The Falcons have claimed Danny Etling off waivers.
Atlanta is thin at quarterback after Kurt Benkert was placed on injured reserve with a toe injury, so expect Etling—who worked some at receiver with the Patriots earlier this summer—to work mostly with the quarterbacks for the Falcons. Etling does not need to be owned in dynasty leagues at the moment.
Kenyan Drake might not be ready for Week 1.
Dolphins head coach Brian Flores says that Drake, who was seen in a walking boot and not practicing this morning, will be out a while. However, the team is hopeful that Drake is ready for the season opener, so it sounds like the injury isn’t too serious. Drake will almost certainly not play again this preseason, so second-year running back Kalen Ballage will handle most of the first-team reps and is probably a good bet to start for Miami in Week 1. We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available on Drake’s exact injury and return timetable.
Derrick Henry (calf) is running and making cuts.
It was reported that Henry was expected to miss about two weeks with his calf injury, and he’s right around that mark now, so it’s a great sign that he’s running and making cuts despite not yet returning to practice. The Titans are going to take things slow with their monstrous running back to ensure he’s ready for the regular season, but it’d still be nice to see him back out there at full strength soon. Ideally, he’ll return to practice after Tennessee’s second preseason game this Saturday night.
Kenyan Drake is in a walking boot.
Drake left yesterday’s practice, and a walking boot isn’t a great sign. Hopefully this is just a precaution and Drake is just day-to-day, but more information should become available soon. Kalen Ballage would get a boost and might become Miami’s clear starter if this is a multi-week injury for Drake.
The Colts no longer believe Andrew Luck’s leg injury is a bone issue.
On a conference call with reporters, general manager Chris Ballard said, “the front of the ankle (high ankle-ish) needs to be addressed.” So basically, the mystery continues in regards to the superstar quarterback’s health, and it’s unclear whether or not “addressed” could mean surgery. Hopefully the injury heals in time for the opener by Luck continuing to simply rest, but early drafters may want to downgrade him to at least the bottom of the top five at the position.
Amari Cooper is dealing with a foot injury.
Cooper has been banged up all summer, and this isn’t thought to be a huge deal as the Cowboys will take things slow with their star receiver during the summer. However, Cooper is dealing with a plantar fascia irritation, according to Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan; but Fisher adds that a source tells him the “bottom line” is that Cooper will be fine and it is not a long-term issue. Also keep in mind that Cooper played through a plantar fascia issue during his stellar rookie year when he had 1,070 receiving yards. Don’t expect Cooper to play in the preseason, but we expect he’ll be ready to go for Week 1.
The Seahawks waived Tyrone Swoopes off injured reserve.
Swoopes was previously waived but landed on Seattle’s injured reserve after going unclaimed. Now he’ll become a free agent after coming to an injury settlement with the Seahawks to get off their injured reserve. Swoopes could potentially return to the Seahawks in the future.
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