Training Camp News

With NFL training camps and preseason games underway, find out where your team stands with constant injury and performance updates provided via various media reports. There will be a ton of reports from across the league as preseason moves along. We’ll hear about Player 1 being in the best shape of his life; we’ll hear how about Player 2 being the healthiest he’s been in years; we’ll hear about how Player 3 is making great strides, finally ready to make the leap to a more elite category of play (probably Ryan Tannehill). A lot of “Camp Talk” is nonsense and truly irrelevant until the season starts, but there’s definitely big and important news, too, that’s worth mentioning. That’s what I will focus on: the meaningful news, whether it be injuries or roster updates, that comes out of the many different training camps taking place up until the regular season begins in early September.

I will list each team in accordance to division with important updates relating to fantasy news, health and other notes coming out of training camp. All information comes from reports of members or organizations who are reporting/covering the team, as per RotoWorld 

NFC EAST 

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Sept. 4: Eagles traded Sam Bradford to the Vikings for a 2017 1st round pick and a 4th round pick in 2018. They then named rookie Carson Wentz the starter for week 1.
  • August 29: Jordan Matthews returned to practice after dealing with a bone bruise on his knee.
  • August 19: A Philly reporter said it’s “pretty clear” Kenjon Barner will be the Eagles no. 2 running back this season.
  • August 16: Eagles traded OT Dennis Kelly to the Titans for Dorial Green-Beckham, who will immediately help the Eagles’ weak receiving corps.
  • August 14: First-round QB Carson Wentz will miss a couple weeks with a rib injury he suffered in his preseason debut.
  • August 13: Rueben Randle’s performance was labeled as an “embarrassment” by a member of the Eagles’ media.
  • August 8: Jordan Matthews is dealing with a bone bruise on his knee and will be out for 2-4 weeks.
  • August 8: Rueben Randle has impressed in camp, according to reports. Just a week ago Peter King suggested he may not even make the 53-man roster.
  • August 5: RB Ryan Mathews returned to practice after dealing with an ankle injury.
  • July 31: Receiver Rueben Randle is already taking some heat from the media. MMQB’s Peter King speculated he may not even make the 53-man roster after saying he’s the “fourth receiver at best.”

Washington Redskins 

  • Sept. 4: Docston is still uncertain for the opener, while RB Matt Jones returned to practice and is expected to play.
  • August 30: Josh Doctson still doesn’t have burst in his step, but the plan is to get him ready for week one.
  • August 29: Rookie RB Keith Marshall will miss up to three weeks with an elbow injury, further clouding the RB position in Washington.
  • August 23: Josh Doctson is expected to be ready for the opener.
  • August 22: Starting RB Matt Jones is hurt, so Rob Kelley has stepped in as the primary back until Jones returns (shoulder, expected out for preseason).
  • August 14: Josh Doctson is still “a week or two” away from returning to the field.
  • UNRELATED TO FOOTBALL: Josh Norman will be a “regular contributor” to Fox’s NFL coverage this season.
  • August 3: Doctson is now in a walking boot. He is dealing with a “sore achilles” and his timetable is listed at 1-2 weeks to return.
  • July 31: Rookie receiver Josh Doctson is dealing with an achilles’ tendon injury, but is supposedly feeling better in his first phases of rehab.

New York Giants

  • August 23: Victor Cruz returned to practice, received a heavy workload, and supposedly looked good.
  • August 22: Giants rookie S Darian Thompson (shoulder) is expected to be ready for week one. He’ll sit out of preseason, but the injury isn’t considered serious. He should start across Landon Collins week one.
  • WR Tavarres King was the no. 3 receiver in the Giants last preseason game.
  • August 18: K Josh Brown is suspended for one game for a 2015 domestic violence offense. The details are ugly, as his ex-wife said he got physical with her at least 20 times.
  • August 14: Victor Cruz is still bothered by a groin injury after missing the Giants first preseason game. He barely participated in Sunday’s practice.
  • August 9: Victor Cruz suffered a groin injury, which is very concerning considering he hasn’t played in a game since October of 2014.
  • August 7: Odell returned to practice after missing a couple days with a sore leg.
  • August 2: The New York Daily News thinks it’s “clear” RB Rashad Jennings will be the no. 1 guy this year, putting to rest any “running-back-by-committee” talks.
  • July 31: Odell Beckham limped off the field after getting a cleat to his leg in camp. He’s fine, but worth noting considering we’re talking about a top-3 wide receiver in the league.
  • Victor Cruz is “on schedule,” and he’s actually practicing. Coach Ben MaCadoo said he “trusts” rookie Sterling Shepard. If all goes well for the GMEN, Beckham, Cruz and Shepard will be one of the most explosive receiving corps in the league.
  • The Giants are reportedly rotating all tight end snaps. Will Tye and Larry Donnell are the favorites to win the starting job.

