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  • Devron Harper MIN WR
    Devron Harper: Let go by Minnesota
    32m ago

    The Vikings waived Harper on Monday, Howard Balzer of GoPHNX.com reports.

    Harper inked with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent shortly after the 2024 NFL Draft, but after spending OTAs and mandatory minicamp with the team he now has to search for an opportunity elsewhere in the league. The former Mercer standout was a productive return man at the collegiate level.

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  • De'Von Achane MIA RB
    Dolphins' De'Von Achane: Wants more looks in passing game
    1h ago

    Achane has prioritized improving his route-running this offseason and could earn more opportunities to line up out wide Year 2, David Furones of the Sun Sentinel reports.

    Achane said during June mandatory minicamp he's been "lining up at different positions, as far as like receiver, running routes and stuff," calling those drills "something that we're doing different this year." The second-year pro, who logged record-breaking efficiency during his rookie season, said that in addition to becoming a more versatile pass-catcher, his priority this offseason has been adding muscle in order to better avoid injury. Achane will have to compete with positional mates Raheem Mostert and rookie Jaylen Wright for touches during the 2024 campaign, so it would be encouraging to see him develop into a capable enough receiver to catch passes out wide, rather than only out of the backfield. Despite the Dolphins looking primed to deploy a backfield committee, Achane's explosiveness and big-play ability make it easy to project a high fantasy ceiling Year 2. If he's indeed able to improve his versatility and durability this offseason, that could also give him a more consistent floor.

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  • Kaiir Elam BUF CB
    Bills' Kaiir Elam: Entering important third season
    2d ago

    Elam received extra reps throughout the spring due to veteran Rasul Douglas missing the voluntary OTA sessions, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

    Elam hasn't quite panned out yet as a first-round draft choice from 2022, but all the talk around the Bills this offseason seems to indicate the team is going to give him a fair crack at playing time in 2024. He's currently listed as a backup behind Douglas (who did show up for all non-voluntary work) and holdover Christian Benford, but with Tre'Davious White departing to the Rams, there's a real chance for Elam to see meaningful playing time, whether as a key backup or even sneaking his way into a starter's role.

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  • Tee Higgins CIN WR
    Bengals' Tee Higgins: Signs franchise tag
    2d ago

    Higgins signed his franchise tag with the Bengals on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Higgins now figures to report for the start of training camp and will make $21.8 million on a one-year tag. Schefter's report indicates it's unlikely Higgins and the Bengals will come to terms on a long-term deal, potentially making this his last campaign with the team as they push for another Super Bowl appearance. He missed five full games and parts of two others last season, finishing with career lows in every major counting stat even as he averaged a career-high 15.6 yards per catch. Higgins missed three games total over his first three seasons and had at least 908 receiving yards and six touchdowns each year.

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  • Jesper Horsted NO TE
    Saints' Jesper Horsted: Secures deal with Saints
    3d ago

    New Orleans signed Horsted to a contract Friday.

    Horsted finished last season on the Raiders' injured reserve list due to a hamstring issue, but he's presumably now healthy. The tight end was limited mostly to special-teams work with Las Vegas in 2023, logging eight offensive snaps and catching his only target for four yards while recording 216 special-teams snaps. Horsted's signing will help fill the void left by Juwan Johnson's foot injury. Johnson is set for surgery but could still be ready for the start of the regular season.

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  • Dylan Leonard GATECH TE
    Dylan Leonard: Dealing with minor hamstring injury
    3d ago

    Leonard suffered a minor hamstring injury before reaching an injury settlement with the Broncos on Thursday, Chris Tomasson of The Denver Gazette reports.

    Leonard signed as an undrafted free agent with Denver May 11 but was waived with an injury settlement Thursday. The nature of the tight end's injury was undisclosed at that time and has now been revealed to be a minor hamstring issue. Since Leonard isn't dealing with a serious injury, he should be able to join another organization this season if presented an offer.

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  • William Contreras MIL C
    Brewers' William Contreras: Not starting Monday
    14m ago

    Contreras (head) is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Angels.

    Contreras was evaluated for concussion following Sunday's 5-4 win over the Reds after his head collided with Stuart Fairchild on a tag at home plate in the ninth inning. With Contreras out for the series opener Monday, Gary Sanchez will start behind home plate and bat eighth against Halos right-hander Jose Soriano.

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  • Mookie Betts LAD SS
    Dodgers' Mookie Betts: Likely to miss 6-to-8 weeks
    15m ago

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that the expectation is Betts (wrist) will be sidelined 6-to-8 weeks, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

    It's an approximate timeline, as Roberts noted that much will depend on how Betts' fractured left wrist heals in the coming weeks. If Roberts' suggested timetable holds true, that means Betts will be out at least until late July. Miguel Rojas is expected to be the Dodgers' regular shortstop while Betts is on the shelf.

