Cortez Allen (knee) was limited in practice Saturday.
He was a full participant Friday, but it's possible that he aggravated the knee issue. Consider him questionable for Monday night's game.
Ryan Shazier (shoulder) did not practice Saturday.
This comes as a bit of a surprise, as he was a full-participant Friday. Make sure to check back on his status before Monday night's game, but it sounds like he is questionable to return to action this week.
Running back Dan Herron , picked up by the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday, is already looking good in practices with his fresh legs and is hitting the hole better than any of the team's healthy backs, BuffaloBills.com reports.
"I think Boom is going to...you know there's a good chance that he's going to be a part of the game plan," said offensive coordinator Greg Roman. "I really like what I see out of him, like what I hear out of him and he's picking things up pretty quickly."
Herron knows this offensive system because it's the same one used by his former team, the Indianapolis Colts . While Anthony Dixon will get first crack at the Tennessee Titans this week, don't be surprised if Herron gets at least a handful of carries, with the potential for more should he look significantly better than Dixon. Still, he's a dart this week until things better sort themselves.
Morgan Burnett (calf) has been downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game.
He has not practiced this week, so this does not come as a surprise. Michah Hyde and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will be the Green Bay Packers ' starting safeties Sunday.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (ankle) has been downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game.
He was a non-participant in practice once again this week, so this comes as no surprise. Ty Montgomery , who was on the field for 72 snaps last week, will serve as the Packers' No. 3 wide receiver against the St. Louis Rams .
Dallas Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.
This comes as no surprise as Dunbar had surgery earlier in the week to repair a torn ACL and he also has a partially torn MCL. The Cowboys signed wide receiver Vince Mayle to take Dunbar's spot on the roster.
Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre (back) has been excused from Saturday's workout and will be re-evaluated Sunday, the Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
He is day-to-day in advance of Game 3 of the ALDS. With the Rangers up 2-0, they could afford to hold him out Sunday if he is still quite limited.
Chicago Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber is not in the lineup for Saturday's game, the Daily Herald's Bruce Miles reports.
The Cubs are going with a righty-heavy lineup with St. Louis sending lefty Jaime Garcia to the mound for Game 2 of the NLDS. Schwarber will almost certainly be used at some point as a pinch-hitter off the bench. Jorge Soler and Austin Jackson will start in the outfield corners.
Cole Hamels was charged with four runs (two earned) on six hits over seven innings against the Blue Jays on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS. He struck out six and did not issue a walk.
Both Hamels and Toronto starter Marcus Stroman turned in strong performances, but the bullpens ended up deciding the game, with the Texas Rangers getting two runs off LaTroy Hawkins in the 14th inning. The Rangers are in great position, now up 2-0 and heading to Texas, and Hamels likely won't pitch until the Championship Series unless the Blue Jays win two in a row.
Toronto Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman was charged with four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks over seven innings against the Texas Rangers on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS. He struck out five, and did not factor in the decision in the Toronto Blue Jays ' 6-4 loss.
While Stroman was able to go toe-to-toe with Rangers ace Cole Hamels for most of the contest, he put the game-tying run on in the eighth, and Texas ultimately went ahead against LaTroy Hawkins in the 14th. Toronto now finds itself in a surprising 0-2 hole as the series heads to Arlington, but Stroman figures to start Game 5 if the Blue Jays can win the next two games.
Kansas City Royals starter Johnny Cueto gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five over six innings against the Houston Astros on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS. He did not factor in the decision in the Royals' 5-4 win.
Cueto dug the Royals an early hole, allowing Houston to score in each of the first three innings, but they would rally against the Astros' bullpen to escape with a crucial Game 2 victory. Look for Cueto to draw the Game 5 assignment on normal rest Wednesday, should the series return to Kansas City.
Houston Astros starter Scott Kazmir allowed three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out four over 5 1/3 innings against the Kansas City Royals on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS. He did not factor in the decision in the Astros' 5-4 loss.
The lefty gave the Astros about as good a performance as they could have expected after he struggled to a 6.52 ERA in six September starts. It wasn't quite good enough, however, as the bullpen allowed a pair of runs, with Will Harris giving up the go-ahead RBI in the seventh. Kazmir would be an option to start Game 5 on normal rest Wednesday, if the series gets that far.
Arron Afflalo (hamstring) remained unavailable for Friday's preseason win over the Wizards.
Afflalo may have had a shot at playing if he had been able to practice Thursday, but when that failed to materialize, New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher opted to sit him for a second consecutive game. The veteran guard's next chance to play will come against the 76ers on Monday.
Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell (bruised glute) is being listed as doubtful for Sunday's preseason game against Maccabi Haifa, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
The Lakers are still placing Russell in the day-to-day category, but seem contend to rest him for a second consecutive preseason game to avoid the risk of worsening the injury. Though the rookie could stand to benefit from the playing time alongside Jordan Clarkson and Kobe Bryant , the missed time isn't expected to cost him the starting point-guard gig to begin the regular season.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love went through his first full practice on Saturday, Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The Cavs will likely be very cautious with Love this preseason as they don't don't want to risk anything. There's no reason to think Love won't be fully healthy to start the season, and he should see his offensive role increased with the absence of Kyrie Irving in the beginning portion of the season. The Cavs seemed to have a hard time using Love's strengths effectively last year, but with him choosing to resign with the team it appears both sides are hopeful they'll figure it out.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Bass (knee) is doubtful to play in Sunday's preseason matchup with Israeli squad Maccabi Haifa, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Bass, who was diagnosed with a left knee contusion earlier this week, was unavailable to practice Friday, as he continued to receive treatment. Though the bruised knee doesn't seem like a serious enough issue to sideline Bass for the start of the regular season, the Lakers could opt to keep him in street clothes for the next handful of preseason games as a precautionary measure.
John Lucas (hamstring) has missed both of the Miami Heat 's preseason games.
It's not clear if Lucas will be ready to go when the Heat take the court for their third exhibition tilt Monday against the Spurs. Lucas is battling for a deep bench role for the Heat during training camp.
Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (calf) remained absent from Saturday's practice, Ethan J. Skolnick of the Miami Herald reports.
Whiteside has been out of commission for over a week with the injury, but expects to return to practice at some point in the coming days. It's quite likely he'll sit out a third straight exhibition game when Miami hosts San Antonio on Monday, but he could make his preseason debut by next weekend if his recovery goes as anticipated.
Semyon Varlamov will get the start in net Saturday against the Stars, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Varlamov had a rough time in Colorado's Thursday night season opener against the Wild, allowing five goals on 30 shots en route to a 5-4 loss. Head coach Patrick Roy told reporters Saturday that most of the goals were the result of poor defensive play, rather than poor goaltending, which is why he's opted to stick with the 27-year-old Varlamov Saturday against Dallas. Varlamov will hope to submit a bounce back performance Saturday, but if he struggles again, the Colorado Avalanche will have to consider giving backup Reto Berra more opportunities going forward.
Oscar Lindberg logged his second goal of the season in Friday's 4-2 win over Columbus.
While we imagined a time that Lindberg would begin chipping in on another balanced New York Rangers roster, we didn't think it would come this fast. Having netted a pair of goals in his first two games of the season, he's certainly earned a waiver in deeper formats. From there, temper your expectations, but it's certainly plausible head coach Alain Vigneault's increases his ice time in an effort to jump start his top two lines, which could end up making Lindberg more relevant to standard formats.
Henrik Lundqvist will be between the pipes Saturday against the Blue Jackets, Newday's Steve Zipay reports.
Lundqvist was outstanding Friday against Columbus, turning away 31 of the 33 shots he faced en route to a 4-2 victory. Lundqvist is now 2-0-0 on the season, and will look to improve to 3-0-0 by submitting another exceptional outing in Saturday's home opener.
Derek Stepan logged an assist in Friday's 4-2 win over Columbus.
That's a modest two-game point streak to start the season on. Not all that surprising from the Minnesota native who has been progressively inched his way to a point-per-game pace each season he has logged in the NHL. Although linemates Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider seem to have yet to hit high gear, the season is still young and think you will be pleased with Stepan's production once they do shake the early season rust.
Colin Miller is set to make his NHL debut Saturday night, CSN New England reports.
Miller was a healthy scratch in the Boston Bruins ' season opener, but based on Saturday's morning skate, he will replace Zach Trotman and skate alongside Joe Morrow in Saturday's matchup with the Canadiens.
New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes found the net for his first goal of the season in Friday night's 4-2 win over Columbus.
Hayes also logged a team-high (tied with Mats Zuccarello ) four shots on goal and two minutes of power play time. With a seemingly sharper play in the neutral and defensive zones thus far, he should remain on the team's second unit. As long as he continues to log top-six time, with a goal and an assist in his first two contests, there's no reason to believe this kind of production won't continue. For now, play the sophomore with confidence.