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Seahawks HC Pete Carroll revealed that RB Robert Turbin has a high-ankle sprain.  It was presumably suffered in last weekend's preseason game.  That'd put Turbin in danger of missing the season-opener -- and maybe even the first few weeks of the season.  Seattle is hosting free-agent RB Fred Jackson, who would likely take over as the #2 RB if signed.  Stay tuned.

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The Saints have released WR Nick Toon.  He looked like the favorite for the #3 job early this offseason but had a quiet camp and then suffered a high-ankle sprain in the 2nd preseason game.  Toon is still just 26 with intriguing measurables, so he'll get another shot in the league.  But he's off the redraft radar.  Toon's release further solidifies Brandon Coleman as New Orleans' #3 WR.  He's worth a late-round pick in drafts.

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Chiefs TE Travis Kelce suffered a sprained ankle in Monday's practice, HC Andy Reid announced.  Reid added that it's not a high-ankle sprain and that Kelce would play in Thursday's game if it was the regular season.  It doesn't sound like he's in any danger of missing Week 1.  We'll see if Kelce gets back on the practice field next week, but we're not moving him in the TE rankings.

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Falcons WR Roddy White (elbow) will return to "some activity" next week, according to insider Vaughn McClure.  Next week starts preparation for Atlanta's season-opener against the Eagles.  The fact that White won't be a full-go means he's in danger of missing that game.  White will be tough to trust in fantasy lineups even if he plays.  If he's out, WR Leonard Hankerson would start in his price and be an intriguing value play in DFS.

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The Jets on Tuesday placed TE Jace Amaro on IR for the shoulder injury he suffered in the preseason opener. We haven't heard much about Amaro's injury over the past few weeks, but the offseason buzz on him trended negative heading into camp. His absence keeps Jeff Cumberland in the starting lineup. Cumberland carries a very low ceiling but could turn into an interesting cheap DFS play. Cumberland topped 2 catches in a game just 4 times all last season but scored 3 TDs. Brandon Marshall's arrival takes away some red-zone appeal, but the offense should get more efficient overall. It's not yet time to quit on Amaro in dynasty, unless you really need the roster spot.

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Packers WR Randall Cobb (shoulder) is expected to be ready for Week 1, according to Fox Sports' Alex Marvez.  “He’s going to be fine,” a source told Marvez.  “He feels good about it.”  Cobb figures to sit out practice the rest of this week, then we'll see if he gets back on the field when Week 1 prep starts next week.  But Cobb seems safe to continue drafting in the back-half of Round 2.

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Lions RB Joique Bell ran with the 1st-team offense in his return to practice on Monday. "I did everything with the ones," Bell said. "I was limited, as far as reps, but I did everything. Everything from team blitz to regular team."  Consider this a case of veteran deference.  This is Bell's 4th year with Detroit, while his backfield competition consists of a couple of rookies.  "Bell remains the Lions' No. 1 tailback — for now, at least," insider Kyle Meinke writes.  Touches remain up for grabs in this backfield, and our money is on the fresh, explosive Ameer Abdullah winning the majority of them this season.  Bell might even lose some work to rookie Zach Zenner, who's been ultra-impressive this preseason.  The Lions RB situation will be worth tracking closely early on this season.

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Giants WR Victor Cruz doesn't sound like he's counting on being ready for the regular-season opener. “Nothing’s been set in stone in terms of playing that first week or not playing that first week,” he told the New York Daily News. “I’m still excited for Week 1. That’s still the goal. That’s still the plan in my opinion. Obviously the training staff will advise if they see differently as the next week and a half comes along. But we’ll see.” Cruz has been going in the middle of Round 8 in My Fantasy League drafts recently, which isn't late enough for us to feel good about his iffy health.

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Dolphins WR DeVante Parker returned to practice on Monday for the 1st time since undergoing foot surgery in June.  The team "remains quietly hopefully" that the rookie will be ready for Week 1, according to insider Adam Beasley.  Parker has just a couple of weeks to get into game shape and comfy in the offense before the start of the season. If he plays Week 1, it'd likely be in a limited role.  Parker still won't be an early-season fantasy option, but his odds of being an asset later on are improving.  He's a nice stash in the double-digit rounds of drafts.

