LeSean McCoy leaves game with thumb injury
LeSean McCoy | PHI
(August 21, 2014 8:10 PM EDT)
LeSean McCoy was forced from Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers with a right thumb injury.
Shady headed to the locker room for X-rays midway through the first quarter. His return is "unknown," but he obviously won't be checking back in. Nursing a toe injury coming into the game, McCoy was his normal explosive self, rushing four times for 24 yards while snagging two passes for 26 yards and a score. His status should be updated later Thursday evening.
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Hitchens takes 'all' first-team MLB reps
Anthony Hitchens | DAL
(August 21, 2014 7:28 PM EDT)
Cowboys fourth-rounder Anthony Hitchens took "all" the first-team reps at middle linebacker in Thursday's practice, and expects to start Saturday's regular-season dress rehearsal.
It's a strong indication Hitchens will enter Week 1 as Sean Lee's replacement, leaving Rolando McClain on the bench. Justin Durant is manning weak-side linebacker.
Dallas Morning News
Joe Philbin still 'encouraged' by WR Gibson
Brandon Gibson | MIA
(August 21, 2014 7:25 PM EDT)
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin remains "encouraged" by the way Brandon Gibson has returned from last year's patellar tendon tear.
"I think he’s a quarterback-friendly guy," Philbin said Thursday. "He’s got very good hands and he’s smart. He can read coverages, understands the leverage." Philbin's comments should put to rest the talk that Gibson might get left off the 53-man roster. Although he's now rotating with rookie Jarvis Landry in the slot, Gibson can still be considered Miami's No. 3 receiver.
Miami Herald
Kenny Britt sitting with a shoulder 'ding'
Kenny Britt | STL
(August 21, 2014 7:19 PM EDT)
Kenny Britt will sit out this weekend's preseason game against the Browns with a shoulder "ding."
He suffered the injury against the Packers last week. It may end Britt's preseason, as starters don't typically run in the fourth affair. Britt finishes August with one catch for five yards, but appears to be the Rams' de facto No. 1 receiver. Still only 26 (next month), he's worth a WR5 flier despite his horrid 2013 in Tennessee.
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Robert Woods 'MVP' of Bills training camp
Robert Woods | BUF
(August 21, 2014 6:47 PM EDT)
BuffaloBills.com calls Robert Woods the MVP of training camp.
Woods ran with the twos in the Bills' first two preseason games before being elevated to the first team in Sammy Watkins' absence last weekend. He'll open the season behind Watkins and Mike Williams on the depth chart, but is going to get plenty of run in three-receiver sets. We's a WR5/6 for fantasy purposes.
Anthony Spencer unsure of return date
Anthony Spencer | DAL
(August 21, 2014 5:56 PM EDT)
Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer (knee) hopes to avoid the reserve/PUP list, but is unsure of when he'll return.
"I haven’t plateaued yet," Spencer said. "My body is responding really well to the things we’re doing, so we’re just going to continue to do them." Although Spencer has yet to be ruled out for Week 1, it's looking like a long-shot. The Cowboys would have to be confident Spencer could return some time in the first 4-5 games to hold him off PUP.
ESPN Dallas
Honey Badger already cleared for team drills
Tyrann Mathieu | ARZ
(August 21, 2014 5:44 PM EDT)
Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu (knee) has been cleared for 11-on-11 drills.
It's an important step for the Honey Badger in his quest to be ready for Week 1. The Cardinals are still going to err on the side of caution, but Mathieu has a legit shot at being ready for the opener.
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Stevie Johnson not a lock for No. 3 duties
Stevie Johnson | SF
(August 21, 2014 5:32 PM EDT)
CSN Bay Area doesn't consider Stevie Johnson a lock to win the 49ers' No. 3 receiver job.
Johnson is facing tougher than expected competition from Brandon Lloyd. Per reporter Matt Maiocco, Johnson has yet to develop chemistry with Colin Kaepernick. Maiocco believes Johnson would have to take a pay-cut from his $3.925 million salary if he can't nail down No. 3 duties. In that scenario, Johnson could be best off calling the 49ers' bluff and hitting the open market.
CSN Bay Area
Stephen Hill on the Jets' roster bubble?
Stephen Hill | NYJ
(August 21, 2014 5:24 PM EDT)
ESPN New York believes Stephen Hill has yet to sew up a roster spot.
Hill has only one catch through 70 preseason snaps, and been "all over the map" in practice. Hill's theoretical upside is looking less and less likely to develop, though we'd ultimately expect him to keep his roster spot.
ESPN New York
Isaiah Pead clears waivers, heads to I.R.
Isaiah Pead | STL
(August 21, 2014 5:03 PM EDT)
Rams RB Isaiah Pead (torn ACL) has cleared waivers, and reverted to injured reserve.
Pead is signed through 2015, but didn't show enough through his first two years in the league for a team to take a chance as he recovers from a major knee injury. Pead will be on the outside looking in of the 53-man roster next summer.
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