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Rookie RB James Conner is listed behind Fitzgerald Toussaint on the Steelers' latest depth chart.

With Le'Veon Bell holding out, Toussaint started the Steelers' second preseason game and is listed as the interim starter. Conner is listed on the twos along with Knile Davis. Although Conner totaled 101 yards from scrimmage in his preseason debut last Sunday, he struggled with drive-killing drops and left a ton of yards on the field. He has yet to earn the handcuff role behind Le'Veon.
Aug 23 - 3:39 PM

49ers activated FS Jimmie Ward (hamstring) from the active/PUP list.

He'll practice for the first time this summer on Wednesday. He's expected to play the Earl Thomas role in DC Robert Saleh's new Seahawks-style defense.
Aug 23 - 3:36 PM

Saints signed DE Bryan Braman, formerly of the Eagles.

An ace special teams player, 30-year-old Braman doesn't play defense.
Aug 23 - 2:46 PM

Jordan Reed (toe) practiced for the first time this summer on Wednesday.

Reed was activated from PUP over the weekend, and this was the Redskins' first practice since their second preseason game. As long as everything goes well for Reed, we could see him get a few snaps over the next two preseason contests. Washington's offense runs through Reed. He's an elite TE1.
Aug 23 - 1:27 PM

Cardinals DL Robert Nkemdiche will miss 2-3 weeks with a calf strain.

Nkemdiche went down in Tuesday's practice. Last year's first-rounder has had a strong first three preseason games and is expected to help fill the massive hole left by Calais Campbell this season. Limited by ankle issues and work ethic concerns as a rookie, Nkemdiche played just 82 snaps in 2016.
Aug 23 - 1:20 PM

Jordan Matthews (chest) returned to individual drills on Wednesday.

Matthews has been out a little over a week after suffering a "chip fracture" in his sternum in his first practice with the team. He probably won't play in the third preseason game, but this puts Matthews well on track for Week 1.
Aug 23 - 1:16 PM

49ers signed DT Sen'Derrick Marks, formerly of the Jaguars.

Marks, 30, was released by the Jaguars back in March. He hasn't been the same productive player since tearing his ACL in 2014, but Marks has experience in DC Robert Saleh's scheme after playing for Gus Bradley in Jacksonville.
Aug 23 - 1:13 PM

Bears signed LT Charles Leno to a four-year, $38 million extension through 2021.

A 2014 seventh-round pick, Leno has started 29-of-32 games the past two seasons. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 53 tackle out of 76 qualifiers last season after checking in at 49th-of-76 the previous year. The Bears see upside in the soon-to-be 26-year-old and are returning all five starters up front. At $9.5 million per year, Leno is the league's 14th-highest-paid left tackle.
Aug 23 - 12:10 PM

New Dolphins MLB Rey Maualuga needs to lose weight before he practices with the team.

Maualuga is in the 260s, and the Dolphins want him to lose around 10 pounds. He has two-plus weeks to get ready for Week 1. The 30-year-old is expected to be the Dolphins' starting middle linebacker this season.
Aug 23 - 12:00 PM

Chester Rogers has been sidelined since August 16 with a hamstring injury.

He pulled up lame while running a route in individual drills at practice last week. Rogers was viewed as the favorite for No. 3 duties early in camp, but it's hard to win that job when not on the field. Phillip Dorsett has been handling that role in the meantime. Kamar Aiken has had a quiet summer.
Aug 23 - 11:51 AM

Jets released WR Marquess Wilson.

TE Brandon Barnes was signed to take his roster spot. Wilson was the most veteran receiver on the Jets' roster but always faced long odds to make the team.
Aug 23 - 10:54 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Brock Osweiler is not expected to play in the Browns' third preseason game.

ESPN's Field Yates wonders if the Browns are sitting Osweiler in hopes to trade him. It makes sense. Coach Hue Jackson named rookie DeShone Kizer the starter, and Cleveland has Cody Kessler as a capable No. 2. Osweiler has been brutal this preseason, completing 12-of-22 passes (54.5 percent) for 67 yards (3.05 YPA) and a 0:1 TD:INT ratio with massive accuracy issues. It'll be tough to find someone to take on his $16 million salary. The Browns may be comfortable outright cutting Osweiler.
Aug 23 - 10:49 AM

The Florida Times Union's Ryan O'Halloran "guesses" the Jaguars are shopping Allen Hurns on the trade block.

Hurns has yet to play this preseason despite being relatively healthy. He missed a bunch of action last season due to a severe hamstring strain. GM Dave Caldwell just signed Hurns to a "five-year, $40.6 million" deal last June, but he appears to already be falling out of favor with guys like Marqise Lee playing well last season and rookie Dede Westbrook impressing this summer. Hurns likely wouldn't fetch much in the trade department coming off a really down 2016.
Aug 23 - 10:07 AM

Danny Woodhead has been sidelined at practice this week with a hamstring injury.

Beat writer Jeff Zrebiec wonders whether we'll see Woodhead the remainder of the preseason and at least questions his availability for Week 1. Woodhead has been very quiet through two weeks of the preseason, playing just seven snaps last week, rushing once for two yards and failing to catch either of his two targets from an erratic Ryan Mallett. Woodhead's stock should be more than fine as long as he's healthy and once Joe Flacco (back) gets back under center.
Aug 23 - 10:00 AM

Giants waived OT Michael Bowie.

Bowie was charged with domestic violence this past weekend and has predictably been cut. GM Jerry Reese wouldn't rule out a return down the line.
Aug 23 - 9:57 AM


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