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September 24, 2020 03:08 PM
Jets' La'Mical Perine: Limited again in practice
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Perine (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Despite having his reps capped in both of the Jets' first two practices of the week, Perine is still believed to be on track to play Sunday against the Colts. If Perine is active this weekend, coach Adam Gase hinted Thursday that the rookie could be more involved after he carried three times for 17 yards while playing nine offensive snaps in last week's loss to the 49ers, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. Frank Gore still projects to serve as the Jets' lead option on the ground, though he may cede some touches to Perine and/or Kalen Ballage (ribs) after carrying 21 times against San Francisco.

September 24, 2020 03:00 PM
Bills' John Brown: Added to injury report
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Brown (foot) was listed as a limited practice participant Thursday, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports.

Brown was a Thursday addition to the Bills' Week 3 injury report, but it's possible that his limitations were maintenance-related. Last week, the wideout sat out practice Wednesday with a listed foot issue, before practicing fully both Thursday and Friday. We'll look to see if Brown is full-go this Friday, or if not, whether he's experienced any setbacks with his foot.

September 24, 2020 03:00 PM
Bills' Cole Beasley: Returns to full participation
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Beasley (hip/thumb) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Beasley was held out of the Bills' first session of Week 3 on Wednesday, but his return to full work a day later implies that neither the hip nor the thumb injury are major concerns for the wideout. He should be cleared to fill his normal role as the Bills' top option out of the slot Sunday against the Rams.

September 24, 2020 03:00 PM
Jets' Kalen Ballage: Limited in practice once more
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Ballage (ribs) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

The Jets didn't have any of the three backs on their active roster available for full work Thursday, as starter Frank Gore received a veteran's day off, while Ballage and La'Mical Perine (ankle) both had their reps capped. So long as Ballage is able to upgrade to full participation Friday, he'll stand a good chance at avoiding an injury designation heading into Sunday's game against the Colts. In his Jets debut Week 2 versus the 49ers, Ballage played eight offensive snaps, carrying once for five yards and reeling in both of his targets for 12 yards.

September 24, 2020 02:56 PM
Jets' Breshad Perriman: Sidelined for another practice
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Perriman (ankle) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Coach Adam Gase said Wednesday that he isn't optimistic Perriman will be ready to play Sunday against the Colts or in the Jets' Week 4 matchup Thursday versus Broncos, so the wideout's lack of activity in practice comes as little surprise. With Jamison Crowder (hamstring) also looking doubtful for Week 3, the undermanned Jets could roll out a starting wideout trio of Chris Hogan, Braxton Berrios and Josh Malone.

September 24, 2020 02:52 PM
Raiders' Darren Waller: Not spotted at Thursday's practice
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Waller (knee) wasn't spotted at the start of Thursday's practice, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Waller was also listed as a non-participant Wednesday on the Raiders' estimated practice report, so his status is worth monitoring in advance of Sunday's game against the Patriots. The same scenario also applies to top back Josh Jacobs (hip), and it's possible that the team is simply managing the reps of a pair of key offensive cogs. What the duo is able to do Friday, will thus be pivotal with regard to their Week 3 status'.

September 24, 2020 02:44 PM
Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Not spotted at start of practice
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Jacobs (hip) wasn't spotted at the start of Thursday's practice, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

We'll have to see if the running back officially ends up listed as limited or as a non-participant Thursday. If he does go down as a non-participant for the second day in a row, then what Jacobs is able to do on the field Friday will be telling with regard to his status for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

September 24, 2020 02:28 PM
Packers' Davante Adams: Misses another practice
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Adams (hamstring) didn't partake in practice Thursday, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Instead, Adams spent the session rehabbing his balky hamstring on the side. With two absences under his belt this week, he has just one more chance to prove his health on the field before Sunday night's game at New Orleans. In the end, Adams' Week 3 fate could be known upon the release of Friday's injury report. A DNP on game day would leave the Packers shorthanded at wide receiver, with just three healthy bodies in Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Malik Taylor.

