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    • Duke Riley ATL OLB
      Falcons' Duke Riley: Drastic cut in playing time
      2m ago

      Riley collected four tackles and a pass deflection during Sunday's 34-29 victory over Tampa Bay.

      It may not seem like a substantial feat but Atlanta held an opponent to fewer than 30 points for the first time in the past four games, bringing an end to a disheartening three-game skid. This came with the team's 2017 third-round pick, Riley having his defensive snap count sliced from an average of 56.8 plays per game between Week 2 and Week 5, to 28 defensive snaps in a win over Tampa Bay. The decision to peel back Riley's playing time is likely tied to a tumultuous performance against Pittsburgh the game prior in which he missed six of 12 tackle attempts.

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    • Damarious Randall CLE SS
      Browns' Damarious Randall: Team-high eight tackles
      3m ago

      Randall accumulated a team-high eight tackles (all solo) during Sunday's 38-14 loss to the Chargers.

      Randall was dealing with a heel injury leading up to Sunday's game against the Chargers, but he didn't let it affect him, as his eight tackles were season high. The 26-year-old now has 34 total tackles on the year to go along with two interceptions.

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    • Antonio Callaway CLE WR
      Browns' Antonio Callaway: Quiet again Sunday
      7m ago

      Callaway managed to bring in two passes on 10 targets for nine yards during Sunday's 38-14 loss to the Chargers.

      The rookie wideout has struggled with drops during his short time in the NFL, and Sunday's game was no different, highlighted by the fact he caught just 20 percent of his targets. Callaway continues to garner strong target numbers from Baker Mayfield, but until he consistently able to haul them in, his fantasy value in the majority of formats is low.

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    • Noah Brown DAL WR
      Cowboys' Noah Brown: Can return to practice soon
      7m ago

      Coach Jason Garrett said Brown (undisclosed) is able to return to practice but hasn't decided if he will, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

      Being able to practice means Brown has shaken his mystery condition. However, Brown is on injured reserve so he isn't eligible to return until Week 9's game against the Titans. The second-year pro won't be fantasy relevant when he returns.

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    • Chad Hansen TEN WR
      Chad Hansen: Let go from practice squad
      10m ago

      Hansen was released from the Titans' practice squad Monday, Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com reports.

      The move opened a spot for the Titans to re-sign Devin Ross. Hansen played 15 games for the Jets last season, making nine catches for 94 yards.

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    • Bernard Reedy ARI WR
      Bernard Reedy: Dropped from practice squad
      15m ago

      The Cardinals cut Reedy from their practice squad Monday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

      Reedy was brought onto the team Oct. 2 but wasn't able to stick around. He suited up for 11 games in 2017, making two catches for 21 yards.

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    • Chris Sale BOS SP
      Red Sox's Chris Sale: Released from hospital
      1h ago

      Sale (illness) was released from the hospital Monday and cleared to rejoin the Red Sox, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.

      Sale is set to rejoin the Red Sox in Houston on Tuesday ahead of Game 3 of the ALCS after spending the night in the hospital with a minor illness. While nothing has been confirmed at this point, it appears the southpaw will remain on schedule to pitch Game 5 on Thursday.

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    • Wade Miley MIL SP
      Brewers' Wade Miley: Lined up to start Game 5
      1h ago

      Miley will start Game 5 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Wednesday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

      Miley will get the ball on short rest after blanking the Dodgers through 5.2 innings in Game 2 on Saturday. Through two starts this postseason, the southpaw has allowed just five hits and one walk across 10.1 scoreless innings.

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    • Chris Hatcher OAK RP
      Athletics' Chris Hatcher: Sent outright to minors
      3h ago

      Hatcher was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Monday, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic reports.

      Hatcher was dropped from the team's 40-man roster in order to free up space for younger players in need of protection from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. The veteran right-hander posted a 4.95 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 30:17 K:BB across 36.1 innings of relief for the A's in 2018.

