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Jonathan Taylor IND RB
Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Could resume practicing Wednesday18m ago
The Colts plan to open the 21-day practice window Wednesday for Taylor (ankle), who is fully healthy after opening the season on the PUP list, Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network report.
Taylor, who underwent surgery on his right ankle in January, was placed on the PUP list Aug. 29, with the transaction coming just weeks after the star running back had put in a request to be traded. The Colts ended up initiating trade discussions toward the end of the preseason, but after finding no offers to its liking, Indianapolis has since held no recent talks with teams regarding a deal. According to Rapoport and Pelissero, multiple teams are still interested in swinging a trade for Taylor and signing him to a contract extension in line with the NFL's top backs, but for now, the Colts' focus is getting the 24-year-old back on the field. In recent weeks, Taylor has been conducting his rehab at the team's facility, so he presumably plans on practicing and playing with the Colts even though he prefers to be dealt elsewhere. If Taylor puts in full practices Wednesday through Friday, he could have a chance at making his season debut as soon as next Sunday against the Titans, though the Colts would have until Week 8 to add him to the 53-man roster.
Tyson Bagent CHI QB
Bears' Tyson Bagent: Moves up to second on depth chart38m ago
Bagent will be active as the Bears' No. 2 quarterback Sunday against the Broncos and is expected to serve as Justin Fields' top backup moving forward, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Rapoport notes that Bagent's move up the depth chart has nothing to do with Fields' standing with the organization amid an 0-3 start to the season; instead, the undrafted rookie has apparently made enough of an impression over his first four weeks of regular-season practices to jump veteran Nathan Peterman on the depth chart. Peterman remains on the 53-man roster but will likely be a healthy inactive for the foreseeable future so long as both Fields and Bagent are available.
Equanimeous St. Brown CHI WR
Bears' Equanimeous St. Brown: Set to dress in Week 443m ago
St. Brown is expected to be active for the first time this season in Sunday's game against the Broncos, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Meanwhile, No. 3 wideout Chase Claypool will be a healthy inactive Sunday after getting off to a poor start to the season in addition to intimating to reporters earlier this week that he's been frustrated with how he's been used through the Bears' first three games. Despite logging more than 50 percent of the snaps on offense in 12 of his 16 appearances with the Bears in 2022, St. Brown mustered an underwhelming 21-323-1 receiving line on 38 targets. While he likely won't provide an upgrade over Claypool from a pass-catching perspective, the big-bodied St. Brown is a willing and capable blocker and reportedly turned in a strong week of practice, according to Rapoport. It's unclear if the Bears plan on having St. Brown serve as a one-for-one replacement for Claypool, or if rookie Tyler Scott will also get the chance to see reps as a third receiver behind DJ Moore and Darnell Mooney.
Chase Claypool CHI WR
Bears' Chase Claypool: Headed for healthy scratch Sunday1h ago
Claypool is expected to be a healthy inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
It's been a precipitous fall down the depth chart for Claypool, whom the Bears acquired from the Steelers last November for the No. 32 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. After struggling to produce for the Bears following his acquisition last season, Claypool hasn't fared much better through the first three games of the current campaign. Despite playing more than 75 percent of the snaps on offensive in each of those contests, Claypool has compiled a 4-51-1 receiving line on 14 targets. His demotion comes after he intimated to reporters earlier this week that he didn't believe he had been a put in the best position to succeed, according to Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com. Equanimeous St. Brown is expected to be active for the first time all season while Claypool is on the sideline, though it's unclear whether St. Brown or rookie Tyler Scott will end up serving as the Bears' No. 3 wideout behind DJ Moore and Darnell Mooney.
Elijah Mitchell SF RB
49ers' Elijah Mitchell: Not expected to play Sunday1h ago
Mitchell (knee) isn't expected to play Sunday against the Cardinals, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Mitchell was deemed questionable for Sunday's 4:25 ET contest after being listed as a non-participant in Friday's practice due to a knee injury. In the event that he is indeed inactive, Jordan Mason would presumably be next up for complementary work behind top back Christian McCaffrey, with Tyrion Davis-Price on hand in reserve.
Tim Jones JAC WR
Jaguars' Tim Jones: Set to serve as No. 3 wideout1h ago
Jones is expected to serve as the Jaguars' No. 3 receiver in Sunday's game against the Falcons in London with Zay Jones (knee) and Jamal Agnew (quadricep) inactive for the contest, John Shipley of SI.com reports.
While Zay Jones was sidelined during the Week 3 loss to the Texans, Tim Jones and Agnew shared the No. 3 receiver role, with the former recording a 2-11-0 line on three targets over 24 snaps and the latter finishing with a 4-49-0 line on five targets over 39 snaps. Behind starters Calvin Ridley and Christian Kirk, the Jaguars have Jacob Harris and Parker Washington available as receiver depth, but the latter two have combined for just seven offensive snaps all season. With that in mind, Tim Jones should have a fairly clear path to seeing ample playing time, though he won't necessarily rank as a high-priority target in the passing game while sharing the field with Ridley, Kirk and tight end Evan Engram.
