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|8/31/2016||Devin Fuller, Atl, WR|
|The Atlanta Falcons placed Fuller on injured reserve Wednesday and brought back fullback Will Ratelle. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Monday that Fuller may need surgery to repair a shoulder injury. Fuller injured his shoulder in the third preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.
Analysis: Fuller was selected by the Falcons in the seventh round of the draft out of UCLA. In three preseason games, he caught five passes for 66 yards and one touchdown.
|8/31/2016||Paul Kruger, Cle, LB|
|A person familiar with the deal says the New Orleans Saints and Kruger have agreed to contract terms, two days after the veteran was surprisingly released by the Cleveland Browns.
Analysis: Kruger has started 46 games for Cleveland in the past three seasons, during which he's had 18 sacks, including a career-high 11 in 2014. Last season, however, he was credited with 27 tackles, his fewest since 2011, and 2 1/2 sacks, his fewest since 2010. When he was released earlier this week, Kruger said the Browns made "absolutely the wrong decision."
|8/30/2016||Shaq Lawson, Buf, DE|
|Lawson was placed on the PUP list, meaning he'll miss at least the first six weeks following spring shoulder surgery.
Analysis: "We're definitely optimistic," coach Rex Ryan told the Buffalo News. "He's doing a great job. He's working extremely hard, so we're confident that at some point, we feel great that he will be back and contributing at some point during the year."
|8/30/2016||Ladarius Green, Pit, TE|
|The Steelers have placed Green on the PUP list, meaning he'll miss at least the first six weeks of the season.
Analysis: Green was signed as a free agent to replace the retired Heath Miller and was expected to be a big factor in the passing game. Jesse James now becomes the starter.
|8/30/2016||Bruce Ellington, SF, WR|
|Ellington was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season a few days after he suffered a hamstring injury in the team’s game against the Packers
Analysis: Ellington had one catch in the preseason while also serving as a kick and punt returner. The 2014 fourth-round pick had 19 catches for 215 yards in his first two seasons and appeared to be on track for a significant role on offense this season.
|8/30/2016||Teddy Bridgewater, Min, QB|
|Bridgewater suffered a dislocated left knee and complete tear to his ACL in a freak practice injury Tuesday.
Analysis: The Vikings made the announcement on Tuesday night, hours after Bridgewater was taken from the practice field in an ambulance to a local hospital. The injury to one of the team's most popular players left a franchise that entered the season with designs on a Super Bowl run shaken to the core. Head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman says Bridgewater also suffered other structural damage to his knee, but there appears to be no nerve or arterial damage.
|8/30/2016||Josh Mauga, KC, LB|
|The Chiefs placed Mauga on injured reserve Tuesday.
Analysis: Mauga tore the labrum in his hip in early August. He has 181 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks and three interceptions in 59 career games with the Jets and Chiefs.
|8/30/2016||Justin Houston, KC, LB|
|The Chiefs placed Houston on the physically unable to perform list Tuesday.
Analysis: Houston is still recovering from surgery in February to repair a non-functioning ACL in his left knee. He will continue his rehab and be evaluated by Dr. James Andrews during the Chiefs' bye week in early October with the hope that he will play at some point this season.
|8/30/2016||Kemal Ishmael, Atl, S|
|The Atlanta Falcons still expect Ishmael will open the season as the fill-in starter at strong safety even though he'll miss his third straight preseason game this week.
Analysis: Coach Dan Quinn said Tuesday Ishmael won't play in Thursday night's final preseason game against Jacksonville. Ishmael, returning from a shoulder sprain, practiced on Monday and Tuesday but won't be able to replace injured rookie starter Keanu Neal this week as had been hoped. Neal is expected to miss at least the first two regular-season games after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Monday.
|8/30/2016||Lorenzo Taliaferro, Bal, RB|
|Taliaferro (foot) was put on the physically unable to perform list Tuesday, meaning he will miss the first six weeks of the season.
Analysis: Taliaferro appeared in just three games last season after rushing 68 times for 292 yards and four TDs in 13 games as a rookie in 2014.
|8/30/2016||Lerentee McCray, Buf, LB|
|The Bills acquired McCray from the Packers on Tuesday for an undisclosed pick in the 2018 draft.
Analysis: McCray spent his first two seasons with Denver before signing with Green Bay this past offseason. He was used mostly on special teams in 24 games with the Broncos. The Bills have lacked depth at outside linebacker. Rookie first-round pick Shaq Lawson had shoulder surgery in May and will miss at least the first month of the season. Backup IK Enempkali sustained a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago.
|8/30/2016||Zach Vigil, Mia, LB|
|Vigil, who is recovering from a back injury, was placed on the non-football injury list Tuesday. He's ineligible for the first six games of the season.
Analysis: Vigil appeared in all 16 games for Miami as a rookie last season, making 11 tackles.
|8/30/2016||Dion Jordan, Mia, DE|
|Jordan has been placed on the reserve non-football injury list, meaning he's ineligible for the first six games of the season.
Analysis: The move was expected after Jordan, the No. 3 overall draft pick in 2013, underwent minor knee surgery in late July. He received conditional reinstatement from the NFL last month following a 15-month suspension for his latest violation of the league's substance abuse policy, and has been taking part in team meetings. The underachieving Jordan has played in only 26 games with one start and three sacks.
|8/30/2016||Hroniss Grasu, Chi, C|
|Grasu (torn ACL) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
Analysis: The Bears were counting on the second-year pro to solidify the center spot before he suffered the injury in a training camp practice.
|8/30/2016||Bjoern Werner, Jax, LB|
|The Jaguars waived Werner on Tuesday.
Analysis: The 24th overall selection in the 2013 draft by Indianapolis, Werner signed with Jacksonville in May. He had one sack in three preseason games with the Jaguars.
|8/30/2016||James Sample, Jax, S|
|Sample (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
Analysis: A fourth-round pick in 2015, Sample appeared in just four games in 2015 due to a forearm injury.
|8/30/2016||Brandon Pettigrew, Det, TE|
|Pettigrew was placed on the reserve/PUP list Tuesday. He is required to sit out the first six weeks of the season.
Analysis: Pettigrew tore his left ACL late last year and finished the season with only seven catches. He's entering his eighth season with the Lions. Pettigrew caught 83 passes for the Lions in 2011, but the former first-round draft pick has only 17 catches over the past two seasons.
|8/30/2016||Corey Fuller, Det, WR|
|Fuller (foot) was placed on the reserve/PUP list Tuesday. He is required to sit out the first six weeks of the season.
Analysis: Fuller has appeared in 28 games since Detroit drafted him in the sixth round in 2013, catching 18 passes for 288 yards and a TD.
|8/30/2016||Brandon Thompson, Cin, DT|
|Thompson was put on an injury list that would allow him to return after six weeks.
Analysis: He's recovering from a knee injury at the end of last season.
|8/30/2016||Brandon Tate, Cin, WR|
|The Bengals released Tate - the franchise leader in punt returns - as part of their moves to reach the 75-man roster limit on Tuesday.
Analysis: Tate played in 80 games during five seasons with the Bengals, starting seven times. His main contribution was as a kick returner. He returned 149 punts for 1,411 yards, both club records. He also returned 145 kickoffs.
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