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While you may be an avid fan of a particular NHL team -- and keep up to date on all the news and rumors regarding that franchise -- there are 29 others playing in 2016-17. Eric Gordon Jersey .As a fantasy owner, it can be a bit daunting to keep tabs on everything.Thats where the Fantasy 30 comes in, a rundown of the most fantasy-relevant updates on every team.The season opened in wild fashion on Opening Night, with a record-setting debut for Auston Matthews, and a flurry of goals by the ascendant Oilers. But theres much more going on, so lets get right to our updates from every team:Anaheim Ducks: While restricted free agents Rickard Rakell and Hampus Lindholm remain unsigned, the Ducks are required, however briefly, to fill significant holes in their lineup. To start, 31-year-old Mason Raymond benefits from Rakells absence with a top-six role alongside new center Antoine Vermette and Corey Perry, while defenseman Sami Vatanen is tasked with anchoring the Ducks top power play, in place of Lindholm. Of note, Anaheim is reportedly nearer to sealing a deal with Rakell than Lindholm.Arizona Coyotes: If you enjoyed Wednesdays youth-fueled season debut by the Maple Leafs, the Coyotes should be fun to watch as well. Flush with young talent, Arizona is opening 2016-17 with several promising rookies, including forwards Dylan Strome and Christian Dvorak, as well as defenseman Jakob Chychrun. The forward duo of Strome and Dvorak will appeal to fantasy owners in particular, especially in dynasty leagues.Boston Bruins: Fortunately for the Bruins, center Patrice Bergeron may only miss one game -- Thursdays tilt with Columbus -- with his minor lower-body injury. Daily fantasy devotees should know that Boston newbie David Backes is tapped to fill in as top center alongside Brad Marchand in the meanwhile.Buffalo Sabres: This isnt the start the Sabres had in mind. Already missing Kyle Okposo, the club now has to manage without another top-six forward -- and for a significant period. Franchise center Jack Eichel had to be helped off the ice after suffering a high ankle sprain during Wednesdays practice. Such an injury can knock a player out an average of four to six weeks (if not longer), so the club will need a replacement for that time. At this point, 24-year-old Johan Larsson is the favorite to fill in behind center Ryan OReilly.Calgary Flames: Itll be interesting to see how long Kris Versteeg endures on a No. 1 forward line with Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau; that trio didnt fare well in Wednesdays opening 7-4 loss to the Edmonton Oilers (zero points, and a combined minus-seven). However, considering Versteeg had been a Flame for mere hours, and Gaudreau just rejoined the team with a new contract, we dont imagine coach Glen Gulutzan -- himself new to Calgarys bench -- is ready to pull the chute just yet. Fantasy owners keen on Versteeg as a long-shot asset should remain patient.Carolina Hurricanes: Sophomore Jaccob Slavin is poised to launch 2016-17 in a prominent position on the Hurricanes blue line. Booted to the top pair alongside No. 1 defenseman Justin Faulk, the 22-year-old should also see valuable minutes with the man advantage. Slavin amassed 20 points in 63 games in his rookie season.Chicago Blackhawks: The Patrick Kane/Artemi Panarin reunion might be short-lived. Tossed back together for Wednesdays opener against the Blues, the forward trio of Kane, Panarin, and Artem Anisimov combined for zero points and a minus-six in the 5-2 loss. Knowing that Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was already eyeing a more balanced approach to scoring out of the gates, this line could be split up shortly.Colorado Avalanche: Prospect forward Mikko Rantanen is pegged to kick off 2016-17 with the Avalanche. A threat to crack Colorados top-six -- sooner or later -- the 10th-overall selection from 2015 collected 24 goals and 36 assists in 52 AHL contests this past season. Fantasy owners should keep a close eye on the 19-year-olds progress.Columbus Blue Jackets: The young lad chosen third overall in the 2016 draft will kick off his 2016-17 campaign in the QMJHL. Opting instead to recall Alexander Wennberg from the AHL, the Blue Jackets have sent forward Pierre-Luc Dubois back to Cape Breton. The 18-year-olds keeper-league owners should take comfort in Dubois projected brilliant future altogether, but its unlikely well see much of him in a Columbus sweater this season.Dallas Stars: Star forward Tyler Seguin (fractured heel) is still expected to suit up for Thursdays inaugural match versus the Ducks. Coach Lindy Ruff suggested as much earlier this week, and we havent heard otherwise since. Look