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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski leaves practice
2. OAK - RB Latavius Murray may receive more work
3. SEA - RB Thomas Rawls in team drills
4. SEA - Bigger role for RB Christine Michael?
5. DEN - DE Vance Walker has serious injury
6. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick not at full strength
7. CLE - WR Josh Gordon limited Monday
8. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott part of walkthrough
9. NO - DT Sheldon Rankins breaks leg
10. BUF - RB Karlos Williams passes physical
11. SF - Big night for RB Mike Davis
12. SD - Coach happy with TE Hunter Henry
13. SD - WR Travis Benjamin practicing
14. NYG - WR Victor Cruz could practice Wednesday
15. NYG - WR Sterling Shepard limited Monday
16. CAR - TE Greg Olsen doesn't practice
17. IND - RB Frank Gore wants to play in preseason
18. KC - RB Charcandrick West day-to-day
19. PIT - WR Markus Wheaton on the field Monday
20. SD - Stevie Johnson goes on IR
21. GB - WR Jeff Janis out a few weeks
22. CLE - WR Corey Coleman returns for team drills
23. SF - QB Thaddeus Lewis has torn ACL
24. PIT - QB Bruce Gradkowski has hamstring tear
25. SEA - RB C.J. Prosise practicing
26. NE - WR Malcolm Mitchell returns to practice
27. BAL - OLB Terrell Suggs returns

1. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski leaves practice

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) left practice early Monday, Aug. 15, after pulling up while trying to catch a pass in 7-on-7 drills.

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The fantasy community can hold their breath until we hear more. The Patriots aren't exactly forthcoming with injury information, so we'll just have to stay patient and stay positive. Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, Gronkowski walked up the sidelines after taking himself out of a drill. He was then escorted off the field with trainers. It's not official from the team but Doug Moore who covers the Patriots wrote that it was a "lower-body" injury. Moore said he was told, it's "not serious" and that Gronkowsi was "dealing with cramping". It doesn't appear that the team ordered an MRI for Gronkowski so that's a positive. Stay tuned.

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2. OAK - RB Latavius Murray may receive more work

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Vic Tafur

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said he would like RB Latavius Murray to receive more carries than he did last season.

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Keep this in mind when considering Murray for your fantasy team. Murray had a career-high 266 carries in 2015, and he finished last season as the 10th-ranked RB in fantasy football (standard leagues). This year, Murray should get around 250 carries but perhaps he gets more. He's going off the board at RB15 (4.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. SEA - RB Thomas Rawls in team drills

Source: ESPN.com - Sheil Kapadia

Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (knee) participated in team drills Monday, Aug. 15, for the first time all offseason.

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It's a sign that Rawls is nearing full strength. Fantasy owners need to recognize that Rawls is the lead back but he could split touches with Christine Michael. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll believes that duo could provide a nice '1-2 punch' for the team.

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4. SEA - Bigger role for RB Christine Michael?

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael could be part of a '1-2 punch' with RB Thomas Rawls, according to head coach Pete Carroll, and Carroll praised Michael's consistency.

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This is not what Rawls drafters wanted to hear, but Michael is a new man according to most reports and the team, and we already know he has the talent to be a very good NFL running back. The Seahawks have gone with a true feature back under Carroll, but Rawls will likely be eased back in at the beginning of the season, giving Michael a chance to seize a role. Rawls is looking riskier in the fourth round, but his upside still merits a pick in the fifth.

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5. DEN - DE Vance Walker has serious injury

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos DT Vance Walker (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament Monday, Aug. 15. He is out for the season.

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This is a blow to the Broncos defensive line. Walker was playing well in camp and the expected starter to replace Malik Jackson. Without Walker, the team will turn to veteran Jared Crick and rookie Adam Gotsis.

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6. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick not at full strength

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (arm) is dealing with 'a dead arm,' according to sources. The 49ers hope he'll be back to full strength soon.

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That's not the term you want to hear if you're the 49ers. Kaepernick is recovering from three offseason surgeries and is not yet at full strength. It's looking more and more like Blaine Gabbert will begin the season as the starter.

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7. CLE - WR Josh Gordon limited Monday

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (quadriceps) was limited to individual drills during practice Monday, Aug. 15. Head coach Hue Jackson said Gordon likely will not play in the preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Aug. 18.

