OUTDemarcus Lawrence
DL DAL (7)
2 days ago

Lawrence's four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy has been upheld, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lawrence received the four-game suspension back in April and filed an appeal in May. Now that the suspension has been upheld it's clear that Dallas will be without Lawrence, Randy Gregory (suspension), and Rolando McClain (suspension) to start the year, three significant players on the team's front seven. With Lawrence out, Ryan Russell, David Irving, and Benson Mayowa figure to see some extra snaps to start the year.

OUTRolando McClain
LB DAL (7)
2 days ago

McClain was suspended for the first 10 games of 2016 for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

McClain was suspended to start the 2015 for violating the substance abuse policy, and the repeat offense is the reason for the 10-game suspension. The middle linebacker was a lock to be a starter for the Dallas defense, but it now looks like Sean Lee or Anthony Hitchens will take his place.

Connor Shaw
QB CHI (9)
2 days ago

Shaw was released by the Browns on Thursday, Marc Sessler of NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Shaw made just one start throughout his two years in Cleveland, but was a long shot to make the roster heading into the 2016 season with Robert Griffin, Josh McCown, Austin Davis, and rookie Cody Kessler competing for spots. Shaw spent his 2015 campaign on injured reserve due to a broken thumb, but the 24-year-old could be signed by another squad prior to upcoming training camps.

Trevone Boykin
QB SEA (5)
2 days ago

Boykin pled guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest and will be available for the start of training camp, the Seattle Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Boykin was charged with assault stemming from a Dec. 31 incident in which he is alleged to have struck a police officer after being thrown out of a bar during TCU's trip to San Antonio for the Alamo Bowl. According to the plea deal, he will pay a fine, perform community service and attend anger management classes. An undrafted free agent, Boykin is expected to back up Russell Wilson this season. Tarvaris Jackson, Wilson's backup the last three years, is not expected to re-sign with the Seahawks, especially after he was was arrested Friday for allegedly pulling a gun on a woman reported to be his wife.

OUTJohnny Manziel
QB CLE (13)
2 days ago

The NFL has suspended Manziel four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manziel, who was released by the Browns back in March, remains a free agent, with off-field concerns continuing to cloud his NFL future. In any case, the QB won't be eligible to suit up in the NFL to start the 2016 season and at this stage it remains to be seen if/when he'll be afforded an opportunity to do so.

OUTSheldon Richardson
DL NYJ (11)
2 days ago

Richardson has been suspended for Week 1's matchup with the Bengals after violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Richardson will be eligible to return to the active roster the Monday after Week 1 concludes. In January the defensive lineman pleaded guilty to resisting arrest following a road race incident that took place last July. As a Pro Bowler and former Defensive Rookie of the Year, Richardson plays an instrumental role in the Jets' hard-nosed defense but in his absence the team will likely turn to Leonard Williams and Jarvis Jenkins to carry more of a workload.

PMichael Campanaro
WR BAL (8)
2 days ago

Campanaro (calf strain) has been deemed healthy, the Ravens' official website reports.

EDGE Analysis

Campanaro has dealt with a long list of soft-tissue injuries since he was selected in the seventh round of the 2014 draft, limiting him to just eight games through his first two professional seasons. However, he's made a strong impression when healthy, showing promise as both a slot receiver and return specialist. After missing part of the offseason program due to the calf injury, Campanaro should enter training camp at 100 percent. He's acknowledged that this will be his make-or-break season, as the Ravens have a deep group at wide receiver, potentially leaving him on the roster bubble.

Tyler Boyd
WR CIN (9)
2 days ago4 Comments

Boyd could secure a spot as one of the Bengals' starting wide receivers this season, Coley Harvey of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Bengals' wide receiving corp will look a lot different this season, due in large part to the departure of veteran wideouts Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, who both left in free agency earlier in the offseason. Boyd, a second-round draft pick, has progressed nicely through OTAs and can expect to be in a contributing role this season according to the Bengals' staff. Receivers coach James Urban commented, "We're excited to see him and how he'll contribute to what we're going to do -- because he will. He's going to help us." The rookie will compete with the likes of Brandon LaFell and Brandon Tate for first-team reps.

DJaylon Smith
LB DAL (7)
3 days ago

Smith (knee) has experienced "no significant improvement" in his injured nerve thus far and is deemed "unlikely" to play in 2016, per ESPN's Ed Werder.

EDGE Analysis

Smith (knee), a product of Notre Dame, tore both the ACL and MCL in his left knee during the Fighting Irish's Fiesta Bowl appearance on Jan. 1. Consequently, Smith is experiencing nerve damage in the same knee, as well as his left ankle. Now, nearly six months removed from the catastrophe, the responsiveness in his knee doesn't seem to have improved. Once a candidate to be selected within the top-10 picks of the draft, Smith fell to Dallas in the second round because his recovery is reportedly contingent on the nerve tissue repairing itself. In other words, there is no timetable for his recovery, and until the rookie begins to evidence progress in any capacity, Smith's chances of lacing up in 2016 will continue to diminish.

DJaylon Smith
LB DAL (7)
3 days ago

Smith (knee) has experienced "no significant improvement" in his injured nerve thus far and is deemed "unlikely" to play in 2016, per ESPN's Ed Werder.

EDGE Analysis

Smith (knee), a product of Notre Dame, tore both the ACL and MCL in his left knee during the Fighting Irish's Fiesta Bowl appearance on Jan. 1. Consequently, Smith is experiencing nerve damage in the same knee, as well as his left ankle. Now, nearly six months removed from the catastrophe, the responsiveness in his knee doesn't seem to have improved. Once a candidate to be selected within the top-10 picks of the draft, Smith fell to Dallas in the second round because his recovery is reportedly contingent on the nerve tissue repairing itself. In other words, there isn't no timetable for his recovery, and until the rookie begins to evidence progress in any capacity, Smith's chances of lacing up in 2016 will continue to diminish.