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Alouettes own Michael Sam's CFL rights 09-01-2014
Michael Sam DE STL
The Montreal Alouettes own free agent DE Michael Sam's CFL rights.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
The Alouettes have contacted Sam about taking his talents north of the order. To this point, Sam isn't interested in playing in the CFL. He remains committed to finding a job either on an NFL 53-man roster or practice squad.
Patriots claim S Don Jones from Dolphins 09-01-2014
Don Jones S MIA
Patriots claimed S Don Jones off waivers from the Dolphins. Jones, a 2013 seventh-rounder, doesn't play much defense, but is a special teams contributor. The Patriots now have six safeties on their 53-man roster.
Glazer: Raiders will start Derek Carr Week 1 09-01-2014
Derek Carr QB OAK
FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports the Raiders have made the decision to start Derek Carr in Week 1 against the Jets, and have send Matt Schaub to the bench.

Jay Glazer on Twitter
Jets waive rookie ILB Jeremiah George 09-01-2014
Jeremiah George LB NYJ
Jets waived ILB Jeremiah George. George was the 154th pick in May's draft. The highly athletic Iowa State product loses his roster spot to WR Walter Powell, who was claimed off waivers.
Antonio Allen expected to be ready Week 1 09-01-2014
Antonio Allen S NYJ
Jets DB Antonio Allen (concussion) is expected to be ready for Week 1.

Manish Mehta on Twitter
Allen has resumed practicing after suffering a concussion in New York's third preseason game. A converted safety, Allen may start at cornerback against the Raiders with Dee Milliner still nursing a high ankle sprain.
Browns sign Charles Johnson to p-squad 09-01-2014
Charles Johnson WR CLE
Browns signed WR Charles Johnson to their practice squad. He obviously passed through waivers unclaimed -- no other NFL teams wanted him -- but the Browns still see potential here. If LaRon Byrd or Taylor Gabriel fails to impress this regular season, Johnson could get an in-season callup.
Nick Fairley gets back down to 305 pounds 09-01-2014
Nick Fairley DT DET
Lions DT Nick Fairley has shed ten pounds since mid-August and is now down to 305.

Dave Birkett on Twitter
The Lions have ostensibly asked Fairley to play at a number of different weights over the course of the offseason, and now leading up to Week 1. Regardless of his girth, Fairley's turned in back-to-back dominant preseason games and had a sack in Detroit's exhibition finale. He's all set for Week 1 against the Giants.
Jets claim Walter Powell off waivers 09-01-2014
Walt Powell WR ARZ
Jets claimed WR Walter Powell off waivers from the Cardinals.

Aaron Wilson on Twitter
Powell is an undersized, athletically-deficient prospect out of Murray State. The Jets would have been better off keeping Quincy Enunwa stashed on the 53.
Jets claim Phillip Adams off waivers 09-01-2014
Phillip Adams CB NYJ
Jets claimed CB Phillip Adams off waivers from the Seahawks.

Manish Mehta on Twitter
Adams got eaten alive in August, particularly in Seattle's preseason finale, when he was burned for two touchdowns on 38 snaps by players on the Raiders. Those stats come courtesy of Pro Football Focus. As the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta notes, 26-year-old Adams is now on his fifth NFL team.
Jets waive Quincy Enunwa 09-01-2014
Quincy Enunwa WR NYJ
Jets waived WR Quincy Enunwa. The Jets were carrying seven receivers after final cuts, so this move was somewhat anticipated. The 209th overall pick in May's draft, Enunwa will be replaced on the 53-man roster by former Seahawks CB Phillip Adams.
Oher/Roos to start; Top-11 pick Lewan backup 09-01-2014
Michael Oher OT TEN
Coach Ken Whisenhunt confirmed Monday that Michael Oher and Michael Roos will open the season as the Titans' starting tackles.

