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George Kittle Headshot

Kittle (hip) is active for Thursday's game against the Rams.

As expected, Kittle will again play through an ailment in his third NFL contest. In the first two, he gobbled up 92 percent of the offensive snaps, so he'll look to exploit a Rams defense that has given up nine catches (on 11 targets) to tight ends in 2017.
7:07 pm (EST)
Gerardo Parra (L) Headshot

Parra is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Padres, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

Parra will get the day off after starting six straight games for the Rockies, going 7-for-22 (.318) with a pair of RBI over that stretch. He should continue to sit about once a week as the Rockies look to get Carlos Gonzalez into the lineup. With Parra out, Colorado will deploy an outfield of Ian Desmond, Charlie Blackmon and Gonzalez (from left to right).
7:04 pm (EST)
Gerald Everett Headshot

Everett (thigh) is active for Thursday's game at San Francisco, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.

Everett managed two limited practices during a short week but will still suit up as the Rams' backup tight end. Through two games, Everett has lagged behind Tyler Higbee in terms of offensive snaps (94 to 45), but the rookie has utterly dominated in the box score. While Higbee has gathered in just two of four passes for 17 yards, Everett has caught all four targets for a team-high 134 yards.
7:03 pm (EST)
Kenley Jansen (R) Headshot

Jansen allowed one hit and struck out one batter over 1.1 scoreless innings against the Phillies on Thursday en route to his 39th save of the season.

Jansen put the tying run on base in the ninth, but that runner was quickly erased as part of a double play, and Jansen then got Nick Williams on a weak grounder to help the Dodgers avoid a series sweep. The right-hander ranks third in baseball in saves with 39 (second in NL) and has a case to be the first closer off the board in 2018 drafts.
7:02 pm (EST)
Joe Barksdale Headshot

Barksdale (foot) was a full participant at the Chargers' practice Thursday.

Barksdale exited Sunday's loss to the Dolphins in the third quarter and practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, but appears good to go for Week 3. Right guard Kenny Wiggins (ankle) and center Spencer Pulley (knee) also participated fully Thursday, so the Chargers' offensive line could potentially be at full strength for Sunday's matchup with the Chiefs.
6:54 pm (EST)
José Pirela (R) Headshot

Pirela has been shut down for the remainder of the season due to a sprained left pinkie finger, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.

It appears the finger ailment that has kept Pirela out of the lineup since Sept. 12 will end his season prematurely. This isn't all too surprising, as the Padres are well out of playoff contention, so it doesnt make much sense for them to push Pirela to return for a few meaningless games. The 27-year-old compiled a respectable .288/.347/.490 line with 10 homers in 83 games following his callup at the beginning of June, and manager Andy Green said he's "front of the line" to be a starter next year for the Padres.
6:54 pm (EST)
Karlos Dansby Headshot

Dansby (hip) was limited in practice Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

For the second week in a row, Dansby has appeared on the team's first injury report, exchanging a shin injury for a hip concern. On this occasion, he actually was able to participate, meaning he should be able to avoid a game-day designation yet again. For the season, Dansby has logged 96.5 percent of the defensive snaps, which has translated to the second-most tackles (17) on the Cardinals.
6:44 pm (EST)
Melvin Gordon Headshot

Gordon (knee) was limited at practice Thursday.

Gordon is an addition to the Chargers' Week 3 injury report, thus making his status worth monitoring as Sunday's game against the Chiefs approaches. So far there's nothing to suggest that the running back's Week 3 status is in any peril, but we'll let you know if that assessment changes.
6:43 pm (EST)
Michael Foltynewicz (R) Headshot

The Braves are not optimistic about Foltynewicz (finger) making his next start Monday against the the Phillies, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Foltynewicz was thought to be on track to rejoin the Braves' rotation Monday after tossing a couple of successful side sessions earlier in the week, but that no longer appears to be the case. While the Braves haven't confirmed anything yet, it appears Foltynewicz's lacerated finger is still bothersome enough to force him to miss a second straight start. Max Fried and Lucas Sims would likely headline Monday's twin bill for the Braves if Folytnewicz can't go.
6:38 pm (EST)
Deone Bucannon Headshot

Bucannon (ankle) appears to be trending toward his season debut Monday against the Cowboys, Mike Jurecki of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.

Although Bucannon replicated his practice participation from last week with a limited showing Thursday, head coach Bruce Arians said the dollar linebacker will "be on a snap count" in his first game action since May ankle surgery. If he's active Monday, Bucannon may not play exclusively at money backer, as he's been building up his knowledge of the other LB positions. IDP relevance may be difficult to come by right away, though, due to the performance of rookie Haason Reddick (15 tackles) in his stead.
6:36 pm (EST)
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