The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac reports the Steelers are concerned about Keenan Lewis' hip.
It is the same issue which at least partly played a role in Lewis' release in New Orleans. With concerns about his health, it is unlikely the Steelers sign Lewis. ESPN's Josina Anderson reported the Lions, Jets, and Cardinals are also interested, but Lewis will need to get healthy first.
Steelers RT Marcus Gilbert agreed to restructure his contract.
The details of the restructure are not available, but he likely converted most of his 2016 base salary into a bonus. The move saves the Steelers a much-needed $2.39 million against the cap.
Eagles CB Nolan Carroll has locked up the starting job opposite Leodis McKelvin.
Carroll had been competing with Ron Brooks, but he was always the favorite. Brooks will now man the slot in sub packages. Carroll was the Eagles best corner before suffering a broken fibula last Thanksgiving.
Lions released RB Stevan Ridley.
The writing was on the wall after Ridley played behind Zach Zenner, George Winn, and rookie Dwayne Washington this preseason. By releasing him now, the Lions have at least given Ridley a shot to latch on somewhere else -- and perhaps offset some of the $250,000 guaranteed they owe him -- but he has not proven to be an effective back since shredding his knee in 2014. The 27-year-old could be nearing the end. With Ridley gone, Zenner is now locked in as the big-back complement to Ameer Abdullah.
Browns coach Hue Jackson suggested suspended WR Josh Gordon will play Friday against the Bucs.
"I think we have a good chance for that to happen," Jackson said. With first-rounder Corey Coleman also back, the Browns will get a chance to see what their offense can look like after Gordon returns from his four-game suspension. With Coleman, Gordon, and Terrelle Pryor at receiver, it certainly looks explosive on paper.
Jets TE coach Jimmie Johnson said Jace Amaro is still a "work in progress" as a blocker.
"He has done a better job sustaining his blocks and trying to stay engaged," Johnson said. "All of that is promising." Amaro has also continued his struggle with drops this preseason, missing two sure catches when an injury to Quincy Enunwa afforded him extra snaps in the second preseason game. With plenty of questions left to answer, it appears unlikely Amaro grabs an early-season role.
The Lions offense has utilized a no-huddle look on 62 percent of their plays during the preseason.
Detroit used the no-huddle on just 7% of their plays last season, finishing 30th in situation-neutral pace according to Football Outsiders. Both numbers should be significantly higher this year, and that is something Matthew Stafford is happy to see. "The faster you can push the tempo, when you want to, really, it just makes it more stressful on the defense," Stafford said. "If you feel like you're playing at a normal speed, and they think you're playing really fast, it feels a whole lot better for us." Stafford shined with OC Jim Bob Cooter calling the shots late last season, and the coordinator is molding his system to Stafford's strengths again this year. Currently the 16th quarterback off the board, it is possible Stafford is being undervalued.
Cowboys suspended DE Demarcus Lawrence promised a "big impact" once he returns.
Lawrence was suspended four games for violating the substance-abuse policy. With Randy Gregory suspended indefinitely, the Cowboys are extremely thin along the defensive line, but Lawrence still thinks they can be productive. "I just feel like I’ve just got to do my job and make sure everybody’s ready to do their job," he said, "and it’ll be a great group." Despite the optimism, Dallas will likely struggle to create pressure all season.