Rob Gronkowski TE NE 2 Hrs

Gronkowski (knee), who has been participating 11-on-11 drills, is not expected to play Friday against the Panthers, ESPN.com reports.

At this stage, it would be no surprise if Gronkowski does not see any preseason game reps, though an absence of setbacks, coupled with his incremental progress, continues to offer encouragement with regard to his potential chances of suiting up in the Patriots' season opener.

Brandon Gibson WR MIA 2 Hrs

Gibson is expected to be the Dolphins starting slot receiver when the season begins, according to the Miami Herald.

This is the same role Gibson occupied last season before blowing out his patellar tendon versus the Patriots. Gibson could be a useful cog in the Miami offense should quarterback Ryan Tannehill be ready to take that next step in his development.

Daniel Thomas RB MIA 2 Hrs

Thomas (hamstring) is unlikely to play Saturday against the Cowboys, the Palm Beach Post reports.

On the plus side, the Dolphins expect Thomas to be available for the team's preseason finale next Thursday. A solid effort in that contest would no doubt go a long way toward helping Thomas cement a spot in the Miami backfield, but either way, he's decidedly behind both Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno in the Dolphins' RB pecking order.

Jalil Brown DB MIA 2 Hrs

Brown was waived/injured by the Dolphins on Friday, according to the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley.

NFL teams need to get down to 75 players after this weekend's games so this is just one move of many for the Dolphins.

Darqueze Dennard DB CIN 3 Hrs

Dennard (hip) probably won't play in the Bengals' third preseason game to prevent an unneeded risk for reinjury.

Dennard expects to be ready for the team's regular season opener, but preseason time will likely be sacrificed to ensure his availability. He should serve as depth at cornerback and also on special teams for the Bengals when he returns to full health.

Knowshon Moreno RB MIA 3 Hrs

Moreno (knee) is in line to make his preseason debut Saturday against the Cowboys, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Moreno, who is bouncing back from an arthroscopic procedure on his knee in June, returned to practice last week and is now poised to return to game action. In his absence, Moreno lost some ground to Lamar Miller in the team's starting running back equation, but assuming no setbacks, there's still time for Moreno to advance his case for a significant role in the team's backfield (in tandem with Miller) out of the gate.

Vontaze Burfict LB CIN 3 Hrs

Burfict didn't practice for the third straight day Friday with a "stomach bug".

Burfict supposedly signed a four-year deal with the team, but the team hasn't released the news yet, indicating the deal may not have been finalized. The bug could cause him to miss the team's third preseason game, but it shouldn't effect his availability for the regular season unless it develops into something worse.

Donald Stephenson KC 3 Hrs

Stephenson has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, ESPN.com reports.

With Stephenson -- who had been in line to start at right tackle for the Chiefs -- now out of the team's early-season mix, Ryan Harris, Jeff Linkenbach and Jeff Allen are the leading candidates to fill in for him. In any case, his upcoming absence represents a significant short-term hit to the team's O-line, a unit that has been struggling of late to begin with.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB CIN 3 Hrs

Green-Ellis missed practice Friday with a hip issue, the Bengals' official site reports.

At this stage, there is nothing to suggest that Green-Ellis' hip injury is a major concern, but it is something that clouds his availability for Sunday's preseason contest against the Cardinals.

Michael Egnew TE MIA 3 Hrs

Egnew will be cut by the Dolphins, the Miami Herald reports.

Given that Egnew was a third-round draft pick in 2012, he figures to catch on elsewhere, with his departure paving the way for Arthur Lynch, Gator Hoskins, Brett Brackett, Kyle Miller and Evan Wilson to jostle for TE slotting in Miami behind top options Charles Clay and Dion Sims.