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Maxx Williams Headshot

Williams (ankle) isn't practicing Wednesday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Williams returned from a three-week absence for Sunday's game against the Bears, only to suffer a new ankle injury during the first half of an eventual 27-24 loss. He didn't return to the game and seems likely to miss more time, leaving Vince Mayle as the Ravens' No. 3 tight end.
2:24 pm (EST)
Glen Perkins (L) Headshot

The Twins informed Perkins on Wednesday that the team won't exercise its option for Perkins' contract for the 2018 season, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Perkins has dealt with a severe shoulder injury over the last two seasons. As a result, he's pitched just 7.2 innings across 10 games in that time. Over said stretch he's allowed eight runs on 13 hits and six walks. With the twins opting to not pick up his option, Perkins, who'd thrown for an ERA of 3.65 or below in each of the five seasons prior to his injury, will become a free agent. However, because Perkins is 34 years old and coming off a significant injury, his fantasy value is rather limited.
2:20 pm (EST)
Breshad Perriman Headshot

Perriman (concussion) isn't practicing Wednesday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Perriman took a huge hit in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Bears and was down on the field for quite some time. While recovery from concussions is unpredictable, it nonetheless would be a minor surprise if he's ready for Sunday's game in Minnesota. An absence would free up the No. 3 role for Michael Campanaro, assuming Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) is back. Should Maclin and Perriman both end up sitting, Chris Moore would need to handle a significant role for the second straight week.
2:19 pm (EST)
Terrance West Headshot

West (calf) isn't practicing Wednesday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.

While West isn't believed to have a long-term injury, reports last week suggested he'd likely miss more than one game. Javorius Allen and Alex Collins figure to split work again Sunday in Minnesota, unless West returns to practice by the end of the week.
2:17 pm (EST)
Ben Bishop Headshot

Bishop will work between the pipes for Thursday's road game against the Coyotes, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.

Why not? Bishop has won two straight, including his defeating the 'Yotes on home ice with a 27-save performance Tuesday. He remains on the fringe of the elite fantasy goalies, so start him with confidence.
2:17 pm (EST)
Marian Gaborik Headshot

Gaborik (knee) skated by himself prior to Wednesday morning's team session, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.

Gaborik has been plagued by a chronic knee injury since last season, so although his return to the ice Wednesday is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, the veteran winger remains without a definite timetable for his return to LA's lineup. The Kings should release another update on Gaborik's status once he's able to return to practice with his teammates.
2:15 pm (EST)
Teddy Bridgewater Headshot

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer suggested he'll take things slow with Bridgewater (knee), who is practicing with his teammates Wednesday for the first time in nearly 14 months, Andrew Krammer of The Star Tribune reports. "We still don't know where [practice reps are] going to go or where that's going to lead to," Zimmer said. "He's probably not going to play this week, so we need to put the brakes on things a little bit."

Wednesday marks the beginning of a 21-day window in which Bridgewater can practice without taking up a spot on the 53-man roster. He'll eventually need to be activated or placed on injured reserve, but the Vikings don't figure to make a decision any earlier than next week. Bridgewater has already been doing individual drills for quite some time, so his next step will be 7-on-7 passing drills, followed by 11-on-11 work somewhere down the line. With Case Keenum doing competent work in place of Sam Bradford (knee), the Vikings might be inclined to put off Bridgewater's activation until after their Week 9 bye. Bridgewater's role upon returning presumably will be dependent on some combination of his practice performance, Keenum's performance in games and Bradford's health. Keenum likely will get the start against Baltimore in Week 7.
2:14 pm (EST)
Mark Borowiecki Headshot

Borowiecki (upper body) won't partake in Thursday's home game versus the Devils.

Rather than calling up a defenseman to replace the heavy-hitting Borowiecki -- he's considered day-to-day -- the Senators reportedly plan on having just 12 forwards and six defensemen available for this next contest. Boro's next chance to suit up will be Saturday for a home match with the Maple Leafs.
2:10 pm (EST)
London Perrantes Headshot

Perrantes is finalizing a two-way contract with the Cavaliers, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

The former Virginia standout spent training camp with the Spurs but was waived last week in advance of the NBA's roster cutdown deadline. Expect Perrantes to primarily play for the Canton Charge of the G-League, but he could make a few appearances for the Cavs in the event of an injury to Derrick Rose or veteran Jose Calderon.
2:05 pm (EST)
Anthony Davis Headshot

Davis (illness) will play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Grizzlies.

Davis came down with illness earlier this week, but he was able to take part in Wednesday's morning shootaround without any issues and has now been cleared to make his 2017-18 debut. He'll slot in at power forward alongside DeMarcus Cousins and should be one of the premier power forwards in the league for both season-long and DFS contests. Davis averaged 28.0 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.2 blocks across 36.1 minutes per game last season.
2:04 pm (EST)
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