Stepfan Taylor RB ARI 1 Day

Stefan Taylor ran as the first-team running back at Cardinals' practiced Tuesday with Andre Ellington sidelined by a neck injury.

Taylor is competing with veteran Jonathan Dwyer for the big-back role in coach Bruce Arians' offense. Dwyer was expected to have an edge since he worked with Arians when both were in Pittsburgh, but Arians' decision to run Taylor with the ones suggests he has a lead in the race. Whoever wins the job has limited touchdown potential.

Demarcus Lawrence DL DAL 1 Day

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence is getting x-rays on his right foot and ankle after being forced from practice Tuesday.

Lawrence went down awkwardly on his right ankle while working against Tyron Smith in a one-on-one drill. He struggled to put weight on the leg after the injury, and eventually had to be helped off the field. The extent of the injury is not yet known, but the loss of Lawrence could be a devastating one for a Dallas defense already desperate for pass rushers.

Brandon Lloyd WR SF 1 Day

The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows said WR Brandon Lloyd has been the 49ers' "most consistently productive receiver" this offseason.

Colin Kaepernick agrees, saying Lloyd has almost always been "open by a step or two." Lloyd does not appear to have much rust after sitting out an entire season, but already 33 and with little to no value on special teams, Lloyd's roster spot is still anything but secure. Continued stellar practice play like this will go a long way to solidifying his spot on the 49ers' roster.

Josh Gordon WR CLE 2 Days18 Comments

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Josh Gordon will argue in his appeal hearing this his positive marijuana test was the result of second-hand smoke.

The news comes to light after it was revealed that Gordon's positive test was barely above the NFL's strict threshold. Gordon would have tested negative for marijuana in Major League Baseball, the Olympics and even the federal government. It shines a light on just how odious the NFL's marijuana policy is. Gordon's appeal will be heard on Friday.

Stephen Hill WR NYJ 2 Days

Jets WRs coach Sanjay Lal calls Stephen Hill "healthy and confident" through the first week of camp.

"I think he's believing, and believing in himself - and it's starting to show," Lal said. "It's been the injuries that have hindered (him). ... "He's taken the coaching the whole time. Now, he's able to do it physically, so it's just kind of coming together right now." It's notable, because Lal's comments come one month after he said he was "unsure" if Hill would ever break through because of his health. Hill remains a long-shot to make a fantasy impact this season, but the upside is still there. He's someone to monitor.

Vick Ballard RB IND 2 Days

The Indianapolis Star reports the Colts "aren't giving up" on Vick Ballard (Achilles', out for season), and that he'll get "another shot" in 2015.

We'll see. Ballard was already talent-deficient before injuries wiped out his 2013-14, and he'll be a 25-year-old former fifth-round pick come next July. Ballard has averaged 3.9 yards on 224 career carries. He's not a hold in Dynasty leagues.

Ndamukong Suh DL DET 2 Days

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Lions are willing to let walk-year DT Ndamukong Suh reach the open market next offseason.

Per Rapoport, the Lions want an "informed" Suh to "sign a deal he's happy with." It's a bizarre tact, one that would all but assure Suh leaves as a free agent. Players of his caliber almost never reach the open market. It's possible the Lions are simply tired of the Suh experience, but he's an irreplaceable presence up front.

Matt Johnson DB DAL 2 Days

Cowboys S Matt Johnson is week to week with a hamstring injury.

So it goes for a 2012 fourth-rounder, who's yet to make a regular-season appearance because of injuries. He missed all of 2012 with hamstring issues. Although owner/GM Jerry Jones has remained high on Johnson's ability, his latest injury could imperil his roster spot if it lingers.

Alfonzo Dennard DB NE 2 Days

Patriots activated CB Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder surgery) from the active/PUP list.

Ahmad Brooks LB SF 2 Days

49ers OLB Ahmad Brooks has restructured his contract.

The specifics are unknown, but Brooks has reportedly shed more than $2 million off his 2014 cap number. We'd imagine a good chunk of his $4.25 million salary has been converted into a bonus that can be pro-rated over the final four years of his deal. Brooks has started every game of the Jim Harbaugh era in San Francisco.