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Report: Victor Cruz wants at least $9M/year 06-14-2013
Victor Cruz WR NYG
The New York Daily News passes along "word" that Victor Cruz will settle for no less than $9 million annually on a long-term contract offer.

New York Daily News
Cruz was initially seeking $11 million annually. He's dropped his price tag some, but the Giants have yet to meet the $9 million-per-season price. Per the NY Daily News, the club's latest offer is worth an average of more than $8 million a year. Beat writer Ralph Vacchiano does acknowledge Cruz "seems unlikely" to hold out of camp after signing his one-year, $2.879 million tender.
Redskins using Phillip Thomas at SS 06-14-2013
Phillip Thomas S WAS
The Redskins are using fourth-round pick Phillip Thomas at strong safety in spring practices.

Washington Post
DBs coach Raheem Morris expects his safeties to all be interchangeable, but for now Thomas is penciled in behind SS Brandon Meriweather and fifth-round pick Bacarri Rambo is competing with DeJon Gomes among others at free safety. Morris considers Thomas a "natural box player" and better run defender than Rambo. The Redskins also envision Thomas as a superior blitzer.
Bears out of the mix for Israel Idonije 06-14-2013
Israel Idonije DE NYG
The Chicago Tribune believes the Bears are out of the hunt to re-sign free agent DT Israel Idonije.

Chicago Tribune
The Bears had a standing offer to Idonije at one point, but he didn't accept it and they moved forward with Sedrick Ellis. Idonije visited the Titans in late April. Otherwise, his free-agent market has been quite cool.
Gronkowski to undergo back surgery on Tuesday 06-14-2013
Rob Gronkowski TE NE
Rob Gronkowski will undergo back surgery Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Jernigan, Randle candidates for kick returns 06-14-2013
Jerrel Jernigan WR NYG
Giants special teams coach Tom Quinn mentioned WRs Jerrel Jernigan and Rueben Randle as potential replacements for David Wilson on kickoff returns.

Newark Star-Ledger
Wilson led the NFL in kickoff return yardage last season, but will likely be removed from special teams this year because he's going to be the Giants' feature back. Jernigan could save his roster spot by earning the full-time kick return role. The 2011 third-rounder has been an ineffective NFL receiver.
Austin Pettis shining during Rams offseason 06-14-2013
Austin Pettis WR STL
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, WR Austin Pettis has arguably been the MVP of Rams offseason practices.

St Louis Post-Dispatch
Practicing at X and slot receiver, Pettis needs the big practices with Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, and Stedman Bailey joining the pass-catching corps. "He's probably having the best camp of all the skill players," OC Brian Schottenheimer said. "He's just a tireless worker. Very competitive. ... He's having a tremendous spring." Pettis is competing with Brian Quick for a starting job.
Rams envision Daryl Richardson as space RB 06-14-2013
Daryl Richardson RB NYJ
Coach Jeff Fisher hinted that the Rams envision second-year RB Daryl Richardson as a space player.

St Louis Post-Dispatch
Richardson is a work in progress as an inside runner, but the Rams love getting his sub-4.5 speed on the edge. "We have to get the ball to him in the passing game more," said Fisher. "We were spreading it out, but we weren't necessarily going to the backs as much as we would've liked. Any time we can get Daryl the ball in space, it's going to put added pressure on the other team." Richardson projects as a 5-12 touch-per-game back in 2013.
Chad Rinehart expected to stat at left guard 06-14-2013
Chad Rinehart OT SD
Chad Rinehart is expected to be the Chargers' starting left guard this season.

Union-Tribune San Diego
A former third-round flameout in Washington, Rinehart is now on his third NFL team. From left to right, San Diego's O-Line is expected to read LT Max Starks, LG Rinehart, C Nick Hardwick, RG Jeromey Clary, and RT D.J. Fluker. The rag-tag unit is the primary reason it's hard to love Chargers in fantasy this year.
Bears working to speed up Jay Cutler's clock 06-14-2013
Jay Cutler QB CHI
The Bears emphasized speeding up Jay Cutler's "clock" at OTAs and minicamp.

ESPN Chicago
New coach Marc Trestman and QBs coach Matt Cavanaugh want Cutler to get rid of the ball quicker, and "kept a verbal running clock" every time he dropped back to pass. Cutler has taken 148 sacks over the past four seasons. "Protecting the quarterback isn't just the line's responsibility, or the protectors, it's the quarterback's responsibility too," Cavanaugh explained. "He can't hold onto the ball forever. We've stressed that we want the ball out."
James Brown working with 1st-team offense 06-14-2013
James Brown T CHI
Bears second-year OL James Brown lined up as the team's starting right guard throughout OTAs.

