Buffalo settles on their starting QB; a depth chart surprise in New York?

by KFFL Staff on September 4, 2013 @ 09:45:34 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Greg McElroy | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
The Cincinnati Bengals signed free-agent QB Greg McElroy (Jets) and re-signed OT Dennis Roland to the practice squad. WR Andrew Hawkins (ankle) was placed on Injured Reserve designated to return.

QB | EJ Manuel | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knee) will start Week 1.

Some growing pains are expected, but he has some weapons around him and could flourish much like his rookie predecessors have in recent years. He's a low-end QB2 right now, but he could enhance his value moving forward.

QB | Ryan W. Griffin | New Orleans Saints | Transaction
The New Orleans Saints re-signed QB Ryan W. Griffin, WR Saalim Hakim, TE Michael Higgins, FB Austin Johnson, OT Marcel Jones and CB Jumal Rolle to the practice squad.

QB | Matt Scott | Jacksonville Jaguars | Transaction
The Jacksonville Jaguars waived DT Kyle Love. They also re-signed CB Marcus Burley, DE Ryan Davis, WR Jeremy Ebert, OL Drew Nowak, WR Tobias Palmer, QB Matt Scott and DB Steven Terrell to the practice squad.

QB | Scott Tolzien | Green Bay Packers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Green Bay Packers signed free-agent QB Scott Tolzien (49ers) and re-signed WR Charles X. Johnson, WR Myles White, TE Jake Stoneburner and CB James Nixon.

QB | Jerrod Johnson | Chicago Bears | Transaction, Free Agents
The Chicago Bears signed free-agent QB Jerrod Johnson (Seahawks), WR Ricardo Lockette (49ers) and re-signed LB Jerry Franklin, CB Demontre Hurst, TE Fendi Onobun, FB Harvey Unga and DE Aston Whiteside to the practice squad.

QB | John Skelton | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers worked out QB John Skelton (Bengals) Tuesday, Sept. 3.

QB | Brock Osweiler | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos DE Robert Ayers (Achilles'), OT Ryan Clady (shoulder) and QB Brock Osweiler (shoulder) practiced in full Tuesday, Sept. 3.

QB | Mark Sanchez | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
The New York Jets aren't ruling out releasing QB Mark Sanchez (shoulder), even though they'd have to eat $8.25 million if they made that move. Sanchez hasn't thrown a football in nine days due to a shoulder injury. He won't play in Week 1, and his status is "very uncertain." If newly-signed QB Brady Quinn learns the offense quickly behind QB Geno Smith, Sanchez could become expendable. The team is ready to move on without Sanchez, but he counts $12.9 million against the salary cap this year, and he'll have a $4.8 million charge next season. The team isn't ruling out putting Sanchez on the short-term Injured Reserve, either. Head coach Rex Ryan didn't indicate that the Jets had any plans to release Sanchez, though.

QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is confident that QB Robert Griffin III (knee) is ready to handle a full workload in the team's Week 1 game against the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, Sept. 9. "If we didn't feel Robert was full-go and ready to play and do all the things you ask a guy to do, he would not be playing in this game," Shanahan said. "If that's sprinting out, if it's running the option, if it's drop back, he can do all those things because he proved it to us in practice." Shanahan downplayed reports late last week that Dr. James Andrews was concerned about how the team might use Griffin.

Don't hesitate to start RGIII in Week 1. There is obvious risk with him as your QB1 coming off major knee surgery, though. Make sure you're set with a capable backup in case Griffin aggravates his knee.

QB | Blaine Gabbert | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert (thumb) appears on track to start against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1. He hasn't practiced since suffering a hairline fracture in his right thumb in the team's third preseason game Aug. 24. Gabbert took snaps under center and in shotgun but didn't throw Monday, Sept. 2, and he was wearing a small wrap on his hand.

Gabbert should be fine for Week 1, but the lack of practice reps heading into the game is a concern. Gabbert is a weak QB2 in fantasy circles anyway and shouldn't be relied on to kick off fantasy play.


Running Back

RB | Daryl Richardson | St. Louis Rams | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams RB Daryl Richardson is the clear-cut starter for the Week 1 game against the Arizona Cardinals, but it is unclear whether RBs Zac Stacy or Benny Cunningham will serve as his primary backup. RB Isaiah Pead will be out serving his suspension.

