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Xavier Woods DAL DB
Cowboys' Xavier Woods: Likely to play Sunday24m ago
Woods (hamstring) is expected to play Sunday's game versus the Seahawks, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
The second-year pro is looking to make his season debut after missing most of preseason and the first two games with a hamstring issue. If Woods suits up, he'll need to be ready for plenty of work against the pass, as Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has thrown the ball 69 times over two games and recorded three interceptions.
Chad Wheeler NYG T
Giants' Chad Wheeler: Gearing up to start Sunday30m ago
Wheeler will start at right tackle in Sunday's game versus the Texans, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.
Wheeler will start over Ereck Flowers, who has struggled in pass protection through two games this season. It'll be a tough matchup Sunday with a pass rush that features J.J. Watt.
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Giants' Ereck Flowers: Won't start versus Texans32m ago
Flowers won't start at right tackle for Sunday's game against the Texans, Pat Leonard of New York Daily News reports.
The 2015 first-round pick will be replaced by second-year, undrafted pro Chad Wheeler. Change was needed on the Giants' offensive front since quarterback Eli Manning was constantly under siege. According to Pro Football Focus, Flowers allowed 11 pressures over the first two games while no other Giants' lineman yielded more than five.
Fred Warner SF LB
49ers' Fred Warner: Gets starting nod Sunday36m ago
Warner will start at middle linebacker for Sunday's game versus the Chiefs, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Warner will be flanked by Reuben Foster and Malcolm Smith. This is a huge step for the rookie third-round pick, and it's well-deserved, as he racked up 22 tackles (19 solo) and one pass breakup through the first two games. Although it's early, those numbers provide a solid base for IDP settings.
Travis Benjamin LAC WR
Chargers' Travis Benjamin: Appears unlikely to play Sunday1h ago
Benjamin (foot), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, is viewed as a "long shot" to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Benjamin appears set to miss his second straight game with the right foot injury after he was unable to advance beyond limited practice participation this week. With Benjamin trending toward another inactive status, Tyrell Williams and Mike Williams will be locked in as the clear top complements in the passing game behind lead wideout Keenan Allen. Geremy Davis or J.J. Jones would fill in for Benjamin on the rare occasions the Chargers utilize four-receiver sets.
Earl Thomas SEA DB
Seahawks' Earl Thomas: In line to play Week 31h ago
Thomas (personal) participated in the Seahawks' team walk-through Saturday and is expected to play Sunday against the Cowboys, Ian Rapoport and Steve Wyche of NFL Network report.
Thomas showed up on the Seahawks' injury report Friday with a questionable designation after he missed practice that day to tend to a personal matter. The fact that the safety rejoined the team a day later suggests that he's in little jeopardy of missing the showdown with Dallas, one of the teams that approached the Seahawks about acquiring Thomas via trade during the offseason.
Adam Frazier PIT 2B
Pirates' Adam Frazier: Out against lefty6m ago
Frazier will hit the bench Sunday against southpaw Wade Miley and the Brewers.
Frazier has been platooning with Josh Harrison at second base over the last 10 games. Harrison will get the start Sunday with the lefty on the mound.
Brett Phillips KC CF
Royals' Brett Phillips: Out of Sunday's lineup12m ago
Phillips is not in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Tigers.
Phillips went 2-for-3 with a run scored Saturday but remains on the bench against Detroit's left-hander Daniel Norris. Jorge Bonifacio will start in right field as Salvador Perez serves as designated hitter Sunday.
Alex Cobb BAL SP
Orioles' Alex Cobb: Cleared for Sunday's start14m ago
Cobb (finger) will start Sunday's game against the Yankees.
Cobb will return to the hill for the first time in nearly two weeks after a recurrence of a blister caused him to miss two turns through the rotation. Before experiencing the setback, Cobb had emerged as the Orioles' most dependable starting pitcher, submitting a 2.40 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 48.2 innings over his previous eight starts.