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Chiefs TE Travis Kelce left the practice field Monday afternoon with an apparent leg injury. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that it looks like Kelce just rolled his ankle and will be OK. The Kansas City Star reports that the team will not have an update on the player's status until Tuesday. Obviously, all of fantasy nation will be watching this situation closely. Kelce reportedly walked off the field under his own power. So if you're drafting Monday night, treat Kelce as you normally would.

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The Raiders cut RB Trent Richardson. The writing was on the wall here, as T-Rich plodded his way to just 42 yards on 19 preseason carries and failed to stand out in camp. Oakland will move forward with Latavius Murray and Roy Helu as their top-2 RBs.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Jaguars TE Julius Thomas is expected to need surgery on a finger tendon.  He's going for a 2nd opinion on Tuesday, but the procedure would reportedly cost him 4-5 weeks.  GM David Caldwell confirmed the report.  "My understanding is that if he does need it, it only pushes him back a couple of weeks in terms of his return time," Caldwell said. "He was going to be 50-50 for the opener. We would hope if everything went well it should be four weeks from the surgery where he'd be back to full strength. Our most realistic case is he has surgery and he's back for Indy."  The Jaguars take on the Colts in Week 4, so for now, expect Thomas to miss the first 3 games of the season.  We should get another update tomorrow.  TE Mercedes Lewis figures to serve as Jacksonville's primary TE for as long as Thomas is out.  He's a low-upside TE2 that isn't worth rostering in the majority of fantasy leagues.

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Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) returned to practice on Monday.  He ended up missing over 3 weeks.  If he avoids setbacks between now and Week 1, though, the hammy shouldn't be an issue.  Sanders' volume figures to take a hit in Denver's new offense this season, but QB Peyton Manning's efficiency should still make Sanders a solid WR2.

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Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles) was activated from the PUP list and is expected to practice on Monday.  He's been sidelined all offseason after undergoing what must have been significant knee and Achilles surgeries.  Detroit has consistently said that Bell will remain a big part of the offense in 2015, but we'll have to see what kind of shape he's in.  If nothing else, he'll be pushed hard for touches by rookies Ameer Abdullah and Zach Zenner.  Bell's ADP is sitting in the 8th round, but it's tough to get excited about him even there.

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Colts HC Chuck Pagano revealed on Monday that Colts WR T.Y. Hilton suffered a concussion in Saturday night's preseason game.  He has 13 days to get cleared ahead of the regular-season opener against the Bills.  Hilton should be helped by the fact that this is his 1st head injury as a pro.  We're not moving him down the WR rankings.

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Redskins HC Jay Gruden committed to QB Kirk Cousins as his starter for the entire season on Monday.  It looks like the RG3 Era is over in Washington.  Cousins doesn't offer Griffin's rushing ability but is a more polished passer.  We'll have an article posted later today looking at Cousins' potential impact on the rest of the Redskins' skill-positions players.

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The Bills are going with Tyrod Taylor as their starting QB to open the season, according to insider Jay Glazer.  HC Rex Ryan isn't expected to make an official announcement before Week 1, but we figured the decision would get leaked.  And Glazer is as reliable as they come.  Taylor has looked like Buffalo's best QB this preseason, completing 77.4% of his passes, averaging 7.6 yards per attempt and running for 108 yards and a score.  It's that rushing ability that will make Taylor an intriguing spot-start option, especially in DFS.  The Bills are expected to run the read-option with him.  That's also good news for RB LeSean McCoy.  We're decidedly less excited about Buffalo's pass-catchers.

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According to Pro Football Focus, 3 of the Raiders' 4 starting LBs -- including Khalil Mack -- against the Cardinals on Sunday night played at least 46 snaps. MLB Curtis Lofton played 23. He has consistently left the field in nickel situations, unlike fellow starters Ray-Ray Armstrong and Malcolm Smith. That makes it easier to leave Lofton on the board in your IDP draft. He has been a consistent tackle collector but doesn't present much upside. And leaving the field for 3rd downs lowers his tackle ceiling. We're knocking Lofton down the LB rankings.

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