RB | Da'Rel Scott | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The New York Giants want to see how RB Da'Rel Scott performs as the backup to RB David Wilson in Week 1 before going out any signing any additional running backs.

RB | Jonathan Dwyer | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Giants worked out free-agent RB Jonathan Dwyer (Steelers) Tuesday, Sept. 3.

RB | LaRod Stephens-Howling | Pittsburgh Steelers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Pittsburgh Steelers RB LaRod Stephens-Howling will handle kick returns, and WRs Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton will return punts.

RB | Le'Veon Bell | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said RB Le'Veon Bell (foot) has been ruled out for Week 1 because he won't be able to practice, not necessarily due to the injury.

It sounds like there's a chance he could return in Week 2. We think that's a bit optimistic for now, but it's the best news we've heard since the injury.

RB | Joe Banyard | Minnesota Vikings | Transaction
The Minnesota Vikings re-signed OG Travis Bond, DT Everett Dawkins, RB Joe Banyard, TE Chase Ford, OT Kevin Murphy, WR Rodney Smith and WR Adam Thielen to the practice squad.

RB | Ray Graham | Houston Texans | Transaction
The Houston Texans re-signed DE Keith Browner, FB Zach Boren, CB Rashad Carmichael, WR Andy Cruse, RB Ray Graham, OG Alex Kupper, LB Mike Mohamed and WR Uzoma Nwachukwu to the practice squad.

RB | Steven Miller | Detroit Lions | Transaction
The Detroit Lions re-signed CB Chris Greenwood, WR Corey Fuller, LB Brandon Hepburn, C Rodney Austin, RB Shaun Chapas, RB Steven Miller, DE Xavier Proctor and DT Jimmy Saddler-McQueen to the practice squad.

RB | Edwin Baker | Denver Broncos | Transaction, Free Agents
The Denver Broncos signed free-agent RB Edwin Baker (Chargers) and re-signed WR Tavarres King, OT Vinston Painter, WR Gerell Robinson, OT Paul Cornick, OG Ben Garland and DE John Youboty to the practice squad.

RB | Harvey Unga | Chicago Bears | Transaction, Free Agents
The Chicago Bears signed free-agent QB Jerrod Johnson (Seahawks), WR Ricardo Lockette (49ers) and re-signed LB Jerry Franklin, CB Demontre Hurst, TE Fendi Onobun, FB Harvey Unga and DE Aston Whiteside to the practice squad.

RB | Christine Michael | Seattle Seahawks | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks rookie RB Christine Michael had a strong preseason but may not see much playing time this season because he enters the season as the team's No. 3 running back behind RBs Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. Michael rushed 40 times for 200 yards during the preseason.

RB | Alvester Alexander | Pittsburgh Steelers | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed RB Alvester Alexander, DE Brian Arnfelt, LB Alan Baxter, WR Justin Brown, LB Terence Garvin, OL Chris Hubbard, OL Joe Long and DB Devin Smith to the practice squad.

RB | Jewel Hampton | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction
The San Francisco 49ers signed OT Carter Bykowski, TE Derek Carrier, RB Jewel Hampton, WR Chuck Jacobs, CB Darryl Morris, OL Patrick Omameh, DL Mike Purcell and FS Michael Thomas to their practice squad.

RB | Matthew Tucker | Philadelphia Eagles | Transaction, Free Agents
The Philadelphia Eagles signed RB Michael Bamiro, LB Travis Long, WR Greg Salas and RB Matthew Tucker to the practice squad. The team also signed free-agent FS Trenton Robinson (49ers) to the practice squad.

RB | Bilal Powell | New York Jets | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Jets RB Bilal Powell is listed at the top of the team's depth chart, ahead of RB Chris Ivory and newly acquired RB Alex Green. RB Mike Goodson will also join the mix after he serves his four-game suspension.

Powell's grasp on the job is still tenuous at best, and he should be considered nothing more than an RB3 or flex play in Week 1.

RB | Leon Washington | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New York Giants worked out RB Leon Washington (Patriots) Tuesday, Sept. 3.

