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DeVante Parker (foot) caught one pass (three targets) for 11 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Buccaneers.

Impact

Making his NFL debut, Parker caught a quick slant for 11 yards but didn't have a shot to haul in his other two targets. Though he only played on Miami's first two drives, his availability – even in a limited capacity – was still a good sign for his chances to suit up in Week 1. The Dolphins have a very crowded receiving corps, and while the talented rookie will likely begin his career fourth or fifth on the depth chart, it won't be surprising if he quickly moves up.

Dan Herron left Thursday's preseason game against the Bengals due to a shoulder injury, ESPN's Mike Wells reports.

Impact

Herron left the field in pain after returning a kickoff, then angrily threw his helmet on the sideline, according to Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star. If the injury turns out to be serious, the Colts will look to some combination of Zurlon Tipton, Josh Robinson (head) and Vick Ballard (hamstring) to back-up Frank Gore. The team might also be interested in the veteran free-agent market.

Vick Ballard tweaked his hamstring injury during Thursday's preseason game against the Bengals, Scout.com's Phillip B. Wilson reports.

Impact

Making his second appearance of the preseason, Ballard gained 29 yards on nine carries and 12 yards on three receptions, but then left the game due to an aggravation of his hamstring injury. He's competing with Zurlon Tipton and Josh Robinson (head) for the third spot on the depth chart, but presumed No. 2 running back Dan Herron appeared to suffer a shoulder injury during Thursday's game, Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Benny Cunningham won't take the field for Thursday's preseason finale against the Chiefs, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

With Todd Gurley in the final stages of his recovery from a torn ACL and Tre Mason dealing with a sore hamstring, the potential exists for Cunningham to get the nod at running back in the regular season opener against the Seahawks. Ultimately, Mason's ability, or lack thereof, to practice this coming week will determine Cunningham's workload in Week 1.

David Cobb (calf) won't take the field Thursday against the Vikings, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Impact

Cobb will thus miss the final two exhibition tilts due to a calf injury, which required the use of a walking boot this week. Entering the week of preparation for the regular season opener, he can't be considered anything better than questionable due to his week-to-week availability. No matter, Wednesday's injury report should give us the first glimmer of his potential to play on Sept. 13 in Tampa Bay.

Dwayne Bowe (hamstring) will start Thursday's preseason finale at Chicago, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Impact

Rumors swirled prior to the game that Bowe needs to impress to emerge from the final round of cuts with a spot on the Browns' 53-man roster, according to Anthony Lima of cleveland.cbslocal.com. In his only preseason appearance Saturday, Bowe failed to gather in any of his three targets, meaning he needs to make at least some impression Thursday. Considering he inked a two-year contract with the Browns in the offseason, his failure to make the roster wouldn't bode well for a gig elsewhere down the road.

Devin Funchess (hamstring) is expected to play in Thursday's preseason contest at Pittsburgh, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Impact

Funchess has received a bump in relevance due to an unfortunate turn of events: Kelvin Benjamin's torn ACL. Although Funchess' appearance Thursday may be merely a test run, it's a bit surprising that the Panthers are subjecting the rookie wideout to potential aggravation of his hamstring. If he emerges unscathed, though, he would be in line to take the field for the regular season opener on Sept. 13 in Jacksonville.

Marqise Lee (hamstring) won't suit up for Thursday's preseason finale in Washington, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.

Impact

As a result, Lee won't log a preseason snap due to the strained hamstring that he endured in the first week of training camp. His practice participation next week will go a long way in determining his availability for the regular season opener on Sept. 13 against the Panthers.

Devonta Freeman (hamstring) won't play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Ravens, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

As expected, Freeman will go through exhibition season without taking a snap due to a hamstring strain. In any case, the rest afforded him now could result in a full practice in preparation for the regular season opener on Sept. 14 versus the Eagles.

Anthony Lima of cleveland.cbslocal.com relays via Solomon Wilcots of the Browns radio network that Dwayne Bowe may need to impress in Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears in order to cement his spot on Cleveland's final roster.

Impact

While the report is speculative in nature, this is a situation to monitor with final roster cut-downs around the corner and every season bringing at least a handful of surprising roster moves in advance of Week 1. Given that Bowe signed a lucrative two-year deal with the Browns in March, in a move designed to help boost the team's wideout corps, it would still be a surprise to see the team give up on the veteran wideout, but this nugget does add some potential intrigue to Thursday's contest.

