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Raymond Felton didn't practice Thursday in order to rest, the Bergen Record reports.

Update: League source confirms that the NFL will not seek a stay of Judge Berman's enforcement. NFL will not try to keep Tom Brady off the field.

It looks like the NFL, thankfully, does not want to drag this out and will just abide by the judge's decision. Tom Brady will be in uniform for Week 1 and those who drafted him late now have themselves a pretty sweet bargain. If you have not drafted yet, Brady immediately jumps back into the top-5 of quarterbacks and should be drafted accordingly. Analysis: Howard Bender

Marcus Mariota is expected to start Thursday's preseason game.

How much time Mariota actually sees is not yet known, but the general consensus is that he won't see very much. Few teams play their starters for the last preseason game, but the Titans feel like the rookie should at least get a few more reps in a game situation. Analysis: Howard Bender

NFL Commssioner Roger Goodell issues a statement in which he says the league will appeal Judge Berman's ruling.

Well you had to see that one coming, no? The NFL looks like a bunch of clowns now that the suspension has been lifted and Goodell needs to whatever he can to save face. This is going to be quite the hot-button issue over the next seven days as the NFL gets ready to kick off it's season, so brace yourself for excessive attention paid to it. Analysis: Howard Bender

Chris Sale will start Monday at home against the Indians.

Sale has averaged 112 pitches per game over his last six starts and it looks like the White Sox are going to give him an extra day to rest. It's a bummer for fantasy owners who were looking for the two-start week for him, but the team feels like he'll be better off. No word on how they're going to reset the rest of the rotation or who would fill in for Sunday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Tyler Bray (knee) received a two-year contract extension with the Chiefs on Wednesday.

Bray has been a good soldier for the Chiefs. There's nothing exciting about him even as a back-up, but it's good to see the club showing some loyalty and keeping things stable within. Analysis: Howard Bender

Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins starting lineup Thursday.

A day off, a lefty/righty match-up; it all points towards Suzuki taking a seat. Lefty-swinging Chris Herrmann will don the tools of ignorance for Thursday's tilt. Analysis: Howard Bender

Torii Hunter is not in the Twins starting lineup Thursday.

Hunter is just getting a routine day off. The Twins will use the much-younger tandem of Eddie Rosario and Shane Robinson in the corners. Analysis: Howard Bender

Miguel Sano (hamstring) is not in the Twins starting lineup Thursday.

While Sano is dealing with some soreness in the hamstring, it is not considered serious and he may even be able to pinch-hit if needed. Joe Mauer will DH while Kennys Vargas handles first base Thursday. Analysis: Howard Bender

X-rays taken late Wednesday on Justin Turner's left pinkie showed up negative. Turner was hit by a Mike Leake pitch in the sixth inning.

Turner appears to have dodged a bullet and may only miss a couple of days. Turner has provided nice fantasy value this season with a slash line of .292/.360/.508 with 15 homeruns and 52 RBIs.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Greg Hardy will discuss with the NFLPA whether to appeal his 4-game suspension now that Tom Brady's was overturned.

Hardy will currently miss the first four games of the season due to his role in a 2014 domestic violence incident. The defensive end had his 10-game suspension reduced to the four and may now attempt to get the entire suspension voided. As we have seen with the Tom Brady case, if Hardy does elect to fight his four-game suspension, it could take weeks before anything is resolved and by then, the suspension may already have ended. Hardy should provide IDP owners with production when he returns, but it’s difficult to take a chance on him at this point in drafts.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Corey Seager was called up by the Dodgers on Thursday.

The fantasy baseball world has been waiting for the Dodgers to call up their top prospect and it has finally happened. However, it doesn’t appear the team will use Seager on an everyday basis and Jimmy Rollins is still very much in their plans as the starting shortstop. This could change over the next couple weeks, but the Dodgers are still trying to win a division title and position themselves for a deep October run. At this point, Seager is more of a daily play then a guy fantasy owners need to pickup off the waiver wire for the last month of the season. The 21-year-old and a consensus top-10 prospect in all of baseball had a slash line of .292/.343/.486 with 18 homeruns and 74 RBIs between Double-A and Triple-A this season.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Tom Brady has defeated the NFL and has had his four-game suspension nullified.

The number one storyline since January in the NFL appears to have finally come to a close and it’s a huge decision. Brady being available for the start of the regular season sends ripple effects through the league and in fantasy football. Brady rises up all the quarterback rankings and fantasy owners can feel comfortable drafting him where they seem fit. Rob Gronkowski was clearly the number one tight end even if Brady missed the first four games, but fantasy owners can now relax knowing he will have one of the top quarterbacks throwing him the football at the start of the season. Brady’s suspension being lifted also makes Julian Edelman a prime target in PPR leagues as well. To those who have already drafted and took a chance on Brady, this is a great day for you! The NFL once again comes out looking bad and this is another black eye under the Roger Goodell administration.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Jamison Crowder won't face league discipline for June domestic violence accusation on social media.

It’s been a wild week for the Redskins organization, but they receive good news involving their rookie wide receiver. Crowder was drafted in the fourth-round of the 2015 NFL Draft and will have a chance to make an impact on special teams this season. After missing the first two preseason games due to a hamstring injury, Crowder caught four passes and a touchdown in the third preseason game. Crowder will try and push Andre Roberts for the slot receiver position, but at this point, he doesn’t bring much fantasy value.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Tim Lincecum has sought another opinion on his hip to determine if he needs surgery or not.

The two-time Cy Young award winner has been on the disabled list since late July due to a degenerative condition in his hip. Lincecum is clearly trying to avoid hip surgery, but that may be the only route to get the right-hander back on the mound and effective for the Giants next season. In 15 starts this season, Lincecum has posted a 4.13 ERA with a WHIP of 1.48 to go along with a 60:38 K:BB ratio.  Analysis: Phil Backert

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