(UPDATE: According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, following a successful Thursday throwing session, "Joaquin Benoit looks as if he will avoid the disabled list. The right-hander... could return to game action as soon as Friday." However, the smallest setback would likely result in a quick decision to indeed send Benoit to the DL.)

Cuddyer staying in Colorado? 

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After hitting for the cycle on Sunday, there had been some rumors that perhaps the Colorado Rockies were going to move Michael Cuddyer to a contender. However, a hamstring injury to the outfielder seems to have sent any chance of a deal right out the window.

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During the first two Cincinnati Bengals preseason games, Giovani Bernard led the way for their backfield, followed by veteran BenJarvus Green-Ellis and then rookie Jeremy Hill.

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Will Votto be back? 

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With no timetable set for his return and his team falling lower and lower in the standings, could the Cincinnati Reds simply decide to shut Joey Votto down for the remainder of the season and hope his injuries heal in time for the start of 2015?

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Might Manziel play alongside Hoyer? 

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So, Brian Hoyer will be under center this weekend for the Cleveland Browns' third preseason tilt and Week 1 of the regular season. The general expectation is that Hoyer will get a three-week test run leading up to their Week 4 bye, at which point things may be reassessed, and Johnny Manziel could get a shot at displacing the veteran for Week 5.

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The Green Bay Packers still have to figure out how to plug the hole they have at tight end, as they move on from the injured Jermichael Finley -- and it appears that they will begin the season sans one of their top pass-catching options at the position.

"Sources said [Brandon Bostick] suffered a slight fracture of the fibula in his right leg catching a pass Saturday in St. Louis," wrote Bob McGinn and Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

"According to sources, the best-case scenario for the Packers would be to have him on the field for the second or third games. One source, however, said the injury could sideline Bostick into October."

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Castillo headed to Boston? 

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Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo is expected to make a decision no later than this weekend as to which team's contract offer he will accept, and the prevailing wisdom is that the Boston Red Sox may end up getting his signature.

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Will finances impact 49ers WR corps? 

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The San Francisco 49ers may have the deepest group of wide receivers in the NFL, which could put a veteran or two on the roster bubble, in part due to finances. Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin top the depth chart, while Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd are battling it out for the No. 3 job.

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It appears that the Jon Bon Jovi-led group that is interested in buying the Buffalo Bills are all but out of the mix at this point. John Kryk of QMI Agency quoted a source who said, "They're hanging on by the skin of their teeth. The bid's on life support."

Kryk went on to note that, "Jon Bon Jovi and his Toronto backers are reassessing whether even to continue in their pursuit of the Buffalo Bills, QMI Agency has learned.

"Their bid has been on the rocks for weeks and no one within the group is optimistic they'll wind up buying the NFL team, according to two sources in the position to know.

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Will 49ers trade Alex Boone? 

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Right guard Alex Boone's holdout continues to roll along with no end in sight. That being the case, might the San Francisco 49ers consider trading the veteran?

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Is there a cap on Gerhart's upside? 

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to lean on Toby Gerhart as their lead back this season. He touched the pill only 353 times in four seasons as Adrian Peterson's backup with the Minnesota Vikings, but his career 4.7 YPC makes him an intriguing breakout candidate in Fantasyland.

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Is Cauley-Stein a lottery pick in 2015? 

August, 21, 2014
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Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein elected to bypass a talented 2014 NBA draft to return to Lexington for his junior season. So where is the athletic shot-blocker projected to be picked if he enters the 2015 NBA draft? Here's an early look at that.

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It's never too early to look ahead, and that's a big part of what we do here at Rumor Central, so lets turn our attention to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Will a new-look Lakers team with Byron Scott running the show, Kobe Bryant back on the court, and new additions like Carlos Boozer, Jeremy Lin and Julius Randle be enough to contend for a spot in the Western Conference next season?

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Extension coming for Reggie Jackson? 

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Will Reggie Jackson's breakout season lead to an extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder before the Oct. 31 deadline?

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Latest buzz on Montee Ball 

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We haven't seen Montee Ball during the preseason, since he has been working his way back from an appendectomy. He took part in some limited practices the past couple of days, and though he isn't likely to play at all this preseason, the consensus is that he should be ready for Week 1.

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