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Colts | Vick Ballard carted off

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:38:41 -0700

Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (ankle) was carted off the practice field Friday, July 25, with what appeared to be an ankle injury.

Tigers | Joe Nathan fans side

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:37:19 -0700

Detroit Tigers RP Joe Nathan struck out the side in the ninth inning to record the save Thursday, July 24. He was consistently hitting 93 and 94 mph with his fastball.

FANTASY TIP: This refreshing skill probably was partially fueled by the acquisition of Joakim Soria, an alternative for saves. Nathan isn't in the clear yet, but this is a big statement toward him locking down the job. He's lucky Brad Ausmus already has given him a long leash this season.

Bills | Sign Bobby Felder

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:33:26 -0700

The Buffalo Bills signed CB Bobby Felder (Buccaneers) Friday, July 25. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Blue Jays | Deal Deck McGuire

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:31:12 -0700

The Toronto Blue Jays traded SP Deck McGuire to the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations.

Athletics | Acquire Deck McGuire

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:29:56 -0700

The Oakland Athletics acquired SP Deck McGuire from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations. He will report to Triple-A Sacramento.

FANTASY TIP: Oakland knows how to select and work with intriguing but shaky pitchers, so maybe McGuire will be their next long-term project. AL-only full-retention dynasty players with a deep taxi squad could consider him as a dice roll.

Colts | Vick Ballard limps off the practice field

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:27:37 -0700

Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (undisclosed) limped off the practice field Friday, July 25.

Indians | Zach McAllister could start Saturday

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:24:54 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP Zach McAllister is expected to be activated and start Saturday, July 26, against the Kansas City Royals.

FANTASY TIP: It's a matchup AL-only players could try out, but mixed leaguers shouldn't go near him yet.

Phillies | No Ryan Howard again

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:22:39 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is not in the lineup Friday, July 25, against Arizona Diamondbacks SP Wade Miley, a left-hander. 1B Darin Ruf is playing first base and batting seventh.

FANTASY TIP: So continues the platoon saga that'll give Ruf more deep-mixed value and makes Howard expendable in many formats.

Falcons | Waive Darius Johnson

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:20:03 -0700

The Atlanta Falcons waived WR Darius Johnson Friday, July 25.

Angels | Josh Hamilton facing historic amount of breaking pitches

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:15:25 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton is seeing more breaking pitches than at any other time in his career. According to Fangraphs, only 35.5 percent of the pitches Hamilton has seen in 2014 have been fastballs. It appears to be the lowest percentage recorded by PITCHf/x data since it started collecting such data in 2002. The next lowest percentage is 44.6 of any other hitter with at least 100 at-bats. Hamilton has been more patient this season, but the more passive approach may be hurting him.

FANTASY TIP: Hitter of only five home runs, Hamilton still ranks as a decent buy-low candidate for the desperate, who should merely hope for an extreme regression to the positive when it comes to power. Hamilton's perceived name value is probably at an all-time low.

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Vikings | Sign Andy Cruse

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:12:33 -0700

The Minnesota Vikings signed WR Andy Cruse (Texans) Friday, July 25. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Vikings | Andrew Sendejo placed on PUP list

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:08:55 -0700

Minnesota Vikings SS Andrew Sendejo (undisclosed) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 25.

Vikings | Chase Ford placed on PUP list

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:08:31 -0700

Minnesota Vikings TE Chase Ford (foot) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 25.

Vikings | Captain Munnerlyn placed on PUP list

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:08:08 -0700

Minnesota Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn (undisclosed) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 25.

Rockies | Troy Tulowitzki doesn't have no-trade clause

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:03:34 -0700

Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki does not have a no-trade clause in his contract, at least not at the moment. If traded, he would be awarded a $2 million bonus from the club that acquires him. Any hypothetical new club would trigger a no-trade clause for him, along with the remaining five years and $104 million left on his deal. The chances of Tulowitzki being swapped before the July 31 trade deadline remain remote, though, in big part because of his current hip flexor strain.

FANTASY TIP: It's doubtful Colorado would seriously entertain a waiver trade situation as well, but you never know. For now, fantasy owners' priority should be hoping for him to heal in a reasonable amount of time, probably over the next few weeks.

Giants | Odell Beckham Jr. not practicing

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:56:34 -0700

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) is not participating in practice Friday, July 25.

Vikings | 2013 defense was predictable

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:54:59 -0700

Minnesota Vikings DE Brian Robinson said the 2013 defense was predictable. "There were some times when we'd line up and Aaron Rodgers is calling out our defense," Robinson said.

Cubs | Justin Ruggiano still hobbled

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:53:23 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Justin Ruggiano (groin) isn't ready to play the field because of a groin injury but is available for pinch-hitting duties.

FANTASY TIP: Ruggiano's hot hitting of late has been halted by this health issue. Deep-league owners will bide time until he comes back with another rental outfielder.

Seahawks | Malcolm Smith not practicing

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:49:17 -0700

Seattle Seahawks LB Malcolm Smith (ankle) is not participating in practice Friday, July 25.

Cubs | Edwin Jackson OK

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:48:27 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Edwin Jackson (hand) does not have lingering issues after hand cramps forced him to leave his start Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: Jackson remains a mere NL-only asset.

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Jets | Zach Thompson leaves practice early

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:42:05 -0700

New York Jets LB Zach Thompson (shoulder) did not finish practice Friday, July 25.

Jets | Tim Fugger exits early

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:41:33 -0700

New York Jets LB Tim Fugger (ankle) did not finish practice Friday, July 25.

MLB | Rusney Castillo could arrive in 2014

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:41:28 -0700

Cuban free-agent OF Rusney Castillo could be in the big leages in 2014, even if he starts the season in the minor leagues after signing with a club. He's expected to join an organization soon after his showcase on Saturday, July 26, where he'll work out as an outfielder and a shortstop. Some comps MLB observers have established for the 5-foot-9, 185-pounder include New York Yankees OFs Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury, and former major leaguer Kenny Lofton. Scouts say the right-handed bat has some power and plus-plus speed.

FANTASY TIP: He's someone to take a stab on in single-universe games depending on where he signs. He probably won't be another Billy Hamilton, but his fleet feet should intrigue 2015 drafters.

Phillies | Jeff Manship clears waivers

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:35:10 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies RP Jeff Manship cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Padres | Jesse Hahn promoted

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:32:06 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Jesse Hahn was recalled from Triple-A El Paso Friday, July 25. INF Jace Peterson was optioned to El Paso Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: Hahn makes for a good start against the Atlanta Braves on Friday and a productive mixed arm moving forward.

Cowboys | Rolando McClain sentenced to 18 days in jail

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:26:50 -0700

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain was sentenced to 18 days in jail after being convicted of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors. McClain has appealed the sentence and is flying back to the team's training camp.

Cowboys | Rolando McClain found guilty

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:18:23 -0700

Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain was convicted of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, Friday, July 15.

Cardinals | Sign Reggie Dunn

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:01:11 -0700

The Arizona Cardinals signed WR Reggie Dunn (Patriots) Friday, July 25. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Buccaneers | Carl Nicks not expected to practice

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:00:42 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) is not expected to practice Friday, July 25.

Titans | Marcus Dixon to PUP

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:56:54 -0700

Tennessee Titans DL Marcus Dixon (calf) is on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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Titans | Andy Levitre starting on NFI

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:55:01 -0700

Tennessee Titans G Andy Levitre (appendix) will start training camp on the Non-Football Injury list.

FANTASY TIP: He should be back by the time the season starts, though it may take him some time to get back into rhythm. The Titans' run game could take a bit to get going with their new clientele anyway.

Titans | Shonn Greene good to go

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:52:01 -0700

Tennessee Titans RB Shonn Greene (knee) is ready for training camp after missing time in the offseason due to a right knee injury, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

FANTASY TIP: A healthy Greene would be a part of an expected split in the backfield that'll also include rookie Bishop Sankey and Dexter McCluster. Greene is boring but could be serviceable in short-yardage situations, which makes him a fantasy RB5 at least. Sankey has the best chance to stake a claim to the No. 1 spot, which could help decrease his price to a reasonable RB3 in drafts. McCluster could be a surprisingly effective PPR depth grab.

Twins | Kurt Suzuki has potential suitors

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:46:50 -0700

Minnesota Twins C Kurt Suzuki is the subject of trade interest by several teams, including the Baltimore Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals.

FANTASY TIP: Both lost big-name catchers in Matt Wieters (elbow) for the rest of the season and Yadier Molina (thumb) for at least a big chunk of the remainder. Suzuki would receive an upgrade at either potential destination and would be a valuable league-crosser, even with his BA likely to drop a little.

Red Sox | Will Middlebrooks raking

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:43:46 -0700

Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (finger) is 9-for-28 with three home runs in his seven games of rehab at Triple-A Pawtucket. This may be opening up the Red Sox's third-base position for him when Middlebrooks returns.

FANTASY TIP: Middlebrooks is a decent deep-mixed speculation, but note that the Sox's picture will be crowded with Xander Bogaerts and, on some days, Brock Holt lining up there.

Yankees | Ink Chris Capuano

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:43:07 -0700

The New York Yankees signed RP Chris Capuano and selected him to the 25-man roster. In a corresponding move, they designated Chris Leroux for assignment.

Jets | Geno Smith dominates first-team reps

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:32:24 -0700

New York Jets QB Geno Smith logged three-quarters of the first-team practice reps for the second straight day on Friday, July 25.

FANTASY TIP: He's holding off Michael Vick but still will have to show marked improvement as we inch closer to fantasy drafts. For those willing to throw a late stab on him, they could be rewarded with stronger week-to-week value, or simply will move on with little consequence.

Texans | Andre Johnson wants to end career with Texans

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:26:25 -0700

Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson said "That's the plan" when asked if he wants to finish his career with the team. He feels confident with the direction of the team after meeting with the front office. Johnson ended his holdout this week.

FANTASY TIP: The 33-year-old is locked in as a mid- to low-range WR2, with stronger cred in PPR leagues, even with the uncertainty at quarterback. His future value is murky, though, with his age and the club's offensive changes.

Jaguars | Cecil Shorts exits practice

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:24:22 -0700

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) did not finish practice Friday, July 25, because of a hamstring injury.

FANTASY TIP: Any long-term injury coming out of this would be devastating for an already challenged Jags offense. Stay tuned as we'll have more on this story.

Cardinals | Kolten Wong sitting

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:21:18 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong is not in the lineup Friday, July 25.

FANTASY TIP: Left-hander Travis Wood is on the mound for the Chicago Cubs, so Wong, who has had a revival at the plate lately, is taking a seat. Expect similar platoon decisions for the rest of the season.

Nationals | Make roster moves

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:20:41 -0700

The Washington Nationals placed RP Matt Purke (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list. They also reinstated OF Eury Perez (foot) from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse.

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Giants | Jon Beason aiming for preseason opener

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:16:43 -0700

New York Giants LB Jon Beason (foot) is hopeful he can play in the preseason opener. He's running in water as part of his rehab.

FANTASY TIP: Beason was a revelation as he stayed healthy for the Giants last year. He's a big IDP contributor when on the field and could be a bench addition or more (depending on his recovery) when drafts come around. The Giants are a matchup DT still.

Ravens | Lardarius Webb exits

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:03:14 -0700

Baltimore Ravens CB Lardarius Webb (undisclosed) ran off the field under his own power for treatment of an injury early in practice Friday, July 25, and hasn't returned. The injury didn't appear serious.

Eagles | Excuse Keelan Johnson from camp

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:59:28 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles S Keelan Johnson was excused from training camp Friday, July 25, as he deals with his arrest for assaulting an Arizona police officer.

Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace connect

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:44:28 -0700

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill and WR Mike Wallace connected on a deep throw on the first day of training camp Friday, July 25. According to Omar Kelly, the two connected on one deep ball in five weeks during last year's camp activities.

FANTASY TIP: A positive note from someone paid to watch such things. Bill Lazor's new offense and another year of experience between the two could lead a fantasy rebound for both this season, making them fine buy-low candidates.

Giants | Brandon Belt update

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:43:19 -0700

San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt (head) still feels no improvement regarding his concussion symptoms and is expected to see a specialist in San Francisco, even though he said he wasn't sure if he would.

FANTASY TIP: This sounds like a long healing process for Belt. He may not return until mid- to late August.

Indians | Michael Bourn doesn't have a timetable

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:40:13 -0700

Cleveland Indians OF Michael Bourn (hamstring) has no definitive timetable in his recovery from his strained left hamstring. He played catch in the outfield Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: This could last at least another week. And for someone whose value is typically driven by stolen bases, the time it'll probably take for him to get back into shape doesn't bode well for his late-season contributions.

49ers | Stevie Johnson impresses

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:32:40 -0700

San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring) looked healthy in Day 1 of training camp. QB Colin Kaepernick raved about Johnson's quickness and deceptiveness that fuel his ability to create separation.

FANTASY TIP: Johnson's fantasy prospects in this crowded receiving corps don't bode well for his week-to-week consistency in terms of numbers. He's a WR4 most weeks, with more upside depending on the matchup. But his presence improves this passing game as a whole, giving Kap more cred as a top-10 fantasy QB.

Phillies | Ryan Howard won't be released

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:25:19 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is not a candidate to be released, according to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., but that a straight platoon arrangement is possible. Amaro anticipates Howard being with the team next year at spring training.

FANTASY TIP: Howard, however, will lose playing time to Darin Ruf, which strips away much of his already tenuous mixed-league value. Howard is the subject of trade talks, so maybe a better situation will help him recover.

Redskins | Robert Griffin III in sync with Andre Roberts

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:51:12 -0700

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III and WR Andre Roberts are displaying good chemistry in practice Friday, July 25.

FANTASY TIP: Roberts is a WR5 with upside. Griffin is a weak QB1 or a solid QB2.

Dolphins | Shelley Smith the front runner at center

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:41:08 -0700

Updating an earlier report, Miami Dolphins OG Shelley Smith was told he's the guy at center shortly before camp. Smith said he has never started at center at any level.

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Saints | Kenny Stills pulls up lame

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:40:53 -0700

New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills (hamstring) pulled up lame on a deep route in practice Friday, July 25, and is being examined by trainers.

Ravens | Will Hill signs

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:37:27 -0700

The Baltimore Ravens signed free-agent FS Will Hill (AFL) to an undisclosed deal. He's suspended for the first six games.

Phillies | Jimmy Rollins close to vesting option

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:29:28 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins needs two more plate appearances to vest his $11 million option for 2015.

NFL | Will Hill loses appeal

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:26:26 -0700

Free-agent FS Will Hill (Giants) lost his appeal for his six-game suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy. Hill signed with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League in the offseason.

Saints | Nick Toon impressing

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:24:17 -0700

New Orleans Saints WR Nick Toon looks poised for big things this season, according to beat writer Jim Corbett. He shields well and looks like a tight end at 6-foot-4.

FANTASY TIP: Toon could be worth a flier as a WR5 in this offense.

NFL | Mike Shanahan interested in coaching again

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:07:45 -0700

Former head coach Mike Shanahan is interested in coaching again for a contending team with the right ownership.

Jets | Chris Ivory returns

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:05:05 -0700

New York Jets RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) returned to practice Friday, July 25.

FANTASY TIP: Ivory figures to be in the mix with Chris Johnson, but he is relegated to RB4 status.

Chiefs | Sean McGrath absent

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:43:20 -0700

Kansas City Chiefs TE Sean McGrath is absent from training camp Friday, July 25, and may be cut.

Titans | Marcus Dixon could begin on PUP

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:39:27 -0700

Tennessee Titans DE Marcus Dixon (calf) could begin camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list after suffering a calf injury in June.

Titans | Jurrell Casey to report

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:39:00 -0700

Tennessee Titans DT Jurrell Casey will report to camp Friday, July 25, as talks continue on a contract extension.

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Saints | Three sitting

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:36:27 -0700

New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (back), OT Tavon Rooks (back) and DT John Jenkins (pectoral) are running with trainers on the sidelines and doing individual drills Friday, July 25.

Titans | Andy Levitre out two weeks

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:29:17 -0700

Tennessee Titans OG Andy Levitre (appendicitis) will miss two weeks after having an appendectomy Thursday, July 24.

Rams | Sammy Brown a week away

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:04:28 -0700

St. Louis Rams LB Sammy Brown (calf) is about a week away from practicing because of a calf issue.

Rams | William Hayes ahead of schedule

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:04:05 -0700

St. Louis Rams DE William Hayes (undisclosed) had three surgeries this offseason and is ahead of schedule. He's on pace to make his preseason debut in Week 2 or 3 of the preseason.

Rams | Jake Long to be limited

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:58:00 -0700

St. Louis Rams OT Jake Long (knee) will be limited at the start of training camp, according to head coach Jeff Fisher. Long will participate in individual drills to start.

Rams | Sam Bradford to participate in full

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:57:22 -0700

St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford (knee) will be a full participant at the start of training camp, according to head coach Jeff Fisher. Fisher said Bradford was unlikely to play in the first preseason game, but not because of the injury.

