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Although Le'Veon Bell (foot) returned to a limited practice Wednesday, he said he's still in the "healing process."

It was Bell's first practice since spraining his foot on Aug. 19. "I don't want to rush it," he said. "I'm still in the healing process. I've got to make sure I don't reinjure it. ... I'm making sure I'm confident enough to go out there and make all the proper cuts, that I can completely stop when I need to with a burst and jump." Bell doesn't sound too close to a return to game action. We still suspect he'll sit through the Steelers' Week 5 bye and then return for a road game at the Jets in Week 6. Felix Jones, Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer will form an ugly three-headed committee in the meantime.
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 10:38:00 AM

The Bergen Record's Art Stapleton suggests the Giants may use a "three-back rotation" involving Rashad Jennings, David Wilson, and rookie Andre Williams this season.

They also have Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox on the roster. Stapleton believes the theoretical three-headed monster could help "keep Jennings fresh," as the career backup will be 29 1/2 years old in Week 1, and has never handled more than 163 carries in a season. (He's also never played 16 games.) In this scenario -- based on the first practice of Giants camp -- Jennings would be the starter and lead back, Wilson would come off the bench to change the pace, and hammerhead power back Williams would vulture short-yardage work.
Jul 22 - 7:51 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Chiefs OLB Justin Houston will report for training camp.

Houston skipped the Chiefs' entire offseason program, but isn't prepared to go to contract war. Reporting is a good-faith gesture that could get talks rolling in the right direction. Still only 25 and headed into the final year of his rookie deal, Houston has 21 sacks over past 27 games. The Kansas City Star believes Tamba Hali's five-year, $57 million deal is a potential "starting point" in talks.
Jul 22 - 7:35 PM

CBS Kansas City reports Jamaal Charles will hold out from training camp as he seeks a new contract.

The T.V. station reports Charles is "prepared to hold out as long as it takes." CBS Kansas City is not a typical Rotoworld source, but the report certainly has a basis in reality. However, the Kansas City Star reports Charles is planning to report "regardless of whether an extension is in place." Coming off an MVP-caliber season, Charles is dramatically underpaid at $3.65 million between salary and bonuses, and is signed through only 2015. Running-back money has plunged in recent years, but Charles would earn considerably more on the open market. Chiefs camp begins Thursday. ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher reports the sides have had talks.
Jul 22 - 7:09 PM

NFL suspended Jaguars WR Ace Sanders four games.

Sanders won't appeal the suspension, but expects to miss the majority of training camp as he tends to "personal issues." Without coming out and saying it, Sanders made multiple allusions to substance-abuse issues. "I’ve decided to go seek that help and get that attention," Sanders said. "Counseling, anybody that can give me insight." Already no higher than No. 4 on the depth chart, Sanders has greatly jeopardized his role in the Jaguars' offense. Coming off an uninspiring rookie campaign, Sanders may not have a role when he comes off his ban.
Jul 22 - 6:51 PM

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports Donald Brown is ticketed for "grunt work" in San Diego.

The word comes straight from GM Tom Telesco. That is not to say Brown will receive zero touches, but Ryan Mathews will remain the Bolts' primary grinder, with Danny Woodhead monopolizing passing-down looks. Brown will be tasked with picking up blitzes and other dirty work. We wouldn't expect more than 5-6 touches per game.
Jul 22 - 6:46 PM

Chargers signed RB Danny Woodhead to a two-year contract extension through 2016.

Financial terms are not yet available, though Woodhead is currently scheduled to make $1.75 million this season. That figures to be bumped up. Heading into his age-29 campaign, Woodhead set new career highs with 76 catches and 106 carries in 2013. He'll remain the Bolts' primary passing-down back this season. Woodhead is an RB2/3 in PPR leagues.
Jul 22 - 6:31 PM

The Browns have "no plans" to release Josh Gordon, and expect him to participate in training camp while his suspension appeal is heard.

"We're expecting him to report on Friday and be on the field,'' were the words of coach Mike Pettine on Monday. "We have no plans to cut him. I know there's been a lot of debate over that, but I don't see us having that debate." Gordon's appeal is expected to be heard before the end of the month. He's fully expected to earn a 16-game ban.
Jul 22 - 6:25 PM

Julio Jones will be "limited" for the start of training camp, but has avoided the active/PUP list.

We'd obviously prefer to see Jones at 100 percent from Day 1, but the fact that he's avoided the PUP list is a strong sign the Falcons aren't worried about his health. Jones' preseason reps figure to be strictly managed, but he'll be ready to rock as a top-five receiver for Week 1.
Jul 22 - 6:13 PM

Bernard Pierce (shoulder surgery) has been "fully cleared" for training camp.

With Ray Rice expected to draw a multi-game suspension, Pierce's clearance paves the way for him to open the season as the Ravens' early-down back. Listed at 230 pounds, Pierce also said he's down to 223. It can only help after a sluggish 2013. Despite last year's struggles, Pierce's role makes him well worth a mid-round flier in fantasy drafts.
Jul 22 - 4:21 PM

Chargers released OLB Larry English.

English was the 16th overall pick in the 2009 draft and is not subject to waivers. The 28-year-old has missed 28 games over the past four seasons mostly due to right foot problems. He has 11 career sacks across 52 career games, but has never accumulated more than three in a season. English's roster spot has been in jeopardy the past couple years, and GM Tom Telesco finally cut the cord. He should be able to latch on with another team for the summer.
Jul 22 - 3:20 PM

Fourth-round pick Andre Williams worked with the Giants' first-team goal-line offense at Tuesday's opening training camp practice.

He opened camp ahead of Peyton Hillis. Williams is a north-south runner who attacks the hole with authority, making him a natural short-yardage back. Rashad Jennings and David Wilson will earn their keep between the 20s, but Williams vulturing TD chances would be a big blow to Jennings' stock. If Williams secures goal-line duties, he immediately propels himself onto the re-draft radar. We're in the early stages of summer, but it's something to watch closely.
Jul 22 - 2:50 PM




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