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  • Nick Ahmed SF SS
    Giants' Nick Ahmed: Losing work to Wisely
    29m ago

    Ahmed is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Cubs.

    Ahmed had served as the Giants' primary shortstop before landing on the injured list May 10 with a sprained left wrist, but he looks like he'll have to settle for a short-side platoon role now that he's healthy again. Since being activated Friday, the righty-hitting Ahmed has drawn two starts at shortstop -- both against lefties -- while the lefty-hitting Brett Wisely has occupied the position in two straight matchups with righties. Wisely has earned the larger portion of the timeshare at shortstop by slashing .313/.329/.478 over 23 games since being called up from Triple-A Sacramento.

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  • Wilmer Flores SF 1B
    Giants' Wilmer Flores: Taking seat Monday
    35m ago

    Flores is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Cubs.

    Flores had started at first base in each of the Giants' last five games, with three starts coming versus lefties and two coming versus right-handers. Though the Giants seem content to deploy Flores as their primary first baseman rather than a platoon bat while LaMonte Wade (hamstring) is on the injured list, Flores will nonetheless give way to rookie Trenton Brooks on Monday.

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  • Jacob Wilson OAK SS
    Athletics' Jacob Wilson: Begins rehab assignment
    38m ago

    Wilson (knee) is starting a rehab assignment with the Athletics' Arizona Complex League affiliate Monday, Melissa Lockard of The Athletic reports.

    Wilson has been shelved for more than a month with knee tendinitis but is finally ready to test things out in a game setting. The top prospect will eventually return to Triple-A Las Vegas when the A's feel he's ready. Wilson has slashed an unbelievable .438/.458/.652 with three homers and two steals in 28 games between Double-A Midland and Las Vegas in 2024.

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  • Andrew Knizner TEX C
    Rangers' Andrew Knizner: Back on bench Monday
    40m ago

    Knizner is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Mets.

    Sam Huff will step in behind the dish in the series opener after Knizner started at catcher in all three of the Rangers' games in Seattle over the weekend while going 1-for-9. Top backstop Jonah Heim (personal) is on track to return from the paternity list Tuesday, so Knizner will soon move back to second on the depth chart and see his playing time trend toward.

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  • Kristaps Porzingis BOS C
    Celtics' Kristaps Porzingis: Expected to play in Game 5
    25m ago

    Coach Joe Mazzulla said to expect Porzingis (lower leg) to play in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against Dallas on Monday, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Porzingis was ruled out ahead of Game 3 after suffering a left posterior tibialis dislocation in the third quarter of Game 2. He got the green light for Game 4 but didn't see any playing time during the blowout loss. However, with the Celtics looking to close out the series at home, Porzingis won't have any restrictions, though it remains unclear if he'll be in the starting lineup. In Game 1, his first appearance after a 10-game absence due to a calf injury, Porzingis scored 20 points (8-13 FG) and blocked three shots in 21 minutes.

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  • Kristaps Porzingis BOS C
    Celtics' Kristaps Porzingis: Available for Game 5
    1h ago

    Porzingis (lower leg) is available for Monday's Game 5 of the NBA Finals versus the Mavericks.

    Porzingis suffered a left posterior tibialis dislocation in the third quarter of Game 2 and was ruled out for Game 3. He was listed as available ahead of Game 4 but didn't see playing time in the blowout loss. The 28-year-old went through warmups before Game 5 and looked comfortable during light workouts with the Celtics' coaches and training staff. It is unclear whether coach Joe Mazzulla will put the big man to use, especially after saying he is not near 100 percent and would only be used sparingly before Game 4. Porzingis is available for Game 5, but with the Celtics holding a 3-1 series advantage, the team could limit his minutes severely, if he plays at all.

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  • Luka Doncic DAL PG
    Mavericks' Luka Doncic: Probable ahead of Game 5
    1d ago

    Doncic (thoracic contusion) is listed as probable for Monday's Game 5 of the NBA Finals versus the Celtics.

    Doncic has been a mainstay on the injury report in the playoffs, but with the Mavericks' NBA Finals hopes in jeopardy, his status seems to be nothing more than precautionary. Through four NBA Finals games, the All-Star is averaging 29.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.5 steals across 37.8 minutes. Doncic has struggled from deep, shooting just 25.0 percent from three. However, he is still shooting an efficient 47.0 percent from the field this series.

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  • Kristaps Porzingis BOS C
    Celtics' Kristaps Porzingis: Questionable for Game 5
    1d ago

    Porzingis (lower leg) is questionable for Monday's Game 5 of the NBA Finals versus the Mavericks, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports.