Paul Kuharsky on Twitter
Oher will play the right side, with Roos on the left. This officially makes No. 11 overall pick Taylor Lewan a backup. Based on his performance with the Ravens, Roos is likely to be a major liability, both in run and pass blocking.
Rams claim Keenum off waivers from Texans 09-01-2014
Case Keenum QB HOU
Rams claimed QB Case Keenum off waivers from the Texans.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Waived by Houston, which decided to go with Ryan Mallett and rookie Tom Savage behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, 26-year-old Keenum is a natural fit behind Shaun Hill in St. Louis with a similar skill set. Keenum is sneaky athletic and willing to throw into tight windows, though he was slow to learn the Texans' offense last year. If 34-year-old Hill's performance goes south, we wouldn't be at all surprised to see Keenum make starts in the Gateway City. Keenum finished 2013 with a 9:6 TD-to-INT ratio across eight starts, though he completed only 54.2 percent of his throws and fumbled six times, losing two. We'd still expect Keenum to pass Austin Davis on the depth chart within a month or so.
Cowboys waive DB Jemea Thomas 09-01-2014
Jemea Thomas CB DAL
Cowboys waived DB Jemea Thomas. The Patriots' sixth-round pick in May, Thomas lasted under a week on Dallas' roster. The Cowboys needed to make room for new LB Korey Toomer.
Allen Hurns to open season as Jags No. 3 WR 09-01-2014
Allen Hurns WR JAX
Jaguars UDFA Allen Hurns is expected to open the season as the team's No. 3 receiver, behind Cecil Shorts and Marqise Lee.
Shorts is the X and Lee the Z receiver in two-wide sets. In the three-wides, we suspect Lee will move inside to the slot, with Shorts and Hurns on the outside. Hurns beat out Mike Brown for the No. 3 role, although he will soon be pushed by recovering second-rounder Allen Robinson (hamstring). Despite Hurns' big August, Robinson is by far the superior stash in Dynasty leagues.
C-Mike 'banged up,' in doubt for Opening Day 09-01-2014
Christine Michael RB SEA
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll revealed Monday that Christine Michael (hamstring) is still "banged up."

Liz Mathews on Twitter
Michael missed Seattle's preseason finale with a hamstring injury, and his Week 1 availability sounds doubtful with the Seahawks opening up on Thursday night. As to C-Mike's status, Carroll said he'll "figure it out" later in the week. It's worth noting Michael battled injuries throughout his college career. He is currently the No. 3 tailback behind Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin.
Seahawks to prioritize keeping Harvin healthy 09-01-2014
Percy Harvin WR SEA
Coach Pete Carroll emphasized Monday that the Seahawks will make it a priority to try to keep Percy Harvin healthy.

Ty Dunne on Twitter
Since the Seahawks are subjecting Harvin to injury on kickoff returns, we suspect this means his snaps on offense will be limited. When he's on the field, however, Harvin should consistently be the favorite for targets in Seattle's pass-catcher corps, and he will run high-percentage routes. The Seahawks did not give Harvin rushing attempts in the preseason, but we fully expect to see him align in two-back sets opposite Marshawn Lynch this year.
Colts C Holmes 'long shot' for Week 1 09-01-2014
Khaled Holmes C IND
Colts C Khaled Holmes (ankle) is a "long shot" to be ready for Sunday's opener against the Broncos.
Waivers acquisition (and former Colts starter) A.Q. Shipley ran with the first team in Monday's practice. Holmes will be re-evaluated on Wednesday, but Week 2 is looking more realistic. Holmes has been sidelined since August 7.
Seahawks activate Bruce Irvin from PUP 09-01-2014
Bruce Irvin DE SEA
Seahawks activated SLB Bruce Irvin (hip) from the reserve/PUP list. He'll practice Monday. The Seahawks are likely to open the season with a starting linebacker trio of Bobby Wagner (MLB), K.J. Wright (WLB), and Malcolm Smith (WLB), although Irvin will eventually push for snaps on the outside. Irvin also provides versatility as a spot rusher at "Leo" linebacker.
Jacques McClendon named Jags' center 09-01-2014
Jacques McClendon G JAX
Jacques McClendon has been named the Jaguars' starting center over sixth-round rookie Luke Bowanko.

