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Michael Campanaro WR - BAL Campanaro has a tear in his quad and wil...
Campanaro has a tear in his quad and will be out until training camp, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Campanaro suffered the injury during Wednesday's practice, forcing him to leave the field to undergo additional tests. An MRI revealed the muscle tear, which will sideline Campanro for a couple months and, presumably, the rest of OTA's. Campanaro is expected to compete for the No. 3 receiver spot this season and could also be a special teams option.By Rotowire.com
Mark Ingram RB - NO Ingram was limited by a minor foot injur...
Ingram was limited by a minor foot injury during Thursday's OTA's, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports.
Impacts: Coach Sean Payton downplayed the issue and emphasized that Ingram has been participating when possible and is doing well. It doesn't look to be anything that will linger too long into the summer for Ingram.By Rotowire.com
Kelvin Benjamin WR - CAR Benjamin (hamstring) did not participate...
Benjamin (hamstring) did not participate in Thursday's OTA session.
Impacts: Benjamin continues to work through a hamstring injury suffered a few weeks ago during an offseason workout. The team has not provided a return timetable, but the injury is not considered to be be overly serious and should not impact his availability for training camp or the start of the 2015 season.By Rotowire.com
Duke Williams S - BUF Williams, who was previously thought to...
Williams, who was previously thought to be the starting strong safety favorite following the offseason departure of Da'Norris Searcy, looks to have some new competition in Corey Graham, as Graham appears likely to be switched from cornerback to safety, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said coach Rex Ryan of Graham, "You want to get your best 11 on the field. This provides him an opportunity. He's got that unique ability where he can do both things. So let's see what we have out there. This is no slam on Duke (Williams), or (Bacarri) Rambo, or (Jonathan) Meeks or any of those guys. This is us doing what's best for the team. If that means Corey, we feel good about him playing safety, that's where he will be."
Impacts: This is certainly not a done deal yet, and Williams still could win the job while Graham gets used as a super-utility type of player. But Graham is coming off an excellent season and has much more experience than Williams, so Williams is now far from a sure thing to see the bulk of strong safety snaps.By Rotowire.com
Cassius Vaughn CB - BAL Vaughn agreed to terms with the Ravens o...
Vaughn agreed to terms with the Ravens on Thursday, BaltimoreRavens.com reports.
Impacts: The 27-year-old appeared in 13 games for the Lions last season, making five starts and finishing with 18 tackles five passes defended and two picks. The unrestricted free agent has also spent time with the Broncos and Colts since entering the league out of Ole Miss in 2010. He'll primarily provide depth in the secondary, competing for backup snaps with the likes of Rashaan Melvin, Tray Walker, Asa Jackson and Kyle Arrington, among others.By Rotowire.com
DeMeco Ryans LB - PHI Ryans (Achilles) is a full go for OTAs o...
Ryans (Achilles) is a full go for OTAs on Thursday, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impacts: As expected, the new addition will be ready to participate in drills from day one, and, barring a setback, he shouldn't be hampered as he attempts to carve out a role throughout offseason workouts. The 30-year-old has proven to be a dynamic player, at times, in the past, but he's now torn his Achilles twice and will battle with Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso for snaps at inside linebacker.By Rotowire.com
G.J. Kinne RB - PHI Kinne has switched positions to wide rec...
Kinne has switched positions to wide receiver, Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impacts: Kinne spent much of the last two years as a quarterback on the Philadelphia practice squad, but he'll now be tried out at receiver in hopes of elevating himself to the 53-man roster. Chances are, his only shot of making the cut will be on special teams, but it's too early to rule anything out. The Tulsa product has never appeared in an NFL game.By Rotowire.com
Geno Smith QB - NYJ Coach Todd Bowles confirmed that Smith w...
Coach Todd Bowles confirmed that Smith will head into training camp as the Jets' first-team quarterback and will receive the majority of the team's practice reps, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: While Bowles introduced the notion that Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Simms and rookie Bryce Petty will compete against Smith for the team's top QB job this summer, as it stands, the assignment is Smith's "to lose."By Rotowire.com
Adrian Peterson RB - MIN Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer re-affirm...
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer re-affirmed that Minnesota will not trade Peterson despite his absence from this week's OTAs. "He's really got two choices. He can either play for us or he can not play. He's not going to play for anybody else, and that's just the way it's going to be," Zimmer told Fox Sports North.
