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Bills coach Sean McDermott is "optimistic" LT Cordy Glenn (foot) will return soon.

Glenn has been shut down since getting a pain-killing injection this week. He's reportedly "moving in the right direction" but isn't a lock to be ready for Opening Day. With Seantrel Henderson suspended, the Bills may be forced to make a veteran signing if Glenn has a setback. Branden Albert, King Dunlap, and Will Beatty are potential free agent options.
Aug 18 - 8:51 PM

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said rookie RG Dan Feeney "remains in the battle" for a starting job.

Feeney has been mixing in first-team reps with Kenny Wiggins. Feeney's nondescript preseason and lack of mauling strength are concerns to his starting chances, but he's a better pass protector than Wiggins.
Source: ESPN
Aug 18 - 8:29 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero confirms Jacksonville's starting quarterback job is "wide open."

It's "not a forgone conclusion" Blake Bortles has lost his job despite a shaky preseason. Coach Doug Marrone refused to commit to Bortles following Thursday's game, but the Jaguars haven't given up on him as their starter. Jacksonville isn't expected to pursue any outside options, leaving Bortles and Chad Henne to compete for the Week 1 job.
Aug 18 - 8:05 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports Cam Newton (shoulder) is "throwing more each day and feels fine."

Newton has been ruled out for Saturday, but is on track to play in Carolina's third preseason game. Derek Anderson will continue to start in his place.
Aug 18 - 7:12 PM

Jordan Howard (eye) won't play in Saturday's preseason game.

Howard suffered a "minor abrasion" in Friday's walkthrough. He won't travel to Arizona, but it's a non-serious issue. Howard should return to practice next week.
Aug 18 - 7:04 PM

Tom Brady will play in Saturday's preseason game.

Brady was rested in the preseason opener. The Patriots plan to play the majority of their starters against the Texans, but will continue to hold out Rob Gronkowski.
Aug 18 - 6:41 PM

Panthers.com's Bill Voth expects Russell Shepard to open the year as the No. 3 receiver.

Shepard has reportedly been a favorite target of Cam Newton and Derek Anderson at training camp. He had an expanded role in Tampa last year, but has been mostly a special teamer. With rookie Curtis Samuel missing the first two weeks of camp, Shepard's veteran status gives him the edge for early-season snaps.
Aug 18 - 6:34 PM

49ers FS Jimmie Ward (hamstring, active/PUP) is "close to 100 percent."

Ward has yet to practice, but he is progressing on schedule. The 49ers' new starting free safety could be activated off PUP ahead of the third preseason game.
Source: 49ers.com
Aug 18 - 6:04 PM

Falcons signed OL Austin Pasztor to a one-year contract.

Pasztor was one of the top free agents remaining. He started all 16 games for the Browns at right tackle last year, but can also play the interior. Pasztor figures to open the season in a swing role.
Aug 18 - 5:51 PM

Bills coach Sean McDermott said "it's not out of the question" CB E.J. Gaines is a Week 1 starter.

Gaines is behind the rest of Buffalo's corners after just arriving last week. It's surprising the Bills don't have a stronger take after trading Sammy Watkins for him and a second-round pick, but Gaines is clearly their top option behind Tre'Davious White. Gaines is competing with Leonard Johnson and Shareece Wright for the right cornerback job.
Aug 18 - 5:35 PM

Bills rookie QB Nathan Peterman could see some first-team practice reps this week.

Coach Sean McDermott praised Peterman for being decisive in Buffalo's second preseason game. The Bills have made it clear they expect Tyrod Taylor to be their Opening Day quarterback, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Peterman get some work with the starters.
Aug 18 - 5:14 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

Dolphins waived/injured WR Isaiah Ford.

Ford is recovering from an early August knee scope. A seventh-round pick, Ford should spend his entire rookie year on injured reserve.
Aug 18 - 4:51 PM

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said it's "impossible to say" if Doug Martin will be the starter when he returns from suspension.

Koetter praised Martin's quickness in Thursday's preseason win over Jacksonville but wouldn't commit to him starting when he returns in Week 4. Martin has said and done all the right things and has by all accounts been the team's best halfback this summer. Jacquizz Rodgers would have to really impress in Weeks 1-3 to overtake Martin.
Aug 18 - 4:49 PM

Buccaneers RT Demar Dotson will undergo an MRI on his injured groin.

Dotson suffered the injury in Thursday's preseason win over the Jaguars. Caleb Benenoch filled in at right tackle after his departure. Dotson earned PFF's No. 26 grade out of 76 qualifiers at tackle last season.
Aug 18 - 4:47 PM



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