RB | Andre Brown | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Giants RB Andre Brown (leg) has not been placed on short-term Injured Reserve at this point.

RB | Lance Dunbar | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (foot) is no longer wearing a walking boot. He did some jogging Monday, Sept. 2.

RB | Isaac Redman | Pittsburgh Steelers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Isaac Redman will start at running back for the team in Week 1, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. "We know what Isaac is capable of. He's answered the bell for us in the past," Tomlin said at his weekly news conference. "We expect him to do it in a big way moving forward."

While Redman will get the start, it is likely that the Steelers will still give Felix Jones and LaRod Stephens-Howling carries at times. While there is something to be said for any starting running back having value, this one still has a lot of uncertainty around it.

RB | Danny Woodhead | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead is being used as a slot receiver and caught two passes in his preseason debut against the Arizona Cardinals. WR Eddie Royal (lung, concussion) has been sidelined in the preseason with a bruised lung and concussion. WRs Vincent Brown and Malcom Floyd are expected to be the starting wide receivers in Week 1. Woodhead may join the offense in third-down situations, and WR Keenan Allen should mostly work out of the slot.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (shoulder) participated in practice Monday, Sept. 2.

There is nothing to suggest that McFadden won't be ready to suit up for Week 1. Keep him in your starting lineup.

RB | Justin Forsett | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Justin Forsett (toe) returned to practice Monday, Sept. 2.

RB | Ryan Grant | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New York Giants have spoken to free agent RBs Ryan Grant (Packers) and Kevin Smith (Lions), but the team is not expected to sign anyone until Week 2.


Fullback

FB | James Casey | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said Wednesday, Sept. 4, that TE James Casey (hamstring) returned to practice. Kelly did not specify the extent of Casey's participation, and the team does not have to report officially until Thursday, Sept. 5, since their Week 1 game is not until Monday, Sept. 9.

FB | Zach Boren | Houston Texans | Transaction
The Houston Texans re-signed DE Keith Browner, FB Zach Boren, CB Rashad Carmichael, WR Andy Cruse, RB Ray Graham, OG Alex Kupper, LB Mike Mohamed and WR Uzoma Nwachukwu to the practice squad.

FB | Shaun Chapas | Detroit Lions | Transaction
The Detroit Lions re-signed CB Chris Greenwood, WR Corey Fuller, LB Brandon Hepburn, C Rodney Austin, RB Shaun Chapas, RB Steven Miller, DE Xavier Proctor and DT Jimmy Saddler-McQueen to the practice squad.


Wide Receiver

WR | Davone Bess | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns WR Davone Bess (back) said he had a fracture in the L2 vertebrae in his back last season, which kept him out of the final three games. There was some tension with him and the Miami Dolphins over it.

WR | Andrew Hawkins | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
The Cincinnati Bengals signed free-agent QB Greg McElroy (Jets) and re-signed OT Dennis Roland to the practice squad. WR Andrew Hawkins (ankle) was placed on Injured Reserve designated to return.

WR | Nick X. Williams | Washington Redskins | Transaction, Free Agents
The Washington Redskins re-signed free-agent WR Nick X. Williams (Redskins) to the practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 3.

WR | Mike Campbell | New York Jets | Transaction
The New York Jets re-signed WR Mike Campbell, LB Troy Davis, DT Tevita Finau, S Rontez Miles, TE Chris Pantale and OT J.B. Shugarts to the practice squad.

WR | Robert Meachem | New Orleans Saints | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the New Orleans Saints agreed to a one-year contract Tuesday, Sept. 3, with WR Robert Meachem (Chargers). Financial terms of the deal were still undisclosed.

WR | Jordy Nelson | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) returned to practice Monday, Sept. 2, and a league source said Tuesday, Sept. 3, that Nelson will be available for the Week 1 game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Cautious fantasy owners might still want to keep him reserved just to make sure he makes it through a full game without any setbacks. Plus, the San Francisco defense can be stout, and it isn't exactly a prime matchup you'd be missing out on.

WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson's salary was reduced from $10.5 million this year to $5 million in base salary and $5.5 million in bonuses. The change was made after the team signed LB Brian Cushing to a new six-year deal.

