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|8/31/2015||Jameis Winston, TB, QB|
|Winston has a sprained ankle that the rookie quarterback and Tampa Bay Buccaneers say is not a major concern.
Analysis: Winston twisted his right ankle during the Bucs' second preseason game on Aug. 24. The injury has not kept the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft off the field. In addition to playing into the third quarter of last weekend's 31-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns, Winston continues to practice. Coach Lovie Smith has been noncommittal about how much, if any, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner and the rest of Tampa Bay's regulars might play in Thursday's night preseason finale.
|8/31/2015||Ryan Broyles, Det, WR|
|The Lions have cut the injury-plagued Broyles.
Analysis: Broyles, the Lions' second-round pick in 2012, suffered major injuries in each of his first two seasons. After tearing his left ACL as a senior at Oklahoma, the receiver tore his right one in his rookie campaign with Detroit. Broyles then ruptured his Achilles tendon. He had 22 catches for 310 yards and his only two NFL touchdowns in 2012, but has totaled 10 receptions and 110 yards in the past two seasons.
|8/31/2015||Haloti Ngata, Det, DT|
|The Detroit Lions have activated Ngata off the active/non-football injury list.
Analysis: The five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, acquired from Baltimore in the offseason, has been dealing with a hamstring issue.
|8/31/2015||Joique Bell, Det, RB|
|The Lions have activated Bell from the physically unable to perform list.
Analysis: The running back sat out much of training camp while recovering from Achilles tendon and knee surgeries.
|8/31/2015||Carson Palmer, Ari, QB|
|Palmer struggled in Sunday's preseason win against Oakland, completing 8 of 22 passes for 103 yards with two interceptions.
Analysis: Palmer, who was also sacked three times, is completing only 45.5 percent of his passes this preseason.
|8/31/2015||Amari Cooper, Oak, WR|
|Cooper had four catches for 62 yards in Sunday's preseason game against the Cardinals.
Analysis: Cooper was targeted nine times and should rack up the looks once the regular season begins.
|8/31/2015||Josh Robinson, Min, CB|
|The Vikings have placed Robinson on the physically unable to perform list.
Analysis: Robinson tore a pectoral muscle in minicamp and did not practice in training camp. He is eligible to resume practice beginning Oct. 19.
|8/31/2015||Latavius Murray, Oak, RB|
|Murray turned in a crummy performance in Sunday's preseason loss to Arizona, running seven times for a total of one yard.
Analysis: Murray had a long run of 13 yards, but lost yardage multiple times to finish with his disappointing stat line.
|8/31/2015||Kevin Norwood, Car, WR|
|The Carolina Panthers have acquired Norwood from Seattle for an undisclosed 2017 draft choice.
Analysis: Carolina has been searching for answers at wide receiver with Kelvin Benjamin out for the season. Norwood, a fourth-round pick in 2014, played in nine games as a rookie and started two. He had nine receptions for 102 yards for the NFC champions.
|8/31/2015||Derek Carr, Oak, QB|
|Carr was 18 of 34 for 213 yards and an interception in Sunday's preseason loss to Arizona.
Analysis: Carr hasn't been overly impressive this season with a 58.8 passer rating, though the performance of Amari Cooper - who has eight catches for 124 yards - is encouraging for Carr's stock.
|8/31/2015||Marcus Murphy, NO, RB|
|Murphy had his best all-around showing in the preseason in a 27-13 loss to Houston on Sunday.
Analysis: The seventh-round pick made three receptions for a team-best 67 yards, including a gain of 41 on one play. He also rushed eight times for 43 yards and had a long punt return called back because of a penalty. Murphy had one catch for eight yards in his first two preseason games and six yards on four carries.
|8/31/2015||Drew Brees, NO, QB|
|Brees had a short afternoon in a 27-13 preseason loss to Houston on Sunday, appearing in just the first drive.
Analysis: Brees completed his first four passes for 40 yards then threw two incompletions at the Texans' 10-yard line, forcing the Saints to settle for a field goal.
|8/31/2015||Brian Hoyer, Hou, QB|
|Hoyer led Houston to 10 points on his three drives in a 27-13 preseason win in New Orleans on Sunday, his first action since being named the Texans' starting quarterback.
Analysis: Hoyer went 7 for 11 for 82 yards before leaving early in the second quarter.
|8/31/2015||Josh Scobee, Pit, K|
|The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded Scobee to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a sixth-round draft pick in 2016. The Steelers needed a kicker after losing Shaun Suisham (knee) and then Graham Hartley (hamstring) to preseason injuries.
Analysis: Scobee was the longest-tenured player on Jacksonville's roster, having joined the franchise as a fifth-round draft pick in 2004. He is in the final year of his contract, which pays him $3.425 million. Scobee has appeared in 168 regular-season games and connected on 235 of 291 field-goal attempts (80.8 percent) and 317 of 322 extra points. Among active kickers, Scobee ranks eighth in field goals made and ninth in points.
|8/31/2015||Martavis Bryant, Pit, WR|
|Bryant has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The second-year player's appeal of the suspension was denied by the NFL on Monday.
Analysis: Bryant became a key target for Ben Roethlisberger toward the end of the 2014 season, making 26 receptions for 549 yards and eight touchdowns. He was a fourth-round draft pick out of Clemson last year and was expected to be a strong complement to All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown.
|8/31/2015||Tyrod Taylor, Buf, QB|
|Taylor has won the Buffalo Bills' starting job, coach Rex Ryan announced Monday.
Analysis: Taylor beat out 2013 first-round pick E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassell after signing a three-year deal with the Bills in the offseason.
|8/31/2015||Sheldon Richardson, NYJ, DE|
|Richardson will be back in court in Missouri on Oct. 5 after his attorney entered a plea of not guilty to resisting arrest and traffic charges. A spokeswoman for the St. Charles County prosecutor's office says it is uncertain if a trial date will be set at the October hearing. All five charges are misdemeanors.
Analysis: The former University of Missouri star is accused of driving his 2014 Bentley Silver Spur at speeds up to 143 mph on July 14. Police say he had a loaded semi-automatic handgun under a floor mat on the driver's side, and a 12-year-old male relative was among three passengers.
|8/31/2015||Robert Griffin III, Was, QB|
|The Washington Redskins have made a quarterback change: Kirk Cousins will be the starter this season, not Griffin.
Analysis: Griffin, who has struggled since tearing his right ACL and MCL in a January 2013 playoff loss to Seattle, was slated to start last Saturday's preseason game at Baltimore before being scratched the previous day in the wake of a concussion suffered on Aug. 20 against Detroit.
|8/31/2015||Arthur Jones, Ind, DT|
|Colts coach Chuck Pagano says Jones is getting a second opinion on his injured left ankle. Jones was injured on the first defensive series Saturday night at St. Louis and left the locker room in a walking boot. Pagano said Monday that the team was still waiting for additional information.
Analysis: The 6-foot-3, 320-pound tackle was Indy's prized free agent signing in 2014. But a right ankle injury cost Jones seven games and he wound up with only 15 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks last season.
|8/31/2015||Stevie Brown, NYG, S|
|The Giants re-signed Brown on Monday in a move to shore up a position that has been decimated by injuries.
Analysis: After playing with the Giants the past three seasons, Brown signed with Houston as a free agent. He was released on Saturday.
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