NFL Player News

Thursday, April 24

  • 04/24/14 - 10:59AM ETLaQuan Williams : Signs With Ravens
    Williams has returned to the Ravens, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
    Williams, who was with the Patriots briefly last year after being waived by Baltimore, returns to add wideout/special teams depth to the Ravens' 2014 mix.
  • 04/24/14 - 10:31AM ETJeremy Maclin : (Knee) Believes He's Fully Recovered
    Maclin relayed to CSN's Geoff Mosher that he believes he is fully recovered from the knee injury he suffered last July.
    Maclin -- who is bouncing back from a torn right ACL -- suggests that he'd be full-go if it was training already. That said, he isn't sure what the Eagles will have him do at OTAs, though he does expect to participate in some drills. Assuming no setbacks, Maclin has an opportunity to emerge as the Eagles' top wideout this coming season, with DeSean Jackson no longer in the mix.
  • 04/24/14 - 9:56AM ETRob Gronkowski : (Knee) Present At Voluntary Workouts
    Gronkowski -- who tore his ACL this past December -- was present this week when the Patriots opened their voluntary offseason workout program, the Boston Herald reports.
    Of course, given that he is bouncing back from a serious knee injury, Gronkowski remains focused on his rehab, though the report suggests encouragingly that he might be ready to participate in training camp this coming July, in some capacity. That said, it still remains unclear whether Gronkowski will be available for action at the start of the coming season. With that in mind, we'd expect the Patriots to consider drafting a tight end next month, adding another option at the position in free agency, or possibly both.
  • 04/24/14 - 9:29AM ETCecil Shorts : (Groin) Progress Encouraging
    Shorts continues to bounce back from groin surgery that he underwent in December, the Florida Times-Union reports. "I'm on the right path where I'm able to run without any pain," Shorts said. "I still have some work to do and I'm not 100 percent yet, but I'm looking to get there soon. Now, I have to get my strength back and confidence back."
    Though Shorts isn't quite up to speed yet, coach Gus Bradley is encouraged by the wideout's progress. "His rehab has gone very well," Bradley said. "He's leaner and he's in great shape." Once he's fully healthy, Shorts -- who caught 66 passes for 777 yards and three TDs in 13 games this past season, will be counted on heavily by the Jags, with Justin Blackmon's status uncertain. Meanwhile, Shorts is in the final season of the four-year, $2.6 million contract that he inked with Jacksonville after being drafted in 2011.
  • 04/24/14 - 8:59AM ETVictor Cruz : Knee Is 100 Percent
    Cruz indicates at this stage that the knee he injured this past December is 100 percent, reports.
    With Hakeem Nicks no longer in the team's wideout mix, the Giants will be counting on a healthy Cruz returning to top form in 2014, after a 2013 campaign in which he recorded 73 catches for 998 yards in 14 contests, while seeing his TD output decrease from the 10 that he recorded in 2012 to just four.
  • 04/24/14 - 8:38AM ETRashad Jennings : Likely Starter
    The Giants plan to make Jennings their starter at running back this coming season, reports.
    At this stage, fellow RB David Wilson indicates that he is pain-free, but has yet to receive clearance to play. Assuming Wilson is able to re-enter the mix at some point, we'd expect the Giants to ease him back in, a scenario in which Jennings would head the team's rushing attack (which also includes Peyton Hillis) out of the gate.
  • 04/24/14 - 8:28AM ETRyan Broyles : (Achilles) Participates In Drills
    Broyles (Achilles) participated in drills at Wednesday's voluntary minicamp, the Detroit News reports.
    Broyles, who has already been forced to rebound from torn ACL's in both of his knees, tore the Achilles tendon in his left leg last October, with his participation Wednesday thus an encouraging development. The Lions added Golden Tate this offseason to complement Calvin Johnson, but if Broyles can get and, more importantly, stay healthy, he could possibly emerge on the fantasy radar in 2014.

