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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons WR Julio Jones stops to talk with honorary game captain D'Eric, who was born without a right leg. Jones extended the invitation to D'Eric during training camp.

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

Carson Wentz will not play against the Ravens Thursday, meaning he won't see game action at all this preseason. "Whether I'm out there in a live situation or not, I feel that I am ready for Week 1," he said.

Lindsey Thiry ESPN 

With starters and key reserves sitting out of preseason games, the Rams held about a 60-play scrimmage during practice on Thursday. They had normal stoppages in play, including a simulated halftime. RB Todd Gurley did not participate as part of his every-other-day format, Sean McVay said. CB Aqib Talib also did not participate as he nurses a hamstring issue.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons long snapper Josh Harris stops to take a photo with 17-year-old Chase McDaniel from Carrollton High, the same school Harris attended. McDaniel has Stage 4 lymphoma, but the cancer is shrinking, his mother told ESPN. McDaniel's high school coach firmly believes he will play DL/LB again.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars will have their full OL for tonight's game in Miami, with RT Jawaan Taylor in the starting lineup. Will Richardson will start at RG, which would indicate that he's won the competition there with A.J. Cann. LT Cam Robinson will only be on the field for a limited amount of snaps, but he will start. Good for QB Nick Foles, who likely wouldn't play if the first-string OL wasn't on the field. No surprise on players that won't play: WR Marqise Lee, RB Alfred Blue, LB Quincy Williams, TE Geoff Swaim, TE Josh Oliver, DT Marcell Dareus, LB Jake Ryan, LT Davis Tull, TE Charles Jones.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

RB Saquon Barkley (coaches decision), WRs Sterling Shepard (thumb) and Golden Tate (concussion), CBs DeAndre Baker (knee) and Sam Beal (hamstring) and LB Alec Ogletree (calf) among the Giants that will not play Thursday. ‬ TE Evan Engram could make his first appearance of the preseason.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Running back Derrius Guice, making his preseason debut after tearing his ACL last summer, will be one to watch tonight. The big key for Guice is cutting with confidence on his leg. One nugget: At a recent practice, Guice made a sharp cut and looked back at running backs coach Randy Jordan with a look that said, "Did you see that!?" It's all part of the process of coming back from a difficult injury. The more Guice can cut on his knee with confidence, the better off the Redskins will be offensively.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Seahawks first-round pick L.J. Collier was on the field Thursday doing some light running in warmups without a helmet. Pete Carroll said Wednesday that Collier is not yet able to cut at full speed on the ankle he sprained early in training camp. "He's doing a lot of stuff," Carroll said when asked if Collier is closer to coming back. "He's up and moving and all that and AlterG and all those kinds of things. Not quite ready to unload on it where he can run up on it and change direction. So, not quite."

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Russell Wilson recently realized his long-time goal of becoming an owner of a professional sports franchise when he joined the ownership group of the MLS' Seattle Sounders. He said the process started last fall and that one of his motivations was making sure the Sounders didn't relocate. "We really care about Seattle," he said. "It's a special place for us and we wanted to make sure it didn't move anywhere else, to be honest with you."


Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers will get a long look at inside linebackers Curtis Bolton and Ty Summers tonight against the Raiders in Winnipeg. They're expected to start now that Blake Martinez won't play, according to a source. Martinez did not make the trip, although the source said it's nothing serious and he will be ready for Week 1. Nevertheless, it should help tell the Packers whether they can rely on the two rookies or whether they will have to add to that position before the regular-season opener.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Andy Reid on this week's meeting between Patrick Mahomes and Brett Fabre.


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady, with a stylish hat, arrives and says, "Let's go baby!"


Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos coach Vic Fangio said Thursday Kevin Hogan will start at quarterback against the Los Angeles Rams Saturday night and that rookie Brett Rypien would also get some playing time. Fangio added Hogan would play more in the game. Fangio also said virtually all of the starters would not play against the Rams, though it was possible tight end Jake Butt, who has not played in the preseason, would play at least some if he came through Thursday's practice and Friday's on-field work without any issues with his knee.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos quarterback Drew Lock said Thursday that the virtual reality gear at the Broncos' facility will have to be a significant part of his daily routine since he cannot throw in practices as he recovers from his right thumb injury. He said he will have to do "two times'' more classroom work since he will not be practicing and "the VR stuff upstairs is going to be heavily used ... it helps a lot, being able to see what Joe (Flacco) does, kind of from his angle and things ... being able to see every single rep, being able to see what the defense does, being able to see it in a ton of different looks.'' He said he used VR in his sophomore and junior years at Missouri as well.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears head coach Matt Nagy says three of the positions he's focused on in terms of depth: tight end, inside linebacker and cornerback. The Bears will again only play backups in their third preseason game vs. the Colts on Saturday night.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Linebacker Sean Lee has practiced the last three days, and anticipates he will play Saturday at least some against the Houston Texans. Lee suffered a slightly sprained medial collateral ligament in the first padded practice while in Oxnard, California, and returned to practice on Tuesday. “I think it's just good to get live reps, particularly as a linebacker,” Lee said. “Tackling live is something we don't do, so being able to get that under your belt, that live full rep, always helps.”

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears DL Akiem Hicks was sidelined with an oblique injury yesterday but he returned to practice on Thursday.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers' game day: Ron Rivera hopes to get quarterback Cam Newton three to four series tonight when the Panthers face New England. It will be his first work of the exhibition season . A lot depends on how efficient the first series or two is. Running back Christian McCaffrey and the rest of the starters also expected to play in a dress rehearsal for the opener.

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

The Eagles have agreed to a trade with Arizona to acquire S Rudy Ford in exchange for DT Bruce Hector. Ford was a 6th round pick out of Auburn in 2017. He played 13 games last year (1 start), posting 9 tackles. With Hector unlikely to make team because of d-line depth, this gives the Eagles a chance to take a look at Ford up close and see what they have.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals traded S Rudy Ford to the Eagles for DL Bruce Hector, pending physicals for both players, the Cardinals announced.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets injury report: C Ryan Kalil (pictured) will make his preseason debut Saturday night against the Saints. He will play about a quarter. LG Kelechi Osemele (pec) and RG Brian Winters (shoulder) won't play. They did individual drills today and are on pace to start the opener. CB Trumaine Johnson (hamstring) made an appearance on the practice field, but only stretching — a minor step in his recovery. His Week 1 status is very much in doubt.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Alvin Kamara tried out a new interview partner Thursday, now that former Saints RB Mark Ingram is gone. And he detailed what impresses him about Michael Thomas' receiving skills.


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

LB Brandon Copeland, who is eligible to practice during his four-game PED suspension, didn't practice Thursday because of a thumb injury that occurred Wednesday, per Adam Gase. There was no sign of him in the locker room, either. Said Gase: "He's one of the guys in the locker room who tries to do everything right. It's an unfortunate situation. I know it's tough for him to deal with." Gase said they knew a suspension was likely coming. That, he said, factored into the decision to use Copeland with the backups in the first two games.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

With his holdout at 27 days, Ezekiel Elliott could face fines and repayment of a prorated portion of signing bonus money from the Cowboys totaling a little more than $2 million. He is subject to a fine of $40,000 each day he misses, and the team can seek up to 25 percent of his $4.087 million signing bonus proration. If he misses a regular-season game, he would miss out on roughly $226,000 each week. Whenever the holdout ends, will the Cowboys enforce the penalties?