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Malik Jackson PHI DT
Eagles' Malik Jackson: Ready for Sunday's game1m ago
Jackson (quadriceps) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game versus the Cowboys.
Jackson missed last week's divisional win over the Giants, but after logging a full practice Friday, he's been cleared to return to the lineup. The 30-year-old defensive tackle handled 79 percent of the defensive workload in Week 1 but saw his snap share shrink for five straight games before his injury, ending up at 44 percent in Week 6. However, Hassan Ridgeway (bicep) is now out for the year, so Jackson's role could start rising again as long as he's fully healthy.
Calvin Ridley ATL WR
Falcons' Calvin Ridley: Has mid-foot sprain7m ago
Ridley has been diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Ridley went down Thursday at Carolina, holding his left foot at the end of a catch. While he was able to walk off the field under his own power, he didn't return to the contest. An ensuing X-ray was returned negative, and an MRI also didn't "show much," so the wide receiver is considered day-to-day. With more time than normal to prepare for the Falcons' next game Nov. 8 against the Broncos, Ridley has a good chance to miss no more time due to injury.
Tyrod Taylor LAC QB
Chargers' Tyrod Taylor: Questionable again Week 88m ago
Taylor (chest) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Broncos.
Taylor practiced fully all week, but he followed the same course last week and was ultimately inactive, as he's still working his way back from the punctured lung he sustained when a team doctor misplaced a pain-killing injection ahead of a Week 2 loss to the Chiefs. It wouldn't be surprising if Taylor is inactive once again, which would make Easton Stick the backup to Justin Herbert on Sunday.
Jimmie Ward SF FS
49ers' Jimmie Ward: Tagged as questionable13m ago
Ward (quadriceps) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Seahawks, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Ward suffered a quadriceps injury in this past Sunday's win over New Englad, and while he started the practice week as a non-participant, the veteran safety logged consecutive limited sessions to close out the week. This gives Ward a decent chance to suit up Sunday, and he'll start at free safety if he's deemed active 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. If he's held out, however, Tarvarius Moore likely will start in his place.
Kwon Alexander SF MLB
49ers' Kwon Alexander: Doubtful for divisional tilt18m ago
Alexander (ankle) is considered doubtful for Sunday's game versus the Seahawks, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Alexander's set to miss a third straight game, but his upgrade to limited participation Thursday signals that he could return to action soon. It'll still be a short turnaround for Alexander to be ready for the Week 9 matchup against Green Bay, a Thursday night affair. Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles and Azeez Al-Shaair will both handle some of the reps left behind by Alexander.
Chris Thompson JAC RB
Jaguars' Chris Thompson: Lifted from COVID list21m ago
The Jaguars activated Thompson (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Thompson returned to the team facilities Tuesday after clearing the necessary protocols, and now he's officially back on the 53-man roster. The Jaguars have a Week 8 bye, but Thompson is expected to be back in the lineup Week 9 against the Texans. The 30-year-old running back will continue to operate in a change-of-pace role behind rookie James Robinson.
Luke Maile PIT C
Pirates' Luke Maile: Outrighted off roster12m ago
Maile (finger) was reinstated from the 60-day injured list and outrighted to the minors Friday, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Maile missed the entire season after undergoing finger surgery. As a 29-year-old with a career .198/.252/.304 slash line in 216 big-league games, he's understandably not a major part of the Pirates' plans going forward.
Gio Gonzalez CHW RP
Gio Gonzalez: Option skipped by White Sox17m ago
The White Sox declined Gonzalez's $7 million club option for 2021 on Friday.
The veteran left-hander posted a 4.83 ERA, 1.86 WHIP and 34:19 K:BB over 31.2 innings this season, so it's no surprise to see Chicago electing to pay the $500,000 buyout. Gonzalez suffered an undisclosed injury during the final game of the regular season and was left off the playoff roster, and it's unclear if he's fully recovered from that issue.
