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  • Brian Branch DET CB
    Lions' Brian Branch: Likely out until training camp
    11h ago

    Branch recently underwent a cleanup procedure on his lower left leg and will likely be sidelined until training camp, Colton Pouncey of The Athletic reports.

    The Lions initially thought Branch's lower left leg injury would heal on its own, but he elected to undergo a procedure so he could rehab ahead of the regular season. However, coach Dan Campbell said Thursday that Branch is progressing well and will likely be able to do some work before the regular season begins, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Branch was recently seen on a knee scooter around the team's facility. The 22-year-old was solid as a rookie last year, tallying 74 tackles (50 solo), including a sack, along with 13 pass defenses, three interceptions, a forced fumble and a touchdown.

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  • Matt Judon NE OLB
    Patriots' Matthew Judon: Back to full health
    16h ago

    Judon (biceps) is back to full health and expected to be at the Patriots' mandatory minicamp in June, Karen Guregian of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Judon tore his biceps early in the 2023 season and subsequently underwent season-ending surgery. It appears his recovery has gone well, and he will be ready to participate in New England's offseason program. Barring any setbacks with his health, he is expected to start at outside linebacker opposite Josh Uche this season.

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  • Dawand Jones CLE OT
    Browns' Dawand Jones: Aiming for Week 1
    17h ago

    Jones (knee) is hopeful to be ready for Week 1 in the upcoming season, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    Jones suffered a torn MCL and missed the final five games of the regular season, plus the Browns' wild-card loss to the Texans. He is not participating in OTAs yet, but doctors originally told him he could be back practicing as early as June. Thus, he could start ramping things up soon. He projects to back up Jack Conklin (knee) at right tackle when healthy this season.

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  • T.J. Bass DAL OT
    Cowboys' T.J. Bass: Participating in OTAs
    17h ago

    Bass (elbow) is participating in the Cowboys' OTAs, Mickey Spagnola of the team's official site reports.

    Bass underwent elbow surgery following the 2023 campaign. The undrafted rookie earned a spot on Dallas' 53-man roster but spent most of the season backing up Tyler Smith at guard. However, Bass did start two contests. His participation at OTAs indicates his health is back up to par heading into his second season.

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  • Tariq Castro-Fields WAS CB
    Commanders' Tariq Castro-Fields: Working at OTAs
    17h ago

    Castro-Fields (shoulder) is participating at the Commanders' OTAs, Stephen Whyno of the AP News reports.

    Castro-Fields landed on Washington's injured reserve prior to Week 18 last season with a shoulder injury. He suited up for eight games in 2023, but was primarily used on special teams. He finished the year with four tackles (three solo). He is competing for a depth role in the Commanders' secondary in the upcoming season.

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  • Abraham Lucas SEA OT
    Seahawks' Abraham Lucas: Hopeful for training camp
    17h ago

    The Seahawks are hopeful Lucas (knee) will be ready for training camp, Nick Lee of the team's official site reports.

    Chronic knee issues limited Lucas to just six games in 2023 after playing 16 during his rookie campaign. The issues dated all the way back to his time at Washington State and ultimately were surgically repaired this offseason. Given the team's optimism regarding his chances to return for training camp, his odds at being ready for Week 1 are looking good at this point. The third-year pro projects to start at right tackle when healthy.

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  • Kevin Ginkel ARI RP
    Diamondbacks' Kevin Ginkel: Let down by defense
    6m ago

    Ginkel (2-1) was tagged with Sunday's 3-1 loss, giving up three unearned runs on three hits while striking out one over one inning to the Marlins.

    Ginkel deserved better, but the normally surehanded Kevin Newman had a throwing error that led to all of Miami's runs being unearned. It continues a rough stretch for Ginkel, the one-time closer, who has allowed nine runs (six earned) on 13 hits and two walks over last 6.1 innings. That stretch includes Sunday's loss and a pair of blown saves.

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  • Alex Bregman HOU 3B
    Astros' Alex Bregman: Working way out of slump
    4h ago

    Bregman went 2-for-4 with a walk Sunday against the Athletics.