Impacts: Peterson isn't required to attend this week's OTAs, but it is in his benefit because he gets a $250,000 bonus if he takes part in 90 percent of OTAs and minicamp. We won't really know if Peterson plans to hold out for a new contract or trade until a mandatory minicamp takes place June 16-18.By Rotowire.com
Rolando McClain LB - DAL McClain recently underwent arthroscopic...
McClain recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: As a result, McClain is not participating in the Cowboys' current OTAs and he could be held out until training camp. That said, McClain underwent the procedure with an eye toward being 100 percent when the regular season begins and remains on track to start at middle linebacker for Dallas this coming season. In 13 games last year, McClain recorded 81 tackles for the Cowboys.By Rotowire.com
EJ Manuel QB - BUF Both Manuel and Matt Cassel took snaps w...
Both Manuel and Matt Cassel took snaps with the starting offense at Tuesday's organized team activities, The Buffalo News reports. Coach Rex Ryan did have some nice things to say about Manuel: "The thing that stands out to me, it appears that EJ is getting a pretty good grasp of this system. He's believing in what he's seeing and he's letting it rip ... know what you're seeing, believe in it, be right and pull the trigger. Let it fly. And I think that's what we're trying to do with all of these quarterbacks. It seems like it was pretty sharp."
Impacts: With a number of NFL teams, you can look at snap counts during OTA's to determine who's ahead in the position races. However, the Bills are using a concept where they run two offenses huddling simultaneously on separate fields, then depend more on film later. The team did say Tyrod Taylor would get some looks with the starters this week as well, though it does seem clear that Manuel and Cassel are the two frontrunners.By Rotowire.com
Dez Bryant WR - DAL As expected, Bryant is not participating...
As expected, Bryant is not participating in the Cowboys' OTAs, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impacts: He has yet to sign his one-year franchise tender while his agent attempts to work out a long-term deal with the Cowboys, so until his name is on a contract Bryant won't be joining his teammates. Devin Street will get extra first-team reps in his absence.By Rotowire.com
Tamba Hali LB - KC Despite having a scope on his knee durin...
Despite having a scope on his knee during the offseason, Hali said Tuesday that he's feeling good, Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impacts: After dealing with a knee injury for the final month of last season, Hali had some loose cartilage cleaned out. He's coming off a disappointing six-sack campaign, but the 31-year-old got more pressure than the one statistic indicates, and he should still have a few good years remaining. Still, Hali may start to lose some snaps to Dee Ford, who was selected in the first round in 2014.By Rotowire.com
A.J. Jenkins WR - DAL Jenkins has signed with the Cowboys, Tod...
Jenkins has signed with the Cowboys, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.
Impacts: A surprising first-round selection by the 49ers in 2012, Jenkins never panned out in San Francisco or Kansas City, despite playing for teams that were far from loaded at his position. He has good speed and decent size, but he'll likely be facing an uphill battle to earn one of the final roster spots in Dallas.By Rotowire.com
Eric Weddle S - SD Weddle won't attend the Chargers' first...
Weddle won't attend the Chargers' first OTA on Tuesday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impacts: Although his presence is voluntary in such offseason drills, Weddle is seeking a extension on his current contract, which runs through the 2015 season. During his eight professional campaigns, he's earned two first-team All-Pro selections, three second-team All-Pro picks, and three Pro Bowl bids, all of them in the past five years. In addition, he's proved healthy, missing only four games in his career, while tallying 19 interceptions and averaging 96.5 tackles per season.By Rotowire.com
Ray McDonald DE - The Bears have released McDonald, cbsloc...
The Bears have released McDonald, cbslocal.com reports.
Impacts: The move comes after McDonald was reportedly arrested on Monday morning on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment. "We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear," GM Ryan Pace noted in a press release. "He was not able to meet the standard and the decision was made to release him."By Rotowire.com
Adrian Peterson RB - MIN Peterson will not be at Vikings OTAs whe...