ESPN Chicago
It's a position that will ultimately go to first-round pick Kyle Long, but Brown's presence with the first team suggests he's still at least in the starting conversation. Coach Marc Trestman described Brown as an "ascending" player. Perhaps when Long locks up right guard, Brown will push LG Matt Slauson.
Brian Cushing expects to be cleared on 7/17 06-14-2013
Brian Cushing LB HOU
Texans ILB Brian Cushing (ACL surgery) expects to receive full medical clearance on July 17.

Nick Scurfield on Twitter
Texans training camp starts on July 26. On the 17th, Cushing will fly to Pensacola (FL) to meet with Dr. James Andrews. Cushing has no doubt he'll get the go-ahead. "I'm basically doing everything I could be doing right now," he said. "I feel great and very confident heading into camp."
Steelers don't start rookies on defense 06-14-2013
Jarvis Jones LB PIT
No rookie has started on the Steelers' defense since 2001.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Kendrell Bell and Casey Hampton both started as rookies on Pittsburgh's 2001 defense. Jarvis Jones is trying to end the 11-year drought by beating out Jason Worilds for James Harrison's old right outside linebacker role. "He's showing us things," LBs coach Keith Butler said of Jones. "And if he keeps showing those things he's going to be a big part of (the defense), hopefully."
Nate Potter practicing at right tackle 06-14-2013
Nate Potter T ARZ
Cardinals second-year OL Nate Potter has played "extensively" at right tackle during OTA practices.

azcardinals.com
The Cardinals prefer current RT Bobby Massie at guard and appear to be creating a competition. A 2012 seventh-round pick, Potter is a long, lean (6'5/295) lineman capable of putting heat on Massie and/or kicking to guard in a pinch.
Cardinals disappointed in 2nd-year WR Byrd 06-14-2013
LaRon Byrd WR CLE
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians indicated that he was disappointed in second-year WR LaRon Byrd's performance at OTAs.

azcardinals.com
Byrd drew Larry Fitzgerald comparisons at minicamp last year, but went on to appear in just four games and catch one pass. "Not really, to be honest," Arians said when asked if Byrd has continued to make strides. "He had a couple nice catches that were unbelievable throws. He's too inconsistent right now. He has talent and a good future, but he's got to get more consistent."
Jets sign Kellen Winslow to one-year contract 06-14-2013
Kellen Winslow TE NYJ
Jets signed TE Kellen Winslow to a one-year contract.

Profootballtalk on Twitter
30 years old next month, Winslow by all accounts impressed at his tryout at Jets minicamp and couldn't have picked a better landing spot for playing-time opportunities. Current starter Jeff Cumberland is a lumbering, stiff upright tight end and No. 2 TE Hayden Smith is a converted rugby player. There's a real chance Winslow will wind up starting for the Jets, although we wouldn't expect much of a fantasy impact. Purely a possession receiver at this point in his career, Winslow appeared in one game in 2012, catching one pass for 12 yards. He is a shell of the seam-stretcher and vertical threat he once was.
Chiefs make DL roster moves 06-14-2013
Austen Lane DE CHI
Chiefs claimed DE Austen Lane off waivers from the Jaguars and released DT Daniel Muir.
Colts move Robert Mathis to 'rush' linebacker 06-14-2013
Robert Mathis DE IND
The Colts have moved Robert Mathis to "rush" linebacker in their 3-4 defense, where he'll now rush from the weak side.

Indianapolis Star
Despite modest size (6'2/245), Mathis has been a strong-side defender throughout his career. As the primary rush 'backer, Mathis will now square off with opposing left tackles and have to deal with fewer "chip" blocks from backs and tight ends. The position change could supplement Mathis' sack total because he'll do less edge setting in the run game. Erik Walden and rookie Bjoern Werner are now competing to start on the strong side.
Seahawks waive QB Jerrod Johnson 06-14-2013
Jerrod Johnson QB CHI
Seahawks waived QB Jerrod Johnson. 25-year-old Johnson drew praise from the Seahawks' coaching staff at rookie camp, but he predictably flamed out quickly. The onetime Texas A&M star goes to create roster room for Tarvaris Jackson.
Ahmad Bradshaw expected to be Colts starter 06-14-2013
Ahmad Bradshaw RB IND
The Indianapolis Star projects Ahmad Bradshaw as the Colts' starting tailback, ahead of Vick Ballard.

