Victor Cruz - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (groin) may return to practice in some capacity Wednesday, Aug. 17, according to head coach Ben McAdoo.
Huddle Up: We'll believe it when we see it. Cruz tried to practice on Sunday and lasted four reps. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect much out of Cruz this season.
Leonard Hankerson - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Leonard Hankerson was released Monday, Aug. 15, according to sources.
Huddle Up: This comes as no surprise. Hankerson was dreadful in the Bills first preseason game. He caught 1-of-5 targets and had three drops. Hankerson is running out of chances in the NFL.
Lance Dunbar - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RBs Darren McFadden (elbow) and Lance Dunbar (knee) were in pads on the side for their rehabilitation work Monday, Aug. 15.
Huddle Up: It's a positive sign that both guys were in pads but they're still not ready to get back on the field. The Cowboys are hoping McFadden will be ready for Week 1. He'll be Dallas No. 2 back and should see some work on passing downs.
Charcandrick West - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs RB Charcandrick West (elbow) is considered day-to-day because of an elbow injury.
Huddle Up: The injury isn't considered serious but West can't afford to miss any time. He's already behind Spencer Ware on the depth chart. Ware offers a lot of value right now with his Round 15 ADP.
Markus Wheaton - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton (undisclosed) was able to participate in practice Monday, Aug. 15. Wheaton has missed most of training camp because of a soft tissue injury.
Huddle Up: Wheaton is expected to start opposite Antonio Brown this season. Sammie Coates has received a lot of buzz this summer but he struggled in the Steelers first preseason game. Wheaton currently has an ADP of Round 11.
Corey Coleman - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman (hamstring) was back for 11-on-11 team drills Monday, Aug. 15. He had missed nine days with a hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: Fantasy GMs are eager for a look at the first-round pick, who was off to a strong start to camp before the hammy issues hit. We'll see in the coming days if he'll be able to play in preseason game No. 2.
Bruce Gradkowski - QB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Bruce Gradkowski (hamstring) has a sizable hamstring tear, according to a source. He may be out for an extended period of time. QBs Landry Jones and Dustin Vaughan are the primary backups behind QB Ben Roethlisberger.
Huddle Up: Barring a acquisition, it looks like Jones will serve as the Steelers' No. 2 QB, and that means a strong possibility of receiving some starts as Big Ben only has been able to play a full season in two of the last seven years.
Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) went through the team walkthrough with the first-team offense Monday, Aug. 15.
Huddle Up: Good to see some signs of progress from the fourth-overall pick who missed the Cowboys' preseason opener Saturday, but it's still too early to tell if he'll be able to make it back for Game 2. Needless to say, more than a few fantasy GMs are eager to get their first glimpse of Elliott in game action.
Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) left practice early Monday, Aug. 15, after pulling up while trying to catch a pass in 7-on-7 drills.
Huddle Up: Gronk reportedly landed awkwardly in Monday's joint session with the Bears and took himself out of practice to consult with trainers before heading to the locker room. It very well might turn out to be much ado about nothing, but we are talking about fantasy's No. 1 TE here and a player with a long list of injuries. Most definitely stay tuned ...
C.J. Prosise - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (hamstring) was in pads and on the field for practice Monday, Aug. 15. The extent of his participation was unclear.
Huddle Up: Good to see the third-round pick on the field after he's spent too much time on the sideline, and he's going to need to stay there if he's earn any kind of immediate role -- third-down work or otherwise -- in the crowded Seattle backfield.
Malcolm Mitchell - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (elbow) returned to practice in full pads Monday, Aug. 15.
Huddle Up: Good sign for the fourth-round pick who dislocated his elbow in the Pats' preseason opener last week. Mitchell, though, is sporting is sizable brace, and it would be a surprise if he's able to see any more action this preseason.
Sheldon Rankins - DL - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints DT Sheldon Rankins (leg) is believed to have a broken fibula based on initial test results, according to a source. Rankins was New Orleans' first-round pick in 2016, and he may land on the Reserve Injured/Designated to Return list.
Huddle Up: The Saints were counting on Rankins to help turn the tide following their historically horrific defensive season a year ago, but that help -- at least the first six games or so of the season -- will have to come elsewhere as the first-round pick is expected to miss up to eight weeks.
Andrew Quarless - TE - Detroit Lions
Free-agent TE Andrew Quarless (Packers) signed an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions Monday, Aug. 15. Quarless is suspended for the first two games on the season but can practice immediately. TE Ben McCord was waived.
Huddle Up: With Eric Ebron battling an ankle injury and Brandon Pettigrew on the PUP list, the Lions are in need of tight-end help, and they have turned to the ex-Packer Quarless. It might only be a preseason, check-the-tires move, though, until Ebron can get back on the field.
Andre Caldwell - WR - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions WR Andre Caldwell (hand) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 15.
Huddle Up: The tough early turn of events for Caldwell has thinned out the Lions' backup WR corps somewhat, clearing the paths for the likes of Jeremy Kerley and TJ Jones.
Braxton Miller - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller had four catches for 34 yards in a 24-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the preseason Sunday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: The third-round pick Miller has been overshadowed some by the Texans' first-rounder, Will Fuller, but the former could wind up posting more consistent numbers, particularly in PPR leagues. In 12-team leagues, though, we're talking about end-of--your-WR-bench considerations here.
Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (quadriceps) is not expected to miss much practice time with a strained quadriceps muscle, according to Browns head coach Hue Jackson.
Huddle Up: Strains and dings are to be expected from a player who has been away from the team as much as Gordon. Even with a four-game suspension, he's a high-upside WR3 in fantasy drafts.
Stephone Anthony - LB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints LB Stephone Anthony (leg) is likely to miss a couple of weeks, but he is expected back by the season opener, according to a source.
Huddle Up: This is good news for IDP owners. Anthony could emerge as a top- flight linebacker option if he can account for more tackles.
Karlos Williams - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills RB Karlos Williams (illness) passed his physical Monday, Aug. 15, and will practice after a stint on the Non-Football Illness list.
Huddle Up: Williams will miss the first four games, and the team brought in Reggie Bush, who may remain over him on the depth chart early on. Williams has a lot of talent, though, and should resurface at some point in the fantasy season. He's an RB5 you'll have to stash in the early stages.
Terrell Suggs - LB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles') was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list and is practicing Monday, Aug. 15.
Huddle Up: Suggs shouldn't be relied on as anything more than a reserve IDP player in deep formats.
Christine Michael - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael could be part of a '1-2 punch' with RB Thomas Rawls, according to head coach Pete Carroll, and Carroll praised Michael's consistency.
Huddle Up: This isn't the first time Michael has flashed his upside, but he has yet to show he can deliver when it counts. He is an excellent upside pick if you can land him in the later rounds, but don't reach.
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