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Around the NFL: Patriots shorthanded for Week Two, Chiefs cut Spiller for third time in two weeks

Here's a look at stories from around the league on Saturday, Sept. 16.

1. The Patriots will be without several starters for Week Two

The New England Patriots will be without a number of key players as they look to avoid an 0-2 start Sunday against the Saints.

Middle linebacker Dont'a Hightower (knee), wide receiver Danny Amendola (concussion) and special teams ace Matthew Slater (hamstring) are all listed as out for the game while starting safety Devin McCourty (groin), right tackle Marcus Cannon (ankle) and backup safety Nate Ebner (shoulder) are all questionable.

With Amendola out and Julian Edelman and Cyrus Jones injured in the preseason, the Patriots are also without a punt returner. Patrick Chung and Phillip Dorsett are among the options, the Boston Globe wrote.

How does Bill Belichick test punt returners?

"Put them back there and watch them catch them," he said, in a perfectly Belichickian response.

2. Sam Bradford is questionable with a knee injury.

Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford reportedly had an MRI on his left knee this week and is questionable for their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It is the same knee Bradford suffered ACL injuries on in 2013 and 2014.

The Vikings are hoping Bradford can play, but if not, Case Keenum would start.

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3. C.J. Spiller got cut again. 

Spiller, the former Buffalo Bills first-round draft pick, was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs for the third time in the last two weeks. The team promoted RB Akeem Hunt from practice squad (not to be confused with their starting RB, Kareem Hunt).

Spiller was cut by the Chiefs on Sept. 2, resigned on Sept. 4, cut on Sept. 7, resigned on Sept. 9, and cut again today.

4. Odell Beckham is officially questionable. 

It has only been four weeks since Beckham, the New York Giants star, suffered an ankle injury in the preseason that he said would keep him out 6-8 weeks, but nevertheless he's listed as questionable for their Week Two game against the Detroit Lions on Monday night.

After the Giants were held to three points in the opener, maybe the team decided a fraction of Beckham is better than all of someone else.

5. Fantasy advice: Who to start for injured players?

ESPN rounded up some fantasy advice from its beat writers across the country. Which Arizona Cardinals running back do you want to replace David Johnson? Who will get more touches in Philly with Danny Woodhead out? Are any of Jacksonville's receivers good bets?

Here's one for Bills fans: Mike Gillislee "solidified his standing as LeGarrette Blount's replacement as New England's power back of choice."

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