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Sunday, August 24, 2014, 7:39pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Rams coach Jeff Fisher has confirmed that, indeed, quarterback Sam Bradford has been lost for the year, re-tearing the ACL that he first tore in October 2013. Now, with Bradford done, the Rams will hand the ball to backup Shaun Hill.

“Shaun’s our guy,” Fisher told reporters. “We brought him here. He’s got experience. We’ve got all the confidence in the world in him.”

Hill, 34, enters his 13th season in the NFL. His most extensive work came in 2010, starting 10 games for the Lions. For his career, Hill has a 61.9-percent completion percentage, 41, 6,381 passing yards, 41 touchdowns, and 23 interceptions.

Fantasy Impact:
It remains to be seen how much of a drop the Ram WRs take from Bradford to Hill. It's possible the Rams lean on the run a little more this year with Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham leading the way. Hill's fantasy value should be considered very limited at this point, with perhaps a chance to be a spot starter in favorable committee matchups as his upside until we see a little more.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014, 7:36pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Jordan Palmer’s bid to win the Bears’ back-up quarterback job officially ended Sunday with the team informing him of his release, according to a league source.

Just like that, the Bears will head toward their Sept. 7 season opener with Jimmy Clausen in the saddle behind Jay Cutler on the quarterback depth chart.

Palmer, who spent the final 10 weeks of last season with the Bears, signed a one-year extension with the team before free agency began in March. But he never did enough to earn the team’s all-important No. 2 role.

Cam Newon has hairline rib fracture

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 7:35pm

WRAL - [Full Article]

Quarterback Cam Newton will miss the Carolina Panthers' final preseason game after an MRI on Sunday revealed a hairline fracture in his ribs.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Newton will be evaluated at the end of the week, but expects the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback will be ready for Carolina's Sept. 7 regular season opener against Tampa Bay.

"I do" expect he'll play, Rivera said. "But he has to get past the soreness. Then we will see how he starts to progress."

Newton did not speak with reporters, but walked gingerly to and from the practice field.

"He's pretty sore and he's hurting right now," Rivera said. "It is of concern."

Fantasy Impact:
Newton was hit after scrambling from the pocket in Carolina's preseason game Friday night against New England. It came just a day after head coach Ron Rivera said Newton must start to avoid taking hits to keep himself healthy. How quickly Newton can get over the soreness will be key. The pain could obviously limit his rushing ability which is a big part of his fantasy game. It's something to be aware of as we head down the final stretch before the season.

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 7:30pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Cleveland coach Mike Pettine says WR Josh Gordon did not play in the Browns' last exhibition game because the team is preparing to be without the All-Pro wide receiver for at least part of the season.

Gordon is waiting to hear from the NFL regarding his appeal of a possible yearlong suspension for again violating the league's substance-abuse program. He has been practicing and playing for weeks amid uncertainty about his career.

Asked on Sunday why Gordon did not play in Saturday night's 33-14 loss to St. Louis, Pettine said: ''Knowing that the decision is looming - that we're fairly certain that were not going to have him for a minimum of some part of the year - we wanted to make sure that we were getting repetitions with the guys that are going to be out there early.''

LeSean McCoy will play Week 1

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 4:24pm

PhiladelphiaEagles.com - [Full Article]

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was sporting a wrap around his injured right thumb at Sunday's training session, but said afterwards that it will be fine for the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact:
There probably wasn't a lot of doubt but it's good to know he gave the 'thumbs up,' especially after saying he was in some pain after injuring it in preseason Week 3.

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 4:20pm

DenverBroncos.com - [Full Article]

When the Broncos signed Emmanuel Sanders in March, they made a projection: that a supporting player could become one of the lead stars of an offensive masterpiece.

Until shuffling onto the mile-high stage, Sanders had not achieved the statistical milestones that separate prolific wide receivers from the vast pack of pass-catchers. Sanders had never posted a 1,000-yard season; his career high of 740 yards was accomplished last year. He'd never even had a 100-yard game; a six-catch, 98-yard effort in a 55-31 loss at New England last Nov. 3 was the closest he'd come.

But Sanders has raw tools: speed, quickness, and good hands. His production trended in the right direction during his four Steelers season. And his skill set could project to the outside or the slot, depending on how the Broncos used him.

Saturday brought tangible evidence that the projection will become reality. He exploded downfield and got open deep, catching touchdown passes of 67 and 29 yards.

Fantasy Impact:
Sanders could be in store for a bigger role with the news that Wes Welker has apparently suffered another concussion. He's ranked 27th on our list but we have him trending up. He's currently getting picked in the 7th round of 10 team leagues, but you may need to take him earlier than that.

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 4:09pm

Philadelphia Magazine - [Full Article]

It’s possible that the Eagles’ kicker for the 2014 season is not currently on their roster.

They are obviously not totally sold on Alex Henery, who has missed from 47 and 31 yards this preseason.

Cody Parkey was acquired from the Colts for running back David Fluellen on Wednesday and will get a brief tryout for the job. If the team isn’t satisfied with either option, they’ll look to the outside for help.

Fantasy Impact:
There are some big names available should the Eagles decide to go that direction. Mentioned on the list were Rob Bironas, David Akers and Rian Lindell among others. It's a situation to keep an eye on because the Birds will put up points this season, and place their kicker in situations to put up points, too - but they'll have to trust him first.

Report: Sam Bradford out for the year

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 4:05pm

Chris Mortensen on Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams QB Sam Bradford is out for season after MRI shows he did tear left knee ACL, per sources. Rams will announce later today.

