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The Bills are reportedly having an internal debate with regard to the possibility of cutting Matt Cassel, wgr550.com reports.

Impact

In any case, the team plans to start Tyrod Taylor at quarterback to open the coming season, but with EJ Manuel having shown well of late, it's possible that the team could elect to cut ties with Cassel. Such a potential outcome remains speculative, but may make sense to the team in terms of roster space/salary cap management.

ESPN's Josina Anderson relays that the Bills are concerned that LeSean McCoy (hamstring) may not be fully ready to play in the team's regular season opener against the Colts.

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That's not necessarily to say that McCoy won't be available in some capacity in Week 1, but the report hints at a scenario in which the running back – who is not yet at full speed in practice – could possibly be on a "pitch count" out of the gate. Meanwhile, ESPN's Mike Rodak suggests that coach Rex Ryan remains cautiously optimistic with regard to McCoy's availability for the Bills' season opener. With that in mind, Ryan noted Monday, "well we certainly expect him to be ready to go, I hope…If not then the next man has to step up. Boobie [Dixon] got a lot of reps out there today. Bryce Brown got a lot of reps today. So we will see. I am not going to put that all on one man. If he is not ready to go, he won't be in there." Either way, McCoy is destined to head the Bills' backfield when he is up to speed and in "football shape," but there now appears to be some concern that said level of prime readiness may not occur before Week 1. If so, the likes of Dixon, Brown and perhaps Karlos Williams (health permitting) could be asked to handle more work early on than originally projected.

Arthur Jones is slated to undergo surgery to repair torn ligaments in his ankle, NFL.com reports.

Impact

Per the report, Jones is a candidate to be placed on either IR/designated to return or season-ending IR. In any case, the Colts' starting defensive tackle is out indefinitely, which represents a blow to the team's run defense, as the 2015 campaign approaches.

The Texans have traded Khari Lee to the Bears in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick in 2017, NFL.com reports.

Impact

With Chicago, Lee – an undrafted rookie, who recorded five catches for 71 yards in three preseason games for Houston – will jostle with Bear Pascoe, Zach Miller and Dante Rosario, among others, for backup slotting behind starting TE Martellus Bennett.

Josh Brown bruised his leg while making a tackle during the Giants' previous preseason game against the Jaguars, Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reports.

Impact

The Giants are bringing in Chris Boswell to handle kicking for the final preseason game Thursday, but even though he and Brown were in competition earlier in training camp, Brown is still expected to maintain his spot atop the depth chart when the season begins Sept. 13 in Dallas.

Chris Bowell signed with the Giants on Wednesday, Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reports.

Impact

With normal starter Josh Brown dealing with a bruised leg, Bowell will come into camp taking over kicking duties for the final preseason game Thursday. Bowell could be cut shortly thereafter, so his stock for the season ahead isn't necessarily rising.

Keenan Lewis underwent surgery on his hip Tuesday and will miss the next 4-6 weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

Impact

Lewis suffered an undisclosed injury a month ago, and it appears that previous ailment and his surgery Tuesday could be related. He was considered a starter, so Delvin Breaux (undisclosed) or Kyle Wilson will now get an unexpected opportunity to start at the onset of the season.

Matt Jones sat out Tuesday for the second consecutive practice and will not play in the fourth preseason game, the Washington Post reports. Jones was dealing with an ankle injury earlier in the preseason, but the time off is more precautionary than anything.

Impact

Jones has impressed so far, rushing 20 times for 139 yards during the preseason for a team high 7.0 average. Expect the team to use Jones for a few carries early in the season, with the potential to steal more if starter Alfred Morris struggles.

Jared Abbrederis (concussion) returned to practice Tuesday and has been cleared to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Saints, ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky reports.

Impact

An ACL tear in his inaugural training camp and a concussion suffered on the first day of practice this summer has prevented Abbrederis from logging a single appearance in the preseason during his career, but the fifth-round pick finally looks like he's ready to go. Abbrederis' lack of field time might make it difficult for him to crack the 53-man roster, though a strong performance Thursday could be enough for him to edge out Myles White for the fifth receiver job.

Percy Harvin, who's coming back from a hip injury, is not expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, BuffaloBills.com reports. "Percy has really been pushing to play," said coach Rex Ryan. "I'm not so sure about that. As much as I'd love to see us get some work I also want to make sure we're 100 percent against Indy."

Impact

It remains likely that Harvin will be part of the plan when the Bills take on the Colts in their regular season opener, though we'll be watching to see who gets more snaps, Harvin or Robert Woods.

Kourtnei Brown played a team-high 40 snaps on defense in Houston's penultimate preseason game against the Saints.

Impact

For the third straight preseason game, Brown made a notable play, this time recovering a fumble. In fact, he had two sacks in the opener followed by an interception return for a touchdown in Week 2.

The Giants still haven't had the opportunity to examine Jason Pierre-Paul's hand, the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Impact

At this point, his status is unclear. He was placed on the reserve list for now and doesn't count as a member of the roster, but that will change if and when he signs his franchise tender. It would surprise us if he were ready for Week 1, but the range of outcomes seems pretty wide, i.e., he could have a roughly normal season or never really make it back. Either seems plausible to us, and the Giants either don't have or aren't offering much in the way of concrete information.

Adrien Robinson is likely battling Jerome Cunningham for the team's final tight end roster spot.

Impact

It looks like Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells will make the team, so it's either Cunningham or Robinson. Both are big and athletic, but neither is likely to get opportunities barring a cascade of injuries, and even then the team might look to a free agent if the position got thin.

Jerome Cunningham is battling Adrien Robinson for the team's final tight end roster spot, the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Impact

It looks like Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells will make the team, so it's either Cunningham or Robinson. Both are big and athletic, but neither is likely to get opportunities barring a cascade of injuries, and even then the team might look to a free agent if the position got thin.

Jon Beason (knee) worked on a side field with a trainer on Tuesday, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. He was running hard and backpedalling.

Impact

Beason has a chance to be ready for Week 1, but it's anyone's guess how long he'll hold up once he's healthy enough to play. Beason is a good source of tackles from the middle linebacker spot on the rare occasion he's able to stay on the field.

Terrance Parks was waived/injured by the Texans, the team's official site reports.

Impact

Parks, who was dealing with a hamstring injury, can be claimed off waivers. If not, he goes back to Houston's injured reserve list.

Anthony Denham was waived/injured by the Texans, the team's official site reports.

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Denham suffered a shoulder injury during the third week of preseason games.

Juron Criner was released by the Giants on Tuesday.

Impact

A fifth-round pick out of Arizona in 2012, Criner hasn't logged an NFL snap since 2013 with the Raiders. The fact that he couldn't make it out of the first round of cuts doesn't bode well for his future in the league.

Senorise Perry (foot) was placed on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Impact

Perry's loss represents a huge blow to the Bears' special teams units, as he led the team with 17 tackles in kick coverage and also showed some ability as a returner. With Perry out of the picture to make the squad as the team's fourth running back, second-year back Ka'Deem Carey's chances of making the squad should increase considerably.

Gannon Sinclair was claimed off waivers by the Bears on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports.

Impact

At 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds, Sinclair offers hulking size at tight end, but his status as an undrafted rookie will make claiming a 53-man roster spot a difficult endeavor.