Brian Goodwin KC LF
Royals' Brian Goodwin: On bench vs. lefty15m ago
Goodwin is out of the lineup for Sunday's series finale against at Detroit.
Goodwin will take a seat for the second time in the series as southpaw Daniel Norris takes the ball for the Tigers. Whit Merrifield again moves out to center field while Rosell Herrera starts at second base for the Royals.
Joe Jimenez DET RP
Tigers' Joe Jimenez: Blows save but grabs win against Royals16m ago
Jimenez (5-4) allowed a run on two hits in Saturday's game against the Royals to register a blown save, but he picked up the win when the Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth.
While the win is nice, the poor outing continued a disturbing trend for Jimenez since making his first All-Star Game appearance in July. In the second half, the 23-year-old reliever has a 7.58 ERA, and his season ERA has climbed from 2.72 to 4.21 in the process. The Tigers likely want Jimenez to step into the closer's role at some point, but his rough finish to the season has cast some doubt on his readiness for finishing games.
Karl-Anthony Towns MIN C
Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns: Agrees to super-max extension14h ago
Towns signed a five-year, $190 million super-maximum extension with the Timberwolves on Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Regarding the extension, Towns stated, "I promise to the fans, my teammates and the organization to keep the vision of the man who drafted me, Flip Saunders, alive and treat his dream of winning with respect and dignity. To the fans from Day One and the Timberwolves fans, this is for you."
Word emerged in mid-July that Towns and the Wolves began engaging in discussions regarding a maximum extension, and the deal has gotten done just prior to the beginning of training camp. Towns was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and hasn't missed a game in his first three seasons. He secured his first All-Star nod last year on the back of 21.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 blocks. Towns is also one of the most efficient big men in the league, shooting 54.5 percent from the field, 42.1 percent from three and 85.8 percent from the line in 2017-18. If Jimmy Butler's trade request is fulfilled, Towns could be in store for higher usage during the upcoming season.
Dirk Nowitzki DAL PF
Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki: Will be 'very limited' early in camp21h ago
Nowitzki (ankle), according to coach Rick Carlisle, will be "very limited" early in camp, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Carlisle noted that Nowitzki did some light shooting and lifting Saturday, but is still feeling soreness in his ankle tendons. The veteran will presumably be brought back with heavy caution considering his history with the organization and overall mileage. He should be considered questionable for the start of preseason.
Jimmy Butler MIN SG
Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler: Not available for start of camp22h ago
Butler's representatives have made the Timberwolves aware he will not be available for on-court activities once training camp commences, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic
The situation in Minnesota appears extra messy at the moment following news that Butler requested a trade earlier in the week. It was originally speculated that he may not report to camp, but this is the first official word. There is speculation that head coach Tom Thibodeau does not want to trade the star wing, but owner Glen Taylor is in favor of the move. It is unclear how long this saga will drag out, but all we know for sure is that Butler will not participate in camp once it kicks off.
Omer Asik CHI C
Bulls' Omer Asik: Out indefinitely1d ago
Asik is dealing with inflammatory arthritis, and will be sidelined indefinitely.
Asik is coming off his roughest season as a pro, as he played in just 18 games and produced career lows across the board. He is set to make about $23 million through the 2019/20 season, which makes him very difficult to trade. Thus, the Bulls will have to wait for him to work his way back to basketball activities, which there is no clear timetable for.
Bogdan Bogdanovic SAC SG
Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic: To undergo minor knee surgery2d ago
Bogdanovic will undergo a minor knee surgery Monday and does not have a timetable for a return, Jason Jones of The Athletic reports. He suffered the injury playing for the Serbian national team last Monday.
Bogdanovic underwent a knee surgery in late April, which had a scheduled recovery time of 8-10 weeks. Shortly after getting healthy, he appears to have re-aggravated the issue. It's reportedly minor, but the news isn't encouraging less than a week away from the beginning of training camp. A timetable for a return may be established following the procedure. For now, he should be considered questionable for the preseason at best.