for Seguin to center a line with Jamie Benn and Patrick Eaves, and for the onslaught of offense to commence right where it left out last season.Detroit Red Wings: With veteran Niklas Kronwall out, fellow defenseman Brendan Smith is set to enjoy minutes on the Red Wings second power-play unit, if only for a limited span. But were far more keen on what Mike Green might make of his inflated special-teams responsibilities with Kronwall on the shelf. A former productive powerhouse with the Capitals, Green was far from impotent this past season, notching 35 points in 74 games with the Wings.Edmonton Oilers: We may see rookie Jesse Puljujarvi cement himself a spot aside top-six center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the not-too-distant future. In earlier perceived danger of leading off in the AHL, the 18-year-old instead made most of opening night, scoring a goal while skating nearly 13 minutes -- almost a third of which was spent on the power play -- in a 7-4 win over the Flames. Promising stuff.Florida Panthers: The altogether devastating loss of forward Jonathan Huberdeau for three to four months (lacerated leg) dynamites an enormous hole aside Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr on the Panthers top forward unit. It will initially be filled by AHL regular Jonathan Marchessault. If Marchessault can stick it out in that high-profile role, he would undoubtedly serve as an intriguing dark-horse fantasy asset.Los Angeles Kings: The early diagnosis of Jonathan Quicks lower-body (knee) injury, sustained in Wednesdays opener against the Sharks, isnt good. While we await specific results of comprehensive tests run by team doctors, Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi immediately suggested his No. 1 goaltender could be out a while. This unfortunate turn immediately boosts Jeff Zatkoff into the No. 1 slot, while veteran Peter Budaj is the likely AHL recall candidate to substitute in as backup. If weak at the goaltending position, its suggested you consider Zatkoff for your own fantasy squad. The former Penguin was competent in 2015-16 as third-stringer behind Marc-Andre Fleury and rookie sensation Matt Murray, and the Kings are stingy on defense overall.Montreal Canadiens: Not to minimize the seriousness of any infectious disease, but missing a game or two with the flu doesnt compare with losing months to a serious knee injury. So both Canadiens fans, and those with invested fantasy interest in Carey Price, can probably chill out some. Right now, Montreals elite netminder is only expected to miss a game or two.Minnesota Wild: A fresh beginning might be all thats warranted in re-igniting Teemu Pulkkinens re-start to his NHL career. Claimed off waivers by the Wild (from the Red Wings), the 24-year-old is slated to see valuable power-play minutes alongside the likes of Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund. If all goes well, it might not belong before he earns his way up the lineup altogether. Mind you, Pulkkinen remains a borderline subject for in only the deepest fantasy leagues for now.Nashville Predators: While he hasnt attracted the same degree of attention as some other rookies to start this season, Kevin Fiala is in position to make a substantive mark. The 20-year-old, armed with six games experience at the NHL level, is projected to begin the season on a dangerous top line with Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg. Make sure the former 11th-overall draft pick (2014) remains on your fantasy radar.New Jersey Devils: Unpredictably cast out on waivers this week by the Islanders, P.A. Parenteau finds himself suiting up for the Devils on opening night. Slotted in as a bottom-six forward to start, the 33-year-old veteran -- who was a strong candidate to skate alongside center John Tavares in Brooklyn -- stands a solid chance of moving up the lineup, particularly if Devante Smith-Pelly doesnt cut it on the top trio with Taylor Hall and Adam Henrique.New York Islanders: The deletion of Parenteau from the Isles roster results in a gaping hole on the Islanders top line flanking John Tavares and winger Andrew Ladd. Head coach Jack Capuano intends to fill it for now with veteran Jason Chimera. If -- and this is a big if -- the 37-year-old manages to secure this gig for an extended period, he could be a serviceable asset in deeper fantasy leagues. Chimera scored 20 goals and 20 assists with Washington this past season.New York Rangers: The Rangers are cracking 2016-17 open with two untested rookies in their top-six corps of forwards. Last week we told you about Pavel Buchnevich fighting -- and since winning -- a job with the NHL club. He has since reportedly nailed down a second-line