Drew Stanton QB ARI 5 days ago
Stanton said Tuesday that he'll be able to take part in all football activities during the offseason, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
After suffering a sprained ACL and Grade 2 MCL sprain in Week 15, Stanton didn't helm the offense for the rest of the regular season and even required surgery to combat an infection on Dec. 24. Heading into the playoffs, there was a belief within the Cardinals' organization that he may be able to suit up, if the team emerged victorious in the Wild Card round. Alas, that didn't come to pass, and coach Bruce Arians was required to trust in Ryan Lindley due to the absence of Carson Palmer (knee). With offseason workouts underway, Stanton admitted that he may take a cautious approach with his conditioning, but if Palmer's recovery from a torn ACL is at all delayed, Stanton is the clear option to fill in as the No. 1 signal caller.
Andre Ellington RB ARI 5 days ago
Ellington (hernia) took part in the "Phase-1" portion of voluntary workouts Tuesday, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
The initial blame for Ellington's supbar sophomore campaign can be blamed on a tendon issue in his left foot, which he sustained shortly before the season opener and afflicted him thereafter. Once November rolled around, the Cardinals listed the running back on the injury report with a hip injury, and eventually, his season came to a close following hernia surgery on Dec. 8. More than four months removed from the procedure, his presence at the first offseason workout is a step in the right direction toward his overall health. Although his YPC dropped from 5.5 as a rookie to 3.3 last year, the addition of bulldozing guard Mike Iupati via free agency sets Ellington up for a bounce back, as long as he avoids the injury bug that has followed him into the professional ranks.
Tyler Bray QB KC 5 days ago
Bray continues to rehab his torn ACL, the Kansas City Star reports.
At this stage, there isn't a specific timetable for Bray's return, but once he's recovered he'll look to re-establish a backup slot behind starter Alex Smith, who has bounced back from the lacerated spleen that ended his 2014 season.
Eric Berry DB KC 5 days ago
Berry -- who continues to receive treatment for lymphoma -- was among the Kansas City players not present at the start of the team's offseason training program on Monday, ESPN.com reports.
Coach Andy Reid relayed Monday that Berry -- who has a couple of treatments left -- "is doing very well" and also indicated that the safety has been able to work out of late.
Troy Niklas TE ARI 5 days ago
Niklas (ankle) has been cleared for all team activities, FOX Sports 910 AM's Mike Jurecki reports.
A second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Niklas was bothered by his left ankle throughout his rookie season, ultimately landing on injured reserve in mid-November. He finished with just three catches for 38 yards in seven games, but he'll presumably enter training camp with a chance to beat out John Carlson for the starting job. While Niklas' 6-6, 270-pound frame could make him a very useful red-zone target, he projects as more of a balanced in-line tight end than a high-volume receiver.
Will Johnson RB PIT 5 days ago
Johnson has re-signed with the Steelers, pennlive.com reports.
Johnson signed his one-year $1,542,000 contract tender with the Steelers and will thus reprise his fullback/special teams duties with the team in 2015. He carried the ball just twice (for zero yards) and caught six passes for 41 yards this past season, his third with the Steelers, so the 26-year-old is off the fantasy radar.
Dennis Pitta TE BAL 5 days ago
Pitta (hip) has been able to participate in the Ravens' voluntary conditioning program, which started Monday, the Baltimore Sun reports.
That said, it remains to be seen if Pitta, whose 2014 season ended with a major hip injury, will be able to play this season and it probably won't be until sometime this summer that there will be added clarity on that front.
Eric Weddle DB SD 5 days ago
Weddle, whose contract is set to expire after the 2015 season, is not present for voluntary offseason workouts, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Weddle indicated that the Chargers have thus far been unwilling to discuss a contract extension, which is unusual when dealing with a player of this caliber. Weddle has been one of the league's top safeties since he first became a starter in 2008, and he's never played for any team besides the Chargers. Despite his current displeasure, the All-Pro safety still wants to work something out, and he figures to be on the field when Week 1 rolls around.
Josh Wilson DB DET 6 days ago4 Comments
Wilson announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday, Craig Morgan of FOX Sports Arizona reports.
Wilson signed a one-day contract with the Cardinals, the team that drafted him in 2001 and with whom he spent 12 of his 14 NFL seasons. The hard-hitting safety earned five Pro Bowl selections while recording 27 interceptions and 25.5 sacks over his career, with the latter number the fourth-highest total for a defensive back in NFL history. He didn't appear in any games over the last two seasons after being placed on injured reserve by the Patriots in 2013 and getting cut by the Bears during training camp in 2014.
Derrick Johnson LB KC 6 days ago
Johnson (Achilles) indicated Monday that he has no limitations heading into offseason workouts, Adam Teicher of ESPN reports.
Johnson entered the offseason as a potential candidate for release, but he will rejoin the Chiefs for the 2015 season. The 32-year-old linebacker tore his Achilles in the first week last season, finishing the campaign with four solo tackles. He should slot back in at inside next season barring another injury.