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-- Josh Gordon's Appeal Hearing to Continue on Monday --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon’s hearing with the NFL concerning his suspension is going to overtime. A league source says that Gordon’s hearing in New York went from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will continue Monday.


-- 2014 Enhanced Executive Draft Master UPDATED! --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Free 2014 Pre-Season Draft Guide Preview UPDATED! --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Pre-Season Draft Guide Version III Released! --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- PASS Debuts Fantasy Flash Reports --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Marshawn Lynch Reports to Training Camp --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football The Seattle Times reports Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch ended his seven-day holdout today and reported to training camp for the defending champions. Lynch reported to camp this afternoon following the team’s morning practice, which was the sixth he had missed as he attempted to get either a new contract from the team or at the least some sort of upgrade in the money he would receive for this season.


-- Sources: David Wilson Needs a Miracle to Play Again --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football The Star Ledger reports according to multiple sources, Giants RB David Wilson (neck burner), who suffered a "burner" during Tuesday's practice, months after undergoing spinal fusion surgery, is a long shot to return to the field. One person with knowledge of the running back's medical condition said that Wilson "needs a miracle." The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. That differs significantly from the always-sunny viewpoint of Wilson, who tweeted that "everything was fine" Wednesday night. The Giants, however, don't feel the same way, another source, who requested anonymity to speak freely. In the meantime, both sides will wait until Monday's examination for an official determination, although it sounds as if the Giants have come to grips with the seriousness of the condition and the possibility that Wilson's career is over.


-- Josh Gordon to Argue Positive Pot Test Caused by Second-Hand Smoke --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the legal team for Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will argue in a hearing Friday that its client has disputed test results that were caused from secondhand marijuana smoke, according to sources. Gordon is appealing the NFL's imposition of a yearlong suspension for a positive test for marijuana. Gordon's legal team will argue that the positive tests are so marginal that they show uncertainty as to whether the test results were truly positive, and even if so, were the result of exposure to secondhand smoke, according to sources familiar with the case. Gordon's "A" sample tested at 16 nanograms per milliliter, a bare one nanogram per milliliter above the 15-nanogram-per-milliliter threshold, while Gordon's "B" sample -- which should theoretically be consistent with the "A" sample, as it comes from the exact same specimen -- tested at 13.63 ng/ml, lower than the threshold.


-- Steven Jackson OUT With Hamstring Injury; Expected to Play Week #1 --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football NFL.com reports Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson suffered a hamstring injury and was held out of practice on Tuesday, HC Mike Smith says. He expects him back for Week #1. Jackson didn't suffer the hamstring injury to the same leg as last year, Smith says. Smith doesn't think it's serious. Without Jackson right now, it'll be on RB Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie RB Devonta Freeman to step up. Freeman has shown flashes during the offseason.


-- PASS Debuts & Teams with FFMastermind.com! --
Thu Feb 27, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Jace Amaro Takes More Baby Steps Forward --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New York Jets rookie TE Jace Amaro continued to take baby steps Friday, showing signs of improvement since that awful practice a couple of days ago. OC Marty Mornhinweg believes the second-round pick should start to get comfortable in another week or so. The tight-end position is complex in Mornhinweg's system; it takes time to master.

-- Raiders Friday Injury Update --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports there were no changes among the Oakland Raiders' walking wounded on Friday as WR Greg Little (hamstring), WR Juron Criner (hamstring), LB Kaluka Maiava (hamstring), LB Marshall McFadden (hip), DL Antonio Smith (groin) and S Shelton Johnson (unknown) did not practice. CB D.J. Hayden (foot), S Usama Young (quad) and OG Lucas Nix (knee) remained on the physically unable to perform list while DT Stacy McGee is still on the non-football injury list.

-- Play to Win $300,000 in the 2014 FFPC Main Event! --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Julio Jones Rested Friday --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) sat out the team's Friday scrimmage as part of his day-on, day-off schedule.

-- Buccaneers Friday Injury Update --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers C Evan Dietrich-Smith missed practice Friday with a foot injury, and his absence was obvious. The one blemish for the offense was that three snaps between center and quarterback were botched. “One time on the ground is too many," HC Lovie Smith said. In addition to Dietrich-Smith, WR David Gettis, S Dashon Goldson, CB Mike Jenkins, CB Alterraun Verner and CB Rashaan Melvin sat out the practice with injuries.

-- Seahawks Activate Marshawn Lynch --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Seattle Seahawks have activated RB Marshawn Lynch from the did-not-report list.

-- Bengals Friday Injury Update --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Cincinnati Bengals were without LB Vontaze Burfict Friday, who told a reporter he was "banged up." OG Mike Pollak also didn't participate, but OG Clint Boling did. After not suiting up Thursday, DT Geno Atkins was in full pads, but he didn't go through any of the team drills.

-- Eagles Friday WR Injury Update - Maclin Dinged --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin left practice Friday and had a trainer working on his upper legs for a few minutes. WR Riley Cooper has been out for a few days with a foot injury. Cooper wore a walking boot on his right leg for the first time. WR Jeff Maehl also had a boot on his right foot. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the shuffle was that rookie WR Jordan Matthews stayed on the second team, in the slot, rather than move up.

-- Bills Friday Injury Updarte - Chandler Sits --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Buffalo Bills got a pair of offensive linemen back at practice, with both OL Chris Williams (toe) and OL Chris Hairston (back) returning to action. Hairston stepped in with the second team at left tackle. He wasn't part of the mix at right guard, where OG Kraig Urbik and OG Cyril Richardson split first-team reps. Meanwhile, TE Lee Smith returned to practice after missing Thursday's session with a lower body injury. The Bills were still without top TE Tony Moeaki (hamstring) and TE Scott Chandler (groin). The Bills said after practice that WR Marquise Goodwin was dealing with a hamstring injury. Goodwin pulled up after a 1-on-1 route in Thursday's practice, grabbing his hamstring. He participated in the rest of that session but didn't get many reps Friday night. It wouldn't be surprising if the Bills held him out Sunday.

-- Cardinals PK Battle Update --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports with PK Danny Hrapmann being released before Friday’s practice, the competition for the kicking job for the Arizona Cardinals is down to incumbent starter PK Jay Feely and rookie PK Chandler Catanzaro. Feely made five of six field goals Friday, missing a 45 yarder. Catanzaro went 4-for-6, missing from 43 and 46.

-- Rishard Matthews Impresses --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Miami Dolphins backup WR Rishard Matthews continued his solid week with another strong practice on Friday. Matthews made a series of nice catches in team and one-on-one drills. Matthews received increased reps after WR Mike Wallace rested this week with a hamstring injury. Matthews is on the roster bubble this summer because the Dolphins are very deep at that position. Matthews is battling with veteran WR Brandon Gibson and rookie second-round pick WR Jarvis Landry for the slot-receiver position.

-- Keep Coming Back! --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Chiefs Friday Injury Update - Kyle Williams Injured --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports injuries may eventually help the Kansas city Chiefs thin their crowd at wide receiver. Veteran WR Kyle Williams was the latest receiver to leave practice because of a hamstring injury. He pulled up while running a route and immediately grabbed his leg. Williams was having a strong camp but an extended absence might force the Chiefs to turn elsewhere for receiving help. WR Junior Hemingway has missed almost a week with a sore hamstring. Whatever chance WR Mark Harrison had of making the team is probably gone after his hamstring injury. Young WR Frankie Hammond Jr. and WR Albert Wilson again made their share of plays at practice.

-- Jaguars Friday Injury Update --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports 15 Jacksonville Jaguars players did not participate in the workout on Friday. Nine were out because of injuries: WR Tandon Doss (ankle), WR Allen Robinson (hamstring), OG Brandon Linder (foot), DT Jordan Miller (knee), LB J.T. Thomas (hamstring), LB John Lotulelei (knee), WR Damian Copeland (wrist), TE Clay Harbor (calf) and WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring). WR Marqise Lee, RB Toby Gerhart, LB Geno Hayes, OT Austin Pasztor, DE Tyson Alualu and DT Roy Miller were given the day off. LB Dekoda Watson (groin) and CB Aaron Ball (ankle) have yet to practice because of their injuries.

-- Bears Friday Injury Update - Alshon Jeffery Sits --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Chicago Bears held out CB Charles Tillman and WR Alshon Jeffery from practice on Friday with HC Marc Trestman calling their inactivity a “coach’s decision.” S Chris Conte (shoulder), S Craig Steltz (groin) and OG Kyle Long remain out. Long will return to the practice field Saturday at Soldier Field. C Roberto Garza was also excused from practice for personal reasons.

