Player Notes

  • Seahawks shopping RB Christine Michael
    CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported the Seahawks are shopping RB Christine Michael.

    Advice: With Fred Jackson now in the fold and promising rookie Thomas Rawls behind him on the depth chart, Michael is likely viewed as expendable. Inconsistency has always been Michael's modus operandi, and he reportedly was struggling with the same issues in training camp this year. Michael has a ton of natural ability, however, and would be an excellent pickup for a backfield lacking top-end talent. Dallas would be an interesting option. Today, 7:02 pm
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  • Christian Ponder beaten out by Matt McGloin
    Raiders will release QB Christian Ponder.

    Advice: Signed to a one-year, $2.25 million deal in the offseason, Ponder's history with new Raiders OC Bill Musgrave couldn't save him from the chopping block. He was soundly outplayed by Matt McGloin in the preseason. The 12th overall pick in the 2011 draft, 27-year-old Ponder's tendency to play scared and drop his eyes under duress has him on the verge of falling out of the NFL. Today, 6:32 pm
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  • Chargers cut ties with WR Austin Pettis
    Chargers released WR Austin Pettis.

    Advice: Pettis is a big possession receiver who has averaged over 10-yards per reception just once in his four-year career. He could catch on with a receiver-needy team like the Panthers, but he is unlikely to make any fantasy noise this season. Today, 5:28 pm
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  • Murphy could be used in Sproles-like role?
    The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Larry Holder said he gets the "sense" Saints coach Sean Payton would be comfortable using rookie RB Marcus Murphy in the Darren Sproles role.

    Advice: Sproles recorded over 70 catches in all three years in New Orleans and averaged 140 touches a season. C.J Spiller is expected to fill that role in the Saints' offense this year, but his status for Week 1 is murky following a knee scope on August 14. Murphy is not worth an add yet, but he is a name to follow in deeper PPR leagues if Spiller is unable to get healthy. Today, 5:00 pm
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  • Karlos Williams says he'll be ready for Wk 1
    Karlos Williams (undisclosed operation) says he'll "most definitely" be ready for Week 1.

    Advice: "Definitely on special teams, try to work myself into the rotation as the week goes on," Williams said. "Try to get in there for the first game next week." Williams also described the accident that led to his surgery as "freak" and "delicate." Williams is in the driver's seat for No. 2 duties, but would be a part of a Week 1 committee were LeSean McCoy (hamstring) not ready. Today, 4:07 pm
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  • Cardinals sticking with K Chandler Catanzaro
    Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he is sticking with K Chandler Catanzaro.

    Advice: "No, I’m not concerned about [Catanzaro] and extra points so don’t worry. Don’t even give that question," Arians said. The second-year kicker missed two extra points in the team's final exhibition game and has missed 3-of-8 field goal attempts this preseason. He converted 29-of-33 his rookie year, however, including a 14-for-14 start. He should bounce back in the regular season. Today, 3:05 pm
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  • No update on Victor Cruz's (calf) status
    Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he does not know when Victor Cruz (calf) will resume practicing.

    Advice: Cruz is "very much in doubt" for Week 1 after missing much of the preseason with inflammation in his calf. He is also coming off a devastating knee injury. Rueben Randle would handle No. 2 duties if Cruz is unable to go. Today, 2:36 pm
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  • Ryan Lindley among Patriots cuts
    Patriots waived QB Ryan Lindley.

    Advice: Lindley is no longer needed with Tom Brady's suspension lifted. The Patriots will carry only two quarterbacks. Today, 2:27 pm
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  • Patriots waive several
    Patriots waived WRs DaVaris Daniels and Zach D'Orazio, RB Tony Creecy, OG Ryan Groy, TE Jake Bequette, OL Caylin Hauptmann, OT Chris Martin, LB James Morris, and DLs Casey Walker and A.J. Pataiali'i.

    Advice: Bequette was released with an injury settlement, making him a free agent. Daniels was recently claimed by the Patriots off waivers from the Vikings, but ostensibly only to serve as a short-term practice body at the end of camp. Today, 2:23 pm
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  • Brandon Bostick works out for Jets
    Free agent TE Brandon Bostick worked out for the Jets.

