Lions LB Tahir Whitehead played as the second-team middle linebacker in the third preseason game.
Whitehead had lined up as the first-team strongside 'backer throughout training camp, but Travis Lewis started and recorded eight tackles in that position against the Jaguars. A 2012 seventh-round pick, Lewis has just seven career tackles, so it would be surprising if Whitehead lost his job to him. Whitehead's role could be in danger if 2014 second-rounder Kyle Van Noy could ever get healthy.
MLive's Kyle Meinke said Lions RB Zach Zenner's roster spot "should be assured."
Zenner shined once again in the Lions' third preseason game, putting up 85 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. He even saw work with the first-team offense. Zenner is battling George Winn for a roster spot, though Detroit could decide to keep both as insurance on Joique Bell's (knee, Achilles') health. Zenner has two total touchdowns and 222 total yards in three preseason games.
Patriots RB Dion Lewis rushed three times for 12 yards and caught four passes for 20 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' third preseason game.
Jimmy Garoppolo hit Lewis on a slant in the fourth quarter for a nine-yard touchdown. The diminutive running back was split out wide left on the play, and has lined up in various spots this preseason. Lewis did not get any run until the second half, but he once again made use of his playing time. He now has 80 total yards and two touchdowns in two preseason games.
Jaguars DE Andre Branch is headed for an MRI on his left knee.
Branch was injured in the third preseason game. He was spotted on crutches in the locker room, but reportedly told teammates he did not need them. Branch is the top backup to Chris Clemons at the LEO spot.
Patriots FB James Develin suffered a broken tibia in the team's third preseason game.
The injury was originally feared to be an Achilles' injury. While the broken tibia diagnosis is better, it will still sideline Develin at least half the year and perhaps knock him out for the whole season. The Patriots do not have another full back on the roster.
The Chiefs expect Albert Wilson to be "fine" after Friday night's shoulder scare.
He escaped with a mild AC sprain in the shoulder. It's a "minor deal," per coach Andy Reid. Wilson is currently on track to open the season starting opposite Jeremy Maclin, but should be feeling some heat from Chris Conley.
Knile Davis had two catches for 17 yards in Kansas City's third preseason game.
Davis played behind Jamaal Charles, but didn't have any carries. Charcandrick West also worked with the first team and finished as the Chiefs leading rusher. Davis remains the top handcuff to Charles. Through three preseason games, Davis has 15 carries for 52 yards (3.46 YPC).
Antonio Andrews had a two-yard touchdown in Tennessee's third preseason game.
With David Cobb sitting out, the Titans used Andrews as a short-yardage complement to Bishop Sankey. He mixed in with the first team, vulturing a goal-line touchdown. Andrews has 10 carries for 39 yards and two touchdowns through three preseason games.