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|8/26/2015||Ahmad Brooks, SF, LB|
|Brooks has been charged by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office with misdemeanor sexual battery for an alleged assault the same day involving the same alleged victim.
Analysis: The 49ers sent Brooks home from Colorado, where they are holding joint practices with the Broncos before playing a preseason game against Denver on Saturday night.
|8/26/2015||Calvin Johnson, Det, WR|
|Detroit plays at Jacksonville on Friday night. Johnson, who caught 71 passes for 1,077 yards and eight touchdowns last season despite missing three games, did not play in the team's first two preseason games. He has said he would welcome the chance to play this weekend, but Caldwell and his staff seem intent on keeping Johnson under wraps until the regular season starts Sept. 13 at San Diego.
Analysis: Johnson, who turns 30 next month, has little to prove in exhibition games, and the Lions always do what they can to protect him from wear and tear. Caldwell said there are no injury concerns about Johnson right now. Johnson's potential absence would give the Lions more time to assess their group of receivers before cutting down the roster. Johnson and Golden Tate are obviously the top two receivers on the team, but Detroit has several more who will see time Friday.
|8/26/2015||Joique Bell, Det, RB|
|Bell will not play Friday against the Jaguars.
Analysis: Bell has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of camp.
|8/26/2015||Junior Galette, Was, LB|
|Galette will miss the season because of a torn left Achilles.
Analysis: The Washington pass rusher was injured in practice Wednesday. He was signed July 31, four days after being released by New Orleans because of off-the-field problems. Galette had 31 1/2 sacks in five seasons with the Saints and a combined 22 in the past two.
|8/26/2015||Michael Williams, NE, T|
|The Detroit Lions have traded Williams to the New England Patriots for an undisclosed 2016 draft pick. The Lions took Williams in the seventh round of the 2013 draft, but he has not played in an NFL game.
Analysis: Williams played tight end at Alabama, catching 51 passes in four seasons and even returning a handful of kickoffs. But he was considered more of a throwback blocking end when he came into the NFL. Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said a couple of weeks ago that Williams had significantly improved his quickness and technical ability.
|8/26/2015||Chase Williams, Oak, LB|
|Oakland waived Williams on Wednesday.
Analysis: The move cleared a roster spot for the signing of Taylor Mays.
|8/26/2015||Taylor Mays, Oak, S|
|The Raiders signed Mays on Wednesday after he was released by Detroit last week. He is reunited with defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr., who was a coach at USC when Mays played there.
Analysis: Mays has played 66 games the past five seasons for San Francisco and Cincinnati. He has 72 tackles, four passes defensed, one sack, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He has spent time this offseason with Minnesota and Detroit. Mays played primarily special teams last season for the Bengals.
|8/26/2015||Terrelle Pryor, Cle, WR|
|Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor returned to practice in pads Wednesday after being sidelined by a hamstring injury.
Analysis: The former quarterback is running out of time to make Cleveland's roster.
|8/26/2015||Johnny Manziel, Cle, QB|
|Manziel's sore right elbow has not responded to rest and the Browns quarterback will likely sit out an exhibition Saturday at Tampa Bay. Manziel was kept from throwing again Wednesday, the second time this week he's been held out of throwing drills. Browns coach Mike Pettine said Manziel underwent an MRI, which did not reveal any structural damage and the team is deciding the next step in treatment.
Analysis: Pettine said the team will be cautious with the second-year QB. Pettine said Manziel has been bothered by elbow soreness since high school.
|8/26/2015||Jadeveon Clowney, Hou, LB|
|Clowney is expected to play in Houston's season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 13. Coach Bill O'Brien says that Clowney has looked good in practice and that they're going to: `keep inching him forward to be able to go in that first game."
Analysis: The top overall pick in the 2014 draft had microfracture surgery on his right knee in December and didn't return to practice until Aug. 17. The outside linebacker says he's feeling strong and that he's glad all the work he put in during rehabilitation is finally paying off. He played just four games last season because of various injuries before the season-ending microfracture surgery.
|8/26/2015||Evan Royster, Atl, RB|
|Atlanta waived Royster on Wednesday.
Analysis: The move cleared a roster spot for the signing of Rex Grossman.
|8/26/2015||Rex Grossman, Atl, QB|
|The Atlanta Falcons have signed Grossman to compete for the backup quarterback job behind Matt Ryan. Grossman, who hasn't thrown an NFL pass since 2011, helped Chicago go 13-3 in 2006 and reach the Super Bowl. He's 26-22 in his career since getting drafted in the first round 12 years ago.