Indianapolis Star
We've anticipated the same; Bradshaw is an upgrade on Ballard in pretty much every area, from pass protection to big-play run skills. The Indy Star does concede Bradshaw may open training camp on the active/PUP list as the Colts manage his recovery from foot surgery. He hasn't practiced with the team yet. Due to Bradshaw's injury history, the Colts could wind up keeping four running backs on the 53-man roster. Bradshaw and Ballard are locked in, and rookie Kerwynn Williams is expected to be Indianapolis' primary kickoff returner. Donald Brown and Delone Carter will compete for one roster spot.
Vilma, Lofton practicing as starting ILBs 06-14-2013
Jonathan Vilma LB NO
Jonathan Vilma and Curtis Lofton worked as the Saints' starting inside linebackers throughout OTAs and minicamp.

New Orleans Times-Picayune
Vilma is playing the weak-inside position, while Lofton is the strong-side inside linebacker or "Mike." David Hawthorne doesn't appear to be pushing Vilma, who is superior in terms of both range and coverage. Lofton led the Saints in tackles (123) last season and figures to do so again this year.
Victor Cruz likely to report by August 6 06-14-2013
Victor Cruz WR NYG
Because Victor Cruz is now under contract with the Giants, he would lose an accrued NFL year toward unrestricted free agency if he failed to report to training camp by August 6.

Profootballtalk on NBC Sports
With his RFA tender signed, failing to show at least 30 days before the September 5 NFL opener would cost Cruz a year of credit. And he'd be a restricted free agent again next offseason. ESPN's Ed Werder reported on NFL Live Friday that long-term extension talks between the Giants and Cruz will resume next week. We fully anticipate Cruz will report by August 6, if not before.
Falcons sign Robert Alford to 4-year deal 06-14-2013
Robert Alford CB ATL
Falcons signed second-round CB Robert Alford to a four-year contract. The 60th pick in the draft, Alford is considered raw coming out of SE Louisiana, but he possesses blinding speed and explosive all-around athleticism. It'll be interesting to see whether he pushes for rookie-year snaps. Currently, the Falcons have penciled in Desmond Trufant and Asante Samuel at outside corner. Robert McClain was a revelation at slot cornerback last season.
Brandon Graham practicing behind Barwin 06-14-2013
Brandon Graham DE PHI
Eagles OLB Brandon Graham practiced as the second-team left outside linebacker behind Connor Barwin for most of the spring.

Philly Mag: Birds 24/7
The LOLB in new coordinator Bill Davis' defense is a "Joker" type role with the player moving all around the formation pre-snap to disguise defensive intentions. It's a bit of an odd job for Graham, who is a ferocious pass rusher but does little else well. At this point, Graham isn't looking like a Week 1 starter.
Rams sign Matt Giordano 06-14-2013
Matt Giordano S STL
Rams signed S Matt Giordano, formerly of the Raiders.

Jim Thomas on Twitter
30-year-old Giordano was a 13-game starter in Oakland last year, primarily playing free safety after Michael Huff was forced to play cornerback. Giordano graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 69 safety among 88 qualifiers. On the bright side, PFF did like Giordano better than incumbent Craig Dahl (78th). In St. Louis, Giordano will push Darian Stewart to start at free safety.
Eddie Lacy currently weighs 238 pounds 06-14-2013
Eddie Lacy RB GB
Packers rookie Eddie Lacy currently weighs 238 pounds, up seven pounds from his Combine weigh-in.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Lacy is reportedly looking good in pre-training camp practices, but the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel suspects the Packers want Lacy to play his rookie season at a lighter weight. RBs coach Alex Van Pelt doesn't seem worried about Lacy's fitness, saying he "showed his ability at that weight to have great feet and speed." Van Pelt went so far as to compare Lacy to Steven Jackson.
Kenbrell Thompkins looking good at OTAs 06-14-2013
Kenbrell Thompkins WR OAK
Undrafted rookie WR Kenbrell Thompkins has received first-team reps at OTAs.

