The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Larry Holder said he gets the "sense" Saints coach Sean Payton would be comfortable using rookie RB Marcus Murphy in the Darren Sproles role.
Sproles recorded over 70 catches in all three years in New Orleans and averaged 140 touches a season. C.J Spiller is expected to fill that role in the Saints' offense this year, but his status for Week 1 is murky following a knee scope on August 14. Murphy is not worth an add yet, but he is a name to follow in deeper PPR leagues if Spiller is unable to get healthy.
Bears released ILB Mason Foster.
So continues Foster's precipitous fall, though his $825,000 salary was a clear sign his roster spot wasn't assured. Foster is only 26, but struggled mightily for the Bucs last season. He's a two-down banger, and not a particularly good one. The Bears have also waived TE Bear Pascoe, WR Rashad Lawrence, LB Kyle Woestmann and CB Qumain Black.
Seahawks signed RB Fred Jackson to a one-year contract.
Robert Turbin (ankle) is out indefinitely, and the Seahawks don't trust Christine Michael as a clear-cut backup. Long tight with Marshawn Lynch from their time together in Buffalo, Jackson is 34 1/2 years old but still set career highs in receptions and receiving yards last season, and can get what's blocked as a runner. It's possible he'll maintain the Seahawks' No. 2 running back job even when Turbin returns. Turbin was unimpressive this preseason coming off hip surgery, lacking burst and change of direction en route to a 16-36 rushing line.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said there is no recovery timetable for RB Robert Turbin (sprained ankle).
"It’s a legitimate ankle sprain," Carroll said. "It just depends on how he can respond. So we just have to wait and see on that." The injury sounds like it could sideline Turbin for a while. Seattle signed veteran Fred Jackson on Friday.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune said C.J. Spiller (knee) is expected to be ready for Week 1.
Information regarding Spiller's knee surgery has been sparse. We still do not know why he underwent a knee scope on August 14, and there have not been any concrete updates on his recovery since. We should get a better idea on his status once the Saints get in an official practice next week. Mark Ingram would see a significant boost if Spiller is unable to go.
Karlos Williams (undisclosed operation) says he'll "most definitely" be ready for Week 1.
"Definitely on special teams, try to work myself into the rotation as the week goes on," Williams said. "Try to get in there for the first game next week." Williams also described the accident that led to his surgery as "freak" and "delicate." Williams is in the driver's seat for No. 2 duties, but would be a part of a Week 1 committee were LeSean McCoy (hamstring) not ready.
The Washington Post reported NFL owners will discuss changing Roger Goodell's role in the disciplinary process.
Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported several owners were unhappy the league decided to appeal the Deflategate decision, and even more owners agreed with the NFLPA's assertion the NFL needs to overhaul the disciplinary process. Goodell does not look likely to lose his job after yet another loss in the court system, but he may be facing a severe curtailing of his power.
The Denver Post suggests Cody Latimer might not open the season as the Broncos' No. 3 receiver.
Latimer impressed in Denver's exhibition opener, but he was a disappointment in the final three games, getting outplayed by Andre Caldwell and Jordan Norwood. The Post's Troy Renck suggests Caldwell and Norwood could "receive opportunities before (Latimer)" behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. At this point, Latimer is barely even a consideration in re-draft leagues.