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  • Derion Kendrick LAR CB
    Rams' Derion Kendrick: May have suffered ACL tear
    2h ago

    Kendrick injured his knee Wednesday and is feared to have suffered an ACL tear, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Kendrick started six of his 15 games in 2022 and 12 of 17 in 2023, logging 1,341 defensive snaps across two seasons after the Rams took him in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. This will be a significant loss for the team's defense if testing confirms initial fears, even though the Rams signed CBs Darious Williams and Tre'Davious White this offseason. Williams already seemed locked in as a starter, while White is more of an unknown after suffering an ACL tear in 2021 and an Achilles' rupture in 2023 with the Bills. Apart from those two, Kendrick and slot corner Cobie Durant, the Rams don't have experienced starters or early draft picks in their CB room.

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  • Elijah Moore CLE WR
    Browns' Elijah Moore: Focused on WR
    2h ago

    The Browns will have Moore focus his preparation as a wide receiver after last season's hybrid role didn't work out, Chris Easterling of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

    In 2023, the team used Moore out of the backfield in addition to his duties as a wide receiver, but the coaches eventually abandoned the idea. He lined up 23 times in the backfield over the first five games (eight carries, 11 yards) then just six times over the final 12 games. It was clear the hybrid role hurt his production as both a runner and receiver. Moore enters 2024 re-energized and looking to become part of a productive wideout room that includes Amari Cooper and Jerry Jeudy. He'll compete with Cedric Tillman to become the primary third wideout.

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  • Kobie Turner LAR DT
    Rams' Kobie Turner: Dealing with groin issue
    14h ago

    Turner (groin) participated in the walkthrough portion of Rams practice Wednesday, but he didn't take part in any on-field work, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

    Turner is dealing with a groin issue according to head coach Sean McVay, but McVay said that the defensive lineman won't receive any injury designation and that the team "will be smart with him." The Rams begin their preseason at home against the Cowboys on Aug. 11 and Turner can be considered questionable for the time being. Turner is coming off recording 57 total tackles, including 9.0 sacks, while playing in all 17 regular-season games in his rookie campaign in 2023.

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  • Devin Cochran CIN OT
    Bengals' Devin Cochran: On roster bubble
    15h ago

    Cochran (knee) is listed as likely cut candidate following the conclusion of camp by Paul Dehner of The Athletic.

    Signed by the Bengals in 2022 as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia Tech, Cochran spent his entire rookie season on the practice squad after failing to impress during his short playing time during the preseason. His 2023 season was cut short after he was placed on injured reserve in July with a knee injury. Now healthy, Cochran will have a chance to catch onto the Bengals' 53-man roster as a depth offensive lineman, though he faces an uphill battle as training camp gets underway.

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  • Efe Obada WAS DE
    Commanders' Efe Obada: Heads to PUP list
    15h ago

    Obada (lower leg) was placed on the active/PUP list Wednesday, Chick Hernandez of WUSA 9 reports.

    Obada suffered multiple lower leg fractures in late November, missing the final six games of the 2023 regular season after undergoing surgery. He is expected to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, but he'll require some additional time before he'll be able to practice in a full capacity at the Commanders' training camp.

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  • Mekhi Blackmon MIN DB
    Vikings' Mekhi Blackmon: Tears ACL in practice
    15h ago

    Blackmon (knee) sustained a torn ACL in the first practice of Vikings training camp Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

    Blackmon sustained the injury during 7-on-7 drills Wednesday, and after staying on the ground for several minutes, he walked off the field and into the Vikings' facility with trainers. It's a brutal blow for Blackmon, who played in 15 games as a rookie in 2023 and was expected to play a larger role in Minnesota's secondary alongside Shaquill Griffin and Byron Murphy this season. With Blackmon sidelined, Akayleb Evans is set to see increased work with the first-team defense at corner during training camp, while Andrew Booth and Jaylin Williams should both see additional opportunities in the secondary.

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  • Luis Almeyda BAL SS
    Orioles' Luis Almeyda: Dealing with shoulder issue
    5m ago

    Almedya was removed from his game Thursday in the rookie-level Florida Complex League due to right shoulder discomfort, Roch Kubatko of reports.

    Almeyda's 2023 season was cut short after he required surgery on his left shoulder last August, but he's now dealing with an injury to the other shoulder. The Orioles will likely evaluate Almeyda over the next few days before providing further clarity on the severity of his injury. Heading into Thursday, Almeyda had produced a .201/.339/.318 slash line with five home runs and 12 stolen bases across 189 plate appearances in the FCL on the season.

