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Wolford hits Greene for TD in Rams' 10-6 win over Broncos

Sun Aug 25 12:17am ET
AP Sports Writer

Players: Joe Flacco, Blake Bortles, Kevin Hogan, Brandon Allen, Jared Goff, Jake Butt, Brett Rypien, Drew Lock

Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson, left, runs against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Brandon Allen (8) looks to throw as Denver Broncos defensive end Dre'Mont Jones (93) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Denver Broncos quarterback Kevin Hogan (9) is tackled by Los Angeles Rams defensive back Steven Parker during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Denver Broncos quarterback Kevin Hogan (9) throws against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES (AP) Brandon Allen passed for 162 yards, and Jalen Greene caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from John Wolford with 12:38 to play in the Los Angeles Rams' 10-6 preseason victory over the Denver Broncos on Saturday night.

Both coaches sat nearly all of their starters for the final NFL preseason game at the 96-year-old Coliseum, and neither team managed a touchdown before Wolford led a 52-yard drive spanning the final two quarters and capped it with a sharp pass to Greene.

Wolford, who went 6 of 12 for 64 yards, is competing for the Rams' No. 3 quarterback spot with Allen, who had the job last season. Allen went 12 of 19 and mostly looked sharp while Jared Goff and backup Blake Bortles watched from the sideline.

Almost every Rams player expected to make a significant contribution this season skipped this game in keeping with coach Sean McVay's total disinterest in risking his starters' health for meaningless exhibitions. McVay also followed the strategy last August, and the Rams matched the NFL's best regular-season record at 13-3 before reaching their first Super Bowl in 17 years.

Kevin Hogan went 8 of 12 for 69 yards in the Broncos' fourth of five preseason games.

Hogan and undrafted rookie Brett Rypien ran the Broncos' offense with rookie Drew Lock sidelined by a sprained thumb on his throwing hand. Hogan is expected to back up Joe Flacco this season.

Rypien went 14 of 23 for 80 yards with an interception in his first preseason action since the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 1. He led the Broncos to the Rams 25 in the final minutes, but Los Angeles stopped them on downs with 1:08 to play.


Kieshawn Bierria started for the Broncos as an inside linebacker, and his bid for playing time this season got a boost when he made a huge defensive play in the third quarter. Bierria wrapped up Rams tight end Johnny Mundt at the goal line and forced him out of bounds before Mundt could get his short reception over the goal line on fourth down.


Denver tight end Jake Butt had two catches for 17 yards while playing for the first time since the third game of last season, when he tore a knee ligament and required his third knee surgery. Butt also missed the entire 2017 season due to knee problems after the Broncos chose him in the fifth round out of Michigan, but his continued health could be a boost for an offense that likes to use tight ends.


Most of the Rams' few remaining positional competitions revolve around the players' roles on special teams, and those weren't all great: Los Angeles committed penalties on each of its first two punt returns.


Broncos: Finish their extra-long preseason by hosting the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday.

Rams: Rest their starters again when they visit the Houston Texans on Thursday.

Player Notes
Sterling Shepard Sep 20 6:40pm ET

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (concussion) said he played through a concussion in Week 1 against the Cowboys because he wanted to try and help the team win. Shepard didn't start feeling normal until this week and is off the final injury report for Week 3 against the Buccaneers. Shepard will be the top wideout this Sunday with Cody Latimer (concussion) ruled out. Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones could target Shepard heavily in his NFL debut, but it doesn't necessarily mean that Shepard is in line for a big day. It's also important to note that Shepard and Jones didn't play together in the preseason because Shepard broke his thumb on the first day of training camp. In his first game back from the concussion, Shepard will be a shaky WR4 with volume upside.

From RotoBaller

Ted Ginn Jr. Sep 20 6:30pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn accumulated a grand total of zero targets against the Rams in Week 2 after a solid Week 1 performance, and fantasy owners should expect more duds going forward. Ginn, already a boom-or-bust option, finds himself in a tough spot with starting quarterback Drew Brees(thumb) sidelined for the next six weeks. He faces a leaky Seattle secondary in Week 3, but is not worthy of any fantasy consideration in standard-sized leagues with Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill taking the snaps under center.

