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Chiefs LCB Brandon Flowers sustained a chest injury in Sunday's loss to the Raiders but expects to play Week 16.

Flowers went down in the first quarter Sunday after colliding with teammate Jalil Brown. He later returned to the game, but was struggling. "I'm pretty sore, and had trouble breathing," Flowers said. "It doesn't limit your movement. It's just breathing. You can't take deep breaths, so you have to manage it."
Mon, Dec 17, 2012 11:58:00 AM

Eagles acquired RB/KR Kenjon Barner from the Panthers in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015.

The pick is likely contingent on Barner making the 53-man roster. Barner was on the outs in Carolina, but played for Eagles coach Chip Kelly at Oregon, and offers some badly needed depth at running back. His acquisition could be curtains for Chris Polk in Philly if Polk can't get healthy. Polk has missed the majority of camp with a hamstring injury. A 2013 sixth-rounder, Barner managed only six carries across eight games. He missed time with a foot issue.
Aug 19 - 9:52 PM

Rookie RB Jeremy Hill is practicing at Bengals camp after suffering a shoulder injury in Saturday night's preseason game.

Hill tweeted after the game that his shoulder is "fine," and he's practicing without limitations. Bengals beat writer Paul Dehner has projected Hill for 10-15 carries per game this season, but to this point Giovani Bernard has handled every single first-team exhibition game rep. We'll keep a close eye on Hill's usage in the Bengals' regular season dress rehearsal. The rookie power back has 52 yards on nine carries (5.78 YPC) and two receptions for 13 yards through two preseason games. Bernard has 10-32, with two catches for 15 yards.
Aug 19 - 8:20 PM

Browns rookie RB Isaiah Crowell has two carries for three yards through two preseason games.

It's not a good sign for the ballyhooed UDFA, who is running behind Ben Tate, Terrance West, and Dion Lewis, while Chris Ogbonnaya is an impact special teamer. We've seen it suggested the Browns want to "hide" Crowell in an effort to stash him on the practice squad, but everyone in the NFL knows who Crowell is. (And no one drafted him.) He seems like a roster long shot in Cleveland.
Aug 19 - 7:37 PM

Jets placed WR Shaq Evans on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, ending his season.

Earlier reports had Evans as waived/injured, which would have exposed him to waivers. Evans is recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum. Reports in early August had Evans battling drops and "rarely making plays." Standing in at 6-foot-1, 213 pounds, Evans has average speed (4.51). He won't be guaranteed a roster spot in 2015.
Aug 19 - 6:13 PM

Steelers re-signed DE Brett Keisel.

The move was spurred by the Cardinals' interest in the 13-year veteran. The Steelers had remained open to re-signing Keisel all offseason, but must have been waiting for his price to come down. The Cardinals finally gave Keisel some leverage. Keisel started 12 games last season, and will push LE Cam Thomas. Keisel wasn't terribly effective in 574 snaps last season, and is best left to a rotational role.
Aug 19 - 6:00 PM

J.J. Watt believes he's "outplayed" his rookie contract, and wants an extension.

Signed through 2015, Watt said he hasn't been involved in long-term talks, but would "get involved if I have to." NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans have been "very engaged" in talks, and that the sides have been "making progress." Watt has made a strong case to be the league's highest-paid defender, but the fact that he has two years left on his deal has to lessen the urgency for the Texans, even if they want to keep their superstar happy.
Aug 19 - 5:28 PM

Steelers signed RT Marcus Gilbert to a five-year, $30 million contract extension through the 2019 season.

A 2011 second-rounder, Gilbert had been heading into the final year of his rookie deal. It's a lot of money for a player who has never been close to an elite talent. The Steelers — who have been obliterated by offensive-line injuries in recent years — must really value the fact that Gilbert started all 16 games last season. However, Gilbert himself missed 11 games with an ankle injury in 2012. Still only 26, Gilbert has room to grow over the next half decade.
Aug 19 - 4:52 PM

Cardinals activated DB Tyrann Mathieu (knee) from the active/PUP list.

As is the case with Rob Gronkowski, there is "some optimism" Mathieu will be ready for Week 1, but it's far from a guarantee. Nevertheless, the Honey Badger is now looking like a good bet to get on the field before October. His presence would be a huge boost for a defense that just lost LE Darnell Dockett for the season, and is looking far-less imposing on paper than a year ago.
Aug 19 - 4:15 PM

Sammy Watkins (ribs) returned to practice Tuesday on a limited basis.

Watkins' rib "contusion" proved to be minor after all. Much hoopla was raised Monday when the Bills failed to call Watkins' injury merely a bruise, leading some to believe Watkins may be dealing with something more serious. The No. 4 overall pick is progressing after sitting out Monday. It remains to be seen whether he'll suit up for the Bills' regular season dress rehearsal this weekend.
Aug 19 - 2:35 PM

Montee Ball (appendectomy) returned to practice Tuesday.

The Broncos are having a non-contact practice, so it's just individual drills. But it's still a step forward for Ball. He visited his doctor on Monday and hopes to gain clearance for normal work at some point this week or early next week. Don't look for Ball to play in Denver's third preseason game. Ball should be all systems go well before the Broncos take the field Week 1 against the Colts.
Aug 19 - 1:14 PM

Odell Beckham (hamstring) is not practicing on Tuesday.

Beckham returned to practice last week after battling a hamstring for much of the spring and all of training camp up to that point. He lasted a week before re-injuring the hamstring in yesterday's practice while running a pass route. Beckham has yet to appear in a preseason game and seems extremely iffy for this week's regular season dress rehearsal. Beckham is off the re-draft radar.
Aug 19 - 12:06 PM




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