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Recent Player Notes

  • Tue, Sep 2Recent News
    • The Houston Chronicle doesn't expect Ryan Mallett to challenge for the Texans' starting job anytime soon.
      Advice: Per beat writer Brian Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick is "locked in" as coach Bill O'Brien's starter. Mallett is being brought to Houston as a quarterback with familiarity of the offense. We don't doubt that Fitzpatrick is the guy for right now, but once he struggles, because he certainly will, the Mallett chants will begin.
      More: Houston Chronicle
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Sun, Aug 31
    • Texans acquired QB Ryan Mallett from the Patriots in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2016.
      Advice: The "compensation" is as close to nothing as the Texans could have sent. Seemingly on the block since the day he arrived in New England in 2011, Mallett has been heavily connected to the Texans since they named former Pats OC Bill O'Brien head coach. Mallett adds more depth to the Texans' uninspiring trio of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and Tom Savage, but isn't an obvious upgrade. His acquisition should mean Keenum is sent packing. Despite his inexplicable name recognition, we wouldn't count on Mallett starting any games. He's attempted only four regular-season passes, and has never stood out in exhibition action.
      More: Ian Rapoport on Twitter
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Sat, Aug 30
    • Ryan Mallett has made the Patriots' 53-man roster.
      Advice: The Patriots think of enough of Mallett to carry three quarterbacks for now. The 2011 third-rounder, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, remains on the trade block.
      More: Tom Curran on Twitter
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Mon, Aug 25
    • The Patriots are expected to hold Ryan Mallett out of Thursday's preseason finale as opportunities around the NFL become available.
      Advice: The Patriots are still holding out hope that they can get something in a trade for Mallett, who is entering the final year of his contract. It remains unlikely, even with Sam Bradford (knee) going down and Cam Newton (ribs) slightly iffy for Week 1. If teams are interested in Mallett, they know he'll likely be on waivers soon. Second-round rookie Jimmy Garoppolo will start Thursday.
      More: Ian Rapoport on Twitter
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Mon, Sep 1Recent News
    • Wes Welker (concussion) is participating in Monday's practice.
      Advice: Welker was spotted in his helmet and doing non-contact individual drills with his teammates. As long as he emerges from this workout without symptoms and passes a few more tests, he'll be cleared for full-contact practice by Wednesday or Thursday. That would put Welker on track to play in Sunday night's showdown against the Colts despite suffering three concussions in his last 10 games.
      More: Lindsay Jones on Twitter
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Sat, Aug 30
    • Wes Welker (concussion) remains in the concussion protocol for now.
      Advice: Welker was cleared for flying and exercise last week, but not contact. He'll increase his activity on Monday, with the hopes of participating in the non-contact part of practice. The next step would be full clearance for contact and the Week 1 game against the Colts. Welker remains on track to clear these benchmarks.
      More: ESPN.com
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Thu, Aug 28
    • Wes Welker (concussion) was spotted warming up on the field before Thursday's preseason finale at Dallas.
      Advice: Obviously, it's a fantastic sign that Welker was cleared to be on the team flight and get some on-field work in prior to the game. He still has a series of tests to pass before full clearance, but he's on the right track. The Broncos open up against the Colts on Sunday Night Football Sept. 7.
      More: Jeff Legwold on Twitter
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Wed, Aug 27
    • Wes Welker (concussion) has been cleared to travel with the Broncos to their preseason finale, but he has yet to be cleared to play.
      Advice: Welker is making his way through the league's protocol at a rapid pace. He's already exercising, but can't yet take on contact in practice. Welker has 11 days to gain clearance for the Broncos' Week 1 opener two Sundays from now.
      More: Denver Post
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Tue, Aug 26
    • Coach John Fox said Wes Welker is doing "fantastic" in the concussion protocol.
      Advice: Oftentimes, players with a history of concussions have trouble progressing quickly through the league's protocols. That doesn't appear to be the case with Welker even though this is his third concussion in the last nine months. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says there's a "lot of optimism from the team," essentially confirming that Welker has no intention of retiring and is on track to make a speedy return. We still like Cody Latimer as a late-round stash -- he has more real-life upside than Andre Caldwell and Welker is a poor bet to make it through the season.
