As expected, this was just a minor ailment and the second-year player will get right back to it. Williams remains the handcuff to LeSean McCoy, and given McCoy's age and perhaps a plan for the Bills to keep his body away from goal-line scrums, a decent fantasy sleeper in what looks to be a run-based offense.
The Cowboys took it easy on Lawrence through the early part of camp as he made his recovery from January back surgery, and their patience seems to be paying off as the fourth-year DE looks more and more dangerous on the rush. He led the team in sacks in 2015, and if he can stay healthy this season Lawrence should be able to give the Cowboys a much-needed boost to their defensive line.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said last Tuesday that the wideout was on schedule in his recovery and could make an appearance at some point during the preseason. It seems that appearance would have to come in the preseason finale, as Perriman still hasn't returned to practice with just three days remaining until Saturday's exhibition against the Bills. At this point, it's fair to wonder if Perriman is in danger of missing Week 1 against the Bengals. He should still be locked in as the team's No. 3 wide receiver whenever he's available.
Signed to a four-year, $40 million contract last offseason, Hurns was ineffective and plagued by injuries throughout a 2016 season in which Marqise Lee (ankle) enjoyed a breakout. With the Jags now aiming for a run-heavy approach and also adding wideout Dede Westbrook in the fourth round of the draft, it's easy to see how Hurns has so quickly become expendable. Of course, the team probably won't just give him away for a late-round pick -- particularly not while Lee is sidelined with a high-ankle sprain. The Jags might consider moving Hurns for a middle-round pick or offensive line help.
C.J. Anderson appears locked in as the Week 1 starter, with Booker tentatively expected to fill the No. 2 role once he's available. Sixth-round rookie De'Angelo Henderson has made a case this preseason for some kind of involvement, and veteran Jamaal Charles hopes to do the same Saturday against the Packers in what will be his lone appearance of the exhibition schedule. Given his rookie-year struggles and the depth of competition, Booker may have serious competition for backup work upon rejoining the team. His Week 1 status remains up in the air, but it doesn't sound like he's in danger of missing more than a couple games.
Browns coach Hue Jackson named DeShone Kizer as the starter for the team's dress rehearsal, seemingly setting the rookie up for the Week 1 starting gig if he can avoid falling flat on his face Saturday night. It's unclear why Osweiler is being held out completely, but it may just be that the team wants to get another look at Cody Kessler and/or Kevin Hogan after Kizer is removed from the game. Given that his $16 million base salary is guaranteed, Osweiler doesn't seem likely to be released or traded before the season.
Sanders was absent from practice for less than a week and only missed one preseason game. He was actually involved in a minor car accident on his way to the team's facility Tuesday morning, but it didn't stop him from participating in all activities in his first practice since last Wednesday. Sanders will open the season catching passes from Trevor Siemian, who recently was declared the winner of Denver's quarterback battle. Sanders actually had slightly better production with Paxton Lynch under center last season, averaging six catches for 65.3 yards on 10.3 targets in the three games the rookie played, compared to 4.7 catches for 64.3 yards on 8.3 targets in the other 13 games. That said, Siemian's victory in the QB competition seems like good news for both Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.
The transaction comes just days after Bowie was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. Giants general manager Jerry Reese noted that the NFL is still gathering more information regarding the incident that prompted Bowie's arrest, so if the offensive tackle is ultimately cleared of any discipline from the league, New York wouldn't necessarily close the door on re-signing him.
Kansas City's Eric Berry missed the entire preseason in a similar situation last year, but he at least returned to his team before its final exhibition contest, which allowed for two weeks of preparation. Bell, on the other hand, seemingly doesn't plan to sign his franchise tender in time to join practice before Pittsburgh's preseason finale next Thursday. Given that teams typically get at least two days off before they start Week 1 preparation, Bell essentially will have only five or six days of practice before he suits up for the opener. It's a bit of a concern, but not nearly enough to remove him from the elite tier of running backs. He's been working out on his own in Florida, presumably staying in tip-top shape for the start of the season. His groin surgery from March isn't believed to be a concern.
Roethlisberger has been hindered by a minor ankle injury since the beginning of August, but he's slated to make his preseason debut on Saturday. The Steelers' offense still won't be at full strength during their third preseason tilt, however, while running back Le'Veon Bell (groin) remains away from the team. Backup quarterback Landry Jones (abdomen) figures to return from his injury Saturday as well, and rookie Joshua Dobbs will also continue to provide depth behind Roethlisberger.
Woodhead suffered the injury during Thursday's preseason game against Miami and still hasn't returned to practice as of Wednesday. He probably wouldn't play in the final exhibition contest even if he were healthy, and it would be a stretch to return in time for Saturday's preseason game against Buffalo. The Ravens will focus on getting the 33-year-old ready for Week 1, when the team hopes he'll line up as one of the top pass catchers for Joe Flacco (back), who won't begin practicing any earlier than Sunday. With No. 3 wideout Breshad Perriman (hamstring) also still sidelined, the Baltimore passing game is in a race against the clock as Week 1 against the Bengals approaches.
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