PUPLance DunbarRB DAL (7) 1 day ago
Dunbar (knee) was placed on the PUP list to begin training camp, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports.
This was fully expected, with Dunbar still rehabbing from the torn ACL and MCL he suffered in October. While highly questionable to be ready for Week 1, he might eventually threaten some of Ezekiel Elliott's passing-down workload, having caught 21 passes in just four games last season.
PUPRoy HeluRB OAK (10) 1 day ago
Helu (hip) has been released by the Raiders, CSN California reports.
Helu underwent surgery on both his hips this offseason, which followed an unproductive nine-game 2015 season with the Raiders. After missing Oakland's entire offseason program and landing on the PUP list ahead of training camp, Helu has now been cut loose by the club. While Helu looks for work elsewhere, the Raiders' top three running back positions look increasingly likely to be occupied by starter Latavius Murray, rookie DeAndre Washington and returner Taiwan Jones.
PGavin EscobarTE DAL (7) 1 day ago
Escobar (Achilles) practiced on the first day of Cowboys training camp, Bill Jones of CBS 11 reports.
Despite suffering a torn Achilles in Week 15 last year, Escobar was able to avoid the PUP list at the start of training camp. He is thus on track to be ready for Week 1, but it's still possible the injury could affect his explosiveness, and he's slated for another year working behind Jason Witten.
PC.J. SpillerRB NO (5) 1 day ago
Spiller (leg) has been limited to start the Saints' training camp, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Spiller said he and the Saints' staff determined that limiting him to start camp would be the best course of action in preparation for this season. The veteran had arthroscopic knee surgery last August, and although he returned by Week 2 following that procedure, Spiller's ability to cut was clearly limited throughout the campaign. To ward off further lingering effects going into this season, Spiller will be eased into the action, as his early camp participation level reflects.
Sterling ShepardWR NYG (8) 1 day ago
Shepard opened training camp working alongside Odell Beckham in two-wide sets with the starting offense, ESPN's Jordan Raanan reports.
This was to be expected, given that Shepard also worked with the first unit throughout much of the offseason program. The second-round rookie doesn't have much competition for snaps, as there seems to be universal agreement that Victor Cruz is still only a shell of his peak self.
PUPTyler EifertTE CIN (9) 1 day ago
Eifert (ankle) will only need a walking boot for one more week, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.
The removal of the walking boot represents a major hurdle in Eifert's recovery from May 27 ankle surgery. While reports universally suggest his rehab is progressing as expected, Eifert is still highly questionable for Week 1, as his procedure came with a three-month timetable. At the very least, he'll miss most of training camp and the preseason.
OUTSheldon RichardsonDL NYJ (11) 1 day ago
Richardson (suspension) has been excused from practice and is expected to miss a couple of days for personal reasons, the New York Daily News reports.
Richardson's personal matter will probably prevent him from practicing over the weekend, but his brief upcoming absence has been excused by coach Todd Bowles. Although Richardson is still suspended for Week 1, the Jets should still be looking forward to his return to training camp.
Mike WallaceWR BAL (8) 1 day ago
Wallace passed the Ravens' conditioning test Friday morning, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Wallace hit five of the test's six benchmarks Thursday, leaving little question he'd be able to pass within the first few days of training camp. This can now be written off as a non-issue, as there's been no indication Wallace showed up to camp overweight or otherwise out of shape. With Steve Smith (Achilles) and Breshad Perriman (knee) both shaky for the early part of the season, Wallace and Kamar Aiken may need to lead the Baltimore wideout corps.
Victor CruzWR NYG (8) 1 day ago
Cruz (calf) was a full participant in Friday's opening day of training camp, NorthJersey.com reports.
Cruz had not practiced in full since last September, so even though Friday marked the opening day of camp, the fact that he was able to do everything is certainly a positive sign. Due to a knee and calf injury, Cruz hasn't played since Week 6 of the 2014 campaign, but was running routes with his teammates and catching passes Friday. Afterward, Cruz stated he's nearing full speed, and although coach Ben McAdoo acknowledged the wideout's progress will be monitored, particularly as more team drills approach, he expects Cruz to practice without limitations going forward.
PStar LotuleleiDL CAR (7) 1 day ago
Lotulelei (hamstring) returned to practice Friday, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Lotulelei sat out team drills during Thursday's session to rest a sore hamstring, but was a full participant just a day later. The imposing defensive tackle has endured his fair share of nagging injuries the past couple seasons, so it's no surprise if the Panthers decide to exercise caution with him on certain occasions this year.