September 24, 2020 02:28 PM
Broncos' Blake Bortles: Unlikely to play Week 3
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Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said Thursday that he doesn't expect Bortles to back up new starting quarterback Jeff Driskel in Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.

Bortles signed with the Broncos on Tuesday, two days after starter Drew Lock exited the team's loss to the Steelers with a shoulder injury that's expected to keep him sidelined for multiple weeks. Driskel will step in as the starter in the interim, with Bortles providing with an experienced option behind him. However, because Bortles didn't arrive in Denver until Thursday and needs time to get up to speed with a new playbook, he'll likely serve as an emergency No. 3 option at quarterback Sunday, if he's even active for the contest. Denver plans to call up Brett Rypien from the practice squad to serve as Driskel's backup in Week 3.

September 24, 2020 02:28 PM
Brett Rypien: Set for No. 2 QB duties with Denver
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Head coach Vic Fangio said Thursday that the Broncos intend to call Rypien up from the practice squad to serve as the team's backup quarterback Sunday against the Buccaneers, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.

Though the Broncos will delay placing Drew Lock (shoulder) on injured reserve, the team's starting signal-caller is still expected to miss at least two games. Denver signed Blake Bortles earlier this week to add some experienced depth at the position while Lock is sidelined, but Fangio suggested Bortles likely won't be ready to serve as anything more than an emergency option at quarterback Sunday, if he's even active for the contest. Since Rypien has familiarity with the Broncos' system after spending the past year and a half with the organization as a member of the offseason roster, 53-man roster or practice squad, Fangio views him as an ideal backup in the short term for Jeff Driskel, who will start in place of Lock in Week 3. Rypien could return to the practice squad as soon as Week 4, when Bortles will presumably be up to speed with the new playbook.

September 24, 2020 02:16 PM
Broncos' Phillip Lindsay: Sitting out practice again
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Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said Lindsay (toe) wouldn't practice Thursday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Lindsay has yet to record any activity in practice since he exited the Broncos' Week 1 loss to the Titans due to a case of turf toe. Unless he unexpectedly gains clearance to log some on-field work at the Broncos' final Week 3 practice Friday, Lindsay will likely be inactive for a second straight game Sunday against the Buccaneers.

September 24, 2020 02:32 PM
Jaguars' DJ Chark: Ruled out Thursday
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The Jaguars downgraded Chark (chest) to out for Thursday's game against the Dolphins.

Chark initially took a questionable designation into the Week 3 matchup, despite failing to practice Wednesday after being listed as a limited participant on the injury reports Jacksonville released Monday and Tuesday. The Jaguars had some optimism earlier Thursday that Chark might be able to play through the injury on a short week, but he'll ultimately be forced to the sidelines for the first time in 2020. With their top wideout not suiting up, the Jaguars will likely lean on Keelan Cole, Laviska Shenault and Chris Conley as their primary options in three-receiver sets. Dede Westbrook, who has been inactive for the Jaguars' first two games, should also dress for the first time this season, and he could play a role in the passing game.

September 24, 2020 03:08 PM
Panthers' Curtis Samuel: More involvement on tap
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Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady said Thursday that he wants to get Samuel more involved in Carolina's future game plans, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. "Good things happen when the ball is in his hands," Brady said of Samuel.

Samuel has taken on offensive snap shares north of 70 percent in both of Carolina's first two games of the season, logging 10 targets and five rushing attempts between the two contests. While Samuel may continue taking a back seat to D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson in the passing game, he could be a candidate to take on more work as a runner as the Panthers look to replace star back Christian McCaffrey (ankle), who is expected to miss the next 4-to-6 weeks. Mike Davis is in line to start at running back Week 3 against the Chargers, but he likely won't be asked to take on as much volume as McCaffrey has handled as a runner and pass catcher over the past couple of seasons. With that in mind, Samuel could emerge as a de facto change-of-pace option behind Davis, as the 24-year-old has proven adept as a ballcarrier in limited opportunities thus far during his career. Over his three-plus seasons in the NFL, Samuel has carried 36 times for 309 yards (8.6 average) and three touchdowns.

