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Daniel Murphy (L) Headshot

Murphy underwent successful knee surgery to repair the articular cartilage in his right knee, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.

The Nationals stated that Murphy will begin rehab immediately, but the only sort of timetable mentioned was that the rehab "will progress throughout the offseason." Regarding the surgery, Dr. Timothy Kremcheck performed the procedure, which entailed debridement and microfracture of the knee. There will likely be updates of Murphy's status as the offseason moves along.
3:25 pm (EST)
Mike Wallace Headshot

Wallace (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reportrs.

Durability has never been much of a concern for Wallace, who has missed just one game in his nine NFL seasons, and the wideout has stated throughout the week that he doesn't believe his back issue will keep him on the sideline come Sunday. The injury sidelined Wallace for one practice this week and limited him for two others, but if he endures no new complications during pregame warmups, he'll likely be able to tough it out and play in Week 7. Wallace's availability would loom larger than normal for an injury-ravaged Ravens receiving corps, which will be missing Breshad Perriman (concussion) and could also be without the services of Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) and Chris Matthews (thigh).
3:25 pm (EST)
Erik Gudbranson Headshot

Gudbranson will miss Friday's matchup with Buffalo as he serves a one-game suspension for boarding, per the NHL Department of Player Safety.

Gudbranson has never been hit with a fine or a suspension by the league, which likely eased the severity of the penalty -- combined with the fact that Frank Vatrano does not appear to have suffered an injury on the play. With the 25-year-old ineligible to play, Alex Biega will make his season debut for the Canucks.
3:25 pm (EST)
Josh Robinson Headshot

Robinson (concussion) didn't practice Friday and won't be ready for Sunday's game against the Bills, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Robinson was able to practice in full capacity Wednesday, but he still wasn't able to progress in concussion protocol to the point that he could play. With Keith Tandy and T.J. Ward both nursing hip injuries, Robinson could've been due for some defensive snaps too. Expect to see Justin Evans to pick up most of the workload Robinson leaves behind.
3:24 pm (EST)
Scott Wedgewood Headshot

The Devils recalled Wedgewood from AHL Binghamton under emergency conditions Friday.

New Jersey placed starting netminder Cory Schneider on injured reserve in a corresponding move Friday, so Wedgewood will presumably slot in as Keith Kinkaid's backup for Friday's game against the Sharks. The 25-year-old netminder will be returned to the minors as soon as Schneider is fit to play.
3:22 pm (EST)
Keenan Allen Headshot

Allen (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

After being added to the Chargers' injury report as a limited practice participant Thursday, Allen was unable to practice Friday, thus clouding his status for Sunday's 4:25 ET home tilt. If Allen is out or limited at all Sunday, Mike Williams could see some added work in his second game with the team, while working with Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin, who were in Week 6's starting lineup against the Raiders along with Allen.
3:22 pm (EST)
Kyle Larson Headshot

Larson was fastest in opening practice for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 189.056 mph.

Larson's was the only Chevrolet that looked impressive in the opening practice. He edged a duo of Fords and duo of Toyotas for the fastest lap of the session. This practice looked more like a shake down exercise than a dial-in exercise, so it's difficult to put to much into the numbers. However, Larson should be on target to crack the Top 10 in Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400.
3:22 pm (EST)
Zach LaVine Headshot

LaVine was seen doing "light work" during Friday's practice, which included layups and eurosteps, Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman reports.

While this may not be too different from the "unpredictable movements" he was cleared to do earlier in the month, it's worth noting that LaVine is continuing to progress well in his recovery. While he remains out, Justin Holiday should continue starting and see significant run at shooting guard.
3:20 pm (EST)
Jermaine Grace Headshot

Grace (hamstring) practiced without limitations Friday and will be ready for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Grace hasn't touched the game field since Week 2 against the Packers, where he played strictly in special teams scenarios. Top middle linebacker Deion Jones rarely leaves the field, so don't expect Grace to log many defensive snaps or be a relevant fantasy option.
3:20 pm (EST)
Jimmy Smith Headshot

Smith (Achilles) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Of the 10 players the Ravens are listing as questionable for the Week 7 matchup, Smith may be one of the less likelier options to suit up once Sunday arrives. After missing practices Wednesday and Thursday, Smith was only able to log a limited session Friday. Rookie Marlon Humphrey would likely rank as the top candidate to enter the starting lineup if Smith is unable to give it a go this weekend.
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