Jimmy Butler MIN SG
Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler: May not report to camp2d ago
Butler may not report to training camp next week if he's not traded, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reports.
News arrived earlier in the week that Butler has requested a trade. While the Timberwolves may be hesitant to move on from him quickly, Butler appears to be forcing his hand by possibly not coming to camp. Unless Minnesota hangs onto him for an extended period, the decision shouldn't affect his fantasy value.
Oscar Lindberg LV C
Golden Knights' Oscar Lindberg: Two goals in comeback win1h ago
Lindberg scored twice in Saturday's 5-4 preseason home win over the Sharks.
Vegas GM George McPhee has assembled a top-six forward group chock-full of established scorers, so Lindberg will likely have to settle for a bottom-six assignment after producing a mere 11 points and minus-11 rating over 63 games with Vegas in 2017-18. It's also conceivable that he'll frequent the press box during the regular season if he happens to hit the skids late in training camp.
Tomas Hertl SJ C
Sharks' Tomas Hertl: Main distributor on two goals1h ago
Hertl crafted two primary assists in Saturday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Golden Knights.
Hertl picked up both apples in the first period. He also had a shootout attempt on Max Lagace in the skills competition, but Lagace came up with the save. We're expecting to see Hertl more confident than ever after signing a four-year, $22.5 million extension in July.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi MON C
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Fills in for Domi1h ago
Kotkaniemi centered a line with Jonathan Drouin and Joel Armia and earned the first star in Saturday's preseason win over the Senators. He had three shots and three hits while winning three of seven draws over 16:19 of ice time.
Kotkaniemi took the spot of Max Domi, who has been suspended for the rest of the preseason for a sucker-punch on Florida's Aaron Ekblad. The 18-year-old center hit a couple of posts, looking confident and comfortable on the smaller North American rink. "I like his involvement," coach Claude Julien told Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette. "Pucks are in the corner of the rink or on the walls, he's getting in there. There's no hesitation. He's not afraid to battle and his work ethic is good. Not just up the ice, but coming back as well. There's a lot of good things for an 18-year-old." Kotkaniemi is pushing for a spot on the NHL roster and made a positive impression Saturday. Julien said he's continuing to evaluate Kotkaniemi and will wait until the end of training camp to decide if he's ready for the NHL or needs more development. It is believed he'll go back to Finland if he doesn't make Montreal's roster; however, it makes more sense for him to play at AHL Laval to get accustomed to the smaller rink.
Timo Meier SJ RW
Sharks' Timo Meier: Comes alive at 5-on-51h ago
Meier collected two even-strength points -- a goal and an assist -- in Saturday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Golden Knights.
Meier started 53.2 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the attacking zone last season, which was a nice change of pace after he was positioned in the defensive zone more often than not as a rookie in 2016-17. A quality possession player with a knack for scoring, Meier will look to build off a strong season that consisted of 21 goals and 36 points over 81 games for San Jose.
Brent Burns SJ D
Sharks' Brent Burns: Finds twine against Vegas1h ago
Burns lit the lamp in Saturday's 5-4 shootout road loss to the Golden Knights.
Burns was paired with second-year skater Joakim Ryan in this game. Burns and Erik Karlsson -- who didn't play Saturday -- are expected to be on separate units, with Kevin Kurz of The Athletic adding that Marc-Edouard Vlasic is expected to bet the one to sync up with Karlsson, at least for Opening Night.
Jonathan Drouin MON C
Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin: Plays after taking puck to face1h ago
Drouin had three shots and a team-high 17:45 of ice time in Saturday's preseason win over Ottawa.
Drouin survived a pre-game scare when he took a puck off his face during warmups and left the rink bleeding. It turns out he merely had a cut inside his mouth Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports. The winger was able to return in time for the start of the game.