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  • Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Looking for first sack

    Mercilus continues to work his way back from a strained hamstring, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. The linebacker has zero sacks and five tackles through two games.

    Mercilus has gotten off to a slow start after missing all of preseason with a hamstring injury, but defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel sees improvement. "He's gotten better. Because he's rusty in the first game, but he's improving every week as well. We talk about knocking rust off, and he's knocking his rust off and he's getting his take-off better, his counter moves and things like that. So, every week, we should see some progress," said Crennel. With opponents double-teaming J.J. Watt, a healthy Mercilus will be in position to apply pressure on quarterbacks and possibly accrue sacks.

  • Browns' Jabrill Peppers: Returns to Thursday's contest

    Peppers (shoulder) returned to Thursday's game, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

    With Peppers back in the game, Derrick Kindred should head back to the bench. He will look to improve on his three tackles from the first half as Cleveland tries to work their way back into the game

  • Buster Skrine CB | NYJ

    Jets' Buster Skrine: Questionable to return with knee injury

    Skrine injured his knee during Thursday's game against the Browns and is questionable to return.

    Skrine racked up one tackle and half a sack before exiting. Parry Nickeson is slated to see some extra work at slot cornerback as long as Skrine is out.

  • Browns' Jabrill Peppers: Injures shoulder

    Peppers is questionable to return to Thursday's game against the Jets with a shoulder injury.

    Peppers had three tackles and returned three punts for an average of 3.3 yards per tote before exiting. Derrick Kindred is slated to fill in at safety as long as Peppers remains out, with rookie Antonio Callaway in line to return punts.

  • Jets' Trumaine Johnson: Returns to Thursday's game

    Johnson returned to Thursday's contest after being evaluated for a concussion, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

    Johnson will return to a starting role, with Darryl Roberts retaking his place as Johnson's backup.

  • Jets' Trumaine Johnson: Being evaluated for concussion

    Johnson is being evaluated for a concussion in the first quarter of Thursday's game against the Browns, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY reports.

    Johnson took a shot to the head on a block early in the game and will need to clear the league's concussion protocol before returning to action. Darryl Roberts is slated to fill in at cornerback as long as Johnson is out.

  • Steven Means DE | ATL

    Falcons' Steven Means: May have number called Sunday

    Means said that he's "definitely confident" if the Falcons need to put him on the field Sunday against the Saints, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.

    Head coach Dan Quinn said he would be comfortable inserting Means into the lineup against New Orleans on Sunday if the situation calls for it, as the Falcons have both Takkarist McKinley (groin) and Derrick Shelby (groin) hurting with newfound injuries. The one-time Super Bowl Champion (with Philadelphia in 2017-2018) has played scarcely since entering the league as a fifth-round draft choice five years ago -- tallying 13 tackles over 26 career games with the Buccaneers, Ravens and Eagles.

  • Eli Apple CB | NYG

    Giants' Eli Apple: Not expected to play Sunday

    Apple (groin) is not expected to play in Sunday's game against the Texans, Tom Rock of Newsday.com reports.

    Apple suffered a groin injury in Week 2's tilt against the Cowboys, and was a non participant in Thursday's practice. B.W. Webb will likely serve as the Giants' starting left cornerback if Apple is sidelined for any amount of time. Having played well thus far in 2018, Apple is expected to retake his starting role when healthy.

  • 49ers' Jaquiski Tartt: Not practicing again

    Tartt (shoulder) did not practice Thursday.

    Tartt has not yet practiced leading up to Sunday's tilt against the Chiefs. The starting strong safety continues to nurse a shoulder stinger, and should be considered questionable for Week 3. Antone Exum would get the start at strong safety if Tartt were sidelined for any amount of time.

  • Texans' Jadeveon Clowney: Expects to play Week 3

    Clowney (back) expects to play in Sunday's matchup against the Giants, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.

    Clowney logged his second limited participation in practice of the week Thursday, after being held out Week 2's contest. Despite Clowney's confidence, it remains to be seen whether the start linebacker will suit up against the Giants on Sunday. If Clowney is sidelined or limited, Duke Ejiofor and Brennan Scarlett would be in line for increased defensive workloads.

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