Alex Smith completed 16-of-18 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns in Kansas City's third preseason game.
Smith led the Chiefs to three straight scoring drives before getting removed in the second quarter. His first touchdown was a 29-yard pass to Jeremy Maclin, and he later hit Travis Kelce on an eight-yard slant in tight coverage. Smith's weapons have improved with the addition of Maclin and rookie Chris Conley, but isn't more than a low-upside QB2. With Chase Daniel expected to start next week, Smith will finish the preseason 33-of-46 for 294 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception.
Jerricho Cotchery caught four balls for 38 yards before leaving the Panthers' third preseason game with a groin injury.
Cotchery is coming off a painfully-slow 2014, but he's Carolina's most-trustworthy wide receiver at this point with Kelvin Benjamin on I.R. Cotchery was the Panthers' chain mover behind Greg Olsen in this one, with inconsistent burners Corey Brown and Ted Ginn working the perimeter. The extent of Cotchery's injury is uncertain. The Panthers can't afford to lose him, too.
Jaguars DE Andre Branch suffered a knee injury in Friday's preseason game.
Branch was immediately ruled out, suggesting it's a serious injury. He's the top backup to Chris Clemons at the LEO spot. 26-year-old Branch is in the final year of his rookie deal.
Albert Wilson left Friday's preseason game with a shoulder injury.
Wilson went down after making a 16-yard catch on the opening drive. The Chiefs are listing his return as questionable, but he's likely done for the game. Wilson's injury gives rookie Chris Conley a chance to play opposite Jeremy Maclin.
Robert Griffin III (concussion) will not be cleared for Saturday's preseason game.
Griffin hasn't been cleared by an independent doctor and remains in the concussion protocol. The Redskins originally expected him to play, but will hold him out at least one more week. Griffin missing Washington's third preseason game is a concern after last week's disastrous performance. The Redskins are starting Kirk Cousins in Griffin's place.
Mike Evans (hamstring) feels healthy enough to play in the third preseason game.
The Bucs are shutting down Evans for the rest of the preseason, but there isn’t concern for his Week 1 status. Evans is safe to draft as low-end WR1.
Texans released S Stevie Brown.
Brown opened camp as the favorite to start opposite Rahim Moore, but the Texans saw more upside in keeping Quintin Demps. Andre Hal will continue to start in base packages. Brown had just $40,000 of his veteran-minimum deal guaranteed. The safety-needy Giants should have interest in bringing back Brown.
Devin Funchess (hamstring) won't play in the Panthers third preseason game.
It's a missed opportunity for Funchess, who has yet to put anything on tape as Carolina's X receiver. Funchess wasn't cleared after going through pregame warmups. Corey Brown, Ted Ginn, and Jerricho Cotchery will play in three-wide sets.