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    • Marwin Gonzalez HOU LF
      Astros' Marwin Gonzalez: Banged up after wall collision
      4h ago

      Gonzalez said he's still nursing a sore neck and back after crashing into the outfield wall in Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Red Sox, but he hopes to be available Tuesday for Game 3 of the ALCS, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

      Prior to running into the Green Monster while tracking a Steve Pearce fly ball in the bottom of the third, Gonzalez gave the Astros a 4-2 lead with a home run off David Price in the top half of the frame. Gonzalez was evaluated by the Astros' training staff after failing to corral Pearce's hit and was ultimately allowed to stay in the game, though the left fielder noted afterward that he required an IV treatment an inning later. With an off-day Monday, Gonzalez believes the lingering soreness in his back and neck will subside enough for him to return to the lineup for Game 3.

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    • Dean Kiekhefer OAK RP
      Athletics' Dean Kiekhefer: Outrighted to Triple-A
      4h ago

      Kiekhefer was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Monday.

      Kiekhefer was dropped from the team's 40-man roster in order to make room for younger players who warrant protection from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. The southpaw made just four appearances for the A's in 2018, allowing four runs across two innings of work. He posted a 3.39 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 7.9 K/9 in 58.1 innings across multiple levels of the minors.

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    • Carlos Martinez STL SP
      Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Expected to transition back to rotation
      4h ago

      Martinez is expected to transition back to a starting role in 2019, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

      Martinez pitched out of the bullpen for the final two months of the 2018 season after making three trips to the disabled list with arm and right-side issues. He eventually took over as the team's closer for the final three weeks of the season and converted all five of his save chances. While manager Mike Shildt acknowledged he wouldn't mind Martinez back in the ninth inning in 2019, the skipper noted the plan is for the right-hander to prepare as a starter this offseason. "I think the front office and everybody would like to see him show up in spring training as a starter. I like those sentiments," Shildt said. Across 118 career major-league starts, Martinez owns a 3.36 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 8.9 K/9.

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    • Ben Simmons PHI PG
      76ers' Ben Simmons: Back at practice Monday
      36m ago

      Simmons (neck) returned to practice Monday after sitting out Saturday's session with stiffness in his neck, Noah Levick of NBC Sports Philly reports.

      Simmons' absence Saturday was more precautionary than anything else, and all indications are that he'll be fine for Tuesday's season-opener against the Celtics. The 22-year-old is among the best young talents in the league and is coming off of a monster rookie season in which he averaged 15.8 points, 8.2 assists, 8.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 0.9 blocks in 81 starts.

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    • Maurice Harkless POR SF
      Trail Blazers' Maurice Harkless: Goes through most of practice, still questionable
      44m ago

      Harkless (knee) went through most of Monday's practice but remains questionable for Thursday's season opener against the Lakers, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.

      Harkless was held out of all five preseason games due to a sore left knee, but his participation in Monday's session is a major step in the right direction. Nonetheless, coach Terry Stotts didn't provide much insight into Harkless' status for the opener. "He doesn't have a status right now," Stotts told the media. For the time being, consider Harkless optimistically questionable, but he appears to be trending in the right direction.

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    • Darrell Arthur PHO PF
      Darrell Arthur: Waived by Suns
      1h ago

      Arthur was waived by the Suns on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      This was the expectation all along when the Suns acquired Arthur back in July, but the team decided to keep him around through training camp and the preseason. The veteran will now become a free agent and look to catch on with another team in need of frontcourt depth.

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    • Shaquille Harrison PHO PG
      Shaquille Harrison: Waived by Suns
      1h ago

      Harrison was waived by the Suns on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      Harrison was thought to be in competition for minutes at point guard for the Suns, who don't have a reliable veteran at the position, but the two sides will part ways and Harrison will become a free agent. With Harrison out of the picture, Devin Booker will likely slot in as the immediate starter, with rookies Elie Okobo and De'Anthony Melton battling veterans Isaiah Canaan and Jamal Crawford for reserve minutes.