gig alongside Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad. Now were looking at Jimmy Vesey to make a splash on a line with Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello. Both Vesey and Buchnevich are worth adding for now and the future.Ottawa Senators: The Senators dont appear in much hurry to rush Curtis Lazar back to the bigs. Battered by mononucleosis throughout training camp, the 21-year-old was shipped off to Binghamton (AHL) to get back into competitive shape. You can be in practice shape but until you get into game shape you cant have the success that you probably need, Sens GM Pierre Dorian said Tuesday. We want to make sure that Curtis isnt put in a position where hes not going to be at a (disadvantage). The takeaway from this, fantasy-wise, is that Lazar should be game-ready if/when he is recalled to fill in for an injured top-six forward.Philadelphia Flyers: Joining defenseman Ivan Provorov on the Flyers opening day roster, fellow rookie Travis Konecny is also poised to make some noise out of the gates. After collecting 101 points in 60 games split between Sarnia and Ottawa in the OHL this past season, the 19-year-old winger is pegged to skate on a top-six line with Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek.Pittsburgh Penguins: Theres reason to be cautiously optimistic about the health of Sidney Crosby. While the Penguins star will miss Thursdays opener with a concussion, he has been skating and taking part in (non-contact) practice. That activity offers some promise that the game wont be without one of its best for long.San Jose Sharks: Nothing earth-shaking here, but Mikkel Boedker appears to be fitting in well enough with his new club in San Jose, as noted by Sharks blog Feat the Fin following Wednesdays inaugural 2-1 win over the Kings: Great games from the Sharks free-agent signings, David Schlemko and Mikkel Boedker. Boedker used his speed well and looks to be a seamless fit alongside Logan Couture and Joonas Donskoi. Such a prominent role will translate into tangible points for the 26-year-old before long, perhaps resulting in his first (long overdue) 60-point season.St. Louis Blues: So far, so good, as far as the Blues power play is concerned. With David Backes and Troy Brouwer playing elsewhere, the newly refurbished top unit followed up a red-hot preseason by going 3-for-5 in Wednesdays meaningful 5-2 victory against the Blackhawks. Food for fantasy thought, considering Paul Stastny -- a member of that unit along with Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Steen, Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Pietrangelo -- is owned in only 60 percent of ESPN leagues.Tampa Bay Lightning: As anticipated, alls well with Nikita Kucherov and the Lightning in Tampa Bay. After agreeing to a three-year deal, the 23-year-old forward is set to take his spot on a line with Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn opening night. Look for Kucherov to at least equal this past seasons output of 30 goals and 36 assists in 77 games, but bear in mind that he was even more productive in the playoffs.Toronto Maple Leafs: While Auston Matthews four-goal NHL debut is (deservedly) dominating headlines, and fogging up Torontos atmosphere above the ACC with a long-lost sense of optimism, the reality is the Leafs lost to the Senators in Wednesdays opener. Starting netminder Frederik Andersen deserves a good dose of blame, as the former Ducks goalie wasnt good enough, according to what Leafs coach Mike Babcock told the media afterwards. And Andersen hasnt been good enough in limited action leading up to the regular season, either. So while Andersen will be allowed time to shake off the rust brought on by a largely inactive autumn (including an upper-body injury), and a longer leash extended by a new five-year deal in Toronto, his coach wont put up with substandard performances from the 27-year-old night after night. That means we could see more of former Kings backup Jhonas Enroth soon.Vancouver Canucks: Theres been plenty of talk that backup netminder Jacob Markstrom could eventually take over as starter for veteran Ryan Miller before 2016-17 is through. Sure. But realize that the Canucks would have to play above and beyond the general consensus of expectation for either goaltender to merit fantasy consideration in most leagues. And thats not knocking Markstrom or Miller as individual competitors, just that the Canucks as a whole are considered a club in transition.Washington Capitals: We could witness a breakout performance from one particular young forward with the Capitals in 2016-17. Not only is Andre Burakovsky slated to compete as a top-six winger flanking Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson, but