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Fisher open to any backfield strategy 07-25-2013
Zac Stacy RB NYJ
Rams coach Jeff Fisher acknowledged Thursday that he's open to using any backfield strategy -- feature back or RBBC -- depending on how his running backs perform in camp and the preseason.

Profootballtalk on NBC Sports
"I've usually had a guy, but that's what the competition is about, and that's what camp's for and preseason games are for," Fisher said. "It's not going to be out of the question that we don't play 2-3 of them quite a bit. We may not end up with a `bell cow' like we've had last year in [Steven Jackson] and previous years, and just let them all play." It's a camp battle to watch closely.
Redskins lose Keenan Robinson for season 07-25-2013
Keenan Robinson OLB NYG
Updating a previous item, Redskins ILB Keenan Robinson is out for the season with a torn left pectoral muscle.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Robinson tore his right pectoral as a rookie. Back-to-back pectoral tears may threaten Robinson's roster hopes in 2014, as the 2012 fourth-rounder has yet to establish himself as a viable NFL player outside of special teams.
Trent Richardson impressing at Browns camp 07-25-2013
Trent Richardson RB BAL
Trent Richardson impressed with his "speed and agility" on the first day of Browns camp, handling all the first-team running back reps.

Cleveland Plain Dealer
Clearly past his spring shin injury, the Cleveland Plain Dealer considers T-Rich "far removed" from rumors he might miss the start of camp with a stress fracture. He's all systems go. Richardson reportedly looked "light on his feet" and "quicker" than at this time last year, when he was coming off double knee scopes. He's also gotten down to 225 pounds after playing at 233 as a rookie.
Manningham a month away from team drills 07-25-2013
Mario Manningham WR NYG
49ers WR Mario Manningham (ACL, PCL surgery) is believed to be roughly a month away from attempting to practice in team drills.

CSN Bay Area
He's a name to keep in mind for the 49ers' opening at X receiver. Manningham took part in individual drills on a side field as the Niners commenced camp, and he would be the team's best option if healthy, over A.J. Jenkins, Quinton Patton, Kyle Williams, and Ricardo Lockette. Manningham is currently on active/PUP.
Keenan Robinson may have re-torn pectoral 07-25-2013
Keenan Robinson OLB NYG
Redskins ILB Keenan Robinson "may" have re-torn his right pectoral on the first day of training camp.

CBS Sports
A fourth-round pick out of Texas two Aprils ago, Robinson tore the same pectoral last November. He was scheduled to compete for a role in sub-packages.
Report: If surgery, Harvin's season in doubt 07-25-2013
Percy Harvin WR BUF
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Percy Harvin would "likely" miss the entire 2013 season if a second opinion on his hip shows Harvin indeed needs surgery to repair his labrum tear.

Jason La Canfora on Twitter
La Canfora allows the second opinion still hasn't been formed -- it will be early next week -- but his season is now in doubt. Early indications suggested Harvin will in all likelihood require surgery. The Seahawks will move forward with Doug Baldwin behind Golden Tate and Sidney Rice, just like last season. Harvin's loss would be quite a blow to Russell Wilson's 2013 fantasy ceiling.
Report: Ravens likely to re-sign Vonta Leach 07-25-2013
Vonta Leach RB BAL
The Newark Star-Ledger reports free agent Vonta Leach is expected to sign with a team on Friday, and is "leaning" toward re-upping with Baltimore.

Newark Star-Ledger
The Ravens have had a standing offer out to Leach worth $2 million over one year, and it appears that's the best he can do on the open market. The Giants, Dolphins, and Texans also showed interest in Leach, but ostensibly none offered more than the veteran's minimum. Leach's return can't hurt Ray Rice's fantasy outlook. The 32-year-old is still a pile driver in the running game.
AJ Jenkins opens 49ers camp with 1st-tm reps 07-25-2013
A.J. Jenkins WR DAL
49ers 2012 first-round pick A.J. Jenkins opened camp receiving the majority of first-team reps opposite Anquan Boldin.

San Jose Mercury News
Kyle Williams and rookie Quinton Patton are also in the hunt at "X receiver" -- Michael Crabtree's old position -- but Jenkins is getting the first look, likely because of his draft status. We're not excited about his fantasy outlook.
Texans waive/injured TE Supernaw 07-25-2013
Phillip Supernaw TE TEN
Texans waived/injured TE Phillip Supernaw. He had a foot injury. The Texans will move forward with Garrett Graham, Ryan Griffin, Adam Schiltz, and Jake Byrne behind locked-in starter Owen Daniels.
Quanterus Smith cleared for training camp 07-25-2013
Quanterus Smith DE DET
Broncos rookie DE Quanterus Smith (ACL surgery) was fully cleared for the start of training camp.

Denver Post
Smith took "regular turns through the defensive line rotation" on the first day of Broncos practice. His recovery was highly impressive after tearing his left ACL last November. Smith is a promising fifth-round pick out of Western Kentucky who shredded Alabama's offensive line for three sacks in a 2012 game.
Ronnie Hillman opens Broncos camp as starter 07-25-2013
Ronnie Hillman RB SD
Ronnie Hillman took the initial first-team reps as the Broncos opened training camp Thursday.

