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    • Joe Flacco BAL QB
      Ravens' Joe Flacco: Return date still uncertain
      20m ago

      According to coach John Harbaugh, the earliest (back) could begin practicing again is Aug. 27, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports.

      Flacco was ruled out of practice this week, leaving the day after Saturday's third preseason game against the Bills as the first possible date for him to finally take the field. Because of a back problem, Flacco has remained sidelined throughout training camp and the preseason. Although it's already been determined that Flacco won't play in a exhibition contest, the are planning to have him available for Week 1. If Flacco is able to start practicing Aug. 27, he'd have two weeks to prepare for Baltimore's season opener versus the Bengals.

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    • Antony Auclair TB TE
      Buccaneers' Antony Auclair: Notches one catch against Jags
      24m ago

      hauled in his only target for nine yards in Thursday's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars.

      Auclair is one of several players competing for a potential fourth tight end role, although his impressive 6-foot-5, 250-pound-plus frame likely gives him a slight leg up. The Laval (Canada) product has been solid throughout the offseason and in training camp, and the battle for the job could ultimately come down to him and second-year man Alan Cross. Auclair will once again look to state his case in next Saturday's all-important third preseason contest versus the Browns.

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    • Charles Sims TB RB
      Buccaneers' Charles Sims: Quiet in second preseason tilt
      31m ago

      carried just twice for six yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game for the second straight week in Thursday's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars.

      Although his 13 snaps on offense were just three less than Doug Martin and one more than Peyton Barber, the aforementioned pair saw three and seven more carries, respectively. However, despite a quiet preseason thus far, there seems to be little-to-no doubt about Sims' standing with the club, given his proficiency as a pass-receiving threat out of the backfield and solid NFL resume. Due to his role as more of a situational piece, Sims' usage isn't expected to change -- save for maybe seeing a few extra carries -- while Doug Martin finishes serving out his late 2016 suspension over the first three weeks of the regular season.

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    • Fred Ross CAR WR
      Panthers' Fred Ross: Dealing with ankle injury
      31m ago

      has an ankle injury, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

      It looks as if Ross suffered the ankle injury during Monday's practice, but there's still some ambiguity surrounding the nature of the ailment. If it lingers, Ross' time with the club could be in jeopardy. The Mississippi State product is currently trying to keep his head above water in his bid for a roster spot.

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    • Dezmen Southward CAR DB
      Panthers' Dezmen Southward: Nursing sore back
      35m ago

      is dealing with a sore back, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

      Southward appears to have suffered the injury during Monday's practice. Once team trainers have a chance to assess Southward's condition, more information on the severity of the setback should come forth. The 26-year-old is vying for a reserve spot in the ' defensive backfield during training camp.

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    • Alan Cross TB TE
      Buccaneers' Alan Cross: Makes pair of catches Thursday
      37m ago

      secured both of his targets for eight yards in Thursday's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars.

      Cross duplicated his two-catch effort from the preseason opener, albeit for much lesser yardage. The second-year player is battling Canadian import Antony Auclair, among others, for what would be the fourth tight end spot. Cross boasts the advantage of having already logged 14 games with the last season, although the 6-foot-5 Auclair does possess superior measurables.

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    • Joe Flacco BAL QB
      Ravens' Joe Flacco: Return date still uncertain
      20m ago

      According to coach John Harbaugh, the earliest (back) could begin practicing again is Aug. 27, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports.

      Flacco was ruled out of practice this week, leaving the day after Saturday's third preseason game against the Bills as the first possible date for him to finally take the field. Because of a back problem, Flacco has remained sidelined throughout training camp and the preseason. Although it's already been determined that Flacco won't play in a exhibition contest, the are planning to have him available for Week 1. If Flacco is able to start practicing Aug. 27, he'd have two weeks to prepare for Baltimore's season opener versus the Bengals.

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    • Trevor Siemian DEN QB
      Broncos' Trevor Siemian: Poised to be named starter
      45m ago

      The are expected to name as their starting quarterback Monday, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

      Broncos coach Vance Joseph is expected to deliver the news when he meets with the media later Monday. Siemian will claim the gig over 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch. While Siemian does not posses Lynch's arm strength or athleticism, the 25-year-old is the more polished signal caller at this stage of their respective development curves. From a fantasy standpoint, Siemian's upside isn't especially high, but having talented wideouts Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders as his top two targets should help the quarterback's numbers.