FANTASY TIP: Bradford is a decent QB2 in fantasy.

Jets | Chris Johnson moving around

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:48:28 -0700

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson was put in motion and flexed out wide a lot in practice Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: Johnson is a solid RB2, but it sounds like he'll receive a boost in PPR leagues with the team's willingness to get him involved in the passing game.

Texans | Andre Johnson reports to camp

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:23:50 -0700

Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson has reported to camp Friday, July 25. The two sides are still in contact about an extension.

FANTASY TIP: Johnson makes a solid WR2 in fantasy.

Dolphins | Nate Garner with twos

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:15:43 -0700

Miami Dolphins OT Nate Garner is working with the second-team offense at left tackle and hasn't received a look at center.

Dolphins | OL making changes

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:13:37 -0700

Miami Dolphins OG Shelley Smith opened at center with the first-team offense Friday, July 25, instead of C Sam Brenner. OG Daryn Colledge is working with the first-team at guard.

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Texans | Andre Johnson talks progress

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:50:52 -0700

Talks between the Houston Texans and WR Andre Johnson are progressing forward, but it is not known whether enough progress has been made so Johnson can report to training camp.

Twins | Kurt Suzuki looking for fair annual value

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:20:10 -0700

Extension talks are ongoing between the Minnesota Twins and C Kurt Suzuki on a new contract. Suzuki reportedly wants a fair annual market value like those earned by Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz (three years, $26 million), Miami Marlins C Jarrod Saltalamacchia ($21 million over three years), and free-agent C A.J. Pierzynski (one year, $8.25 million) over the last offseason.

MLB | Union filing grievance against Houston

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:16:17 -0700

Major League Baseball's players union has filed a grievance against the Houston Astros to address the team allegedly manipulating salaries in the signings of SP Brady Aiken and other draft picks.

Rays | David Price talks to go down to wire

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:12:07 -0700

The Tampa Bay Rays are going to wait until very close to the deadline to decide whether to deal SP David Price. Tampa is currently seven games back of the American League East division lead and four and a half games back from a Wild Card berth.

Orioles | Looking for pitching help

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:04:29 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles are looking for a rotation upgrade and a left-handed reliever but will likely stick with CL Zach Britton for the time being. The Orioles have indicated P Hunter Harvey and SP Dylan Bundy are not likely to be dealt.

Royals | Targeting outfield help

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:02:24 -0700

The Kansas City Royals are zeroing in on right field help at the trade deadline, with possible targets including Marlon Byrd (Phillies), Alex Rios (Rangers), Chris Denorfia (Padres) and Dayan Viciedo (White Sox).

Pirates | Looking for seventh-inning arms

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:59:07 -0700

The Pittsburgh Pirates are mostly looking for relievers who can pitch in the seventh inning or earlier, as the team is content with RP Tony Watson in the eighth and CL Mark Melancon in the ninth.

Red Sox | Will talk contract with John Lackey

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:48:06 -0700

The Boston Red Sox plan to talk about a new contract with SP John Lackey after the season. Lackey will only earn $500,000 for the 2015 season because of a clause in his deal. Lackey had Tommy John surgery in 2012, which triggered the clause.

Cardinals | Looking at Michael Wacha

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:30:58 -0700

The St. Louis Cardinals plan on checking SP Michael Wacha (scapula) because he has a unique stress fracture and the team wants to make sure it won't recur anytime soon. The team is checking out whether it is something in the weight room, his mechanics or other causes.

Cardinals | Evaluating catcher situation

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:27:49 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak plans to spend the next week evaluating whether C Tony Cruz and C George Kottaras will be a solution for the rest of the season or whether the team will seek a catcher at the deadline. "One thing we've always said is we'd like to see what Tony Cruz is capable of doing on a day in and day out basis," said Mozeliak. "But having said that, we also want to give ourselves the best chance to win."

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Cardinals | Oscar Taveras may be sent down

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:20:08 -0700

With St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny trying to juggle playing time for OF Allen Craig and OF Oscar Taveras, indications are Taveras may be sent down to Triple-A Memphis within a week to earn more play.

Padres | Looking for big package to give up Ian Kennedy

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:17:50 -0700

The San Diego Padres have sent word to some teams that they would need to be overwhelmed to trade SP Ian Kennedy, sources said. That is not to say Kennedy won't be dealt, but the indication seems to be that the Padres aren't anxious to trade the veteran right-hander.

Tigers | Never serious on Jonathan Papelbon

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:14:03 -0700

The Detroit Tigers never approached the Philadelphia Phillies for serious talks on CL Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon is still the subject of numerous trade talks with other clubs.

Rams | Jamaine Sherman injured

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:07:28 -0700

St. Louis Rams WR Jamaine Sherman (leg) hobbled off the field Wednesday, July 23, with a left leg injury after a collision with CB Marcus Roberson, a fellow rookie. No further details were available on his condition.

Cardinals | Deone Bucannon to play nickel linebacker?

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:57:10 -0700

Arizona Cardinals first-round rookie SS Deone Bucannon could replace LB Larry Foote in nickel packages to take advantage of Bucannon's athleticism in pass coverage. Head coach Bruce Arians noted the defense will be molded to fit the players, rather than trying to make the players fit a specific system.

Cardinals | Bruce Arians talks up his defense

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:54:46 -0700

Arizona Cardinals LBs Kevin Minter and Larry Foote are expected to start next to each other at each inside linebacker spot in Arizona's 3-4 defense, replacing last year's starters, LBs Daryl Washington (suspended) and Karlos Dansby (Browns). Minter played one snap on defense as a rookie in 2013, but is expected to be an upgrade against the run from last year's interior duo. Foote, 34, enters his 13th year in the NFL, giving head coach Bruce Arians a contrasting pair inside. "You are going to miss Daryl's (Washington) speed, because he's going to correct his mistake with speed. Larry (Foote) is not going to make that mistake. Whether or not he can get there fast enough, that's (left) to be seen."

Cardinals | Justin Bethel impressing HC

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:53:18 -0700

Arizona Cardinals CB Justin Bethel had the best spring of anybody, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Bethel was a Pro Bowl special teams player in 2013. He has the athletic ability to be the best cornerback on roster, per Arians. When asked if Bethel could start at cornerback, Arians said, "Over Patrick (Peterson) and Cro (Antonio Cromartie). They gave up more big plays in the spring than he did, and got his hands on more balls than anybody did. That's a nice problem to have."

Buccaneers | GM has high expectations

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:37:31 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said he expects the team to compete for the NFC South title in 2014. "It's crazy," Licht said. "We'll look back at what we've added and … I'm legitimately excited and feel like we have a chance to compete for the division title. I really do. You would think, with a first-year head coach and a first-year general manager … we would both have a pass if we wanted to say, you know, I think we need some more time to turn this thing around. But that's not what we think. We think we can make a run at this thing this year. We feel we've got some major pieces in place to do that."

Buccaneers | Da'Quan Bowers called out by GM

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:34:04 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Da'Quan Bowers has been rumored for some time to be on the bubble, and general manager Jason Licht said Bowers' job is on the line this training camp. "I (don't) mean to sound too harsh, but it's a matter of fact that he needs to prove that he wants to make an impact with this football team and I expect that he will," Licht said.

Buccaneers | Akeem Spence working hard

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:28:05 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Akeem Spence proved to be one of the team's better players through their offseason workout program. Spence could hold off competition from DT Clinton McDonald with a strong training camp. General manager Jason Licht praised Spence's work ethic. "He just hasn't let up on the gas. It was fun watching that competition between him and Clinton during our OTAs and our mincamps, and I expect it to continue in training camp."

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Buccaneers | Carl Nicks to be brought along slowly

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:21:02 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) will be slowly worked back into the mix, according to general manager Jason Licht. Nicks missed all but nine games over the past two seasons.

Saints | PK job is Shayne Graham's to lose?

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:16:12 -0700

New Orleans Saints PK Shayne Graham, 36, is in a battle for the place-kicking job with 24-year-old PK Derek Dimke. Graham appears to have the edge, unless Dimke clearly out-kicks him in training camp. The Saints may bring in other place kickers to compete, however.

Panthers | Won't ask for more tax money to fund stadium upgrade

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:10:58 -0700

The Carolina Panthers will not seek more public money for the ongoing renovations being performed on Bank of America Stadium, which has largely been paid for already with tax dollars. Last year, $87.5 million in public funds was approved, when the Panthers reached a deal to remain at the stadium through the 2018 season. Should the City of Charlotte, N.C., decide to contribute $50 million more, the team could consider adding four years to the agreement. Panthers spokesman Charlie Dayton said Wednesday, July 23, that the team does not plan to ask the city for more money. The Charlotte City Council has until Aug. 1, 2015, to decide if they will contribute more public funds.

Panthers | Fernando Velasco brings versatility

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:59:38 -0700

Recently added Carolina Panthers OL Fernando Velasco brings versatility as an option at center and offensive guard. Velasco adds depth to one of Carolina's thinnest positions.

Panthers | Interior offensive line taking shape

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:56:53 -0700

Carolina Panthers OGs Amini Silatolu and Trai Turner are likely the starting offensive guards entering training camp.

Falcons | Devonta Freeman's role to vary?

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:46:12 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman will begin his NFL career by trying to replace RB Jason Snelling (retired) as a do-all backup. Snelling played tailback, fullback and even returned kickoffs last year. Freeman's first task is to learn the system and then find a spot to carve out a role behind trusted veteran RBs Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith.

FANTASY TIP: Freeman is a trendy fantasy pick because of Jackson's durability issues, but he probably won't be anything more than one piece of a tandem approach if the Falcons need to replace S-Jax for any lengthy period of time. Temper your expectations.

NFL | More on Titus Young's legal woes

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:31:46 -0700

Updating an ongoing story, former NFL WR Titus Young (Lions) was in a Compton, Calif. courtroom Wednesday, July 23, for a preliminary hearing on five counts of battery, including one felony charge. He is due to return to court Aug. 22 and will remain in Los Angeles County police custody on a $105,000 bail.

Lions | Eric Ebron primed for leadership role?

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:26:53 -0700

Detroit Lions rookie TE Eric Ebron exudes charisma and vocal leadership skills that are commonly found among team captains. He took on a "front and center" role at the NFL Rookie Symposium, while other Lions rookies stayed out of the spotlight. Ebron wasn't a captain in three years at North Carolina, because head coach Larry Fedora required captains to be senior classmen.

"I don't ever talk about being a leader. I just always do actions," Ebron said. "I've never been a vocal person about leadership and about being, 'Hey man, you ought to do this.' We're all grown men. I just always show through actions or whisper, 'Hey, let's go.' That's all I do."

Tigers | Not counting on Joel Hanrahan

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:52:25 -0700

The Detroit Tigers will not be able to count on RP Joel Hanrahan (elbow) this season, because he is still trying to recover from Tommy John surgery, according to general manager Dave Dombrowski.

Mets | Would have interest in Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:29:18 -0700

The New York Mets have told the Colorado Rockies that they would be interested in SS Troy Tulowitzki or OF Carlos Gonzalez if they were ever on the trading block.

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Giants | Jason Pierre-Paul not worried about contract

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:19:53 -0700

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul said he is not concerned about his contract status even though he is entering the final year of his deal. "When I'm on the field, family matters and off-the-field issues, I'm not going to worry about it, it's all about my brothers and doing what I do best. When you go home, that's when you think about that stuff," Pierre-Paul said.

Cowboys | Larry English visits

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:13:04 -0700

The Dallas Cowboys met with free-agent LB Larry English (Chargers) Thursday, July 24, but he left the meeting without a contract.

Giants | Ehire Adrianza injured

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:09:36 -0700

San Francisco Giants 2B Ehire Adrianza (hamstring) suffered a strained hamstring during the game Thursday, July 24. Manager Bruce Mochy said Adrianza will be reevaluated Friday, July 25.

Cowboys | Anthony Spencer unsure about return

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:05:51 -0700

Dallas Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer (knee) said he is feeling good but is not sure when he will be able to start practicing. Spencer said he is not sure if he will be able to do anything during training camp.

Blue Jays | Brandon Morrow throws

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:00:33 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow (finger) threw 30 pitches during a bullpen session Thursday, July 24. There is no timetable for Morrow's return at this point.

Yankees | Michael Pineda throws simulated game

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:54:04 -0700

New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) threw 30 pitches during a simulated game Thursday, July 24. He is scheduled to throw three innings or 45 pitches during another rehab game in five days.

Yankees | Jorge De La Rosa a target

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:39:22 -0700

Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa is believed to be a trade target for the New York Yankees.

Twins | Phil Hughes undergoes X-rays

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:36:32 -0700

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Twins SP Phil Hughes (shin) has been diagnosed with a shin bruise after X-rays came back negative. Manager Ron Gardenhire said the team hopes Hughes will be able to make his next scheduled start.

Cowboys | Not close to extension with Dez Bryant

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:32:31 -0700

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant's agent has talked with the team several times about a possible extension for Bryant, but the two sides are not close to a deal at this point.

Yankees | Pursuing Ian Kennedy

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:28:57 -0700

The New York Yankees have been talking with the San Diego Padres about the possibility of acquiring SP Ian Kennedy, according to a source. The Padres could receive 3B Eric Jagielo and P Ian Clarkin in a possible deal.

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Steelers | Not pursuing Brett Keisel

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:22:49 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers are not considering re-signing free-agent DE Brett Keisel at this point, but things could change if the team suffers an injury at the position. The Steelers were interested in re-signing Keisel earlier in the offseason, but he was not interested in signing for the veteran minimum.

Steelers | No extension expected for Ben Roethlisberger now

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:22:20 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers are not expected to sign QB Ben Roethlisberger to a contract extension during training camp, and an extension may not come until 2015 at the earliest.

Bengals | Tyler Eifert says he is 100 percent

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:09:38 -0700

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (shoulder) said the shoulder injury he had during the offseason workouts has completely healed.

Bengals | Clint Boling works with first team

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:05:16 -0700

Cincinnati Bengals OG Clint Boling (knee) worked with the first-team offense at left guard during practice Thursday, July 24.

Bengals | Andrew Whitworth injury update

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:04:17 -0700

Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth (calf) did not participate in practice Thursday, July 24, because of a calf strain.

Browns | Josh Gordon attends rehab facility

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:57:39 -0700

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon spent two weeks in a rehab facility in California after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated and speeding earlier this month, according to a source.

Ravens | Dominique Franks fails test

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:49:57 -0700

Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens CB Dominique Franks (undisclosed) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list because he failed the conditioning test.

Ravens | Arthur Brown works with starters

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:49:29 -0700

Baltimore Ravens LB Arthur Brown worked with the first-team defense at inside linebacker during practice Thursday, July 24, but LB C.J. Mosley is still considered the favorite for the starting job.

Mariners | Willie Bloomquist undergoes MRI

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:33:33 -0700

Seattle Mariners 2B Willie Bloomquist (knee) underwent an MRI on his injured knee Thursday, July 24.

Cubs | Edwin Jackson leaves game

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:32:57 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Edwin Jackson (hand) left the game early Thursday, July 24, because of cramping in his right hand.

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Ravens | Torrey Smith not worried about contract

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:28:52 -0700

Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith said he is not worried about his contract even though he is entering the final year of his contract. "I don't think about the contract at all," Smith said. "Every year is important. You want to win. That stuff all kind of takes care of itself."

Tigers | Joakim Soria to see most work in seventh

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:19:32 -0700

Detroit Tigers RP Joakim Soria is expected to make most of his appearances in the seventh inning but could also be used in the ninth inning if RP Joe Nathan is not available, according to manager Brad Ausmus.

Padres | Kim Ng gets second GM interview

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:13:20 -0700

The San Diego Padres interviewed MLB senior vice president for baseball operations Kim Ng for a second time Thursday, July 24, regarding their general manager position.

Jets | Willie Colon could be on field soon

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:01:26 -0700

New York Jets OG Willie Colon (knee) should be able to participate in practice in a few days. Colon is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Jets | Nick Bellore able to finish practice

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:56:14 -0700

New York Jets LB Nick Bellore (thigh) tweaked his thigh during practice Thursday, July 24, but was able to finish practice.

Jets | Three safeties work with starters

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:48:45 -0700

New York Jets SS Dawan Landry, FS Antonio Allen and S Calvin Pryor all received work with the starting defense during practice Thursday, July 24.

Jets | Two work at kick returners

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:43:56 -0700

New York Jets WRs Jalen Saunders and Jacoby Ford worked as kick returners during practice Thursday, July 24. It is too early to tell if either player has an advantage for the job.

Jets | No timetable for Antwan Barnes

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:39:37 -0700

New York Jets LB Antwan Barnes (knee) was able to participate in quick-step drills and sprints during practice Thursday, July 24. Barnes said he is not sure when he will be cleared by the doctors to participate in practice.

