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Jimmy Graham’s status for Week One to be determined “late next week”

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Tight end Jimmy Graham #88 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against the Chicago Bears at CenturyLink Field on September 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Tight end Jimmy Graham won’t be in the lineup for the Seahawks on Thursday when they close the preseason against the Raiders, but the fourth week of the preseason has never been the date on people’s minds when it comes to Graham’s return to game action.

Week One against the Dolphins is the date that everyone has been watching and there’s still no answer from the team about whether Graham will play. Coach Pete Carroll was typically upbeat on Wednesday, but said a determination won’t be made for another week or so.

“Jimmy has been practicing full-go, and we’re thrilled about it,” Carroll said, via the team’s website. “He is too, he has had a lot of fun being back out with the fellas and all. He had a full week of practice, he’ll have another full week of practice, and we’ll just keep taking it day-to-day. … We won’t know until late next week.”

Taking Graham off the physically unable to perform list is a good sign that the Seahawks expect to have Graham in the lineup in the first few weeks of the season, but there’s not much to gain from pushing for the first of 16 games if it creates undue risk about the next 15 on the schedule.

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Vikings officially place Teddy Bridgewater on injured reserve

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 12:  Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images) Getty Images

When the Vikings announced the extent of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury on Tuesday, they didn’t say that Bridgewater’s season was over even though his torn ACL and dislocated knee made it all but certain.

The Vikings have now gone ahead and made it official. The team announced on Wednesday afternoon that Bridgewater has been placed on injured reserve. While teams can hold off on designating a player to return thanks to a rule change this season, the player must be placed on IR after the cut to 53 players so Bridgewater will spend the foreseeable future rehabbing with 2017 in his sights.

Minnesota also formally announced the expected return of Brad Sorensen to the quarterback room. Sorensen was waived this week, but reports after Tuesday’s injury indicated he would come back if he cleared waivers.

Sorensen joins Shaun Hill and rookie Joel Stave on the active roster while Taylor Heinicke remains on the non-football injury list after hurting his foot while kicking a door.

The Vikings also placed defensive lineman Scott Crichton and defensive back Antone Exum on injured reserve after they passed through waivers unclaimed.

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Pete Carroll: “Many scenarios” where Brandon Browner could return

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 08:  Brandon Browner #39 of the Seattle Seahawks lines up against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 8, 2013 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Seahawks ended Brandon Browner’s second stint with the team when they released him this week, but coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that there could be a third tour of duty at some point.

Seattle was working to convert Browner from cornerback to safety after bringing him back this offseason. Carroll said Wednesday that the team “ran out of time getting him ready” and that it was tough to keep him on the roster given the presence of other players who were ready to fill the safety jobs.

“He could play for us, which he did in games,” Carroll said, via the Seattle Times. “But I think there was still aways to go and I thought in respect to him, give him more time to find a place with somebody else. There are many scenarios where we would ask him to come back, so we left with that exchange. I love that guy and his competitiveness and toughness and all of that. But it was a big request. We weren’t making him play safety and faking it we needed him to play to be on the roster and help us and the other guys were just ahead of him.”

Browner didn’t look too good at cornerback in New Orleans last season, which is a stumbling block to finding work at that position with another team and, given where we are in the calendar, a continued transition to safety is going to be difficult. That may leave him available should the Seahawks’ needs change, although it seems clear they think they’re better off without Browner in the secondary this year.

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Report: K’Waun Williams fails physical with Bears

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 11:  Defensive back K'Waun Williams #36 of the Cleveland Browns looks on against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Bears claimed cornerback K’Waun Williams off of waivers on Tuesday, although his addition to the roster was contingent on passing a physical.

That wasn’t a sure thing given the ankle injury that led to Williams’ suspension and eventual departure from the Browns. The same issue appears to have put the kibosh on his chance with the Bears.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that Williams failed his physical with the team on Wednesday and the waiver claim will not be going forward. That doesn’t come as a major surprise since Williams’ agent said that his client needs to have surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankle before he’ll be ready to play. The Browns felt otherwise, leading to the suspension for violating team rules by not participating in practice or the team’s first preseason game.

The Bears will now have to look elsewhere for help at cornerback, which is a particular need right now with Kyle Fuller out after knee surgery, Tracy Porter sidelined by a concussion and Bryce Callahan fighting a hamstring problem.

