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Kyle Lowry TOR PG
Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Officially out Sunday vs. Trail Blazers1h ago
Kyle Lowry (wrist) won't play in Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers and should be considered day-to-day moving forward, Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports reports.
Just a day ago, the Toronto Raptors considered Lowry as out indefinitely, but his listing as day-to-day following Sunday's contest seems to indicate it won't be an extended absence. The swelling in Lowry's wrist has reportedly gone done and tests on the ailment came back clean, so he's avoided anything serious and could take the floor later this week if he's able to receive medical clearance from team doctors. That said, by sitting out Sunday, look for Cory Joseph to pick up a second consecutive start in his place after logging 11 points (5-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), one rebound, six assists and three steals across 36 minutes on Friday.
Al-Farouq Aminu POR SF
Trail Blazers' Al-Farouq Aminu: Will play Sunday vs. Raptors1h ago
Al-Farouq Aminu (knee) has been cleared to play Sunday against the Raptors, Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports.
Aminu has missed the last two games with a sprained left knee, but was listed as probable heading into Sunday, so it was always expected that he'd be available. He'll likely slot into a bench role behind Noah Vonleh at power forward, though Aminu still figures to assume the bulk of the minutes at the position. Starting small forward Maurice Harkless also figures to see a reduced role with Aminu back in the fold.
Avery Bradley BOS SG
Celtics' Avery Bradley: Out again Sunday vs. Pistons1h ago
Avery Bradley (Achilles) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Pistons, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.
Bradley will miss 18th consecutive game Sunday, but is apparently trending towards a return in the near future, as coach Brad Stevens said that he expects the shooting guard to return "any day now." Until Bradley is back in uniform, however, Jaylen Brown will continue to start in his place and take on additional minutes. The Boston Celtics will finish off their back-to-back set Monday against the Hawks.
Wilson Chandler DEN SF
Nuggets' Wilson Chandler: Will start at power forward Sunday1h ago
Wilson Chandler will start at power forward in Sunday's game against the Grizzlies, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
Kenneth Faried is sitting out Sunday with a back injury, so the Denver Nuggets will promote Chandler to the top unit after he came off the bench for the first two games out of the All-Star break. Chandler is no stranger to the starting five, having already logged 19 starts already this season. He had already been seeing a sizable allotment of playing time off the bench, but look for the 29-year-old to potentially surpass the 30-minute Sunday with Faried out of the picture.
Reggie Jackson DET PG
Pistons' Reggie Jackson: Cleared to play Sunday vs. Celtics1h ago
Reggie Jackson (neck) will start at point guard in Sunday's game against the Celtics, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Jackson popped up on the Detroit Pistons ' injury report with neck spasms, but it wasn't a severe enough issue to keep him out for Sunday's contest. The floor general is averaging only 9.4 points, 5.5 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 25.1 minutes across 10 games during February, and playing through any sort of lingering injury may not help his cause to reclaim playing time with Ish Smith outproducing him of late.
Andrew Bogut PHI C
76ers' Andrew Bogut: Likely to join Cavaliers once buyout is secured2h ago
Andrew Bogut (personal) is expected to join the Cavaliers once he secures a buyout from the Philadelphia 76ers , Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio reports.
Bogut was traded to the 76ers on Thursday as part of the deal that sent Nerlens Noel to the Mavericks, but it's not expected that he'll ever see the floor in a Philadelphia uniform. He has yet to report to the team since the trade, and 76ers coach Brett Brown said Friday that the big man wouldn't join the team for at least a week while he tends to a personal matter, but that won't preclude Philadelphia from getting started in negotiating a buyout. Assuming Bogut goes unclaimed off waivers once the buyout is official, he'll likely draw interest from a number of clubs, but the Cavaliers are believed to be the top playoff-contending team interested in bringing him aboard. Bogut would slot in as the backup to starting center Tristan Thompson, bringing some desperately needed rim-protecting skills to a Cavs roster.
Adam Larsson EDM D
Oilers' Adam Larsson: Ready to return Sunday1h ago
Adam Larsson (lower body) is in the lineup for Sunday's away game against the Predators, Jack Michaels of the Edmonton Oilers Radio Network reports.
Larsson returns to the lineup after missing the previous two games with the minor ailment. He'll likely round out the third defensive pairing with Darnell Nurse, who is returning Sunday after missing 35 games. Eric Gryba and Brandon Davidson will be the resulting healthy scratches.