Analysis: He joins T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree in the competition for the No. 2 QB role. Grossman played under Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and went 6-10 in two seasons. He spent 2010-2013 with the Redskins.
|8/25/2015||Victor Cruz, NYG, WR|
|Cruz is hoping to be ready for the New York Giants' regular-season opener against Dallas despite not playing in the first two games of the preseason. Cruz, who is coming back from his second knee surgery in as many years, missed practice again on Tuesday with a calf injury that has sidelined him for a week. It's an injury that happened last week, and one that has coach Tom Coughlin concerned.
Analysis: Cruz was limited at the start of training camp coming off surgery and the calf injury has prevented him from getting back into football shape. He played six games last season because of a torn right patellar tendon, and did little working out with the team in the offseason.
|8/25/2015||Branden Albert, Mia, T|
|Albert has been cleared to practice wire to wire for the first time since being sidelined in Week 10 last season with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee. Albert declined to say how soon he expects to play in a game, but while he's unlikely to suit up for Saturday's exhibition game against Atlanta, he appears on schedule to make the season opener Sept. 13.
Analysis: Albert wore a brace on his knee for Tuesday's workout in pads and shorts. His return lends stability to a line that remains unsettled at both guard spots and is viewed as the weak link in a potentially potent offense. An eighth-year veteran, Albert was perhaps the Dolphins' best offensive player last season until he was hurt.
|8/25/2015||Louis Delmas, Mia, S|
|Delmas has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve list because of a torn ACL in his right knee.
Analysis: The move was made Monday. Delmas was hurt Wednesday during a scrimmage with the Carolina Panthers. He tore the same ACL last December against the Baltimore Ravens, and the latest injury threatens his career. Walt Aikens and Michael Thomas are in contention to take Delmas' starting spot.
|8/25/2015||Star Lotulelei, Car, DT|
|Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he expects Lotulelei to be back on the field for the Sept. 13 regular-season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The former first-round draft pick has missed most of training camp and both preseason games with a stress reaction in his right foot.
Analysis: For now, he remains in a boot and continues to be held out of practice. Lotulelei broke the same foot in practice last January causing him to miss Carolina's NFC division round playoff game against Seattle. Lotulelei's role with the Panthers is to occupy double teams up front and allow linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis to run to the ball and make plays.
|8/25/2015||Michael Vick, Pit, QB|
|The Steelers signed Vick to a one-year deal on Tuesday night, hopeful there's enough game left in the 35-year-old's still dangerous legs to provide the defending AFC North champions some insurance should something happen to Ben Roethlisberger.
Analysis: Vick spent 2014 with the New York Jets, engineering an upset over the Steelers on Nov. 9 by throwing for two touchdowns in a 20-13 victory, his lone triumph during an otherwise forgettable season.
|8/25/2015||Ryan Mallett, Hou, QB|
|Mallett was still seething on Tuesday, a day after Brian Hoyer beat him out to earn Houston's starting quarterback job. Mallett says: "Am I disappointed? Yeah. Angry? Little bit. Thought I did enough to deserve the job. But it was not seen that way so I'll do what's best for the team."
Analysis: Coach Bill O'Brien, who announced the decision on Monday, wouldn't expect Mallett to be happy about losing the job and says it shows what kind of competitor he is. The Texans played four quarterbacks last season because of injuries. Mallett, who started two games last season, thinks he'll get a chance to play.
|8/25/2015||Mike Evans, TB, WR|
|Evans left during Tampa Bay's opening drive of Monday's 25-11 preseason win over Cincinnati with a sore hamstring.
Analysis: The team called it a hamstring strain. The second-year receiver didn't have a catch on two targets.
|8/25/2015||Jameis Winston, TB, QB|
|Winston limped off the field, done for the night, two plays after appearing to tweak his right ankle when he was sacked by Geno Atkins and Wallace Gilberry early in the second quarter of Monday's 25-11 preseason win over Cincinnati.
Analysis: In four series, he was 8 of 13 for 90 yards and no interceptions. The young quarterback stumbled as he backed away from center before being wrapped up in the arms of Atkins and Gilberry and taken to the ground. "It was a tough fall, but it was just a coach's decision. I thought we saw enough from him," said coach Lovie Smith.
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