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Andrew Luck IND QB
Colts' Andrew Luck: Announces retirement31m ago
Luck (calf/ankle) announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday. "I am going to retire. This is the hardest decision of my life," he said. "[I] felt "stuck" in [a] four-year cycle of injuries and recovery. It's taken my joy of this game away."
After suiting up for all 16 games in each of his first three pro seasons, Luck missed 26 contests over the ensuing three campaigns before playing a full slate yet again in 2018. However, with additional injury concerns plaguing him this offseason, training camp and preseason, he's made the decision to call it a career. The Colts will turn to Jacoby Brissett to run the offense moving forward.
Dwayne Washington NO RB
Saints' Dwayne Washington: Sustains concussion1h ago
Washington sustained a concussion in Saturday's preseason matchup with the Jets, Luke Johnson of USA Today reports.
It's unclear how long Washington will need to recover and pass through the league's concussion protocol. The 25-year-old carried the ball eight times for 29 yards (3.6 YPC) before exiting the game. While Washington's sidelined, Jacquizz Rodgers seems to be the candidate to receive extra reps.
Darron Lee KC ILB
Chiefs' Darron Lee: Dealing with chest injury1h ago
Lee exited Saturday's preseason matchup with San Francisco due to a chest injury and is questionable to return.
Lee was originally traded to the Chiefs from the Jets in May for a sixth-round pick in 2020. It's unclear how serious the injury is or how much it could hinder the 24-year-old from trying to earn a rotational role in Kansas City's linebacking corps.
Duke Johnson HOU RB
Texans' Duke Johnson: Becomes No. 1 in Houston1h ago
Johnson will become the Texans starter at running back following the knee injury suffered by Lamar Miller during Saturday's preseason loss to the Cowboys, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Miller suffered what the Texans fear is a torn ACL and will likely be lost for the season. Houston could look into acquiring another back, but as of right now, Johnson the leading man in the backfield.
Olivier Vernon CLE DE
Browns' Olivier Vernon: Records two sacks Friday1h ago
Vernon recorded four tackles and two sacks in Friday's preseason loss to the Buccaneers.
The Browns had all sorts of issues on offense, but the first-team defense was in mid-season form, recording five sacks in the first half. Vernon, a 2018 Pro Bowl lineman, had little trouble putting pressure on Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston.
Eric Kush CLE G
Browns' Eric Kush: Logs snaps with first team1h ago
Kush took all the first team snaps at right guard during Friday's preseason loss to the Buccaneers, Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site reports.
Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens confirmed that Kush will likely be the starter at right guard when the regular season opens. "There's always competition," Kitchens said. "I thought he did some things nice yesterday, but he's got to continue to get better. He's not a finished product by any stretch of the imagination. Eric will get the first shot of seeing what he can do, and so far, he's been doing very well. Not good enough yet, but he'll continue to get better to get there." He has out-performed Austin Corbett, a 2018 second-round pick, and earned the job.
Willi Castro DET 2B
Tigers' Willi Castro: Productive in MLB debut2m ago
Castro went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Saturday's 8-5 loss to the Twins.
Castro was called up from Triple-A Toledo earlier in the day, and the 22-year-old just kept hitting. He had a .301/.366/.467 slash line in 525 plate appearances with the Mud Hens and should settle in as the Tigers' everyday shortstop the rest of the season. Castro is one of Detroit's top prospects, making him an intriguing option for fantasy owners who could use a boost in the middle infield and are willing to trust the youngster.
Chi Chi Gonzalez COL SP
Rockies' Chi Chi Gonzalez: Can't find plate against Cards2m ago
Gonzalez (0-5) took the loss Saturday as the Rockies were blanked 6-0 by the Cardinals, coughing up five runs on three hits and six walks over 4.1 innings. He struck out two.
The right-hander threw only 44 of 86 pitches for strikes and issued three free passes in the fifth inning before getting the hook. Gonzalez will carry a 6.43 ERA and atrocious 20:21 K:BB through 35 innings into his next start Thursday, at home against the Pirates.
Ivan Nova CHW SP
White Sox's Ivan Nova: Falls short of quality start9m ago
Nova (9-10) took the loss Saturday, giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits over 5.2 innings while striking out six as the White Sox fell 4-0 to the Rangers.
