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    • Leonard Fournette JAC RB
      Jaguars' Leonard Fournette: Could practice Thursday
      33m ago

      Fournette (hamstring) won't practice Wednesday, but coach Doug Marrone said the running back would attempt to take the field during Thursday's session, Andrew Siciliano of NFL Network reports.

      Marrone said that Fournette's level of involvement in Thursday's practice would likely provide a clearer picture regarding the 23-year-old's outlook for Sunday's game against the Texans. While Fournette has been sidelined for all but two of the Jaguars' six games this season, T.J. Yeldon has acted as the team's lead back. If Fournette is ultimately cleared to play Week 7, it's likely that Yeldon would still retain a decent-sized role in the Jaguars' game plan since the team would presumably prefer to ease Fournette into the backfield mix.

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    • Jarron Jones 2005 DT
      Jarron Jones: Released from Bucs practice squad
      45m ago

      Jones was released from the Buccaneers' practice squad Tuesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

      The Notre Dame product had signed to the Buccaneers' practice squad in Week 2 after his release from the Giants, which he'd spent the preseason with. He's now free to sign elsewhere.

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    • Darren Sproles PHI RB
      Eagles' Darren Sproles: Considered day-to-day
      1h ago

      Coach Doug Pederson relayed Sproles (hamstring) remains day-to-day and wouldn't say if the running back would practice Wednesday, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

      Sproles wasn't able to shake off the hamstring injury and return on a short week for last Thursday's win over the Giants, but he should have a better shot at suiting up Week 7 against the Panthers. Before he can build any optimism on that front, however, Sproles will likely need to practice in at least a limited capacity this week. The Eagles should provide an update on Sproles' activity level during practice later Wednesday, but a clearer picture regarding his outlook for Sunday's game likely won't be known until after Friday's session.

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    • David Rivers TB CB
      David Rivers: Joins Bucs practice squad
      1h ago

      Rivers signed to the Buccaneers' practice squad Tuesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

      The cornerback had reached an injury settlement with the Bucs back on Aug. 14, but with the secondary suffering multiple injuries since the season began, he returned to the fold Tuesday. The 24-year-old Rivers has one regular-season NFL appearance on his resume, which came with Tampa in 2017.

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    • T.J. Yeldon JAC RB
      Jaguars' T.J. Yeldon: Sitting out practice
      2h ago

      Yeldon isn't expected to practice Wednesday due to foot and ankle injuries.

      Yeldon has appeared on the Jaguars' injury reports the last few weeks with an ankle concern, so the same issue is presumably behind his absence from the team's first practice of the week. Despite occasionally missing or being limited in practices throughout the season, Yeldon hasn't missed any game action, and there wasn't any indication that he suffered a setback coming out of Sunday's 40-7 loss to the Cowboys. It's thus expected that Yeldon will be ready to go by the time the Week 7 matchup with the Texans arrives, though there's a chance he could head back into the No. 2 role out of the backfield. Though Leonard Fournette (hamstring) isn't in line to practice Wednesday, coach Doug Marrone expressed optimism Monday that Fournette might be ready to return from a two-game hiatus this weekend.

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    • Leonard Fournette JAC RB
      Jaguars' Leonard Fournette: Unavailable for first Week 7 practice
      2h ago

      Fournette (hamstring) isn't expected to practice Wednesday.

      Coach Doug Marrone had expressed optimism that Fournette would be able to shake off the hamstring injury and play Sunday against the Texans, but the running back's continued absence for the first practice of the week doesn't portend well for his eventual status. Fournette will have two more practice days to prove his condition has improved enough to play in Week 7, but T.J. Yeldon (foot/ankle) tentatively looks on track to head the Jacksonville backfield for at least one more game.

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    • Gio Gonzalez MIL SP
      Brewers' Gio Gonzalez: Done for postseason with high-ankle sprain
      3h ago

      Brewers manager Craig Counsell relayed after Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS that Gonzalez suffered a left high-ankle sprain in his start and will likely be out for the remainder of the postseason, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.

      After a 13-inning game in which the Brewers used seven pitchers, it's a bit of an advantage for the Brewers to be able to replace Gonzalez with a fresh pitcher. Gonzalez's absence could prove more costly if the Brewers advance to the World Series, however, as he was one of only three traditional starters Milwaukee has been using thus far in the postseason. The team hasn't yet announced Gonzalez' replacement on the playoff roster.

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    • Eduardo Nunez BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez: Dealing with ankle injury
      12h ago

      Nunez exited Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday with an ankle injury, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.

