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    • Tom Brady NE QB
      Patriots' Tom Brady: Expected to play Thursday
      6m ago

      Brady is on track to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

      Reiss goes on to say that "it wouldn't be a surprise if (Brady plays) fairly deep into the first half," while noting that "these things are always subject to change, but that's where things stand at this time." Given the different range of potential outcomes here, there are safer DFS plays this week, but it does appear as though Brady is poised to get his first in-game tune-up in advance of Week 1.

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    • Rex Burkhead NE RB
      Patriots' Rex Burkhead: Unlikely to play in exhibition
      25m ago

      Burkhead (undisclosed) isn't expected to suit up in Thursday's preseason tilt with the Eagles, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

      Burkhead also missed the Patriots' exhibition opener last week against the Redskins due to a minor issue, though the team hasn't relayed any details regarding the nature of the injury. In any event, it's not expected to jeopardize Burkhead's availability for the start of the regular season, when the 28-year-old could serve as the top option in a likely committee arrangement in the backfield. Burkhead's primary threat for snaps, rookie Sony Michel (knee), remains sidelined and seems in greater danger of missing regular-season action than Burkhead does.

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    • Steve McLendon NYJ NT
      Jets' Steve McLendon: Unlikely to suit up Thursday
      28m ago

      McLendon (undisclosed) isn't expected to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Redskins, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

      McLendon is on track to be the Jets' starting nose tackle in 2018, so the 32-year-old's preseason snap count isn't essential. He played all 16 games in 2017, recording 46 tackles (30 solo) and 1.5 sacks.

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    • Saquon Barkley NYG RB
      Giants' Saquon Barkley: Spectator for third straight practice
      35m ago

      Barkley (hamstring) didn't participate with the main group during the Giants' practice Thursday and was instead working out off to the side, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports.

      With Barkley a non-participant in practice for the third straight day while he recovers from the left hamstring strain, it's looking unlikely that he'll be available for the Giants' second exhibition game Friday in Detroit. While he was idle Wednesday, Barkley used the time to work on his pass catching, with the running back getting some work in on a JUGS machine, according to Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com. Barkley will need to take contact in some capacity before the Giants sign off on returning him to game action.

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    • Chris Herndon NYJ TE
      Jets' Chris Herndon: Expected to sit out Thursday
      39m ago

      Herndon (undisclosed) isn't expected to play in Thursday's preseason contest against the Redskins, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

      Herndon sat out the Jets' exhibition opener last week after getting banged up in a practice leading up to the game. It appears the rookie tight end still hasn't made a full recovery, so he looks poised to again miss out on some valuable reps as he looks to build his case for a starting role over Jordan Leggett (undisclosed).

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    • Quincy Enunwa NYJ WR
      Jets' Quincy Enunwa: Set to sit out Thursday
      43m ago

      Enunwa (thumb) isn't expected to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Redskins, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

      Enunwa is no longer wearing a cast or wrap to protect his right thumb, but it appears the Jets may want him to put in some more full-contact practices before returning to game action. The wideout seems likely to be ready to play in the Jets' all-important third exhibition contest Aug. 24 against the Giants, when many of the team's core contributors are expected to play for most of the first half.

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    • Ronald Acuna ATL LF
      Braves' Ronald Acuna: CT scan shows no damage
      9m ago

      Acuna's CT scan Wednesday night confirmed no damage to his left elbow. The Braves are listing Acuna as day-to-day ahead of Thursday's game.

      It appears as though Acuna could be back in the lineup for Thursday's series opener versus Colorado, though it wouldn't come as a surprise to see manager Brian Snitker give him at least one day off following Wednesday's scare. During his first at-bat of the night, Acuna was drilled on the elbow by a Jose Urena fastball. He initially stayed in the game but was removed prior to the second inning. Following the contest, he also received X-Rays, which came back negative.

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    • Corbin Burnes MIL RP
      Brewers' Corbin Burnes: Struggling this month
      26m ago

      Burnes allowed an earned run while pitching 1.1 innings out of the bullpen in Wednesday's loss to the Cubs.

      Burnes did not allow a run in 8.2 innings over six appearances in July, but he has struggled since the change of the month, giving up seven earned runs over 6.2 innings -- good for an unsightly 9.45 ERA -- through seven appearances in August. Burnes has been working in middle relief and will continue to do so for the Brewers.

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    • Matt Duffy TB 3B
      Rays' Matt Duffy: Receives breather Thursday
      31m ago

      Duffy is out of the lineup versus the Yankees on Thursday, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports.

