Connor Barth - PK - Denver Broncos
Free-agent PK Connor Barth (Broncos) agreed to terms with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, Aug. 26, on a two-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Barth was released by Denver but will compete with Brandon Bogotay and Patrick Murray to be the Bucs' starting kicker. He should be considered the favorite to win the job, although there are better fantasy options out there.
Emmanuel Sanders - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) will not play in the team's third preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers Saturday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: Sanders has been out nursing a hamstring injury and the Broncos aren't going to take any chances with him during the preseason. Right now, there's now reason to believe that Sanders won't play in the Broncos' opener against Baltimore.
Zach Ertz - TE - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (groin) has not been ruled out for Week 1 at this point, according to offense coordinator Pat Shurmur.
Huddle Up: Shurmur also didn't say Ertz would be ready to play. He should be considered highly questionable for Week 1's game against Atlanta. Brent Celek will draw the start if Erz can't go.
Julian Edelman - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (ankle) hasn't taken part in team drills since suffering an ankle injury Aug. 2, but he feels that he is close to returning. However, he wouldn't say that he'll be ready to play in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 16 days. 'Ask Bill (Belichick),' Edelman said. 'We're taking it day by day. I think I'm 10 seconds better than the last 10 seconds.'
Huddle Up: Edelman's injury is starting to raise concern with the opener a couple of weeks away. Edelman should still be considered likely to play against the Steelers. He's a strong WR2 in New England's offense.
Peyton Manning - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning said he'd like the offense to improve its chemistry and move the ball better once they start playing more together. Specifically, Manning said he wants the Broncos to convert more on third downs and find the end zone.
Huddle Up: Manning is a perfectionist and would like to see the offense clicking better in the preseason. However, the Broncos will be just fine once Emmanuel Sanders is healthy and the regular season starts. There's nothing to be concerned about here.
Johnny Manziel - QB - Cleveland Browns
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (elbow) has no structural damage in his injured elbow. Head coach Mike Pettine said Manziel has been dealing with the sore elbow since high school.
Huddle Up: Manziel is expected to miss the rest of the preseason because of his elbow injury. It's a setback just when he was gaining on Josh McCown. Expect McCown to began the year as the Browns' starter.
Aaron Rodgers - QB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers could see limited snaps during the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29, and there is a chance he could sit out the entire game.
Huddle Up: The Packers could very well decide to play it safe with Rodgers after last week's horror show. Rodgers ill be fine for the season opener against Chicago.
Michael Floyd - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (fingers) has not begun catching passes yet as he continues to follow his rehabilitation protocol. Floyd believes he could be ready for the regular-season opener.
Huddle Up: Floyd isn't behind schedule by any means, but playing in the Sept. 13 regular-season opener might be asking a little too much. If he does miss any time, though, it shouldn't be much.
Terrelle Pryor - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: Pryor, the QB turned WR who turned heads in the early days of camp before his hammy acted up, is running out of time to make the team, and he's going to have to push through to try and make a lasting impression.
Dennis Pitta - TE - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta's (hip) status is unknown as to whether he will play this season, according to QB Joe Flacco.
Huddle Up: Pitta already is expected to open the season on the PUP list, and sadly, if he's staring at the prospect of essentially missing a third straight season, the two hip surgeries could prove to be career-ending. In the meantime, rookie Maxx Williams and second-year TE Crockett Gillmore are the Ravens' fantasy TEs of note.
Johnny Manziel - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel isn't expected to play versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday, Aug. 29, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Manziel is still dealing with elbow soreness and the Browns are taking a cautious approach.
Huddle Up: If so, that's likely to lock in Josh McCown as the Browns' opening-day starter if he wasn't already.
Eddie Royal - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (hip) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 26, because of a hip injury. His status for the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29, is uncertain at this point.
Huddle Up: Yikes -- another Chicago wideout, another injury to monitor. At this rate, Jay Cutler's opening-game WRs may be Rashad Lawrence and Cameron Meredith, who are currently leading the Bears in preseason catches.
Calvin Johnson - WR - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is not expected to play in the third preseason game Friday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: No real news here as the Lions are doing everything they can to cut back on Megatron's wear and tear.
Emmanuel Sanders - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) may practice Friday, Aug. 28, according to head coach Gary Kubiak.
Huddle Up: Sanders, fantasy's No. 7 WR last season, has missed the Broncos' first two preseason games, and while the team has been extra cautious with injuries, this situation is starting to grow a tad bit concerning -- especially if the wideout isn't able to return this week.
Roy Helu - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 26 after sitting out nearly three weeks with a hamstring strain.
Huddle Up: Helu still projects as the Silver & Black's No. 2/pass-catching back, complementing starter Latavius Murray, but let's see how his hammy holds up over the next few weeks.
Junior Galette - LB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins LB Junior Galette suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in practice Wednesday, Aug. 26, according to media reports.
Huddle Up: Tough news for the the Skins' D and the pass-rusher, who had signed in D.C. after getting released by the Saints. Washington, which lost Brian Orakpo in free agency, will now have to rely even more on another big season from LB Ryan Kerrigan.
Star Lotulelei - DT - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers DT Star Lotulelei (foot) shed his walking boot and was riding a stationary bike Wednesday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: Lotulelei now has a little more than two weeks to get back in game shape, but coach Ron Rivera told Black and Blue Review that he has "no concern" about the stud DT being ready to play in the Sept. 13 opener against the Jaguars.
Orlando Scandrick - CB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick (knee) was carted off the field in practice Tuesday, Aug. 25, and the early fears are that he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Huddle Up: The loss of Scandrick would be huge as he's the Cowboys' top corner following last season in which he notched 55 tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and nine passes defensed. Stay tuned ...
Chris Ivory - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Chris Ivory will play a vital role in the Jets' offense this season. Ivory believes his best is yet to come. 'People haven't seen my full potential,' Ivory said. 'People that actually watch the game, they know my talent and what I'm capable of. Me, within myself, I definitely know what I'm capable of. I'm striving for greatness.'
Huddle Up: After missing a combined 24 games in three seasons with the Saints, Ivory only has missed one contest in two years with the Jets and has responded with career highs in rushing (833 yards in 2013) and yards from scrimmage (944 last season). He also owns an impressive 4.7 career yards per carry and if he gets more than the career-high 198 rushes he had last season, when he started 10 games, his first 1,000-yard season should follow. He's ranked as a low-end flex option for now.
Brian Tyms - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Brian Tyms (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Aug. 25 after clearing waivers.
Huddle Up: Of all the banged-up and bruised Patriots' WRs, the fourth-year wideout was certainly among the worst, and he joins fellow receiver Brandon Gibson on IR, leaving Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce and Chris Harper to fight for the last spot(s) on the team's WR depth chart.
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