Saints released OL Khalif Barnes.
Barnes hasn't been active all year. He shouldn't draw much interest around the league despite starting experience. The Saints promoted CB Brian Dixon from the practice squad to take his place on the roster.
Patriots signed FB Glenn Gronkowski to their practice squad.
Gronkowski survived final cuts with Buffalo, but was released after Week 1. He’s unlikely to get promoted anytime soon. Gronkowski gives the Patriots a second fullback behind James Develin.
Patriots released DE John Hughes.
Hughes was just signed this week. He loses his roster spot to TE Greg Scruggs.
Bills WR Greg Salas (groin) has been ruled out for Week 4 against the Patriots.
Salas got in a limited practice Wednesday before being downgraded to DNP Thursday and Friday. It'll be Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, and Walter Powell as the Bills' top three receivers with Sammy Watkins (foot, I.R.) also out.
49ers promoted TE Je'Ron Hamm to the active roster.
It's insurance with Vance McDonald (hip) and Garrett Celek (back) questionable for Sunday. The 49ers released RB DuJuan Harris in a corresponding move.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Patriots haven't committed to Jimmy Garoppolo (questionable, shoulder) as their Week 4 starter.
This conflicts with a previous report Garoppolo will start Sunday. The Patriots are "still determining who their quarterback will be," and could take the decision into pre-game warmups. Garoppolo is still the favorite to start after practicing on a limited basis all week, but his status can't be taken for granted. RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant:
It might be best to avoid the Patriots passing game this weekend. With both backup quarterbacks banged up, New England will continue to depend on their ground attack. LeGarrette Blount leads the league in rushing attempts (25 per game), and he’s scored a touchdown in each contest. He also has insane splits when the Patriots win by more than six points. His average line jumps from 9.4/35.2/0.19 to 15.9/79.3/1.09. The Patriots are 6.5-point favorites this weekend against the Bills.
Eric Decker (shoulder) "doesn’t anticipate returning to full health" this season.
"I don’t expect myself to be 100 percent at some point," Decker said. "It’s just getting to where it’s manageable and I can still play the same game that I need to." Decker also confirmed he’s "not sure" if the injury will require surgery. The Jets are hoping Decker returns this season, but his effectiveness is going to be a concern even if he isn’t shut down.
Browns signed OLB Cam Johnson off Arizona's practice squad.
Johnson spent most of last year in Cleveland’s system, but only appeared in one game. He’ll add depth with Nate Orchard on I.R. Corey Lemonier (doubtful, personal) will get Orchard’s snaps when active.