ESPN Boston
Michael Jenkins, special teamer Kamar Aiken, and UDFA Thompkins have reportedly been the "primary outside receivers," working ahead of Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce, and Donald Jones. Thompkins went undrafted due to production and character concerns, although he's turned his life around and is a prospect to monitor. This isn't the first time we've heard he's looked good in practice.
Dolphins waive WR Courtney Gardner 06-14-2013
Courtney Gardner WR MIA
Dolphins waived WR Courtney Gardner. Gardner was a popular UDFA out of Sierra College with plus measurables and a junior college All-American background, but he's now been let go by two teams since April's draft. The Dolphins believe Joe Hastings has more upside.
Giants OC Gilbride talks up Rueben Randle 06-14-2013
Rueben Randle WR NYG
Giants OC Kevin Gilbride believes second-year WR Rueben Randle has "grown" and identified Randle as the "bellcow" of New York's receiver corps throughout spring practices.

ESPN New York
"Not only did he grow, he kind of became the bellcow," said Gilbride. "He was first in line and ... that was not what we saw last year, not by a long shot. So to see him grow like that was a great step forward." Gilbride is promising Randle "significant" playing time even when Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz both reenter the mix. Randle has serious breakout potential this season.
Casillas, Watson competing at SAM 'backer 06-14-2013
Jonathan Casillas LB TB
Jonathan Casillas and Dekoda Watson are competing for the Bucs' starting strong-side linebacker job.

Tampa Bay Times
There's no mention of Adam Hayward. Watson is an interesting candidate because he was such a good blitzer at Florida State, and the Bucs will be able to blitz a lot more with Darrelle Revis in the secondary. Casillas still might be a superior option based on experience and cover skills at SAM 'backer.
Dolphins sign rookie G/T Dallas Thomas 06-14-2013
Dallas Thomas T MIA
Dolphins signed third-round G/T Dallas Thomas to a four-year contract. Recovering from significant shoulder surgery, Thomas did little at OTAs and will be behind the eight ball when training camp starts. If fully healed, Thomas could still make a run at a starting job. The Dolphins' offensive line is a team weakness and at least one of the guard positions will be up for grabs.
Daniel Thomas is Dolphins' No. 2 back 06-14-2013
Daniel Thomas RB MIA
Daniel Thomas has been the Dolphins' clear-cut No. 2 running back throughout minicamp and Organized Team Activities.

Miami Herald
As the Miami Herald writes, there's "no mystery" about the Dolphins' tailback depth chart. Lamar Miller is locked in as the first-teamer, with Thomas No. 2 and rookie Mike Gillislee attempting to hold off longer-shot competitors like Jonas Gray for the third-string job. Gillislee could make a move on Thomas in training camp, but Thomas won't be making a move on Miller.
Panthers may start undrafted rookie at safety 06-14-2013
Robert Lester S CAR
Panthers undrafted rookie SS Robert Lester has received some first-team reps at spring practices.

ESPN.com
ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas says it's "obvious" the Panthers are "very high" on Lester, and he's squarely in the mix to start opposite FS Charles Godfrey. Lester's change-of-direction and straight-line speed were both major concerns at Alabama, but he is big (6-foot-1, 220) and can make plays on the ball.
Bils get first-round QB Manuel under contract 06-14-2013
EJ Manuel QB BUF
Bills signed first-round QB E.J. Manuel to a four-year contract. Manuel is the last of Buffalo's draft picks to sign and agreed to the deal following the completion of the Bills' mandatory three-day minicamp. USA Today's Mike Garafolo reports the contract is worth roughly $9 million over four years, which is slightly higher than last year's slot value for the No. 16 pick. Manuel has been working as the second-team quarterback in Bills OTAs, but will be given every opportunity to start as a rookie.
Joique Bell continues to impress Lions 06-14-2013
Joique Bell RB DET
Joique Bell has "been a fixture" at the Lions' practice facility this offseason.

MLive.com
Bell was the focal point of Detroit's no-huddle offense last year, but his role remains up in the air after the Lions signed Reggie Bush. "Joique has had an outstanding offseason," coach Jim Schwartz said. "He made the most of his opportunity last year and he's not letting go. We will have plenty of touches in our offense for a lot of different running backs."
Patriots could lock up Ninkovich before camp 06-14-2013
Rob Ninkovich LB NE
ESPN Boston considers DE Rob Ninkovich a candidate for a long-term extension.