Kevin Kramer PIT RF
Pirates' Kevin Kramer: Reinstated and outrighted20m ago
Kramer (hip) was reinstated from the 60-day injured list and outrighted to the minors Friday, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Kramer missed the entirety of the 2020 season due to hip surgery, a procedure he underwent back in May. He was expected to be able to resume baseball activities within six months of the surgery, so he should be ready to go by next season. He's evidently not a major part of the Pirates' 2021 plans, though that's hardly a surprise given that he owns a .152/.222/.165 slash lin in 90 career big-league plate appearances.
Leury Garcia CHW SS
White Sox's Leury Garcia: White Sox pick up 2021 option22m ago
The White Sox exercised Garcia's $3.5 million club option for 2021 on Friday.
The 29-year-old missed a chunk of the season due to surgery on his left thumb in August, but he returned from the injured list for the playoffs. Garcia appeared in 16 games and had a .271/317/.441 slash line with three home runs in 63 plate appearances. He's likely to enter spring training working in a utility role for Chicago.
Edwin Encarnacion CHW DH
Edwin Encarnacion: Option declined by White Sox32m ago
The White Sox declined Encarnacion's $12 million club option for 2021 on Friday.
It's not an overly surprising move, as no buyout was required and the veteran slugger posted a career-worst .627 OPS despite hitting 10 home runs in 2020. Encarnacion had 30-plus homers and an OPS over .800 in each of the previous eight seasons and figures to receive another opportunity, but he may not begin 2021 with guarantees of an everyday role.
Blake Parker PHI RP
Blake Parker: Heads to open market37m ago
Parker elected free agency Friday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
Parker was one of very few reliable options in a historically bad Phillies bullpen last season, posting a 2.81 ERA in 16 innings. His strikeout rate jumped more than 10 points to a career-best 36.2 percent, though that came with a jump in walk rate to 13.0 percent. It's clear he still has something to offer teams even at age 35, so there should be a fair amount of interest in the veteran righty and his career 3.52 ERA.
Malik Beasley MIN SG
Timberwolves' Malik Beasley: Charged following arrest1d ago
Beasley is being charged with fifth-degree drug possessions and threat of violence following his Sep. 27 arrest at his Plymouth, Minnesota residence, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Beasley's attorneys, in a joint statement, noted "We are cooperating with the law enforcement investigation and will carefully review the discovery and charges in the coming days." Beasley is a restricted free agent who played very well after being traded to the Timberwolves, averaging 20.7 and 5.1 rebounds while shooting 42.6 percent from three in 14 contests. If the charges stick, it's unclear what sort of discipline he'll receive from law enforcement and/or the league.
Terence Davis TOR SG
Raptors' Terence Davis: Arrested on assault charge2d ago
Davis was arrested in New York City on Tuesday for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports.
According to the police report, Davis was booked on third-degree assault and criminal mischief charges stemming from an incident that occurred shortly before 10 p.m. local time at an apartment building in Manhattan. The Raptors acknowledged in a statement Wednesday that they are aware of Davis' arrest and are gathering more information on the matter. After going undrafted out of Mississippi last summer, the 23-year-old Davis showed promise off the Toronto bench in his first NBA season, averaging 7.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 three-pointers in 16.8 minutes per game over 72 appearances. Davis was expected to have his contract guaranteed for the 2020-21 season prior to the start of free agency in November, but his arrest could prompt the Raptors to re-evaluate his future in the organization.
Daniel Theis BOS C
Celtics' Daniel Theis: Undergoes knee surgery8d ago
Theis underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee Tuesday to remove a loose body.
It seems likely Theis suffered the injury at some point during seeding games or the playoffs, though he didn't seem especially hampered by the issue. He put up numbers as expected in the postseason, averaging 8.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 blocks in 28.2 minutes. According to the team, Theis is expected to be a full participant in next season's training camp.
Jerami Grant DEN PF
Nuggets' Jerami Grant: To decline $9.3M player option15d ago
Grant will decline his $9.3 million player option for next season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
This should come as no surprise, as Grant will look to capitalize on a strong finish to the postseason -- he posted 26, 17 and 20 points, respectively, in the final three games of the conference finals against the Lakers. Grant should command a fairly significant raise, but it remains to be seen whether the Nuggets -- who have interest in bringing him back -- will be willing to match his price. Per Charania, Phoenix, Detroit and Dallas are among the teams expected to show interest.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope LAL SG
Lakers' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: Expected to decline option15d ago
Caldwell-Pope is expected to decline his $8.5 million player option for next season, The Athletic's Shams Charania reports.
