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Hi Folks,

Good Monday to you. We're heading towards the Week 1 regular season kickoff and we can't wait. Expect most of the teams to go into protection mode as they just try to keep everyone healthy and finalize the last players who'll be making the roster. We'll stay on top of everything for you so let's get to it.

J

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. CIN - WR A.J. Green Knee Injury Reportedly Not Serious
2. SD - RB Branden Oliver suffers achilles injury
3. BAL - RB Kenneth Dixon's injury not serious
4. NYJ - Jets sheds 11 from roster
5. PHI - WR Chris Givens released by Philadelphia
6. MIA - CB Xavien Howard should start
7. ARI - WR Larry Fitzgerald sitting Sunday
8. ARI - WR John Brown not playing
9. IND - Jack Mewhort not out long
10. SD - Joe Barksdale suffers injury
11. SF - San Francisco adds WR Jeremy Kerley
12. NE - WR Danny Amendola may stay on PUP list
13. DAL - QB Tony Romo to wear back brace
14. DAL - WR Dez Bryant will be limited
15. SEA - Germain Ifedi will start as rookie
16. LA - QB Jared Goff injury update
17. DEN - WR Cody Latimer to undergo MRI exam
18. LA - RB Todd Gurley rested in loss
19. NYJ - WR Brandon Marshall nursing sore hip
20. OAK - RB Latavius Murray's job not in question
21. DEN - QB Mark Sanchez doesn't play vs. LA
22. DET - RB Ameer Abdullah makes preseason debut
23. PHI - QB Sam Bradford makes his statement

1. CIN - WR A.J. Green Knee Injury Reportedly Not Serious

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Bengals wideout A.J. Green suffered a right knee injury during the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Jaguars. The team reported it as not serious.

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Stay tuned on this one. The team says it's not serious but with a player being drafted where Green's being drafted, keep it on your radar. We'll be watching Monday to see if anything more develops.

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2. SD - RB Branden Oliver suffers achilles injury

Source: NFL.com

San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver (Achilles') suffered an Achilles' tendon injury during the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Aug. 28.

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Dreamius Smith and Kenneth Farrow are the next men up and one of them is going to win an opening day roster spot unless the Chargers bring in a veteran released by another team. Oliver is a good all-around back and he was poised to have value if Danny Woodhead or Melvin Gordon got hurt this year.

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3. BAL - RB Kenneth Dixon's injury not serious

Source: NFL.com

Updating previous reports, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said RB Kenneth Dixon's (knee) sprained knee isn't considered overly serious.

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Dixon will probably only miss a few weeks if he misses any regular season time. He's probably the best all-around back on the Ravens roster, but it would take at least one if not two injuries to put him in a position to have consistent fantasy value. The Ravens backfield is the most difficult to project in the NFL.

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4. NYJ - Jets sheds 11 from roster

Source: NewYorkJets.com - Eric Allen

The New York Jets released RB Lache Seastrunk, PK Ross Martin, OL Jesse Davis, C Kyle Friend, OG Jarvis Harrison, LB Deion Barnes, DT Shelby Harris, DE Helva Matungulu, RB Terry Williams, TE Jason Vander Laan and WR Kyle Williams.

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With the release of Martin, Nick Folk is officially the winner of a kicker battle that was probably over weeks ago. Seastrunk's intriguing suddenness and elusiveness in the open field has failed to make a roster yet again.

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5. PHI - WR Chris Givens released by Philadelphia

Source: NFL Network - Rand Getlin

Philadelphia Eagles WR Chris Givens was released by the team Sunday, Aug. 28.

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Givens and Rueben Randle were vying for outside receiver spots on a weak depth chart, but the acquisition of Dorial Green-Beckham spelled their doom after weak summers. UDFA Paul Turner has had a great summer and could make the team in Givens/Randle's place.

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6. MIA - CB Xavien Howard should start

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins CB Xavien Howard is expected to start against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1, according to The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero.

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Howard has barely played a lick this summer, but the Dolphins are that desperate to get second-year wide receiver convert Tony Lippett off of the field at corner. Russell Wilson should be picking on the rookie all afternoon in a trend that will continue until Howard shows he can hang. Byron Maxwell is on the other side of the defense, and his assignment will likely see fewer targets.

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7. ARI - WR Larry Fitzgerald sitting Sunday

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) will be sidelined against the Houston Texans Sunday, Aug. 28.

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Fitzgerald has played through injuries in the past, and played well, so we're not worried about his status for Week 1 against New England. If John Brown's concussion keeps him off the field, Fitzgerald should be in line for more targets, as long as his knee injury doesn't worsen.

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8. ARI - WR John Brown not playing

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (concussion) will not play against the Houston Texans Sunday, Aug. 28.

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Brown's lingering concussion symptoms are casting a long shadow over his fantasy draft stock this year. We'll watch this closely, with Jaron Brown and JJ Nelson both in line to get more playing time if Brown can't get cleared for Week 1 against New England.

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9. IND - Jack Mewhort not out long

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Indianapolis Colts OG Jack Mewhort (knee) will only miss two to four weeks after suffering a knee injury Saturday, Aug. 27, against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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The Colts can breathe a sigh of relief with this news, but their offensive line is still a mess on the right side and their cornerstone left tackle Anthony Costanzo is having a rough summer. Andrew Luck's nightmarish 2015 was due in part to offensive line play, so we'll watch this closely in Week 1 against the Lions.

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10. SD - Joe Barksdale suffers injury

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Michael Gehlken

San Diego Chargers OT Joe Barksdale (ankle) suffered an ankle injury during the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Aug. 28.

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Barksdale said he is fine and would have returned if it was the regular season after the game. This means the Chargers line that had so many injury issues last year dodged a bullet today.

