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Update: While TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) is reporting that Marshawn Lynch was "in the building during a heated altercation between two rival rap crews, but the RB kept his nose clean," night club employees confirmed that Lynch was very much part of the group that pushed its way to the backstage area and onto the stage. The first punch that was thrown came from Mistah F.A.B. and the two rival crews pushed each other back and forth. There is no confirmation that Lynch actually threw or took a punch, but he was part of the altercation.

It's understandable that Mistah F.A.B. would like to keep his friend's involvement out of the news headlines, given the circumstances, but Lynch is obviously not free of involvement as the TMZ Sports report states. Lynch was very much part of F.A.B.'s crew and was identified by sources as one of the people who pushed their way through the backstage area to get onto the stage where DJ Mustard was performing. Again, with respect to fantasy value, this incident sheds light on character, something the NFL has taken a very hard-lined stance on in recent seasons. It doesn't sound like this is something the league will investigate itself as authorities were not involved, but it does add an element of concern with regard to Lynch and compounds the risks noted in drafting him that have arisen as of late.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Manager Clint Hurdle said that Corey Hart cut his foot trying to get into a hot tub on Sunday.

The cut will put him out of action for a few days but we should expect him to start appearing in Grapefruit League games by early next week. Hart signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Pirates in December and could fit into a first-base platoon with Pedro Alvarez if his health cooperates. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Ryan Madson was scratched from pitching Monday due to back stiffness.

The old veteran is going through normal pains that a man of his age would experience. The long and the short of it is, Madson hasn't appeared in a major league game since the 2011 season due to chronic elbow issues. He is a long shot to make the Royals' Opening Day bullpen. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Kevin Martin is questionable for Monday's game with an illness.

It looks right now like Kevin Martin won't be able to go, so expect to see Andrew Wiggins to be the main focal point of the Timberwolves offense against Los Angeles. If the veteran does miss the game, It is possible to see Gary Neal get the start in his place. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Chicago's Jimmy Butler could miss 3-6 weeks with a left elbow sprain, but won't need surgery.

It has officially been called a ligament (ulnar) strain and a small bone impaction injury to the left elbow. He will be judged week to week. The hope is that he'll be back to return full time in three weeks but no matter what this will be an extended absence for Jimmy Buckets. Without Butler, Tony Snell should move into the starting lineup and is a must-add in every format where he's available.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Andrelton Simmons seems to have recovered from his sore oblique, but he probably won't play in games until next week.

The good news is that the Braves feel like Simmons is over his oblique strain, but they are going to play it safe and hold him for another week. He should be 100 percent for the start of the 2015 season and Atlanta can only hope he can bounce back after batting just .244/.286/.331 with seven home runs in 146 games last year. Simmons is only 25 years old. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) a game-time decision Monday.

Never fun for Fantasy Owners when you get the "game-time" decision. Pekovic did not participate in morning shoot around, but he will warmup before the game to see if he can give it a go. Right now we would guess that he is not going to play and if that's the case, Gorgui Dieng would step up into the starter role.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Carlos Gonzalez (knee) ran the bases on Monday.

We got to see both Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki run the bases on Monday which is a great sign for Fantasy Baseball players. Gonzalez is slowly coming back from getting his patellar tendon repaired in August. Tulo is on his way back from a hip procedure. Both players are expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

The Detroit Lions had former Rams DT Kendall Langford in for a free agent visit.

The Lions have decided not to use the franchise tag on Ndamukong Suh and remember that Nick Fairley is also a free agent. This means that the Lions have to look for other opinions at the defensive tackle position. The 29-year-old Langford was released by the Rams last week, a move that saved them $6M in cap space. He was replaced in 2014 by the young stud Aaron Donald on the depth chart. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Dwight Freeney will forgoe on retirement, and will play his 14th NFL season. He is set to become a free agent.

Freeney is 35 years old and racked up just 3.5 sacks and 10 tackles in 16 games for the Chargers last season. Surprisingly, he did lead the team in hurries with 40 on the season. We are sure that he'll find a home but will that be as a starter or just a situational rusher going forward. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Chandler Parsons will not play on Monday.

Richard Jefferson will get the start again on Monday night for the Mavericks while Al-Farouq Aminu will continue to get his minutes increased. The Mavericks were hopeful to get Parsons back early this week but it looks like it could be a few more games. He has not played since February 20th.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Tyson Chandler will not play on Monday.

This will be a small lineup on Monday night for the Mavericks as one again Dirk Nowitzki will play center while we'll see J.J. Barea alongside both Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis in the backcourt, but we could also get a look at Bernard James getting time at the center position as well. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Elvis Andrus is dealing with a sore left knee, but the injury is not considered serious.

Andrus was forced to leave his workout with mild left knee soreness. He paid a visit to Dr. Keith Meister, who told Rangers general manager Jon Daniels that it's not a significant injury. The Rangers will take it easy on the 26-year-old shortstop but we should see him back in Cactus League action soon. Andrus took steps backwards last season batting .263/.314/.333. He was also caught stealing on 15 of his 42 stolen base attempts last year.  Analysis: Drew Phelps
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