Jets | Two expected to report Friday

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:38:59 -0700

New York Jets TE Jeff Cumberland and DE Jason Babin are expected to report to training camp Friday, July 25.

Twins | Phil Hughes leaves game

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:31:35 -0700

Minnesota Twins SP Phil Hughes (leg) left the game early Thursday, July 24, after getting hit in the lower leg by the ball.

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Seahawks | David Gilreath signed

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:27:49 -0700

The Seattle Seahawks have signed free-agent WR David Gilreath (Raiders) to a one-year deal, according to his agent. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Patriots | Marcus Cannon sees time at LT

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:18:44 -0700

New England Patriots OT Marcus Cannon received some snaps at left tackle during practice Wednesday, July 24, in order to increase his versatility.

Patriots | Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski work together

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:18:17 -0700

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady worked with TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) on a side field after practice Thursday, July 24, and they ran a variety of pass routes. Gronkowski did not participate in team drills during practice and will be eased back into practice.

Tigers | J.D. Martinez scratched

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:11:11 -0700

Detroit Tigers OF J.D. Martinez (quadriceps) was scratched from the starting lineup Thursday, July 24, because of a quadriceps injury. Manager Brad Ausmus said Martinez is available to pinch hit if needed.

Dolphins | Dion Jordan needs work during camp

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:02:09 -0700

Miami Dolphins DE Dion Jordan will need a good amount of snaps during training camp, but the team understands they need to get other players ready for the season as well, according to head coach Joe Philbin. "As a young player, my feeling is he needs to get work especially in the bigger picture that he's not going to be getting work later on. He needs work now. But we can't jeopardize the preparation of other guys. At the same time, we're going to have to get him work. He's going to get it without a doubt. And he needs it. And he needs padded work," Philbin said.

Chargers | Jeromey Clary hopes to be ready for season

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:47:20 -0700

San Diego Chargers OG Jeromey Clary (hip) said he will do everything he can to try to be ready for Week 1. Clary was on crutches for eight weeks after undergoing offseason hip surgery and started walking two weeks ago.

Raiders | Two players injured

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:46:50 -0700

Oakland Raiders CB Keith McGill (ankle) and FS Usama Young (quadriceps) suffered injuries during the conditioning test Thursday, July 24.

Orioles | Manny Machado hopes to be back soon

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:32:01 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (back) said he hopes to play at some point during the weekend series against the Seattle Mariners. Machado was scheduled to field ground balls and take batting practice Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: It appears that Machado is looking to avoid the disabled list and wants to return in the next few days. Owners should continue to monitor the starting lineups to see when he will play.

Twins | Joe Mauer hits in cage

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:22:39 -0700

Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer (oblique) hit in a cage Thursday, July 24. The next step likely will be Mauer taking part in live batting practice, but it is not known when that will happen.

FANTASY TIP: There does not appear to be a definite timetable for when Mauer will return for now. Owners should continue to hold onto him until he is able to return.

Rockies | May be willing to listen to offers on Drew Stubbs

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:17:54 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Colorado Rockies may be willing to listen to offers for OF Drew Stubbs but likely would be looking for a young pitcher that could be controlled for several years in return.

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Orioles | A.J. Burnett does not seem to be option

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:15:03 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles do not appear to be very interested in trading for Philadelphia Phillies SP A.J. Burnett at this point.

Packers | Jordy Nelson looking for big bucks

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:14:38 -0700

Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson reportedly is seeking $10 million per year in a potential contract extension. He is entering the final year of his current deal and took notice to the four-year, $30 million extension Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White received. Nelson signed a three-year, $12.6 million extension in 2011.

Pirates | Worried about A.J Burnett's option

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:10:17 -0700

The Pittsburgh Pirates have some interest in trading for Philadelphia Phillies SP A.J. Burnett but are worried about him picking up his player option for 2015, which would be worth at least $7.5 million. The option could be worth as much as $12.75 million if he reaches all of his incentives.

Diamondbacks | Three RPs could be trade options

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:05:58 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks RPs Addison Reed, Oliver Perez and Brad Ziegler could be traded before the trade deadline, but the team does not appear to be actively looking to trade Perez or Ziegler.

Diamondbacks | More willing to trade Aaron Hill

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:02:50 -0700

The Arizona Diamondbacks are looking to trade 2B Aaron Hill but are not showing much interest in moving 3B Martin Prado, according to a source.

Cubs | Looking to move Edwin Jackson

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:01:53 -0700

The Chicago Cubs are looking to trade SP Edwin Jackson before the trade deadline but have a hard time doing it, because Jackson is owed $26 million through the 2016 season.

49ers | Two miss practice

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:55:06 -0700

San Francisco 49ers DE Justin Smith (shoulder) and OT Anthony Davis (shoulder) did not practice Thursday, July 24. They are both expected to return in the near future.

Seahawks | Big stalemate in Marshawn Lynch talks

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:51:17 -0700

Updating a previous story, Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch and the organization are at a stalemate in talks regarding a new deal. Lynch wants top-three money for the position, while team officials are unwilling to give him a new deal, believing he is paid adequately. Lynch showed up for minicamp workouts only to avoid being fined.

FANTASY TIP: This could get ugly before it clears up for fantasy owners. Prepare for a lengthy standoff, because Lynch tends to hold to his convictions, and the Seahawks have quality backups in RBs Christine Michael and Robert Turbin.

Mariners | Interested in Drew Stubbs

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:43:10 -0700

Colorado Rockies OF Drew Stubbs has drawn interest from the Seattle Mariners, according to a source.

Mariners | Manager talks Chris Taylor playing time

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:39:52 -0700

Seattle Mariners SS Chris Taylor will get "his fair share of playing time," according to manager Lloyd McClendon.

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Saints | Mark Ingram will be core player

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:31:26 -0700

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram will be a core player in the Saints' offense this year, according to general manager Mickey Loomis.

FANTASY TIP: This is the year for Ingram to prove his disappointing career has been a fluke thus far. He'll likely see most of the running work while splitting time with RBs Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas. It's still best to be cautious with him at this point. He's an RB4 at best in standard leagues.

Bengals | Leon Hall, three others activated from PUP

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:11:05 -0700

Cincinnati Bengals CB Leon Hall (Achilles'), P Kevin Huber (neck), WR Colin Lockett (hamstring) and OG Clint Boling (knee) all passed their physicals and were activated from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 24.

Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch holding out

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:06:21 -0700

Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will hold out of training camp, according to a source.

FANTASY TIP: Lynch is following suit after the recent and short-lived Jamaal Charles holdout. A holdout is always something to keep tabs on, but it's not likely Lynch will miss any playing time. He's still an RB1 in all formats.

Bengals | Onterio McCalebb passes physical, activated

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:04:56 -0700

Cincinnati Bengals CB Onterio McCalebb (knee) passed his physical and was activated from the Non-Football Injury list Thursday, July 24.

Bengals | Christo Bilukidi passes physical, activated

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:04:23 -0700

Cincinnati Bengals DT Christo Bilukidi (illness) passed his physical and was activated from the Non-Football Illness list Thursday, July 24.

Saints | Tavon Rooks update

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:59:39 -0700

New Orleans Saints OT Tavon Rooks (back) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list due to a sore back, according to head coach Sean Payton.

Astros | Probably will keep Chad Qualls

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:58:50 -0700

Houston Astros RP Chad Qualls probably won't be traded, according to general manager Jeff Luhnow. "I hesitate to use the word 'untouchable,' but he likes it here, he's comfortable here and he's pitching well," Luhnow said.

FANTASY TIP: Maybe he's a long-term investment for them, or they're waiting for the right deal and it hasn't come their way yet. Don't write off the possibility, but Qualls' owners have to like the increasing chances he remains in save chances during his big rebound season.

Saints | Joe Morgan ready to practice

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:57:26 -0700

New Orleans Saints WR Joe Morgan (knee) is good to go for practice, according to head coach Sean Payton.

Bills | Alan Branch passes physical

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:56:07 -0700

Buffalo Bills DT Alan Branch (illness) passed his physical Thursday, July 24.

Ravens | Dominique Franks placed on NFI

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:52:08 -0700

Baltimore Ravens CB Dominique Franks (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Thursday, July 24.

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Orioles | Manny Machado out again

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:48:56 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (back) is out of the lineup again Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: Continue to monitor his progress daily, if he has any. He could be looking at a backdated disabled list stint if he can't improve soon.

Mariners | Kendrys Morales' fit

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:47:08 -0700

Seattle Mariners 1B Kendrys Morales will serve as the team's designated hitter the majority of the time, according to manager Lloyd McClendon. McClendon noted 1Bs Logan Morrison and Corey Hart will platoon at first base.

FANTASY TIP: All three players have little value outside of AL-only formats, at this point. With Morales projecting to get the most playing time, he is the one to take a flier on in mixed leagues. Morales has 39 games under his belt, so he should be ready to return to the reliable production we saw the past two seasons.

Chiefs | Ryan Harris officially added

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:46:16 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Kansas City Chiefs officially signed OT Ryan Harris (Texans) to an undisclosed contract Thursday, July 24.

White Sox | Avisail Garcia update

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:44:45 -0700

Chicago White Sox OF Avisail Garcia (shoulder) looked "pretty normal" in batting practice Thursday, July 24, according to manager Robin Ventura.

FANTASY TIP: Garcia has huge upside and could help down the stretch in deep mixed leagues and AL-only formats. Continue to check back for updates on his progress.

Chiefs | DeRon Furr update

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:36:42 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Kansas City Chiefs placed a no-recall waiver designation on LB DeRon Furr Thursday, July 24, after he was released with an injury settlement.

Titans | Bishop Sankey improving

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:35:27 -0700

Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey admitted he's still learning the offense and knows there is room for improvement. Sankey wants to run more detailed routes, know where the yard-lines are, where to take his breaks and work on his pass protection, among other things.

FANTASY TIP: It's to be expected that Sankey still has work to do. The rookie is expected to be the Titans' main running back and should be considered a low-end RB2 in standard leagues.

Padres | Jesse Hahn starting Friday

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:33:04 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Jesse Hahn will start Friday, July 25, at the Atlanta Braves.

FANTASY TIP: He was in the minors rotation to stay on schedule through the All-Star break. He's an immediate add in all eligible formats now that he's coming back to his excellent MLB campaign.

Bears | Craig Steltz placed on PUP

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:32:26 -0700

Chicago Bears SS Craig Steltz (pectoral) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 24.

Buccaneers | Ron Talley placed on NFI

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:29:11 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Ron Talley (undisclosed) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Thursday, July 24.

Cowboys | Ronald Leary transferred to NFI

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:27:33 -0700

Dallas Cowboys OG Ronald Leary (hamstring) was transferred from the Physically Unable to Perform list to the Non-Football Injury list Thursday, July 24.

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Rockies | Trade Chris Capuano

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:27:17 -0700

The Colorado Rockies traded RP Chris Capuano to the New York Yankees for cash considerations.

Yankees | Acquire Chris Capuano

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:26:23 -0700

The New York Yankees acquired RP Chris Capuano from the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations.

Mets | Curtis Granderson back

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:25:46 -0700

New York Mets OF Curtis Granderson (illness) is back in the lineup Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: Put him back in your deep-league lineups.

Cowboys | Amobi Okoye placed on NFI

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:25:32 -0700

Dallas Cowboys DT Amobi Okoye (illness) was placed on the Non-Football Illness list Thursday, July 24.

Patriots | Roy Finch passes physical

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:24:42 -0700

New England Patriots RB Roy Finch has passed his physical.

Bears | Kyle Long placed on NFI

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:24:08 -0700

Chicago Bears OG Kyle Long (illness) was placed on the Non-Football Illness list Thursday, July 24.

Astros | Dexter Fowler update

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:22:52 -0700

Houston Astros OF Dexter Fowler (intercostal) said he is feeling better every day Thursday, July 24, but he still does not have a timetable for his rehab. General Manager Jeff Luhnow expects Fowler to begin his rehab assignment sometime during the team's 10-game homestand, which beings Friday, July 25.

FANTASY TIP: Fowler justifies his injury-prone label annually and hasn't begun any baseball activities yet. When healthy he is a valuable asset in all formats, so consider adding him before the pack.

Steelers | Waive-injured Kion Wilson

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:22:16 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers cut LB Kion Wilson Thursday, July 24.

NFL | Nine players go unclaimed

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:20:40 -0700

WR Kelsey Pope (Cardinals), CB Royce Adams (Browns), OG Jarrod Pughsley (Cowboys), LB Shaun Lewis (Packers), RB Beau Blankenship (Jaguars), DE Spencer Nealy (Vikings), WR Tyler McDonald (Patriots), DB Lowell Rose (Jets) and LB Jonas Mouton (Chargers) all cleared waivers Thursday, July 24, and are free to sign with any team.

Bengals | T.J. Conley waived

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:19:51 -0700

The Cincinnati Bengals waived P T.J. Conley Thursday, July 24.

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Phillies | Trying to trade Ryan Howard

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:19:35 -0700

The Philadelphia Phillies are working hard to trade 1B Ryan Howard and would be willing to swallow much or most of the remaining $70 million they owe him, according to rival executives.

FANTASY TIP: Howard's relationship with Philly management is becoming toxic, and a change of scenery could be a positive. Still, you know what you're getting with Howard: low BA, decent power and RBI potential. He could be much more useful in an AL environment.

Bills | Brandon Smith waived

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:18:23 -0700

The Buffalo Bills waived CB Brandon E. Smith (leg).

Indians | Asdrubal Cabrera update

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:17:57 -0700

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (back) increased his activity today and could return to the lineup Saturday, July 26, according to manager Terry Francona. Francona noted it could be an optimistic expectation, though.

FANTASY TIP: Cross your fingers, but it would be wise to scout for a Cabrera replacement if you haven't already done so.

Seahawks | Morrell Presley signed

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:13:10 -0700

The Seattle Seahawks signed free-agent WR Morrell Presley to an undisclosed contract Thursday, July 24.

Bengals | Sign Jeremy Johnson

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:12:51 -0700

The Cincinnati Bengals signed free-agent WR Jeremy Johnson (Patriots). Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Panthers | Anthony Morales signed

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:10:53 -0700

The Carolina Panthers signed free-agent LB Anthony Morales to an undisclosed contract Thursday, July 24.

Chiefs | Sanders Commings placed on NFI list

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:10:11 -0700

Kansas City Chiefs CB Sanders Commings (undisclosed) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list.

Steelers | Sign Lew Toler

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:08:36 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed undrafted free-agent DB Lew Toler (Rutgers). Per NFL rules, UDFA deals are three years in length. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cowboys | Tyronne Green released from IR

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:05:05 -0700

The Dallas Cowboys released OG Tyronne Green (undisclosed) from their Reserve/Injured list Thursday, July 24, after reaching an injury settlement.

Chiefs | Rokevious Watkins placed on NFI list

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:04:21 -0700

Kansas City Chiefs OG Rokevious Watkins (undisclosed) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list.

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Twins | Byron Buxton returns

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:03:32 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Byron Buxton (wrist) is leading off and playing center field Thursday, July 24, for Single-A Fort Myers. Buxton missed five games after being hit by a pitch on his right wrist Friday, July 18.

FANTASY TIP: Buxton has only played 13 games all season. He is a must-own player in long-term keeper leagues, but a promotion to Minny is highly unlikely in 2014.

Seahawks | Jared Smith waived-injured

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:02:58 -0700

The Seattle Seahawks waived-injured OG Jared Smith (undisclosed) Thursday, July 24.

Seahawks | Chase Dixon waived

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:01:33 -0700

The Seattle Seahawks waived TE Chase Dixon Thursday, July 24.

Ravens | Ray Rice update

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:00:01 -0700

Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice will be docked an additional game check fine based on his 2013 salary of $1 million, not based on his 2014 salary of $4 million. That comes out to a $58,823 fine instead of a $235,294 fine, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Panthers | Edmund Kugbila waived-injured

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:58:58 -0700

The Carolina Panthers waived-injured OG Edmund Kugbila (undisclosed) Thursday, July 24.

Bills | Marcell Dareus back on active roster

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:55:14 -0700

Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus has returned to the team's active roster after passing his physical.

Twins | Kyle Gibson unlikely for Saturday

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:54:29 -0700

Minnesota Twins SP Kyle Gibson (back) is unlikely to start Saturday, July 26, due to back stiffness. The Twins will have to recall a pitcher to start if Gibson is unable to go.

FANTASY TIP: Check back for an official announcement. Benching Gibson until he proves his health isn't out of the question.

Lions | Ndamukong Suh would be expensive to franchise tag

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:53:45 -0700

Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh would cost $26.7 million under the 2015 franchise tag.

Bills | Claim Jared Wheeler

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:52:23 -0700

The Buffalo Bills claimed free-agent OL Jared Wheeler (Panthers) off waivers. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Bengals | Claim Conner Vernon

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:50:50 -0700

The Cincinnati Bengals claimed free-agent WR Conner Vernon (Browns) off waivers. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

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Bengals | Andrew Whitworth placed on PUP list

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:49:11 -0700

Cincinnati Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth (undisclosed) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Dolphins | Two placed on PUP list

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:48:41 -0700

Miami Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno (knee) and C Mike Pouncey (hip) were placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list.

