News: Thomas will get a second opinion before he decides to have finger surgery, the Florida Times-Union reports.
Impact: GM Dave Caldwell said Thomas would miss the first three games if he has surgery to repair a tendon in the finger her broke in mid-August. "My understanding is that if he does need it, it only pushes him back a couple of weeks in terms of his return time," Caldwell said. "He was going to be 50-50 for the opener. We would hope if everything went well it should be four weeks from the surgery where he'd be back to full strength."
News: Hilton is going through the NFL's concussion protocol.
Impact: The wideout was evaluated after Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, with the report noting that coach Chuck Pagano "expects Hilton to be okay." While that wording sounds vaguely encouraging, Hilton's status must now be monitored in advance of the Colts' Sept. 13 regular season opener against the Bills.
News: Bell (knee/Achilles) was activated from the PUP list Monday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Impact: After head coach Jim Caldwell relayed Sunday that the Lions would play Bell's activation from the PUP list "by ear," the 29-year-old running back was removed from the list just one day later. Bell's activity level will likely be capped off the bat, clouding his availability for Thursday's exhibition finale against the Bills. However, he can now embark upon regaining his standing as the Lions' No. 1 back, which has been held down by rookie Ameer Abdullah throughout the preseason.
News: Coach Jay Gruden confirmed Monday that Cousins will be Washington's starter at QB for the upcoming season, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Previous reports had relayed that Cousins was slated to start the team's regular-season opener against the Dolphins, but it's now been made clear that the assignment will stick beyond Week 1, with Gruden saying that Washington is "Kirk's team." Per Gruden, "when it's all said and done...we feel like at this time Kirk Cousins gives us the best chance to win." While Cousins now has a degree of job security, at least in the short term, the team remains in the process of deciding whether Robert Griffin or Colt McCoy will serve the Cousins' top backup.
News: According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the Bills plan to go with Taylor as their starting quarterback.
Impact: While the Bills have not yet publicly confirmed their Week 1 QB plans, it appears as though they will roll with Taylor, who had been competing with Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel for the assignment. From a fantasy perspective, Taylor is a speculative option, but his mobility adds a degree of intrigue/upside on that front.
News: Jackson was released by the Bills on Monday, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Jackson has been a long-term member of the Bills' backfield, but with both Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon available, he's now been cut loose. The veteran running back has shown the ability to produce on a yearly basis despite a limited role in the offense. While it's no guarantee, it seems likely Jackson will find work elsewhere as a secondary back. With him out of the picture in Buffalo, Dixon, Brown and Karlos Williams stand increased chances of earning both a roster spot and some playing time behind LeSean McCoy.
News: Veteran running back and respected team leader Fred Jackson has been released by the Buffalo Bills.
Impact: With nine seasons in Buffalo, the 34-year-old Jackson had been the second-longest serving active player and one of the team's most popular players among fans. The move came as a slight surprise, though Jackson's tenure was in question because of his age and the team's moves to restock its running backs this offseason.
News: The Denver Broncos have traded Clark to the Houston Texans for a 2016 seventh-round draft pick.
Impact: Clark, who started at left tackle in the Broncos' Super Bowl run in 2013, was supplanted at right tackle early this camp by Ryan Harris. He had been working as a backup to left tackle Ty Sambrailo in recent weeks.
News: Last-minute settlement talks between lawyers for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Brady have failed, leaving a judge to decide the fate of "Deflategate." Federal Judge Richard Berman announced at a conference in Manhattan on Monday that both sides tried hard to reach a deal during the morning but failed.
Impact: He says he expects to rule as early as Tuesday whether Brady must serve a four-game suspension to start the season for his role in using underinflated footballs during the playoffs last season.
Impact: Thomas was projected to be a long-term starter when he signed a four-year deal in 2013. But a torn right quad ended his 2013 season. He re-injured the quad during training camp in 2014 and was activated from the physically unable to perform list Friday.
News: Bryant has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The second-year player's appeal of the suspension was denied by the NFL on Monday.
Impact: Bryant became a key target for Ben Roethlisberger toward the end of the 2014 season, making 26 receptions for 549 yards and eight touchdowns. He was a fourth-round draft pick out of Clemson last year and was expected to be a strong complement to All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown.
News: The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded Scobee to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a sixth-round draft pick in 2016. The Steelers needed a kicker after losing Shaun Suisham (knee) and then Graham Hartley (hamstring) to preseason injuries.
Impact: Scobee was the longest-tenured player on Jacksonville's roster, having joined the franchise as a fifth-round draft pick in 2004. He is in the final year of his contract, which pays him $3.425 million. Scobee has appeared in 168 regular-season games and connected on 235 of 291 field-goal attempts (80.8 percent) and 317 of 322 extra points. Among active kickers, Scobee ranks eighth in field goals made and ninth in points.
