Player Notes

  • Moncrief (shoulder) not cleared for contact
    Donte Moncrief (shoulder) has been wearing a non-contact jersey at practice.

    Advice: Moncrief has been playing through a sprained AC joint the last few weeks and was held out of the Colts' second preseason game. It's a concern given his shoulder issues date back to last year, but Moncrief should be ready for Week 1. Today, 3:30 pm
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  • Jordan Matthews back doing individual drills
    Jordan Matthews (chest) returned to individual drills on Wednesday.

    Advice: Matthews has been out a little over a week after suffering a "chip fracture" in his sternum in his first practice with the team. He probably won't play in the third preseason game, but this puts Matthews well on track for Week 1. Today, 10:16 am
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  • Chester Rogers out with hamstring injury
    Chester Rogers has been sidelined since August 16 with a hamstring injury.

    Advice: He pulled up lame while running a route in individual drills at practice last week. Rogers was viewed as the favorite for No. 3 duties early in camp, but it's hard to win that job when not on the field. Phillip Dorsett has been handling that role in the meantime. Kamar Aiken has had a quiet summer. Today, 8:51 am
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  • Jets release WR Marquess Wilson
    Jets released WR Marquess Wilson.

    Advice: TE Brandon Barnes was signed to take his roster spot. Wilson was the most veteran receiver on the Jets' roster but always faced long odds to make the team. Today, 7:54 am
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  • Allen Hurns on trade block in Jacksonville?
    The Florida Times Union's Ryan O'Halloran "guesses" the Jaguars are shopping Allen Hurns on the trade block.

    Advice: Hurns has yet to play this preseason despite being relatively healthy. He missed a bunch of action last season due to a severe hamstring strain. GM Dave Caldwell just signed Hurns to a "five-year, $40.6 million" deal last June, but he appears to already be falling out of favor with guys like Marqise Lee playing well last season and rookie Dede Westbrook impressing this summer. Hurns likely wouldn't fetch much in the trade department coming off a really down 2016. Today, 7:07 am
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  • OBJ 'could miss a week or two' of reg. season
    A source told ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan that it's "not out of the question" that Odell Beckham (ankle) "could miss a week or two of the regular season."

    Advice: That would seem to be a worst-case scenario. Beckham took a big hit to the leg in Monday's second preseason game. Although he looked fine jogging back to the locker room after the game, OBJ was reportedly "very sore" on Tuesday. (That happens when the adrenaline wears off the next day.) Beckham won't play the final two preseason games. Week 1 against Dallas is the goal. Today, 5:58 am
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  • Enunwa undergoes neck surgery Tuesday
    Quincy Enunwa underwent successful surgery to repair a bulging disc in his neck on Tuesday.

    Advice: The surgery comes with a 6-9 month recovery. Headed for free agency this offseason, it's uncertain what the future holds for Enunwa, who led the Jets with a career-best 857 receiving yards in 2016. Neck injuries are notoriously difficult to recover from. Yesterday, 2:31 pm
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  • Jaelen Strong to appeal marijuana suspension
    Jaelen Strong will appeal his one-game suspension for a 2016 marijuana arrest.

    Advice: A one-game ban is the usual punishment for a marijuana arrest. Strong was popped for weed possession in February of 2016 while driving with his college teammate and current Packers cornerback Damarious Randall. Strong admitted to police that the marijuana was his and agreed to a diversion program in order to avoid criminal charges. Strong's suspension would do little to help a receiving corps already plagued by injuries to DeAndre Hopkins (hand), Will Fuller (collarbone) and Braxton Miller (ankle). Yesterday, 2:28 pm
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  • Giants not worried about Marshall's shoulder
    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Giants aren't concerned about Brandon Marshall's shoulder injury.

    Advice: Rapsheet was told "he'll be fine" while adding that the Giants have "no worries." Marshall bowed out of Monday's preseason game with a shoulder issue but his X-rays came back negative. It looks like the G-Men dodged a couple of major injury bullets with Marshall and Odell Beckham both escaping Monday night's game with only minor ailments. Yesterday, 1:09 pm
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  • Julio Jones (foot) could play Saturday
    Julio Jones (foot) could see action in Saturday's preseason game against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Falcons have been taking things slow with Jones, who is coming off offseason foot surgery. He sat out the first two preseason games and Saturday will probably be his last chance to see the field as starters don't usually suit up for the final preseason game. Even if Jones can't get the green light for Saturday, he's in no danger of missing Week 1. Yesterday, 11:09 am
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  • Tyler Boyd will be Bengals' 2nd-best WR?
    The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr. expects sophomore Tyler Boyd to be the Bengals' second most productive wide receiver.

