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Ravens | Jimmy Smith may not play

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:39:39 -0700

Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (chest) may not play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.

Astros | Chad Qualls not worried

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:37:45 -0700

Houston Astros RP Chad Qualls (back) said his back injury is not serious and does not expect to be placed on the 15-day disabled list. He said he had a similar injury earlier this season and it was no big deal. He does not think he will be available to pitch Thursday, Aug. 21.

FANTASY TIP: Qualls probably will sit out a few games because of the injury but should be back in the near future. Jose Veras probably is the leading candidate to close out games while Qualls is sidelined.

Bills | Kyle Williams sits

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:31:52 -0700

Buffalo Bills DT Kyle D. Williams (leg) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 21, due to a leg injury.

Twins | Yohan Pino will start Saturday

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:27:15 -0700

Minnesota Twins SP Yohan Pino will start one of the games of a doubleheader Saturday, Aug. 23, according to manager Ron Gardenhire.

NFL | Kyle Cook retires

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:26:08 -0700

Free-agent C Kyle Cook (Bengals) has decided to retire.

Cowboys | DeVonte Holloman may be done

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:18:38 -0700

Dallas Cowboys LB DeVonte Holloman (neck) may not play football again after suffering a neck injury, according to head coach Jason Garrett.

Indians | Nick Swisher to rehab in LA

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:14:05 -0700

Cleveland Indians 1B Nick Swisher (knees) will remain in Los Angeles for the first part of his rehab from arthroscopic knee surgeries. It is not known when he will return to Cleveland.

FANTASY TIP: Swisher is expected to be sidelined for eight to 10 weeks but should be ready for spring training next season unless he suffers a setback. Swisher likely will be a late-round pick in deeper mixed leagues next season.

Colts | Reggie Wayne sitting

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:13:33 -0700

Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne (knee) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 21.

FANTASY TIP: The team continues to take it slow with Wayne as he works his way back from a knee injury. Wayne should be considered a WR3 on draft day.

Nationals | Steven Souza starting rehab games

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:13:19 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Steven Souza (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Hagerstown Thursday, Aug. 21. He likely will move to Single-A Potomac after a few games.

Colts | Jack Mewhort not practicing

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:10:37 -0700

Indianapolis Colts OG Jack Mewhort (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 21.

Buccaneers | R.J. Mattes signed

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:45:11 -0700

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed free-agent OG R.J. Mattes (Patriots). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also released DE James Ruffin.

Falcons | Steven Jackson remains out

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:43:04 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 21.

FANTASY TIP: Jackson has missed several practices because of the injury, and his status for the regular season is uncertain at this point. Devonta Freeman could receive more playing time because of Jackson's injury. Jackson will enter the season as the starter if healthy, but Freeman will get carries during the season. Both Jackson and Freeman could be weekly flex options in some leagues.

Royals | Salvador Perez to have MRI

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:42:19 -0700

Kansas City Royals C Salvador Perez (knee) will undergo an MRI Thursday, Aug. 21, to examine the patella tendon in his right knee, which he tweaked a few days ago. Trainer Nick Kenney determined Perez did not suffer structural damage to the joint, according to manager Ned Yost.

FANTASY TIP: Perez will miss at least a few days. Adjust your lineups accordingly.

Cowboys | B.W. Webb sitting out

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:34:11 -0700

Dallas Cowboys CB B.W. Webb (hip) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 21, because of a sore hip flexor.

Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka to throw BP

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:33:39 -0700

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will face live hitters in batting practice Saturday, Aug. 23, according to manager Joe Girardi.

FANTASY TIP: Tanaka could be back sometime in the next few weeks if he doesn't suffer any setbacks, but fantasy owners can't rest all their hopes on him.

Cowboys | Two defensive players practicing

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:30:17 -0700

Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain (cramps) and CB Sterling Moore (groin) are participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 21.

Cowboys | Anthony Hitchens works MLB

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:25:40 -0700

Dallas Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens took snaps at middle linebacker with LBs Justin Durant and Bruce Carter on each side.

Cowboys | Tony Romo practicing

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:24:22 -0700

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) is participating in practice Wednesday, Aug. 21. Romo will be able to play in the third preseason game.

FANTASY TIP: The team has been taking things slow with Romo during camp, but it appears like Romo will be ready for the start of the regular season. He has weapons to work with on offense and should be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in most leagues.

Bengals | Vontaze Burfict contract update

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:23:03 -0700

Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict signed a four-year contract extension worth $20.05 million, according to a source.

Tigers | Justin Verlander ready

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:16:35 -0700

Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander (shoulder) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Thursday, Aug. 21, and looks ready to start Saturday, Aug. 23.

FANTASY TIP: It's safe to throw Verlander into your lineups. At this point of the season, you need every start possible from him.