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Max Stassi LAA C
Angels' Max Stassi: Steps out of lineup1m ago
Stassi is not in the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Twins, Sarah Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Stassi has a .589 OPS through 11 games in August and will take a seat Sunday after starting the past seven contests. Kurt Suzuki will work behind the plate and bat seventh in the series finale against Minnesota.
Gary Sanchez MIN C
Twins' Gary Sanchez: Not starting Sunday12m ago
Sanchez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
Sanchez has a .304/.360/.435 slash line through seven contests in August, but he'll take a seat for the second time in the past three games. Sandy Leon will start behind the plate Sunday as the pair continues to split playing time.
Ke'Bryan Hayes PIT 3B
Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes: Remains on bench Sunday15m ago
Hayes (back) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
Hayes continues to deal with back spasms and will be out of the starting nine Sunday for the third consecutive game. The Pirates have a scheduled day off Monday, so the 25-year-old will have an extra day to recover ahead of Tuesday's series opener versus the Red Sox. Rodolfo Castro will take over at the hot corner in the series finale at San Francisco.
Gio Urshela MIN 3B
Twins' Gio Urshela: Out of Sunday's lineup21m ago
Urshela is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
Urshela went 0-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and three strikeouts Saturday and will take a seat in Sunday's series finale. Jose Miranda will move to third base while Byron Buxton rests his legs as the designated hitter.
Max Kepler MIN RF
Twins' Max Kepler: Heads to bench Sunday45m ago
Kepler is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
Kepler has started all six games since returning from the injured list last weekend, but he'll take a seat Sunday after going 0-for-25 with a walk and a run. Jake Cave will man right field in the series finale versus the Halos.
Yerry Rodriguez TEX SP
Rangers' Yerry Rodriguez: Promoted Sunday1h ago
Rodriguez was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday.
Rodriguez failed to make Texas' Opening Day roster and will join the big-league club Sunday for the first time this season. The 24-year-old is looking to make his MLB debut and has a 4.43 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 56:27 K:BB across 42.2 innings at Triple-A this year.
Justin Jefferson MIN WR
Vikings' Justin Jefferson: Not in line to play Sunday2m ago
Jefferson is not in line to play in Sunday's preseason opener against the Raiders.
Other key Minnesota skill players who are also not slated to play in Sunday's contest include QB Kirk Cousins (illness), RB Dalvin Cook, fellow WR Adam Thielen and TE Irv Smith (thumb). In that context, look for the focus of the team's coaching staff to be on evaluating those battling for battling for depth chart slotting ahead of Week 1.
Adam Thielen MIN WR
Vikings' Adam Thielen: Not in line to suit up Sunday7m ago
Thielen isn't in line to play in Sunday's preseason opener against the Raiders.
Thielen, along with Justin Jefferson, will be held out of Sunday's exhibition game. In their absences, expect K.J. Osborn and Ihmir Smith-Marsette to operate as Minnesota's starting wideouts.
Dalvin Cook MIN RB
Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Won't play Sunday10m ago
Cook is not in line to play in Sunday's preseason opener against the Raiders.
Cook, along with the majority of the Vikings' top offensive players, will be held out of Sunday's exhibition game. Expect Alexander Mattison and Kene Nwangwu to handle the majority of the running back duties during the first half, while Ty Chandler and Bryant Koback may get some work in the second half.
Cam Taylor-Britt CIN CB
Bengals' Cam Taylor-Britt: Core muscle injury14m ago
Taylor-Britt suffered a core muscle injury which forced him to miss Friday's preseason game and that could sideline him for multiple weeks. Dave Clark of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
These are critical reps that Taylor-Britt is missing, and could impact his ability to be ready for the Week 1 regular season opener against the Steelers.
Shane Lemieux NYG OG
Giants' Shane Lemieux: May miss extended time18m ago
Lemieux is dealing with a foot, not toe injury head coach Brian Daboll said Sunday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
Lemieux was injured during the Giants' preseason game against the Patriots on Thursday. It was originally reported as a toe injury, and he was seen in a walking boot after the game. Now Daboll is referring to it as a foot injury, and a timetable for his return is unknown. However, he's definitely expected to miss this week, with the potential for the injury to linger into the regular season.
Jackson Carman CIN OG
Bengals' Jackson Carman: Struggles in preseason loss19m ago
Carman struggled along with the rest of the Bengals' second-team offensive line in Friday's preseason loss to the Cardinals, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Carman was the only offensive lineman on the field that has a chance to be a starter, but the gains that he showed in early training camp didn't translate in the Bengals' first preseason game. While Carman was in there, QB Brandon Allen was sacked multiple times and suffered a concussion, he whiffed on multiple blocks, missed a defensive rotation that resulted in a pressure and committed a holding penalty. The Bengals are still trying to find their starter at left guard, and Friday's performance did not help.
McKinley Wright IV MIN PG
Mavericks' McKinley Wright: Signs training camp deal3h ago
Wright signed a training camp deal with the Mavericks on Sunday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Wright posed 8.4 points, 5.6 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals across five Summer League appearances with the Suns. He played in five games for Minnesota last year, but he never cracked the regular rotation. In Dallas, he'll look to compete for a two-way contract during training camp.
Hugo Besson NBADRAFT PG
Hugo Besson: Will remain overseas18h ago
Besson agreed to a contract with Metropolitans 92 in France on Saturday, Keith Smith of Spotrac.com reports.
