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Still no timetable for Andrew Luck’s return

Injury Colts QB's Week 1 status in doubt

Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) on Twitter regarding Andrew Luck: “Said he still doesn’t have a timeline and isn’t worried about it. Then he gave me a few cliches and laughed if off. I don’t have a good sense.” Scott Tolzien would face the Rams in Week 1 if Luck were still on PUP or unable to go right away after a limited practice schedule. (Twitter)

FF Today’s Take: This is bad for Luck owners who were assured by beat reporters from the Indy Star and other outlets throughout the month of July and into August that Luck would be removed from PUP and ready for Week 1. His draft value has to take an enormous hit, considering both the prognosis and his less-than-stellar 2016.

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Mike Gillislee gets in full practice on Tuesday

Injury Hamstring injury

RB Mike Gillislee says he was a full participant in practice today. Has been limited the last two weeks with hamstring. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)

FF Today’s Take: Gillislle has been bothered by a hamstring injury leaving fantasy owners to wonder about his role in the crowded Patriots backfield. It’s difficult to peg Gillislle, Rex Burkhead, James White or any back in this offense as sure thing, making all dart throws in the middle to late rounds of your draft.

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Jets will name starting QB next week

HC Todd Bowles knows who it is, but won't say yet

Coach Todd Bowles announced he would make his decision next Monday, after watching film of the team’s third preseason game against the Giants. It’s currently between Christian Hackenberg, who flopped in his surprise start on Saturday, and veteran Josh McCown. “I have my own thoughts, but it’s a coach’s decision out of all of us,” Bowles said Monday, but keeping those thoughts to himself. “We’ll discuss it after the game and we’ll come up with the best starter.” (New York Post)

FF Today’s Take: Considering veteran Josh McCown has received a majority of the first-team reps in practice – and has led the scoring-challenged offense to its only touchdown in two preseason games – it would be a stunner if the 38-year-old isn’t named the starter over youngsters Hackenberg and Bryce Petty.

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Browns HC Hue Jackson yet to name a starting QB

Cleveland signal caller should be decided by Wednesday

Hue Jackson said he’s going to watch the tape to decide between Brock Osweiler and DeShone Kizer. “There were some things that I felt on the sidelines just being out there watching the game, calling the plays and watching how things happen. Like I told you guys, I hope by Wednesday of this upcoming week we will have a decision of where we are headed, and I think that is what we have to do.” (ClevelandBrowns.com)

FF Today’s Take: This is a tough situation, and without an established QB, neither portends to be all that successful in 2017. Still, the Browns could be playing from behind a lot and there could be some QB2 fantasy value at some point.

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Brandon Marshall injures shoulder

Injury Veteran WR

Head coach Ben McAdoo said he had no results available after the game, but Brandon Marshall told reporters he was “sore” while briefly walking through the locker room after the game. He later posted a tweet implying he was feeling strong with a muscles emoji. (NJ.com)

FF Today’s Take: WRs Tavarres King and Odell Beckham Jr. were also injured in the game. King and Marshall’s injuries became known after Beckham was hit low by Browns defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun, leading to some tense moments for the Giants. Beckham later returned to the sideline in street clothes and appears to be walking without a limp. He has a wrap on his left ankle, but it is not bulky.

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Odell Beckham Jr. sprains ankle

Injury Giants WR avoids serious injury, plans to play Week 1

Odell Beckham Jr. was injured during Monday night’s second quarter with what looked like a potentially catastrophic leg injury, but X-rays have come back clean. (New York Daily News)

FF Today’s Take: Beckham was joking afterward with reporters: “I don’t know, man. I’m pretty concerned, but I think I’ll be all right. It feels like a sprained ankle, a rolled ankle. I don’t know. You ever hurt your ankle? That’s what it feels like.” It’s not a good thing for his draft stock or value, as ankle injuries can linger, but the injury isn’t as bad as it looked.