Dallas Cowboys

  • Sept. 4: Sean Lee returned to practice.
  • Dallas signed Mark Sanchez to back up rookie Dak Prescott.
  • August 30: Sean Lee is sidelined with a knee injury.
  • August 29: Dez Bryant returned to practice and feels “unstoppable.”
  • August 27: Romo broke a bone in his back and will miss 6-10 weeks.
  • August 26: Tony Romo is “OK” according to reports – he took a bad sack against the Seahawks and was grabbing his back in pain.
  • Ezekiel Elliott made his NFL debut and certainly made the most of it, rushing for 48 yards on only seven carries against Seattle’s first-team defense. But he also made negative news by being spotted at a marijuana dispensary before the game.
  • August 23: Dez Bryant suffered a concussion in practice yesterday, and will be held out of preseason activities for some time.
  • August 22: Lance Dunbar is off PUP. He’s an explosive RB out of the backfield (was on pace to lead Dallas in targets before getting hurt), but hasn’t been able to stay healthy.
  • August 17: Ezekiel Elliott returned to practice (hamstring).
  • August 16: Jerry Jones hinted the Cowboys are no longer in the market for a QB after Prescott’s encouraging preseason debut.
  • TE James Hanna is undergoing surgery after starting camp on PUP. The Cowboys’ TE group is pretty thin considering Witten’s age. It’s something to monitor as preseason moves forward.
  • August 14: Dak Prescott completed 10 of 12 passes (two drops) for 139 yards and two touchdowns in his preseason debut. He looks like a solid backup for the Cowboys, who have been rumored to be looking around.
  • August 3: Elliott is going to be reevaluated after a week.
  • August 3: Rookie Ezekiel Elliott will “miss some time” with a hamstring injury. It sounds like Dallas is just being conservative, but it’s definitely worth monitoring moving forward.
  • August 2: Backup QB Kellen Moore broke his ankle and will be sidelined for 3-4 months. Dallas will sign a backup QB.
  • August 2: Rolando McClain has reportedly gained 40 pounds and is addicted to codeine. He won’t be on the roster to finish the season, in my opinion, but we’ll see if he even makes it to the Cowboys facility before then.
  • July 27: The Cowboys officially start camp Saturday, July 30, but that doesn’t mean they’re not already making noise in the headlines. And of course, it’s for the wrong reasons. Second-year DE Randy Gregory’s suspension is being increased from a 4-game stint to 10 or 14 depending on the league’s discretion. As reported, Gregory has already entered into a treatment facility, and there’s serious concern he misses the entire season with the Cowboys. That’s a killer for Dallas, whose biggest weakness is clearly their lack of pass rush – their active sack leader is a cornerback, Orlando Scandrick with 9.5 career sacks.
  • An investigation is underway concerning rookie Running Back Ezekiel Elliott. He was accused by his ex-girlfriend of domestic violence, but was never charged at the time of the incident, and witnesses claim he never laid a finger on her. It’s still definitely worth monitoring, but the Cowboys nor Zeke seem worried about it; he’ll be ready for camp this week.

NFC WEST

Arizona Cardinals 

  • August 30: John Brown doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for the season, dealing with recurring headaches from his first ever concussion.
  • August 25: Brown missed more time with headaches, but returned back to practice. Very concerning considering concussions are unpredictable, but encouraging he’s back on the field.
  • August 20: John Brown was cleared to practice after missing a good amount of time in the concussion protocol.
  • Larry Fitzgerald practiced after missing the Cardinals’ latest preseason game with a “slight MCL” mishap.
  • August 16: John Brown has been in the league’s concussion protocol for over two weeks. Bruce Arians called it a “concern” today.
  • Cardinals removed Tyrann Mathieu, Frostee Rucker, and Justin Bethel off the active/PUP list, an encouraging note for their defense.
  • August 13: David Johnson was the starting back in the Cardinals’ preseason opener, and ran for 31 yards on three carries in one series.
  • August 5: Tyrann Mathieu is two weeks away from practicing, Bruce Arians said.
  • August 2: Cardinals signed defensive stud Tyrann Mathieu to a five-year, $62.5 million deal through 2020. This is especially noteworthy because of the troubles surrounding Mathieu coming out of LSU. He’s a great story and one of the rare risks that really pay off in the NFL.
  • Chris Johnson and David Johnson are “both even” at the running back position, which is worth noting considering Johnson looked locked in as the feature back after his performance in the second half of last season.

