|Sat Aug 29||12:13||Branch suffered MCL sprain and will likely miss significant time||Andre Branch||DE||Jaguars||Free Agent|
Branch suffered an MCL sprain and will likely miss significant time.
Branch wasn't going to generate enough stats to become an IDP of significance, but losing a starting defensive end is a blow to a defense expected to take a step forward this season.
|Sat Aug 29||11:49||Tolzien (concussion) not expected to play against Philadelphia i...||Scott Tolzien||QB||49ers||Free Agent|
Tolzien (concussion) is not expected to play against Philadelphia in Saturday's preseason game, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.
With Aaron Rodgers unlikely to play more than a series or two - if at all - Brett Hundley will likely get extensive playing time at quarterback.
|Sat Aug 29||11:42||Amendola caught one pass for 25 yards in Friday's preseason game...||Danny Amendola||WR||Rams||Free Agent|
Amendola caught one pass for 25 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Amendola was on the field for 18 of 59 of the team's snaps on offense Friday, while the likes of Aaron Dobson and Chris Harper saw added opportunities in the contest. The health of Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell would appear to key Amendola's fantasy prospects early on, with LaFell's status looking cloudier by the day. If LaFell is forced to miss time early on, Amendola could see added looks in the Pats' offense, with Dobson and newcomer Reggie Wayne also candidates for expanded opportunities. Overall though, Amendola's clearest path to regular season fantasy utility is any sort sort of Edelman absence.
|Sat Aug 29||11:35||Kirk Cousins: Possible Week 1 Starter||Kirk Cousins||QB||Redskins||Free Agent|
According to ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini, sources say Washington plans to start Cousins not only Saturday against the Ravens, but also Week 1 of the regular season against the Dolphins.
Cousins starting is probably not a done deal, as NFL Network's Albert Breer also tweeted no final call has been made yet. Still, it is definitely significant that there is even a debate right now in Washington's headquarters. There are likely several moving parts to who starts in Week 1, including Griffin's health, Cousins' performance in preseason, and both quarterbacks' relationship to head coach Jay Gruden and upper management, so it could be a while before the final decision is made.
|Sat Aug 29||11:30||Gronkowski did not play in Friday's preseason game against Panth...||Rob Gronkowski||TE||Patriots||The Papageorgios|
Gronkowski did not play in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers, csnne.com reports.
With little to gain by exposing their star TE to unnecessary injury risk, the Patriots predictably rested Gronkowski on Friday. In the absence of any injury setbacks, look for Gronkowski to remain clearly atop fantasy rankings at the tight end position.
|Sat Aug 29||11:26||Cadet (hamstring) did not suit up for Friday's preseason game ag...||Travaris Cadet||RB||Saints||Free Agent|
Cadet (hamstring) did not suit up for Friday's preseason game against the Panthers, ESPN.com reports.
Cadet is among the Patriots' backs (along with James White, Brandon Bolden and Dion Lewis) hoping to help fill the void created by the departure of Shane Vereen, but injuries have slowed him this summer, which makes his status on that front tough to read at this stage.
|Sat Aug 29||11:09||Bolden had five carries for 12 yards in Friday's preseason game ...||Brandon Bolden||RB||Patriots||Free Agent|
Bolden had five carries for 12 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Per Mike Reiss of ESPN, Bolden saw 19 first-half snaps against Carolina on Friday, but that's not to say there's sudden clarity with regard to the team's plans with regard to filling the void created by Shane Vereen's free-agent departure. Reiss notes that James White remains a top candidate to help fill the void, while Dion Lewis is also making a case for third-down snaps. In any case, the combo of Bolden's versatility and special teams ability appear to be enough for him to retain his roster spot.
|Sat Aug 29||10:59||Lewis had three carries for 12 yards and caught four passes (on ...||Dion Lewis||RB||Eagles||Free Agent|
Lewis had three carries for 12 yards and caught four passes (on four targets) for 20 yards and a TD in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
At this stage, Lewis is making a strong case to make the Patriots' 53-man roster in a change-of-pace role. With a direct replacement for free agent departure Shane Vereen having yet to be clearly identified, Lewis remains in the team's third-down/pass catching mix, along with James White, Brandon Bolden and Travaris Cadet. Lewis will be a fantasy dart, however, until there's added clarity on that front.
|Sat Aug 29||10:42||Gray recorded five carries for 11 yards in Friday's preseason ga...||Jonas Gray||RB||Dolphins||Free Agent|
Gray recorded five carries for 11 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
It's notable that Gray started the game, with LeGarrette Blount (seven carries for 29 yards) seeing action in the second half. That said, it's possible that Friday's assignment was simply a way for the team to continue to prep Gray for a Week 1 start, given that Blount -- the team's presumed No. 1 "big back" -- is suspended for the Patriots' season opener.
|Sat Aug 29||10:27||Chandler caught three of his four targets for 40 yards and TD in...||Scott Chandler||TE||Bills||Free Agent|
Chandler caught three of his four targets for 40 yards and a TD in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
At 6-foot-7, Chandler has some potential to emerge as a red-zone option for the Patriots, but he will will be a hit-or-miss fantasy option as long as starting TE Rob Gronkowski remains healthy.
|Sat Aug 29||09:43||Develin has broken tibia and will be out for 6-8 weeks, per Bost...||James Develin||FB||Bengals||Free Agent|
Develin has a broken tibia and will be out for 6-8 weeks, per the Boston Herald.
