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With Carlos Hyde (concussion) and Shaun Draughn (ribs) both dealing with injuries, Mike Davis would likely be next in line to start if both are unable to suit up Week 1.

Impact

Davis starting would be a long shot considering Hyde passed the league's concussion protocol Tuesday and Draughn's rib injury doesn't sound too serious, but there is reason for speculation leading up to Week 1 until we hear that both backs have been fully cleared medically. In the unlikely scenario both are unable to go next Monday, Davis would be the favorite to take over early-down work with DuJuan Harris serving as a change-of-pace back.

Jeff Janis (hand) was limited to side work at Tuesday's practice, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports.

Impact

Janis returned to practice Monday and took part in team drills, but he did so with a club on his fractured right hand. The Packers reportedly wanted to see how he could play with the club, perhaps hoping for a return before the estimated timeline of 4-6 weeks. In any case, Janis didn't wear the club at Tuesday's practice and was therefore unable to take part in team drills. While still unlikely to be ready for Week 1, he could be available by the end of September. Even if he were healthy, Janis would probably only be fourth or fifth on the depth chart, competing with Jared Abbrederis and Ty Montgomery for part-time snaps.

Rakim Cox (back) was released by the Panthers on Tuesday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Impact

Cox was a candidate to provide depth on the defensive line in Carolina, but a back injury ultimately hurt his chances at making the team. Charles Johnson and Kony Ealy figure to be the starters at defensive end moving forward.

Mike Scifres (knee) was waived by the Panthers on Tuesday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Impact

Scifres suffered a knee injury during the Panthers' third preseason game against the Patriots. Veteran Andy Lee heads into the regular season as the starting punter for Carolina.

DeVante Parker (hamstring) participated in Tuesday's walkthrough practice and is considered day-to-day, the Miami Herald reports.

Impact

Following his early exit from Monday's practice, Parker will unsurprisingly be held out of Thursday's preseason finale against the Titans. It doesn't sound like his Week 1 status is in question, but there's still every reason to monitor his practice participation leading up to the game. Locked in as a starter and expected to play a full complement of snaps this season , Parker hopes to build on a strong finish to his rookie campaign.

Blaine Gabbert will not suit up for Thursday's preseason finale against the Chargers, CSN Bay Area reports.

Impact

Head coach Chip Kelly has stated that the quarterback competition is still active, but he also said that Gabbert will not play in Thursday's preseason finale. Despite what Kelly says, not having one of the two quarterbacks in the job battle suit up indicates that the organization has seen enough to make a decision. Kaepernick's absence from the majority of the team's offseason program gave Gabbert the early leg up, and he has done nothing to jeopardize that opportunity. We will have to wait until Kelly makes an official announcement, but it would be surprising if Gabbert is not starting the opener.

Josh Mauga (shoulder) will be sidelined for the remainder of the season, BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com reports.

Impact

Mauga will miss the entire 2016 season due to a labral tear. The veteran linebacker was expected to be a catalyst of the Chief's defense. Ramik Wilson will have a chance to earn a starting spot during his absence.

Trenton Robinson (shoulder) was cut by the Panthers on Tuesday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Impact

Robinson had been dealing with a shoulder injury stemming from the Panthers' second preseason game against the Titans. Kurt Coleman and Tre Boston figure to lead the way at safety moving forward.

Dreamius Smith (undisclosed) was waived by the Chargers on Tuesday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Impact

Smith briefly had a good shot to make the final roster after Brandon Oliver suffered a torn Achilles in Sunday's preseason game against Minnesota. In a stroke of poor luck, Smith suffered an undisclosed injury shortly thereafter, leading the Chargers to waive him Tuesday with an injury designation. Gus Johnson and undrafted rookie Kenneth Farrow are the team's only healthy running backs behind Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead.

Justin Houston (knee) was moved to the regular-season PUP list Tuesday, ruling him out for the first six weeks of the year, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Impact

Houston was always a long shot to be ready early in the season, as his February surgery came with a recovery timeline of 6-12 months. The Chiefs do still hope to have him available by mid-year, with Houston capable of making a huge impact even if he has to be eased back into action.

