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Rob Gronkowski (knee), who has yet to be cleared for contact, is among the Patriots not expected to suit up for Friday night's preseason game against the Eagles.

If he hasn't been cleared for contact, then why is he suiting up? More Bill Belichick nonsense here. Gronkowski will be a non-factor once again.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Update: Andrelton Simmons was scratched Monday with right ankle inflammation.

Not a good sign, that he has ankle issues on top of his prior knee inflammation. He could be back in the lineup soon, as the Braves seem content to use him as their primary SS when he is healthy. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Cubs designated Mike Olt for assignment.

Some team may find him attractive to claim off of waivers. With the team adding Austin Jackson, a roster move was required and Olt was not exactly banging at the door to take a starting role in the Cubs lineup. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Oscar Hernandez has a strained left hamstring and will miss the next few games.

Ride through the next few games with Wellington Castillo and Jerrod Saltalamacchia handle the back of the plate duties. He has defensive abilities that outweigh his offensive liabilities, so do not be too upset that Hernadez is out of action for the near future. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Cody Martin will start for the Athletics on Tuesday.

Martin came over to the A's in a July trade. If you have been watching, it is always a good idea to back any pitcher that Billy Beane targets.  Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

J.J. Wilcox is not practicing Monday because of a sore neck.

At least it is not the plantar fasciitis that was bothering him in minicamp. He is targeted to be a big part of the Cowboy defensive secondary, although not a primary IDP target in drafts. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Braves have scratched Andrelton Simmons. Pedro Ciriaco will start.

The bet here is that his knee flared up again. He was in the starting lineup earlier, so the pregame warmups must have revealed an issue. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Cowboys have removed LB Rolando McClain from the PUP list.

RoLo will be serving a four game suspension regardless of being taken off the PUP list, but at least now he has gotten two games back. In any event, he might not be the best IDP option this season, considering the Cowboys are likely to have a rotation at the linebacker spot.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Corey Dickerson will take live batting practice Monday for the first time since his rib injury.

Dickerson feels pretty good now, after taking some time off to allow his ribs to heal up. Considering there is an outfield spot waiting for him once he returns, Dickerson needs to be taken seriously as a fantasy option, despite the questionable health.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

ESPN is reporting Trent Richardson was released by the Raiders.

No surprise here, as Richardson has looked awful this preseason, but the interesting part of all of this is how far Richardson has fallen since his final days at Alabama. He was considered the top running back of the 2012 NFL draft and arguably the best overall player in the entire lot of prospects that year. He burst onto the scene with the Browns in his rookie year, who took him with the third overall pick, as he ran for nearly 1000 yards and tallied 11 touchdowns. he also caught 51 passes out of the backfield, allowing him to slip into the 100 players list for the next season. From there, it all went downhill, as he was traded to the Colts for a fist round pick, of which many believed to be an adequate price for the supposedly elite back, as him and young QB Andrew Luck were supposed to take the league by storm. As a Colt, he looked lost and couldn't seem to hit the hole with any sort of conviction. He was eventually cut and has never appeared to even be close to the same player he was touted to be. This is such a sad story, but let's hope for Richardson's sake that this is not the end of it and that he can change the narrative.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Aaron Barrett saw Dr. James Andrews for an opinion on his elbow.

Barrett wasn't fantasy relevant prior to the injury, and likely won't be after he heals up (surgery required or not). More information on Dr. Andrews' opinion are sure to unfold in the coming days.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Brandon Crawford has returned to the Giants starting lineup on Monday.

Crawford will play short as usual and will bat sixth in the Giants lineup, as they take on left-hander Brett Anderson and the LA Dodgers. In eight career at-bats against Anderson, Crawford has a .625 batting average, so he might prove to be an elite FanDuel option at $3000.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Charlie Furbush's (shoulder) second opinion from Dr. David Altchek confirmed he will not need surgery.

Although he may not need surgery, that doesn't change the fact that he will still miss the rest of the season. This should be considered good news however, as his offseason rehab process will not be as rigorous.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Justin Morneau (concussion, neck) will return to the Rockies on Thursday for an evaluation.

Morneau has a history of concussion issues, so he and the Rockies have been extra cautious to not push him back out onto the diamond. It would be completely understandable if he were to never to play baseball again, but apparently he is ready to begin forward progress in the rehabilitation process. Morneau has a chance to play for the Rockies again this season, but I wouldn't bank too hard on it.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

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