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Ryan Mallett missed Thursday's practice because he overslept.

It's hard to fathom for a 27-year-old man who was in pursuit of the Texans' starting job as recently as three days ago. The Texans gave Mallett a chance to make something of his career after three years in the Patriots backup wilderness, and he's responded in remarkably limp fashion. The Browns have a strong case, as well, but you could argue Houston has the worst quarterback situation in the NFL.
Aug 27 - 7:53 PM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci believes there's been "nothing at camp that indicates" E.J. Manuel is a serious contender for the Bills' starting job.

This has been the consensus all summer long, making it all the more baffling that coach Rex Ryan has decided Manuel will start this weekend's regular season dress rehearsal over Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel. The most sensible theory is that Ryan is trying to throw the Colts off before Week 1, but Ryan has to know presumptive starter Taylor needs all the preseason reps with the 1s he can get. Perhaps the Bills believe Manuel could generate trade interest with a decent showing. Whatever the reasoning, it's hard to understand.
Aug 27 - 7:49 PM

Jets signed QB Josh Johnson.

The veteran retread will be a live body for the Jets' final two preseason games.
Aug 27 - 7:38 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Martavis Bryant's four-game suspension is for "multiple failed marijuana tests."

Per Rapsheet, Bryant's appeal is in "the latter stages." Bryant now has all the makings of a boom-or-bust WR3, especially since Markus Wheaton has supposedly looked ready to break out as the Steelers' No. 2 receiver. Bryant's touchdown upside makes him worth a later-round draft pick and stash in re-draft leagues, but it can't be assumed he'll simply pick up where he left off in his impressive rookie campaign.
Aug 27 - 7:06 PM

Robert Griffin III (concussion) has been officially cleared for Saturday's preseason game.

The embattled starter could see upwards of a half of action against the Ravens. Griffin remains Washington's No. 1, but his grip will grow extremely tenuous if Saturday goes as poorly as last week's game did.
Aug 27 - 6:43 PM

Giants S Nat Berhe will undergo calf surgery on Friday, and is out indefinitely.

NorthJersey.com reports Berhe will either be sent to I.R., or I.R./return. Berhe had a bead on a starting job opposite Landon Collins before his calf started acting up in OTAs. The Giants are left with Brandon Meriweather, Jeromy Miles, and Cooper Taylor behind rookie box safety Collins. It's a sorry unit.
Aug 27 - 6:15 PM

The Packers are expected to rest their starters in Saturday's preseason game against the Eagles.

It means we probably won't get a look at new starting receiver Davante Adams. The Pack are packing it in after last Sunday's game from hell, where Jordy Nelson (ACL) was lost for the season. Several linemen are at less than 100 percent, which would have exposed Aaron Rodgers to unnecessary risk. If Adams indeed isn't playing, he finishes his preseason with three catches for 17 yards. That presupposes he sits out the finale, of course.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 5:34 PM

NFL.com reports Chris Johnson is expected to make the Cardinals' 53-man roster.

Andie Hagemann reports CJ?K has "made a positive impression on his new teammates overall," and that he'll eventually "share the workload behind starter Andre Ellington." Johnson does seem likely to make the roster as veteran insurance for a young, injury prone running back corps, but David Johnson could send CJ to No. 3 status with another big game this weekend. CJ is missing Arizona's regular season dress rehearsal with a hamstring injury.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 27 - 5:08 PM

ESPN Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler is expecting a breakout year from Markus Wheaton.

Wheaton was tabbed for a breakout last season, but instead limped to a 53/644/2 line as he was soundly out-played by Martavis Bryant. With Bryant suspended for the season's first four games, however, Wheaton is getting another shot with the first-team offense. Wheaton has been getting puffed up by his teammates and local media all summer. He's worth a WR4 flier.
Aug 27 - 5:03 PM

Patriots released DT Antonio Johnson.

It could be the end of the line for the 30-year-old Johnson, who missed all of 2014 with a knee injury.
Aug 27 - 5:01 PM

The Cardinals may keep only two quarterbacks.

It means Logan Thomas' roster spot is in grave danger. Struggling through the preseason (9-of-19 for 107 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception), Thomas has been woefully overmatched by the NFL game, even in practice, since being the No. 120 overall pick of last year's draft.
Aug 27 - 4:57 PM

Patriots waived/injured DE Jake Bequette.

It's the second straight summer Bequette has failed to make the 53-man roster. Depending on the nature of his ailment, the No. 90 overall pick of the 2012 draft could eventually be released with an injury settlement.
Aug 27 - 4:56 PM

Robert Griffin III won't say if he suffered a concussion in last Thursday's preseason game.

The scuttlebutt has been that Washington made up RGIII's concussion so he could avoid talking to the media following a disastrous performance. "You’ve got to talk to the people who report that stuff," Griffin said. "I don’t report that stuff. I was in the locker room, taking a shower, getting ready to watch the rest of the game, so I don’t know." Even by Washington's standards, this is a ridiculous melodrama. RGIII will play in Saturday's regular season dress rehearsal.
Aug 27 - 4:24 PM

Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) is unsure if he'll be available for Saturday's preseason game.

Pryor said it depends on how he feels Friday. Already sidelined for Cleveland's first two preseason games, Pryor's roster odds could take a critical blow if he isn't ready for the regular season dress rehearsal. Of course, the Browns find themselves so short of premium athletes on offense that they may be willing to roll the dice on Pryor regardless of what he does the rest of the summer.
Aug 27 - 4:20 PM

Chargers reserve OG Johnnie Troutman (broken arm) is targeting a Week 3 return.

Troutman had a plate and screws inserted into his arm after his August 14 injury. Troutman is the Bolts' first guard off the bench.
Aug 27 - 4:01 PM



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