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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. DAL - QB Tony Romo tweaks back
2. ATL - WR Julio Jones' ankle injury not serious
3. CIN - WR A.J. Green could miss early-season game
4. TEN - HC vows to get RB Derrick Henry on field
5. CLE - Browns not trying to trade WR Josh Gordon
6. DET - TE Eric Ebron not on the field
7. PIT - Le'Veon Bell will play Friday
8. NFL - Five interested in RB Karlos Williams
9. DET - RB Stevan Ridley released
10. DEN - QB Trevor Siemian expected to start?
11. ATL - WR Justin Hardy out for the game
12. IND - RB Robert Turbin to spell RB Frank Gore?
13. MIA - WR Griff Whalen on roster bubble
14. PIT - Slow rehab for TE Ladarius Green
15. MIN - RB Adrian Peterson to sit rest of preseason
16. CHI - RB Jeremy Langford wants to be featured
17. ARI - WR Larry Fitzgerald's status uncertain
18. ARI - WR John Brown practicing
19. CHI - RB Jeremy Langford fully practices
20. NYG - WR Victor Cruz has good chance to play
21. DET - RB Zach Zenner in a good spot
22. DET - Detroit going no-huddle often
23. TEN - WR Kendall Wright remains sidelined
24. NYJ - QB Christian Hackenberg has flaws in mechanics

1. DAL - QB Tony Romo tweaks back

Source: NFL.com - Ian Rapoport

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) exited against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, Aug. 25, and was holding his back. He tried to return to the field, but he was called back by coaches.

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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported coach Jason Garrett said on their broadcast at halftime, regarding Tony Romo's back: "We don't think it's a serious thing." For us, we can reset the "days since a Romo incident" clock back to zero and reach for the Pepto Bismol. It's going to be a long season. We see Romo as no more than a QB2.

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2. ATL - WR Julio Jones' ankle injury not serious

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) will not return against the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 25, but head coach Dan Quinn said Jones could have returned if needed.

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Nothing to see here, move along. Jones will be fine by Week 1 and we expect him to put up solid WR1 numbers this season.

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3. CIN - WR A.J. Green could miss early-season game

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Daugherty

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said there is 'no way' he is missing the birth of his first child, and he would miss a regular season game if it comes to that. His first child is due in about a month.

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Fantasy owners need to keep this in mind when Green's child is born. He may not miss any time, but who knows when the stork is going to deliver that new bundle of joy.

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4. TEN - HC vows to get RB Derrick Henry on field

Source: TitansInsider.com - Terry McCormick

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry will get onto the field, as head coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday, Aug. 24, that he will find ways to use Henry even though RB DeMarco Murray is the starter.

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That could be tough if Demarco Murray plays as well as it sounds like he will. That said, reports indicate that Murray has been a solid mentor to Henry. Murray remains the workhorse here, though, and is a solid RB2 while Henry is relegated to an RB4 status barring injury.

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5. CLE - Browns not trying to trade WR Josh Gordon

Source: NFL.com

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon said he wants to stay put, while the team has said there are no plans to trade the 25-year-old wideout. 'Listening (to trade offers) is probably a mischaracterization,' said Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown. 'We've said all we needed to say about it. We're not looking to trade Josh.'

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It makes sense. If Gordon can stay clean, he's a huge building block for the offense and given his off-field issues, the Browns can probably get him at a decent bargain when his contract is up. Missing four games keeps his value down, as does the general offensive outlook, so we have him at WR4.

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6. DET - TE Eric Ebron not on the field

Source: ESPN.com - Michael Rothstein

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 25.

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That high ankle sprain is a concern. Given that the offensive temp is supposed to be faster than a speeding bullet, that's going to hurt Ebron and it will be much tougher to just play through. We'll keep watching this for the Week 1 impact. Ebron has been tracking with an ADP of TE18, 149th pick overall in drafts.

