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Jaguars TE Clay Harbor (calf) will be sidelined for the next month.

Harbor strained his calf earlier this week and will miss most of training camp. His roster spot is likely safe due to a complete lack of depth behind Marcedes Lewis.
Jul 30 - 10:31 AM

Bengals DT Geno Atkins (knee) has been cleared to practice and removed from the active/PUP list.

There had previously been precious little information regarding Atkins' recovery from his Week 9 torn ACL. He'll likely be limited to side work and individual drills for the next few days or so and sit out most of the preseason, but Atkins should be all systems go for Week 1. Atkins' return is a massive boost for the defense.
Jul 30 - 10:21 AM

Tests conducted on Ravens CB Lardarius Webb's ailing back revealed no structural damage.

Webb hurt his back in Friday's practice. It's apparently a muscular issue. Rest and rehab are the prescribed treatment, and Webb will be evaluated day-by-day and week-by-week. He's fully expected to be fine for the opener.
Jul 30 - 10:14 AM

David Wilson (neck) will sit out the rest of the week and be reevaluated August 4.

Wilson left Tuesday's practice early with a neck burner. He underwent initial tests yesterday, and it's been determined that he won't play in Sunday's preseason opener versus the Bills. Wilson will be looked at on Mondya by Dr. Frank Cammisa, the doctor who performed Wilson's neck surgery. The Giants are going to be extremely careful here. We don't advise using a re-draft pick on Wilson.
Jul 30 - 10:01 AM

The Detroit Free Press reports first-round TE Eric Ebron has dropped "an inordinate number" of passes through spring and the first two days of camp.

At least one NFL scout questioned Ebron's hands, especially when going over the middle, in the pre-draft process. He had an 11.4 percent drop rate last season at UNC. Coach Jim Caldwell isn't worried, and blames Ebron learning so many positions and thinking too much right now for his shaky hands. It could be an up-and-down rookie year for Ebron. He's a late-round flier in re-draft.
Jul 30 - 9:56 AM

The Vikings removed CB Captain Munnerlyn (hamstring) from the active/PUP list.

Munnerlyn simply tweaked his hamstring before camp. He'll slide in opposite CB Xavier Rhodes and man the slot in nickel packages.
Jul 30 - 9:45 AM

The Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young believes it would be a "surprise" if Rob Gronkowski (knee) played in any preseason games.

If Gronk does make it onto the field for exhibition action, it won't be for more than a few snaps just to get his feet wet. He's been participating in some 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work at training camp, but most of Gronkowski's work is done off to the side. He's experienced no setbacks, and should be ready for the opener.
Jul 30 - 9:41 AM

The Houston Chronicle considers Jerrell Powe the favorite to break camp as the Texans' starting nose tackle.

Third-rounder Louis Nix missed OTAs, minicamp, and all of training camp so far with a knee issue that has carried over from last season at Notre Dame. Powe (6'2/330), has experience in DC Romeo Crennel's defense, but has just one career start under his belt. It's a weak spot on Houston's defense.
Jul 30 - 9:29 AM

Chris Johnson underwent stem-cell treatment surgery on his left knee in the offseason.

We knew Johnson had surgery, but up until now it had been classified as a mere scope. When Johnson tore his meniscus in Week 3 last season, he says he lost a ton of cartilage. Injecting stem cells -- taken from a bone marrow sample near Johnson's pelvis -- into the area "might be able to help rebuild that cartilage." The hope is that the stem cells will help rebuild the tissue in Johnson's knee. Stem-cell treatment is becoming very common among all pro athletes.
Jul 30 - 9:23 AM

Arian Foster (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday.

Foster only missed a day or two with what the team called a "minor" injury. It was worth noting nonetheless after Foster battled injuries all last summer and ended up missing half the season after back surgery. We don't have a problem with Foster and his second-round ADP, but owners are taking on plenty of risk.
Jul 30 - 8:57 AM

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence has been diagnosed with a broken foot, and will be sidelined 8-10 weeks.

The injury requires surgery. It's a crippling blow for a defensive line that was already the worst in the league, and a terrible bit of luck for the No. 34 overall pick of May's draft. Lawrence suffered the injury getting "slammed to the turf" by LT Tyron Smith in individual drills. Lawrence was all but assured of starting right end duties. The job will now fall to retread Jeremy Mincey, who has only five sacks over his past 26 games. The Cowboys don't have a pass rush.
Jul 30 - 1:04 AM

Cardinals signed CB Patrick Peterson to a five-year, $70 million contract extension -- that includes $48 million guaranteed -- through 2020.

Peterson is now locked up for the next seven seasons through his age-30 campaign. Richard Sherman received $40 million guaranteed on his extension with the Seahawks earlier in the offseason, but Peterson is two years younger and signed a longer deal. In terms of new money, Peterson will make $14 million per year, while Sherman received $14.35 million annually in new cash. Peterson was a top-11 cover corner at Pro Football Focus last season and is still coming into his own. At 6'1/219, he has the size to match up with any receiver.
Jul 29 - 11:59 PM

The Dallas Morning News' Brandon George said Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar "continues to be impressive."

A versatile back with dynamic ability, Dunbar has an opportunity to earn a decent-sized role in Dallas' offense. Demarco Murray is the unquestioned starter, but new Cowboys OC Scott Linehan oversaw a Lions' offense that had two players average over 13 touches a game in 2013. Dunbar may struggle to reach that mark, but 6-10 touches are well within reach even with Murray healthy. He is well worth a flier in the 14th round.
Jul 29 - 10:58 PM

Lions WR Kevin Ogletree has "spent time" with the first-team offense during the first two days of training camp.

Ogletree is competing with the likes of Kris Durham, Ryan Broyles, and Jeremy Ross for the third receiver role in Detroit. Though he seems like the front runner now, Ogletree will carry little fantasy value even if he wins the job. The Lions love to utilize their running backs in the passing game, and rookie TE Eric Ebron should see most of his snaps in the slot this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 10:16 PM

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman "has usually been the second running back up" during camp.

Montee Ball is the unquestioned starter in Denver, but the competition behind him is wide open. Despite C.J. Anderson being the crowd favorite to win the job, Hillman seems to be ahead at this point in camp. Hillman has all the tools to be an effective NFL back, but with four fumbles in only 140 career carries, he has to improve his ball security if he hopes to earn a role in Denver's offense. Hillman is currently going undrafted in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 29 - 10:02 PM


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