Denver Post
Hillman was also the first-team back during OTAs and minicamp, but he still has eons to go before he wins the Week 1 starting job. Second-round rookie Montee Ball, the Doak Walker award winner as the nation's top running back last season, also got first-team reps Thursday. If Knowshon Moreno gets back to full speed after offseason knee surgery, he's firmly in the mix for third-down duties at the very least. Hillman ideally profiles as a perimeter or change-of-pace runner, a role we suspect he'll settle into if Ball handles his business over the next month. Ball's physical skill set makes him better suited to be a bellcow.
Packers place Derek Sherrod on active/PUP 07-25-2013
Derek Sherrod T KC
Packers placed OT Derek Sherrod (tibia, fibula) on active/PUP. The 2011 first-rounder did not participate in any offseason drills and still hasn't been medically cleared. At this point, the Packers can't take Sherrod seriously as a right tackle competitor. Don Barclay may be the current favorite.
Jags to use Mincey as situational rusher 07-25-2013
Jeremy Mincey DE DAL
The Jaguars intend to use DE Jeremy Mincey as an inside-outside rotational pass rusher this season.
Coming off a terrible season, Mincey has been demoted in the sense that he's no longer a starter -- Tyson Alualu is the new left end and Jason Babin the RE or "Leo" -- but the Jags still have plans for him. "We have a role for Mince, and we'll use him in a variety of fashions," GM David Caldwell said. "He has some inside pass-rush skills and he has some outside pass-rush skills."
Jordan Reed a full-go for OTAs 07-25-2013
Jordan Reed TE WAS
Redskins rookie TE Jordan Reed was a full-go for the start of training camp after missing OTAs with a knee/quad injury. An athletic, undersized, and movable prospect out of Florida, Reed is a poor man's Aaron Hernandez. He's the No. 3 TE behind Fred Davis and Logan Paulsen.
Seahawks place Robert Turbin on active/PUP 07-25-2013
Robert Turbin RB IND
Seahawks placed RB Robert Turbin (foot) on the active/PUP list.

Tacoma News Tribune
Coach Pete Carroll said the team has been monitoring soreness in Turbin's foot since the offseason program. It doesn't sound like a long-term concern. "He feels fine, doesn't feel it at all," Carroll assured. "But again we're just taking every precaution at this early time." Turbin is day to day.
Warmack officially a holdout at Titans camp 07-25-2013
Chance Warmack G TEN
No. 10 overall pick Chance Warmack officially became a holdout Thursday as he missed the first day of Titans camp.

There's really no excuse for holdouts anymore under the NFL's new rookie wage scale, but the Titans are insisting on offset language in Warmack's rookie contract. Warmack's camp is balking. "Hopefully, that'll be tomorrow and Chance will be here by the weekend," said coach Mike Munchak. We shall see.
Jets RB McKnight flunks conditioning test 07-25-2013
Joe McKnight RB KC
Jets placed RB/KR Joe McKnight on the active/PUP list.

ESPN New York
He flunked his conditioning test on the first day of camp. McKnight's contract year is already off to a bad start with his roster spot hanging by a thread behind Chris Ivory, Mike Goodson, and Bilal Powell on the Jets' depth chart.
'Growing concern' Santonio will miss Week 1 07-25-2013
Santonio Holmes WR CHI
ESPN New York passes along "growing concern" Santonio Holmes (foot surgeries) won't be ready for Week 1.

ESPN New York
It's only natural, seeing as Holmes still can't run on his own. The Jets confirmed their concern by signing Braylon Edwards. Holmes is undraftable in standard fantasy leagues at this point. Jeremy Kerley will be a far better bet.
Trent Cole reports to camp at 263 pounds 07-25-2013
Trent Cole OLB IND
Eagles OLB Trent Cole has shed 11 pounds and is down to 263 as he transitions from 4-3 end to 3-4 outside linebacker.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Cole shed body fat, becoming "stronger and more toned." He's coming off his worst season in the NFL. Cole's roster spot is secure because cutting him would cause a $6.4 million cap hit, but his role has yet to be fully determined.
Titans open camp with Pitoitua as starter 07-25-2013
Ropati Pitoitua DE TEN
The Titans opened training camp with Ropati Pitoitua as their starting left end, and Derrick Morgan on the right side.

Nashville Tennessean
The Titans appear to be borrowing concepts from the Seahawks, using 6-foot-8, 315-pound Pitoitua as their Red Bryant and Kam Wimbley in the Bruce Irvin role. Morgan will be the Chris Clemons, and Sammie Lee Hill the Brandon Mebane. Jurell Casey is the three-technique tackle. The idea is to limit Wimbley's snaps, keeping his legs fresh, and utilize Pitoitua as an early-down run plugger.
DeVier Posey starts Texans camp on PUP 07-25-2013
DeVier Posey WR DEN
Texans placed WR DeVier Posey (Achilles') on the active/PUP list. Posey tore his Achilles' in the playoff loss to the Patriots, and he's just six months removed from surgery. The second-year wideout did some on-field running and agility work at minicamp practices last month, but he still has work to do before he finds his way onto the field for team drills.
Tarell Brown fires agent after losing $2M 07-25-2013
Tarell Brown CB NE
49ers CB Tarell Brown fired his agent after learning of his $2 million in lost salary as a result of skipping voluntary workouts in the spring.

