Phillip Gaines (knee) is active for Saturday's third preseason game against the Bears, Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.
Gaines is coming back from a torn ACL which he suffered Week 3 of the 2015 season. He managed to have a solid week of practice leading up to Saturday and will seemingly be back in action for the Kansas City Chiefs moving forward.
Willie Snead caught four passes for 58 yards, including a terrific 17-yard touchdown reception between three defenders, in Friday's third preseason game against the Steelers.
Snead's touchdown catch was a thing of beauty, as he went up high for the grab between multiple defender, had it pop loose in the air, and managed to corral it as he lay flat on his back. He also hauled in a 26-yarder down the middle of the field on third-and-4. Michael Thomas has been getting all the hype this preseason, but Friday's dress rehearsal was an important reminder that Snead still projects to start at receiver for New Orleans. Quarterback Drew Brees clearly trusts Snead, making him a valuable fantasy commodity in the New Orleans Saints ' aerial attack, even if he loses some touches to the likes of Thomas or Coby Fleener.
Marcus Murphy sustained a concussion in Friday's preseason game against the Steelers, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.
Murphy is currently competing for a spot on the 53-man roster and this injury could pose problems for that manifesting. However, he saw 12 offensive snaps Friday before sustaining the concussion and seemed to be on track to remain on the roster.
DeSean Jackson hauled in four receptions for 56 yards in Friday's win over the Bills.
Jackson made a triumphant return to the field after being a healthy scratch from the previous preseason game against the Jets. He led the Washington wideouts in receptions, which included a 39-yard catch. The veteran won't play next week against the Buccaneers, as head coach Jay Gruden has already confirmed that all the starters will rest.
Colt McCoy completed seven of 10 passes for 59 yards in Friday's win over the Bills.
It was a quiet night for the No. 2 quarterback as he managed the second half of Friday's win. McCoy has had a decent preseason, assuring Washington they're in good hands if anything happens to starter Kirk Cousins. McCoy's big day will come next week against the Buccaneers as he will likely start under center after head coach Jay Gruden confirmed all starters will rest.
Daniel Lasco is currently in the league's concussion protocol following Friday's preseason game against the Steelers, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.
Lasco was given just one rush attempt during Friday's third preseason game, accounting for four yards, and claimed to be fine after sustaining the head injury in the fourth quarter on a receiving play. If the injury lingers, Lasco could be in danger of not making the 53-man roster.
Bud Norris allowed two runs with six strikeouts and four walks across five innings in Friday's start versus the Cubs. He did not factor into the decision.
Norris lasted just 3.2 innings in his last start, which led to him being used in the bullpen earlier this week, but he rebounded to hold a potent offense in check Friday. Although he left with a shot at a victory, the bullpen collapsed, ruining his chances, and ultimately lost the game for the club. After Friday's promising outing, Norris will remain in the rotation and will face a more favorable matchup Friday versus the Padres.
Joel De La Cruz allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits across just four innings in Friday's loss to the Giants. He struck out two and walked none.
De La Cruz received little help Friday, as the offense failed to score a run against Jeff Samardzija and a pair of errors led to three unearned runs on his ledger. De La Cruz has had a rough go of late, as he has allowed 14 earned runs in his last 19.1 innings as a starter, and has seen his ERA shoot up to 4.66. He will remain in the rotation and will start Thursday versus the Padres.
Jordy Mercer went 1-for-4 with his first career grand slam Friday against the Brewers.
The shortstop is still only hitting .176/.256/.365 in 74 August at-bats, but he's already totaled four homers, a monthly best. Mercer ranks second among NL shortstops with a .986 fielding percentage behind the Phillies' Freddy Galvis (.988). He'll face Jimmy Nelson, against whom he has two hits in 12 career at-bats, on his 30th birthday Saturday.
Dioner Navarro is expected to join the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of SportsNet reports.
Navarro was dealt to the Blue Jays on Friday, coming over from the White Sox in exchange for Colton Turner. Upon joining the big league club, Navarro is expected to serve as the top backup to Russell Martin, likely seeing most of his time against left-handers.
Russell Martin is not in the lineup Saturday against the Twins, John Lott of Vice Sports reports.
Manager John Gibbons said Martin will get the day off, noting that he's "beat up" from catching each of the last three games. The plan is for Martin to serve as the DH Sunday, with Josh Thole making a second straight start behind the plate.
Jeff Samardzija earned his 11th win of the season with seven scoreless innings Friday versus the Braves, striking out six and walking three in the process.
Samardzija had been on a role heading into Friday's cushy matchup, and he kept it rolling with his best outing in recent memory. After struggling mightily throughout the month of July and into August, the right-hander hasa 1.75 ERA over his last four starts and a 19:5 K:BB ratio over his last three. He will face a tough task in his next outing Tuesday versus the Cubs.
Kendall Marshall was traded to the Jazz on Friday in exchange for Tibor Pleiss, two future second-round picks, and cash, Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Marshall had been buried on the Philadelphia 76ers ' depth chart at guard heading into the 2016-17 season, so the team will at least be getting value in return for sending the 25-year-old off to a new squad. Throughout the 2015-16 season in Philadelphia he notched 3.7 points, 0.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 13 minutes per game in 30 games played. The likes of George Hill, Dante Exum, Rodney Hood, Alec Burks, and more crowd the backcourt in Utah, so Marshall has some battling to do before securing a spot in the pecking order.
