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  • Buccaneers' Keanu Neal: Solid tackle tally in Week 4

    Neal compiled six tackles (all solo) and was credited with a quarterback hit during the Buccaneers' 41-31 loss to the Chiefs in Week 4. The veteran had played just three snaps on defense all season coming into Sunday night's contest, but he logged 46 versus the Chiefs and made good use of them. Neal's boost in workload came as a result of an early exit for Logan Ryan (foot), and with the latter a non-participant to start the practice week Wednesday, it's possible Neal sees another expanded role in Week 5 against the Falcons.
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  • Cowboys' Keanu Neal: Looking like GTD

    Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that the status of Neal (chest) will "come down to the wire" for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports. Neal is dealing with a biceps strain, per McCarthy, though he was also listed with chest and elbow injuries earlier in the week. He was limited Wednesday, then missed practice entirely Thursday. Luke Gifford and Francis Bernard would be candidates for increased work if Neal can't go, but a final word on the status of Dallas' linebacker corps may not be disclosed until just before Sunday's wild-card matchup kicks off.
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  • Cowboys' Keanu Neal: DNP on Thursday

    Neal (chest/elbow) did not participate at Thursday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports. The linebacker was a limited participant for Wednesday's non-padded work, but he was unavailable for Thursday's regular practice. With the step back in participation, Neal's ability to play Sunday against the 49ers comes into greater question. His status at the Cowboys' practice Friday is worth monitoring and if he can't go for this weekend's wild-card matchup, Luke Gifford and Francis Bernard could be asked to play larger roles at linebacker.
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  • Cowboys' Keanu Neal: Limited practice Wednesday

    Neal (chest/elbow) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports. Neal left the Cowboys' Week 18 win over the Eagles early with an arm injury, which is now understood to be both an elbow and chest injury. The linebacker's ability to practice in any capacity Wednesday bodes well for his chances to suit up for Sunday's wild-card contest versus the 49ers, though his status is worth monitoring in the coming days.
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  • Cowboys' Keanu Neal: Returns to practice

    Neal (illness) will return to practice Wednesday, Jori Epstein of The Dallas Morning News reports. Neal has missed the last two games after he tested positive for COVID-19, but he's expected to return for Sunday's matchup against the Giants. He'll to be limited in Wednesday's practice and will be monitored to determine his status. If the linebacker is back in action against the Giants, he should reclaim his starting role.
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  • Cowboys' Keanu Neal: Out for second straight week

    Neal (illness) remains in COVID-19 protocols and will miss Sunday's contest against the Panthers, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports. Neal tested positive for the virus ahead of Monday's matchup with the Eagles and may be out for multiple weeks. Leighton Vander Esch played a sizeable role in Neal's absence during Week 3 and will likely have a similar workload against the Panthers on Sunday.
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  • Cowboys' Keanu Neal: Officially moves to linebacker

    Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn announced Monday that Neal will play linebacker with the Cowboys, Zach Klein of WSB TV reports. Neal is already listed as a linebacker on Dallas' official depth chart, confirming that he has a new primary position. The switch is a considerable blow to Neal's fantasy value in IDP formats, given the difference in positional scarcity between safeties and linebackers capable of racking up high tackle totals. It's possible that Neal's significant injury history, including a torn ACL in 2018 and a torn Achilles in 2019, have deprived him of the speed necessary to excel in the secondary.
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  • Cowboys' Keanu Neal: Will play safety, linebacker

    The Cowboys intend to deploy Neal at both safety and linebacker, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Neal's decision to sign a one-year, $5 million deal with the Cowboys allows him to reunite with defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. During their time together in Atlanta, Quinn occasionally utilized Neal in specialized packages, but it looks like the 25-year-old will see more consistent action at weak-side linebacker in Dallas. A positional switch away from safety would significantly lessen Neal's value in IDP formats, especially in dynasty leagues. On the other hand, Neal's value could get a slight bump if the Cowboys officially keep him at safety while simply deploying him at LB with some regularity.
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  • Falcons' Keanu Neal: Nursing hamstring issue

    Neal (hamstring) was limited in Wednesday's practice, Will McFadden reports. Neal will have two more opportunities to increase his practice reps ahead of Sunday's road game against the Chiefs. As long as he's able to continue handling at least limited activity, the standout safety should have a good shot at taking the field.
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  • Falcons' Keanu Neal: Managing practice reps

    Neal (ankle) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports. Neal has been a driving force in the secondary for the Falcons this season, including playing 90 percent of defensive snaps in last week's loss to the Saints. It's too early to panic over his chances to play in Week 14 against the Chargers, but he'll likely need to continue posting at least limited practice. If Neal were to suffer a setback, Jaylinn Hawkins would be the likely candidate to take over as the team's strong safety.
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  • Falcons' Keanu Neal: Starts week with limited practice

