Brian Hartline - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Brian Hartline (foot) missed practice Tuesday, Sept. 1, due to an undisclosed injury. 'Then Brian I think just got stepped on so it was just something that we wanted to go ahead and rest him,' head coach Mike Pettine said.
Huddle Up: Doesn't sound like anything major, and that also sums up the ex-Dolphin's 2015 fantasy prospects -- even with ample opportunity in WR-needy Cleveland.
Brian Cushing - LB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (wrist, knee, ankle) is finally fully recovered from multiple injuries and trusts his surgically repaired knee. Cushing has been moving around well in pass coverage and while stopping the run in preseason as he regains his old form. 'I'm moving like my old self, I'm feeling like my old self,' Cushing said. 'I'm not worried about my knee or other injuries or needing any slack or anything really holding me back. It's awesome.'
Huddle Up: The 2009 AP Defensive Rookie of Year looks to be in line for his best season since 2011 (125 tackles, two interceptions, six passes defensed), but that's not saying a whole lot as he's missed a combined 22 games over the past three seasons.
Antonio Brown - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown received a $2 million signing bonus as part of the restructured contracts of Brown, TE Heath Miller and PK Shaun Suisham, according to sources. Brown's salary increased to $8 million from $6 million.
Huddle Up: Certainly well-deserved on his 2014 fantasy numbers alone, and fantasy GMs are counting on more of the same this year as Brown owns the top WR ADP in both standard- and PPR-league drafts.
Justin Hunter - WR - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans WR Justin Hunter's trial for misdemeanor charges in a July bar brawl has been set back to Sept. 15 in order for defense attorneys to come up with a key witness. Hunter is expected to play Thursday, Sept. 3, against the Minnesota Vikings.
Huddle Up: Only having just turned 24 this spring, Hunter still has some upside, but he should only be a deep bench consideration in the majority of leagues this season. And that's without factoring in the possibility of league discipline over the off-field incident.
Randall Cobb - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb thinks his sprained right shoulder will be good to go to play in Week 1 against the Chicago Bears in 12 days. 'I don't plan on missing a game,' Cobb said. 'I'm doing everything in my power to get back before then.' However, there remains swelling in his shoulder, but he said he's doing much better than when he was injured in the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, Aug. 29. Cobb did not practice Tuesday, Sept. 1, but watched from the sidelines.
Huddle Up: Overly optimistic or not, Cobb's shoulder sounds like it won't be too much of a factor, and he still should be treated as a WR1 in all upcoming fantasy drafts.
Nick Toon - WR - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints WRs Nick Toon, Lance Lewis and R.J. Harris were released Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Huddle Up: Toon, a fourth-round pick in 2012, never came close to panning out -- even on the pass-happy Saints -- catching only 21 passes for 283 yards and a TD in three seasons. The WR cuts and the tade of Jalen Saunders to the Patriots leaves Brandon Coleman, Joseph Morgan and Josh Morgan as the primary backups to Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks for the time being.
Johnny Manziel - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel said he does not need surgery on his sore elbow. The Browns also consulted with Dr. James Andrew for a second opinion on the elbow. Manziel said he needs to ice it and should be able to throw again next week. He added that he doesn't think the sore elbow will be a problem during the regular season.
Huddle Up: Manziel has demonstrated actual on-field progress this preseason and might be needed if new starter Josh McCown stumbles early.
Matt Forte - RB - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte on Tuesday, Sept. 1 sat out his second straight day of practice, but Chicago coaches later said the back was given a second straight "veterans' day" of rest.
Huddle Up: Forte is coming off a 368-touch season -- the highest since his 379-touch rookie year of 2008 -- and certainly can use the exctra time off, considering he'll turn 30 in December. He's a RB1 in both PPR and standard formats.
Julius Thomas - TE - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (finger) will undergo surgery on his injured finger Wednesday, Sept. 2, according to a source. Thomas is expected to miss four to five weeks.
Huddle Up: Thomas, who's never played a full season (16 games) in his career, likely will miss the first quarter of the season, but in drafts over the last two days, he's still the eighth TE coming off the board with an ADP of 86 as fantasy GMs aren't about to give up on his potential.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will know his fate by the end of this week. Judge Richard Berman said he will issue his decision and order by that time.
