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08/18/2017 NFL Note - Atlanta Falcons Jones, Julio

WR Julio Jones, who's recovering from foot surgery, will warm up against the Steelers, but will not play.

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NFL Note - Cleveland Browns Bitonio, Joel

LG Joel Bitonio will likely miss the remainder of the preseason with a knee injury. He is listed as "week-to-week." Head coach Hue Jackson expects Bitonio to be ready for the season opener.

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NFL Note - Cleveland Browns Greco, John

LG John Greco will start in Joel Bitonio's spot at left guard against the Giants.

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NFL Note - Cleveland Browns Thomas, Joe

LT Joe Thomas will be rested and will not play against the Giants.

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NFL Note - Cleveland Browns Johnson, *Roderick

LT Roderick Johnson, a rookie, will start in Joe Thomas' spot at left tackle.

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NFL Note - Cleveland Browns Shelton, Danny

DT Danny Shelton has a knee injury and is week to week. He will not play against the Giants.

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NFL Note - Cleveland Browns Meder, Jamie

DT Jamie Meder will replace Danny Shelton as a starter vs. the Giants.

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NFL Note - Cleveland Browns Erving, Cameron

OL Cameron Erving is week to week with a calf injury. Erving backs up both tackle spots and can back up center JC Tretter.

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NFL Note - New Orleans Saints Unger, Max

C Max Unger has begun on-field work after undergoing offseason foot surgery. He has yet to participate in team drills, but remains on schedule to see action by the third or fourth preseason game. Head coach Sean Payton said Unger remains on schedule and the goal has been to have him ready to start the season opener Sept. 11 at Minnesota. "I'm pretty confident that he's going to receive some preseason work in a game," Payton said. Payton said he didn't expect Unger to play Sunday.

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NFL Note - New Orleans Saints Fleener, Coby

TE Coby Fleener and LB Stephone Anthony missed Thursday's and Friday's work against the Chargers because of undisclosed injuries.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Williams, *Mike

WR Mike Williams continues to miss practice and he certainly won't play in Sunday's preseason game against the visiting New Orleans Saints. Williams, the No. 7 overall pick, remains out with a back injury. The team is hopeful that Williams is making strides and can return soon. But how quickly he can be folded in the offense would be curious to see. His injury dates to the first offseason practice, so he's missed valuable time leading up to training camp.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Verrett, Jason

CB Jason Verrett is seeing more snaps in practice as he gears up for a possible summer debut against the Saints. Verrett, a Pro Bowler, is coming back from knee surgery. "We want him to play a couple of snaps this week to start working his way back in," head coach Anthony Lynn said. "We'll see where he's at. I don't want to push it."

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Gordon, Melvin

RB Melvin Gordon got to work with one of his idols in the Saints' Adrian Peterson. The two train together in the offseason. "The sky is the limit for him," Peterson said. "The main thing is just staying healthy. If he has a healthy season, I see him being one of the top backs in the league. He has that type of ability."

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Okung, Russell

LT Russell Okung returned to practice on Friday after missing Thursday's practice because of a sore ankle. But he worked on a limited basis; doubtful he goes on Sunday versus the Saints.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Feeney, Dan

OL Dan Feeney, a third-round pick, is getting work at center and right guard. When he's at guard, he's running with the first team.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Wiggins, Kenny

OL Kenny Wiggins is battling rookie Dan Feeney for the starting spot at right guard.

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NFL Note - Baltimore Ravens Bell, Kenny

WR Kenny Bell (hamstring) was waived/injured by the Baltimore Ravens on Friday. Bell, a fifth-round draft choice of Tampa Bay in 2015, spent his first season on the injured reserve list and then was released by the Buccaneers just before the 2016 season.

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NFL Note - Washington Redskins Thompson, Kendal

WR Kendal Thompson was waived from injured reserve with an injury settlement, the Washington Redskins announced Friday. Thompson has been unable to practice due to a leg injury.

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NFL Note - Atlanta Falcons Tialavea, D.J.

T D.J. Tialavea has been moved from tight end to tackle.

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NFL Note - Atlanta Falcons Clayborn, Adrian

DE Adrian Clayborn said he is fully recovered from his biceps surgery. He suffered the injury in the divisional round playoff game against Seattle.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Barner, Kenjon

RB Kenjon Barner was cleared to return to practice on Thursday after being out with a concussion. Barner is also getting look at kick returns with the first team and punts with the No. 2s.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers King, Desmond

FS Desmond King, a fifth-round pick, continues to show up in practice. King intercepted the Saints' Drew Brees in one of the two practices the teams had leading up to Sunday's preseason game. King also had a pick in the preseason opener against the Seahawks.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Attaochu, Jerry

DE Jerry Attaochu remains out with a hamstring injury as his disappointing camp continues.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Mager, Craig

CB Craig Mager continues to miss practice with a soft tissue injury. Mager was in the mix for significant playing time on passing downs if healthy.

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NFL Note - Indianapolis Colts Vaughn, Terran

OG Terran Vaughn was signed by the Indianapolis Colts on Friday. The 6-3, 306-pound Vaughn spent time on the Buffalo Bills' practice squad in 2016. He previously participated in the Oakland Raiders' 2016 offseason program and training after being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Stephen F. Austin.