    Advice: With No. 9 overall pick John Ross in a limited role to start the season, Dehner thinks Brandon LaFell will get the official No. 2 designation, but he expects Boyd to be more productive. Ross' role is expected to grow as the season goes on, however, and A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert should dominate targets as long as they are healthy. Despite the positive news, Boyd is not a fantasy option in standard-sized leagues. Yesterday, 8:04 am
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  • John Ross will have limited early role
    The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr. expects No. 9 overall pick John Ross to have a limited role early in the season.

    Advice: Dehner expects the team to "create packages" for the speedster early while expanding his role as the season goes along. It is not surprising considering Ross sat out the entire offseason program and the first two-plus weeks of training camp. With Ross limited, Dehner expects sophomore Tyler Boyd to be the second most productive receiver behind A.J. Green. Yesterday, 8:00 am
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  • McDermott talks up WR Andre Holmes
    Bills coach Sean McDermott talked up WR Andre Holmes.

    Advice: "Like what Andre Holmes has done the past couple of weeks," McDermott said before praising Holmes' work in "the vertical game as well as physical game." Second-round rookie Zay Jones and Jordan Matthews should handle two-wide sets, but the No. 3 job is wide open following Anquan Boldin's retirement. With Rod Streater (leg) sidelined, Holmes has a good shot to win the job. Yesterday, 7:54 am
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  • Victor Cruz not working with the starters
    Victor Cruz did not play with the starters in the Bears' second preseason game.

    Advice: With Kendall Wright working as the first-team slot receiver, Cruz played deep into the fourth quarter and was limited to 18 snaps. That usage says he is on the wrong side of the roster bubble, although coach John Fox suggested he could get a bigger chance this week. Outside of Cameron Meredith, the Bears have nothing but question marks at receiver. Yesterday, 7:16 am
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  • John Brown (quad) back at Cardinals practice
    John Brown (quad) returned to Cardinals practice on Monday.

    Advice: As Brown must attend an upcoming funeral, he was able to practice today and will meet the Cardinals in Atlanta for their third preseason game. It's unclear whether Brown will get snaps in the regular season dress rehearsal, but it does finally look like he's progressing. He remains a risky double-digit-round pick. Monday, 2:02 pm
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  • Payton: Snead played late to up 'pitch count'
    Saints coach Sean Payton said Willie Snead played into the fourth quarter Sunday because he wanted to get the receiver more reps after missing some practice time with injury in camp.

    Advice: Payton told the same story about Coby Fleener. The reasoning makes sense, but it was still odd to see Snead playing at a time usually reserved for third stringers and camp bodies, especially after he was listed behind Ted Ginn on the unofficial depth chart. Snead remains the best fantasy bet behind Michael Thomas, but his usage Sunday raises at least some concern. Monday, 9:37 am
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  • Tajae Sharpe (foot) removed from PUP list
    Titans removed Tajae Sharpe (foot) from the active/PUP.

    Advice: It means Sharpe is now eligible to practice after sitting out the start of camp recovering from June foot surgery. The fifth-round sophomore could get some first-team run in practice with both Eric Decker (ankle) and Corey Davis (hamstring) sidelined, but he will at best be a reserve when everyone is healthy. Monday, 8:33 am
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  • DeAndre Hopkins sidelined with hand injury
    DeAndre Hopkins has not practiced since August 9 because of a hand injury.

    Advice: The injury is not believed to be serious, but it is slightly concerning Hopkins has now missed over a week of practice and a preseason game. Missing Monday's practice also suggests the receiver may not be ready for the "dress rehearsal" on Saturday. Hopkins still should be expected to return before Week 1, but this is a situation to monitor. Monday, 8:25 am
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  • Prescott says chemistry with Dez 'has grown'
    Dak Prescott said his "chemistry" with Dez Bryant "has grown" this offseason.

    Advice: "He's been a guy that his ears are wide open, wanting to know what I'm thinking," Prescott said. "It's just been back and forth of just talking and doing it out there on the field and it's only growing." The connection was on display in the second preseason game, with Dez hauling in two passes for 55 yards and an impressive touchdown. A yearly threat for double-digit scores, Dez is a back-end WR1. Monday, 7:34 am
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  • Mack Hollins 'very clearly' No. 4 receiver
    Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski believes fourth-rounder Mack Hollins is "very clearly" the Eagles' No. 4 receiver.

    Advice: Hollins was quiet this week, but he opened his career with four catches for 64 yards and an impressive catch-and-run touchdown in the first preseason game. That performance shows the kind of upside Hollins could provide if given the chance, and the three receivers ahead of him on the depth chart come with injury or performance question marks. Hollins is not worth drafting in redraft leagues at this point, but he is a name to watch and a great stash in Dynasty. Monday, 6:37 am
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