The French native has elected to stay home for the 2022-23 season where he'll play alongside Victor Wembanyama with Metropolitans 92. Besson averaged 13.9 points per game with the New Zealand Breakers in the NBL prior to being selected by the Bucks as the 58th overall pick in the 2022 Draft.
Shaedon Sharpe POR G
Trail Blazers' Shaedon Sharpe: Still on track for training camp2d ago
Sharpe (shoulder) has returned to shooting drills and remains on track to be fully healthy by training camp, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Sharpe suffered the injury during his Summer League debut, but he avoided surgery and appears to be progressing through rehab quickly. The Kentucky commit didn't suit up for the Wildcats last year but was still selected seventh overall in the 2022 Draft. The 6-foot-4 wing projects to be one of the top guards off the bench in Portland.
Frank Ntilikina DAL PG
Mavericks' Frank Ntilikina: Dealing with injury2d ago
Ntilikina won't play for France at EuroBasket in September due to an undisclosed injury, Eurohoops.net reports.
The details regarding Ntilikina's injury remain unclear, but it sounds like he's expected to remain sidelined until mid-September as he works to recover ahead of the 2022-23 NBA season. While he'll miss the upcoming EuroBasket competition, the injury doesn't sound like it will prevent him from being available when the Mavericks begin their 2022 campaign in the fall.
Norman Powell LAC SF
Clippers' Norman Powell: Rehabbing but cleared to play3d ago
Powell is rehabbing a fractured medial sesamoid bone in his left foot that he sustained last season, but he has been cleared to play, Law Murray of The Athletic reports.
Powell played his first full-court game of the season in the Drew League in Los Angeles on Sunday. He had been rehabbing a foot injury that caused him to miss 22 games for the Clippers last season. Powell said, "Still going through the rehab process, but I feel good to be able to go full tilt."
Quinn Cook CLE PG
Kings' Quinn Cook: Joins Sacramento for camp5d ago
Cook agreed Monday with the Kings on a one-year contract, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports.
Cook's deal likely includes limited guaranteed money and brings the Kings roster total up to 19 players as training camp approaches. The 29-year-old has 188 games' worth of NBA experience on his resume, but he hasn't appeared at basketball's top level since the 2020-21 campaign and will likely find himself on the outside looking in for a spot in the Kings' opening night roster. He most recently suited up for the Kings' G League affiliate in Stockton during the 2021-22 season.
Nolan Patrick LV C
Golden Knights' Nolan Patrick: Likely opening year on LTIR16h ago
Patrick (upper body) is likely to begin the 2022-23 season on long-term injured reserve, Sam Carchidi of Philly Hockey Now reports.
Patrick sustained this latest upper-body injury in late March, and as of July, he'd made no substantial progress in his recovery. The 23-year-old center has dealt with traumatic head injuries for much of his professional career, and it's expected he'll be forced to miss at least the first month of the upcoming season -- and likely much more.
Jake Leschyshyn LV C
Golden Knights' Jake Leschyshyn: Inks three-year deal21h ago
Leschyshyn signed a three-year contract with the Golden Knights on Saturday.
Leschyshyn established himself as an NHLer last season when injuries ravaged the Golden Knights' forward corps. While he managed just six points in 41 games in his age-22 season, he'll have a little job security with a three-year deal. The forward's contract is one-way in all three years, so it seems like he'll have a realistic chance to make the Opening Night roster this season, albeit in a bottom-six role.
Paul Cotter LV C
Golden Knights' Paul Cotter: Receives three-year extension21h ago
Cotter signed a three-year contract extension with the Golden Knights on Saturday.
Cotter's deal is two-way in 2023-24 and one-way for the two seasons after that. As such, he shouldn't be expected to take on a regular role with the Golden Knights for another couple of years, though he'll be at the top of the list for call-ups when injuries stretch the team's forward depth. The 22-year-old had two goals and 17 hits in seven games last year.
Nikolai Knyzhov SJ D
Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: Out six months22h ago
Knyzhov underwent surgery Aug. 10 for a torn Achilles that he recently suffered during off-ice activity. The recovery timeline is approximately six months.
Knyzhov last played in an NHL contest back in 2020-21, putting up 10 points in 56 games. He'll need to wait at least until February to return to game action, and it's unclear if he'll be in line for action with the big club or down with the AHL affiliate.
Philipp Kurashev CHI C
Blackhawks' Philipp Kurashev: Pens one-year deal2d ago
Kurashev secured a one-year, $750,000 contract from the Blackhawks on Friday.
Kurashev set new personal bests in games played (67), assists (15) and points (21) last season. While the 22-year-old winger will likely remain in a bottom-six role this year, he should remain on at least the No. 2 power-play unit, which will no doubt bolster his offensive opportunities.
Caleb Jones CHI D
Blackhawks' Caleb Jones: Re-ups with club2d ago
Jones inked a one-year, $1.35 million deal with Chicago on Friday.
Jones logged 51 games with the Hawks last year in which he tallied five goals, 10 assists and 57 shots while averaging 16:43 of ice time. With the departures of Erik Gustafsson and Calvin de Haan, the 25-year-old Jones should be a regular starter for the team this year, though his offensive ceiling likely remains in the 25-point range.