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    • Trevor Siemian DEN QB
      Broncos' Trevor Siemian: Staking claim to starting role
      2h ago

      appears to be ahead of Paxton Lynch in the competition for the starting quarterback and could be formally named the starter as soon as Monday, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

      Siemian and Paxton Lynch have dueled for the second straight summer for the right to open the campaign as the ' signal caller. Like last season, it appears Siemian is destined to earn that designation, as he's most closely met new coach Vance Joseph's criteria with his play thus far in training camp. In two preseason appearances, Siemian has completed 14 of 18 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown, while Lynch has gone 15 for 22 for just 81 yards. Neither player has turned the ball over, but Siemian showed last season that he's quite capable of limiting mistakes, a trait Joseph values.

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    • Matthew Stafford DET QB
      Lions' Matthew Stafford: No decision on contract talks
      2h ago

      hasn't determined whether he'll continue to negotiate a contract extension once the regular season starts, ESPN's Michael Rothstein reports.

      Stafford is entering the final year of his contract with the and would become an unrestricted free agent next offseason if he's unable to reach terms on a new deal with the team. Unless progress is made within the next few weeks, Stafford's contract could become an issue heading into the regular season, and it's unclear whether he'd be willing to continue to negotiate or prefer to revisit discussions after the campaign.

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    • Alex Smith KC QB
      Chiefs' Alex Smith: Backed as starter
      3h ago

      coach Andy Reid reiterated Monday that is the team's starting quarterback, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports. "It's Alex's job. That's what it is," Reid said. "There's no gray area with that."

      The resounding support from Reid comes after both Smith and rookie first-round pick Pat Mahomes impressed in their first two outings of the preseason. The veteran is surely the less flashy option behind center, but his consistency and experience makes him more reliable, and the Chiefs have enjoyed much success with him at the helm in recent years. As a result, Smith's fantasy stock should remain virtually unchanged in 2017, while Mahomes will likely need an injury to Smith in order to have significant value outside of dynasty formats.

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    • Connor Cook OAK QB
      Raiders' Connor Cook: Working as No. 3 quarterback
      3h ago

      worked behind fellow quarterbacks Derek Carr and EJ Manuel during Saturday's preseason loss to the Rams, completing nine of 15 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown.

      Cook still has a decent chance at making the ' final roster even if he remains behind Manuel in the competition to back up Carr. The second-year signal caller actually outperformed Manuel during the team's second preseason game, though Manuel may still retain an edge for the No. 2 role due to his superior NFL experience.

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    • Charles Sims TB RB
      Buccaneers' Charles Sims: Quiet in second preseason tilt
      31m ago

      carried just twice for six yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game for the second straight week in Thursday's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars.

      Although his 13 snaps on offense were just three less than Doug Martin and one more than Peyton Barber, the aforementioned pair saw three and seven more carries, respectively. However, despite a quiet preseason thus far, there seems to be little-to-no doubt about Sims' standing with the club, given his proficiency as a pass-receiving threat out of the backfield and solid NFL resume. Due to his role as more of a situational piece, Sims' usage isn't expected to change -- save for maybe seeing a few extra carries -- while Doug Martin finishes serving out his late 2016 suspension over the first three weeks of the regular season.

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    • Devonta Freeman ATL RB
      Falcons' Devonta Freeman: Iffy for Saturday
      1h ago

      's (concussion) status in advance of Saturday's preseason game against the Cardinals remains unclear, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

      Freeman didn't travel with the for this past Sunday's preseason game in Pittsburgh, as he remained in the NFL's concussion protocol. As long as the team's top running back is sidelined, Tevin Coleman will assume a starting role in the backfield, while Terron Ward and fifth-round pick Brian Hill are still battling for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart at running back.

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    • Andre Williams LAC RB
      Chargers' Andre Williams: Unable to rack up yards in preseason loss
      2h ago

      finished Sunday's preseason loss to the Saints with 11 carries for 23 yards.

      Williams registered the most carries on the team, but all of them came in the second half along with the second- and third-string units. The former Giants castoff is clearly behind starter Melvin Gordon and backup Branden Oliver on the depth chart, but there's still a chance for Williams to earn a roster spot after main competition for the No. 3 role at running back, Kenneth Farrow, injuring his ankle in the latter stages of Sunday's contest.

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    • Branden Oliver LAC RB
      Chargers' Branden Oliver: Continues to maintain lead on backup role
      3h ago

      carried the ball seven times for 10 yards in Sunday's preseason loss to the Saints.