ESPN Boston
Ninkovich is in the final season of a two-year, $4 million extension. The Patriots currently have $8.32 million cap space, so he could be signed to a multi-year deal before training camp. Ninkovich had five forced fumbles and led New England with eight sacks in 2012. Brandon Spikes and Ryan Wendell are also set to become free agents following the season
Raiders RT Barnes working with first-team 06-14-2013
Khalif Barnes T OAK
Raiders RT Khalif Barnes received the majority of minicamp reps with the first-team offense.

Steve Corkran on Twitter
Barnes started nine games in 2012, but struggled to play above replacement level. With second-round Menelik Watson likely to open the season as the starting right tackle, the San Francisco Chronicle expects Barnes to be moved to guard.
Report: Cruz could still holdout of camp 06-14-2013
Victor Cruz WR NYG
A source with knowledge of the situation tells Profootballtalk that Victor Cruz could still hold out of training camp despite agreeing to sign his one-year, $2.879 million restricted free agent tender Friday.

Profootballtalk on NBC Sports
Cruz is under contract, so he'll be subject to $30,000 per day in fines if he doesn't report to camp. He made the decision to sign his RFA tender now, rather than risk the Giants rescinding his one-year offer to the veteran minimum of $630,000. Per USA Today's Mike Garafolo, the sides "aren't any closer" on a long-term deal.
Herzlich to open camp at middle linebacker 06-14-2013
Mark Herzlich LB NYG
Mark Herzlich will open training camp as the Giants' starting middle linebacker.

newyorkgiants.com
Herzlich lined up with the first-team defense during OTAs and minicamp. He remains the favorite to start, with Dan Connor likely to see playing time in sub-packages. "He has been very commanding," DC Perry Fewell said. "He's taken a leadership role out there and I think he has some respect from his teammates. Obviously, we want to find out what happens when the pads come on."
Victor Cruz agrees to sign $2.879M RFA tender 06-14-2013
Victor Cruz WR NYG
Victor Cruz is expected to sign his $2.879 million restricted free agent tender Friday.

Josina Anderson on Twitter
Bucs considering WR Page for return duties 06-14-2013
Eric Page WR TB
Bucs WR Eric Page has worked himself into the mix for return duties.

Tampa Bay Times
An undrafted free agent last year, Page missed all of 2012 due to ACL surgery. The Bucs are giving him an extended look on punt and kick returns, but he remains a long shot for the 53-man roster.
Josh Thomas working with first-team defense 06-14-2013
Josh Thomas CB NYJ
Panthers CB Josh Thomas took the majority of minicamp reps with the first-team defense.

Charlotte Observer
With Captain Munnerlyn sidelined, Thomas has been the No. 2 corner behind Josh Norman. The Panthers have done very little to improve their secondary this offseason. Free agent pickup Drayton Florence is expected to see significant playing time in sub-packages.
Polumbus 'likely' to start at right tackle 06-14-2013
Tyler Polumbus T WAS
The Washington Examiner confirms Tyler Polumbus is the favorite for the Redskins' the starting right tackle job.

Washington Examiner
Polumbus is facing little in the way of competition from Jeremy Trueblood and Tony Pashos. 2012 sixth-round pick Tom Compton is expected to stay on the left side for now, backing up Trent Williams.
Ravens SS Elam 'picking up defense fast' 06-14-2013
Matt Elam S BAL
Ravens first-round SS Matt Elam is "picking up the defense fast."

Baltimore Sun
Elam has impressed during the Ravens' mandatory three-day minicamp and is fully expected to start as a rookie. "He's tough, he's fast, he gets football," secondary coach Teryl Austin said "I think he is going to be a fine player for us soon."
Trent Cole's role with the Eagles 'TBD' 06-14-2013
Trent Cole DE PHI
PhillyMag.com reports that Trent Cole's role with the Eagles is "still to be determined."

Philly Mag: Birds 24/7
Cole has been working with the first-team defense at outside linebacker during OTAs, but hasn't been used exclusively in that role and will also see playing time at defensive end in four-man fronts. The Eagles are also asking Brandon Graham to convert to linebacker, likely as a backup to Connor Barwin.
Canty says knee injury is no longer a concern 06-14-2013
Chris Canty DT BAL
Ravens DE Chris Canty said Friday that his surgically-repaired knee is finally healthy.

