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    • Tue, Aug 23, 6:00pm

      Lions coach Jim Caldwell declined to say whether Pettigrew (knee) will begin the 2016 season on Detroit's reserve/PUP list, the Detroit Free Press reports.

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      Analysis: Pettigrew suffered a torn ACL last December and began training camp on the team's PUP list. However, the decision to place him on this specific list may ultimately be contingent on the status of fellow TE Eric Ebron (ankle). Should Ebron be healthy enough to play from the onset of the regular season, Detroit could have added incentive to shelf Pettigrew on the PUP list through Week 6 in order to ensure the veteran's return to full health.

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    • Tue, Aug 23, 5:26pm

      Geathers (foot) is considered doubtful for the team's regular season opener, Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports.

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      Analysis: Geathers has been dealing with a foot injury that he suffered during the offseason and despite original expectations that it wasn't a long-term injury, it appears he won't be ready in time for Week 1. He's been limited to biking and treadmill work recently and hasn't done any cutting, which makes it seem as if Geathers could still be a ways off from a return to the field. T.J. Green is currently the leading candidate to start at free safety for the Colts.

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    • Tue, Aug 23, 5:18pm

      Abdullah (shoulder) has expressed his desire to play in Detroit's third preseason game Saturday against the Ravens, ESPN reports. "I mean, I just want to play," Abdullah said. "Just want to play at a full-speed game tempo. That's all it really is. I've been practicing. To play in a game setting, to get back used to playing in a game since I haven't played in a preseason game yet, that'd be cool."

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      Analysis: Abdullah was incapable of playing in the Lions' first two preseason games, but has since shed the red no-contact jersey he donned for the majority of training camp in order to protect his surgically-repaired shoulder. However, regardless as to whether he's granted his wish and actually does suit up on Saturday, Abdullah remains firmly set to start Week 1 against the Colts. In question, though, is his role on special teams. The former Cornhusker led the NFL in kickoff-return yardage in 2015, but may be solely restrained to running back duties in 2016 as means to prevent the second-year pro from popping up on the injury report sometime over the course of the upcoming campaign.

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    • Tue, Aug 23, 4:43pm

      Head coach Pete Carroll professed Rawls (ankle) will not play in Seattle's third preseason game on Thursday but will be ready for the team's season opener Sep. 11 against Miami, Sports Radio KJR's Curtis Crabtree reports.

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      Analysis: Rawls has been a full participant in every practice since rejoining the team on Sunday, and was able to increase his workload in each consecutive session. It's unclear whether he will see time in the Seahawks' preseason finale Sep. 1 in Oakland, though. But, as it stands, Rawls and Christine Michael seem set to spearhead Seattle's rushing attack entering the 2016 campaign.

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    • Tue, Aug 23, 4:38pm

      Hyde should benefit from having an improved offensive line this season.

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      Analysis: Hyde showed flashes of brilliance last season, but a shoddy offensive line and a foot injury put a cap on his production. With the return of 2014 starters Daniel Kilgore and Anthony Davis to compliment the steady Joe Staley, the third-year back has the strongest line in front him since being drafted in 2014. The 49ers also used their first-round pick on the draft's highest-ranked guard, Joshua Garnett, who could enhance the line even further if he earns a starting job prior to Week 1. Hyde will still have to deal with defenses stacking the box against a 49ers team that doesn't offer much of an aerial attack, but the improved bulk up front should help combat that issue.

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    • Tue, Aug 23, 3:42pm

      McGee signed a contract with the Lions on Tuesday, MLive.com reports.

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      Analysis: The Lions seem comfortable entering the 2016 campaign with Darius Slay, Nevin Lawson, Quan Diggs and Darrin Walls serving as their top four cornerbacks, but the signing of McGee, at the expense of the recently waived Keith Williams, may signal the team is unsure of the depth behind them. Johnson Bademosi, Crezdon Butler and Alex Carter figure to join McGee as the primary competition for what may ultimately be one or two roster spots.

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    • Tue, Aug 23, 3:32pm

      Thomas (hamstring) was activated from the team's PUP list on Tuesday, Seth Walder of New York Daily News reports.

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      Analysis: While the injury was originally considered nothing serious, it ended up costing Thomas almost a month of action. On Tuesday, Thomas was activated from the PUP list and he'll likely be eased into practice in the coming few days. It's unclear if Thomas will take part in either of the team's final two preseason games, but he's fully expected to ready for the regular season opener. Look for Thomas to take on depth role in his second year with the Giants.

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    • Tue, Aug 23, 3:28pm

      Mincey announced that he is retiring from football, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.

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      Analysis: The 32-year-old racked up 216 combined tackles and 26 sacks across 96 career games.

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    • Tue, Aug 23, 3:26pm

      Carrington (undisclosed) was waived/injured by the Texans on Tuesday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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      Analysis: Carrington signed with Houston just one week ago, but had been sidelined for undisclosed reasons during the majority of his stay. The injury is presumed to be related to the season-ending quadriceps tear he suffered in 2015 since his contract included an accompanying injury waiver. Thus, his release terminates the one-year, $760,000 contract he inked last Tuesday as he was unable to remain healthy.

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    • Tue, Aug 23, 3:12pm

      Williams signed a three-year extension with the Steelers on Tuesday, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

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      Analysis: After starting 11 games during his rookie season, Williams moved back into a reserve role the last two years, but he's been a reliable depth option for the Steelers. He is expected to continue to back up the likes of Lawrence Timmons and Ryan Shazier at inside linebacker. Williams is coming off a 2015 campaign in which he posted a career-high 46 tackles, so he'll look to continue to build on his recent success during the upcoming season.

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