Peterson will not be at Vikings OTAs when the begin Tuesday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impacts: Peterson missed all of the Vikings' voluntary spring workouts, but his absence didn't carry much significance, as he's typically opted to work out on his own in recent years. OTAs are a slightly different story because Peterson gets a $250,000 bonus if he takes part in 90 percent of OTAs and minicamp. According to recent comments from his agent, Ben Dogra, Peterson is still upset that the Vikings didn't fully support him last season. The running back seems to be angling for either a trade or a renegotiated contract that includes guaranteed money beyond 2015, and all comments from Vikings brass indicate the team has no intention of even considering the first of those options. Peterson's absence from OTAs may be taken as a sign of his displeasure, but he isn't actually required to participate in any offseason practices until a mandatory minicamp June 16-18. While this situation is worth keeping an eye on, Peterson still figures to be in the Minnesota backfield come Week 1. With the draft (and most potential trades) having come and gone, the real issue is what Peterson's contract will look like.By Rotowire.com
Sean Lee LB - DAL Lee (knee) will be a limited participant...
Lee (knee) will be a limited participant in next week's OTAs, Mickey Spagnola of DallasCowboys.com reports.
Impacts: He's had a great offseason as he comes back from a torn ACL, but the Cowboys don't want Lee to overdo things. If he can stay healthy for once, and the move to weakside linebacker goes smoothly, the team is expecting him be a vital part of their defense.By Rotowire.com
Morris Claiborne CB - DAL Claiborne (knee) won't participate in ne...
Claiborne (knee) won't participate in next week's OTAs, Mickey Spagnola of DallasCowboys.com reports.
Impacts: He's recovering from surgeries on the patellar tendons in both of his knees, and at this point the Cowboys still aren't entirely sure if Claiborne will be ready for Week 1, much less training camp. If he's not, first round pick Byron Jones' development will become even more important for the team's secondary.By Rotowire.com
Orlando Scandrick CB - DAL Scandrick has agreed to a revised contra...
Scandrick has agreed to a revised contract with the Cowboys, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports.
Impacts: Scandrick briefly skipped voluntary workouts in protest of a contract that pays him far below his market value, but he eventually decided to join his teammates in Dallas while negotiating with management. It doesn't appear that negotiations were too tenuous, and Scandrick should be back as a starter this season, even after the Cowboys drafted Byron Jones in the first round. Between Scandrick and Dez Bryant, the Cowboys have vocal leader on both sides of the ball.By Rotowire.com
Felix Jones RB - Jones and Ben Tate worked out for the Co...
Jones and Ben Tate worked out for the Cowboys on Thursday, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impacts: The Cowboys may want to add some competition for their in-house options to replace DeMarco Murray, but it's hard to imagine either Jones or Ben Tate would be of much use. Jones was out of the NFL in 2014, while Tate played for three different teams and looked entirely washed up. Even with owner Jerry Jones known to favor former Arkansas Razorbacks, it will be surprising if Jones gets a contract.By Rotowire.com
Johnny Manziel QB - CLE Manziel is expected to be a full partici...
Manziel is expected to be a full participant in Tuesday's OTA session, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Manziel spent 10 weeks in a rehabilitation facility this offseason, and the reception has been generally positive up to this point, as teammates have apparently taken notice of the personal changes he's made. New offensive coordinator John DeFilippo is the most recent of several within the organization to take note of Manziel's rededication to preparation, stating that "he's spent every hour that he's been allowed to spend in this building." Josh McCown seems to be the favorite to win the starter's job heading into camp, but if the praise sent Manziel's way so far holds true, Johnny Football could at least make the competition interesting in his sophomore campaign.By Rotowire.com
Marcell Dareus DT - BUF Dareus has been suspended for the Bills'...
Dareus has been suspended for the Bills' season opener for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, wivb.com reports.
Impacts: While Dareus -- who recorded 49 tackles and 10 sacks in 15 games last season -- can participate in the team's offseason program and preseason action, the Pro Bowler won't be eligible to suit up for Week 1, putting him on track to make his regular season debut on Sept. 20 against the Patriots.By Rotowire.com
Vick Ballard RB - IND Ballard (Achilles) is not participating...
Ballard (Achilles) is not participating in this week's OTA practices, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Impacts: Ballard tore his Achilles last year during a late-July practice, forcing him out for a second consecutive season following tearing an ACL early in the 2013 season. It's hard to predict how he'll fit into the Indianapolis offense until he returns to practice.By Rotowire.com
Derek Carr QB - OAK Carr's agent, Tim Younger, refutes repor...
Carr's agent, Tim Younger, refutes reports suggesting that the quarterback may need surgery on his right ring finger, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "I don't know where this idea came up that he's going to be having surgery," Younger noted. "The situation, I don't even want to call it an injury, is very minor, and we're just being cautious."