After emerging as a key piece during the Lakers' title run, Caldwell-Pope will look to capitalize on that momentum. Per Charania, the Lakers would like to bring Caldwell-Pope back next season, but other teams may drive his price up on the open market. The Lakers do hold Caldwell-Pope's full Bird Rights, however, so they'll be able to go over the salary cap to re-sign him without using an exception.
Anthony Davis LAL PF
Lakers' Anthony Davis: Expected to re-sign with Lakers15d ago
Davis plans to opt out of his $28.7 million player option for next season and re-sign with the Lakers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
This has been the expectation all along, but it now remains to be seen how long of a deal Davis will be willing to ink with the Lakers. Among his options are a two-year, one-plus-one deal that would give him a player option for the second season. Alternatively, Davis could sign a longer-term deal to lock in more money, but he would be sacrificing some future flexibility. Either way, keeping Davis would obviously be a major victory for the Lakers, who gave up a king's ransom to bring him to Los Angeles last summer.
Joey Anderson TOR RW
Maple Leafs' Joey Anderson: Inks three-year extension3h ago
Anderson signed a three-year contract extension with the Maple Leafs on Friday. The first two years of the deal are two way, whereas the final year is one way.
Anderson spent most of his time in the minors last season, picking up 15 goals and 34 points in 44 games with AHL Binghamton, but he also drew into 18 games with the Devils, picking up six points over that span. The 22-year-old winger will likely continue to bounce between leagues over the next two campaigns, but the fact that the final year of his new contract with Toronto is one way suggests the Leafs feel like Anderson has the potential to develop into a full-time NHLer over the next few years.
Skyler McKenzie WPG LW
Jets' Skyler McKenzie: Loaned to German team5h ago
McKenzie will join EHC Freiburg on loan for the start of the 2020-21 campaign.
McKenzie's loan agreement includes a release clause for whenever the 2020-21 campaign kicks off in North America. The 22-year-old winger is still waiting to make his NHL debut and will likely have to continue playing primarily with AHL Manitoba next year.
Guillaume Brisebois VAN D
Canucks' Guillaume Brisebois: Inks two-way deal5h ago
Brisebois signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Canucks on Friday.
Brisebois spent the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign in the minors, picking up 15 points while posting a plus-21 rating in 48 games. He'll likely spend most, if not all of the 2020-21 season with AHL Utica, so he won't be relevant from a fantasy standpoint.
Glenn Gawdin CGY C
Flames' Glenn Gawdin: Loaned to Swiss team5h ago
The Flames have loaned Gawdin to the EHC Visp Lions of the Swiss League.
Gawdin was highly productive in the minors last season, racking up 16 goals and 47 points in 53 games with AHL Stockton. The 23-year-old forward could get into a few NHL contests with the Flames in 2020-21, but he'll almost certainly spend most of his time in the AHL.
Kyle Burroughs COL D
Avalanche's Kyle Burroughs: Inks one-year deal5h ago
Burroughs signed a one-year contract with the Avalanche on Friday.
The Avalanche have yet to release any specifics regarding Burroughs' new contract, but it's safe to assume it's a two-way deal. The 25-year-old blueliner has exclusively played in the AHL since turning pro in 2015 and almost certainly won't see any NHL action with Colorado in 2020-21.
Sami Niku WPG D
Jets' Sami Niku: Signs two-year contract23h ago
Niku signed a two-year, $1.45 million contract with the Jets on Thursday, Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca reports.
Niku's name has floated around in trade rumors lately, but it appears the Jets are interested in keeping him around for now. The deal is a bargain for the Finn, who has 10 points in 48 career games. Niku may have trouble breaking into the starting lineup with the Jets, as Dylan DeMelo, Tucker Poolman and Neal Pionk also play on Niku's favored right side. As such, the 24-year-old Niku shouldn't be expected to make much of a contribution to fantasy managers in 2020-21.