Huddle Up: From all fantasy owners and NFL followers: PLEASE.
Terrelle Pryor - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) isn't able to burst off the line of scrimmage as well as he would like due to his hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: It has to be beyond frustrating for the converted QB, and it puts the WR-needy Browns in a pickle as they've caught a glimpse of Pryor's WR potential early in camp, but have yet to see it in a live game.
Tyrod Taylor - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor has the support of his teammates after he was named the team's starting quarterback heading into Week 1. 'He's going to be tremendous for this team,' said WR Percy Harvin . 'With the weapons that we already have I think teams have to worry about that, but now they have to worry about his legs too with the 4.4 speed he puts on the field I think is going to be tremendously dangerous for opponents to prepare for us.' Taylor has speed, but he also impressed this preseason with his accuracy from the pocket. He was 19-for-23 for 187 yards and a passer rating of 100.5 when he started with the first-team.
Huddle Up: Taylor's presence figures to be a boon for LeSean McCoy as defenses will have to respect the QB's legs, but Taylor himself doesn't really hold any fantasy relevance outside of super-deep or two-QB leagues.
Robert Turbin - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Robert Turbin is dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Free-agent RB Fred Jackson (Bills), meanwhile, has drawn interest from the Seahawks.
Huddle Up: Turbin has had a rough preseason all-around, rushing for only 36 yards on 16 carries before the injury. That leaves only Christine Michael and undrafted rookies Rod Smith and Thomas Rawls behind Marshawn Lynch so definitely expect the Seahawks to kick the tires pretty vigorously on Jackson.
Montee Ball - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RBs Montee Ball and Kapri Bibbs aren't guaranteed a roster spot at this point. They will each play this weekend for one final audition.
Huddle Up: Wow, remember a year ago at this time when Ball -- the team's second-round pick in 2013 -- was being drafted as a RB1? That's a 2014 groin injury and a deeply disappointing 2015 preseason ago, and in case you haven't been paying attention to the Denver depth chart, Ronnie Hillman and Juwan Thompson are the immediate backups behind starter C.J. Anderson.
Riley Cooper - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper doesn't have a catch and hasn't been targeted this preseason.
Huddle Up: Cooper has started all three of Philly's preseason tilts but clearly has fallen behind second-year wideout Jordan Matthews and rookie Nelson Agholor, and free-agent signee Miles Austin looks to have gained ground as well. In short, Cooper likely will remain a part of Philly's WR rotation, but he's a long ways away from the surprise fantasy force he was in 2013 when he posted a 47-835-8 stat line.
Ty Montgomery - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Ty Montgomery is dealing with hamstring tightness following practice Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Huddle Up: WR injuries seem to be hitting teams in waves this preseason, and lately it's been the Packers' turn. This is a tame injury, though, compared to some of the others, and the rookie third-rounder will have a week and a half to get ready for the regular-season opener.
Jarrett Boykin - WR - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers WRs Jarrett Boykin and De'Andre Presley were waived Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Huddle Up: Boykin, the former Green Bay wideout, was leading the Panthers in targets (19) and receiving yards (93) this preseason but the Panthers evidently have other plans for the roster spot, even with their WR needs. Boykin could be a candidate to re-join his former team, which also is dealing with a banged-up WR corps.
Travis Kelce - TE - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce would be able to play if the Chiefs had a game Tuesday, Sept. 1, according to head coach Andy Reid. Kelce is recovering from an ankle sprain.
Huddle Up: Yes, Kelce's fantasy owners can take a breath now.
Jace Amaro - TE - New York Jets
New York Jets TE Jace Amaro will have season-ending shoulder surgery and will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list.
Huddle Up: Tough blow for the Jets the 2014 second-round pick who was hurt in the team's opening preseason game. Meanwhile, the options are few in back of Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Davis so don't be surprised if the team hits the waiver wire for help.
Jalen Saunders - WR - New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints WR Jalen Saunders is being traded to the New England Patriots Tuesday, Sept. 1, for a conditional draft pick, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: That the Patriots are bringing in wideouts like Saunders and Reggie Wayne suggests concern about the early-season availability of Brandon LaFell and Julian Edelman.
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