Brad Marchand BOS LW
Bruins' Brad Marchand: Posts third multi-point game this month1h ago
Brad Marchand scored a goal and picked up two assists in a 6-3 victory over the Stars on Sunday.
The three-point effort pushed Marchand back into the top five in scoring with 64 points this season. He's also tied for seventh in goals with 27. Marchand has been extremely hot since just before the All-Star break. Ironically, since the game against Detroit on Jan. 24 where he also earned a suspension for a questionable hit, he has 10 goals and 20 points in 13 games, and most of that damage is coming at even strength.
Darnell Nurse EDM D
Oilers' Darnell Nurse: Returns Sunday1h ago
Darnell Nurse will return to the Edmonton Oilers lineup Sunday following a 35-game absence.
Nurse hasn't played since Dec. 1. His return is great for the Oilers and adds a decent depth option on defense in many fantasy formats. However, after an absence that long you may want to wait and see him playing 100 percent before rostering him.
Patrice Bergeron BOS C
Bruins' Patrice Bergeron: Post three-point effort versus Stars1h ago
Patrice Bergeron recorded two goals, an assist and five shots in a 6-3 victory over the Stars on Sunday.
It was his third game of February with at least three points and the second time this month where he had three points and more than four shots in the same game. Since Jan. 22, Bergeron has six goals and 17 points in 13 games and during that stretch, he's averaged 5.69 shots per game. Furthermore, six of those 17 points have come on the man advantage. With that kind of production, it's hard to find a hotter center in the league at the moment.
Pekka Rinne NSH G
Predators' Pekka Rinne: Confirmed as starter Sunday1h ago
Pekka Rinne led his team onto the ice for warmups, confirming that he will be the starting goalie for Sunday's matchup with the Oilers.
While Rinne has struggled recently, his history against the Oilers, along with the fact that the team has lost two of its last three games and is averaging a low 2.20 goals per game in February, suggests that he could turn in a good performance Sunday. As it always seems to, it will all likely depend on how well the Nashville Predators can contain superstar Connor McDavid.
Cam Talbot EDM G
Oilers' Cam Talbot: Draws Sunday start1h ago
Cam Talbot will tend the crease for Sunday's game in Nashville.
Talbot makes his third start in a row and will look to rebound after dropping a close one to Washington last time out. The 29-year-old's form has been solid lately -- over his last seven starts, he shows a 5-2-0 record and has allowed three goals or fewer to go with a .925 save percentage over that span. He'll look to get it going against a hot Predators team that has won three of its last four and is averaging 3.45 goals per game in February, good for fifth in the NHL.
Buddy Baumann SD RP
Padres' Buddy Baumann: Gives up an earned run in spring debut22m ago
Buddy Baumann gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits in his lone inning of work Saturday.
Baumann is competing for a bullpen job this spring, and while this outing wasn't terrible, it certainly doesn't help him considering he pitched the ninth inning against lesser talent. He had a few brief stints in the majors last season and showed a good ability to strike batters out (10 strikeouts in 9.2 innings). While Baumann doesn't have a ton of superior talent competing with him for the final two or three bullpen spots, he will still have to perform to earn an Opening Day job after manager Andy Green stated he wouldn't shy away from using some of the starters who miss the rotation battle out of the bullpen.
Keith Hessler SD RP
Padres' Keith Hessler: Hammered in Cactus League debut28m ago
Keith Hessler was hit to the tune of four runs on four hits over two-thirds of an inning Saturday. He struck out two and walked none in a spring training loss to the Mariners.
Hessler is looking to earn one of the San Diego Padres ' vacant bullpen jobs this spring, but this outing did not do him any favors in accomplishing that goal. The southpaw had a 4.15 ERA over 21.2 innings with both the Diamondbacks and the Padres last season. He will have to string some solid outings to reverse the damage done Saturday, but the fact that San Diego has a lack of viable options for their bullpen will work in Hessler's favor.
Cory Spangenberg SD 2B
Padres' Cory Spangenberg: Successful return to the field32m ago
Cory Spangenberg started Saturday's spring training matchup with the Mariners and went 1-for-2 with a stolen base.
This was Spangenberg's first game action since tearing his quad last April. The speedy second baseman looked like he didn't skip a beat, stealing a base and looking smooth on defense. He will be competing with Ryan Schimpf for the starting job at the keystone this spring. Both players couldn't be more different; Spangenberg provides better contact, speed and defense while the latter is a pure power option. The job will ultimately be decided based off their performance this spring and what skills the San Diego Padres want their starting second baseman to have.
