8/27/2015

Jake Heaps, QB, NYJ

Jake Heaps

Jets sign backup QB Josh Johnson

News: The Jets have signed Josh Johnson after working him out Thursday. They released fellow backup quarterback Jake Heaps to create roster space.

Johnson has played in 29 career games, but has not thrown a pass since 2011. He has completed 54 percent of his passes for five touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

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8/27/2015

Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS

Robert Griffin III

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III cleared for Saturday game

News: Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is ready to roll for the third preseason game Saturday in Baltimore, per the Washington Post.

Griffin was diagnosed as symptom-free from the concussion he sustained last week against Detroit.

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8/27/2015

Nat Berhe, SS, NYG

Nat Berhe

Report: Giants SS Nat Behre done for year with calf injury

News: Nat Berhe is apparently the latest Giants safety to have his season ended before it really began. He will have calf surgery Friday, sources have told per NJ.com.

Three other Giants safeties have already been lost for the year.

Behre played in all 16 games, but started none for the Giants as a rookie in 2014 and contributed to 14 tackles.

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8/27/2015

Greg Toler, CB, IND

Greg Toler

Timetable pushed back for Colts CB Greg Toler (neck)

News: Colts cornerback Greg Toler is no longer considered day-to-day with a neck injury. He's week-to-week, which causes concern that he will not be ready when the team opens its regular season on Sept. 13 in Buffalo, per ESPN.

Toler sustained the injury Saturday in a preseason game against Chicago.

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8/27/2015

Mike Evans, WR, TB

Mike Evans

Bucs WR Mike Evans (hamstring) targeting Week 1 return

News: Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans, who sustained a hamstring injury in the second preseason game against the Bengals, is targeting a Week 1 return.

Evans said if it were the regular season, he would play this week. However, he said resting is the way to go to make sure he is 100 percent by the Sept. 13 opener against the Titans.

"I think it’s smart," Evans said of sitting the final two preseason games, per ESPN.com. "There’s nothing to risk. I’ve already proved myself and I’m just trying to get back for Week 1."

One benefit of playing the last two games would be to get more work with rookie quarterback Jameis Winston. However, Evans said building rapport is not an issue.

"I’ve had enough," Evans said. "We’ll be ready for Week 1. We’re both professionals."

Evans had a pretty strong rookie campaign, totaling 68 catches for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns. However, he is expecting better things in 2015 because of Winston's arrival and his new role in coordinator Dirk Koetter's offense.

"I’m just so much more comfortable with this offense," Evans said. "There are a lot of plays to be made in this offense. I’m playing the X this year. I like it more and I’ll get more opportunities."

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8/27/2015

Letroy Guion, NT, GB

Letroy Guion

NFL suspends Packers DL Letroy Guion for three games

News: Packers defensive lineman Letroy Guion has been suspended for the first three games of the 2015 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy, the NFL announced Thursday. He will miss games against the Bears, Seahawks and Chiefs, and he is eligible to return Week 4 against the 49ers.
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8/27/2015

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN

Emmanuel Sanders

Broncos' Kubiak: Sanders could be a full participant in practice next week

News: Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Thursday wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders could be a full participant in practices next week. Sanders, who has missed the first two preseason games, has been sidelined since suffering a hamstring injury Aug. 6.

“He ran [Wednesday]," Kubiak said, per ESPN.com. "Everything was positive, good. I’m hoping [Friday] he gets some throwing in with Peyton (Manning). I think everything is on schedule for him to be a full-time participant next week."

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8/27/2015

Johnny Manziel, QB, CLE

Johnny Manziel

Browns QB Johnny Manziel (elbow) out for rest of preseason

News: Browns coach Mike Pettine said Thursday quarterback Johnny Manziel will not play during Saturday's preseason game against the Bucs due to a sore elbow and is also certain to miss the exhibition finale against Chicago.

The Browns signed quarterback Pat Devlin for quarterback depth with Manziel hurting. However, Pettine said Devlin probably wouldn't play Saturday, either.

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8/27/2015

Will Hill, SS, BAL

Will Hill

Safety Will Hill inks two-year deal with Ravens

News: The Ravens signed safety Will Hill to a two-year contract Thursday. Hill, who would have been eligible for free agency after the 2015 season, was slated to play the year under the $1.542 million restricted free agent tender.

Terms of his new deal were not immediately known.

"When I first signed and I sat down with [general manager Ozzie Newsome], I knew from that point that I didn’t want to go anywhere," Hill said, per The Baltimore Sun. "I wanted to be a Raven, and this extension, it just helped out and it gives me a lot of confidence on the playing field and it helps me see what the organization thinks of me."

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8/27/2015

Victor Cruz, WR, NYG

Victor Cruz

Giants WR Victor Cruz won't play in Saturday's preseason game

News: Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (calf) will not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Jets, coach Tom Coughlin said Thursday.