WR | Kashif Moore | Free Agent | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed LB Terence Garvin Tuesday, Sept. 3. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also signed WR Kashif Moore to the practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 3.

WR | DeAndre Hopkins | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (concussion) was cleared for the teams Week 1 game against the San Diego Chargers.

Hopkins still has to get through the practice week, but outside of a setback, it appears he will be on the field for the teamís Week 1 game.

WR | Wes Welker | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (ankle) practiced in full Tuesday, Sept. 3.

WR | Deonte Thompson | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens C Ryan Jensen (foot), WR Deonte Thompson (foot) and DT Brandon Williams (toe) all did not participate in practice Tuesday, Sept. 3.

WR | Santonio Holmes | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he is hopeful WR Santonio Holmes (foot) will play in Week 1.

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks is being very cautious as he prepares to start the season. Nicks is spending more time stretching prior to practice, in hopes of staying healthy for all of 2013. Nicks also did not appear to ever go at full speed in preseason games.

This is not a bad thing for Nicks as he tries to stay healthy. If he can stay on the field for the entire season, Nicks can be a solid No. 1 wide receiver in fantasy football.

WR | Pierre Garcon | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon said the toe that slowed him down through most of the 2012 season is completely healed.

Garcon is the best wide receiver on the team's roster and a solid No. 2 fantasy football option in 2013.

WR | Stevie Johnson | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills WR Stevie Johnson thinks the team can compete against the New England Patriots this year. "Because I'm here," he said. "I don't think they have anybody to stop me. For real. I think we have guys in the receiver room that are as good as I am, if not better. I just have that confidence in my teammates and in myself."


Tight End

TE | Billy Bajema | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Ravens re-signed TE Billy Bajema. TE Dennis Pitta (hip) was placed on Injured Reserve designated to return.

TE | Heath Miller | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (knee) has not been ruled out for Week 1. Head coach Mike Tomlin said the team will use a committee approach at tight end until Miller returns.

TE | Demetrius Harris | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction
The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed TE Demetrius Harris to the practice squad.

TE | Justice Cunningham | Indianapolis Colts | Transaction
The Indianapolis Colts re-signed TE Justice Cunningham (Colts) to the practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 3.

TE | Anthony Fasano | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs TE Anthony Fasano wanted to join the team because he feels head coach Andy Reid has a very tight end friendly offense, and to catch passes for QB Alex Smith. "Looking back at Coach Reid's past with tight ends and their success is definitely a positive," Fasano said Monday, Sept. 2, "and Alex seems to like the tight end."

Fasano is the only tight end on the team's roster to catch a pass in an NFL game, and the team isn't exactly blessed with tremendous depth at the wide receiver position. Behind WR Dwayne Bowe and RB Jamaal Charles, Fasano might end up being the third-most targeted pass catcher on the team. He is still more of a TE2 for fantasy owners, but he has the potential to move up the rankings quickly.

TE | Kellen Winslow | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets TE Kellen Winslow (knee) will rest one practice per week to preserve his surgically repaired right knee. Winslow is expected to miss each Wednesday from practice. He said out two or three days in a row during training camp per week.

Winslow is behind Jeff Cumberland on the team's depth chart, and he'll have plenty to prove to increase his reps. Ignore Winslow in drafts and on the waiver wire.

TE | Aaron Hernandez | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent TE Aaron Hernandez (Patriots) is seeking to delay a Florida lawsuit until the murder charge against him is resolved. His lawyers filed a postponement request Tuesday, Sept. 3, in federal court. Alexander Bradley is claiming that Hernandez shot him in the face after an argument at a strip club in February, and he's seeking $100,000 in damages.

TE | Matt Spaeth | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Matt Spaeth (foot) was placed on the short term Injured Reserve list Tuesday, Sept. 3.

TE | Ed Dickson | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens TE Ed Dickson (thigh) fully participated in practice Tuesday, Sept. 3.

TE | Joel Dreessen | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson (knee), CB Champ Bailey (foot) and TE Joel Dreessen (knee) did not practice Tuesday, Sept. 3.

TE | Julius Thomas | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos TE Joel Dreessen (knee) is not expected to play in the team's Week 1 game Thursday, Sept. 5, so TEs Julius Thomas, Jacob Tamme and Virgil Green will play. Thomas is expected to start and see the majority of snaps in single tight end sets, two-back sets or three-wide sets.