    Bregman has slumped for significant periods of the season and Sunday's performance was his first multi-hit game in his last eight starts. He's been unlucky to the tune of a .217 BABIP across 216 plate appearances on the campaign, though Bregman's struggles to make consistent quality contact make him susceptible to these results.

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  • Kyle Tucker HOU RF
    Astros' Kyle Tucker: Smacks 18th homer
    4h ago

    Tucker went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and a walk Sunday against the Athletics.

    The Astros scored all five of their runs in the fourth inning, and Tucker delivered the final blow with his 18th homer of the season. He's gone yard 11 times across 23 games in May, good for a 1.127 OPS.

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  • Zach Eflin TB SP
    Rays' Zach Eflin: Plays catch
    4h ago

    Eflin (back) was able to play catch Sunday, MLB.com reports.

    Eflin was placed on the injured list with an effective date of May 19. He was projected to miss two-to-four weeks when first diagnosed, so he'll need to make significant progress quickly to hit the lower range of that timeline.

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  • Brandon Lowe TB 2B
    Rays' Brandon Lowe: Delivers game-winning runs
    4h ago

    Lowe hit a triple, drove in three and scored a run in his only plate appearance Sunday against the Royals.

    Lowe got a day off even with righty Michael Wacha on the mound, though Lowe managed to deliver the game-winning knock after pinch-hitting with the bases loaded in the eighth inning. Despite the positive outcome Sunday, he is still only 3-for-18 with five strikeouts since returning from the injured list May 20.

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  • Ryan McMahon COL 3B
    Rockies' Ryan McMahon: Power surge continues
    4h ago

    McMahon went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run Sunday against the Phillies.

    McMahon popped his 10th home run of the season in the first inning, and half of those long balls have come in his last 10 starts. In that span, he's scored 10 runs and driven in 11 while hitting .268. McMahon has also cut his strikeout rate to 24.9 percent across 225 plate appearances, down 3.5 percentage points from his career clip.

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  • Dereck Lively II DAL C
    Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Won't return to game
    9h ago

    Lively (neck) has been ruled out for the remainder of Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against Minnesota on Sunday.

    Lively sustained a neck sprain in the second quarter of Sunday's matchup after taking a knee to the back of the head, and he'll be unavailable down the stretch. Prior to his departure, he recorded six points (3-3 FG), three rebounds, two assists and a block in nine minutes. Whether he'll be available for Tuesday's Game 4 remains to be seen.

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  • Dereck Lively II DAL C
    Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Deemed questionable to return
    10h ago

    Lively is questionable to return to Sunday's Game 3 matchup against the Timberwolves due to a neck sprain, Mike Curtis of The Detroit News reports.

    Lively was noticeably shaken up after taking a knee to the head and has been diagnosed with a neck sprain following initial testing. Dwight Powell will likely pick up minutes at the five if Lively is unable to return.

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  • Dereck Lively II DAL C
    Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Suffers head injury
    10h ago

    Lively suffered an apparent head injury with 8:35 remaining in the second quarter of Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Timberwolves on Sunday, Mike Curtis of The Detroit News reports.

    Lively took a knee to the back of the head and remained down for several minutes. He was helped to the locker room once he got up, but he was walking very gingerly. He'll presumably be evaluated for a concussion, and his status for the remainder of the game appears to be in jeopardy. Lively tallied six points (3-3 FG), three rebounds, two assists and a block in nine minutes prior to sustaining his injury.

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  • Mike Conley MIN PG
    Timberwolves' Mike Conley: Available for Game 3
    12h ago

    Conley (Achilles) is available and starting in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Mavericks on Sunday.

    Conley was questionable once again before Sunday's matchup, but he'll be able to continue playing through his soleus strain. Over his last four appearances, he's averaged 11.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 33.3 minutes per game.

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  • Luka Doncic DAL PG
    Mavericks' Luka Doncic: Available for Game 3
    12h ago

    Doncic (knee) is available for Sunday's Game 3 against the Timberwolves.

    Doncic was listed as questionable ahead of game time due to soreness in his right knee, but he will officially be available to play. Doncic has been dealing with this issue throughout the series, so he doesn't figure to face any limitations.

