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Ronnie Stanley BAL OT
Ravens' Ronnie Stanley: Returns to practice2m ago
Stanley (knee) returned to practice Wednesday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN reports.
Stanley has been sidelined since Week 1 but now has a chance of playing against the Browns on Sunday. Patrick Mekari has served as the starter in place of the 29-year-old, and should do so once again if Stanley ends up being unavailable this week.
Laremy Tunsil HOU OT
Texans' Laremy Tunsil: Expected to sit out again2m ago
Tunsil (knee) will likely be ruled out for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.
Tunsil has been dealing with a persistent knee injury that kept him sidelined each of the past two weeks. The three-time Pro Bowler has been a stalwart on the left side of Houston's offensive line over the past five seasons, so his absence will leave quarterback C.J. Stroud without perhaps his best offensive lineman against Pittsburgh's hounding defensive front. With Josh Jones (hand) also expected to sit out Week 4, it's likely that Houston may opt to elevate someone from the practice squad to help supplement this depleted offensive line.
Quenton Nelson IND OG
Colts' Quenton Nelson: Misses practice Wednesday7m ago
Nelson (toe) did not participate at the Colts' practice Wednesday, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.
Nelson was able to play through the toe injury in Week 3 versus the Ravens, so his absence Wednesday isn't a huge concern. He'll look to return to the practice field ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Rams.
Krys Barnes ARI LB
Cardinals' Krys Barnes: Misses practice Wednesday8m ago
Barnes (finger) did not practice Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Barnes exited the Week 3 win over the Cowboys with the injury. He's been in on 61 percent of the defensive snaps through three games, recording 16 tackles and three pass breakups.
Josh Jones HOU OT
Texans' Josh Jones: Likely out Week 48m ago
Jones is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Steelers with a hand injury, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.
Jones appears to have picked up a hand issue during or since the Week 3 victory versus Jacksonville. With the fourth-year veteran now likely to sit out, expect rookie Nick Broeker to step in as Houston's starting left guard against Pittsburgh.
Ryan Kelly IND C
Colts' Ryan Kelly: Practices in full11m ago
Kelly (concussion) was a full participant in practice Wednesday.
Kelly missed last week's win against Baltimore but is trending towards playing week, provided he can clear the concussion protocol in time. If the 2016 first-round pick is forced to miss a second straight week however, Wesley French will start again.
Gavin Williams CLE SP
Guardians' Gavin Williams: Not starting again this season4m ago
Williams isn't listed as one of the Guardians' three scheduled starting pitchers for the team's season-closing series with the Tigers this weekend, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Williams last pitched Sept. 17, and though the Guardians haven't provided a clear update on his status, the 24-year-old rookie has presumably been dropped from the rotation for workload management reasons now that the team has been eliminated from playoff contention. Since he's still part of the 28-man active roster, Williams could be available out of the bullpen for the final three games of the season, though the Guardians may prefer to stay away from him. If Williams has in fact been shut down, he'll close the campaign with a 3-5 record, 3.29 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 81:37 K:BB across 82 innings with Cleveland following his June promotion from Triple-A Columbus. Williams should be assured an Opening Day rotation spot in 2024 on the heels of a strong first season in the big leagues.
Max Scherzer TEX SP
Rangers' Max Scherzer: Throws off mound40m ago
Scherzer (shoulder) threw a light bullpen session Wednesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Wednesday's bullpen session comes just two weeks after Scherzer was diagnosed with a low-grade strain of the teres major muscle in his right shoulder -- an injury that was expected to take 8-to-12 weeks to recover from. Multiple additional mound sessions will be required before Scherzer is able to progress to facing hitters, but the 39-year-old seems determined to make it back to the Rangers' rotation for the postseason.
Jake Latz TEX SP
Rangers' Jake Latz: Optioned to Triple-A1h ago
The Rangers optioned Latz to Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Latz will lose his spot in Texas' bullpen as Josh Sborz (hamstring) returns from the injured list Wednesday. Latz turned in two solid outings with the Rangers this season, combining for 4.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts, and he could be in a position to compete for a spot on the Rangers' Opening Day roster in 2024.
Josh Sborz TEX RP
Rangers' Josh Sborz: Returns from IL1h ago
The Rangers reinstated Sborz (hamstring) from the 15-day injured list Wednesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Sborz has been on the injured list since Sept. 5 due to a strained hamstring. He threw one inning during a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock, during which he gave up two hits and struck out three batters. The 29-year-old righty has put up a 5.80 ERA and 1.19 WHIP through 49.2 frames this season and figures to be in the mix for high-leverage outings as the Rangers push for a postseason spot. Jake Latz was optioned to Round Rock in a corresponding move.
Jorge Soler MIA DH
Marlins' Jorge Soler: Idle for nightcap1h ago
Soler isn't in the Marlins' lineup for the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Mets, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
After an 0-for-4 performance to begin the day, Soler will ride the pine to begin the second game of Wednesday's twin bill. Jake Burger will serve as Miami's DH while Jon Berti starts at third base.
Luis Arraez MIA 2B
Marlins' Luis Arraez: Held out of Game 21h ago
Arraez (ankle) won't start in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Mets, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Arraez was also held out of the first game Wednesday, and he still has yet to appear in a game since injuring his ankle Saturday against Milwaukee. Xavier Edwards will start at second base and bat ninth while Arraez continues to heal.
R.J. Hampton DET PG
Heat's R.J. Hampton: Agrees to two-way deal with Miami4h ago
The Heat signed Hampton to a two-way contract Wednesday, Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel reports.