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7. PIT - Le'Veon Bell will play Friday

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Chris Adamski

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) will play in the preseason game against the New Orleans Saints Friday, Aug. 26, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

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Bell saw his suspension cut down to three games, but that's still three you have to get past without him. We think DeAngelo Williams will be a fine replacement and he should put up RB1 numbers while Bell is out. Even with the suspension, Bell's ADP is still RB6 and No. 13 off the board overall.

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8. NFL - Five interested in RB Karlos Williams

Source: WGR Sports Radio 550 - Sal Capaccio

Free-agent RB Karlos Williams (Bills) is receiving interest from five teams, according to sources. Williams has already met with the New York Jets.

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Teams (and Fantasy GMs) have to keep in mind that he is suspended for the first portion of the season. He'll miss four games to start the year, and that suspension will certainly cool the market for his services. Williams has the talent to be a good starter, but it appears he lacks self control. If Williams can change that, he could be an effective back in the NFL.

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9. DET - RB Stevan Ridley released

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions RB Stevan Ridley was released Thursday, Aug. 25.

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Zach Zenner's ascendancy got Ridley cut. He never has really recovered from his last injury but should find a home somewhere as a depth back as the season comes closer.

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10. DEN - QB Trevor Siemian expected to start?

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian has already locked up the starting quarterback job, in the opinion of beat writer Jeff Legwold.

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We'll see but it did indeed seem like Mark Sanchez fumbled away his chance at a starting job. At the end of the day the Broncos mostly need someone to run the offense without turning the ball over. Siemian seems to be that guy right now. Don't be surprised if rookie first-round pick Paxton Lynch takes over at some point this season.

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11. ATL - WR Justin Hardy out for the game

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons WR Justin Hardy (ankle) will not return against the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 25, after suffering an ankle injury.

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Hardy has looked more settled this summer, but he's still the third wheel behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu and not worth a roster spot.

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12. IND - RB Robert Turbin to spell RB Frank Gore?

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Stephen Holder

Indianapolis Colts RB Robert Turbin will likely serve as the backup to RB Frank Gore, according to beat writer Stephen Holder.

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The only value Turbin has is to Frank Gore owners worried the ageless wonder will suddenly have the wheels come off. Gore is a nice RB3 play most weeks and we don't trust that Turbin can even hit that mark if Gore goes down.

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13. MIA - WR Griff Whalen on roster bubble

Source: The Phinsider - Kevin Nogle

Miami Dolphins WR Griff Whalen has not done anything to cement the need for the team to carry a sixth wide receiver, especially if they have to go into the regular season with three quarterbacks and three centers.

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With Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills ahead of him, Whalen would have had a hard time generating any production.

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14. PIT - Slow rehab for TE Ladarius Green

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle) still hopes to be ready for Week 1, but acknowledged that the rehabilitation process is 'very slow.'

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Green has to be labeled as an injury prone player. He's always been banged up...or at least it seems like it. Fantasy owners who considered him a sleeper after he signed with the Steelers earlier this year are now looking for 'lottery ticket' TEs elsewhere.

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15. MIN - RB Adrian Peterson to sit rest of preseason

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not play in the final two preseason games. Peterson made the decision himself and said it's in his best interest to rest until Week 1 of the regular season against the Tennessee Titans.

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Peterson usually doesn't play in the preseason, so it's no big deal. Expect him to get around 300 carries this year as the centerpiece of the Vikings offense.

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16. CHI - RB Jeremy Langford wants to be featured

Source: ESPNChicago.com - Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford (foot) believes he's improving at being a complete running back and would like to be a three-down back for the Bears this season. Langford cited improvements in playing through contact, catching the football and his pass-blocking ability as factors in him becoming a better player. Additionally, Langford said his recent foot injury feels good and is getting better.

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We're still hoping this ends up as exactly what we suspect it is—Langford taking over the full-time gig. Along with the 537 yards and six touchdowns on 148 carries his rookie season, Langford also caught 22 of 42 targets for another 279 yards and a touchdown. He has the potential to put up some nice numbers. The biggest worry might be the offense, which could slide backwards without Adam Gase. That's why we have Langford as a borderline RB2/RB3 instead of a solid RB2.

