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Bills suspended OL coach Aaron Kromer six games for conduct detrimental to the team.

He's been suspended without pay. Although charges were ultimately dropped against Kromer for allegedly assaulting a kid over the placement of beach chairs, the Bills determined that Kromer's involvement in the incident was enough for relatively harsh discipline. Kromer will return on October 19.
Aug 2 - 10:16 PM

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Sunday that undrafted rookie RB Michael Dyer has "jumped out" early in training camp.

A former five-star high school recruit, Dyer dominated as a true freshman on Auburn's national champion team before oddly bouncing around schools and ending up at Louisville, where he was a backup last year. Dyer does have talent and size (5'9/218), and the depth chart in Oakland is far from proven or established. Dyer is a deep sleeper to monitor, especially in Dynasty leagues.
Aug 2 - 10:11 PM

Roy Helu opened Raiders camp working with the second-team offense.

Undrafted rookie Michael Dyer is working with the threes while Trent Richardson tries to get into shape. Helu is technically Latavius Murray's backup, but should also be Oakland's first-team back on passing downs. We're not entirely ruling out the possibility of Helu pushing Murray to start eventually.
Aug 2 - 9:23 PM

The Cowboys have agreed to give DE Jeremy Mincey a raise.

It's believed to be a $500,000-or-so raise after Mincey fell 11 snaps shy of a $500,000 playing-time bonus last year. The Cowboys have also waived Mincey's fines for not reporting to training camp on time. Mincey will likely open the season as Dallas' starting defensive end opposite Demarcus Lawrence before settling into a rotational role when Greg Hardy's suspension ends.
Aug 2 - 9:03 PM

Bucs DT Akeem Spence will miss "a couple months" after undergoing back surgery.

Spence had the procedure on July 2. He is a candidate to open the season on reserve/PUP, with Spence stating "I'll probably shoot for October or something like that." Theoretically an early-down run stopper, Spence had a miserable first season under Lovie Smith in 2014. He graded out a dreadful 79th among 81 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' 4-3 defensive tackle charts.
Aug 2 - 8:48 PM

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "everything so far at camp points to" Latavius Murray being the Raiders' "No. 1 running back."

It's no secret that Murray is getting the first crack at primary power-running duties in new OC Bill Musgrave's power-running offense. Questions surround the Raiders' effectiveness in 2015 -- their Vegas Win Total is a league-worst 5.5 games -- as well as Murray's ability to stay effective on a big workload. He's still a very small-sample-size player at this stage of his career. "Backup" Roy Helu is 6-foot, 220 with a career 4.44 YPC average, and could make things interesting.
Aug 2 - 8:36 PM

The Ravens are "not optimistic" about S Matt Elam's biceps injury.

The team hasn't gotten MRI results yet, but their medical team likely fears a tear, which would cost Elam all of 2015. Depending on how much the Ravens value Elam -- who has been a huge disappointment through two NFL seasons -- they could consider using the I.R./designated for return tag on him, costing Elam the first eight games of the season. Because Elam practiced in camp, he is not eligible to be placed on the reserve/PUP list.
Aug 2 - 7:05 PM

Bengals RE Michael Johnson is believed to escaped Sunday's knee injury scare with a sprained right MCL.

An MRI is pending, but indications are Johnson avoided a full ligament tear and will miss 4-6 weeks, as opposed to the season. While it's good news for the Bengals, Johnson is now questionable for Week 1. The team will get a long look at Will Clarke and ideally Margus Hunt, if Hunt's back stops acting up.
Aug 2 - 6:19 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was told Trent Richardson has a "50 percent" chance of making the Raiders' 53-man roster.

T-Rich opened training camp on the active/NFI list, suggesting he failed his conditioning test. Latavius Murray and Roy Helu are locks for the 53, while FB Marcel Reece can handle the load in a pinch. Richardson may be competing directly with UDFA Michael Dyer for a roster spot. Until T-Rich gets back on the practice field, his odds are going to appear even less than 50:50.
Aug 2 - 5:48 PM

Martavis Bryant (elbow) is expected to miss the Hall of Fame Game in a "worst case scenario."

Bryant underwent a "minor" procedure to fix an infection. He'll miss "several" days, but should be back for the first full week of preseason. The Steelers kick off the exhibition season against the Vikings one week from today.
Aug 2 - 5:46 PM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is optimistic RE Michael Johnson will turn out "okay" following Sunday's right-knee scare.

The Bengals originally feared a torn ACL. It sounds like he may have a strain or sprain, but that Johnson avoided severe ligament damage. Currently headed for an MRI, Johnson's recovery timetable will be determined by the testing.
Aug 2 - 5:06 PM

Jets rookie WR Devin Smith's specific injury is three fractured ribs and a partially punctured lung.

This is just a blurb for bookkeeping purposes. The timetable on Smith's recovery still stands at 4-6 weeks, putting his status for Week 1 in serious question.
Aug 2 - 4:44 PM

Jordan Matthews lined up at slot receiver in three-wide sets on the first day of Eagles camp Sunday.

Matthews was inside with Josh Huff and Riley Cooper on the perimeter. First-round pick Nelson Agholor should easily win one of the outside jobs before Week 1. Matthews' day-one alignment all but confirms he will indeed continue to fill a Colstonian role in Chip Kelly's offense, creating mismatches between the numbers. Matthews is a high-floor WR2 pick in his second NFL season.
Aug 2 - 4:20 PM

The 49ers plan to use DL Darnell Dockett as a nickel pass rusher this season.

First-round LE Arik Armstead and RE Glenn Dorsey will presumably be the 49ers' defensive ends on base downs. Dockett and Tank Carradine will come on for passing situations, rushing quarterbacks from the interior. 34-year-old Dockett has been fully cleared from the ACL tear that wiped out his 2014 season.
Aug 2 - 4:12 PM

The Rams feared Brian Quick's shoulder injury was "career threatening" when he went down in Week 8 of last season.

Quick dislocated the shoulder and tore his rotator cuff. "It’s remarkable what he’s overcome," coach Jeff Fisher said. "The damage he sustained to his shoulder was significant and there was some talk early on that it might’ve been career-threatening and that he might not be able to come back." Quick has come back, even avoiding the active/PUP list to open training camp. He's penned in as the Rams' starting wideout opposite Kenny Britt.
Aug 2 - 4:06 PM

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