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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 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 was a surprise scratch on Saturday, with the reason not immediately certain. There was no known injury as Marshall remained on the Jets' sideline in sweats and a long-sleeve T-shirt. Anderson started in Marshall's place and had four catches for 65 yards and a TD.

Analysis: "For the most part, it's not a big deal," Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said during CBS' TV broadcast. "I think Todd just wanted to give him the night off."
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.
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