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Jason Kelce PHI C
Eagles' Jason Kelce: Retirement made official1h ago
Kelce officially announced his retirement from the NFL after 13 seasons on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Kelce told teammates back in January after the Eagles' wild-card playoff loss to the Buccaneers that he intended to retire, but the 36-year-old's decision is now made official. A seven-time Pro Bowler and six-time first team All-Pro, as well as Super Bowl LII champion, Kelce will make a strong bid for the Hall of Fame due to his accomplishments at center, while in the short-term leaving the Eagles with a question mark in the middle of the O-line. Backup Sua Opeta is set to hit free agency, so Philadelphia could have to seek an answer at center elsewhere.
Tyron Smith DAL OT
Cowboys' Tyron Smith: Unlikely to re-sign with Dallas1h ago
Smith, a pending unrestricted free agent, is unlikely to return to the Cowboys, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Smith has spent 13 seasons in Dallas, since the team selected him in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and he played at a stellar level during the 2023 season after two injury-plagued years in 2020 and 2022. Concerns of age and injury still linger for the 33-year-old left tackle, but if Smith indeed hits free agency, he shouldn't lack for suitors from teams around the league in need of reliable protection.
Charles Leno Jr. WAS OT
Charles Leno: Undergoing hip surgery1h ago
Leno (hip), who was released by the Commanders on Friday, is scheduled to undergo hip surgery this week, John Keim of ESPN reports.
Leno, whose release saved Washington roughly $7.3 million in cap space, has been a solid starter at LT since being drafted by the Bears in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Three of Leno's four missed games last season were due to a hip injury, which it looks like his upcoming surgery should address without issue. Barring any setbacks in his recovery, the 32-year-old should garner interest as a short-term starter on the open market.
Minkah Fitzpatrick PIT FS
Steelers' Minkah Fitzpatrick: Makes 10 appearances in 20232h ago
Fitzpatrick made 64 tackles (43 solo) and three pass breakups across 10 regular-season games in 2023.
Fitzpatrick missed seven total games in 2023 due to a combination of knee and hand injuries, but he managed to return to health in time for Pittsburgh's wild-card playoff loss to the Bills, a game in which he logged 10 tackles (five solo). In just 10 regular-season appearances, five of Fitzpatrick's games saw him achieve double-digit tackle totals. The 27-year-old remains one of the league's true standout safeties, with big-play potential to lend him serious fantasy upside as well. Fitzpatrick has three years remaining on his contract with the Steelers.
T.J. Watt PIT OLB
Steelers' T.J. Watt: Just short of DPOY with 19.0 sacks2h ago
Watt (knee) tallied 68 tackles (48 solo), 19.0 sacks, eight pass breakups, one interception, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one defensive touchdown across 17 regular-season games in 2023.
Watt missed Pittsburgh's wild-card loss to the Bills due to a Grade 2 MCL sprain suffered during the team's regular-season finale, but the typical recovery timetable of such an injury shouldn't impact his availability for the start of training camp. The star pass rusher narrowly lost out to Cleveland edge rusher Myles Garrett for Defensive Player of the Year honors, with voting splitting 165-140. There are no questions about Watt's impact for the Steelers' defense, and for fantasy, as he remains one of the few NFL players truly capable of achieving a 20.0-sack campaign. With two years remaining on his deal, and just $18.7 million in dead cap for 2024, it's also worth noting that Watt is a worthwhile candidate for a restructure this offseason.
Joe Burrow CIN QB
Bengals' Joe Burrow: Should be cleared in May4h ago
Burrow (wrist) said Sunday that he expects to be "cleared for full contact and everything" by mid-May, ESPN.com's Ben Baby reports.
Burrow also said he's able to lift weights "basically normally now" and has started throwing small medicine balls as part of his rehab. The QB had surgery Nov. 27 to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist, 11 days after suffering the injury in a Week 11 loss at Baltimore. Prior to that, Burrow had found his groove with multiple TD passes in five straight games, bouncing back strong after throwing just two TDs over the first four weeks of the season while dealing with a lingering calf injury from training camp. He anticipates being ready for his normal throwing routine at OTAs, though it sounds like he'll take it slow until then.
Cedric Mullins BAL CF
Orioles' Cedric Mullins: Nursing hamstring soreness19m ago
Mullins' removal from Monday's Grapefruit League game versus the Twins was due to right hamstring discomfort, Andy Kostka of TheBaltimoreBanner.com reports.
Mullins walked in the bottom of the first inning and advanced to second base on a groundout but evidently at some point felt soreness in his hamstring, leading to his exit. He did not seem to be laboring as he walked off the field, but we should have a better idea as to the severity of Mullins' injury after the game.
Sonny Gray STL SP
Cardinals' Sonny Gray: Lifted with tight hamstring22m ago
Gray was removed from Monday's outing against the Nationals because of right hamstring tightness, Lynn Worthy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
It's not ideal, but at least it's not arm-related. Gray permitted one hit and struck out one over 1.2 innings Monday before being lifted. The Cardinals will wait to see how he recovers before deciding whether he will be ready for his next Grapefruit League start or requires a little rest. Assuming health, Gray will be the Cardinals' Opening Day starter.
Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: Placed on 60-day IL29m ago
The Dodgers placed Kershaw (shoulder) on the 60-day injured list Monday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
The move frees up a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Andre Lipcius. Kershaw is not expected to pitch until later in the season after following offseason shoulder surgery.
