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  • LeSean McCoy - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
    Posted 8/20/14 10:33am ET

    Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (toe) has a painful condition similar to turf toe that flared up last week. He had an MRI and an X-ray on the toe, and he even had conversations about shutting it down if the pain became unbearable.

    Huddle Up: Ruh-roh. McCoy is a top-three fantasy pick, and if there's already talk in the preseason about shutting him down... well, that's going to take a bite out of his fantasy value. We've seen turf toe bring down backs before, so it's most definitely a situation that warrants the rapt attention of the fantasy world.

  • Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 8/20/14 10:33am ET

    Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's appeal hearing for his one-year suspension had no settlement talks. There has yet to be a ruling on the matter, but it appears to be an all-or-nothing case.

    Huddle Up: The expectation was that the two sides might meet in the middle, with the league offering an 8-game suspension as a settlement option. With no settlement talks, it's tough to expect a settlement--and that means unless the judge hearing the appeal decides to step outside the NFL's guidebook it's either a year off as expected for Gordon, or he gets off without punishment. And you can guess where this is most likely headed.

  • Brian Hoyer - QB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 8/20/14 10:22am ET

    Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer has been named the starting quarterback over QB Johnny Manziel. Head coach Mike Pettine wrote the announcement in an e-mail and said Manziel made great strides, but Hoyer had a decided edge.

    Huddle Up: No surprise here, as Hoyer had the lead going into the training camp competition and neither quarterback stood out. Manziel will likely get his opportunity during the season after Hoyer struggles--which is bound to happen given the Browns' decided lack of offensive firepower. Now if Manziel can coordinate his ascension to the starting gig with Josh Gordon's potential mid-season return from suspension...

  • Santonio Holmes - WR - Chicago Bears
    Posted 8/20/14 10:22am ET

    The Chicago Bears and WR Santonio Holmes reached agreement on a minimum salary benefit contract for Holmes that offers no guaranteed money. Holmes signed with the Bears on Saturday, Aug. 16, and the minimum level for a player of his experience is $855,000.

    Huddle Up: Holmes was signed to be the Bears' WR3 following the injury to Marquess Wilson, and he represents a low-risk investment by the team. He's also insurance should one of the Bears' primary targets go down with injury.

  • Mark Ingram - RB - New Orleans Saints
    Posted 8/20/14 12:01am ET

    New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram has never had a touchdown reception during the regular season, but he took a screen pass for a 23-yard touchdown in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 15.

    Huddle Up: Ingram is currently the third Saints' RB coming off the board, on average, but he very well could wind up with the most fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues. In another way to put it: Welcome to another season of the Saints' RB conundrum.

  • Brandon Lloyd - WR - San Francisco 49ers
    Posted 8/20/14 12:01am ET

    San Francisco 49ers WR Brandon Lloyd has developed a bond with WR Anquan Boldin and is in good position to make the final 53-man roster.

    Huddle Up: Lloyd may be a good bet to make the Niners' final roster and suit up for his sixth team in the last 8 seasons, but that doesn't mean he belongs on most fantasy rosters given the abundance of targets (Boldin, Michael Crabtree, Stevie Johnson and TE Vernon Davis) on what's expected to be a run-heavy team once again.

  • Jeremy Hill - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
    Posted 8/20/14 12:01am ET

    Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (shoulder) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

    Huddle Up: The second-round draft pick has shown some productive flashes with 11 touches for 65 yards this preseason, but things are far from settled in the Cincy backfield with incumbents Giovanni Bernard, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Cedric Peerman all still in the mix for touches as well. See how Hill's week goes and if he's able to give it a go in Cincy's third preseason tilt Sunday night in Arizona.

  • Kenjon Barner - RB - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 8/19/14 11:35pm ET

    The Philadelphia Eagles acquired RB Kenjon Barner from the Carolina Panthers Tuesday, Aug. 19, for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015. Barner was acquired by the team as a way to add depth in the backfield and in the return game, according to head coach Chip Kelly.

    Huddle Up: No surprise that Kelly has added another of his former Oregon standouts, but the speedy Barner won't be an offensive fantasy factor buried on the Philly RB depth chart -- just as he was in Carolina

  • Johnny Manziel - QB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 8/19/14 11:35pm ET

    Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel's obscene gesture will play a factor in the competition for the starting quarterback job, according to head coach Mike Pettine.

    Huddle Up: Just another indication that Brian Hoyer will open the season as the Browns' starter.

  • Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 8/19/14 11:35pm ET

    Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) returned to practice on a limited basis Tuesday, Aug. 19. Watkins said he could play in a game, but head coach Doug Marrone said he hasn't decided if Watkins will play in the team's next preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.

    Huddle Up: The preseason hasn't gone as hoped for the fourth overall pick who has only 3 catches for 21 yards on 7 targets. Yet he's going into the season as the Bills' clear No. 1 WR and currently owns the 25th-best ADP among all wideouts.

  • Brett Keisel - DE - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 8/19/14 8:10pm ET

    The Pittsburgh Steelers and free-agent DE Brett Keisel (Steelers) have agreed to an undisclosed deal, according to a source.

    Huddle Up: As had been rumored, the popular veteran will be back for a 13th season in the Steel City and likely will rotate in at the DE positions, spelling starters Cameron Heyward and Cam Thomas.

  • J.J. Watt - DE - Houston Texans
    Posted 8/19/14 8:10pm ET

    Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt believes he has outplayed his current contract and wants to sign an extension.

    Huddle Up: You know, Watt just might have a case after compiling the third-most sacks (36.5) and most passes knocked down (27) by a defensive lineman since entering the league in 2011. And, oh yeah, there's the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award and two first-team All-Pro selections on his resume as well.

  • Eric Decker - WR - New York Jets
    Posted 8/19/14 8:10pm ET

    New York Jets WR Eric Decker (quadriceps) is expected to play in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 22.

    Huddle Up: Decker's preseason totals so far include 1 game played, 2 targets and 2 receptions for 12 yards. In other words, the free-agent signee can use a lengthy run with Geno Smith and the first-team offense Friday to get in sync.

  • Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
    Posted 8/19/14 8:10pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones did not participate in practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

    Huddle Up: No worries as it was simply a rest day for the WR, who caught 2 of his 4 targets for 20 yards last Saturday in his 2014 debut.

  • Rashad Jennings - RB - New York Giants
    Posted 8/19/14 5:41pm ET

    New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings is expected to get the bulk of the carries in Week 1, according to Dan Graziano.

    Huddle Up: Rookie Andre Williams is the only real threat to steal touches at the moment, leaving Jennings as a decent value at his current ADP of 26th among RBs.

  • Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 8/19/14 5:41pm ET

    Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon could have shown more effort on a couple plays during the team's Monday night game against the Washington Redskins, according to head coach Mike Pettine.

    Huddle Up: Quite possibly the WR's mind was more on his looming suspension, which likely -- hopefully -- will be announced this week.

  • Montee Ball - RB - Denver Broncos
    Posted 8/19/14 5:41pm ET

    Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendix) has received full medical clearance, but did not participate in team drills Tuesday, Aug. 19.

    Huddle Up: This counters an earlier news item which said Ball was a practice participant Tuesday, but it sounds like the Broncos are taking the cautious road with their starting RB. Don't expect to see him in a game prior to the Sept. 7 regular-season opener.

  • Steven Jackson - RB - Atlanta Falcons
    Posted 8/19/14 5:41pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is not participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

    Huddle Up: Jackson has been doing some work on the side but evidently still isn't ready to practice full-go. The NFL's active career rushing leader is currently being drafted as a low-end RB3 (36th-highest ADP), while rookie Devonta Freeman's draft stock keeps climbing.

  • Robert Griffin III - QB - Washington Redskins
    Posted 8/19/14 2:36pm ET

    Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III is dealing with a bruised thigh suffered in the preseason game Monday, Aug. 18. Griffin said it is 'nothing to worry about' but that he must improve his sliding. He was hit hard a few times after the end of some scrambles and took a cumbersome attempt at a slide. 'When he gets out of the pocket, he needs to protect himself,' said head coach Jay Gruden.

    Huddle Up: Yeah, we'd agree that RGIII's on-the-run decision making and sliding techniques could use some work after Monday night. Otherwise, his rebound season could hit another injury roadblock.

  • Josh Johnson - QB - San Francisco 49ers
    Posted 8/19/14 2:36pm ET

    After another poor outing by San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert, sources indicate there has been some talk about QB Josh X. Johnson being moved to the No. 2 slot behind QB Colin Kaepernick.

    Huddle Up: Obviously no Niners' QB has been overly impressive this preseason with the team totaling all of 3 points in 2 outings, but Gabbert, the former 10th overall pick, has been particularly odious with 11 completions in 25 attempts for 60 yards and 2 picks. Johnson, meanwhile, is 8-of-11 for 72 yards and no picks and is trying to make his mark with his fourth team in as many seasons.

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