Jordan Wicks CHC SP
Cubs' Jordan Wicks: Struggles in short start4m ago
Wicks allowed six runs on six hits across 1.2 innings and did not factor into the decision Saturday against the Brewers. He walked one and struck out one.
Wicks allowed a pair of home runs and was yanked after tossing 44 pitches, but Chicago still managed to win 10-6. This was the young lefty's worst start of his rookie season, as he came into the contest having allowed only 11 earned runs across his first 33 innings. The poor outing pushed his ERA from 3.00 to 4.41, though it was still a promising debut for Wicks. He should have the inside track on a rotation spot to begin the 2024 season.
Spencer Strider ATL SP
Braves' Spencer Strider: Notches 20th win7m ago
Strider (20-5) earned the win Saturday, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks over five innings against the Nationals. He struck out seven.
Strider closed out the 2023 regular season on a high note Saturday, posting a quality start and fanning seven batters en route to his 20th win of the campaign. While the 24-year-old allowed three or more runs in five of his last six starts, Strider managed to finish 2023 with a 3.86 ERA and a 281:58 K:BB across 186.2 innings while leading the league in wins and strikeouts.
Yan Gomes CHC C
Cubs' Yan Gomes: Hits grand slam Saturday9m ago
Gomes went 1-for-3 with a walk, a grand slam and five total RBI in Saturday's win over the Brewers.
Gomes reached the 10-homer plateau in style, as he blasted a grand slam in the first inning to get the Cubs going. The veteran catcher has been a pleasant surprise this season, as his 63 RBI are his most since tallying a career-best 74 RBI back in 2014. It remains to be seen what the 36-year-old's role will be in 2024, though he appears to still have a little left in the tank based on this year's performance.
Akil Baddoo DET LF
Tigers' Akil Baddoo: Reaches four times, swipes bag9m ago
Baddoo went 1-for-1 with a triple, two RBI and a stolen base in Saturday's victory over Cleveland while also drawing three walks.
Baddoo walked and stole second in his first trip to the plate and later drove in two runs with a two-out triple in the bottom of the sixth to extend Detroit's lead. The left fielder would then add another two walks on the afternoon, giving him four free passes over his last two games. The stolen base was Baddoo's 13th of the season, with five of those coming in September, while the triple was the first in his 2023 campaign.
Patrick Wisdom CHC 3B
Cubs' Patrick Wisdom: Goes deep in win14m ago
Wisdom went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Brewers.
Wisdom also struck out twice in the contest, making this game a good representation of what the 32-year-old brings to the plate. He's batting .205 this season and has struck out nearly 37% of the time. Wisdom has struck out at least 34% of the time each of the last three seasons. His inability to make consistent contact limits his fantasy upside moving forward, as he seems ticketed for a part-time role where he provides some pop but little else.
Jorge Mateo BAL SS
Orioles' Jorge Mateo: Pair of runs off bench14m ago
Mateo went 0-for-1 with one RBI, two runs scored and two steals in Saturday's 5-2 victory over Boston.
While Mateo didn't start Saturday's game, he managed to make an impact after pinch running for Adley Rutschman in the seventh frame. The shortstop stole two bases and managed to cross home plate twice despite only receiving one at-bat. Mateo is now up to 32 pilfers on the year while slashing .218/.268/.341.
Reggie Bullock SA SF
Reggie Bullock: Parts ways with Spurs16h ago
The Spurs and Bullock agreed to a contract buyout Saturday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Bullock's buyout doesn't come as much of a surprise, as the 32-year-old forward doesn't fit the Spurs' rebuilding timeline. Bullock will enter the 2023-24 season as a free agent who provides quality perimeter defense and above-average outside shooting.
Draymond Green GS PF
Warriors' Draymond Green: Suffers ankle injury17h ago
Green sprained his left ankle earlier this week and is expected to be out for 3-6 weeks, Jason Dumas of Bleacher Report reports.
Green's ankle injury will likely keep him out for the entire preseason and could cause him to miss the Warriors' season opener on Oct. 24 against the Suns. Kevon Looney will likely start at center in his absence. With the Warriors thin in the frontcourt, Dario Saric, Trayce Jackson-Davis and Jonathan Kuminga could also receive increased minutes.
Kai Jones CHA PF
Hornets' Kai Jones: Away from team indefinitely19h ago
Jones will be away from the Hornets indefinitely due to personal reasons and has no timetable for his return, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
While it's unclear how long Jones will be away for, he is set to miss the team's training camp. The third-year big man averaged 3.4 points and 2.7 rebounds in 12.0 minutes across 46 games last season. The Hornets' first preseason game is scheduled for Oct. 10 against Miami.