Seattle Seahawks

  • August 25: Christine Michael had another big game, rushing for 58 yards on only seven carries.
  • August 19: Christine Michael had 55 yards on 10 carries. The hype is picking up for Michael, who seems to be putting it all together this offseason.
  • August 17: The Seahawks don’t know if Jimmy Graham will be ready for the season.
  • August 16: Thomas Rawls could lose some touches per game to Christine Michael. The hype is gaining steam for Michael, a guy with potential who has yet to shown he has matured enough to be a feature back in the league.
  • August 14: With Christine Michael apparently maturing as a player and turning heads, Pete Carroll said the Seahawks’ backfield will be a one-two punch between Michael and Rawls.
  • August 10: Jimmy Graham lost 15 pounds and is playing at 260 this season. It’s a big year for Graham, who struggled to get involved last year before missing the season with a patellar tendon injury. He was just activated from the PUP list.
  • August 5: Jimmy Graham and Thomas Rawls are both close to returning, Pete Carroll said.
  • July 31: Jimmy Graham is on the PUP list, but is in “great shape.” He’s supposed to be ready for week 1 after missing most of last year with a patellar tendon injury. His health will be closely monitored throughout camp.
  • Running back Thomas Rawls is also on PUP to start camp. He’s recovering from surgery in December, but should be ready for camp.
  • July 28: 13-year veteran and undrafted pass rusher Chris Clemons is retiring this season. He was expected to be a situational pass rusher for one of the league’s best defenses this year.
  • July 27: The Seahawks just recently locked up General Manager John Schneider to an extension, and they just did the same with the oldest coach in the NFL, 64-year-old Pete Carroll. Both are signed through 2019 and it’s worth mentioning because the Seahawks have been dominant under the two. They’ve been to the playoffs five of six years under Carroll, and have been to two Super Bowls (1-1). They have led the league in least points allowed for four straight seasons.

San Francisco 49ers 

  • August 28: Bruce Ellington strained his hamstring in Friday night’s game.
  • August 22: Kaepernick declared his dead arm “back to normal.”
  • August 16: QB Colin Kaepernick is still sidelined with a “dead arm,” and he hasn’t thrown passes in six days. Blaine Gabbert has just about won the starting job, despite playing poorly in his preseason opener.
  • TE Vance MCdonald caught a big TD pass in his preseason debut. He’s made noise in camp and is a name to watch for your fantasy league.
  • August 14: WR Bruce Ellington has made a ton of headlines this season, as he has been the no. 1 standout in camp.
  • August 2: New Head Coach Chip Kelly said preseason games will determine the starting QB job between Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert. This will at least make 49ers preseason games entertaining since there’s an actual competition going on.

Los Angeles Rams

  • August 14: First-overall pick Jared Goff hurt his non-throwing shoulder in his debut vs. the Cowboys Saturday night, but should be fine. He went 4-9 with an interception before sitting the second half out.
  • Rookie TE Tyler Higbee turned heads Saturday, catching five of six targets for almost 50 yards receiving.

NFC SOUTH

Atlanta Falcons

  • August 25: Julio Jones limped off in Atlanta’s dress rehearsal game, but it doesn’t sound serious.
  • August 2: Falcons signed DE Dwight Freeney to a one-year contract. Freeney had eight sacks in nine games last year for Arizona.

New Orleans Saints

  • August 16: First-round DT Sheldon Rankins got surgery for his broken fibula and is expected to miss up to eight weeks.
  • August 11: Michael Thomas caught four of six targets for 67 yards in his preseason debut.
  • July 31: Rookie receiver Michael Thomas has “been the best player” in training camp so far. Brees certainly likes to spread the ball around, which is easy when you throw more than 500 times in a season consistently. Thomas will be a player to monitor throughout camp, and definitely worth considering fairly early in fantasy leagues.

