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|9/1/2014||Rob Gronkowski, TE||Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots' opener at Miami this Sunday.
Analysis: Gronkowski, who tore his right ACL and MCL on Dec. 8, is a two-time Pro Bowler and was an All-Pro in 2011. He has 226 catches with 42 touchdowns in 50 regular-season games.
|9/1/2014||Odell Beckham Jr., WR||It might be a few weeks before New York Giants first-round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr. plays in a game. Frustrated about repeated questions about the wide receiver, coach Tom Coughlin on Monday said it might be another three weeks until Beckham gets on the field.
Analysis: Beckham missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring injury and did not play in any of the team's five preseason games. He did not practice Monday as the Giants began preparations for the regular-season opener at Detroit next Monday night.
|9/1/2014||Cam Newton, QB||Newton returned to the practice field wearing an oversized flak jacket designed to provide added protection for his fractured ribs. Newton smiled and even stopped to pose for a picture Monday with his newly enhanced armor before walking into practice, throwing passes and going through drills as normal.
Analysis: It was the Newton's first practice since Aug. 22 when he had his ribs stepped on during a preseason game against the New England Patriots.
|9/1/2014||Wes Welker, WR||Welker returned to practice Monday for the first time since sustaining a concussion in an Aug. 23 preseason game against the Houston Texans. The Denver slot receiver ran short routes during the 20-minute viewing period open to the media.
Analysis: Welker's concussion was his third in 10 months. He got hurt on a hard hit from D.J. Swearinger that prompted Peyton Manning to swear at the swaggering safety.
|8/31/2014||Danieal Manning, S||The Houston Texans are welcoming back safety Danieal Manning.
Analysis: Manning was a second-round pick by Chicago in 2006 and played his first five seasons with the Bears. He was signed along with cornerback Johnathan Joseph in 2011 to provide leadership to a secondary that was part of the league's worst pass defense the previous season. Manning made 124 tackles and intercepted four passes in his previous three seasons in Houston.
|8/31/2014||Ryan Williams, RB||The Dallas Cowboys will get to keep Ryan Williams on their practice squad after the fourth-year running back cleared waivers.
Analysis: The team's leading rusher in the preseason, Williams was among seven signed to the practice squad Sunday, a day after the roster had to be cut to 53 players.
|8/31/2014||Case Keenum, QB||The Houston Texans have released Case Keenum, part of a flurry of moves by the team on Sunday.
Analysis: Keenum, a record-setting quarterback at the University of Houston, had been competing with rookie Tom Savage for the backup role behind Ryan Fitzpatrick. He went 28 for 52 with two interceptions in the preseason, not enough to keep a roster spot despite eight starts in 2013.
|8/31/2014||Alex Smith, QB||Smith has agreed to a four-year, $68 million extension that includes $45 million in guaranteed money, a person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because the team had not announced the deal, which will keep Smith in Kansas City through the 2018 season.
Analysis: Smith and his representatives had been discussing an extension with the Chiefs for several months, and the veteran quarterback was hopeful a deal would be done before the regular season.
|8/31/2014||Kyle Williams, WR||Williams has landed on injured reserve.
Analysis: Williams is known best for his gaffes three seasons ago in fielding punts for the 49ers in a NFC title game loss to the Giants.
|8/31/2014||Leon McFadden, CB||The New York Jets have claimed McFadden off waivers from the Cleveland Browns.
Analysis: McFadden, a third-round draft pick last year, started the last two preseason games for the Browns but was waived Saturday. His familiarity with the Jets' defensive style - Browns coach Mike Pettine runs a system similar to the one used by his former boss Rex Ryan - is a plus. But he struggled with penalties throughout the summer.
|8/31/2014||Thomas Keiser, LB||The Arizona Cardinals have claimed Keiser off waivers from the San Diego Chargers.
Analysis: The 25-year-old Keiser had 4 1/2 sacks in 12 games with the Chargers last season, third-most on the team. But he was mired at the bottom of the depth chart through the preseason.
|8/31/2014||Ryan Mallett, QB||The New England Patriots have traded Mallett to the Houston Texans.
Analysis: Originally a third-round draft pick from Arkansas, Mallett played four games in three years with the Patriots, completing one pass.
|8/31/2014||Kris Durham, WR||The Tennessee Titans have claimed Durham off waivers.
Analysis: Durham caught 38 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns with the Detroit Lions last season.
|8/31/2014||Duke Ihenacho, S||The Washington Redskins have claimed Ihenacho off waivers from the Denver Broncos.
Analysis: Ihenacho started all but one game for Denver last season and made nine tackles in the Super Bowl loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but the third-year player was the odd man out this preseason in a crowded secondary that includes Quinton Carter and free agent acquisition T.J. Ward.
|8/31/2014||Mickey Shuler, TE||The Jacksonville Jaguars have been awarded Shuler off waivers from the Atlanta Falcons.
Analysis: Shuler spent the preseason with Atlanta before being waived Saturday. Originally a seventh-round draft pick by Minnesota in 2010, Shuler also spent time with Miami, Oakland, Arizona and Buffalo. He played in six games with the Dolphins in 2010, catching two passes for 44 yards.
|8/31/2014||Ray McDonald, DT||Police in Northern California say McDonald has been arrested on domestic violence charges. San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol says the 29-year-old defensive end was taken into custody early Sunday after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood.
Analysis: McDonald was jailed on felony domestic violence charges. He has been playing for San Francisco since he was drafted as a third round pick in 2007.
|8/31/2014||Khyri Thornton, DT||Thornton was placed on injured reserve.
Analysis: Thornton, a third-round draft pick this year, suffered a hamstring injury in the preseason.
|8/31/2014||Terrence Cody, NT||Cody was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list Saturday.
Analysis: The defensive lineman has missed the entire preseason for the Baltimore Ravens while recovering from hip surgery. He's unavailable for at least the first six games.
|8/31/2014||Trindon Holliday, WR||Holliday was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
Analysis: A former Bronco, Holliday was signed by the Giants in the offseason with the hope that he might star in the return game. He injured a hamstring early in training camp and did not play in a game.
|8/31/2014||Thomas Keiser, LB||Keiser was cut by the Chargers.
Analysis: Keiser pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in March stemming from an attack on a downtown restaurant employee in December. He was sentenced to probation, ordered to pay a fine and complete 20 hours of counseling for anger management.
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