Coughlin said earlier in the week it was a possibility the veteran receiver would miss the entire preseason schedule. Cruz was progressing coming off a major knee injury he sustained last season before suffering a calf injury in training camp.

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8/27/2015

Tevin Coleman, RB, ATL

Tevin Coleman

Falcons' Quinn: Tevin Coleman on track to make preseason debut Sat.

News: Falcons rookie running back Tevin Coleman, who has been slowed by a hamstring injury, is set to make his preseason debut Saturday against the Dolphins, coach Dan Quinn said Thursday.

“At this point, Tevin is a little closer than Devonta (Freeman) just from the week of practice,” Quinn said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “So, I’m certainly hoping that will be a break for him. He’s had a really good week.

"Unless there is some type of setback over the next couple of days. I anticipate him being ready to rock.”

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8/27/2015

Martavis Bryant, WR, PIT

Martavis Bryant

Report: Steelers WR Martavis Bryant facing four-game suspension

News: Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, league sources told ESPN. The suspension is under appeal.

Bryant emerged as a reliable threat in the Steelers' passing game after Week 6 in 2014 -- his rookie campaign. He had at least one touchdown catch in his first four games as a pro. For the season, he totaled 26 catches for 549 yards and eight touchdowns. 

In a playoff loss to the Ravens, the 2014 fourth-round pick had five catches for 61 yards and one touchdown.

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8/27/2015

Breshad Perriman, WR, BAL

Breshad Perriman

Ravens' Harbaugh still has no timetable for Perriman's return

News: Ravens rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman's absence reached four weeks Thursday. He has been sidelined since suffering a knee sprain on the first day of training camp.

Unfortunately, coach John Harbaugh did not have a timetable for the first-round pick's return.

“I’m asking too,” Harbaugh said, per The Baltimore Sun. “It’s slower healing than they expected, and they really don’t have a timetable right now. That’s all I really have to say on that.”

Quarterback Joe Flacco is disappointed Perriman has missed so much time, but he has no worries the on-field rapport will return once Perriman is back in action. 

“When you’re dealing with guys who are pretty talented, it doesn’t take a ton of time to get in sync with each other, but obviously, you’d like to have as much time as possible,” Flacco said. “He’s going to have to get back and get in shape. It’s not like he’s just been hurt, but he’s been missing a ton of time out there running, with pads on, getting into that football shape, so it’s going to be up to him to try to get out there as quick as possible.”

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8/27/2015

Arian Foster, RB, HOU

Arian Foster

Report: Texans' Arian Foster expected back between Week 2-4

News: Texans running back Arian Foster, who has been working out in Houston, is expected to return to the action in some facet between Week 2-4 of the regular season, according to ESPN 97.5 Houston.

Foster underwent groin surgery Aug. 8. He was initially given a 2-3 month timeframe for his return, but after the surgery there was optimism Foster would return in 4-6 weeks.

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8/27/2015

Matt Cassel, QB, BUF

Matt Cassel

Bills' Manuel gets start over Taylor, Cassel in third preseason game

News: Bills coach Rex Ryan said EJ Manuel will get the start over Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel in the team's third preseason game Saturday against the Steelers. Taylor and Cassel have each started one preseason game.

"My plan was to give everybody opportunities," Ryan said Thursday. "Nobody can say nobody wasn't given a fair shot here."

Manuel has completed 13 of 22 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns through two preseason games.

Taylor has completed 12 of 18 passes for 114 yards. He also has rushed for a team-high 88 yards on 10 attempts through two games.

Cassel has appeared in just one game, completing 7 of 8 passes for 45 yards.

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8/27/2015

LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF

LeSean McCoy

Bills' Ryan says he's 'optimistic' McCoy will be ready by opener

News: Bills coach Rex Ryan said Thursday he was "cautiously optimistic" running back LeSean McCoy will be ready for the season opener against the Colts. McCoy has been sidelined since suffering a hamstring injury in practice last week.
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8/27/2015

Junior Galette, DE, WAS

Junior Galette

Redskins' Gruden confirms Junior Galette (Achilles) will miss season

News: Redskins coach Jay Gruden confirmed linebacker Junior Galette will miss the 2015 season after suffering a torn left Achilles in practice Wednesday. He will undergo surgery Friday.
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8/27/2015

Devin Funchess, WR, CAR

Devin Funchess

Panthers counting on Funchess to step up in Benjamin's absence?

News: Panthers rookie wide receiver Devin Funchess has been limited during the preseason due to a hamstring injury, but coach Ron Rivera is eager for him to see game action since the team needs to find ways to replace Kelvin Benjamin's production.

Rivera indicated Funchess could be a player to help pick up the slack in Benjamin's absence this season.

