49ers second-year DE Arik Armstead said he may need shoulder surgery in the future, but he expects to be ready Week 1 against the Rams.
It sounds like Armstead might be dealing with a rotator cuff or labrum issue. He hasn't played at all this preseason, though LT Joe Staley praised Armstead's practice efforts three weeks ago, calling him the standout player on defense. Armstead was Pro Football Focus' 13th-ranked 3-4 end last season.
The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett believes Eric Ebron (ankle) is "50-50" to play in Week 1.
Birkett did acknowledge his optimism grew when Ebron spoke to reporters recently. Many times, players who are in danger of missing significant time will be kept under wraps by teams and are discouraged from talking to the media. After missing so much of training camp, a slow start should be expected for Ebron.
Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official website believes WLB Sean Lee (knee) will be ready for Week 1 against the Giants.
Lee required an MRI on Monday, but tests came back negative. He's probably more day to day, but any injury for Lee is worth noting since he's missed so much time with ailments over the years. He's the key to the Dallas defense.
After speaking with seven anonymous NFL front office members, Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman came away with the opinion that teams "truly, truly hate" Colin Kaepernick, and he may never play another down in the league.
"I don't want him anywhere near my team," one front office executive said. "He's a traitor." Another team executive said, "He has no respect for our country. [Expletive] that guy." And according to one GM, "In my career, I have never seen a guy so hated by front office guys as Kaepernick." One executive said he'd rather resign than sign Kap. Freeman believes '90-95 percent' of teams feel this way, and he thinks it's possible Kap will be blackballed once/if he's cut by the 49ers.
Patriots signed ST/WR Matthew Slater to a one-year, $1.8 million extension through 2017.
The deal includes a $600,000 signing bonus and $900,000 fully guaranteed. Slater played a total of 24 snaps on offense last season, with no more than four coming in a single game, but he's one of the elite special teams aces in the league. He's made five Pro Bowls for it. Slater turns 31 next month.
Appearing on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel reports the Vikings don't think they can "get by" with Shaun Hill for 16 games.
Vensel believes the Vikings will look outside the organization for another quarterback, though he does report the team "likes" Taylor Heinicke, but Heinicke is on the NFI list after tearing up his foot in an off-field incident. He's not expected to be able to practice for another three weeks. The Vikings were one of the teams linked to Nick Foles before he signed with the Chiefs. It's possible they could try to pry Josh McCown away from the Browns for a mid-rounder.
Saints signed OLB Paul Kruger, formerly of the Browns.
The Saints were the runners-up to sign Kruger back in 2013 when he picked the Browns. Now 30, Kruger will come in to try and help Cameron Jordan and Nick Fairley get after the quarterback after New Orleans lost Hau'oli Kikaha to a season-ending knee injury. Kruger received high marks from Pro Football Focus for his pass rush last season, even if the pressures only netted him three sacks.
Shaun Hill will open the season as the Vikings' starting quarterback.
He should be grabbed in two-quarterback leagues, but nowhere else. 36 1/2 years old, Hill will spend much of his time under center executing handoffs to Adrian Peterson. Hill appeared in nine games (eight starts) with the 2014 Rams, completing 63.3 percent of his throws with an 8:7 TD-to-INT ratio and 7.2 YPA. The Vikings should be willing to take those rate stats and run with them if Hill can repeat. We wouldn't bet on Hill lasting 16 starts this year.