      Oliver was the first running back to enter the contest fort he after starter Melvin Gordon was removed, taking carries for the majority of the second quarter. It echoes the line the Chargers' coaching staff has been saying since the opening days of training camp: the No. 2 job is Oliver's to lose. It probably helps that Oliver's main competition, Kenneth Farrow (ankle) and Kenjon Barner (concussion), have been hurt, while Andre Williams has been wholly uninspiring. Oliver could be a useful fantasy asset as a handcuff to Gordon, but he's not expected to bring much fantasy value unless the former first-round pick succumbs to an injury.

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    • Melvin Gordon LAC RB
      Chargers' Melvin Gordon: Low yardage total in preseason loss
      3h ago

      carried the ball five times for eight yards in Sunday's preseason loss to the Saints.

      It was a dismal performance for the offense as a whole, as the team failed to score an offensive touchdown the entire game. Gordon played the first three drives of the contest, at one point juking out a defender to the ground on a carry to the outside that netted 11 yards. But with many of the starters along the offensive line resting due to minor injuries, Gordon and the rest of the Chargers' running backs couldn't find much separation up front, leading to just 66 rushing yards total and a dreadful 2.3 yards-per-carry average. The Chargers' upcoming preseason contest against the Rams will be the true measuring stick for Gordon and the rest of the first-team offense, as the team is expected to play the majority of their starters as they look to establish a rhythm heading into the regular season.

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    • Fozzy Whittaker CAR RB
      Panthers' Fozzy Whittaker: Gets three carries Saturday
      4h ago

      rushed three times for 23 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

      Whittaker was one of several backs that had a great day on the ground with the team finishing Saturday's contest with an average of 7.6 yards per carry. Even though nobody on the Panthers picked up more than five carries, Whittaker made the most of his touches and also returned a kickoff for 19 yards.

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    • Curtis Samuel CAR WR
      Panthers' Curtis Samuel: Status for Thursday undetermined
      3m ago

      's (hamstring) status for Thursday's preseason game against the Jaguars has not yet been determined, ESPN's David Newton reports.

      Samuel returned from a hamstring problem to practice Monday, but considering he only just came back from a few weeks on the sideline, it remains to be seen whether he'll suit up Thursday. According to coach Ron Rivera, the will exercise caution with their shifty second-round pick, but if Samuel has another good practice Tuesday, the team may consider letting him play.

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    • T.J. Jones DET WR
      Lions' TJ Jones: Should be fine for season opener
      5m ago

      (hamstring) will be a limited participant at Monday's practice, Tim Twentyman of the ' official site reports.

      Jones sustained the hamstring injury during Saturday's preseason contest with the Jets. All reports indicate that Jones should be okay moving forward so the Lions appear to be taking a more precautionary route at the moment. Jones is expected to serve as a depth receiver for Detroit this season.

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    • Fred Ross CAR WR
      Panthers' Fred Ross: Dealing with ankle injury
      31m ago

      has an ankle injury, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

      It looks as if Ross suffered the ankle injury during Monday's practice, but there's still some ambiguity surrounding the nature of the ailment. If it lingers, Ross' time with the club could be in jeopardy. The Mississippi State product is currently trying to keep his head above water in his bid for a roster spot.

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    • Josh Huff TB WR
      Buccaneers' Josh Huff: Solid as returner in second exhibition
      44m ago

      hauled in his only target for six yards and totaled 27 yards on his sole kickoff return in Thursday's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars.

      Huff was outperformed by his primary competition for the fifth receiver/returner roles, Bernard Reedy, and also played four fewer snaps. However, Huff almost matched Reedy's 29 yards on kickoffs and is the only one of the two with any regular-season playing experience. Huff also has a two-inch height advantage and bigger frame than Reedy, so there are undeniably certain advantages he brings to the table in the job battle. The two will likely continue to fight for a roster spot through the final preseason game.

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    • Bernard Reedy TB WR
      Buccaneers' Bernard Reedy: Strong showing in second exhibition
      1h ago

      secured both of his targets for 16 yards, returned one kickoff for 29 yards and totaled 19 yards on his two punt returns in Thursday's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars.

      After a strong showing in the preseason opener, Reedy once again made a strong case for a roster spot by making his presence felt on both offense and special teams in the second contest. He also played four more snaps than his primary competition for the fifth receiver/returner roles, Josh Huff. By virtue of his performances through the first pair of preseason tilts, it appears Reedy has the lead in the job battle, but the competition should endure through the remaining two exhibition contests.

