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|8/26/2014||Dez Bryant, WR||Bryant figures he has about a week left to work out a contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys because he doesn't want negotiations going on during the season.
Analysis: The fifth-year receiver is entering the final year of his rookie contract after teammate Tyron Smith, drafted a year later, recently got an eight-year extension that pushed the value of his deal to more than $100 million. Bryant has a base salary of $1.8 million in 2014, and the average of the highest-paid receivers is around $12 million.
|8/26/2014||Brandon McManus, K||Denver acquired McManus from the New York Giants for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015.
Analysis: McManus will fill in for the suspended Matt Prater after connecting on both of his field goal attempts, from 46 and 47 yards, and recording touchbacks on 10 of 11 kickoffs for the Giants this preseason. His 10 touchbacks rank second in the NFL this preseason.
|8/26/2014||Mitch Ewald, K||Denver released Ewald after acquiring first-year kicker Brandon McManus from the New York Giants for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015.
Analysis: Ewald was unimpressive at Broncos camp, never quite finding a rhythm at altitude despite working alongside Prater, whom he studied while in college.
|8/26/2014||Brady Quinn, QB||Quinn says he has been released by the Miami Dolphins. Quinn announced the move himself Tuesday afternoon on Twitter, about an hour before the Dolphins had to meet an NFL deadline and officially pare their roster down to 75 players.
Analysis: Quinn says his time with the Dolphins "was short lived, but I enjoyed every second." He also wished the remaining players and coaches well. The Dolphins signed Quinn on Aug. 12.
|8/26/2014||DJ Hayden, CB||Hayden will miss at least the first six weeks of the season after being placed on the physically unable to perform list with a stress fracture in his right foot.
Analysis: The move Tuesday is the latest setback to Hayden since being drafted 12th overall in 2013 with general manager Reggie McKenzie's first first-round pick in Oakland.
|8/26/2014||Tim Wright, TE||The Tampa Bay Buccaneers addressed a need to upgrade their struggling offensive line by obtaining six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins from the New England Patriots for Wright and a draft pick.
Analysis: The deal Tuesday comes less than 24 hours after the Bucs met with Richie Incognito to try to determine if one of the central figures in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal might be an answer to their problems at guard.
|8/25/2014||Brandon Meriweather, S||Meriweather has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season for a blow to the head to a receiver.
Analysis: The NFL announced the suspension Monday, saying it was the sixth time Meriweather has violated rules aimed at improving player safety. Meriweather was flagged for a personal foul when he hit Torrey Smith in the second quarter of Saturday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens.
|8/25/2014||Jalen Saunders, WR||Saunders is simply happy to be back on the football field. The New York Jets rookie wide receiver was a full participant at practice for the first time in over a week Monday after suffering a seizure that hospitalized him for two days following a single-car accident.
Analysis: Coach Rex Ryan confirmed that Saunders, a fourth-round pick out of Oklahoma, had a seizure when he drove his car off the road on Aug. 15 on his way to the team's facility. The incident Saunders dealt with had been previously described only as a "medical event."
|8/25/2014||Matt Schaub, QB||Schaub missed his second straight day of practice with a sore throwing elbow, a problem that has lingered throughout the preseason.
Analysis: Schaub's status for Thursday night's exhibition finale against Seattle remains up in the air but he and coach Dennis Allen say they are confident he will be healthy enough to start the season opener Sept. 7 against the New York Jets.
|8/25/2014||Eric Berry, S||Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and Berry have returned to practice after dealing with injuries.
Analysis: Berry has missed most of the past couple weeks with a heel injury.
|8/25/2014||Jamaal Charles, RB||Charles and safety Eric Berry have returned to practice after dealing with injuries.
Analysis: Charles has been out the past two preseason games after hurting his foot while moving out of the dorms at the Chiefs' training camp headquarters at Missouri Western.
|8/25/2014||Steven Jackson, RB||Jackson is back on the practice fields for the first time in almost a month, providing hope the Atlanta Falcons' starting running back can be ready for the season opener.
Analysis: Jackson had not practiced since July 28, when he hurt his right hamstring. On the following day, coach Mike Smith said the injury wasn't serious and Jackson would be ready for the Sept. 7 opener against New Orleans.
|8/25/2014||Jay Feely, K||Feely and quarterback Ryan Lindley were among the 13 players who have been cut by the Arizona Cardinals. The 38-year-old Feely is a 13-year NFL veteran and the Cardinals' kicker for the past four seasons.
Analysis: Feely missed a 48-yard try in Sunday night's loss to Cincinnati. He lost the job to Chandler Cantanzaro, an undrafted rookie out of Clemson.
|8/25/2014||Ryan Lindley, QB||Kicker Jay Feely and Lindley were among the 13 players who have been cut by the Arizona Cardinals.
Analysis: Lindley was the third-string quarterback for Arizona the last two seasons but lost the job to rookie Logan Thomas, a fourth-round pick from Virginia Tech. Lindley started four games as a rookie two years ago.
|8/25/2014||Jimmy Garoppolo, QB||Garoppolo will get his first NFL start when the New England Patriots visit the New York Giants for Thursday night's preseason finale.
Analysis: Garoppolo, who has played well in three preseason games, likely will play a good portion of the game amid talk that incumbent backup Ryan Mallett may be traded.
|8/25/2014||Matt Cassel, QB||Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has named veteran Matt Cassel as the team's starting quarterback for the season opener against the St. Louis Rams.
Analysis: Cassel has been sharp while starting all three preseason games. He has completed more than 66 percent of his passes for 367 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He opened training camp in competition with rookie Teddy Bridgewater for the starting job.
|8/24/2014||Jordan Palmer, QB||The Chicago Bears have cut Palmer.
Analysis: The move makes Jimmy Clausen the backup quarterback behind Jay Cutler.
|8/24/2014||Josh Gordon, WR||Cleveland coach Mike Pettine says Josh Gordon did not play in the Browns' last exhibition game because the team is preparing to be without the All-Pro wide receiver for at least part of the season. Gordon is waiting to hear from the NFL regarding his appeal of a possible yearlong suspension for again violating the league's substance-abuse program.
Analysis: Gordon has been practicing and playing for weeks amid uncertainty about his career. Asked on Sunday why Gordon did not play in Saturday night's 33-14 loss to St. Louis, Pettine said: "We're fairly certain that we're not going to have him for a minimum of some part of the year. We wanted to make sure that we were getting repetitions with the guys that are going to be out there early."
|8/24/2014||Dimitri Patterson, CB||Patterson did not show up for the team's game against the Giants on Friday night and has had no direct communication with anyone in the organization since.
Analysis: General manager John Idzik announced Sunday during a conference call that he learned through Patterson's agent on Saturday that the player was OK physically and it is not believed to be a legal issue. But neither Idzik nor coach Rex Ryan have had messages left for Patterson returned by him directly.
|8/24/2014||Ace Sanders, WR||Sanders has returned after a monthlong leave of absence.
Analysis: Sanders was at practice Sunday for the first time since organized team activities ended in June. Sanders announced July 22 that he was taking a leave of absence, seeking counseling and facing a four-game suspension.
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