NFL Recent Player News
|8/29/2016||Paul Kruger, Cle, LB|
|The Browns have released Kruger, a startling move in another step in the team's youth movement.
Analysis: Kruger started 46 games and made 18 sacks in three seasons for Cleveland and was considered one of the team's leaders. He was signed in 2013 after four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. Last week, the Browns traded linebacker Barkevious Mingo. Rookies Emmanuel Ogbah or Joe Schobert could take Kruger's starting spot.
|8/28/2016||A.J. Green, Cin, WR|
|Green left in the first quarter of Sunday's preseason game with a bruised right knee, but said he's fine.
Analysis: It appears to be just a scare for Green, who figures to be one of the top fantasy receivers this season.
|8/28/2016||Adam Jones, Cin, CB|
|Jones strained his right calf in preseason warmups and did not play in Sunday's preseason game.
Analysis: Jones' status in uncertain at this point.
|8/28/2016||Cedric Peerman, Cin, RB|
|Peerman had his left forearm broken during Cincinnati's Sunday night preseason game against the Jaguars at Jacksonville, Fla.
Analysis: Peerman, a Pro Bowl special teams performer for Cincinnati last year, was hurt in the second quarter. He tried to stiff-arm Davon House, but the Jaguars cornerback grabbed hold of Peerman's arm and used it to drag him down.
|8/28/2016||Alex McCalister, Phi, DE|
|The Eagles have placed McCalister on injured reserve.
Analysis: The team said the 2016 seventh-round pick has a calf injury, though it's more likely a way to stash a player who would have had a tough time making the final roster at a deep position.
|8/28/2016||Joe Walker, Phi, LB|
|The Eagles have placed Walker on injured reserve.
Analysis: The 2016 seventh-round pick tore his ACL in Philadelphia's preseason game at Pittsburgh on Aug. 18.
|8/28/2016||Carson Palmer, Ari, QB|
|Houston intercepted two of Palmer's passes in the Texans' 34-24 exhibition victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Analysis: John Simon tipped a pass by Palmer, intercepted it and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown. It was the second straight game in which Palmer had an interception returned for a touchdown after Brandon Flowers did it in last week in a 9-3 loss at San Diego.
|8/28/2016||Tyrann Mathieu, Ari, S|
|Mathieu, who came off the physically unable to perform list last week after knee surgery, was expected to play on Sunday, but remained on the sideline in a T-shirt and shorts.
Analysis: The All-Pro safety should be back soon.
|8/28/2016||Mike Jenkins, Ari, CB|
|Jenkins, who had recently returned after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his right hand, was carted off the field after injuring his right knee in the first quarter. He was injured when he was juked by Hopkins and immediately crumpled to the ground.
Analysis: He appeared to be in a lot of pain as he was helped to the cart, and slammed his right hand on the cart in disgust before he was taken to the locker room.
|8/28/2016||Rueben Randle, Phi, WR|
|The Eagles released Randle on Sunday, a shocking fall from grace for a receiver who had 57 catches for 797 yards and eight touchdowns for the New York Giants last season.
Analysis: Randle signed a one-year contract with the Eagles but he only caught three passes in three preseason games and didn't separate himself from a mediocre group. He became expendable when Philadelphia acquired Dorial Green-Beckham from Tennessee last week.
|8/28/2016||Jack Mewhort, Ind, T|
|Mewhort is expected to miss two to four weeks with a knee injury.
Analysis: That's good news for a team that feared Mewhort sustained a season-ending torn ACL in Saturday night's 33-23 loss to Philadelphia. Mewhort started each of the past two seasons and is expected to play a key role in Indy's revamped offensive line.
|8/28/2016||Branden Oliver, SD, RB|
|The San Diego Chargers fear they have lost Oliver for the season after he injured his right Achilles tendon in the exhibition game against Minnesota on Sunday.
Analysis: Oliver was injured on a running play late in the second quarter and needed to be carted off of the field. The Chargers say they will make a final determination on his status after further examination on Monday. But a clearly disappointed coach Mike McCoy said the team was preparing to be without Oliver for the foreseeable future. Oliver was third on the depth chart at running back behind Danny Woodhead and Melvin Gordon.
|8/28/2016||Devin Smith, NYJ, WR|
|The New York Jets have placed Smith on the reserve/physically unable to perform list
Analysis: Smith is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered last December, ending a disappointing rookie season. The second-round draft pick out of Ohio State had nine catches for 115 yards and a touchdown in 10 games before injuring his right knee. He had been on active/PUP since the start of training camp. By being put on reserve/PUP, Smith can't practice or play with the Jets for the first six weeks of the season.
|8/28/2016||Cameron Heyward, Pit, DE|
|Heyward sustained a high right ankle sprain in Friday's preseason game against New Orleans, though he doesn't believe the injury will prevent him from playing in the Sept. 12 opener at Washington.
Analysis: Heyward hasn't missed a game since entering the NFL as a first-round pick of the Steelers in 2011. "I think we have a lot of time and it works in our favor that we're playing (the opener) Monday," he said while sporting a protective boot on his right foot during Sunday's practice. "I'm going to use that to my advantage."
|8/28/2016||Marcus Gilbert, Pit, T|
|Gilbert has vowed to be ready for Pittsburgh's season opener despite dealing with elbow and shoulder injuries.
Analysis: Gilbert, the Steelers' starting right tackle, hyperextended his left elbow in Friday's preseason game against New Orleans but said he could play through the injury, which could require offseason surgery. The sixth-year veteran has missed only four games over the previous three seasons.
|8/28/2016||Stephen Hill, Car, WR|
|The Hill experiment is over in Carolina as the Panthers cut the wide receiver and 10 other players on Sunday.
Analysis: Panthers coach Ron Rivera had always been a big proponent of Hill's deep threat ability. However, a torn ACL sidelined Hill last season and he struggled to make standout plays in training camp and the preseason. Hill was a 2012 second-round draft pick by the New York Jets.
|8/28/2016||Jerald Hawkins, Pit, T|
|The Steelers have placed Hawkins on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury.
Analysis: Hawkins injured his shoulder a few weeks ago and tried to rehab it unsuccessfully. He will sit out the season. Hawkins was a three-year starter at right and left tackle for LSU.
|8/28/2016||Dashon Goldson, Atl, S|
|The Falcons signed Goldson on Sunday to bolster the depth in their secondary.
Analysis: Goldson, 31, worked out for the team on Saturday after the Falcons learned they will be without rookie starting strong safety Keanu Neal, their 2016 first-round pick, for at least the first two regular-season games with a right knee injury. Goldson was selected to back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2011 and 2012, and he was also selected first team All-Pro in 2012.
|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.
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