Steelers' Ladarius Green: Slow going with ankle
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(8/25/2016) ESPN's Jeremy Fowler relays that Green told him that he's holding out hope to be ready for Week 1, but notes that the tight end acknowledges his ankle rehab is going "very slow."

While the report does not address speculation that the tight end has been dealing with headaches, Green, in any case, maintains that his continued presence on the PUP list is related to his ankle issue. With the NFL regular season quickly approaching, Green's Week 1 status remains cloudy, a situation that could lead to fellow TE Jesse James carving out some deep-league fantasy utility out of the gate.

Broncos' Jeff Heuerman: Works with the team's strength coach Thursday
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(8/25/2016) Heuerman (hamstring) did not partake in practice Thursday, but he was spotted working with the team's strength and conditioning coach on the sideline, Andrew Mason of reports.

At just 23-years-old, Heuerman has already endured a career's worth of injuries. Whether it be last year's torn ACL that cost him the entirety of his rookie season or this year's uncooperative hamstring, the Ohio State product has been unable to stay on the field. Despite his absence, coach Gary Kubiak remains optimistic that Heuerman will be able to contribute in some fashion this season.

Broncos' Garrett Graham: Works with strength coach on side of practice
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(8/25/2016) Graham (shoulder) worked with the team's strength and conditioning coach Thursday, Andrew Mason of reports.

Graham has been nursing a shoulder injury for roughly two weeks now, but the 30-year-old appears to be closing in a return to the gridiron. For the most part, Denver has remained mum regarding the details of his ailment, but the notion that Graham was spotted rehabbing is encouraging no matter how you slice it. The seven-year vet is hoping to rekindle some of his production from 2013, but in order to do so he must first get back to 100 percent.

Lions' Eric Ebron: Misses practice Thursday
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(8/25/2016) Ebron (ankle) missed his second consecutive practice Thursday, the Detroit Free Press reports.

It's unclear whether Ebron suffered a setback in his recovery as HC Jim Caldwell was noncommittal in answering specific questions about Ebron's current health situation. However, at this point, the tight end is expected to miss the Lions' third preseason game Saturday against the Ravens, but there is still optimism he'll be back in time for Week 1. Until he returns, Cole Wick should continue to see first-team reps as the Lions' primary receiving tight end.

Bears' Zach Miller: Still unable to take contact
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(8/25/2016) Miller (concussion) wore a no-contact red jersey during Wednesday's practice, CSN Chicago reports.

A participant in practice for nearly two weeks, Miller is still unable to take contact, which isn't outside the realm of outcomes related to a concussion. With the Bears' third preseason game fast approaching Saturday against the Chiefs, he's running out of time to partake in the "dress rehearsal" for the regular season. Once he receives a clean bill of health, though, Miller will serve as the Bears' unquestioned No. 1 tight end.

Browns' Connor Hamlett: Promoted to backup TE
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(8/24/2016) Hamlett has moved past Randall Telfer and is listed as the team's backup tight end, Pat McManamon of reports.

Hamlett must be impressing his coaches in practice because the 24-year-old has yet to catch a pass in the preseason. Gary Barnidge still figures to receive the majority of playing time under Hue Jackson's offense, but Hamlett's promotion is notable, especially if Barnidge goes down with an injury.

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

Jets' Jace Amaro: Still out with groin injury
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(8/24/2016) Amaro (groin) was sidelined again for Wednesday's practice, Darryl Slater of reports.

Amaro was in pads, but was unable to go through team portions and instead, spent the majority of his time doing some light running on the side. He reportedly appeared to be in some pain while jogging on the side, which may indicate he's more than a few days off from a return. We should hear more on his status later in the week, but for now, the 24-year-old looks doubtful for Saturday's preseason matchup with the Giants.

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

Lions' Eric Ebron: Did not practice Wednesday
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(8/24/2016) Ebron (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Ebron was once again seen on the sidelines, just one day after he returned to practice for the first time since early August. The tight end went through a light practice on Tuesday, but the coaching staff evidently decided to give him another day off as they continue to ease him back into the shuffle of things. His status for Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens is still unknown, although if he does play, it seems like it will be in a very limited capacity.

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