Tuesday August 18th, 2015

Entering the second week of preseason play, NFL training camps are in full swing. Attention turns toward final roster cuts, developing rookies and settling the depth charts.

As always, there are still moves to be made. Some teams, such as the Washington Redskins or New York Giants, are looking for replacements to injured players lost for the season. 

Elsewhere, teams expecting to contend will look to plug any surprising weaknesses and teams seeking a turnaround will see what improvements are possible.

So, what’s the latest on these teams and players? Check back often as we update below with the latest scoops on transactions, injury news and rumors.

FARRAR: Injuries to impact players affecting several rosters

Aug. 18

  • Arizona Cardinals rookie defensive end Zack Wagenmann broke his foot for the second time since April and will miss the 2015 season, reports The Billings Gazette
  • Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Kiko Alonso has been cleared to practice after suffering a concussion, but did not practice fully Tuesday, reports Eagles Insider. 
  • Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher is expected to miss a couple weeks with a sprained ankle, reports ESPN's Ed Werder. 
  • Former tight end Chris Cooley told The Washington Post he is “literally begging” the Washington Redskins for a chance to play this season. 
  • Contract discussions between 2012 first-round pick Luke Kuechly and the Carolina Panthers are “heating up,” reports Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer
  • The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders are willing to change conferences if they share a proposed stadium in Los Angeles. 
  • New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning wants to be the highest-paid player in the NFL, reports NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. 
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers have released quarterback Tajh Boyd, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The team also signed receiver Jarrod West. Boyd's position on the team was in jeopardy after the Steelers activated quarterback Bruce Gradkowski from the physically unable to perform list Sunday. 
  • Though he is not legally required to be, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady plans to attend a Wednesday settlement conference in the Deflategate federal court case, reports Tom Pelissero of USA Today. The NFL has not said who from the league will be attending the hearing, reports Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. 
  • Former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo has settled his animal cruelty charge, but Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said the team is "happy" at linebacker, and has no immediate plans to bring Shembo back, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • The Seattle Seahawks released long snapper and U.S. Army veteran Nate Boyer on Tuesday, the NFL announcedWith Seattle in need of a skill position player, the 34-year-old NFL rookie was cut to make room on the roster. Boyer wasigned in May immediately after the NFL draft.
  • The San Francisco 49ers traded tight end Asante Cleveland to the New England Patriots, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. The Patriots will send the 49ers backup offensive lineman Jordan Devey, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. 
  • The Steelers, long known for their signature 3-4 defense under longtime coordinator Dick LeBeau, will use elements of a 3-4 and 4-3 on defense this season, reports the Washington County Observer-Reporter. Current defensive coordinator Keith Butler is hoping the shifting alignments will help a team which finished 18th in both points and yards allowed per game. 
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Gosder Cherilus after an injury to starting right tackle Demar Dotson. 
  • Minnesota Vikings 2014 first-round pick Anthony Barr is expected to play in the team's second preseason game Saturday, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The outside linebacker suffered a season-ending knee injury in November of last year, and missed time in the spring and during training camp with another knee issue. The Vikings also officially placed right tackle Phil Loadholt on injured reserve after his torn Achilles. 
  • Buffalo Bills manager Doug Whaley told reporters the team is “excited” for Tyrod Taylor to start Buffalo's next preseason game, reports the Buffalo News. Taylor appears to be the frontrunner for the Bills' starting quarterback job, with Matt Cassell behind him, and E.J. Manuel a distant third.  

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