    Neal (hamstring) was limited in Wednesday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports. Neal is among a multitude of injured Falcons -- the team had seven limited participants and two non-participants Wednesday. He was unable to suit up in Week 4 after failing to practice all week, so practicing on a limited basis is a step in the right direction for Neal. The safety's practice participation as the week unfolds should help determine his status for Sunday's game against the Panthers.
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  • Falcons' Keanu Neal: Ruled out for MNF

    Neal (hamstring) has been ruled out for Monday's game versus the Packers, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Neal has dealt with a plenty of injuries during his NFL career, as he played just four games between the 2018 and 2019 seasons. After watching practice from the sidelines all week, he'll predictably sit out Monday and look to get healthy for a divisional clash against the Panthers in Week 5. With Ricardo Allen (elbow) also out, expect rookie Jaylinn Hawkins and Sharrod Neasman to both see upticks in usage Monday.
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  • Falcons' Keanu Neal: Nursing hamstring injury

    Neal (hamstring) did not practice Thursday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports. Neal is coming off back-to-back games with eight tackles, despite only having played roughly 80 percent of defensive snaps this season. The star safety will still have two more chances to up his level or practice activity ahead of Monday's game against the Packers.
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  • Falcons' Keanu Neal: Nose for football evident

    Neal collected eight tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, during Sunday's 30-26 loss to the Bears. By tying Mykal Walker with a Falcons-high eight tackles Week 3, Neal has now been atop the team box score in that category for back-to-back games. That's an encouraging sign, given that Neal was only able to suit up for a combined four games between 2018 and 2019 due to ACL and Achilles injuries. If Neal is back at full speed and playing with no hesitation, that is a boost for an otherwise struggling Falcons secondary that ranks 31st against the pass through three weeks.
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  • Falcons' Keanu Neal: Six solo tackles Sunday

    Neal recorded seven tackles (six solo) across 64 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys. Neal is currently second on the team in tackles this season, trailing only Deion Jones. However, the 25-year-old safety is only playing in about 80 percent of the team's defensive snaps through the first two weeks of the season.
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  • Falcons' Keanu Neal: Absent from injury report

    Neal (Achilles) was a full participant for Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Neal continued to manage the Achilles injury that he suffered in Week 3 of the 2019 season during training camp. The fact that the 2016 first-round pick was absent from the injury report is an extremely positive sign for his chances to suit up Week 1. Now appearing to be fully healthy, Neal is expected to handle a starting role at strong safety for the 2020 season.
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  • Falcons' Keanu Neal: Feeling healthy finally

    Neal (Achilles) said Wednesday that he feels like his old self again, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Neal suffered a torn ACL in Week 1 of 2018 and a torn Achilles in Week 3 of 2019. It isn't clear if his rehab process is complete, but the timing of the injury should allow him to get ready for the start of the upcoming season. The bigger question is whether the 2016 first-round pick will still be able to play at a high level, coming off devastating injuries in back-to-back seasons. The Falcons don't have much talent in the secondary, so they're likely counting on Neal to occupy a starting job at strong safety. He started his career with back-to-back seasons notching triple-digit tackles in 2016 and 2017, piling up 14 pass defenses and eight forced fumbles in 30 games over that stretch.
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  • Falcons' Keanu Neal: Rehab on positive trajectory

    Coach Dan Quinn said that Neal (Achilles) is "exactly where he should be" in his rehab, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports. "(Neal) is doing good," Quinn stated Monday. "We're excited for him, he's making great progress." The 2017 Pro Bowl safety has suffered devastating early-season injuries over each of the past two years, including a torn ACL Week 1 of 2018 against the Eagles, as well as a torn Achilles during Atlanta's Week 3 loss to Indianapolis on Sept. 22. In total Neal has amassed 16 tackles in four combined appearances over the past two seasons, but he entered the league with back-to-back years of incredible production during 2016 and 2017, racking up 222 tackles, 14 pass deflections and eight forced fumbles to go with three fumble recoveries. Given that past production, he could be an X-factor in the Falcons' secondary for 2020 if he can stay on the field.
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  • Falcons' Keanu Neal: Expected to be done for season

    Neal is believed to have a torn Achilles, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. This has turned into a case of when, not if, Neal will be ruled out for the rest of the season. This is the second straight year Neal will have suffered a season-ending injury, as he tore his ACL in Week 1 of 2018. Neal will undergo surgery and should be ready for the 2020 campaign. The Falcons will have a tryout between Kemal Ishmael and Sharrod Neasman for the starting strong safety job.
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  • Falcons' Keanu Neal: Sporting boot and crutches

    Neal (Achilles) was spotted with a walking boot and crutches following Sunday's loss to the Colts, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. There's still no word on the severity of Neal's injury. After being carted of the field and being ruled out almost immediately, it's tough to be optimistic about Neal's outlook. If it's a long-term injury, expect either Kemal Ishmael or Sharrod Neasman to start at strong safety in Week 4's game versus the Titans.
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