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A league source confirmed to PFT that RE Michael Johnson suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in Sunday's training camp practice.

"He's expected to be back in four weeks," PFT's Mike Florio wrote. If Johnson is indeed back in one month -- and not the long side of his 4-6 week timetable -- he should get in a week or two of practice before the season opener.
Aug 3 - 12:19 AM

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio confirmed Trent Richardson is on the active/NFI list and not practicing because he reported overweight.

Or, at least over the weight threshold the Raiders set for T-Rich before training camp. "Trent is here," Del Rio said. "He came back very close to the weight, which was a pretty ambitious goal to get to. He’s down in the low 220s. That’s what we asked of him. That’s where he was." Richardson has missed the first three days of camp. He's seen as 50-50 to make the roster.
Source: Raider Beat
Aug 2 - 11:36 PM

Bengals DT Geno Atkins has reportedly been the best player on the field so far in training camp.

Even back at OTAs, DL coach Jay Hayes described Atkins as "scary" on the practice field. The Bengals badly need Atkins to regain form after he lagged to three-sack season coming off a torn ACL in 2014. Put simply, Atkins is the key to the Bengals' defense. He's a game-changing three technique when healthy.
Source: bengals.com
Aug 2 - 11:10 PM

The Eagles are giving sixth-round pick JaCorey Shepherd the first crack at replacing outgoing CB Brandon Boykin.

Although he is size (5'11/199) and speed (4.65) deficient, Shepherd was one of the NCAA's top cornerbacks last season, earning the lowest "burn rate" (32.9 percent) among draft-eligible corners. "We're really, really impressed," coach Chip Kelly said. Shepherd isn't in the mix to start, but he is squarely in the hunt to cover slot receivers in the Eagles' nickel and dime defenses.
Aug 2 - 10:50 PM

Bills suspended OL coach Aaron Kromer six games for conduct detrimental to the team.

He's been suspended without pay. Although charges were ultimately dropped against Kromer for allegedly assaulting a kid over the placement of beach chairs, the Bills determined that Kromer's involvement in the incident was enough for relatively harsh discipline. Kromer will return on October 19.
Aug 2 - 10:16 PM

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Sunday that undrafted rookie RB Michael Dyer has "jumped out" early in training camp.

A former five-star high school recruit, Dyer dominated as a true freshman on Auburn's national champion team before oddly bouncing around schools and ending up at Louisville, where he was a backup last year. Dyer does have talent and size (5'9/218), and the depth chart in Oakland is far from proven or established. Dyer is a deep sleeper to monitor, especially in Dynasty leagues.
Aug 2 - 10:11 PM

Roy Helu opened Raiders camp working with the second-team offense.

Undrafted rookie Michael Dyer is working with the threes while Trent Richardson tries to get into shape. Helu is technically Latavius Murray's backup, but should also be Oakland's first-team back on passing downs. We're not entirely ruling out the possibility of Helu pushing Murray to start eventually.
Aug 2 - 9:23 PM

The Cowboys have agreed to give DE Jeremy Mincey a raise.

It's believed to be a $500,000-or-so raise after Mincey fell 11 snaps shy of a $500,000 playing-time bonus last year. The Cowboys have also waived Mincey's fines for not reporting to training camp on time. Mincey will likely open the season as Dallas' starting defensive end opposite Demarcus Lawrence before settling into a rotational role when Greg Hardy's suspension ends.
Aug 2 - 9:03 PM

Bucs DT Akeem Spence will miss "a couple months" after undergoing back surgery.

Spence had the procedure on July 2. He is a candidate to open the season on reserve/PUP, with Spence stating "I'll probably shoot for October or something like that." Theoretically an early-down run stopper, Spence had a miserable first season under Lovie Smith in 2014. He graded out a dreadful 79th among 81 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' 4-3 defensive tackle charts.
Aug 2 - 8:48 PM

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "everything so far at camp points to" Latavius Murray being the Raiders' "No. 1 running back."

It's no secret that Murray is getting the first crack at primary power-running duties in new OC Bill Musgrave's power-running offense. Questions surround the Raiders' effectiveness in 2015 -- their Vegas Win Total is a league-worst 5.5 games -- as well as Murray's ability to stay effective on a big workload. He's still a very small-sample-size player at this stage of his career. "Backup" Roy Helu is 6-foot, 220 with a career 4.44 YPC average, and could make things interesting.
Aug 2 - 8:36 PM

The Ravens are "not optimistic" about S Matt Elam's biceps injury.

The team hasn't gotten MRI results yet, but their medical team likely fears a tear, which would cost Elam all of 2015. Depending on how much the Ravens value Elam -- who has been a huge disappointment through two NFL seasons -- they could consider using the I.R./designated for return tag on him, costing Elam the first eight games of the season. Because Elam practiced in camp, he is not eligible to be placed on the reserve/PUP list.
Aug 2 - 7:05 PM

Bengals RE Michael Johnson is believed to escaped Sunday's knee injury scare with a sprained right MCL.

An MRI is pending, but indications are Johnson avoided a full ligament tear and will miss 4-6 weeks, as opposed to the season. While it's good news for the Bengals, Johnson is now questionable for Week 1. The team will get a long look at Will Clarke and ideally Margus Hunt, if Hunt's back stops acting up.
Source: bengals.com
Aug 2 - 6:19 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was told Trent Richardson has a "50 percent" chance of making the Raiders' 53-man roster.

T-Rich opened training camp on the active/NFI list, suggesting he failed his conditioning test. Latavius Murray and Roy Helu are locks for the 53, while FB Marcel Reece can handle the load in a pinch. Richardson may be competing directly with UDFA Michael Dyer for a roster spot. Until T-Rich gets back on the practice field, his odds are going to appear even less than 50:50.
Aug 2 - 5:48 PM

Martavis Bryant (elbow) is expected to miss the Hall of Fame Game in a "worst case scenario."

Bryant underwent a "minor" procedure to fix an infection. He'll miss "several" days, but should be back for the first full week of preseason. The Steelers kick off the exhibition season against the Vikings one week from today.
Aug 2 - 5:46 PM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is optimistic RE Michael Johnson will turn out "okay" following Sunday's right-knee scare.

The Bengals originally feared a torn ACL. It sounds like he may have a strain or sprain, but that Johnson avoided severe ligament damage. Currently headed for an MRI, Johnson's recovery timetable will be determined by the testing.
Aug 2 - 5:06 PM



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