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|8/20/2014||Malcolm Smith, LB||Smith was back at practice Tuesday.
Analysis: Smith has been sidelined throughout the entire offseason while recovering from ankle surgery this spring. He showed Tuesday that he's itching to get back to work with his teammates. Smith may not play this Friday in Seattle's third preseason game against the Chicago Bears, but he is on track to be ready by the start of the regular season.
|8/20/2014||Marcell Dareus, DT||Saying he's "a grown man," Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus intends to focus on putting his best foot forward to straighten around a career that was nearly derailed by an offseason string of troubles.
Analysis: Dareus spoke during an impromptu gathering with reporters following practice at the Bills' training camp facility in suburban Rochester. It marked the first time he's spoken publicly since late May, when the 2011 first-round draft pick's on- and off-field problems began to grow. Dareus was arrested twice in the span of four weeks in May.
|8/20/2014||DJ Hayden, CB||Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday the team will decide by next week whether cornerback DJ Hayden is healthy enough to start the season on the active roster or if he will go on the physically unable to perform list.
Analysis: Hayden is recovering from surgery in June on a stress fracture in his right foot and has been unable to practice this summer. He has done limited running on the side and is making progress. But time is running out if he wants to play to start the season.
|8/20/2014||Glenn Dorsey, DT||The San Francisco 49ers have signed defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey to a two-year contract extension through the 2016 season.
Analysis: Dorsey, 29, is sidelined with a torn left biceps muscle that required surgery. He was injured Aug. 1, but hasn't been ruled out for the season. He is expected to miss significant time after arriving for training camp as the projected starting nose tackle.
|8/20/2014||Brett Keisel, DE||The Pittsburgh Steelers are planning to re-sign defensive end Brett Keisel to bolster a reconfigured line that has struggled to produce much of anything in the first two weeks of the preseason. Keisel posted on his Twitter feed Tuesday "I am very excited to finish what I started in 2002 with the (at)steelers. Time to get to work!!"
Analysis: The Steelers decided not to re-sign Keisel in the offseason after the 35-year-old finished with four sacks in 12 games in 2013. Keisel, who turns 36 on Sept. 19, was effective when healthy last season. But with the team up against the salary cap he wasn't going to command anywhere near the $4.9 million cap number he received last year.
|8/20/2014||Kenjon Barner, RB||The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired running back Kenjon Barner from the Carolina Panthers for a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2015.
Analysis: Last year, Barner was drafted in the sixth round by the Panthers. The 25-year-old Barner played in eight regular-season games and one playoff game with the Panthers. The Oregon product played for Chip Kelly in college so fantasy owners may want to take advantage and pick him up cheaply.
|8/19/2014||Shaq Evans, WR||The New York Jets have placed Evans on season-ending injured reserve after he underwent shoulder surgery Tuesday. The fourth-round draft pick out of UCLA missed most of training camp after injuring a shoulder that caused him to sit out practice on Aug. 1. Coach Rex Ryan said a few days later that the shoulder "looks pretty bad" and Evans never fully returned to practice.
Analysis: Evans had nine touchdown catches for UCLA last season. He had at least one reception in each of his last 28 games with the Bruins, and led the team in catches his last two years.
|8/19/2014||Jerome Simpson, WR||Simpson has appealed a pending three-game suspension for a repeat violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. Simpson confirmed Tuesday that he was absent from practice Monday to attend a hearing on his case at league headquarters in New York. Simpson said he "just told them the truth," but he acknowledged he was unsure whether his argument would persuade the NFL to reduce or eliminate any punishment.
Analysis: Simpson was arrested last November on suspicion of drunken driving when his sports car broke down on a freeway just outside of downtown Minneapolis. He pleaded guilty to careless driving and refusing to submit to a chemical test, avoiding jail time for community service and two years of probation. Simpson served a three-game suspension to start the 2012 season.
|8/19/2014||Marcus Gilbert, T||The Steelers and Gilbert have reached agreement on a new six-year contract that runs through the 2019 season.
