QAdam Hayward
LB WAS (9)
3 days ago

Hayward (knee) has been released by the Redskins, The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

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 Elliott
RB DAL (7)
3 days ago14 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.

EDGE Analysis

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 Bell
RB PIT (8)
3 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.

EDGE Analysis

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. Watt
DL HOU (9)
3 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.

EDGE Analysis

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. Watt
DL HOU (9)
3 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.

EDGE Analysis

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)
4 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.

EDGE Analysis

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 Spaeth
TE PIT (8)
4 days ago

Spaeth was released by the Steelers on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

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.

PRoy Helu
RB OAK (10)
4 days ago

Helu (hip) may have to compete for a roster spot, according to ESPN's Paul Guiterrez.

EDGE Analysis

The Raiders already appear to have three roster locks at running back, with incumbent starter Latavius Murray joined by fifth-round rookie DeAndre Washington and kick returner Taiwan Jones. The team could opt to keep four RBs on the roster, but even so, Helu might have to fend off George Atkinson and rookie UDFA Jalen Richard. After playing just nine games in his first season with Oakland, the 27-year-old Helu missed the entire offseason program while recovering from hip surgery. Head coach Jack Del Rio does expect Helu to be available for training camp.

Eugene Monroe
BAL (8)
4 days ago

Monroe announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday in a letter submitted through The Players' Tribune.

EDGE Analysis

The 29-year-old Monroe was released earlier this summer by the Ravens. While he still received interest from several other teams due to his standing as one of the league's better tackles since he turned pro in 2009, Monroe cited the "traumatic injuries" he's suffered to his head and body during his football career as his main reason for stepping away. Monroe played in 93 career games with the Jaguars and Ravens in his seven NFL seasons, starting 90 of them.

PMuhammad Wilkerson
DL NYJ (11)
4 days ago

Wikerson said Wednesday that he expects to be fully recovered from his broken right leg in time to play in Week 1, the Associated Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Wilkerson, who suffered the injury in the last week of the 2015 season, didn't specify when he would be able to start participating in training camp, but that his rehab is progressing quickly. He recently signed a new five-year, $85 million contract and is expected to be a major focal point of the Jets' pass rush after picking up 12 sacks last year.