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    • Sam Bradford MIN QB
      Vikings' Sam Bradford: Workload limited again Thursday
      1h ago

      Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said that Sam Bradford (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

      The Vikings planned all along to limit Bradford's activity in the team's second practice of the week, but the more important takeaway from Thursday's session was that Zimmer was upbeat about the quarterback's health. Per Tomasson, Zimmer said he feels better Thursday than he did a day earlier about Bradford's chances of suiting up Sunday against the Buccaneers, but the team's final practice of the week Friday should shed more light on the signal caller's status. If Bradford's knee issue -- which is believed to be a bone bruise -- forces him to the sideline for a second straight week, Case Keenum would pick up another start behind center, resulting in a bleaker outlook for the team's receiving corps.

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    • Janoris Jenkins NYG CB
      Giants' Janoris Jenkins: Misses practice Thursday
      1h ago

      Janoris Jenkins (ankle/hand) did not participate in Thursday's practice, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

      While Jenkins was originally only expected to miss one week with the ankle and hand injury, his inability to practice for now the last two days is putting his status for this weekend in serious doubt. Jenkins will likely need to return to the practice field at least once this week to have any shot at playing in Sunday's game against the Eagles, so consider the star cornerback a game-time decision for now.

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    • Marcell Dareus BUF DT
      Bills' Marcell Dareus: Misses practice again
      1h ago

      Marcell Dareus (ankle) did not participate in Thursday's practice, Chris Brown of the Buffalo Bills ' official site reports.

      Dareus is still dealing with a sprained ankle that forced him to leave Sunday's game against the Panthers, and while he was able to return to the contest, it appears as though his status for this weekend is now in doubt. Dareus will likely be a true game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with the Broncos.

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    • Vernon Butler CAR DT
      Panthers' Vernon Butler: Full participant Thursday
      1h ago

      Vernon Butler returned from a shoulder injury was a full participant at practice Thursday. Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

      Butler tweaked his shoulder against the Bills on Sunday and played only 13 of 54 defensive snaps. The 23-year-old looks ready to go for Week 3, and will likely return to his role on Carolina's defensive line behind Kawann Short.

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    • Michael Campanaro BAL WR
      Ravens' Michael Campanaro: Returns to practice Thursday
      1h ago

      Michael Campanaro (ankle) returned to practice in full Thursday after sitting out of Wednesday's session, Edward Lee of The Baltimore Sun reports.

      The Wake Forest product was sidelined earlier in the week with an ankle issue, but he logged a full practice session Thursday, which bodes well for Campanaro's status heading into Sunday. He's played a minor role in the offense to this point in the season with two carries and zero targets, but Campanaro is a vital part of the special teams corps as the club's primary punt returner.

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    • Rob Kelley WAS RB
      Redskins' Rob Kelley: Limited at practice Thursday
      1h ago

      Rob Kelley (ribs) was limited in Thursday's practice.

      For the second straight day, Kelley was on the field in a limited capacity, but his mere presence offers further hope that he'll be able to suit up in Week 3 against the Raiders. Kelley was on his way to a huge day in the Washington Redskins ' Week 2 win over the Rams, racking up 78 yards on 12 carries before exiting early with the rib cartilage injury. Kelley's second-half absence allowed Samaje Perine to pick up 67 yards on 21 carries, but Perine would likely be phased out of the backfield mix almost entirely if both Kelley and third-down back Chris Thompson are in sound condition heading into Sunday's contest.

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    • Billy Hamilton CIN CF
      Reds' Billy Hamilton: Out of lineup Thursday
      1h ago

      Billy Hamilton is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cardinals, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

      Hamilton has yet to appear in a game since being brought off the disabled list prior to Wednesday's contest. He's just two weeks removed from fracturing his left thumb, so a return to the starting lineup before the season ends doesn't seem likely, but look for him to serve as a glorified pinch runner down the stretch as he attempts to hold onto the stolen base crown (he has three more swiped bags than Dee Gordon this season). Scott Schebler and Phillip Ervin should see the bulk of starts in center field for the rest of the season.

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    • Matt Davidson CHW DH
      White Sox's Matt Davidson: Scratched from Thursday's lineup
      1h ago

      Matt Davidson was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Astros.

      There has not been word on Davidson's status at this point in time, although it appears that the 26-year-old is dealing with some sort of ailment. In his place, Willy Garcia will draw the start in the DH spot.

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    • Rio Ruiz ATL 3B
      Braves' Rio Ruiz: Heads to bench Thursday
      1h ago

      Ruiz, Rio is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Nationals.

      Ruiz will head to the bench for a second straight game, and the third time in four contests, as he continues to split time at the hot corner with Johan Camargo. He's hitting .250/.294/.333 in 14 games since his callup at the beginning of September. Camargo will start at third base and bat sixth in his stead.