Thomas is a sneaky waiver-wire addition to fortify the depth of your tight end core before Week 1. Thomas' value will likely be tied to the health of Dreessen all season, but he has more upside in an offense that will be explosive. He should be seen as a TE2 with the talent to perform as a low-end TE1 many weeks.

TE | Adrien Robinson | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants TE Adrien Robinson (foot) will take a while to return from a sprained foot. However, he's out of his walking boot ahead of his timetable and was feeling good, but he's still walking with a limp.

TE | Rob Gronkowski | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back) continues to be listed as day-to-day, and the team has no firm timetable on when he might return to action. "There is no straight-line formula for that. We take it day to day," head coach Bill Belichick said. "I don't know any other way to do it. We don't know how he's going to be feeling in two days. Or any other player. It's not about him, it's about any player that's coming back from injury. That's how we do it. Nobody has a crystal ball." Belichick refused to say whether Gronkowski will play in Week 1, and he's not expected to play in the team's Week 2 game, either.

It's great news that Gronk won't land on the PUP list, but there's still a chance he misses at least several weeks to open the season. If you drafted him, hopefully you made plans to snag a solid backup option.


Place Kicker

PK | Billy Cundiff | Cleveland Browns | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns PK Billy Cundiff signed a one-year contract with the team Tuesday, Sept. 3. Financial terms of the deal were still undisclosed.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Steven Baker | New York Giants | Transaction, Free Agents
New York Giants DE Adewale Ojomo was added to the active roster. The team signed free-agent OT Steven Baker (Chiefs) to the practice squad.

OT | David Diehl | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants OT David Diehl (thumb) was added to the injury report with a thumb injury.

OT | Jeremy Trueblood | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Transaction
The Atlanta Falcons released OL Terren Jones, signed OT Jeremy Trueblood (Redskins) and reached an injury settlement with OG Phillip Manley.


Guard

OG | Chris Williams | St. Louis Rams | Depth Chart Tidbit
St. Louis Rams OG Chris Williams is listed as the starting left guard on the team's latest unofficial depth chart.

OG | Chris Barker | New England Patriots | Transaction
The New England Patriots claimed DT A.J. Francis (Dolphins), OG Chris Barker (Dolphins), LB Chris White (Lions) and C Braxston Cave (Browns) off waivers. They also re-signed LB Ja'Gared Davis, SS Kanorris Davis, CB Justin Green, DT Marcus Forston and LB Jeff Tarpinian to the practice squad.

OG | Danny Watkins | Miami Dolphins | Transaction
Updating a previous report, the deal for Miami Dolphins OG Danny Watkins is for one-year and $555,000.

OG | Brian Waters | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction
The Dallas Cowboys agreed to sign free-agent OG Brian Waters (Patriots) Tuesday, Sept. 3.

OG | Chris Kuper | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos OG Chris Kuper (ankle) was limited in practice Tuesday, Sept. 3.


Offensive Line

OL | Josh Kline | New England Patriots | Transaction
The New England Patriots re-signed OL Josh Kline to the practice squad and waived LB Jeff Tarpinian.

OL | Jason Pinkston | Cleveland Browns | Injury
The Cleveland Browns placed OG Jason Pinkston (ankle) on the Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list Tuesday, Sept. 3. He suffered a high ankle sprain Aug. 15 in a preseason game. The move frees up a roster spot for the newly signed PK Billy Cundiff.


Defensive Line

DL | Brandon Bair | Philadelphia Eagles | Transaction, Free Agents
The Philadelphia Eagles signed free-agent DE Brandon Bair (Raiders) to the practice squad.

DL | Damik Scafe | San Diego Chargers | Injury
San Diego Chargers DE Damik Scafe (foot) was placed on the season-ending Injured Reserve list Monday, Sept. 2.

DL | Gary Gibson | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Transaction
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed DT Gary Gibson Tuesday, Sept. 3. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The Buccaneers also placed CB Danny Gorrer in short-term Injured Reserve.

DL | Pernell McPhee | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens DE Pernell McPhee (knee) was limited in practice Tuesday, Sept. 3.