Matt Barrows on Twitter
Brian Overstreet was Brown's agent. The 28-year-old corner was scheduled to earn a $2.925 million base salary in the final year of his deal, but that hinged on Brown working out with the team. Instead, he decided to work out on his own in the offseason. Brown is entrenched as a starter for the Niners.
Texans sign pair of veterans 07-25-2013
Elbert Mack CB HOU
Texans signed CB Elbert Mack and DT Daniel Muir. Mack worked out for the Texans last month, and he appeared in seven games with the Saints in 2012. Muir, 29, played in three games with the Jets last season. Both players are nothing more than veteran depth.
Chiefs release WR Mardy Gilyard 07-25-2013
Mardy Gilyard WR KC
Chiefs released WR Mardy Gilyard. Gilyard lasted nearly six months on the Chiefs' roster. Kansas City was his fourth different team since being the No. 99 overall pick in 2010.
Cardinals cut OLB O'Brien Schofield 07-25-2013
O'Brien Schofield OLB ATL
Cardinals waived OLB O'Brien Schofield. Schofield, a fourth-round pick out of Wisconsin in 2010, never seemed to be in the plans of the new Arizona regime. Frankly, he hasn't been that good in his three seasons, either. A nine-game starter last season before a season-ending ankle injury, Schofield registered just four sacks and has just 10.5 in his career. The Cardinals' signing of John Abraham was the final nail in the coffin.
Cardinals WR Swope (head) forced to retire 07-25-2013
Ryan Swope WR ARZ
Cardinals sixth-round WR Ryan Swope has been forced to retire due to lingering concussion symptoms. Swope, the No. 174 overall pick, was a pleasant surprise at the Combine in February, running a 4.34 forty. But he suffered multiple concussions at Texas A&M, and he has never gotten over them. Swope is making the smart long-term health move, but it's a shame he never got to put the pads on in the NFL.
Arian Foster opens training camp on PUP list 07-25-2013
Arian Foster RB MIA
Texans placed Arian Foster (calf) on the active/PUP list.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Foster suffered a calf strain nearly two months ago during a spring practice, and the Texans are being cautious with their workhorse back. Ben Tate will see plenty of reps this summer, and Foster is a prime candidate to be a fantasy bust this year due to his hefty workload (1,115 touches) over the last three seasons.
Texans place Ed Reed on PUP list 07-25-2013
Ed Reed S NYJ
Texans placed FS Ed Reed (hip) on the active/PUP list.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
This was an expected move. Reed is recovering from late-April hip surgery, and he may not practice much at all this summer or play in any preseason games. The goal for the Texans is to have the soon-to-be 35-year-old ready for Week 1.
Giants get Ryan Nassib's deal done 07-25-2013
Ryan Nassib QB NYG
Giants signed fourth-round QB Ryan Nassib to a four-year contract. Nassib, the 110th pick, went after Matt Barkley and before Tyler Wilson in the fourth round of April's draft. A three-year starter at Syracuse, Nassib has mediocre arm strength but possesses a quick release and impressive short-to-intermediate accuracy. He's a borderline starting-caliber NFL talent.
Shanahan: DE Carriker (quad) out 4-5 months 07-25-2013
Adam Carriker DE WAS
Coach Mike Shanahan says DE Adam Carriker faces a four-to-five month recovery following surgery on his torn quadriceps.

Rich Campbell on Twitter
Carriker underwent successful surgery on Thursday. The 29-year-old suffered the injury in Week 2 last season, and he has had numerous setbacks. The former first-round pick's career is even considered to be in jeopardy. Stephen Bowen and Jarvis Jenkins will open the season as the Redskins' starting ends.
Jets put Mike Goodson on did not report list 07-25-2013
Mike Goodson RB NYJ
Jets placed Mike Goodson on the reserve/did not report list.

Rich Cimini on Twitter
Goodson remains in hot water after his May weapons and drugs arrest. That could have something to do with him not showing up for camp. If he survives and makes the 53-man roster, Goodson will be a nice change-of-pace to Chris Ivory.
Panthers place Jonathan Stewart on PUP 07-25-2013
Jonathan Stewart RB CAR
Panthers placed Jonathan Stewart (ankles) on the active/PUP list.

