PUPMarcus EasleyWR BUF (10) 19 hours ago
Coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday that Easley (knee) is not close to returning to practice, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Easley's a special teams star, but it doesn't look like there's going to be room for him on the active roster when the season starts. We'll see if the Bills feel he's worth keeping around on the PUP list.
OUTKolby ListenbeeWR BUF (10) 19 hours ago
Coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday that Listenbee (hernia) is not close to returning to practice, BuffaloBills.com reports.
It's highly doubtful the super-fast sixth-rounder will be in the lineup come Week 1, so he's looking like a prime PUP or practice squad candidate.
Dezmin LewisWR BUF (10) 20 hours ago
Coach Rex Ryan is looking for more out of Lewis, BuffaloBills.com reports. "I haven't seen that big of an improvement from him," said Ryan. "He'll get some opportunities and he's got to stand up if he wants to make this team. He's got to earn it, nobody's going to give you anything. I love having a big-size guy that should be a red-zone threat but eventually you got to come down with some plays."
The No. 3 and No. 4 receiver spots remain wide open, but if Lewis - who took some major strides in the spring and early summer - doesn't prove to someone soon that his upside is worth putting on the field, the Bills would be more likely to give those spots to the veterans in camp such as Greg Salas, Greg Little, or Marquise Goodwin. The last two preseason games loom large as far as Lewis' status for Week 1.
PBraxton MillerWR HOU (9) 20 hours ago
Miller did not practice Wednesday, Alex Del Barrio of CBS Houston reports.
The rookie wideout was present at the Methodist Training Center, standing on the sideline with other wideouts. Houston head coach Bill O'Brien downplayed it, telling reporters that Miller's day off was "a little rest day," suggesting he'll be available for this week's preseason game against the Cardinals. Miller has seven catches for 69 yards in two preseason games.
Connor HamlettTE CLE (13) 21 hours ago
Hamlett has moved past Randall Telfer and is listed as the team's backup tight end, Pat McManamon of ESPN.com reports.
Hamlett must be impressing his coaches in practice because the 24-year-old has yet to catch a pass in the preseason. Gary Barnidge still figures to receive the majority of playing time for Hue Jackson's offense, but Hamlett's promotion is notable, especially if Barnidge goes down with an injury.
Stevie BrownDB KC (5) 21 hours ago
Brown was released by the Chiefs on Wednesday.
Brown hasn't played since 2014, and he's never come close to his 2012 form, which saw him record eight interceptions, two forced fumbles, and 76 tackles, since tearing his ACL in 2013. He appeared in line for a role backing up Ron Parker and Eric Berry in Kansas City, but it looks like the team had other ideas. Look for Jamell Fleming to see an increased role in Brown's absence.
PMike WilliamsWR KC (5) 22 hours ago
Williams (leg) was released by the Chiefs on Wednesday, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.
Williams was signed by Kansas City back in April and was always considered a long shot to make the team. He hasn't played in a regular season game since 2014 and will be hard pressed to make another roster for the start of the regular season.
QVictor CruzWR NYG (8) 23 hours ago
Cruz practiced for the second straight day Wednesday and looks ready to play in Saturday's game against the Jets, SNY reports. "Victor looked great," Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said. "He has had two strong days, got a lot of balls thrown to him. I'm excited about where he is, and hopefully he will have his opportunity against the Jets."
It's encouraging Cruz bounced back from his work in Tuesday's practice without a setback. If he's able to play well in Saturday's preseason game, he's got a good chance to begin the year as one of the Giants' top three receivers.
IRJered BellDB SF (8) 24 hours ago
Bell (undisclosed) was placed on the 49ers' injured reserve list on Wednesday.
Bell went undrafted in May after logging 134 tackles and eight interceptions across 49 career appearances at the University of Colorado before signing with the Niners in the offseason. The details of his injury remain unreported.
QTyler KroftTE CIN (9) 1 day ago
Kroft (knee) participated in some rehab exercises during Wednesday's practice, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.
Kroft originally pegged Week 1 as a target for his return, but given the nature of knee sprains, it wouldn't be surprising if he wasn't ready by then. As a rookie last season, Kroft helped fill the void during Tyler Eifert's absence. It remains to be seen what role, if any, Kroft will have in Cincinnati's offense once he's back to 100 percent on the gridiron.