Terrence Toliver WR CHI 3 Days
Bears WR Terrance Toliver is seeking a second opinion on his injured foot.
Toliver has been sidelined a week with what the Bears fear could be a small fracture in his foot, which would likely end his season. A prototypical Bears' receiver at 6-5/204, Toliver is a dark horse to make the 53-man roster if his health cooperates.
Joel Bitonio CLE 3 Days
Browns coach Mike Pettine said he is "very confident" with rookie OL Joel Bitonio.
"He is NFL ready," said Pettine. "We're very comfortable and very confident there with Joel at left guard." Bitonio missed minicamp after suffering a high-ankle sprain during OTAs, but he is healthy and back practicing. Barring injury, he will be Cleveland's left guard Week 1.
Dale Moss WR CHI 3 Days
Bears sign WR Dale Moss.
A UDFA out of South Dakota State in 2012, Moss has never appeared in an NFL game. He is a camp body.
Stepfan Taylor RB ARI 3 Days
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 3 Days
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 3 Days
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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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.