White Sox | Matt Lindstrom update

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:44:42 -0700

Chicago White Sox RP Matt Lindstrom (ankle) threw live batting practice Thursday, July 24. He expects to throw a simulated game before going on a rehab assignment. Lindstrom noted he felt good during fielding drills.

FANTASY TIP: Lindstrom is expected to return to the closer's role when he rejoins the team. He should be on your radar in all formats, and he is worth stashing now, if you can sacrifice the bench slot in the meantime.

Phillies | Cole Hamels upping velocity

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:41:51 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels hit 96.2 mph on the radar gun Thursday, July 24. It was the fastest he has thrown since 2010.

FANTASY TIP: Hamels missed the beginning of the season with a shoulder injury, so this is encouraging news for fantasy owners. He has allowed three earned runs or less in his last 10 outings, striking out 107 batters in 103 2/3 innings pitched, with a 2.43 ERA.

Jaguars | John Lotulelei placed on NFI

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:39:43 -0700

Jacksonville Jaguars LB John Lotulelei (hamstring) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list.

Royals | Eric Hosmer won't swing today

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:33:12 -0700

Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (hand) will not swing a bat Thursday, July 24, in an effort to be more cautious about returning to action. He might not play in any of this weekend's games.

FANTASY TIP: Hosmer might be a DL candidate if he doesn't improve, so stay tuned for updates and line up contingency plans.

Bears | Adrian Wilson confident, working hard

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:28:32 -0700

Chicago Bears FS Adrian Wilson (Achilles') still believes he has the tools to play in the NFL, saying the Bears wouldn't have signed him if he didn't. Wilson said he is studying the Bears' defensive playbook every day.

49ers | Aldon Smith in shape, still learning

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:28:08 -0700

San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith said he's in the best shape he's ever been in, referring to both his body and mind. Smith admitted he is still growing and is in a better spot than he has been. Smith could still face league discipline following a fake airport bomb threat, a driving under the influence charge and felony weapons charges.

White Sox | More on Zach Putnam's injury

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:15:11 -0700

Chicago White Sox RP Zach Putnam (shoulder) has an issue around the middle of his right (throwing) shoulder, near the joint. He felt it in the last few outings and was hoping rest over the All-Star break would help it heal.

FANTASY TIP: Obviously, since he's now on the DL, it hasn't. Jake Petricka is the fantasy pickup as he is in the lead for saves at the moment. However, he may cede those duties if Matt Lindstrom (ankle) proves healthy in the next few weeks.

Panthers | Sign Fernando Velasco

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:14:49 -0700

The Carolina Panthers signed free-agent C Fernando Velasco (Steelers). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Mariners | Make roster moves

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:08:42 -0700

Seattle Mariners INF Willie Bloomquist (knee) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, July 24, with a right knee contusion. In corresponding moves, SS Chris Taylor and DH Jesus Montero were recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.

FANTASY TIP: Taylor's power-speed combo makes him a worthy addition in AL-only formats. There is deep mixed league value, if Taylor earns enough playing time. Montero has more competition for at-bats and is only worth a speculative add in AL-only formats, until he proves otherwise.

Padres | Yangervis Solarte hitting second

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:57:32 -0700

San Diego Padres INF Yangervis Solarte is batting second and playing second base Thursday, July 24, against the Chicago Cubs.

FANTASY TIP: Solarte could take care of the keystone position until Jedd Gyorko returns from his foot injury, and then move to third base. He could also fill a utility role around the diamond and in the outfield. Regardless, Solarte will get enough playing time to be a factor in NL-only formats. Mixed leaguers should take a wait-and-see approach.

Lions | Ndamukong Suh extension unlikely before camp

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:55:28 -0700

Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh's long-awaited contract extension is highly unlikely to occur before the start of training camp, according to a source. The Lions commence training camp Sunday, July 27.

Patriots | Vince Wilfork has no limitations

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:51:20 -0700

New England Patriots DT Vince Wilfork (Achilles') said he doesn't have any limitations, or he wouldn't be practicing.

Ravens | Aaron Ross placed on IR

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:41:15 -0700

Baltimore Ravens CB Aaron Ross (Achilles') has been placed on Injured Reserve. Ross will miss the entire season with a torn Achilles' tendon.

Cowboys | Ronald Leary update

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:38:29 -0700

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys OG Ronald Leary (hamstring) strained his hamstring during a conditioning test. He is already on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list.

MLB | Rusney Castillo generating buzz

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:34:48 -0700

Cuban free-agent OF Rusney Castillo will be scouted by the majority of MLB teams at his workout Saturday, July 26, at the University of Miami.

FANTASY TIP: With the recent influx of quality Cuban players to the majors, expect Castillo to generate plenty of buzz in fantasy circles, too. He is worth a flier in all keeper/dynasty formats, as soon as he is available. Continue to check back for updates on Castillo.

Jets | Chris Johnson feeling good

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:33:14 -0700

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) said he feels good and didn't feel any pain after his first full-go since last season.

FANTASY TIP: Johnson has been one of the most consistent fantasy running backs over the past several years. His stock has declined since his move to New York, however, with RBs Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell also in the mix. He's still a solid RB2 candidate.

Rangers | Jerome Williams starting Friday

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:28:28 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Jerome Williams will start Friday, July 25, against the Oakland Athletics.

FANTASY TIP: Avoid Williams in all formats against the Athletics.

Falcons | Corey Peters hoping to return for opener

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:26:50 -0700

Atlanta Falcons DT Corey Peters (Achilles') plans to be back for Atlanta's season-opener, saying he's optimistic and is feeling good.

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Indians | No Asdrubal Cabrera again

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:24:57 -0700

Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (back) is not in the lineup Thursday, July 24. INF Jose Ramirez is starting in his place, batting ninth.

FANTASY TIP: Cabrera could be looking at a disabled list stint if this persists. Ramirez is nothing more than AL-only filler.

Browns | Four players back on active roster

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:22:54 -0700

Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West (undisclosed), DT Jacobbi McDaniel (undisclosed), OG Jeremiah Warren and OL Chris Faulk (undisclosed) returned to the team's active roster Thursday, July 24.

White Sox | Zach Putnam to DL

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:18:21 -0700

Chicago White Sox RP Zach Putnam (shoulder) was placed on the disabled list Thursday, July 24, with right shoulder inflammation. In a corresponding move, RP Andre Rienzo was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.

FANTASY TIP: Putnam was getting looks in the ninth inning, so with him out of the committee, Jake Petricka should see more opportunities. Javy Guerra and Daniel Webb could also get an occasional chance. Matt Lindstrom should take over closing duties, when he returns from his ankle injury. However, Perticka is an immediate add, with Guerra and Webb more speculative additions, for those chasing saves.

Buccaneers | Acquire Brandon Magee from waivers

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:15:19 -0700

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed free-agent LB Brandon Magee (Browns) off waivers.

Texans | David Hunter signs

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:12:27 -0700

The Houston Texans signed free-agent DT David Hunter (Buccaneers). Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Phillies | Cole Hamel tosses a gem

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:07:36 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels pitched eight innings, allowing an earned run on six hits and a walk, while striking out 10 batters, to earn his fifth win Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: It was business as usual for Hamels, who now sports a measly 2.72 ERA. Fantasy owners would love to see an uptick in wins, which could happen if he is moved to a superior team.

Mariners | Kendrys Morales to report Friday

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:07:29 -0700

Seattle Mariners 1B Kendrys Morales is expected to join his new team Friday, July 25. He was acquired from the Minnesota Twins Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: It's a reminder for those with daily transactions.

Raiders | Kevin Burnett cut

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:05:02 -0700

The Oakland Raiders have cut LB Kevin Burnett.

Mariners | Chris Taylor probably coming up

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:02:36 -0700

The Seattle Mariners are poised to call up SS Chris Taylor from Class AAA Tacoma. He's batting .328 with 5 home runs and 37 RBIs in 75 contests. He may be up with the club as soon as Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: Taylor is an immediate add in AL-only games and could enter deep-mixed conversations if he proves himself worthy. Brad Miller has done little to offer resistance to losing his job. Taylor has displayed some power and notable speed at each farm stop.

Raiders | D.J. Hayden out for the start of training camp

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:00:54 -0700

Oakland Raiders CB D.J. Hayden (foot) is out for the start of training camp with a stress fracture in his foot.

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Phillies | Jonathan Papelbon bounces back

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:53:49 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon struck out a batter and threw 10 pitches to earn save No. 24 Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: It is good news for Papelbon owners, after he blew a save Tuesday and took the loss Wednesday. Despite his recent struggles, Papelbon's job is safe. Papelbon's name has been involved in trade talks, so joining a new team could alter his value significantly.

Red Sox | David Ortiz update

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:48:49 -0700

Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz (back) felt back spasms when he checked a swing Thursday, July 24. Ortiz was examined after the game.

FANTASY TIP: An initial diagnosis could paint a clearer picture, but for now, consider Ortiz day-to-day.

Giants | Coach getting frustrated with Odell Beckham Jr. injury

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:43:54 -0700

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is getting frustrated with WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) not being on the practice field due to a hamstring injury. "We need to get the guy back out here and get him back on the field," Coughlin said.

Marlins | Jordany Valdespin hitting second

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:40:04 -0700

Miami Marlins 2B Jordany Valdespin is hitting second Thursday, July 24, against the Atlanta Braves.

FANTASY TIP: Valdespin could have some fleeting value in NL-only leagues. He boasts a power-speed combo, but he also has a career .220/.271/.377 slash line in the majors, so keep your expectations in check. He is definitely in play in daily games today, due to his low price and position in the lineup.

Mets | Recall Wilmer Flores

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:39:04 -0700

The New York Mets recalled SS Wilmer Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis in his place.

FANTASY TIP: Flores and his power could see deep-mixed value with regular playing time, but the flaws in his plate discipline will suppress his upside.

Giants | No reps for Odell Beckham Jr.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:32:49 -0700

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) did not take any reps in practice Thursday July 24, as he continues to rehab from a hamstring injury.

Red Sox | David Ortiz leaves game

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:32:39 -0700

Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz (undisclosed) left the game early Thursday, July 24, after checking a swing. Ortiz appeared to place his hand on his back.

FANTASY TIP: The game was well out of hand, so his exit could be mainly precautionary. With David Price starting against the Red Sox tomorrow, Ortiz could receive an additional rest day. Check back for updates.

Tigers | GM talks trade interests

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:28:29 -0700

Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said acquiring a shortstop and a left-handing-hitting outfielder are not high on the team's priority list Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: Consider this an endorsement for J.D. Martinez and Eugenio Suarez. Martinez has hit his way into being a viable mixed league option. Suarez is a fringe AL-only starter, at best.

Panthers | More on Jonathan Stewart

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:22:20 -0700

Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) is expected to miss one to two weeks as he recovers from a hamstring injury. Stewart will not be placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list.

Browns | Sign Edgar Jones

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:20:45 -0700

The Cleveland Browns signed LB Edgar Jones (Cowboys) Thursday, July 24. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Bengals | Andrew Whitworth not practicing

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:12:15 -0700

Cincinnati Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Thursday, July 24.

Braves | No Andrelton Simmons

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:09:19 -0700

Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (undisclosed) is not the starting lineup Thursday, July 24, against the Miami Marlins. SS Ramiro Pena is playing shortstop and hitting eighth.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Simmons from any daily-transaction lineups. He has just three hits since the All-Star break, so it is likely a scheduled rest day to help him refocus.

Twins | Won't send money in Kendrys Morales deal

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:01:33 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Minnesota Twins are not sending any money along with 1B Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners, according to a source with direct knowledge. Morales has approximately $4.33 million remaining on his one-year deal.

Twins | Recall Jorge Polanco

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:59:01 -0700

Minnesota Twins SS Jorge Polanco was recalled from Single-A Fort Myers Thursday, July 24.

49ers | Marcus Martin rolls ankle

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:57:55 -0700

San Francisco 49ers C Marcus Martin (ankle) rolled his ankle in football training, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.

49ers | Bruce Ellington rolls ankle

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:57:29 -0700

San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington (ankle) rolled his ankle in football training, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh said he should be back soon.

Colts | Two miss practice

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:46:41 -0700

Indianapolis Colts CB Vontae Davis (undisclosed) and FS LaRon Landry (undisclosed) both did not participate in practice Thursday, July 24.

Blue Jays | Marcus Stroman loses no-no bid

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:46:05 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays SP Marcus Stroman threw a no-hitter through 6 1/3 innings before it was broken up on a single by Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino. He made it through seven innings, giving up that lone hit with two walks while striking out seven.

FANTASY TIP: Stroman has been a beast since moving to the rotation. His ERA on the season is now down to 3.21, and he'll surely be picked up in more mixed leagues after this showing.

Twins | Stephen Pryor to Rochester

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:45:19 -0700

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Twins RP Stephen Pryor will be sent to Triple-A Rochester, after he was acquired from the Seattle Mariners in the deal for 1B Kendrys Morales.

Twins | Trade Kendrys Morales

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:43:57 -0700

The Minnesota Twins traded 1B Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners for RP Stephen Pryor.

FANTASY TIP: Pryor is merely organizational depth but could work his way into late-innings relief later this year or in 2015.

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Mariners | Acquire Kendrys Morales

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:42:25 -0700

The Seattle Mariners have acquired 1B Kendrys Morales from the Minnesota Twins for RP Stephen Pryor.

FANTASY TIP: Not a fantastic upgrade in hitting environment, but it's a familiar home park. This doesn't change Morales' value much sans the fact he may be more comfortable and recapture some of his once top-shelf pop. Pick him up if you're desperate for deep-league help, but carry on otherwise.

Vikings | Matt Kalil cleared

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:41:38 -0700

Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil (knee) has been medically cleared to start training camp.

Athletics | Alberto Callaspo rehab starting soon

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:33 -0700

Oakland Athletics INF Alberto Callaspo (hamstring) is expected to start his rehab assignment Saturday, July 26, and may return to the majors Sunday, July 27.

FANTASY TIP: Callaspo probably will resume most of the keystone duties, but he's still chiefly an AL-only piece.

49ers | NaVorro Bowman running

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:36:37 -0700

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) is running, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh. Bowman will be doing some cutting as the next part of his rehab.

Redskins | Jason Hatcher progressing quickly from injury

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:35:44 -0700

Washington Redskins DT Jason Hatcher (knee) said he is progressing pretty quickly from a knee injury. "I want to get back on the field, but I know I've got take precaution," Hatcher said. "It's progressing pretty quickly. The trainers got a great game plan, so I'm just going to stick with it. Whenever they say I'm ready to go, I'm back on the field."

Athletics | Good news for Yoenis Cespedes

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:27:06 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (thumb) is available to pinch-hit Thursday, July 24, and could start Friday, July 25.

FANTASY TIP: This is a boon for his fantasy owners, as long as he doesn't aggravate the injury. Stay tuned for more updates.

Chargers | Johnnie Troutman leaves practice

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:10:26 -0700

San Diego Chargers OG Johnnie Troutman (hamstring) left practice early with a hamstring injury Thursday, July 24. The injury did not appear to be serious.

Vikings | Chase Ford had foot procedure

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:09:33 -0700

Minnesota Vikings TE Chase Ford (foot) had a procedure on his left foot last week for a stress fracture and is expected to miss training camp.

Rangers | Summon Nate Adcock

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:07:43 -0700

The Texas Rangers purchased the contract of RP Nathan Adcock from Triple-A Round Rock. In a corresponding move, 1B Mitch Moreland (ankle) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Jaguars | No plans to cut Justin Blackmon

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:03:13 -0700

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon will not be cut by the team after his most recent arrest, according to owner Shad Khan. "We want him to get help he needs," Khan said.

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Browns | Sign Jamaal Westerman

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:53:11 -0700

The Cleveland Browns signed LB Jamaal Westerman (Steelers) Thursday, July 24. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Cowboys | Brandon Carr not practicing

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:48:13 -0700

Dallas Cowboys CB Brandon Carr (personal) is not participating in practice Thursday, July 24, due to family reasons.

Titans | Sign Taylor Lewan

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:41:43 -0700

The Tennessee Titans signed OL Taylor Lewan Thursday, July 24. Per NFL rules, the length of the contract is four years. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Giants | Dan Uggla has decent AAA debut

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:39:17 -0700

San Francisco Giants 2B Dan Uggla went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in his debut for Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: Uggla may be ready to come up sometime in August if he acquits himself well at Fresno. MAYBE he'll be worth deep-mixed consideration then.

Giants | Joe Panik sitting

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:38:37 -0700

San Francisco Giants 2B Joe Panik (ankle) is out at least for Thursday, July 24, because of a sprained ankle.

Jets | Chris Ivory dealing with hamstring issue

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:37:25 -0700

New York Jets RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) is dealing with a hamstring issue, according to head coach Rex Ryan. Ivory did not participate in team drills Thursday, July 24.