Impacts: Younger relayed that Carr is "probably going to be throwing before the end" of the Raiders' offseason workouts, which end June 4. In any case, he expects the second-year signal-caller to be 100 percent for the team's mandatory minicamp, which begins on June 9. Since Carr's rookie season ended, the Raiders have made a point of adding viable pass-catching options to mix, signing Michael Crabtree as a free agenct and then drafting highly-promising receiver Amari Cooper fourth overall and subsequently selecting tight end Clive Walford in the third round.By Rotowire.com
Ben Tate RB - Tate is slated to work out for the Cowbo...
Tate is slated to work out for the Cowboys on Thursday, ESPN.com's Todd Archer reports.
Impacts: Tate's 2014 campaign was largely forgettable, as he opened the season with a frustrating eight-game stint with Cleveland, before seeing work in three games with the Vikings and then the Steelers (in the playoffs) as well. In the wake of the departure of DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys curiously declined to select a running back in 2015 NFL draft, leaving the team with a backfield headed by Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams. Whereas Tate was a highly sought-after free agent last year, at this stage, it looks as though he's simply hoping to catch on somewhere as a depth option, with an eye toward re-establishing his on-field value.By Rotowire.com
Geno Smith QB - NYJ Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey relaye...
Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey relayed Wednesday that Smith is on track to remain the Jets' starting quarterback, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.
Impacts: Per the report, Gailey notes that it was "never a thought" for the team to have a quarterback competition between Smith and veteran addition Ryan Fitzpatrick in training camp. In any case, despite throwing 34 interceptions over his first two pro seasons, Smith will remain the Jets' presumed top QB in the absence of an injury. In an effort to provide Smith with added pass-catching weapons this coming season, the Jets traded for veteran wideout Brandon Marshall and drafted the speedy Devin Smith in the second round of the NFL draft. The newcomers will bolster a pass-catching corps that returns wideouts Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley, as well as a pair of capable tight ends in Jeff Cumberland and Jace Amaro.By Rotowire.com
Muhammad Wilkerson DE - NYJ Wilkerson is skipping the Jets' voluntar...
Wilkerson is skipping the Jets' voluntary OTAs, which began Tuesday, nj.com reports.
Impacts: Wilkerson, who is under contract with the Jets for 2015 at a salary of $6.97 million, is looking for a contract extension, an outcome that seems likely down the road, given the team's stated desire to keep the defensive end in the fold. In any case, Wilkerson's presence is not considered mandatory until next month's three-day minicamp. Wilkerson is coming off a 2014 season in which he recorded 56 tackles and six sacks in 13 games.By Rotowire.com
Vontaze Burfict LB - CIN Burfict's (knee) status for the start of...
Burfict's (knee) status for the start of the coming season remains up in the air, the Bengals' official site reports.
Impacts: Per the report, it could be a "tight call" as to whether the linebacker will ready for Week 1, with the possibility remaining that he could start the season on the Bengals' PUP list. Burfict -- who is bouncing back from microfracture knee surgery -- was limited to just five games and 29 tackles last season. In 2013, he racked up 171 tackles for the Bengals.By Rotowire.com
Stevan Ridley RB - NYJ Ridley (knee) took part in positional dr...
Ridley (knee) took part in positional drills during the Jets' OTAs Wednesday, Rich Cimini of ESPN reports.
Impacts: Ridley was reportedly moving well Wednesday, which is certainly a positive sign for a player coming off knee surgery. He remains on track to be ready to go when training camp begins in July.By Rotowire.com
Derek Carr QB - OAK Carr is dealing with an injury to his ri...
Carr is dealing with an injury to his right ring finger, which may require surgery, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports.
Impacts: Carr sat out Tuesday's OTA's with what the team initially called an undisclosed injury, but it now appears to be something that could cause him to miss significant offseason time. If he undergoes surgery, Carr could sit out the rest of OTA's, but the team is reportedly optimistic that he'd be ready for the start of training camp. In Carr's absence Tuesday, Christian Ponder worked with the first-team offense.By Rotowire.com
Carson Palmer QB - ARZ Palmer (knee) participated in individual...
Palmer (knee) participated in individual and 7-on-7 drills during the Cardinals' first OTA on Tuesday, the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impacts: Palmer told Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic that he felt "rusty" but moved well considering he's sixth months and two days removed from the procedure to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. While Palmer remains two months away from receiving the all-clear, coach Bruce Arians relayed that the quarterback could ease into 11-on-11 work during next month's minicamp. Expect Palmer to be a full participant once training camp commences in late July.By Rotowire.com
Shayne Graham K - NO Graham was released by the Saints on Tue...
