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Greg Olsen    TE   Carolina Panthers
 
Olsen (personal) will not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Steelers, the Charlotte Observer reports.

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Rather than travel with the team to Pittsburgh, Olsen will stay back in Charlotte to watch over his son's recovery from open-heart surgery. His son is reportedly doing well after undergoing the procedure earlier in the week, and if he continues to progress as expected, Olsen will rejoin the team next week and play in the regular-season opener against Tampa Bay. "A lot depends on his recovery status," Olsen said via text message Wednesday. "But he's doing well now, so hope that continues."
Derek Carr    QB   Oakland Raiders
 
Carr is expected to start and play well into the second half Thursday against the Seahawks, the Oakland Tribune reports.

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Matt Schaub (elbow) has been ruled out for the Raiders' exhibition finale, though coach Dennis Allen has been adamant that Schaub will start the regular-season opener assuming his elbow is better and he gets in ample practice time leading up to the game. However, the report notes that Carr could "at the very least shorten the leash" with a strong performance against the vaunted Seattle defense. Carr completed 19-of-32 passes for 183 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the team's first two preseason games, before sitting out last week with a concussion and a rib injury.
EJ Manuel    QB   Buffalo Bills
 
Manuel is expected to see action during Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, BuffaloBills.com reports.

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Joique Bell    RB   Detroit Lions
 
Bell has 11 carries for 42 yards through the Lions' three preseason games thus far.

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Russell Wilson    QB   Seattle Seahawks
 
Wilson has connected on 30-of-39 passes for 360 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing nine times for 61 yards and three more scores during the Seahawks' three preseason games thus far.

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Wes Welker    WR   Denver Broncos
 
Welker (concussion) won't play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Cowboys, but he has been exercising and will travel with the Broncos to Dallas, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports.

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Klis adds that Welker's progress has been encouraging, but considering that the wideout has suffered three concussions since Nov. 17 of last year, the Broncos will no doubt proceed cautiously here in advance of Week 1.
Percy Harvin    WR   Seattle Seahawks
 
Harvin (personal) did not practice Wednesday, ESPN reports.

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Harvin was allowed the day off to attend to personal business. It's unclear if he'll re-join the Seahawks for Thursday's preseason finale. Nonetheless, fantasy owners can look forward to Harvin entering the season with a clean bill of health. With Golden Tate gone, Harvin projects as Seattle's most dangerous receiver this season, while also figuring to make an impact through occasional rushing attempts and special teams returns.
Christine Michael    RB   Seattle Seahawks
 
Michael (hamstring) will not play in Thursday's preseason finale, ESPN reports.

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Michael tweaked his hamstring in practice Tuesday, so he'll now work toward being healthy for next Thursday's regular season opener. With Michael unavailable for Seattle's last exhibition outing, the team re-signed running back Demitrius Bronson. A healthy Michael figures to enter this season as the Seahawks' No. 3 ball-carrier behind Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin.
Christine Michael    RB   Seattle Seahawks
 
Michael has improved this preseason from where he was a year ago, but he still is behind Robert Turbin as the backup to Marshawn Lynch, the Seattle Times reports. "What's really cool about Christine is from where he started and where he's at is a country mile," offensive line coach Tom Cable said. "And yet there's another country mile to go."

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Knowshon Moreno    RB   Miami Dolphins
 
Moreno and Lamar Miller have split first-team running back snaps over the past two days, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

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Lamar Miller    RB   Miami Dolphins
 
Miller and Knowshon Moreno have split first-team running back snaps over the past two days, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

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Ryan Tannehill    QB   Miami Dolphins
 
Tannehill has completed 28-of-41 passes for 291 yards, one touchdown, and one interception through the Dolphins' three preseason games thus far.

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Wes Welker    WR   Denver Broncos
 
Coach John Fox indicated that Welker (concussion) is "in the exercise mode right now," Broncos Vice President of Public Relation Patrick Smyth reports.

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Josh Gordon    WR   Cleveland Browns
 
Gordon has been suspended for one year by the NFL for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Albert Breer report.

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Per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, with the league's ruling on the matter having now been upheld on appeal, Gordon will be eligible to apply for reinstatement with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell one year from now. Gordon's 2014 fantasy utility is obviously gone with the news, unless he were able to sue the NFL for an injunction, staying the suspension. If Gordon declines to file suit, or the court rejects it, you can safely drop him, but otherwise wait a couple days until his legal options have been ruled out.
Steve Johnson    WR   San Francisco 49ers
 
Johnson may not be a lock for the No. 3 receiver with the 49ers this year, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

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Cam Newton    QB   Carolina Panthers
 
Newton (ribs) says there is "no doubt in (his) mind" he'll play in Week 1 versus the Buccaneers, the Charlotte Observer reports.

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Newton has been ruled out of action this week after suffering a hairline fracture to his ribs last Friday, but all indications point strongly to him being ready for Week 1. With the stiffness in his ribs reportedly dissipating with each day, Newton should return in some capacity next week. A Saturday evaluation figures to help determine Newton's practice schedule moving forward, but fantasy owners can expect to start Newton at the regular season's onset.
Tyler Eifert    TE   Cincinnati Bengals
 
Eifert (shoulder) likely will miss Thursday's preseason finale.

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Phillip Tanner    RB   Dallas Cowboys
 
Tanner has signed with the Cowboys ahead of Thursday's preseason finale.

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Rob Gronkowski    TE   New England Patriots
 
Though Gronkowski (knee) is unlikely to play in Thursday's preseason finale, he continues to progress, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.

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