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Bills | Sammy Watkins sits

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:58:08 -0700

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) did not take part in practice in routes against defenders Wednesday, Aug. 20.

FANTASY TIP: Watkins is day to day, and his draft stock shouldn't be affected yet.

Browns | Brian Hoyer named starter

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:42:33 -0700

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer has been named the starting quarterback over QB Johnny Manziel. Head coach Mike Pettine wrote the announcement in an e-mail and said Manziel made great strides, but Hoyer had a decided edge.

FANTASY TIP: Hoyer is a mid-to-low QB2 in fantasy leagues, and Manziel should only be drafted in dynasty leagues.

Bears | Four sit, two return

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:35:12 -0700

Chicago Bears LB Lance Briggs (knee), OG Brian de la Puente (knee), OG Eben Britton (hamstring) and CB Isaiah Frey (hamstring) missed practice Tuesday, Aug. 19. TE Dante Rosario (calf) and WR Chris X. Williams (hamstring) returned to practice.

Bears | Jordan Mills in danger for Week 1

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:16:08 -0700

Chicago Bears OT Jordan Mills (foot) is in danger of missing Week 1. He has worn a walking boot sporadically throughout camp after January surgery to repair a broken metatarsal in his left foot.

Saints | Jairus Byrd a full go

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:11:46 -0700

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (back) participated in full-contact practice drills for the first time this season Tuesday, Aug. 19. He's expected to play in the third preseason game this weekend.

Braves | Not in on Rusney Castillo bidding

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:15:40 -0700

The Atlanta Braves are "not in the bidding right now" for Cuban OF Rusney Castillo, according to general manager Frank Wren.

Saints | Erik Lorig may miss Week 1

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:59:07 -0700

New Orleans Saints FB Erik Lorig (undisclosed) may miss the regular season opener due to an undisclosed injury. Saints coach Sean Payton did not indicate what was wrong with Lorig but said FBs Greg Jones and Austin Johnson are competing for the spot.

Titans | May sign Eric Weems

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:52:34 -0700

Nothing has been made official, but sources indicate the Tennessee Titans may sign free-agent WR Eric Weems (Bears)

NFL | Practice squad clarification

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:40:40 -0700

Updating a previous item, expansion of NFL practice squads from eight to 10 players is expected to be for 2014 and 2015 only. Player agent Mike McCartney clarified that six games now constitute one "year" spent on a practice squad instead of three. The league also clarified that teams may sign two practice squad players who have up to two accrued NFL seasons. Previously, players with at least one accrued season were not eligible for practice squads.

Vikings | Captain Munnerlyn takes left corner job

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:32:09 -0700

After starting the season sharing No. 1 duties with Josh Robinson, Minnesota Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn appears to have won the starting left corner job outright. Robinson has missed the past two weeks with hamstring issues and coach Mike Zimmer is losing patience with him.

Bears | Santonio Holmes contract details

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:25:23 -0700

The Chicago Bears and WR Santonio Holmes reached agreement on a minimum salary benefit contract for Holmes that offers no guaranteed money. Holmes signed with the Bears on Saturday, Aug. 16, and the minimum level for a player of his experience is $855,000.

Vikings | Chris Kluwe reaches settlement with team

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:13:13 -0700

Updating a previous item, the Minnesota Vikings and former P Chris Kluwe reached a settlement in which the Vikings will make "substantial monetary contributions" to five LGBT groups in the state of Minnesota as an effort to educate against homophobia.

Phillies | Ben Revere has rare strikeout

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:55:10 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF Ben Revere was hitless in four at-bats with a rare strikeout Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Seattle Mariners. He entered the game as the hardest player in the National League to strikeout, as he has fanned once per every 11.9 at-bats.

Phillies | John Mayberry begins rehab

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:54:40 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF John Mayberry Jr. (wrist) played his first minor-league rehab game with Triple-A Lehigh Valley Tuesday, Aug. 19. He had a pair of singles in four at-bats.

Mariners | Hisashi Iwakuma on a roll

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:53:11 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma allowed just four hits with no walks over eight scoreless innings while posting a season-high 11 strikeouts in a win Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Philadelphia Phillies. Since July 1, Iwakuma is 7-2 with a 1.63 ERA, 65 strikeouts and four walks in 72 innings over 10 starts.

FANTASY TIP: Iwakuma has emerged as a fantasy must-start in all formats this season. Iwakuma, Felix Hernandez and Chris Young have been the best trio of pitchers in baseball this season.

Mariners | Michael Saunders so-so in rehab

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:52:52 -0700

Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders (oblique) made his 10th minor-league rehab start Tuesday, Aug. 19, for Triple-A Tacoma. He is hitting .258 for the Rainiers.

Packers | Colt Lyerla might move to FB

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:31:04 -0700

Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers TE Colt Lyerla (knee), who was waived/injured Tuesday, Aug. 19, could move to fullback in the future, according to tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot. He said fullback "certainly seems to fit (Lyerla's) wheelhouse."

Yankees | Martin Prado helping out

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:30:04 -0700

New York Yankees 3B Martin Prado made his third straight start at second base Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Houston Astros. He had a three-hit game, including a two-run double in the sixth inning. He now has six hits and four RBIs over the past three games.

Yankees | Jacoby Ellsbury enjoys home cooking

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:27:28 -0700

New York Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury posted a three-hit night against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Aug. 19. He was 10-for-24 in the previous homestand, and he is now hitting .464 over the past eight games at home. Overall, he is hitting .328 at home and just .232 on the road.

FANTASY TIP: Strike while the iron is hot. Ellsbury has been on fire lately, and his production has been exceeding his salary figure in daily fantasy leagues.

Yankees | Brian McCann powering up

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:26:56 -0700

New York Yankees C Brian McCann homered Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Houston Astros. It was his 12th homer at home, while he has managed just two in 51 road games. He has hit three homers over his past four games.