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Mike Wallace failed the conditioning test to open Ravens' training camp.

He'll get another chance to pass in on Thursday. But until Wallace does pass it, he won't be able to practice and could open camp on the active/NFI list. All in all, it's not a huge deal for a soon-to-be 30-year-old veteran, but hints Wallace may have developed some laziness during the summer break.
Jul 27 - 4:04 PM

Eagles placed RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) on the active/NFI list.

Mathews suffered the ankle injury last week. There's been no reason to believe it's anything serious, but it's another reminder just how fragile Mathews has been throughout his career. Rookie Wendell Smallwood is a strong late-round flier.
Jul 27 - 3:47 PM

Rams released QB Nick Foles.

It's been a move long in the making. After trading Sam Bradford and swapping a few draft picks with the Eagles to acquire Foles last offseason, the Rams then handed Foles a two-year, $24.5 million extension only to see him start 11 games and get benched for Case Keenum. Foles posted a horrific 69.0 passer rating with a 7:10 TD:INT ratio and career-worst 6.1 YPA. Expect him to land on his feet quickly as a backup on a much cheaper contract. The Jets could have interest.
Jul 27 - 3:41 PM

The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows believes Bruce Ellington is in "excellent position" to be the 49ers' "breakout player" on offense.

As noted by Barrows, coach Chip Kelly has been talking up Ellington ever since Kelly took over in San Francisco. Small, but quick, Ellington has the ability to line up in the backfield and play the slot. He could be that piece Kelly loves to move around and get the ball into his hands. With just 19 career catches through two seasons, it's not out of the question that Ellington leads the team in catches this season with Torrey Smith operating as the big-play threat on the outside.
Jul 27 - 3:36 PM

Jets signed No. 20 overall pick ILB Darron Lee to a four-year contract.

The two sides were arguing over guaranteed money, presumably. Lee can now focus on football, where he's expected to be a sub-package player behind early-down starting ILBs David Harris and Erin Henderson.
Jul 27 - 3:28 PM

Broncos placed OLB DeMarcus Ware (back) on the active/NFI list.

Ware's back has been acting up for awhile, and he didn't practice at all during the spring. The soon-to-be 34-year-old is considered day-to-day. The Broncos are going to manage his snaps this season, giving more to sophomore Shane Ray.
Jul 27 - 3:15 PM

Bears placed WR Marquess Wilson (foot) on the active/PUP list.

Wilson re-broke his left foot at minicamp and required surgery. Entering a contract year, Wilson is expected to open the season on reserve/PUP, costing him at least the first six weeks of the season. Josh Bellamy is the No. 4 receiver.
Jul 27 - 3:12 PM

Bears placed OLB Pernell McPhee (knee) on the active/PUP list.

McPhee is recovering from an offseason knee scope. He may not play in any preseason games. McPhee was limited much of the second half of last season after signing a big contract and notched just six sacks.
Jul 27 - 3:09 PM

Broncos placed CB Aqib Talib (leg) on the active/NFI list.

Talib opens camp on the non-football injury list after he was shot in the leg last month in Dallas. Talib claims he was shot by an unknown assailant -- one he can't identify because he was so drunk -- but there are reports Talib is believed to have accidentally shot himself. Consider him day-to-day.
Jul 27 - 3:04 PM

Cardinals signed ILB Donald Butler, formerly of the Chargers.

Butler was given a seven-year, $51.8 million extension in 2014, but quit on the team after getting paid and was run out of town back in March. Beat writer Kevin Acee went as far to call Butler a "thief" after he "stole from the team." Butler was Pro Football Focus' 51st-ranked inside linebacker out of 60 qualifiers last season. He'll compete for a gig behind Kevin Minter and Deone Bucannon.
Jul 27 - 3:00 PM

Broncos signed WR Marlon Brown.

Brown, 25, spent the previous three seasons in Baltimore, playing for now-Broncos coach Gary Kubiak when he was the Ravens' OC in 2014. After posting a 49-524-7 line as a rookie, Brown has just 38 catches for 367 scoreless yards in two seasons since. The Broncos' receiver depth chart is wide open behind starters Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Jul 27 - 2:55 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports Jeremy Langford packed on 8-10 pounds during the offseason in an effort to handle an "increased role" in the backfield.

Langford tipped the scales at 208 at last year's Combine and is listed at 211 by the Bears. Per Caplan, he's now in the 219-220 range. It's conceivable Langford will shed some water weight this summer in the heat, but this could be taken as a red flag. It's hard to get behind running backs putting on this much added weight because it's hard for them to keep their speed. (We saw it happen with Andre Ellington just last year.) Langford is viewing it as a positive so he can handle a larger workload. We'll see how he looks in the preseason, but Langford already had problems making tacklers miss as a rookie.
Jul 27 - 2:03 PM

Datone Jones has shed 16 pounds as he transitions from 3-4 end to outside linebacker.

His body-fat percentage is down from 25 percent to 16.5, while his actual weight is at 269 from 285. The Packers are looking to get more of an impact from their 2013 first-rounder after he's registered just eight sacks through three seasons. Green Bay declined its fifth-year team option on Jones, making this a contract year.
Jul 27 - 1:37 PM

Cowboys placed LB Jaylon Smith (knee) on the active/NFI list.

He could spend the entire year there after wrecking his knee in Notre Dame's bowl game last winter. It would be a surprise if Smith played a snap in 2016.
Jul 27 - 1:03 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Darren McFadden's (elbow) bone scan came back "good," and he's expected to be ready Week 1.

McFadden broke his elbow in an accident at home last month. He was given a two-month timetable, and everything seems to be on track. With Ezekiel Elliott likely to handle the lion's share of work, DMC will be a mere change-of-pace.
Jul 27 - 12:58 PM


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