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Free agent QB Kyle Orton doesn't plan to retire and wants to play this season.

Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones says Orton was going to report to training camp. Apparently the Cowboys didn't want him there, and wanted him to retire, so they cut him. Brandon Weeden is Tony Romo's backup. Orton will try to find a job as a clipboard holder likely at some point near the end of summer.
Jul 23 - 6:33 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Terrance West (NFI) will practice on Friday.

This appears to be a true non-story. West says he passed his conditioning test. If he does indeed practice Friday with the other Cleveland first-year players, he'll miss zero meaningful time. The Browns' full-squad workouts don't begin until Saturday. West and Ben Tate is one of the biggest competitions of summer.
Jul 23 - 6:13 PM

Panthers signed G/C Kevin Matthews.

Matthews is the son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews and the brother of Falcons rookie OT Jake Matthews. However, he's not quite as talented. Kevin has appeared in 17 career games, making three starts. He'll compete for a roster spot.
Jul 23 - 5:52 PM

Browns placed RB Terrance West (undisclosed) on the active/NFI list.

There's been no indication that West is dealing with anything serious, and we'll consider him day-to-day unless we hear otherwise. Ben Tate's stock gets a bit of a boost with this news, as he projects to open camp with the first-team offense. But West will be back to give Tate a run for his money. Coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday that the running back competition will be the "best" one in camp.
Jul 23 - 5:28 PM

Lions placed WR Golden Tate (shoulder) and RE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) on the active/PUP list.

Rookie WR T.J. Jones (shoulder) joins them. Tate landed on his shoulder wrong in the spring. We'll consider him day-to-day. Ansah is recovering from shoulder surgery and was fully expected to open camp on PUP. He'll be ready for Week 1.
Jul 23 - 5:26 PM

Redskins placed WR Leonard Hankerson (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Hankerson tore his ACL and LCL in Week 11 and is questionable for the start of the season. He's squarely on the roster bubble. Joining him on the PUP list is OL Maurice Hurt, who reported out of shape for the second year in a row.
Jul 23 - 5:22 PM

Chiefs signed RB Jamaal Charles to a two-year, $18.1 million contract extension through 2017.

So much for that holdout. Charles is now the second-highest paid running back in the league behind Adrian Peterson and is locked up through his age-31 campaign. On his previous deal, Charles was scheduled to make $3.9 million in salary and bonuses this season. He'll now make $8.3 million in 2014. It's well deserved after Charles put the Chiefs' offense on his back and carried them to the playoffs in 2013. Charles is entering his age-28 season. He's a locked-in top-three fantasy back, along with Peterson and LeSean McCoy.
Jul 23 - 4:39 PM

Giants GM Jerry Reese admitted the team is concerned about first-round rookie WR Odell Beckham's "tweaked" hamstring.

"He missed part of spring ball with a hamstring and he tweaked it yesterday. Obviously there is a concern," Reese said. Beckham first injured the hammy in the spring, and then re-tweaked it on his first route on the opening day of training camp Tuesday. Coach Tom Coughlin said after Wednesday's practice that he has no idea when Beckham will be back on the field. Rookie receivers tend to struggle in year one anyway, so any missed practice time for Beckham is a concern. Jerrell Jernigan ran with the starters in three-wide sets on Wednesday.
Jul 23 - 4:33 PM

Bengals placed TE Jermaine Gresham (back) on the active/PUP list.

Gresham underwent hernia surgery in the spring and missed OTAs and minicamp. He's not quite ready, but should be considered day-to-day or week-to-week. Gresham is way off the fantasy radar with Tyler Eifert in the fold.
Jul 23 - 4:30 PM

49ers RE Justin Smith revealed he had offseason shoulder surgery.

Smith says he suffered shoulder damage in last year's training camp, but played through it and had it repaired over winter. Entering his 14th season, Smith said he's now taking his career one year at a time. He's missed just three games.
Jul 23 - 4:25 PM

Panthers signed C Fernando Velasco.

Velasco, 29, started 11 games for the Steelers last season before going on injured reserve with an Achilles' injury. He's made 30 career starts across five seasons and will compete for a backup job behind Ryan Kalil.
Jul 23 - 4:19 PM

Chargers placed RG Jeromey Clary (hip) on the active/PUP list.

Clary underwent offseason hip and shoulder surgeries and was still on crutches last month. There have been rumblings he may not be ready for the opener and could open the season on reserve/PUP, which would keep him sidelined the first six weeks. Rookie Chris Watt will handle starter's reps in Clary's place.
Jul 23 - 4:12 PM

Chargers waived ILB Jonas Mouton.

After releasing their 2009 first-round pick OLB Larry English on Tuesday, the Bolts let go of their 2011 second-rounder in Mouton. They cut him with the failed physical designation. Mouton is coming off a torn ACL and spent two of his three seasons in San Diego on I.R. He should be nearing 100 percent. Mouton doesn't play special teams and can't stay healthy, a recipe for career failure.
Jul 23 - 4:10 PM

Sidney Rice has retired from the NFL after 7 seasons.

Rice is just 27 years old, and theoretically should be in the prime of his career. But Rice has missed a total of 31 games in his seven seasons. He's reportedly retiring because of a history of concussions. Rice was knocked out a number of times in his playing career and also was trying to return from a torn ACL. What once looked like a promising career after an 83-catch, 1,312-yard, 8-touchdown 2009 season with the Vikings has ended in sad fashion. Rice caught a total of 243 passes for 3,592 yards and 30 scores. He went to one Pro Bowl.
Jul 23 - 3:59 PM

Cardinals placed FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Joining him is DT Alameda Ta'amu (knee). Mathieu said earlier in the month that he's running at 60-70 percent coming off ACL and LCL reconstruction. He's about eight months removed from the injury, and could be back for the opener. Coach Bruce Arians conservatively put Mathieu's return at October 1.
Jul 23 - 3:38 PM



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