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Dez Bryant (knee) will not practice Wednesday.

The Cowboys say Tuesday's MRI results aren't yet known. Yeah, okay, right. Beat writers remain in the dark regarding Bryant's injury and status. It's truly anybody's guess whether Bryant will play against the 49ers.
Sep 28 - 11:42 AM

Chargers signed ILB Korey Toomer from the Raiders' practice squad.

He takes Manti Te'o's roster spot after Te'o tore his Achilles' last Sunday. Toomer has 18 games of experience and will likely pitch in on special teams.
Sep 28 - 11:04 AM

Coach Doug Pederson had nothing but praise for rookie RB Wendell Smallwood's performance following the Week 3 win over the Steelers.

"He's the same type of runner that we felt he was coming out of college and what we saw in preseason," said Pederson. "He's a big, powerful guy. He's a downhill guy. He's a one-cut runner. He did a great job for us." At the link below, Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski broke down a bunch of Smallwood's runs from the win, and his burst through the hole was incredible. He also showed great awareness to stay in bounds on a 3rd-and-7 run late in the fourth quarter to keep the clock moving. "To get the first down and stay in bounds as a rookie is tremendous," said Pederson. Smallwood missed much of training camp with a quad injury, but he looks poised to take on a big role in this backfield with Ryan Mathews again banged up and struggling to make plays.
Sep 28 - 10:25 AM

Colin Kaepernick finally admitted that his loss of weight has become an issue.

The 49ers haven't said how much Kaepernick weighs, but they admit he's not at his listed 225 pounds. And probably isn't close to it. Kap became a vegan last season, and his weight noticeably started to tumble. He has a plan to gain it back: "Eat food. And a lot of it." His fragile build is likely contributing to coach Chip Kelly not putting Kaepernick on the field. "To get the full Kap for what you need -- the potential that he has," Kelly said, "he needs to continue to just work on the physical aspect of things." Kelly has long been big on physical stature.
Sep 28 - 10:17 AM

CSN New England's Mike Giardi reports Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) is "still in pain and doesn't yet have full mobility in his throwing shoulder."

There have been reports Garoppolo has made steady progress, and the Patriots are "hopeful" he'll play Week 4 against the Bills, but it doesn't sound like he's anywhere near 100 percent. Meanwhile, rookie Jacoby Brissett (thumb) replied "oh yeah" when asked if he's feeling in tip-top shape. If the Patriots were to play today, Brissett would likely be the one under center.
Sep 28 - 10:03 AM

Kendall Wright (hamstring) is expected to practice fully this week and make his season debut Sunday against the Texans.

Wright has been out since early August with the strained hamstring. He returned to limited practices two weeks ago, but now should have "no limitations." The Titans could really use Wright to help jumpstart their No. 24 passing offense. Rookie Tajae Sharpe has taken a step back on the outside, and veterans Harry Douglas and Andre Johnson are providing nothing. Wright should immediately take back over slot duties from Douglas and is worth watching in PPR leagues.
Sep 28 - 9:55 AM

Bills signed OT Michael Ola from the Giants' practice squad.

Ola started the final seven games at right tackle for the Lions last season and received positive grades from Pro Football Focus for both his pass protection and run blocking. He could be cut by the Bills next week when OT Seantrel Henderson's suspension is done. Ola can play either tackle spot.
Sep 28 - 9:49 AM

Brandon Marshall is planning to mentor newly-acquired Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

"I've been talking to Austin for a week now, even before this even happened," Marshall said. "When I saw what he was going through I reached out to him. We've been talking for a while. He is a great talent. When I heard we claimed him I was like 'This is God sent.' If he needs me, I am there. I've already connected him with the right people in the city if he needs them. Guys need second chances. When you make a mistake, it doesn’t mean you are a bad person. You need people to believe in you, and sometimes a fresh start is a good start." Marshall had numerous off-field run-ins before he got to New York and Chicago, but he's cleaned up his act considerably and has become a voice for mental-health awareness. ASJ is still just 24 (on Thursday).
Source: Newsday
Sep 28 - 9:41 AM
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