Player Notes

  • Sammie Coates is behind Darrius Heyward-Bey
    The Steelers are not expected to turn to third-round pick Sammie Coates for a prominent role during Martavis Bryant's suspension.

    Advice: Both Ben Roethlisberger and coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that the Steelers are counting on special teamer Darrius Heyward-Bey to "pick up the slack," and not Coates. Coates has generally looked lost this preseason, and could end up an early-season game-day scratch even with Bryant serving a four-game ban. As for the Steelers, it seems more likely they'll use more two-tight end sets than lean heavily on Heyward-Bey in the passing game. 49 minutes ago
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  • Joseph Randle to see 10-15 carries per game?
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram suggests Joseph Randle may open the season handling 10-15 carries per game "with (Darren) McFadden slightly below that."

    Advice: "At the end of the day, we’re both going to get carries however they decide to play it out," said McFadden. Both backs seem resigned to the fact that the Cowboys are committed to a running back by committee. Beat writer Drew Davison confirms none of Dallas' backs "has done enough to separate themselves from the pack." McFadden is shaping up as a dicey flex play to begin the year, while Randle will be toward the back end of RB2s. Lance Dunbar will eat into both players' production in the passing game, further muddying the situation. Today, 2:57 pm
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  • Cardinals to give CJ2K 10-12 touches
    The Cardinals plan to give Chris Johnson "10 to 12 touches" in their preseason finale Thursday night.

    Advice: This may be Johnson's audition for a roster spot after he missed Arizona's last exhibition game with a hamstring injury. Andre Ellington and David Johnson are healthy, and the latter in particular has shown well in August. Today, 2:44 pm
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  • Manziel describes elbow injury as tendinitis
    Johnny Manziel describes his elbow injury as "tendinitis," and says it's something he's dealt with since his freshman year of college.

    Advice: Manziel also reveals he received a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, but that the famed orthopedic surgeon didn't recommend surgery. Both Manziel and coach Mike Pettine expect him to be ready to back up Josh McCown in Week 1. Today, 1:56 pm
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  • Bears claim QB Zac Dysert off waivers
    Bears claimed QB Zac Dysert off waivers from the Broncos.

    Advice: Dysert played for coach John Fox and OC Adam Gase in Denver, but spent 2014 on the practice squad. He's insurance against backup Jimmy Clausen's concussion. Today, 1:50 pm
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  • Maxx Williams will be ready for Week 1
    Ravens TE Maxx Williams (undisclosed) will be ready for Week 1.

    Advice: Williams missed last weekend's regular season dress rehearsal. "He's practicing, so he should be there for Denver," coach John Harbaugh said. "We just want to protect him from the bumps." Williams has had an unimpressive summer, but his potential role puts him on the TE2 radar. Today, 1:37 pm
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  • Kenny Bell dealing with hamstring issue
    Bucs rookie WR Kenny Bell is dealing with a hamstring injury.

    Advice: Bell has been sidelined since Friday. Bell expressed optimism about testing the hamstring out in practice on Tuesday, but coach Lovie Smith shot it down, saying "You don't come back from hamstring injuries that quick." A fifth-rounder out of Nebraska, Bell is battling Louis Murphy for snaps behind Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. Today, 1:14 pm
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  • Chiefs cut ties with WR Junior Hemingway
    Chiefs waived/injured WR Junior Hemingway.

    Advice: He will revert to injured reserve if he passes through waivers. A 2012 seventh-round pick, Hemingway has never established himself in Kansas City's underwhelming receiver corps. He has recorded 25 catches across 31 games in three years with the Chiefs. Kansas City also waived OL Tavon Rooks, placed QB Tyler Bray on the reserve/NFI list and placed LB Justin March on injured reserve. Today, 1:06 pm
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  • Case Keenum to be Nick Foles' backup
    Case Keenum will be the Rams' No. 2 quarterback.

    Advice: Keenum has beaten out Austin Davis for the right to back up Nick Foles. With the Rams using (wasting?) a third-round pick on Sean Mannion, Davis will probably be waived. Keenum has some raw playmaking ability, but is prone to streaks of wildness/total ineffectiveness. He's a second-tier backup. Today, 12:42 pm
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  • Carroll: We're not signing F-Jax yet
    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called Fred Jackson's visit "not a signing."