-- Tashaun Gipson Injured --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Cleveland Browns FS Tashaun Gipson left practice Friday and was taken in the locker room with what looked like a leg injury. HC Mike Pettine would only say he was “being evaluated.” Gipson, the team’s most underrated player, had been having a very strong camp. It’s not known how long he might be out, if at all.

-- Mike Williams Impresses Friday --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

WGR550.com reports throughout Bills training camp thus far it’s been either rookie WR Sammy Watkins or WR Chris Hogan getting all the praise for their efforts, but WR Mike Williams stole the show from that position on Friday. The oldest wideout on the roster, Williams showed his high-pointing ability on more than one occasion, mixing it with smooth route running during one-on-one drills. He looks quite healthy and the Bills are depending on all the aforementioned attributes to give them something their roster has been missing for a while now: a bonafide red zone target.

-- Marquise Goodwin Injures Hamstring --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

WGR550.com reports Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin suffered a hamstring injury during Friday's practice. The extent of the injury is unknown.

-- Knowshon Moreno Could Miss Entire Preseason --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Miami Herald reports ice packs clung to both of Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno’s knees, and he had an awkward gait as he made his way to the field to watch the end of Friday’s training camp practice. In late June, Moreno underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean up his left knee. The original prognosis was he would miss four to five weeks. We’re now well into the sixth week of the rehab, and yet he remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Speaking with the Miami Herald on Friday, Moreno made no promises that his return to action was imminent. “I feel good, but at the same time, I just want to be right, be real good, so when I go out there, I can just be full-speed and not have any setbacks,” said Moreno, who ran for 1,038 yards with Denver last year. When asked if he expects to be back for at least one preseason game, Moreno responded: “I don’t know. I don’t know. I really don’t even know. I just want to take each day one at a time. They have a schedule for me and they’re just going to tell me every day what I have to do, and I just go out there and do it.” Dolphins HC Joe Philbin insisted Friday that no final decision will be made on regular-season snap allocations until the Friday before the Sept. 7 opener against New England. But in reality, the depth chart is usually set by the third preseason game. That gives Moreno three weeks to get healthy, and up to speed.

-- Ravens Friday Injury Update --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Baltimore Ravens CB Lardarius Webb (back) missed his sixth straight practice on Friday. LB Daryl Smith (groin) was sidelined for a third consecutive day. DT Timmy Jernigan (back spasms) and OG Will Rackley (head) also didn't practice. WR Jeremy Butler (groin) returned but didn't appear to be at full strength. NT Terrence Cody (hip) is on the physically unable to perform list.

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-- Panthers Lining Ed Dickson Outside Like a WR in 2-TE Sets --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Carolina Panthers are lining TE Ed Dickson outside like a wide receiver a lot in a two tight-end formation. At 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, he's yet another big target for Newton.

-- Josh Gordon's Appeal Hearing to Continue on Monday --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon’s hearing with the NFL concerning his suspension is going to overtime. A league source says that Gordon’s hearing in New York went from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will continue Monday.

-- Broncos Friday Injury Update --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Denver Broncos DE Derek Wolfe, who left Thursday's practice with stiffness in his lower back, was back on the field Friday. S Quinton Carter, who is on track to make the roster after two missed seasons with knee troubles, finished his work in a team drill at one point in Friday's practice and jumped on a stationary bike to ride for a few minutes. He then returned to practice.

-- Redskins Friday Injury Update - Garcon Practices --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Washington Redskins WR Jerry Rice Jr. ended up tearing his right labrum and will undergo surgery, ending his season. He’s the second Redskins player to tear his labrum, joining WR Courtney Bridget who was placed on injured reserve Thursday. Both players were major long shots to make the roster. Meanwhile, OT Trent Williams did not practice Friday after getting kicked in the shin Thursday. It was a precautionary measure and he’ll be fine. WR Pierre Garcon, S Phillip Thomas and DE Doug Worthington all returned after nursing hamstring injuries.

-- Saints PK Battle Update --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints had their first missed field-goal attempt of camp in full-team drills on Friday. Veteran PK Shayne Graham went 2 of 3, while young hopeful PK Derek Dimke went 3 of 3. I still consider Graham the front-runner, but the preseason games will be especially important.

-- Rams Friday Injury Update --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports St. Louis Rams DT Michael Brockers and OG Rodger Saffold suffered injuries within a span of a few plays on a red-zone drill on Friday. Brockers appeared to hurt his foot or ankle; Saffold's injury looked to be more of a hand or wrist issue. After the practice, HC Jeff Fisher said Saffold's injury didn't seem serious and Brockers' ailment didn't look to be, either. He went through stretching drills with the team. It's possible the Rams will hold both players out for a bit after they're evaluated closer, but at first glance, it doesn't look like either will miss serious time. LB James Laurinaitis and CB Janoris Jenkins didn't practice Friday. The nature of Jenkins' issue is unknown, but he watched practice from the sideline. Laurinaitis got stepped on Thursday night and though it didn't appear to be too serious, the Rams clearly aren't going to push him right now to make it worse.

-- Lions PKs Perfect on Friday --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Friday was perhaps the best day for Detroit's kicking competitors thus far. Combined, PK Nate Freese and PK Giorgio Tavecchio went 11-for-11, including Tavecchio's 41-yarder to end practice in a two-minute situation. Both also made field goals from 53 yards during a special teams section of practice.

-- Packers Friday Injury Update --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports there's finally some clarity on Green Bay Packers rookie WR Jeff Janis' illness. He said he experienced severe abdominal pain on the eve of training camp and was taken to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with shingles. He said he expects to be cleared to start practicing next week. Others who missed practice were S Tanner Miller (ankle), C Corey Linsley (shoulder), WR Jared Abbrederis (knee), DT Letroy Guion (hamstring) and DE Jerel Worthy (back). S Morgan Burnett (ankle) returned after missing Thursday's practice.

-- 17 Fantasy Football Titles! --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Mason Crosby Kicking Well --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports kicking for the first time since Day 1, Green Bay Packers PK Mason Crosby once again made 7 of 8 attempts. His only miss was wide right from 40 yards. He made a pair of extra points that were 33-yard kicks (where PATs will be attempted from in the first two preseason games) and also was good from 36, 43, 45, 50 and 53 yards. He is 14-of-16 so far in camp.

-- Jared Abbrederis Appears Lost for Season with a Torn ACL --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the Green Bay Packers were hoping for the best but fearing the worst Friday on knee damage suffered by WR Jared Abbrederis of Wisconsin Thursday in practice. A source said that the diagnosis of the team's medical staff early Friday morning was a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The team was awaiting results of more diagnostic tests to confirm their original finding. The Packers made no announcement of the damage suffered by Abbrederis, their fifth-round draft choice. "I haven't had time to sit down with the medical staff," HC Mike McCarthy said about 11 a.m. "Right now, he has a knee. He completed practice yesterday."

-- Cowboys Sign One --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Dallas Cowboys have signed free-agent DE Ken Boatright to a two-year contract.

-- Steelers Make Player Moves --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have waived RB Alvester Alexander and signed RB Jawan Jamison.

-- Jets Sign One --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New York Jets have signed free-agent RB Michael Smith.

-- Giants Make Player Moves --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New York Giants have signed OT Adam Gress and CB Chandler Fenner. The team also placed OT Troy Kropog on injured reserve, ending his season. The also waived CB Travis Howard injured.

-- Kelvin Benjamin Set to Practice on Saturday --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Carolina Panthers rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is expected to return to practice on Saturday.

-- Josh Gordon Appeal Decision Won't be Made Until Monday at Earliest --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports it is believed that a decision on the suspension appeal of Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will not be finalized until Commissioner Roger Goodell returns to New York Monday from Hall of Fame festivities this weekend in Canton, OH.

-- 2014 Enhanced Executive Draft Master UPDATED! --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Texans Release One --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Houston Texans have waived LB Trevardo Williams.

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-- Marshawn Lynch Healthy; Will Practice Soon --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Seattle Times reports Seahawks running backs coach Sherman Smith says RB Marshawn Lynch is healthy and cleared to practice and will do so soon.

-- Michael Crabtree & Brandon Lloyd OUT a Week or Two --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The San Francisco 49ers official website reports 49ers HC Jim Harbaugh said WR Michael Crabtree (undisclosed) is "working through something," and could be back on practice field in a week or two. It's not foot or Achilles related, Harbaugh said. In addition, WR Brandon Lloyd (undisclosed) could also miss two weeks.

