The Daily Blitz (8/17): NFL News, Notes and Links

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady showed no ill effects from the scare at practice this week as he completed 11-of-12 passes for 107 yards and one touchdown in last night's preseason game.

In contrast, Tim Tebow so was inaccurate that he finished with 0.0 passer rating. He was one-of-seven for a negative yard and an interception.

As a comparison, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was one-for-two for minus three yards and still had a passer rating of 56.3.

Why didn't Kaep play more? Coach Jim Harbaugh said (via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee): "I think we're good with Colin; we know what we've got (in him). In the second weak of preseason we didn't want anything freakish to happen to him."

With Wes Welker now in Denver, Danny Amendola is poised for a huge season provided he can stay healthy. He had six receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown last night.

Buccaneers running back Doug Martin left last night's preseason game after taking a knee to the helmet. Without saying much, the team simply tweeted that he "was evaluated, but he wasn't going to play much longer either way."

Meanwhile, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune tweeted, "Bucs coach Greg Schiano says RB Doug Martin should be fine. Said Martin's head cleared quickly after taking knee to it in 1st Q."

Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel completed 10-of-12 pass attempts for 92 yards and a score and continues to make his case to become the team's opening day starter over Kevin Kolb. Through two preseason games, he has completed nearly 80 percent of his pass attempts (26 for 33).

The Falcons say that Roddy White's ankle injury is a "minor ankle sprain."

Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said Friday of Robert Griffin III, "He is ahead of schedule. We've had no setbacks (knocks on wood) and the plan is for him to play in Week 1."

Set to be released from the hospital on Friday, Browns first-round rookie Barkevious Mingo (bruised lung) was held in the hospital at least for last night as well, per Mary Kay Kabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks will make his preseason debut on Sunday.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Percy Harvin (via John Boyle of the Everett Herald): "We just know that the surgeon that did the work was thrilled with the way he came back the days right after the surgery, and his ability to get range of motion and things were way ahead of schedule, so that’s a great sign. We’re hopeful, whatever that means. We won’t know, it’s going to take a good month before we can figure if he’s even going to have a chance to come roaring back out of it, but it looks like all of the signs are very good. So we’ll see what that means, but we’re not putting any weeks on it. We don’t know."

Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell (knee) was in pads and a "full participant" in practice yesterday, per Dale Lolley of the Observer-Reporter.

For the second week in a row, Raiders rookie receiver Brice Butler led the team in receiving. He had three receptions for 38 yards against the Saints last night.





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