Carolina Panthers

  • August 22: Olsen returned to practice.
  • August 18: TE Greg Olsen is dealing with back spasms, but an MRI came back negative. He’s going to miss some more practice time, and it’ll be worth monitoring throughout the preseason as he has a top tight end.
  • August 16: The Devin Funchess camp continues as Cam Newton called him the MVP of camp. Funchess caught a touchdown in the Panthers first preseason game.
  • Kelvin Benjamin has reportedly struggled with conditioning at camp.
  • August 2: WR Devin Funchess reportedly looks great in camp. He has all the tools, just needs to mature and come into his own as a receiver. It sounds like he may be beginning to do that.
  • July 28: Coach Ron Rivera said receiver Kelvin Benjamin is in “pretty doggone good form” after missing last year with an ACL injury.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

  • August 21.: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has earned the right to split first-team carries with Cameron Brate. He’s the superior talent, and it’s worth monitoring over the next couple weeks.
  • August 14: QB Jameis Winston isn’t the only one who lost some weight this offseason. WR Mike Evans said he’s playing at 10-15 lbs lighter as well.
  • August 3: Tight end Cameron Brate is emerging as the favorite to open the season as starter. This is significant since it’s so early in camp and Austin Seferian-Jenkins was expected to be the starter.

NFC NORTH

Minnesota Vikings

  • Sept. 4: After Teddy Bridgewater went down with a non-contact knee injury, Vikings traded for Sam Bradford. Bridgewater will miss all of 2016 and maybe even some of 2017.
  • August 16: OC Norv Turner said he wants to get Adrian Peterson 20 carries a game this season. It’s worth noting because Peterson is 31 now, and the Vikings are shifting to more shotgun formations with Teddy Bridgewater, which Peterson is historically less effective out of.
  • August 13: Rookie receiver Laquon Treadwell caught four passes for 41 yards in his preseason debut. He played behind Charles Johnson, who caught a 49-yard touchdown bomb from Teddy Bridgewater.
  • August 5: Adrian Peterson is expected to return to practice after missing a couple with a hamstring injury.
  • August 4: Free Agent RB Kevin Monangai signed with the Vikings. This is especially noteworthy to me because Monangai is a Seton Hall Prep Alumni and came on my podcast a couple weeks ago. He’ll be back soon to discuss his experience with the Vikings.

Green Bay Packers

  • August 30: Jeff Janis is practicing with a club on his hand.
  • August 18: Eddie Lacy rushed nine times for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Packers’ second preseason game.
  • August 17: WR Jordy Nelson is off PUP.
  • August 16: Jeff Janis will miss 4-6 weeks with his hand injury. Tough break for a guy who’s had a rough camp.
  • August 14: Jeff Janis will miss a week with a hand injury. He’s had a rough camp.
  • August 9: Both Ty Montgomery and TE Jared Cook were activated from the PUP list. Cook has reportedly been making a ton of plays.
  • August 3: Receiver Ty Montgomery offered no timetable on his return to action after undergoing ankle surgery last December. Montgomery had “tight ropes inserted into his ligaments to hold them in place, a cartilage repair and — perhaps most serious — a microfracture procedure on his talus (a bone between the heel and fibula and tibia).” Does not sound good.
  • August 2: Wide receiver Jared Abbrederis is ahead of Jeff Janis and Ty Montgomery on the Packers’ first depth chart of camp. It’s only the opening days, but still noteworthy considering the hype surrounding Janis and Montgomery.
  • July 31: Wide receiver Davante Adams has “caught everything” in training camp. Obviously it’s only training camp, and reports like this surface everywhere; a couple weeks ago, Adams wasn’t even a lock to make the roster. It’s worth noting, though, that he’s having a good camp. He was a “sleeper” last year in fantasy football, and he disappointed a ton of owners that took the bait. You can probably draft him for cheaper this year.
  • July 27: Jordy Nelson is starting camp on the active/PUP list because of tendinitis in his knee. The good news for Packers fans is that this isn’t his recently surgically repaired knee from tearing his ACL in a preseason game last season. It’s still a concern considering Nelson has missed games due to a knee injury dating back to his college days. He’s supposed to be good to go for the season, but it’s definitely worth monitoring throughout preseason activities.