-- Seahawks Make Player Moves --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Seattle Seahawks have placed DT Jesse Williams (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season. The team also released WR Randall Carroll and signed LB Marcus Dowtin and WR Ronald Johnson.

-- Chiefs Safety Injuries Update --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Kansas City Chiefs HC Andy Reid said that S Eric Berry (heel) injured his right ankle on Thursday, but the team updated that on Friday. The Associated Press reports that the team is now calling it a right heel injury and said that Berry will miss a couple of days of practice while healing up. The news is much less encouraging for S Sanders Commings, who crumpled to the ground when RB Jamaal Charles threw a fake while carrying the ball during a play. Trainer Rick Burkholder said that Commings fractured his fibula in addition to suffering the ankle injury that required him to go for surgery on Thursday. “He’s got some rehab ahead of him,” Burkholder said.

-- Riley Cooper Injury Update --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper (foot) is sporting the boot for a minor foot injury, HC Chip Kelly said Friday, according to the club’s Twitter feed. According to the club, Kelly indicated Cooper isn’t expected to miss more than a few days.

-- Cardinals Sign Max Starks; Release Two --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Arizona Cardinals have signed free-agent OT Max Starks. The team also released OT Cory Brandon and PK Danny Hrapmann.

-- Arian Foster & Andre Johnson Sit Friday --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) practiced on Thursday after sitting out two days with what’s believed to be a hamstring injury, but he was back on the sidelines on Friday. HC Bill O’Brien didn’t elaborate on the change in status while again saying that he didn’t think the injury was anything serious. “He’s doing OK,” O’Brien said, via the Houston Chronicle. “It’s kind of a day-to-day thing. It’s nothing serious. I would assume — [but] guess you can’t assume anything — he’d be back pretty soon.” WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) also missed practice with his own hamstring injury. O’Brien downplayed the severity of that one as well, saying there’s no reason to rush and that Johnson will be back “when he feels ready to be back.”

-- Kelvin Benjamin Sits Friday --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Carolina Panthers official website reports Panthers rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) did not practice on Friday.

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Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Patriots Work Out Brady Quinn --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports free-agent QB Brady Quinn worked out for the New England Patriots on Monday. “It went well,” Quinn said. “In this particular situation, though, they need something to happen in order for me to possibly be there.” The 29-year-old Quinn had stints with the Seahawks, Jets and Rams in 2013.

-- Josh Gordon Watch: No Decision in Appeal Expected Friday --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Plain Dealer reports no decision is expected Friday on QB Josh Gordon's indefinite ban for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, and he'll be back in Cleveland by Saturday, league sources have told cleveland.com. A decision is expected soon, but not immediately after Friday's appeal hearing at the NFL offices in New York City. It's uncertain if Gordon will be back in time Saturday to participate in the Family Day scrimmage Saturday at the University of Akron, which begins at 11:30 a.m.

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-- Four Dolphins Sit Friday Including Mike Wallace --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Miami Herald reports the following Dolphins players will miss multiple practices: LB Tariq Edwards (knee), WR Matt Hazel (concussion), and QB Matt Moore (shoulder). WR Mike Wallace (hamstring) missed another practice on Friday.

-- Giants RB Rotation Watch --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New York Daily News reports the Giants provided a glimpse of how it might rotate running backs during Thursday’s practice. RB Rashad Jennings continued to operate with the first team, while veteran RB Peyton Hillis, who had seen little action early in camp, handled the bulk of the reps behind Jennings. Rookie RB Andre Williams continued to take goal-line snaps.

-- Allen Robinson OUT 2+ Weeks --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Florida Times-Union reports Jaguars WR Allen Robinson (hamstring) is out for at least two weeks with a hamstring injury.

-- Steelers Extend Shaun Suisham --
Fri Aug 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed PK Shaun Suisham to a three-year contract extension.

-- Nick Fairley Sentenced in Two-Year Old DUI Case --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Detroit Free Press reports, citing WALA-TV in Mobile, Ala., Detroit Lions DL Nick Fairley was sentenced Thursday to six months in jail, a term that was suspended, and one year probation for his DUI and reckless driving charges. Fairley was not in Judge George Hardesty’s court room in Alabama on Thursday. He was instead at Lions training camp in Allen Park. Fairley’s attorney, Sid Herrell, said he did not inform his client of Thursday’s court date, according to the TV station. The Mobile native was arrested on May 27, 2012, the second time in two months, after an Alabama state trooper said he passed his patrol car going 100 m.p.h. Fairley was originally sentenced to a six-month suspended jail term and a year probation in February, but his lawyer thought a deal had been struck that would eventually get this charge off of Fairley’s record. Fairley also must pay $750 in court costs and take two classes, one for the DUI and one for the reckless driving. According to the station, Herrell said Fairley plans to appeal.

-- Source: Slight Chance of a Compromise for Josh Gordon --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports a source with knowledge of the situation states there is a “slight chance” of a resolution for Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon. Any deal presumably would entail a suspension for Gordon that lasts less than a year. If one side is less inclined to negotiate than the other, it’s possible that the hearing officer will send signals, indirect or explicit, that it would be wise for that party to be more open-minded. Which could get a deal done during the hearing or after it. A ruling is expected fairly soon. The substance-abuse policy requires only that the decision be issued with a “reasonable time.”

-- Bears Make Player Moves --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Chicago Bears have signed free-agent OT Dennis Roland to a one-year contract. The team also waived OT Cody Booth.

-- Seahawks Work Out Steve Maneri --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Seattle Seahawks worked out free-agent TE Steve Maneri on Thursday.

-- Jim Harbaugh Contract Update --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CSNBayArea.com reports the San Francisco 49ers and HC Jim Harbaugh have tabled contract extension talks until after the 2014 season.

-- PASS Debuts Fantasy Flash Reports --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Giants Thursday Injury Update --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New York Giants CB Bennett Jackson, the team's sixth-round pick out of Notre Dame, could be the most serious injury suffered on Thursday. He got his feet tangled up with those of WR Corey Washington on a deep pass play and injured his ankle. The team sent him for X-rays, and HC Tom Coughlin said he hoped it was just a sprain. Washington also sat out the remainder of practice with a sore heel following that play. DE Robert Ayers also injured his ankle during team drills and did not return, but that injury did not seem to be as worrisome as Jackson's. OT Will Beatty left practice early, but the team said that was due to an illness, and nothing to do with the leg injury from which he's been working his way back since he broke his leg in Week 17 of the 2013 season. DT Mike Patterson sat out practice with a shoulder injury. OG John Jerry, who had been doing some first-team work lately at right guard, missed Thursday's practice entirely due to some soreness in his surgically repaired knee. LB Spencer Paysinger sat out practice with a concussion. He has not practiced since Sunday. WR Trindon Holliday missed another practice due to a hamstring injury.

-- Kenny Stills Sits Thursday --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills (quad) remained sidelined on Thursday.

-- Vikings Thursday Injury Update --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Minnesota Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn (hamstring) returned to team drills on Thursday, and got some work in the Vikings' base defense opposite CB Xavier Rhodes. The Vikings will need to see if Munnerlyn can play in their base defense, as opposed to only the nickel package, but they were treating him like a member of their top base defense on Thursday. CB Josh Robinson had also returned from a minor hamstring injury that caused him to leave early on Wednesday. TE A.C. Leonard, who left Wednesday's practice with a headache, did not return on Thursday.

-- Redskins Thursday Injury Update --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Washington Redskins WR Jerry Rice Jr., son of the Hall of Famer, hurt his right shoulder in practice on Thursday. Though the results weren’t yet known, HC Jay Gruden called the injury significant. Rice hurt his shoulder on a downfield pass play when he became tangled up with corner Richard Crawford. Rice was a long shot to make the roster or even the practice squad. WR Pierre Garcon was nursing a sore hamstring for a third day of practice, though he was able to again go through individual drills. S Phillip Thomas and DE Doug Worthington also missed practice because of hamstring injuries. Meanwhile, OT Tyler Polumbus returned to practice for the afternoon walk-through after missing the past day and a half for personal reasons.

-- Bills Suffer Another Injury at TE --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Buffalo Bills TE Lee Smith missed Thursday's practice with a "lower body" injury and walked onto the field late in the session wearing a sleeve on his right calf. Even with TE Chris Gragg returning to practice this week, the Bills are still without their top three tight ends. HC Doug Marrone had no update on when TE Scott Chandler (groin) might return, while TE Tony Moeaki (hamstring) isn't expected to practice soon. Barring a late signing, expect to see plenty of Gragg and Dominique Jones in Sunday's game.