Jayson Tatum BOS PF
Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Foregoes surgery20h ago
Tatum opted not to undergo surgery on his left wrist and instead got a cortisone shot earlier this offseason, and is now feeling "really good," Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com reports.
Tatum had been dealing with a left wrist injury throughout last postseason but appears to have fully recovered without surgery heading into the 2023-24 season. The superstar forward could see more primary ball-handling duties this year due to the departure of Marcus Smart.
Liam Robbins NBADRAFT C
Pelicans' Liam Robbins: Signs on for training camp23h ago
The Pelicans signed Robbins to a training camp contract Saturday.
Robbins went undrafted in the 2023 NBA Draft after averaging 15.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.2 blocks and 1.0 assists in his final season at Vanderbilt. If Robbins is unable to make the Pelicans' regular season roster, he will likely join the team's G League affiliate, the Birmingham Squadron.
Theo Maledon CHA PG
Hornets' Theo Maledon: Returning to Charlotte2d ago
Maledon agreed to a two-way contract with the Hornets on Friday, Rod Boone of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Maledon signed a two-way contract with the Hornets last October after being waived by the Rockets. He went on to appear in 44 NBA games, averaging 6.7 points, 3.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds. He excelled down the stretch, posting 14.8 points, 9.5 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks across the final six regular-season games (all starts). Those numbers came with numerous regulars sidelined, so fantasy managers shouldn't expect that type of production to start 2023-24. Maledon will open the season as a reserve behind LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier and is eligible to play in only 50 NBA games on his current deal.
Daniil Tarasov CLB G
Blue Jackets' Daniil Tarasov: Start of season in doubt8m ago
Tarasov (knee) may not be ready for the start of the regular season, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
The Blue Jackets were hoping Tarasov would be healthy enough to back up Elvis Merzlikins when games begin to count Oct. 12, but his uncertain status prompted the team to claim Spencer Martin off waivers from the Canucks. "We don't have a timeframe on Tarasov's injury right now; it's a work in progress," GM Jarmo Kekalainen said after making the claim. "We just wanted to make sure that we don't have to go into the season with not enough quality goaltenders who have experience and ability to play in the NHL." If Tarasov's absence does extend into the regular season, he could end up getting a rehab assignment at AHL Cleveland before rejoining the NHL roster.
Ville Husso DET G
Red Wings' Ville Husso: Snags win in preseason debut1h ago
Husso set aside 15 of 16 shots en route to a 5-2 preseason win over the Capitals on Saturday.
Husso looked sharp in his preseason debut, with the only damage against him coming in the form of a Dylan Strome power-play tally. Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said last week that Husso will manage a workload similar to what he endured last season, meaning the Finnish netminder figures to log between 55-58 starts. When he needs a breather during the regular season, James Reimer -- whom the Wings signed in free agency -- would be next in line to get the call as the No. 2 backstop.
Robby Fabbri DET C
Red Wings' Robby Fabbri: Avoids serious injury1h ago
Fabbri's upper-body injury from Saturday's 5-2 preseason win over the Capitals is not expected to keep him out long, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Fabbri has been a model for perseverance, opting to continue his career despite having to work past three ACL surgeries. "We're probably being a little cautious there," head coach Derek Lalonde said. "If he doesn't practice (Sunday), I think we'll expect him sometime early in the week to practice. I don't think it's anything long term." Last year, Fabbri managed a career-high shooting percentage (20) to go along with 16 points through 28 games before getting shut down in March.
David Reinbacher MON D
Canadiens' David Reinbacher: Loaned to Switzerland10h ago
Reinbacher was loaned to HC Kloten of Switzerland's National League on Saturday.
Reinbacher logged 16:27 of ice time while tallying one hit and one shot on goal in Saturday's preseason loss to Toronto. As expected, the 18-year-old blueliner will continue his development in Switzerland for the time being. He was selected fifth overall in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.
Robby Fabbri DET C
Red Wings' Robby Fabbri: Exits Saturday's game13h ago
Fabbri (upper body) left Saturday's preseason contest against the Capitals.
Fabbri logged an assist in 5:50 of ice time prior to exiting the game. It's unclear how long he's expected to be out, but the team may not thrust him back into action for Sunday's preseason game against Chicago. There should be an update on his status in the coming days.
Tobie Pacquette-Bisson LA D
Tobie Bisson: Cut loose from PTO16h ago
Montreal released Bisson from his professional tryout agreement Saturday and sent him to AHL Laval for training camp.
Bisson, who signed a one-year, AHL deal with the Rocket in July, had four goals and 16 points in 61 minor-league contests with Ontario last season. The 26-year-old defender doesn't have any NHL experience yet.