Detroit Lions

  • September 5: Eric Ebron returned to practice and is on track to play week 1.
  • August 23: TE Eric Ebron is expected to play week 1.
  • August 16: LB DeAndre Levy was taken off the PUP list.
  • August 12: Anquan Boldin still has some juice left in the tank. He’s primed to start the season as the Lions’ third receiver.
  • August 8: Eric Ebron is dealing with a “pretty decent right ankle sprain.”
  • July 28: Tight End Eric Ebron is expected to see a “ton of uptick” in targets this season. Ebron’s been a fantasy sleeper, but he can be a legit TE1 if reports prove true.

Chicago Bears

  • August 30: OLB Pernell McPhee is in danger of beginning the season on PUP with a knee injury. Bears front 7 should be great, and McPhee is a big reason why.
  • August 18: Jeremy Langford rushed eight times for 55 yards and a touchdown in the Bears’ second preseason game.
  • August 8: Jeffery returned to practice after missing time with a hamstring injury.
  • August 4: Alshon Jeffery is dealing with a mild hamstring injury. This is definitely worth monitoring – he couldn’t stay healthy last year because of soft tissue issues like this.
  • WR Kevin White has impressed, but is “still raw.” He missed his rookie year, but the Bears are hoping for big things from him.

AFC EAST

New York Jets

  • August 21: Coach Todd Bowles said Forte will see a few snaps in their regular season rehearsal preseason game, a good sign for Forte and the Jets.
  • August 17: Matt Forte returned to team drills.
  • August 13: Jets second-year receiver Devin Smith (ACL) said he is not ready to play football.
  • Jets receiver Quincy Enunwa is expected to play a big part of the Jets offense according to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
  • August 9: Muhammad Wilkerson was activated from PUP and is on track for week one. He has only missed three games in five seasons.
  • August 2: Forte returned to practice after missing four days with a hamstring injury.
  • July 31: Matt Forte is day-to-day after suffering a hamstring injury in the offseason. Worth monitoring considering the veteran back’s age.
  • WR Devin Smith is on PUP, and he isn’t expected to participate in offseason training anytime soon. That’s a big blue to the Jets receiving corps, as Smith is dealing with recovering from an ACL tear last year in December.
  • July 28: Fitzpatrick signed a 1-year deal for $12 million guaranteed and has reported to Jets’ training camp.
  • July 27: The big news from the Jets offseason has been contract disputes with Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. They’re still at a stand-still, which is concerning for Jets fans who don’t want to see Geno Smith take snaps. I personally am interested in seeing how Smith would do with an actual receiving core, but Fitzpatrick seems to be their most desired option at the position.
  • In other news, Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall reportedly showed up to camp 10 pounds less than last season. At 32 years old, it’s encouraging to see the receiver coming into camp in great shape – he just needs his friend and quarterback to show up. Marshall had a career-high 14 touchdowns in his 10th season in the league last year with Fitzpatrick throwing him the football. He also produced his second-most catches (109) and yards (1,502) in his career.

New England Patriots

  • August 25: Gronk returned to practice after missing time with “an undisclosed injury.”
  • August 24: Patriots traded a future fifth-round draft pick for Browns LB Barkevious Mingo.
  • August 22: Gronk still isn’t practice due to “an undisclosed injury,” but it’s likely the Pats are just keeping him fresh for the season.
  • August 21: Dion Lewis had to undergo clean up surgery on his recently surgically-repaired knee. He’s slated to miss at least 8-10 weeks. James White will open the season as the Patriots passing back.
  • August 18: RB Dion Lewis (active/PUP) has not participated in any training camp drills, despite no reports of any setbacks. He participated in June minicamps, so it’s pretty weird that he hasn’t seen any action so far in training camp.
  • August 10: After a big scare, Julian Edelman returned to practice Wednesday after previously leaving the field with a leg injury. He missed a lot of time last year with a leg injury, so it’s definitely worth monitoring moving forward.
  • August 5: RB Dion Lewis could start the season on PUP. He’s recovering from a torn ACL in November, and hasn’t participated in any offseason activities.
  • July 31: Julian Edelman has been getting in work on the sidelines, which is a good indicator that he’s close to returning. Edelman dealt with a broken foot last year, and he’s the Patriots #1 receiver after TE Rob Gronkowski.