Wednesday, April 23

  • 04/23/14 - 11:52AM ETTyrann Mathieu : (Knee) Hoping To Avoid PUP List
    Mathieu (knee) wants to avoid the PUP list at the start of the 2014 season, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
    Mathieu isn't expected to be ready for the start of training camp and likely won't be available for any part of training camp. His ultimate goal is to avoid the PUP list and be ready for Week 1, but that seems questionable at this point.
  • 04/23/14 - 11:23AM ETShaun Draughn : Signs With Bears
    Draughn has signed a one-year contract with the Bears, the Chicago Tribune reports.
    Draughn -- who carried just four times for two yards in three games for the Ravens in 2013 -- will join Michael Ford in the Bears' backup RB mix behind Matt Forte, though we'd expect the team to add more depth at the position as the 2014 season approaches.
  • 04/23/14 - 11:01AM ETSean Weatherspoon : (Knee) Not Cleared Yet
    Weatherspoon (knee) has yet to be been cleared for team workouts, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
    That said, Weatherspoon who injured his knee back on Dec. 15, indicates that he is making progress. "I have been working nonstop with the training staff about four or five days a week doing whatever I can do to get my body feeling good so I can get back to where I'm feeling at top (speed)," Weatherspoon said. "I would say I'm feeling about 80 percent right now. I'm working hard and looking forward to getting back to 100 percent. I really don't know my schedule."
  • 04/23/14 - 10:54AM ETStephen Burton : (Concussion) On Reserve/Retired List
    Burton (concussion) is on the Jaguars' reserve/retired list, Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.
    Burton, who was limited to four catches for 76 yards in 2013, sustained two concussions last season, with his NFL career now on hold, as a result.
  • 04/23/14 - 9:59AM ETDaryl Washington : Possible League Discipline Looming
    Washington was sentenced Wednesday to a year of supervised probation stemming from an assault charge related to an incident last May, the Associated Press reports.
    The report adds that Washington, who served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy to start the 2013 season, may now be subject to further league discipline as a result of the ruling. The inside linebacker recorded 75 tackles and three sacks in 12 games for the Cardinals last season.
  • 04/23/14 - 9:01AM ETJohnny Manziel : Visiting With Browns
    Manziel is visiting with the Browns, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
    The report notes that the Browns are considering selecting Manziel with the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL draft, though the team could also consider the likes of Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater or Derek Carr in that slot. Either way, quarterback is a position that the Browns are likely to address in next month's draft, given that Brian Hoyer and Alex Tanney are the only two signal-callers that the team currently has under contract.
  • 04/23/14 - 8:57AM ETMalcom Floyd : (Neck) Looking Good According To Rivers
    Floyd (neck) 'looks good' at Chargers workouts according to Philip Rivers, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
    Floyd, who is attempting to come back from the potentially career-ending neck injury that he sustained on September 15, has been cleared to run and do light weightlifting, but has not returned to full football activities yet. "Hopefully, he can keep progressing, and we'll see where he stands, if he's ready to roll or not," said Rivers. "You'd hate for it to end the way it did. Hopefully, he's back rolling. He looks good and himself from all I've seen." Nice words from the quarterback, but looking good while running in shorts is a lot different than being able to actually play football. Floyd and his doctors must weigh the risk of re-injury before deciding if he will be able to get back on the field.
  • 04/23/14 - 8:26AM ETLance Dunbar : (Knee) Fully Recovered
    Dunbar says he's fully recovered from last season's knee injury, the Dallas Morning News reports.
    The Cowboys running back situation is still unsettled behind DeMarco Murray, as Joseph Randle did little as a rookie to show he deserves to be the top backup. A healthy Dunbar could be poised to see a fair number of snaps in 2014, but he'll need to prove himself in camp first.
  • 04/23/14 - 8:11AM ETChris Houston : Undisclosed Injury
    Houston (undisclosed injury) was not present for the Lions' voluntary minicamp, which opened up on Tuesday, the Detroit News reports.
    Coach Jim Caldwell noted that Houston is dealing with an injury, though it's unclear if the cornerback's current issue is related to the toe injury that kept Houston out of action for four games late last season. When healthy, Houston -- who recorded 44 tackles and two picks in 12 games in 2013 -- is penciled in as the Lions' starting left cornerback.