rumblings from Washingtons management suggest they have exceptionally high expectations of the 21-year-old. As a fantasy owner, youve been forewarned.Winnipeg Jets: The demotion of Ondrej Pavelec to the minors means Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson are left to battle it out for starts in Winnipeg. Fantasy owners willing to gamble on one half of the timeshare should know that Hellebuyck is believed to have the early edge, albeit slightly. James Harden Jersey . Burris threw two TD passes, including a key 15-yard fourth-quarter strike to Bakari Grant that effectively countered a Toronto comeback bid and led Hamilton to a 33-19 victory. Luc Mbah a Moute Jersey . The Barrie Colts defenceman, who impressed many with his play for Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship, is the top-ranked skater in the February rankings. He has 19 goals and 24 assists for 43 points in 45 games with the Colts this season. http://www.wholesalerocketsjerseys.com/steve-francis-jersey/ . The Vikings announced Thursday that Priefer will be one of seven holdovers from the previous staff, along with offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, wide receivers coach George Stewart and others. Norv Turner will mark his 30th year of coaching in the NFL as the offensive co-ordinator, as widely reported for weeks, and George Edwards will be the defensive co-ordinator. NFL Nation reporters assess the top storylines to watch for every team on Thursday.NFC East | NFC North | NFC South | NFC West AFC East | AFC North| AFC South | AFC WestNFC EASTDallas CowboysDarren McFadden was named the Cowboys offensive MVP for 2015 at the teams kickoff luncheon on Wednesday, but will he be on the team in 2016? He is currently on the non-football injury list, but the Cowboys have received some calls from teams inquiring about McFadden, who ran for 1,089 yards last season. He continues to recover from the broken right elbow he suffered in the offseason. The goal was to have him ready for Week 1, but it is possible that the Cowboys could move him to reserve/NFI when they make their final cuts to the 53-man limit on Saturday. If they agree to a trade, McFadden would have to pass a physical to make a deal go through. Depending on how much a team wants McFadden, that physical could be green-lighted without a problem. -- Todd ArcherNew York GiantsWide receiver Victor Cruz appeared in a game Saturday for the first time in 685 days. Hes set to make his second appearance five days later. The Giants want Cruz to get more work in a game environment after an almost two-year absence. Rookie Sterling Shepard and most of the first-team offensive line will also play against the Patriots on Thursday. But though the Giants want to leave the preseason with a better taste in their mouth, dont expect to see quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. -- Jordan RaananPhiladelphia EaglesIt has been a struggle for Eagles defensive end Marcus Smith since he was selected with the 26th pick in the 2014 draft. He has?just 1.5 sacks in two NFL seasons and has been used sparingly to date. He has shown some signs of promise this summer as he fights for a roster spot. A strong performance in the preseason finale against the Jets on Thursday will help ensure his place on the roster and allow him more time to prove his worth. -- Tim McManusWashington RedskinsThe Redskins have a few tough decisions when they get to the final 53-man roster, including both lines. For a while, it appeared that they would keep nine offensive linemen, but theres a chance now that theyll keep only eight, which would leave centers Austin Reiter and Josh LeRibeus competing for one spot. Also, for a while it seemed theyd keep seven defensive linemen, but now theres a chance that theyll keep only six. A lot depends on if the Redskins feel they can sneak rookies Matt Ioannidis and Anthony Lanier or first-year Corey Crawford onto the practice squad. Only one would likely make the roster. -- John KeimNFC NORTHChicago BearsHistory suggests coach John Fox will sit the bulk of his starters on Thursday and maybe veterans Zach Miller and Eddie Royal, who have not played a single preseason snap because of concussions. Oh, I dont know, Miller said when asked if he needs to play in the exhibition finale. Weve got to play football. Ive got be ready either way, whether its Thursday or Week 1. When that time comes, well be ready to play some football. This marks the 13th straight year in which the Bears and Browns face off in the final game of the preseason. Over that span, the series is tied at 6-6. -- Jeff DickersonDetroit LionsThere are a few roster spots still potentially up for grabs