Joe Person on Twitter
As expected. Stewart underwent an "extensive" physical Thursday, and he acknowledged that his left ankle has healed well but the right one is "still an issue." He's out indefinitely, and DeAngelo Williams has a chance to run away with the job as the lead dog in the Carolina backfield this summer.
Cards ink John Abraham to bolster pass rush 07-25-2013
John Abraham DE ARZ
Cardinals signed DE/OLB John Abraham, formerly of the Falcons.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
RG3 looking 'explosive,' expected for Week 1 07-25-2013
Robert Griffin QB CLE
Reporting live from Redskins camp Thursday, ESPN's Ed Werder stated on NFL Live that there's "very little doubt" Robert Griffin III (ACL, LCL surgery) will start Washington's season opener. Thursday was the first day of Redskins camp. RG3 took part in 7-on-7, but no team drills. Jim Corbett of USA Today was also at the practice, and observed that Griffin "look(ed) explosive" on one read-option keeper, resulting in a "roar" from fans in attendance. Corbett said RG3 was "cutting fine" on the knee.
Bryant McKinnie reports to Ravens overweight 07-25-2013
Bryant McKinnie T MIA
Ravens LT Bryant McKinnie reported to training camp above his prescribed weight and won't practice with the team until he drops some pounds.

Aaron Wilson on Twitter
This comes ten days after a report came out that McKinnie showed up to offseason workouts in "significantly" better shape than years past. Keeping his weight down has always been an issue for McKinnie, and it doesn't appear that will ever change. The Ravens re-signed the 33-year-old to a two-year deal in May.
Lions waive G/C Bill Nagy 07-25-2013
Bill Nagy G DET
Lions waived G/C Bill Nagy. Nagy, a 2011 seventh-round pick of the Cowboys, has never been able to stay healthy. He underwent ankle surgery last August, and was still rehabbing as recently as last month. Nagy has appeared in four regular season games.
Desmond Bishop opens camp on strong side 07-25-2013
Desmond Bishop LB WAS
Desmond Bishop opened training camp as the Vikings' first-team strong-side linebacker.

Profootballtalk on NBC Sports
It was widely presumed Bishop would man the middle after the Vikings inked him in June, but they're giving Erin Henderson a shot to lock down "Mike" 'backer duties. Chad Greenway, typically a strong-side linebacker, will play on the weak side now if the new lineup sticks. There may be more shuffling in camp.
Jon Beason may miss much of training camp 07-25-2013
Jon Beason LB NYG
Panthers WLB Jon Beason (knee) said it's "quite possible" he won't practice during training camp.

Charlotte Observer
Fresh off a contract restructure, Beason said his goal is to be ready for the regular season opener. The 28-year-old underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee in the offseason. Doctors have told Beason that he's going to have to manage pain this season, so he may not practice much at all during the year.
Carroll: Percy Harvin may require hip surgery 07-25-2013
Percy Harvin WR BUF
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll acknowledged Thursday that Percy Harvin may need surgery to repair the tear in his hip labrum. Harvin is scheduled for a second opinion next week, but early signs appear grim. "When you spoke to people this afternoon about this injury," ESPN's Adam Schefter said on NFL Live, "they sounded concerned." The second opinion, in all likelihood, will confirm Harvin's need for surgery. Carroll is typically pretty vague on injury situations, but he was revealing in this case and we don't take that as a good thing. Should Harvin miss regular season time -- and that's now a very real possibility -- the Seahawks' three-receiver set would be Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, and Doug Baldwin.
Bears sign former 1st-round bust DE Anderson 07-25-2013
Jamaal Anderson DE CHI
Bears signed DE Jamaal Anderson, formerly of the Bengals. Anderson, the No. 8 overall pick of the Falcons in the 2007 draft, was released by the Bengals two weeks ago. He has just 7.5 career sacks through 77 games. Anderson takes the roster spot vacated by retired DT Sedrick Ellis.
Colts waive suspended TE Weslye Saunders 07-25-2013
Weslye Saunders TE IND
Colts waived TE Weslye Saunders. Saunders was handed an eight-game suspension for violating the league's PEDs policy last week, so this isn't a shocker. The blocking tight end has just six career catches in two seasons, and he'll be eligible to play in Week 9.
Chargers ILB Mouton carted off field 07-25-2013
Jonas Mouton LB SD
Chargers ILB Jonas Mouton was carted off the practice field with an apparent knee injury on Thursday.

Union-Tribune San Diego
The Chargers opened training camp on Thursday. The severity of the injury is not yet known, but it's not usually a good sign when a cart is involved. Mouton, a 2011 second-round pick, has been a bust to this point, and he needed to prove himself this summer in order to keep his roster spot.
James Carpenter calls knee '100 percent' 07-25-2013
James Carpenter OG NYJ
Seahawks LG James Carpenter declared his surgically repaired knee "100 percent" for the start of training camp.

John Boyle on Twitter
Carpenter's reps will be limited as he tries to bypass Paul McQuistan on the depth chart, and he acknowledges he's rusty. Still, the fact that Carpenter got cleared to open camp has to be a big positive for Seattle. He was the 25th selection in the 2011 draft and GM John Schneider's first ever draft pick.
Redskins sign Ryan Mouton 07-25-2013
Ryan Mouton CB WAS
Redskins signed CB Ryan Mouton, formerly of the Titans.

Zac Boyer on Twitter
A third-round pick out of Hawaii in 2009, Mouton spent the offseason on the street. Undersized at 5-foot-9 and 184, Mouton is a slot cornerback prospect.
Bacarri Rambo opens Skins camp as starter 07-25-2013
Bacarri Rambo FS MIA
Sixth-round pick Bacarri Rambo opened Redskins training camp as the starting free safety.

