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Brady Henderson ESPN 

Among the positives from the Seahawks' injury-marred preseason loss to Minnesota: the play of defensive tackle Poona Ford. The 2018 undrafted free agent appeared to force a fumble when he brought down running back Alexander Mattison in the backfield for a loss (Mattison was ruled down). Ford finished with three tackles on Minnesota's first three possessions, not counting one that was negated by a penalty. Preseason performances can be misleading because of the varying levels of competition, but the Vikings started four of their five first-team offensive linemen with the exception being at right tackle. So Ford was not doing that damage against backups. He's in line to start, at least while Jarran Reed misses the first six games while serving a suspension, and is one of the Seahawks' breakout candidates.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

C Ryan Kalil, who signed Aug. 1, made his practice debut Sunday night before a few thousand fans at MetLife Stadium. Kalil, who worked with the starters, had a couple of bad shotgun snaps. Kalil admitted he's not in football shape and still has a lot to learn about the terminology.

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets injury update: S Marcus Maye (shoulder) practiced fully for the first time and is "trending" toward making his preseason debut on Saturday, per Adam Gase. LG Kelechi Osemele (pec) and RG Brian Winters (shoulder) will sit out this week. RT Brandon Shell (knee) is not seriously injured. He should return soon. CB Trumaine Johnson (hamstring) is targeting Week 1. Not an injury, but RB Le'Veon Bell won't play in the preseason, Gase announced.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Coach Adam Gase expressed regret for the Avery Williamson injury, saying, "It's on me." Give him credit for owning it, but also know this: In a situation like this, a coach is mindful of the locker-room temperature. You can bet some players were questioning why Williamson, a popular player, was the only starter in the game so late in the first half. Clearly, Gase wanted to take the bullet. And he did.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

There were a few things to like on the two possessions from Russell Wilson and the Seahawks' No. 1 offense. Maybe tops on that list: good pass-protection, which has long been an issue for Seattle. The Seahawks' offensive line can feel good about that but will regret a pair of false starts (Justin Britt, Germain Ifedi), especially after penalties marred Seattle's preseason opener. Wilson, making his preseason debut, completed six of nine attempts for 82 yards, with two of his misses coming on throws that were slightly off target. Those two possessions resulted in a punt and a field goal. The pass-protection from Seattle's backup linemen has been problematic through two possessions quarterbacked by Paxton Lynch.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers practice No. 15 news and notes… 1) Practice without Aaron Rodgers looked a lot like last Thursday's preseason game without Rodgers – ugly. With Rodgers still resting because of a sore back, LaFleur tried to ramp up the competition by moving team periods to earlier in practice. But it started badly. On the first play, he chewed out rookie running back Dexter Williams for a missed assignment. "It wasn't like a play call coming out of left field; it was something we had scripted," LaFleur said. "And when we get out there and we don't know what we're doing and we have a busted assignment, that's pretty irritating to me. It doesn't make sense to me." It was a particularly poor day for the offense. With DeShone Kizer, Tim Boyle and Manny Wilkins as the three quarterbacks, there were pre-snap penalties, dropped passes and turnovers. "It was pretty sloppy overall," LaFleur said. "That's why I said what I said in terms of if you miss somebody, the standards don't change."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers practice No. 15 news and notes… 2) It's hard to tell what Packers special teams coach Shawn Mennenga is trying to accomplish with his recent field goal periods in practice. On Sunday, he had Mason Crosby and Sam Ficken – who are supposedly competing for the kicking job – kick field goals of 22, 28, 33 and 40 yards. Last week, one practice saw them attempt kicks of 27, 32 and 37 yards. All were good, but it hardly seemed like much of a test. "Yeah that's something I'm going to… I think it was a little windy out there today, that happens in Lambeau quite a bit, too, but that's something I'm going to talk with Shawn about," LaFleur said.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers practice No. 15 news and notes… 3) Everyone was relieved that receiver J'Mon Moore came away unscathed from a car crash on Friday that the second-year receiver said was caused by wet road conditions that sent his car into a hydroplane on a local highway. Moore was back on the practice field Sunday, but he had another tough day with two dropped passes.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers practice No. 15 news and notes… 4) Matt LaFleur didn't have an update on tight end Jimmy Graham, who ran off the practice field with what looked like a dislocated finger early in the session. "Yeah, he hurt his finger," LaFleur said. "I don't know. I just know he missed the rest of practice." Here's the full participation report ... Still out: Aaron Rodgers, Kevin King, Josh Jones, Ibraheim Campbell, Oren Burks, Danny Vitale, Kabion Ento, Greg Roberts, Jace Sternberger. New: Ka'dar Hollman (stinger), David Bakhtiari (personal), Reggie Gilbert (knee). Returned: Trevor Davis, Jamaal Williams, Malcolm Johnson, Fadol Brown.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Seahawks general manager John Schneider said during his pregame radio interview that DK Metcalf will not play in tonight's preseason game against Minnesota. "He's got a sore leg," Schneider told 710 ESPN Seattle, via the station's website. "We're going to check that out and be cautious with him, and play it day by day and see how it goes." Metcalf took part in all practices this past week that were open to media; Saturday's practice was closed.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton revealed after Sunday's game that Teddy Bridgewater was sick and that he thought about taking him out of the game a little earlier -- but the Saints only had two QBs available since they wanted to keep Drew Brees sidelined. Payton also stressed that Bridgewater "didn't get a lot of help" while the Saints offense struggled in the first half. ... Meanwhile, backup QB Taysom Hill deserves praise for rallying the Saints to a come-from-behind win with his arm (11-of-15 for 136 yards and 2 TDs) and his legs (five carries for 53 yards). CBS' broadcasters also revealed that Payton compared Hill's potential to Steve Young in their pregame meetings.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

No yellow jersey for Sterling Shepard (fractured thumb) on Sunday. It's the next step in his healing process. Just about a lock to be ready for Week 1 vs Cowboys. "We believe so, yeah," coach Pat Shurmur told reporters. "Absolutely."

