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Rays | Jeremy Hellickson returning

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:10:20 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson will start Saturday, July 26, against the Boston Red Sox. SP Chris Archer will go Sunday, July 27.

FANTASY TIP: Hell Boy was sent down because of the All-Star break and the desire to keep him on a normal rotation schedule. He's a deep-mixed option for the pitching-desperate. There's a smidge of a chance for a good performance down the stretch.

Panthers | Sign Kevin Matthews

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:10:02 -0700

The Carolina Panthers signed C Kevin Matthews (Titans) Wednesday, July 23. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Panthers | Jared Wheeler cut

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:08:03 -0700

The Carolina Panthers cut OL Jared Wheeler Wednesday, July 23.

Yankees | CC Sabathia undergoes surgery

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:03:55 -0700

New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia (knee) underwent arthroscopic debridement surgery on his right knee Wednesday, July 23. The southpaw will miss the rest of the 2014 season and aims to be ready for spring training 2015.

FANTASY TIP: His performance before the injury is enough to say he may not be draftable in many mixed leagues next year. We'll have more to say as we inch into next year.

Colts | Stanley Havili placed on PUP

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:02:56 -0700

Indianapolis Colts FB Stanley Havili (undisclosed) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 23.

Yankees | Brian McCann adjusting to first base

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:02:47 -0700

New York Yankees C Brian McCann is adjusting to playing first base. He's lined up there the last two games as Mark Teixeira (lat) remains sidelined. McCann said he has enjoyed the physical break from catching.

FANTASY TIP: He's heating up at the plate, too, so the break from crouching and his ability to stay in the lineup make for a fine combo of positive fantasy developments.

Redskins | No practice for Jason Hatcher Thursday

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:58:37 -0700

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins DT Jason Hatcher (knee) will not participate in practice Thursday, July 24.

Cardinals | Allen Craig sitting, Oscar Taveras in lineup

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:55:06 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 1B/OF Allen Craig is not in the lineup Wednesday, July 23. OF Oscar Taveras is starting in his place, only his third time in the lineup since July 10.

FANTASY TIP: Mike Matheny is juggling playing time between the two bats, and it's becoming a frustrating game for fantasy owners, especially those who can only change their lineups weekly.

Patriots | No one placed on PUP

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:54:42 -0700

All New England Patriots players who reported to training camp Wednesday, July 23, passed their physicals and conditioning tests. No one was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Buccaneers | More on Carl Nicks

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:52:47 -0700

Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) has been cleared to practice, but will need to pass a physical Thursday, July 23. Nicks also needs to work on his conditioning, according to general manager Jason Licht.

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Buccaneers | Three to compete for No. 3 wide receiver job

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:52:07 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Robert Herron, WR Louis Murphy and WR Chris Owusu will all compete for the No. 3 WR job, according to general manager Jason Licht.

Browns | Terrance West reportedly passed conditioning test

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:50:48 -0700

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West (undisclosed) will begin training camp on the non-football injury list, according to a source. However, he has passed his conditioning test, per reports.

Chiefs | More Jamaal Charles details

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:47:38 -0700

Updating an ongoing story, Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will earn $8.3 million in 2014.

Chiefs | Jamaal Charles statistical note

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:44:53 -0700

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is the only player in NFL history to have four receiving touchdowns and one or more rushing score in the same game.

Ravens | Steve Smith impressing

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:40:09 -0700

Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith's hands have impressed Ravens QB Joe Flacco. "Just his natural ability to catch the ball with his hands," Flacco said. "He catches everything with his hands, and he does a great job doing it."

FANTASY TIP: Smith is a viable WR4 but can be had at the cost of a No. 5. He will be a weekly flex play consideration for deeper leagues.

Buccaneers | Continuing contract talks with Gerald McCoy

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:34:49 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy is continuing to talk contract extension with the team, but there is no timetable to get a deal done.

Lions | Ziggy Ansah placed on PUP list

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:34:17 -0700

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform List, according to a league source.

Browns | Terrance West on NFI list

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:32:54 -0700

Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West (undisclosed) will begin training camp on the non-football injury list, according to a source.

FANTASY TIP: West will battle RB Ben Tate for playing time, so monitor the rookie's status closely.

Giants | Brandon Belt's concussion concerning

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:30:29 -0700

San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belte (head) is not recovering from his concussion at a suitable rate, and the club is growing more concerned. He was sent back to the hotel and will undergo tests when the club gets back home.

FANTASY TIP: This could mean an extended absence, so brace for bad news in terms of his availability.

Rangers | Alex Rios denies worry over trade rumors

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:28:18 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Alex Rios denied a report that a friend of his sasid trade talks have negatively impacted his performance.

FANTASY TIP: It's probably more so the lack of power that's bringing him down. In a new, competitive environment, he may get a jolt there. He seems to play up or down to whatever competitive environment his current team is experiencing.