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    • Adam Duvall CIN LF
      Reds' Adam Duvall: Gets breather Thursday
      1h ago

      Adam Duvall is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cardinals, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

      Duvall is 0-for-12 with six strikeouts over his previous four starts, so he'll head to the bench for Thursday's series finale to clear his head. In his place, the Cincinnati Reds will send out an outfield of Jesse Winker, Phillip Ervin and Scott Schebler (from left to right).

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    • Ryan Goins TOR SS
      Blue Jays' Ryan Goins: Not in starting nine Thursday
      1h ago

      Ryan Goins is out of the lineup Thursday against Kansas City, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

      Goins heads to the bench in favor of Darwin Barney after starting the past three contests. Since the beginning of September, Goins is hitting just .224/.281/.310 with one home runs and four RBI.

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    • Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B
      Reds' Eugenio Suarez: Remains out Thursday
      1h ago

      Eugenio Suarez (personal) is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cardinals, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

      Suarez is still away from the team as he attends the birth of his child, so Patrick Kivelhan will draw another start at third base in his stead. It's still unclear when he will rejoin the Cincinnati Reds at this point.

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    • Dwyane Wade CHI G
      Bulls' Dwyane Wade: Buyout still a possibility
      6h ago

      Chicago Bulls VP of Basketball Operations John Paxson said Thursday that the Bulls would cooperate if Dwyane Wade is seeking a buyout, Cody Westerlund of 670 The Score reports.

      The two sides have seemingly been butting heads behind the scenes after the Bulls all but cleared house over the summer, sending All-Star Jimmy Butler to Minnesota and shifting toward a long-overdue rebuild. Wade opted into the nearly $25 million remaining on his contract for the 2017-18 season, but that was before the Butler deal, and with the Bulls looking like a high-lottery team, it's been widely speculated that Wade will seek a buyout -- likely in hopes of joining a contender -- at some point. In the words of Paxson: "If [Wade] doesn't want to be here, then we want to do it."

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    • Zach LaVine CHI G
      Bulls' Zach LaVine: Will remain sidelined to begin season
      6h ago

      Zach LaVine (knee) remains ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn ACL, but VP of Basketball Operations John Paxson said Thursday that LaVine will not be available to begin the season, Cody Westerlund of 670 The Score reports.

      It was reported in July that LaVine could be ready in time for training camp, and while that won't be the case, he's still on track to return earlier than anticipated. LaVine tore his ACL in February, and at this point it seems realistic to expect that he'll be back on the court sometime before 2017 comes to a close. That said, the Chicago Bulls have not provided a firm timeline, so LaVine's fantasy value is somewhat in limbo. Once he returns and gets back up to speed, the UCLA product is expected to enter the starting lineup, and the shooting guard spot could open up if the team eventually buys out Dwyane Wade.

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    • Alex Len PHO C
      Suns' Alex Len: Plans to sign qualifying offer
      7h ago

      Alex Len intends to sign a qualifying offer prior to the beginning of camp, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Len has a $4.2 million dollar offer on the table, and provided he signs prior to the start of Tuesday's camp, he'll have a path to becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2018 ahead of him. The big man did explore other offer sheets and proposals this offseason, but ultimately the road to the biggest pay day will be free agency next year. In the meantime, Len will help Phoenix save some cap room before exploring extension options. He started 34 games for the Phoenix Suns last season, posting averages of 8.0 points and 6.6 boards.

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    • Markieff Morris WAS F
      Wizards' Markieff Morris: Expected to miss camp after sports hernia surgery
      23h ago

      Markieff Morris will undergo sports hernia surgery Friday and is expected to miss training camp, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.

      Morris, who is currently on trial facing felony assault charges, will now add sports hernia surgery on top of his busy offseason. He's dealt with the issue before, undergoing surgery for the same problem back in 2010 as a junior at Kansas. That year, he only missed preseason practices and went on to have the best season of his collegiate career. While that's somewhat promising, Morris is still expected to miss this year's training camp, with a more comprehensive timetable coming after the conclusion of the surgery. Even then, it's no guarantee he'll play if he's healthy, as the outcome of the trial could mean disciplinary action by the league if he's found guilty. If Morris ends up missing a chunk of the regular season, it seems likely the Washington Wizards would slide Otto Porter up to power forward while inserting Kelly Oubre into the starting five at small forward.

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    • Alex Abrines OKC G
      Thunder's Alex Abrines: Diagnosed with bone bruise in right knee
      1d ago

      Alex Abrines (knee) has been diagnosed with a bone bruise, Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman reports.

      While the Oklahoma City Thunder are limiting the young shooter to play it safe, Abrines noted that he's pain-free. It's still somewhat unclear if he'll be fully cleared for training camp, however. The positive sign here is that the injury isn't considered serious and he should be ready to go for the first game of the season, provided he doesn't experience a setback. He'll likely only have fantasy value in deep leagues once again this season, as his role behind Andre Roberson and other wing depth could once again limit him to around 15 minutes per contest.

