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.
Blake Bortles started Thursday's preseason finale against the Falcons, completing 4-of-6 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.
Bortles' score was a 57-yard strike to fellow rookie Marqise Lee. Bortles looked ahead of schedule all preseason, and finishes 32-of-51 for 521 yards (10.2 YPA), two touchdowns and zero interceptions. It's looking less and less likely that the Jags will be able to follow through on their plan to "redshirt" Bortles this season. Starter Chad Henne simply isn't good enough.
Bills TE Tony Moeaki missed the entire preseason with a hamstring injury.
The Bills took an upside flier on Moeaki last December, but his continued inability to stay healthy will likely cost him his roster spot. Moeaki is only 27, but he's running out of NFL chances.
Bengals RT Andre Smith missed the entire preseason with a concussion, but has "practiced quite a bit."
It sounds like he'll be ready for Week 1. Smith wasn't quite as dominant last season as he was in 2012, but remained one of the league's best right tackles. The 2009 first-rounder is still only 27.
It's unclear how the league's new domestic-violence policy will apply to Panthers RE Greg Hardy, who was found guilty of assault on a female and communicating threats in July.
Hardy appealed, and is set for a jury trial in November. Under the league's new rules, first-time offenders will earn six-game bans. Asked if the guidelines will be applied retroactively, a league spokesman said "each case will be addressed individually on its merits." It does not appear a Hardy suspension is imminent.
Second-year pro Bacarri Rambo is expected to start during S Brandon Meriweather's two-game suspension.
Rambo entered the offseason on the bubble, but has supposedly improved his tackling. Rambo was benched after starting the first two games in 2013. Meriweather isn't exactly an All-Pro, but Rambo will be a liability in his absence.
According to CSN Washington, "preliminary indications" are that Redskins S Phillip Thomas’ foot injury is not serious.
Concern was high after Thomas re-injured the (left) foot that cost him all of 2013 with a Lisfranc fracture, but it appears the Redskins have dodged a bullet. Thomas' health has taken on increased importance after Brandon Meriweather was suspended for the first two games of the season. For now, Thomas should be considered day to day, and questionable for Week 1.