Dolphins' Cameron Wake: Not yet 100 percent
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Wake (achilles) played in Thursday's preseason win over the Falcons, but said afterwards that his achilles is "probably not" at 100 percent, Armando Salguergo of the Miami Herald reports.

Wake is now 10 months removed from his torn achilles tendon that ended his 2015 campaign, and he appears to be making good progress. It's rare for teams to play one of their better players in a preseason game when they aren't totally healthy, so Wake's play on Thursday is an encouraging sign that he's nearing full health, even if he's not there yet. He isn't expected to miss any regular season time due to the injury, even as he continues through the final stages of rehab and recovery.

Redskins' Martrell Spaight: Looking to make full comeback
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Spaight is hoping to make a comeback this year after being placed on season-ending IR last September due to a concussion, Alaina Getzenberg of reports.

Spaight took just nine snaps his rookie season before it all came to an end, but the linebacker from Arkansas is now back at full strength and hungry to make an impact. He's competing for reps with veteran Will Compton. Head coach Jay Gruden said of the situation, "Spaight's getting back into the groove and playing well and communicating well. We feel really good about that linebacker spot having two of them that can make the calls. How much (Spaight's) going to play on game day - Monday night - I don't know yet, but I think throughout the course of the a 16-game season, he's going to get plenty of playing time." Look for Spaight to take the field several times with the first-team defense on Monday, as well as on special teams coverage.

Falcons' Adrian Clayborn: Expected back for Week 1
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Clayborn (shoulder) is expected back for Week 1, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Clayborn was scheduled for an MRI on Friday, after injuring his shoulder during Thursday's preseason game against the Dolphins. He's expected to start at left defensive end, but he may lose a lot of snaps to Brooks Reed and/or Dwight Freeney.

Raiders' Ben Heeney: Starting at middle linebacker
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Heeney, a fifth-rounder in last year's NFL Draft, heads into the 2016 season as the starting middle linebacker for the Raiders, Jimmy Durkin of the Bay Area News Group reports.

At six-foot, 231 pounds there remain questions regarding Heeney's ability to excel at the position due to being undersized, particularly against the run. The Raiders take on the Titans in their third preseason game Saturday, so Heeney figures to get plenty of reps against their run-first offense. Throughout the 2015 season the 23-year-old racked up 38 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and one forced fumble in 15 games and those numbers figure to rise.

Raiders' Denico Autry: Could start on defensive line
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Autry is the leading candidate to replace Mario Edwards (hip) in the starting lineup on the Raiders' defensive line, Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area reports.

Autry missed time early in the offseason due to a wrist injury, resulting in spotty play throughout the preseason thus far. He still has the talent to earn the starting spot, however, but he'll have to impress the coaches on Saturday when the Raiders take on the Titans in their third exhibition contest.

Raiders' Nate Allen: Should start Saturday
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Allen will likely get the start at safety during Saturday's preseason game against the Titans, Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area reports.

Allen figures to get plenty of reps throughout the Raiders' third exhibition contest, with usual starter Reggie Nelson (knee) likely sidelined. Allen has impressed throughout the preseason thus far and he intends to play a key depth role at both safety spots upon Nelson's return to action.

Donte Whitner: Visiting with Panthers
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Whitner will work out for the Panthers on Friday, reports.

Whitner totaled 187 tackles over his two-year stint with the Browns, but was released by the team in April. With the Panthers losing safety Roman Harper to the Saints this offseason, Tre Boston has been promoted to their starting position, so signing Whitner would restore a veteran presence to help the depth of Carolina's secondary.

Cardinals' Tyrann Mathieu: Could play against Texans
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Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Mathieu (knee) could play as many as 12 snaps in Sunday's preseason game against the Texans, the Cardinals official website reports.

Removed from the PUP list last week, Mathieu has already progressed to 11-on-11 padded drills, potentially setting him up for a 2016 preseason debut Sunday evening. The Cardinals haven't said for certain whether he'll play in Sunday's game, and it's still unclear if Mathieu will be available Week 1. Although he's made quick progress, both player and team have emphasized the importance of a cautious approach, as Mathieu had a down season when he previously returned from a torn ACL in 2014.

Cowboys' Justin Durant: Starts at middle linebacker
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Durant started at inside linebacker in Thursday's preseason game against the Seahawks, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Signed in mid-July after considering retirement during the offseason, Durant worked behind Anthony Hitchens through the first two weeks of the preseason. However, the 30-year-old Durant still has a shot to enter Week 1 as a starter, potentially even working in a three-down role. It's still a long shot, but there is some chance Durant could be a serviceable IDP option for the first time since early in the 2014 season.

Redskins' Chris Baker: Will not play Friday
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Baker will not play in Friday's preseason tilt with the Bills in order to rest, Anthony Gulizia of the Washington Times reports.

The decision to keep the veteran out of the lineup shouldn't bring too much concern as it is not related to any serious injury. Look for Stephen Paea and Ziggy Hood to see increased action with Baker on the sidelines Friday night.

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