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    • Joel Embiid PHI C
      76ers' Joel Embiid: Will take part in training camp, could be limited
      1d ago

      Sixers GM Brian Colangelo said Wednesday that Joel Embiid (knee) will participate when the Sixers open training camp next week, though it's unclear if he'll be fully cleared, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports.

      The news surrounding Embiid, who's working back from surgery to repair a torn meniscus, has been mostly positive, though the Sixers have remained hyper-conservative, in their own words, throughout the recovery process. Colangelo went on to say that Embiid "will be out there for the first game" but also noted that it's possible he could face a minutes restriction, as was the case last season. While that could ultimately be what's best for Embiid's long-term health, a minutes restriction would almost certainly hamper his fantasy value, which is already rather volatile given his injury history.

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    • Tuukka Rask BOS G
      Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Receives Thursday's starting nod
      1h ago

      Tuukka Rask will tend the twine for Thursday's preseason contest with Philadelphia, Joe McDonald of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.

      Thursday will be the first game-action that Rask has seen this preseason, having sat out the team's first two tilts. The 2014 Vezina Trophy winner won't be eased into action, either, with head coach Bruce Cassidy announcing that Rask will play the entire 60 minutes. Philadelphia brought a relatively strong lineup to compete in Thursday's game, so expect Rask to get a good workload.

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    • Matthew Tkachuk CGY LW
      Flames' Matthew Tkachuk: Set to miss Friday's contest
      1h ago

      Matthew Tkachuk (hip) will sit out Friday's preseason tilt against Arizona, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports.

      The 2016 first-round pick has already missed Calgary's first three preseason games, but after skating on his own Thursday morning, is hoping to return Monday against Winnipeg. The organization should provide confirmation of Tkachuk's status ahead of Monday's contest.

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    • Tyson Jost COL C
      Avalanche's Tyson Jost: Hampered by groin injury
      2h ago

      Tyson Jost (groin) missed practice for the sixth consecutive day Thursday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.

      The Colorado Avalanche have high expectations for Jost, the 10th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft who scored 35 points in 33 games for the University of North Dakota last season. Jost was also able to get a taste of the NHL at the end of the 2016-17 campaign -- suting up for six games and scoring a goal -- but this injury is robbing him of valuable time to prepare for his first full season as a pro. There's no indication that Jost will be forced to miss any regular season action, but the team should give a timeline for his return as Opening Night approaches.

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    • Connor Hellebuyck WPG G
      Jets' Connor Hellebuyck: Defending cage Thursday
      2h ago

      Connor Hellebuyck will patrol the crease for Monday's preseason contest against the Wild, Jamie Thomas of Winnipeg Jets TV reports.

      When these two teams met on Monday, Hellebuyck faced 36 shots on goal (saving 34), but lost in the shootout. If the netminder can replicate his performance, fantasy owners should feel confident that he will stave off Steve Mason and be named the starter heading into the 2017-18 campaign.

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    • Alex DeBrincat CHI RW
      Blackhawks' Alex DeBrincat: Could start season in top-six role
      2h ago

      Alex DeBrincat has been skating with Patrick Kane and Nick Schmaltz on the Chicago Blackhawks ' second line during training camp, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

      When Chicago traded Artemi Panarin to the Blue Jackets and then signed Patrick Sharp to a one-year deal this offseason, common sense suggested Sharp would likely take Panarin's place on the Blackhawks' second line. However, Debrincat has been skating in that spot throughout Chicago's training camp, indicating the 'Hawks are hoping the 19-year-old winger will be able to step in and immediately contribute in a top-six role. It's hard to fault the organization for being optimistic, as Debrincat has posted record-setting numbers over the past three seasons with the Erie Otters of the OHL, racking up an insane 332 points (167 goals, 165 assists) in 191 games. Fantasy owners will want to keep tabs on DeBrincat heading into the 2017-18 campaign, as he has serious offensive upside, and he could establish himself as a highly desirable asset in all fantasy formats by season's end.

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    • Jake Guentzel PIT C
      Penguins' Jake Guentzel: Notches five points against Wings
      2h ago

      Jake Guentzel continued his torrid point scoring pace with one goal and four helpers versus Detroit on Wednesday.

      Guentzel burst onto the scene last year with 33 points in 40 regular season outings, before notching another 13 goals and eight assists in the playoffs. The winger has yet to let off the gas as he led a competitive summer league in his native Minnesota in scoring and seems to be ready to hit the ground running for the 2017-18 campaign. The Pens are considering moving the 22-year-old to the third-line center role, but one has to imagine captain Sidney Crosby would veto that decision pretty quickly considering how well the two seem to have gelled on the ice.

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