Colin Kaepernick completed 2-of-6 passes for 14 yards and rushed four times for 18 yards in the 49ers' third preseason game.
Playing behind Blaine Gabbert, Kaepernick failed to assert himself as a legit contender for the Week 1 starting job. While he made a few innocuous plays with his legs, Kaepernick looked uncomfortable in the pocket and failed to generate a single first down. Kaepernick remains likely to make starts at some point this year, but Gabbert will be the starter on Opening Day.
49ers DE Quinton Dial suffered a sprained MCL Friday night against the Packers.
Knee sprains usually carry a two-to-four week timetable, which puts Dial's Week 1 status in serious doubt. Dial started the first two preseason games at right end.
Steelers RE Cameron Heyward suffered a high ankle sprain in Friday night's third preseason game.
For his part, Heyward promised he would "be there Week 1." High ankle sprains can be 4-6 week injuries, but they also vary in severity. It would be a major blow to Pittsburgh's defense if Heyward were to miss the opener against Washington. Heyward was Pro Football Focus' No. 6-rated 3-4 defensive end among 57 qualifiers last season. The Steelers are thin on the defensive line.
Saints rookie RB Daniel Lasco suffered an apparent head injury Friday night against the Steelers.
Lasco took a big helmet-to-helmet hit early in the fourth quarter. He laid motionless on the ground for several minutes before ultimately being helped off the field. The rookie is competing for a backup job.
Coby Fleener caught 1-of-4 targets for four yards in the Saints' third preseason game.
Fleener's final stat line looks poor, but he had a 31-yard grab in heavy traffic negated by a holding call at the line of scrimmage, and made another tough catch only to be clotheslined by a Steelers defender, causing a breakup. The Steeler should have been flagged on the play. Fleener was the Saints' clear-cut first-team tight end. Despite some negative camp reports, Fleener remains a candidate for top-five fantasy stats at the position.
Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas caught his lone target for 23 yards in Friday night's third preseason game.
Thomas mixed in with the ones when Drew Brees was on the field, surpassing Brandon Coleman on the depth chart and playing in red-zone situations. Thomas' 23-yard catch was delivered by Luke McCown. An exciting second-round rookie, Thomas hasn't yet earned a full-time role with New Orleans' first-team offense. Thomas belongs in the double-digit rounds of fantasy drafts.
Saints RB Travaris Cadet rushed four times for 24 yards and caught 4-of-5 targets for 42 yards in Friday night's preseason game.
Cadet was the No. 3 back to enter, behind Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller and ahead of Tim Hightower. Cadet is the Saints' No. 2 passing-down back behind Spiller. Rookie Daniel Lasco is on the outside looking in for a roster spot.
Vikings LT Matt Kalil has been sidelined all week with a leg injury.
Kalil suffered the injury in Sunday's session and has not practiced since. The severity and the specific nature of the issue are not yet known, but it is a concern with just over two weeks until the season opener. T.J. Clemmings should start the third preseason game at left tackle in his place.