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|8/27/2016||Benjamin Watson, Bal, TE|
|Watson's season is likely over before it began after he tore his right Achilles tendon on Baltimore's first offensive play against the Lions on Saturday.
Analysis: Watson's loss is a big blow to the Ravens, who were counting on him to be a big part of their passing attack. Watson was signed as a free agent in March after he had 74 catches for 825 yards and six touchdowns last season with New Orleans.
|8/27/2016||Brandon Marshall, NYJ, WR|
|Marshall will sit out the team's preseason game against the Giants, who will have Victor Cruz playing for the first time since 2014.
Analysis: There was no immediate reason given for Marshall not playing Saturday night and there was no known injury. Marshall was sitting on the Jets' bench in sweats and a long-sleeve T-shirt during pregame warmups. Undrafted rookie Robby Anderson is starting in Marshall's place.
|8/27/2016||Kenneth Acker, KC, CB|
|The 49ers traded Acker to the Chiefs for an undisclosed draft choice. Acker must pass a physical for the trade to be executed.
Analysis: Acker (6-0, 195) was selected by San Francisco in the sixth round, 180th overall, of the 2014 NFL Draft. After spending his rookie season on the Injured Reserve List (foot), he appeared in 15 games (13 starts) for the 49ers in 2015 and registered 68 tackles, three interceptions and eight passes defensed.
|8/27/2016||Connor Shaw, Chi, QB|
|Shaw was taken from the field on a cart in the closing minutes of Saturday's game after Kansas City's Rakeem Nunez-Roches stepped on his left leg or foot after he threw a pass.
Analysis: Shaw is competing with David Fales and Brian Hoyer for a backup role behind Jay Cutler.
|8/27/2016||Tracy Porter, Chi, CB|
|Porter was being evaluated for a concussion after taking a knee to the head from teammate Harold Jones-Quartey while tackling Demetrius Harris on a reception late in the second quarter
Analysis: The veteran cornerback was a key cog of Chicago's defense last season, starting 13 games, recording 38 tackles, one interception and a career-high 22 passes defensed.
|8/27/2016||Jay Cutler, Chi, QB|
|Cutler had a rough game Saturday versus Kansas City playing behind a line that was missing star right guard Kyle Long. The three-time Pro Bowl pick injured his shoulder at New England last week, forcing more shuffling for an already thin group.
Analysis: Cutler played into the third quarter and completed 6 of 15 passes for 45 yards.
|8/27/2016||Alex Smith, KC, QB|
|Smith was sharp in leading three scoring drives in the first half and the Chiefs got a 23-7 preseason victory over the Bears on Saturday.
Analysis: Smith completed 20 of 30 passes for 181 yards before Nick Foles came in to start the third quarter.
|8/27/2016||Tony Romo, Dal, QB|
|Romo has a broken bone in his back, and there is no timetable for his return. Some outlets are reporting that he'll miss between 6-10 weeks.
Analysis: Asked if Romo would be back, coach Jason Garrett said there's no timetable but that the quarterback would play this season. Romo, 36, has had back surgery twice before. His latest injury occurred on the third play of Thursday night's exhibition game at Seattle. He was hit by Cliff Avrill and was rolling in pain before taken off the field and replaced by rookie Dak Prescott. Later, Romo said he was OK.
|8/27/2016||Colin Kaepernick, SF, QB|
|Kaepernick left himself plenty of room for improvement with a poor performance in his preseason debut Friday against Green Bay.
Analysis: Kaepernick was extremely rusty in his first game action since last November, going 2 for 6 while generating one first down on three drives. He also added 18 yards on four runs. Blaine Gabbert got the start again and it appears he has the inside track on the starting job.
|8/27/2016||Aaron Rodgers, GB, QB|
|Rodgers looked sharp in his only preseason appearance Friday, throwing a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb in a 21-10 win over the 49ers.
Analysis: Rodgers was held out of the first two preseason games despite being healthy and won't play the exhibition finale next week. He played two drives, going 6 for 9 for 60 yards.
|8/26/2016||Kirk Cousins, Was, QB|
|Cousins overcame a slow start and finished 12 of 23 for 188 yards with three touchdowns and an interception Friday in a 21-16 win over the Bills.
Analysis: Though it came mostly against Buffalo's second- and third-stringers, it was an important recovery for Cousins, who had thrown only five passes in the preseason before Friday and didn't play last week in an effort to test backup Colt McCoy.
|8/26/2016||Cam Newton, Car, QB|
|Newton struggled mightily in his most extensive playing time of the preseason Friday against the Patriots.
Analysis: Newton was intercepted twice and the Panthers failed to get any points on his eight first-half possessions. Overall, the Panthers scored just three points in 10 Newton-led drives. The sixth-year quarterback was high on some passes and didn't get much help from his receivers, who had problems getting separation and dropped four passes.
|8/26/2016||Jimmy Garoppolo, NE, QB|
|Garoppolo threw for 57 yards on 9-for-15 accuracy Friday against the Panthers.
Analysis: His six drives resulted in no points.
|8/26/2016||Ezekiel Elliott, Dal, RB|
|A video that appeared to show Elliott inside a marijuana dispensary in Seattle has been posted on social media, drawing a negative response from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Analysis: "Well, I think that in and of itself the reason we are talking about is in a way part of the learning process," said Jones of the video posted by celebrity website TMZ.com. "But it's not good. It's just not good." Elliott did not appear to be making any purchases and isn't expected to draw any discipline from the NFL. The rookie running back is coming off an impressive preseason debut, rushing for 48 yards on seven carries in Thursday's loss to the Seahawks.
|8/26/2016||Keanu Neal, Atl, S|
|Neal will miss the start of the season with a knee injury.
Analysis: The team says Neal will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Monday and will miss three to four weeks. Neal, the team's first-round pick from Florida and a projected starter, hurt his knee in the first quarter of the Falcons' 17-6 preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night. He had to be helped off the field.
|8/26/2016||Eric Berry, KC, S|
|Berry is expected to end his holdout and report to the Chiefs by Sunday. Multiple reports indicated Berry would be with the team by Sunday but miss the all-important third preseason game against the Bears.
Analysis: Berry was not required to report to training camp and cannot be fined for missing time because he was designated a franchise player. The 2015 Comeback Player of the Year can become a free agent at the end of this season. Berry has a salary of $10.806 million for the 2016 season as the franchise player but was unhappy the team was unable to work out a long-term deal, while others - namely Vikings Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith, who got a $51 million deal in Minnesota.
|8/26/2016||Tom Brady, NE, QB|
|Brady made his preseason debut Friday night against the Panthers.
Analysis: Brady entered late in the first quarter and moved the Patriots 42 yards on five plays, but they settled for a field goal. On the next possession, Brady threw a 33-yard touchdown pass before his two-point conversion pass failed. Brady finished 3 of 9 for 76 yards.
|8/26/2016||Dak Prescott, Dal, QB|
|Prescott completed 17 of 23 passes for 116 yards for Dallas against Seattle on Thursday.
Analysis: Prescott is doing all he can to secure the No. 2 QB spot behind Tony Romo, who was injured in this contest but seems OK.
|8/26/2016||Russell Wilson, Sea, QB|
|Wilson finished 16-of-21 passing for 192 yards against the Cowboys on Thursday.
Analysis: Wilson is a no-doubt QB1 and a top 5 selection among the position.
|8/26/2016||Ezekiel Elliott, Dal, RB|
|Elliott debuted for the Cowboys on Thursday against the Seahawks.
Analysis: Elliott carried seven times for 48 yards, leaving Dallas fans to feel good about their top pick.
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