Kelvin Benjamin WR CAR 12 Hrs2 Comments
Panthers first-round WR Kelvin Benjamin has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left knee, and is day to day.
According to coach Ron Rivera, there's no structural damage, but Benjamin's knee is "inflamed." The Panthers can breathe a sigh of relief, but Benjamin is still going to miss some all-important practice time as he attempts to get up to speed as the Panthers' de facto No. 1 receiver. He'll be a boom-or-bust option as a rookie. The Panthers' offense will be in dire straits if Benjamin doesn't "boom."
Cordy Glenn BUF 12 Hrs
The Buffalo News reports Bills LT Cordy Glenn (illness, NFI) is expected to be ready for Week 1.
Ndamukong Suh DL DET 12 Hrs1 Comment
The Lions are tabling extension talks with walk-year DT Ndamukong Suh until after the season.
The word comes from team president Tom Lewand, who remains "optimistic" a deal will get done. It's quite a gamble from the Lions, who boast precious little leverage in talks with one of the league's very best players. Thanks to his insane salary-cap number this season, Suh would cost $26.7 million to franchise tag in 2015. That means it's not going to happen, and that Suh will reach the open market if the sides can't hammer out an extension before free agency.
Khalil Mack LB OAK 12 Hrs
Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie has compared first-round OLB Khalil Mack to Clay Matthews.
No pressure, kid. "He's one of those guys that knows how to set the edge, and he has length and power and some tools to rush the passer," McKenzie said of his first-rounder. "He's got that first step, he can bend, he's relentless." Although it's rarely a favor to compare a young player to an established star, McKenzie has every reason to be excited. Mack will be a threat for double-digit sacks as a rookie, and should be in the conversation for DROY.
Teddy Bridgewater QB MIN 13 Hrs
Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel will begin evenly splitting first-team reps on Wednesday.
FOX's Jay Glazer reported Sunday that was already the case. The Vikings had been including Christian Ponder in their quarterback rotation, but are ready to drop his token participation. Bridgewater has generated a ton of early camp buzz, but needs to translate it to strong preseason performances to beat out Cassel for Week 1 duties. Either way, Bridgewater will make starts this season.
Jason Pierre-Paul DL NYG 13 Hrs
According to the Newark Star-Ledger, there's a "night and day" difference between Jason Pierre-Paul's camp performance this year and last.
Per reporter Conor Orr, JPP looks a "lot quicker off the edge." That's an absolute must for a team counting on Pierre-Paul to revive what was one of the league's most anemic pass rushes last season. Heading into the final year of his rookie contract, JPP is still only 25, and supposedly back to 100 percent health.
Chris Faulk CLE 13 Hrs
Browns waived OL Chris Faulk.
The old regime was high on Faulk after he spent his rookie year "redshirting" from a torn ACL, but he couldn't even make it to August for Ray Farmer and company. A heavy-footed 6-foot-6, Faulk was not a good fit for OC Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking attack. At best, Faulk will crack someone's practice squad for Week 1.
Kelvin Benjamin WR CAR 13 Hrs
Coach Ron Rivera insists the Panthers are just being cautious with Kelvin Benjamin's knee injury.
Benjamin underwent a "precautionary" MRI on his left knee Monday. "We want to be smart with it," Rivera said. "It could just be one of those things where if he had iced it right away and not finished (Sunday's) practice, maybe it would have been better. ... I'm optimistic that is what it's going to be." Although MRIs always signal at least some level of concern, it sounds like Benjamin should be back on the practice field before the end of the week.
Chris Harris DB DEN 13 Hrs
Broncos CB Chris Harris (knee, PUP) has been cleared for limited practice.
Harris got the go-ahead from Dr. James Andrews on Monday. It could be a while before Harris is officially activated, but he remains on track to man the slot in Week 1.
Ryan Succop K KC 13 Hrs1 Comment
Chiefs K Ryan Succop is facing "intense" competition from undrafted rookie Cairo Santos.
Succop was perfectly fine in 2013, but at 22-of-28 on field-goal attempts, came in below the desired 80 percent mark. He's due $1.95 million this season. Cutting Succop would be a cost-saving, but risky, move.