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    • Curtis Samuel CAR WR
      Panthers' Curtis Samuel: Back at practice Monday
      2h ago

      (hamstring) is taking part in team drills Monday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

      Samuel's return is a great boon for the , who spent a second-round pick in April on the versatile speedster. Although his time out has allowed Russell Shepard to get more snaps, Samuel could ultimately become Carolina's preferred slot receiver over the course of his rookie season, assuming his lingering hamstring issue is finally behind him.

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    • Clive Walford OAK TE
      Raiders' Clive Walford: Gets 15 snaps in preseason game Saturday
      4h ago

      failed to catch his lone target during Saturday's preseason loss to the Rams.

      Walford was on the field for 15 offensive snaps during the ' second preseason tilt, appearing behind starting tight ends Jared Cook and Lee Smith. Walford's positioning at No. 3 on the depth chart appears to be secure, though he could end up seeing more targets than Smith, who primarily serves as a blocker. With Cook healthy though, Walford's fantasy impact will likely be minimal.

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    • Cory Harkey LAR TE
      Rams' Cory Harkey: Catches two passes Saturday
      4h ago

      caught two of three targets for 18 yards during Saturday's preseason win over the Raiders.

      Harkey ran with the second-term offense Saturday, but was still on the field for only 19 offensive snaps. With Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee the clear top two tight ends in the ' passing attack, Harkey looks like a long shot to garner fantasy value in most leagues this season. The 27-year-old will likely crack the roster and continue being utilized primarily as a blocker.

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    • Sean McGrath LAC TE
      Chargers' Sean McGrath: Doesn't play Sunday
      4h ago

      (knee) was inactive for Sunday's preseason game against the Saints, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

      McGrath is still dealing with a hyperextended knee that he suffered in practice last Friday. Should he eventually return to the field, McGrath will be in competition for the No. 3 tight-end spot behind Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates.

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    • Lee Smith OAK TE
      Raiders' Lee Smith: Draws start in second preseason contest
      4h ago

      caught two passes on as many targets for 25 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's preseason loss to the Rams.

      Smith started alongside fellow tight end Jared Cook, who caught just one pass for 16 yards while playing five more snaps. Since Smith is primarily used as a blocker, don't expect him to outproduce Cook on a regular basis, as the latter figures to serve as one of quarterback Derek Carr's top targets behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.

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    • Jared Cook OAK TE
      Raiders' Jared Cook: Notches one reception in preseason loss
      5h ago

      hauled in his lone target for 16 yards during Saturday's preseason loss to the Rams.

      Cook played 15 snaps with the first unit during the first half of the ' second preseason contest, while Lee Smith also started as the team came out with a two-tight end formation. Smith is used primarily as a blocker, but he actually outproduced Cook with two catches on two targets for 25 yards and a touchdown. Cook's volume in the aerial attack could be slightly impacted if the Raiders continue to feature both tight ends, though he's clearly the more accomplished pass catcher of the duo.

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    • Jermaine Gresham ARI TE
      Cardinals' Jermaine Gresham: Reaches pay dirt Saturday
      15h ago

      corralled his only target for a one-yard touchdown during Saturday's preseason loss versus the Bears.

      Opening the scoring for the , Gresham capped an 11-play, 43-yard drive that was set up by a 49-yard interception return from Tyrann Mathieu. After re-upping with the Cards in the offseason, Gresham is the tight end of choice for head coach Bruce Arians, but TEs in this offense are expected to supplement the blocking scheme rather than act as pass-catchers. No matter, Gresham was targeted in the red zone seven times in 2016, so he should be good for a few touchdowns in the upcoming campaign.

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    • Greg Zuerlein LAR K
      Rams' Greg Zuerlein: Perfect through two preseason games
      4h ago

      has converted both of his field-goal attempts and all three of his extra-point kicks through the first two games of the preseason.

      Zuerlein inked a three-year contract to stick with the in March, so he has a firm grasp on the kicker job heading into the season. Travis Coons is also battling for the job, but all his work has been limited to the fourth quarter so far in the preseason. Additionally, Coons is also competing for the punting job with Johnny Hekker, so the former Browns specialist may only be in camp to keep the incumbents on their toes.

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    • Graham Gano CAR K
      Panthers' Graham Gano: Nets five points
      4h ago

      made his lone field-goal attempt and two extra points en route to five points in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

      Gano missed a 50-yard try in Carolina's preseason opener, so his perfect performance over the weekend should help his case for keeping the ' kicking job over challenger Harrison Butker.

