Troubled Rams RB Tre Mason's mother says he has a "10-year-old’s mindset" after suffering mental damage from multiple concussions.
"Tre is not himself at all," his mother told police when he was arrested in late July. "He’s not making good decisions." Mason's mother says his mental health took a turn for the worst after last season. "Clearly, we could see the change," she said. "Like, completely." It's a scary story. The Rams haven't talked to Mason since their move to Los Angeles.
John Brown (concussion) returned to Cardinals practice Thursday.
Brown's Wednesday headache looks like it was just a scare after he returned from his concussion on Sunday. It's still obviously a situation to monitor, and a concern heading into Week 1. Brown will probably be held out of this weekend's regular season dress rehearsal.
Patriots acquired DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo from the Browns.
The return compensation is unclear, but like many August trades, it's probably a conditional day-three pick. The No. 6 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Mingo has been a comprehensive bust, tallying seven career sacks, only two of which have come in the past two seasons. The Pats are low on edge depth, however, and Mingo was drafted by former Patriots associate Michael Lombardi in Cleveland. He'll start on special teams and fight for snaps on defense.
The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are still hopeful second-round CB Xavien Howard can start Week 1.
In the final stages of his recovery from summer knee surgery, Howard is sitting out this weekend's all-important regular season dress rehearsal. He's barely practiced in camp, but the Dolphins remain absolutely desperate opposite Byron Maxwell. Forcing a rookie with only weeks worth of practice reps into the Week 1 lineup (against Seattle, no less) is a recipe for disaster, but the Dolphins might feel they have no other choice.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports J.J. Watt (back, PUP) expects to return to practice next week.
That would give Watt a fighting chance at suiting up for Week 1, but it would still be far from a guarantee. Watt has yet to practice this summer, and missed most of the offseason as he recovered from groin/core surgery. Another possibility is that Watt is ready for the opener but stuck on a snap count.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Texans LT Duane Brown (quad, PUP) won't be ready for Week 1, and could revert to the reserve/PUP list.
The PUP list would cost Brown the first six games of the season after he tore his quad last Week 17. The Texans are now without their left tackle and center for Week 1, and quite possibly beyond. C Nick Martin is out for the season. RT Derek Newton is battling a lingering hamstring injury. As NFL.com's Chris Wesseling points out, the Texans' lineup for the opener may feature only two returning starters on offense. That's rare in college, let alone the NFL.
Jeremy Langford (foot) has resumed practicing in full.
Langford's absence lasted less than a week. He should suit up for Saturday's regular season dress rehearsal.
Steve Smith Sr. and Breshad Perriman will sit out the third preseason game.
The third preseason game is when a team actually wants to get its important players a healthy amount of snaps, but neither Sr. nor Perriman's health is worth risking. Sr. will be ready for Week 1. Perriman has claimed he will be, as well.