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Chargers release 11: Manny Asprilla, Cameron Botticelli, Titus Davis, Jahwan Edwards, Curtis Grant, Brock Hekking, Forrestal Hickman ...

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton leaves no doubt about it: Rookie RB Marcus Murphy is "making this team." Payton has praised the seventh-round pick often this summer. He had his biggest game Sunday vs. Texans with 67 receiving yards, 43 rushing yards, 31 return yards.

Dez to sit out preseason finale

Dez Bryant didn't play Saturday and won't play in next week's preseason finale. Do you still feel confident enough in Dez to draft him early in fantasy football even though he hasn't taken a snap in the preseason? Play for free

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Vikings cut Brandon Bostick

The Vikes released the TE in their first round of cuts today to get down to 75 players before Tuesday's deadline, according to ESPN sources and multiple reports. Bostick was claimed off waivers in February after he was cut by the Packers.

Fitzgerald sliding down draft boards

Larry Fitzgerald -- who faces the Raiders tonight -- was once a top fantasy WR option, but he has been under 1,000 yards each of the last three years. Do you still want him on your team? Play ESPN Fantasy Football

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

No negative conspiracy theory when it comes to why Jarryd Hayne had so relatively few touches last night for the 49ers. "I've seen what I need to see," coach Jim Tomsula said on a conference call Sunday afternoon. "I think it's been a great evaluation on him." Tomsula said he simply wanted to see others in the return game, guys like Bruce Ellington, coming back from a hamstring injury, and undrafted rookie DeAndrew White, let alone veteran Reggie Bush.

Chris Johnson out vs. Oakland

The Cardinals RB is not going to play tonight vs. the Raiders. A source told ESPN's Josina Anderson Johnson "is still having problems with his hamstring. Getting better but not ready to make full speed cuts." Johnson was hurt on the last play of practice on Aug. 20.

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Ahmad Brooks, facing misdemeanor sexual battery charges and sent home from Colorado by the 49ers last week, will not practice with the team this week, coach Jim Tomsula said in a conference call on Sunday. "That's day to day," Tomsula said. "I have not been updated on that at all so it's exactly where it is." Meaning, Brooks will remain away from the team for the foreseeable future.

Texans ahead late in the fourth quarter

QB Tom Savage passed short right to WR Chandler Worthy for six yards that resulted in a touchdown. The Texans are beating the Saints 27-13. Follow live

Washington engaging in RG III trade talks

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter says of the latest drama surrounding Robert Griffin III: "RG III is not being counted on as the starting quarterback whether or not he's on the roster."


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

A funny moment after the Carolina Panthers completed practice on Sunday. Coach Ron Rivera was going down the list of injuries when he was asked about "Miley." The coach responded, "Cyrus?" Uh, no, defensive end Arthur Miley, he was told. "0h, Arthur. Arthur had a sore knee," Rivera said. The singer wasn't at practice and isn't on Carolina's injury report.

Tim Jennings no longer with the Bears

The Bears are releasing the veteran CB, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Jennings, 31, has played for the Bears the past five seasons, leading the team in interceptions in 2012 with nine.

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Willie Snead, who has turned heads throughout training camp, has been their top performer in the first half today vs. the Texans. He has four catches for 56 yards and drew a PI flag on a deep route. Snead feels like a guy that has earned a roster spot even though his role on the offense isn't clear.

Fisher: Tre Mason questionable for Week 1

Rams coach Jeff Fisher said RB Tre Mason is out for the Rams' last preseason game. He has a mild right hamstring injury that occurred after a first-down reception in the first quarter of Saturday's game vs. the Colts.

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Jones to see a specialist for ankle

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said they are still waiting to get more information on starting DT Art Jones' ankle injury. Pagano added that they likely won't know more about Jones' status until Monday. "Tough blow," Pagano said. "Don't want to see anybody get hurt."

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Packers hopeful Cobb ready for opener

WR Randall Cobb left Saturday's preseason game with a shoulder injury, but Green Bay believes he has a good chance of playing Week 1 vs. the Bears, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky. The Packers already lost WR Jordy Nelson for the season.