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.
Lance Dunbar is expected to serve as the Cowboys' "nickel running back" this season.
In other words, Dunbar will be the sub-package back playing in shotgun settings, and perhaps in Dallas' two-minute drills. As Cowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus notes, "Jerry Jones spoke of getting Dunbar more touches during the season. It appears that he will be getting his wish." Dunbar remains third in line for touches in the Cowboys' backfield, behind Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden.
WGR 550 Buffalo considers Karlos Williams the favorite to back up LeSean McCoy.
The Bills cleared Williams for individual drills Friday after a surgical procedure sidelined him the last three weeks. Williams is the favorite for No. 2 duties with Fred Jackson gone, but would likely be part of a committee if McCoy isn’t ready for Week 1.
Panthers C Ryan Kalil (sprained knee) said he "absolutely" plans to play Week 1.
Kalil will certainly do everything in his power to be ready Week 1, but players are usually too optimistic about their own recoveries. Kalil will be just over three weeks removed from spraining his knee when the regular season begins, and he has yet to resume practicing. He is questionable at best for the season opener.
DallasCowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus expects Joseph Randle to be the Cowboys' starting tailback "until he proves he cannot handle it."
One of the most trusted voices on all things Cowboys -- and a former personnel man with the team -- Broaddus believes McFadden is the superior all-purpose back, but indicates the Cowboys are more likely to give Randle the first crack at first- and second-down work. McFadden appears to be more trusted in blitz protection, while Lance Dunbar offers a change of pace and could play in shotgun-oriented packages. Randle has the most fantasy value in the Cowboys' backfield, but McFadden is nipping at his heels. Randle has handled ten-plus carries in four career games and struggled in all four.