Shark Bites

Panthers HC Ron Rivera told NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon that QB Cam Newton (foot) is "sore" but is expected to get reps in practice this week in preparation for Week 1. The fact that Carolina is planning to have him back on the field so soon is confirmation that Newton's injury is minor. It's still possible that his mobility is limited early in the season, but it's looking like he won't miss games with this injury.

Bills CB Tre'Davious White left Friday night's preseason game in Detroit after injuring his right leg. A cart came to retrieve him, but White made his way off the field without it. He could later be seen icing the leg on the sideline. We'll see how serious the damage is for Buffalo's top corner.

Lions WR Marvin Jones made his preseason debut against the Bills on Friday night. He was sidelined for at least a week of practice in mid-August with knee trouble, but that doesn't appear to be an issue any longer. Jones is a fine value at his 9th-round, WR43 ADP.

Lions MLB Jarrad Davis went down with a non-contact leg injury in Friday night's preseason game against the Bills. Davis then left the field with help, putting absolutely no pressure on his right leg. And he left the sideline on a cart after a brief examination. This has the look of a potential season-ender. Rookie Jahlani Tavai took over for Davis. We've removed Davis from our LB rankings for now.

Update: ESPN reports that Davis has a foot injury and will have an MRI Saturday. Ian Rapoport called it an ankle injury.

Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones returned to practice Friday, according to ESPN's Jenna Laine. That bodes well for the knee he hyperextended in the 2nd preseason game. Laine also reported, however, that Jones has "had some busts" in blitz pickups and still needs route-running work. Jones has followed a mildly buzzy spring with a lackluster summer and seems set as the #2 guy in the backfield. He also could face a challenge from Dare Ogunbowale, who has generated his own slight buzz lately -- including positive reviews of his receiving skills. Overall, this looks like a backfield to try to avoid for fantasy football.

Niners GM John Lynch struck an optimistic tone in talking about rookie DE Nick Bosa on KNBR radio Friday. "He's come along really well," Lynch said, referring to Bosa working back from his ankle sprain. But Lynch added that the top pick remains uncertain for the start of the year. "Week 1, that's, I don't know, 50-50," he said. "But it's going to be touch and go as to whether he makes it." If Bosa does manage to make the active roster for that game, it seems unlikely the rookie -- who missed all of the preseason -- would play a big role. We'll see how soon Bosa can get back to full strength and push for starter-level playing time. The Bay Area News Group reported that Bosa was out of his walking boot and working on conditioning with trainers at Wednesday's practice.

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said in a Friday radio appearance that he's "confident" a deal will get done with RB Ezekiel Elliott before Week 1. "Things happen real quick, sometime within hours," Jones said, adding that Zeke has been in communication with his teammates during his holdout. This thing was always likely to push up close to the beginning of the season. Deadlines spur action, as they say. It's become less comfortable to spend a 1st-round fantasy pick on Elliott, but we're still expecting him to be on the field for Week 1.

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said WR David Moore will be out "a while" with a shoulder injury suffered in Thursday's practice. Carroll added that Moore won't be ready for Week 1 but gave no timetable beyond that. With WR D.K. Metcalf recovering from knee surgery, Jaron Brown is in line to open the season as Seattle's #2 WR. WR Tyler Lockett figures to dominate targets early on.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Redskins TE Jordan Reed is in the concussion protocol after taking a shot to the head in Thursday night's preseason game. It's the 7th documented concussion of his career and makes him iffy to be cleared for Week 1. We'll keep an eye on his progress.

Bucs RB Ronald Jones missed time early this week with swelling in his knee. But he practiced the past 2 days and is expected to play in Friday night's preseason game against the Browns, according to insider Greg Auman. Jones and RB Peyton Barber have split 1st-team snaps and touches almost right down the middle across the first 2 exhibitions.

Panthers GM Marty Hurney said Friday that QB Cam Newton has been diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain. "We are cautiously optimistic he will be ready for Week 1," Hurney added. That's something less than a guarantee that Newton will be out there for the opener. We'll keep a close eye on him over the next couple of weeks. If you're drafting this week, Newton obviously comes with a bit more risk than he did 24 hours ago -- especially considering his fantasy production is closely tied to his mobility. We nudged Newton down the QB rankings.

Patriots TE Ben Watson sustained a concussion in Thursday night's preseason game against the Panthers. It's the 6th documented concussion of his career. Watson is suspended for the first 4 games of the season, though, so he should be ready to go when first eligible in Week 5.

ESPN's David Newton reported Thursday night that a "league source" said the initial diagnosis for Panthers QB Cam Newton was a sprained left ankle. The QB is headed for more testing on Friday, which should help clear up the situation. Newton did leave the stadium under his own power (and his ever-unique fashion sense) with a boot on that left foot. We'll watch for updates to see if we need to alter Newton's outlook for fantasy football drafts this weekend.

NFL.com reports that the Chargers will place S Derwin James on IR as he recovers and rehabs following foot surgery. James had surgery Thursday in Wisconsin and is expected to miss about 3 months. We'll see if he can make it back in the 2nd half of the season.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Panthers QB Cam Newton's foot injury "doesn't appear to be serious." That matches what we heard from former NFL head team Dr. David Chao. "He may get tests tomorrow, regardless," Rapoport adds. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Jaguars WR D.J. Chark sustained a concussion in Thursday night's preseason game against the Dolphins. He'll have 17 days to get cleared before the opener. Chark was in line to open the season as 1 of Jacksonville's top 3 WRs. We'll see if this injury changes that.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said after Thursday night's game that QB Cam Newton is in a walking boot but gave no further update on the foot injury. "Walking boot" sounds scary, but it's often a precautionary measure, so we're not reading too much into it. We should learn more about Newton's status on Friday.

Redskins TE Jordan Reed is being evaluated for a concussion, the team announced during Thursday night's preseason game. This is an even bigger concern considering Reed has 6 concussions on his resume. We'll look for an update, but if Reed is diagnosed with a concussion he'll be in danger of missing the start of the season.

Panthers QB Cam Newton suffered a left foot or ankle injury in Thursday night's preseason game against the Patriots. He was examined by the trainers on the sideline before eventually limping back to the locker room. This didn't look like a serious injury to us, but we'll obviously pass along updates as we get them.

Update: The team announced it as a foot injury.

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports that Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake is out of his walking boot and was jogging before Thursday's preseason game. So he's making tangible progress from the foot injury he suffered 8 days ago. But Drake should still be considered questionable to be ready for Week 1. We'll continue to keep an eye on him.

 
 
 

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