when the Lions face the Bills in the preseason finale. For whom is the game?most important? Pay attention to cornerback Alex Carter, defensive end Anthony Zettel, defensive tackles Stefan Charles, Caraun Reid and Gabe Wright, receivers Andre Roberts, Jace Billingsley and Jay Lee, and quarterback Jake Rudock. If one or two star?against the Bills, it could push them onto the initial 53-man roster. -- Michael RothsteinGreen Bay PackersJacob Schum essentially has a one-game audition to win the Packers punting job after he was claimed off waivers Tuesday. He joined the team in Green Bay on Wednesday in order to travel to Kansas City for Thursdays preseason finale. He will handle all the punting duties against the Chiefs after the Packers cut veteran Tim Masthay. -- Rob DemovskyMinnesota VikingsThe Vikings final preseason game will provide a final audition for their two healthy quarterbacks not named Shaun Hill. Joel Stave and Brad Sorensen should get plenty of playing time against the Los Angeles Rams, and though the Vikings figure to keep looking for a veteran quarterback, they might keep one of their other passers around if they see something they like on Thursday. Given the fact that Stave fumbled twice Sunday against the Chargers, there might be more intrigue with Sorensen, whod previously been with the Chargers and Titans and might have the arm strength to merit a longer look. -- Ben GoesslingNFC SOUTHAtlanta FalconsOne of the battles to watch in the Falcons fourth and final preseason game against the Jaguars is kicker, where veterans Matt Bryant and Shayne Graham are locked up. Bryant, the teams regular kicker since 2010, has struggled with?muscle tightness that has limited his action this preseason. But the 41-year-old seems to be healthy now, after some time in a hyperbaric chamber. Graham, who replaced an injured Bryant at the end of last season and was re-signed this preseason when undrafted rookie Nick Rose failed miserably in place of Bryant, is fresh off a 53-yard kick last week. If Bryant is healthy, expect him to be the guy. But you never know what the heat of competition will bring out in Graham on Thursday night. -- Vaughn McClureCarolina PanthersIt will be the Joe Webb Show on offense in Carolinas preseason finale against Pittsburgh. The staff wont risk quarterback?Cam Newton to injury, and backup Derek Anderson has missed all week of practice with soreness from too many shots last week against New England. Anderson would be the emergency QB if something were to happen to Webb. Several other players have volunteered, but coach Ron Rivera basically said they should stick to their day jobs. Rivera said seven positions for the 53-man roster are up for grabs. Keep an eye on running back Brandon Wegher. -- David NewtonNew Orleans SaintsSecond-year quarterback Garrett Grayson needs to leave the Saints with a strong lasting impression in Thursdays preseason finale against the Ravens. Grayson has thrown one touchdown?pass and four interceptions this preseason, and coach Sean Payton acknowledged last week that he would like to see him further along at this point. Grayson could be in danger of getting cut next week, and he is definitely in danger of being replaced by another young developmental QB?next spring. -- Mike TriplettTampa Bay BuccaneersIt was a sloppy preseason finale Wednesday in Tampa, with the Bucs playing in tropical storm conditions. In the first quarter alone, the Bucs had three fumbles because of a wet ball. Quarterback Mike Glennon fumbled rolling out and completely untouched. The worst of Tropical Storm Hermine is expected to come Thursday and Friday, but right now, it doesnt appear to impact the Bucs preparations for Week 1. When the team resumes practices, though, it might have to deal with very soggy field conditions. If things get bad enough, the Bucs could head to Tropicana Field to practice indoors, but the Tampa Bay Rays are home until Wednesday. -- Jenna LaineNFC WESTArizona CardinalsBetween injuries and veteran days off, the Cardinals depth chart at cornerback for Thursday nights preseason finale against the Broncos will be limited. If Justin Bethel doesnt play, Cariel Brooks will take his spot and have a prime opportunity to make his case for a spot on the roster. With one corner job belonging to Patrick Peterson and the other a battle between rookie Brandon Williams, Bethel, who has?had just five practices since he returned to training camp after a foot injury, and whoever else is healthy, Brooks is an unlikely candidate to steal a roster spot with a strong showing Thursday. But hell have to play shut-down ball and cause a turnover or two to secure a job. -- Josh WeinfussLos Angeles RamsThursdays preseason finale?at