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Cam Newton continues to make progress

QB takes part in team drills

Cam Newton (shoulder) is throwing in team drills today. (The Charlotte Observer)

FF Today’s Take: Reports surfaced over the weekend Newton would see an increased workload this week, and it appears that is exactly what happened. It remains to be seen whether or not he’ll take part in Thursday’s dress rehearsal against Jacksonville, but he seems certain at this point to be ready in time for the regular-season opener against San Francisco. Newton should be considered a low-end QB1, but one with obvious upside.

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Trevor Siemian named the starting QB in Denver

Paxton Lynch to remain backup for second straight year

Trevor Siemian won the Denver Broncos’ quarterback battle with his steady play. Broncos HC Vance Joseph named Siemian his starting quarterback at a news conference Monday, saying Siemian was the “clear-cut winner” in his duel with Paxton Lynch. (NFL.com – Kevin Patra)

FF Today’s Take: Lynch was considered a project as a first-round pick in 2016 and he remains raw despite making strides this offseason. Siemian’s “win” is good news for Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, as the former seventh-round pick is a steady veteran who can move the offense and won’t often put the Broncos’ vaunted defense into too many unfavorable positions. Siemian is a middling QB2 for fantasy purposes.

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Jamaal Charles to make Bronco debut

Former Chief great to get his one and only shot Saturday

Saturday vs Green Bay will be Jamaal Charles’ one shot at making the Broncos roster. Won’t play in the final preseason game. (NFL.com – James Palmer)

FF Today’s Take: Charles has repeatedly stated he is healthy, but the Broncos are making sure they are giving him as much time as possible to show them what he can do. HC Vance Joseph promised Charles will play “a lot” against the Packers. As much as box scores lie in the preseason, Charles’ statistical contributions this weekend figure to be a pretty good indicator as to whether or not he will make the team.

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Jordan Matthews optimistic he’ll play Week 1

Injury Chest injury

“It doesn’t take somebody hitting me in my chest for it to flare up,” Matthews said. “It’s any type of movement where I really have to use my upper body. So right now we’re trying to get back into running, using regular arm motion and getting functional movement down. Once I can get that down, get that blood flow and that healing and the pain is more centrally located to just the sternum I’ll know it’s time to move on, get something to protect it and let’s go play football.” (BuffaloBills.com)

FF Today’s Take: Players are always optimistic about their injuries, however not being able use your upper body sounds like a significant issue and one that could keep Matthews out into the regular season. If he’s able to be active, he should be thrust into the starting lineup along side Zay Jones.

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Boldin has change of heart, retires from NFL

Veteran WR calls is quits

Football has always been a priority for Anquan Boldin. But after 14 seasons, more than 200 games and nearly 14,000 yards receiving, the veteran wide receiver now feels a higher calling, which is why he left the Buffalo Bills on Sunday after only two weeks with the team and plans to retire. (ESPN)

FF Today’s Take: Boldin signed with the Bills two weeks ago but after a couple key trades that included Sammy Watkins and DB Ronald Darby, the veteran receiver had a change of heart. He reportedly wants to focus on humanitarian and human rights work. His departure leaves the Bills with Jordan Matthews (chest), Zay Jones and Andre Holmes atop the wide receiver depth chart.

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Bears’ rookie RB Tarik Cohen impresses

Should carve out change-of-pace role

With starter Jordan Howard dealing with an eye issue, the Chicago Bears turned to rookie running back Tarik Cohen to start their second preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night. The Bears rookie running back carried the ball 11 times on the night for 77 yards. He showed fantastic quickness and burst in his cuts and undoubtedly has the speed to reach the corner with consistency. (Dawindcity.com)

FF Today’s Take: Cohen is undersized, making it doubtful the Bears would ever use him in a workhorse role if Jordan Howard went down with an injury but he does fit a “change-of-pace” role in the Bears offense and should see the field a fair amount in his rookie season.

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