-- Rueben Randle Practices Thursday --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New York Giants WR Rueben Randle (hamstring), who missed Tuesday's practice with a sore hamstring, was back practicing Thursday and made a nice touchdown catch from Manning in the back of the end zone.

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-- Marshawn Lynch Got More Money by Holding Out --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports a league source says that the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to bump up RB Marshawn Lynch’s base salary to persuade Lynch to report. Under Lynch’s previous contract, he was due to make a $5 million base salary this year, plus $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses, and he could have earned another $500,000 in incentives if he had rushed for 1,500 yards. Now Lynch gets a base salary of $6 million (meaning the Seahawks effectively guaranteed the $1 million he previously would have had to earn), plus they’re taking $500,000 that he had been scheduled to get paid in 2015 and giving it to him now instead. In all, Lynch will make $6.5 million this year. The Seahawks also agreed not to enforce the fines that they were entitled to dock him from the work he has already missed. We’re also hearing that the league office was pressuring the Seahawks to go after some of Lynch’s signing bonus money if he refused to report, as teams are permitted to do under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. But the Seahawks resisted that. Instead, the Seahawks and Lynch reached a deal amenable to both sides, and Lynch is in camp, making more money in 2014 than he was scheduled to make under his old deal.

-- Crabtree & Lloyd Sit Thursday --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CSNBayArea.com reports 49ers WR Michael Crabtree sat out during the 49ers' non-padded practice on Thursday one day after leaving the field early due to an apparent lower leg condition. Crabtree took part in individual and one-on-one drills during practice Wednesday afternoon. He did not sustain any noticeable injury. At one point early in practice, a 49ers athletic trainer tended to Crabtree as he sat on the ground. A short time later, Crabtree walked back to the 49ers’ locker room by himself. There is no word from the 49ers on Crabtree’s condition. WR Brandon Lloyd, who also left practice early on Wednesday with an undisclosed condition, did not take part. He watched the final half of practice from the sideline.

-- Vincent Brown Injury Update --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports sidelined the last five practices, Chargers WR Vincent Brown (calf) wore a protective boot on Thursday. Brown played all 18 games last year despite losing a week and a preseason game to a first-week hamstring injury. In his rookie camp of 2011, a second-day hamstring injury cost him a month. That's three leg-muscle injuries in the first week of four camps.

-- Reggie Wayne Looking Incredible --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Indianapolis Star reports Colts WR Reggie Wayne (torn ACL) is running routes and effortlessly snatching passes out of the air from QB Andrew Luck at training camp. He looks incredibly similar to the WR Reggie Wayne who did the same thing before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Oct. 20th against Denver. "That's the way it looked to me," Pagano offered last week after watching Wayne go through his first full-squad work since having his knee repaired. "When you go back, you watch it live and then you go back and watch it on film. It's really incredible. But again, it probably doesn't shock anybody here. It certainly doesn't shock me. We all know his mindset, his work ethic and his determination, and how bad he wanted to get back."

-- Marshawn Lynch Reports to Training Camp --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football The Seattle Times reports Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch ended his seven-day holdout today and reported to training camp for the defending champions. Lynch reported to camp this afternoon following the team’s morning practice, which was the sixth he had missed as he attempted to get either a new contract from the team or at the least some sort of upgrade in the money he would receive for this season.

-- Chiefs Sign Steve Gregory --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

RavenInsider reports free-agent S Steve Gregory has signed with the Kanas City Chiefs, according to his agent, David Canter.

-- Giants Would be Surprised If David Wilson Plays for Them Again --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports RB David Wilson's latest neck injury has raised significant concerns for the New York Giants, as a source close to the situation said on Thursday that the team would be very surprised if the running back played for them again. The source said it would take some unexpectedly good news from Wilson's surgeon on Monday to convince the Giants that it's OK for their 2012 first-round pick to return to action. According to another source close to the situation, Wilson has been very upbeat and has told people he'll be fine again after a couple of days off. His teammates backed that up in conversations Thursday. "It was good to see him back in the meeting room, bright-eyed and ready to go," fellow RB Rashad Jennings said.

-- Vontaze Burfict Contract Talks Hit Impasse --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports contract talks between the Cincinnati Bengals and LB Vontaze Burfict have hit an impasse. Burfict is entering the final year of the three-year contract he signed as an undrafted free agent. He will become a restricted free agent after the season as long as the Bengals tender him a qualifying offer.

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-- Peria Jerry Retiring --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Atlanta Falcons official website reports Falcons DT Peria Jerry will retire from the NFL.

-- Eric Berry Injury Update --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Kansas City Chiefs S Eric Berry has an ankle injury that is not considered serious. "Eric will be fine," a text said. "Just being precautionary."

-- Marshawn Lynch Ending His Holdout --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is planning to end his holdout and is expected to report to Seattle's training camp in the next 24 hours. Lynch will not receive a new deal and added money that he sought, but Seattle is expected to add some financial concessions to his contract.

-- Morris Claiborne Injury Update --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (knee) has tendinitis is right knee, but plans to return to practice on Saturday.

-- Tandon Doss Injured --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Florida Times-Union reports Jaguars WR Tandon Doss suffered an ankle injury in practice on Thursday, and was carted off the field. That said, he did not suffer a fracture.

-- Seahawks IR Anthony McCoy; Sign One --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Seattle Seahawks have placed TE Anthony McCoy (Achilles) on Injured Reserve, ending his season. The team also signed free-agent WR Ronald Johnson.

-- Colts IR Donald Thomas; Re-Sign One --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Indianapolis Colts have placed OG Donald Thomas (torn quad) on Injured Reserve, ending his season. The team also re-signed undrafted rookie OL Eric Pike.

-- Sanders Commings OUT Indefinitely --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Kansas City Chiefs official website reports Chiefs HC Andy Reid said after practice on Thursday that S Sanders Commings is having ankle surgery today. He's out indefinitely.

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-- Eric Berry Injured --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Kansas City Chiefs S Eric Berry was carted off the practice field today with a leg injury.

-- Raiders Injury Update - Streater Practices --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater (concussion) returned to practice Wednesday after sitting out Monday with a concussion and pulled a fast one early on by wearing shorts over his padded pants. “I’m good,” he said after practice. “Not foggy. Just had to go through the whole process. But I’ll be out there hitting tomorrow.” WR Greg Little (hamstring) and WR Juron Criner (hamstring) both sat out practice, as did S Shelton Johnson (hamstring), LB Kaluka Maiava (hamstring) and LB Marshall McFadden (hip), while TE Jake Murphy returned from a head issue. Veteran DL Antonio Smith, who underwent sports hernia surgery this summer, left practice early with a groin issue. Also, TE Nick Kasa (hip) was activated off the Physically Unable To Perform list.

-- Riley Cooper Sits Thursday --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Eagles WR Riley Cooper (foot) did not practice on Thursday.

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-- Timmy Jernigan Injury Update --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Baltimore Ravens rookie DL Timmy Jernigan is dealing with back spasms and is not expected to miss much time.

-- Brent Urban Lost for Season with Torn ACL --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Baltimore Ravens rookie DE Brent Urban torn his ACL, and is lost for the season.

-- Jermichael Finley Not an Option for Seahawks --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports a source says the Seattle Seahawks will not revisit discussions with free-agent TE Jermichael Finley.

-- Bears Make Player Moves --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Chicago Bears have waived WR Terrence Toliver with an injury settlement and signed OL Graham Pocic.

-- Donald Thomas Lost for Season with Torn Quad --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Tribune Star reports Colts HC Chuck Pagano has officially confirmed that OG Donald Thomas suffered a torn quad injury. Her is lost for the season, and will have surgery. He will be placed on injured reserve.

-- Tony Romo to Play in Preseason at Some Point --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back surgery) practiced Wednesday, declared he was 100 percent and said he will play in the preseason. Romo has been limited in training camp and has skipped multiple practices since the Cowboys arrived in Oxnard for training camp July 22. He is seven months removed from surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back. “You just want to take every rep and do everything,” Romo said. “And you feel good. And you’re like, ‘I feel good. Let’s go.’ But at the same time you feel good until you don’t. There’s not a lot of history doing this over and over and over again. It’s a little different than most injuries because we don’t have ten other guys who have gone through this in the last three years. We’ve just kind of got to be real smart. We’ve just got to be smart with it.” Romo announced he would be available during the team’s exhibition slate because “it is important,” but added that he wasn’t sure if he would play Aug. 7 against San Diego in the preseason opener.

-- Source: Aldon Smith to Meet with Roger Goodell Next Friday --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith, facing a significant suspension, is scheduled to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in New York next Friday, August 8th, according to an NFL source.

