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Xavien Howard (knee) is expected to be ready to play in the regular season opener for Miami, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Impact

The Dolphins need any and every healthy cornerback in order to compete this season. Howard won't play Thursday versus Atlanta, but the Dolphins are hoping to ramp up his practice routine so that they might be able to get him some reps in the final preseason game next week.

Nick Martin (ankle) underwent season-ending surgery Thursday, Aaron Wilson of chron.com reports.

Impact

After contemplating whether or not to have the surgery performed on his high-ankle sprain, Martin ultimately decided that it was in his best interest to receive the immediate treatment. The Texans have invested a lot into their second round pick, and the team feels that Martin's long-term stability is more important than this season.

Eric Ebron (ankle) missed his second consecutive practice Thursday, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Impact

It's unclear whether Ebron suffered a setback in his recovery as HC Jim Caldwell was noncommittal in answering specific questions about Ebron's current health situation. However, at this point, the tight end is expected to miss the Lions' third preseason game Saturday against the Ravens, but there is still optimism he'll be back in time for Week 1. Until he returns, Cole Wick should continue to see first-team reps as the Lions' primary receiving tight end.

The Browns have Browns traded Barkevious Mingo to the Patriots, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Impact

Per the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Patriots will send the Browns a fifth-round draft pick in the deal. Mingo, who was selected sixth overall by the Browns in the 2013 draft, gives the Patriots another edge-rushing option, something that will come in handy with Chandler Jones no longer around and Rob Ninkovich dealing with a triceps injury.

J.J. Watt (back) expects to participate in practice next week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Impact

In the days leading up to training camp, Watt opted to have surgery on a herniated disk that plagued him throughout the 2015 season. The procedure was accompanied by an expectation that he'd miss a handful of games to kick off the regular season, but a return to practice next week would amend that assessment. Considering he played through back, groin, and hand concerns last season, Watt has displayed an ability to play through the pain, and his presence in Week 1 would boost the prospects of the Texans' defense.

Jeremy Langford (foot) was a full participant at Thursday's practice, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

After his left foot was stepped on in last Thursday's preseason tilt, Langford's activity level has been non-existent or limited this week, but his ability to handle the entirety of practice Thursday wipes away any concern about the issue. Expect him to run with the first-team offense Saturday against the Chiefs, which will likely equate to a half of snaps.

Bryce Treggs (knee) has a sprained MCL and is considered week-to-week, the Mercury News reports.

Impact

While any type of knee injury is never good news, Treggs appeared to have avoided catastrophe by only spraining his MCL instead of tearing it. Still, the injury will hurt his chances at making an impression during the team's final two preseason games, making him a likely candidate to be cut or placed on the PUP list to start the season.

Zach Miller (concussion) wore a no-contact red jersey during Wednesday's practice, CSN Chicago reports.

Impact

A participant in practice for nearly two weeks, Miller is still unable to take contact, which isn't outside the realm of outcomes related to a concussion. With the Bears' third preseason game fast approaching Saturday against the Chiefs, he's running out of time to partake in the "dress rehearsal" for the regular season. Once he receives a clean bill of health, though, Miller will serve as the Bears' unquestioned No. 1 tight end.

Coach Jay Gruden relayed that Chris Thompson (shoulder/knee) will likely sit out Friday's preseason game against the Bills, the Washington Post reports.

Impact

Per CSN Mid-Atlantic, Thompson is nursing a sore knee and shoulder and Gruden would prefer for the running back to not "get banged around" in Friday's exhibition tilt. With top back Matt Jones set to miss the game, rookies Keith Marshall and Robert Kelley are in line to see more snaps, as the team continues to evaluate its depth RB options in advance of roster cut-downs. In his role as Washington's presumed primary third-down back, Thompson maintains a degree of fantasy utility, notably in PRR formats.

De'Anthony Thomas may not make the Chiefs' 53-man roster, Adam Teicher of ESPN reports.

Impact

Teicher suggests that Thomas is not among the team's top six receivers and sits behind Tyreek Hill on the punt returner spot of the depth chart. Unless he can carve out a role in the final couple preseason games, it may spell the end of the speedster's run in Kansas City.