DL | Arthur Jones | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens DL Arthur Jones (illness) is dealing with an undisclosed non-football illness. Head coach John Harbaugh said the illness is not life threatening. It is not clear how long Jones will be out.

DL | Ezekiel Ansah | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah (concussion) is likely dealing with a concussion after missing practices and the team's last preseason game. Head coach Jim Schwartz doesn't seem concerned that Ansah has missed practice time, though.

DL | Sharrif Floyd | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd might be thrust into the starting role if DT Kevin Williams (knee) isn't ready to return. DT Christian Ballard is on the reserve/left squad list and DT Letroy Guion could go back to the three-technique position on the defensive line. DT Chase Baker hasn't played in an NFL game. The team is unlikely to rush Williams back.


Linebacker

LB | Rocky McIntosh | Detroit Lions | Transaction
The Detroit Lions re-signed LB Rocky McIntosh.

LB | Jason Worilds | Pittsburgh Steelers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jason Worilds will start at right outside linebacker over LB Jarvis Jones, who will be part of a three-man rotation at outside linebacker.

LB | Moise Fokou | Tennessee Titans | Depth Chart Tidbit
Tennessee Titans LB Moise Fokou enters the regular season as the starting middle linebacker, with LB Colin McCarthy serving as a reserve and special teams player. "For now, Moise's played well. He took advantage of the situation he was given, and now we just have to see how we play as a unit."

LB | Jonathan Vilma | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the New Orleans Saints officially placed LB Jonathan Vilma (knee) on the Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list Tuesday, Sept. 2. He cannot practice with the team for the first six weeks of the season, and can't play for the first eight weeks.

LB | Chris Chamberlain | New Orleans Saints | Transaction
The New Orleans Saints released LB Chris Chamberlain Tuesday, Sept. 2, with a failure to disclose physical condition designation.

LB | Thomas Howard | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
Free-agent LB Thomas Howard (Bengals) left his visit with the Cincinnati Bengals Tuesday, Sept. 3, without a contract.

LB | Jo-Lonn Dunbar | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The St. Louis Rams released LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar Tuesday, Sept. 3.

LB | Brian Cushing | Houston Texans | Transaction
Updating a previous report, Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing agreed to terms on a six year contract extension that pays $55.643 million, with $21 million guaranteed.

LB | Caesar Rayford | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction
The Dallas Cowboys acquired DE Caesar Rayford from the Indianapolis Colts for an undisclosed draft pick.

LB | Donald Butler | San Diego Chargers | Transaction
Contract extension talks with the San Diego Chargers and LB Donald Butler have been quiet, and may not lead to a new deal until after the 2013 season.

LB | Manti Te'o | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers LB Manti Te'o (foot) is unlikely to be ready for the team's Week 1 game Monday, Sept. 9, and LB Bront Bird is expected to fill in for Te'o. Te'o has missed three weeks of practice and played in only a couple of series in a preseason game.


Cornerback

CB | Sanders Commings | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Transaction
The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed S Bradley McDougald Tuesday, Sept. 3. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The team placed S Sanders Commings on short-term Injured Reserve.

CB | Travis Howard | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New England Patriots worked out CB Travis Howard (Texans) Tuesday, Sept. 3.


Free Safety

FS | Rodney McLeod | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
St. Louis Rams FS Rodney McLeod is listed as the starting free safety on the team's latest unofficial depth chart ahead of FS T.J. McDonald.

FS | Nate Allen | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly named FS Nate Allen as his starting free safety for Week 1. He will start opposite SS Patrick Chung against the Washington Redskins.

FS | Jairus Byrd | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills FS Jairus Byrd (foot) will "probably" miss some time due to his plantar fasciitis this season. He dealt with the issue last season, too, but took shots to manage it.

FS | Ed Reed | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans FS Ed Reed (hip) practiced in full Tuesday, Sept. 3, for the first time since joining the team. "He looks pretty good out there. You can kind of tell he's not entirely 100 percent, but you know he's working to get back to 100 percent. He's going in the right direction and hopefully he'll be there soon," CB Kareem Jackson said. It will be up to Reed as to whether he plays in the season opener against the San Diego Chargers Monday, Sept. 9.

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