Laremy Tunsil (foot) left practice early Monday, James Walker of ESPN reports.

Impact

The decision to hold Tunsil out of the remainder of Monday's practice was solely a precautionary one. According to multiple reports, he simply got his foot caught in the turf, but would have continued to play if it was a regular season game. The Dolphins' first-round draft pick should be 100 percent ahead of the season opener.

LaRon Byrd (concussion) was released by the Panthers on Tuesday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Impact

The head injury suffered by Byrd during the Panthers' second preseason game likely played a role in the team's decision to cut him. Kelvin Benjamin, Ted Ginn, and Devin Funchess figure to be the main trio at receiver throughout the season.

Breshad Perriman (knee) has been cleared to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Saints, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Impact

Perriman was already expected to play in a game for the first time since college, pending approval from the Ravens' medical staff. Although he received that approval Tuesday, the 22-year-old wideout does still need final clearance from head coach John Harbaugh, who suggested Monday that it won't be an issue. Perriman missed training camp and the first three preseason games while allowing his partially torn ACL to heal, going more than two months without any form of football activity. Even if he impresses in Thursday's game, there's no assurance he'll start the regular season with a role in Baltimore's offense. However, the team will undoubtedly be intrigued by the speed of its 2015 first-round selection, assuming the knee issue doesn't hinder him too much.

Jake Ceresna was waived by the Jets on Tuesday, Eric Allen of NewYorkJets.com reports.

Impact

The Jets needed to trim their roster down to 75 players and opted to part ways with Ceresna as a result. As talented as Ceresna may be, the Jets have one of the strongest defensive lines in the league, which made him an easy cut.

Carlos Hyde (concussion) has cleared enough of the NFL's concussion protocol to allow for a return to non-football activity, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.

Impact

Hyde was concussed during Friday's preseason game against Green Bay, finishing with four carries for 30 yards in his brief appearance. A quick return to off-field work is typical for players recovering from concussions, so the real test will be how long it takes Hyde to get back on the practice field. He doesn't have any prior concussions on his NFL track record, but it's still difficult to predict a recovery timetable. If fully cleared, Hyde figures to handle a hefty workload Week 1 against the Rams. If not, No. 2 running back Shaun Draughn (ribs) should be healthy and ready to fill in. Mike Davis, DuJuan Harris and Kelvin Taylor are competing to round out the depth chart.

Dion Bailey was waived by the Jets on Tuesday, Eric Allen of NewYorkJets.com reports.

Impact

Bailey appeared in five games for Gang Green last season and totaled 18 tackles. However, the Jets' depth at safety ultimately doomed the 24-year-old.

Branden Oliver (Achilles) was placed on IR by the Chargers.

Impact

With Oliver, who injured his Achilles during Sunday's preseason game in Minnesota now on IR, the Chargers' running back depth behind Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead takes a pretty tough hit. The team's current options on that front are Kenneth Farrow and Gus Johnson, but another option could be added in the next few days.

Anthony Castonzo (triceps) will not play in Thursday's preseason finale, but will likely return to practice Wednesday, Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Impact

All reports indicate that the Colts' premier lineman is going to be just fine. His triceps strain is nothing serious, and there is a good chance that Castonzo practices Wednesday. Indianapolis is likely holding Castonzo out of Thursday's preseason game to give the 28-year-old added rest before the regular season rolls around.

Javontee Herndon (knee) has been waived/injured by the Chargers, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Impact

Herndon, who injured his knee back on July 30, is now a candidate to revert to IR in the coming days now that his bid to secure a depth wideout role with the Chargers was thwarted. In eight games with San Diego last season, Herndon recorded 24 catches for 194 yards.

Stephen Paea was cut by Washington on Tuesday, Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports.

Impact

Factoring in the 53-man roster deadline and Washington's deep front seven, this move becomes abundantly clear. Paea has shown some flashes of potential, however, and could land with another team prior to the start of the season.