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NFL Note - New England Patriots Rivers, Derek

DE Derek Rivers' rookie season with the New England Patriots may be over due to a knee injury. The Patriots fear they have lost their top pick (third round, 83rd overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Youngstown State for the entire season, league sources told ESPN on Friday. Rivers, 23, was injured on a kickoff coverage drill Wednesday in a joint practice in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., with the Houston Texans. Before the Patriots traveled to Houston for a preseason game Saturday night, the team sent Rivers back to Boston for more tests. Those tests reinforced the team's initial fear of a season-ending knee injury, according to ESPN. The 6-5, 250-pound Rivers, who was projected to be part of a rotation at defensive end, played 41 snaps in last Thursday night's preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had 41 sacks in his college career, including 14 as a senior in 2016.

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NFL Note - Arizona Cardinals Langford, Ryan

LB Ryan Langford signed with the Arizona Cardinals on Friday. The 6-4, 235-pound Langford was with the Houston Texans during training camp and the preseason in 2016 after signing as an undrafted rookie free agent out of New Mexico. Langford, 24, played his final two collegiate seasons at New Mexico (2014-15) after beginning his career at Iowa Western.

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NFL Note - Chicago Bears Howard, *Jordan

RB Jordan Howard sustained a corneal abrasion during a walk-through practice Friday and has been ruled out for the team's preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. Howard, who was selected to the Pro Bowl last season, did not travel with the team to Arizona for Saturday's game. Howard rushed 252 times for 1,313 yards with six touchdowns in 15 games last season and had 29 receptions for 298 yards and a score. The 22-year-old rushed three times for four years in the preseason opener last week.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Lowery, Dwight

FS Dwight Lowery intercepted a pass from Saints backup Chase Daniel in a recent practice. Lowery, a starter last year, is trying to hold off Tre Boston for the first-team spot. The competition at free safety continues to be one of the most spirited ones in camp.

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NFL Note - Pittsburgh Steelers Watt, *T.J.

OLB T.J. Watt has been impressive during training camp and has apparently earned the starting job over veteran James Harrison. Outside linebackers coach Joey Porter told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Watt and third-year player Bud Dupree, a first-round pick in 2015, will start and there will not be a rotation as has been the case in the past few seasons.

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NFL Note - Pittsburgh Steelers Smith, JuJu

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster suffered a bone bruise in practice this week and is unlikely to play against the Falcons

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NFL Note - Pittsburgh Steelers Pouncey, Maurkice

C Maurkice Pouncey has not been practicing due to a right leg injury, but coach Mike Tomlin said he expects him to return to practice soon.

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NFL Note - Pittsburgh Steelers Sutton, Cameron

CB Cameron Sutton practiced on a limited basis this week after missing the first two weeks of camp with a lower body injury. The next step is playing in team contact drills and that could happen next week.

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NFL Note - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Dotson, Demar

T Demar Dotson suffered a groin injury at Jacksonville Thursday and did not return to the game. He will undergo an MRI on Saturday.

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NFL Note - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Marpet, Ali

C Ali Marpet made his NFL debut at his new position Thursday, and aside for a few missed calls on third down, handled his assignments well, head coach Dirk Koetter said.

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NFL Note - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pamphile, Kevin

G Kevin Pamphile is an option to play right tackle if Demar Dotson is going to miss significant time with a groin injury.

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NFL Note - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Smith, Evan

C/G Evan Smith would move to left guard if Kevin Pamphile is forced to play right tackle.

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NFL Note - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Folk, Nick

K Nick Folk was responsible for his blocked extra point Thursday because the kick was too low when it was swatted down by Calais Campbell.

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NFL Note - Dallas Cowboys Gathers, Rico

TE Rico Gathers has been a star of the preseason, but he will miss the Colts game because of a concussion.

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NFL Note - Dallas Cowboys Lee, Sean

LB Sean Lee remains sidelined with a tight hamstring and will miss Saturday's preseason game against the Colts.

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NFL Note - Dallas Cowboys Butler, Brice

WR Brice Butler will play against the Colts after missing last week's game against the Rams. He was singled out by offensive coordinator Scott Linehan for having his best camp as a Cowboy.

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NFL Note - Dallas Cowboys Lewis, Jourdan

CBs Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie remained sidelined with hamstring injuries and won't play against the Colts. Lewis has been out since the start of camp.

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NFL Note - * Retired Orr, Zach

LB Zachary Orr announced his retirement from the NFL due to a congenital spine condition. Orr went in-depth with his explanation for his decision on The Players' Tribune, just two months after he ended his initial retirement in January. Orr wanted to rejoin the Ravens, but was told by general manager Ozzie Newsome that "he would need to pass a physical." "So the Ravens flew me up to Baltimore for a workout and a physical," Orr wrote on the Players' Tribune. "But at the end of the day, their doctors stood by their initial decision and said they couldn't clear me to play -- not with my spinal condition. They said it was too big a risk, both for them and for me."

