Shark Bites

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones admitted on Tuesday that there isn't a precise timetable for QB Tony Romo's return from his back injury. "I don't know and don't know that anybody does," Jones said. "But it's quite a range there, four to six, six to eight, eight to (10)." The shortest end of that timeline would have Romo back by Week 3. The long end would have him sidelined for about half of the season. We'd lean toward the latter considering his age and history of back trouble. The takeaway, though, is that no one knows exactly when Romo will be able to get back on the field. He's not worth rostering in fantasy football.

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is "comfortable" in HC Adam Gase's offense, he told reporters on Monday. "I feel in charge of our offense now, in command of what we're doing out there," Tannehill added. "I feel like I have a good handle on what we're trying to accomplish and what we're doing. It's fun. It's fun to get out there and get up to the line, get our guys in the right spots and keep the pressure on the defense." This is Tannehill's 3rd different offense over the past 5 years. But Gase is known for adjusting his system to the personnel. Tannehill certainly looked comfy in Miami's 3rd preseason game, completing 20 of 29 passes (69%) for 155 yards in 1 half of action. He has a tough start to the season with games in Seattle and New England but should emerge as a spot-start option after that.

Rams rookie WR Pharoh Cooper suffered a shoulder injury in Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos. The Los Angeles Times reports that he'll miss a few weeks, potentially including the regular-season opener. That's not going to be a big blow to anyone's fantasy lineup, but a healthy Cooper at least faces some opportunity upside in a weak L.A. receiving corps.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Dolphins WR Kenny Stills' back locked up on him in Monday's practice and that the injury is "not considered serious." That's awesome news after what sounded like a potentially serious injury. Stills has been building momentum all offseason and looks like Miami's #2 WR to open the season. We'll see when he's able to get back on the practice field.

Titans WR Kendall Wright re-injured his hamstring in Monday's practice. It was his 1st workout since early August. Wright has already fallen behind Tajae Sharpe and Rishard Matthews in the pecking order and is off the fantasy radar for now. HC Mike Mularkey was non-committal on Wright's Week 1 availability. “I don’t know enough about the injury yet, but I know he couldn’t finish practice,’’ Mularkey said.

The Chargers have released WR James Jones. The 32-year-old hauled in 7 balls in 3 preseason outings but averaged just 9.9 yards per catch. His release is a vote of confidence for WR Tyrell Jones, who's locked in as San Diego's #3 WR. He's on the radar as a late-round flier.

Washington WR Jamison Crowder returned to practice Monday after missing the past week and the team's 3rd preseason game. Crowder told Ben Standig of Breaking Burgundy that he sprained his MCL "a little bit" when he banged it in the Aug. 19 game against the Jets. "I feel alright," Crowder said. "Went out there today. Felt pretty good. I'm just taking it day by day. Get ready for Week 1." This might be a situation to worry about if Crowder were more than a late-round flier. But he's not. If he's slowed at all early, it might help to clear the path for rookie WR Josh Doctson -- or #2 TE Niles Paul.

The Chargers announced on Monday that 3rd overall pick DE Joey Bosa has finally signed a 4-year contract. It's much harder to like Bosa's immediate IDP outlook after he missed the whole summer. We'll see how soon he can make his way into the starting lineup. Don't let the situation change your opinion of him in dynasty leagues. Bosa looks like he could put together a Justin Smith-type career (if he proves as durable).

Cardinals WR John Brown (concussion) is "making progress," HC Bruce Arians said. He's been headache-free for 2 days and Arians is hoping he's a full-go "soon." That fact that Brown has been out almost a month is certainly a concern. We haven't moved him down the WR rankings, but know that he's a risky fantasy pick at this point.

Dolphins WR Kenny Stills suffered a lower-body injury in Monday's practice. The team hasn't provided an update, but the report from the Palm Beach Post's Joe Schad doesn't sound good. "Stills was running a pass route when he pulled up at the end and collapsed along the right sideline in considerable pain," Schad writes. "At one point, Stills did grab the back of a his leg." We'll update Stills' status when we learn more. He had emerged as Miami's #2 WR.

