The Eagles on Monday activated DE Brandon Graham from the PUP. He has been sidelined following the 2017 ankle injury that required offseason surgery. Graham played through the injury in the playoffs, including the Super Bowl. We'll see how ready he is by Week 1.
The NFL on Tuesday confirmed that it has suspended Ravens CB Jimmy Smith for the 1st 4 games under the personal-conduct policy. Per multiple reports, Smith has been suspended for "emotional abuse" of an ex-girlfriend. We'll see if further details emerge on the situation.
Texans OLB Whitney Mercilus has missed about 2 weeks or workouts with a hamstring injury, as well as the team's 1st 2 exhibition contests. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that the team doesn't expect Mercilus to appear in the final 2 games either but does expect him to return for the regular-season opener. Over 6 seasons, Mercilus has only topped 7.5 sacks once -- when he delivered 12 in 2015. If the defense stays healthy, Mercilus will find himself in a good situation for sack upside. We'll keep an eye on the hamstring.
Bears OLB Leonard Floyd had surgery Sunday on the right hand he fractured in Saturday's 2nd preseason game. HC Matt Nagy said it "went well," according to ESPN, and that they're "staying optimistic" that he'll be ready for the regular-season opener. We'll see. Floyd would likely have to play with some sort of club on the right hand, which could challenge his pass-rushing moves.
Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (finger) has returned to limited practice and was in pads on Tuesday, according to the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta. HC Pete Carroll said the rookie has a shot to be ready for the final preseason game. It sounds like Penny is on track to play in the regular-season opener, but he'll begin the year behind RB Chris Carson. Since news broke of Penny's finger injury, he's gone in the late 6th round of 12-team drafts.
The Jets have claimed K Jason Myers off waivers. Myers just lost the Seahawks' kicking competition to Sebastian Janikowski. In New York, he joins Cairo Santos, who's been sidelined with a groin injury, and Taylor Bertolet in the competition for the starting job. This is a situation to avoid in fantasy drafts until a winner emerges.
Seahawks RB J.D. McKissic suffered a Jones Fracture in his foot in practice, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Schefter adds that McKissic is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks, but we've seen this injury cause long-term complications. McKissic was battling C.J. Prosise for a pass-catching role in Seattle's backfield but obviously won't be an early-season factor now.
Bucs RB coach Tim Spencer put rookie Ronald Jones' pass-catching skills on blast. "In college, there was probably a reason why he was only thrown the ball 17 times," Spencer said. Jones caught just 14 balls in his final season at USC and 32 total in 3 years at school. Spencer went on to say that Jones has worked on "his hands, his eyes" but that "he's never going to be the best catching guy on the team." It's pretty rare to hear a coach talk so negatively about a player's ability -- but it seems warranted here. Jones has reportedly struggled catching the ball in training camp and has dropped both his targets in preseason action. Jones won't be a factor in the passing game this season and remains behind RB Peyton Barber for early-down work.
Packers RB Jamaal Williams returned to practice on Tuesday. He ended up missing just 4 days with his sprained ankle. Williams remains in line to open the season as Green Bay's lead back and is a fine value at his 8th-round price tag.
Dolphins WR Kenny Stills returned to practice on Tuesday. He missed about 1 week with an ankle injury, but he's fully expected to play Week 3 of the preseason vs. Baltimore. Back healthy, he’ll have a shot at leading Miami in targets — especially with DeVante Parker dealing with a broken finger.