Analysis: Gilbert, a second-round pick in the 2011 draft, has started 34 games in three seasons. He was selected as the team's outstanding rookie after making 13 starts at left tackle in 2011. He missed the last 11 games of the 2012 season with an ankle injury and switched to right tackle last season.
|8/19/2014||Jason Phillips, LB||Phillips, one of the first players signed by the Philadelphia Eagles under coach Chip Kelly, was released Tuesday before he played in a regular-season game for the team.
Analysis: Phillips signed a two-year, $1.46 million contract as a free agent in 2013 with the Eagles, but tore the ACL in his right knee the first week of training camp in 2013 and spent the season on injured reserve. He came back healthy this year, but was released two days before the team's third preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
|8/19/2014||Drayton Florence, CB||The Detroit Lions have released Florence.
Analysis: Detroit signed the veteran defensive back earlier this month, but he was cut before practice Tuesday. Florence started five games for Carolina last season. He started three for the Lions the previous season.
|8/19/2014||Tyrann Mathieu, S||Mathieu came off the physically unable to perform list Tuesday. Mathieu is coming back from surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL.
Analysis: The player widely as the "Honey Badger" was having a standout rookie season when he tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee against St. Louis on Dec. 8. In 13 games, he had 62 tackles, a sack, two interceptions, four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a special teams tackle.
|8/19/2014||Montee Ball, RB||Ball returned to practice Tuesday, participating in individual drills in his first on-field workout since undergoing an appendectomy Aug. 4.
Analysis: Ball sat out the team drills when the Broncos squared off against the Houston Texans.
|8/19/2014||Delano Howell, S||Howell is seeing another specialist to determine the extent of his neck injury, and general manager Ryan Grigson says he hopes to know more before the end of this week.
Analysis: Howell entered training camp as the front runner to start opposite LaRon Landry in the secondary. But Howell has missed almost two weeks of practice.
|8/19/2014||David Wilson, RB||Two weeks after ending his NFL career due to a neck injury, Wilson is turning to track and field.
Analysis: The 23-year-old Wilson, who competed in the triple jump during high school and at Virginia Tech, intends to train in the event with an eye on making the United States team for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
|8/18/2014||Johnny Manziel, QB||Manziel went 2 for 7 for 29 yards in the first half of the Cleveland Browns' exhibition game against the Washington Redskins on Monday night. He also raised the middle finger of his right hand as he jogged away from the Washington sideline late in the third quarter.
Analysis: Browns coach Mike Pettine has said he plans to announce his regular-season QB on Tuesday. Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and 2014 first-round draft pick, and Brian Hoyer each played two possessions against Washington's first-team defense - going a combined 2 for 9, with two sacks and zero points.
|8/18/2014||Darnell Dockett, DT||Dockett was taken off the field on a cart after injuring his right leg at training camp on Monday.
Analysis: Dockett hurt his leg or ankle during an 11-on-11 drill. He limped off, then was placed on a cart and taken away. Frostee Rucker moved into Dockett's spot. Dockett is in his 11th NFL season, all with the Cardinals. He and Larry Fitzgerald have the longest tenure of any Arizona players.
|8/17/2014||Drew Brees, QB||Brees fully participated in practice Sunday for the first time since straining his left oblique muscle two weeks ago.
Analysis: Brees hasn't missed a start due to injury since coming to New Orleans in 2006 and says he plans on playing against Indianapolis on Saturday night in the Saints' third preseason game.
|8/17/2014||Cecil Shorts III, WR||Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts III has returned to practice and could play in Friday's preseason game at Detroit.
Analysis: Shorts was back working with the first-team offense Sunday, a little more than three weeks after straining his right hamstring in the team's opening training camp practice.
|8/16/2014||Cam Newton, QB||Newton will see his first game action since undergoing ankle surgery in March when the Panthers host the Kansas City Chiefs.
Analysis: Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he expects Newton to play at least a quarter on Sunday night, but he could see additional action depending on how well the offensive line protects him. It may also depend on whether Newton can control his competitive urges to take off and run from the pocket.
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