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Cardinals WR John Brown (quad) returned to practice on Monday. He's been on and off the field all summer, so we'll see how he's able to hold up now. A healthy Brown should still be Arizona's #2 WR and bring plenty of weekly upside. But his sickle-cell trait makes him 1 of the bigger injury risks at his position. Brown's ADP is sitting in the early 10th round.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said WR John Brown (quad) would be a full-go in Tuesday's practice. Brown didn't feel up to it. "I’m just going to come back when I’m ready,” he said. “My body is different than others. They expect me to come back fast, but I can’t. I’m all right, but I’m not where I want to be at.” This sure sounds like Brown's sickle-cell trait is again making him slow to recover from these leg issues. That wrecked his 2016 season and is certainly a risk factor in 2017. Brown has the potential to be a weekly WR3 -- maybe even better -- but is tough to draft as more than an upside bench stash.

Cardinals WR John Brown (quad) was a full-go in Tuesday's practice, according to HC Bruce Arians. He'd been limited the past couple of weeks. We wonder if Arians reaming out his WR group yesterday had anything to do with Brown's return. Regardless, we'll keep a close eye on his status over the next few weeks. Brown remains a fine shot to take at his 9th-round ADP -- especially if he can stay on the field between now and Week 1.

Cardinals WR John Brown remains hampered by the quad injury he suffered early in training camp. He's been limited to only "certain drills," according to insider Mike Jurecki. Brown, of course, was crushed last season by leg injuries related to his sickle-cell trait. The team reportedly solved that issue, and it's unclear if this quad injury is related. Either way, the missed practice time is not ideal for a guy who could have used a healthy offseason. The good news is that Brown's downside is at least partly negated by his 9th-round price tag.

Cardinals WR John Brown has been sidelined by a quad injury. HC Bruce Arians said he'll be out "a few days, maybe a week." It's unclear if this is at all related to the sickle-cell issue that hampered Brown throughout last season, but it's obviously not a good look for him. We'll see if this lingers beyond Arians' timeline.

Cardinals WR John Brown has impressed early in training camp. He "looks past his health concerns," insider Darren Urban wrote. "He is blazing when he runs around out there." Brown's 2016 was wrecked by complications from his sickle-cell trait and a cyst on his spine. The Cardinals believe they've solved both issues. Still just 27, a healthy Brown has a shot to ascend back into the top 25 at his position, where he finished back in 2015.

Cowboys WR Cole Beasley is dealing with what the team's doctors believe is hamstring tendinitis. It's been an issue since Week 10 of last season. "It's not concerning because I've been able to play through it. That makes me feel better about it," Beasley said. "I really don't think my hamstring will pull. I can't explain what it feels like, but if I go out there and run full speed it's not going to just go. I played with it for six weeks and in the playoffs and did everything in workouts. Because it hasn't gone away that's why we haven't done anything the past couple of weeks. I would love to play without it being there." Beasley indeed played the Cowboys' final 7 games (including playoffs) last year, averaging 3.7 catches and 41 yards. That was down significantly from his 5.3 catches and 59 yards over his first 10 games, but it's certainly worth noting that WR Dez Bryant missed 3 of those games. The hamstring issue doesn't impact Beasley's fantasy stock at this point, but he's not much of an option anyway.

Cardinals WR John Brown had a cyst removed from his spine shortly after last season ended. This was unrelated to the sickle-cell issue we already knew about. But Brown says he was "back to normal" after having the cyst removed. “I most definitely feel confident,” Brown said of his status for 2017. “Since they found out the situation, my body has been feeling better. I am doing the usual, which I couldn’t do when I was going through this process." We'll be keeping a close eye on Brown's health throughout the summer. If the ailments are truly behind him, he has a shot to re-emerge as the 1,000-yard receiver we saw in 2015.

After trading down from 10th overall, the Bills drafted LSU CB Tre'Davious White. He should find an immediate shot to replace CB Stephon Gilmore, who signed with the Patriots in free agency. White picked 6 passes across 4 years, with no more than 2 in any season. He defensed a career-high 14 passes as a senior. White also delivered punt-return TDs in each of the past 3 seasons. Should he start, playing across from CB Ronald Darby might help direct throws to his side of the field. There's fantasy upside here if he starts.

Washington OLB Trent Murphy lost his appeal of a 4-game PED suspension this week, according to the Washington Times. So Murphy will miss the 1st 4 games of the 2017 season. Washington's defense will still have OLB's Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith in the starting lineup.

The Bills agreed to a 4-year, $12.4 million deal with K Steven Hauschka. He replaces K Dan Carpenter, who was released earlier this week. Hauschka owns a career 87.2% FG conversion rate and has topped 88% in 4 of the past 5 seasons with the Seahawks. Kicking in Buffalo can be a challenge late in the year, but Hauschka dealt with plenty of inclement weather in Seattle.

The Cardinals believe they've found a solution for the sickle-cell problem that hampered WR John Brown throughout the 2016 campaign. “He is very healthy, looks like they found the issue,” owner Michael Bidwill said. “We’ll get Smoke back the way we had him.” Brown missed just 1 game this past season but was limited to less than 60% of the snaps in 12 of the other 15. (He topped 60% in 14 of 15 games in 2015.) The end result was a disappointing 39-517-2 line. Brown is just a year removed from a 65-1,003-7 line and 25th-place PPR finish, though. With Michael Floyd gone, a healthy Brown would be the favorite to operate as Arizona's #2 WR in 2017. There's big bounce-back potential here.

The Bills have hired Rick Dennison as OC. Dennison spent the past 2 years as Denver's OC under Gary Kubiak -- and also coordinated Kubiak's Texans offenses from 2010 to 2013. It's notable that Dennison worked with Tyrod Taylor as Baltimore's QB coach in 2014. We'll see if Taylor is Dennison's QB in Buffalo in 2017 and beyond.

The Bills have hired Sean McDermott as their HC. He's spent the past 8 seasons as a defensive coordinator -- 1st in Philadelphia, then in Carolina -- but has no HC experience. McDermott and the Bills should make an OC hire within the next couple of weeks.

Bills DE Kyle Williams (back) and LBs Preston Brown (foot) and Zach Brown (illness) are active for today's game against the Jets. All 3 entered the day questionable but are good to go in your IDP lineups.

The Bills have fired HC Rex Ryan and DC Rob Ryan. The news is only surprising in that it came before this weekend's season finale. Ryan finishes his 2-year Bills tenure with a 15-16 record. OC Anthony Lynn will take over as interim HC and reportedly has a shot to earn the full-time gig next season.

The Jaguars have placed RB T.J. Yeldon on IR because of the ankle injury that knocked him out of Sunday's game against the Titans. That should help RB Chris Ivory's touch count for the season finale against the Colts. Ivory posted a 14-45-1 rushing line against Tennessee, adding 4-69 receiving on 6 targets. He'll hit Week 17 as a decent fantasy RB2.

Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon is done for the day with an ankle injury. He carried just twice for 5 yards before exiting. Chris Ivory will operate as the lead back the rest of the afternoon.

Bills LB Preston Brown (foot) and DE Kyle Williams (back) are both active for today's game against the Dolphins. Each is OK to use at his normal level in IDP lineups. Williams carries significant upside for DL slots. The Bills team D also carries upside at home against Matt Moore and a stuttering Miami run game.

Bills LB Preston Brown (foot) and DE Kyle Williams (back) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Both put in limited practices Thursday and Friday. Williams played through a questionable tag last week. We'll check on their statuses Saturday.

 
 
 

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