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Tom Brady to be honorary captain at Michigan game during suspension

ANN ARBOR, MI - FEBRUARY  3:  Tom Brady, former Michigan Wolverine and current NFL quarterback talks with Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines during the Michigan Signing of the Stars event at Hill Auditorium on February 3, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) Getty Images

Tom Brady won’t be allowed to attend practices, have contact with Patriots personnel or go to Patriots games during his four-game suspension to open the 2016 season, but the quarterback won’t be totally away from the game of football during his time off.

During an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show Wednesday, University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said that Brady will be the team’s honorary captain for their September 17 game against the University of Colorado in Ann Arbor. Brady played for Michigan from 1995-1999 and made a trip to talk to players when Brady Hoke was still head coach as well as taking part in the signing day extravaganza that Harbaugh put together earlier this year.

Brady is expected to lead the team onto the field at the start of the game and speak with the players at some point before Saturday’s kickoff.

He’s not the only big name slated to serve as an honorary captain this year. Michael Jordan, whose Jordan Brand now makes Michigan’s uniforms, will do the duties this Saturday against Hawaii and Hank Aaron is scheduled for the team’s game against Illinois later in the year.

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Report: Sean Lee has chance to earn $2 million bonus he missed in 2015

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 13:  Sean Lee #50 of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on September 13, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Getty Images

Coming into the final week of the 2015 season, Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee had played more than 80 percent of the team’s defensive snaps which put him in line for a $2 million bonus at the end of the year.

Lee missed the final game of the year due to a hamstring injury and dropped below the 80 percent threshold needed to attain the bonus, which NFL rules made it impossible for the Cowboys to give him anyway. Lee made the call to sit out the game and the Cowboys have now reportedly come up with a way for him to have a chance at getting the money.

Don Banks, who was with SI.com until a recent parting of ways, reports that the Cowboys have given Lee a weekly roster bonus of $125,000 that will leave him with an extra $2 million in the event he plays all 16 games this year.

Lee’s been dealing with a knee problem that required an MRI this week and his overall injury history suggests that seeing the entire $2 million will be a stretch, but the Cowboys defense will be in better shape if things go the other way and the gesture is one that will be appreciated all the same.

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Myles Jack moving to weakside linebacker this week

Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Myles Jack, right, tackles Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, left, during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton) AP

The Jaguars have been using second-round pick Myles Jack as a middle linebacker this summer with the prevailing thought being that he’ll take over for Paul Posluszny on a permanent basis at some point down the line.

Jacksonville is giving Jack something different to do this week, however. Jack will play weakside linebacker against the Falcons in place of Telvin Smith, something he said “simplifies my world” because he doesn’t have the same responsibility for making calls and adjustments for the rest of the defense.

“I’d say the toughest part is to transition my mind because I’ve been playing Mike [middle linebacker] this entire time,” Jack said, via ESPN.com. “It’s all I’ve been honed in on, so now I’ve got to adapt and figure out the Will [weakside linebacker] spot. It’s not much of a difference. I’ve just got to open up my mind and see the bigger picture. I’ll just try to really focus on my mental reps and watch film and watch how Telvin does the position and see his issues and how he plays and try to learn from that.”

Smith has had problems in pass coverage, which is an area where Jack did well while at UCLA, so he could see more time at the spot if Posluszny plays well and Jack shows well in his transition to the new position.

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Mike McCoy: Joey Bosa looked “ready to roll” in first practice

San Diego Chargers' Joey Bosa works out at his first practice since agreeing to a four year contract, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) AP

The Chargers finally got defensive end Joey Bosa back onto the practice field on Tuesday, a day after Bosa ended his long contract stalemate with the team and signed his four-year rookie deal.

Tuesday’s workout was just a walkthrough, so there was a limit to how much Bosa was able to do on the field. Coach Mike McCoy said after the workout that he was happy with Bosa’s condition and energy after being away from the team since OTAs came to an end.

“It was great to get him here,” McCoy said, via the team’s website. “We couldn’t wait to get him here, and he looked as expected, in shape, ready to roll. [He’s] a guy who loves to play. The energy, the passion he comes to work with every day. He was that way all day yesterday either in the weight room, in the meetings [or] no matter where it was.  You go out there and see it when he goes through individual drills. He looked like the way he did when he left.”

Bosa said he plans to spend extra time with coaches during upcoming practices in hopes of getting “back in the rhythm of things” after his long absence from practice. That may be a while for a player who hasn’t been in pads since his last game at Ohio State, but getting the process started was an important step after so much waiting this summer.

