Dontari Poe - DT - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs DT Dontari Poe (back) is dealing with a herniated disk in his back and has had two epidurals.
Huddle Up: Tough news for the Chiefs and Poe's IDP owners as the two-time Pro Bowler underwent surgery July 15 after initially hurting his back in offseason workouts and will be out indefinitely. Poe, who had 46 total tackles and a career-high six sacks last season, is expected to miss the entire preseason and possibly a few regular-season contests as well.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has given permission to the NFL Players Association to appeal his case in federal court, according to a source. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Brady's four-game suspension for his involvement in deflating footballs in last year's postseason.
Huddle Up: As expected, but even if Brady were to win a district court, the league could then file its own appeal. Bottom line: We're staring at a legal mess here, but until further notice, count on Jimmy Garoppolo starting the first four games of the season. Don't let Brady slide too far, though, in your drafts as he figures to be playing with a vengeance when he does return.
Vontaze Burfict - LB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to a source.
Huddle Up: It won't be a shocker if the LB misses most of the preseason -- and even some regular-season action -- after undergoing microfracture knee surgery this offseason. Stay tuned as we'll be monitoring his progress.
Todd Gurley - RB - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) passed his conditioning test Tuesday, July 28. He will start training camp on the active roster.
Huddle Up: Very encouraging news for the 10th overall pick and those who already have swooped him up in early fantasy drafts. The Rams are no doubt still planning on taking it easy with the RB, but let's see what he can do -- and how he looks -- in camp and early in the preseason.
Ryan Williams - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Ryan Williams (knee) was waived/injured Tuesday, July 28.
Huddle Up: Sadly, this might signal the end of the NFL road for the star-crossed 2011 second-round pick, who has only been able to play in five pro games and log 58 rushes in four seasons. In the meantime, it thins out the back end of the RB depth chart for the Cowboys, who did sign undrafted free agent Gus Johnson (Stephen F. Austin) on Tuesday.
Brandon Marshall - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall tweeted that he was in Jamaica for his sister's wedding, and he was worried the second-hand marijuana smoke could force him to fail a drug test. It's unclear how serious he was, but he can't be suspended for his first positive marijuana test under the league's substances of abuse policy.
Huddle Up: It just sounds like Brandon being Brandon, but it doesn't appear he or his fantasy owners really have anything to be concerned about at the moment.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's original three-game suspension has been reduced to a two-game suspension Tuesday, July 28.
Huddle Up: Hey, a game is game for 2014's top fantasy's top RB and his fantasy owners, who were looking to be without Bell for a quarter of the season. Now, he'll just miss the season opener at New England and the Week 2 home opener against the 49ers before returning in Week 3 for a visit to St. Louis. DeAngelo Williams is expected to fill in as a starter while Bell sits.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's four-game suspension has been upheld by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday, July 28.
Huddle Up: Wow: It was thought that the suspension might be cut in half or even eliminated entirely, but reportedly, the league is armed with some new evidence -- including Brady allegedly destroying his old cell phone -- and it sounds confident it can even prevail in court with Brady and the NFLPA expected to take the battle to a judge. In any case, hopefully, it won't even take a sixth of the time it took to rule on DeflateGate and rule on Brady's appeal.
Josh Freeman - QB - Free Agent
Free-agent QB Josh Freeman (Dolphins) was re-signed by the Miami Dolphins Tuesday, July 28, according to his agent, Ron Freeman.
Huddle Up: At this point Freeman is little more than a camp arm with upside.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is expected to have his four-game suspension upheld, a source told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith. Smith said on 'ESPN First Take' Tuesday, July 28, that a source told him 'within the last hour,' that unless something changed at the last minute, Brady's suspension would be upheld. Smith said an announcement is expected within the next 24 to 48 hours.
Huddle Up: Let the lawsuits begin! Brady's camp has threatened legal action if his suspension wasn't wiped out, so if this news holds true you can expect the legal wrangling to begin. Meanwhile, Jimmy Garoppolo awaits his month-long run as Patriots quarterback.
Chris Johnson - RB - Free Agent
Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Jets) has been in contact with the Dallas Cowboys.
Huddle Up: You mean... Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden isn't the answer? CJ behind that offensive line has some fantasy upside and would definitely be a camp battle worth watching.
Sio Moore - LB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders LB Sio Moore (hip) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 27.