Hampton made 47 NBA appearances between the Magic and Pistons in 2022-23, averaging 6.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 16.0 minutes. The 22-year-old guard will take Jamaree Bouyea's two-way spot and should split time between the Heat and the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the G League next season.
Jamaree Bouyea MIA PG
Jamaree Bouyea: Let go by Miami4h ago
The Heat waived Bouyea on Wednesday, Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel reports.
Bouyea made five appearances in the NBA between the Heat and Wizards in 2022-23, averaging 3.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 14.2 minutes. His two-way roster spot will now be used by R.J. Hampton.
Kobe Brown LAC SF
Clippers' Kobe Brown: Healthy to start training camp4h ago
Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank said Wednesday that Brown (ankle) is healthy and ready to go for training camp, Justin Russo of the 'Clip & Roll' podcast reports.
Brown suffered an ankle injury during Summer League action, but as expected, the rookie first-round pick is good to go for training camp. The Missouri product averaged 15.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.6 made three-pointers, 1.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocks in 25.5 minutes per game during Summer League. Brown's three-point efficiency certainly stood out in college, and it appears his shot will translate to the next level, which should help him carve out a rotational spot to start 2023-24.
Moussa Diabate LAC PF
Clippers' Moussa Diabate: Good to go for camp4h ago
Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank said Wednesday that Diabate (rib) is healthy and ready to go for training camp, Justin Russo of the 'Clip & Roll' podcast reports.
Diabate missed some Summer League action due to a rib injury, but as expected, he's healthy to start the 2023-24 campaign. The 2022 second-round pick is slated to spend a second consecutive campaign on a two-way deal with the Clippers. Last year, Diabate appeared in 22 NBA games (one start) and averaged 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 8.9 minutes per game.
Paul George LAC SG
Clippers' Paul George: Cleared for training camp5h ago
Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank said Wednesday that George (knee) will be a full participant at training camp, Law Murray of The Athletic reports.
George missed the final eight games of the 2022-23 regular season as well as the postseason due to a right knee sprain. He was slated to resume workouts at the end of May, so it's not surprising to see him good to go for training camp. Kawhi Leonard (knee) is also expected to be a full participant, so with their two superstars back in action, the Clippers could work their way back into championship contention. Before the injury, George was playing at an extremely high level, averaging 25.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.4 steals in 36.0 minutes across 22 appearances.
Kawhi Leonard LAC SF
Clippers' Kawhi Leonard: Will be full participant at camp5h ago
Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank said Wednesday that Leonard (knee) will be a full participant during training camp, Law Murray of The Athletic reports.
Leonard underwent a clean-up procedure in June and was expected to be fully recovered by training camp. While Leonard was expected to be healthy at this point, it's still an encouraging sign to see the oft-injured superstar meeting his rehab timelines after numerous lengthy absences in recent years. Leonard was really starting to look like himself before tearing his meniscus in the Clippers' playoff opener last season. Over the final 35 regular-season games of 2022-23, Leonard averaged 27.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.6 steals in 36.1 minutes per game. If he can perform at that level for Los Angeles in 2023-24, the Clippers could find their way back into championship contention.
Brandt Clarke LA D
Kings' Brandt Clarke: Expected to play3h ago
Clarke (shoulder) is expected to suit up for Wednesday's preseason game versus the Golden Knights, Scott Coffman of Mayor's Manor reports.
Clarke was held out of the Kings' Global Series games in Australia due to the injury, but he practiced while remaining in North America. The 20-year-old defenseman is set to make his preseason debut, beginning his quest for an Opening Night roster spot. Clarke will likely see a significant role throughout the rest of the preseason.
Mikael Backlund CGY C
Flames' Mikael Backlund: Inks two-year extension3h ago
Backlund signed a two-year, $9 million contract extension with the Flames on Wednesday and was named the captain of the team.
After a summer full of talks of upheaval, the Flames were able to get one of their longest tenured players to commit for two more years after this one. Backlund put up a career-best 56 points in 82 games last season, and he has shown consistency on offense and defense over the last decade. Expect the 34-year-old center to line up on the third line, but he'll also seen time in all situations.
Roope Hintz DAL LW
Stars' Roope Hintz: Misses practice5h ago
Hintz didn't practice due to an upper-body injury Wednesday, Mike Heika of the Stars' official site reports.
According to coach Pete DeBoer, the Stars are being cautious with Hintz since there's plenty of time left in the preseason, so it sounds like the 26-year-old pivot's injury probably isn't overly serious. Hintz racked up 37 goals and 75 points through 73 contests last season.
Zach Whitecloud LV D
Golden Knights' Zach Whitecloud: Being evaluated5h ago
Whitecloud (undisclosed) is being evaluated for an injury, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
For now, Whitecloud can be considered day-to-day. The 26-year-old blueliner picked up 12 points through 59 games last campaign.
Justin Faulk STL D
Blues' Justin Faulk: Expected to skate Thursday6h ago
Faulk (lower body) is set to rejoin practice ahead of Thursday's meeting with Chicago, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Faulk is far from guaranteed to play versus the Blackhawks on Thursday but the fact that he will participate in the game-day skate is certainly a step in the right direction. At this point, it seems the blueliner will be ready for the start of the 2023-24 campaign where he should be capable of pushing for the 50-point threshold again.
Isaac Ratcliffe NSH LW
Blues' Isaac Ratcliffe: Suffers upper-body injury6h ago
Ratcliffe sustained an upper-body injury that will rule him out versus Chicago on Thursday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Ratcliffe is currently with the Blues on a professional tryout, so this injury isn't going to improve his chances of making the Opening Night roster. The winger failed to make an NHL appearance last season and has just 10 games under his belt. At this point, the 2017 second-round pick is unlikely to ever become more than an organizational depth piece.