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Gordon may be out for the team's second preseason game, but there's a chance he could be available for the third week of the preseason. That is the 'dress rehearsal' for the regular season, and Gordon will certainly provide a boost for the passing game once he's off the suspension list.

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8. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott part of walkthrough

Source: DallasCowboys.com - David Helman

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) went through the team walkthrough with the first-team offense Monday, Aug. 15.

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It's just a walkthrough, but it can be taken as a sign that Elliott is getting back to full strength. The talented rookie missed the Cowboys first preseason game against the Rams, and we'll have to see whether or not he's going to be available for the second game against the Dolphins on Friday.

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9. NO - DT Sheldon Rankins breaks leg

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New Orleans Saints DT Sheldon Rankins (leg) is believed to have a broken fibula based on initial test results, according to a source. Rankins was New Orleans' first-round pick in 2016, and he may land on the Reserve Injured/Designated to Return list.

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Most think that Rankins will miss six-to-eight weeks with this injury. The rookie was impressive through offseason workouts and was in line for a full-time role on a defensive line that needs help. Rankins has the ability to rush the passer from inside, and that was going to be a part of his responsibility as well. Now, the Saints will have to wait about two months for the rookie to be available -- if he's ready at that time.

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10. BUF - RB Karlos Williams passes physical

Source: WKBW.com - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills RB Karlos Williams (illness) passed his physical Monday, Aug. 15, and will practice after a stint on the Non-Football Illness list.

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Williams is still not draftable except in very deep leagues with a four-game suspension, but if he can get back up to speed without any injuries, he should be the #2 back when he returns and set up for injury upside if LeSean McCoy goes down.

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11. SF - Big night for RB Mike Davis

Source: The Associated Press

San Francisco 49ers RB Mike Davis had five carries a game-high 72 yards in a 24-13 loss to the Houston Texans in the preseason Sunday Aug. 14.

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Davis was seen as on the fringe of a roster spot behind Shaun Draughn and maybe DuJuan Harris, but reports are that his burst is back and he is in contention now to backup Carlos Hyde. He's not worth drafting, but if he keeps this up in the preseason, he'll be on the waiver wire watch list in case of a Hyde injury.

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12. SD - Coach happy with TE Hunter Henry

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Michael Gehlken

San Diego Chargers TE Hunter Henry has performed well during training camp and will have a role on offense this season, according to head coach Mike McCoy.

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Henry has always reminded us of a younger version of Jason Witten (Cowboys). The all-purpose TE from Arkansas is the heir apparent to Antonio Gates. He may be able to get on the field this year, but we consider 2016 a year of development for the young prospect.

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13. SD - WR Travis Benjamin practicing

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Michael Gehlken

San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin (undisclosed) is participating in practice Monday, Aug. 15.

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We're curious to see how Benjamin fits in with his new team. The speedy veteran should start opposite Keenan Allen, and we see him as a WR4 with upside for fantasy owners in 2016.

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14. NYG - WR Victor Cruz could practice Wednesday

Source: NFL.com

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (groin) may return to practice in some capacity Wednesday, Aug. 17, according to head coach Ben McAdoo.

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The team is in no rush with Cruz...and that's a good thing. We'll see him back on the practice field at some point.

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15. NYG - WR Sterling Shepard limited Monday

Source: NFL.com

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (groin) was limited in practice Monday, Aug. 15, because of a groin injury.

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The Giants could use Shepard a lot this year as the starter opposite superstar WR Odell Beckham Jr. They will be cautious with the explosive playmaker as he deals with this injury.

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16. CAR - TE Greg Olsen doesn't practice

Source: NFL.com

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) did not practice Monday, Aug. 15, due to back spasms he suffered Sunday, Aug. 14.

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Back problems are always tricky to deal with. The Panthers want him healthy for the regular season opener against the Broncos, so they'll monitor him closely.

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17. IND - RB Frank Gore wants to play in preseason

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Wells

Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore said he would like to receive some carries during the preseason so he can take a hit. 'You want to get out there and get hit,' Gore said. 'Maybe you'll break one. You never know. I really just want to get hit and go to the ground.'

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Fantasy owners want to see Gore in the preseason too. He's a low-end RB2 or high-upside RB3 for fantasy owners this season.

