean for the most part, and McCoy is merely week-to-week and in no real danger of missing regular-season action. It's highly unlikely we'll see him the rest of the preseason. Injuries have become a slight concern for McCoy, as he's also dealt with recent toe issues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:07 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.52 (32nd)
     
  • LeSean McCoy going for MRI on left hamstring
    LeSean McCoy has been diagnosed with a left hamstring injury, and will undergo an MRI.

    Advice: Coach Rex Ryan did intone that McCoy's hamstring is "intact." As in, not off the bone. Either way, a multi-week absence is not off the table, and McCoy must be considered questionable for Week 1. He can safely be ruled out for the rest of the preseason. The next men up are Fred Jackson (hamstring) and Karlos Williams (illness), though both are sidelined. If there's good news, it's that the Bills expect Williams to be ready for Week 1. We should get a better idea of McCoy's timetable in the next 48 hours. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:49 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.52 (32nd)
     
  • LeSean McCoy limps off with left leg issue
    LeSean McCoy departed Tuesday's practice with a left leg injury.

    Advice: McCoy remained down on the field for several moments before limping to the locker room. A team already missing Fred Jackson (hamstring), Karlos Williams (illness), Anthony Dixon (calf) and Bryce Brown (hamstring) can't afford anything more than a day-to-day injury from its bell-cow back. The Bills will finish Tuesday's practice with Bronson Hill and Ricky Seale as their only healthy runners. McCoy can be safely ruled out for Thursday's game against the Lions. His status will be updated some time in the next 24 hours. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:12 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.52 (32nd)
     
  • Terrelle Pryor aggravates hamstring injury
    Browns WR Terrelle Pryor aggravated his hamstring injury, and is questionable for Thursday's preseason game.

    Advice: Pryor was the early buzz of Browns camp, but has now barely practiced over the past two weeks. He missed the preseason opener, and will almost certainly sit against the Bills on Thursday. Pryor has special athleticism, but he's missing precious reps as he switches positions. He appears poised to crack the Browns' 53-man roster, but it can't be considered a lock until he returns and stays on the field. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:59 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.61 (2679th)
     
  • Bears aren't concerned about Jeffery's status
    The Bears aren't concerned about Alshon Jeffery's (calf) status for Week 1.

    Advice: "He has a mild calf strain," GM Ryan Pace said. "We don’t anticipate that (he'll) miss (Week 1)." Pace essentially ruled Jeffery out for this weekend's preseason game, but there's zero reason to doubt his status for the opener. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:11 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.61 (43rd)
     
  • Cardinals aren't promising CJ?K roster spot
    Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says Chris Johnson hasn't been promised a roster spot, and that his role will be determined by how he fares in the preseason.

    Advice: The Cardinals' website expects CJ?K to be a "part of the rotation" at running back, but the ever-blunt Arians isn't willing to issue any public assurances. However, Arians also allowed for any possibility, including Johnson earning No. 1 duties. Johnson's 2014 play certainly doesn't warrant an automatic roster spot, but Andre Ellington's fragility and David Johnson's rawness means CJ will almost certainly make the team. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Alshon Jeffery expected to sit out Saturday
    Alshon Jeffery (calf) is expected to sit out the Bears' second preseason game on Saturday.

    Advice: Jeffery is traveling with the team, but the Bears have zero reason to risk their No. 1 wideout's health. Jeffery has shed his walking boot and crutches, and could return to practice some time in the next 7-10 days. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:01 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.61 (43rd)
     
  • Chris Johnson to be 'part of rotation' in AZ
    The Cardinals' website expects Chris Johnson to be "part of the rotation" in Arizona's backfield.

    Advice: Beat writer Darren Urban confirms Andre Ellington remains the "starter," but expects the Cards to keep five running backs. They'll be Ellington, Chris and David Johnson, short-yardage back Robert Hughes, and possibly Kerwynn Williams (or Stepfan Taylor). Urban did not guess at the carry distribution, but the Johnsons are clear and present threats to Ellington's workload. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:01 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Johnson's contact for the veteran mininmum
    Chris Johnson's new deal with the Cardinals is worth $870,000.

    Advice: Johnson has to rush for 1,300 yards and make the Pro Bowl to reach the $2 million number quoted at signing. Johnson has not done either of those things since 2010. With no signing bonus and only $400,000 guaranteed, this is a low risk contract for the Cardinals. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:53 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Cardinals sign Chris Johnson to one-year deal
    Cardinals agreed to terms with RB Chris Johnson to a one-year, $2 million contract.

    Advice: Johnson, who turns 30 in September, spent 2014 with the Jets, piling up 663 yards and one touchdown on 155 carries (4.28 YPC). He caught 24 passes while operating as New York's No. 2 back behind Chris Ivory. While Johnson has been an offense-killing boom-or-bust runner for years, his presence on Arizona's roster most certainly poses a threat to Andre Ellington's workload, as well as third-round pick David Johnson's rookie-year usage. Johnson is not an overly compelling fantasy target on his own, but it was quite clear Ellington is not build to handle heavy volume last season. If Johnson has anything left, he could turn this running back rotation into a fantasy-value-draining two- or three-man ordeal. Rotoworld.com Aug 17, 3:36 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Chris Johnson passes physical with Cardinals
    ESPN's Josina Anderson reports free agent Chris Johnson passed his physical with the Cardinals.

    Advice: Johnson is expected to work out in front of coaches and scouts now that he's been cleared medically. Johnson was shot in a drive-by shooting early in the offseason. He would pose a threat to Andre Ellington's touches in Arizona. No NFL team is going to sign Johnson to severe as strictly "depth." Rotoworld.com Aug 17, 1:21 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.25 (1981st)
     
  • Ameer Abdullah still listed as No. 2 back
    Ameer Abdullah remains the No. 2 back on the Lions' unofficial depth chart.

    Advice: That's behind Theo Riddick, not Joique Bell. Bell isn't listed as he continues to rehab Achilles' and knee issues. Reporter Dave Birkett calls the listing "meaningless," as there's little doubt Abdullah is ahead of Riddick in the backfield pecking order. The Lions are simply making a rookie earn his keep. Rotoworld.com Aug 17, 11:24 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.83 (104th)
     
  • Coleman and Freeman back at Falcons practice
    Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (hamstring) returned to practice on Monday.

    Advice: Coleman has been sidelined since August 5. Devonta Freeman (hamstring) is also suited up for Monday's practice. Both will likely be limited, but it is a boost for the Falcons' banged-up running back corps. Rotoworld.com Aug 17, 7:19 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.31 (69th)
     
  • Alshon Jeffery (calf) out of walking boot
    Alshon Jeffery (calf) has shed his walking book and is no longer using crutches.

    Advice: Jeffery is still not practicing, but this is a step in the right direction. GM Ryan Pace has insisted Jeffery's injury is not a long-term concern. With Kevin White (shin) perhaps done for the year, the Bears will likely take it easy with their No. 1 receiver. Rotoworld.com Aug 17, 6:37 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.61 (43rd)
     
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