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  • Tyrese Haliburton IND PG
    Pacers' Tyrese Haliburton: Questionable for Game 4
    14h ago

    Haliburton (hamstring) is questionable for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics on Monday.

    Haliburton missed Saturday's Game 3, and the Pacers narrowly lost to Boston. Indiana will attempt to keep its season alive Monday, but it's unclear whether Haliburton will be able to suit up due to his left hamstring injury that he sustained in Game 2 on Thursday. If Haliburton is unavailable Monday, T.J. McConnell, Andrew Nembhard and Ben Sheppard remain candidates to see increased roles.

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  • Niko Mikkola FLA D
    Panthers' Niko Mikkola: Bags apple in loss
    9h ago

    Mikkola logged an assist, four hits and two blocked shots in Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Rangers in Game 3.

    Mikkola helped out on an Aleksander Barkov goal in the third period. The helper was Mikkola's first point in nine games since the start of the second round, though his lack of offense hasn't cost him a spot on the Panthers' second defense pairing. The 28-year-old has just three points to go with 11 shots on net, 43 hits, 20 blocked shots, 16 PIM and a plus-1 rating over 14 playoff outings.

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  • Evan Rodrigues FLA C
    Panthers' Evan Rodrigues: Slides helper in overtime loss
    9h ago

    Rodrigues notched an assist, four shots on goal and two hits in Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Rangers in Game 3.

    Rodrigues snapped a four-game point drought with his helper on a Gustav Forsling tally in the third period. For the most part, Rodrigues has been a part of the Panthers' depth this postseason, earning seven points, 26 shots on net, 42 hits and a minus-2 rating over 14 contests. The 30-year-old can fill in for top-six minutes when necessary, but with the Panthers at full health, he's likely to remain on the third line.

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  • Carter Verhaeghe FLA C
    Panthers' Carter Verhaeghe: Supplies pair of helpers
    9h ago

    Verhaeghe notched two assists and seven shots on goal in Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Rangers in Game 3.

    Verhaeghe set up a power-play goal by Sam Reinhart in the first period and also fed Aleksander Barkov for an even-strength tally in the third. The 28-year-old Verhaeghe has two goals and four assists during his active four-game point streak, a big turnaround from when he had just one goal over the previous five contests. Overall, he's at 16 points, 55 shots, 20 hits, 16 PIM and a plus-3 rating through 14 playoff appearances.

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  • Matthew Tkachuk FLA LW
    Panthers' Matthew Tkachuk: Distributes two assists
    9h ago

    Tkachuk recorded two assists (one on the power play), seven shots on goal and two hits in Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Rangers in Game 3.

    Tkachuk helped out on a Sam Reinhart power-play tally in the first period and also set up Gustav Forsling's equalizer in the third. This was Tkachuk's second multi-point effort in three Eastern Conference Finals games. The winger has played his usual excellent game with five goals, 13 helpers, 53 shots, 39 hits, 19 PIM and a plus-3 rating over 14 playoff outings in a top-six role.

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  • Gustav Forsling FLA D
    Panthers' Gustav Forsling: Nets goal in overtime loss
    9h ago

    Forsling scored a goal on three shots in Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Rangers in Game 3.

    Forsling's tally at 6:58 of the third period tied the game at 4-4, ultimately forcing overtime. He has three points over his last four contests and continues to provide valuable scoring depth from the blue line. The 27-year-old defenseman is up to three goals, six helpers, 33 shots on net, 26 hits, 23 blocked shots and a plus-9 rating over 14 playoff appearances.

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  • Aleksander Barkov FLA C
    Panthers' Aleksander Barkov: One of each Sunday
    9h ago

    Barkov scored a goal on five shots, dished a power-play assist and added two PIM in Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Rangers in Game 3.

    Barkov had been held off the scoresheet in the previous four contests. He snapped the slump by setting up Sam Reinhart on the opening goal before scoring one of his own in the third period. Aside from his recent dry spell, Barkov has been excellent with five goals, 10 helpers, 36 shots on net, 33 hits and a plus-3 rating over 14 playoff outings.

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