Here are five storylines from around the NFL on Wednesday, Aug 30:
1. The Lions are expected to withhold starters, too.
The Detroit Lions come to town Thursday for the preseason finale. The Bills, not wanting to risk second-string quarterback Nathan Peterman with Tyrod Taylor and T.J. Yates in concussion protocol, will give the large majority of the snaps (if not all of them) to a quarterback who was signed Monday, Keith Wenning. Many other starters will see limited action.
Don't expect to see many big names from the Lions, either. Quarterback Matt Stafford, who recently signed the richest contract in NFL history, won't play at all, the Detroit Free Press reports. His backup, Jake Rudock, might not see much action either, which leaves most of the work to sixth-round pick Brad Kaaya. This game might get ugly.
2. The NFL canceled the Texans-Cowboys game.
The Texans and Cowboys were supposed to meet for their final preseaon game Thrusday, but the league cancelled the game as southern Texas deals with massive flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
"We didn't have the option until today to get the team home safely," Texans GM Smith said, via the Houston Chronicle. "We have so many players distracted by what's been happening in Houston that it became increasingly difficult to ask them to play the game."
The game was to be played in Dallas's AT&T Stadium after being moved from Houston's NRG Stadium.
3. The Browns cut Joe Haden.
The Browns cut the Pro Bowl cornerback "after unsuccessfully trying to trade him or cut his pay," the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.
Haden, a first-round pick in 2010, was the Browns' top cornerback but was due to make more than $11 million this season, according to the paper.
The Bills are not expected to be involved in pursuing Haden. NFL Network reported he was visiting with the Steelers.
#Steelers get the first & potentially only visit from FA Joe Haden. They can make sure he never leaves (except to get his things from CLE).
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 30, 2017
4. The Chiefs think Reggie Ragland should pick up their defense quickly.
The Chiefs feel that former Bills linebacker Reggie Ragland should be able to adjust quickly to their scheme because it is similar to the one Rex Ryan used in Buffalo, coach Andy Reid said, via the Kansas City Star.
But they aren’t sure how quickly to expect him to contribute due to last season’s knee injury.
“I do not think he is all the way back from that, so we will work him … then let him get caught up on the defense,” Reid said.
5. What's it like being in the broadcast booth with Rex Ryan? Find out.
Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch went behind the scenes with Ryan and Beth Mowins, who will make up a broadcast team for ESPN this season, when they practiced calling a preseason game between the Giants and Browns.
"[H]aving Beth there has made it easy," Ryan said. "I just want her to tell me when I’m not supposed to be talking or tee me up when I should. She knows all this stuff and has been through it a million times. If I was doing this with a novice like myself, it would honestly be a disaster.”
Read to the end of the link to find out what Ryan did when he saw a giant picture of Tom Brady.