– Fantasy leagues that held drafts on Wednesday were, essentially, looking at a different draft board than leagues drafting on Thursday. That’s the kind of impact one of the league’s premiere quarterbacks playing 16 games as opposed to 12 games has. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman nullified Brady’s four-game suspension on Thursday and, while the league will appeal the decision, it doesn’t plan to seek an injunction in the meantime to keep Brady off the field. The decision does more than raise Brady up a few slots on pre-draft quarterback rankings.
– The Steelers may have lost some more firepower to start the season. After ranking second in the league in yards in 2014, Pittsburgh was already set to be without running back Le’Veon Bell for the first two games of 2015 as he serves a suspension. Now, the team may be without second-year receiver Martavis Bryant for its first four games as he faces a suspension for violating the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy.
– Eagles running back DeMarco Murray reportedly feels good about potentially making his team debut on Saturday against the Ravens. Murray has been dealing with an undisclosed injury that has led head coach Chip Kelly to hold him back during training camp and out of the Eagles’ preseason opener. Murray led the league in yards from scrimmage in 2014 with 2,261.
The Colts have been making major investments in their receiving corps this offseason, signing Andre Johnson in free agency and drafting Phillip Dorsett in the first round of this year’s draft. These additions won’t mean a diminished role for incumbent T.Y. Hilton, however, as evidenced by the $65-million contract the Colts rewarded Hilton with on Thursday.
– One of Wednesday’s biggest storylines was news that Texans running back Arian Foster will undergo groin surgery and likely be placed on short-term injured reserve. On Thursday, attentions shifted to who will replace Foster to start the season. Early reports have Alfred Blue likely to get the first crack at taking Foster’s role.