Miami Dolphins 

  • Sept 4: DeVante Parker is dealing with hamstring injuries. His status is uncertain for week 1.
  • August 23: Rookie RB Kenyan Drake returned to practice (hamstring).
  • August 14: Miami’s 6th-round draft pick Jakeem Grant’s stock is rising after an impressive preseason performance. He caught four of five targets for 68 yards and added 113 all-purpose return yards. The WR is already set to have a role in special teams, but that role may expand to an offensive role as well.
  • August 9: Dolphins signed CB Chris Culliver to a one-year deal in hopes of boosting their weak secondary.
  • August 8: DE Dion Jordan is now eligible to practice after being reinstated following a year-long ban for substance abuse. He’s still dealing with a minor knee injury.
  • August 5: RB Jay Ajayi returned to practice, but WR DeVante Parker has missed the past four days with a hamstring injury.
  • July 31: Veteran back Arian Foster was activated from the PUP list after annihilating his conditioning test. He’s expected to be the Dolphins week 1 starter, which will all depend on his health. This is a positive step toward that, especially since Jay Ajayi is dealing with injuries.

Buffalo Bills

  • August 23: Sammy Watkins is healthy and expected to play in the Bills preseason game Friday vs. the Redskins.
  • August 20: Bills released Karlos Williams after he reportedly gained weight that he lost earlier in the preseason. Reggie Bush will be the no. 2 back.
  • August 16: LB Manny Lawson is facing a one-game suspension, and DL Marcell Dareus is facing four games. Another hit to Rex Ryan’s ailing defense.
  • Karlos Williams returned to practice and got work with the Bills’ scout team.
  • August 14: Back-up RB Mike Gillislee ran for 25 yards on three carries in the Bills’ preseason opener. He is pretty locked in for the no. 2 spot in Buffalo behind LeSean McCoy with Karlos Williams suspended to start the season.
  • August 10: First-round pick Shaq Lawson is expected back between weeks 6 and 8, according to reports.
  • August 8: Sammy Watkins, Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams all passed their physicals. Encouraging news after announcing second-round pick Reggie Ragland will miss a lot of time with a partially torn ACL.
  • August 1: LeSean McCoy supposedly looks five years younger. The Bills are expecting big things from him this year.
  • Bills signed Reggie Bush to primarily be a returner.
  • July 31: Sammy Watkins passed his conditioning test, a great step forward in getting him back on the field. There was some concern about Watkins’ status after getting foot surgery, but it sounds like the receiver can be 100% for the season.

AFC NORTH

Cincinnati Bengals

  • August 28: AJ Green left the Bengals’ third preseason game after banging knees with a defender. He said he’s fine.
  • August 26: Reports out of Cinci suggest Tyler Eifert could be healthy within the first few weeks of the season, if not for the opener, but Eifert says he is targeting weeks 4-6 to return. He’s dealing with recovering from ankle surgery.
  • August 21: Brandon LaFell is playing through his hand injury. He practiced recently.
  • August 16: WR Brandon LaFell will miss time with a torn ligament in his hand. The Bengals are hoping he is ready for week one.
  • August 12: Rookie receiver Tyler Boyd has had a strong camp and caught a 40-yard pass in his preseason debut
  • August 11: Fourth-round pick Andrew Billings suffered a knee injury at Wednesday’s practice and had to be carted off the field.
  • August 8: Jeremy Hill is listed as the team’s starting running back on the initial depth chart.
  • August 5: Kroft was diagnosed with a sprained knee and will be out 4-6 weeks. Him and Eifert will both likely miss the season opener.
  • August 3: Kroft’s knee injury does not seem to be serious, Bengals.com reported.
  • August 2: Tight End Tyler Kroft was carted off the field with a knee injury during Tuesday’s practice. This is especially important because the Bengals will be without Tyler Eifert for the first part of the season.
  • First-round CB William Jackson III was diagnosed with a torn pectoral. His season is in jeopardy.
  • Andy Dalton said WR Tylor Boyd has made great strides from OTAs, which is encouraging considering the lack of options Dalton will have going into the season.

Baltimore Ravens

  • Sept. 4: Ravens cut Justin Forsett then resigned him when he cleared waivers. Terrance West is expected to start with Forsett getting a “significant role.”
  • August 28: Rookie RB Kenneth Dixon will be sidelined for a few weeks with an MCL injury.
  • August 23: Breshad Perriman said he will “no doubt” be ready for week 1.
  • August 22: WR Breshad Perriman returned to practice after being cleared off PUP. Big step for a guy who missed his rookie year and had ?s surrounding the start of this season with knee injuries.
  • Dennis Pitta is sidelined with a broken finger after a training-camp fight.
  • Elvis Dumervil was removed off PUP.
  • August 17: WR Steve Smith returned to camp off the PUP list.
  • August 11: The Ravens’ running back competition gained some steam as Terrance West ran for two touchdowns and Kenneth Dixon rushed nine times for 44 yards. Presumed starter Justin Forsett didn’t play (rest).
  • August 9: Steve Smith (Achilles) is expected to be ready for week one.
  • August 2: RB Terrance West has been the Ravens’ most explosive back, according to the Baltimore Sun.
  • July 28: Fourth-round running back Kenneth Dixon has been diagnosed with a mild, Grade-1 MCL sprain. Current starter Justin Forsett said he expects to get most of the carries.