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18. KC - RB Charcandrick West day-to-day

Source: NFL.com

Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs RB Charcandrick West (elbow) is considered day-to-day because of an elbow injury.

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West could play an important role as a change-of-pace back behind Jamaal Charles -- if healthy. Watch to see how his recovery goes with this elbow problem.

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19. PIT - WR Markus Wheaton on the field Monday

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton (undisclosed) was able to participate in practice Monday, Aug. 15.

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He's in the mix to start opposite superstar WR Antonio Brown. The Steelers should have one of the best passing attacks in the league, and Wheaton could perform like a WR5 with upside for fantasy owners. Wheaton has missed most of training camp because of a soft tissue injury.

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20. SD - Stevie Johnson goes on IR

Source: ESPN - Adam Caplan

San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 15.

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We'll miss Stevie Styles this year, but the Chargers should be okay at the position. They've added Travis Benjamin and James Jones via free agency this offseason and Tyrell Williams is an interesting prospect as well. There are plenty of weapons for QB Philip Rivers to throw to, not just WRs on the roster but guys like RB Danny Woodhead and TE Antonio Gates should play a large role.

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21. GB - WR Jeff Janis out a few weeks

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Silverstein

Green Bay Packers WR Jeff Janis (finger) was told he'll be sidelined four to six weeks following surgery to put screws in the bones around his index finger.

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That timetable means Janis is unlikely to be ready for the start of the regular season. He was competing for the no.3 WR job behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, but now Janis is going to have to wait for his time to shine. In the meantime Jared Abbrederis, Ty Montgomery and Davante Adams will continue to battle for that spot.

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22. CLE - WR Corey Coleman returns for team drills

Source: ESPNCleveland.com - Tony Grossi

Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman (hamstring) was back for 11-on-11 team drills Monday, Aug. 15.

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It's good for the Browns passing game to get he rookie speedster back out there. He had missed nine days with a hamstring injury, but now Coleman returns with an eye on the no.1 WR job for the Browns...at least while Josh Gordon is suspended.

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23. SF - QB Thaddeus Lewis has torn ACL

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

San Francisco 49ers QB Thaddeus Lewis (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament against the Houston Texans Sunday, Aug. 14, according to a source. He is out for the season.

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Lewis was competing with rookie QB Jeff Driskel for a spot on the 53-man roster. With Lewis down and Colin Kaepernick still recovering from three offseason surgeries, Driskel is in line to be the backup to starter Blaine Gabbert.

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24. PIT - QB Bruce Gradkowski has hamstring tear

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Bruce Gradkowski (hamstring) has a sizable hamstring tear, according to a source. He may be out for an extended period of time. QBs Landry Jones and Dustin Vaughan are the primary backups behind QB Ben Roethlisberger.

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Bad news for the Steelers here. Gradkowski is a seasoned veteran who gives the team an experienced backup behind Roethlisberger. The team wouldn't go off the rails if Gradkowski had to step in for a game or two. We don't feel as confident in the Steelers offense if Jones or Vaughan is the starting QB due to an injury.

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25. SEA - RB C.J. Prosise practicing

Source: The Tacoma News Tribune - Dave Boling

Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (hamstring) was in pads and on the field for practice Monday, Aug. 15. The extent of his participation was unclear.

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He's probably still limited with this hamstring injury. Prosise is a good receiver out of the backfield, and he could be in the mix behind starter Thomas Rawls as a change-of-pace back. We might see Rawls split some carries with Christine Michael this year, so be mindful of these potential splits when considering Rawls in your draft.

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26. NE - WR Malcolm Mitchell returns to practice

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (elbow) returned to practice in full pads Monday, Aug. 15.

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Well that didn't take long. Early reports after his elbow injury speculated the rookie could miss a month. Instead, he's back out there at practice...but that doesn't mean he's good to go for the next preseason game. Mitchell is a rookie WR we have a lot of dynasty love for. Watch his progress as he returns from this minor elbow problem.

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27. BAL - OLB Terrell Suggs returns

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles') was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list and is practicing Monday, Aug. 15.

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The Ravens need pass rush punch from Suggs and Elvis Dumervil if their defense is going to work this year. Dumervil is still on the PUP/ankle with a foot/ankle issue. Suggs is coming back from his second torn achilles. He tore the left one last year, and the right one in 2012.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. It's going to be a fun season.

We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J