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    • Harrison Butker CAR K
      Panthers' Harrison Butker: Makes both kicks
      4h ago

      made his lone field-goal attempt and an extra point en route to four points in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

      Butker's field goal came from 46 yards, giving him another flawless showing after nailing a 51-yarder and an extra point in the preseason opener. As it stands, the rookie remains locked into a competition with veteran Graham Gano for Carolina's kicking job.

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    • Roberto Aguayo CHI K
      Bears' Roberto Aguayo: Misses field goal in Chicago debut
      20h ago

      converted his only extra point attempt while missing a field goal Saturday against the Cardinals.

      Aguayo had an ugly miss, as the ball came off his foot like a baseball pitcher throwing a knuckleball, and the ball drifted wide to the right. With two weeks left to go in the preseason, it's difficult to imagine that he'll overtake Connor Barth to become the starting kicker.

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    • Connor Barth CHI K
      Bears' Connor Barth: Scores five points in Saturday's victory
      20h ago

      converted a field goal and pair of extra points Saturday against the Cardinals.

      Barth's field-goal came from 42 yards away, but the bigger news is that Roberto Aguayo had an ugly mess in his only attempt. It's difficult to imagine that Barth won't enter the season as the starting kicker.

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    • Jake Elliott CIN K
      Bengals' Jake Elliott: Both kickers perfect Saturday
      1d ago

      Both and Randy Bullock were 2-for-2 on field goal attempts in Saturday's preseason loss to the Chiefs.

      So far, there's been little to separate the two ' kickers in this job battle, aside from one rough day in practice for Elliott. The team hasn't tipped its hand regarding their preference.

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    • Dezmen Southward CAR DB
      Panthers' Dezmen Southward: Nursing sore back
      35m ago

      is dealing with a sore back, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

      Southward appears to have suffered the injury during Monday's practice. Once team trainers have a chance to assess Southward's condition, more information on the severity of the setback should come forth. The 26-year-old is vying for a reserve spot in the ' defensive backfield during training camp.

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    • Steven Johnson PIT LB
      Steelers' Steven Johnson: Leaves Sunday's game with hamstring injury
      2h ago

      left Sunday's game against the Falcons with a left hamstring injury, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

      Johnson exited in the first half of Sunday's contest and didn't return. With the linebacker coming off a season in which he landed on injured reserve with an ankle injury, the will likely exercise caution with him in order to avoid a possible setback before the start of the regular season.

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    • Korey Toomer LAC ILB
      Chargers' Korey Toomer: Making strong case for starting role
      2h ago

      registered five tackles (four solo) in Sunday's preseason loss to the Saints.

      Perhaps more importantly, Nick Dzubnar, Toomer's main competition for the other inside linebacker job alongside Jatavis Brown, failed to make a tackle on Saints' running back Alvin Kamara that led to a 50-yard touchdown run to begin the first quarter. That misplay drew the ire of head coach Anthony Lynn after the game, which gives further credence to the notion that Toomer is the frontrunner for a starting role. In 13 games last season, Toomer tallied 75 tackles and became a surprisingly reliable IDP option after the were besieged by injuries.

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    • Brandon Graham PHI DE
      Eagles' Brandon Graham: Leaves Monday's practice with triceps strain
      2h ago

      left Monday's practice with a strained triceps muscle, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

      The good news is that Graham's injury isn't considered serious, but the will likely exercise caution with the defensive end with the start of the regular season just around the corner. Graham is coming off another strong campaign in 2016, during which he recorded 5.5 sacks and a career-high 41 solo tackles.

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    • Dante Fowler JAC DE
      Jaguars' Dante Fowler Jr.: Charged with three misdemeanors
      3h ago

      was charged Monday with three misdemeanors stemming from his July arrest in St. Petersburg, Fla., NFL.com reports.

      Fowler's charges include battery, criminal mischief and petty theft, with his arraignment set to come the day after Jacksonville's regular-season opener. Considering this isn't Fowler's first off-field incident, it's possible he could be punished for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Until further notice, however, the 23-year-old projects as a key member of the ' defensive front after compiling 32 tackles and four sacks last season.

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    • Craig Mager LAC CB
      Chargers' Craig Mager: Held out of Sunday's game
      3h ago

      didn't play in Sunday's game against the Saints due to a hamstring injury, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

      While there was optimism surrounding Mager's status heading into the weekend, the team ultimately elected to hold him out with the hamstring issue that has hampered him for much of training camp. If Mager is unable to get back on the field for the final two preseason tilts, his chances of making the team's final roster will take a significant hit.

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