The Broncos made it official on Monday morning, naming Trevor Siemian their starting QB. It was a decision by default, more so than a competition that Siemian won. He was wholly mediocre this preseason, completing 62.8% of his passes but averaging just 6.6 yards per attempt with 1 TDs and 2 INTs. Siemian will man a run-heavy offense and will simply be asked to not lose games. He's well off the fantasy radar, even in 2-QB leagues. Rookie QB Paxton Lynch remains a good bet to take over at some point this year.

Eagles HC Doug Pederson said WR Jordan Matthews will practice "some" with the team Monday, according to multiple Eagles reporters. Matthews reportedly remains on track for a Week 1 return. Missing roughly 3 weeks with the bone bruise hurts Matthews' fantasy outlook a bit by costing him important season-prep time in both conditioning and getting used to the offense. But he'll still open the year as Philly's best beat to lead the team in targets. He's an OK value in the middle of Round 5 in PPR drafts, though certainly not a must-have.

Titans TE Delanie Walker is "doing good" after leaving Saturday's preseason game with a breathing issue, according to HC Mike Mularkey. “He’s fine… He just had congestion in his chest," Mularkey explained. "He just went back and did a little, the kind of thing you do if you have asthma, and it cleared him right up. We just felt at that point, be smart with him … He should practice tomorrow.” This seems like a non-issue moving forward.

Bengals WR A.J. Green didn't sound concerned about his knee injury in a sideline interview with NBC's Michelle Tafoya during the 2nd half of Sunday night's preseason game. “I think I came down on it… just banged knees,” Green said. “I’m fine. It sucks because I wanted to play a little bit longer. It’s not serious at all. I’m fine now.” We also heard that Green would have returned had it been a regular-season game. We'll keep an eye on him, but his fantasy stock looks unaffected.

Redskins RB Keith Marshall is expected to miss at least 3 weeks with the elbow injury suffered in Friday's preseason contest, according to insider Chick Hernandez. The rookie will be re-evaluated at that point, so he might be out even longer. That officially ends Marshall's chances of opening the season as RB Matt Jones' backup. That job will belong to Rob Kelley, who has averaged a solid 4.5 yards per carry this preseason.

The Browns have released K Travis Coons. That means they'll roll with K Patrick Murray, who spent last year out of the league. He connected on 20 of 24 FG tries for the Bucs back in 2014. You can do better than Murray in your fantasy football draft, but he could emerge as a spot-start option later on this year if HC Hue Jackson gets the offense humming.

Chiefs S Eric Berry returned over the weekend after finally signing his franchise tender. According to Arrowhead Pride, HC Andy Reid said he's "leaning against" playing Berry in the final preseason game. It'd be nice to have Berry see some game action before the season, but it's also tough to worry about a guy who returned from chemo to play a full season and garner a top position rating from Pro Football Focus last year. The abundance of usable IDP options at DB and fairly late spot at which you can draft him also makes for minimal risk. Berry's return can only be good news for a Chiefs D still missing star pass rusher OLB Justin Houston.

Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon has been diagnosed with a torn MCL and is expected to miss 4 weeks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The prognosis could have been worse, but it's still bad timing for a rookie who was building momentum. Dixon now figures to miss at least the first 3 games of the season. And it'll be longer than that before he has a shot to become a fantasy option. Dixon is only worth stashing in leagues with deep benches. Justin Forsett, Buck Allen and Terrance West all figure to have a role in Baltimore's Week 1 backfield.

On the same day they cut WR Chris Givens, the Eagles also parted ways with WR Rueben Randle. It's a less surprising move after the team traded for WR Dorial Green-Beckham, yet it's also worth remembering that we're talking about a 25-year-old, 6'2 former 2nd-round pick at 1 of the league's highest-value positions. Randle just signed a 1-year deal with Philly in free agency this offseason and seems close to totally squandering his chance at an NFL career. His and Givens' departures at least clear some room for fellow disappointing WRs Nelson Agholor and DGB.

Bengals WR A.J. Green left Sunday's preseason game against Jacksonville early with a right knee injury, sporting a noticeable limp. But the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the team said the injury was not serious and that Green would have returned were it a regular-season game. We'll certainly keep an eye on the situation for any further news, but go on drafting Green in the 1st round barring some unexpected bad news.


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