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Texans waived FB Brad Smelley.

Smelley has just four NFL appearances to his name, but had been atop the Texans' depth chart late last season. It's possible he wasn't 100 percent healthy after tearing his calf in Week 16. Sixth-round rookie Jay Prosch is now the Texans' lead blocker.
Jul 22 - 4:29 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

Falcons signed LB Pat Angerer.

Angerer is apparently over the knee injury that ended his 2013 and required offseason surgery. Injuries have limited the 2010 second-rounder to just 11 appearances in each of the past two seasons, but he'll have a good shot at cracking the 53-man roster if he can remain healthy. The Falcons are ad libbing as they look to make up for the loss of ILB Sean Weatherspoon (Achilles').
Jul 22 - 4:14 PM

Falcons signed WR Jeremy Ebert.

A seventh-round journeyman, Ebert caught three passes across six games for the Jaguars last season. If he has any shot at cracking the Falcons' 53-man roster, it's as a special teamer who can man the final wideout spot in a pinch.
Jul 22 - 4:12 PM

Broncos released TE Joel Dreessen.

Dreessen was cut with the "failed physical" designation. He underwent surgery on his left knee in February, his third operation on the same knee in less than a calendar year. Dreessen will turn 32 on Saturday and may be nearing the end of the line with his body starting to betray him. The Broncos save $2.5 million.
Jul 22 - 3:43 PM

Bengals placed G/C Mike Pollak (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Pollak avoided PUP when the Bengals put nine on the list Monday, leading many to believe Pollak was recovered from his knee issue. It doesn't appear that way. We'll consider Pollak week-to-week. The more time he misses, the more opportunities rookie Russell Bodine will get as the starting center.
Jul 22 - 3:38 PM

Free agent ILB Pat Angerer worked out for the Falcons on Tuesday.

Angerer, 27, ended last season on injured reserve with the Colts due to a knee injury that required offseason surgery. His workout with the Falcons is his first nibble of action since. The former second-round pick has also battled concussion and foot problems the past two years. Atlanta is simply looking for bodies after losing ILB Sean Weatherspoon to a torn Achilles' in the spring.
Jul 22 - 3:28 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

Giants fourth-round rookie RB Andre Williams worked in the goal-line package with the first-team offense at Tuesday's opening training camp practice.

Williams appears to be opening camp ahead of Peyton Hillis on the depth chart for short-yardage work. Williams is a north-south runner with zero jukes to his game, which obviously limits him between the 20s. That's where Rashad Jennings and David Wilson will earn their keep. But Williams taking touchdown opps away from Jennings would be a big blow to Jennings' stock. If Williams can secure 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

Giants first-round rookie WR Odell Beckham battled a hamstring injury during the spring, and is unsure if it's back to 100 percent.

Beckham did say the balky hammy is "feeling a lot better," though. It's notable because hamstring injuries can linger, especially for receivers, and Beckham actually appeared to pull up lame on a deep route on his first rep with the first-team offense in Tuesday's opening training camp practice. Beckham is expected to be the No. 3 or 4 option in the Giants' passing game in year one, operating mostly as a field-stretcher to clear space for Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle.
Jul 22 - 2:33 PM

Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel are competing for the Bills' No. 2 quarterback job.

With E.J. Manuel coming off three knee surgeries and proving to be rather injury-prone as a rookie, it's a battle worth monitoring from afar. Lewis entered the spring as the heavy favorite, but Tuel impressed during OTAs and "earned himself some more reps." The two have been splitting second-team work the first couple days of training camp. Lewis was far better than UDFA Tuel in 2013.
Jul 22 - 1:39 PM

Bears SS Adrian Wilson says he didn't tear his Achilles' last summer, but was dealing with Haglund's deformity.

Haglund's deformity is most common in women. It's a bony enlargement on the back of the heel near the Achilles' tendon that often leads to bursitis, a painful inflammation of the bursa sac. It becomes irritated when rubbing against shoes. Wilson is competing for a roster spot in a wide-open Bears safety group.
Jul 22 - 12:57 PM

The Houston Chronicle reports Andre Johnson is expected to report to training camp on time.

Johnson was in Houston at NRG Stadium on Monday talking with the team's brass. It's obviously great news for the Texans and would ease the minds of fantasy football players. The Texans have no real incentive to trade Johnson unless they can finagle an early-round draft pick out of the acquiring team. Johnson has averaged 110.5 catches for 1502.5 yards and nine total touchdowns over the past two seasons. A shoo-in WR1 when healthy, Johnson's current ADP is at the back of the fourth round.
Jul 22 - 12:45 PM

Bengals DC Paul Guenther said he expects DT Geno Atkins (knee, active/PUP) to be ready for Week 1.

Coach Marvin Lewis said they'll hold Atkins on the active/PUP list for a few days to open training camp just to "get a look at him." It sounds like he'll be practicing sometime within the next week or so. The Bengals will likely limit Atkins' snaps during the preseason in an effort to have him 100 percent for the opener.
Jul 22 - 12:26 PM

Giants TE Adrien Robinson has shed 10-12 pounds and checked in at 276 heading into training camp.

That means Robinson ballooned up close to 290 pounds after an injury-riddled 2013 season. Robinson will get the first crack at the tight end job for the G-Men, but this is position that is likely to be filled by a committee. Robinson will work with the first team, while Kellen Davis and Daniel Fells mix in behind him.
Jul 22 - 12:12 PM



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