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TC Notes: Moreno Nears Miami Debut

-Knowshon Moreno (knee) is expected to make his Miami preseason debut against the Cowboys on Saturday. Last year should have taught us to never write off Moreno, unexciting as his game might be at times, but the general assumption up until now has been that underachieving third-year runner Lamar Miller holds the lead in Miami's running back race. If Moreno can show some burst and erase concerns over his June arthroscopic knee surgery, it's easy to see him forcing a timeshare with Miller at the very least. Moreno showed the ability to pick up the blitz and produce reliably as a receiver in Denver last year, so it seems as if Moreno is particularly threatening to Miller's hold on passing down and two-minute drill snaps.

-Rookie second-round pick Jeremy Hill might see some snaps with the first-team Cincinnati offense when the Bengals take on the Cardinals on Sunday, which means that the LSU product is over the shoulder injury that he suffered against the Jets on Saturday. Furthermore, he'll have a chance to show offensive coordinator Hue Jackson just what he can do behind the starting Cincinnati offensive line. The Bengals already intended to make use of Hill – they wouldn't have selected him in the second round of the draft if they didn't – but a strong showing with the starters would give them reason to speed up the process.

-I wouldn't normally make note of an offensive lineman's PED suspension, but presumed Chiefs starting right tackle Donald Stephenson will sit out the first four games of the year, which is bad news for a Kansas City offensive line that already had to deal with the struggles of 2013 first overall pick Eric Fisher. Fisher didn't play well as a rookie right tackle last year, and he's struggling with his transition You can't let news like this alter your evaluation of Jamaal Charles, but it's easy to see the already underwhelming Chiefs passing game take another step back if Alex Smith has to deal with additional edge pressure.

-LeSean McCoy suffered a thumb injury against the Steelers on Thursday, but an MRI revealed nothing of concern. The toe injury McCoy dealt with prior to Thursday was evidently a non-issue as well, as he totaled 24 yards on four carries and two catches for 26 yards and a touchdown prior to leaving with the jammed thumb.