Minnesota?will be crucial for several players?on the bubble. That list features a handful of young receivers, including Bradley Marquez, Austin Hill, Paul McRoberts, Duke Williams and Mike Thomas. Young defensive players such as lineman Ian Seau and linebacker Josh Forrest could also benefit from strong showings. Said Rams coach Jeff Fisher: There are still a few players that have an opportunity to show us some things, as far as an opportunity to either make the [53-man roster] or practice-squad roster. -- Alden GonzalezSan Francisco 49ersThe 49ers traveled to San Diego on Wednesday in anticipation of Thursday nights preseason finale. San Diego is celebrating its 28th annual salute to the military night, and 49ers quarterback?Colin Kaepernick plans to continue his protest of racial oppression by sitting during the national anthem. Clint Capela Jersey. The Chargers say they have no plans to beef up security, and ticket sales have not increased this week. The 49ers declined to say whether they have additional security plans, but they have traditionally been progressive on that front. For his part, Kaepernick said he isnt worried about it: At the end of the day, if something happens, thats only proving my point, Kaepernick said. -- Nick WagonerSeattle SeahawksAll eyes will be on running back Thomas Rawls when the Seahawks take on the Raiders in their preseason finale. Rawls (fractured ankle) has not had any game action since December, but coach Pete Carroll indicated Wednesday that the second-year back could see the field Thursday. Rawls practices with a unique intensity and has said he doesnt need preseason touches to get ready for the opener. Whether or not Rawls plays against the Raiders, Carroll said theres no question that he will be ready in Week 1, barring something unforeseen between now and then. -- Sheil KapadiaAFC EASTBuffalo BillsThe Bills will close out their preseason Thursday in Detroit. With the 53-man roster cut looming Saturday, this game will be important for players such as wide receiver Walter Powell, linebackers Randell Johnson and Bryson Albright, and safety Jonathan Meeks. At this point, the Bills have about 45 to 50 roster spots decided, but the last few roles remain up for grabs. -- Mike RodakMiami DolphinsAll eyes will be on the Dolphins rookies Thursday, when they host the Titans in the preseason finale. Second-round pick Xavien Howard and third-round pick Kenyan Drake will make their NFL debuts after suffering injuries this summer. First-round pick Laremy Tunsil also will get his final tune-up on the offensive line before the regular season. -- James WalkerNew England PatriotsPatriots quarterback?Tom Brady made the trip with the team for Thursdays preseason finale against the Giants. If he plays snaps at quarterback, it would mark the first time since 2011 that he did so in a preseason finale. Brady played one snap as a holder in the preseason finale in 2014, as that would have been his job in the regular season in the event of injury. -- Mike ReissNew York JetsThe Jets head into their final preseason game at the Eagles with quite a few roster spots up for grabs, coach Todd Bowles said. The most competitive positions are wide receiver and linebacker. Three rookie receivers are pushing for spots:?Charone Peake, Robby Anderson and Jalin Marshall. The stiff competition indicates that the Jets have better depth than in previous years. -- Rich CiminiAFC NORTHBaltimore RavensHistory says quarterback?Joe Flacco wont play Thursday at New Orleans, and neither will the rest of the starters. No one on the first-team offense or defense suited up in last years preseason finale. The last time Flacco played in the final preseason game was 2008, his rookie season. Backup Ryan Mallett might play one quarter but might not take the field at all. Third-string quarterback?Josh Johnson could play the entire game. -- Jamison HensleyCincinnati BengalsDont expect to see many starters play when the Saints host the Colts on Thursday. The Bengals pulled their starters quickly after cornerback?Adam Jones, wide receiver?A.J. Green and running back?Cedric Peerman had various degrees of injuries in the first half. The Bengals will likely err on the side of caution and look to get out of the preseason without any more injuries. -- Katherine TerrellCleveland BrownsCoach Hue Jackson doesnt really think in negatives, but it isnt difficult to figure how hell feel if the Browns starters -- and quarterback?Robert Griffin III -- struggle in the time they get against Chicago. The Browns first-teamers will be playing backups, so the last thing a team that has lost three games by a combined score of 71-37 needs is another clunker. -- Pat McManamonPittsburgh SteelersNow that