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Shaun Hill will open the season as the Vikings' starting quarterback.

He should be grabbed in two-quarterback leagues, but nowhere else. 36 1/2 years old, Hill will spend much of his time under center executing handoffs to Adrian Peterson. Hill appeared in nine games (eight starts) with the 2014 Rams, completing 63.3 percent of his throws with an 8:7 TD-to-INT ratio and 7.2 YPA. The Vikings should be willing to take those rate stats and run with them if Hill can repeat. We wouldn't bet on Hill lasting 16 starts this year.
Aug 30 - 10:23 PM

Vikings re-signed QB Brad Sorensen.

Sorensen was just cut on Monday, but the Vikings need his arm again after Teddy Bridgewater suffered a torn ACL and dislocated knee in Tuesday's practice. Minnesota will surely look for an upgrade on Sorensen in the coming days. For now, it's Shaun Hill, Sorensen, and UDFA Joel Stave.
Aug 30 - 9:55 PM

ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher reports Jamaal Charles "hasn’t regained the role -- full-time featured back -- he had before last season’s torn ACL."

Teicher reports Spencer Ware is handling most of Kansas City's first-team running back reps in practice. Specifically, Teicher wrote that Ware "generally gets a lot of the starter’s snaps in practice. Charcandrick West gets some. Sometimes there are a few left for Charles, too." On Tuesday, coach Andy Reid said Tamba Hali (knee) is "a little further along than what Jamaal is right now," in their respective recoveries. At this point, it's unclear what Charles' role will be in Week 1 against the Chargers. An early-year RBBC appears likely. Due to their backfield depth, Teicher suggests the Chiefs "can afford to take the longer view with Charles."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 30 - 8:26 PM

The Vikings announced Teddy Bridgewater suffered a completely torn ACL and dislocated knee at Tuesday's practice.

This was the fear. Bridgewater also suffered "other structural damage," and he's obviously done for the season. The Vikings expect Bridgewater to make a full recovery, but when exactly he'll be healed is anybody's guess. It's going to be a long, lonely rehab for the 24-year-old (in November). Minnesota's playoff chances take a big hit, even if Bridgewater isn't scaring many defenses with his arm. He showed tangible signs of progress the past year. Veteran backup Shaun Hill is a big downgrade. Adrian Peterson will be relied on even more.
Aug 30 - 8:22 PM

ProFootballTalk reports Peyton Manning has zero plans to play in 2016.

Manning has been casually linked to the Vikings following Teddy Bridgewater's Tuesday injury, but it's not going to happen for a million different reasons. There's a 100 percent chance Manning has played his final NFL snap.
Aug 30 - 7:46 PM

Free agent QB Austin Davis is visiting the Cowboys on Wednesday.

The Cowboys need a new No. 2 behind Dak Prescott, but Davis is unlikely to be the answer. The Cowboys probably want/need an extra arm for Thursday's preseason finale.
Aug 30 - 7:34 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Teddy Bridgewater's knee injury was "gruesome," and that his teammates were "noticeably affected."

It sounds like we're dealing with a Kevin Ware/Paul George-type situation. An ambulance and paramedics were summoned when Bridgewater went down, with the paramedics being something longtime observers had never seen before at a Vikings training camp practice. Bridgewater isn't going to play this season. The question is fast becoming if he'll be ready for 2017.
Aug 30 - 6:29 PM

Saints placed DE Hau'oli Kikaha (knee) on the reserve/PUP list.

The oft-injured 2015 second-rounder is expected to miss the entire season. Kikaha has torn his ACL three different times, clouding his future.
Aug 30 - 6:19 PM

Saints released DT C.J. Wilson.

TE RaShaun Allen, CB Brandon Dixon, OG Kaleb Eulls and LB Tony Steward have been waived. Smith signed as depth in June. A sixth-year pro, Wilson made 12 appearances between the Raiders and Lions last season. He'll troll for end-of-roster work.
Aug 30 - 6:17 PM

Packers released P Tim Masthay.

Masthay has been the Pack's punter since 2010, but they'll move forward with Jake Schum, who was claimed off waivers on Tuesday. Masthay was due $1.2 million after coming in 14th in net-punting average last season. He'll get calls whenever someone needs a punter.
Aug 30 - 6:04 PM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said DeVante Parker (hamstring) needs to do "the little things" off the field to stay healthy.

Parker tweaked his left hamstring in Monday's practice after missing several weeks of camp with a similar injury. "I feel like I’ve been through this with Demaryius [Thomas] in Denver," Gase said. "Sometimes it takes some guys more time to learn more than others. Eventually ... he will know how to push through certain kinds of pain." Gase is clearly frustrated with the sophomore, who has fallen behind Kenny Stills on the depth chart. Parker still has more fantasy upside than Stills, but he is a risky pick in the eighth round.
Aug 30 - 5:54 PM

Bucs placed WR Louis Murphy (ACL) on the reserve/PUP list.

Murphy was the Bucs' No. 3 receiver before tearing his ACL last season. The Bucs are low on bodies behind Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, but there's no guarantee Murphy carves out a role if he's able to return in 2016.
Aug 30 - 5:47 PM

Bucs placed LG J.R. Sweezy (back) on the reserve/PUP list.

Sweezy's outlook has gotten progressively worse since he went under the knife in April. He'll be first eligible to return in Week 8, but it doesn't seem like a guarantee. Kevin Pamphile, who has made only four career starts, will fill in at left guard. It's a concern for a team that wants to run the ball down teams' throats.
Aug 30 - 5:46 PM

Patriots placed RT Sebastian Vollmer (hip, shoulder) on the reserve/PUP list.

Vollmer is expected to miss the entire season, but the Patriots are at least creating the possibility that he could return. Marcus Cannon will fill in for however long Vollmer is sidelined.
Aug 30 - 5:27 PM

Patriots placed RB Dion Lewis (knee) on the reserve/PUP list.

He will be eligible to return in Week 7, but it is unclear if he will be ready by then. After the team's Week 9 bye might be a more realistic target. Set to miss most of the fantasy year, Lewis does not need to be drafted in standard formats.
Aug 30 - 5:11 PM



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