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Cecil Shorts (clavicle) said he will definitely play in Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Shorts admits that he still has pain and wasn't practicing Wednesday, but his sprained SC joint is better than last week. We're not as concerned about health as we are about matchup. The 49ers rank sixth in pass defense (219.4 yards per game) and fourth in opponent's completion percentage (55.9). Shorts is a WR3 that will need his usual garbage time work to post a productive box score. San Francisco is favored to win the game by 17 points.
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 08:35:00 AM

Vikings signed TE Kyle Rudolph to a five-year, $36.5 million extension through 2019.

Tight end guru Norv Turner is signing off on Rudolph, who should be Teddy Bridgewater's safety valve for years to come. Rudolph missed half of last season with a fractured foot, but is 100 percent now and dropped 15 pounds in the offseason with an eye on a high-volume role in an offense that has produced career years out of Jay Novacek, Randy McMichael, Jordan Cameron, and Antonio Gates. Still only 24 years old, Rudolph has 15 touchdowns over his last 30 games. He's a mid-range to lower-end TE1 in Dynasty leagues, albeit with upside for more. We see Rudolph as a value pick at his late-eighth-round ADP in re-draft leagues. He's a candidate to lead Minnesota in catches and TDs.
Jul 27 - 10:20 PM

49ers RB/KR LaMichael James is expected to miss at least a month with a dislocated left elbow.

The once-deep 49ers may have to sign a running back after losing James for all of camp and Kendall Hunter to an ACL tear. Jewel Hampton now looks like a decent bet to make the 53 behind Frank Gore and rookie Carlos Hyde. When healthy, James will return as San Francisco's primary kickoff and punt returner, and No. 3 tailback. Marcus Lattimore (hamstring, knee) still can't practice.
Jul 27 - 7:43 PM

According to the Miami Herald, "there's a hope in Dolphins camp" that Lamar Miller "can play the role of LeSean 'Shady' McCoy" in new OC Bill Lazor's offense.

Lazor spent 2013 on Chip Kelly's staff as Philly led the NFL in rushing and yards per carry (5.1). Miller lacks McCoy's lateral explosiveness, but he is a speed back who's dangerous in space. Earlier in July, Miller met with McCoy to discuss "how to thrive in the system Lazor has brought from Philly to South Florida," and also watched Shady's game tape. Per beat writer Adam Beasley, Miller "has been clearly ahead" of Knowshon Moreno "every step of the way." "He looks good, he looks stronger than he’s ever been," said coach Joe Philbin of Miller, who gained 6-8 pounds of offseason muscle. "I don’t think he’s sacrificed any speed whatsoever." Miller is shaping up as a potential steal at his seventh-round ADP.
Jul 27 - 7:05 PM

Panthers placed RB Tyler Gaffney on injured reserve with a torn left lateral meniscus, ending his season.

He'll have surgery shortly. The sixth-round pick from Stanford would've been a solid bet to make Carolina's 53-man roster behind Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams, but will now "redshirt" his rookie season. Despite impressive Combine measurables and college production, Gaffney's game tape underwhelmed, and he'll be 24 next season. He has little Dynasty value.
Jul 27 - 3:27 PM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports rookie Teddy Bridgewater has already begun splitting first-team reps with Matt Cassel at Vikings camp.

Glazer reports there is "hugeeee optimism" about Bridgewater among team brass, and he's "definitely been more impressive than they expected." Cassel remains the slight favorite to start on Opening Day, but Bridgewater has quickly made it an interesting camp battle. Bridgewater's passing strengths are at the short and intermediate levels. He could be a great fit with Kyle Rudolph.
Jul 27 - 2:23 PM

Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) said he expects to miss 2-4 weeks.

The Panthers initially listed Stewart's timetable at 1-2 weeks. Stewart has avoided active/PUP, but is likely going to miss at least one preseason game. DeAngelo Williams will continue to handle all first-team carries until Stewart returns.
Jul 26 - 2:50 PM

Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts is expected to miss "several weeks" with a hamstring strain.

The injury forced Shorts from practice on Friday. Injuries have become a bugaboo for Shorts, who missed most of OTAs and all of minicamp with a hamstring injury and has been limited by injuries each of the last two seasons. Shorts should be ready for the start of the season, but it is hard to be confident he will play a full 16 in 2014.
Jul 26 - 12:43 PM

49ers RB Kendall Hunter tore the ACL in his right knee during Friday's practice.

He is done for the season. Even though running back was a position of depth for the 49ers, this injury is a blow to the offense. Rookie Carlos Hyde is now the favorite to back up Frank Gore, and out-of-favor LaMichael James could also see an increase to his workload. Hunter was entering the final year of his rookie deal.
Jul 26 - 12:27 PM

Packers signed WR Jordy Nelson to a four-year, $39 million contract extension.

The deal includes $14.2 million guaranteed and an $11.5 million signing bonus. One of the most underrated wide receivers in the league, Nelson is finally getting paid after accepting a discounted rate from the Packers in 2011. Green Bay will now turn its focus to Randall Cobb, who is also in the final year of his deal. Jordy's extension solidifies his elite WR1 Dynasty value. He's now under the Packers' control through 2018; Aaron Rodgers is signed through 2019.
Jul 26 - 11:21 AM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Vick Ballard suffered a torn Achilles during Friday's training camp practice.

It's terrible news for Ballard, who is now looking at another lost season after missing nearly all of 2013 to ACL surgery. Ballard was carted off the field Friday, and is currently undergoing an MRI. A limited athlete prior to his injuries, it's questionable whether Ballard will ever be able to make it back. The Colts will move forward with Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw as their top running backs. Dan Herron and Chris Rainey will compete for the No. 3 role.
Jul 25 - 6:20 PM

Coach Bruce Arians referred to Andre Ellington as a "bellcow in our offense" as the Cardinals began training camp on Friday.

Arians also confirmed Ellington added offseason weight, believed to be as much as ten pounds. Arians seems adamant about Ellington's capability of handling a spiked workload, though we still wouldn't rule out the possibility of more work than expected for either Stepfan Taylor or Jonathan Dwyer, particularly if Ellington struggles early. We don't see Ellington as a 300-carry back.
Jul 25 - 5:11 PM




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