NFL Player News

Tuesday, April 22

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

Monday, April 21

  • 04/21/14 - 5:50PM ETNdamukong Suh : Not at Voluntary Camp
    Suh won't attend voluntary camp this week, Larry Lage of the AP reports.
    Earlier in April, teammate Reggie Bush said Suh's absence from voluntary workouts was due to "a contract thing." It's no secret that the stud defensive tackle wants an extension as he enters the final season of his rookie contract, and the Lions almost certainly want to work things out with their clear-cut top defensive player. However, Suh is somewhat controversial due to his history of on-field conflict, and as a former No. 2 overall draft pick who was selected before the rookie wage scale was implemented, he's already signed one huge contract. Public opinion wouldn't be in Suh's favor in the event of a holdout, if it all comes to that. As is typically the case in these situations, the player in question will very likely be playing for his current team come Week 1. Whether Suh will happily be playing for the Lions is quite a bit more questionable.
  • 04/21/14 - 5:23PM ETTerrelle Pryor : Traded to Seahawks
    Pryor was traded from the Raiders to the Seahawks on Monday,'s Adam Schefter reports.
    Details of Oakland's compensation were not initially reported, and the Raiders will likely just get a late-round draft pick, possibly one that's conditional based on Pryor making the Seahawks' final roster. The fit looks pretty good here, as the Seahawks already run an offense for a speedy quarterback, although Pryor's skill set is quite a bit different than Russell Wilson's, both as a runner and passer. Pryor is far from a lock to make the roster, as incumbent backup and Pete Carroll favorite Tarvaris Jackson re-signed with the 'Hawks in March. As Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR points out, Jackson has a fully guaranteed contract that very likely means he'll be the backup. The Pryor trade may make for a good headline outside of the fantasy world, but we're talking about a guy who will probably spend training camp battling B.J. Daniels for the No. 3 quarterback spot. Pryor still offers some promise in dynasty leagues, but his 2014 prospects don't really improve with this trade.
  • 04/21/14 - 1:56PM ETA.J. Green : Fifth-Year Option Exercised
    The Bengals have exercised their fifth-year contract option on Green, reports.
    Not that there was any doubt that they would do so, but Green is now under contract with the Bengals through 2015. The 25-year-old is coming off a stellar 2013 campaign in which he caught 98 passes for 1,426 yards and 11 TDs, guaranteeing his place as one of the top fantasy options at his position heading into the coming season.
  • 04/21/14 - 1:38PM ETChris Johnson : Coach Ryan Says Role Undetermined
    Coch Rex Ryan suggests that Johnson's role with the Jets has yet to be determined, reports.
    While Ryan is enthusiastic about the team's depth at running back, with Johnson, Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Mike Goodson (for now) in the fold, he notes that the distribution of carries has yet to be plotted out. "Nothing was ever promised that, 'You're going to get X amount of carries,'" Ryan indicated. "We're going to have to compete for roles. No role has been determined for anybody on this football team." With that in mind, a continuing theme in our evaluation of Johnson in his new uniform is that he's unlikely to match the workload he saw during his tenure with the Titans.
  • 04/21/14 - 1:22PM ETJosh Morgan : Signs with Bears
    The Bears have signed Morgan to a one-year deal, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
    Morgan, who recorded 20 catches for 214 yards and no touchdowns in 14 games for the Redskins in 2013, will presumably compete with the likes of Marquess Wilson for the Bears' No. 3 wideout job this coming season. It's an assignment that doesn't carry a ton of fantasy reliability with it, as long as top options Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery remain healthy.
  • 04/21/14 - 1:14PM ETPatrick Peterson : Fifth-Year Option Exercised
    Peterson's fifth-year option was officially exercised Monday, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.
    Thus, the ballhawk that is Peterson is locked up through the 2015 season. In 48 career games, he's picked off 12 passes, despite opponents avoiding throwing his way after tallying three interceptions combined in Weeks 4 and 5 last fall. In any case, the Cardinals now have ample time to discuss a contract extension, which will surely come to pass at some point.
  • 04/21/14 - 11:46AM ETEric Fisher : (Shoulder) Recovery Going Well
    Fisher, who is bouncing back from offseason shoulder and sports hernia procedures, is recovering well, reports.
    Fisher, who has added five pounds of "good weight" since last season according to coach Andy Reid, is in line to take over left tackle for the Chiefs in the wake of Branden Albert's departure.
  • 04/21/14 - 10:36AM ETRolando McClain : Re-Retires
    McClain said that he is retiring from football, the Baltimore Sun reports.
    McClain (the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 draft) was reinstated from the Ravens' reserve-retired list last week, but the 24-year-old -- who hasn't played in an NFL game since late in the 2012 season -- has evidently elected not to pursue his football career.
  • 04/21/14 - 10:31AM ETNaVorro Bowman : (Knee) Headed for Preseason PUP List
    The 49ers plan to place Bowman (knee) on the PUP list at the start of training camp, CSN Bay Area reports.
    Moreover, the report adds that Bowman -- who is bouncing back from a torn ACL that he sustained in the NFC Championship game -- is not expected to be cleared for the start of the regular season. Bowman, who has topped the 140-tackle mark in each of the last three seasons, will thus see his IDP value restricted to that of a potential in-season addition.
  • 04/21/14 - 10:26AM ETLaMichael James : Training On Own Amid Trade Rumors
    James will train on his own in Texas, as the 49ers start their voluntary offseason conditioning program, CSN Bay Area reports.
    While the workouts are voluntary, James' absence does nothing to dispel the notion that he would welcome a fresh start with a new team, after being used sparingly by the 49ers since being made a second-round draft choice in 2012.
  • 04/21/14 - 8:41AM ETSam Bradford : (Torn ACL) Limited Initially
    Bradford, who is bouncing back from a torn ACL that he suffered back on Oct. 20, will be limited as the Rams' offseason conditioning program opens Monday, the St. Louis Dispatch reports. "Sam's in a very good place considering what happened last year," coach Jeff Fisher noted. "I thought he was off to a great start. Had he stayed healthy his projected numbers could've been quite impressive. He's worked hard through the process, and I would expect him at some point to be throwing in OTAs."
    Based on that estimate, Bradford would be on track to throw during the Rams' OTAs, which take place over the first three weeks of June. Assuming no setbacks, he's in line to reprise his starting role with the team in the fall, with the Rams thought to be considering adding quarterback depth in next month's NFL draft.
  • 04/21/14 - 8:05AM ETTony Romo : (Back) With Cowboys at OTAs
    Romo, who underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back this past December, was with his teammates as the Cowboys' organized team activities opened Monday, the Dallas Morning News reports.
    The early stage of the team's OTAs will focus on strength and conditioning, but the fact that Romo -- who turned 34 on Monday -- is cleared to participate at this stage provides further evidence that his rehab/recovery is going well, as had been previously indicated by the Cowboys.

Sunday, April 20

  • 04/20/14 - 3:12PM ETMarcus Lattimore : (Knee) Ready For Offseason Program
    Lattimore (knee), who has not experienced any setbacks in the course of his offseason workouts, is slated to be present for the opening of the 49ers' offseason program on Monday, reports.
    Lattimore, who finished the 2013 season on the team's non-football injury list, is in line to be a full participant in all of the 49ers' upcoming conditioning and football activities. With Anthony Dixon having signed with the Bills and LaMichael James a candidate to be moved by the team, Lattimore -- assuming his health -- figures to have a chance to make a splash with the 49ers in 2014, working in tandem with veteran Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter.
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