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Ray Lewis (toe) is inactive for Thursday night's game versus the 49ers.

Lewis' backup, Dannell Ellerbe, is also out for the game. The writing was on the wall for Lewis when the Ravens promoted rookie Josh Bynes from the practice squad earlier this week. His absence helps Frank Gore's fantasy matchup. The Ravens' remaining six inactives are CB Chris Carr, WR Tandon Doss, RB Anthony Allen, LB Sergio Kindle, and DT Arthur Jones.
Thu, Nov 24, 2011 06:58:00 PM

Devonta Freeman opened Falcons OTAs as the first-string tailback.

Rookie Tevin Coleman ran with the twos. Freeman best projects as a role-player back, and was likely given the first-team nod out of veteran deference. In Kyle Shanahan's historically productive zone-run scheme, Coleman versus Freeman versus Antone Smith will be one of fantasy's top camp battles to watch.
May 26 - 6:01 PM

Richard Sherman (elbow) is participating fully in OTAs.

Sherman was initially tabbed for Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, but opted for rest and rehab instead. It appears his recovery has gone according to plan. Heading into his age-27 season, Sherman is the game's best corner.
May 26 - 4:14 PM

Derek Carr (hand) has yet to resume throwing.

Carr took snaps in Tuesday's OTAs session, but was on the sideline for passing drills. Carr isn't currently considering hand surgery, and he's expected to be back to full health by training camp. It's a story worth monitoring for Raiders fans, but not a major concern.
May 26 - 2:32 PM

Tamba Hali is recovering from a knee scope.

Per Hali, the operation was to "clean out some loose cartilage." It's unclear when Hali went under the knife, but there doesn't appear to be any concern about his status for training camp. Going on 32, Hali is coming off his lowest sack total since 2008. He took a $3 million pay cut to keep his roster spot.
May 26 - 2:27 PM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden says third-round pick Matt Jones has shown more versatility than the team expected.

He served as the team's third-down back in Tuesday's OTAs session, a role he should seize from Silas Redd and Chris Thompson. Both Gruden and GM Scot McCloughan have talked up Jones since the draft, with Gruden even allowing that he could steal some work from Alfred Morris on early downs.
May 26 - 1:56 PM

Redskins TE Jordan Reed is "getting checked for soreness" in his knee.

It appears the injury-prone tight end is undergoing tests. Reed dealt with knee issues his rookie offseason, but has primarily been sidelined by hamstring issues. It's extremely unwelcome news that Reed is already at less than 100 percent.
May 26 - 1:41 PM

Johnny Manziel was the Browns' second-string quarterback as OTAs opened Tuesday.

As expected, veteran journeyman Josh McCown took the first-team reps. After last year's utter meltdown on and off the field, Manziel will have to earn the trust of his coaches and team before he climbs the depth chart. So far, all signs have been good since he got out of rehab. We're likely looking at a true competition in training camp.
May 26 - 11:26 AM

Isaiah Crowell took the first snap with the starters at Tuesday's OTA session.

Crowell emerged from Cleveland's 2014 jumble as the best early-down option, averaging 4.10 YPC while earning double-digit carries in six of the final eight games. There will be week-to-week competition and some mixing and matching based on opponent, but the starter's job is Crowell's to lose. Rookie Duke Johnson profiles mostly as a passing down back and Terrance West projects as a backup at both spots. With C Alex Mack back from his broken leg, there will be mid-round upside in the talented Crowell.
May 26 - 11:17 AM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes Joseph Randle "will be the starting running back when the season opens."

Archer already went on the record earlier this month with a "bold prediction" that Randle will rush for 1,200 yards. Randle's talent doesn't lend itself to those kinds of stats, but the opportunity is very much there. Darren McFadden projects for his trademark ineffectiveness, Ryan Williams hasn't been the same since his patellar tear and Lance Dunbar is an undersized passing back. Randle, the incumbent who averaged 6.72 YPC on his 51 carries last year, appears to be the favorite to head this committee as we head into the bulk of the offseason program. The Dallas Morning News also stated Tuesday they expect Randle to get "the initial opportunity with the first-team offense."
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 26 - 9:58 AM

Bears released DE Ray McDonald.

McDonald was immediately placed on a no-tolerance policy when the Bears signed him this past March. He was arrested on Monday for domestic violence and child endangerment after allegedly assaulting a woman who was holding a baby. McDonald will likely face a stiff penalty from the NFL. We would not bet on 31-year-old McDonald playing another down in the league.
May 25 - 4:27 PM

Adrian Peterson's agent hinted at a holdout in a Monday text message to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole.

"He is very very strong," Peterson's agent said. "He's like (Darrelle) Revis." Revis, of course, has become famous for winning contractual showdowns. Peterson seems to believe the Vikings committed an unforgivable sin by siding too closely with the NFL as his child-abuse scandal unfolded last fall. To date, the Vikings have been steadfast that AD will be in Minnesota this season. Peterson won't really be turning up the heat until he skips next month's minicamp and training camp.
May 25 - 1:54 PM

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