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Sam Bradford Headshot

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer admitted Monday that he wasn't certain Bradford (knee) would practice this week, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "It's really day to day," Zimmer said, regarding Bradford's availability for practice. "We'll just see how the week goes and go from there."

After submitting a dominant performance in the Vikings' season-opening win, Bradford has missed the team's last two games while experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. The veteran signal caller visited Dr. James Andrews in Florida last weekend for a second opinion on his knee, and with Andrews detecting no structural damage, it appears the Vikings are content to evaluate Bradford ahead of each week to determine his status. Zimmer reiterated that Bradford would take back his starting role once healthy enough to do so, though the career-best performance (25-for-33, 369 yards, three touchdowns) by replacement Case Keenum in the Week 3 win over the Buccaneers may give the Vikings more reason not to rush Bradford back on to the field at less than 100 percent health.
12:14 pm (EST)
Bruce Maxwell (L) Headshot

Maxwell (concussion) went 0-for-3 in Monday's 7-1 loss to the Mariners.

Maxwell missed the weekend series against the Rangers after having taken a foul ball off his mask last Wednesday versus the Tigers. The rookie backstop had logged a pair of two-hit efforts before his injury and is slashing .240/.333/.341 overall this season.
12:02 pm (EST)
Harrison Butker Headshot

The Chiefs signed Butker off the Panthers' practice squad Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Cairo Santos, who may have aggravated a lingering groin injury after he took a hit on a roughing penalty in the Week 3 win over the Chargers, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, paving the way for Butker to step in to handle kicking duties for Kansas City. Butker ended up losing the kicking battle to incumbent Graham Gano in Carolina during the preseason, but he could be inheriting a more fertile scoring situation with the Chiefs, who have fielded a surprisingly potent offense early on. Considering that Santos is tied for the league lead with 12 extra points on the campaign, Butker could justify a roster spot even in shallow formats so long as the Chiefs offense continues to reach the red zone with regularity.
11:56 am (EST)
Jharel Cotton (R) Headshot

Cotton (elbow) does not have any structural damage to his elbow according to his Monday MRI, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Despite the good news, Cotton is likely to skip his last scheduled start of the season, which is slated for Friday against the Rangers in Arlington. Cotton experienced tightness in the elbow against Texas last Sunday following five strong innings, prompting the evaluation Monday. If he's indeed finished for 2017, he wraps up an up-and-down campaign with a 9-10 record, 5.58 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 105:28 K:BB over 129 innings.
11:55 am (EST)
Ryan Zimmerman (R) Headshot

Zimmerman (general soreness) went 1-for-4 with a double, a run and two strikeouts in Monday's 3-1 win over the Phillies.

He sat out all three games over the weekend due to general soreness, but played the full game Monday, and should continue to be used as the primary first baseman over the final six games of the regular season. Zimmerman has set a career high in home runs (34) and is seven RBI shy of tying his career best in that category (110), set back in 2006.
11:53 am (EST)
Evan Rodrigues Headshot

Rodrigues watched Tuesday's morning skate from the side with a cast on his right hand/wrist, John Vogl of The Buffalo News reports.

The presence of the cast would seem to imply that Rodrigues' injury is of a decently severe nature, though the team has yet to officially comment on the specifics of the ailment thus far. If it's one that will keep him out for an extended period, it wouldn't be surprising to see the 24-year-old begin the regular season with AHL Rochester.
11:50 am (EST)
Cairo Santos Headshot

The Chiefs placed Santos (groin) on injured reserve Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

According to Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star, Santos, who missed three weeks of training camp with a groin injury, was kicking for the Chiefs during the first three weeks of the season while still recovering from the issue. While the injury didn't seem to hinder his performance -- he made all 12 of his extra-point attempts and all three of his field-goal tries -- Santos was on the receiving end of a big hit in Sunday's win over the Chargers, which may have presented further aggravation. The extent of Santos' setback is unclear, but it's conceivable that he could be one of two players the Chiefs elect to reinstate from IR once he spends at least eight weeks on the inactive list. In the meantime, the Chiefs signed Harrison Butker to fill the void at kicker, and he could be of immediate intrigue in most formats given the potency of the Kansas City offense this season.
11:35 am (EST)
Aaron Hicks (B) Headshot

Hicks (oblique) was activated from the 10-day DL prior to Tuesday's game against the Rays.

He's been sidelined since Sept. 2, but has missed a total of 61 games this season with oblique injuries. However, when healthy, Hicks has been excellent, slashing .265/.367/.463 with 13 home runs and eight steals in 82 games. The Yankees have locked up a playoff spot, and should look to get Hicks acclimated over the final six games so they can determine whether he is fresh enough to be on the roster for next week's likely wild-card game. With Jacoby Ellsbury and Clint Frazier also in the mix, Hicks may not play every day over the rest of the season.
11:05 am (EST)
Corey Davis Headshot

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Monday that Davis (hamstring) could have a shot at playing in the team's Week 4 matchup with the Texans, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

The wideout missed the first game of his career Sunday in Seattle, which may have played a factor in top receiver Rishard Matthews netting a season-high 10 targets in the victory. Davis was unable to practice last week, but from the beginning, Mularkey has termed the rookie's injury as a day-to-day concern, which lends credence to the notion that Davis might be able to suit up come Sunday. It will be worthwhile for fantasy owners to monitor Davis' participation level in the Titans' practices Wednesday through Friday to get a better sense of his status for Week 4.
11:04 am (EST)
Tomas Tatar Headshot

Tatar notched his first goal of the preseason Monday, en route to a 4-1 home win over the Penguins.

Tatar made headlines this offseason with rumors that he could take his talents overseas, but he ended up avoiding arbitration by settling on an extension worth $21.2 million over four years. The Red Wings will be counting heavily on the man who led the team in goals at 25 last season, especially with the fast-rising Andreas Athanasiou still negotiating a contract of his own this late in the preseason.
11:02 am (EST)
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