Jets | Quincy Enunwa does not practice

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:36:53 -0700

New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (hip) did not participate in practice Thursday, July 24.

Giants | Not encouraged by Marco Scutaro

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:35:09 -0700

San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro hasn't encouraged the club or scouts with his play. He wasn't in the lineup Thursday, July 24, even though they're facing a left-hander. Observers says his lack of mobility and bat speed is holding him back. Ehire Adrianza continues to receive playing time in place of Scutaro.

FANTASY TIP: Adrianza is strictly an NL-only add. Scutaro may not even be ownable in most of those games in the near future.

Ravens | Aaron Ross expected to miss the year

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:29:08 -0700

Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens CB Aaron Ross (Achilles') is expected to miss the entire season with an torn Achilles' tendon.

Giants | Brandon Mosley listed as starter

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:28:17 -0700

New York Giants OG Brandon Mosley is listed as the team's starting right guard on the first unofficial depth chart of training camp.

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Giants | Rashad Jennings listed as starter

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:26:03 -0700

New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings is listed as the team's starting running back on the first unofficial depth chart of training camp.

Giants | Larry Donnell listed as starter

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:25:35 -0700

New York Giants TE Larry Donnell is listed as the team's starting tight end on the first unofficial depth chart of training camp.

Royals | Trade Jimmy Paredes

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:21:48 -0700

The Kansas City Royals traded INF/OF Jimmy Paredes to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for cash considerations.

Orioles | Acquire Jimmy Paredes

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:20:54 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles acquired Jimmy Paredes from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations and optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

Athletics | Yoenis Cespedes sitting

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:07:22 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (thumb) is not in the lineup Thursday, July 24, as he continues to rest his sprained thumb.

FANTASY TIP: This could last at least a few more days if not result in a DL stint.

Athletics | Jim Johnson DFA'ed

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:06:53 -0700

Correcting a previous report, Oakland Athletics RP Jim Johnson was designated for assignment. Oakland recalled RP Evan Scribner from Triple-A Sacramento.

Browns | Waive Kenny Shaw

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:03:43 -0700

The Cleveland Browns waived WR Kenny Shaw Thursday, July 24.

Browns | Waive Jourdan Brooks

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:03:08 -0700

The Cleveland Browns waived RB Jourdan Brooks Thursday, July 24.

Rangers | Neftali Feliz's velocity down

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:00:05 -0700

Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz's average fastball velocity is down from 96.3 mph, during his 2010 and 2011 stints as closer, to 92.2 this season. His heat has been inconsistent from outing to outing, as well. Feliz said he's aware of the drop-off but is focusing more on making sure he stays in the lower part of the strike zone. He said that the change in his role could cause him to throw harder, too, because "Obviously, there is more energy and adrenaline. You have to do your job with a sense of urgency."

FANTASY TIP: Saves-desperate fantasy owners should grab him with the hope he'll improve, whether it be via the intangible factor of closing or simply more time on the mound since his 2012 surgery.

Panthers | De'Andre Presley placed on PUP list

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:56:57 -0700

Carolina Panthers WR De'Andre Presley (stress fracture) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 24.

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Panthers | Tre Boston placed on PUP list

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:56:33 -0700

Carolina Panthers SS Tre Boston (hernia) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 24.

Athletics | Jim Johnson released

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:55:33 -0700

The Oakland Athletics have released RP Jim Johnson.

FANTASY TIP: So much for that preseason plan for him to close. He'll probably catch on to another contending roster, depending on salary conditions.

Panthers | Jonathan Stewart dealing with hamstring issue

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:50:13 -0700

Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) is dealing with a hamstring injury, but the team will leave him on the active roster heading into training camp.

FANTASY TIP: The team leaving Stewart on the active roster gives the appearance they don't believe he will miss much time. Still, hamstring injuries can linger. This is something to keep an eye on throughout the preseason.

Panthers | Edmund Kugbila out for the year

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:45:17 -0700

Carolina Panthers OG Edmund Kugbila (back) will have back surgery in August and will miss the 2014 season, according to general manager David Gettleman.

Panthers | Cam Newton cleared

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:35:00 -0700

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) was cleared for practice, according to general manager David Gettleman.

FANTASY TIP: It is good news that Newton will be out there for the start of training camp with all the new faces at wide receiver. Still, with the questions regarding that receiving group, and his own health, Newton should be considered a QB2 for fantasy players.

Rockies | Asked for Kevin Gausman in Jorge De La Rosa talks

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:27:21 -0700

The Colorado Rockies asked for Baltimore Orioles SP Kevin Gausman during trade talks involving Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa. One source said a Baltimore insider called it a "non-starter."

FANTASY TIP: Don't blame them. Gausman has big upside, while JDLR's skills have been pitching on thin ice for many of the last few seasons. Either of these pieces, however, would be a prime FAAB target after the trade deadline if they switch locales.

Jets | Geno Smith getting most of the first-team snaps

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:23:37 -0700

New York Jets QB Geno Smith is receiving most of the first-team snaps in practice Thursday, July 24. Smith took 13 first-team snaps, and QB Michael Vick took four first-team snaps.

FANTASY TIP: Even if Smith wins this job, he is not a draft worthy option at this point. Consider him a QB3 at best.

Yankees | Scouted Ian Kennedy

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:22:55 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Ian Kennedy was scouted by the New York Yankees in Chicago Wednesday, July 23. The Yankees are trying to trade for a starting pitcher.

FANTASY TIP: Full circle for the former Bomber? He's a much different, improved pitcher than he was in his early Yanks days, but anyone who would go from PETCO Park to Yankee Stadium deserves added risk to their fantasy value. Still, if this happens, AL-only players should be willing to stake a high FAAB crossover bid that he has enough skills to overcome his would-be new home park.

Buccaneers | Mark Barron ready to take the field

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:19:13 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Mark Barron (undisclosed) is ready to take the field, according to head coach Lovie Smith.

Mets | Wilmer Flores on the way

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:17:44 -0700

New York Mets SS Wilmer Flores will join the club in Milwaukee Thursday, July 24. A corresponding roster move will be announced at a later time.

FANTASY TIP: This probably has to do with Ruben Tejada's head injury from Wednesday. Flores is an NL-only add and someone worth a last-ditch roster spot in deep mixed games.

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Tigers | Joel Hanrahan a long shot to join club

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:16:53 -0700

Detroit Tigers RP Joel Hanrahan (elbow) is "highly unlikely" to pitch for the big league club this year, according to general manager Dave Dombrowski.

Buccaneers | Dashon Goldson ready to take the field

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:13:06 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers FS Dashon Goldson (foot) is ready to take the field, according to head coach Lovie Smith.

Buccaneers | Carl Nicks excused from practice

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:12:16 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) was excused from practice Thursday, July 24, according to head coach Lovie Smith. Smith is not sure when Nicks will return to the team.

Phillies | Ryan Howard sitting, platoon likely

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:11:48 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is not in the lineup Thursday, July 24, against a right-handed pitcher. Manager Ryne Sandberg wants to get 1B Darin Ruf's feet wet after his recent call-up, but he also said that he's planning on using a platoon more frequently moving forward.

FANTASY TIP: Ruf should be added in NL-only and some deep mixed games. Howard is looking more droppable in mixed leagues by the day.

Cowboys | Place Amobi Okoye on NFI list

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:08:59 -0700

Dallas Cowboys DT Amobi Okoye (undisclosed) on the Non-Football Illness list Thursday, July 24.

Cowboys | Place Anthony Spencer on PUP list

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:08:27 -0700

Dallas Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer (knee) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 24.

Cowboys | Place Ronald Leary on PUP list

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:07:36 -0700

Dallas Cowboys OG Ronald Leary (undisclosed) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 24.

Patriots | Rob Gronkowski limited

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:03:18 -0700

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, July 24. He worked for an hour and 15 minutes before watching the rest of the activities. He didn't participate in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills.

FANTASY TIP: He's still a top-3 option at the position when healthy, but the fact he's cleared for workouts doesn't make him any safer this far away from Week 1.

Ravens | Aaron Ross tears Achilles'

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:48:28 -0700

Baltimore Ravens CB Aaron Ross (Achilles') has torn his Achilles' tendon.

Yankees | Derek Jeter sitting

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:38:43 -0700

New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter is receiving the day off Thursday, July 24, because it's a day game following a night game.

FANTASY TIP: Remove him from any daily-transaction lineups, if you're still playing him there.

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Jaguars | Justin Blackmon arrest details

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:19:25 -0700

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon was pulled over at 6:22 p.m. local time Wednesday, July 23, leading up to his arrest for possession of marijuana. Police said Blackmon "openly admitted to smoking a blunt while driving."

FANTASY TIP: This string of poor judgment calls doesn't bode well for Blackmon's long-term future in the NFL.

Bills | Marcell Dareus could thrive

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:16:12 -0700

Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus looks like a good fit in defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's scheme and could have a big year if his off-field issues can be remedied.

FANTASY TIP: Dareus is an IDP consideration on draft day -- Schwartz knows how to get production out of a defensive line -- but beware potential league discipline for Dareus. Buffalo's D remains on the fringe of being starter-worthy.

Jaguars | Blake Bortles' mechanics need fixing

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:11:40 -0700

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles' lower-body mechanics likely will be revised. Bortles' flaw has been over-reliance on his right arm when throwing; he doesn't use his legs enough. A "redshirt year will help," according to Albert Breer.

FANTASY TIP: With Chad Henne in line to take snaps in Week 1 and hold the job for an extended period when healthy, Bortles is a project that will need plenty to go right in order to produce for fantasy players in 2014. He's an attractive dynasty piece, though, because of his athleticism.

Yankees | Mark Teixeira DL decision coming

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:07:06 -0700

New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (lat) will know whether he's going on the disabled list Friday, July 25, according to manager Joe Girardi.

FANTASY TIP: Plan ahead. We're betting he lands on it given how notorious slow he has healed in recent years.

Yankees | Mark Teixeira out again

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:05:52 -0700

New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (lat) is out of the lineup Thursday, July 24. Brian McCann is again starting at first base in his place.

FANTASY TIP: He continues to nurse lat soreness and could hit the disabled list. Stay tuned and search for alternatives for the long term.

Jaguars | Austin Pasztor is starter at RT

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:54:36 -0700

Jacksonville Jaguars OT Austin Pasztor (shoulder) is working as the starting right tackle and is fully healthy at training camp, according to offensive line coach Luke Butkus.

Rangers | Neftali Feliz wants to close

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:50:52 -0700

Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz said he wants to be a closer.

FANTASY TIP: Feliz had his sights set on being a starter for a couple of years before his elbow required Tommy John surgery. Feliz could be a solid closer once again if he regains his pre-injury form.

Jaguars | Justin Blackmon arrested

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:45:08 -0700

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon was arrested for possession of marijuana Wednesday, July 23, in Oklahoma.

FANTASY TIP: Blackmon is serving a suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. While incredibly talented, he may be losing his roster viability in dynasty leagues as well.

Eagles | Evan Mathis reports to camp

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:42:47 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles OG Evan Mathis has reported to camp and will not hold out.

Ravens | Ray Rice suspended two games

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:24:17 -0700

Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice will be suspended for the first two games of the season, according to sources. The announcement is expected Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: Rice rates as a mid-to-low RB2 after he misses the first two games. Bernard Pierce will likely take over in Rice's stead and should continue to see looks when he returns. Pierce is a low-end RB3 or a good RB4.

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Redskins | Robert Griffin III won't have many set run plays

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:18:05 -0700

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III's designed running plays might be "few and far between," according to head coach Jay Gruden. He still has the green light to scramble as the situation dictates. "I feel good where he's at," Gruden said. "He made some serious strides just in the spring working in the pocket and delivering throws and pulling it down and running when he had to run. That comes naturally but also comes with a lot of reps and playing the position."

FANTASY TIP: Griffin is a low-end QB1 at best right now.

Broncos | Demaryius Thomas to miss four days

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:09:22 -0700

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas will miss the first four days of training camp to attend the funeral services of his grandmother that helped raise him as a child. KFFL sends its condolences to family and friends.

Ravens | Ray Rice could be suspended two games

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:06:22 -0700

Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice could just be suspended two games for his off-the-field conduct this offseason, according to Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin.

FANTASY TIP: That would be a moderate surprise and would moderately elevate his draft stock. He'd be promoted from a RB3 that was expected to miss four games to a mid-rate RB2.

Chiefs | Two cut

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:49:57 -0700

The Kansas City Chiefs waived LB DeRon Furr, and FB James Baker was placed on reserve/did not report.

Falcons | More on Roddy White

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:44:44 -0700

Updating earlier reports, Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White's extension guarantees him $10 million.

Giants | Daniel Fells may have the edge

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:34:21 -0700

New York Giants TE Daniel Fells has received the first snap in 11-on-11 drills during the team's two days in training camp.

FANTASY TIP: Kellen Davis and Adrien Robinson have also rotated at tight end with the first team, but Fells appears to be the leader. Fells is not draftable, and it is likely he won't hold the job should he win it. Robinson is just too talented to not cut into his work. Davis is a blocker.

White Sox | Matt Lindstrom getting closer

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:23:07 -0700

Chicago White Sox RP Matt Lindstrom (ankle) could go on a rehab assignment the first week of August.

FANTASY TIP: He's still expected to have a say in the closer committee before season's end.

Cubs | Javier Baez hitting well

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:14:45 -0700

Chicago Cubs 2B Javier Baez is hitting .333 with two homers and 10 RBIs in his last 10 games at Triple-A Iowa.

FANTASY TIP: We could see Baez in the next few weeks with the uncertainty the team has at second base. Arismendy Alcantara is there now but could shift to the outfield to make room for Baez. Start stashing Baez in mixed leagues.

Red Sox | Dustin Pedroia sitting

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:14:23 -0700

Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: Initially looks like a day off as he tries to break out of a slump, but we'll let you know if it's anything more serious.

Falcons | Roddy White terms

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:10:55 -0700

Updating an earlier report, Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White can earn up to $30 million in his four-year extension with $18 million coming in the first two seasons, according to a source.

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Rangers | Neftali Feliz takes over at closer

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:49:55 -0700

Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz will take over as closer after the team dealt RP Joakim Soria. "The Feliz of old is a dominant, elite closer," general manager Jon Daniels said. "He may get that opportunity, whether it's as a traditional closer or in some other way. He's still so young and you still see the ability, just not as consistently. It would be a good test for him to see how he responds."

FANTASY TIP: Feliz should be picked up in AL-only leagues if he's available and most mixed formats if you need saves. He hasn't shown to be the dominant pitcher pre-Tommy John surgery, but he could get better as the season goes on. Corey Knebel could also figure into the mix at some point.

Colts | Two cleared

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:32:05 -0700

Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen (hip) and OG Donald Thomas (quadriceps, biceps) have been cleared to practice.

Colts | Ahmad Bradshaw cleared

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:29:06 -0700

Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) has been cleared to practice.

FANTASY TIP: Bradshaw is an RB4, but he could be worth more if Trent Richardson fails to produce again.

Falcons | Roddy White signs extension

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:24:03 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White signed a four-year extension with the team that will keep him under team control for the next five years, according to sources.

Browns | Josh Gordon to appeal Aug. 1

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:20:40 -0700

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will have his appeal hearing for his one-year suspension Aug. 1.

Athletics | Yoenis Cespedes suffers sprained thumb

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:06:39 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes' (thumb) X-rays were negative after leaving the game Wednesday, July 23, with a right thumb sprain. He hit two homers in the game before leaving.

FANTASY TIP: This is still an injury that can wreck a swing and require a DL stint. Monitor his status, but expect Josh Reddick and Stephen Vogt to see more ABs in the interim.

Turner Scott Motorsports | Kyle Larson runs out of luck at Eldora

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:58:34 -0700

Turner Scott Motorsports driver Kyle Larson was beating and banging all night at the 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series Wednesday, July 23. He was battling hard for the lead against Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Darrell Wallace Jr., but ended up wrecking with two laps to go and finishing 26th.

Kyle Busch Motorsports | Darrell Wallace Jr. wins at Eldora

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:58:03 -0700

Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Darrell Wallace Jr. picked up his third career win in the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series with a victory at the second annual 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway Wednesday, July 23. Wallace led the final 97 laps, holding off a spirited charge from Turner Scott Motorsports driver Kyle Larson.

Brad Keselowski Racing | Ryan Blaney takes over points lead

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:57:32 -0700

Brad Keselowski Racing driver Ryan Blaney finished third at the 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway Wednesday, July 23, and he took over the points lead in the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series as a result. Blaney leads Thorsport Racing driver Matt Crafton for the series lead by four points.

Tigers | J.D. Martinez sidelined

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:44:07 -0700

Detroit Tigers OF J.D. Martinez (quadriceps) was out of the lineup Wednesday, July 23, against the Arizona Diamondbacks after tweaking his quadriceps during the game Tuesday, July 22.