      Nunez appeared to twist his ankle fielding a grounder during the first inning, but remained in the contest until the fourth inning, when Rafael Devers pinch ran for him after Nunez reached on an infield single. Moving laterally was the issue for Nunez, which naturally presents a problem when playing third base. Devers is expected to grab the start Wednesday in Game 4 against Houston right-hander Charlie Morton.

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    • Gio Gonzalez MIL SP
      Brewers' Gio Gonzalez: Exits Game 4 with ankle injury
      14h ago

      Gonzalez exited during the second inning Tuesday in Game 4 of the NLCS after suffering a left ankle injury, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

      Gonzalez rolled his left ankle fielding a grounder to start the second inning and attempted to remain in the game, but was pulled after one pitch when he showed clear discomfort. The veteran left-hander struggled in the brief appearance, allowing one run on two hits and a walk, while also hitting a batter. Rookie Freddy Peralta took the mound for the Brewers.

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    • Chris Sale BOS SP
      Red Sox's Chris Sale: Set for bullpen session
      14h ago

      Sale (illness) will throw a bullpen session early Wednesday to help determine his potential availability for Thursday's Game 5 of the ALCS against the Astros, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.

      Sale was released from the hospital Monday after being admitted to deal with a stomach illness a day prior. It will likely be a light session for the left-hander with Game 5 coming a day later. For what it's worth, Sale told manager Alex Cora, "I'm good enough [to pitch]" when asked about his health, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. The bullpen session should provide better indication regarding where he stands in his recovery from the ailment.

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    • Grayson Greiner DET C
      Tigers' Grayson Greiner: Injures wrist during winter ball
      18h ago

      Greiner injured his wrist playing in the Dominican Winter League, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.

      Greiner apparently injured his wrist during batting practice, prompting Leones del Escogido to replace him on their roster with Austin Bossart. Specifics regarding the issue remain unclear at the moment, as does a potential timetable for his return.

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    • Cody Bellinger LAD 1B
      Dodgers' Cody Bellinger: Situated on bench for Game 4
      18h ago

      Bellinger is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

      As per usual, Bellinger will sit with a left-hander in Gio Gonzalez toeing the rubber for the Brewers. The youngster is just 1-for-10 with an RBI through the first three games of the series. Enrique Hernandez will start in center field and hit sixth in his place.

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    • Cory Joseph IND PG
      Pacers' Cory Joseph: Good to go for opener
      25m ago

      Joseph (knee) will be available for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies, Scott Agness of The Athletic reports.

      Joseph missed a pair of preseason games with a bruised knee, but the issue was never considered serious. Pacers coach Nate McMillan told the media Wednesday that the team enters opening night with everyone healthy.

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    • TJ Leaf IND PF
      Pacers' T.J. Leaf: Deemed available Wednesday
      27m ago

      Coach Nate McMillan said that Leaf (calf) and the Pacers' other injured players would all be available for Wednesday's season opener against the Grizzlies, J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star reports.

      Leaf was sidelined at the end of the preseason with a sore right calf, but it appears he's since recovered from the issue over the past week. With the Pacers at full strength at the opener and with Doug McDermott now included in the team's forward ranks, Leaf may have difficultly cracking the rotation in most games.

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    • Myles Turner IND PF
      Pacers' Myles Turner: Cleared to play Wednesday
      27m ago

      Turner (ankle) is available for Wednesday's season opener against the Grizzlies, Scott Agness of The Athletic reports.

      Turner had been probable due to a left ankle tweak suffered during Monday's practice, so his availability for the opener isn't too surprising. Last season against Memphis, he averaged 12.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal.

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    • Daniel Theis BOS PF
      Celtics' Daniel Theis: Sees four minutes in first game after knee injury
      35m ago

      Theis generated one rebound and one personal foul over four minutes in Tuesday's opening night 105-87 win over the Sixers.

      Sure, the big German's stats were insignificant. What was important was that Theis looked healthy after missing the playoffs and the last 15 games of the 2017-18 regular season due to a torn meniscus in his left knee. A summer of surgery and rehab seemed to have worked, as Theis looked his usual spry and aggressive self. That said, Theis' floor time will probably decrease from the 15 minutes per game he enjoyed last year due to the return of Al Horford. Aron Baynes and first round draft pick Robert Williams. For now, the short-term goal is for Theis to build confidence in his rebuilt knee. Theis and the Celtics can worry about playing time further down the road.

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    • Larry Nance Jr. CLE PF
      Cavaliers' Larry Nance: Ruled out for season opener
      1h ago

      Nance (ankle) has been downgraded to out for Wednesday's season opener against the Raptors, Joe Vardon of The Athletic reports.