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  • Matt Chapman SF 3B
    Giants' Matt Chapman: Reaches four times in win
    7m ago

    Chapman went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers while also drawing two walks.

    Chapman walked in his first at-bat before launching a leadoff homer in the fourth to tie the game at one run apiece. The third baseman would go on to reach base four times in the contest while also driving in multiple runs for only the second time this month. Following the two-hit performance, Chapman is still batting just .190 (12-for-63) in July with three homers, six RBI and 14 runs scored. He's also recorded at least one walk in three straight games.

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  • Jorge Mateo BAL 2B
    Orioles' Jorge Mateo: Will miss 'significant' time
    7m ago

    Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Thursday that Mateo (elbow) will miss "a significant amount of time," Paige Leckie of reports.

    Mateo landed on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a partially dislocated elbow, the result of a collision with teammate Gunnar Henderson earlier this week. The Orioles won't know more about a potential timetable for the infielder's return until the swelling goes down, but surgery is a possibility. Even if Mateo doesn't wind up going under the knife, it sounds like he'll be sidelined for several weeks. Jordan Westburg and Connor Norby will handle the reps at second base for now, and Jackson Holliday could also eventually get another look.

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  • Tyler Glasnow LAD SP
    Dodgers' Tyler Glasnow: Walks four in loss
    17m ago

    Glasnow (8-6) took the loss against the Giants on Wednesday, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks over five innings. He struck out four.

    Glasnow struggled with his command a bit in his return to the rotation, issuing walks in each of the first three innings before surrendering a leadoff homer to Matt Chapman to open the fourth. The right-hander threw just eight of his 21 first pitches for strikes while matching his season high with four free passes. On a positive note, Glasnow was able to get through five frames without any apparent setbacks and still managed to produce 10 whiffs on the night despite his command issues. He's now allowed two runs or fewer in five of his last eight starts.

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  • Richard Palacios TB RF
    Rays' Richie Palacios: Records 17th stolen base
    23m ago

    Palacios went 0-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

    Palacios has gotten on base six times across 17 plate appearances in four games since the All-Star break. In addition to popping his fifth home run of the season, he also has three stolen bases in that span. Palacios has retained a large-side platoon role in the Rays' outfield and has started 10 of the last 11 games.

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  • Robbie Ray SF SP
    Giants' Robbie Ray: Impresses in return
    26m ago

    Ray (1-0) earned the win over the Dodgers on Wednesday, surrendering one run on two walks over five innings while not allowing any hits. He struck out eight and also hit two batters.

    Ray struggled with his command in the first inning, allowing two walks while also hitting two batters with pitches, which led to a run coming home for the Dodgers. However, the veteran lefty came back strong in the second, striking out the side en route to hurling four consecutive 1-2-3 innings. Ray certainly impressed in his first start since undergoing Tommy John Surgery over a year ago, inducing 22 swings and misses on the night. He'll look to carry that momentum into his next outing, which is expected to come at home against Oakland next week.

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  • Kevin Durant PHO PF
    Suns' Kevin Durant: Practices for Team USA
    1h ago

    Durant (calf) is expected to be a full participant in practice Thursday for the United States national team, Grant Afseth of reports.

    After missing all five of the United States' showcase games earlier this month while recovering from the right calf strain, Durant may not be cleared to play in the team's 2024 Summer Olympics opener Sunday versus Serbia, but his return to full practice suggests he should be ready for game action shortly thereafter. After Sunday's contest, the United States will face South Sudan on Wednesday.

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  • Andrew Funk CHI SG
    Andrew Funk: Waived by Chicago
    17h ago

    The Bulls waived Funk on Wednesday.

    Funk signed a two-way contract with the Bulls in February and made five NBA appearances, playing more than two minutes only once. With the move, Chicago opens up a two-way spot ahead of training camp.

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  • Kenneth Lofton Jr. UTA PF
    Kenneth Lofton: Let go by Utah
    19h ago

    The Jazz waived Lofton on Wednesday.

    Lofton signed a multi-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Jazz in March and made four appearances, averaging 13.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 22.8 minutes. However, he doesn't fit into Utah's long-term plans after a mediocre showing during Summer League. The Jazz also waived Darius Bazley on Wednesday.