From RotoBaller

Danny Amendola Sep 20 6:30pm ET

Detroit Lions wide receiver Danny Amendola came crashing back down to earth in Week 2, seeing only one target compared to 13 in Week 1. Fantasy owners who started Amendola with hopes he would replicate his Week 1 performance were undoubtedly disappointed, but we have now seen what his ceiling and floor are in this Lions offense. This will likely be how the season goes for Amendola, putting him firmly in the WR4/WR5 conversation. He faces off against a porous Eagles secondary on Sunday but is a risky start, at best.

From RotoBaller

Keenan Allen Sep 20 6:00pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (knee) was a full participant in practice on Friday and is cleared to play in Sunday's game against the Texans. Allen's knee injury was minor and just held him out of practice for a couple days. After racking up 16 catches for 221 yards in the first two games, Allen is set to face a forgiving Texans secondary that has been below-average so far. Allen continues to be the heart and soul of the receiving corps, and owners should expect another big day with lots of targets for him on Sunday.

From RotoBaller

Tramon Williams Sep 20 5:43pm ET

Green Bay Packers LB Oren Burks (chest) and OG Lane Taylor (biceps) did not practice Friday, Sept. 20, and have been ruled out for Week 3 against the Denver Broncos. DL Montravius Adams (shoulder) did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful. LB Kyler Fackrell (shoulder), TE Jimmy Graham (groin), WR Jake Kumerow (shoulder) and WR Darrius Shepherd (hamstring) were limited in practice Friday and are listed as questionable. WR Davante Adams (personal) did not practice Friday, while LB Blake Martinez (shoulder) remained a limited participant; both players were removed from the injury report. DL Fadol Brown (knee), OT Bryan Bulaga (rest), DL Kenny Clark (calf), CB Ka'dar Hollman (neck), CB Kevin King (chest), S Will Redmond (ankle), S Darnell Savage (shin), LB Za'Darius Smith (ankle), CB Tramon Williams (rest) and RB Jamaal Williams (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report.

From TheHuddle

Travis Kelce Sep 20 5:43pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 20, and is not on the injury report for Week 3.

Fantasy Spin: Kelce did not miss any practice time this week and will be fine for the Week 3 game. He is one of the top tight ends in the NFL and is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.

From TheHuddle

Demarcus Robinson Sep 20 5:43pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson (elbow) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 20, and is not on the injury report for Week 3.

Fantasy Spin: Robinson has stepped up at receiver while Tyreek Hill is sidelined and will continue to receive a solid amount of targets for the time being. He will be facing a tough matchup this week but can still be a No. 3 receiver or flex option in leagues.

From TheHuddle

Rashaad Penny Sep 20 5:40pm ET

Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 3 against the Saints after suffering an injury in practice on Friday. Late-week additions to the injury report are never good, putting Penny in real danger of sitting out this Sunday. He was a risky RB3/flex in PPR leagues to begin with as the clear backup to workhorse Chris Carson. Carson would become a stronger RB1 selection if Penny is inactive, while C.J. Prosise could see his role expand in passing situations in Week 3.

From RotoBaller

Kenny Stills Sep 20 5:40pm ET

Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills caught a touchdown in Week 1, but in Week 2 he played just 38 percent of Houston's offensive snaps, turning those 24 plays into two catches for 38 yards. The battle between Stills and Keke Coutee for the third receiver role is a bit of a mess at this point, with Coutee getting more snaps in Week 2 but Stills outperforming him. For now, it's best to ignore Stills in season-long leagues, though there will be weeks where he looks like a good DFS option. The Chargers Defense is probably too good for Week 3 to be one of those weeks, though.

From RotoBaller

Earl Thomas Sep 20 5:33pm ET

Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (knee) and DB Brynden Trawick (elbow) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 3 versus the Kansas City Chiefs. TE Mark Andrews (foot) was limited in practice for a second straight day Friday, Sept. 20, while FB Patrick Ricard (back) was upgraded to full practice; both are listed as questionable. S Earl Thomas (non-injury), WR Marquise Brown (non-injury), CB Brandon Carr (non-injury) and LB Pernell McPhee (non-injury) did not practice Friday but were removed from the injury report.

From TheHuddle

LeSean McCoy Sep 20 5:33pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 20, but is listed as questionable for Week 3.