Josh Gordon (suspension) is expected to make his preseason debut Friday against the Buccaneers, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Impact

As is first-round draft pick Corey Coleman, which will give fantasy observers a preview of what should emerge as the Browns' top wideout duo upon the competition of Gordon's four-game suspension to start the season. While it's best not overreact to a player's efforts in a single preseason game, this will be the first chance to see Gordon in game action since December of 2014, thus adding a layer of intrigue to how he shows on Friday. As long as things continue to move forward in a positive direction for Gordon, he is a candidate to regain fantasy relevance as the 2016 campaign rolls along, though after his extended absence, and while working with a new QB (Robert Griffin), question marks do accompany his obvious upside/potential.

Geno Smith is slated to be the first quarterback off the bench during Saturday night's preseason game against the Giants, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Smith appears to be the front-runner to serve as Ryan Fitzpatrick's top backup this season, but things are still somewhat fluid on that front, given that Bryce Petty is still in the mix and second-round draft pick Christian Hackenberg figures to be a virtual lock to make the Jets' roster.

Eric Kendricks (hamstring) participated in practice for a second consecutive day Wednesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Impact

Kendricks hasn't played in a preseason game after suffering an injury in early August. It sounds like he'll be ready for the regular season even if he doesn't appear in a regular season contest.

Melvin White was released by the Vikings, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Impact

Minnesota has a deep secondary, but it's still a mild surprise he was released this early in training camp. White did miss part of training camp with an undisclosed injury.

Adrian Peterson is expected to get a similar workload to previous seasons with Minnesota offensive coordinator Norv Turner hoping to get Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata more work due to the offense running more plays, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Impact

Turner said he hasn't seen any signs of Peterson slowing down at age 31. It sounds like the team still expects to give him a heavy workload (he's averaged 19.8 per game in his career). The Vikings haven't said whether Peterson will play in Sunday's preseason game, but they've left the door open that he could appear in the first game at the team's new home stadium. Either way, he appears healthy after missing some early training camp practices with a sore hamstring.

The Lions have released Stevan Ridley, Mlive.com reports.

Impact

The move leaves Zach Zenner, George Winn and rookie Dwayne Washington battling for slotting behind Ameer Abdullah and pass-catching back Theo Riddick. Now further removed from a major knee injury that ended his 2014 season, Ridley – who saw limited action with the Jets in 2015 – figures to catch on elsewhere as a depth back with a team dealing with backfield injuries. One intriguing possibility on that front could be New England, where Ridley spent the first four years of his NFL career.

Matt Forte (hamstring) said he will play in Saturday's preseason game against the Giants, The Record reports.

Impact

Forte was held out of the Jets' first two preseason contests, but he'll make his likely sole appearance before the regular season after returning to normal practice this week. Forte is expected to handle a bulk of the carries this season, so getting him some game reps before Week 1 was important.

Mike Evans beat Browns Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden on a deep route in Wednesday's joint practice.

Impact

The third-year receiver continued his impressive summer with an nice catch downfield in which he beat the talented cover man to haul in the throw from QB Jameis Winston. Evans has looked dominant at times in practices throughout camp and it was certainly encouraging to see him do so Wednesday against a high caliber of competition. He'll try to follow up his strong showings with a productive effort in what should be extended action against the Browns in the Bucs' dress rehearsal for the regular season on Friday night.

Brandon LaFell (hand) is expected to get heavy work in Sunday's preseason game against Jacksonville.

Impact

LaFell needs to develop a rapport with quarterback Andy Dalton, and merely needs to get more reps period after missing the first two preseason games. He has fallen behind rookie Tyler Boyd in the battle to be the #2 wide receiver on the Bengals.

Daryl Smith (undisclosed) sat out another practice on Wednesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Impact

There continues to be no official explanation for the veteran linebacker's absence, which is now at a full week and included last Saturday's preseason contest versus the Jaguars. Smith is presumably not in any danger of missing regular season time, although without any exact details on the injury, it's impossible to determine a timetable for return. At minimum, his chances of playing in Friday's tilt against the Browns appear dim at this stage.