Florida Times Union
Rolando McClain pegged for MLB duties 09-01-2014
Rolando McClain LB DAL
Speaking Monday, Cowboys SLB Bruce Carter said Justin Durant will man the weak-side, and that Rolando McClain will start in the middle.

Profootballtalk on
That may be the Cowboys' starting trio, but Durant is expected to be the only every-down player. Fourth-rounder Anthony Hitchens should mix in with McClain, who hasn't started a game since November 2012. The Cowboys are using duct tape and glue as they attempt to assemble their 2014 defense.
Raiders add CB Dowling to practice squad 09-01-2014
Ras-I Dowling CB NYJ
Raiders signed CB Ras-I Dowling to the practice squad.

Adam Caplan on Twitter
The No. 33 overall pick of the 2011 draft was waived by the Jets at final cuts. Dowling didn't appear in a regular-season game in 2013.
Panthers 'confident' Cam Newton will be ready 09-01-2014
Cam Newton QB CAR
Panthers coach Ron Rivera remains "confident" Cam Newton (ribs) will be ready for Sunday's opener.

Steve Reed on Twitter
Newton will wear a flak jacket against the Bucs. It's something Michael Vick and Tony Romo, among others, have done before at quarterback. Newton's reps should be limited in practice this week, but he'll be ready to rock versus Tampa.
Brandon Bostick still not practicing Monday 09-01-2014
Brandon Bostick TE GB
Packers TE Brandon Bostick (fibula) was held out of Monday's practice, and will be inactive for Thursday's opener if he doesn't practice on Wednesday.

Packers on Twitter
All signs point toward Bostick sitting out against the Seahawks. He should be considered questionable for Week 2.
Adam Gettis working out for Giants Tuesday 09-01-2014
Adam Gettis G WAS
Free agent G/C Adam Gettis will work out for the Giants on Tuesday.

Josina Anderson on Twitter
Gettis was waived by the Redskins last week. He'd be an upside flier for the G-Men's shaky offensive line, but showed very little in two years in Washington.
Panthers not planning to sign Stephen Hill 09-01-2014
Stephen Hill WR NYJ
The Panthers have "no immediate plans" to sign free agent Stephen Hill following Monday's workout.

Steve Reed on Twitter
The Panthers are simply updating their "ready list." Carolina has one of the league's thinnest receiver corps, so it's not a good sign for Hill's 2014 prospects that he's walking away without a deal.
Manti Te'o (foot) resumes practicing 09-01-2014
Manti Te'o LB SD
Chargers ILB Manti Te'o (sprained foot) has resumed practicing.

Union-Tribune San Diego
Te'o had been battling a left-foot issue after undergoing offseason surgery on his right foot. Te'o went down in the Bolts' second preseason game on August 15, but sounds like he'll be ready for next Monday's opener.
Chiefs remain in extension talks with Houston 09-01-2014
Justin Houston LB KC
Speaking Monday, GM John Dorsey said the Chiefs remain in long-term talks with walk-year OLB Justin Houston.

Terez A. Paylor on Twitter
Paper believes Miller now behind Moreno 09-01-2014
Lamar Miller RB MIA
The Miami Herald believes it's "clear" Lamar Miller has fallen behind Knowshon Moreno for lead-back duties.

Miami Herald
Reporter Armando Salguero - whose gut is usually right - came to the conclusion after listening to OC Bill Lazor's Monday presser. "(I) feel very good about (Miller's) ability to be productive," Lazor said. "But if you're talking about the preseason games, his production needs to improve." Lazor also hinted he wants Miller to be more "decisive." We're unlikely to get a true idea of how the Dolphins' backfield will shake out before Sunday's opener against the Patriots, but it's obvious a committee is in order. It's just a matter of who is the lead dog.
'Clear' Knowshon Moreno is MIA's lead back? 09-01-2014
Knowshon Moreno RB MIA
The Miami Herald believes it's "clear" Knowshon Moreno is the Dolphins' lead back over Lamar Miller.

