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|8/26/2014||Dez Bryant, WR||Bryant figures he has about a week left to work out a contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys because he doesn't want negotiations going on during the season.
Analysis: The fifth-year receiver is entering the final year of his rookie contract after teammate Tyron Smith, drafted a year later, recently got an eight-year extension that pushed the value of his deal to more than $100 million. Bryant has a base salary of $1.8 million in 2014, and the average of the highest-paid receivers is around $12 million.
|8/25/2014||Brandon Meriweather, S||Meriweather has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season for a blow to the head to a receiver.
Analysis: The NFL announced the suspension Monday, saying it was the sixth time Meriweather has violated rules aimed at improving player safety. Meriweather was flagged for a personal foul when he hit Torrey Smith in the second quarter of Saturday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens.
|8/25/2014||Jalen Saunders, WR||Saunders is simply happy to be back on the football field. The New York Jets rookie wide receiver was a full participant at practice for the first time in over a week Monday after suffering a seizure that hospitalized him for two days following a single-car accident.
Analysis: Coach Rex Ryan confirmed that Saunders, a fourth-round pick out of Oklahoma, had a seizure when he drove his car off the road on Aug. 15 on his way to the team's facility. The incident Saunders dealt with had been previously described only as a "medical event."
|8/25/2014||Matt Schaub, QB||Schaub missed his second straight day of practice with a sore throwing elbow, a problem that has lingered throughout the preseason.
Analysis: Schaub's status for Thursday night's exhibition finale against Seattle remains up in the air but he and coach Dennis Allen say they are confident he will be healthy enough to start the season opener Sept. 7 against the New York Jets.
|8/25/2014||Eric Berry, S||Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and Berry have returned to practice after dealing with injuries.
Analysis: Berry has missed most of the past couple weeks with a heel injury.
|8/25/2014||Jamaal Charles, RB||Charles and safety Eric Berry have returned to practice after dealing with injuries.
Analysis: Charles has been out the past two preseason games after hurting his foot while moving out of the dorms at the Chiefs' training camp headquarters at Missouri Western.
|8/25/2014||Steven Jackson, RB||Jackson is back on the practice fields for the first time in almost a month, providing hope the Atlanta Falcons' starting running back can be ready for the season opener.
Analysis: Jackson had not practiced since July 28, when he hurt his right hamstring. On the following day, coach Mike Smith said the injury wasn't serious and Jackson would be ready for the Sept. 7 opener against New Orleans.
|8/25/2014||Jay Feely, K||Feely and quarterback Ryan Lindley were among the 13 players who have been cut by the Arizona Cardinals. The 38-year-old Feely is a 13-year NFL veteran and the Cardinals' kicker for the past four seasons.
Analysis: Feely missed a 48-yard try in Sunday night's loss to Cincinnati. He lost the job to Chandler Cantanzaro, an undrafted rookie out of Clemson.
|8/25/2014||Ryan Lindley, QB||Kicker Jay Feely and Lindley were among the 13 players who have been cut by the Arizona Cardinals.
Analysis: Lindley was the third-string quarterback for Arizona the last two seasons but lost the job to rookie Logan Thomas, a fourth-round pick from Virginia Tech. Lindley started four games as a rookie two years ago.
|8/25/2014||Jimmy Garoppolo, QB||Garoppolo will get his first NFL start when the New England Patriots visit the New York Giants for Thursday night's preseason finale.
Analysis: Garoppolo, who has played well in three preseason games, likely will play a good portion of the game amid talk that incumbent backup Ryan Mallett may be traded.
|8/25/2014||Matt Cassel, QB||Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has named veteran Matt Cassel as the team's starting quarterback for the season opener against the St. Louis Rams.
Analysis: Cassel has been sharp while starting all three preseason games. He has completed more than 66 percent of his passes for 367 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He opened training camp in competition with rookie Teddy Bridgewater for the starting job.
|8/24/2014||Mike Johnson, G||Johnson will miss another season after going down with a foot injury.
Analysis: The Falcons placed Johnson on injured reserve Sunday as they reduced their roster to 75 players. He missed the 2013 season after breaking his left leg and dislocating his left ankle in a training camp practice. He was hurt again Saturday night in a preseason game against Tennessee.
|8/24/2014||Matt Prater, K||Prater's lawyer said the NFL initially threatened a yearlong suspension before agreeing to ban the Denver Broncos kicker four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Analysis: Harvey Steinberg said Prater's suspension was alcohol-related. He said Prater consumed a couple of beers while on vacation in between the end of the team's offseason workout program in June and the start of training camp in late July. Prater has been in the league's substance abuse program since he was charged with DUI on Aug. 12, 2011. An NFL spokesman declined to confirm the suspension, which was first reported by the Denver Post overnight Sunday.
|8/24/2014||Jimmy Clausen, QB||The Chicago Bears have cut Jordan Palmer, making Clausen the backup quarterback behind Jay Cutler.
Analysis: Clausen signed with Chicago in June and won the backup job with a solid camp. He appeared in 13 games for Carolina from 2010 to 2013 after starring at Notre Dame. Clausen made 10 starts as a rookie and threw for 1,558 yards with three touchdowns and nine interceptions in a 2-14 season. The Panthers drafted Cam Newton the following April.
|8/24/2014||Dimitri Patterson, CB||New York Jets coach Rex Ryan doesn't expect the team to have a resolution to the situation regarding Patterson before the preseason finale Thursday at Philadelphia.
Analysis: Ryan had no updates Tuesday on the status of Patterson, who was suspended by the team indefinitely Monday after returning to the Jets following a 48-hour unexcused absence.
|8/24/2014||Jordan Palmer, QB||The Chicago Bears have cut Palmer.
Analysis: The move makes Jimmy Clausen the backup quarterback behind Jay Cutler.
|8/24/2014||Josh Gordon, WR||Cleveland coach Mike Pettine says Josh Gordon did not play in the Browns' last exhibition game because the team is preparing to be without the All-Pro wide receiver for at least part of the season. Gordon is waiting to hear from the NFL regarding his appeal of a possible yearlong suspension for again violating the league's substance-abuse program.
Analysis: Gordon has been practicing and playing for weeks amid uncertainty about his career. Asked on Sunday why Gordon did not play in Saturday night's 33-14 loss to St. Louis, Pettine said: "We're fairly certain that we're not going to have him for a minimum of some part of the year. We wanted to make sure that we were getting repetitions with the guys that are going to be out there early."
|8/24/2014||Dimitri Patterson, CB||Patterson did not show up for the team's game against the Giants on Friday night and has had no direct communication with anyone in the organization since.
Analysis: General manager John Idzik announced Sunday during a conference call that he learned through Patterson's agent on Saturday that the player was OK physically and it is not believed to be a legal issue. But neither Idzik nor coach Rex Ryan have had messages left for Patterson returned by him directly.
|8/24/2014||Ace Sanders, WR||Sanders has returned after a monthlong leave of absence.
Analysis: Sanders was at practice Sunday for the first time since organized team activities ended in June. Sanders announced July 22 that he was taking a leave of absence, seeking counseling and facing a four-game suspension.
|8/23/2014||Kyle Van Noy, LB||Van Noy says it's hard to pinpoint the injury that kept him out of Friday night's preseason win over Jacksonville.
Analysis: Van Noy says he's waiting on further evaluation of the injury, which the team said was an abdominal problem. The Lions drafted the rookie from Brigham Young in the second round this year.
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