Washington Times
Brandon Meriweather is the starting strong safety, with rookie Phillip Thomas behind him. DeJon Gomes and Reed Doughty are behind Rambo at free. The position remains wide open to competition, but Rambo clearly has the early edge.
Falcons reward Ryan with five-year extension 07-25-2013
Matt Ryan QB ATL reports the Falcons have signed Matt Ryan to a five-year contract extension worth $20.75 million per year in new money.

Profootballtalk on NBC Sports
So, it's essentially a six-year, $113.75 million deal if we factor in Ryan's $10 million base salary for 2013. Per Mike Florio, Ryan will receive $63 million over the first three years of the deal -- $1 million more than Joe Flacco. Ryan also gets $59 million guaranteed. It locks him in through 2018, his age-33 season.
Report: Falcons, Ryan 'finalizing' extension 07-25-2013
Matt Ryan QB ATL
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Falcons and Matt Ryan are "finalizing" a five-year contract extension that will exceed $100 million.

Chris Mortensen on Twitter
The deal should be agreed upon "imminently," according to Mort and his ESPN colleague, Adam Schefter. The two sides have been working toward an extension for months now, and it was bound to get done before the regular season kicked off. With an annual average at or above $20 million, Ryan will be one of the top-three highest-paid quarterbacks in the league with Drew Brees and Joe Flacco.
Fletcher Cox says position up in the air 07-25-2013
Fletcher Cox DT PHI
Eagles DL Fletcher Cox doesn't anticipate knowing his exact position until "probably the first game of the season."

CSN Philly
A defensive tackle in Philly's old 4-3, Cox is tentatively expected to play most of his snaps at end in the new 3-4. "Coach has got me doing a lot of things," he said. "It's kind of up in the air, I don't know where I'll be playing." Still only 22 years old, Cox racked up 5.5 sacks and 39 tackles across 15 games (nine starts) as a rookie. He should be the Eagles' best D-Lineman this year.
Patriots re-sign OG Tyronne Green 07-25-2013
Tyronne Green DT CAR
Patriots re-signed OG Tyronne Green. Green, a 13-game starter for the Chargers last season, was signed by the Patriots on May 13 before being released on May 31. He's back as veteran depth, and undrafted rookie C Matt Stankiewitch was waived in a corresponding move.
Bears GM Emery: Cutler 'fully dialed in' 07-25-2013
Jay Cutler QB CHI
Bears GM Phil Emery described Jay Cutler as "fully dialed in" during Chicago's offseason program.

Chicago Sun-Times
"No one worked harder during the strength and conditioning aspect of our offseason," said Emery, who also noticed changes in Cutler's leadership. "I see him involve himself more with all of our players - our younger players, taking players to the side. ... So I see a guy that's very committed to improving his individual skills and to interact with the players on the team and to provide leadership." Cutler is a sneaky upside QB2 in his contract year.
Seahawks TE Miller opens camp on PUP 07-25-2013
Zach Miller TE SEA
Seahawks placed TE Zach Miller (foot) and DE Chris Clemons (torn ACL) on the active/PUP list.

Curtis Crabtree on Twitter
Miller suffered a torn plantar fascia in the Divisional Round loss to the Falcons in the playoffs, and he was spotted wearing a boot on his foot last month. Clemons tore his ACL in the Wild Card win over the Redskins. RB Robert Turbin, DE Greg Scruggs, and CB Tharold Simon were also placed on the active/PUP.
Percy Harvin opens training camp on PUP list 07-25-2013
Percy Harvin WR BUF
Seahawks placed Percy Harvin (hip) on the active/PUP list.

Jason La Canfora on Twitter
Broncos get Sylvester Williams under contract 07-25-2013
Sylvester Williams NT DEN
Broncos signed No. 28 overall pick DT Sylvester Williams to a four-year, $7.6 million contract.

Mike Klis on Twitter
Williams was one of just a handful of first-rounders yet to sign. The former North Carolina Tar Heel has been described as a "hard hat, lunch-pail guy" by's Bucky Brooks, and he'll slide right into the mix at defensive tackle with veterans Kevin Vickerson and Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton.
Michael Jenkins not a lock for final 53 07-25-2013
Michael Jenkins WR NE
Both Mike Reiss and Field Yates of ESPN Boston do not project WR Michael Jenkins as part of the Patriots' final roster.

ESPN Boston
It's interesting because Jenkins ran as the starting "X" receiver through the minicamp season and reportedly handled himself well. But if Aaron Dobson can step up as a starter and buzzworthy UDFA Kenbrell Thompkins continues to shine, Molasses Mike will be in trouble. It's one of fantasy's more interesting position battles to monitor over the next month.
Jairus Byrd won't report for start of camp 07-25-2013
Jairus Byrd FS NO
Sources tell the Buffalo News that Bills franchise player Jairus Byrd will not report to training camp.

