Carson Wentz - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (rib) will travel for the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 18, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he will not play in the game. 'The reason why is he's a quarterback and I want him involved in every single meeting, so we don't stunt his growth,' head coach Doug Pederson said Tuesday, Aug. 16. 'I want to continue that whole process with him. And (with) his injury, it's a rib injury. (With) guys that have hamstrings and quads, it's a little bit different.'
Huddle Up: As expected after the second-overall pick was hurt in 12-of-24, 89-yard, one-interception debut against the Bucs.
David Johnson - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson has had a good training camp, and he has been impressive his teammates and the coaching staff. He averaged 135 yards from scrimmage per game while posting eight rushing touchdowns, four receiving scores and one kickoff return for touchdown. His skills as a receiver out of the backfield are drawing lofty comparisons. 'I mean, probably the best receiving back I've seen,' general manager Steve Keim said Tuesday, Aug. 16. 'A lot of people have compared him to Marshall Faulk, and our coaches had Marshall Faulk in Indy. I think he's very similar in some way athletically and in terms of ball-catching skills to Marshall.'
Huddle Up: A number of fantasy GMs are banking on the Faulk comparisons as Johnson currently is the second back and sixth overall player coming off the board in drafts according to MFL.com ADP figures.
Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 16. The extent of his participation was not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Good next step for the top fantasy rookie, and the next one will be seeing him play in the preseason. Stay tuned ...
Jarius Wright - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings WR Jarius Wright (undisclosed) hasn't practice since Aug. 6, but said he's doing well and expects to return to practice sooner rather than later. Wright added that he'll definitely return in time to play in the preseason, he just doesn't know which game yet.
Huddle Up: Getting back on the field sooner rather than later is important for Wright, who will be fighting for a spot at the back end of the Vikes' WR rotation behind the top trio of Stefon Diggs, Charles Johnson and first-round pick Laquon Treadwell.
Matt Forte - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Matt Forte (hamstring) said he will definitely be ready to play in Week 1. His goal is see some action in the third preseason game against the New York Giants.
Huddle Up: It's been a slow start to be certain for the 30-year-old RB in N.Y., but there's still ample time for the veteran to get on track for the games that count. He remains a mid-range RB2 on The Huddle's standard-scoring cheat sheet.
Colin Kaepernick - QB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 16, as he continues to deal with his dead arm. Kaepernick has not thrown a pass in six days.
Huddle Up: A sure sign that Kaepernick is expected back later than sooner is that the Niners signed free-agent QB Christian Ponder on Tuesday. In the meantime, it's looking more and more like Blaine Gabbert will win the Niners' starting gig by default.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could see 20 carries per game in 2016, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
Huddle Up: Peterson logged a league-high 327 carries a year ago, and 20 rushes per game is actually less than his per-contest average of 20.7 over the last four seasons. And for those who cite his age -- Peterson turned 31 in March -- they must have forgotten that AD isn't your typical back.
Breshad Perriman - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman still hasn't returned from a nagging knee injury, and head coach John Harbaugh still has no update on the second-year receiver. Harbaugh has previously said that Perriman should be ready for Week 1, but he still hasn't been activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: Another week of camp, same old story with the 2015 first-round pick who has yet to see a down of NFL action -- regular season, preseason or otherwise. He should be available after your league drafts, so if you feel taking the flyer of flyers, Perriman is your wideout.
Bernard Pierce - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Bernard Pierce (hamstring) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: Pierce's numbers have steadily dwindled since his 532-yard rookie season in Baltimore, and that trend will continue.
Antone Smith - RB - New York Jets
Free-agent RB Antone Smith (Bears) was signed by the New York Jets on Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: Yes, it's that Antone Smith -- he of the seven TDs on 46 offensive touches in 2013-14 with the Falcons -- but he's had one carry since then and will be fighting for his roster life in N.Y. as a replacement for injured backup Bernard Pierce.
John Brown - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown still has not cleared the concussion protocol. The Cardinals remain concerned and are being cautious with Brown, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: It's certainly concerning with the wideout on the sidelines since the early days of training camp, but good news is there's still nearly four weeks for him to get ready for the regular-season opener. Stay tuned ...
Joe Flacco - QB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco said his surgically repaired knee isn't fully recovered yet, but he did say the knee feels great and he has not missed any practice. Flacco doesn't know if he'll be playing in the Ravens' second preseason game this weekend.
Huddle Up: The Ravens are understandably taking the pracautionary route with their starting QB after he missed the final six games of last season, but there's been no indication that the start of this regular season is in any kind of danger. He's a low-end QB2 at this point.
Tyrann Mathieu - S - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: Great news for the Cards' play-making safety, who's ranked as the Huddle's sixth-ranked DB in IDP drafts.
Demarcus Ware - LB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos LB/DE DeMarcus Ware (back) is close to a return and could be cleared for practice in four to five days, according to head coach Gary Kubiak.
Huddle Up: Ware has long been a trusted IDP pick, but he's 34 now and is coming off a season in which he played barely more than 36 percent of the Broncos' defensive snaps. Don't be surprised if it's even fewer this season in light of the the persistent back issues and the success the Broncos had in saving him for the postseason a year ago.
Brandon LaFell - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell (hand) is still expected to be ready by Week 1 despite a torn ligament in his hand, according to head coach Marvin Lewis.
Huddle Up: This is the best-case scenario for LaFell and even Andy Dalton fantasy owners, but then again if you listen to the optimistic team-speak, most every player dealing with an injury in Mid-August is "expected to be ready for Week 1." We'll see ...
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell says no hearing date has been scheduled for the appeal of his four-game suspension.
Huddle Up: More watching and waiting is ahead for Bell owners and Steelers Country, but it remains a longshot that the fantasy stud will see much -- if any -- of a reduction.
Jordan Cameron - TE - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron is going through 'growing pains' and has a lot on his plate, according to Dolphins head coach Adam Gase.
Huddle Up: Not the most encouraging news for Cameron, who is beginning to look like a one-year wonder -- especially if he struggles again this season under one of the game's best young offensive minds in Gase.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson may see his first preseason touches since 2011, provided he wants to play, according to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. Peterson played in a 2013 preseason game but did not handle the ball.
Huddle Up: This really doesn't matter, unless AD falls to injury. He doesn't need the work, and it's more likely that Zimmer doesn't risk it anyway. Peterson is a midrange RB1 in fantasy drafts.
Ben Roethlisberger - QB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le'Veon Bell, RB DeAngelo Williams and WR Antonio Brown won't play in the second preseason game Thursday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Bell, Brown and Big Ben are all amidst the first pack in fantasy at their respective positions. D-Will is an RB3 as he'll take a backseat when Bell returns from his impending suspension.
Brandon LaFell - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell (hand) has a torn ligament in his hand, and he could require surgery. The surgery isn't expected to be of the season-ending variety.
Huddle Up: This opens the door for Tyler Boyd to seize command of the No. 2 job in Cincy. LaFell's fantasy worth depends on his prognosis, but he is no longer draftable. Nab Boyd as a WR4 with upside.
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