Miami Herald
Reporter Armando Salguero believes it's true "even if Miller is the player being introduced with the starters." Salguero came to the conclusion after parsing OC Bill Lazor's Monday presser. "(I) feel very good about (Miller's) ability to be productive," Lazor said. "But if you're talking about the preseason games, his production needs to improve." We might not get a definitive answer until Sunday's opener against the Patriots, but all signs point toward a committee. It's just a matter of who is the lead back, and who's the COP.
Report: Josh Gordon still considering lawsuit 09-01-2014
Josh Gordon WR CLE
Profootballtalk reports suspended Browns WR Josh Gordon is still considering suing the league.

Profootballtalk on Twitter
Jags WR Robinson: I'll 'definitely' be ready 09-01-2014
Allen Robinson WR JAX
Jaguars second-round WR Allen Robinson (hamstring) remained limited in Monday's practice, but said he'll "definitely" be ready to play in Sunday's opener against the Eagles.

Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter
Specifically, Robinson said he'd be ready for a "role" against Philly. That means his snaps will be limited after missing the entire preseason, but Robinson should get up to speed in a hurry. For now, he's the Jags' No. 4 receiver, but he should eventually pass UDFA Allen Hurns.
Titans waive K Travis Coons 09-01-2014
Travis Coons K TEN
Titans waived K Travis Coons.

Terry McCormick on Twitter
An undrafted rookie out of Washington, Coons was cut loose to make room for veteran Ryan Succop. With the state of the kicker position unsettled across the NFL, Coons could get another shot this season.
Titans sign ex-Chief Ryan Succop to kick 09-01-2014
Ryan Succop K TEN
Titans signed K Ryan Succop, formerly of the Chiefs, to a one-year contract.

Jim Wyatt on Twitter
Succop was released by the Chiefs on Saturday in a cost-cutting measure, though he was just 22-of-28 (78.6 percent) on field-goal attempts last season. 80 percent is considered the "acceptable" threshold. For his career, Succop is an 81-percent kicker. He'll be a lower-tier fantasy option for the Titans' unpredictable offense.
Bears RT Mills (foot) expected to be ready 09-01-2014
Jordan Mills T CHI
Bears RT Jordan Mills (foot) is expected to be ready for Sunday's opener against the Bills.

ESPN Chicago
Texans reunite with S Danieal Manning 09-01-2014
Danieal Manning S CIN
Texans signed S Danieal Manning.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Now 32, Manning tried to make the Bengals this summer, but was let go at final cuts. He returns to Houston, where he started the first six games last season before breaking his leg. He should be the first man up behind D.J. Swearinger and Kendrick Lewis, and perhaps even push for Lewis' starting gig at free safety.
Chargers sign DL Ricardo Mathews 09-01-2014
Ricardo Mathews DE SD
Chargers signed DL Ricardo Mathews.

Chargers on Twitter
Clay Harbor won't play Week 1 09-01-2014
Clay Harbor TE JAX
Jaguars TE Clay Harbor (calf) will not play in Sunday's Week 1 game against the Eagles.

John Oesher on Twitter
Harbor missed the entire month of August with his severe calf pull. He managed to keep his spot on the active roster because of the sheer lack of depth in the Jags' tight end room. Wavier pickup Mickey Shuler will back up Marcedes Lewis Sunday.
Stephen Hill working out for Panthers 09-01-2014
Stephen Hill WR NYJ
Free agent WR Stephen Hill is working out for the Panthers Monday.

Adam Caplan on Twitter
Hill went unclaimed on waivers after getting cut by the Jets Saturday. It was a surprise, considering he's 23 years old and goes 6'4/214 with sub-4.4 speed. Hill skill-set would definitely fit in Carolina, as they have no viable deep threats outside of Kelvin Benjamin.
Sammy Watkins back at practice Monday 09-01-2014
Sammy Watkins WR BUF
Sammy Watkins (ribs) is practicing Monday.