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Tigers | Torii Hunter given day off

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:43:41 -0700

Despite swinging a hot bat, Detroit Tigers OF Torii Hunter was given the day off Wednesday, July 23, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hunter has hit .381 with five home runs, 12 runs scored and 20 RBI over the past 16 games.

Rockies | Carlos Gonzalez gets day off

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:41:59 -0700

Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (thumb) was given the day off Wednesday, July 23, against the Washington Nationals to rest a sore thumb.

FANTASY TIP: With a scheduled day off Thursday, manager Walt Weiss likely felt it was a great time to give Gonzalez a couple of days off to rest. If Gonzalez doesn't play Friday, then fantasy owners should be concerned.

Rockies | Jorge De La Rosa strikes out 11

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:34:31 -0700

Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa struck out a season-high 11 batters Wednesday, July 23, against the Washington Nationals, allowing two runs - one earned - with eight hits and no walks in 7 1/3 innings. He was one strikeout short of a career high set in 2009.

FANTASY TIP: De La Rosa's name has been bandied about in trade rumors leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and his next start could potentially come in another uniform. If he moves to a contender, his fantasy value could increase dramatically. Of course, he is 42-14 lifetime at Coors Field, not exactly the most pitcher-friendly environment for most, so fantasy owners might not want him to leave Denver.

Phillies | A.J. Burnett moves up strikeouts list

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:33:50 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP A.J. Burnett worked eight scoreless innings while allowing four hits and four walks in a no-decision Wednesday, July 23, against the San Francisco Giants. He also struck out six batters while throwing 131 pitches. He moved to 48th on the all-time strikeouts list, passing former New York Mets SP Dwight Gooden.

FANTASY TIP: Burnett is a trade target for plenty of contenders down the stretch, and his fantasy prospects could be about to improve dramatically, depending on where he lands. If he pitches like he did Wednesday, it won't matter where he is.

Phillies | Trade target Jonathan Papelbon bounced around

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:33:23 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon was pounded for three earned runs, one hit and two walks in a relief loss Wednesday, July 23, against the San Francisco Giants. He has been outspoken about his interest in moving to a contender before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but he has had two ugly performances in a row. "Whatever happens happens," Papelbon said. "I have no control over it. If you were to put the entire season into two games, it would be pretty dumb."

Panthers | Greg Olsen tired of WR criticism

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:33:11 -0700

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen said he is tired of hearing criticism about Carolina's new receiving corps, which is largely made up of journeymen and unproven commodities. Olsen added that the Panthers' offensive identity is not going to change, so controlling the clock through a balanced offense remains important.

49ers | Aldon Smith and Roger Goodell could meet soon

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:08:43 -0700

San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith is expected to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the near future, which likely would lead to a decision on any discipline for Smith.

Nationals | Anthony Rendon, Danny Espinosa start

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:58:03 -0700

Washington Nationals 2B/3B Anthony Rendon went 1-for-5 with a single and RBI Wednesday, July 23, against the Colorado Rockies. 2B Danny Espinosa made the start at second base, going 1-for-4 with a double, run scored and stolen base.

FANTASY TIP: Rendon and Espinosa each figure to see even more playing with Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list. Rendon, in particular, is very attractive to fantasy owners because of his dual eligibility in both middle and corner infielder spots.

White Sox | Avisail Garcia to accelerate workout routine

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:57:43 -0700

Chicago White Sox OF Avisail Garcia (shoulder) will accelerate his workout routine on the team's road trip. There has been no timetable set for a minor-league rehab assignment.

White Sox | Tailspin continues for Gordon Beckham

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:55:19 -0700

Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham was hitless in four at-bats Wednesday, July 23, against the Kansas City Royals, and he is now hitting just .132 dating back to June 9, when his average was at its highest point (.298) of the season.

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White Sox | Jose Quintana cannot solve Kansas City

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:52:48 -0700

Chicago White Sox SP Jose Quintana allowed just one earned run, seven hits and two walks over seven innings Wednesday, July 23, against the Kansas City Royals, but he was unable to pick up a win. He also struck out three batters in the no-decision. Quintana is 0-5 in 11 career starts against the Royals.

White Sox | Jose Abreu's hit streak at baker's dozen

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:50:21 -0700

Chicago White Sox 1B Jose Abreu (back) was back in the starting lineup Wednesday, July 23, against the Kansas City Royals. He went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored, pushing his hitting streak to 13 games. That's the longest active streak in the majors.

FANTASY TIP: Abreu is hitting .377 (20-for-53) with two homers, five RBI and six runs scored during the impressive run.

White Sox | Carlos Rodon makes pro debut

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:44:47 -0700

Chicago White Sox SP Carlos Rodon made his professional debut Tuesday, July 22, in the Arizona Rookie League. He allowed one run in one inning of relief.

Twins | Kendrys Morales has hitting streak snapped

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:44:24 -0700

Minnesota Twins 1B Kendrys Morales was hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts Wednesday, July 23, against the Cleveland Indians, as his 12-game hitting streak came to an end.

Twins | Kohl Stewart scratched

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:42:22 -0700

Minnesota Twins SP Kohl Stewart (shoulder) was scratched from his start with Class A Cedar Rapids Wednesday, July 23, as he is dealing with "a little shoulder soreness," according to Twins director of minor league operations Brad Steil.

FANTASY TIP: Stewart is one of the team's top prospects, and he joins OF Byron Buxton (wrist) and 3B Miguel Sano (elbow) on the shelf. Stewart is a long way from the majors, but those in dynasty leagues certainly need to know his name.

Tigers | Joe Nathan remains closer

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:40:09 -0700

Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed Wednesday, July 23, that RP Joe Nathan will remain the team's closer, meaning newly-acquired RP Joakim Soria will work in a setup role.

FANTASY TIP: Nathan's hold on the job is precariously, and he can ill-afford any further blown saves with a proven closer in Soria on the roster and waiting in the wings.

Royals | Wade Davis limiting the damage

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:39:38 -0700

Kansas City Royals RP Wade Davis worked a perfect eight-pitch eighth inning to pick up the relief win Wednesday, July 23, against the Chicago White Sox. He improved to 6-2 while lowering his ERA to 1.05. He has not allowed an extra-base hit in 42 2/3 innings this season.

Reds | Zack Cozart available as pinch hitter

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:37:46 -0700

Updating a previous report, while Cincinnati Reds SS Zack Cozart (finger) did not play Wednesday, July 23, against the Milwaukee Brewers, manager Bryan Price said he was available as a pinch hitter.

FANTASY TIP: It appears Cozart will avoid a stint on the 15-day disabled list since his skipper said he was available off the bench. That's good news for his fantasy owners.

Indians | Trevor Bauer has been innings eater

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:37:09 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP Trevor Bauer allowed three earned runs, six hits and two walks over six innings in a loss against the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, July 23. He also struck out seven batters in the 99-pitch quality start. Bauer has lasted six or more innings in 11 of his 14 outings this season.

Dodgers | Hanley Ramirez yet to swing

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:36:44 -0700

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hand) has yet to swing a bat. Manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday, July 23, that Ramirez picked up a bat, "moved it around," but was still "feeling it" in his hand.

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Dodgers | Dan Haren will be skipped in rotation

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:35:32 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Dan Haren was told after his start Wednesday, July 23, that his next turn in the rotation will be skipped. He is not expected to pitch again until Aug. 2, at the earliest. The team would like to add an upgrade for the starting rotation, and his spot might be in jeopardy. He is 5-8 with a 5.32 ERA since the end of April.

FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners obviously need to reserve him. By the time he steps onto the mound again, he could be wearing a different uniform with the non-waiver trade deadline July 31.

Brewers | Aramis Ramirez hits milestone

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:19:40 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez played his 2,000th career game Wednesday, July 23, against the Cincinnati Reds. He finished with a single in four at-bats in the milestone game, and he also committed a throwing error.

Vikings | Two battling at safety position

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:18:28 -0700

Minnesota Vikings safeties Jamarca Sanford and Andrew Sendejo will be battling during training camp and the preseason for the starting job opposite FS Harrison Smith. "That will be interesting, just to see where they are at and where they compare to others guys," head coach Mike Zimmer said.

Vikings | Christian Ponder has done well

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:17:34 -0700

Minnesota Vikings QBs Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel saw a majority of the snaps during spring workouts, but QB Christian Ponder has a chance to start, and head coach Mike Zimmer claims it will be a fair competition. "Actually, I think Christian has done a very good job in the time that we've had him and how much he has improved in that amount of time," Zimmer said. "We're going to give everyone a fair shot, and preseason games will help determine it. We want someone who is going to take care of the football, lead the team in the right direction and when called upon be able to win football games."

Vikings | Chad Greenway could start at MLB

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:17:07 -0700

Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway could be used as the starting middle linebacker, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. "It's a possibility. We keep working him in there. We're just trying to figure out the best 11 players we can and then figure out where the rest of the guys are going to fit," Zimmer said. "It's not out of the question, but time will tell a little bit more on that."

Vikings | Will try not to overload Anthony Barr

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:16:36 -0700

Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr was with the team for just a few days during offseason workouts due to NFL rules. Head coach Mike Zimmer is eager to see what he can do, but the team does not want to throw too much at him. "Yeah, obviously a lot because we only had him for four or five days. So that part, how much can (he) progress within the system, how much he can handle without us overloading him mentally?," Zimmer said.

Vikings | Sharrif Floyd needs to relax

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:15:58 -0700

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd had a good offseason, but head coach Mike Zimmer thinks the defensive tackle is trying to be too fine. "Sharrif has a lot of ability. Right now, he's trying so hard to be perfect on every single snap," Zimmer said. "He just needs to relax and let it free-flow a little bit more."

Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson to remain on kickoffs

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:14:58 -0700

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson will remain on kickoff returns despite an expanded role in the offense this season. "We want our best players to get their hands on the ball as much as possible. We're not going to keep him from returning kicks because he is such a dangerous weapon there," head coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday, July 23. "He's been a very hard worker, he has improved his route running since we've been here and things are going to change for these guys in training camp when we are able to start playing bump-and-run."

FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners are never thrilled to see their receiver used on kickoff returns, especially if they're in a format which does not reward individual return yardage. There is a risk of injury with no reward. However, don't shy away from Patterson despite the risk, as he is a player with a ton of offensive upside. Use a pick in the neighborhood of Rounds 4 though 6 on Patterson and you will not be sorry.

Lions | Montell Owens facing roster battle

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:14:30 -0700

Detroit Lions FB Montell Owens has company, as the team will employ a more traditional fullback in the offense. They signed FB Jed Collins for the role. Owens is more of a hybrid player who excels on special teams. He likely needs to set himself apart in that role or risk not making the final roster, as he doesn't fit the traditional blocking fullback role like Collins.

Tigers | Joakim Soria acquired

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:02:55 -0700

The Texas Rangers traded RP Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, July 23, according to a source. The Rangers will get RP Corey Knebel, and minor-league P Jake Thompson. The deal is pending physicals.

FANTASY TIP: The bullpen in Detroit has been a dumpster fire this season, and the team would likely be well ahead in the Central Division race if not for its shortcomings. It's uncertain yet whether Soria will step into closer duties in Motown, but fantasy owners of Joe Nathan have to dislike this deal tremendously. Nathan has struggled with plenty of blown saves, and it wouldn't be shocking to see Soria step right into ninth-inning duties.

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Lions | Jed Collins to be traditional FB

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:20:24 -0700

The Detroit Lions are re-incorporating the traditional fullback into their new offensive scheme this season, and that's why they went out and signed FB Jed Collins.

Lions | Mikel Leshourse expected to compete

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:18:56 -0700

Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure is currently believed to be the fourth tailback on the club behind RBs Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick heading into training camp and the preseason, but general manager Martin Mayhew expects Leshoure to compete for snaps. The team will use an offense similar to the New Orleans Saints, and they occasionally used a fourth tailback.

FANTASY TIP: Leshoure has tumbled down the depth chart due to a rash of his own injuries, and the production of others while he was off the field. He appears to be in the plans still, but ever so slightly. From a fantasy perspective, he should be avoided on draft day unless injuries to others dramatically alter things during training camp and the preseason.

Lions | Theo Riddick might break into rotation

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:18:06 -0700

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick has the chance to break into the rotation at tailback, and he has drawn considerable praise from his teammates and coaches for his development this offseason. If he proves himself in training camp and the preseason, he could potentially fill a Darren Sproles-like role in the offense.

FANTASY TIP: Riddick is a deep sleeper heading into the season. Remember, he had just 13 offensive touches last season, so he is raw. But he could very well win the No. 3 tailback job in Motown, and might have an even bigger role if Reggie Bush or Joique Bell go down ahead of him.

Lions | Joique Bell expects to be ready

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:17:08 -0700

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (nee) missed most of the offseason due to a knee injury, although he has said his condition is minor and he expects to be ready for the start of training camp next week.

FANTASY TIP: Bell gives the team one of the best 1-2 punches in the league with Reggie Bush. The duo became the first teammates in franchise history to join the 500/500 (rushing yards) club in the same season. Bell is a worth a look as a low-end RB2 flex fantasy option in most formats, with slightly more value in leagues which reward points per reception (PPR).

Cardinals | Deone Bucannon excited to compete

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:16:22 -0700

Arizona Cardinals S Deone Bucannon was not dropped into the starting lineup during offseason workouts, as the team has faith in FS Tony Jefferson and FS Rashad Johnson. He is excited to be back at training camp working to show the team what he can do on the field rather than just working out. "It's not really nervousness, it's more anxious," Bucannon said Wednesday, July 23. "You want to show everybody you can play and be a part of this team."

FANTASY TIP: Bucannon might not be at the top of the depth chart right now, but he is still expected to vault into a starting role by the time the regular season begins. For those in fantasy leagues which use individual defensive players (IDPs), take a wait-and-see approach to the rookie. If he starts, he could obviously rack up plenty of statistics.

Cardinals | Troy Niklas participates

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:15:56 -0700

Arizona Cardinals TE Troy Niklas (hand) has been cleared to participate in training camp, and was working Wednesday, July 23.

Cardinals | Dan Williams opens at top of depth chart

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:15:19 -0700

Arizona Cardinals NT Dan Williams will open training camp as the team's starting nose tackle with NT Alameda Ta'amu (knee) on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list.

Browns | Johnny Manziel needs more dedication

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:14:37 -0700

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine thinks QB Johnny Manziel needs to increase dedication to earn the starting job. "I think he knows that in order to compete well, he's going to have to probably be more dedicated than ever."

FANTASY TIP: Brian Hoyer is believed to have the leg up in the competition for the starting signal caller job in Cleveland, but it is a wide open competition, too. If Manziel can win the job during training camp and the preseason, he would still be best used as a QB2 only for when your primary fantasy option has a difficult matchup or bye. The loss of WR Josh Gordon for an undetermined period hurts the value of whomever wins the job.

Royals | Eric Hosmer's hitting streak snapped

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:13:58 -0700

Updating a previous report, Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (hand) was hitless in two at-bats with a sacrifice fly before departing early due to his hand injury. The hitless game snapped his 16-game hitting streak.

Rays | Yunel Escobar ejected

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:13:16 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SS Yunel Escobar was ejected Wednesday, July 23, against the St. Louis Cardinals for arguing balls and strikes.

FANTASY TIP: If you were wondering why Escobar left early, at least it wasn't because of another nagging injury.

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Phillies | Ryan Howard's future in question

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:12:07 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard was held out of the lineup Wednesday, July 23, against the San Francisco Giants. Manager Ryne Sandberg suggested the first base spot "will be a day-to-day thing," and that Howard's huge contract will not dictate playing time. "It's about wins and losses out here," Sandberg said. "When the game starts, it's about winning the game and being productive and chipping in and doing the part and doing something to help win a game. If that means playing somebody else there and there's production right away - that's trying to win a baseball game." OF Darin Ruf made the start at first base with a left-handed pitcher on the hill for San Francisco. He played four of his past five games at Triple-A at first base, so the team appears to have been planning an unofficial platoon type situation.

FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners cannot be pleased with the news, although it's hardly a surprise given Howard's low batting average. Fantasy owners knew what they were getting into before drafting Howard back in the spring. With the team out of contention, using some younger players in the lineup down the stretch wouldn't be surprising, so if you're a Howard owner, especially in daily leagues, picking up Ruf, and perhaps stashing Maikel Franco, is essential.

Orioles | Ubaldo Jimenez makes progress

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:04:31 -0700

Baltimore Orioles SP Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) threw 35 pitches Wednesday, July 23, and he was able to do some running drills. Jimenez isn't sure what the next step in his recovery will be, but felt Wednesday was a step forward.

Orioles | Suk-yin Moon back on DL

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:04:02 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles placed SP Suk-min Yoon (elbow) on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Norfolk Wednesday, July 23, due to right elbow inflammation. The move is retroactive to Monday, July 21. He had been on the DL with a right shoulder impingement before returning to make one start.