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    • Larry Nance Jr. CLE PF
      Cavaliers' Larry Nance: Inks extension with Cleveland
      1h ago

      Nance (ankle) signed a four-year, $45 million extension with the Cavaliers on Monday, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.

      Nance joined the Cavaliers at the trade deadline last season, and following some impressive showings in the second half of the season and playoffs, the 25-year-old has solidified his second NBA contract. Nance is expected to serve as the first backcourt player to come off the bench for the Cavaliers this season, and while his offensive game is still somewhat limited, he's shown plenty of promise with his versatility on defense. Nance, however, is currently questionable to play in Wednesday's season opener in Toronto due to a right ankle sprain.

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    • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope LAL SG
      Lakers' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: Goes through practice with starters
      1h ago

      Caldwell-Pope (knee) took part in practice Monday and worked with the starting group, Bill Oram of The Athletic reports.

      Caldwell-Pope was held out of the preseason finale Friday due to tendinitis in his knee, but the issue doesn't appear to be anything of great concern, even though he was held out of the final scrimmage Monday as a precaution. "In my medical opinion I think he's going to be just fine," head coach Luke Walton said after the session. Perhaps the more relevant news is that Caldwell-Pope worked as a starter alongside Rajon Rondo in the backcourt, which could be an indication of how Walton is leaning in advance of the regular season opener Thursday in Portland. Caldwell-Pope has been in competition, primarily, with Josh Hart for the starting shooting guard job, and Walton said Monday that he'll continue to evaluate the position on a daily basis.

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    • Mike Matheson FLA D
      Panthers' Mike Matheson: Suspended two games
      23m ago

      Matheson was handed a two-game suspension Monday for his hit on Elias Pettersson.

      A suspension seemed inevitable even before it was known that Pettersson suffered a concussion that will keep him out at least one week. This means that Matheson will be out until Saturday's game against the Red Wings, should he start serving his suspension immediately. That will complicate matters for the Panthers, as the 24-year-old has averaged 20:54 per game in ice time.

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    • Eamon McAdam TOR G
      Maple Leafs' Eamon McAdam: Called up on emergency basis
      39m ago

      McAdam was called up from ECHL Newfoundland on an emergency basis Monday, Mark Masters of TSN reports.

      It was also announced Monday that Frederik Andersen has a knee issue, which is the reason why McAdam has been called up just in case. Andersen is expected to be good to go for Toronto's next game, so McAdam will likely just be around in case something happens with Garret Sparks, and then he will return to the minors.

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    • Frederik Andersen TOR G
      Maple Leafs' Frederik Andersen: Dealing with knee injury
      42m ago

      Andersen has a knee issue and is considered day-to-day, Mark Masters of TSN reports.

      This may explain why Garret Sparks is starting against the Kings on Monday. The expectation is that Andersen will be able to start Thursday when the Maple Leafs plays the Penguins, but keep an eye on his status just to be sure.

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    • Chris Thorburn STL RW
      Blues' Chris Thorburn: Sent down to AHL
      1h ago

      Thorburn was assigned to AHL San Antonio on Monday, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

      It's been a busy October for Thorburn, as he has already been waived, recalled, and now sent back down to the minors by the Blues. Based on this, the veteran forward could see himself yo-yoing back and forth this season as the team sees fit.

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    • Zach Sanford STL LW
      Blues' Zachary Sanford: Recalled to NHL
      1h ago

      Sanford was called up from AHL San Antonio on Monday, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

      Sanford hasn't played in the NHL since the 2016-17 season, although that may be partially because he missed the bulk of last year with a shoulder injury. The 23-year-old may have been called up, but it's possible he may not appear in the lineup, and even if he does his minutes will likely be limited.

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    • Deryk Engelland LV D
      Golden Knights' Deryk Engelland: Out against Sabres
      3h ago

      Engelland (undisclosed) won't play Tuesday against the Sabres, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.

      Engelland was already considered day-to-day before this news, and that remains the case with this news. The Golden Knights don't play again until Saturday, so the veteran defenseman will have plenty of time to get healthy.

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