Paul Clemens SD SP
Padres' Paul Clemens: Rough spring debut42m ago
Paul Clemens didn't fare well in his Cactus League debut, giving up three runs on four hits while walking one and striking out none in a two-inning start.
This was not the start Clemens was hoping for when you consider he is one of several options vying for a rotation spot on the Opening Day roster. All of the damage was done on a three-run shot by Nelson Cruz in the first inning. Clemens has struggled with keeping the ball in the yard, allowing 1.8 HR/9 in 71.1 innings last season. The 29-year-old will have to show more this spring if he wants to stay in competition for a starting job, let alone make the 25-man roster.
Danny Salazar CLE SP
Indians' Danny Salazar: Strikes out three in debut1h ago
Danny Salazar made his Cactus League debut on Sunday, throwing two scoreless innings and striking out three against the Cubs.
The 27-year-old right-hander looked solid in his first in-game of 2017. Although he did give up a hit and a walk, Salazar was able to generate some encouraging swing-and-misses. The Cleveland Indians will be hoping that he can stay healthy this season and help anchor their impressive starting rotation.
T.J. Rivera NYM 2B
Mets' T.J. Rivera: Slated to play first during spring games1h ago
T.J. Rivera is expected to get reps at first base as he works to make the teams 25-man roster, Matt Ehalt of the Record reports.
If Rivera makes the Opening Day roster, it would be unlikely that he'd be used as a regular starter for the New York Mets . Rather, he'd likely serve as a utility man. Rivera has repeatedly proven that he can hit for average and add occasional power, but showing he can hold his own at first base would surely make him more valuable to the big club.
Mario Addison CAR LB
Panthers' Mario Addison: Signs with Panthers1h ago
Mario Addison signed with the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.
Addison's deal is expected to go through the 2019 season. Last season, Addison tallied 27 tackles and led the team with 9.5 sacks.
Matt Elam BAL DB
Ravens' Matt Elam: Arrested on multiple drug charges8h ago
Matt Elam was arrested on three drug-related charges in Miami on Sunday, NFL.com's Jeremy Bergman reports.
Elam was initially pulled over for reckless driving early Sunday morning, but police booked him on charges of marijuana possession, possession with intent to sell or deliver and possession of a controlled substance. The former first-round pick appeared in nine games as a backup for the Baltimore Ravens last season, collecting four tackles. He's set to become a free agent in March after the Ravens declined his fifth-year option, but the arrest could hurt his chances of landing with a team.
Tony Romo DAL QB
Cowboys' Tony Romo: Has not had conversations with team yet21h ago
Team owner and general manager Jerry Jones is expected to make the decision on the future of Tony Romo soon, but Jones said he has not yet spoken with the veteran quarterback, Charean William of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
It was previously reported that the two sides would speak before the NFL Scouting Combine, and that begins Tuesday. Rookie Dak Prescott stepped in for the injured veteran and had a magical season. Prescott is expected to start in 2017, but it is possible the veteran Romo could be kept around as insurance. It would likely take a pay cut to make that happen. Vegas even has odds on Romo's 2017 team, and the Dallas Cowboys are considered the favorite (along with the Broncos).
Nick Mangold NYJ C
Jets' Nick Mangold: Released by Jets1d ago
Nick Mangold (ankle) has been released by the New York Jets , Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Mangold ended the 2016 on injured reserve due to an ankle injury after appearing in just eight games. In his 11-year career with the Jets, he started 164 out of 176 games leading to seven Pro Bowl selections.
Junior Galette WAS DE
Redskins' Junior Galette: Signs with Redskins1d ago
Junior Galette will return to the Washington Redskins on a one-year contract, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.
Although he has been with the Redskins the past two seasons, Galette has yet to appear in a game with the team. He ruptured his left Achilles prior to the 2015 season and his right this past July. According to The Washington Post, he and GM Scot McCloughan reportedly laid out plans to remain in Washington on a one-year deal for 2017 previously, so this news comes as no surprise.
Allen Barbre PHI T
Eagles' Allen Barbre: Will be ready for 2017 season2d ago
Allen Barbre (hamstring) should be completely healed in advance of the 2017 season, CSN Philly reports.
Barbre sat out last season's regular season finale after aggravating a hamstring injury in Week 16. While the injury is not expected to persist into the 2017 campaign, it still isn't clear how much of the Philadelphia Eagles ' offseason program he could miss.