Orioles | Kelvin De La Cruz lands on Triple-A DL

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:03:32 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles have placed P Kelvin De La Cruz (forearm) on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Norfolk Wednesday, July 23, due to a left forearm strain. The move is retroactive to Monday, July 21.

Orioles | Steve Johnson off DL at Norfolk

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:01:21 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles activated P Steven Johnson (shoulder) from the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Norfolk Wednesday, July 23. He is currently on a 40-50 pitch limit, as he makes his way back from tendinitis in the right shoulder.

Mets | Buddy Carlyle outrighted

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:00:51 -0700

New York Mets P Buddy Carlyle cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas Wednesday, July 23.

Athletics | Alberto Callaspo might return Sunday

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:00:21 -0700

Oakland Athletics 2B Alberto Callaspo (hamstring) might be back with the team as soon as Sunday, July 27, when he is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list, according to manager Bob Melvin.

Athletics | Jim Johnson the move?

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:59:50 -0700

Oakland Athletics RP Jim Johnson has not been a fit for the team this season, and the team would likely have to absorb much of the remaining portion of his $10 million salary to move him. The Miami Marlins might be one team interested in him.

Athletics | Josh Reddick to play against righties

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:59:19 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick (knee) is wearing a brace on his right knee, and said it will take some getting used to. He said it doesn't impede him and has not cost him any speed. Manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday, July 23, that Reddick will see his usual playing time, particularly against right-handed pitchers, with C Stephen Vogt and 1B Brandon Moss also factoring in. "There's a way to get all three of them out there," Melvin said.

Athletics | Unlikely to have interest in Darwin Barney

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:58:45 -0700

The Oakland Athletics are believed to be searching for a second baseman, but Chicago Cubs 2B Darwin Barney is not believed to be a target despite glowing words from former teammates SPs Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija. The team is looking for an offensive upgrade at the position, not necessarily a strong defensive player.

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Athletics | Skipper speaks with Tommy Milone

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:58:14 -0700

Oakland Athletics SP Tommy Milone asked for a trade, and manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday, July 23, that he spoke with the pitcher briefly earlier this week. "He got ahold of me when all this was coming out, and I'm pretty sure he didn't expect it get the play it has," Melvin said. "To an extent, he's looking out for his big-league career, and he's pitched really well for us." Milone has drawn interest from other teams.

Athletics | Kyle Blanks making progress

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:59:03 -0700

Oakland Athletics 1B Kyle Blanks (calf) said Wednesday, July 23, that he is "doing better, a lot better," in his recovery from a calf injury. Manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday, July 22, that Blanks is at least a week away from beginning a minor-league rehab assignment.

Pirates | Brent Morel recalled

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:58:40 -0700

The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled 3B Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis Wednesday, July 23.

Pirates | Starling Marte placed on concussion DL

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:57:53 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Pittsburgh Pirates placed OF Starling Marte (head) on the 7-day concussion disabled list Wednesday, July 23.

FANTASY TIP: With Marte sidelined, Travis Snider made the start in left field and was in the two-hole. Snider is likely to benefit the most from Marte's absence, and is a good short-term pick-up in NL-only leagues. In daily salary cap leagues, Snider has a minimal salary with most providers, and he could be a steal for a few days if he gets regular at-bats.

Pirates | Gerrit Cole tosses sim game

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:57:12 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole (lat) was able to throw 70 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday, July 23. Cole said he feels good, but the team isn't going to rush him back. Cole might need a minor-league rehab assignment.

Mets | Bartolo Colon available

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:56:37 -0700

The New York Mets have made SP Bartolo Colon available in trade talks, although there did not seem to be much of a scouting presence at Safeco Field in Seattle for his most recent start Wednesday, July 23.

FANTASY TIP: If Colon could replicate his results from Wednesday, teams would be lining up for his services, as he retired the first 20 batters he faced. His fantasy value might take a little bit of a jump if he moves to a contender, but for now he is a back-end rotation option for fantasy owners in most formats.

Mets | Bartolo Colon flirts with perfection

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:56:08 -0700

New York Mets SP Bartolo Colon retired the first 20 batters he faced Wednesday, July 23, against the Seattle Mariners before losing his perfect game. It was the longest perfection bid by a Mets pitcher since SP Matt Harvey May 7, 2013. Colon ended up allowing two runs, three hits and a walk with five strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings.

Mets | Curtis Granderson uncertain for Thursday

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:55:39 -0700

New York Mets OF Curtis Granderson (illness) is uncertain for the series opener Thursday, July 24, against the Milwaukee Brewers due to flu-like symptoms, according to manager Terry Collins.

Mets | Eric Campbell likely to start Thursday

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:55:05 -0700

New York Mets 3B Eric Campbell is likely to get the start at shortstop Thursday, July 24, with SS Ruben Tejada (head) likely to need a day off after being hit in the head by a pitch.

FANTASY TIP: Daily fantasy owners might want to take note, as Campbell can sometimes be used at various positions with certain fantasy providers. He recently had a 10-game hitting streak, and comes on the cheap in salary cap formats.

Mets | Ruben Tejada feeling fine

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:53:46 -0700

Updating a previous report, New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada (head) was feeling "pretty good" after the game Wednesday, July 23, after being hit in the head by a pitch, according to manager Terry Collins. Team doctors said he had no concussion-like symptoms, and he will travel with the team. There is no call-up pending.

FANTASY TIP: If you're in an NL-only fantasy leagues which allows daily transactions, it is a good idea to reserve him. Tejada is likely to get the day off Thursday, regardless of how he feels.

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Mariners | Taijuan Walker optioned

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:53:25 -0700

The Seattle Mariners optioned SP Taijuan Walker to Triple-A Tacoma Wednesday, July 23. The team is expected to announce a corresponding move, likely a position player, before the game Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: Walker has walked 11 batters over nine innings in his last two starts. His long-term rotation spot is in jeopardy. James Paxton's (lat) return looms, and Erasmo Ramirez is pitching better.

Cowboys | Jarrod Pughsley waived with an injury settlement

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:40:17 -0700

Updating a previous story, the Dallas Cowboys waived OG Jarrod Pughsley (undisclosed) from their Reserve/Injured list with an injury settlement.

Packers | Korey Jones added

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:32:10 -0700

The Green Bay Packers signed free-agent LB Korey Jones (Cardinals) to an undisclosed contract Wednesday, July 23.

Browns | Two more on NFI list

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:27:30 -0700

The Cleveland Browns placed DT Jacobbi McDaniel (undisclosed) and OG Jeremiah Warren (undisclosed) on the non-football injury list Wednesday, July 23.

Bengals | Christo Bilukidi placed on NFI

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:22:43 -0700

Cincinnati Bengals DT Christo Bilukidi (illness) was placed on the non-football illness list Wednesday, July 23.

49ers | Alex Boone placed on reserve list

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:16:30 -0700

San Francisco 49ers OG Alex Boone was placed on the Reserve/Did Not Report list Wednesday, July 23.

Bills | Darrin Kitchens clears waivers, placed on IR

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:13:37 -0700

Buffalo Bills LB Darrin Kitchens (leg) cleared waivers and was transferred to Buffalo's Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, July 23.

Saints | Cheta Ozougwu placed on IR after clearing waivers

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:12:58 -0700

New Orleans Saints DE Cheta Ozougwu (undisclosed) cleared waivers and was transferred to the Saints' Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, July 23.

Cowboys | Chris Whaley clears waivers, placed on IR

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:12:37 -0700

Dallas Cowboys DT Chris Whaley (undisclosed) cleared waivers and was transferred to Dallas' Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, July 23.

49ers | Garrett Celek placed on PUP list

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:56:42 -0700

San Francisco 49ers TE Garrett Celek (undisclosed) will start training camp on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list for undisclosed reasons.

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Browns | Three placed on NFI list

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:49:29 -0700

The Cleveland Browns placed OL Chris Faulk (undisclosed), DE Billy Winn (undisclosed) and LB Tank Carder (undisclosed) on the non-football injury list Wednesday, July 23.

Browns | Abasi Salimu claimed

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:42:05 -0700

The Cleveland Browns claimed OT Abasi Salimu (Rams) off waivers from the St. Louis Rams Wednesday, July 23.

Cowboys | Rolando McClain to practice Thursday

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:41:59 -0700

Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain will practice Thursday, July 24, before traveling to a court date in Alabama Friday, July 25. McClain will return to the team Saturday, July 26, according to head coach Jason Garrett.

Yankees | Mark Teixeira DL trip possible

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:38:33 -0700

New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (lat) may require a DL stint, according to general manager Brian Cashman.

FANTASY TIP: Tex's up-and-down season seems to have hit another valley. Brian McCann may line up at first base for the duration, especially with INF/OF Kelly Johnson (groin) on the disabled list. It'd be good for McCann's value to play more frequently and not behind the plate.

Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka not improving

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:32:35 -0700

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) is "still feeling it" 10 days after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow, according to general manager Brian Cashman.

FANTASY TIP: It's unlikely that the righty will return within the next month, and he may not pitch again in 2014. Tommy John surgery -- which would cost him much, if not all, of 2015 -- also looms as a possibility.

NFL | Kyle Orton wants to play in 2014

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:31:05 -0700

Free-agent QB Kyle Orton (Cowboys) does not want to retire and wants to play in 2014, according to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Angels | Grant Green to DL, C.J. Cron returns

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:29:10 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim INF Grant Green (back) was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a lumbar strain. The Angels recalled 1B C.J. Cron from Triple-A Salt Lake.

FANTASY TIP: Cron immediately regains deep-mixed value. Green is stashable in cavernous games, notably AL-only atmospheres.

Broncos | Mitch Ewald signed

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:28:46 -0700

The Denver Broncos signed free-agent PK Mitch Ewald to an undisclosed contract Wednesday, July 23.

Orioles | Manny Machado sitting

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:27:06 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (back) is not in the lineup Wednesday, July 23. He sat out Tuesday, July 22, as well due to his back issues.

FANTASY TIP: This sounds like a day-to-day thing until he heals or is sent to the disabled list. His owners should be lining up contingency plans.

Cowboys | Not a make or break year for Jason Garrett

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:26:50 -0700

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said 2014 is not a make or break year for head coach Jason Garrett.

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Cubs | Tsuyoshi Wada up, Mike Olt down

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:25:06 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Tsuyoshi Wada was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. In a corresponding move, 3B Mike Olt was demoted to Iowa.

Jaguars | Beau Blankenship waived

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:21:00 -0700

The Jacksonville Jaguars placed RB Beau Blankenship the no-recall waivers list Wednesday, July 23.

Browns | Three waived

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:16:47 -0700

The Cleveland Browns placed CB Royce Adams, LB Brandon Magee and WR Conner Vernon on the no-recall waivers list Wednesday, July 23.

Packers | Cut Shaun Lewis

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:16:28 -0700

The Green Bay Packers cut LB Shaun Lewis Wednesday, July 23.

Browns | Terrance West disputes reports; NFL confirms NFI placement

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:13:10 -0700

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West (undisclosed) said on his Twitter page that he passed his conditioning test and people need to "stop making up your own stories." Per the NFL's official transaction log, West was indeed placed on the non-football injury list.

Rays | Jeremy Hellickson returning

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:10:20 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson will start Saturday, July 26, against the Boston Red Sox. SP Chris Archer will go Sunday, July 27.

FANTASY TIP: Hell Boy was sent down because of the All-Star break and the desire to keep him on a normal rotation schedule. He's a deep-mixed option for the pitching-desperate. There's a smidge of a chance for a good performance down the stretch.

Panthers | Sign Kevin Matthews

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:10:02 -0700

The Carolina Panthers signed C Kevin Matthews (Titans) Wednesday, July 23. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Panthers | Jared Wheeler cut

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:08:03 -0700

The Carolina Panthers cut OL Jared Wheeler Wednesday, July 23.

Yankees | CC Sabathia undergoes surgery

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:03:55 -0700

New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia (knee) underwent arthroscopic debridement surgery on his right knee Wednesday, July 23. The southpaw will miss the rest of the 2014 season and aims to be ready for spring training 2015.

FANTASY TIP: His performance before the injury is enough to say he may not be draftable in many mixed leagues next year. We'll have more to say as we inch into next year.

Colts | Stanley Havili placed on PUP

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:02:56 -0700

Indianapolis Colts FB Stanley Havili (undisclosed) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 23.

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Yankees | Brian McCann adjusting to first base

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:02:47 -0700

New York Yankees C Brian McCann is adjusting to playing first base. He's lined up there the last two games as Mark Teixeira (lat) remains sidelined. McCann said he has enjoyed the physical break from catching.

FANTASY TIP: He's heating up at the plate, too, so the break from crouching and his ability to stay in the lineup make for a fine combo of positive fantasy developments.

Redskins | No practice for Jason Hatcher Thursday

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:58:37 -0700

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins DT Jason Hatcher (knee) will not participate in practice Thursday, July 24.

Cardinals | Allen Craig sitting, Oscar Taveras in lineup

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:55:06 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 1B/OF Allen Craig is not in the lineup Wednesday, July 23. OF Oscar Taveras is starting in his place, only his third time in the lineup since July 10.

FANTASY TIP: Mike Matheny is juggling playing time between the two bats, and it's becoming a frustrating game for fantasy owners, especially those who can only change their lineups weekly.

Patriots | No one placed on PUP

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:54:42 -0700

All New England Patriots players who reported to training camp Wednesday, July 23, passed their physicals and conditioning tests. No one was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Buccaneers | More on Carl Nicks

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:52:47 -0700

Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) has been cleared to practice, but will need to pass a physical Thursday, July 23. Nicks also needs to work on his conditioning, according to general manager Jason Licht.

Buccaneers | Three to compete for No. 3 wide receiver job

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:52:07 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Robert Herron, WR Louis Murphy and WR Chris Owusu will all compete for the No. 3 WR job, according to general manager Jason Licht.

Browns | Terrance West reportedly passed conditioning test

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:50:48 -0700

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West (undisclosed) will begin training camp on the non-football injury list, according to a source. However, he has passed his conditioning test, per reports.

Chiefs | More Jamaal Charles details

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:47:38 -0700

Updating an ongoing story, Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will earn $8.3 million in 2014.

Chiefs | Jamaal Charles statistical note

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:44:53 -0700

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is the only player in NFL history to have four receiving touchdowns and one or more rushing score in the same game.

Ravens | Steve Smith impressing

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:40:09 -0700

Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith's hands have impressed Ravens QB Joe Flacco. "Just his natural ability to catch the ball with his hands," Flacco said. "He catches everything with his hands, and he does a great job doing it."

FANTASY TIP: Smith is a viable WR4 but can be had at the cost of a No. 5. He will be a weekly flex play consideration for deeper leagues.

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Buccaneers | Continuing contract talks with Gerald McCoy

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:34:49 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy is continuing to talk contract extension with the team, but there is no timetable to get a deal done.

Lions | Ziggy Ansah placed on PUP list

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:34:17 -0700

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform List, according to a league source.

Browns | Terrance West on NFI list

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:32:54 -0700

Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West (undisclosed) will begin training camp on the non-football injury list, according to a source.

FANTASY TIP: West will battle RB Ben Tate for playing time, so monitor the rookie's status closely.

Giants | Brandon Belt's concussion concerning

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:30:29 -0700

San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt (head) is not recovering from his concussion at a suitable rate, and the club is growing more concerned. He was sent back to the hotel and will undergo tests when the club gets back home.

FANTASY TIP: This could mean an extended absence, so brace for bad news in terms of his availability.

Rangers | Alex Rios denies worry over trade rumors

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:28:18 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Alex Rios denied a report that a friend of his sasid trade talks have negatively impacted his performance.

FANTASY TIP: It's probably more so the lack of power that's bringing him down. In a new, competitive environment, he may get a jolt there. He seems to play up or down to whatever competitive environment his current team is experiencing.

NFL | Running backs compensation note

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:26:51 -0700

Only Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will make more money than Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles, among their positional peers, following Charles' two-year extension.

Lions | Golden Tate placed on PUP list

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:25:39 -0700

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (undisclosed) will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform List, according to a league source.

FANTASY TIP: Tate did not practice at all during minicamp with an undisclosed injury, and it appears that issue is still bothering him. Check back when there is more information on the extent of the injury.

Chiefs | Jamaal Charles financials

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:22:33 -0700

Updating an ongoing story, Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will receive $18.1 million in new money and an extra $5 million over the next two seasons, which will put him in the top five of highest-paid running backs.

Jets | Geno Smith draws more praise

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:17:51 -0700

New York Jets QB Geno Smith is "head and shoulders" better than last year, according to head coach Rex Ryan.

FANTASY TIP: Smith has a long way to go before you can consider him a draft-worthy option in standard single-year leagues. He's a QB3 for deep formats.

Rangers | Alex Rios back in lineup

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:16:10 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Alex Rios (ankle) is back in the lineup Wednesday, July 23, after missing four games due to a sprained right ankle. Rios said he was ready to play Tuesday, July 22, but "wasn't at 100 percent." He's wearing a heavy wrap on it, but it had improved before Wednesday's game.