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • August 20: Ladarius Green said reports of headaches keeping him sidelined are just “rumors.”
  • Eli Rogers has emerged as an option for Pitt’s no. 3 receiver. Sammie Coates has had an up and down preseason, and Markus Wheaton has openly lobbied to play outside, while Rogers would play the slot.
  • August 13: WR Markus Wheaton was held out of the Steelers’ preseason opener with an undisclosed injury.
  • WR Sammie Coates fumbled twice in Friday’s preseason opener.
  • August 11: Ladarius Green is dealing with recurring headaches, and it’s been reported that retirement is an option.
  • August 10: Ben Roethlisberger didn’t even mention Ladarius Green when asked about the tight end position. Green hasn’t been able to participate in team drills as he’s still recovering from an ankle injury, but the Steelers would love him to return to become the no. 1 guy.
  • August 2: WR Sammie Coates is “night and day” ahead of where he was at this point last year, according to Steelers’ OC Todd Haley. This is big considering the Steelers’ second receiving option is wide open with Martavis Bryant suspended for the year.
  • July 28: Tight End Ladarius Green is on the active/PUP list after getting ankle surgery. I like Green as a sleeper tight end this year with his new team, but his health will be key.
  • July 28: Le’Veon Bell was cleared from training camp, which is nice to hear considering all of the bad news surrounding him recently.
  • July 27: Bell is facing a 4-game suspension for missing “several” drug tests. Bell took to Instagram his take on the reports, saying that he’s going to win his appeal and start the season as the #1 running back. We’ve heard that before from suspended players, so it’s no surprise he’s defending himself. This is definitely worth monitoring considering Bell is arguably the best running back in the league, and definitely one of the highest-rated fantasy players going into the 2016 season.

Cleveland Browns

  • August 22: Josh Gordon is practicing with the first team offense. He’s still working back from his quad injury suffered earlier in training.
  • August 18: RG3 completed six of eight passes for two touchdowns, one to Terrelle Pryor and one to Gary Barnidge.
  • August 15: Corey Coleman (hamstring) returned to practice. So did Josh Gordon.
  • August 12: Terrelle Pryor caught two of three targets for 57 yards in his preseason debut.
  • QB Robert Griffin III completed four of eight passes and threw an interception in the Browns’ preseason opener.
  • August 8: Quarterback-turned-WR Terrelle Pryor is listed with the two’s at Browns camp. He’ll start opposite of Corey Coleman until Josh Gordon finds himself back in the lineup in week 5. Gordon supposedly needs to lose some weight.
  • Robert Griffin III was named the Browns’ starter.
  • July 31: Second-year back Duke Johnson is the lead back in an offense that wants to be “run oriented.”
  • July 27: Wide Receiver Josh Gordon was recently reinstated into the NFL by Commissioner Roger Goodell after being suspended for 27 of his last 32 games. Gordon’s going to have to shake off a ton of rust if he wants to become dominant like he was in 2013 when he led the league in receiving (1,646 yards) in only 14 games played. He’ll have to wait a “couple weeks,” as Gordon is sidelined due to a quad injury he suffered while training. He should return to the field well before the regular season. The good news is Gordon is only 25 years old; he has a ton of time to turn his career around and rewrite his script.

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans

  • Sept. 4: JJ Watt returned to practice and is expected to play week 1.
  • August 20: Will Fuller and Braxton Miller made noise on the offensive side of the ball in the Texans second preseason game. Fuller caught four balls and one touchdown, and Miller worked in as the starting slot receiver.
  • August 16: Clowney returned to practice (knee), an encouraging sign for a guy who has missed 15 of 32 possible games in his two-year tenure.
  • August 14: Jadeveon Clowney will miss the Texans’ preseason opener with a knee injury, which is concerning considering his injury history.
  • August 5: Jadeveon Clowney appears visibly quicker after dropping 20 pounds from his last-season playing weight of 285.
  • July 31: Wide receiver Jaelen Strong is in “optimal condition” according to reports. He looks notibably quicker and in better shape than last year, and he’s a true candidate to be a go-to guy behind Deandre Hopkins.

