Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is working with a restricted snap count during training camp and is wearing special shoes designed to take stress of the bone that he fractured in his right foot last season.
Huddle Up: As fully expected, Jones is taking it slow along the comeback trail. Expect his exhibition game snaps to be limited as well.
Brian Hoyer - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer and QB Johnny Manziel remain in a close battle for the starting quarterback job, according to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan said the competition has been 'back and forth' and that he doesn't 'think one is in front of the other.'
Huddle Up: May be a little diplomacy on Shanny Jr.'s part as most reports out of Browns camp have had Hoyer with a solid lead. Shanahan did add, though, that Manziel will be spending some time working with the first-team offense to even up the competition. We'd say to stay tuned to this situation, but you really have no choice if you follow the NFL at any level.
Pat Angerer - LB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons LB Pat Angerer suffered a head injury during practice Tuesday, July 29, and has yet to be cleared through the NFL's concussion protocol.
Huddle Up: Just the latest setback for the star-crossed LB who is trying to help fill the void created by Sean Weatherspoon's season-ending injury earlier in camp.
Reggie Wayne - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne said he hasn't had any problems so far with his surgically repaired right knee.
Huddle Up: So far so good this summer for the soon-to-be 36-year-old Wayne. Nonetheless, there will be much more competition for targets with the emergence of T.Y. Hilton, the free-agent signing of Hakeem Nicks, the selection of Donte Moncrief in the third round and the return of TE Dwayne Allen, who missed all but 1 game last season with a hip injury.
Donald Brown - RB - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown returned kicks in practice Thursday, July 31.
Huddle Up: You wouldn't think Brown received the big free-agent $$$ to serve as a kickoff-return specialist, particularly since he's only had one career kick return (for 21 yards) in his 5 seasons in Indy. See if it continues as the preseason progresses.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey reportedly left practice Thursday, July 31, with concussion symptoms.
Huddle Up: Not that concussions ever arrive at opportune times, but it's particularly bad timing for DHB who's already facing an uphill battle to land a roster spot in the Steel City.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will make $6.5 million in base salary this season instead of $5 million, according to a league source. Lynch will now be guaranteed an additional $1 million that previously had to be earned by reaching incentives and will also be given $500,000 that he was due to earn next year.
Huddle Up: It's not the brand-new deal Lynch wanted, but it sounds like the Seahawks are being more than accommodating to the veteran back.
Vincent Brown - WR - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Brown (calf) wore a protective boot Thursday, July 31, after sitting out the team's last five practices.
Huddle Up: Brown needs to find a way past this injury and get back on the field as he's fighting for a spot in the Bolts' regular WR rotation after his ho-hum 41-472-1 season a year ago.
Ronnie Hillman - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman has been unbelievable this offseason, according to running backs coach Eric Studesville. Studesville said Hillman is starting to maximize his potential and it's been exciting to witness.
Huddle Up: Many believe second-year back C.J. Anderson is actually running ahead of the 2012 third-round pick in the race to back up Montee Ball, but the true tests -- the preseason games themselves -- are yet to come. Avoiding the fumbling issues that plagued him last season will Key No. 1 for Hillman.
Jonathan Grimes - RB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans RB Jonathan Grimes (undisclosed) and LB Trevardo Williams (undisclosed) have been activated from the Non-Football Injury list and Physically Unable to Perform list, respectively.
Huddle Up: All of Grimes' 2013 action came in the final 2 games -- including a 126-total-yard, 1-TD performance in Week 17 -- but he's fighting for his roster life this preseason with 3 backs (Arian Foster, Andre Brown and Dennis Johnson) solidly ahead of him on the tailback depth chart.
New York Jets SS Calvin Pryor has been cleared for physical activity after suffering a concussion. Pryor has not been cleared for contact.
Huddle Up: Good news for the Jets' first-round pick who is being counted on to step in and start at SS. N.Y. opens its preseason Aug. 7 against the Colts.
Chad Henne - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Chad Henne is in no danger of losing his starting job at this point, according to head coach Gus Bradley. Henne has looked comfortable during practice and is performing well.
Huddle Up: Of course many onlookers are wondering when third-overall pick Blake Bortles takes over -- that's how it goes with first-round QB draft picks -- but for those looking for backup QBs in deep re-draft leagues right now, Henne is your man.
Aldon Smith - LB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday, Aug. 8. Smith is facing a suspension for three felony gun charges and a DUI.
Huddle Up: The Niners -- and owners in fantasy IDP leagues -- need some clarity on the suspension with fellow LB NaVorro Bowman expected to miss the first half of the season recovering from knee surgery.
Tony Romo - QB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) said he is not sure if he will play in the team's preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 7. 'You're constantly evaluating it and you're constantly, I don't want to say adjusting because you stick to the plan, but it's a progression,' Romo said. 'It's leading up to San Francisco [on Sept. 7 for the season opener]. I am going to play in the preseason, obviously. I think it's important. The first game, we'll talk about it as we move into the weekend.'
Huddle Up: At age 34 and coming off two back procedures in the past year, Romo certainly isn't going to rush back into action -- especially for some virtually meaningless preseason competition. That said, there's no real reason to drop him much -- if any, really -- on your QB draft board as he's ranked in QB1 territory in each of the past 3 seasons.
Geno Smith - QB - New York Jets
New York Jets QB Geno Smith has fixed his turnover problems so far this offseason, according to offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
Huddle Up: After turning the ball over an AFC-high 26 times last season, Smith's decision-making is under the microscope this offseason, especially with the Jets bringing in veteran Michael Vick. It sounds like Smith is making progress, but the real tests -- i.e. the preseason and early regular-season contests -- are still to come.
Stephen Hill - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Stephen Hill has been outstanding so far during training camp, according to offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
Huddle Up: Hill didn't show much sophomore-season improvement -- moving from 21-252-3 to 24-342-1 -- and he'll need to show a lot more with free-agent signee Eric Decker attracting a lot of defensive attention on the other side.
David Wilson - RB - New York Giants
Doctors for New York Giants RB David Wilson are very hesitant to clear him to return to football after suffering a neck stinger in practice.
Huddle Up: Wilson is determined to keep playing, but the stars just may not be aligned after this early-camp setback.
Eric Berry - S - Kansas City Chiefs
Updating previous reports, Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (ankle) is expected to be fine and left practice early for precautionary reasons.
Huddle Up: The sight of the first-team All-Pro safety leaving the practice field on a cart caused quite a stir earlier Thursday, but it sounds like the Chiefs' Defensive MVP avoided serious injury. IDP owners are still advised to monitor his progress.
Matt Slater - WR - New England Patriots
The New England Patriots have activated WR Matthew Slater (undisclosed) from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: No fantasy implications here as Slater -- with 1 catch in 6 NFL seasons -- has survived this long strictly as a special-teams ace.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is planning to end his holdout and report to the team in the next 24 hours, according to various media reports. Lynch will not receive a new deal and added money, but the team is expected to add some financial concessions to his contract.
Huddle Up: This knocks the fantasy values of Christine Michael and Robert Turbin back down a peg or two, but both are still expected to get more work this season to lessen the burden on Lynch, who has logged a league-leading 901 rushing attempts over the past 3 seasons.
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