Ryan Mathews (ankle) is expected to return next week according to Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson, Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Mathews was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury List on Wednesday after suffering an ankle injury during a training session last week, but the issue appears to be minor as he's not expected to miss much of training camp. Veteran Darren Sproles, who inked a contract extension Friday, figures to compete with Mathews throughout the preseason for the top spot on the running back depth chart, while Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner could see additional reps if Mathews' health remains a concern.
Rey Maualuga (undisclosed) was cleared to practice Friday.
Maualuga was placed on the active/non-football injury list earlier in the week due to an undisclosed issue, but he's already been cleared to return to the field. At this point there appears to be little concern regarding the starting middle linebacker's status moving forward.
Darren Sproles agreed to a one-year contract extension with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.
Sproles is now set to remain in Philadelphia through the 2017 season, with the additional year worth $4.5 million. Despite his old age for a running back at 33-years-old, Sproles figures to play a key role out of the backfield and as part of the return game. Per usual he should be a bit more valuable in PPR formats as he's proven to be a versatile option in the team's aerial attack as well.
Arian Foster will begin Miami Dolphins camp on the PUP list, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Foster continues to recover after suffering a torn Achilles tendon during the 2015 season, while the Dolphins don't feel the need to rush the veteran back onto the field. Although he's set to turn 30 prior to the regular season, Foster could be an intriguing fantasy option, especially in PPR formats, due to his involvement in the passing attack if he's able to remain healthy throughout the year.
Dion Jordan was informed Friday he has been reinstated from his suspension, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Jordan, who was suspended for the entirety of the 2015 NFL season due to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy, will be given a chance to make the Miami Dolphins ' roster in training camp as his suspension has officially been lifted. The team's defensive line, which already includes Ndamukong Suh, Cameron Wake, and Mario Williams, could receive another boost if Jordan is able to perform well in camp and secure a spot. He comes at a bit of a price for Miami, as he's due $1.7 million in bonus money if he's still with the team on just the fifth day of training camp.
Danny Amendola , who underwent an offseason procedure on his left knee, as well as a procedure to remove bone spurs from his ankle, was spotted running routes off to the side while his teammates practiced Thursday, CSN New England reports.
As was fellow wideout Julian Edelman, with both players having opened training camp on the active/PUP list. The New England Patriots have not outlined a timetable for Amendola's return to the field, and while seeing him run at this stage is a positive indicator, his status bears monitoring as the summer progresses.
Guillermo Heredia was called up from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.
Earlier this week, the Seattle Mariners were hesitant on bringing him up due to a shoulder injury, but decided to pull the trigger anyways, which suggests the injury isn't too severe. Pitcher David Rollins has been sent down to make room on the roster.
Jake Barrett pitched a scoreless seventh inning in Thursday's loss to the Brewers, striking out one and walking one in the process.
Barrett hasn't allowed an earned run in July as his scoreless streak has now reached 12 games (9.1 innings). With his ERA down to 2.65, Barrett is making the case to take the closer role away from Tyler Clippard. Such a scenario could happen quickly if Clippard is traded before the deadline.
Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reiterated Friday that Jose Fernandez 's innings are likely to be restricted over the final two months of the regular season.
An innings limit for Fernandez has not been brought up at length for a while, but Morosi first reported in February that the Miami Marlins would look to conserve Fernandez's innings with him coming off Tommy John surgery, and it's worth mentioning again given the team's expected trade for starters Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea. It's not clear exactly how the Marlins plan to cap Fernandez's innings -- and what the team's actual target is -- but he totaled 89.1 innings last year and has never thrown more than 172.2 innings in a season, which suggests it's unlikely he will reach the 200-inning mark. Fernandez sits at 125.2 innings through 20 starts in 2016.
Trea Turner once again hit leadoff and played center field during Thursday's win over the Giants, going 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base.
He's now started three straight games in center and over Turner's last four games he's reached base 10 times (eight hits and two walks) while stealing three bases, scoring four runs and pushing his slash line on the season up to .333/.382/.510, albeit in just 51 at-bats. As long as the converted shortstop doesn't make any glaring defensive miscues in the outfield, Nats manager Dusty Baker will likely keep writing the rookie's name on his lineup card.
Colin Rea is expected to be traded to the Marlins on Friday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
The final details of the deal are still being worked out, but the San Diego Padres and Marlins are set to make a trade that will send Rea and fellow starting pitcher Andrew Cashner to Miami. Full details of the trade should become available shortly.
The Marlins and San Diego Padres have agreed to a trade that will send Andrew Cashner to the Marlins, ESPN's Buster Olney reports.
The particulars of the trade are still being worked out, but it appears Cashner is headed for a new squad. The full details of the trade should be available shortly, but it also appears the Marlins will send 2015 first-rounder Josh Naylor to the Padres, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
David Lee agreed to a two-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
The second year of the contract is a player option. Lee split his 2015-16 campaign between the Celtics and Mavericks, finishing the year with combined averages of 7.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists over 16 minutes per game. The 11-year veteran will join the Spurs in hopes of making championship run and he should provide a depth option in the frontcourt behind starters LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol. Lee finished this past season on the injured list with a partially torn plantar fascia in his right heel, but it's unclear if the injury is still a factor at this point in time.
