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Josh Mauga (hip) returned to the field during Friday's preseason game against the 49ers, Blair Kerkhoff of The Kansas City Star reports.


Mauga was sidelined for all of last season with the hip injury, but now returns to the fold to provide the club with some depth at inside linebacker. The 30-year-old inside linebacker was positioned to earn a starting role with the club last season, but his injury opened the door for Ramik Wilson. He will return in a reserve role behind Wilson, but would likely be the next man up if either he or Derrick Johnson suffers an injury.

Brandon Copeland (pectoral) was waived/injured by the Lions on Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.


Copeland served as a key special teams player for the Lions in each of the last two seasons, but he'll now have to be reverted to injured reserve and be out for the year once he clears waivers.

Thomas Rawls (R, Sea)

Thomas Rawls won't play in Friday's preseason game versus the Vikings due to a "minor" ankle injury, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.


On Sunday against the Chargers, Rawls got the nod over Eddie Lacy with the first-team offense, turning two carries into five yards. In the meantime, though, Rawls was held out of the team portion of practice both Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune. With the ailment revealed, Rawls' lack of activity in all drills will be interesting to watch, especially because Lacy is slated to start Friday.

Chris Briggs was waived Wednesday with an injury settlement, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.


Briggs landed on the Colts' injured reserve after being waived/injured a little over a week ago. He's now free to sign with any team once he is healthy.

Eddie Lacy (R, Sea)

Eddie Lacy will start at running back during Friday's preseason game against the Vikings with Thomas Rawls (ankle) ruled out, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.


Lacy's unimpressive preseason debut included just four carries for 10 yards, but he'll have another chance to gel with the first-team offense Friday with Rawls on the sideline. The Seahawks' running back corps also includes C.J. Prosise, who figures to see additional reps on Friday as well.

Tevaun Smith (groin) was waived with an injury settlement Tuesday, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.


Smith was originally waived/injured by the Colts before being reverted back to injured reserve after clearing waivers. He'll now have the ability to sign with another team once he is healthy.

Tim Wright sat out Wednesday's practice with an undisclosed injury, Mike Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.


Wright joined injured fellow tight ends Eric Ebron (hamstring) and Cole Wick (undisclosed) on the sideline. The Rutgers product is competing with Wick, Darren Fells, and rookie Michael Roberts to back up presumed starter Ebron.

Aaron Donald's holdout could extend into the regular season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.


Donald, who's eligible for an extension, instead had his fifth-year option exercised by the Rams in April. Among his accolades across three NFL seasons, he was named Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2014 and landed first-team All-Pro nods in both of the past two campaigns. Currently, the two parties are waiting for the other to blink, but per one of Schefter's sources Donald seems willing to miss the entire year in search of a new deal. Without their mainstay nose tackle, the Rams could struggle to put heat on opposing quarterback's in new defensive coordinator Wade Phillip's scheme.

T.J. Lang (hip) returned to practice Wednesday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.


Wednesday was the first time the Lions had the offensive lineman back at practice this week, so it appears as though he is over the hip ailment after taking some extended time off.

Cole Wick sat out Wednesday's practice with an undisclosed injury, Mike Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.


Wick joined injured fellow tight ends Eric Ebron (hamstring) and Tim Wright (undisclosed) on the sideline. The 23-year-old is competing with Wright, Darren Fells and rookie Michael Roberts to back up Ebron, who remains the presumed starter.

Matt Forte (R, NYJ)

Matt Forte (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Lions, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.


Forte also won't be a participant during Thursday's practice as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury, which he suffered July 31. Bilal Powell will likely get the nod at running back barring any setbacks to his health, but Forte could return for the Jets' third preseason game against the Giants one week later.

Jylan Ware missed multiple practices due to a concussion but has since returned to training camp, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.


Ware appears to have made a full recovery from his concussion symptoms and is back at practice. He should be a full participant through the rest of preseason barring any setbacks.

Eli Manning (Q, NYG)

Head coach Ben McAdoo expects Eli Manning to suit up and play in the Giants' second and third games of the preseason.


With preparation for the 2017 season in mind, Manning will receive his first handful of in-game reps Monday in Cleveland. However, his most extensive run will likely occur in preseason Week 3, when the Giants face off with the Jets on Saturday, Aug. 26. Once McAdoo feels good about Manning, the offense will be directed by some combination of Josh Johnson, Geno Smith and rookie Davis Webb.

Kenneth Acker (groin) played a team-high 41 snaps at cornerback in the Chiefs' preseason opener against the 49ers.


Acker left practice with a groin injury back in June, but it appears as though he's back to full strength after putting together a solid outing to kick off the preseason. While Acker did take the most snaps, he'll likely still be fighting for a depth spot at cornerback for the rest of training camp.

Josh Doctson (W, Was)

Josh Doctson (hamstring) is on track to play Saturday versus the Packers, but a pregame test will determine his availability, Mike Jones of The Washington Post reports.


After taking part in individual drills Wednesday, Doctson was expected to increase his activity level at Thursday's practice, which may have left a positive impression on head coach Jay Gruden. Having said that, Doctson's ability to play Saturday will be contingent on how his hamstring holds up in a workout. If he's cleared, the receiving corps will be drawing ever closer to full health due to the expected return of Jamison Crowder (hamstring).

Le'Veon Bell (R, Pit)

Le'Veon Bell (groin), who has yet to sign his $12.12 million franchise tender with the Steelers, is slated to report to the team in advance of Week 1, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.


While it's unclear exactly when that will happen, this nugget solidifies that the star running back's contract issue won't linger into the regular season. With Ezekiel Elliott facing a six-game suspension, Bell and David Johnson currently combine to occupy the top tier of fantasy running back rankings. Given that veteran rusher DeAngelo Williams was not re-signed by the Steelers, James Conner, Fitzgerald Toussaint and Knile Davis are currently battling for slotting on the team's backfield depth chart behind Bell, who last played a full slate of games in 2014.

Jamison Crowder (W, Was)

Jamison Crowder (hamstring) practiced fully Thursday, Mike Jones of The Washington Post reports.


Crowder has been treated with kid gloves in training camp due to a hamstring injury, only recently logging consecutive full sessions. With his health coming into focus, he appears on course to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Packers.

LaAdrian Waddle suffered an undisclosed injury late in Tuesday's joint practice with the Texans and is headed back to Boston for further evaluation, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.


Waddle is currently listed as the primary backup to Nate Solder at left tackle. His status will be updated once he's been examined and the nature of his injury diagnosed and disclosed.

Jayson DiManche (hamstring) was waived/injured by the 49ers on Wednesday, Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.


DiManche has not practiced this week after suffering from a hamstring injury, and the team will look for the linebacker to clear waivers so they can place him on injured reserve. DiManche would have been competing for a depth spot on the 49ers during training camp.

Cam Newton (Q, Car)

Head coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that Cam Newton (shoulder) will be evaluated Friday, after which a determination will be made on his availability for Saturday's preseason game at Tennessee, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.


Newton has only recently been cleared to throw in team drills but was unable to do so Thursday during a joint practice with the Titans. The Panthers could be playing coy with their upcoming opponent, but more than likely he's sticking to the plan of the team's medical and training staffs. If Newton doesn't suit up this weekend, Derek Anderson will get the start before giving way to Joe Webb and Garrett Gilbert.