Wes Welker (concussion) was spotted warming up on the field before Thursday's preseason finale at Dallas.
Obviously, it's a fantastic sign that Welker was cleared to be on the team flight and get some on-field work in prior to the game. He still has a series of tests to pass before full clearance, but he's on the right track. The Broncos open up against the Colts on Sunday Night Football Sept. 7.
Chiefs WR A.J. Jenkins suffered a concussion in Thursday night's preseason finale.
Jenkins has had a very quiet training camp, battling injuries and failing to so much as earn a Rotoworld blurb since June. If he's on the roster bubble, suffering a concussion right before final cuts can only hurt him.
Eli Manning completed 1-of-4 passes for zero yards in the Giants' preseason finale Thursday night.
That is, indeed, a real stat line. Eli finishes the preseason 20-of-41 (48.8 percent) passing for 188 yards (4.59 YPA), one touchdown, three fumbles (one lost), and five sacks absorbed. An offseason report from ESPN stated the Giants were concerned Eli had reached his decline phase. He's done nothing to diminish those worries in August. We can't even condone drafting him in two-QB leagues.
Colts G/T Joe Reitz was forced from Thursday's preseason finale with a high-ankle sprain.
The injury is to his left ankle. Reitz is one of the top reserves along the Colts' entire line, so it's a big blow. He's unlikely to return before October.
E.J. Manuel completed 3-of-7 passes for 56 yards in the Bills' preseason finale Friday night.
Clearly worried about their sophomore quarterback, Manuel was allowed to handle three drives in the exhibition finale. He didn't deliver, while losing Sammy Watkins to a rib aggravation. Manuel wraps the preseason 50-of-82 passing (60.2 percent) for 517 yards (6.30 YPA), one touchdown, three turnovers, and six sacks taken. We'll be streaming fantasy defenses against the Bills this year.
Sammy Watkins was forced from Thursday's preseason finale with a rib injury.
Watkins is technically questionable, but obviously won't return. Watkins got hurt trying to corral a slant that was "a good yard and a half ahead of him." E.J. Manuel "stared him down the whole way." Watkins then headed to the locker room. It's unclear if Watkins aggravated his previous rib issue, or suffered a new injury. It's ominous all around. Watkins hasn't shown outside of practice this summer, while Manuel has looked like one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL.
Lions second-round SLB Kyle Van Noy is recovering from surgery to "repair a core muscle injury," and is without a timetable for a return.
DetroitLions.com considers the No. 40 overall pick a candidate for injured reserve/designated to return. The Detroit Free Press estimates that he'll miss 4-6 weeks. Van Noy suffered the injury before the Lions' third preseason game. Van Noy was slated to be the Lions' strong-side linebacker, but at the very least, appears poised to miss all of September. Tahir Whitehead is the next man up on the depth chart.
Chris Polk (hamstring) is inactive for the Eagles' preseason finale.
Polk returned to practice last Saturday, but still isn't healthy enough to perform in a game setting. It's a potentially ominous sign for Polk's roster chances. He's going to end up missing the entire preseason. The Philly Inquirer recently forecasted Polk to make the final 53, but that's certainly become a question mark with Henry Josey and Matthew Tucker playing well. LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles are locks, and Kenjon Barner may be, too.