With Develin out so long, the Patriots are likely to look for free agent options to replace him for the first half half of the season. If they fail to find a serviceable alternative, the fantasy outlook for their committee of running backs will dim a little more.
|Sat Aug 29||09:35||Cousins will get start against Ravens on Saturday with Robert Gr...||Kirk Cousins||QB||Redskins||Free Agent|
Cousins will get the start against the Ravens on Saturday with Robert Griffin (concussion) out, Ian Rapaport of NFL.com reports.
This is confirming was already extremely likely, as Cousins has been the primary backup for Griffin throughout camp. The question now is how long Cousins will have to occupy this role while Griffin recovers from the beating he took against the Lions last week. For this Saturday at least, Cousins figures to see a very large chunk of time on the field.
|Sat Aug 29||00:00||Harbor injured his right ankle in third quarter of Friday's pres...||Clay Harbor||TE||Eagles||Free Agent|
Harbor injured his right ankle in the third quarter of Friday's preseason game, the Florida Times-Union reports.
Harbor had three receptions for 33 yards and was targeted four times before departing. The severity of the injury wasn't immediately clear.
|Fri Aug 28||23:58||Nicks suffered minor leg injury in Friday's game||Hakeem Nicks||WR||Giants||The Papageorgios|
Nicks suffered a minor leg injury in Friday's game, The Tennessean's John Glennon reports.
He limped off the field after making a catch in the preseason matchup against the Chiefs and did not return. Nicks had two catches for 19 yards before suffering the injury. His status should be updated prior to Thursday's preseason game, but it does not sound like anything serious enough for him to be held out of the first regular season game.
|Fri Aug 28||23:53||Wayne made his debut for Patriots in Friday's preseason game at ...||Reggie Wayne||WR||Colts||Diddlee Poo|
Wayne made his debut for the Patriots in Friday's preseason game at Carolina. He dropped his lone target.
Wayne played early in the game with Tom Brady, and appeared out of sync with the veteran QB on his only target, as the pass arrived earlier than Wayne expected. Once Wayne is up to speed (he just signed with New England on Monday), he should be a valuable member of the team's wideout corps, although it remains to be seen how much fantasy value he'll hold.
|Fri Aug 28||23:47||Walker didn't record catch (two targets) in Friday's preseason l...||Delanie Walker||TE||49ers||Free Agent|
Walker didn't record a catch (two targets) in Friday's preseason loss at Kansas City.
This was Walker's first game this preseason, as he had been dealing with a thumb injury. He almost came down with a long pass from rookie Marcus Mariota, but could not hang on to the ball. The veteran TE should be in line for another solid season, especially if Mariota develops like most think he will.
|Fri Aug 28||23:37||Mallett returned to practice Friday after missing Thursday's pra...||Ryan Mallett||QB||Patriots||Free Agent|
Mallett returned to practice Friday after missing Thursday's practice due to what head coach Bill O'Brien said was a "personal issue," CBS Houston reports.
O'Brien is keeping the details to himself, but rumors spread Thursday that Mallett had overslept and was late to the team's facility. O'Brien said Mallett will play against New Orleans.
|Fri Aug 28||23:30||Blount (suspension) had seven carries for 29 yards in Friday's p...||LeGarrette Blount||RB||Buccanneers||HPO|
Blount (suspension) had seven carries for 29 yards in Friday's preseason game at Carolina.
Blount did not play with Tom Brady in the first half, but rather with Jimmy Garoppolo in the second half. We wouldn't read too much into this, as coach Bill Belichick could have multiple reasons for his somewhat odd usage of Blount on Friday.
|Fri Aug 28||23:27||Brown will not play preseason Week 3 against New Orleans||Duane Brown||OT||Texans||Free Agent|
Brown will not play preseason Week 3 against New Orleans, CBS Houston reports.
Head coach Bill O'Brien said Brown, who was at practice Friday wearing a wrap on his wrist, is day-to-day. The Texans' starting left tackle has played one series in each of the first two preseason games.
|Fri Aug 28||23:13||Contradicting previous report||Charles Tillman||CB||Bears||Free Agent|
Contradicting a previous report, Tillman did in fact suffer a head injury in Friday's game, the Charlotte Observer's Jonathan Jones reports.
Hopefully this time the Panthers are releasing accurate information regarding Tillman's status, as the team originally said he suffered a head injury, only for coach Ron Rivera to say it was not a head injury after the game. His status will presumably be updated prior to Thursday's preseason finale.