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Jeremy Hill, four other injured Bengals practice


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Five notable Bengals players practiced Tuesday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports: running back Jeremy Hill (shoulder), linebacker Sean Porter (knee), cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (hip), quarterback Jason Campbell (elbow) and offensive lineman Andre Smith (concussion protocol).


Browns might wait one more game to choose QB


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine, who originally planned to name a starting quarterback Tuesday, now seems inclined to wait until after the third preseason game. "If we do have to wait until after the next game, so be it," Pettine said, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Pettine said "there's not a lot of divide" among coaches on whether Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel should get the nod. The Browns host the Rams on Saturday in the third preseason game.


Colin Kaepernick describes 2013 foot injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick dealt with a significant foot injury last season that severely curtailed his running, according to the Sacramento Bee. In a Week 2 loss in Seattle, Kaepernick suffered a chipped bone on his forefoot and a ruptured capsule in the ball of his foot.

Kaepernick ran nine times for 87 yards against the Seahawks, then did not top 20 rushing yards again until Week 7. Coach Jim Harbaugh said the team did not call as many read-option plays because "we didn't want to see Colin get hit 12 times a game."

Kaepernick said the injury "was something that was always there. Never spoke about it, never said anything about it because you're a football player, you play through pain. Unless you're being carted off, you should be on the field. If it's something you can play through, that's what you do."


Mike Pettine: No decision yet on Week 1 starter


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine had planned to announce his Week 1 starting quarterback Tuesday, following Monday night's preseason game. But with Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel both struggling, Pettine said he has not made a decision.

"Neither guy really distinguished himself, and we’ll have to go back and study the tape and figure out who to go with," Pettine told Sports Illustrated. "I will lean on [offensive coordinator] Kyle Shanahan and [quarterback coach] Dowell Loggains quite a bit, because they’ve watched them every day."

Robert Griffin III knows he must improve at avoiding hits


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who rushed four times for 24 yards Monday night, acknowledged he must do a better job of avoiding hits at the end of his runs. On one play, he got hit twice near Cleveland's sideline.

"I got caught in an awkward situation on the first one and I tried to slide. It was a bad attempt at a slide," Griffin told USA Today. "And then on the sideline, on their sideline, I was just in a situation there where I thought I was going to be able to get out of bounds, and (a defender) was running out of bounds with (tight end) Jordan Reed, and he came back in, so I had to protect myself, so that's why I put my shoulder down. And then my third attempt was very successful. I got down and got out of harm's way."

While Griffin said his thigh bruise is "nothing to worry about," he said he has to improve the way he slides at the end of plays.

"It's going to continually be a work in progress," he told the paper. "I'm going to keep focusing on getting down in those situations, knowing when to fight for the extra yards and when not to," he said. "So the fans have nothing to worry about there. I'll keep getting better at that, I promise you that."

Coach Jay Gruden said it's an issue "we have to continue to talk to him about — how important he is to this team and this franchise. When he gets out of the pocket, he needs to protect himself. He's had a habit in his career of being able to get himself out of those predicaments with his speed and his athleticism. But here it's a 16-game season, with the great talent across the league in the NFL, (and) he's got to pick his shots and learn how to get down a little bit better."


Report: Shaky Matt Schaub still guaranteed to start opener


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub has shown a lack of arm stregnth through two preseason games. He's 11 of 20 for 115 yards and no touchdowns with an interception.

But according to NFL.com, rookie Derek Carr is not a threat to start the regular-season opener. Oakland coaches believe Schaub can be a solid starter despite his limitations, the report said.


Robert Griffin III suffers minor thigh bruise Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a minor thigh contusion in Monday's 24-23 win over the Browns, but head coach Jay Gruden said that he'll be fine, the Washington Post reports.

Griffin posted solid all-around numbers but took a number of hits in the game as he fought to extra yardage. The one time he was seen limping on the field was after a quarterback slide. The injury shouldn't affect his status for the next preseason game.


Brian Hoyer struggles Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer drew the start Monday and struggled in first-half action, completing just two of his six passes for 16 yards.