the Steelers have restructured wide receiver?Antonio Browns contract to pay him an additional $4 million this year, expect them to get something done with All-Pro guard David DeCastro. Hes one of the leagues best guards, and the team values continuity on the offensive line. The hard deadline for a contract is Sept. 12, as the Steelers refuse to negotiate during the season. -- Jeremy FowlerAFC SOUTHHouston TexansCoach Bill OBrien wouldnt say for sure who will play in Thursdays preseason finale against the Cowboys. But dont expect starters such as quarterback Brock Osweiler, running back Lamar Miller or wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to see the field. The Texans have been extremely fortunate to not suffer any serious injuries in a preseason game this year, and OBrien will not test that luck Thursday. -- Sarah BarshopIndianapolis ColtsCoach Chuck Pagano didnt say who wouldnt play in his teams preseason finale Thursday at Cincinnati, but its a safe bet that quarterback Andrew Luck, receiver T.Y. Hilton, running back Frank Gore and any other key player on the Colts roster wont play a snap. That is not only because its the fourth preseason game but also because the Colts arent in a position to lose any more important players. Theyve been ravaged by injuries to starters including?Vontae Davis, Clayton Geathers and Kendall Langford this preseason. -- Mike WellsJacksonville JaguarsExpect quarterback?Brandon Allen to play most of the Jaguars preseason finale Thursday against Atlanta. He didnt play at all Sunday against Cincinnati;?Chad Henne played the entire second half. The Jaguars really like Allen, a sixth-round pick from Arkansas, and it appears that they are going to keep him on the active roster. Hes viewed as the eventual replacement for Henne as Blake Bortles backup. -- Mike DiRoccoTennessee TitansThe Titans starters will probably play only a series in the preseason finale. The team very likely knows the form that its 53-man roster will take. But Thursday in Miami, a strong showing from cornerbacks Cody Riggs and Kalen Reed, running backs Antonio Andrews and Bishop Sankey, defensive linemen Antwaun Woods and Mehdi Abdesmad, linebacker Aaron Wallace,?or safety Marqueston Huff could be influential -- if not for the Titans, then for another team shopping after cuts around the league. -- Paul KuharskyAFC WESTDenver BroncosThe Broncos starters will be easy to find in Thursdays preseason finale in Arizona; they will be the players standing by coach Gary Kubiak on the sideline. The game is for the young guys, as Kubiak put it. There are likely a few roster spots in play, especially where some of the more difficult decisions will come: running back, wide receiver and linebacker. Rookie Paxton Lynch will start at quarterback, and Kubiaks plan is to play Lynch for the entire game. If Lynch, for some reason, had to leave the lineup against the Cardinals,?Mark Sanchez would go into the game. One player to keep an eye on is running back Ronnie Hillman. Hillman was the teams leading rusher in 2015 and now finds himself fighting for a roster spot because he hasnt been a special-teams regular in his career. -- Jeff LegwoldKansas City ChiefsThe Chiefs are easing running back?Jamaal Charles back into their lineup after a torn ACL ended his 2015 season. He is unlikely to play in Thursday nights final preseason game, and he has yet to regain the full-time featured back role he had before the injury. But the goal is to have Charles for the entire?season -- not just the season opener -- so the Chiefs wont rush things. Charles will probably be part of a running back rotation when the season begins. -- Adam TeicherOakland RaidersMighty Mite rookie running backs DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard should see significant time in Thursday nights exhibition finale against the Seahawks. Will they resemble the diminutive backs others are readily comparing them to in the preseason? Coach Jack Del Rio sees some Maurice Jones-Drew in the duo, while quarterback?Derek Carr likens Washington to Domanick Williams?and Richard to Barry Sanders. Teams have to get ready for that, Carr said. -- Paul GutierrezSan Diego ChargersThe Chargers likely will rest most of their frontline players for the final preseason game Thursday against the 49ers, and that includes first-round selection Joey Bosa. The Ohio State product participated in just one practice this week, in helmets and a jersey, and he will continue his crash course in the playbook with defensive line coach Giff Smith this week. -- Eric D. Williams Jerseys NFL China Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Jerseys NFL China Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys 2020 ' ' '