Carlos Hyde RB SF 10 hours ago1 Comment
Hyde is dealing with a minor leg injury, CSN Bay Area reports.
Hyde is expected to replace Frank Gore as the 49ers' lead back, but there will be competition for touches in the form of Reggie Bush, Kendall Hunter (knee) and Mike Davis. While an injury in training camp or the preseason might affect Hyde's eventual workload, head coach Jim Tomsula said the current issue is nothing to worry about.
Jalston Fowler RB TEN 21 hours ago2 Comments
Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Fowler needs to shed some weight, The Tennessean reports.
The Titans liked the fourth-round pick out of Alabama for his ability to protect the passer, but he also was a threat out of the backfield for Crimson Tide. Fowler caught seven touchdown passes the last two seasons.
Rashad Greene WR JAC 21 hours ago
Greene signed a four-year deal with the Jaguars, the Florida Times-Union reports. The fifth-round draft pick out of Florida State had a school record 270 catches for 3,830 yards receiving and caught 29 touchdown passes in 51 games for the Seminoles.
There's a crowd of receivers on the roster in front of Greene, who profiles as a slot receiver, but has a better shot of making Jacksonville as a punt returner. He averaged 12.2 yards per return and scored two touchdowns on 38 punt returns in college. That's an area where the Jaguars need improvement, after averaging just 7.1 yards per return and one longer than 20 yards last season.
Dante Fowler DL JAC 22 hours ago1 Comment
Fowler will undergo surgery next week to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, the Florida Times Union reports.
Fowler, the Jaguars' first-round pick and third overall in the 2015 draft, hurt the knee on his first day of rookie mini-camp. He will miss all of the 2015 season rehabbing the knee.
Johnny Manziel QB CLE 1 day ago4 Comments
Manziel is expected to be a full participant in Tuesday's OTA session, ESPN.com reports.
Manziel spent 10 weeks in a rehabilitation facility this offseason, and the reception has been generally positive up to this point, as teammates have apparently taken notice of the personal changes he's made. New offensive coordinator John DeFilippo is the most recent of several within the organization to take note of Manziel's rededication to preparation, stating that "he's spent every hour that he's been allowed to spend in this building." Josh McCown seems to be the favorite to win the starter's job heading into camp, but if the praise sent Manziel's way so far holds true, Johnny Football could at least make the competition interesting in his sophomore campaign.
Marcell Dareus DL BUF 1 day ago
Dareus has been suspended for the Bills' season opener for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, wivb.com reports.
While Dareus -- who recorded 49 tackles and 10 sacks in 15 games last season -- can participate in the team's offseason program and preseason action, the Pro Bowler won't be eligible to suit up for Week 1, putting him on track to make his regular season debut on Sept. 20 against the Patriots.
Vick Ballard RB IND 1 day ago2 Comments
Ballard (Achilles) is not participating in this week's OTA practices, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Ballard tore his Achilles last year during a late-July practice, forcing him out for a second consecutive season following tearing an ACL early in the 2013 season. It's hard to predict how he'll fit into the Indianapolis offense until he returns to practice.
Phillip Dorsett WR IND 1 day ago1 Comment
Dorsett made a strong impression in his first OTA practices as he's playing every receiver spot and is said to be picking up the offense quickly, the Indianapolis Star reports. "It's definitely not too big for him," said quarterback Andrew Luck.
Dorsett was Indy's 2015 first-round draft pick and reports said he also showed off his outstanding speed in the practice (4.33 speed in the 40-yard dash). However, he may have a hard time getting on the field for a significant number of snaps with T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson and Donte Moncrief all ahead of him on the depth chart.
Andre Johnson WR IND 1 day ago
Johnson was featured extensively in the slot in Wednesday's OTA practice and looks to have a large role in the offense this season, the Indianapolis Star reports.
The Colts have a crowded competition at wide receiver, but this report indicates Johnson will be viewed as a starter and used in multiple spots in wide receiver formations. If he can stay healthy at age 34, Johnson should get significant opportunities in a better passing offense than he had with the Texans.
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 1 day ago
Bell, who is slated to serve a three-game suspension to start the coming season, relays that the knee he hyperextended in the Steelers' regular-season finale is "close to 100 percent again," ESPN.com reports.
With that in mind, Bell indicates that he will be ready to play as soon as the league permits him to do so. The running back -- who ran for 1,361 yards last season -- has appealed his suspension, but until a determination is made by the NFL on that front, we'll continue to operate under the assumption that free agent acquisition DeAngelo Williams will fill in for Bell out of the gate this season.