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Arian Foster Could Be Back Much Sooner Than Expected Monday, August 24, 2015 | Time: 5:57 PT |  Reported by FootballDiehards.com
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The Facts: Houston Chronicle staffer John McClain, appearing with the FootballDiehards on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, just advised listeners that based on what they've heard about Foster's surgery, the star RB will not go on IR-Designated to return. The surgery wasn't as serious as first believed and it now appears that Foster could be ready about Week 4.
Diehards Line: Asked about Foster today, HC Bill O'Brien said 'We really haven't spoken about where he's at from date of return standpoint. He's working hard in rehab." Still, McClain's Chronicle colleague, advised his Twitter followers that the best-case scenario for Foster, if there are no setbacks in his rehab from the groin surgery performed earlier this month, is likely end of September. We'll continue to watch for more and follow up as needed.
It's Official: Jordy Nelson's Season Is Over Monday, August 24, 2015 | Time: 4:22 PT |  Reported by Packers.com
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The Facts: It was determined that Nelson sustained a significant right knee injury in yesterday's game at Pittsburgh. He will miss the remainder of the season.
Diehards Line:That was the wording of the team's official press release. The injury is a torn ACL. Randall Cobb and Davante Adams are the immediate fantasy beneficiaries. Ty Montgomery, Myles White and Jeff Janis will have a chance to do more.
Reggie Wayne Agrees To Terms With Patriots Monday, August 24, 2015 | Time: 12:23 PT |  Reported by ESPN.com
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The Facts: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Wayne and New England Patriots have reached agreement on a one-year deal.
Diehards Line: The Patriots have been dealing with injuries to Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell, Aaron Dobson, Brandon Gibson and most recently Brian Tyms, who sustained a foot injury that could threaten his season. Wayne, who had triceps and knee surgery this offseason, took a physical with the team over the weekend. Nobody should expect Wayne to take a featured role in New England, but he'll certainly get an opportunity to show he's still able to contribute.
Report: Brian Hoyer Named The Texans Starter Monday, August 24, 2015 | Time: 9:18 PT |  Reported by NFL.com
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The Facts: The will roll with Brian Hoyer to start the season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning that Hoyer was named the starter to open the 2015 season, according to two sources informed of the decision.
Diehards Line: On Sunday, coach Bill O'Brien said he would make a decision about a starter when he was "comfortable." Apparently he'd seen enough of Ryan Mallett to move forward with Hoyer under center. Hoyer was the safe choice. O'Brien believes the 29-year-old can run his offense without making mistakes. Mallett was viewed from the outside as the sexier option, with a big arm who can make NFL throws. However, when he steps on the field, the glimmer fades. On Saturday, Mallett had a chance with the first-team offense to try and knock Hoyer out of the top spot. Instead he flopped. The lackluster performance and inconsistent management made it easier for O'Brien to move forward with Hoyer. Naming a starter prior to the third game of the preseason was the smart move for O'Brien. Allowing Hoyer to play a significant portion of the dress rehearsal with the starting unit without having to look over his shoulder should help the offense gel heading into the regular season. We'll see how it turns out for fantasy prospects of greater interest than the QB, like DeAndre Hopkins
Randy Moss Considering A Comeback? Monday, August 24, 2015 | Time: 12:50 PT |  Reported by Profootballtalk.com
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The Facts: Five days ago, Moss didn't completely slam the door on a potential comeback. On Sunday night, he kicked it wide open. "I actually have not lost the itch," Moss told Curt Menefee of FOX. "I've been working out with a few guys over the offseason. I have been retired for the last two years, but you never know, Curt. It's the love of the game that I still have inside of me."
Diehards Line:Replied Menefee: “That’s not a commitment that you’re gonna be here beside us the rest of the year. It doesn’t sound like it. Are you thinking [about a return to football]?” Said Moss with a big smile, “Hey, I don’t know. The sky’s the limit for me, Curt. So we’ll just have to wait and see. ...” As PFT's Mike Florio noted, Moss seemed downright giddy as he discussed the possibility, which suggests that he either has decided to come back and/or that he knows the interest may be there. The Panthers have a clear need after the loss of receiver Kelvin Benjamin for the season with a torn ACL, but they seem to be intent on sticking with in-house options. The Packers now have a need with the loss of Jordy Nelson for the season with a torn ACL, but Green Bay consistently has resisted the temptation to add Moss over the past several years. If he returns, it most likely would be with a team having a short-list franchise quarterback. If the ACL-tear trend continues to hit big-name wideouts, it could just be a matter of time before a team with big-name quarterback decides to to consider filling the spot with one of the greatest receivers in NFL history.