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11. SF - San Francisco adds WR Jeremy Kerley

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Detroit Lions WR Jeremy Kerley was acquired by the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Aug. 28, in exchange for OG Brandon Thomas, according to a source.

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Kerley was not needed after the Lions signed Anquan Boldin. It's possible Andre Roberts could make the team over him too. Thomas was a top prospect before an ACL tear, so he could help the Lions offensive line depth.

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12. NE - WR Danny Amendola may stay on PUP list

Source: The Boston Globe - Ben Volin

New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (ankle, knee) has not done much during practice since the start of training camp and could start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which would keep him out for at least the first six weeks of the season.

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Rookie Malcolm Mitchell could get on the field a little more if Amendola stays on the PUP. The wide receiver to watch in fantasy leagues is Chris Hogan. Hogan should be on the field in all two wide sets, and that includes when Amendola returns.

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13. DAL - QB Tony Romo to wear back brace

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) will be wearing a back brace during his recovery from the compression fracture in his vertebra. Head coach Jason Garrett is not giving a timetable for Romo's return.

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No matter what timetable is given, Romo is going to still be one of the biggest injury risks at quarterback when he does get on the field. He's not worth drafting or rostering except in two quarterback and superflex leagues.

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14. DAL - WR Dez Bryant will be limited

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Brandon George

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (concussion) will be limited to individual drills during practice Sunday, Aug. 28, because he has not been fully cleared by the medical staff.

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Bryant's concussion and the loss of Tony Romo may make first-round drafters pause if he is their top selection when they are on the clock. Allen Robinson is one of the best alternatives if Bryant is moving down a spot or two on your board. Dak Prescott has still left the Cowboys in better shape at quarterback than we could have expected a month ago.

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15. SEA - Germain Ifedi will start as rookie

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks OG Germain Ifedi will be the starting right guard this season.

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Ifedi has been solid in pass protection and along with center Justin Britt should be one of the brighter spots on an offensive line that is being rebuilt once again.

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16. LA - QB Jared Goff injury update

Source: Denver7 Sports - Troy Renck

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff (tailbone) said he suffered a bruised tailbone during the preseason game against the Denver Broncos Saturday, Aug. 27.

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Goff has had a very rough summer and looks like the type of rookie quarterback who should have a year in the incubator before he sees the field in the regular season. 2015 third-rounder Sean Mannion might not be more prepared to play, so the Rams need to hope Case Keenum stays on the field.

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17. DEN - WR Cody Latimer to undergo MRI exam

Source: NFL.com

Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer (knee) is expected to undergo an MRI exam on his knee Sunday, Aug. 28, although the injury is not believed to be serious. He is considered to be day-to-day.

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Latimer had built some momentum over the summer, but he was still on the outside looking in for three wide receiver sets. With the Broncos likely having an anemic passing game this year, Latimer is getting close to the cut line in shallow dynasty leagues.

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18. LA - RB Todd Gurley rested in loss

Source: The Associated Press

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley was held out of the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 27, against the Denver Broncos.

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The Rams decided to rest Gurley -- and avoid having him go up against the league's best (and most physical) defense. He'll likely be held out of the team's fourth preseason game, and Gurley should be more than ready to rock in Week 1 of the regular season.

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19. NYJ - WR Brandon Marshall nursing sore hip

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

Updating a previous report, New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall (hip) was held out of the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 27, against the New York Giants due to a sore hip, head coach Todd Bowles said. The decision was made Friday, Aug. 26.

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Marshall will likely be out of the fourth preseason game as well because he's a Pro Bowl caliber player who doesn't need to play in that contest. Even though he has a sore hip now, all signs point to Marshall being good to go for Week 1.

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20. OAK - RB Latavius Murray's job not in question

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Vic Tafur

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray had a limited role in the team's third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 27, against the Tennessee Titans, but head coach Jack Del Rio said it is not indicative of Murray's job being in question. 'We saw him last year. We need to find out who will be the backup,' Del Rio said.

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Murray is the lead man for the Raiders, and he's got RB2 written all over him for fantasy owners. His backup should be rookie DeAndre Washington. He's a compact runner who isn't afraid to run between the tackles, and Washington is elusive and quick in the open field. Consider Washington a late-round 'lottery ticket' pick for your fantasy squad.

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21. DEN - QB Mark Sanchez doesn't play vs. LA

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez did not play in the team's third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 27, against the Los Angeles Rams.

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We think this is a clear sign the team has no intention of keeping him on the 53-man roster. They didn't play him because they likely don't want to get him hurt. If the team elects to cut him, they save $4.5 million and a seventh-round draft pick.

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22. DET - RB Ameer Abdullah makes preseason debut

Source: NFL.com

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) made his preseason debut Saturday, Aug. 27, against the Baltimore Ravens after missing the first two games. He ran four times for 16 yards and did not have any receptions.

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Abdullah is a RB3 in our eyes. He's not built for a huge workload, and the Lions are likely to limit his touches anyway. They've got Zach Zenner as a power back for short-yardage situations, and Theo Riddick is one of the best receiving backs in the game. Abdullah has a current ADP of RB33 (7.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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23. PHI - QB Sam Bradford makes his statement

Source: NFL.com

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford completed 17 of his 20 pass attempts for 167 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 27, against the Indianapolis Colts.

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It's a preseason game against a team who has a defense that can be best categorized as a work in progress. Bradford doesn't get us excited -- as fantasy analysts or football fans. However, the veteran is going to start for the Eagles in 2016. With rookie first-round pick Carson Wentz being developed slowly, we could see Bradford as the Eagles QB for the whole season.

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

Peace,

J