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Nyheim Hines BUF RB
Bills' Nyheim Hines: Likely to be cut2h ago
The Bills plan to release Hines (knee) during the upcoming week, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Though Hines is expected to attain full medical clearance ahead of training camp while he nears the finish line in his recovery from the ACL reconstruction surgery he required last August, he'll have to find work elsewhere while Buffalo looks to utilize his 90-man offseason roster spot on another player. After being acquired from the Colts in November 2022 in exchange for running back Zack Moss and a 2023 fifth-round draft pick, Hines appeared in just seven games for Buffalo, carrying 18 times for 36 yards and a touchdown to go with 25 catches for 188 yards while also contributing as a punt returner. If teams are satisfied with where Hines stands in his ongoing recovery from knee surgery, he could have an opportunity to battle for a third-down role out of the backfield at his next stop.
Nick Gates WAS OG
Commanders' Nick Gates: To be released15h ago
Gates will be released at the start of the new league year, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Gates joined the Commanders last offseason and began the season as the team's starting center. However, he was benched after seven contests and will now head back to the open market.
Charles Leno Jr. WAS OT
Charles Leno: Let go by Washington15h ago
Leno (calf) was released by the Commanders on Friday, Zach Selby of the Commanders' official site reports.
Leno ended the season on injured reserve and missed the team's final two games. He's set to undergo surgery to repair the calf issue in the coming days, leaving his availability for offseason programs murky. Leno's release will save the Commanders $7.3 million of cap space.
Blake Corum 2005 RB
Blake Corum: Checks boxes at 2024 Combine1d ago
Corum ran a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash and added a 35.5-inch vertical jump during his workout at the 2024 NFL Combine.
The Michigan product wasn't expected to test as a superior athlete based on his tape, but his workout won't cause his stock to slip much by any means. He placed 12th out of 21 running backs in the 40 while having a dense, 5-foot-8, 205-pound frame. His agility proved to be solid as well considering his cone (6.82) and shuttle times (4.12) were among the best among his position group. His strength was on display with a running back-leading 27 reps on the bench, too. Corum had gaudy production over his final three seasons at Michigan with 56 rushing touchdowns in that span, highlighted by 27 in his senior season. He doesn't have any standout traits but is a solid all-around runner who can contribute on all three downs. Corum can handle a heavy workload and pick up the blitz, and his pass-catching numbers (51 catches, 64 targets, 338 yards) check out as workable for the next level. He may no longer be the consensus No.1 running back in the class after this weekend as other backs did manage to post impressive workouts, but Corum should be among the first three backs taken in April.
Mark Glowinski NYG OG
Giants' Mark Glowinski: Likely to be let go1d ago
Glowinski is expected to be released by the Giants on Saturday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
The move will save the Giants $5.7 million in cap space. It's a bit of a curious decision given the team already projects to have over $30 million in cap space entering the offseason and Glowinski was rated as the team's best offensive lineman by PFF, but the 31-year-old hardly played up the standard many hoped after he signed a three-year, $20 million deal in 2022. Expect the Giants to retool almost every level of an offense that finished fourth worst in yards per game last year.
Darren Waller NYG TE
Giants' Darren Waller: Not certain to return after all1d ago
Waller still hasn't decided whether he will return to the Giants for the 2024 season or retire, Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post reports.
Early Friday, news emerged that Waller had contemplated retirement during the offseason but ultimately decided to return. However, the veteran tight end subsequently texted the Post to explain that, despite those reports, he is undecided about retirement. New York gave up a third-round draft pick to acquire Waller from the Raiders in March of 2023, and it's safe to assume that the organization was expecting to get more than one season out of him when making that deal. If Waller does decide to retire, it would be a significant blow to the Giants' air attack, as he ranked second on the team with 52 catches and 552 receiving yards last season despite playing in only 12 games.
Whit Merrifield PHI 2B
Phillies' Whit Merrifield: Gets look at third base7m ago
Merrifield started Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins at third base, something he hasn't done in a regular-season game since 2016.
Merrifield may have had another year or two left as an everyday second baseman had he chosen to sign with a non-contender this winter, but his decision to sign with the Phillies means he'll have to prepare for a utility role. Just how often Merrifield finds himself in the lineup may depend primarily on the health and effectiveness of the Phillies' other options. Merrifield should start against most southpaws, in place of either Bryson Stott at second or Brandon Marsh in left field, but if he winds up featuring frequently against righties, it's probably because Johan Rojas played himself out of a starting role in center field. If that were to happen, the likely outcome would be Marsh in center with Merrifield in left in most games. As for the hot corner, that's Alec Bohm's spot, but Merrifield may now be the top backup.