Andre Lipcius DET 3B
Dodgers' Andre Lipcius: Acquired by Dodgers31m ago
The Dodgers acquired Lipcius from the Tigers on Monday in exchange for cash consideration, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Lipcius had been designated for assignment and now finds himself in a new organization. The 25-year-old has little shot to crack the Dodgers' Opening Day roster but will give them some infield depth at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Sonny Gray STL SP
Cardinals' Sonny Gray: Departs outing with injury37m ago
Gray was removed from Monday's Grapefruit League start versus the Nationals in the second inning with an apparent injury, Lynn Worthy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Gray was facing his fifth batter of the game but was pulled after appearing to injure himself on a pitch to Nick Senzel. He walked off the field after a visit from the trainer, manager Oliver Marmol and pitching coach Dusty Blake. Gray yielded one hit and struck out one over 1.2 scoreless frames before exiting. The Cardinals figure to update his condition soon.
Tyler Soderstrom OAK C
Athletics' Tyler Soderstrom: Slow start to spring38m ago
Soderstrom, who dealt with an illness earlier in spring training, is 1-for-8 with a double, an RBI, a walk and a run over his first four exhibitions.
The promising prospect slashed just .160/.232/.240 across 45 games in his first taste of the big leagues last season, but Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports that Soderstrom is set to have multiple paths to playing time this coming season. Soderstrom will be part of a left-right platoon at catcher with Shea Langeliers but also see time at first base and designated hitter, and now that he seems to be back to full health, manager Mark Kotsay is optimistic about the improvement he believes the 2020 first-round pick is capable of. "From last year to this year, the body language is better," Kotsay said. "The intensity is better. I think the focus is better. Biggest positive coming out of a negative from last season in terms of the performance side is that he's recognizing things that may help him be successful this coming season."
Dyson Daniels NO SG
Pelicans' Dyson Daniels: Gets shots up Monday10m ago
Daniels (knee) was spotted getting shots up following Monday's practice, Erin Summers of Bally Sports New Orleans reports.
Daniels underwent successful surgery in mid-February to address a meniscus tear in his left knee and was expected to miss at least a month. While he was getting shots up, the second-year wing was stationary and working on floaters in the lane, suggesting he has a long way to go before he's cleared for game action.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope DEN SG
Nuggets' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: Back with team Monday13m ago
Caldwell-Pope (personal) participated in Monday's practice, Vinny Benedetto of The Denver Gazette reports.
Caldwell-Pope and Braxton Key both missed Saturday's win over the Lakers due to personal reasons but have returned to the team and will likely be available for Tuesday's matchup versus Phoenix. Over his last three appearances, the veteran sharpshooter has averaged 15.7 points on 53.3 percent shooting.
Kyle Anderson MIN SF
Timberwolves' Kyle Anderson: Questionable for Monday24m ago
Anderson is questionable for Monday's game versus Portland with a left knee sprain.
Anderson returned from a two-game absence Sunday versus the Clippers due to his left knee, and he played well in 14 minutes with eight points, three assists, three rebounds and one block. Minnesota will likely want to see how his knee responded before making a determination on his status.
Keyonte George UTA SG
Jazz's Keyonte George: Dealing with illness1h ago
George is questionable for Monday's game against the Wizards due to an illness, Andy Larsen of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
George is a late addition to the injury report and may join Walker Kessler (foot) and Lauri Markkanen (quad) on the sidelines. It's a tough break for the rookie, who's averaging 16.5 points, 4.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds over his last 14 appearances (eight starts).
Philipp Grubauer SEA G
Kraken's Philipp Grubauer: Starting in Calgary3m ago
Grubauer is slated to guard the road goal against the Flames on Monday, Kate Shefte of The Seattle Times reports.
Grubauer played well in his last start Saturday against Edmonton, stopping 22 of 24 shots, but he still came away with a loss due to poor goal support from his teammates. He'll try to get back in the win column in a rough road matchup with a scorching-hot Calgary team that's won five straight games.
Jake Allen MON G
Canadiens' Jake Allen: Tending twine Tuesday8m ago
Allen will defend the road net Tuesday versus Nashvulle.
Allen has gone 0-4-1 in his past five outings, having allowed 21 goals on 154 shots during that span. He has registered a 5-12-3 record this campaign with a 3.68 GAA and an .892 save percentage. The red-hot Predators will enter Tuesday's matchup riding an eight-game winning streak.
Joel Hanley DAL D
Stars' Joel Hanley: Hits waivers12m ago
Hanley was placed on waivers Monday, Stars radio analyst Bruce LeVine reports.
Hanley has been a healthy scratch for half of Dallas' 16 games since Jan. 25, so this move doesn't come as a surprise. Look for the 32-year-old defender, who's picked up just three assists through 32 top-level appearances this year, to head to AHL Texas if he passes through waivers unclaimed.
Jordan Binnington STL G
Blues' Jordan Binnington: Starting in Philadelphia15m ago
Binnington will defend the road goal Monday against the Flyers, Lou Korac of The Hockey News reports.
Binnington is coming off a 21-save performance in Saturday's 3-1 win over Minnesota. Through 43 games played this campaign, he has compiled a 21-16-3 record with three shutouts, a 2.88 GAA and a .910 save percentage. Philadelphia is tied for 20th in the league this season with 2.98 goals per contest.
Matt Irwin VAN D
Canucks' Matt Irwin: Sent to AHL affiliate21m ago
Irwin was reassigned to AHL Abbotsford on Monday.
Although Irwin will head to the minors for now, it wouldn't be surprising to see him right back with the big club ahead of Tuesday's game against LA. Irwin has yet to appear in an NHL contest this season.
Liam O'Brien ARI LW
Coyotes' Liam O'Brien: Collects helper in win27m ago
O'Brien logged an assist and two hits in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Capitals.
O'Brien snapped an eight-game point drought with the helper, though he also missed time with an upper-body injury in that span. The 29-year-old has been a fourth-line fixture when healthy. He's earned nine points, 121 PIM, 150 hits, 43 shots on net and an even plus-minus rating in that limited role.