Aaron Dobson WR NE 50 Mins
Dobson (foot) is expected to make his preseason debut Thursday against the Giants, the Boston Herald reports.
Since undergoing surgery in March to repair a stress fracture in his left foot, Dobson has been limited during camp. He did not begin practicing until August 11 but has ramped up his activity of late and is on track to see some playing time Thursday. Dobson will compete with Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell for playing time at the outside receiver position this season.
Jairus Byrd DB NO 1 Hr
After undergoing back surgery in May, Byrd made his preseason debut for the Saints, racking up one tackle in Saturday's exhibition contest against the Colts.
The ball-hawking Byrd has a chance to form one of the elite safety tandems in the league with Kenny Vaccaro. As a true free safety, Byrd's IDP value will be more closely tied to his ability to make plays on the ball in the air, compared to Vaccaro, who is expected to play closer to the line of scrimmage and should be one of the team leaders in tackles. Still, Byrd has proven to be no slouch in the tackles department, averaging 87 stops per season from 2010 through 2012 in Buffalo.
A. J. Francis DL MIA 10 Hrs
Francis was placed on IR Tuesday due to a knee injury, according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero.
This will end his season but Miami will retain his rights.
Greg Olsen TE CAR 13 Hrs
Olsen (personal) will not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Steelers, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Rather than travel with the team to Pittsburgh, Olsen will stay back in Charlotte to watch over his son's recovery from open-heart surgery. His son is reportedly doing well after undergoing the procedure earlier in the week, and if he continues to progress as expected, Olsen will rejoin the team next week and play in the regular-season opener against Tampa Bay. "A lot depends on his recovery status," Olsen said via text message Wednesday. "But he's doing well now, so hope that continues."
Derek Carr QB OAK 14 Hrs
Carr is expected to start and play well into the second half Thursday against the Seahawks, the Oakland Tribune reports.
Matt Schaub (elbow) has been ruled out for the Raiders' exhibition finale, though coach Dennis Allen has been adamant that Schaub will start the regular-season opener assuming his elbow is better and he gets in ample practice time leading up to the game. However, the report notes that Carr could "at the very least shorten the leash" with a strong performance against the vaunted Seattle defense. Carr completed 19-of-32 passes for 183 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the team's first two preseason games, before sitting out last week with a concussion and a rib injury.
James Harrison LB CIN 14 Hrs
Harrison is tentatively scheduled to take a physical for the Cardinals on Friday, Kent Somers of AZCentral.com reports.
This would certainly seem to suggest Harrison's visit with the Cardinals went well, though the report notes that it's not a foregone conclusion that a deal gets done. In his age-35 season, Harrison racked up just 16 tackles (14 solo) and two sacks in 15 games with the Bengals, but the fit with Arizona would make sense, as he's familiar with coach Bruce Arians and would help offset the losses of Daryl Washington (suspension) and Darnell Dockett (knee).
E. J. Manuel QB BUF 16 Hrs
Manuel is expected to see action during Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, BuffaloBills.com reports.
While a number of teams are sitting their top dog for the last preseason contest, Manuel could use the experience more than those guys and, in what's been a poor preseason for the second-year QB, needs to end with some positive vibe before facing a hostile crowd in Chicago for Week 1. The Bills also want to get newcomer Jordan Palmer a good look, and probably Jeff Tuel as well so they can decide who should be Manuel's top backup, so don't expect Manuel to play much more than a quarter, if that.
Josh Scobee K JAC 17 Hrs
Scobee (quad) is uncertain about his Week 1 status, the Florida Times-Union reports.
Kicker-punter Kasey Redfern is on the roster for now, but Scobee's status may still be cloudy when the Jags trim their roster later this week, so the situation will be worth monitoring in advance of Week 1 for those at all inclined to employ a Jacksonville kicker.
Jurrell Casey DL TEN 18 Hrs
Casey signed a four-year contract extension with the Titans on Wednesday.
Casey, who's entering his fourth season in the NFL, recorded 10.5 sacks for the Titans last season, the second-highest total by a defensive tackle in franchise history. He was named a second-team All-Pro in 2013, and figures to remain a crucial part of Tennessee's pass rush under new defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
Joique Bell RB DET 18 Hrs
Bell has 11 carries for 42 yards through the Lions' three preseason games thus far.
Bell's involvement has been fairly limited during the preseason, as the Lions rest their power back for the heavy lifting they'll require during the regular season. While Reggie Bush remains Detroit's No. 1 running back, Bell is close behind and among the league's best second-stringers. With 53 receptions and eight rushing touchdowns last season, Bell is especially useful in PPR leagues. Nonetheless, working in the Lions' high-powered offense should allow both Bush and Bell to prosper again this term.