The right-hander was locked in a pitchers' duel with Kolby Allard through five innings, but after a Tim Anderson error put Elvis Andrus on with one out in the sixth, Nova served up a homer to Willie Calhoun that broke open the scoreless tie and ended his winning streak at five. Nova still has a 0.94 ERA and 25:7 K:BB through 48 innings over his last seven starts, but he'll face a tough test in his next outing Friday in Atlanta.
Brandon Dixon DET 1B
Tigers' Brandon Dixon: Whiffs four times Saturday11m ago
Dixon went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in Saturday's 8-5 loss to the Twins.
It was a rough night for Dixon, and to add insult to injury, his final strikeout ended the game. The 27-year-old entered the contest with a 31.8 percent strikeout rate, so boom-or-bust efforts are to be expected, and he was definitely on the bust side Saturday.
Willie Calhoun TEX LF
Rangers' Willie Calhoun: Goes deep again15m ago
Calhoun went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 4-0 win over the White Sox.
His sixth-inning shot proved to be the game-winning hit as Kolby Allard and the Rangers bullpen combined on a shutout. Calhoun has now homered in back-to-back games with four long balls in his last six contests, and the 24-year-old is establishing himself as a key part of the future in Texas.
Nicholas Castellanos CHC RF
Cubs' Nicholas Castellanos: Collects two hits in loss16m ago
Castellanos went 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Nationals.
Castellanos has been a hitting machine since joining the Cubs at the trade deadline, as he now has 12 multi-hit efforts in 22 games with the team. The 27-year-old outfielder is locked in as the No. 2 hitter in a strong lineup and should continue posting good counting stats if he keeps swinging the bat like this.
Kyle Kuzma LAL PF
Lakers' Kyle Kuzma: Out of World Cup with ankle injury8h ago
Kuzma, due to a left ankle injury suffered prior to Saturday's exhibition loss to Australia, will be forced to withdraw from the FIBA World Cup, the Associated Press reports.
The injury is only considered "soreness", so it doesn't seem like Kuzma is in any danger of missing the start of training camp. Heading into 2019-20, he'll look to continue building on strong rookie and sophomore campaigns.
Derrick White SA PG
Spurs' Derrick White: Passes first concussion test9h ago
White, who took a nasty fall during Team USA's loss to Australia on Friday night, passed his first concussion test, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports. That said, White did need four stitches near his left eye.
Thankfully for the Spurs and White, it appears he's avoided any serious injury. More information on his recovery should emerge in the coming days.
Dwight Howard MEM C
Lakers' Dwight Howard: Finalizing move to Lakers1d ago
Howard is on the verge of reaching a buyout with the Grizzlies and plans to sign a contract with the Lakers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the deal will be non-guaranteed, as the Lakers need Howard to "show he's made changes in how he conducts himself." Lakers players were also reportedly involved in the process.
Howard shores up the Lakers' center depth following the loss of DeMarcus Cousins to an ACL tear. Howard appeared in just nine games last season due to a lower-back/glute injury. He played well in 2017-18, averaging 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 assists in 30.4 minutes. That said, it seems unlikely Howard will see that kind of a role during his age 33 season. Assuming Howard's deal ends up guaranteed, he'll be competing for minutes with Anthony Davis and JaVale McGee at center. Kyle Kuzma and LeBron James could spent spot minutes at the position as well. Given the nature of the contract, the marriage between the Lakers and Howard could fall apart quickly, but there is certainly fantasy upside for Howard if the relationship ends up being tenable.
Robert Covington MIN SF
Timberwolves' Robert Covington: To be ready for camp2d ago
Covington is "on course" to be ready for training camp, Dane Moore of Zone Coverage reports.
Covington ended up missing extended time after coming over from Philadelphia as part of the Jimmy Butler deal, and his season officially ended on a sour note, as he underwent surgery late in the regular season. All indications are that the versatile, three-and-D wing will be back in the fold by the time training camp rolls around, and he'll make for an appealing fantasy asset as the expected starter at power forward. However, the knee injury means Covington, who averaged 2.1 steals in 35 games last season, will carry some increased injury risk.
Donte DiVincenzo MIL SG
Bucks' Donte DiVincenzo: 'Feeling 100 percent'2d ago
DiVincenzo is back at full strength after dealing with a heel injury near the end of his rookie season, Delaware Online reports.
