Charles Clay - TE - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) is expected to play in the third preseason game after missing the first two preseason games because of a knee injury. Clay has participated in practice this week and appeared to be fine.
Huddle Up: Good news for a player who's a sleeper TE1 on more than a few draft boards this month.
Lardarius Webb - CB - Baltimore Ravens
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens CBs Jimmy Smith (chest), Lardarius Webb (back) and CB Asa Jackson (ankle) will not play in the third preseason game. All three players are expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Huddle Up: These are essentially the Ravens' top 3 CBs, so monitor the situation as we get closer to the Week 1 matchup with A.J. Green and the Bengals.
Jadeveon Clowney - LB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney was held out of practice Thursday, Aug. 21, because of an undisclosed injury. Head coach Bill O'Brien said Clowney is fine but is not sure if Clowney will play in the third preseason game.
Huddle Up: Sounds like purely a precautionary measure after the top overall pick sustained a head injury in Wednesday's joint workouts with the Broncos.
Tony Romo - QB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo said he is ready for the regular season. Romo said he had a good week of practice with no limitations as he returns from offseason back surgery.
Huddle Up: In drafts held in the last week, Romo still is coming off the board as a QB2 (14th QB selected), but he could easily put up starting numbers if his health holds.
Wes Welker - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 21.
Huddle Up: Welker was excused for an undisclosed reason Wednesday, and that's likely the case again today, but inquiring fantasy minds would like to know what's up. Stay tuned ...
Owen Daniels - TE - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens TE Owen Daniels (leg) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 21, and is not expected to play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.
Huddle Up: Dennis Pitta's value inches up with each day Daniels misses.
Steven Jackson - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 21.
Huddle Up: Fantasy buyers beware . . .
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell traveled on his own for the team's third preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Bell did not travel on the team charter after he was arrested for driving under the influence and marijuana possession Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Sources have told ESPN that Bell and fellow arrestee LeGarrette Blount will play in Thursday night's preseason game in Philly, but see for yourself tonight on NFL Network. Bell, by the way, is the 10th RB currently going off the board with an ADP of 22, and his 2014 season isn't likely to be comprised -- at least by an NFL suspension -- by his arrest.
Geno Smith - QB - New York Jets
New York Jets QB Geno Smith will start Week 1 versus the Oakland Raiders, barring an injury. The coaching staff has yet to officially name Smith the starter.
Huddle Up: While this is what the Jets were hoping for, fantasy owners were likely hoping for Michael Vick to force his way into the mix. It's not necessarily bad news for Eric Decker, but having seen what Vick can do in this offense there's a little less optimism for the Jets' overall fantasy prospects right now.
Knowshon Moreno - RB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno (knee) said Wednesday, Aug. 20, that he feels good. The team wants to see him practice Thursday, Aug. 21, before deciding if he will play in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23, against the Dallas Cowboys.
Huddle Up: After struggling with conditioning and injuries through the offseason, Moreno has yet to truly challenge Lamar Miller for touches in the Miami backfield; if he gets on the field in the third preseason game, it could be an opportunity for him to finally do so.
Andre Johnson - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson has showed no signs of rust from his time away from the team this offseason. Johnson had an impressive practice during joint workouts with the Denver Broncos Wednesday, Aug. 20. 'He's a big part of what we're doing here,' head coach Bill O'Brien said.
Huddle Up: Johnson remains the primary playmaker in the Houston passing game; problem is, Ryan Fitzpatrick is still the Texans' best option at quarterback and that could hinder Johnson's fantasy prospects.
Trent Richardson - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson is off to a slow start in training camp and the preseason, posting just 34 yards in 14 attempts. At 2.4 yards per carry, that's even less than the 2.9 yards per carry he averaged in his disappointing 2014. 'Trent, he needs to answer the bell and do his job to the best of his ability,' general manager Ryan Grigson said Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Some are saying Richardson looks good this preseason but they must be watching games from his time at Alabama by mistake. Richardson is still dancing behind the line and looks like the same back he has for the last year and a half. He plays in an explosive offense but right now Richardson's big rookie year looks like a lifetime ago
Emmanuel Sanders - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (quadriceps) was involved in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20, but he is not working in 'live' setting yet. Head coach John Fox would not rule out Sanders' return from a quadriceps injury in time for the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23, against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Sanders should be ready for the season opener which is the most important thing to fantasy owners. Sanders won't put up the kind of productions Eric Decker did and is being overvalued right now with an ADP of Round 6.
Montee Ball - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendix) continues to do more work in practice each day, but most of his work continues to be outside of the team structure. However, he was wearing pads and working individually with QB Peyton Manning Wednesday, Aug. 20, and his workload is scheduled to increase. Ball might be ready to get some action in the preseason finale.
Huddle Up: Ball looks ready to roll for Week 1. He could actually end up being a bit of a bargain at his Round 2 ADP. Ball will see a majority of the touches in Denver's backfield this season and put up big fantasy numbers.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell and RB LeGarrette Blount were charged by Ross Township Police Wednesday, Aug. 20, with marijuana possession. Bell was also charged with driving under the influence (DUI) after the traffic stop Wednesday.
Huddle Up: The two reportedly had 20 grams of marijuana on them. Bell and Blount could face a league suspension once the case is resolved but that may not be until after the 2014 season. We'll have to see what happens in the coming days but as of right now, Bell and Blount's fantasy value may not be affected this season.
Vontaze Burfict - LB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict agreed to a multi-year contract extension Wednesday, Aug. 20. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: The undrafted LB and 2013 NFL total tackles leader (177) certainly is worthy.
Frank Gore - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore said he is playing for a Super Bowl in 2014 and is not thinking about a contract extension. "This year I'm playing for a Super Bowl. I'm not even thinking about an extension," Gore said.
Huddle Up: More than a few fantasy pundits have already written off the 31-year-old RB, but he could prove to be a mid-round draft steal with an ADP currently in the high 70s.
Stevenson Sylvester - LB - Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills have placed LB Stevenson Sylvester (undisclosed) on the Reserve/Injured list.
Huddle Up: The free agent was line in get some snaps with Kiko Alonzo's season-ending injury, but the good-health gods certainly haven't been beneficiaries to the Bills' LB corps this summer
Brady Quinn - QB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins QB Brady Quinn has thrown four interceptions in the last two and a half practices. Quinn is currently competing for the No. 3 quarterback job.
Huddle Up: New team, same ol' problem for the 2007 first-round pick who's tossed 17 picks (to only 12 TDs) in 24 career NFL games.
Jordan Norwood - WR - Denver Broncos
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Jordan Norwood (knee) suffered a torn acute cruciate ligament in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Rugged break for the young wideout who was having a strong preseason and was in line to make the team as a return man/fifth or sixth WR. Andre Caldwell and/or Isaiah Burse now stand better chances to survive the final cut.
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