Hoyer could get nothing going on two first-quarter drives before yielding to Johnny Manziel, who also did nothing to separate himself in the race for the starting job. Hoyer was handed the ball next in the Redskins' red zone and managed to wrap two incompletions around a four-yard run by Ben Tate. He completed a 12-yard pass on his next drive only to see the receiver fumble the ball away. Hoyer likely still maintains a small lead in the QB competition, and though the coaching staff was expected to name a starter this week, head coach Mike Pettine may leave the battle open heading into next week's game.


Johnny Manziel leads second-half touchdown drive Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel went 7 for 16 for 65 yards and one passing touchdown in Monday's preseason game against the Redskins.

Manziel saw action with the first team in the first half and struggled, but he had an easier time moving the ball in the second half, eventually tossing an eight-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. He also displayed a lack of maturity by displaying an obscene gesture to the Redskins bench. Neither Manziel or Brian Hoyer separated himself Monday in the quest to earn the starting job.


Robert Griffin III throws for 112 yards on nine passes Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III went 6 for 9 with 112 passing yards while gaining 24 yards on four carries in Monday's preseason game against the Browns.

Griffin had the Redskins moving on the team's first drive, but the offense turned the ball over on a pitch that running back Alfred Morris couldn't handle. Griffin moved the ball with ease again on his second drive, at one point gaining 18 yards on a scramble, before throwing an interception in Cleveland territory. He received one more drive and took the ball all the way down to the one before the offense couldn't convert on fourth down at the goal line.

Griffin did a solid job in his first extended action of the preseason, though he was seen limping slightly at one point after a slide. He's aiming for a bounceback campaign in his second season back from surgery to repair his ACL and LCL.


Jason Campbell iffy with bruised elbow


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Bengals backup quarterback Jason Campbell threw the ball well in Monday's practice despite his bruised throwing elbow, reports the team's website. But it's unclear if Campbell will be able to play Sunday against Arizona.

Campbell missed the second preseason game and couldn't have played even if it had been a regular-season contest.


Derek Carr makes quick return from concussion


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr, who sustained a concussion in Friday's game against the Lions, was back at practice Monday wearing extra rib padding, reports NFL Network.

Jags on Blake Bortles: Nothing is set in stone


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said it's not set in stone that rookie quarterback Blake Bortles will spend this season watching veteran Chad Henne take the snaps. Bortles is enjoying an impressive preseason and finally got a chance to work with the first-string offense Monday.

"This fan base saw a quarterback get thrown to the wolves," Fisch told Sports Illustrated's Peter King, referring to Blaine Gabbert. "We don't need to force it. We never thought when we drafted [Bortles] we were taking him to play now. But nothing is set in stone. We're giving Blake every chance to make the decision super-hard for us."


Matt Cassel to start again Saturday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel will make his third straight preseason start Saturday at Kansas City, coach Mike Zimmer told reporters. The paper said it would be "extremely surprising" if Cassel doesn't start the regular-season opener Sept. 7 at St. Louis.

Cassel, who's competing with rookie Teddy Bridgewater, hit 12 of 16 throws for 153 yards and a touchdown and added 30 rushing yards in last Saturday's win over Arizona.


Drew Brees says he's still not 100 percent


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Saints quarterback Drew Brees returned to a full practice Sunday after nursing a strained oblique. He'll make his preseason debut Saturday at Indianapolis.

"I feel good," Brees said. "[Sunday] was my first day to kind of be full go. I’ve been taking it very slow, very deliberate – no use in rushing something that could get worse. So I wanted to make sure that it was all good. I’m still not 100 percent but I hope that by Saturday I am."


Drafting Kelvin Benjamin easier than drafting Cam Newton


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/18/2014) As it stands on Monday, Cam Newton has a draft average at 84th overall while Kelvin Benjamin's ADP is at 120th overall. Benjamin is the better bargain considering what we've seen from him this preseason, but Newton's value isn't exactly overhyped, either. I might rather wait to see if Newton falls in my draft before considering him as part of a QB platoon to kick off my season. 

Cam Newton bounces back from slow start in preseason debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (ankle) made his return to game action and led his team to two scoring drives during Sunday's preseason game at home against the Chiefs.