Fantasy Impact:
Bradford was making his second start of the preseason after returning from a season-ending torn left ACL suffered against Carolina on Oct. 20, 2013. It's a big blow for the Rams, but they apparently have been happy with backup Shaun Hill's performance as well. Hill will likely take over the starting role and hasn't started since 2010. It remains to be seen just how much of a drop, if any, the Rams' wideouts will see with Hill under center. Hill's career numbers (Y/A, Cmp%, TD%) are actually better than Bradford's, so we're not expecting much of a drop in our projections. Bradford's injury may be good news for Stacy owners, however, as the Rams could elect to go more run-heavy. Benny Cunningham may also get a few extra carries.

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 2:10pm

49ers.com - [Full Article]

Four weeks after dislocating his right elbow in practice, San Francisco 49ers running back LaMichael James will make his preseason debut on Sunday when the team hosts the San Diego Chargers.

The third-year pro, who began training camp 18 pounds heavier than he was during his rookie campaign, made a speedy recovery in hopes of building momentum heading into the regular season.

He plans on carrying the ball and being active in the return game Sunday.

“I’ll do it all,” James said.

James initially went down in a 1-on-1 blitz pickup drill on July 26 while trying to block inside linebacker Michael Wilhoite. He’ll wear a brace to protect his elbow for now, but he hopes to “ditch it” after the preseason.

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 2:06pm

BaltimoreRavens.com - [Full Article]

The matchup against the Washington Redskins Saturday night may have just been the preseason, but somebody forgot to tell Ravens wide receiver Steve L Smith Sr.

The veteran wideout looked more like a rookie trying to earn his spot rather than of a 14-year veteran with a standout resume. Smith put his intensity on display for his best performance of the preseason in the Ravens' 23-17 victory over Washington.

"That's kind of vintage Steve Smith," Head Coach John Harbaugh said. "It was great to see that."

Smith was arguably the best player on the field. He caught a game-high six passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown grab was a 24-yard diving catch in the back of the end zone near the end of the first half, which gave the Ravens a lead they would build on for the victory.

"I think this was a big step with him," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "There's a reason he's been in the league as long as he has and it's because he goes out there and fights every day."

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1:58pm

DenverBroncos.com - [Full Article]

Broncos RB Montee Ball’s return to the field on Saturday night was the reassurance that fans needed that, despite his absence in practice due to his appendectomy, he can still make plays.

While he was only on the field for one drive, with eight total touches, Ball’s presence was felt.

But, as Head Coach John Fox said, “We got him in and out quickly.”

Fantasy Impact:
Ronnie Hillman had a good night behind Ball and undrafted rookie Juwan Thompson has made an impression during camp and this week against the Texans and seems to be “becoming a pro” at a rapid pace, the story pointed out. Ball looks like the safe RB1 and it was good to see him get 8 touches in limited time. The Broncos also seem comfortable with their RBs behind Ball.

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1:55pm

Patriots.com - [Full Article]

Patriots receivers Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell are linked in more ways than one. Both have opportunities to provide an outside presence with Aaron Dobson on the mend, and both must drive the coaches crazy with their inconsistency.

Thompkins had a huge 21-yard catch to convert a third-and-19 and followed it up with a horrific drop off his chest on the next play. He did respond with a 14-yard reception on the next snap, but the drop was Pop Warner-like.

LaFell also had a drop on a key third down and managed only two catches on his five targets. He turned in while Brady threw out on an early third down, perhaps an indication of some miscommunication between the two. More consistency is needed from both.

Fantasy Impact:
Thompkins and LaFell are both considered to have had their stock drop, according to the site. With Dobson on the mend and a host of other WRs still around, the Pats should have the luxury to ride the hot hands this season. Outside of Julian Edelman, the Pat WRs come with risk if you put them in our fantasy lineup.

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1:52pm

Patriots.com - [Full Article]

Patriots RB Shane Vereen put his playmaking ability on full display against the Panthers.

He caught A.J. Klein sleeping in coverage for a 40-yard touchdown, and then looked like Superman extending for the pylon on his second score of the night. He tallied five catches, on five targets, for 57 yards.

He only had 18 yards on six rushes, but that came in a backfield that never got rolling as a unit.

Fantasy Impact:
Vereen remains a matchup problem for defenses, and the Patriots use of split backs could be a weapon that makes the most of his unique skills. He may have his share of up and down weeks but Vereen is a very good PPR option who is usually available in rounds three or four in most formats.

Reggie Wayne makes his return

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1:49pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Reggie Wayne was back.

The Indianapolis Colts veteran receiver didn’t have any catches -- the two he made were taken away because of penalties -- but he was back on the field for the first time in 10 months. That’s all that matter Saturday night against the New Orleans Saints.

“It was good to catch the football and get a real live game under my belt,” Wayne said. “There’s no way you can simulate that. That’s what I said last week. It was an opportunity for me to go out there, and there was some real live bullets flying at me so it was good. One down.”

Fantasy Impact:
Wayne, who tore his ACL in Week 7 last season, and wasn't sure he was going to get playing time in the preseason. He's looked good all through camp and it looks like he passed his final test before the regular season. Wayne is shaping up to be a nice, middle-round option in fantasy drafts. Recovering from an ACL injury could mean a slow start but Wayne is poised for a big workload again in the Colts offense.

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1:42pm

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Detroit Lions receiver Ryan Broyles didn't play much early against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He didn't have a catch in any of the first three quarters.

Then he made a 25-yarder. First down. Then a 9-yarder. First down. Then a 10-yarder. First down at the 1-yard line.

And Detroit scored the game-winning touchdown one play later.

Fantasy Impact:
Broyles is coming back from a third consecutive season-ending injury, a ruptured Achilles tendon that ended his 2013 season after just six games. He's played just 16 games since Detroit selected him in the second round of the 2012 draft. But, he's making the Lions think about their choices at WR. Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and Jeremy Ross are locks. Broyles, Kevin Ogletree and Kris Durham seem like good bets behind the big three.