Peyton Hillis RB NYG 1 Day
Hillis (foot/ankle) remained out of practice on Wednesday, ESPN.com reports.
Hillis is thus among the banged up Giants players not expected to suit up for Friday's preseason contest against the Jets, with his continued absence doing nothing to further his chances of carving out any sort of key backfield role behind presumed starter Rashad Jennings.
B. W. Webb DB DAL 1 Day
Webb will not play in Saturday's preseason game in Miami due to a hip ailment, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Webb is currently slated for a significant role in the Cowboys' defense amid concerns at cornerback. Former first-rounder Morris Claiborne (shoulder) continues have durability issues, while Orlando Scandrick faces a four game suspension to begin this season. Knowing that, Dallas can't risk another setback in their secondary, so Webb will be withheld from Saturday's exhibition in hopes of returning healthy by Week 1 of the regular season.
Drew Brees QB NO 1 Day
Brees (oblique) is slated to suit up for Saturday's preseason contest against the Colts, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.
The report notes that Brees, who had been slowed by a strained oblique, looked sharp at Wednesday's practice, while suggesting that the Saints' star QB is likely to play for about a half in Saturday's game, the team's third preseason tilt.
Casey Hayward DB GB 1 Day
Hayward (hamstring) did not practice Thursday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Hayward exited early from Wednesday's session as a precaution to ensure his previously bothersome hamstring didn't react to being overworked. The cornerback played just three games last season as a result of hamstring issues. However, as a rookie, Hayward excelled as the Packers' nickel cornerback, totaling 53 tackles (40 solo) and six interceptions. As such, Green Bay will do whatever is needed to keep Hayward healthy ahead of this season, making Thursday's day off for maintenance purposes. At the moment, it's unclear if Hayward will suit up for Friday's preseason game versus Oakland.
DeVonte Holloman LB DAL 1 Day
Holloman's NFL career is likely over following his latest neck injury, ESPN Dallas reports.
Holloman suffered a neck injury during last Saturday's preseason game, which came after the linebacker missed seven games last season with a spinal contusion. The most recent occurrence unfortunately compounded Holloman's medical condition and continuing to play football would present a considerable risk to Holloman. As such, the linebacker's NFL career will likely come to a close after playing just nine games as a rookie last year.
LeGarrette Blount RB PIT 1 Day
Blount traveled with the Steelers to Philadelphia, where the team plays Thursday against the Eagles, NFL.com reports.
The report notes that Blount and teammate Le'Veon Bell could face misdemeanor marijuana possession charges stemming from a Wednesday traffic stop. In the short term, it's unclear whether either player will suit up for Thursday's contest. Beyond that, if formally charged, the report further indicates that the duo could be subject to the NFL's substance abuse policy, though in such a scenario Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette speculates that that the running backs would probably looking at no more than a one-game suspension, with a resolution either way, not likely to come anytime soon.
Randall Cobb WR GB 1 Day1 Comment
Cobb is still being considered for the Packers' punt-return job, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
The Packers would probably prefer to avoid using Cobb on punt returns so as not to expose him to unnecessary big hits, but it looks like it will be either him or Micah Hyde receiving punts come Week 1. What is not in doubt: Cobb is locked into the starting wide receiver spot opposite Jordy Nelson.
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 1 Day3 Comments
Bell, who didn't fly to Philadelphia with his teammates, where the Steelers play Thursday, reportedly later made his own way there to rejoin the team, ESPN.com reports.
According to NFL.com, Bell and LeGarrette Blount face possible misdemeanor marijuana possession charges, while Bell could also be charged with driving under the influence. The report adds, that if formally charged, both players could be subject to the league's substance abuse policy. In the short-term, it remains to be seen whether either player will suit up for Thursday's game. Steelers officials and coach Mike Tomlin are expected speak with the running backs Thursday to determine their status for the contest. "We are aware of the reports and still gathering information," Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said. "We will have no further comment at this time." Beyond that, it's unclear if Wednesday's incident will end up affecting the playing status of either Bell or Blount this season at all. With that in mind, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggests that the duo probably face no more than a one-game suspension, with a resolution on that front unlikely to come anytime soon.
Morris Claiborne DB DAL 1 Day
For the second straight day on Wednesday, Claiborne (shoulder) was a limited participant in practice, the Dallas Morning News reports.
He's hoping to play in Saturday's preseason game, but the Cowboys haven't made an official statement yet regarding his status.
Alterraun Verner DB TB 2 Days
Verner (hamstring) will play sparingly in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills, the Tampa Bay Tribune's Roy Cummings reports.
Verner has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since before the team's first preseason game. With he and fellow corner Mike Jenkins missing both preseason contests, the Buccaneers are perilously thin in the secondary with only two weeks remaining until the regular season begins.