Newton got off to a slow start early on, overthrowing rookie Kelvin Benjamin on a deep pass. He went three-and-out his first three drives. On the fourth drive, he finally got into a rhythm and found Ed Dickson on an 11-yard pass, which later led to a Jonathan Stewart touchdown run. On the fifth drive, he finally hooked up with Benjamin for a 24-yard completion, which also led to another Stewart touchdown on the ground.

newton compiled 65 yards through the air while completing 4 of 9 passes, with no touchdowns, registering a 69.2 passer rating. He was sacked twice and finished without a rushing attempt.

Drew Brees 'fully back' from oblique injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Saints quarterback Drew Brees participated in team drills Sunday, showing he's "fully back" from his strained oblique, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Brees missed the first two preseason games but is on track to play Saturday at Indianapolis.

Colin Kaepernick leads two unproductive drives


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was unable to lead a scoring drive on two first-half possessions against the Broncos. The first drive ended in a missed 55-yard field goal.

Kaepernick completed 5 of 9 passes for 39 yards. He made one terrible throw off a bootleg, but also wasn't helped by his receivers. No. 1 wideout Michael Crabtree could not hang on to a slant pass on the first play from scrimmage, and Brandon Lloyd had a potential touchdown go off his fingertips.


Peyton Manning carves up 49ers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning led two scoring drives against the 49ers before leaving in the second quarter. Manning completed 12 of 14 passes for 102 yards, including an easy 17-yard touchdown to tight end Julius Thomas.

Manning, who completed his last seven throws, targeted seven different receivers. His favorite target was Demaryius Thomas; the duo connected five times for 37 yards.

Denver's first drive ended in a field goal after Manning barely missed Andre Caldwell in the end zone on third down.


Tony Romo's back passes first test


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said he wasn't thinking about his surgically-repaired back during his preseason debut against the Ravens. It was his first game action since last December.

"I think when you play, if you’re thinking about those things, you’re doing your team a disservice," Romo told the Dallas Morning News. "I got a lot of other things that I have to do to make sure that we’re running the offense smoothly and efficiently and I think that’s what needs to be in your brain.

"If you’re not healthy, you shouldn’t play."

Romo said his back felt good and that he will "continue to get stronger." He's unsure how much he'll play Saturday in the third preseason game against Miami. Against Baltimore, Romo was on the field for the first 14 offensive plays.


Mark Sanchez lighting up preseason


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez is 18 of 22 for 196 yards and two touchdowns through two preseason games. He threw just one incompletion Friday night against the Patriots, posting a 112.2 passer rating, reports ESPN.com.

It would take a lot for the Eagles to consider trading Sanchez.

"You better have two quarterbacks in this league," coach Chip Kelly said. "So I think unless something blows you out of the water, we're real confident with Mark starting a game if we need it. ... We need him."


EJ Manuel getting frustrated


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel admitted he's frustrated after the first-team offense again failed to score a touchdown Saturday night. In 10 possessions over three preseason games, the starters have produced four field goals and failed on fourth-and-short three times

"Coming off the field, it was frustrating," Manuel told the Buffalo News. "I’m not going to lie."

Manuel hit 17 of 27 passes for 148 yards against the Steelers but got picked off trying to hit tight end Scott Chandler down the seam.


Eli Manning not worried about nonexistent offense


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Giants quarterback Eli Manning said he's not worried about the lackluster performance by the starting offense. Manning is 1 for 9 passing for six yards over the past two games.

"Obviously you want to go out there and you want to play well," he told the New York Daily News. "You feel like you should be able to find completions and do things well. But you can’t get worried at this point in time."

The Giants installed a new scheme under coordinator Ben McAdoo. They have only one significant preseason game left to show progress.


Teddy Bridgewater engineers comeback victory vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater led his team to 17 fourth-quarter points and threw the game-winning touchdown with less than a minute left in his team's 30-28 preseason win over the Cardinals Saturday.

Bridgewater played the entire second half against reserve defensive players for the Cardinals, and he led two straight scoring drives to give his team a three-point lead after a touchdown and successful two-point conversion. The Cardinals were able to retake the lead but Bridgewater drove the Vikings 83 yards in 53 seconds to score the decisive touchdown. He finished the game with 16 completions on 20 attempts for 177 yards and two touchdowns, showing signs of life after an uneven preseason thus far.


 
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