“The thing we’re waiting for is for Devin (Funchess) to be healthy and get him out on the football field," Rivera said, per The Charlotte Observer. "He runs a lot of the same type of routes (as Kelvin). He’s almost as imposing a target as Kelvin and the biggest thing with him is the confidence that he plays with as he develops."

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8/27/2015

Darren Sproles, RB, PHI

Darren Sproles

Eagles' Murray on RB rotation: 'I don't think it will be alternating series'

News: With DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles on the roster, the Eagles have a plethora of running backs with NFL experience and the question on everyone's mind is: How will coach Chip Kelly split up the playing time?

Murray, who signed a five-year contract reportedly worth $42 million in the offseason, was asked his opinion on the matter Tuesday.

"I don't think it will be alternating series," Murray said, per CSNphilly.com. "But [Mathews] is a quality back, great guy, works extremely hard. I'm sure he'll get his fair share of touches. But I don't know how the rotation will be yet, we haven't touched on it."

Murray said he is unsure how many snaps he will get in the third preseason games against the Packers on Saturday, but it could be a good indication on how he will be used during the regular season since it is the penultimate preseason game.

"I think we're approaching it like a regular game," Murray said. "You can't go out there with a preseason mindset. We're focused, whether it's playing one snap or 40 snaps."

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8/26/2015

Connor Barth, K, DEN

Connor Barth

Buccaneers agree to deal with PK Connor Barth

News: The Buccaneers have signed kicker Connor Barth to a two-year deal in an attempt to shore up their special teams, per the Tampa Tribune

Barth, who was released earlier Wednesday by the Broncos, will compete with Pat Murray for the starting job. Barth played for the Bucs from 2009-13, although he missed the 2013 season entirely after tearing his Achilles in a charity basketball game. 

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8/26/2015

Ahmad Brooks, OLB, SF

Ahmad Brooks

49ers LB Ahmad Brooks charged with sexual battery

News: Linebacker Ahmad Brooks has been indicted on one count of sexual battery for his role in a December incident at former 49ers teammate Ray McDonald's house in which a woman said she was knocked unconscious at a pool, per the Sacramento Bee

Brooks was indicted by the Santa Clara District Attorney's office Tuesday and faces a maximum of six months in jail. He will be arraigned at a later date, according to the DA’s office. McDonald was indicted on one count of rape of an intoxicated person. He faces a maximum of eight years in prison. McDonald was released by the Bears this offseason. 

According to the report, the woman claimed Brooks "groped her person in a sexual manner" when she was unconscious from hitting her head. She added that video surveillance supports the accusation.

49ers GM Trent Baalke said Brooks is returning to California and will not play in the team's preseason contest Saturday against Denver. 

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8/26/2015

Benardrick McKinney, ILB, HOU

Benardrick McKinney

Report: Texans LB Benardrick McKinney has sprained MCL

News: Rookie linebacker Benardrick McKinney reportedly has a sprained MCL in his right knee, likely keeping him out of the Texans' third preseason game, but not much longer than that, according to the Houston Chronicle

McKinney hurt his knee in the team's game against the Broncos and has not practiced this week. 

"I think he's doing okay," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "I think he's really working hard to get back. I don't know if he'll be back for the Dallas game, but I know he wants to get back."

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8/26/2015

Michael Floyd, WR, ARI

Michael Floyd

Cardinals' Arians optimistic Michael Floyd will be ready for season opener

News: There is still no timetable for the return of Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd, coach Bruce Arians told reporters Wednesday. However, Arians is optimistic Floyd, who is sidelined due to three dislocated fingers, will be ready for the season opener (Sept. 13) against the Saints.

Floyd has been idle since suffering the injury Aug. 5. He was the Cardinals' leading receiver in 2014 with 841 yards. He totaled 47 catches and averaged 17.9 yards per catch. He also led the team with six receiving touchdowns.

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8/26/2015

Jadeveon Clowney, OLB, HOU

Jadeveon Clowney

Texans' O'Brien says Jadeveon Clowney on track for opener

News: Texans coach Bill O'Brien said linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, who is coming off microfracture surgery on his right knee in December, is on track to play in the season opener.

"The knee is feeling decent," O'Brien said Wednesday, per The Houston Chronicle. "We'll keep inching him forward to get him ready to play in the first game.'

Clowney is eager to return to game action.

"I'm working hard, feeling good," he said. "Hopefully, I'm getting ready to play in the first game. I've been trusting my knee for a while. I trust it now. I'm here to play football."

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8/26/2015

Kyle Van Noy, OLB, DET

Kyle Van Noy

Lions' Caldwell: Van Noy won't need surgery, status is week-to-week

News: Lions coach Jim Caldwell said linebacker Kyle Van Noy will not need surgery after he went for a second opinion. Caldwell added Van Noy will need rest and is week-to-week.
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