Cardinals G Jonathan Cooper (toe) returned to practice this week.
The embattled Cooper has decided to play through pain as doctors have assured him his toe can't get worse. He's going to get 20-25 snaps in Thursday's preseason finale. Regardless, Cooper is not expected to start at left guard over Ted Larsen, a massive disappointment for the No. 7 overall pick in 2013.
Eagles tight ends coach Ted Williams said Zach Ertz is "one of the best route-runners I've ever seen."
Long-tabbed as one of the key pieces of the post-DeSean Jackson era in Philly, Ertz has done nothing to squash the hype in camp. Veteran reporter Paul Domowitch goes as far as to mention Ertz in the same breath as Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten and Rob Gronkowski. "Ertz has that kind of ability, that kind of upside," Domowitch says. Although in-line blocking stud Brent Celek remains the starter, the Eagles are going to feature a ton of "12" looks that get Ertz mismatches against linebackers. He'll be a featured player in the red-zone and remains one of our favorite later-round TE1s.
Wes Welker (concussion) is already in the exercise mode of the concussion protocol.
Players that suffer concussions are not allowed to exercise until symptoms have subsided. Considering Welker is just four days removed from his third concussion in nine months, it's a fantastic sign that he's bouncing back well. Welker still has 11 days until the Broncos open up on Sunday Night Football against the Colts.
Ravens signed CB Derek Cox to a one-year, $730,000 contract.
Cox landed a $20 million contract from the Chargers as a free agent in 2013, only to flame out as one of the season's biggest busts and get released after the season. Then he couldn't even make it past first cuts in Minnesota this year. The Ravens will be in trouble if Cox is forced into meaningful snaps this season.
The Texans are expected to carry three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.
Case Keenum appears to be ahead of Tom Savage for backup duties, as Keenum was the No. 2 in the third preseason game and will start Thursday night. They'll both be Texans this year in support of shaky veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The free safety competition between Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Micah Hyde remains open.
The duo will play in the fourth preseason game as the coaching staff tries to get one final look. Somewhat surprisingly, Hyde has been running ahead of Clinton-Dix throughout camp, although both players have gotten extensive reps with the first-stringers.
Eagles K Alex Henery is 1-of-3 on field goals this preseason.
Henery is on thin ice in Philly, as evidenced by last week's trade for Cody Parkey. The incumbent remains the favorite, but we'd look for a kicker carrying more confidence into Week 1 for our fantasy roster.
The Philadelphia Inquirer is projecting Chris Polk to stick on the final roster.
Both Jeff McLane and Zach Berman have the Eagles keeping the same four running backs on their 53: LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, Polk and Kenjon Barner. It leaves Matthew Tucker and Henry Josey as practice squad candidates. Polk, who is back practicing despite a nasty hamstring pull, projects as the primary runner should anything happen to McCoy this season.