Jeremy Maclin - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin (hamstring) is out of practice Thursday, Aug. 14, and is unlikely to play in the second preseason game Friday, Aug. 15. Maclin's injury isn't considered serious.
Huddle Up: This issue needn't affect Maclin's fantasy draft-board standing, but his absence does allow rookie Jordan Matthews to accumulate more live-game experience.
C.J. Anderson - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson (concussion) is participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 14 after earlier in the day being cleared to resume action. Anderson suffered a concussion last week in the Broncos' preseason opener.
Huddle Up: Anderson, who's trying to overtake Ronnie Hillman for the team's No. 2 RB job, is back on the practice field but it remains iffy that he'll be able to play Sunday in the team's second preseason contest.
Case Keenum - QB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans QB Case Keenum is taking some repetitions with the first-team offense in practice Thursday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Free-agent Ryan Fitzpatrick remains on track to open the season as the Texans' starter, but his job isn't secure by any means -- as was underscored by his 2-interception performance in the team's preseason opener.
Jordan Reed - TE - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (illness) returned to practice Thursday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: It was a pesky stomach virus and nothing more for the second-year TE, who more than a few fantasy owners are counting on. Reed currently owns the sixth-highest ADP among TEs this summer.
Charles Clay - TE - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) has been unable to practice this week.
Huddle Up: The Fins' top TE reportedly is experiencing issues with a knee he had arthroscopic surgery on during the offseason and has been unable to do much of anything in camp so far. In the meantime, there's no real choice but to start edging him down your draft board until we get some positive news.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has been cleared of any involvement in an assault and property damage accusation, the Washington police department said Thursday, Aug. 14. 'The Bellevue Police Department has determined that Marshawn Lynch was not involved in this incident in any way,' the department said in a statement. 'The case remains an open and active investigation. We appreciate the cooperation we have received from Mr. Lynch and the Seahawks organization during this investigation.'
Huddle Up: Good news for Lynch's fantasy owners and the defending champs, who can resume their focus on getting ready for the Sept. 4 NFL season opener.
Eric Berry - S - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (heels) is out for the second preseason game Sunday, Aug. 17.
Huddle Up: The news continues to be shaky for K.C.'s top defensive player, who's dealing with tendinitis in his heels and possibly more. IDP league owners need to keep monitoring Berry's progress -- or lack thereof.
John Abraham - LB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals OLB John Abraham is expected to report to training camp Thursday, Aug. 14. Abraham has been absent from training camp for an undisclosed reason.
Huddle Up: With other questions on D, Cards are hoping to coax another strong season out of the 36-year-old DE, who led the team with 11.5 sacks a season ago.
Jarvis Landry - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry saw first-team snaps in practice Tuesday, Aug. 12, instead of WR Brandon Gibson.
Huddle Up: Landry has been one of the stars of training camp, and while he may not necessarily open the season starting ahead of Gibson he'll definitely be a key member of the Dolphins' receiver rotation. If Miami's line can gel quickly in front of Ryan Tannehill, there's plenty of upside to new OC Bill Lazor's passing game.
LaMichael James - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James (elbow) went through a full practice Wednesday, Aug. 13, for the first time since he dislocated his left elbow July 27. He was wearing a non-contact jersey.
Huddle Up: Sounds like James might be back in the mix sooner than anticipated, though at best he'll be a return man and change-of-pace back while Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde handle the bulk of the workload.
Michael Floyd - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd appears poised for a big year, and some people in camp believe he'll be the team's leading receiver in 2014.
Huddle Up: Floyd actually topped Larry Fitzgerald in yardage last year despite being targeted roughly one-and-a-half times fewer per game. While Fitz is still formidable, it wouldn't be at all surprising for this to be the year the mantle changes, a la Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison in Indy a few years ago.
James White - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots RB James White saw a number of reps with the first-team offense in practice Wednesday, Aug. 13, with RB Stevan Ridley seeing most of his reps with the second-team offense. RB Shane Vereen also saw some reps with the top unit.
Huddle Up: You have to take everything Bill Belichick does in the preseason with a grain of salt, but with both Vereen and Ridley entering the final season of their respective contracts it wouldn't be at all surprising if the Patriots were ready to move on at the running back position. Getting a look at how White handles time with the ones gives the Pats an idea of what the plan will be going forward--and it could mean going to White as a primary factor in their backfield rotation sooner rather than later.
C.J. Spiller - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller has not been talked about with other teams, according to general manager Doug Whaley. "Again, no one, I'll tell you guys and you know I'm a straight shooter. We have not been contacted by any teams. I can probably see where people see our depth at running back and try to connect the dots with teams that don't have depth, but, again, nobody has contacted us," Whalen said.
Huddle Up: Spiller is a free agent at the end of the season and with Bryce Brown waiting in the wings, this could be his last year in Buffalo. However, unless a strong offer comes the Bills way in the next couple of weeks, expect Spiller to remain with the team for the 2014 season as part of a talented backfield committee. Spiller is currently a bit overvalued with an ADP of late Round 3.
Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals would like to get RB Andre Ellington 20 carries a game in 2014, mainly outside the tackles. The team feels Ellington is more dangerous in space as a wide receiver.
Huddle Up: That would be just about double his average of 10.5 touches per outing a year ago, when he gained 1,023 yards from scrimmage and scored 126 fantasy points -- 165 in PPR leagues -- on 157 touches. Fantasy GMs can do the math from there.
Calvin Johnson - WR - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (finger) has a fabricated splint to wear on his previously injured finger for protective purposes only. Johnson had surgery on the finger after last season, but it's unclear how often he plans to wear the splint. Johnson hasn't shown any ill efffects from his finger or knee in training camp, where he has consistently beaten the team's cornerbacks in practice.
Huddle Up: The overwhelming majority of owners certainly aren't concerned about any health issues with Megatron as he currently owns the top WR ADP -- and third highest of any player -- at 4.71.
Dwayne Bowe - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne 's in the best shape he's been in. I know from last year, this is completely different.'
Huddle Up: Bowe's fantasy owners are hoping his stats shape up as well as the WR is coming off back-to-back sub-100-point fantasy seasons following his top-20 campaign in 2011.
Aaron Rodgers - QB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: Rodgers sat out the Nashville downpour last week, and should run a series or 3 Saturday in St. Louis.
Rishard Matthews - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews appears to be the leading candidate for the No. 5 wide receiver but will have to hold off WRs Armon Binns and Damian Williams for the job.
Huddle Up: Matthews, who was fourth on the team a year ago with 41 receptions for 448 yards and 2 TDs, should win the job, but that doesn't put him on the fantasy radar in most leagues unless there's a sudden rash of injuries among the Miami wideouts.
DeMarco Murray - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is expected to receive most of the carries this season, but other running backs could also receive some snaps as part of a committee at running back, according to Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.
Huddle Up: The key for Murray, as usual, will be staying healthy as he's missed 11 games over his 3 seasons in Big D. Last year, he played in a career-high 14 games and easily hit career highs in rushing attempts (217), receptions (53) and yards from scrimmage (1,471)
Emmanuel Sanders - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders is expected to play in the second preseason game even though he has been dealing with a quadriceps injury.
Huddle Up: The FA acquisition played in the Broncos' exhibition opener but wasn't targeted. Fantasy GMs, meanwhile, would like to see the WR get a little more involved with his new offense this preseason to better gauge the fantasy fit.
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