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Saints coach Sean Payton said Drew Brees and the starters will play the first quarter Thursday night.

It is a surprising decision considering Brees has not played in a preseason finale since 2006, but Payton obviously believes his offense needs more work. Considering how poorly the offensive line has played this preseason, it could be a decision he comes to regret. Even if the starters see extensive snaps, it would not be surprising if Brees plays just one series or is held out altogether.
Aug 30 - 10:41 AM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said his starters will play in the preseason finale Thursday.

Teams usually rest their starters in the final preseason game, but several coaches have decided to break that mold this year. "I feel comfortable that we need to play our starters on both sides of the ball," Jackson said. "We need to get better as a football team as we continue to move forward." It is unlikely a quarter of football against backups will spark a bottom-five roster to a winning season, but it is worth a shot.
Aug 30 - 10:36 AM

Eli Apple worked as a boundary corner in the Giants' first-team nickel package Monday.

With Leon Hall (concussion) sidelined, Apple worked opposite Janoris Jenkins on the outside with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie manning the slot. Considering Hall's struggles even before his injury, it could be the lineup the Giants trot out against the Cowboys Week 1. Despite a slow start this offseason, it looks like Apple will play a big rookie role.
Source: ESPN
Aug 30 - 10:31 AM

Lions placed TE Brandon Pettigrew (ACL) on the reserve/PUP.

The veteran is attempting to come back from a December ACL tear. The move will cost Pettigrew at least the first six weeks of the season. With Eric Ebron (ankle) questionable for Week 1, the Lions are extremely thin at tight end. Detroit also cut CB Brandon McGee to reach the 75-man roster limit.
Aug 30 - 10:26 AM

Bengals released WR/KR Brandon Tate.

This is a bit surprising considering how important Tate is on special teams and the fact he worked at times with the first-team offense in the preseason, but the Bengals are clearly trying to get younger at receiver. Tate should be able to find a new home.
Aug 30 - 10:23 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs have made QB Aaron Murray available for trade.

After signing Nick Foles to backup Alex Smith, the Chiefs were never going to keep both Murray and Tyler Bray. A 2014 fifth-rounder, Murray could be interesting to a team desperate for a low-cost backup. Murray will likely be waived if the Chiefs cannot work out a deal.
Aug 30 - 10:13 AM

In a radio interview, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he is not sure when Tony Romo (back) will return.

"I don't know and don't know that anybody does," Jones said. "But it's quite a range there, four to six, six to eight, eight to (10)." A return after the team's Week 7 bye has been floated as the most likely scenario, but Jones said the team is still discussing whether or not to place Romo on injured reserve, which would keep him out at least the first eight weeks. Dak Prescott will open the season as the starter.
Source: ESPN
Aug 30 - 10:05 AM

Jaguars waived DE Bjoern Werner and TE Nic Jacobs.

They also placed S James Sample (shoulder) on injured reserve to reach the 75-man roster limit. A first-round mega-bust of the Colts in 2013, Werner has recorded 6.5 sacks in 38 career games. His pedigree will likely earn him another shot, but he is running out of chances. Once thought to be a roster lock, Jacobs' release is somewhat surprising.
Aug 30 - 10:01 AM

Jaguars placed S James Sample (shoulder) on injured reserve.

A 2015 fourth-round pick, Sample also ended his rookie season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. It is possible he is designated to return later in the season. Jacksonville also cut TE Nic Jacobs and DE Bjoern Werner to reach the 75-man roster limit.
Aug 30 - 9:56 AM

Cowboys WR Cole Beasley said rookie QB Dak Prescott "belongs" in the huddle.

"You can read a person's demeanor, and he commands the huddle," Beasley added. "It's the way he calls the plays and the confidence he shows." Dallas' skill players seem to trust the rookie more than they did Brandon Weeden or Matt Cassel, last year's fill-ins, and they have good reason to after a dynamic performance in the preseason. With a scheme designed to highlight Prescott's strengths, he should be able to keep the offense humming while Tony Romo (back) is sidelined.
Source: ESPN
Aug 30 - 9:43 AM

Giants OLB Jonathan Casillas (ribs) hopes to play Week 1.

Casillas hurt his ribs in the third preseason game, but X-rays revealed he did not suffer any cracks or breaks. "I’m not 100 percent sure, of course not, but my goal is to play in Dallas," Casillas said. "Whatever I need to do, I’m going to do so I can be ready for Dallas Week 1." Expected to start on the weak side for an extremely thin linebacking group, the Giants need Casillas healthy.
Source: Newsday
Aug 30 - 9:37 AM

Retired WR Calvin Johnson will participate in the next season of "Dancing With the Stars."

Several other current and former NFLers including Antonio Brown and Hines Ward have participated in the show. At the very least, this announcement should put thoughts of a 2016 return to bed.
Aug 30 - 9:25 AM

Packers waive/injured RB John Crockett (shoulder), TE Mitchell Henry (hand), and TE Kennard Backman (knee).

All three will revert to injured reserve after they pass through waivers, and it is possible all three are released with injury settlements. Crockett was expected to serve as the No. 3 back behind Eddie Lacy and James Starks,
Source: ESPN
Aug 30 - 9:21 AM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Randall Cobb "played the whole season last year injured."

Cobb injured his shoulder in the third preseason game last year, and that issue apparently affected him all season. Cobb said the injury prevented him from lifting weights, which led to him losing a lot of strength. Now healthy, Cobb has put back on the weight and then some. He looks poised for a bounce-back season.
Source: ESPN
Aug 30 - 8:56 AM

Ryan Tannehill said he feels "comfortable" in the new offense.

"I feel in charge of our offense now, in command of what we're doing out there," Tannehill added. "It's fun to get out there and get up to the line, get our guys in the right spots and keep the pressure on the defense." Famously not allowed to audible in the last offensive system in Miami, Tannehill is obviously relishing the opportunity to actually play quarterback. With plenty of weapons around him and more rushing upside than he displayed last year, Tannehill is a good candidate to jump back into the low-end QB1 ranks.
Source: ESPN
Aug 30 - 8:46 AM



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