Indianapolis Colts

  • August 22: Vontae Davis has ligament damage in his ankle and will miss “at least” the first month of the season. Colts signed Antonio Cromartie.
  • August 11: Andrew Luck said TY Hilton has been the best player on the field at training camp.
  • July 31: Receiver Donte Moncrief has made a ton of “breakout candidate” headlines this offseason, and you should be paying attention. Most recently, headlines say he’s running a 4.3 40 at 222 pounds. He ran a 4.4 in his combine a couple years ago, and the third-year receiver’s stats have progressed significantly in his first two years. The Colts have their QB coming back, and Moncrief may be the best fantasy receiving option on this team considering how high T.Y. Hilton will go.
  • Moncrief said his surgically repaired toe is “96-97” percent after missing all of mini camp and OTAs dealing with it.

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • August 12: Marqise Lee has impressed and looks to be a promising no. 3 receiver for the Jags this season.
  • August 5: DL Dante Fowler has been embarrassing offensive linemen in training camp. He was last year’s third overall pick in the draft, but missed the entire season after getting injured in the preseason.

Tennessee Titans

  • August 20: Tajae Sharpe continues to impress, and has reportedly already gained trust of Mariota and the Titans coaching staff.
  • August 16: Titans traded WR Dorial Green-Beckham to the Eagles for OT Dennis Kelly. They were reportedly “fed up” with the second-year receiver.
  • August 14: WR Tajae Sharpe suffered a concussion in his preseason debut. He’s impressed so much that he’s listed as the Titans’ starting WR.
  • Derrick Henry and DeMarco Murray both impressed in the Titans’ first preseason game.
  • August 5: DeMarco Murray will be the Titans’ starting running back, but draft pick Derrick Henry has impressed with his pass-catching ability this offseason.

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San Diego Chargers

  • August 29: Joey Bosa and the Chargers finally agreed on a four-year deal.
  • August 11: Third-overall draft choice Joey Bosa and the Chargers still haven’t reached a deal.
  • August 10: Stevie Johnson will miss the entire season with a meniscus injury.
  • August 2: Chargers signed WR James Jones to replace Stevie Johnson, who is recovering from a torn meniscus.
  • July 31: Second-year running back Melvin Gordon feels more “comfortable” in his second training camp, and has no limitations after undergoing surgery in the offseason on his knee.
  • Stevie Johnson, wide receiver, was carted off with a knee injury.

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Sept. 4: Charles is a stretch for the opener, while Tamba Hali will be on a snap count.
  • August 16: Jamaal Charles was taken off PUP.
  • August 14: It’s clear that Spencer Ware is the Chiefs’ no. 2 behind Jamaal Charles, not Charcandrick West.
  • August 10: Two key defensive studs, Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, are both still on active/PUP with no real timetable to return.
  • July 27: Running Back Jamaal Charles is starting camp on the active/PUP list after missing most of 2015 with a torn ACL. Charles is roughly nine months removed from surgery, and he’s supposed to be ready for camp. He’s a nine-year veteran, though, and the Chiefs have solid running backs behind him to back him up in Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware. They’ll take it slow with the stud back, and I’m sure he won’t see as many carries as he usually does this season.

Oakland Raiders

  • September 5: Mario Edwards will start the season on the IR, making him ineligible to return until week 9.
  • August 13: DE/LB Mario Edwards was carted off the field with a leg injury in the Raiders’ preseason opener. It looked serious, but Raiders believe it to be non-serious. The second-year player had a promising rookie year and is supposed to be a big part of the Raiders defense this season.

Denver Broncos

  • August 29: Trevor Siemian is the starter for week one.
  • August 22: QB Mark Sanchez has fallen behind Trevor Siemian in the QB race.
  • August 21: A member of Denver’s media said he wouldn’t be surprised to see Hillman not make the 53-man roster. Regardless if true, that’s a good sign for Devontae Booker.
  • August 12: RB Devontae Booker has made noise in camp and had a nice preseason debut, causing speculation that he can push Ronnie Hillman for the no. 2 spot backing up CJ Anderson.

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