Graham was released by the Saints on Tuesday.
Impacts: The 37-year-old converted 19-of-22 field goal attempts last season, finishing as the Saints' leading scorer. Nonetheless, it looks like the franchise will go in another direction, with younger options Dustin Hopkins and Zach Hocker competing for the starting gig.By Rotowire.com
Justin Smith DT - SF Smith announced his intention to retire...
Smith announced his intention to retire from the NFL on Monday.
Impacts: Smith's decision to retire comes after a wildly productive 14-year career that included five Pro Bowl and two All-Pro selections. The fourth overall pick in 2001, Smith posted 880 tackles and 87 sacks while playing for the Bengals and 49ers over the course of his career. With Smith known to be strongly considering retirement, the 49ers went ahead and drafted defensive lineman Arik Armstead in the first round this offseason, offering a raw talent to help try and fill Smith's significant absence going forward.By Rotowire.com
Ryan Tannehill QB - MIA Tannehill signed a contract extension wi...
Tannehill signed a contract extension with the Dolphins through the 2020 season on Monday.
Impacts: Tannehill is coming off a career-high 4,045 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions last season, making him the sort of ascending talent the Dolphins feel comfortable locking down as their quarterback long-term. Additionally, Tannehill will have new offensive weapons DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills and Jordan Cameron surrounding him this season, offering further reason to like Tannehill's rising fantasy value heading into the upcoming campaign.By Rotowire.com
Chimdi Chekwa CB - The Patriots have released Chekwa, the...
The Patriots have released Chekwa, the team's official site reports.
Impacts: In the wake of parting ways with starters Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, it would seem as though retaining cornerback depth would be a priority for the Patriots, but the team has also waived Kyle Arrington and Alfonzo Dennard this offseason. Look for further moves by New England to address the situation in the coming months.By Rotowire.com
Brandon Spikes LB - NE Spikes signed a one-year deal with the P...
Spikes signed a one-year deal with the Patriots on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Spikes spent the first four seasons of his career with the Patriots, and had his best year in 2012, tallying 92 combined tackles and five forced fumbles. After collecting 54 combined tackles in 2014 with the Bills, Spikes will return to his original pro team, where his ability as a run-stuffer will bolster New England's linebacking corps. At the very least, he'll provide an insurance policy in the case that Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower suffer any setbacks in the recovery from their respective knee and shoulder injuries.By Rotowire.com
Orlando Scandrick CB - DAL Scandrick is in line to join his Dallas...
Scandrick is in line to join his Dallas teammates for voluntary workouts on Monday, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.
Impacts: Scandrick, who is seeking a new contract, had been staying away from the Cowboys' facility since the team's workouts began on April 20. His plans to join the team's workouts hint at progress on that front, with Archer suggesting that the cornerback could have a deal worked out by the end the coming week.By Rotowire.com
Tom Brady QB - NE Though the NFL Players Association had c...
Though the NFL Players Association had called for an independent arbitrator to hear the case, commissioner Roger Goodell is slated to preside over Brady's appeal of the four-game suspension handed to him by the league on Monday, ESPN.com reports. "Commissioner Goodell will hear the appeal of Tom Brady's suspension in accordance with the process agreed upon with the NFL Players Association in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello relayed in a statement on Thursday.
Impacts: In the wake of the 243-page report submitted by league-appointed attorney Ted Wells, Brady was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the coming season for his reported role in "Deflategate." At this stage, a timetable for Brady's appeal hearing is not yet in place, but a reduction of the quarterback's punishment remains a potential outcome. In the meantime, however, second-year signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo is on track to start at QB for the Patriots when the team opens its 2015 regular-season slate.By Rotowire.com
Robert Turbin RB - SEA Turbin underwent offseason hip surgery,...
Turbin underwent offseason hip surgery, and his timeline for a return to the field is uncertain, FOX Sports reports.
Impacts: If Turbin's recovery stretches into the regular season, it could open up some extra carries for Christine Michael. If both running backs are healthy, they'll likely split the work behind entrenched starter Marshawn Lynch, though it's possible one or the other emerges as the clear top backup. Turbin is entering the final season of his rookie contract, after rushing for 310 yards on 74 carries (4.2 YPC) in 2014.By Rotowire.com