    Porzingis is in jeopardy of missing his third consecutive game with a left posterior tibialis dislocation. The big man played in the first two games of the NBA Finals, accumulating 32 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and an assist while shooting 12-for-20 from the field. Prior to Game 4, head coach Joe Mazzulla said that Porzingis is not 100 percent and he will only play if the Celtics desperately need him, which may not end up being the case with the team still holding a 3-1 series lead heading into Game 5 at home. If Porzingis remains sidelined, Al Horford and Xavier Tillman will continue seeing increased playing time.

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  • Olivier-Maxence Prosper DAL SF
    Mavericks' Olivier-Maxence Prosper: Gets garbage-time run in Game 4
    2d ago

    Prosper posted zero points (0-2 FG), two rebounds and one assist in five minutes Friday in the Mavericks' 122-84 win over the Celtics in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

    Prosper sprained his ankle in a practice prior to Game 4 of the Mavericks' first-round series with the Clippers and had been sidelined for multiple weeks before being cleared to play ahead of Game 1 of the NBA Finals. He didn't see any action in either of the first three games of the series, but with Friday's contest turning into a rout by the end of the third quarter, Prosper was able to make his NBA Finals debut in garbage time.

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  • Kyrie Irving DAL PG
    Mavericks' Kyrie Irving: Scores 21 points in Game 4 victory
    3d ago

    Irving accumulated 21 points (10-18 FG, 1-6 3Pt), four rebounds and six assists over 31 minutes during Friday's 122-84 win over the Celtics in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

    Luka Doncic was the best player for the Mavericks in this Game 4 victory, but Irving posted a strong line as well. The veteran floor general reached the 20-point plateau for the second consecutive contest, and he'll need to be at his best if the Mavericks want to pull off the upset in Game 5 of the series Monday. Irving is averaging 21.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in the series.

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  • Brian Elliott TB G
    Brian Elliott: Officially retired
    1h ago

    Elliott is joining the Blues as a scout and development coach, officially marking the end of his NHL playing career.

    Elliott spent 16 years in the NHL with five of those as a Blue. He also played for Ottawa, Philadelphia, Colorado, Calgary and, most recently, Tampa Bay. The 39-year-old went 279-167-54 with a .909 save percentage and a 2.57 GAA in 543 career appearances. Elliott ended his career with a 32-save shutout against Detroit on April 13, 2023.

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  • Gabriel Fortier TB LW
    Lightning's Gabriel Fortier: Signs one-year deal
    7h ago

    Fortier signed a one-year, two-way contract with Tampa Bay on Monday.

    Fortier generated 13 goals and 26 points in 62 regular-season contests for AHL Syracuse in 2023-24. He also added one goal and four assists in eight minor-league playoff outings. The 24-year-old forward is likely to spend most, if not all, of the 2024-25 campaign in the AHL.

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  • Adam Ginning PHI D
    Flyers' Adam Ginning: Inks two-year contract
    8h ago

    Ginning signed a two-year, two-way/one-way contract extension with Philadelphia on Monday.

    Ginning's new agreement will carry an average annual value of $787,500 and will ensure he gets paid like an NHLer in Year 2 of the deal. The 24-year-old blueliner had one goal, six shots on net, nine blocked shots and 18 hits in nine appearances with the Flyers during the 2023-24 campaign. He also earned two goals, 15 points and 82 PIM across 58 regular-season outings for AHL Lehigh Valley. Ginning will probably start the 2024-25 season in the minors.

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  • Nick Leddy STL D
    Blues' Nick Leddy: Plays big minutes
    22h ago

    Leddy posted three goals and 25 assists across 82 games during the 2023-24 season.

    Leddy also added a career-high 127 blocked shots while averaging 22:22 of ice time. The 33-year-old has proven he can eat big minutes on the blue line, but his lack of power-play minutes over two seasons with the Blues has limited his fantasy upside.

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  • Tyler Tucker STL D
    Blues' Tyler Tucker: Two points in second season
    22h ago

    Tucker posted a goal and an assist across 26 games during the 2023-24 season.

    Tucker played exactly 26 games for the second consecutive season but averaged just 12:27 of ice time while firing 42 shots on net. He showed some promise as a third-pairing defenseman, but he's at risk of spending next season in the minors if the Blues sign an established blueliner in free agency.

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  • Evander Kane EDM LW
    Oilers' Evander Kane: Possible for Game 5
    1d ago

    Kane (abdomen) is a possibility for Game 5 against Florida on Tuesday, per Tracey Myers of NHL.com.

    Kane will travel with the Oilers to Florida, and the team will evaluate his health ahead of Tuesday's contest. The 32-year-old forward has missed the last two games due to a sports hernia. Kane has generated four goals, four assists, 44 shots on net, 37 PIM and 64 hits in 20 outings this postseason.

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