    Advice: Bostick didn't make it past first-round cuts with Minnesota, catching just one pass in three preseason games. The Jets need tight end depth with Jace Amaro (shoulder surgery) out for the year. Bostick could give OC Chan Gailey an H-back behind Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Davis. Today, 2:22 pm
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  • Jaguars waive TE Koyack
    Jaguars waived TE Ben Koyack.

    Advice: A seventh-round pick out of Notre Dame, Koyack made no noise during his roughly-four months on the roster. He might be a practice squad candidate. Today, 2:18 pm
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  • Cowboys waive RB Gus Johnson
    Cowboys waived RB Gus Johnson.

    Advice: The Houston Chronicle reports the Cowboys would like to stash Johnson on the practice squad. An undrafted rookie out of small-school Stephen F. Austin, Johnson rushed 37 times for 139 yards (3.75 YPC) and two touchdowns this preseason. Johnson isn't a flashy runner. He'll be a two-down grinder if he ever cracks a 53-man roster. Today, 12:54 pm
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  • Report: Cowboys not talking Montee Ball trade
    The Fort Worth-Star Telegram reports the Cowboys could have interest in Montee Ball if he's released.

    Advice: The Cowboys should be smart enough to know Ball is very likely to be waived by the Broncos, whereafter they could acquire him without giving up a draft pick. The Cowboys are not interested in parting with compensation to acquire Ball. Ball remains likely to end up on another team's roster by Monday. Today, 12:15 pm
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  • Bucs send fifth-rounder Kenny Bell to I.R.
    Bucs placed WR Kenny Bell on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season.

    Advice: It's a bitter disappointment for a day-three pick who entered the league on a wave of momentum. Nebraska's all-time leading receiver, Bell tore up the Combine, and had an inside track on No. 3 duties. He missed the Bucs' final two preseason games, however, and wasn't shining in practice. Now set to "redshirt" his rookie year, Bell won't be guaranteed a roster spot in 2016. Today, 11:53 am
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  • Tom Savage suffers 'severe' shoulder sprain
    Texans third-string QB Tom Savage suffered a "severe" right shoulder sprain in Thursday night's preseason finale.

    Advice: It's actually good news because the initial fears were Savage might have broken his collarbone or separated his throwing shoulder. Savage is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks. He's behind Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett in Houston. Today, 11:10 am
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  • Cowboys waive RB Ben Malena
    Cowboys waived RB Ben Malena.

    Advice: A second-year UDFA out of Texas A&M, Malena had a nice preseason, but couldn't crack the Cowboys' sorry running back corps. It's a sign he doesn't have much of an NFL future, though perhaps he'll land on the practice squad. Today, 10:49 am
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  • Bills waive QB Matt Simms
    Bills waived QB Matt Simms.

    Advice: Simms never had a legitimate chance to make the team and he solidified his release with a god-awful backwards pass/fumble in the preseason finale. Today, 10:26 am
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  • Texans waive rookie RB Kenny Hilliard
    Texans waived RB Kenny Hilliard.

    Advice: Hilliard was the 235th pick in May's draft. He wasn't able to leap any of Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes, or Chris Polk on the depth chart but could resurface on the practice squad. Hilliard averaged just 2.3 YPC on 48 preseason totes. Today, 10:00 am
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  • Dolphins rookie RB Jay Ajayi has cracked rib
    Dolphins rookie RB Jay Ajayi suffered a cracked rib in Thursday night's preseason finale.

    Advice: Ajayi can't stay off the trainer's table this summer after missing a large part of the beginning of training camp and the first two preseason games with a hamstring injury. The fifth-round rookie finished the exhibition season with 91 yards on 16 carries (5.6 YPC), displaying the running ability that had draftniks pegging him as a second-rounder. It's possible Ajayi goes to I.R. Today, 6:10 am
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  • Jarryd Hayne totals 75 yards versus Bolts
    49ers RB/PR Jarryd Hayne rushed 10 times for 58 yards in Thursday's preseason finale, adding two catches for an additional 17 yards.

    Advice: The ex-rugby player made one of the plays of the game when he used the big-hit stick on Bolts DB Lowell Rose at the end of a 12-yard reception. Hayne was signed to primarily contribute on special teams, but he wraps up the preseason with 25 carries for 175 yards (7.00 YPC). Adept at making the first defender miss, Hayne's 53-man roster odds are looking mighty good. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
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