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Raiders DT Antonio Smith (undisclosed surgery) has been cleared for training camp.

Smith was injured in a May weight-room "mishap," the extent of which the Raiders never revealed. He'll start at defensive tackle this season.
Jul 24 - 5:22 PM

Raiders placed OG Lucas Nix (knee surgery) on the active/PUP list.

He's week to week after undergoing a scope in June. Nix is not in the mix for a starting job.
Jul 24 - 5:05 PM

Jamaal Charles' new contract includes no guaranteed money beyond 2014.

So that means Charles' "four-year, $28 million contract" is really a one-year, $8.3 million contract. It's still a huge raise for a player who was set to earn only $3.9 million, but just the latest reminder that the vast majority of the league's players are on year-to-year deals. Charles can earn up to $6.45 million between salary and bonuses in 2015. It's highly unlikely he's cut next offseason.
Jul 24 - 4:26 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Lions are "not optimistic" about agreeing to an extension with Ndamukong Suh before the season.

That's bad news, as Suh's $22.412 million cap number means he'd cost $26.7 million to franchise tag next offseason. One of the league's most dominant players, Suh holds all the cards in long-term talks.
Jul 24 - 4:13 PM

Raiders released LB Kevin Burnett.

According to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez, Burnett was "not cleared medically." Burnett missed a good chunk of the offseason program with an ankle injury. Signed to a two-year, $5.25 million deal in March 2013, Burnett started all 16 games last season, but wasn't terribly effective, barely earning a positive grade from Pro Football Focus. Although he's now 31 and getting released by one of the league's worst teams, Burnett shouldn't have trouble finding a new home as long as he can get healthy.
Jul 24 - 4:04 PM

Raiders placed CB D.J. Hayden (foot surgery) on the active/PUP list.

There is no timetable for his return. The Raiders initially claimed Hayden was recovering from an ankle injury when he was first spotted in a walking boot in early June, but it was actually a stress fracture. It's unclear when he went under the knife. It's a humongous blow for a player who was trying to move past an injury-ruined rookie campaign, and further grays the Raiders' defense. Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown are now the presumptive starters at corner. Hayden is only 24, but his NFL career is off to as poor a start as possible.
Jul 24 - 3:57 PM

49ers OLB Aldon Smith says he's been sober since last September, and that he's in the "best shape" of his life.

"And my mind is probably in the best spot it’s been in," Smith said. "So I’m feeling great." Smith partly credited his great physical shape to his sobriety. It's worth noting that Smith says he's been sober since September, but that his bomb-threat arrest at LAX came in April. He was allegedly drunk. Smith expects to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell "in the near future." He's expected to draw a 4-6 game ban, but it's impossible to know after the league let Ray Rice off easy for domestic violence on Thursday.
Jul 24 - 3:45 PM

Browns signed DE Edgar Jones.

An eight-year veteran, Jones worked out for the Browns in June. He appeared in seven games for the Cowboys last season, playing 74 snaps on defense. He'll compete for one of the Browns' final roster spots.
Jul 24 - 3:22 PM

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin has "no major (worries)" about Brandon Gibson's (patellar tendon) health, and believes he'll be able to go "full throttle" in the near future.

Gibson is in the final stages of his recovery, but should still be considered week to week. Gibson needs to be healthy for the preseason, where he'll attempt to hold off second-rounder Jarvis Landry for slot duties. There's a strong chance Gibson ends up settling in at No. 4 on the depth chart.
Jul 24 - 3:08 PM

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin believes it won't be "too long" before Knowshon Moreno (knee scope) is cleared to go "full throttle."

Moreno is a month removed from his scope, where he was given a 4-5 week timeline. Moreno can't afford setbacks as he does battle with Lamar Miller for No. 1 duties. Either out of shape or on the shelf for the majority of his Dolphins tenure, Moreno is shaping up as a thoroughly mediocre late-round fantasy option.
Jul 24 - 3:02 PM

49ers rookie WR Bruce Ellington (NFI) is dealing with a "rolled ankle," and "should be back soon."

The same is true for third-round C Marcus Martin. Although any missed practice time is a big deal for Ellington as he competes for No. 4 duties, it's not going to cost him his shot as long as he's ready for the preseason.
Jul 24 - 2:56 PM

Fifth-round rookie Devon Kennard has opened Giants camp as the starting strong-side linebacker.

Undrafted rookie Dan Fox is running with the second team. It speaks to the Giants' depth issues at linebacker. Spencer Paysinger could eventually get into the mix with Kennard, while it's where Jameel McClain will likely shift once MLB Jon Beason (foot) returns to full health.
Jul 24 - 2:46 PM

Vikings TE Chase Ford is recovering from left-foot surgery, and will miss all of training camp.

Ford had a stress fracture. It's bad news for a bubble player, though Ford will likely spend the first six weeks of the season on the reserve/PUP list, delaying his roster decision. A 2012 undrafted free agent, Ford has 11 career catches, five of which came last Week 17.
Jul 24 - 2:32 PM

Mike Thomas is considered the frontrunner for the Texans' No. 3 wideout job.

It's not a position that's likely to carry fantasy relevance, but Thomas is penciled in as the Texans' slot receiver between "X" Andre Johnson, and "Z" DeAndre Hopkins. An annual disappointment, 27-year-old Thomas can also return punts.
Jul 24 - 2:28 PM

No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney avoided active/PUP to open Texans camp.

Clowney underwent offseason sports hernia surgery. He passed the Texans' initial team physical, and will likely be eased in to camp. Clowney will play outside 'backer across from Whitney Mercilus in Romeo Crennel's 3-4 defense.
Jul 24 - 2:23 PM



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