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|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||Antonio Cromartie, Ind, CB|
|Cromartie was signed by the Colts on Monday as they try to fortify an injury-filled secondary.
Analysis: Cromartie has 31 interceptions and 115 passes defensed in 10 seasons that started in San Diego. He played four seasons with the Jets, spent 2014 with Arizona and returned to the Jets last season. Cromartie's interception total ranks third among all active players.
|8/22/2016||Jordy Nelson, GB, WR|
|Nelson, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, practiced for the first time Monday. He was limited to individual drills nd primarily ran routes on air and caught passes from Aaron Rodgers and rookie backups Joe Callahan and Marquise Williams.
Analysis: Nelson's goal is to be ready to play this year's season opener on the road against the Jaguars on Sept. 11.
|8/22/2016||Trevor Siemian, Den, QB|
|Coach Gary Kubiak named Siemian the starter for the Broncos' third preseason game over Mark Sanchez and said he will decide next week who will be under center against Carolina for the season opener on Sept. 8. Kubiak said Siemian, Sanchez and rookie Paxton Lynch will play an equal amount Saturday against the Rams.
Analysis: In Saturday's 31-24 loss to San Francisco, Siemian was 10 of 14 for 75 yards but threw an interception that was picked off by Ed Reid and returned 42 yards for a touchdown.
|8/22/2016||Bear Pascoe, NE, TE|
|Pascoe was one of three players released by the Patriots on Monday.
Analysis: Pascoe, a veteran of seven NFL seasons and 85 career games, was attempting to catch on as a blocking specialist behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett.
|8/22/2016||Randy Bullock, NYG, K|
|Bullock has signed with the Giants and will serve as the team's kicker for the regular-season opener at Dallas.
Analysis: Bullock will fill in for the suspended Josh Brown, serving a one-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. In three seasons with Houston and the Jets, Bullock has made 75 of 93 field goals (80.6 percent) and was 19 of 23 in 11 games in 2015.
|8/22/2016||Jeff Cumberland, SD, TE|
|Cumberland has been placed on injured reserve after tearing his left Achilles in Friday's preseason game against Arizona.
Analysis: The veteran tight end has 86 catches and 10 touchdowns in 65 career NFL games but recorded just five receptions with the Jets last season. The Chargers signed Cumberland to a one-year deal shortly after he was released by New York in March.
|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.
|8/21/2016||Mike Pouncey, Mia, C|
|Pouncey sustained a left hip injury in Saturday's preseason game at Dallas that puts his status for the regular-season opener in question.
Analysis: Coach Adam Gase said the Pro Bowl center probably won't play in either of the two remaining preseason games and it's uncertain whether he'll be ready for the Sept. 11 opener at Seattle. The Dolphins may be in a mind if Pouncey misses extended time, as backup Anthony Steen has never played in an NFL game.
|8/21/2016||Will Tukuafu, Sea, RB|
|The Seahawks re-signed Tukuafu Sunday.
Analysis: Tukuafu is a versatile player who's also filled in at defensive tackle and played some special teams over 43 career games with San Francisco and Seattle, where he's spent the past two seasons. The 32-year-old holds no fantasy value, though.
|8/21/2016||Dion Lewis, NE, RB|
|Multiple outlets have reported that Lewis will require a second surgery on his left knee that will sideline him indefinitely.
Analysis: Lewis tore his left ACL against Washington on Nov. 8 and will likely begin this season on the physically unable to perform list, which would force him to miss at least six games. The 25-year-old was in the midst of a career season at the time of the injury, catching 36 passes for 388 yards and adding 234 rushing yards in seven games. James White will likely operate as New England's passing-down back until Lewis returns.
|8/21/2016||Josh Boyce, Cle, WR|
|The Browns have signed Boyce, who was waived by Indianapolis on Tuesday.
Analysis: A fourth-round pick of New England in 2013, Boyce has played in just one NFL game since his rookie year and will be a long shot to crack Cleveland's 53-man roster.
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