Chiefs waived WR Mitch Mathews.
A priority undrafted free agent following the draft, Mathews is a great athlete for his size, but he never made much noise in camp. Being cut this early is not a great sign, but he should latch on with a practice squad.
Bengals placed fourth-round DT Andrew Billings (knee) on injured reserve.
Billings is expected to miss the entire season after suffering a torn meniscus in camp. Cincinnati also waived/injured WR Mario Alford in their quest to 75.
Saints coach Sean Payton said Drew Brees and the starters will play the first quarter Thursday night.
It is a surprising decision considering Brees has not played in a preseason finale since 2006, but Payton obviously believes his offense needs more work. Considering how poorly the offensive line has played this preseason, it could be a decision he comes to regret. Even if the starters see extensive snaps, it would not be surprising if Brees plays just one series or is held out altogether.
Browns coach Hue Jackson said his starters will play in the preseason finale Thursday.
Teams usually rest their starters in the final preseason game, but several coaches have decided to break that mold this year. "I feel comfortable that we need to play our starters on both sides of the ball," Jackson said. "We need to get better as a football team as we continue to move forward." It is unlikely a quarter of football against backups will spark a bottom-five roster to a winning season, but it is worth a shot.
Eli Apple worked as a boundary corner in the Giants' first-team nickel package Monday.
With Leon Hall (concussion) sidelined, Apple worked opposite Janoris Jenkins on the outside with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie manning the slot. Considering Hall's struggles even before his injury, it could be the lineup the Giants trot out against the Cowboys Week 1. Despite a slow start this offseason, it looks like Apple will play a big rookie role.
Lions placed TE Brandon Pettigrew (ACL) on the reserve/PUP.
The veteran is attempting to come back from a December ACL tear. The move will cost Pettigrew at least the first six weeks of the season. With Eric Ebron (ankle) questionable for Week 1, the Lions are extremely thin at tight end. Detroit also cut CB Brandon McGee to reach the 75-man roster limit.
Bengals released WR/KR Brandon Tate.
This is a bit surprising considering how important Tate is on special teams and the fact he worked at times with the first-team offense in the preseason, but the Bengals are clearly trying to get younger at receiver. Tate should be able to find a new home.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs have made QB Aaron Murray available for trade.
After signing Nick Foles to back up Alex Smith, the Chiefs were never going to keep both Murray and Tyler Bray. A 2014 fifth-rounder, Murray could be interesting to a team desperate for a low-cost backup. Murray will likely be waived if the Chiefs cannot work out a deal.