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49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said RB LaMichael James (elbow) is expected to be ready Week 1.

James is expected to miss a month after dislocating his elbow for the third time in his career during Sundays practice. With Kendall Hunter also on the shelf, rookie Carlos Hyde has stepped in as the No. 2 back in San Francisco. James will serve as a return man and change of pace option when healthy.
Jul 30 - 3:16 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Cowboys LT Tyron Smith's new contract makes an extension for Dez Bryant "nearly impossible."

Rapoport added there had been "little progress anyway," and that Dez "may benefit from playing it out." Dez wants to be paid like one of the top receivers in the league, but the Cowboys have reservations about handing a big-money extension to a player with the injury and the off-the-field history of Bryant. Dallas' train wreck of a salary-cap also does not help the situation. Bryant is set to make $1.78 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Jul 30 - 3:12 PM

49ers waived QB Kory Faulkner.

Faulker drew praise from OC Greg Roman in the spring, but the front office obviously didn't see enough long-term potential in him. A UDFA out of Southern Illinois, Faulker earned a $3,000 signing bonus for his 49ers stint.
Jul 30 - 3:05 PM

Multiple team sources told NFL Network's Charley Casserly that Johnny Manziel has brought a "first-in, last-out mentality" to Browns training camp despite his offseason partying.

Casserly was also told by club sources Manziel is "doing fine" with the playbook after coach Mike Pettine described it as a pre-camp obstacle for the rookie. After attending Browns practice, Casserly came away believing Brian Hoyer offers "no outstanding physical traits." We still tentatively expect Hoyer to start Week 1, and Manziel to replace him by no later than Cleveland's Week 4 bye.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 30 - 3:03 PM

Seahawks waived/injured WR Taylor Price.

The former Patriots third-round pick was a long shot for a roster spot before going down in training camp. Price's NFL outlook is as bleak as it gets.
Jul 30 - 2:53 PM

Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) is back practicing.

The injury was minor, but the Colts are being cautious after losing 17 players to season-ending injuries in 2013 and already losing RB Vick Ballard to an Achilles injury this season. Richardson has the talent and opportunity to outplay his fifth-round ADP, but his poor play in 2013 and injury history make him a risky fantasy bet.
Jul 30 - 2:52 PM

No player has ever won a case against the NFL on the grounds he failed a drug test due to "second-hand smoke."

This is Josh Gordon's claim, and the NFL is pushing back. "A cornerstone of both of our drug testing programs has always been that you are responsible for what is in your body," stated NFL VP of communications Greg Aiello. "It is stated that way in the policies." Aiello also confirmed the NFL has suspended several players in the past for "not being responsible for what is in your body." Gordon remains at serious risk of a lengthy suspension.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 30 - 2:39 PM

Seahawks TE Anthony McCoy has a torn left Achilles' tendon.

McCoy missed all of last season with a torn right Achilles'. His 2014 season is obviously over, and his career is in question. A catch-first tight end, McCoy's loss locks Luke Willson into that role for Seattle this year.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 30 - 2:30 PM

Cowboys signed LT Tyron Smith to an eight-year, $98 million extension.

Smith is now set to make $109 million over the next ten years, making him the second highest paid tackle in the league. Still only 23, Smith has already established himself as one of the preeminent tackles, and will anchor a Dallas offensive line that could be the best in the NFL this season. The Cowboys will now turn their attention to locking up Dez Bryant, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
Jul 30 - 2:15 PM

Packers signed GM Ted Thompson to a multi-year contract extension.

Thompson, 61, took over as the Packers' general manager in 2005 and has spent 18 years in the organization with a five-year stint in Seattle in between. Since taking over, the Packers have gone 86-57-1 and have won four NFC North titles and one Super Bowl. Thompson is one of the top decision-makers in the league.
Jul 30 - 2:05 PM

NFL suspended Bills LB Nigel Bradham one game for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

It likely arises from his 2013 marijuana arrest, so the Bills knew this was coming. Being counted on for every-down duties in new DC Jim Schwartz's 4-3 defense, Bradham has emerged as the favorite to replace Kiko Alonso in the DeAndre Levy role. When Bradham returns in Week 2, he'll be a candidate to lead the Bills in tackles. Levy had 119 of them last year, and six interceptions.
Jul 30 - 1:53 PM

Bears RG Kyle Long (infection) has been cleared to participate in training camp.

Long sat out the first week with a viral infection. He'll slide back in with the ones between C Roberto Garza and RT Jordan Mills. LT Jermon Bushrod and LG Matt Slauson form the left side of a strong Chicago offensive line.
Jul 30 - 1:51 PM

Second-year TE Zach Sudfeld has been getting some first-team reps in Jets camp.

Sudfeld was overly hyped last summer. But he's a plus athlete at 6'7/253. "He's studying like nobody's business," said coach Rex Ryan. Sudfeld has a relatively clear path to playing time if he takes the next step in his development. Jeff Cumberland is a lumbering backup-caliber tight end, while rookie Jace Amaro's first-year camp reviews have been anything but positive. Sudfeld deserves attention in deep Dynasty leagues and could emerge on the re-draft map.
Jul 30 - 1:32 PM

Lions DL coach Jim Washburn believes RE Ziggy Ansah "can be an elite player at some point in time."

"He’s got real potential," Washburn continued. "He’s got elite potential, he’s just got to do it." Ansah has been sidelined throughout the offseason and during training camp as he recovers from shoulder surgery. He may miss most of camp, but should be ready for the opener. Under new DC Teryl Austin, Ansah is expected to move around more. But he's going to get after the quarterback.
Jul 30 - 1:21 PM

Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko reports "at this stage" Darren McFadden has the "starting edge" over Maurice Jones-Drew in the Raiders' backfield.

Klemko, however, does allow that this "should be a committee backfield considering McFadden's injury history." While McFadden may get the "starts," Jones-Drew leading the Raiders in carries is probably the safe bet. McFadden is certainly the more talented runner, but he's never played a full 16-game slate. This is going to be a timeshare. MJD and DMC are currently going in the seventh and eight rounds of fantasy drafts, respectively, as RB3/FLEX options.
Jul 30 - 12:15 PM



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