DetroitLions.com reports Zach Zenner has "consistently" been the No. 3 back in camp.
The Lions admitted as much when they cut Stevan Ridley, but Zenner still has seventh-rounder Dwayne Washington and George Winn to contend with. Zenner has 11 carries for 28 yards (2.54 YPC) through Detroit's first two preseason games. Even with Ameer Abdullah yet to prove himself on early downs, Zenner is off the re-draft radar to begin the season.
Jeremy Langford hopes to be a three-down back this season.
"I think I'm definitely getting better at that," Langford said of being a three-down back. "Just really playing through contact and catching the ball when I get the opportunity to do so. And just showing my pass-blocking ability, which I haven't had the chance that much in the preseason so far. I think I'm making strides toward that real good." With fifth-round rookie Jordan Howard failing to make a push on early downs, Langford should get his wish to begin the season, making him a solid RB2.
Larry Fitzgerald (knee) was again held out of Thursday's practice, and is questionable for Sunday's preseason game.
If Fitz isn't practicing today, the Cards will almost certainly be cautious over the weekend. The issue has been lingering for about a week now, but there's been zero indication it will affect Fitz's Week 1 status.
Ezekiel Elliott is expected to play roughly 12 snaps in Thursday's preseason game.
It had previously been reported that Zeke would get 8-12 touches in his exhibition debut. That remains a possibility, but is on the ambitious end if he's only getting a dozen reps. Zeke isn't on the preseason DFS radar.
The Patriots are sending their 2017 fifth-round pick to the Browns in the Barkevious Mingo trade.
It's a surprising price, as Mingo seemed unlikely to make the Browns' 53-man roster. It means he's guaranteed to make the Pats, and should see immediate snaps as a reserve on defense. Mingo had mostly been flashing on special teams in Browns camp. Drafted by longtime Bill Belichick advisor Mike Lombardi, Mingo is going to get the benefit of the doubt for the Patriots, who have a majorly banged up front seven. It's still highly unlikely the light flips on for the 2013 first-rounder.
Troubled Rams RB Tre Mason's mother says he has a "10-year-old’s mindset" after suffering mental damage from multiple concussions.
"Tre is not himself at all," his mother told police when he was arrested in late July. "He’s not making good decisions." Mason's mother says his mental health took a turn for the worst after last season. "Clearly, we could see the change," she said. "Like, completely." It's a scary story. The Rams haven't talked to Mason since their move to Los Angeles.
John Brown (concussion) returned to Cardinals practice Thursday.
Brown's Wednesday headache looks like it was just a scare after he returned from his concussion on Sunday. It's still obviously a situation to monitor, and a concern heading into Week 1. Brown will probably be held out of this weekend's regular season dress rehearsal.
Patriots acquired DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo from the Browns.
The return compensation is unclear, but like many August trades, it's probably a conditional day-three pick. The No. 6 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Mingo has been a comprehensive bust, tallying seven career sacks, only two of which have come in the past two seasons. The Pats are low on edge depth, however, and Mingo was drafted by former Patriots associate Michael Lombardi in Cleveland. He'll start on special teams and fight for snaps on defense.