-- Source: Donald Thomas Likely Lost for Season with Torn Quad --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the worst fears were realized for Indianapolis Colts OG Donald Thomas. A league source says that he indeed tore his quadriceps in practice yesterday, and will need surgery. The same injury cost Thomas the last 14 games of last season. He’s out indefinitely now, and most likely for the entire season.

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-- Dolphins Thursday Injury Update - Wallace Sits Again --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Miami Herald reports Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (hamstring), nursing a sore hamstring, missed his second day of practice at Dolphins camp today and will likely be out past Saturday's scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium. Wallace will not play in that scrimmage and his status will be revisited next week to determine his status for the preseason opener against Atlanta a week from tomorrow. This is not a serious injury. But it obviously slows the growth of Wallace's and QB Ryan Tannehill's ability to team up on dynamic long passes. The duo was unable to find a chemistry to offer many of those last season and the subject, a focus in this training camp, still has not been resolved. Backup C Sam Brenner, nursing an ankle injury, also missed practice for the second day today. He is doubtful for the scrimmage but is expected to be back to practice next week if he cannot compete in the scrimmage.

-- Sources: David Wilson Needs a Miracle to Play Again --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football The Star Ledger reports according to multiple sources, Giants RB David Wilson (neck burner), who suffered a "burner" during Tuesday's practice, months after undergoing spinal fusion surgery, is a long shot to return to the field. One person with knowledge of the running back's medical condition said that Wilson "needs a miracle." The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. That differs significantly from the always-sunny viewpoint of Wilson, who tweeted that "everything was fine" Wednesday night. The Giants, however, don't feel the same way, another source, who requested anonymity to speak freely. In the meantime, both sides will wait until Monday's examination for an official determination, although it sounds as if the Giants have come to grips with the seriousness of the condition and the possibility that Wilson's career is over.

-- Charges Against Lorenzo Taliaferro Dropped --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Baltimore Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro's misdemeanor destruction of property and public drunkenness charges have been dropped by prosecutors.

-- Rod Streater Cleared for Contact on Thursday --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Oakland Tribune reports Raiders WR Rod Streater participated in warm-ups on Wednesday and drills, but sat out team sessions. Streater had a concussion Monday and said he has been cleared for contact Thursday.

-- Josh Brent Wants Back in the NFL --
Thu Jul 31, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports former Dallas Cowboys DT Josh Brent will meet with commissioner Roger Goodell by the end of next week, if not sooner, in an effort to gain re-entry to the NFL, according to his agent Peter Schaffer. Brent was released from a Dallas addiction rehabilitation facility Tuesday. Brent retired prior to the 2013 season and prior to the trial that convicted him of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash that killed his friend and Cowboys teammate LB Jerry Brown. "There are a lot of bridges that had to be crossed to get to this point and there still are bridges that have to be crossed now," Schaffer said. "But I do believe he is a much mature and aware individual. He'll be a better player and person. He'll be playing with a sense of purpose for Jerry's family, and people will see he deserves a second chance."

-- Tony Romo Returns to Practice Wednesday --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo returned to practice Wednesday after sitting out on Tuesday and completed 12 of 18 passes in team and 7-on-7 drills. He was intercepted by CB Morris Claiborne, who did a nice job of going up for a slightly underthrown deep ball to WR Terrance Williams. Romo and WR Dez Bryant had some difficulty connecting, with Bryant dropping a would-be touchdown pass in 7-on-7s. Later, Bryant was shallow with a route in the end zone with the throw just out of his grasp, and Romo overthrew Bryant on a double-move in the end zone. In team drills, however, they ended the drive with a back-shoulder touchdown where Bryant out-muscled a defender. Romo and TE Jason Witten continued what has been a near decade-long connection. Romo led Witten down the seam for a touchdown over LB Justin Durant, and he was able to lead Witten for a nice gain just out of the reach of a linebacker.

-- Lions PK Battle Update --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports in the daily Detroit Lions kicking battle, PK Giorgio Tavecchio made all five of his field goal attempts. PK Nate Freese made four of five after having his first attempt from 30 yards blocked. On Tuesday, both Freese and Tavecchio missed 49-yard field goals to end practice. On Wednesday, Tavecchio made his practice-ending kick, while Freese missed his again. After practice, Freese could not explain what happened on the block and said he is still working on timing with holder Sam Martin and LS Don Muhlbach, but that they are close. On his missed field goal to end practice, Freese said it was his fault he missed the kick and the operation was good.

-- Morris Claiborne Injures Knee --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne left Wednesday's practice after twisting his right knee. The team's medical staff was going to evaluate the knee after the practice. Owner/general manager Jerry Jones said he didn't know the severity of Claiborne's injury but was not as concerned as he was the previous day about rookie DE DeMarcus Lawrence, based on the initial evaluation.

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-- Malcom Floyd Impresses --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the star of the day for the San Diego Chargers was WR Malcom Floyd. The 6-foot-5 receiver returning from a serious neck injury made several plays in the passing game, including a deep reception during the two-minute drill that set up a score and a touchdown in the red zone on a skinny post against CB Brandon Flowers toward the end of practice. Floyd dunked the ball over the goal post after the score, which would have resulted in a penalty during a game under a new rule established by the league. “He made some big plays for us, and that’s the type of player Malcom is,” HC mike McCoy said. “We’re very fortunate to have him back out here. You feel so good for him because he worked so hard to get back, with the situation he had last year.”

-- Michael Crabtree Leaves Practice Early Wednesday --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree departed practice early on Wednesday for an undisclosed reason. If it was injury related, it didn't appear to be serious.

-- Joique Bell Looking Good --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

MLive.com reports Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee) missed OTAs and minicamp while recovering from a knee injury, but you wouldn't know it with the way he has started off training camp. Bell cut and accelerated with ease during team portions of practice.

-- Eagles Wednesday Injury Update - Riley Cooper Has Foot Injury --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Philadelphia Eagles have sustained only relatively minor injuries through four days of training camp practices. WR Riley Cooper has a foot injury. He could be back on the field Thursday or Friday. RB Chris Polk (hamstring) should also be back in action "shortly," Kelly said. Backup C Julian Vandervelde has a back injury that is not related to the one that troubled Vandervelde last season, Kelly said. Rookie WR Josh Huff left Wednesday's practice with an unannounced injury.

-- Jace Amaro Struggles, While Zach Sudfeld Impresses --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports it's no secret that New York Jets OC Marty Mornhinweg needs a pass-catching tight end in his West Coast offense. They invested a second-round pick in TE Jace Amaro, a record-breaking receiver in college, but he's learning a hard lesson about life in the NFL. Amaro struggled mightily, dropping a pass and running a couple of wrong routes. The only thing he caught was flak from coaches and teammates. The Jets still believe in Amaro, but another option is developing before their eyes... TE Zach Sudfeld. "Absolutely tremendous," HC Rex Ryan said of Sudfeld. He was a training camp star last year for the New England Patriots, earning the nickname "Baby Gronk," but he disappeared when the lights went on. It'll be interesting to see how he performs in the preseason.

-- Jerick McKinnon Impresses --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Minnesota Vikings ran a large number of screen passes on Wednesday as they worked on installing their offense, and RB Jerick McKinnon was particularly impressive; he caught four passes from QB Teddy Bridgewater, and surged down the right sideline on one pass after CB Kendall James took a bad angle on him. McKinnon ran a 4.41 40 at the NFL scouting combine and has looked smooth as a receiver during training camp. He'll be fun to watch if he gets a chance to work in the open field during the preseason.

-- Martin & Sims Looking Good --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting RB Doug Martin has looked very good, but he’s not the only one. Third-round draft pick RB Charles Sims has made some nice cuts in the last few practices and also has shown he can catch the ball out of the backfield. I think Sims might have a shot to be the top backup to Martin. “He’s a scholarship player, looking at it in college terms," Smith said. “He’s not a walk-on. He got his scholarship for a reason."

-- Alterraun Verner Sits Wednesday --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner missed another day of practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury, but HC Lovie Smith said Verner is getting closer to being able to return.

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-- Bears Wedensday Injury Update - Alshon Jeffery Practices --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Chicago Bears CB Tim Jennings (groin) took part during individual drills Wednesday, but the staff continues to hold him out of full-team work. Other non-participants included S Chris Conte (shoulder), S Craig Steltz (groin), OG Kyle Long (viral infection) and WR Terrence Toliver (toe). WR Alshon Jeffery (foot) returned to the practice field after being held out on Monday.

