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Joe Mays (wrist) did not practice Tuesday, ESPN reports.

Impact

Mays exited Sunday's preseason game against the Panthers with a wrist injury and wasn't able to return. He was held out of practice Tuesday, but the extent of the injury still hasn't been released. The status of Mays–who is listed as a starting inside linebacker for the Chiefs–for Saturday's game against the Vikings is still unclear. In 14 games with the Texans last season, he recorded 67 tackles and a sack.

Leonard Hankerson (knee) will not play this preseason and is hopeful of avoiding the Redskins' PUP list to begin this season, ESPN Radio 980 in D.C. reports.

Impact

Hankerson, who currently remains on the PUP list, says he's about two weeks away from being ready health-wise, so he'll be subject of a close decision to make Washington's active regular season roster. With the wideout still recovering from knee ligament surgery last fall, players like Ryan Grant and Aldrick Robinson have passed Hankerson on the depth chart, while offseason additions DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts have pushed him back even further. With that in mind, Hankerson faces an increasingly tough challenge to earn targets for the Redskins this season.

Mike Evans is now listed as a starter at wideout (opposite Vincent Jackson) on the Buccaneers' posted depth depth chart, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

While Evans had been listed behind returnee Chris Owusu on the team's initial posted depth chart, there wasn't much doubt that the rookie receiver would ascend to acknowledged starting status as the season approached. With his 6-5 frame, it's not hard to imagine Evans – selected seventh overall by the Bucs in May – making an immediate red zone impact in the team's offense in his capacity as a starter. In such a scenario, Evans would hold immediate fantasy utility, notably in TD-heavy formats.

Eric Berry (heel) did not practice Tuesday, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

The report notes that the Chiefs are referring to Berry's injury as tendinitis in his heel, with the safety's status for Saturday's preseason contest against the Vikings cloudy at this stage.

Junior Hemingway (hip) did not practice Tuesday, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

With Hemingway and Dwayne Bowe sitting out the session, the report notes that Frankie Hammond saw some first-team snaps Tuesday. Assuming Hemingway's hip flexor doesn't linger, he has a shot to open the season as the Chiefs' No. 3 wideout. With Bowe slated to sit out the Chiefs' season opener due to a suspension, if Hemingway does indeed claim the assignment, he could merit attention as a possible one-game option in deeper formats in Week 1.

Rolando McClain missed Wednesday's practice due to cramping, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Impact

McClain began working as the Cowboys' starting middle linebacker this week, pushing teammate Justin Durant to Dallas' weakside position, but cramped up to end Tuesday's practice, thus holding him out Wednesday as well. Nonetheless, the Cowboys are intrigued by the prospect of McClain adding significant athleticism in the middle of their defense to help replace Sean Lee (knee). After having Wednesday off, McClain will hopefully be able to practice in Thursday's final session before Saturday's third preseason game versus Miami.

Darqueze Dennard (hip) fully expects to be ready for the Bengals' regular season opener, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Impact

Dennard suffered a minor hip injury during last weekend's preseason outing versus the Jets, but is hardly concerned about missing time because of it. The rookie first-rounder has drawn rave reviews out of Bengals camp and should see immediate playing time in the team's cornerback rotation.

Geno Smith will start Friday night's preseason game against the Giants, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

The report suggests that Smith is expected to work for two-plus quarters with the Jets' starters Friday, and while coach Rex Ryan hasn't confirmed the second-year signal-caller as the team's Week 1 starter, it's an assignment that Smith is expected to draw, barring an injury. As far as when there might be an official announcement to that effect, Ryan noted, "when we think it's the right time, we'll tell you."

Shaquelle Evans (shoulder) has been placed on injured reserve by the Jets.

Impact

Evans, who hasn't practiced with the Jets since July 31, had surgery on Tuesday to repair his shoulder injury, with his placement on IR officially ending his season. The 2014 fourth-rounder will thus compete for a role in the Jets' offense next season, assuming no setbacks with his shoulder as the 2015 campaign approaches.

Dimitri Patterson (leg) was limited in practice Tuesday, but could play in the third preseason game, Darryl Slater of The Star-Ledger reports.

Impact

Patterson was expected to be ready for the season opener, and the most recent news points towards the possibility of an even earlier return. He is dealing with multiple injuries to his ankle, calf, and quad, leaving the team's two starting cornerbacks (Patterson and Dee Millner) sidelined.