Chris Brown on Twitter
Watkins injured his ribs twice during the preseason, but there was no serious damage done. The bigger concern for the No. 4 overall pick is a run-heavy offense and the inept play of E.J. Manuel. Watkins will be a shaky WR3 candidate in Week 1 at best.
Gronk ready to go Sunday, but not every snap 09-01-2014
Rob Gronkowski TE NE
Rob Gronkowski (knee) admitted he won't play every snap in Sunday's Week 1 game against the Dolphins.

Mike Reiss on Twitter
Greg Olsen back with Panthers Monday 09-01-2014
Greg Olsen TE CAR
Greg Olsen (personal) returned to the Panthers Monday.

Joe Person on Twitter
Olsen left the team last week to be with his son, who is recovering from a third surgery on his heart. Olsen will be fine to use as a low-end TE1 against the Bucs Sunday. In two games against them last year, he caught eight passes for 106 yards with a touchdown.
Wes Welker (concussion) at practice Monday 09-01-2014
Wes Welker WR DEN
Wes Welker (concussion) is participating in Monday's practice.

Lindsay Jones on Twitter
Rob Gronkowski (knee) says he'll play Sunday 09-01-2014
Rob Gronkowski TE NE
Speaking Monday, Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he will play in Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Jeff Howe on Twitter
Odell Beckham (hamstring) still 2-3 wks away 09-01-2014
Odell Beckham Jr. WR NYG
Coach Tom Coughlin said Odell Beckham (hamstring) may still be 2-3 weeks away from playing in a game.

Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter
Tony Moeaki released off injured reserve 09-01-2014
Tony Moeaki TE BUF
Bills released TE Tony Moeaki (hamstring) off I.R. with an injury settlement. The oft-injured Moeaki missed the entire preseason and then was placed on injured reserve Saturday. He's now free to sign with any team.
Marion Grice waived by Chargers 09-01-2014
Marion Grice RB SD
Chargers waived RB Marion Grice.

Michael Gehlken on Twitter
Patrick Bailey loses roster spot to Groves 09-01-2014
Patrick Bailey LB TEN
Titans released LB Patrick Bailey.

Nashville Tennessean
Bailey, a veteran special teamer, loses his roster spot to Ray Horton favorite Quentin Groves.
Larry Donnell listed as first-team TE for NYG 09-01-2014
Larry Donnell TE NYG
Larry Donnell is listed as the first-team tight end on the Giants' new depth chart.
Donnell is followed by Daniel Fells and Adrien Robinson. Kellen Davis was released on Saturday. It's a fantasy black hole, as this trio will rotate and focus on blocking to help an offensive line with question marks all over.
C.J. Spillman signs with Cowboys 09-01-2014
C.J. Spillman S DAL
Cowboys signed S C.J. Spillman. Spillman played just 79 defensive snaps last season, but profiles as an excellent special teamer.
Ahmad Dixon waived by Cowboys 09-01-2014
Ahmad Dixon S DAL
Cowboys waived SS Ahmad Dixon. Dixon, a seventh-round rookie out of Baylor, loses his roster spot to C.J. Spillman.
Odell Beckham still working on side 09-01-2014
Odell Beckham Jr. WR NYG
Odell Beckham (hamstring) was working on the side with trainers during Monday's practice.