In an interview with a local outlet in his home state of Delaware, DiVincenzo said he's "100 percent" after battling the heel injury for the last several months. After finding himself in the regular rotation early on, DiVincenzo played in only four games after Jan. 1, and he did not appear in any of Milwaukee's postseason contests. The second-year guard will look to work his way back into the mix when camp begins next month, but he'll face stiff competition for minutes from Wes Matthews, Pat Connaughton, Kyle Korver, Sterling Brown and George Hill.
Lonzo Ball NO PG
Pelicans' Lonzo Ball: Back to working out2d ago
Ball (ankle) has resumed workouts in preparation for the 2019-20 season.
The No. 2 overall pick in 2017 has been hampered by ankle injuries in each of his first two years in the league -- the most recent of which kept him out for the final three months of last season. While Ball, whose last game came against Houston on Jan. 19, endured a lengthy recovery process, he was back on the floor earlier this week going through shooting and ball-handling drills at what looked to be full speed. The 21-year-old should be at 100 percent health by the time training camp rolls around, and he'll look to secure a spot in the new-look Pelicans' starting five.
Pat Maroon TB LW
Lightning's Patrick Maroon: Joining Tampa Bay5h ago
Maroon signed a one-year, $900,000 deal with the Lightning on Saturday.
Maroon took a discounted one-year deal to sign with his hometown Blues last season, and he'll join another contender this season fresh off the Stanley Cup victory. The 31-year-old had 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in 74 games last season while laying out 135 hits.
Casey Mittelstadt BUF C
Sabres' Casey Mittelstadt: Bigger and stronger6h ago
Mittelstadt, coming off a somewhat disappointing season where he had just 12 goals and 13 assists in 77 games while mostly serving as the second-line center, has been a workout fanatic this offseason and showed up at a recent team event noticeably bigger and stronger. "Casey, just seeing him here today, I think he's taken a big step," said general manager Jason Botterill. "We challenged him a little bit about some of his conditioning in the summer. I think he's really done that extremely well. I think it's always that first or second year, that's where good players take that jump."
Being a key contributor at the NHL level requires a lot more than just one good summer of workout commitment, but it's a start for Mittelstadt, who seemed to learn a lot of lessons as the Sabres stuck with him during the up-and-down rookie campaign. While the team drafted Dylan Cozens seventh overall, the current plan is still to have Mittelstadt center the second line. We'll see if he can take a big step forward in his second season.
Evgeny Kuznetsov WAS C
Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov: Receives international ban2d ago
Kuznetsov was given a four-year suspension from international play by the IIHF on Friday for testing positive for cocaine at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
Kuznetsov denied taking an illegal substance when a social media post surfaced in May that showed him sitting in front of several lines of an unidentified white powder, and the NHL opted not to suspend him at that time. This latest news, however, could bring the center under further scrutiny and force the NHL to reconsider its decision.
Mikko Koivu MIN C
Wild's Mikko Koivu: Focused on Opening Night2d ago
Koivu (knee) is skating in Finland and will be ready for training camp, but may not suit up during the preseason in order to prepare for Opening Night versus Nashville on Oct. 3, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
It's a step in the right direction for Koivu as he continues to recover from ACL surgery. The center may not find himself in a top-six role due to the emergence of Joel Eriksson Ek, but will no doubt serve on the power play. In limited action last year (48 games), the Finn notched eight goals and 21 helpers. If he can stay healthy, Koivu should be capable of reaching the 40-point mark and may even push for 50.
Andrew MacDonald CGY D
Flames' Andrew MacDonald: Inks PTO with Calgary2d ago
MacDonald will attend the Flames' training camp on a professional tryout agreement.
MacDonald appeared in 47 games with the Flyers last season, tallying nine assists while posting a minus-5 rating. Philadelphia put the 32-year-old on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract in June, but Calgary evidently believes he may still have something left in the tank. However, he should still be considered a longshot to land a spot on the Flames' Opening Night roster, and even if he's able to do so, MacDonald will have little to no fantasy value in 2019-20.
Lars Eller WAS C
Capitals' Lars Eller: Healthy heading into camp2d ago
Eller has fully recovered from the leg injury he aggravated during the IIHF World Championship, J.J. Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Eller was limited by a leg injury during the Capitals' playoff run and then worsened the issue while representing Team Denmark at Worlds, but he's evidently back to 100 percent ahead of Washington's training camp. The 30-year-old forward will continue to fill a middle-six role while seeing time on the Capitals' second power-play unit in 2019-20, giving him 35-plus point upside.