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Saints expected to put Damian Swann on injured reserve

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 01: Damian Swann #27 of the New Orleans Saints warms up before his team took on the New York Giants during their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Saints are adding linebacker Paul Kruger to their defensive mix, but they are also losing another player on that side of the ball.

Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate was the first to report that cornerback Damian Swann will be heading to injured reserve. Swann has missed time recently and went to see Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia earlier this week for an examination. Meyers is a specialist in core muscle injuries, but there’s no word on the exact injury and Adam Caplan of ESPN reports he doesn’t need surgery.

Swann was a fifth-round pick in 2015 and made two starts in seven appearances during a rookie season interrupted by three concussions. He had 22 tackles and four passes defensed over the course of the year.

The Saints cut Keenan Lewis earlier this summer and losing Swann would leave them with P.J. Williams, Delvin Breaux and Cortland Finnegan at the top of the depth chart and undrafted rookies De’Vante Harris and Ken Crawley behind them. That may leave the Saints scouring the discard piles this weekend for more help at the position.

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Falcons put rookie WR Devin Fuller on injured reserve

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Devin Fuller carries the ball during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard) AP

Falcons seventh-round pick Devin Fuller made it through the cut to 75 players, but the wide receiver won’t be on Atlanta’s 53-man roster this season.

The Falcons placed Fuller on injured reserve Wednesday, ending his first NFL season before the official start of his first NFL season. Fuller injured his shoulder against the Dolphins last week.

Fuller had had five catches for 66 yards and a touchdown in his three preseason appearances and also saw time as a returner on both punts and kickoffs. J.D. McKissic looked like the choice on kickoff returns even before Fuller’s injury thanks to a 101-yard return for a touchdown against the Redskins.

The Falcons brought fullback Will Ratelle back to the roster to fill Fuller’s spot, although his chances of making it past Saturday don’t look good after he was released earlier this week.

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Ravens may go with all-rookie left side of offensive line

Baltimore Ravens tackle Ronnie Stanley signs autographs for members of the military after NFL football training camp in Owings Mills, Md., Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) AP

The last time a team started rookies at left tackle and left guard in the first week of the regular season was in 1995 when the Panthers did it in their first game as an NFL franchise.

The Baltimore Ravens didn’t exist at that point, but they may be going the all-rookie route this season. First-round pick Ronnie Stanley is definitely starting at left tackle and fourth-round pick Alex Lewis may be next to him at guard. John Urschel looked like the choice for that position, but he’s been out with a contusion since the first preseason game.

Coach John Harbaugh said that he has been “really impressed” by Lewis’ play and that going young on the left side is a real consideration.

“That is a great question,” Harbaugh said, via ESPN.com. “We probably are considering that right now, but we haven’t had that discussion yet, just because John hasn’t been out there. That is something we have to consider.”

If the Ravens do go the rookie route up front, they’ll hope for better results than the nine sacks the Panthers allowed in the 1995 opener and that the Stanley-Lewis pairing can be foundation pieces on the line for a long run.

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Report: Saints signing Paul Kruger

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger (99) rushes the passer against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL football game, in Cleveland. The Browns have released linebacker Paul Kruger, a startling move in another step in the team's youth movement.
Kruger started 46 games and made 18 sacks in three seasons for Cleveland and was considered one of the team's leaders. At left is 49ers' Erik Pears (71). (AP Photo/David Richard, File) AP

The Saints finished Tuesday with 74 players on their roster, but it looks like they’ll be topped up at 75 soon.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Saints will sign linebacker Paul Kruger. Kruger visited with the Saints on Tuesday after being released by the Browns and also drew interest from the Chiefs, although they’ll have to look elsewhere for help filling in for Justin Houston.

The Saints were bidders for Kruger before he signed with Cleveland in 2013 and pass rushing help has been a consistent need in New Orleans over the years. This year’s push for it intensified after they lost Hau’oli Kikaha to a torn ACL in the spring and the team’s play in the preseason has done little to suggest that they had the right pieces on hand.

That’s why Kruger is reportedly coming to town and why the team traded for Chris McCain this week. They’ll try to get both players integrated into the defense in time to put pressure on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr come Week One.

