OUTArthur JonesDL IND (10) 2 days ago
Jones will be suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL policy on PEDs, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
Jones missed the entire 2015 season due to torn ligaments in his ankle and did not participate in spring practices. He may have been sidelined to start the season even without the suspension, but this still hurts Indy's depth on the defensive line.
Richard RodgersTE GB (4) 2 days ago
Rodgers appears to be the Packers' top tight end going into training camp, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Rodgers' 58 receptions last season were the second-most by a tight end in Packers history, but his at times brutal inability to gain yards after the catch caused frustration. In response, Green Bay signed Jared Cook, an excellent athlete, this offseason, but after having foot surgery in June, the veteran could be somewhat limited as the season approaches. That would allow a reportedly more slender Rodgers to continue to see the bulk of first-team reps at tight end, where his consistency and familiarity with the Packers' offense could give him a further advantage on Cook when it comes to playing time.
PDevontae BookerRB DEN (11) 2 days ago
Booker's (knee) pass-catching ability could earn him early playing time, particularly in third-down situations, ESPN.com reports.
Booker was taken during the fourth round this year, and despite coming off a February meniscus surgery, he's impressed with his hands during the Broncos' offseason program. Although C.J. Anderson projects as Denver's starting running back right now, Booker could push Ronnie Hillman for the backup job, which would feature third-down snaps and increase Booker's potential in PPR leagues.
QAdam HaywardLB WAS (9) 2 days ago
Hayward (knee) has been released by the Redskins, The Washington Post reports.
Hayward joined the Redskins in 2014 as a special teams standout, but a broken leg that year was followed by a torn ACL last August to limit him to just 11 games played for Washington. At 32 years old, Hayward will now hope to receive a training camp invitation and catch onto a roster elsewhere.
Ezekiel ElliottRB DAL (7) 2 days ago13 Comments
Elliott was accused of domestic violence by a former girlfriend Friday morning, but the rookie running back has denied the allegations, ESPN.com reports.
Elliott was accused of assaulting the woman in a parked car early Friday morning, while four witnesses in addition to Elliott have denied any sort of domestic violence took place. The league will likely look deeper into the issue, meanwhile Elliott was not arrested nor charged with a crime. At this point the fourth overall pick in this year's draft doesn't appear to be in danger of being convicted, although more information should become available in the near future.
PLe'Veon BellRB PIT (8) 2 days ago21 Comments
Bell could be given a four-game suspension by the NFL for missing a recent drug test, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN.
The report clarifies that Bell did not fail a test, but simply did not show up for one recently, and the reason a suspension hasn't been announced is because he is appealing the punishment. Bell was suspended for the first three games of last season, which was then reduced to two, for a violation of the league's drug policy, and if he is forced to sit out again, DeAngelo Williams will likely start in his place.
QJ.J. WattDL HOU (9) 2 days ago
Watt (back) will need at least eight weeks before he is able to return to the field following back surgery Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Watt's surgery indeed did turn out to be the result of a herniated disk suffered in 2015-16. Initial reports stated that Watt would take six-to-eight weeks to recover enough to be able to suit up for the Texans, but now there are reports that recovery would take eight weeks minimum. That would put Watt's return date at Sept. 15, four days too late for Houston's season opener against the Bears. Other reports are claiming that rehabilitation could take up to 10 weeks. In any case, the super-star defensive end is in serious danger of missing his first ever NFL game.
QJ.J. WattDL HOU (9) 2 days ago
Watt (groin) underwent back surgery Thursday and will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Watt dealt with a herniated disk in his back for some time last season among other injuries. The operation may have been executed because of that disk, but conclusive reasoning for the surgery is not yet known at this point. The Texans expect him to be ready for the season opener Sept. 11 against the Bears in Houston based on the fact that he has never missed an NFL game in his career regardless of injury. The 6-5 Wisconsin product won Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2015-16, racking up 76 combined tackles and a league-leading 17.5 sacks.
John Sullivan MIN (6) 3 days ago
Sullivan said he'll be ready for training camp after his back made it through spring practices without any major problems, ESPN reports.
Sullivan missed all of the 2015 season due to a back injury that required surgery. He'll likely reclaim his starting center job and his return will bolster a unit that could feature nine lineman who have started all 16 games in a season at one point in their career.
QMatt SpaethTE PIT (8) 3 days ago
Spaeth was released by the Steelers on Thursday.
The Steelers decided to part ways with the ten-year veteran after he failed his physical, signing free agent rookie tight end Mandel Dixon in his place. According to GM Kevin Colbert, Spaeth "never fully recovered from knee surgery that occurred this offseason, and will not be ready to return to football activities at this time." Combined with the retirement of Heath Miller in February, the Steelers now only have one tight end on their current roster from last season. Spaeth could attract the attention of a team looking to add a veteran presence at tight end, but it could be hard for him to find another opportunity until he is fully healed from his knee surgery.