Marshall missed last week's game vs the Charger's, but being on the practice field for two straight days is a good sign for the linebacker who has led or came in second the past two seasons for the Bronco's in tackles. Expect the Broncos to put heavy pressure on Carr this week.
There was some talk about Pumphrey entering Week 1 with a significant role when he got snaps with the first-team offense during the offseason program and into the first few days of training camp. It increasingly seems the rookie is merely being groomed as the successor to Darren Sproles, with Pumphrey's 2017 involvement largely dependent on his mentor's ability to stay healthy. Given that he won't contribute on special teams unless he wins a return job, Pumphrey could be a gameday inactive to start the season. Philadelphia might also stash him on injured reserve, though he seems to be healthy at the moment.
Gruden seems to be shutting down any notion of a true job battle, after Perine's impressive showing in Saturday 's exhibition against the Packers reinvigorated the hype surrounding the rookie. Perine did well to gain 45 yards on eight carries and 29 yards on one target, but his prior preseason outing was a complete disaster that included a dropped pass, a fumble, issues in pass protection and a 6-15-0 rushing line. He still has time to push for a significant role early in the year, but the Week 1 starting gig may already be out of the question.
The Bengals loaded up on the defensive line in the draft the last two years, and Gilberry hasn't been all that productive in the pass rush. The team already cut Brandon Thompson (who subsequently signed with the Browns), but another veteran DL could still be on the chopping block.
Samaje Perine's big preseason outing over the weekend may have reinvigorated the discussion regarding Washington's backfield, but Gruden's comments suggest Kelley is secure in his role as the Week 1 starter. That doesn't mean Perine won't also be heavily involved, nor does it mean Kelley will be immune to eventually losing the starting job. Gruden just doesn't seem to view it as a true job battle, which means Perine will need to continue his strong work in practice and preseason games if he's going to open the season with a significant share of the rushing workload. Passing-down specialist Chris Thompson will also be heavily involved, particularly when the Redskins can't establish the run and/or are forced into catch-up mode.
Galette's appearance at practice Wednesday bodes well for his availability for the season opener. The Redskins hope Galette can be a significant piece to their defensive puzzle this season, so it would not be surprising if they keep Galette limited throughout the remainder of the preseason.
No injury was ever associated with Ginn's absence from practice and ultimately the Saints' most-recent exhibition, so rest may have been prescribed for the veteran wideout/returner. While he was signed to serve as a poor man's Brandin Cooks, Michael Thomas and Willie Snead will almost certainly be options A and B in the mind of Drew Brees, especially since Ginn has topped out at 49 yards per game in any of his 10 campaigns.
Braman has been a key special teams asset for Philadelphia over the last several years but will now look to expand on that role in New Orleans. It's unlikely that he'll have any major impact on the defensive unit, but Braman will have the chance to earn his keeps as with special teams.
Gruden also said the team is easing Reed back into the lineup, which would seem to conflict at least a little with the statement that he practiced in full. Gruden elaborated that he hopes Reed can play in Sunday's preseason game against the Bengals, noting that the tight end's participation in that contest is important but not critical. Reed hadn't practiced all summer until Wednesday, and he'll wear a customized orthopedic to give his left foot added support for the foreseeable future. There doesn't seem to be much concern regarding his Week 1 status, but his ability to stay healthy throughout the season is a different story entirely.
Brantley has missed time with a broken finger and a shoulder injury this offseason, and according to reports, his time on the field has been just as unproductive. Once considered a steal from this year's draft, Brantley is now battling for a roster spot.
While we haven't reverted to panic mode quite yet, it is somewhat alarming that Santos' groin has kept him sidelined for over two weeks now. The Chiefs remain committed to Santos which is good for now, but unless he can back to full health relatively soon it may be a good idea to look elsewhere for your kicking services.
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