FANTASY TIP: Throw him back into your lineup, as well.

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Giants | Three get first-team reps at tight end

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:15:57 -0700

New York Giants TE Kellen Davis, TE Adrien Robinson and TE Daniel Fells all received first-team reps in practice Wednesday, July 23. All three rotated into the backfield and played some fullback.

Yankees | Michael Pineda update

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:15:47 -0700

New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) is scheduled to throw two innings in a simulated game Thursday, July 24, probably topping out at 30 pitches.

FANTASY TIP: Pineda isn't likely to come back until September, so maybe it's worth stashing him in deep leagues. Don't hold your breath, though, given his recent history.

Jets | No timetable for starting QB decision

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:15:36 -0700

Updating an ongoing story, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he will not put a timetable on naming the starting quarterback.

Bengals | Jermaine Gresham to PUP list

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:12:47 -0700

Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (hernia) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 23.

FANTASY TIP: Gresham has no fantasy value on draft day, regardless of this move.

Dodgers | Josh Beckett will make next start

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:09:46 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett will make his next start, according to manager Don Mattingly,

FANTASY TIP: Beckett was trounced in his return Tuesday, lasting only four innings and allowing three homers. He's due for a statistical correction on the whole in the second half, though, so watch out.

Dodgers | Hanley Ramirez iffy to return soon

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:08:20 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hand) is a worse bet to return Friday, July 25, than OF Yasiel Puig (hand), but it's not out of the question Ramirez can make it by then.

FANTASY TIP: Keep tabs on Ramirez. Puig may be available for a late entry into Wednesday's contest, so that'll do wonders for his ability to start sooner.

Dodgers | Yasiel Puig could pinch-hit

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:06:09 -0700

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig (hand) will take batting practice and could pinch-hit if needed Wednesday, July 23.

FANTASY TIP: It doesn't do much for his daily value, but it's a good sign for his availability later in the week.

Jets | Chris Johnson won't be limited

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:04:00 -0700

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) will not be limited at the start of training camp, and he was "flying" during his conditioning test, according to head coach Rex Ryan.

FANTASY TIP: That is good news for Johnson's odds of living up to an RB2 billing.

Jets | All players passed conditioning tests

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:03:00 -0700

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said every player passed their conditioning tests, noting it was the first time that has happened in his tenure with the organization.

Mets | Ruben Tejada hit in helmet

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:02:12 -0700

New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada (head) was hit in the helmet by a pitch and exited the game Wednesday, July 23. He walked off under his own power and was replaced by INF Eric Campbell.

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Jets | Muhammad Wilkerson never considered holding out

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:59:06 -0700

New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson did not consider a contract holdout, citing his responsibilities as a team leader. Wilkerson's 2015 fifth-year option was picked up earlier this year.

Royals | Eric Hosmer exits

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:58:10 -0700

Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (hand) left the game Wednesday, July 23, with "decreased grip strength in his hand," according to a club announcement.

FANTASY TIP: Perhaps too soon for him to come back -- Billy Butler took his place at the plate. Stay tuned for more on Hosmer, but this doesn't sound like something he'll recover from quickly. He might need a few more days off and perhaps a DL trip.

49ers | Stevie Johnson cleared

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:57:46 -0700

San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring) passed his physical and has been cleared to practice Thursday, July 23.

FANTASY TIP: Hamstring injuries are tricky and could linger as the year goes on even if a player thinks they are healthy. Johnson is probably a WR4 on draft day.

Chiefs | Jamaal Charles extended two years

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:55:26 -0700

Updating an ongoing story, Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles' contract extension is two years, bringing his total deal length to four years. The financial terms remain unknown.

NFL | Training camp financials

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:51:55 -0700

NFL rookies and first-year players make $925 per week in training camp. Veterans earn $1,700. Housing and travel expenses are also compensated.

Mariners | Will skip Taijuan Walker's next turn

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:49:38 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Taijuan Walker will have his next turn skipped, as the club instead will have SP Hisashi Iwakuma start Tuesday, July 29. This will keep Iwakuma and the other starters on normal four days' rest.

FANTASY TIP: Walker's rotation spot may be tenuous as James Paxton (lat) nears a return and Erasmo Ramirez continues to impress.

Redskins | Maurice Hurt not in shape

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:49:22 -0700

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins OT Maurice Hurt was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list because he is out of shape.

Mets | Ruben Tejada leaves game

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:48:37 -0700

New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada (head) left the game early Wednesday, July 23, after getting hit in the head by a pitch.

Dodgers | Hanley Ramirez, Yasiel Puig still out

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:44:58 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hand) and OF Yasiel Puig (hand) are not in the starting lineup Wednesday, July 23.

FANTASY TIP: Both players are still considered day-to-day at this point, and owners in daily leagues should keep them out of their lineups until they are able to play.

Broncos | Von Miller to avoid contact for a while

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:42:50 -0700

Denver Broncos LB Von Miller (knee) will not take part in any contact until the third preseason game at the earliest.

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Chiefs | Jamaal Charles receives contract extension

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:42:47 -0700

Updating an ongoing story, Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles has agreed to an undisclosed contract extension and is on his way to training camp, per sources.

FANTASY TIP: Well, that was fast. ... Charles is still a top-three draft consideration.

Patriots | Tyler McDonald gets the axe

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:39:36 -0700

The New England Patriots released WR Tyler McDonald Wednesday, July 23.

49ers | Justin Smith feels fully healthy

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:36:14 -0700

San Francisco 49ers DE Justin Smith (shoulder) said he is fully healthy entering training camp after offseason shoulder surgery.

Mariners | James Paxton update

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:35:31 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP James Paxton (lat) said he felt great Wednesday, July 23, after a three-inning rehab start Tuesday, July 22, for Triple-A Tacoma. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits while recording a walk and four strikeouts. He expects to make his next outing Sunday, July 27, before he and the club determine the next step.

FANTASY TIP: Paxton should get a chance to rejoin the rotation when he's healthy. Taijuan Walker's performance until then may determine who sticks in the bigs.

Patriots | Greg Orton returning

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:34:42 -0700

The New England Patriots re-signed free-agent WR Greg Orton to an undisclosed contract Wednesday, July 23.

Astros | George Springer to DL

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:30:29 -0700

Houston Astros OF George Springer (quadriceps) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left quadriceps strain. In a corresponding move, 1B/OF Marc Krauss was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

FANTASY TIP: It's retroactive to Sunday, July 20, but this could be a slow recovery and potentially affect his SB potential when he gets back. This cements AL-only asset Enrique Hernandez in center field. Deep mixed leaguers can give Robbie Grossman a try if they can only find an alternative via Houston. Krauss has some pop, and Hernandez has risen through the farm ranks the last few years, but neither is a recommended grab in mixed games.

Blue Jays | Two may not need rehab assignments

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:29:34 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion (quadriceps) and 1B Adam Lind (foot) may not need to go on rehab assignments before being activated from the 15- day disabled list, according to manager John Gibbons.

FANTASY TIP: There is still no definite timetable for either player, but owners should add them to their starting lineups when they come off the disabled list.

Vikings | Waive Spencer Nealy

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:29:06 -0700

The Minnesota Vikings waived TE Spencer Nealy Wedenesday, July 23.

Twins | Matt Guerrier DFA'ed

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:28:52 -0700

Minnesota Twins RP Matt Guerrier was designated for assignment. RP Ryan Pressly will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester.

Vikings | Sign Michael Higgins

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:28:36 -0700

The Minnesota Vikings signed TE Michael Higgins (Saints) Wednesday, July 23. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Blue Jays | Brett Lawrie will require rehab

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:25:40 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 2B/3B Brett Lawrie (finger) will require a rehab assignment before coming off the disabled list.

FANTASY TIP: His owners will have to be patient. At the keystone in the meantime, it's a mess between Munenori Kawasaki, Ryan Goins and maybe Steven Tolleson.

Giants | Odell Beckham Jr. dealing with hamstring injury

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:22:14 -0700

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) tweaked a hamstring in practice Tuesday, July 23, according to general manager Jerry Reese.

FANTASY TIP: This is not the first time Beckham Jr. has dealt with the hamstring, and it is something that could linger all year. It is probably best to avoid him in single-year leagues.

Cardinals | Shelby Miller to start Saturday

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:17:42 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Shelby Miller is scheduled to be the starting pitcher Saturday, July 26. SP Carlos Martinez has been moved to the bullpen for the time being.

FANTASY TIP: It is not known if Miller will stay in the starting rotation, but both should have some value in deeper mixed leagues.

Pirates | Brent Morel could be recalled

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:14:55 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Brent Morel likely will be recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis if OF Starling Marte (head) is placed on the disabled list.

Jets | Jason Babin notes

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:14:05 -0700

New York Jets DE/OLB Jason Babin played 68 percent of the defensive snaps for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013, logging 772 plays on the year. He was released and re-signed this offseason, only to be released again after the Jaguars paid him $500,000 in signing bonus money.

Chargers | Jonas Mouton waived

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:08:57 -0700

San Diego Chargers LB Jonas Mouton (knee) was waived Wednesday, July 23, after failing his physical.

Cardinals | Release Kelsey Pope

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:08:56 -0700

The Arizona Cardinals released WR Kelsey Pope Wednesday, July 23.

Pirates | Starling Marte not going on DL yet

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:08:32 -0700

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (head) underwent a concussion test, and the team is waiting for the results of the test before placing him on the disabled list.

FANTASY TIP: Marte likely would still miss a few games if he does not go on the disabled list. Owners should consider taking him out of the lineup for the rest of the week even if he stays on the active roster.

Chargers | Jeromey Clary placed on PUP list

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:08:08 -0700

San Diego Chargers OL Jeromey Clary (hip) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 23.

Redskins | Maurice Hurt to start training camp on PUP list

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:05:02 -0700

Washington Redskins OT Maurice Hurt was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 23.

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Redskins | Leonard Hankerson to start training camp on PUP list

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:04:10 -0700

Washington Redskins WR Leonard Hankerson (knee) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 23.

Chargers | Michael Harris cleared

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:02:23 -0700

San Diego Chargers OT Michael X. Harris (ankle) has been cleared to practice Wednesday, July 23. Harris missed all of the spring activities following ankle surgery.

Raiders | Marquette King gaining confidence

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:59:49 -0700

Oakland Raiders P Marquette King is feeling more comfortable in his job security after gaining experience last year.

Chiefs | Ryan Harris agrees to terms

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:57:03 -0700

The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to terms on an undisclosed contract with free-agent OT Ryan Harris (Texans).

Nationals | Jayson Werth available off bench

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:52:52 -0700

Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (knee) is available off the bench if needed Wednesday, July 23, according to manager Matt Williams.

Seahawks | Sidney Rice retires

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:52:42 -0700

Seattle Seahawks WR Sidney Rice has decided to retire, according to a league source. Rice has decided to retire due to a history of concussions.

Twins | Ricky Nolasco to throw bullpen session

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:49:07 -0700

Minnesota Twins SP Ricky Nolasco (elbow) has been playing catch from 150 feet and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, July 27, according to general manager Terry Ryan.

Cardinals | Tyrann Mathieu placed on PUP list

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:46:35 -0700

The Arizona Cardinals placed FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 23.

Cardinals | Alameda Ta'amu

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:45:47 -0700

Arizona Cardinals DT Alameda Ta'amu (knee) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 23.

Browns | New uniforms to be unveiled

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:42:28 -0700

Cleveland Browns president Alec Scheiner confirmed the Browns will unveil their new uniforms for the 2015 season. It is unclear when the Browns will do so, however.

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Twins | Hope Kyle Gibson can pitch later in week

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:39:44 -0700

Minnesota Twins SP Kyle Gibson (back) said his back is feeling better, and the team hopes he will be able to start Saturday, July 26. He was scheduled to start Wednesday, July 23, but was scratched because of back stiffness.

Bears | Jordan Palmer has first shot at No. 2 QB job

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:38:45 -0700

Chicago Bears QB Jordan Palmer still has the first shot at winning the backup quarterback job, according to head coach Marc Trestman.

Giants | Will Beatty doing more than expected

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:33:40 -0700

New York Giants OT William Beatty (knee, leg) is doing more than expected in practice, according to head coach Tom Coughlin. Coughlin said he is encouraged by that news.

Giants | Jameel McClain practices

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:29:52 -0700

New York Giants LB Jameel McClain (foot) participated in the full practice Wednesday, July 23. McClain is sore, according to head coach Tom Coughlin.

Patriots | Nate Byham contract details

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:28:00 -0700

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots TE Nate Byham signed a one-year, $645,000 contract that did not include any bonus money.

Pirates | Starling Marte to be placed on DL

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:27:56 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (head) will be placed on the disabled list, but it is not known if it will be the seven-day disabled list or the 15-day disabled list.

FANTASY TIP: Travis Snider may receive more playing time while Marte is out of the lineup. Josh Harrison could also receive some playing time in the outfield but could also play third base, depending on Pedro Alvarez's injury. Snider should help in NL-only leagues but may not have much value in mixed leagues.

Bears | Jordan Mills medically cleared

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:25:28 -0700

Chicago Bears OT Jordan Mills (foot) has been medically cleared to start training camp, according to general manager Phil Emery.

Bears | Matt Slauson medically cleared

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:24:49 -0700

Chicago Bears OG Matt Slauson (shoulder) has been medically cleared to start training camp, according to general manager Phil Emery.

Bears | Chris Conte placed on PUP list

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:24:08 -0700

Chicago Bears FS Chris Conte (shoulder) will start training camp on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery.

Chiefs | Jamaal Charles had roster bonus tied to reporting

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:20:14 -0700

Updating an ongoing story, Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles was due a $1 million bonus to report to training camp, which makes his 2014 base salary only $2.65 million.

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Padres | Cameron Maybin suspended

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:14:38 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin has been suspended 25 games by MLB because of amphetamine use.

FANTASY TIP: Will Venable, Jeff Francoeur and Chris Denorfia could receive more playing time with Maybin suspended, but there have been reports that Denorfia could be moved by the trade deadline. Owners in deep leagues could consider adding Venable to their team, while Francoeur and Denforia should only be considered in NL-only leagues for now.

Indians | Jose Ramirez recalled

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:14:11 -0700

The Cleveland Indians have recalled INF Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Columbus. The team also optioned P T.J. House to Triple-A Columbus.

Broncos | Pat Bowlen made history

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:11:35 -0700

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen (illness) stepped down from his role with the team as the only owner in NFL history to have won more than 300 games in his first 30 years as an owner.

Giants | John Jerry takes snaps at right guard

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:10:37 -0700

New York Giants OG John Jerry took snaps at right guard behind OT Brandon Mosley in practice Wednesday, July 23.

Broncos | Chris Harris lands on PUP

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:09:38 -0700

Denver Broncos CB Chris Harris Jr. (knee) will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Indians | Michael Bourn able to do some running

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:09:01 -0700

Cleveland Indians OF Michael Bourn (hamstring) was able to do some running Wednesday, July 23, after being able to hit Tuesday, July 22. He said he wants to start running without pain before returning to the lineup. "I want to get back to running without any pain," Bourn said. "Just stride out into a full sprint as close as I possibly can. The sooner I'll be able to do that, I'll be closer to coming back."

Broncos | Kevin Vickerson cleared for limited work

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:07:54 -0700

Denver Broncos DT Kevin Vickerson (hip) will not be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, and he has been cleared for limited work.

Bills | Two sharing snaps at RG

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:58:21 -0700

Buffalo Bills OT Chris Hairston and OG Kraig Urbik shared snaps at starting right guard during practice Wednesday, July 23.

Bills | Erik Pears works with starters

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:57:45 -0700

Buffalo Bills OT Erik Pears worked with the first-team offense at right tackle during practice Wednesday, July 23.

Bills | Darrin Kitchens waived/injured

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:53:56 -0700

The Buffalo Bills have waived/injured LB Darrin Kitchens (leg).

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Broncos | Von Miller avoids PUP

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:52:52 -0700

Denver Broncos LB Von Miller (knee) will not be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, and he has been cleared for limited work.

Browns | Justin Gilbert deal slowed by structure

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:51:25 -0700

Cleveland Browns CB Justin Gilbert's contract was slowed by the separation of salary into early roster bonus money in the later years of the deal. It is uncertain which side caved in the negotiations.

Pirates | Starling Marte not in lineup

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:47:04 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (head) is not in the lineup Wednesday, July 23. OF Travis Snider is in left field and hitting second.

FANTASY TIP: He's still presumably suffering from the head injury he incurred over the weekend, though managerial decisions also have cost him playing time of late.

Pirates | Pedro Alvarez sitting

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:45:42 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez (knee) is out of the lineup Wednesday, July 23. He left Tuesday, July 22, action because of left knee discomfort. INF/OF Josh Harrison is starting at third base in his place and hitting seventh.

FANTASY TIP: Get him out of your daily lineups and monitor his condition over the next few days.