-- Jaguars Wednesday Injury Update --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Jacksonville Jaguars LB John Lotulelei practiced for the first time on Wednesday after he passed a physical. He had been on the active/non-football injury list after reporting to camp with a hamstring injury. TE D.J. Tialavea (quad) also returned to practice. HC Gus Bradley said CB Alan Ball, who is on the PUP list with an ankle injury, may return within the next few days.

-- Gronk Watch --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports more progress for New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (torn ACL/MCL), who continues to push himself as he works his way back from a torn ACL. For the second straight day, Gronkowski was covered by CB Darrelle Revis as QB Tom Brady worked on red zone passing with him. HC Bill Belichick closely watched the three work while the rest of the team focused on special teams on the opposite field.

-- Redskins Wednesday Injury Update - Garcon Limited --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Washington Redskins DE Stephen Bowen (knee surgery), recovering from microfracture surgery on his right knee, said he’s confident he’ll return before the season opener. Bowen, who underwent the procedure in December, said he’s experienced a “little swelling” but that it hasn’t gotten any worse. Several Redskins missed practice with hamstring injuries: WR Pierre Garcon, who took part in individual drills before sitting out; S Phillip Thomas; and DE Doug Worthington. LB Adrian Robinson also missed practice and was rehabbing off to the side. RB Evan Royster returned to practice after missing the previous three days with a hamstring issue.

-- Ravens Wednesday Injury Update --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Baltimore Ravens DE Brent Urban (knee) suffered a potentially serious injury during the first hour of practice on Wednesday. DT Timmy Jernigan (back) also left the field and didn't return, although the Ravens believe he's fine. CB Lardarius Webb (back) missed his fourth straight practice. LB Daryl Smith and LB Albert McClellan both weren't at practice for undisclosed reasons. OG Will Rackley (head) also didn't practice. NT Terrence Cody (hip) is on the physically unable to perform list.

-- Colts Wednesday Injury Update - T.Y. Hilton Jams Finger --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Indianapolis Colts suffered a slight scare when WR T.Y. Hilton, who had a team-high 1,083 yards receiving last season, left the field holding his right hand after failing to catch a long pass from quarterback Andrew Luck on his backside in the end zone on a play defended by cornerback Greg Toler. Hilton immediately grabbed his hand in pain and made his way to the sidelines. The medical staff looked at his hand and put ice on it. Fortunately for the Colts, Hilton only had a jammed finger. As far as the rest of the injuries go, TE Dwayne Allen (precaution), S LaRon Landry (groin) and CB Vontae Davis (groin) did not practice Wednesday. Landry and Davis, who have yet to practice in training camp, did some work in pads off to the side.

-- Steelers Wednesday Injury Update - LeVeon Bell Sits --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Pittsburgh Steelers rookie TE Rob Blanchflower suffered a setback when he sustained a high ankle sprain. The seventh-round draft pick will miss “at least a week,” HC Mike Tomlin said. RB LeVeon Bell (hamstring), LB Jordan Zumwalt (groin) and WR C.J. Goodwin (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday.

-- Broncos Wednesday Injury Update --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Denver Broncos held DE DeMarcus Ware (right lower leg) out of Wednesday’s practice. Ware did some conditioning work off to the side and looks poised to return soon. The Broncos also held out DE Chase Vaughn (right knee), DE Greg Latta (right hip), S John Boyett (back) and LB Shaquil Barrett (ankle). Rookie CB Lou Young left the practice with a groin strain.

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Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Chandler & Moeaki Sit Wednesday --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Buffalo Bills TE Scott Chandler (groin) remained out of practice for a second straight day Wednesday, as did TE Tony Moeaki (hamstring). Their injuries don't appear to be serious, but it has thinned the position for practices.

-- Two Cardinals Sit Wednesday --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Arizona Cardinals LB Ernie Sims and RB Damien Thigpen didn't practice on Wednesday.

-- Cardinals PK Battle Update --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the kicking battle for the Arizona Cardinals continued Wednesday, with incumbent starter PK Jay Feely making all eight of his kicks. By my count, PK Danny Hrapmann made three-of-four.

-- Donald Thomas Reinjures Quad --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Indianapolis Star reports Indianapolis Colts OG Donald Thomas exited practice early Wednesday after suffering an injury to his right leg. While the team offered no immediate update, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Thomas re-injured his quadriceps tendon. He missed the final 14 games of last season after tearing his right quadriceps tendon against the Miami Dolphins. He will undergo an MRI.

-- All or Nothing in Suspension Appeal for Josh Gordon --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports despite a belief in some league circles that the person designated to handle the appeal of Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon’s one-year suspension can split the proverbial baby by imposing a suspension somewhere between zero and 16 games, the NFL characterizes the substance-abuse policy in a way that makes clear the absence of discretion. “The disciplinary penalties were negotiated by the NFLPA and NFL more than 20 years ago and there has never been a proposal to change them,” NFLPA spokesman Brian McCarthy says via email. “When they were first established, the union expressed the strong view that they needed to be stated and mandatory to ensure that all players be treated the same regardless of position, experience, level of ability, or competitive considerations. On appeal, the hearing officer’s responsibility is to determine whether the violation was established and, if so, he is bound by the agreed-upon sanctions.” For players in Stage III of the program, a positive test automatically triggers a one-year suspension. For Gordon, then, only two options exist: full-year suspension or no suspension at all.

-- Cassel & Bridgewater Splitting Reps Equally --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Minnesota Vikings veteran QB Matt Cassel and rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater have begun equally splitting first-team reps, with former starter QB Christian Ponder working exclusively with the reserves.

-- David Wilson Says He's Fine --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

New York Giants RB David Wilson reports via his Twitter page that he left practice early Wednesday, but everything turned out to be fine once the doctor looked at him. He passed all physical examination, and will find out more on Monday.

-- Browns Sign Jim Leonhard --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Cleveland Browns have signed free-agent S Jim Leonhard.

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-- Chris Lewis-Harris Suspended Two Games --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPNreports the NFL has suspended Cincinnati Bengals CB Chris Lewis-Harris two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

-- Cordarrelle Patterson Returns to Practice Wednesday --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (foot) returned to practice on Wednesday.

-- Dolphins Wednesday Injury Update --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (hamstring) had the day off on Wednesday. He said earlier this week his hamstring was tight. Backup C Sam Brenner, who was carted off the field Tuesday, did not practice but spent time on the sideline watching the offensive line. Pro Bowl C Mike Pouncey (hip) and RB Knowshon Moreno (knee) continue to be on the physically unable to perform list and worked on the side with a team trainer.

-- Kyle Long Cleared to Return to Practice --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Chicago Bears announced Wednesday that Pro Bowl OG Kyle Long has been cleared to return to practice, after starting training camp on the non-football injury list due to a viral infection. The club plans to spend the next few days putting Long through conditioning work, and the expectation is he’ll join teammates Saturday when the Bears conduct a night practice at Soldier Field.

-- Eben Britton Injured --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports athletic trainers carted off backup Chicago Bears OG Eben Britton after the veteran suffered a left hamstring injury during a one-on-one drill against DT Jeremiah Ratliff. Britton said the injury isn’t serious, that he’s “fine,” and club officials expect the veteran to be on a day-to-day timeframe for recovery.

-- Bills Extend F-Jax --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Buffalo Bills have signed RB Fred Jackson to a one-year contract extension. Jackson was entering the final year of his contract, which is set to pay him a base salary $2.45 million. The new deal is worth $2.6 million.

-- Jesse Williams Injured --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports Seattle Seahawks DT Jesse Williams suffered a leg injury during practice on Wednesday. He was carted off the field.

-- LaMichael James Expected to be Ready for Week #1 --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CSNBayArea.com reports San Francisco 49ers HC Jim Harbaugh said RB LaMichael James (elbow) is expected to be ready to play come week #1.

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-- 49ers Release One --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the San Francisco 49ers have waived QB Kory Faulkner.

-- Seahawks Release Taylor Price --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Seattle Seahawks have waived WR Taylor Price injured.

-- T-Rich Practices Wednesday --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) returned to practice on Wednesday. Richardson, the likely starter in Week #1, took snaps with the second unit behind RB Ahmad Bradshaw.

-- Aldon Smith in L.A. Today --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith is currently in Los Angeles for a hearing regarding his arrest for allegedly making a bomb threat at LAX airport. His presence is required to close the case.