Fantasy Spin: McCoy appears to be on track to play and probably will join the starting lineup with Damien Williams ruled out. Fantasy players in most leagues should consider McCoy as a flex option or possibly a low-end No. 2 running back.

From TheHuddle

Patrick Mahomes Sep 20 5:33pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 20, and is not on the injury report for Week 3.

Fantasy Spin: Mahomes remains one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL even with the minor injury and is a must-start option against the Baltimore Ravens.

From TheHuddle

Breshad Perriman Sep 20 5:30pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Breshad Perriman returned to practice Friday after dealing with a quadriceps injury. He'll start this Sunday at home against the win-hungry New York Giants. Perriman has been an afterthought during his first two starts with the Bucs, logging only two receptions for 10 yards. He's a paper-thin replacement to the departed DeSean Jackson and is leaving a lot to be desired by only being the fourth or fifth best option on this talent-heavy team. This journeyman wide receiver is not on our radar as a viable start this week, even versus aGiants Defensethat is giving up a whopping 13.4 yards per target. He's a WR4 and should remain on your bench for the foreseeable future.

From RotoBaller

David Njoku Sep 20 5:30pm ET

The Cleveland Browns placed tight end David Njoku (wrist) on Injured Reserve on Friday and claimed safety Juston Burris off waivers from the Raiders in a corresponding move. Njoku had four catches for 37 yards and a touchdown in two games before getting injured in the Monday night win over the Jets. We'd recommend keeping Njoku stashed in an IR spot on your roster if you have the space. Demetrius Harris and Ricky Seals-Jones are the next guys up with Njoku out, but it's unlikely that either of them will become streaming options at the weak tight end position. Jarvis Landry could benefit the most in the passing game underneath and down the middle of the field.

From RotoBaller

Will Fuller Sep 20 5:30pm ET

Heading into Week 3, the story with Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller is essentially the same as it's been all year: his speed makes him a major weapon down the field for quarterback Deshaun Watson, but his lack of targets gives him a lot of risk. Week 2 was a little different, as Jalen Ramsey shadowed DeAndre Hopkins and led to Fuller getting a bigger share of the offense, but he ended up catching just four passes for 40 yards. He's got upside against the Chargers in Week 3, but he also could have just four or five targets. If you need the upside, he's worth playing, but if you're looking for consistency you might want to look elsewhere.

From RotoBaller

Tyler Kroft Sep 20 5:23pm ET

Buffalo Bills TE Tyler Kroft (ankle, foot) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 20, and has been ruled out for Week 3.

Fantasy Spin: Kroft was making progress from his foot injury but is now dealing with an ankle injury. Dawson Knox and Tommy Sweeney will continue to receive playing time at tight end, but neither player has fantasy value.

From TheHuddle

Alshon Jeffery Sep 20 5:23pm ET

Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (calf) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 20, and is listed as questionable for Week 3.

Fantasy Spin: Jeffery missed most of practice this week and likely will be a game-time decision for Week 3. The Eagles may consider resting him since they play on Thursday Night Football next week, so fantasy players may want to look for more reliable options for their lineups.

From TheHuddle

DeAndre Hopkins Sep 20 5:20pm ET

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins spent Week 2 having to go against one of the NFL's top corners, Jalen Ramsey. He caught five passes for 40 yards. He has another tough matchup in Week 3 against a good Chargers secondary, but Hopkins' target share and skill make him a must-start. Maybe he's more like a top-10 receiver than a top-five receiver this week, but there's zero scenarios where you should consider sitting Hopkins. Consider him a solid WR1 who could have a few things go wrong and end up as a WR2.

From RotoBaller

Cam Newton Sep 20 5:13pm ET

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot), DE/LB Bruce Irvin (hamstring), S Rashaan Gaulden (groin) and OG Brandon Greene (neck) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 3 versus the Atlanta Falcons. DT Kawann Short (shoulder) also did not practice all week but is listed as questionable. TE Greg Olsen (back) fully participated in practice for a second straight day Friday, Sept. 20, and is also listed as questionable.

From TheHuddle

John Brown Sep 20 5:13pm ET

Buffalo Bills WR John Brown (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 20, and is not on the injury report for Week 3.

Fantasy Spin: Brown has caught 14 of his 18 targets this season and has been the main option in the passing game so far. He has become a weekly starting option in fantasy leagues as a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver.

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