Ben Roethlisberger
Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger: Among key players to rest Thursday
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
11:54 AM
News: Roethlisberger is among the Steelers' mainstays who will not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Panthers.

The Steelers will take no chances with a number of key players on both sides of the ball, with offensive cogs Le'Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams, Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton also slated to sit out Thursday's contest. Roethlisberger's next opportunity to play in a game will arrive on Sept. 12, when Pittsburgh faces Washington on the road in Week 1.

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Jameis Winston
Buccaneers' Jameis Winston: Finishing preseason a day early
Jameis Winston, QB, TB
11:50 AM
News: Winston and the Buccaneers have had their final preseason game moved to Wednesday due to expected weather conditions in the Tampa Bay area.

Previously scheduled for Thursday, Tampa Bay's preseason finale against Washington will now be played at 8 PM ET on Wednesday, hopefully avoiding the extreme weather conditions associated with Tropical Depression Nine. Regardless, Winston will likely be held out, or at the very most play a drive or two. He'll get a favorable Week 1 matchup with the division-rival Falcons.

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Kirk Cousins
Redskins' Kirk Cousins: Won't play in last preseason game
Kirk Cousins, QB, WAS
11:44 AM
News: Cousins will not start Washington's preseason finale, which has been moved to Wednesday due to expected weather conditions in the Tampa Bay area.

The game will be moved up to 8 PM ET on Wednesday to avoid severe weather associated with Tropical Depression Nine. Regardless, Cousins wasn't going to play, as head coach Jay Gruden had already tabbed third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld as the starter. Sudfeld will likely play the entire game if he doesn't get hurt, while Cousins will rest up for Week 1 against Pittsburgh.

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Dak Prescott
Cowboys' Dak Prescott: Unlikely to play in preseason finale
Dak Prescott, QB, DAL
10:56 AM
News: Prescott is not expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Texans, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill reports.

Prescott has already received plenty of work this preseason, completing 39 of 50 passes for 454 yards, with five passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and no turnovers. He played most of those snaps alongside second and third-string teammates, but with Tony Romo (back) now facing a potential absence of 6-10 weeks, Prescott is expected to fill in as the starter. While undoubtedly facing a steep transition, the fourth-round rookie does have the benefit of a strong supporting cast, led by a dominant offensive line, Dez Bryant (concussion) and Ezekiel Elliott.

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Aaron Rodgers
Packers' Aaron Rodgers: Plays well in preseason action
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
10:44 AM
News: Rodgers completed 6-of-9 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' preseason game with the 49ers on Thursday.

Rodgers played two drives Thursday, and was able to find paydirt on one of them. He is unlikely to play in the Packers' final exhibition game, but he looked in his limited action last week, so consider him good to go for Week 1.

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Drew Brees
Saints' Drew Brees: Expected to play in preseason finale
Drew Brees, QB, NO
10:26 AM
News: Head coach Sean Payton said he plans to play his starters, likely including Brees, in the first quarter of Thursday's preseason finale against the Ravens, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.

Brees hasn't started the fourth preseason game since his first year in New Orleans, but the Saints apparently want him and the rest of the starters to get one final tune-up prior to the regular season. While unlikely to play more than one or two drives, Brees should get to face a Baltimore defense comprised largely of second-string players. He was sharp in Friday's preseason loss to Pittsburgh, completing nine of 12 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown.

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Robert Griffin III
Browns' Robert Griffin: Expected to play in preseason finale
Robert Griffin III, QB, CLE
10:24 AM
News: Head coach Hue Jackson said he will play Griffin and the other starters in Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Deploying a new starting quarterback and a new offense, the Browns are one of the few teams that figure to give their starters significant playing time in the final preseason game. Griffin could benefit from getting some more work alongside wideouts Josh Gordon (suspension) and Corey Coleman (hamstring), both of whom missed a sizable portion of training camp and the preseason. Gordon looked perfectly healthy in Friday's preseason loss to Tampa Bay, catching passes of 44 and 43 yards in an otherwise poor showing by Griffin. With Gordon suspended for the first four regular-season games, Coleman and Terrelle Pryor are expected to start at wide receiver.

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Ryan Griffin
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Likely to survive final cuts
Ryan Griffin, QB, TB
12:22 AM
News: Griffin's chances of making the final roster received a strong endorsement from head coach Dirk Koetter, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "I think it's safe (to say) that we're probably going to keep three quarterbacks," Koetter said Monday. "We put a lot of time into Ryan Griffin and I think he's proving that he's capable of being a backup in this league. The second thing, obviously, it's not a big secret that Mike Glennon is going into the last year of his contract. Jameis (Winston) is our quarterback for the long haul, but we've got to have a 2, and those guys take so long to train ... I mean, we've invested a full year into (Griffin's) training. ... He's done a good job when he's on the field and we think he's got a chance to be here longterm."

The 26-year-old's job appears safe, which isn't exactly surprising given his experience in the current offensive system and generally solid training camp and preseason. Griffin was 13-for-23 for 148 yards in the preseason opener versus the Eagles and has been serviceable in limited action over the last two weeks against the Jaguars and Browns. After signing with the Bucs in September of last season following his release from the Saints, Griffin spent the 2015 campaign as Tampa's third quarterback, which afforded him a season-long immersion in Koetter's playbook. He's slated to serve as the emergency signal-caller once again in 2016, but as Koetter's comments imply, the Tulane product could also find himself as Jameis Winston's primary backup come 2017. Griffin should also see extended action in Wednesday night's preseason finale against the Redskins.

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Philip Rivers
Chargers' Philip Rivers: Shaky performance in preseason start
Philip Rivers, QB, SD
8/29/2016
News: Rivers completed five of his nine passes for 54 yards and an interception in the Chargers' preseason loss to the Vikings.

In likely his final action of the preseason, Rivers was kept quiet, resorting mainly to check down passes and dump offs over the middle of the field in order to move the ball. While the numbers certainly don't look good, his lone interception did come off a dropped pass by Keenan Allen which bounced neatly into the arms of Vikings safety Harrison Smith. Despite the rocky start, Rivers still figures to put up strong fantasy numbers in a dynamic Chargers offense.

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Kellen Clemens
Chargers' Kellen Clemens: Struggles during limited preseason action
Kellen Clemens, QB, SD
8/29/2016
News: Clemens completed nine of his 15 passes for 77 yards in the Chargers' preseason loss Sunday to the Vikings.

Clemens relieved starting QB Philip Rivers midway through the second quarter and promptly was unable to generate much offense. Despite his struggles, the 33-year-old appears to have a handle on the backup job, as his main competition for the role, Mike Bercovici, threw two interceptions during his stint in the second half.

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