-- Alex Smith Will Halt Contract Talks If... --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Kansas City Chiefs and QB Alex Smith apparently haven’t gotten anywhere on a new contract, and Smith said Wednesday there will come a point when they’ll stop trying. “You’re getting to the point where either way, you want it to stop being a distraction,” Smith said, via the Kansas City Star. “You guys know how I feel about this, and it’s the truth. . . . You’re finally gonna cross a line where it’s like, it’s just football from here on out and I’m done not only talking about it with you guys, but even behind the scenes as well. “We talk about eliminating distractions and that’s a part of it. The focus needs to be on ball.” He didn’t specify when that time would be, saying: “No, no hard line. At some point mentally it will come for me where it’s like ‘OK, it’s over’ and let’s just focus on the season.”

-- Two Ravens Rookies Injured --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Baltimore Sun reports two of the Ravens' most promising defensive rookies suffered injuries Wednesday at training camp. DE Brent Urban, a fourth round draft pick out of Virginia, was carted off the field into the training room, unable to put weight on his right leg. It appeared to be a right knee injury. Urban had ankle surgery in February following the Senior Bowl, but had fully recovered from the procedure. Meanwhile, second-round DT Timmy Jernigan limped into the training room under his own power. It's unclear what's wrong with Jernigan, but it didn't appear to be nearly as serious as what happened to Urban. Jernigan appeared to be favoring his back.

-- Anthony McCoy Tears Achilles; Lost for Season --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Seattle Seahawks TE Anthony McCoy tore his left Achilles tendon. He is lost for the season.

-- Source: Cowboys Extend Tyron Smith --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Dallas Cowboys and OT Tyron Smith have reached an agreement in principle on an eight-year, $98 million deal, a source says.

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Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Source: Cowboys Extending Tyron Smith --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Dallas Cowboys and star OT Tyron Smith are finalizing an 8-year mega-extension, a source says.

-- Packers Extend GM Ted Thompson --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Green Bay Packers official website reports Packers GM Ted Thompson, the architect of the Packers’ current five-year playoff run, will remain the team’s executive vice president and general manager for the long-term future. Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, who recently said signing Thompson to a new contract was a priority, announced on Wednesday that Thompson has signed a new, multi-year contract with the team. “I’m pleased that we were able to enter into this contract extension with Ted,” Murphy said. “His outstanding work has been the key factor in the success that we’ve enjoyed in recent years. I have tremendous respect for Ted, and am confident that we will continue to contend for championships under his leadership.”

-- Nigel Bradham Suspended One Game --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox sports reports the NFL has announced a one-game suspension for Buffalo Bills LB Nigel Bradham for substance-abuse violation.

-- Pierre Thomas = Darren Sproles Now? --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the best guess for the New Orleans Saints is that RB Mark Ingram and RB Khiry Robinson will split carries pretty evenly in base packages and early downs, while RB Pierre Thomas lines up more with the nickel offenses (sort of the old RB Darren Sproles role). That would make sense, since Thomas is both the best pass-catcher and the best pass-protector of all the Saints’ running backs.

-- Three Jets Sit Wednesday --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New York Daily News reports Jets S Calvin Pryor (concussion), RB Bilal Powell (hamstring) and WR David Nelson (groin) didn't practice on Wednesday.

-- Brandon Bostick Gets First Unit Work --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Green Bay Packers TE Brandon Bostick worked mostly with the first unit on Wednesday.

-- James Jones an Early Favorite of Matt Schaub, But... --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

SI.com reports new Oakland Raiders WR James Jones looks like an early favorite of QB Matt Schaub; Jones didn’t have a season under 600 yards receiving in the past four with Green Bay. The safer play is probably WR Rod Streater, the lanky third-year man out of Temple who didn’t seem to care who was throwing the ball last season en route to 888 yards receiving. Among guys who caught 60 balls last season, Streater was 11th in yards per catch, better than WR Keenan Allen, WR A.J. Green and TE Jimmy Graham.

-- Run DMC Has Edge Over MJD, But... --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

SI.com reports at this stage Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden has the starting edge over RB Maurice Jones-Drew, but this should be a committee backfield considering McFadden’s injury history—he’s yet to play a full season in six. Should McFadden miss a start, Jones-Drew could be a great matchup play in light of his receiving ability.

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-- 49ers Reach Out to Holdout Alex Boone, But... --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Sacramento Bee reports 49ers GM Trent Baalke and other members of the 49ers have reached out recently to holdout OG Alex Boone, according to multiple sources, but the team's starting right guard remains resolute in his stance. As it stands now Boone ranks 43rd in the NFL in average salary for guards. He signed his current deal in 2011 when he was a backup at tackle. He's seeking a new deal that will pay him commensurate with a starting guard, his role since the beginning of the 2012 season. The 49ers last week restructured LB Ahmad Brooks' contract, creating an extra $2 million in salary-cap space. Overall, the team has a little less than $10 million in cap space, which doesn't include Boone's $2.59 million cap figure.

-- Broncos Sign Two --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

the Denver Broncos official website reports the Broncos have signed free-agents DL Cody Larsen and DL Will Pericak.

-- Lardarius Webb's Back Structurally Sound --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Baltimore Ravens got more worried about CB Lardarius Webb’s back after his Friday injury had not resolved itself in time for Monday’s practice, which led them to send him for more tests in hopes of finding out when he’d be able to get back to work. The Baltimore Sun reports that doctors found no structural damage to Webb’s back during their examination. It is thought to be a muscular problem that will be treated with rest and rehabilitation.

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-- Buccaneers Officially Release Carl Nicks; Sign One --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released OG Carl Nicks and signed CB Kip Edwards.

-- Clay Harbor OUT for a Month --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports Jacksonville Jaguars TE Clay Harbor (calf) is out a month, so he will miss most of training camp.

-- Bengals Activate Two --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Cincinnati Bengals have activated DT Geno Atkins (knee) and LB Marquis Flowers from the active PUP list.

-- David Wilson to Sit the Next Week; Will be Re-Evaluated August 4th --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Ledger reports Giants RB David Wilson (neck burner) will sit out the next week of practices and be re-evaluated on August 4th.

-- Vikings Activate Captain Munnerlyn --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Minnesota Vikings have activated CB Captain Munnerlyn (hamstring) from the active PUP list.

-- Three Patriots Absent Wednesday --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New England Patriots are holding their sixth practice of training camp Wednesday morning, and rookie C Bryan Stork is not present. Stork, the fourth-round pick out of Florida State, is competing for a starting job with incumbent C Ryan Wendell and veteran C Dan Connolly. He appeared to suffer a lower-leg injury midway through Tuesday’s practice and walked off with members of the athletic training staff and did not return. WR Josh Boyce, who reporters spotted walking off the field Tuesday with a limp, is not present at practice this morning. LB Chris White is also a new absence.

-- Arian Foster Practices Wednesday --
Wed Jul 30, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) returned to practice on Wednesday.

-- DeMarcus Lawrence OUT 8-10 Weeks --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence fractured his right foot in Tuesday’s practice and is projected to miss the next two to three months, a source said. Lawrence suffered the injury while going against Pro Bowl OT Tyron Smith in individual drills. The rookie defensive end put himself in an awkward position during the drill and was slammed to the turf by Smith. He immediately grabbed his right leg and was taken off the practice field in a cart. Lawrence, the team’s second round pick, was challenging for a starting job at right defensive end. His absence means veteran DE Jeremy Mincey should open the season as the starter. An X-ray revealed late Tuesday evening that the Lawrence suffered a fractured foot. The injury ensures he will not be available to start the season and puts his availability in the first half of the season in doubt.

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Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Cardinals Extend Patrick Peterson --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Arizona Cardinals have signed CB Patrick Peterson to a five-year, $70 million contract extension through 2020. The deal includes $48 million guaranteed.

-- Bears Sign One --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Chicago Bears have signed free-agent WR Dale Moss.

-- Two Jets Injured Tuesday --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New York Jets WR David Nelson and RB Bilal Powell didn't finish practice Tuesday because of groin and hamstring injuries, respectively. Nelson called it "a little bit of a muscle strain," saying he hopes to practice Wednesday. No word yet on Powell.

-- Rams RB Watch - Stacy Still Leads the Corps in First Unit Reps --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports St. Louis Rams RB Zac Stacy continues to get most of the work with the first team, but rookie RB Tre Mason got a few reps Tuesday afternoon and RB Benny Cunningham is finding his way onto the field some as well. RB Isaiah Pead sat out the practice and was wearing what appeared to be a cast on his right hand.

-- DeMarcus Lawrence Carted Off Field --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Telegram reports Dallas Cowboys rookie DE DeMarcus Lawrence was carted off the practice field today with a possible ankle injury. Owner and GM Jerry Jones said Lawrence is getting his right ankle and top of his foot X-rayed.

