Dante Fowler DL JAC 14 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 18 hours 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 19 hours 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 21 hours 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 21 hours 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 21 hours 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 23 hours 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.
Derek Carr QB OAK 24 hours ago
Carr's agent, Tim Younger, refutes reports suggesting that the quarterback may need surgery on his right ring finger, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "I don't know where this idea came up that he's going to be having surgery," Younger noted. "The situation, I don't even want to call it an injury, is very minor, and we're just being cautious."
Younger relayed that Carr is "probably going to be throwing before the end" of the Raiders' offseason workouts, which end June 4. In any case, he expects the second-year signal-caller to be 100 percent for the team's mandatory minicamp, which begins on June 9. Since Carr's rookie season ended, the Raiders have made a point of adding viable pass-catching options to mix, signing Michael Crabtree as a free agenct and then drafting highly-promising receiver Amari Cooper fourth overall and subsequently selecting tight end Clive Walford in the third round.
Will Beatty NYG 1 day ago
Beatty, who tore his pectoral muscle while lifting weights, could miss five-to-six months of action, nj.com reports.
The Giants' left tackle underwent surgery to repair the issue and based on that timetable it's clear that he'll miss time at the start of the coming season. His injury is a blow to the team's offensive line and presumably puts top draft pick Ereck Flowers (who had been penciled in to work at right tackle) in a position where he must fill in for Beatty out of the gate.
Ben Tate RB PIT 1 day ago
Tate is slated to work out for the Cowboys on Thursday, ESPN.com's Todd Archer reports.
Tate's 2014 campaign was largely forgettable, as he opened the season with a frustrating eight-game stint with Cleveland, before seeing work in three games with the Vikings and then the Steelers (in the playoffs) as well. In the wake of the departure of DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys curiously declined to select a running back in 2015 NFL draft, leaving the team with a backfield headed by Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams. Whereas Tate was a highly sought-after free agent last year, at this stage, it looks as though he's simply hoping to catch on somewhere as a depth option, with an eye toward re-establishing his on-field value.