DeVante Parker (foot) will start Thursday's preseason finale versus the Buccaneers, Jenna Laine of Sports Talk 1040 reports.

Impact

After getting a screw replaced in his left foot on June 5, Parker will finally log his first professional snap, despite failing to fit in a full practice. As long as he avoids a setback Thursday, he'll be available for the season opener on Sept. 13 at Washington.

DeVante Parker (foot) could potentially make his game debut for the Dolphins in Thursday's preseason finale against the Bucs, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Impact

Per the report, Parker was taped up and looked ready to play in advance of the contest, but such an outcome has yet to be confirmed. If Parker does play, however, it would obviously be a major step toward the rookie wideout securing an early-season role in the Miami passing offense.

Derek Anderson signed a two-year contract extension with the Panthers on Wednesday, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Impact

Anderson was headed for free agency in the 2016 offseason, but proved sufficiently serviceable in securing two victories against the Buccaneers last year to prompt the Panthers to once again retain him as veteran insurance. The 32-year-old enters his fifth season overall backing up Cam Newton, and is expected to only be called upon in case of injury to the team's franchise quarterback. Terms of the extension were not disclosed, but Jones reports that Anderson was set to earn $1.175 million in 2015 under the terms of his previous contract.

Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) plans to return to Giants next week, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.

Impact

Without outlining a precise timetable, the report notes that Pierre-Paul expects to be able to play at some point early in the coming season. His on-field productivity (77 tackles and 12.5 sacks last season) make him an asset in IDP formats, but those without the flexibility to stash Pierre-Paul on fantasy rosters are advised to monitor his progress, with an eye toward a possible in-season add.

Andrew Franks will continue his quest to unseat incumbent Caleb Sturgis for the starting placekicker job during Thursday's preseason finale against the Buccaneers, James Walker of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

The undrafted rookie has made things interesting for the Dolphins coaches, nailing a 51-yard field goal in last Saturday's contest against the Falcons and displaying a strong leg in practice throughout training camp. Coach Joe Philbin has already indicated he is not closed to the idea of starting rookies at both kicker and punter, leaving the door wide open for Franks if he can turn in another solid performance. Sturgis' 77.5 percent career success rate on field goals is not a particularly high standard to match, but if Franks ends up with the job, he would have to to display consistency and a strong leg in the face of a live rush in the regular season's early going to cement his role on what is expected to be a contending team.

Torrey Smith (knee) is unlikely to see any action in Thursday's final preseason game, the 49ers' official website reports.

Impact

Smith has been dealing with a minor knee contusion for the past couple of weeks, but he should be ready to go once the regular season begins. Thursday's likely absence is due to the nature of the final preseason game. Had this been a regular season game, Smith would be good to go. He will line up opposite Anquan Boldin this season as a starting wideout for his new club.

Charles Johnson (calf/upper back) will miss the Panthers' preseason finale against the Steelers on Thursday Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Impact

Johnson will have missed the entirety of the preseason a year after sitting out the Panthers' final three exhibition games in 2014 and subsequently getting off to a sluggish first month in the regular campaign that saw him held without a sack. The calf and upper back maladies responsible for Johnson's absence this year, both suffered in practice, currently leave his status for the team's Week 1 tilt against the Jaguars worth monitoring.

Tom Brady is among the Patriots' starters not in line to see the field in Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

Impact

Brady's expected absence Thursday in a meaningless preseason game is hardly noteworthy on its own, but it takes on added relevance in the context of the team keeping him healthy for next Thursday's regular season opener against the Steelers, now that the quarterback's four-game suspension has been nullified.

T.J. Ward has been suspended for the Broncos' regular season opener for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports.

Impact

He'll join defensive end Derek Wolfe (who was suspended for the first four games of the season) on the sideline in Week 1, with David Bruton listed as the Broncos' backup strong safety behind Ward on the team's posted depth chart.

With top draft pick Todd Gurley still working his way back from a knee injury and Tre Mason possibly iffy for the Rams' season opener due to a sore hamstring, Benny Cunningham could potentially draw the team's start at running back in Week 1, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Impact

Though he only recorded 66 carries for 246 yards in 16 games last year, to go along with 45 catches for 352 yards, Cunningham did record four total TDs in that span. Thus, depending on the early-season status of Gurley and Mason, Cunningham could be a sneaky Week 1 play for those scrambling for short-term running back help for any reason, though his matchup in the season-opener (Seattle) is far from optimal.