-- Lions PK Battle Update --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Detroit hasn’t done many pressure field-goal situations over the first two days, but the Lions did have both PK Nate Freese and PK Giorgio Tavecchio attempt a 49-yard field goal under pressure in the final moments of practice. It did not end well and went counter to their supposed strengths. Freese had the distance but missed wide left. Tavecchio was right on line, but about a yard or so short. It’s only one day, but this is going to be a major thing to pay attention to throughout the next few weeks.

-- Josh Gordon to Argue Positive Pot Test Caused by Second-Hand Smoke --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the legal team for Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will argue in a hearing Friday that its client has disputed test results that were caused from secondhand marijuana smoke, according to sources. Gordon is appealing the NFL's imposition of a yearlong suspension for a positive test for marijuana. Gordon's legal team will argue that the positive tests are so marginal that they show uncertainty as to whether the test results were truly positive, and even if so, were the result of exposure to secondhand smoke, according to sources familiar with the case. Gordon's "A" sample tested at 16 nanograms per milliliter, a bare one nanogram per milliliter above the 15-nanogram-per-milliliter threshold, while Gordon's "B" sample -- which should theoretically be consistent with the "A" sample, as it comes from the exact same specimen -- tested at 13.63 ng/ml, lower than the threshold.

-- Gronk Watch --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (torn ACL/MCL) continues to work only in individual drills, and one of those drills today came as he caught passes from quarterback Tom Brady while being covered by CB Darrelle Revis at a walkthrough-type pace. "It’s good to get that work in. It’s good to have him around you so you know what it’s like to have a defender right up on you for when you go full speed," Gronkowski said after practice.

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-- Cowboys Tuesday Injury Update --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports a hamstring injury will keep Dallas Cowboys S Matt Johnson out for at least a week if not more in training camp. Johnson had an MRI on Sunday that revealed a strain. HC Jason Garrett said DT Terrell McClain (ankle) could miss a week or so. OG Darius Morris (hamstring), LB Will Smith (groin) and DE Ben Gardner (shoulder) did not take part in the walkthrough on Tuesday. Executive vice president Stephen Jones said he hoped Gardner could practice in the afternoon.

-- Patriots Activate Alfonzo Dennard --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New England Patriots have activated CB Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder surgery) from the active PUP list.

-- 49ers Release One --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the San Francisco 49ers have waived rookie QB Kory Faulkner.

-- Raiders Eyeing San Antonio --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The San Antonio Express-News reports the Oakland Raiders are exploring the possibility of moving to San Antonio, Texans.

-- Broncos Activate Chris Harris --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Denver Broncos have activated CB Chris Harris (knee) from the active PUP list.

-- Steven Jackson OUT With Hamstring Injury; Expected to Play Week #1 --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football NFL.com reports Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson suffered a hamstring injury and was held out of practice on Tuesday, HC Mike Smith says. He expects him back for Week #1. Jackson didn't suffer the hamstring injury to the same leg as last year, Smith says. Smith doesn't think it's serious. Without Jackson right now, it'll be on RB Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie RB Devonta Freeman to step up. Freeman has shown flashes during the offseason.

-- Sources: Cardinals Close to Extending Patrick Peterson --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

Yahoo Sports reports multiple sources say the Arizona Cardinals and CB Patrick Peterson are close to a deal on a new contract.

-- Mastermind Drafts in the 2014 FF Index Magazine Mock Draft Best Ball League! --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Tony Romo Rested Tuesday --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back surgery) sat out of the second day of camp to be ready for the first two full-padded workouts before Monday's off day. The plan is for Romo to take all of the snaps in practices for Wednesday and Thursday with another off day scheduled for Friday. With today's practice set to have competitive two-minute drill situations, the Cowboys want to limit Romo's work. He took part in the team part of the morning walkthrough. "He hasn't had any setback, but the biggest thing that we talk to Tony about and really all of our players about is honest feedback," HC Jason Garrett said. "We recognize that you're a tough player. I saw what you did against the Redskins last year. You've just got to tell us how you're doing, how it's going and make sure we handle it the right way each and every day. There's an old adage in football: A day off can be really valuable and two days off can be lifechanging."

-- Colts Sign Phillip Tanner & One Other --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Indianapolis Colts have signed free-agents RB Phillip Tanner and LB Jonathon Sharpe.

-- Anthony McCoy Injures Achilles --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Seattle Seahawks TE Anthony McCoy collapsed to the ground during full team drills Tuesday and laid face down on the turf for a few minutes before he was carted off the field. Seahawks HC Pete Carroll confirmed afterward that it appears serious. “Early indications are he hurt his other Achilles,” Carroll said. “If it is what they think it is, it’s just a real heartbreaker. He worked so hard to get back and all. If it was the same Achilles you might understand it but we think it’s the other one. So we’ll see what happens.”

-- David Wilson Injures Neck Again; Rueben Randle Sits Tuesday --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football The New York Post reports Giants RB David Wilson was forced out of practice on Tuesday with a neck burner. He will undergo tests on the injury. In addition, WR Rueben Randle was held out with a hamstring issue.

-- Lyle Sendlein OUT Three Weeks --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Arizona Cardinals C Lyle Sendlein (left calf) is expected to miss three weeks of action.

-- Jets to Use Chris Ivory as a Power Goal Line Back --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New York Jets RB Chris Johnson might lose some chances near the goal line to RB Chris Ivory, for what running backs coach Anthony Lynn said was good reason. Lynn called Ivory “the best power runner in the game,” which means HC Rex Ryan might not win the annual award for hyperbole. “If we were playing tomorrow, Chris Ivory would be on the goal line, obviously,” Lynn said, via the New York Daily News. “Sometimes in those situations you have an extra defender that you can’t block, and you need a back that can take him on.”

-- Tre Boston Hurting --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Carolina Panther got 4th-round draft pick S Tre Boston (sports hernia) back on the field today, but it wasn’t a long stay. Boston, who was just activated from the physically unable to perform list after sports hernia surgery, was carted off before the end of practice. Panthers HC Ron Rivera said he may have aggravated the injury, according to the Charlotte Observer.

-- Kelvin Benjamin to Miss About a Week --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the time frame for Carolina Panthers rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin’s return from a bone bruise is about a week.

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-- Dolphins Make Player Moves --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Miami Dolphins have signed QB Seth Lobato, TE Brett Brackett and DE D’Aundre Reed. The team also waived three undrafted rookies: QB Brock Jensen (North Dakota State), LB Derrell Johnson (East Carolina) and OG Davonte Wallace (New Mexico State).

-- Seahawks Sign Eric Winston --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Seattle Seahawks have signed free-agent OT Eric Winston to a one-year contract.

-- Jeremy Hill Shows Off Pass-Blocking Skills --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports pass-blocking was among Cincinnati Bengals rookie RB Jeremy Hill's greatest traits as a college back at LSU. When the Bengals first incorporated those drills Sunday, he performed well, holding off LB Vincent Rey in blitz pickup. The rookie still appears in line to play the role of No. 2 back behind Bernard.

-- Demaryius Thomas Returns to Practice --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas, who had been excused since Wednesday night after the death of his grandmother, arrived back at the team's complex with about 30 minutes remaining in the morning practice and he took part in the evening walk-through on Monday.

-- Cardinals PK Battle Update --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Arizona Cardinals PK Jay Feely went 4-for-5 on Monday, making two kicks from 48 yards, and a kick from 45 and 46 while missing a 33-yarder. Teammate PK Danny Hrapmann made kicks from 33, 45 and 46 while missing a 48-yarder.

-- Lyle Sendlein Injured --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Arizona Cardinals C Lyle Sendlein was missing for the majority of practice on Monday. He suffered a left calf injury and was replaced by veteran OL Ted Larsen. Sendlein has been durable, missing just five games since his rookie season. Larsen is in his fifth season.

-- Aaron Dobson Had Permanent Screw Inserted into His Foot --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Boston Herald reports sources have revealed Patriots WR Aaron Dobson actually had a permanent screw inserted in his foot during the March 10th surgery he underwent. Dobson only began running in July. He's continuing to build up strength so he can aggressively plant and cut. The Patriots won't risk re-injury. Dobson's initial estimation of 2-3 months has been obviously classified as overly optimistic. It was a significant surgery, as the screw suggests.

-- Texans Sign One --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Houston Texans have signed free-agent RB Tim Cornett.

-- Pro Bowl Package: The Classic Deal! --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Saints Activate Three --
Tue Jul 29, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have activated WR Robert Meachem (back), OT Tavon Rooks (back), and FS Jairus Byrd (back) from the active PUP list.


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