Ware was unable to pass concussion protocol which leaves the door open for Charcandrick West to make the start. West will be the workhorse with Ware and Charles both not playing. West should be considered an easy RB1 Week 9.
Penn didn't report for the beginning of training camp as he intended to hold out for a new contract, but the Pro Bowl tackle returned to practice Wednesday and is slated to make a $5.8 million base salary this year. Having allowed just one sack in 16 games throughout the 2016 season, he figures to be a key piece of the Raiders' elite offensive line once again in 2017.
The conventional wisdom is that while LaFell is the starter, he's going to get surpassed in production by Tyler Boyd, rookie John Ross or perhaps both. That's the percentage play, as LaFell lacks palpable upside, but Ross has yet to play this preseason and Boyd could get relegated to a slot role. What's most likely to happen is that none of the three produce regularly in 2017.
The 2016 second-round pick out of Pitt has been under the radar when evaluating the Bengals' target share, but rookie John Ross will probably be brought along slowly given his inexperience and his shoulder injury. Boyd will most often work in the slot and could produce more than Ross and starter (for now) Brandon LaFell.
Schwenke originally suffered the right ankle injury during the latter portion of the Colts' offseason program, but he'll now be eligible to participate in practice. Schwenke, a former fourth-round pick, figures to provide depth on the offensive line.
While the undisclosed injury apparently isn't serious, it could still keep Bryant out of Saturday's preseason game against the Colts if he doesn't return to practice Thursday. Given that he's only been with the team for two weeks following an absence of more than a year, the Steelers might take a slightly more aggressive approach than they typically would with a star player in the preseason. Bryant caught two of his three targets for 20 yards in Sunday's preseason game against Atlanta, making his first NFL appearance since January 2016. He's locked in as the team's No. 2 wide receiver, assuming he meets all the conditions for the league to fully reinstate him prior to Week 1.
Mager, who's been dealing with a hamstring injury throughout training camp, tore the same muscle during his rookie year as the Chargers elected to proceed cautiously with his recovery this time around. He'll look to make his preseason debut Saturday against the Rams, hoping to make the Chargers' final roster and provide depth in the secondary.
Booker showed up to watch Wednesday's practice with a brace on his right wrist. This may be the first time he's talked to the media since undergoing surgery in late July to address a hairline fracture. The projected six-week timetable left some hope he'd be ready for Week 1, but it seems he's now resigned to missing the first couple games of the season. His absence has freed up added reps for Jamaal Charles and De'Angelo Henderson behind starter C.J. Anderson, adding further confusion to what always projected as a multi-headed backfield. Booker was expected to push Anderson for first-team work in training camp prior to the announcement of his surgery. Booker's role upon returning likely will depend on how Anderson and Co. perform in his absence.
The team's concerns that Buckner could be sidelined for an extended period of time seemingly took a backseat Wednesday once it was clear Buckner would be returning to practice. His return hints that he'll be available for the season opener.
The good news is that Bulaga isn't dealing with another knee injury that has plagued him mightily in the past. The severity is somewhat unknown, but we'll likely have a better understanding of his progress in the coming days.
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