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Bears release Elliott Fry, leaving Eddy Pineiro as kicker

Sun Aug 18 1:43pm ET
Associated Press

Players: Cody Parkey, Eddy Pineiro

Chicago Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro warms up before the team's NFL preseason football game against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky)

Chicago Bears kicker Elliott Fry warms up before team's NFL preseason football game against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky)

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears' kicking competition is over for now, with Eddy Pineiro the winner.

The Bears announced Sunday that Elliott Fry has been released after an offseason and preseason competition with Pineiro and several other kickers.

The Bears have been looking for a kicker since cutting Cody Parkey following his double-doink field goal miss of 43 yards in their 16-15 playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Pineiro, who kicked in college at Florida, cost the Bears a conditional 2021 seventh-round draft choice in a trade with the Oakland Raiders during the offseason. He was on injured reserve last season in Oakland.

Fry had been signed after the Alliance of American Football folded. He kicked for Orlando and in college had kicked at South Carolina.

The Bears still have two preseason games remaining and coach Matt Nagy said it's still possible they'd sign another kicker if one of interest is released by another team.

Player Notes
Dallas Cowboys Sep 28 8:20pm ET

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Sam Darnold Sep 28 8:10pm ET

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Sammy Watkins Sep 28 7:20pm ET

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Justice Hill Sep 28 7:20pm ET

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Jordan Reed Sep 28 7:10pm ET

San Francisco 49ers tight end Jordan Reed (knee) left Sunday's game against the New York Giants after injuring his knee on an end zone target. According to head coach Kyle Shanahan, Reed has a significant knee sprain that could keep him out between six and eight weeks. This is awful news for Reed, who has struggled with injuries throughout his career. He can be dropped in all fantasy leagues at this point. Hopefully he'll be able to progress through the injury and return later in the year.

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Cam Newton Sep 28 7:00pm ET

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton said he was unhappy with how he played in the Week 3 win over the Raiders when he went 17-for-28 for 162 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Newton also ran nine times for only 27 yards. "Me, personally? With lackluster ball security, just a slow start offensively, this is subpar performance. I know I can play better, I know I can do better and I know I will be better," Newton said. New England had plenty of success on the ground in this one, so they didn't really need to rely on the former MVP. Newton definitely won't have QB1 upside each and every week with his new team, but he'll have plenty of rebound potential in a Week 4 game that could be a shootout with the Chiefs.

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Younghoe Koo Sep 28 6:50pm ET

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Tarik Cohen Sep 28 6:40pm ET

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy confirmed that running back Tarik Cohen (knee) tore his ACL in the Week 3 win over the Falcons, and he'll be placed on Injured Reserve for the rest of the season. It's a tough loss for the Bears, as Cohen was a nice pass-catching option out of the backfield and was difficult to bring down in space. The 25-year-old finishes the 2020 season with 14 carries for 74 yards and six catches for 41 yards in three games. Ryan Nall will have a bigger role as the backup to David Montgomery, but wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson might see more touches out of the backfield in a hybrid role in Nagy's offense. Patterson probably won't be worth a waiver-wire addition in the majority of leagues, but he's worth watching.

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Bruce Irvin Sep 28 6:30pm ET

Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams (groin) and rookie linebacker Jordyn Brooks (knee) were both injured in the team's Week 3 win over the Cowboys. Adams left the game with a groin strain and is day-to-day, while Brooks is dealing with an MCL sprain and will likely miss a couple of weeks. Adams, who is the top IDP safety each and every week, should have a shot to play in Week 4 against the Dolphins. Brooks' injury is concerning since Bruce Irvin is already out for the season with an injury. Seattle's defense has allowed a league-high 439.7 passing yards per game through three weeks, so even in a nice matchup with Miami, they're a bit of a reach right now as a streaming option for fantasy managers.

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Phillip Lindsay Sep 28 6:30pm ET

Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said that running back Phillip Lindsay (toe) is "trending in the right direction" to play on Thursday night against the Jets. However, if Lindsay does play after missing the last two weeks, he'll be on a limited snap count. Even against a weak Jets Defense in Week 4, Lindsay would be a stretch as a flex option in standard 12-team fantasy leagues if he returns. It's good news for a Broncos team that has been decimated by injuries to key positions in 2020, but it'll be bad news for Melvin Gordon III, who was splitting touches with Lindsay almost evenly in the first half of Week 1 before Lindsay suffered his injury.

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Michael Pittman Jr. Sep 28 6:10pm ET

Indianapolis Colts rookie wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (calf) underwent surgery to fix compartment leg syndrome in his calf on Sunday night, according to a source. The surgery was a success, but Pittman won't return until after the team's Week 7 bye. This could've been a lot worse for the rookie from USC, but he'll thankfully be able to return in 2020. With Parris Campbell on Injured Reserve, Zach Pascal's role will continue to grow as the No. 2 wideout behind T.Y. Hilton, albeit in an offense that has become very run-heavy. Pittman had nine catches on 12 targets for 73 yards in his three games before the injury. He can probably be dropped in shallow leagues for now, while Pascal is worth a flier off the waiver wire in deeper leagues.

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The Houston Texans are conducting a visit with free-agent safety Earl Thomas on Monday after he was released by the Ravens on Aug. 23. Thomas would need to pass COVID-19 testing in order to play with Houston, but he'd be a big-name addition to the Texans secondary as they look to get in the win column in Week 4 against the Vikings. There is mutual interest between Houston and Thomas, and he'd certainly be an upgrade over current safety duo of Eric Murray and Justin Reid. Even though the Texans Defense has allowed just 217.3 passing yards per game through three weeks, they've scored just 2.3 fantasy points per game and are one of just three teams without an interception yet.

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Fantasy Spin: While he's been very productive when he's been on the field, it's been a rough start physically this season for Godwin, who missed Week 2 with a concussion he suffered in the opener. If Godwin is forced to miss some more time, Scott Miller would likely jump right back into the discussion as a possible flex option in deeper leagues. Godwin's absence would also likely mean more production for Mike Evans, who posted a 7-104-1 line without his tag-team buddy around in Week 2.

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