Tony Romo (rest) did not practice Wednesday, ESPN Dallas reports.

Impact

Romo continues to have his workload monitored by the Cowboys, as he's yet to practice three straight days this preseason following last year's back surgery. After going 4-of-5 for 80 yards and a touchdown in his preseason debut last weekend, Romo is expected to suit up once again Saturday versus the Dolphins.

Jairus Byrd (back) is expected to make his Saints' preseason debut Saturday against the Colts, ESPN reports.

Impact

Byrd has been practicing on a limited basis since being activated from New Orleans' PUP list three weeks ago, but Tuesday marked the safety's first full-contact action since undergoing back surgery in May. With minimal restrictions left, the Saints are expected to start Byrd in Saturday's exhibition outing, although his playing time will probably be closely monitored. Nonetheless, it'll be good for Byrd to gain game experience in defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's scheme before the regular season kicks off, as Byrd and rising second-year player Kenny Vacarro figure to comprise one of the league's premier safety tandems.

Chris Polk (hamstring) will not play in Thursday's preseason game versus the Steelers, CSN Philadelphia reports.

Impact

Polk hasn't practiced in more than three weeks since suffering a Grade 2 partial tear of his hamstring. That time will cost him a third preseason game Thursday, although Polk expects to return to practice next week. Whenever he does take the field next, Polk will face fresh competition at running back, as the Eagles traded for ex-Panther Kenjon Barner on Tuesday.

Leodis McKelvin (hip) left Wednesday practice with a groin injury, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

McKelvin has missed both of the Bills' preseason games thus far, as he gradually returns from offseason hip surgery. The cornerback competed in both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills in practice earlier this week, but apparently needed to exit Wednesday's session early with a groin issue. With McKelvin previously slated to see minimal action in Buffalo's remaining two exhibition contests, news of another ailment could limit him further.

Brian Hoyer was named the Browns' starting quarterback Wednesday morning over Johnny Manziel by coach Mike Pettine, ESPN reports.

Impact

The team sounds like it will give Hoyer a bit of a leash as Pettine said he doesn't want the veteran constantly looking over his shoulder, but we have to imagine Hoyer - and maybe the Browns as well - has to be mildly successful to keep the team from firing up the Manziel era. That said, given the rebuilding nature of the team and Manziel's exciting skill set, he has to be one of the better backup fantasy values on the QB board. However, his opening season value just took a hit Wednesday morning.

Brian Hoyer was named the Browns' starting quarterback Wednesday morning by coach Mike Pettine, ESPN reports.

Impact

The team sounds like it will give Hoyer a bit of a leash as Pettine said he doesn't want the veteran constantly looking over his shoulder, but we have to imagine Hoyer - and maybe the Browns as well - has to be mildly successful to keep the team from firing up the Johnny Manziel era.

Adrian Peterson is unlikely to play Saturday at Kansas City or in Minnesota's final preseason game, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. 'I really don't see the need," said head coach Mike Zimmer.

Impact

The Vikings are playing it safe and just holding him out of game as a healthy scratch. Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon will get more carries in the preseason as his primary backups as a result.

Although Sammy Watkins (ribs) returned to practice on a limited basis Tuesday, coach Doug Marrone is unsure about his availability for Saturday's preseason game against Tampa Bay, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said Marrone, "Obviously, he wasn't fully cleared (Tuesday). I'm going to watch the tape and see what we see. I think we'll go from there. That's normally what we do for anyone."

Impact

Although Watkins didn't do all that much Tuesday, the fact that he was out there just three days after getting injured makes us feel pretty good about his Week 1 availability.

Shea McClellin has a steady grip on the starting job at strong-side linebacker, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Impact

McClellin had some bumpy moments in coverage in the Bears' first preseason game, but he's gradually improved as training camp has worn on as he adjusts to the position change. The team has typically taken McClellin off the field in sub-packages in favor of Jon Bostic so far in the Bears' exhibitions, and that trend figures to continue. Still, the move to linebacker should allow McClellin to see a bump in his tackle opportunities in addition to the occasional sack, even as he plays fewer downs than most starting linebackers.

Arian Foster increased his activity during Tuesday's practice, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Impact

Foster ran primarily with the first-team offense during the first of three joint practices with the Broncos.