      Duffy will take a seat for the series finale after starting 15 of the previous 16 games. In his place, Joey Wendle will man third base while Brandon Lowe picks up a start at the keystone.

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    • Tommy Pham TB CF
      Rays' Tommy Pham: Officially activated from DL
      33m ago

      Pham (foot) was reinstated from the 10-day DL and will man left field and bat out of the cleanup spot against the Yankees on Thursday, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports.

      Pham will immediately rejoin the starting lineup after spending the past two weeks on the shelf due to a right foot fracture. Though it's mildly surprising that he's had such a speedy recovery, Pham looked decent enough in a rehab contest with Low-A Hudson Valley on Wednesday. Expect him to receive a day off here and there as he works back to full speed.

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    • Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B
      Reds' Eugenio Suarez: Rough night
      41m ago

      Suarez had a rare bad night against the Indians on Wednesday, going 0-for-5 with five strikeouts.

      Suarez is going through a mini-slump of sorts, having not homered since August 4th. We wouldn't read too much into that, it's just part of the normal ebb and flow of a season. For the year he's still hitting .296/.376/.554 with 26 homers.

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    • Tommy Kahnle NYY RP
      Yankees' Tommy Kahnle: Called up Thursday
      1h ago

      Kahnle was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.

      Kahnle will take the roster place of Luis Cessa, who was optioned back to the minors following his start against Tampa Bay on Wednesday. Though Kahnle tossed an inning of work versus Boston earlier this month, he's only appeared in nine games for the Yankees this season, as he's spent a majority of the past couple months at the Triple-A level working through some velocity issues.

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    • Udonis Haslem MIA PF
      Udonis Haslem: Working toward return to Heat
      1d ago

      Haslem is likely to return to the Heat for a 16th NBA season, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.

      While nothing is finalized at this point, Haslem's camp and the Heat have engaged in conversations in recent weeks, and the Heat are apparently now "even more convinced," in Reynolds' words, that the veteran will be back in Miami in 2018-19. The 38-year-old hasn't been a regular rotation player since 2014-15, but he remains a valuable veteran presence and is one of the more recognizable faces in franchise history, having been with the Heat organization since 2003. If Haslem does return, as anticipated, it seems rather likely that it would be his final NBA season.

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    • Spencer Dinwiddie BKN PG
      Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie: Has contract guaranteed
      2d ago

      Dinwiddie recently had his $1.65 million contract for the 2018-19 season guaranteed by the Nets, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      With starting point guard D'Angelo Russell going down for nearly half of last season, Dinwiddie was able earn a significant role in the backcourt and finished the year averaging 12.6 points, 6.6 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 three-pointers across 28.8 minutes. He wasn't the most efficient player when looking at his percentages, but he still was a reliable ball-handler and could lead the offense when needed. As a result, it was a no-brainer for the Nets to guarantee his contract for a meager $1.65 million. With Russell entering the season healthy, Dinwiddie will likely be stuck in a reserve backcourt role, so he should struggle to match his numbers from the 2017-18 campaign.

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    • Jevon Carter MEM PG
      Grizzlies' Jevon Carter: Undergoes surgery Tuesday
      2d ago

      Carter underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies' official site reports.

      News broke last week that Carter suffered the "freak" injury when his thumb got caught in an opposing player's jersey. Following surgery, the medical staff re-iterated that a full recovery is expected. A timetable for his return has not been announced, but updates will be provided as he continues to reach milestones in his recovery.

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    • Shabazz Muhammad MIL SG
      Bucks' Shabazz Muhammad: Agrees to deal with Milwaukee
      3d ago

      Muhammed agreed to a training-camp deal with the Bucks on Monday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.

      Muhammad ended last season with Milwaukee after beginning it with Minnesota, averaging 5.0 points in 9.7 minutes over 43 games. He will add some more wing depth for Milwaukee, but will likely continue to play a small role with the team if he's able to break camp with a roster spot in hand.

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    • Briante Weber MEM PG
      Heat's Briante Weber: Inks contract with Miami
      3d ago

      Weber signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Heat on Monday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.

      Weber has bounced around the league over the last three years, spending time on five different rosters. In his most recent 2017-18 campaign, Weber played in a combined 18 games between the Grizzlies and Rockets and averaged 2.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steal across 13.2 minutes. The fact that his new contract is only partially guaranteed means it's essentially a training camp deal, so Weber will have to have a strong showing during camp and the preseason to have a shot at a final roster spot with the Heat. As of now, the guard is likely on the outside looking in.

