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The Detroit Free Press considers LG Laken Tomlinson's roster spot in jeopardy.

Tomlinson made double-digit starts his first two seasons, but is coming off a down 2016. With the Lions adding T.J. Lang and Graham Glasgow expected to win the starting the left guard job, he could face competition for a backup role. Tomlinson is set to make $2.3 million in the third year of his rookie deal.
Mar 29 - 7:07 PM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell expects Ameer Abdullah (foot) to be ready for OTAs.

"He’ll be able to, at some point, work out there on the field this spring. So we’ll see where he is," Caldwell said. "Obviously, we know what he can do. He’ll bounce back and play well for us. He’ll be fine." Abdullah was medically cleared earlier this month, but it sounds like he could be limited at OTAs. The Lions haven't ruled out upgrading on Abdullah in the draft.
Mar 29 - 6:25 PM

Falcons CB Desmond Trufant (chest) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Trufant will be held out of OTAs, but there's not much concern over his status. The Falcons are planning to extend him before the start of the season. Despite coming off an injury-shortened 2016, Trufant could command top-10 corner money.
Mar 29 - 6:01 PM

NFL suspended free agent SS T.J. McDonald the first eight games of 2017 for violating the substance abuse policy.

The suspension stems from his 2016 DUI. McDonald recently visited Miami, but hasn't had much free agent interest. The eight-game ban is a major hit to his chances of signing with a team. McDonald wouldn't count against the 53-man roster until Week 9 if he lands a contract.
Mar 29 - 5:34 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson confirms suspended WR Martavis Bryant is expected to be reinstated.

A previous report said Bryant's return is imminent. Bryant will be 60 days removed from applying for reinstatement this week. It sounds like there's still not a firm timetable on when a decision will be announced, but all signs point to him getting reinstated.
Mar 29 - 5:31 PM

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Cordarrelle Patterson will have a role on offense.

"Really excited about ‘CP.’ He’s a gifted athlete, once he touches the ball he can score from anywhere," Del Rio said. "He’s not just a special teams guy, we’re going to integrate him in our offense and I think he’s a dynamic playmaker." Patterson doesn't project for more than a gadget role behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, but is going to push Seth Roberts for sub-package targets. He should also see a few carries at running back.
Source: raiders.com
Mar 29 - 5:09 PM

The Miami Herald expects the Dolphins to extend contract-year WR Jarvis Landry before training camp.

Miami has yet to open talks with Landry, but have made it clear they plan to extend him. The Dolphins have enough cap space to get a deal done despite re-signing Kenny Stills. Miami reportedly wants to keep Landry, Stills, and DeVante Parker together through 2020. Landry is targeting $11 million annually.
Mar 29 - 4:31 PM

The Beaver County Times' Chris Bradford reports Steelers suspended WR Martavis Bryant's reinstatement is "imminent."

Bryant applied for reinstatement back on January 28, and by rule, the league has 60 days to make a decision. That would put the deadline at this week. The Steelers have kept quiet on Bryant's possible return, but all accounts have suggested Bryant has stayed on the straight-and-narrow while away from the team. In his time away, Bryant has reportedly added 25 pounds of muscle to his 6'4 frame and is in "excellent condition" as he works as a volunteer high school coach.
Mar 29 - 3:57 PM
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