Huddle Up: The Silver & Black were hoping to have one of their best defenders back by the start of training camp this week, but according to reports, they only expect this to be a minor setback and anticipate Moore won't miss much more time. In 11 games last season, Moore finished third on the squad in both total tackles (89) and sacks (3).
Matt Asiata - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata was a fantastic contributor in goal-line situations last season, but head coach Mike Zimmer indicated Monday, July 27, that RB Adrian Peterson will be leaned upon in the situations this season. 'Obviously, we're going to have to spell (Peterson) at times like you do a lot of guys. But we get down on the goal line, and we're probably not pulling him out, you know?,' Zimmer said.
Huddle Up: Asiata finished 2014 with the league's seventh-most carries (23) and wound up with the third-most TDs (nine) inside the opponents' 10-yard line in 2014, but Peterson never has a season with less than 10 rushing scores when he's played at least 12 games, and he's back in his lead-dog role in the Twin Cities, bumping all the other pups aside.
Chris Cooley - TE - Free Agent
Free-agent TE Chris Cooley (Redskins) is still considering a comeback, although he said Monday, July 27, in a radio interview that he does not anticipate a team signing him before the start of training camp. In addition, he is likely to join a contending team. 'It would probably have to be a team that realisitically has a chance of winning this year. Teams that don't have a chance of winning don't sign 33-year-old tight ends,' Cooley said.
Huddle Up: Cooley hasn't played since 2010 and hasn't played in double-digit games in a season since 2010, but talented tight ends are always in NFL demand, and look for a team to give the former D.C. standout an incentive-laden shot to show what he's got in camp.
Josh McCown - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown enters training camp as the team's starting signal caller, but head coach Mike Pettine said Monday, July 27, that McCown is not guaranteed of the job. 'The repetitions will (still) be handled that way, with Josh as the one,' Pettine said. 'Now, I wouldn't say I'm guaranteeing today that Josh McCown is going to be the starter against the Jets (in Week 1).'
Huddle Up: Other than his 3-2 record as a starter and 13-1 TD-to-interception ratio in 2013 with the Bears, McCown owns a 14-30 career record as a starter with 48 TDs and 58 interceptions. Moreover, the Browns' 2015 skill-position supporting cast isn't exactly the 2013 Bears' contingent, either, so the fantasy -- and certainly reality -- jury remains very much out on the 36-year-old QB
Markus Wheaton - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton is believed to have performed the best among the wide receivers during offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Wheaton is set to be the Steelers' slot man when the team goes to three-WR sets, but as of right now, his fantasy upside is limited with Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell, Heath Miller and likely even Martavis Bryant ahead of him in Pittsburgh's pass-catching pecking order.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell last season became one of five RBs -- Marshall Faulk did it three times -- since the 1970 merger to have at least 1,000 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards in the same season.
Huddle Up: Bell finished second in the league with 1,361 rushing yards and led all RBs with 854 receiving yards last season, and while he figure to be up there again, the 1,000-800 Club is unlikely unless his current three-game season-opening suspension somehow gets trimmed to a game.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins was targeted 128 times last year, but only one receiver has been targeted more than 110 times in a season for head coach Rex Ryan.
Huddle Up: Watkins wasn't in the best of health all season, playing hurt in a number of games, and figures to be ready for more looks in Year 2, but the Bills, meanwhile, have added several new weapons (RB LeSean McCoy, WR Percy Harvin and TE Charles Clay) in addition to a ground-oriented coach in Ryan so approaching 128 again might be a reasonable number for Warkins.
Doug Martin - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin could be in line for a big, bounce-back year, in the opinion of beat writer Roy Cummings.
Huddle Up: Martin only has 286 touches for 1,080 yards and three total TDs in 17 games during the two seasons since his breakout rookie year of 2012, in which he totaled 368 touches for 1,926 yards and 12 TDs. In short, he's a player who bears watching as he'll first have to hold off second-year back Charles Sims to hold on to the starting gig, and then he'll have to show he can stay healthy. Follow along as we keep tabs on his progress in training camp.
Junior Galette - LB - Free Agent
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette was officially released Monday, July 27.
Huddle Up: Despite 22 sacks over the last two years, Galette's productive run with the Saints is now history. He says he's now ready to move on to the next stop of his NFL career, but reports of off-field misconduct and the pectoral injury he suffered this offseason will both have to pass muster before a new team breaks out the check book.
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