Tuesday, April 22

  • 04/22/14 - 5:12PM ETRay Rice : Sheds Some Pounds
    Rice, who is emphasizing speed over bulk this offseason, has impressed the Ravens' strength and conditioning coach with his work at the voluntary offseason program, the the team's official website reports.
    Dealing with a serious legal incident and coming off a career-worst season, Rice is under pressure to show up at training camp in the best shape of his life. Doing so would hardly guarantee a big season, but it would certainly be a step in the right direction. While the possibility of league discipline is still looming, there have been some positive developments for Rice's fantasy value this offseason, namely the Ravens addressing an offensive line that was putrid in 2013. The report from the team website notes that Rice topped out at 217 pounds last season, 5-to-10 pounds above his normal playing weight. The increase was attributed to an effort to bulk up, a plan that wouldn't really make any sense given Rice's skill set and always-sturdy 5-8 frame. It's quite possible that he merely showed up out of shape last year, which bodes well for his odds of a bounce back. With so many factors at play here, Rice's value is nearly impossible to gauge at this juncture. Dropping pounds and emphasizing agility over power would be an excellent start.
  • 04/22/14 - 2:28PM ETEli Manning : (Ankle) Will Be Ready For Training Camp
    Manning, who underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery on April 10, indicates that he will be ready for action by the start of training camp, the Star-Ledger reports.
    Though Manning was sporting a walking boot Tuesday, he remains confident that he'll be good to go when the Giants open their training camp on July 19. "I'd think I'd be safe to say I'd be 100 percent for the start of training camp," Manning said Tuesday. "The procedure went well. It's healing quickly. I don't have an exact timetable. This is the first kind of surgery I've ever had. I'm going to be smart with it and let it heal fully and make sure I come back 100 percent."
  • 04/22/14 - 12:33PM ETJulio Jones : (Foot) Continues To Progress Well
    Jones, who is recovering from foot surgery, continues to progress as he works with the Falcons' training staff, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Julio is participating with our athletic performance department,"coach Mike Smith noted Tuesday. "With (trainer) Marty Lauzon and his group. He will be able to get out on the field and do some walkthrough stuff with us when we start going."
    Meanwhile, the continued focus is ensuring that the star wideout is good to go to start the regular season and things seem to be trending in the right direction on that front. "He's progressing well," Smith added, without immediately detailing Jones' projected preseason activity. "We're not going to do anything to hinder his time-frame in terms of getting back to work with us."
  • 04/22/14 - 11:03AM ETEJ Manuel : Full Participant in Offseason Workouts
    Manuel, who underwent a knee procedure in January, was a full participant Tuesday as the Bills opened their offseason workouts, reports.
    While the voluntary workouts are limited to strength and conditioning work, the important thing to note here is that Manuel appears past his knee issue. "No limitations," said Manuel, who missed the final two games of the 2013 season with a sprained LCL. "I feel great." Looking ahead to the coming season, Manuel will have an intriguing new wideout target to throw to in former Buc Mike Williams, plus there's a solid chance that the team will also upgrade at tight end in next month's NFL draft.
  • 04/22/14 - 9:22AM ETRussell Allen : Done with Football
    Allen, who suffered a stroke during a game this past December, will not play football again, reports.
    The 27-year-old linebacker was released by the Jaguars last week, based on a failed physical, with Tuesday's report clarifying the reason that Allen was let go by the team. Allen, who joined the Jaguars in 2009, thus finishes up his NFL career with 331 tackles in 78 games, including a career-high 131 stops in 2012.
  • 04/22/14 - 8:21AM ETPhil Costa : Center Retires
    Costa has decided to retire, reports.
    Costa retires at age 26 after playing in just six games the past two seasons. The Colts had just signed him to a two-year deal in March, so this will increase the Colts' need for a center in the draft.
  • 04/22/14 - 8:10AM ETWill Hill : Facing League Discipline
    Hill, who reportedly failed a recent drug test, is said to be facing NFL discipline for the third straight year, the Daily News reports.
    While the report indicates that Hill plans to appeal the results of the test, the safety's career with the Giants could well be done. Hill recorded 77 tackles and two interceptions in 12 games (including 10 starts) with the Giants in 2013.
  • 04/22/14 - 8:03AM ETCam Newton : "Feeling Great" Despite Walking Boot
    Newton indicated Tuesday that his ankle is feeling great, the Charlotte Observer reports.
    "We're moving at a rapid pace," said Newton, who is still sporting a walking boot on his surgically-repaired ankle. While the quarterback is obviously not ready to participate in the team's offseason workouts, the expectation is that Newton -- who underwent a procedure last month to tighten the ligaments in his left ankle -- will be ready for training camp.
  • 04/22/14 - 7:49AM ETKyle Orton : Not Present For Workouts
    Orton was not present for the first day of the Cowboys' offseason workout program, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
    The workouts are voluntary, but given that Orton was previously reported to be mulling retirement, his absence is of some note. If Orton does rejoin the Cowboys, he would be in line to compete with Brandon Weeden for the team's No. 2 QB job behind Tony Romo.
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