Buffalo News
As expected. Technically, Byrd is not "holding out" because he has not signed his one-year $6.916 million franchise tender. Therefore, the Bills can not fine him. Byrd will only feel the pain financially if he skips regular season games, a move we don't expect him to pull off. He'll likely continue to work out on his own and then sign the tender a week or two before the Sept. 8 opener. Byrd and the Bills missed the July 15 deadline to sign a long-term deal.
Jaguars dump Banjo, Reed 07-25-2013
Chris Banjo FS NO
Jaguars waived S Chris Banjo and TE Kyler Reed. A four-year starter at SMU, Banjo couldn't crack an NFL roster last season. Getting released on the eve of camp this time around doesn't bode well either. Reed is an undrafted rookie out of Nebraska.
Kyle Williams removed from active/PUP list 07-25-2013
Kyle Williams WR NYJ
49ers removed Kyle Williams (knee) from the active/PUP list. Williams tore his ACL on Thanksgiving last year. He's in the mix for the No. 2 wideout opposite Anquan Boldin, but he's asking a lot of his knee. Williams will likely be eased in slowly to contact work.
D.J. Hayden signs his rookie deal with OAK 07-25-2013
D.J. Hayden CB OAK
Raiders signed No. 12 overall pick CB D.J. Hayden to a four-year contract.

Adam Caplan on Twitter
Hayden had to leave OTAs early to remove some scar tissue that built up following his life-threatening abdominal injury. But he's expected to be a full go when the Raiders open up camp Friday. Hayden flew up draft boards late in the process, eventually becoming the second corner off the board following Dee Milliner. "His man coverage skills are what set him apart," GM Reggie McKenzie said.
Cedric Peerman sidelined 1-2 weeks 07-25-2013
Cedric Peerman RB CIN
Bengals RB Cedric Peerman (foot) is expected to miss 1-2 weeks.
Stewart's right ankle is worse than left 07-25-2013
Jonathan Stewart RB CAR
Jonathan Stewart said his left ankle has healed well but his right one is "still an issue."

Charlotte Observer
Stewart underwent surgery on both of his ankles early in the offseason and is not ready for the start of training camp. He says the surgery on the left side was a "tightening up" while the right side cleaned out loose bodies. Stewart added that he plans to be ready for Week 1, but that's far from a certainty right now. Fantasy owners will be sprinting away from a running back with two bad wheels playing in a committee.
Sedrick Ellis tells Bears he is retiring 07-25-2013
Sedrick Ellis DT CHI
DT Sedrick Ellis has told the Bears he intends to retire.
Justin Pugh gets his rookie deal done 07-25-2013
Justin Pugh OG NYG
Giants signed No. 19 overall pick G/T Justin Pugh to a four-year contract.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
The Giants get their first-rounder under contract one day before camp opens. Pugh is expected to immediately compete with David Diehl for the starting right tackle job, but he can also help at guard and played left tackle at Syracuse, where he allowed just a half-sack of Ryan Nassib in 2012.
Lance Kendricks going to be out awhile 07-25-2013
Lance Kendricks TE LA
Rams TE Lance Kendricks (knee) is expected to miss up to three weeks.

St Louis Post-Dispatch
Kendricks had his knee scoped back in April. Ideally, the Rams see him both backing up Jared Cook and playing in double-tight end sets.
Jonathan Stewart not practicing, day to day 07-25-2013
Jonathan Stewart RB CAR
Jonathan Stewart (ankles) will not participate in the Panthers' first practice of training camp.

Joseph Person on Twitter
Officially, Stewart is considered day to day. But given his history and the fact that he's coming off dual ankle surgeries, we wouldn't be surprised if he missed a good chunk of camp. The Panthers have repeatedly said that they have no real timetable on exactly when he'll be able to suit up. DeAngelo Williams is listed on top of the depth chart for now and will rightfully see his stock begin to rise in fantasy circles. Stewart is currently going two or three rounds ahead of Williams.
Maurice Hurt out with a knee injury 07-25-2013
Maurice Hurt G WAS
Redskins G Maurice Hurt (knee) is expected to miss 1-2 weeks.

Grant Paulsen on Twitter
Hurt opened camp on the active/PUP list after getting his knee scoped in May. He'll likely be a backup behind Kory Lichtensteiger and Chris Chester this season.
Update: Brandon Moore says he's not retiring 07-25-2013
Brandon Moore G NYJ
Updating a previous item, free agent G Brandon Moore says he does not intend to retire.

Rich Cimini on Twitter
Considering Moore was a Pro Bowler in 2011 and graded out as PFF's No. 4 overall guard last year, retirement wouldn't make much sense. He says he's "in shape" and "ready to go," but just waiting for the right opportunity. In other words, Moore wants a starting-caliber contract. It remains to be seen if he'll get that at age 33.
Tarell Brown gave up $2M by skipping spring 07-25-2013
Tarell Brown CB NE
49ers CB Tarell Brown forfeited a $2 million escalator in his contract by failing to show up for voluntary offseason workouts.

