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|7/28/2016||Malik Jackson, Jax, DT|
|Jackson came in 12-to-15 pounds less than what he was during OTAs as camp opened Thursday.
Analysis: Jackson was the team's biggest offseason acquisition and its most expensive with a contract worth up to $85.5 million. "He leaned up. He's close to what he normally plays at," coach Gus Bradley said.
|7/28/2016||DeMarcus Ware, Den, LB|
|Ware said the Denver Broncos are being "precautious" with him by holding him out of practice with a lingering bad back.
Analysis: Ware didn't take any snaps during the offseason program and began training camp Thursday on the non-football injury list even though he said his back is much better than it was in the playoffs, when he had a dozen quarterback hits and 3 1/2 sacks.
|7/28/2016||Leonard Floyd, Chi, LB|
|Floyd left on a cart because of a stomach illness and guard Kyle Long came up hobbling near the end of Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Floyd, the No. 9 overall pick, has been sick the past few days but plans to practice on Friday. The Bears are counting on the outside linebacker from Georgia to boost a defense that tied for 22nd in sacks and a woeful 30th in interceptions last season.
|7/28/2016||Kyle Long, Chi, T|
|Fox would not say how much time Long is expected to sit out because of a strained left calf or confirm if he had an MRI.
Analysis: Long missed Friday's practice after he came up hobbling the previous day. Long posted this message on Twitter on Thursday: "I'm gonna be fine y'all. I appreciate the kind words and well wishes. Minor speed bump."
|7/28/2016||Julio Jones, Atl, WR|
|Jones was pulled from Thursday's opening training camp practice, though the undisclosed injury is believed to be minor.
Analysis: Coach Dan Quinn described the injury as a "little tweak" and said he expects Jones to practice Friday. The All-Pro wideout has undergone two surgeries on his right foot in the past three years.
|7/28/2016||Robert Griffin III, Cle, QB|
|Browns coach Hue Jackson plans to have his starting quarterback named before the team's preseason opener.
Analysis: The news bodes well for Griffin, as he received the bulk of the first-team snaps during OTAs and minicamp. The former NFL Rookie of the Year's main competition is from Josh McCown, with rookie Cody Kessler and Austin Davis longer shots in the QB derby.
|7/28/2016||Leonard Floyd, Chi, LB|
|Floyd was carted off the field during Thursday's practice with what coach John Fox described as an illness.
Analysis: It's believed Floyd was removed due to heat-related issues and has avoided a major injury. The rookie linebacker, the ninth overall pick of this year's draft, is ticketed for a significant role on defense.
|7/28/2016||Mike Wallace, Bal, WR|
|Wallace failed his first conditioning test and will not practice with the Ravens until he passes it. Wallace hit five of the six benchmarks in the test of stamina and conditioning, according to the Baltimore Sun, and the Ravens are not overly concerned.
Analysis: Wallace signed a two-year, $11.5 million contract after being released by the Vikings. Because of injuries to No. 1 target Steve Smith and 2015 first-round pick Breshad Perriman, the Ravens were thin at wide receiver last season. Smith and Perriman are starting training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
|7/28/2016||Derek Carrier, Was, TE|
|The Redskins placed Carrier on the physically unable to perform list Thursday.
Analysis: Carrier set career highs with 17 catches and 141 yards while catching his first touchdown pass in 12 games with Washington last season.
|7/27/2016||Darron Lee, NYJ, LB|
|Lee signed with the Jets on Wednesday, leaving only two first-round picks from the 2016 draft unsigned.
Analysis: Lee, a speedy linebacker from Ohio State, agreed to a four-year deal with a fifth-year option standard for first-round picks. His deal has a maximum value of $10.22 million with his signing bonus worth $5.65 million.
|7/27/2016||Bear Pascoe, NE, TE|
|Pascoe signed with the Patriots on Wednesday.
Analysis: Pascoe has 40 receptions for 336 yards and two touchdowns in seven seasons with the New York Giants, Atlanta and Detroit. He was released by Chicago at the tail end of training camp last season and did not catch a pass in three games with the Lions toward the end of the campaign.
|7/27/2016||Donald Butler, Ari, LB|
|Butler signed with the Cardinals on Wednesday.
Analysis: Butler had 54 tackles, a half sack and a fumble recovery in 16 games last season with San Diego. Selected in the third round of the 2010 draft, Butler recorded 432 tackles, seven sacks, three interceptions and six fumble recoveries in 71 games with the Chargers. He was released by San Diego on March 3.
|7/27/2016||Zac Stacy, NYJ, RB|
|The Jets have waived Stacy after he failed his pre-training camp physical.
Analysis: Stacy hasn't completely recovered from a broken ankle sustained in November. The three-year veteran, who averaged just 2.9 yards on 31 carries in eight games last season, would have been no better than third on the Jets' depth chart had he stuck around.
|7/27/2016||Bernard Pierce, NYJ, RB|
|The Jets have signed Pierce just prior to the start of training camp.
Analysis: Pierce rushed for 532 yards as a rookie with the Ravens in 2012 but hasn't eclipsed that number since, and he logged just six carries in seven games with Jacksonville last season. If he makes the final roster, he'll miss the first two games due to a suspension stemming for a DUI arrest in March 2015.
|7/27/2016||Jamaal Charles, KC, RB|
|Charles will open training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
Analysis: Charles tore a knee ligament in October and finished last season on injured reserve. He might miss the start of the regular season.
|7/27/2016||Eric Berry, KC, S|
|Berry didn't report with his teammates to training camp Friday.
Analysis: The Chiefs and Berry failed to reach a long-term contract agreement before the July 15 deadline for teams to sign players given the franchise designation and were "miles apart" in the negotiations, according to Berry's camp. The four-time Pro Bowl safety was Comeback Player of the Year in 2015, returning from months of cancer treatment and earning another trip to Hawaii.
|7/27/2016||Kawann Short, Car, DT|
|Short said Wednesday he won't stage a contract holdout this season while awaiting a new deal from the Panthers.
Analysis: The Pro Bowl defensive tackle is due to cost $1.47 million under this year's salary cap. He significantly outperformed that deal last season when he finished with 11 sacks and three forced fumbles and became the first defensive tackle to win NFC Defensive Player of the Month twice in a season.
|7/27/2016||Kurt Coleman, Car, S|
|The Panthers have signed Coleman, a key part of last year's run to Super Bowl 50, to a three-year extension through 2019.
Analysis: Signed to a two-year contract last March, Coleman started 15 games and recorded a team-high seven interceptions along with nine passes defensed. The 28-year-old has logged 47 starts and 17 INTs over six seasons with Philadelphia, Kansas City and Carolina.
|7/27/2016||Colin Kaepernick, SF, QB|
|Kaepernick has received clearance from his personal doctor to practice when the 49ers open training camp this weekend.
Analysis: Kaepernick must still pass a physical from the 49ers' medical staff prior to Sunday's first practice. The sixth-year pro underwent offseason surgeries on his shoulder, left knee and right thumb, all of which contributed to the worst season of his career. Kaepernick has been San Francisco's starter since midway through the 2012 season, but he'll enter camp competing with Blaine Gabbert for the job.
|7/27/2016||Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ, QB|
|The Jets and Fitzpatrick ended their contract stalemate by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $12 million guaranteed and contains an additional $3 million in incentives.
Analysis: Though unable to obtain a desired long-term deal, Fitzpatrick returns to an offense that enabled him to throw for a career-high 3,905 yards and a team-record 31 touchdowns last season. His return is good news for the Jets, who improved from 4-12 to 10-6 with Fitzpatrick under center, and for the fantasy outlooks of Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.
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