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|8/24/2016||C.J. Prosise, Sea, RB|
|Prosise will make his preseason debut for the Seahawks on Thursday night against the Dallas Cowboys.
Analysis: Seattle selected Prosise in the third round of May's draft with the intention of having him factor in extensively as a third-down back this season. His background as a receiver at Notre Dame intrigued the Seahawks and sparked curiosity about the different ways they could use him on offense. A hip flexor issue kept him out for the majority of OTAs and mini-camps back in May and June. He then suffered a hamstring injury on the opening day of training camp.
|8/24/2016||Tom Brady, NE, QB|
|Brady made it clear Wednesday that he hopes to see some action in the third preseason game Friday in Carolina.
Analysis: Brady confirmed Tuesday both the fact that he was supposed to start last week's second preseason game against the Bears as well as the reports that he didn't end up playing after cutting his thumb in an accident with scissors just before the contest.
|8/24/2016||Jordan Matthews, Phi, WR|
|Matthews, sidelined since Aug. 5 with a bone bruise to his left knee, expressed confidence Wednesday that he will be back in plenty of time for the season-opener against Cleveland on Sept. 11.
Analysis: Matthews has missed the first two preseason games and is likely to miss the last two, including Saturday against Indianapolis. Matthews hasn't missed a regular-season game in his two NFL seasons. Last season he had 85 receptions for 997 yards and eight touchdowns.
|8/24/2016||Stevie Brown, KC, S|
|The Chiefs released Brown on Wednesday.
Analysis: Brown was also trying to make a comeback. He had eight interceptions with the New York Giants in 2012, but has only appeared in 16 games over the past three seasons.
|8/24/2016||Mike Williams, KC, WR|
|The Chiefs cut Williams on Wednesday.
Analysis: Williams was trying to rejuvenate his career in Kansas City after his career fizzled with Tampa Bay and Buffalo. Williams had three straight 60-plus reception seasons with the Buccaneers after he was chosen in the fourth round out of Syracuse.
|8/24/2016||Bryan Stork, Was, C|
|The Redskins acquired Stork from the Patriots on Wednesday for an undisclosed draft pick.
Analysis: Stork appeared in 21 games the past two seasons, but started just six in 2015 after spending time on the physically unable to perform list with concussion and neck issues. Stork, a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft, went into training camp in competition for the starting center job with the Patriots, but suffered his fourth concussion in four years.
|8/24/2016||Damion Square, SD, DT|
|Square has been suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the Chargers announced Wednesday.
Analysis: He appeared in six games with San Diego last season and made six tackles.
|8/24/2016||Joey Bosa, SD, DE|
|The Chargers have withdrawn their contract offer to Bosa and will restructure a new deal that takes into account his absence from the team.
Analysis: The Chargers' statement Wednesday said they believe "Joey will be unable to contribute for the full 16-game season without the adequate time on the practice field, in the classroom, and in preseason games." They characterized their previous offers to the Ohio state defensive end as fair and structurally consistent with the contracts of every other Chargers player." Bosa is the only first-rounder who has not signed with his team.
|8/24/2016||Teddy Bridgewater, Min, QB|
|Bridgewater is on track to play this weekend in the first game at the team's new stadium. "Of course," was Bridgewater's answer, with a big smile, when asked if he's expecting to take the field on Sunday for the opener at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Analysis: The minor shoulder injury, reported by ESPN.com as the reason Bridgewater sat out as a surprise scratch last week at Seattle, has abated enough for him to resume throwing in practice. He was eased back in Tuesday and started heaving long passes again Wednesday. "I feel good. I feel very good," Bridgewater said, staying otherwise coy about his status as coach Mike Zimmer has instructed him. Zimmer said he thought Bridgewater threw the ball well in practice Wednesday.
|8/24/2016||Colin Kaepernick, SF, QB|
|Kaepernick is on track to make his first appearance of the preseason Friday night against the Packers after his tired shoulder made it through a full week of practice without any limitations.
Analysis: "Everything has been going great," Kaepernick said Wednesday. "Everything has been going as planned. I'm excited to get back out there Friday." Coach Chip Kelly said Kaepernick looked good in practice this week and is expected to play barring any setbacks before the game.
|8/23/2016||Kelby Johnson, TB, T|
|Johnson was placed on IR with a calf injury.
Analysis: He has no fantasy value.
|8/23/2016||Kevin Graf, Ind, T|
|Graf was placed on IR with a leg injury.
Analysis: He had no fantasy value.
|8/23/2016||Cole Manhart, Pit, G|
|Manhart was waived by the Steelers.
Analysis: He had no fantasy value.
|8/23/2016||E.J. Biggers, NE, CB|
|Biggers was one of three players released by the Patriots on Tuesday.
Analysis: The seventh-year veteran was attempting to stick as a special teams player after signing a one-year deal with New England in March. Biggers has started 34 times and recorded 279 tackles and four interceptions in 92 career games with three teams, most recently with the Eagles in 2015.
|8/23/2016||Donald Brown, NE, RB|
|Brown was one of three players released by the Patriots Tuesday.
Analysis: The former first-round pick of the Colts had his chances of making the roster derailed by an undisclosed injury that sidelined him much of camp. Brown, who rushed for 229 yards as a reserve with San Diego last season and has averaged 4.1 yards per carry over his seven-year career, could get a look from another team if he can get healthy.
|8/23/2016||Rhett Ellison, Min, TE|
|The Vikings have activated Ellison from the physically unable to perform list after the tight end passed his physical.
Analysis: Ellison has been recovery from a torn patellar tendon in his right knee sustained in the 2015 regular-season finale. The Vikings re-signed the blocking specialist to a $1.75 million contract in March.
|8/23/2016||Marquise Goodwin, Buf, WR|
|Goodwin is being evaluated for a possible concussion and likely won't play in Friday's preseason game at Washington.
Analysis: Goodwin, who participated in the Olympic trials as a long jumper earlier this summer, was hurt when the back of his head hit the ground as he attempted to make a diving catch during Tuesday's practice. He played in just two games last season before landing on injured reserve with broken ribs.
|8/23/2016||Dez Bryant, Dal, WR|
|Bryant suffered a concussion at Monday's practice that will likely keep him out for the remainder of the preseason.
Analysis: The Cowboys have already ruled their No. 1 receiver out for Thursday's game against Seattle and Bryant likely wouldn't have played in next week's preseason finale regardless of his health. He'll have nearly three weeks to heal up for the Sept. 11 regular-season opener with the Giants.
|8/22/2016||Henry Melton, Den, DT|
|The Broncos signed Melton Monday to add depth to a defensive line hit hard by injuries this preseason.
Analysis: Melton made the Pro Bowl with Chicago in 2012 and has 22 1/2 sacks in 80 career NFL games, including two in a reserve role with Tampa Bay last season. The 29-year-old may be able to contribute to the defending Super Bowl champs as a situational pass rusher.
|8/22/2016||Stephen Tulloch, Phi, LB|
|The Eagles have signed Tulloch to lend some much-needed depth to their linebacker corps.
Analysis: Tulloch owns 112 starts over 10 NFL seasons, several of which were spent playing for Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz in Tennessee and Detroit. The 31-year-old could end up as the primary middle linebacker in Philadelphia with Jordan Hicks moving outside and Mychal Kendricks assigned to the bench. Philadelphia was in need of another linebacker after rookie Joe Walker tore his ACL in Thursday's preseason game.
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