Spencer Dinwiddie signed a contract with the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Dinwiddie was traded to the Bulls mid-June, but was then waived by the team at the start of July. However, now that the majority of free agents have found new homes, the Bulls had an open roster spot and will bring Dinwiddie back to serve as depth in the backcourt. The Bulls inked Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade earlier this offseason, while they also have Jerian Grant on the roster, so Dinwiddie is likely just a deep reserve heading into his third NBA season.
Jarell Martin (foot) announced on his personal Twitter account that he is 100 percent healed.
Martin underwent a follow-up procedure back in April to further eliminate soreness in his left foot, which costed him the last few games of the 2015-16 playoffs, as well as Summer League play earlier in July. His training camp availability was never in doubt, however, so this news should come as no surprise. Martin will be without restrictions heading into training camp, but is slated to be a reserve option in the Memphis Grizzlies ' frontcourt this upcoming season, which could limit his minutes. He's coming off a rookie season where he played in just 27 games, posting averages of 5.7 points and 3.2 rebounds over 14 minutes per outing.
Paul George (calf) has a "50-50" shot at playing in Friday's exhibition matchup against Venezuela, Nate Taylor of IndyStar.com reports.
George suffered a left calf strain during Tuesday's exhibition versus China, but went on to indicate the injury wasn't anything serious. Despite the fact that it's only a minor issue, George very well could play it safe and sit out Friday, as he's no stranger to injuries during the offseason after suffering a gruesome broken leg during a Team USA scrimmage back in 2014. He'll likely be a game-time decision Friday, but don't be surprised if he's held out in order to return to full health prior to the start of pool play.
Jonathon Simmons averaged 16.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in four Las Vegas Summer League contests.
As a 26-year-old, Simmons is a bit late to the party. During his rookie campaign last season, the Houston product appeared in 55 games for the ageless San Antonio Spurs and averaged 6.0 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. If the season started today, Simmons might just make the roster. But, the emergence of Kyle Anderson this summer combined with Manu Ginobili's decision to return for another season could ultimately keep the 6-foot-6 guard off the roster when 2016-17 campaign rolls around.
Bruno Caboclo recorded 11.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in five Las Vegas Summer League contests.
In his first two seasons with the Toronto Raptors , Caboclo has appeared in just 14 games. Toronto drafted the Brazilian prospect in 2014 with the notion that he would be a long-term project. While many will view his first two seasons as a bust, it's important to remember that Caboclo is still just 20 years old and developing his game. His solid production throughout summer league play serves as a reminder of his talents, but with DeMarre Carroll and Terrence Ross ahead of him in the pecking order, Caboclo will likely only hold value in the deepest of leagues.
Matt Dumba signed a two-year, $5.1 million contract with the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.
Dumba was a solid contributor from the blueline for the Wild in 2015-16, setting career highs in goals (10), assists (11) and shots on goal (152). The 22-year-old defender is expected to man the point on Minnesota's top power-play unit next season, bolstering his fantasy value in all formats. The 2012 first-round pick will be a nice depth option in fantasy leagues in 2016-17.
Brandon Gormley signed a one-year, two-way contract with the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.
Gormley appeared in 26 games with the Avalanche last season, notching a single assist with a minus-3 rating over that span. The 24-year-old blueliner spent the majority of the 2015-16 campaign with AHL San Antonio, but wasn't much better in the minors, tallying six points (four goals, two assists) with an awful minus-19 rating over 39 games. The left-handed defenseman will compete for a bottom-pairing role with the Devils in September's training camp.
Marek Hrivik signed a new deal with the New York Rangers on Thursday.
The terms of Hrivik's contract were not immediately disclosed, but considering he has spent the bulk of his career in the AHL, it is unlikely the team gave him a huge contract. In his three season with Hartford, the 24-year-old compiled 37 goals and 64 assists and could certainly be inline for some call ups during the 2016-17 campaign.
Michael Stone (knee) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Arizona worth $4 million Thursday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Stone missed the last seven games of the year with a knee injury, but is expected to back to full strength for the start of the 2016-17 campaign. By settling on a new deal, the Arizona Coyotes avoided arbitration with the 26-year-old, but were unable to lock him up longer term. With six goals and 30 helpers in 2015-16, including 14 points with the man advantage, the blueliner is a player fantasy owners should be considering adding to their lineup.
Connor Murphy signed a six-year deal with Arizona on Thursday.
Murphy reached career highs in goals (6), assists (11) and PIM (48) this past season. While the blueliner did average 1:07 in power-play ice time, his limited production, three points with the man advantage, don't jump off the page. In terms of fantasy, the 23-year-old has yet to show enough to increase his value enough to justify picking him up except in the deepest of leagues.
Ben Bishop (ankle) is expected to be cleared in time for the World Cup on Hockey, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reported Wednesday.
Bishop, who was injured during the Eastern Conference Finals, appears to be on track to participate in the World Cup of Hockey, although it remains unclear who will start for Team USA; Bishop or fellow netminders Jonathan Quick or Cory Schneider. Regardless, fantasy owners and fans alike will be thrilled that the 29-year-old can shake off any post-injury rust prior to the start of the 2016-17 campaign.