    Advice: It sounds like the Seahawks were merely kicking the tires/updating their emergency list. No. 2 back Robert Turbin is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, and F-Jax would be a readymade replacement were Turbin unavailable for Week 1. Today, 12:37 pm
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  • Cowboys waive seven players
    Cowboys waived TE Brandon Barden, WR David Porter, WR Antwan Goodley, LB Jonathan Brown, DE Kenneth Boatright, OT R.J Dill and RB Michael Hill.

    Advice: Boatright, Dill and Hill were waived/injured, and will revert to injured reserve once they clear waivers. Barden's lone three regular season appearances came in 2012. Today, 12:28 pm
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  • Justin Hunter expected to play on Thursday
    Titans WR Justin Hunter is expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale.

    Advice: It's confirmation that he's nowhere near the first-team offense. Hunter's roster spot doesn't appear to be in danger, but he's not going to be a factor in the Titans' offense any time soon. Today, 11:19 am
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  • Titans RB Cobb (calf) in a walking boot
    Titans RB David Cobb (calf) is in a walking boot, and remains week to week.

    Advice: Cobb is looking might shaky for Week 1. At this point, he's just an RB4/5 stash in re-draft leagues. Today, 11:15 am
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  • Rex: Dan Carpenter 'needs to kick better'
    Speaking Tuesday, Bills coach Rex Ryan said K Dan Carpenter "needs to kick better."

    Advice: Carpenter converted 34-of-38 field goal attempts in 2014, but is just 2-of-4 this summer. He's also missed an extra point. Carpenter's Week 1 roster spot is secure, but he can't afford a slow start. The Bills are keeping Jordan Gay as a kickoff specialist. Today, 11:00 am
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  • Funchess (hamstring) able to practice Tuesday
    Panthers rookie WR Devin Funchess (hamstring) practiced on Tuesday.

    Advice: There was some concern after Funchess aggravated his hamstring injury in practice Monday, but he appears to be fine. Funchess could play in the fourth preseason game. Today, 8:48 am
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  • Titans get roster down to 75 players
    Titans waived/released TE Tevin Westbrook, DT Toby Johnson and S Josh Aubrey.

    Advice: Tennessee also placed WR Andrew Turzilli (ankle) and LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (hamstring) on injured reserve. These moves put the Titans' at the 75-man roster limit. Today, 8:17 am
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  • Matt Barkley will start fourth preseason game
    Eagles QB Matt Barkley will start the team's fourth preseason game.

    Advice: This suggests Barkley is ahead of Tim Tebow in the battle for the third quarterback spot, but coach Chip Kelly may think Tebow's versatility makes him more valuable. Barkley could help his trade value with a good showing. Today, 7:49 am
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  • Panthers release WR Jarrett Boykin
    Panthers released WR Jarrett Boykin.

    Advice: The acquisition of Kevin Norwood from Seattle on Monday likely sealed his fate. Boykin caught 49 passes with the Packers in 2013 but has struggled to find playing time since. Being cut by a receiver-needy team like the Panthers is not a great sign for his NFL future. Carolina also cut S Robert Lester. Today, 6:49 am
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  • Montee Ball squarely on the roster bubble
    9 News Denver's Mike Klis does not believe Broncos RB Montee Ball will make the final roster.

    Advice: Ball has been steadily falling down the depth chart all offseason and played behind Juwan Thompson in the third preseason game. Ball should get one more shot in the fourth preseason game to show his worth, but right now his job is anything but secure. Today, 6:36 am
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  • Joique Bell remains Lions' No. 1 running back
    MLive's Kyle Meinke said, "Joique Bell remains the Lions' No. 1 tailback — for now, at least."

    Advice: The for now is important. Bell struggled at the beginning of last season after an unhealthy offseason, and a similar start could see Bell fall behind Ameer Abdullah in the pecking order. For now, though, he still projects as the Week 1 starter in Detroit. Fantasy favorite Zach Zenner is well down the depth chart. Today, 5:19 am
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