      More: Ian Rapoport on Twitter
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Mon, Aug 25
    • Wes Welker isn't considering retirement after his latest concussion.
      Advice: "That's not been brought up at all," coach John Fox said. Now 33, Welker has suffered three concussions in two years with the Broncos, but is making $6 million between salary and bonuses this season. He won't be hanging up his cleats. We're still wary of selecting Welker before the sixth or seventh round of a 12-team fantasy draft. The Broncos may have to consider scaling back his role.
      More: Jeff Legwold on Twitter
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Sun, Aug 24
    • The Denver Post's Mike Klis believes Wes Welker (concussion) will play in Week 1 against the Colts.
      Advice: Klis notes that Week 1 is still two weeks away, and Welker's special "concussion" helmet "helped absorb" the blow he took from Texans S D.J. Swearinger. We saw Sanders begin to go in the fifth, fourth, and even third rounds of fantasy drafts Sunday as folks presumably assumed Welker wouldn't play this year. Longtime Broncos beat writer Klis disagrees. Welker remains a player to shy away from in the early rounds of drafts, but could actually turn out to be a pretty nice value if he emerges from this latest scare with a clear head.
      More: Mike Klis on Twitter
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Sat, Aug 23
    • Wes Welker took a shot to the head from Texans S D.J. Swearinger late in the first half of Saturday's preseason game.
      Advice: The trash-talking Swearinger lowered his shoulder and connected with Welker's head after a catch over the middle. The play drew a 15-yard penalty. Welker was able to pop right up, but trainers immediately escorted him to the locker room for concussion tests. Of course, Welker has a long history of concussions and another one would almost certainly result in a multi-week absence. It's a scary situation for the Broncos.
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Mon, Sep 1Recent News
    • Panthers coach Ron Rivera remains "confident" Cam Newton (ribs) will be ready for Sunday's opener.
      Advice: Newton will wear a flak jacket against the Bucs. It's something Michael Vick and Tony Romo, among others, have done before at quarterback. Newton's reps should be limited in practice this week, but he'll be ready to rock versus Tampa.
      More: Steve Reed on Twitter
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Wed, Aug 27
    • Both coach Ron Rivera and Cam Newton said there's "no doubt" he'll play Week 1 despite a rib injury.
      Advice: Newton has hairline fractures in a few of his ribs, but quarterbacks regularly play through this injury. It's typically a question of pain management. We'll know more on Newton next week when the Panthers begin official preparations for the Bucs, but he's safe to pen into lineups. Rivera said the zone-read will still be in play despite Cam's injury.
      More: Joe Person on Twitter
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Mon, Aug 25
    • Cam Newton (ribs) didn't practice Monday, but "appeared to be walking better."
      Advice: The Panthers have already said they don't expect to know Newton's Week 1 availability until next week, so it's possible he remains sidelined through the weekend. We still expect him to ultimately be cleared, but it wouldn't be surprising if Newton is held off the practice field until Wednesday of Week 1.
      More: Steve Reed on Twitter
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Sun, Aug 24
    • The Panthers don't expect to know Cam Newton's (rib) Week 1 availability until next week.
      Advice: Newton has a hairline rib fracture in his back region. "We'll treat him day by day and evaluate him at the end of the week and see how he is," Rivera said. "We expect him to get past the soreness in the next few days and then be able to do a lot more as the days go." Newton's ability to play will come down to "pain management." We suspect he'll be out there Week 1 at Tampa, but perhaps with fewer designed runs in the playbook.
      More: Charlotte Observer
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Sat, Aug 23
    • Cam Newton will play in the Panthers' fourth preseason game.
      Advice: Starters are usually rested in the fourth contest, but Newton and the Panthers' offense have struggled to move the ball this preseason. "It was very evident that we've got to get him out there," coach Ron Rivera said. "We've got to get our quarterback out on the field, and he's got to get some timing with those guys." Newton suffered a back contusion Friday night, but appears fine.
      More: Black and Blue Review
      (Rotoworld.com)

NFL Roster Changes

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Aug 22 Added
Aug 21
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Aug 21 Added
Aug 21 Added
Aug 19 Added
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Aug 18 Added
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Injury Reports

Player Injury Status Depth Chart
Wes Welker (Den - WR) Q Den
Chris Polk (Phi - RB) Q Phi
Kenny Stills (NO - WR) Q NO
Bernard Pierce (Bal - RB) Q Bal
Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE) Q NE