Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) did not practice Monday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: The prize rookie just has bruised ribs from a hit Saturday night in Pittsburgh, but they're obviously sore enough to keep him sidelined for the time being. Coach Doug Marrone doesn't know -- or at least isn't saying -- when he'll return, but there's no need to adjust your WR draft board in the meantime.
Marcel Reece - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders FB Marcel Reece will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of his injured foot.
Huddle Up: Reece, the Raiders' starting FB, sustained the injury Sunday and was unable to finish practice. Let's see what the MRI says before making any fantasy adjustments.
Mark Sanchez - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly has told reporters he would be open to trade offers for QB Mark Sanchez, presumably to let Sanchez have a chance at the No. 1 job with another team. Kelly also added that does not mean Sanchez will be dealt, as they need his depth-chart experience behind QB Nick Foles, but the team is always looking to improve.
Huddle Up: The Eagles would love to turn their low-budget offseason signing of Sanchez into some bonus draft picks, and Sanchez has done his part by playing well during the preseason.
Brian Quick - WR - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams WR Chris Givens has been surpassed on the depth chart by WRs Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Brian Quick, and Givens may be a bubble in terms of final roster cuts.
Huddle Up: Bailey will miss the first four games of the season due to suspension, so Quick may find himself an integral part of the Rams' receiver rotation for at least the early portion of the season. Add that to a healthy Sam Bradford and Quick should at least be on your fantasy radar.
Case Keenum - QB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans QB Case Keenum still has a lead over QB Tom Savage for the No. 2 quarterback job even though he has been inconsistent during training camp.
Huddle Up: The QB2 job in Houston might have added importance given that current QB1 Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't exactly setting the world on fire. Those drafting Andre Johnson in hopes of fantasy success are hoping someone--anyone--steps up at the quarterback position for the Texans.
Drew Brees - QB - New Orleans Saints
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique) said he definitely plans to play in the third preseason game.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners have yet to see Brees this preseason; it will make it a whole lot easier to sink an early pick into Brees after seeing him fire bullets in the third exhibition game.
Montee Ball - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendix) is making good progress and said there is a chance he could return to practice at some point this week.
Huddle Up: Ball's fantasy value has slipped into the second round since news of his appendix surgery broke; his return to the practice field likely vaults him back into the first round, as the Broncos have made no moves to replace or insure him other than what's currently on their roster.
Cecil Shorts - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) is expected to start in the third preseason game unless he suffers a setback during practice this week, according to head coach Gus Bradley.
Huddle Up: Shorts has missed time this preseason with a hamstring injury, which isn't the way you want to begin a contract year push. He could see time with Blake Bortles, who is expected to work with the first team for at least a quarter in the upcoming preseason game.
Timothy Wright - TE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Timothy Wright has been struggling with his catching and blocking during practice, according to head coach Lovie Smith. 'He's dropped some balls. If you watched practice, he's dropped balls. But he's a big part of what we want to do with the two-receiver, two-tight-end set. Tim hasn't blocked as well inside. Once you're that H-back and you don't block, now they say you're just another receiver and teams start going nickel. If they do that at least you have to be a good pass catcher. Tim's a good player. He just hasn't played as well as he needs to lately,' Smith said. Wright may have to compete with TE Luke Stocker for a roster spot if he does not improve his play.
Huddle Up: As a whole, the Bucs' TE position is a fantasy quagmire with Brandon Myers, Wright, second-round pick Austin Safarian-Jenkins and Stocker all vying for PT, targets and even roster spots. Steer clear for now.
Charles Clay - TE - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) did not play in the second preseason game because of a knee injury, but said he expects to be ready for the start of the regular season. He does not know if he will be able to participate in practice this upcoming week.
Huddle Up: Clay finished as fantasy's seventh-best TE a year ago, but currently owns an ADP of 14th at the position, mainly due to the health uncertainty. If you draft two TEs, he's certainly worth a flier.
Junior Hemingway - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs WR Junior Hemingway suffered a hip injury during the second preseason game Sunday, Aug. 17 and will not return to the contest.
Huddle Up: Hemingway is vying for the Chiefs' No. 3 WR gig, so any lengthy injury absence would weaken the team's wideout corps, but individually he's flying well below the fantasy radar screen.
Thaddeus Lewis - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said he was not happy with the play of QBs Thaddeus Lewis and Jeff Tuel during the second preseason game. Lewis went 1-for-6 for 18 yards and an interception, while Tuel went 5-for-9 for 48 yards and a fumble. The competition for the No. 2 quarterback job is still considered open.
Huddle Up: Not a good situation for the Bills' pass-catchers if starter EJ Manuel underperforms or gets hurt again this season.
Drew Brees - QB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique) may play in the third preseason game, according to head coach Sean Payton. However, Payton doesn't want to put a target date on Brees' return.
Huddle Up: This injury has proven to be peskier than Brees and the Saints would've thought and he's going on 3 weeks now without significant camp work his young WRs. On the flip side, Brees has 8 seasons in Sean Payton's system to fall back on so it certainly won't take long for him to get up to speed once he returns.
Mike James - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Mike James (shoulder) is unlikely to play in the team's next preseason game against the Buffalo Bills Saturday, Aug. 23, according to head coach Lovie Smith.
Huddle Up: With the injury to rookie Charles Sims and now James' shoulder issues, Bobby Rainey is looking like the clear No. 2 RB behind Doug Martin.
Isaiah Pead - RB - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams RB Isaiah Pead is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He'll undergo surgery this week.
Huddle Up: Rugged break for the 2012 2nd-round pick who has been unable to make a mark in the NFL with 75 rushing yards in 2 seasons. That leaves third-round pick Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham as the backups behind Zac Stacy.
Jamaal Charles - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will not play in the second preseason game due to a bruised foot. RB Knile Davis will start in his place.
Huddle Up: Step away the panic button, Charles owners, as the decision to keep the RB out of action Sunday night is purely precautionary.
Prince Amukamara - CB - New York Giants
Updating previous reports, New York Giants CB Prince Amukamara will have an MRI on his groin. The team is concerned, and Amukamara is sore.
Huddle Up: Something to keep an eye on as Amukamara is the key incumbent among the Giants' reconfigured CB corps.
Matt Moore - QB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins QB Matt Moore was 13-of-19 passing for 158 yards and a touchdown during the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 16, and has 'virtually' locked up the backup quarterback job, according to ESPN.com's James Walker.
Huddle Up: No surprise here as the Dolphins' 2011 starter will be back for his third season as Ryan Tannehill's backup.
Riley Cooper - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper (foot) is fully participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 17.
Huddle Up: Cooper has been battling the foot issue for a couple weeks now and not been able to do much of anything in practices or games. He is hoping to play in the team's third preseason contest Thursday night in Philly.
Atlanta Falcons OT Sam Baker suffered a torn patella tendon in his right knee Saturday, Aug. 16, according to the early diagnosis. If tests confirm that diagnosis, Baker would likely miss the entire 2014 season.
Huddle Up: Continued bad news for the Falcons and Baker, who missed all but 4 games last season with a knee injury, contributing to the Falcons yielding the 10th-most sacks (44) in the league. Nothing's official, but the money is on 6th-overall pick Jake Matthews moving over from RT to protect Matt Ryan's blindside.
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