Seranthony Dominguez PHI RP
Phillies' Seranthony Dominguez: Focusing on consistency26m ago
Dominguez is focusing on his mindset this spring in an effort to stop overthinking as he looks to bounce back from a disappointing 2023 season, Alex Coffey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Dominguez's ERA rose from 3.00 in 2022 to 3.78 in 2023, with his 4.90 xFIP suggesting that things could easily have been a good deal worse. Of particular concern is Dominguez's strikeout rate, which dropped from 29.5 percent to 21.4 percent. Per Coffey's report, the righty isn't overhauling his delivery or pitch mix this winter, instead focusing on, "trying to manage his delivery less now, rather than thinking about it when he's halfway down the mound." Whether or not that helps Dominguez get back to peak form, something which is needed if he's to carve out save chances in a deep Phillies bullpen, remains to be seen.
David Bednar PIT RP
Pirates' David Bednar: Managing lat tightness26m ago
Manager Derek Shelton said Sunday that Bednar is dealing with right lat tightness, Alex Stumpf of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander apparently felt the tightness while throwing recently and is now being monitored by the training staff. It remains to be seen if the issue will affect Bednar's availability for the start of the regular season, but for now he should be considered day-to-day.
Ryan Helsley STL RP
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Solid to begin spring31m ago
Helsley has allowed a hit and a walk while striking out three over two innings across two Grapefruit League appearances.
Helsley enters 2024 with a tentative grasp on the closing role in St. Louis. A forearm injury derailed his 2023, though he was solid with 14 saves and a 2.45 ERA over 36.2 innings last season. The Cardinals have retooled their bullpen a bit, but Helsley should remain the favorite for saves to begin the campaign.
Kyle Gibson STL SP
Cardinals' Kyle Gibson: Lit up in spring debut34m ago
Gibson allowed three runs on three hits and struck out two over two innings in his first Grapefruit League appearance of the season.
Gibson was tagged for two home runs in his first spring start. The veteran starter had a 4.73 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 157:55 K:BB over 192 innings for the Orioles last season before signing a one-year deal with the Cardinals in November. Gibson can still eat innings to an extent, but the results are likely to be mediocre -- his ERA has been over 4.50 in four of the last five seasons.
Riley O'Brien STL RP
Cardinals' Riley O'Brien: Auditioning well in spring38m ago
O'Brien has allowed three hits and struck out two without walking a batter over three scoreless innings in Grapefruit League play.
O'Brien was acquired in a trade with the Mariners in November and added to the Cardinals' 40-man roster. So far, he's making a good case for a bullpen spot in 2024. Last season was his first good one at the Triple-A level -- he had a 2.29 ERA and saved 15 games for Triple-A Tacoma, but it remains to be seen how he'll adjust to major-league hitters in a larger sample.
Nick Richards CHA C
Hornets' Nick Richards: Downgraded to out3m ago
Richards (foot) will not play Sunday versus Toronto.
Richards will miss his first game since Jan. 22 due to plantar fascia discomfort in his right foot. Charlotte will be extremely shorthanded at center in his absence, likely resorting to a platoon of Grant Williams and JT Thor, with two-way player Marques Bolden representing the lone traditional big available.
Bruce Brown TOR SG
Raptors' Bruce Brown: Ruled out5m ago
Brown (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Hornets, Aaron Rose of SI.com reports.
Brown was a late addition to the injury report with right knee inflammation and will ultimately be sidelined. His role has diminished since the All-Star break, but his absence should still open up a few minutes for Gradey Dick and Ochai Agbaji.
AJ Lawson DAL SG
Mavericks' A.J. Lawson: Upgraded from two-way deal39m ago
Lawson agreed Sunday with the Mavericks on a standard NBA contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Lawson had been in the midst of his second season on a two-way deal with the Mavericks, but Dallas will move him up to its 15-man roster ahead of Tuesday's game against the Pacers. The 23-year-old hadn't been a regular contributor at the NBA level this season, as he had averaged 3.8 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 8.3 minutes per game over 28 total appearances for Dallas. However, he's been a featured player when he's been with the G League's Texas Legends this season, averaging 20.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 three-pointers in 33.7 minutes over seven total appearances.