Yahoo Sports
Strange. Brown's 2013 base salary now drops from $2.925 million to $925,000, a very low number for a veteran that has started 37 games (including playoffs) over the last two seasons. Brown did report to camp on Wednesday, so he's not staging a holdout as he enters the final year of his deal. Back in June, he said he skipped the OTAs because he "wanted to do a different type of training to get my body ready."
Pats don't intend to pay Hernandez workout $$ 07-25-2013
Aaron Hernandez TE N/A
Sources tell ESPN that the Patriots do not intend to pay Aaron Hernandez an $82,000 offseason workout bonus due Aug. 1.
In theory, Hernandez earned the $82K by participating in spring workouts. Of course, he was subsequently charged with murder and released by the team. The Patriots also intend to withhold a $3.25 million bonus due in March of 2014. Hernandez's agents are expected to file a grievance against the Patriots in an attempt to secure remaining guarantees on their client's contract.
Josh Wilson starts out on active/PUP 07-25-2013
Josh Wilson CB DET
Redskins placed RCB Josh Wilson (shoulder) on the active/PUP list. Wilson underwent offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum. The Redskins' projected starter opposite DeAngelo Hall is not expected to have an extended stint on the sideline.
Brandon Marshall checks in with 6.2% body fat 07-25-2013
Brandon Marshall WR NYJ
Brandon Marshall reported to Bears camp at 235 pounds with 6.2 percent body fat.

ESPN Chicago
It's wildly impressive, especially for someone that spent most of the offseason rehabbing from hip surgery. Marshall is healthy and in peak physical condition as he preps for his age-29 season. Given the Bears' upgrades on the offensive line and the addition of quarterback whisperer Marc Trestman, there's every reason to think Marshall can duplicate last year's dominant campaign.
Cordarrelle Patterson signs in time for camp 07-25-2013
Cordarrelle Patterson WR MIN
Vikings signed No. 29 overall pick WR Cordarrelle Patterson to a four-year contract. The Vikes get all three of their first-round picks under contract in one morning. Patterson was the third receiver taken in April (behind Tavon Austin and DeAndre Hopkins), but his long-term upside may be greater than anyone's. He's shown signs of Percy Harvin's YAC skills and flaunts 4.42 wheels, but goes 6'2/216. Whether Patterson beats out Jerome Simpson for the starting "X" job will be determined by how quickly he can shed the "raw" label he's earned.
Vikings get deal done with Xavier Rhodes 07-25-2013
Xavier Rhodes CB MIN
Vikings signed No. 25 overall pick CB Xavier Rhodes to a four-year contract.
Jacoby Jones passes his conditioning test 07-25-2013
Jacoby Jones WR PIT
Jacoby Jones passed his conditioning test Thursday and has been removed from the active/NFI list.

Aditi Kinkhabwala on Twitter
Jones' two-day stint on the sidelines won't affect his quest to win the No. 2 receiver job opposite Torrey Smith. The bigger concern for the Ravens should be Jones' inability to consistently separate and make plays. He never topped 562 yards despite getting ample chances during five years with the Texans. Jones is going to be pushed hard by the likes of Tandon Doss and Tommy Streeter. Jones will practice with the rest of the team Thursday afternoon.
Fred Davis active for start of training camp 07-25-2013
Fred Davis TE NE
Fred Davis (Achilles') is active for the start of training camp.

Rich Campbell on Twitter
Davis ruptured his heel during Week 7 last year, but progressed quickly through rehab. He was able to run some routes and catch passes during May minicamps has now made good on a promise to be ready for training camp. A fluid pass catcher at 6'4/247, Davis is certainly on the TE2 radar.
Raiders interested in FA Wharton 07-25-2013
Travelle Wharton T CAR
The Raiders are interested in free agent G Travelle Wharton.

Bill Williamson on Twitter
Wharton, who was released by the Bengals on Monday, has met with the Panthers and was scheduled to visit the Broncos. It's unlikely the Raiders will be able to offer competitive money despite their need for offensive line depth. Unless that changes, Wharton is not expected to work out in Oakland.
Bengals hint at even split between BJGE, Gio 07-25-2013
BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB CIN
OC Jay Gruden hinted that the carry count between BenJarvus Green-Ellis and rookie Giovani Bernard could end up being a 50-50 split.

Cincinnati Enquirer
As the veteran incumbent and more traditional runner, Green-Ellis is a near lock to open as the starter come Week 1. But the speedy Bernard gives the Bengals' running game the juice and big-play ability it hasn't had since the days of Ickey Woods. A "thunder and lightning" approach would make a ton of sense, assuming Bernard holds his own in camp. Green-Ellis isn't worth his current seventh-round ADP.
Vikings get DT Sharrif Floyd under contract 07-25-2013
Sharrif Floyd DT MIN
Viking signed No. 23 overall pick DT Sharrif Floyd to a four-year contract. Projected as a top-three pick at various points throughout the draft process, Floyd ended up slipping all the way to 23. The comparisons to Warren Sapp don't stop there. Floyd is a classic three-technique interior rusher that has the potential to penetrate up the field consistently. He'll likely serve a rotational role as a rookie before becoming a full-time player once Kevin Williams moves on.
Brandon Moore expected to retire 07-25-2013
Brandon Moore G NYJ
Former Jets G Brandon Moore is expected to retire.