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NFL Note - Buffalo Bills Streater, Rod

WR Rod Streater suffered a toe injury and had to be carted off the field. There was no update on his condition Friday pending an MRI.

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NFL Note - Buffalo Bills Peterman, Nathan

QB Nathan Peterman completed 10 of 20 passes for 167 yards, but he was unable to get the Bills into the end zone during his nearly two quarters or work.

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NFL Note - Buffalo Bills Banyard, Joe

RB Joe Banyard led the rushing attack with 37 yards on seven carries, but he also lost a fumble.

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NFL Note - Buffalo Bills McCoy, LeSean

RB LeSean McCoy made his preseason debut and carried four times for 21 yards.

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NFL Note - Buffalo Bills Reilly, Brandon

WR Brandon Reilly caught four passes for 39 yards and scored the Bills' lone TD as he won on a back-corner fade route.

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NFL Note - Buffalo Bills Alexander, Lorenzo

LB Lorenzo Alexander had five tackles, a pass breakup, and he forced a fumble.

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NFL Note - Buffalo Bills Gaines, E.J.

CB E.J. Gaines, acquired in a trade last week, made his Bills debut and was in on three tackles and broke up two passes.

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NFL Note - New Orleans Saints Lattimore, *Marshon

CB Marshon Lattimore, who had been sidelined by a knee injury, returned to practice. Lattimore had been running third at cornerback behind Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams and is expected to get his first in-game experience Sunday when New Orleans plays the Chargers in Los Angeles.

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NFL Note - New Orleans Saints Anthony, Stephone

TE Coby Fleener and LB Stephone Anthony missed Thursday's and Friday's work against the Chargers because of undisclosed injuries.

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NFL Note - Baltimore Ravens Zuttah, Jeremy

C Jeremy Zuttah signed a two-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens on Friday after he was released by the San Francisco 49ers. Zuttah's deal is worth nearly $4 million in base salary, with a maximum of $6 million in incentives, a source told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Zuttah started three years in Baltimore (2014-16) before being traded to San Francisco in March.

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NFL Note - Indianapolis Colts Mount, Deiontrez

OLB Deiontrez Mount was waived/injured by the Indianapolis Colts. If Mount clears waivers, he will revert to the Colts' injured reserve list. He suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's preseason opener against the Detroit Lions. The 6-5, 253-pound Mount spent time on the Colts' active roster and practice squad last season.

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NFL Note - Pittsburgh Steelers Dobbs, Joshua

QB Josh Dobbs will make his second consecutive preseason start against the Falcons Sunday at Heinz Field. Dobbs, a rookie, gets the call while No. 1 quarterback Ben Roethlisberger rests and backup Landry Jones works back from an abdominal injury. Dobbs was 8-for15 with one touchdown and two interceptions in his first NFL game against the Giants last week.

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NFL Note - Pittsburgh Steelers Shazier, Ryan

LB Ryan Shazier hasn't practiced in the past two weeks because of a hamstring injury and is not expected to play against the Falcons.

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NFL Note - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Howard, O.J.

TE O.J. Howard had two receptions for 28 yards against the Jaguars, his first as a pro.

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NFL Note - Dallas Cowboys Elliott, Ezekiel

RB Ezekiel Elliott participated in team drills on Thursday with the starters and is unlikely to play in the preseason game against the Colts.

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NFL Note - Pittsburgh Steelers Golson, Senquez

CB Senquez Golson has missed the past three weeks of practice with a hamstring injury.

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NFL Note - Atlanta Falcons Gabriel, Taylor

WR Taylor Gabriel, who has a lower leg injury, is not expected to play against the Steelers.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Allen, Keenan

The Chargers held their breath briefly when WR Keenan Allen wasn't running well last week. But it was a sore calf, and not his rebuilt knee, which caused his hitch. Allen ran well against the Saints in a combined practice. "My legs feel good," Allen said. "I feel well-rested."

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Barksdale, Joe

RT Joe Barksdale is hobbled with a left ankle injury and didn't work again on Friday. He is in a protective boot.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Hayward, Casey

CB Casey Hayward has been slowed this week with a strained hamstring.

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NFL Note - Atlanta Falcons Ryan, Matt

QB Matt Ryan said the transition to a new offensive coordinator has been easy since they are running the same offense.

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NFL Note - Arizona Cardinals Bundy, Marquis

WR Marquis Bundy was waived by the Arizona Cardinals. Bundy signed with the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent last year and spent most of the season on the practice squad. He was on the active roster for six games but did not play. In two preseason games this year, Bundy made five catches for 73 yards.

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NFL Note - Dallas Cowboys Awuzie, Chidobe

CBs Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie remained sidelined with hamstring injuries and won't play against the Colts. Lewis has been out since the start of camp.

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NFL Note - Buffalo Bills Taylor, Tyrod

QB Tyrod Taylor did not look sharp as he completed just 8 of 18 passes for a mere 53 yards and was intercepted twice.

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NFL Note - Buffalo Bills Boldin, Anquan

WR Anquan Boldin made his Bills' debut and caught one pass for five yards.

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