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Parcells to Zimmer: This isn’t a situation where success is impossible

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 28: Head coach Mike Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings looks on from the sidelines pregame against the San Diego Chargers at US Bank stadium on August 28, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Getty Images

When Vikings coach Mike Zimmer met with the media after quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury in Tuesday’s practice, he mentioned that he’d spoken to his former boss Bill Parcells after Bridgewater got hurt and before he spoke to the media.

Zimmer’s main message was that the Vikings will figure out a way to move forward without Bridgewater, something that Parcells told Peter King of TheMMQB.com was a big part of their conversation. Parcells said that Zimmer is resolute and determined, two things that he’ll need to be now that he’s “driving the train” with “100 sets of eyes” on him while he tries to move the team forward without their quarterback.

Parcells said he told Zimmer that “there are situations that won’t allow you to succeed,” but that this isn’t one of them. He recalled the need to turn to Jeff Hostetler in 1990 after Phil Simms was injured after a great start to the season and said the Giants figured out “ways to win those games” all the way up to a Super Bowl victory over the Bills. He believes the Vikings have the same potential and told Zimmer it’s up to him to figure it out.

“I told him, ‘The first thing you need to know is this: Everyone in the organization, and that includes some of the players and the coaches, are going to think they have an excuse now,'” Parcells said. “Once the shock is over, probably 48 hours from now, they’re all gonna come to you and look at you and say, ‘What are you gonna do?’ Because you’re charged with winning games now, no matter what you have on your team. You need to figure out what works — what recipe works. And tomorrow morning, once the shock wears off, nobody’s gonna give a s—. It’s his problem. He’s gotta figure out how to win now.”

Things didn’t always work out as well for Parcells as it did with Hostetler. In 1999 with the Jets, Parcells had a good team coming back from an AFC title game loss to the Broncos but quarterback Vinny Testaverde tore his Achilles early in the season opener. The Jets turned to Rick Mirer during a 1-6 start that sank their hopes of contending in Parcells’ final year as the team’s coach.

Zimmer’s task will be to avoid similar results and he has a little more than a week to put the pieces in place for Tennessee.

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Adam Gase: DeVante Parker has to learn “how to push through certain kinds of pain”

Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) loses his footing as he tries to get away from Atlanta Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal (22) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) AP

The Dolphins will play without wide receiver DeVante Parker on Thursday night after Parker hurt his hamstring during Monday’s practice.

It’s not the first time Parker’s hamstring has forced him off the field this summer and a foot injury hindered the 2015 first-round pick for most of his rookie season. On Tuesday, Dolphins coach Adam Gase referenced Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas overcoming injury issues early in his career and said Parker needs to do “all the little things” needed during the week to make sure that you’re able to go on Sunday.

“Sometimes it takes some guys more time to learn more than others,” Gase said, via the Miami Herald. “Eventually you get tired of being the guy standing on the sideline. I do think he’s a little frustrated. He’s been the odd man out all the time. Eventually … he will know how to push through certain kinds of pain.”

Jarvis Landry remains the top target in the Miami passing game, but the preseason has seen Ryan Tannehill look for Kenny Stills more often than Parker. The absences from practice may play a role in that, which gives Parker more incentive to figure out a way to remain on the field as much as possible in the weeks and months to come.

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Jared Goff has “50-50 chance” to start Thursday

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) is pressured by Denver Broncos outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (48) and defensive end Jared Crick (93) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) AP

The Rams close out their preseason against the Vikings on Thursday and it’s fair to say that Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury has made Minnesota’s quarterback situation the bigger story heading into the game.

While the Vikings sort out their plan to move forward without Bridgewater, the Rams have a decision to make as well. They haven’t picked a starter for the game yet and coach Jeff Fisher said there’s a “50-50 chance” it will be rookie Jared Goff.

The other option would be Case Keenum, although he’s almost certainly starting Week One and teams often give their starters the night off in the final preseason game. Goff, who feels he’s made “really good strides” this summer, would like that chance.

“It would be great,” Goff said, via the Los Angeles Times. “It’s something I’m more used to, kind of getting out there and going in right away instead of trying to warm up again on the sidelines. Whatever it is, I’ll be ready.”

If Goff does start, it will be the first time he’s started this preseason and that illustrates the lack of a quarterback competition in the team’s first summer back in Los Angeles. Keenum has turned in solid work in the first three games while Goff has had enough of the expected rookie ups and downs that a push for the No. 1 job never really materialized.

That could change if the regular season is less kind to Keenum, but, for now, Thursday looks like Goff’s best chance to start in the near future.

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