Aaron Wilson on Twitter
Canty has reportedly looked "explosive" during minicamp and his knee injury no longer appears to be a concern. A defensive tackle with the Giants last season, Canty missed the first six games of 2012 and was diagnosed with a sprained MCL in December.
Roethlisberger (knee) resumes throwing 06-14-2013
Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT
Ben Roethlisberger (knee) has resumed a throwing program.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Roethlisberger has been throwing to receivers on the practice field and said that he "could play Sunday" if it were the regular season. He continues to progress ahead of schedule after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery last week. Roethlisberger remains on track to be 100 percent for training camp.
Browns not expected to sign FB Vonta Leach 06-14-2013
Vonta Leach RB BAL
The Akron Beacon-Journal reports the Browns are not expected to sign free agent FB Vonta Leach.

Akron Beacon-Journal
The Browns expressed some interest in signing Leach, but Owen Marecic will remain the only fullback on the active roster. Leach was released by the Ravens on Tuesday and has drawn interest from as many as five teams.
Kyle Wilson working as nickel corner in OTAs 06-14-2013
Kyle Wilson CB NYJ
Kyle Wilson has been working mostly as the Jets' nickel corner during offseason workouts.

New York Post
Wilson held his own while taking over for Darrelle Revis last season, but will be challenged by first-round pick Dee Milliner for the No. 2 spot behind Antonio Cromartie. After making 13 starts on the outside in 2012, Wilson is expected to return to slot duties.
Delmas (knees) expected to be ready for camp 06-14-2013
Louis Delmas S MIA
Lions coach Jim Schwartz said he expects Louis Delmas (knees) to be ready for training camp.

The Oakland Press
Delmas missed the entire offseason program and still isn't 100 percent after an August knee procedure limited to eight games in 2012. Even when healthy, the Lions plan to give him scheduled days off as a preventive measure
Palmer has 'slight edge' for starting job 06-14-2013
Ashlee Palmer LB DET
The Lions' website considers Ashlee Palmer the leading candidate for Lions' strongside linebacker job.

detroitlions.com
Limited to special teams his first four seasons, Palmer is competing with Travis Lewis and Tahir Whitehead for a starting role. He remains the slight favorite based on his experience, but Lewis has been working with first-team defense during OTAs the last three weeks.
Lions interested in free agent Corey Williams 06-14-2013
Corey Williams DT DET
The Lions have expressed interest in re-signing free agent DT Corey Williams.

detroitlions.com
Williams had knee surgery last season, so the Lions want to make sure he's healthy before potentially bringing him back on a one-year deal. He made just five starts in 2012. If signed, Williams will return as defensive tackle depth.
Ryan Broyles (knee) expects to avoid PUP list 06-14-2013
Ryan Broyles WR DET
Ryan Broyles (ACL surgery) was a full participant in all three days of minicamp this week.

Detroit Free Press
Broyles is just six months removed from ACL surgery, but has convinced the Lions that he's already ready for full team drills. Despite not being 100 percent, he doesn't expect to open training camp on the PUP list next month. If Broyles can avoid setbacks, he should compete with Nate Burleson for a starting job and provide an upgrade for a Lions offense that failed to address the receiver position behind Calvin Johnson.
Childs (knee) not ruled out for training camp 06-14-2013
Greg Childs WR MIN
Greg Childs (torn patellar tendons) could be medically cleared for the start of training camp.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Childs has been sprinting and cutting since last month and caught passes in front of reporters following Tuesday's OTA practice. Just 10 months removed from his second major knee surgery the Vikings will continue to exercise caution, but an early-August return hasn't been ruled out. "I'm waiting on our medical staff to give us the green light," coach Leslie Frazier said. "We'll see what happens. I'm not sure what direction it will go."
Jared Allen (shoulder) to skip minicamp 06-14-2013
Jared Allen DE CHI
Jared Allen (shoulder) will not attend mandatory minicamp next week.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Allen missed the start of OTAs due to a family obligation, and still isn't 100 percent after he had surgery to repair a torn labrum in the offseason. He remains on track to be healthy for training camp.
Greenway (knee) to miss 3-4 weeks 06-14-2013
Chad Greenway LB MIN
Chad Greenway (knee) will be sidelined until training camp.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Greenway underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday and will need at least 3-4 weeks of recovery time. The Vikings expect him to be available when camp begins in late July.
Dolphins sign WR Joe Hastings 06-14-2013
Joe Hastings WR MIA
Dolphins signed WR Joe Hastings. Hasting was waived by the 49ers earlier this month and hasn't appeared in the NFL since 2011. The third-year undrafted free agent isn't a candidate for the 53-man roster, but adds special teams depth and has practice squad eligibility.