Report: Jordy Nelson Suffered A Torn ACL Vs. Steelers Sunday, August 23, 2015 | Time: 2:06 PT |  Reported by NFL.com
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The Facts: According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Nelson suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's game against the Steelers.
Diehards Line: The Packers are awaiting MRI results to confirm the initial diagnosis, but go ahead and assume Nelson's season is over. That means Randall Cobb becomes the top target and Davante Adams seems likely to play a greater role. Jeff Janis, however, might be the receiver that most closely matches Nelson's skill set, size and speed. ... Stay tuned. We'll follow up as needed.
Report: Kelvin Benjamin Has Season-Ending Torn ACL Wednesday, August 19, 2015 | Time: 4:52 PT |  Reported by NFL.com
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The Facts: The Panthers' worst fears were realized when the MRI results came back on Benjamin's Wednesday morning knee injury. The second-year wide receiver will need surgery for a torn ACL, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported, according to a source who has spoken to Benjamin.
Diehards Line:HC Ron Rivera initially said the team believed Benjamin suffered a sprained left knee. Assuming Benjamin's season is indeed over, the Panthers will be relying on a group led by rookie Devin Funchess (who tweaked a hamstring today), Ted Ginn, Jerricho Cotchery, Corey Brown and Brenton Bersin. We'll follow up as needed.
Judge Still Pushing For Tom Brady, NFL Settlement Wednesday, August 19, 2015 | Time: 11:23 PT |  Reported by Profootballtalk.com
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The Facts: Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell weren't required to attend Wednesday's hearing in Manhattan with Judge Richard Berman, but their presence will be mandatory if there's no settlement of their dispute over Brady's four-game suspension by August 31.
Diehards Line: Berman said Wednesday that he wants both sides to continue working toward a settlement over the next two weeks and ordered both Brady and Goodell to appear in court for another court date in the case. Brady is reportedly willing to accept a one-game suspension for not cooperating with the Deflategate investigation, but won’t admit to guilt regarding deflating footballs. The NFL, meanwhile, is said to be looking for that admission as well as other concessions that would back up the Ted Wells report and Goodell’s authority before they will discuss a reduction in the suspension. Berman also said Wednesday that he intends to issue a ruling in the case before September 4, a date requested by both the NFL and NFLPA, in the event that no settlement is reached. But nothing is certain at this point.
Kelvin Benjamin To Have MRI On Sprained Knee Wednesday, August 19, 2015 | Time: 10:59 PT |  Reported by Profootballtalk.com
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The Facts: The Panthers are holding their breath, after one of their most important players went down during this morning's work with the Dolphins. HC Ron Rivera told reporters that Benjamin suffered "a sprain" during practice this morning, and was headed back to Charlotte to have an MRI on his left knee.
Diehards Line:While that might be construed as positive, the slow-motion video of Benjamin collapsing (via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review) shows that it was a non-contact injury, and that’s never a good sign. The Panthers felt confident about their receiving corps this year based largely on Benjamin’s breakout rookie season, in which he caught 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns. As PFT suggests, if Benjamin is out any amount of time, they’re going to need 2015 second-rounder Devin Funchess to play an immediate role.
Reports: LeSean McCoy Should Be Ready For Week 1 Wednesday, August 19, 2015 | Time: 9:22 PT |  Reported by ESPN.com
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The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... Despite injuring his hamstring Tuesday, McCoy is expected to be ready for the team's regular-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Diehards Line: Profootballtalk.com is reporting the same. ... The 27-year-old McCoy strained his hamstring in training camp Tuesday and was set to undergo an MRI to determine its extent. Bills coach Rex Ryan said McCoy's hamstring was intact and that no separation from the bone occurred. McCoy reached for the area near his hamstring after a play about halfway through the practice. He briefly sat on the ground, surrounded by trainers. The Bills already were without running backs Fred Jackson (hamstring), Boobie Dixon (calf), Bryce Brown (hamstring) and Karlos Williams (hospitalized/undisclosed) for Tuesday's practice. The Bills were down to two healthy running backs by the end of practice: undrafted rookies Bronson Hill and Ricky Seale, who was signed Tuesday.