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17. ARI - WR Larry Fitzgerald's status uncertain

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 25, and head coach Bruce Arians said he is not sure if Fitzgerald will be able to play in the preseason game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Aug. 28.

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They might as well rest him. It's not like they don't know what he can do. We know it too, and see him as a solid WR3 this season, right where his current ADP is as WR26, No. 56 player overall.

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18. ARI - WR John Brown practicing

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (concussion) is participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 25.

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We're not sold we'll see him against the Houston Texans on Sunday but he should be OK for Week 1. We see Brown as a WR4 behind Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald, with occasional production but not enough consistency if everyone else is healthy.

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19. CHI - RB Jeremy Langford fully practices

Source: ESPNChicago.com - Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford (foot) fully participated in practice Thursday, Aug. 25.

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At one point we were worried about a time share with Ka'Deem Carey, but since Carey was been out with a concussion it appears as if Langford has the inside track to a full load of carries. That makes him a low-end RB2, in part because the threat of split carries is still there, but we feel pretty confident in his overall chances based on what we've seen.

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20. NYG - WR Victor Cruz has good chance to play

Source: Newsday - Bob Glauber

New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said he is very optimistic about WR Victor Cruz's (groin) availability for the preseason game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 27.

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We aren't optimistic about Cruz's fantasy impact though. His ADP is brutal, as he stands as WR68 and we can't blame early drafters for avoiding him. You should take your cue from them.

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21. DET - RB Zach Zenner in a good spot

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner has consistently played behind RB Theo Riddick in the rotation this preseason, and he's on solid ground to make the team.

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Zenner is a second year player who will still mostly contribute on special teams barring several injuries. That said, he is a solid all-around player who can run the ball, catch it and pass block, so he's worth keeping an eye on behind Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick.

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22. DET - Detroit going no-huddle often

Source: MLive.com - Kyle Meinke

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford and the other Lions quarterbacks have run a no-huddle offense 62% of the time this preseason. The Lions ran a no-huddle offense just 7% of the time last season. According to ProFootballFocus, Stafford has completed all six of his passes for 108 yards when targeting WRs Golden Tate and Marvin Jones out of the no-huddle. He's 6-for-11 passing for 63 yards on the rest of his throws combined. Overall, Stafford has completed 70.6% of his passes this preseason.

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We like the sound of this as it keeps Stafford moving and avoids letting him sit in the pocket too long while he waits for a downfield option to get open. Of course, you have to execute or your defense gets back on the field too quickly and can't rest. Stafford is a rock-solid QB2 but you can add in a dash of upside this year if the high-tempo offense works.

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23. TEN - WR Kendall Wright remains sidelined

Source: TitansInsider.com - Terry McCormick

Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright (hamstring) continues to miss practice due to a hamstring injury.

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Wright's time with the team could be short. Free agent acquisition Rishard Matthews and rookie Tajae Sharpe are both playing well, and there is some veteran depth the team has brought in with Andre Johnson and Harry Douglas. Wright has to get healthy, and soon, or he will have no impact this season. As it is, we see him as no more than a WR6.

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24. NYJ - QB Christian Hackenberg has flaws in mechanics

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg needs to tinker with his throwing mechanics, according to the team. The club would not get into specifics, but people who have studied the rookie believe he tends to over stride, causing his passes to sail. Hackenberg is currently fourth on the four-man depth chart.

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We have yet to see the rookie in the preseason, and last year's draft pick Bryce Petty hasn't been looking too bad as the third man with the Jets. Hackenberg was drafted to be the QB of the future (remember, the Jets passed on Paxton Lynch) but this is not a good way to start things off. We'll see if he can develop, but we've never had too much dynasty love for Hackenberg.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being a part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update. Have a great Friday.

Peace,

J