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According to the Bengals' website, there is "optimism" around the team that RCB Leon Hall (Achilles' surgery) will be on the field for the first rep of training camp.

Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson described Hall's rehab as "huge," and he was said to be working out "vigorously" off to the side during OTA practices. Hall's healthy return would be great news for a defense that had to worry its top corner might not even be back for Week 1. Hall tore his left Achilles' tendon last November -- just two months after inking a five-year, $42.4 million contract.
Source: bengals.com
Wed, Jun 20, 2012 08:36:00 PM

A study of deceased ex-Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez's brain revealed a case of Stage 3 CTE.

Stage 3 CTE is associated with "cognitive impairment and trouble with executive functions like planning and organizing." Hernandez was one of the youngest ex-players to be diagnosed with the brain disorder, which is the result of repeated head trauma. Serving a life sentence for murder, Hernandez committed suicide in April.
Sep 21 - 4:39 PM

Sam Bradford (knee) was officially "limited" in Thursday's practice.

It would appear Bradford is on track to return against the Bucs. If he does indeed suit up, he will be a mid-range QB2 at less than 100 percent against a feisty defense.
Sep 21 - 4:20 PM

Rob Gronkowski (groin) was officially "limited" in Thursday's practice.

It puts Gronk on track to play against the Texans. He will likely remain limited on Friday. Perhaps the Patriots will create the impression he's a game-time decision, but Pats/Texans kick off at 1ET. Fantasy owners will have clarity when setting their lineups.
Sep 21 - 4:17 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians expects Chris Johnson's carries to increase in Week 3.

Making his 2017 debut, Johnson had 11 carries in Week 2, soundly out-playing Kerwynn Williams. Arians appears ready to give Johnson a chance to run with starting duties during David Johnson's absence. Fantasy players shouldn't expect more than an RB3 day, but Johnson is worth scooping up in leagues where he remains unowned (admittedly, probably not many).
Sep 21 - 4:11 PM

Jay Ajayi (knee) was officially "DNP" on Thursday.

Coach Adam Gase has essentially already guaranteed Ajayi will play, but it would be nice to see him return to a "limited" session on Friday. Headed for a gorgeous matchup with the Jets, Ajayi will be an elite RB1 if he suits up.
Sep 21 - 3:55 PM

DeVante Parker (ankle) was held out of Thursday's practice.

It's a downgrade from Wednesday, when Parker was "limited." Coach Adam Gase hasn't expressed much concern about Parker's status, but mid-week downgrades are never good news. It could mean Parker's ankle didn't respond well to Wednesday's practice. Parker's Friday status will be key. Fantasy owners should consider Parker genuinely questionable, and begin plotting a back-up plan.
Sep 21 - 3:54 PM

DeMarco Murray (hamstring) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

Murray was "inside on the treadmill." Two missed practices for a workhorse 29-year-old back do not guarantee he will sit — Murray is the kind of player who can suit up without practicing — but things certainly aren't looking good. Even if Murray does play, Derrick Henry seems likely to take the lead against the Seahawks.
Sep 21 - 3:44 PM

Speaking Thursday, Kenny Britt said he had a "man-to-man" conversation with coach Hue Jackson about "stepping up."

Britt said Jackson has asked him to bring more energy "on- and off-the-field." Jackson acknowledged challenging the 29-year-old wideout, who has displayed embarrassing effort through his first two games as a Brown. Loafing, Britt has totaled two catches for 15 yards. He's seemed content to let Rashard Higgins, who was on the practice squad as recently as last week, take over as the Browns' No. 1 receiver. Britt has already reached now-or-never time with his new club.
Sep 21 - 3:17 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said Carolina's backfield work will be determined by "flow of the game" and who is playing well.

Fantasy owners who used an early-round pick on Christian McCaffrey can't be too thrilled by this development. Essentially the Panthers are going with a hot-hand approach, which means McCaffrey's role is going to be different each week. For all his promise, McCaffrey has been out-touched by veteran Jonathan Stewart 35-30 in the early going. McCaffrey's day will eventually come, but it could be a while before he overtakes Stewart.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: In daily fantasy, McCaffrey may work as a risky GPP play. The flow could turn in his favor and he could get hot against a Saints defense that struggles to defend receiving RBs. Last week, the Saints allowed the Patriots backs to combine for a 12/137/1 receiving line. McCaffrey has run the 5th-most routes among RBs (52, per PFF), and Stewart hasn't been very involved as a pass-catcher, receiving 3 targets to CMac's 12.
Sep 21 - 3:06 PM

ESPN Bengals reporter Katherine Terrell expects Tyler Eifert (back, knee) to miss Week 3 against the Packers.

Eifert didn't practice on Wednesday or Thursday and wasn't even seen on the rehab field. The Bengals will make an official ruling on his status after Friday's walkthrough, though Eifert's absence already seems like a foregone conclusion. Expect Tyler Kroft to start in his place.
Sep 21 - 2:48 PM

Jordan Reed (chest, toe) was officially "limited" in Thursday's practice.

"The pain is becoming manageable," coach Jay Gruden said afterward. "We'll see how he does tomorrow." Gruden's comments come one day after he said Reed was "not healthy right now." The tea leaves suggest Reed will gut out his multiple injuries against the Raiders. His effectiveness will be anyone's guess.
Sep 21 - 2:47 PM




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