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  • Darius Bazley UTA PF
    Darius Bazley: Waived by Utah
    19h ago

    The Jazz waived Bazley (illness) on Wednesday.

    Bazley signed a multi-year, non-guaranteed deal with Utah in March and appeared in six games for the Jazz in 2023-24, averaging 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 23.7 minutes per game. However, the 2019 first-round pick doesn't fit into Utah's future after a disappointing performance during Summer League. The Jazz also waived Kenneth Lofton on Wednesday.

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  • James Johnson IND PF
    Pacers' James Johnson: Returning to Indiana
    19h ago

    Johnson and the Pacers agreed to a one-year, $3.3 million contract Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Johnson has appeared in only 27 games for the Pacers over the last two seasons. However, the 37-year-old's veteran bench presence has been a bonus for a young team led by Tyrese Haliburton.

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  • Nikola Topic OKC PG
    Thunder's Nikola Topic: Undergoes knee procedure
    22h ago

    Topic underwent a successful left ACL procedure Wednesday and will miss the 2024-25 season, Clemente Almanza of USA Today reports.

    It was previously reported that Topic would miss the entire 2024-25 season, but the Thunder will be relieved that the surgery was a success and the rookie can slowly begin his rehab process. The No. 12 pick in the 2024 NBA Draft, Topic will be an exciting prospect for the Thunder to develop in the coming years.

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  • Josh Currie OTT C
    Josh Currie: Bound for Germany
    13m ago

    Currie inked a one-year deal with DEL side Kolner Haie on Thursday, Seth Rorabaugh of Tribune-Review Sports reports.

    Currie returned to the AHL last season with Belleville but hasn't made an NHL appearance since 2020-21 when he logged one game for the Penguins. It's a second stint overseas for the Canadian winger, having spent two years with Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

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  • Will Butcher MIN D
    Will Butcher: Signs KHL deal
    18m ago

    Butcher signed a one-year contract with KHL club Barys Astana on Thursday, Seth Rorabaugh of Tribune-Review Sports reports.

    Butcher hasn't played in an NHL game since the 2021-22 campaign when he was with the Sabres. Selected by the Avalanche in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Draft, the 29-year-old defenseman's move overseas likely marks the end of his NHL career. If that's the case, he'll eventually hang up his skates having logged 275 games in which he tallied 16 goals and 98 helpers.

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  • Dennis Cholowski NYI D
    Islanders' Dennis Cholowski: Signs one-year deal
    15h ago

    Cholowski signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Islanders on Wednesday, per PuckPedia.

    Cholowski picked up 31 points in 68 games with AHL Bridgeport last season and didn't see any NHL playing time. The defenseman is likely to receive similar usage in 2024-25, with only third-pairing minutes if he draws into an NHL game.

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  • Henry Thrun SJ D
    Sharks' Henry Thrun: Re-ups for two years
    17h ago

    Thrun signed a two-year, $2 million contract with the Sharks on Wednesday.

    Thrun just finished his entry-level contract and posted 11 points over 51 contests last year. He earned four of those points on the power play and added 71 blocked shots and a minus-22 rating. With the Sharks expected to take a small step forward in 2024-25, Thrun should be able to contribute a bit more as a bottom-four defenseman with a power-play role, though his fantasy usefulness is still likely to be limited to deep formats.

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  • Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen BUF G
    Sabres' Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen: Receives five-year contract
    17h ago

    Luukkonen signed a five-year, $23.75 million contract with the Sabres on Wednesday.

    Luukkonen was slated for an arbitration hearing, but the two sides were able to reach an agreement on their own. The 25-year-old netminder had a breakout 2023-24 campaign, going 27-22-4 with a 2.57 GAA and a .910 save percentage in 54 contests. While the Sabres also have Devon Levi around, Luukkonen appears set to be the team's No. 1 goalie for a majority of the remainder of this decade.

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  • Spencer Stastney NSH D
    Predators' Spencer Stastney: Awarded two-year deal
    21h ago

    Stastney's arbitration hearing will see him sign a two-year, $1.675 million contract with Nashville on Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

    Stastney's deal will be a two-way contract in year one before converting to a one-way deal for the 2025-26 campaign. The 24-year-old blueliner has just 28 games of NHL experience in which he recorded two goals on 20 shots, four assists and 38 blocks. Given his two-way status for the upcoming campaign, Stastney figures to split his time between the AHL and NHL.

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