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Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 Twin Cities reports the Vikings are still holding out "slim hope" Percy Harvin (ankle) will be able to practice on Friday.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Thursday that Harvin "won't play" against the Bears, but the Vikings haven't thrown in the towel yet. And we're confident Harvin hasn't, either. Pelissero does confirm that Harvin will miss Week 12 if he's unable to practice on Friday, so we should have a definitive idea of his availability in no more than 24 hours. If Harvin can't play at Soldier Field, rookie Jarius Wright would replace him at slot receiver.
Thu, Nov 22, 2012 04:54:00 PM

Seahawks seventh-round RB Chris Carson turned six carries into 27 yards and one catch into 17 yards in Friday night's preseason game.

While Eddie Lacy plodded his way to 23 yards on seven touches, Carson exploded for 44 yards on his seven opportunities and looked clearly to be the more determined downhill back. Carson essentially earned an RBBC with Lacy, playing 9-of-22 snaps with the Russell Wilson first-team offense compared to Lacy's 13 first-team plays. Carson has played himself onto the radar in re-draft leagues.
Aug 19 - 12:25 AM

Kasen Williams caught 2-of-4 targets for 28 yards and one touchdown in the Seahawks' second preseason game.

Building on his 4-119 line from last week, Williams ran exclusively with the Russell Wilson group, playing 11 of the first 15 snaps while making a 27-yard one-handed catch in Xavier Rhodes' coverage before then nabbing a one-yard touchdown on a fade. Williams could (should) have had another touchdown but dropped a 45-yarder that hit him in the belly. Williams is passing Jermaine Kearse for No. 4 receiver duties behind Doug Baldwin, Paul Richardson, and Tyler Lockett, and both Richardson and Lockett have big durability concerns.
Aug 19 - 12:17 AM

Eddie Lacy rushed six times for 20 yards and caught his lone target for three yards in the Seahawks' second preseason game.

He has 30 yards on 10 preseason carries with the lone reception. Lacy started tonight only because Thomas Rawls is battling a mild ankle sprain, and even so merely shared first-team duties with rookie Chris Carson, who played 9-of-22 first-team snaps to Lacy's 13. Lacy has looked neither powerful nor explosive this preseason. We would advise avoiding him before the late rounds of drafts.
Aug 18 - 11:52 PM

Dalvin Cook rushed seven times for 40 yards in Friday's second preseason game against the Seahawks.

He also caught 1-of-3 targets for 10 yards. In a little over one half of football this preseason, Cook has touched the ball 17 times. With Jerick McKinnon back for the exhibition, it was notable that Cook was the starter and played every snap with the ones before McKinnon came on late in the first half. The starting job is Cook's to lose, and he's done anything but that this summer. Cook's ADP is skyrocketing by the hour. He's now going in the third round of drafts.
Aug 18 - 11:51 PM

Russell Wilson completed 13-of-18 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns in the Seahawks' second preseason game.

And he did almost all of it against the Vikings' first-team defense. The unfortunate news was Wilson losing LT George Fant to a potentially serious leg injury. Wilson was as sharp as ever, hooking up with Kasen Williams and Doug Baldwin for big gains and showing complete command of the offense as both a rusher and passer. Wilson has fantasy overall QB1 upside in his sixth NFL season.
Aug 18 - 11:49 PM

Seahawks LT George Fant exited Friday night's second preseason game with a knee injury.

Fant got rolled up from the side and behind via friendly fire from teammate C Justin Britt. Fant immediately grabbed his leg and had to be carted off the field in an air cast. He's certainly done for the season. Fant was drawing big praise for his development this offseason. It's a big loss to an already questionable line. 2016 third-rounder Rees Odhiambo replaced Fant.
Aug 18 - 10:57 PM

Bills coach Sean McDermott confirmed he expects Tyrod Taylor to be the Week 1 starter.

"I have all the confidence in the world in Tyrod," said McDermott. It's a turnaround from the Bills after they were noncommittal on Taylor following Thursday's preseason game. It's possible Nathan Peterman could get some first-team reps this week, but Taylor remains the favorite to open the year as the starter.
Aug 18 - 5:04 PM

Ravens signed C Jeremy Zuttah to a two-year contract.

Zuttah was traded by Baltimore to San Francisco early in the offseason, but Zuttah didn't fit in out west and was released last week. He lands back with the Ravens after making the Pro Bowl last year and grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 14 center out of 37 qualifiers. Zuttah will slide right back in there and help prop up a line that just lost LG Alex Lewis for the season.
Aug 18 - 12:30 PM

Free agent LB Zachary Orr announced he will remain retired.

Orr said he spoke to 17 teams over the last few months, but none of them would give him clearance to play due to a degenerative neck condition that forced him to hang up his cleats in the first place earlier this offseason. Orr figures to get into coaching. He worked with the Ravens earlier in the year.
Aug 18 - 11:19 AM

The Florida Times Union's Ryan O'Halloran believes "it would make perfect sense" for the Jaguars to cut Blake Bortles this summer.

1010 XL Jacksonville's Hays Carlyon had a similar suggestion Friday morning. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, Bortles has melted down this summer, first experiencing a "tired arm" last weekend -- perhaps an excuse by coach Doug Marrone to see more of Chad Henne or not -- and then a rock-bottom preseason effort Thursday night. Bortles missed wide-open big plays, and even his completions were a chore. Bortles' 2017 salary is guaranteed, but the Jaguars can't let Bortles on the field and expose him to injury, which would guarantee his $19 million salary for 2018. Henne is the favorite to start.
Aug 18 - 11:10 AM

The Florida Times Union's Ryan O'Halloran believes Chad Henne will be the Jaguars' Week 1 starter against the Texans.

Jaguars beat writers are having a field day following Blake Bortles' disastrous Thursday night performance. Coach Doug Marrone has been hinting at this for a week, first giving Bortles a day off at practice because of a "tired arm" and then saying before Thursday's exhibition that Henne would work with the first-team offense. Henne moved the offense and should have had a touchdown, but both Keelan Cole and Allen Robinson dropped surefire scores. Bortles' confidence is in the gutter. Henne gives the Jaguars a slightly better chance to win.
Aug 18 - 10:53 AM




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