Lindsey Thiry ESPN 

Rams coach Sean McVay said on Sunday that an update was not available on linebacker Micah Kiser, who suffered a pec injury against the Cowboys. Kiser underwent an MRI and the team is awaiting results, McVay said. A second-year pro, Kiser is a projected starter at ILB. "You're always hoping for the best," McVay said.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

For the second straight preseason game, the long shot making the best case to make New Orleans' 53-man roster is undrafted kick returner Deonte Harris from Assumption College. Harris, who set the NCAA all-divison record with 14 career return TDs, has three punt returns for 40 yards Sunday, with a long of 26 yards. He also had a 19-yarder negated by penalty, and he has two kickoff returns for 50 yards. The Saints signed veteran punt-return specialist Marcus Sherels in free agency, but Sherels has missed the first two preseason games because of a poorly-timed injury.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

One position group that bears watching in the Seahawks' second preseason game is the one with two starting spots up for grabs: the secondary. Still undetermined is who will play safety alongside Bradley McDougald and who will be the first option at nickelback (which is essentially a starter given how Seattle's defense is in nickel about two-thirds of the time). Rookie second-round pick Marquise Blair lived up to his reputation as a thumper in the preseason opener but drew a flag for one of his hits. His coverage skills drew praise from Pete Carroll after he picked off Paxton Lynch on the final play of Friday's practice. More plays like that will help Blair unseat Tedric Thompson, who has worked with the No. 1 defense all offseason. It's hard to imagine Delano Hill winning a starting spot given how much time he's missed coming back from his hip injury. At nickelback, Carroll said Kalan Reed has earned the right to get the first crack this week over Akeem King, veteran Jamar Taylor and rookie fourth-round pick Ugo Amadi, though all should play tonight. Taylor has made a strong push of late.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Raiders general manager Mike Mayock's 45-second statement on Antonio Brown leaving camp again: “You all know that AB is not here today, right? So, here's the bottom line – he's upset about the helmet issue. We have supported that, we appreciate that. But at this point, we've pretty much exhausted all avenues of relief. So, from our perspective, it's time for him to be all in, or all out, OK? So, we're hoping he's back soon. We've got 89 guys busting their tails, we are really excited about where this franchise is going and we hope AB's going to be a big part of it, starting Week 1 against Denver. End of story. No questions, OK? Just wanted you guys to know where we were. Fair?”

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Pete Carroll was typically tight-lipped about which Seahawks will and won't play in tonight's second preseason game at Minnesota, but the expectation is that Russell Wilson will get at least a series and maybe more depending on how things go. Wilson and most of Seattle's veteran starters didn't play last week. It would not hurt to give rookie receiver DK Metcalf some game reps with Wilson after he nearly missed two long receptions on slight overthrows last week from Geno Smith. Smith returned to practice Friday, seven days after surgery to remove a cyst in his knee, but there's no word on whether he'll play. Seeing Paxton Lynch gain the ground that he did in the backup quarterback competition should give Smith all the motivation he needs to get back in action. Even if Smith is available tonight, it would make sense to give Lynch the first turn after Wilson in order to see him against better players than the ones he played against during his strong showing in the second half last week.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Rough day for Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater, who started in place of Drew Brees for the second straight week. Bridgewater completed just 5 of 12 passes for 40 yards and an interception -- with a paltry passer rating of 16. Bridgewater has looked much more polished throughout training camp and the preseason opener. But he was off-target several times Sunday against the Chargers, missing receivers high and behind them to kill multiple drives. Fortunately, his backup job is secure in New Orleans. Unfortunately, Bridgewater wants to thrive in these precious opportunities before hitting the open market again after the season.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Third-year DE Trey Hendrickson has been a dominant presence in the first quarter of the Saints' second preseason game while starting in place of Cameron Jordan. He has been in the backfield three or four times to disrupt plays, drawing one holding penalty. Hendrickson has flashed throughout training camp. A third-year leap would be huge for the Saints, who need a third DE to emerge behind starters Jordan and Marcus Davenport now that veteran Alex Okafor is gone. ... Saints DT David Onyemata is also having a good game, including a tipped pass that was intercepted. Onyemata will also play a vital role this year while Sheldon Rankins recovers from a torn Achilles.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt LaFleur said they're taking it day-by-day with Aaron Rodgers (back tightness), but he's pretty sure if this were a regular-season week he would be out there. LaFleur said it's "not overly concerning" to him, but it's starting to look like at least a possibility that Rodgers won't play in the preseason. If Rodgers doesn't play Thursday, it's probably unlikely that he would play in the finale especially considering the season opener is on a Thursday.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Second-to-last public practice goes an hour and 55 minutes and it wasn't pretty for an offense without Aaron Rodgers (back tightness).

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers safety Terrell Edmunds called the defense against the Chiefs ‘a short-term preview of the type of heat we're trying to bring all season.” Pittsburgh held Patrick Mahomes to 2-of-5 passing for 11 yards in two series. The Steelers knew the Chiefs wouldn't get too creative on offense, but the defense feels healthy and confident.