Tibor Pleiss was traded Friday to the Philadelphia 76ers along with two future second-round picks and cash in exchange for guard Kendall Marshall, Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Pleiss was a longshot to make the roster in Utah heading into the 2016-17 season with Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert dominating the majority of minutes in the frontcourt, with several secondary options in Trey Lyles, Boris Diaw, and Joel Bolomboy providing depth. Pleiss only averaged seven minutes per game throughout the 2015-16 season with the Jazz, reeling in 1.3 rebounds and 2.0 points per game as well. The 76ers have plenty of young weapons such as first overall pick Ben Simmons, Nerlens Noel, and Jahlil Okafor so Pleiss' role could be limited given he makes the final roster.
Kelly Olynyk indicated Wednesday that his surgically-repaired right shoulder is becoming stronger, Scott Souza of the Providence Journal reports.
Olynyk remains concerned that his activities could still be limited at the start of training camp in late September, but the big man nonetheless appears to be well ahead of the five-month recovery timetable initially handed down in late May. That timetable likely would have resulted in Olynyk being sidelined for the start of the season, but the Boston Celtics seem increasingly optimistic that he'll be back to full health at some point later in camp. Olynyk is expected to compete with Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko for a starting role in the frontcourt alongside marquee free-agent signing Al Horford.
The Miami Heat have informed Josh McRoberts that he remains in the team's plans for the upcoming season, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
McRoberts' name surfaced in trade rumors throughout the offseason, but since the big man underwhelmed during an injury-plagued 2015-16 campaign and is due $5.8 million in 2016-17, it's unlikely the Heat gained much traction with any supposed discussions. With Chris Bosh's health on uncertain ground heading into the season while he recovers from a setback relating to blood clots, the Heat could need McRoberts to raise his performance in order to remain competitive in the Eastern Conference.
Nikola Mirotic doesn't believe the right knee injury he suffered while playing for Spain in the 2016 Summer Olympics is anything serious, Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Mirotic hurt the knee in a collision during the Spanish team's bronze-medal winning performance Sunday against Australia, but after briefly leaving the contest, he was able to return minutes later. After the win, Mirotic downplayed the severity of the ailment, so it doesn't seem he's at risk of being unavailable when the Chicago Bulls open training camp in the fall. The 25-year-old is expected to compete with Taj Gibson in camp for the starting power forward role.
Brandon Ingram signed a rookie-scale contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
Ingram, the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, is expected to immediately play a major role for the rebuilding Lakers, though he'll likely find himself on the second unit to begin the season after the team signed veteran forward Luol Deng in the offseason. The 18-year-old provided glimpses of his vast potential during the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists across five games.
Petteri Lindbohm has a shot at an increased role with the St. Louis Blues in 2016-17, NHL.com reports.
Lindbohm made quite the impression on the parent club in 2014-15, when he was called upon to fill in for injured players and in the same season went on to produce 18 points in 53 games for AHL Chicago. A physical defender, Lindbohm still has room to improve his skating. Entering the final year of his entry-level contact, he will be out to prove he's worthy of a full-time role with St. Louis. Fantasy owners should take note.
Rattie is destined to make the Opening Night roster as a top-nine winger for the St. Louis Blues , NHL.com reports.
A top prospect for the Blues, Rattie has a chance to bloom into a full-time player after totaling only 26 NHL games over the past three seasons. Last season with AHL Chicago, the winger tallied 17 goals and 29 assists in 62 games, albeit with a minus-12 rating. At only 23 years old, Rattie still has time to improve his defensive acumen but the offensive skills are evident. With the offseason departures of David Backes and Troy Brouwer, the Blues are looking deeper into their system. "With a younger, different lineup, it's going to give Ty Rattie an opportunity to come in and gain a spot," said GM Doug Armstrong. He could be a popular sleeper heading into the 2016-17 season.
Robin Lehner is dealing with an undisclosed injury which will prevent him from playing in the World Cup of Hockey, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
It's not clear if this is a new injury or one related to the high-ankle sprain that cost him significant time in 2015-16. At any rate, Jhonas Enroth reportedly will replace him on Sweden's World Cup roster. Buffalo had the intention of making Lehner the undisputed No. 1 backstop from the start of last season, but the big Swede was injured Opening Night, causing backups Chad Johnson and Linus Ullmark to be featured more prominently than they otherwise would've been. Johnson is now in Calgary, but Buffalo still has plenty of talented young goalies waiting for a shot in the NHL, including Jason Kasdorf and Cal Petersen. Although the severity of Lehner's injury has yet to be disclosed, this latest development illustrates the risk involved in drafting him as a fantasy starter.
Jhonas Enroth has been added to Sweden's World Cup of Hockey roster in place of Robin Lehner, who is dealing with an undisclosed injury, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
It's been quite the week for Enroth, as he signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday and now gets to represent his country on an international stage. However, from a fantasy perspective, it's tough to be overjoyed by a career backup who hasn't recorded more than 35 starts in any of his seven NHL seasons. Enroth turned in a 7-5-1 record, 2.17 GAA and .922 save percentage with the Kings last season, proving that he does have value as a secondary goalie option, though moving to a rebuilding Leafs team promises to keep him on his toes.
Robin Lehner (ankle) is still not believed to be 100 percent, The Buffalo News reports.
According to the report, Team Sweden head coach Rikard Gronborg will be replacing Lehner with former Sabre Jhonas Enroth, with Henrik Lundqvist remaining as the starter. Lehner has participated in on-ice activities over the summer and is expected to be ready for the start of the season. He injured his ankle twice during the 2015-16 season and appeared in just 21 games for the Buffalo Sabres .
Alexander Steen (shoulder) continues to progress from a shoulder injury suffered in late February, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
The original timetable for return was 4-to-6 months, but at this point, it seems much more likely to be four months, which should have the 32-year-old winger ready for the start of the season. If his recovery slows in the next month, then he would likely only miss the first few games. Health permitting, Steen should continue to put up steady goal and assist totals as he embarks on his 12th NHL campaign.