      Though Nance was able to practice Tuesday, the Cavaliers ultimately decided it wasn't worth the risk to rush him back into game action while he recovers from the right ankle sprain. Nance seemingly has a good chance to make his season debut in the Cavaliers' second game Friday against the Timberwolves, but his absence in the opener will likely clear up some extra minutes in the frontcourt for Tristan Thompson, Ante Zizic and Sam Dekker.

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    • Damian Jones GS C
      Warriors' Damian Jones: Will remain in starting role
      1h ago

      Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after Tuesday's opener that Jones will remain the team's starting center, The Athletic reports.

      Jones looked plenty comfortable starting Tuesday night, finishing with 12 points, three rebounds and three blocks in 27 minutes of action. While that minutes total was a bit higher than expected, Jones' athleticism and defensive presence allowed Kerr to keep him on the floor for longer stretches. "He gave us exactly what we would hope - the lob threat, the presence inside, the ability to battle a great center, Steven Adams, put his size up against him and battled," Kerr said. After the game, Kerr confirmed to reporters that he'll stick with Jones for the time being, with Kevon Looney serving as the primary backup. "We're going to stay with (Jones)," Kerr said. "I don't know for how long, but we'll stay with him. We've got (Rudy) Gobert and (Nikola) Jokic coming up on this road trip and he's got the size and athleticism to deal with them and he's going to learn an awful lot. You come out of the gates in a season and face these three centers, he's seeing the best. I think it's great for him and we'll start him and see what happens."

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    • Cody McLeod NYR LW
      Rangers' Cody McLeod: Two appearances through six games
      9m ago

      McLeod made his second appearance of the season Tuesday, skating an uneventful 5:03 in a 3-2 shootout win over Colorado.

      McLeod is New York's 13th forward, only drawing in against more physical opponents. He's skated fewer than six minutes in each of his appearances this season, so the 34-year-old enforcer's fantasy value is nonexistent unless it's the last day of your head-to-head matchup and you're hoping for a PIM boost.

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    • Ryan Spooner NYR C
      Rangers' Ryan Spooner: Off to slow start
      15m ago

      Spooner was blanked on four shots in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win over Colorado.

      Spooner's surface stats have always outperformed his lukewarm possession numbers, but he's been snakebitten in all categories to start the new campaign with just one assist through six games. While the former Bruins forward played just 10:56 in this one, a whopping 5:51 of that ice time came on the power play. The Rangers still believe in Spooner's offensive capabilities, even if they're underwhelmed by the total package, so his point totals should start to climb soon if he's able to stay in the lineup.

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    • William Nylander TOR RW
      Maple Leafs' William Nylander: Set for summit with Leafs GM
      40m ago

      Nylander, who is currently in a contract holdout, will meet with Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas (along with the player's representatives) in Switzerland on Wednesday, the Lance Hornby of Toronto Sun reports, citing a separate source.

      As suggested in the report, it's not clear if the purpose of the summit is to imminently get Nylander a new contract with the Buds, or whether it's simply to assure him that he can still garner a long-term extension with the Original Six club, as opposed to getting dealt. John Tavares is signed through 2024-15 at $11 million per season, plus 21-year-old phenom Austin Matthews is sure to get a huge payday when his entry-level deal expires next summer, but Nylander probably deserves a lucrative deal of his own after notching 61 points in each of the last two seasons. It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out.

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    • Ryan McDonagh TB D
      Lightning's Ryan McDonagh: Stellar defensive output
      1h ago

      McDonagh collected three hits and a team-high five blocked shots in Tuesday's 4-2 home win over the Hurricanes.

      McDonagh's fearless ways definitely helped netminder Louis Domingue pick up a win in his season debut. The 29-year-old defenseman from St. Paul, Minnesota has one point (an assist) through the first four games of the new season; it's too early to extract much meaning behind that small sample, but just know that McDonagh is close to a half-point-per-game player.

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    • Patrik Laine WPG RW
      Jets' Patrik Laine: Records power-play apple
      1h ago

      Laine generated a power-play assist in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime home loss to the Oilers.

      One of 10 skaters for Winnipeg to find the scoresheet in this one, Laine also fired a season- and game-high seven shots on goal, but he was blanked each time. Still, the Jets' second overall pick from the 2016 draft is off to a pretty good start with two goals and another pair of helpers through the first six contests -- three of those points were accumulated on the man advantage.

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    • Sidney Crosby PIT C
      Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Unselfish play early on
      1h ago

      Crosby is still searching for his first goal of the 2018-19 campaign, but he does have four assists through five games.

      Crosby fired 247 shots on goal last year for his first 82-game season, but he's only collected 12 shots through five games in the infancy of this campaign. Rest assured that Sid will get his goals soon enough, as he currently ranks 86th all-time with 411 career tallies.

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