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.
Bears released TE Dante Rosario.
The Bucs are expected to go with Kyle Brindza as their kicker to open the season.
Acquired from Detroit in the Tim Wright trade earlier this week, Brindza connected on field goals from 57 and 55 yards in the final preseason game. That performance prompted to the Bucs to cut ties with Connor Barth, and Tampa Bay could jettison Patrick Murray (knee) as well.
Steelers ILB Lawrence Timmons (turf toe) expects to play in Week 1.
Timmons has been sidelined since the Hall of Fame game with a toe injury. He said he could have played Thursday if it had been a regular-season game. Timmons will be moved around the formation this season as the Steelers experiment with 4-3 fronts in addition to their base 3-4 scheme.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he is sticking with K Chandler Catanzaro.
"No, I’m not concerned about [Catanzaro] and extra points so don’t worry. Don’t even give that question," Arians said. The second-year kicker missed two extra points in the team's final exhibition game and has missed 3-of-8 field goal attempts this preseason. He converted 29-of-33 his rookie year, however, including a 14-for-14 start. He should bounce back in the regular season.
Bills waived S Jonathan Meeks.
The Bills reportedly attempted to trade one of their receivers to make room for Meeks. A 2013 fifth-round pick, Meeks spent all last year on I.R. with a neck injury. Meeks is a candidate for the practice squad.
Vikings waived RB DuJuan Harris.
Harris, 27, beat out Joe Banyard, but was outlasted by Dominique Williams and Matt Asiata behind Adrian Peterson and Jerick McKinnon at Vikings camp.