Marcus Easley
Bills' Marcus Easley: Not ready for action
Marcus Easley, WR, BUF
8/24/2016
News: Coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday that Easley (knee) is not close to returning to practice, BuffaloBills.com reports.

Easley's a special teams star, but it doesn't look like there's going to be room for him on the active roster when the season starts. We'll see if the Bills feel he's worth keeping around on the PUP list.

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Kolby Listenbee
Bills' Kolby Listenbee: Not close to returning
Kolby Listenbee, WR, BUF
8/24/2016
News: Coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday that Listenbee (hernia) is not close to returning to practice, BuffaloBills.com reports.

It's highly doubtful the super-fast sixth-rounder will be in the lineup come Week 1, so he's looking like a prime PUP or practice squad candidate.

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Victor Cruz
Giants' Victor Cruz: Likely to play Saturday
Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
8/24/2016
News: Cruz practiced for the second straight day Wednesday and looks ready to play in Saturday's game against the Jets, SNY reports. "Victor looked great," Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said. "He has had two strong days, got a lot of balls thrown to him. I'm excited about where he is, and hopefully he will have his opportunity against the Jets."

It's encouraging Cruz bounced back from his work in Tuesday's practice without a setback. If he's able to play well in Saturday's preseason game, he's got a good chance to begin the year as one of the Giants' top three receivers.

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Tyler Kroft
Bengals' Tyler Kroft: Takes part in rehab exercises Wednesday
Tyler Kroft, TE, CIN
8/24/2016
News: Kroft (knee) participated in some rehab exercises during Wednesday's practice, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

Kroft originally pegged Week 1 as a target for his return, but given the nature of knee sprains, it wouldn't be surprising if he wasn't ready by then. As a rookie last season, Kroft helped fill the void during Tyler Eifert's absence. It remains to be seen what role, if any, Kroft will have in Cincinnati's offense once he's back to 100 percent on the gridiron.

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Justin Blackmon
Jaguars' Justin Blackmon: Suspended sentence and probation
Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
8/24/2016
News: Blackmon (suspension) was handed a one-year suspended sentence and probation Wednesday, stemming from a misdemeanor DUI, the Florida Times-Union reports.

Taken fifth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Jaguars, Blackmon hasn't played in an NFL game since being suspended indefinitely back on Nov. 1, 2013 for a violation of the league's substance abuse program. Though he remains listed on Jacksonville's roster, the the 26-year-old wideout seems increasingly unlikely to play for the team again.

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Taylor Heinicke
Vikings' Taylor Heinicke: Ditches walking boot
Taylor Heinicke, QB, MIN
8/24/2016
News: Heinicke (ankle) has shed the walking boot he wore to protect his foot from further injury, Scout.com reports.

Heinicke declined to talk about his injury after practice, reportedly saying it was time to go lift weights. If those were indeed his plans, his foot may be further along than anticipated. However, Shaun Hill has done nothing to relinquish his role as the backup to starter Teddy Bridgewater, and the Vikings project to carry only two quarterbacks on their active roster entering the regular season. Ultimately, Heinicke appears destined for either the practice squad or injured reserve list in 2016.

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Quincy Enunwa
Jets' Quincy Enunwa: Remains in concussion protocol
Quincy Enunwa, WR, NYJ
8/24/2016
News: Enunwa remains in the league's concussion protocol.

Enunwa suffered the concussion during Friday's preseason matchup with the Redskins and has been unable to pass through the league's mandated protocol. A concrete return date has yet to be given, which is unsurprising, considering these lasting symptoms vary greatly between players. He'll continue to sit out of practice and appears doubtful for Saturday's matchup with the Giants.

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Wendell Smallwood
Eagles' Wendell Smallwood: Slated to play Saturday
Wendell Smallwood, RB, PHI
8/24/2016
News: Smallwood (quadriceps) is slated to take the field for Saturday's preseason game at Indianapolis, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Smallwood missed back-to-back contests to kick off exhibition season, but increasing his workload little by little for two weeks will seemingly yield an appearance Saturday. A cautious approach is expected, though, as the running back's quad continues to heal. All but guaranteed a roster spot due to his status as a 2016 fifth-round selection, he could be relegated to weekly inactives in-season with Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, and Kenjon Barner all positioned ahead of Smallwood on the depth chart.

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Damion Square
Chargers' Damion Square: Suspended four games by league
Damion Square, NT, SD
8/24/2016
News: Square has been suspended four games by the NFL, the team's official site reports.

Square's suspension stems from a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. Early reports indicate that Square did not test positive for a specific substance, but the 27-year-old missed a scheduled test. Both Ryan Carrethers and Tenny Palepoi are likely to fill in during his absence.

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Jimmy Graham
Seahawks' Jimmy Graham: Begins team drills in practice
Jimmy Graham, TE, SEA
8/24/2016
News: Graham (knee) began team work in practice on Wednesday and will continue to ramp up his workload next week, Curtis Crabtree of ProFootballTalk.com reports.

While Graham may not be ready to go by Week 1, his involvement in team drills is a huge step in the right direction. Look for more updates to come in the following week as the tight end expands his workload. Expect Luke Wilson to dominate the first-team reps the remainder of the preseason schedule.

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