Dan Graziano on Twitter
OLB Quentin Groves signs with Titans 09-01-2014
Quentin Groves LB TEN
Titans signed OLB Quentin Groves.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Groves, 30, was cut by the Browns in June and then by the Texans on Saturday. Now he's reunited with DC Ray Horton and head coach Ken Whisenhunt, who he played for in Arizona in 2012. Groves will be a special teamer and reserve pass-rusher for the Titans.
Bucs change opinion on Martin as a receiver 09-01-2014
Doug Martin RB TB
The new Bucs coaching staff has reportedly changed their opinion on Doug Martin as a pass-catcher.
The Lovie Smith regime came to Tampa thinking they needed to find a passing back, which led to the selection of Charles Sims at No. 69 overall. But that opinion "changed in a big way after Martin used training camp and the preseason to show his versatility." Now Sims (ankle) is out until at least Week 10, Martin is shaping up as a three-down back and the Bucs have added a nasty run-blocker in Logan Mankins. The Muscle Hamster's arrow is pointing up.
Marques Colston says health is not an issue 09-01-2014
Marques Colston WR NO
Marques Colston says he feels healthier than he has in the last two years.
Colston has only missed one game over the last two seasons, but has been limited at times by foot woes. They appear to be in the rear-view mirror now, making him a value at his current late sixth-round ADP. In the third preseason game, Drew Brees targeted Colston four times in the first quarter, producing two catches and a 13-yard touchdown.
Bears have tweaked scheme to feature Marshall 09-01-2014
Brandon Marshall WR CHI
The Bears have reportedly tweaked their scheme "to find creative ways to put [Brandon] Marshall in more advantageous matchups."
Coaches: Andre Williams still a bit too raw 09-01-2014
Andre Williams RB NYG
Coaches have told ESPN's Dan Graziano that Andre Williams is "still a bit too raw for them to count on him extensively, at least at the beginning of the season."
Rashad Jennings is shaping up as both the passing back and the primary ball carrier for the Giants. Williams will sprinkle in little for short-yardage, change-of-pace and goal-line work. We're not blown away by Jennings' raw talent, but there aren't many three-down workhorse backs left in the league. His current ADP is in the late-third or early-fourth round.
James Starks has struggled on third downs 09-01-2014
James Starks RB GB
James Starks has reportedly struggled on third downs.
Eddie Lacy, an underrated receiver, will be a three-down back this season. If he were to get injured, Starks would assume the primary two-down and short-yardage work, while DuJuan Harris would step in as the third-down back and change-of-pace option. Starks remains the preferred handcuff for Lacy owners because he'd be getting the touchdown opportunities in one of the league's best offenses.
Cowboys focus on the run game is 'real' 09-01-2014
DeMarco Murray RB DAL
ESPN Dallas says the focus on the run game is "real for the Cowboys, not just words."
E.J. Manuel not named a captain of Bills 09-01-2014
EJ Manuel QB BUF
E.J. Manuel was not selected as a captain for the Bills.
Keim: Cooper has significant turf toe 09-01-2014
Jonathan Cooper G ARZ
GM Steve Keim said G Jonathan Cooper is dealing with a "significant" turf toe injury.

Arizona Republic
Cooper is back in practice as he tries to figure out how to play through the pain. The No. 7 overall pick in 2013 has lost the starting left guard job to Ted Larsen. "It's sad because we all have such high expectations," Keim said. "I'm disappointed in the injuries; I'm not disappointed in the player."
GM Keim rips into suspended Daryl Washington 09-01-2014
Daryl Washington LB ARZ
Cardinals GM Steve Keim said he hasn't talked about ILB Daryl Washington "for a minute" since his suspension.

Arizona Republic
Keim and the Cardinals are steamed at Washington for getting a year-long ban as a result of a marijuana violation. "You can accept a player being injured because that's going to happen, but when off-field issues come about, those are unacceptable," Keim said. The GM went on to say that they'll discuss bringing Washington back after the season, but sounded skeptical that he can stay out of trouble long enough to get reinstated. The league office hasn't even handed down punishment for the aggravated assault charges Washington plead guilty to.
Markus Wheaton's route running looking good 09-01-2014
Markus Wheaton WR PIT
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says Markus Wheaton "seems to be a more accomplished route runner" than Mike Wallace was in his second NFL season.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Skins don't add Seastrunk to practice squad 09-01-2014
Lache Seastrunk RB WAS
The Redskins have decided not to add rookie RB Lache Seastrunk to their practice squad.

CSN Washington
Not only did Seastrunk clear waivers, but the team that drafted him in the sixth round doesn't even want him on their 10-man practice squad. Instead, Chris Thompson gets the nod. Seastrunk's raw speed couldn't mask his woes in both pass protection and route running.