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    • Dwyane Wade MIA SG
      Dwyane Wade: Won't play in China
      3d ago

      Wade has ruled out playing in China this season, Real GM reports. "If I play the game of basketball this year it will be in a Miami uniform," Wade said. "If I don't, I'll be living in Miami or somewhere else probably."

      Wade is apparently content to take his time in figuring out his next step, but he indicated that his agent is in talks with the Heat regarding a potential return next season. If that were to happen, the veteran would likely sign a one-year contract at a discounted rate. Wade, who turns 37 in January, is just two years removed from averaging 18.3 points per game for the Bulls, but his production tailed off considerably last season, which he split between Cleveland and Miami. Wade still managed 12.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 21 games for Miami, though he shot just 40.9 percent from the field and a ghastly 22.0 percent from three on 2.0 attempts per game.

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    • Ondrej Kase ANA RW
      Ducks' Ondrej Kase: Inks three-year deal with Anaheim
      16h ago

      Kase signed a three-year, $7.8 million contract with the Ducks on Wednesday.

      Kase enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2017-18, setting career highs in goals (20), assists (18) and shots on goal (146) in 66 appearances. The 22-year-old winger should only continue to improve during his junior campaign in 2018-19, and could threaten the 50-point mark if he's able to stay healthy, making him a solid bench option in most fantasy formats.

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    • Ryan Callahan TB RW
      Lightning's Ryan Callahan: Surprisingly able to skate
      17h ago

      Callahan (shoulder) participated in an informal workout on the ice Wednesday.

      This was a voluntary workout for the Lightning regulars, but Callahan reportedly returned to the ice one day after showing up for an off-ice session. Considering the bottom-six winger underwent surgery as recently as May 31, this latest development should be viewed as a remarkable milestone in his recovery. While he still could be held out until the beginning of November, Callahan sounds pleased with his progress. "It's good to get back on the ice," he said. "Shoulder felt good. Everything that I did out there - obviously no shooting yet - doing some stickhandling, working on the skating, everything went well."

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    • Cory Schneider NJ G
      Devils' Cory Schneider: Extent of injury clarified
      19h ago

      Schneider has been dealing with his hip injury since 2016-17, NJ.com reports.

      Schneider continues to recover from hip surgery that was performed in May, but it's now been revealed that he's been struggling with this injury since the 2016-17 season. With the Devils, his save percentage had never been lower than .921, and that dropped to .908 and .907, respectively, during his two most recent campaigns. Meanwhile, his worst GAA went from 2.26 to 2.82 and 2.93 marks. New Jersey needs him at his best, so don't expect him to be rushed back. He could miss all of training camp and the start of the season, giving Keith Kinkaid the reins in net.

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    • Lance Bouma CHI LW
      Lance Bouma: Signs overseas
      23h ago

      Bouma inked a one-year deal with Geneve-Servette (NLA) on Wednesday.

      Bouma spent the end of the 2017-18 campaign with AHL Rockford after going unclaimed off waivers. Considering no NHL team was willing to take a look at him in February, it shouldn't come as a surprise to see him bound for Europe. If the winger is unable to earn his was back to the NHL, he will finish his career with 30 goals and 46 assists in 357 outings.

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    • Zach Werenski CLB D
      Blue Jackets' Zach Werenski: Targeting Opening Night return
      1d ago

      Werenski (shoulder) is hoping to be ready for the Blue Jackets' Opening Night clash with Detroit on Oct. 4, NHL.com reports.

      Werenski seems motivated to get healthy, telling NHL.com, "My goal, ultimately, is to be there for Game 1." However, he did also leave open the possibility he might not reach his goal, "If it's later, like five or game 10, whenever that is, I'm going to work to miss as few games as possible." Even if the defender is sidelined for a bit, he remains a top-end defensive option and should challenge for the 40-point threshold.

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    • Andrej Sekera EDM D
      Oilers' Andrej Sekera: Out indefinitely with torn Achillies
      2d ago

      Sekera underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn Achilles tendon. While the operation was deemed successful, he will be out indefinitely.

      This is awful news for Sekera and the Oilers, especially since the defenseman was limited to 36 games last season. In fact, a torn ACL that he sustained in the 2017 playoffs pushed his 2017-18 season debut back to Dec. 21 and the Czech skater also missed time with a facial injury last year. Kevin Gravel -- who signed a two-year deal with the Oilers on July 1 -- could be asked to fill the void by spending most of his time at the top level in the coming season. Prospect Evan Bouchard could be in the mix as well.

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