Kenyon Martin Jr. PHI SF
76ers' KJ Martin: Minimal run in return1h ago
Martin (ankle) played four minutes and finished with one steal and no other statistics in Sunday's 120-116 win over the Mavericks.
In his return from a three-game absence due to a right ankle impingement, Martin was a part of head coach Nick Nurse's rotation, though he received the fewest minutes among the nine players that saw the floor. Martin played the final two minutes of the first quarter and the first two minutes of the second quarter, but he never re-entered the contest at any point in the second half.
De'Aaron Fox SAC PG
Kings' De'Aaron Fox: Questionable, but ramping up1h ago
Fox (knee) was a full participant in Sunday's practice and is considered questionable for Monday's game against Chicago, James Ham of ESPN 1320 Sacramento reports.
Fox appears to be trending in the right direction ahead of Monday's 10 p.m. ET tipoff, though an official decision on his availability may not be determined until after morning shootaround and/or pregame warmups. The 26-year-old has missed two consecutive contests due to a left knee bruise, but his ability to log a full practice Sunday is an excellent sign that a return is near, even if he isn't ultimately cleared for Monday's game.
Olivier-Maxence Prosper DAL SF
Mavericks' Olivier-Maxence Prosper: Recalled to Dallas1h ago
Dallas recalled Prosper from the G League's Texas Legends on Sunday.
Prosper is back with the Mavericks after he recorded 23 points, 10 rebounds, three steals, two blocks and one assist in 33 minutes Saturday in the Legends' 129-106 win over the South Bay Lakers. Though Prosper will be active for Sunday's game against the 76ers, he's unlikely to be included in head coach Jason Kidd's rotation.
Nick Seeler PHI D
Flyers' Nick Seeler: Tallies assist in win20m ago
Seeler notched an assist during Saturday's win over Ottawa.
Seeler is up to 12 points in 62 contests this season. His offense has picked up as of late, collecting five points in his past 10 games. While he shouldn't be expected to continue at that pace, he can relied on to help with peripheral categories -- where he has 76 PIM, 110 hits, and 181 blocks.
Cam Talbot LA G
Kings' Cam Talbot: Facing Devils2h ago
Talbot will patrol the home crease Sunday against New Jersey, per Zach Dooley of the Kings' official site.
Talbot has won three of his past four outings, stopping 117 of 123 shots during that span. In 37 appearances this season, he has supplied a 17-14-5 record with two shutouts, a 2.50 GAA and a .914 save percentage. New Jersey is tied for seventh in the league this campaign with 3.35 goals per contest.
Nicolas Daws NJ G
Devils' Nico Daws: Starting in Los Angeles2h ago
Daws will be stationed between the pipes in Los Angeles on Sunday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Daws got shelled by the Ducks on Friday, coughing up four goals on just 14 shots in two periods. The 23-year-old has now allowed at least four goals in three of his last five starts, posting a brutal .826 save percentage during that span. He's now 8-9-0 with a 3.33 GAA and an .892 save percentage on the year.
Nicolas Roy LV C
Golden Knights' Nicolas Roy: Notches power-play assist3h ago
Roy provided a power-play assist, three shots on goal, four hits and a minus-2 rating in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Sabres.
Roy has gotten on the scoresheet in three straight games (one goal, two assists). The 27-year-old continues to play on the third line and second power-play unit, offering solid depth scoring. For the season, he has 34 points -- five shy of his career high -- with 85 shots on net, 53 hits and a plus-8 rating over 52 appearances.
Jonathan Marchessault LV C
Golden Knights' Jonathan Marchessault: On five-game point streak3h ago
Marchessault notched an assist, three shots on goal, two hits and a minus-2 rating in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Sabres.
Marchessault has four goals and five assists during his five-game point streak. The 33-year-old has stepped up as a leader on offense with Jack Eichel (knee) and Mark Stone (upper body) sidelined, though Eichel is targeting a return Monday in Columbus. Marchessault should still feature heavily in the offense down the stretch. He's at 53 points, 205 shots on net, 76 hits and a plus-2 rating through 61 appearances.
Derek Ryan EDM C
Oilers' Derek Ryan: Dealing with minor injury3h ago
Ryan (undisclosed) won't play Sunday against Pittsburgh.
Sam Gagner will replace Ryan, who is out with a minor injury, in the lineup versus the Penguins. The 37-year-old Ryan has five goals and 11 points in 58 games this season.