September 24, 2020 01:52 PM
Football Team's Steven Sims: Gets 'limited' tag Thursday
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Sims (toe) was listed as limited on Thursday's injury report, Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic reports.

Washington held Sims out of Wednesday's practice due to a toe injury, so his elevation to some work Thursday is a step in the right direction as the team prepares for Sunday's game at Cleveland. So far this season, he's a close second in offensive snap share (86.8 percent) behind No. 1 wide receiver Terry McLaurin (93.4). That said, Sims has accounted for just six catches (on seven targets) for 103 yards and no touchdowns through two games.

September 24, 2020 01:40 PM
Eagles' Alshon Jeffery: Takes first practice reps of 2020
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Jeffery (foot) returned to practice Thursday, Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Making his long-awaited presence felt on the field, Jeffery went through individual drills during the portion of Thursday's session open to the media. It marks his first activity since sustaining a Lisfranc sprain in his right foot last Dec. 9, which resulted in surgery and a lengthy rehab process. Jeffery may need to find his bearings before the Eagles allow him to return to action, but getting some action now, no matter how much, opens the door for his first game action of the 2020 season. Thursday's injury report will reveal how much work Jeffery was able to handle.

September 24, 2020 01:40 PM
Bills' Dawson Knox: Absent from practice
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Knox (concussion) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Knox remains in the NFL's concussion protocol and hasn't been on the field for either of the Bills' first two practices of Week 3. Unless he's cleared to take some contact at practice Friday, Knox currently looks to be trending toward an absence in Sunday's game against the Rams. Tyler Kroft, who played 51 percent of the offensive snaps in the Week 2 win over Miami without drawing a target, would be in line to start at tight end Sunday if Knox is inactive.

September 24, 2020 01:36 PM
Bills' Zack Moss: Not practicing again
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Moss (toe) isn't on the field for Thursday's practice, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

He'll go down as a non-participant for the second day in a row, leaving his status uncertain for Sunday's game against the Rams. Before determining whether he'll carry a designation into the Week 3 contest, the Bills will see what Moss can do during their final practice session Friday. If Moss ends up missing the first game of his career, starting running back Devin Singletary -- who hasn't played more than 60 percent of the offensive snaps in either of the Bills' first two contests -- would likely be headed for a bigger workload.

September 24, 2020 01:28 PM
Bills' Cole Beasley: Back at it Thursday
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Beasley (hip/thumb) is back on the practice field Thursday after missing Wednesday's session, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

We'll see if Beasley gets a "limited" or "full" designation, but it sounds like minor aches and bruises and we're not really concerned about his status for the Week 3 tilt against the Rams. The slot receiver has produced a 9-128-0 line on 13 targets through two games.

September 24, 2020 01:04 PM
Chiefs' Sammy Watkins: Won't practice Thursday
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Watkins, who is in the NFL's concussion protocol, won't practice Thursday, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.

That said, coach Andy Reid suggested that Watkins' issue is more in his neck area, so it seems as though the wideout has a decent chance to progress through the protocol in advance of Monday night's game against the Ravens.

September 24, 2020 12:32 PM
Bills' Tremaine Edmunds: Inching toward return
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Edmunds, who practiced Wednesday on a limited basis, is working agains Thursday while in a non-contact jersey, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

Edmunds and Matt Milano -- the two best linebackers on the team -- both missed the Week 2 win over the Dolphins. While the substitutes performed adequately, it was clear there was something missing without the two main guys, and the stout Buffalo defense yielded some big yardage over the middle of the field throughout the game. Those that roster Tyler Higbee will want to keep an eye on the two linebackers' statuses the the Rams-Bills matchup following a game where Miami tight end Mike Giesicki torched the Buffalo defense for an 8-130-1 line.

 
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