News: Murphy had his best all-around showing in the preseason in a 27-13 loss to Houston on Sunday.
Impact: The seventh-round pick made three receptions for a team-best 67 yards, including a gain of 41 on one play. He also rushed eight times for 43 yards and had a long punt return called back because of a penalty. Murphy had one catch for eight yards in his first two preseason games and six yards on four carries.
News: The Carolina Panthers have acquired Norwood from Seattle for an undisclosed 2017 draft choice.
Impact: Carolina has been searching for answers at wide receiver with Kelvin Benjamin out for the season. Norwood, a fourth-round pick in 2014, played in nine games as a rookie and started two. He had nine receptions for 102 yards for the NFC champions.
News: Colts coach Chuck Pagano says Jones is getting a second opinion on his injured left ankle. Jones was injured on the first defensive series Saturday night at St. Louis and left the locker room in a walking boot. Pagano said Monday that the team was still waiting for additional information.
Impact: The 6-foot-3, 320-pound tackle was Indy's prized free agent signing in 2014. But a right ankle injury cost Jones seven games and he wound up with only 15 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks last season.
News: The Washington Redskins have made a quarterback change: Kirk Cousins will be the starter this season, not Griffin.
Impact: Griffin, who has struggled since tearing his right ACL and MCL in a January 2013 playoff loss to Seattle, was slated to start last Saturday's preseason game at Baltimore before being scratched the previous day in the wake of a concussion suffered on Aug. 20 against Detroit.
News: Richardson will be back in court in Missouri on Oct. 5 after his attorney entered a plea of not guilty to resisting arrest and traffic charges. A spokeswoman for the St. Charles County prosecutor's office says it is uncertain if a trial date will be set at the October hearing. All five charges are misdemeanors.
Impact: The former University of Missouri star is accused of driving his 2014 Bentley Silver Spur at speeds up to 143 mph on July 14. Police say he had a loaded semi-automatic handgun under a floor mat on the driver's side, and a 12-year-old male relative was among three passengers.
News: The Lions have cut the injury-plagued Broyles.
Impact: Broyles, the Lions' second-round pick in 2012, suffered major injuries in each of his first two seasons. After tearing his left ACL as a senior at Oklahoma, the receiver tore his right one in his rookie campaign with Detroit. Broyles then ruptured his Achilles tendon. He had 22 catches for 310 yards and his only two NFL touchdowns in 2012, but has totaled 10 receptions and 110 yards in the past two seasons.
News: Winston has a sprained ankle that the rookie quarterback and Tampa Bay Buccaneers say is not a major concern.
Impact: Winston twisted his right ankle during the Bucs' second preseason game on Aug. 24. The injury has not kept the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft off the field. In addition to playing into the third quarter of last weekend's 31-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns, Winston continues to practice. Coach Lovie Smith has been noncommittal about how much, if any, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner and the rest of Tampa Bay's regulars might play in Thursday's night preseason finale.
News: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sent Wright to Detroit for rookie kicker Kyle Brindza.
Impact: This is the second straight summer that the Bucs have traded Wright, a third-year pro who won a Super Bowl with New England last season. The tight end was dealt to the Patriots last August in the trade that brought guard Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay. Wright re-signed with the Bucs after being waived by New England this offseason. He had 26 receptions for 259 yards and six touchdowns for the Patriots in 2014.
News: Williams says he "definitely" plans to play in the New York Jets' regular-season opener in two weeks. The defensive lineman strained a muscle in his right knee in the first half of the Jets' 28-18 preseason victory over the Giants on Saturday night. An MRI exam on Sunday revealed no cartilage damage to the knee, relieving Williams and anxious Jets fans who feared the worst for the No. 6 overall pick out of Southern California.
Impact: Williams says he was told by doctors that recovery should take about five to seven days, and he expects to be able to practice sometime next week.
News: Alexander was among the 11 players released by Arizona on Monday.
Impact: The 32-year-old Alexander has played nine seasons in the NFL, the first seven with Washington. He was team captain for the Cardinals' special teams the past two seasons and made the Pro Bowl as a special teams player for Washington in 2012.
News: Zastudil was among the 11 players released by Arizona on Monday.
Impact: Zastudil, who turns 37 in October, missed all but two games last season with a groin injury, his 12th NFL season and fourth with Arizona. He lost his job to Drew Butler, who came to the team as a free agent after Zastudil was hurt.
News: Romo practiced Monday, with his left eye looking better after his second bout with a sty that kept him out of practice for a day early in training camp a month ago.
Impact: He doesn't figure to miss any important action with the minor infection, particularly considering he once finished a game with cracked ribs and a punctured lung. But it has become something of a curiosity.