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Arian Foster (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday.

Foster only missed a day or two with what the team called a "minor" injury. It was worth noting nonetheless after Foster battled injuries all last summer and ended up missing half the season after back surgery. We don't have a problem with Foster and his second-round ADP, but owners are taking on plenty of risk.
Jul 30 - 8:57 AM

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence has been diagnosed with a broken foot, and will be sidelined 8-10 weeks.

The injury requires surgery. It's a crippling blow for a defensive line that was already the worst in the league, and a terrible bit of luck for the No. 34 overall pick of May's draft. Lawrence suffered the injury getting "slammed to the turf" by LT Tyron Smith in individual drills. Lawrence was all but assured of starting right end duties. The job will now fall to retread Jeremy Mincey, who has only five sacks over his past 26 games. The Cowboys don't have a pass rush.
Jul 30 - 1:04 AM

Cardinals signed CB Patrick Peterson to a five-year, $70 million contract extension -- that includes $48 million guaranteed -- through 2020.

Peterson is now locked up for the next seven seasons through his age-30 campaign. Richard Sherman received $40 million guaranteed on his extension with the Seahawks earlier in the offseason, but Peterson is two years younger and signed a longer deal. In terms of new money, Peterson will make $14 million per year, while Sherman received $14.35 million annually in new cash. Peterson was a top-11 cover corner at Pro Football Focus last season and is still coming into his own. At 6'1/219, he has the size to match up with any receiver.
Jul 29 - 11:59 PM

The Dallas Morning News' Brandon George said Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar "continues to be impressive."

A versatile back with dynamic ability, Dunbar has an opportunity to earn a decent-sized role in Dallas' offense. Demarco Murray is the unquestioned starter, but new Cowboys OC Scott Linehan oversaw a Lions' offense that had two players average over 13 touches a game in 2013. Dunbar may struggle to reach that mark, but 6-10 touches are well within reach even with Murray healthy. He is well worth a flier in the 14th round.
Jul 29 - 10:58 PM

Lions WR Kevin Ogletree has "spent time" with the first-team offense during the first two days of training camp.

Ogletree is competing with the likes of Kris Durham, Ryan Broyles, and Jeremy Ross for the third receiver role in Detroit. Though he seems like the front runner now, Ogletree will carry little fantasy value even if he wins the job. The Lions love to utilize their running backs in the passing game, and rookie TE Eric Ebron should see most of his snaps in the slot this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 10:16 PM

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman "has usually been the second running back up" during camp.

Montee Ball is the unquestioned starter in Denver, but the competition behind him is wide open. Despite C.J. Anderson being the crowd favorite to win the job, Hillman seems to be ahead at this point in camp. Hillman has all the tools to be an effective NFL back, but with four fumbles in only 140 career carries, he has to improve his ball security if he hopes to earn a role in Denver's offense. Hillman is currently going undrafted in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 29 - 10:02 PM

Bears WR Terrance Toliver is seeking a second opinion on his injured foot.

Toliver has been sidelined a week with what the Bears fear could be a small fracture in his foot, which would likely end his season. A prototypical Bears' receiver at 6-5/204, Toliver is a dark horse to make the 53-man roster if his health cooperates.
Jul 29 - 9:54 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine said he is "very confident" with rookie OL Joel Bitonio.

"He is NFL ready," said Pettine. "We’re very comfortable and very confident there with Joel at left guard." Bitonio missed minicamp after suffering a high-ankle sprain during OTAs, but he is healthy and back practicing. Barring injury, he will be Cleveland's left guard Week 1.
Jul 29 - 9:45 PM

Bears sign WR Dale Moss.

A UDFA out of South Dakota State in 2012, Moss has never appeared in an NFL game. He is a camp body.
Jul 29 - 9:26 PM

Stefan Taylor ran as the first-team running back at Cardinals' practiced Tuesday with Andre Ellington sidelined by a neck injury.

Taylor is competing with veteran Jonathan Dwyer for the big-back role in coach Bruce Arians' offense. Dwyer was expected to have an edge since he worked with Arians when both were in Pittsburgh, but Arians' decision to run Taylor with the ones suggests he has a lead in the race. Whoever wins the job has limited touchdown potential.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 9:23 PM

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence is getting x-rays on his right foot and ankle after being forced from practice Tuesday.

Lawrence went down awkwardly on his right ankle while working against Tyron Smith in a one-on-one drill. He struggled to put weight on the leg after the injury, and eventually had to be helped off the field. The extent of the injury is not yet known, but the loss of Lawrence could be a devastating one for a Dallas defense already desperate for pass rushers. (And good defensive players, in general.)
Jul 29 - 9:01 PM

The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows said WR Brandon Lloyd has been the 49ers' "most consistently productive receiver" this offseason.

Colin Kaepernick agrees, saying Lloyd has almost always been "open by a step or two." Lloyd does not appear to have much rust after sitting out an entire season, but already 33 and with little to no value on special teams, Lloyd's roster spot is still anything but secure. Continued stellar practice play like this will go a long way to solidifying his spot on the 49ers' roster.
Jul 29 - 8:41 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Josh Gordon will argue in his appeal hearing that his positive marijuana test was the result of second-hand smoke.

The news comes to light after it was revealed that Gordon's positive test was barely above the NFL's strict threshold. Gordon would have tested negative for marijuana in Major League Baseball, the Olympics and even the federal government. It shines a light on just how odious the NFL's marijuana policy is. Gordon's appeal will be heard on Friday.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 8:04 PM

Jets WRs coach Sanjay Lal calls Stephen Hill "healthy and confident" through the first week of camp.

"I think he’s believing, and believing in himself — and it’s starting to show," Lal said. "It’s been the injuries that have hindered (him). ... He’s taken the coaching the whole time. Now, he’s able to do it physically, so it’s just kind of coming together right now." It's notable, because Lal's comments come one month after he said he was "unsure" if Hill would ever break through because of his health. Hill remains a long-shot to make a fantasy impact this season, but the upside is still there. He's someone to monitor.
Jul 29 - 7:57 PM

The Indianapolis Star reports the Colts "aren't giving up" on Vick Ballard (Achilles', out for season), and that he'll get "another shot" in 2015.

We'll see. Ballard was already talent-deficient before injuries wiped out his 2013-14, and he'll be a 25-year-old former fifth-round pick come next July. Ballard has averaged 3.9 yards on 224 career carries. He has no Dynasty value.
Jul 29 - 7:40 PM



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