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Chris Ivory will start Thursday's preseason game against the Buccaneers, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Ivory is getting the nod at running back with 2017 first-rounder Leonard Fournette (foot) on the sideline. However, Ivory managed just eight offensive snaps in the Jags' preseason opener, during which he totaled six carries for 20 yards and hauled in his sole target for five yards. In the end, expect Corey Grant and Tim Cook to receive most of the work Thursday.

Jeremy Maclin is expected to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Dolphins, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Impact

Thursday marks Maclins official Ravens debut after he sat out Week 1 of the preseason. Zrebiec reports that several of Baltimore's veterans and new additions, such as Danny Woodhead, will also be making their preseason debuts Thursday. Still, it's unlikely that Baltimore would risk having its first-teamers play more than a handful of series, and fans won't be able to see how Maclin's rapport with quarterback Joe Flacco is progressing as Flacco remains hampered by a back injury.

C.J. Beathard will be the second-string quarterback in Saturday's preseason tilt against Denver, Cam Inman of The Mercury News reports.

Impact

Beathard had been operating as San Francisco's third-string quarterback, behind starter Brian Hoyer and fellow backup Matt Barkley. The movement up the depth chart may be temporary, but it's a positive sign for the rookie signal caller, as it shows that the coaching staff is giving him serious consideration in a battle for the 49ers' primary backup job.

Reuben Foster (shoulder) is expected to play in Saturday's preseason tilt against the Broncos, Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Impact

Foster was limited in practice Thursday due to a mild AC joint sprain, but it isn't very serious. Head coach Kyle Shanahan recently stated that Foster would start at right outside linebacker, meaning he could start Saturday and be pulled relatively soon so as to avoid further aggravating his AC joint sprain.

Mike Wallace is expected to make his preseason debut Thursday against the Dolphins, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Impact

After getting a veteran's week off for Baltimore's preseason opener, Wallace will get in on the action against his former team Thursday. However, with it being only the second week of the preseason, it's unlikely that Wallace and the rest of the Ravens' first-team offense sees significant snaps. Look for Wallace to play a handful of series against the Dolphins with Ryan Mallett as his quarterback, making him a risky option in preseason daily fantasy formats.

Jake Elliott missed three of four kicks in Wednesday's practice, while veteran Randy Bullock made all four of his attempts, Geoff Hobson from Bengals.com reports.

Impact

Prior to this week the two kickers both were kicking well, and neither missed a kick in the Bengals' first preseason game. The presumption is that Elliott was the favorite heading into camp, given that the team spent a fifth-round pick to make him the first kicker selected in the draft. This might be a job battle that goes down to the wire.

Justin Britt signed a three-year, $27 million contract extension with the Seahawks on Tuesday, freelance NFL reporter Adam Caplan reports.

Impact

Britt had been in the final year of his rookie deal, and his new extension keeps him under contract with Seattle through the 2020 campaign. He'll be expected to continue in his role as the team's starting center.

Corey Clement is expected to receive additional snaps Thursday against the Bills due to Wendell Smallwood's (hamstring) absence, Matt Lombardo of NJ.com reports.

Impact

With Darren Sproles also sidelined, LeGarrette Blount likely won't log more than a series or two with the first-team offense. Thus, Clement, fellow rookie Donnel Pumphrey and second-year pro Byron Marshall represent the remaining running backs on the roster. In his first preseason action last Thursday at Green Bay, Clement earned the most snaps (28) among Eagles RBs, turning the reps into seven carries for 13 yards and two receptions (on four targets) for 31 yards.

Randy Bullock has been kicking better in camp than rookie teammate Jake Elliott, punctuated by a 4-for-4 day on long attempts Wednesday when Elliott missed 3-of-4, Geoff Hobson from Bengals.com reports.

Impact

The Bengals spent a draft pick on Elliott this year, so the burden is pretty high for Bullock to win the job. Neither kicker missed in Friday's preseason game and both had kicked well in practice heading into this week. A decision on this job battle might not be made until the end of the preseason.

Ben Watson is expected to play in the Ravens' preseason game against the Dolphins on Thursday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Impact

Thursday marks Watson's first game action since suffering a torn Achilles in a preseason game last year, which ended his first season in Baltimore before it even began. Now healthy, Watson is the most established option in Baltimore's tight end group and he's clearly the most polished pass-catcher of the bunch, which makes him the most attractive fantasy target on the Ravens despite Nick Boyle's rapid ascension up the depth chart. While fans won't be able to see Watson's rapport with Joe Flacco on Thursday, they will get a glimpse at how the veteran looks post-injury.

K.J. Wright (knee) is expected to return to practice on Monday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Impact

Wright has been out of practice since Tuesday while he's gotten his knee checked out for what was thought to be a minor ailment. His return Monday confirms that it isn't anything overly serious and shouldn't limit him come the regular season.

Will Compton (knee) has worked with the starting defense and called out plays for the Redskins, Mike Jones of The Washington Post reports.

Impact

Compton has started for the Redskins much of the past two seasons and appears set to handle another large workload this year. He has also recovered from the knee injury that he dealt with late last season and it isn't expected to hinder him in 2017.

Anthony Hitchens left practice due to a bloody nose after a blow to the face, but he was able to return, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Hitchens has been working with the starting defense as a middle linebacker and it would've been an unfortunate break for the defense if he had been forced to miss time. Fortunately the injury isn't expected to linger or limit him any further.

Wendell Smallwood (hamstring) isn't expected to play in Thursday's preseason contest versus the Bills, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.

Impact

A game-day decision, Smallwood will take a seat for the Eagles' second exhibition clash. His ability to practice of late points toward a return in the near future, though, so he seems like a fair bet to see the field in preseason Week 3 against the Dolphins. For Thursday's game, Smallwood will be joined on the sidelined by Darren Sproles, leaving the backfield to LeGarrette Blount, Donnel Pumphrey, Corey Clement and Byron Marshall.

Kenyan Drake (concussion) won't play in Thursday's preseason game against the Ravens, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Impact

Drake, who is in the NFL's concussion protocol, is one of 11 Dolphins who are not suiting up Thursday. Joining the running back on the sideline for the contest will be wideouts Isaiah Ford, Rashawn Scott and Leonte Carroo.

Jonathan Woodard played 30 snaps in the Jaguars' preseason opener against the Patriots, recording three tackles in the game.

Impact

Woodard didn't see the field last season after tearing his Achilles in the Jaguars' offseason program. His extended run in the preseason suggests he has a strong chance at earning a backup slot with the club.

Jay Ajayi is in uniform and expected to play in Thursday's preseason game against Baltimore, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Impact

It's unclear how much work Ajayi might see Thursday, but this nugget seems to confirm that the Dolphins' undisputed starting running back is past the concussion that he suffered July 31.

Peyton Thompson (biceps) has returned to practice in full, Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Impact

Thompson left practice early last week due to a bicep issue but it doesn't appear to be bothering him anymore.

Chris Reed played the fourth-most snaps of any Jaguar in last week's preseason tilt against New England, Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Impact

Reed ended last season on Injured Reserve due to a toe injury he suffered in December. He appears to have since recovered and return to his role as one of Jacksonville's top backups along the offensive line.

Stefan Charles saw limited action in last week's preseason opener, Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Impact

Charles didn't do much in his preseason action, with his most notable play being a missed tackle. He'll look to improve in the coming weeks as he prepares for another year as a backup along the defensive line.