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Demarcus Lawrence Headshot

Lawrence was one of the top performers in Tuesday's practice sessions, beating Tyron Smith in one-on-one drills and also getting the best of La'el Collins and Chaz Green, DallasCowboys.com reports.

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.
11:23 am (EST)
Breshad Perriman Headshot

Perriman (hamstring) still isn't practicing, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

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.
11:21 am (EST)
Allen Hurns Headshot

Hurns may be on the trade block, Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

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.
11:16 am (EST)
Daniel Norris (L) Headshot

Norris (groin) will make his next rehab start Saturday with Triple-A Toledo, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

After tossing 64 pitches in his second rehab start with Toledo on Monday, Norris could have his pitch count bumped up to the 80-to-85 range Saturday in what's expected to be his final outing in the minors before he's activated from the 10-day disabled list. Norris exhibited control issues his last time out with Toledo, but if he's able to make progress in that regard while working deeper into the start, he should be in line to reenter the Tigers' rotation Sept. 1 for one half of their doubleheader that day with the Indians. Norris has compiled a 5.29 ERA and 1.67 WHIP over 85 innings with the big club this season.
11:15 am (EST)
Devontae Booker Headshot

Booker (wrist) should return somewhere near the start of the season and still figures to have a place in Denver's running back rotation, Nick Kosmider of The Denver Post reports.

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.
11:09 am (EST)
Matt Harvey (R) Headshot

The Mets hope to activate Harvey (shoulder) from the 10-day disabled list in early September, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

Harvey's statistical results over his three minor-league rehab appearances have been acceptable (3.86 ERA, 6:2 K:BB over seven innings), but his fastball velocity has hovered around the high 80s and low 90s in those outings, well below the 93-to-94 mile-per-hour range he had been hitting prior to landing on the DL. In addition to having Harvey work deeper into games, the Mets likely want to see him gain a couple ticks before turning his loose against major-league hitters. He'll look to toss 80 to 85 pitches in his next rehab outing, which should come over the weekend with Double-A Binghamton or Triple-A Las Vegas.
11:08 am (EST)
Nefi Ogando (R) Headshot

Ogando (shoulder) moved his rehab assignment to Double-A Pensacola on Tuesday, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Shoulder issues have kept Ogando on the disabled list all season, with the right-hander having been limited to four rehab appearances in the minors as hie lone game action. After pitching three times in six days with the Reds' rookie-level Arizona League affiliate, Ogando will test himself against higher-quality competition as he looks to prove to the organization that he's back to full strength. Ogando was a fringe candidate to land a bullpen job with the Reds out of spring training even if health had prevailed, so once he's activated from the 60-day DL, there's a good chance he'll immediately be optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
10:58 am (EST)
Miguel Castro (R) Headshot

Castro will rejoin the club prior to Wednesday's game after spending three days on the bereavement list, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

In order to make room for Castro on the active roster, the Orioles optioned Alec Asher back down to Triple-A Norfolk. Moving forward, the 22-year-old right-hander figures to remain in a long relief role for Baltimore's bullpen.
10:55 am (EST)
Brock Osweiler Headshot

Osweiler isn't expected to play at all in Saturday's preseason game against Tampa Bay, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

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.
10:55 am (EST)
Paolo Espino (R) Headshot

The Brewers designated Espino for assignment Wednesday.

Espino was deemed expendable after the Brewers added another swingman to the organization Tuesday in Aaron Brooks, who was poached off waivers from the Cubs. Brooks will presumably take Espino's place in the rotation at Triple-A Colorado Springs and could be promoted to the Brewers when rosters expand in September as a long reliever or spot-starting option. Espino, meanwhile, should remain in the organization if he goes unclaimed off waivers, but his lack of a 40-man roster spot makes it unlikely that he'll rejoin the big club at any point in 2017.
10:53 am (EST)
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