Adam Levitan on Twitter
Devin Holland dumped by Redskins 07-25-2013
Devin Holland S WAS
Redskins waived S Devin Holland. Holland was a gunner on the Redskins' punt cover team last year before landing on IR with a back injury.
Jordan Bernstine waived by 'Skins 07-25-2013
Jordan Bernstine CB WAS
Redskins waived S Jordan Bernstine. Bernstine tore his ACL, MCL, PCL and patella tendon during Week 1 last season. The Redskins can't afford to carry a player that won't be ready to compete for a roster spot until 2014.
Arthur Jones dropped 15 pounds 07-25-2013
Arthur Jones DT IND
Ravens DE Arthur Jones lost roughly 15 pounds this offseason.

Baltimore Sun
Coach John Harbaugh said Jones "looks like he's in great shape, tremendous shape, looks like he's trimmed up a little bit." The younger brother of MMA superstar Jon Bones Jones is entering a contract year and is the favorite to win the starting right end job. Jones was Pro Football Focus' 13th-best 3-4 defensive end against the run last season and added 4.5 sacks.
Browns brass puts suspended Gordon on notice 07-25-2013
Josh Gordon WR CLE
Browns CEO Joe Banner suggested that suspended WR Josh Gordon has had on-field issues in addition to his off-field woes.

Akron Beacon-Journal
The supremely talented Gordon didn't have any issues between the lines as a rookie, leading the Browns in yards (805) and receiving touchdowns (5). He reportedly did a lot of partying this offseason, and the Browns' brass appears to have taken notice. They're not sweeping Gordon's two-game ban under the rug. "He understands he's going to be held accountable, and he gets the rope that's left isn't long," Banner said. "In working with the coaches they need to see that commitment, that work ethic." We're confident Gordon will get the wakeup call and come flying out of the gate in Week 3.
Ryan Clady out 2-3 weeks 07-25-2013
Ryan Clady OT NYJ
Broncos LT Ryan Clady (shoulder surgery) is expected to miss the first 2-3 weeks of training camp.

Denver Post
Broncos are standing behind Von Miller 07-25-2013
Von Miller OLB DEN
When asked Wednesady if marijuana is part of his life, Von Miller said, "absolutely not."

Denver Post
It remains to be seen exactly what Miller tested positive for, but rumors say it was marijuana and amphetamines in 2011 followed by "Molly" more recently. The Broncos are firmly standing behind their all-world edge rusher as he awaits his appeal, saying he'll continue to work with the starters during camp. "Don't be so quick to judge," Fox said between the tent and the team headquarters that was hit with considerable turmoil this offseason. "Let's let the process play out," coach John Fox said. "Von's on our team. He's not suspended."
DeAngelo Williams projects as starter for now 07-25-2013
DeAngelo Williams RB PIT
The Charlotte Observer lists DeAngelo Williams as the first-string running back on their pre-camp depth chart.

Charlotte Observer
No one knows when Jonathan Stewart (foot) will be ready to practice or if he'll be able to sustain a full workload once the season gets going. That makes Williams a steal at his current ninth- or tenth-round ADP. The Panthers are set to execute more base runs and Williams figures to get a decent chunk of those carries no matter what. Even when the pair were both active last year (nine games), the division of labor was 93 rushes for Stewart and 74 for Williams.
Jeremy Maclin wants to pull a Flacco 07-25-2013
Jeremy Maclin WR KC
Jeremy Maclin does not seem inclined to sign a contract extension right now.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Laurent Robinson leaves DET without a deal 07-25-2013
Laurent Robinson WR N/A
Free agent Laurent Robinson left his tryout with the Lions without a contract.

Adam Caplan on Twitter
Robinson has worked out for Jets, Patriots and Lions in the last week. All three are in need of veteran wideout depth, and all three passed. Robinson appeared in just seven games last year due to four concussions.
Cardinals add RT Eric Winston on 1-year deal 07-25-2013
Eric Winston OT CIN
Cardinals agreed to terms with RT Eric Winston on a one-year contract.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
The top offensive tackle left on the street is finally off the board. Although the 29-year-old Winston has been released in each of the last two offseasons, he brings 103 NFL starts to the table and was a top-nine right tackle in Pro Football Focus' grades last year. He'll start at right tackle, allowing Bobby Massie to move inside to right guard. Nate Potter will enter a camp duel with consistently disappointing Levi Brown for the starting left tackle job. The Cardinals' offensive line is still a bottom-five unit, but they got better by adding Winston.
Braylon Edwards expected to start Week 1 07-25-2013
Braylon Edwards WR NYJ
The NY Daily News' Manish Mehta expects Braylon Edwards to start in Week 1.

Manish Mehta on Twitter
He'll likely get the nod over Stephen Hill at X receiver, with Jeremy Kerley at Z. More ominously for Edwards' already-poor fantasy outlook is the fact that Mehta expects him to draw Darrelle Revis on Opening Day against the Bucs. Edwards won't be worth drafting outside of exceptionally deep fantasy leagues.