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Deonte Thompson - WR - Baltimore Ravens Posted 4/13/14 3:52pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
The drug charges against Baltimore Ravens WR Deonte Thompson have been dropped because of insufficient evidence. Thompson was arrested in February for suspicion of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Huddle Up:  Thompson appears to be in the clear off the field, but he might find it hard to land a Ravens' roster spot for a third straight season with Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown all ahead of him on the Baltimore WR depth chart.

Anthony Armstrong - WR - Free Agent Posted 4/13/14 3:52pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
The Washington Redskins recently worked out free-agent WR Anthony Armstrong (Cowboys).
Huddle Up:  Armstrong caught 44 passes for 871 yards and 3 TDs as an undrafted rookie in 2010 in D.C. but has only 10 grabs for 115 yards and 2 TDs since, including a season out of football in 2013. Even if he get a camp invite, he'll have a hard time making the Skins' roster given the team's recent signing of DeSean Jackson and its WR depth.

Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots Posted 4/13/14 3:52pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski met with Dr. James Andrews this week to have his to have his surgically repaired knee examined. Gronkowski was told that his recovery is right on schedule. Gronkowski will be able to start jogging in the near future.
Huddle Up:  As has been the case for the past 2 years, it's an offseason filled with checkups and medical updates for Gronk. Stay tuned to see if the progress continues.

Colin Kaepernick - QB - San Francisco 49ers Posted 4/11/14 3:09pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick said a TMZ reports that alleges sexual assault against him is 'completely wrong.' Kaepernick is being investigated for sexual assault involving two other NFL players and an unnamed woman on April 1, but no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.
Huddle Up:  This isn't the way Kaepernick wants to be in the news, especially with the 49ers looking to sign him to a contract extension. The league will let the legal system run its course before getting involved with any discipline, so for now at least there's no imminent danger of Kaepernick missing time.

Arian Foster - RB - Houston Texans Posted 4/10/14 11:11pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (back) said he will be able to participate once offseason workouts begin.
Huddle Up:  So far, so good this offseason in Foster's recovery from back surgery which limited him to 542 rushing yards and 1 rushing TD in 8 games this past season.

Damian Williams - WR - Miami Dolphins Posted 4/10/14 11:11pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
The Miami Dolphins have signed free-agent WR Damian Williams (Titans) to a one-year deal worth $800,000.
Huddle Up:  Williams, a 2010 3rd-round pick of the Titans, has seen his numbers steadily decrease since his 45-592-5 season in 2011, and will be battling for targets with backups Brandon Gibson and Armon Binns behind base starters Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline.

Dion Jordan - DE - Miami Dolphins Posted 4/10/14 11:11pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly made a play to trade for Miami Dolphins DE Dion Jordan roughly two months ago, according to a respected league source. The Eagles are believed to have offered a second-round pick and LB Brandon Graham for Jordan. The Eagles would have picked up the remainder of Jordan's 4-year, $20.572 million deal.
Huddle Up:  No surprise that Chip Kelly has tried to deal for his former Oregon standout, but the Dolphins obviously want to give the 2013 third-overall pick a chance to flourish after his disappointing 2-sack, 24 total-tackle rookie-year showing.

Eli Manning - QB - New York Giants Posted 4/10/14 11:11pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
New York Giants QB Eli Manning (ankle) said he should be able to run again in six weeks after undergoing a 'debridement' of his left ankle Thursday, April 10. 'I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain,' Manning said. 'I was still experiencing some discomfort as I began my normal offseason preparation, and after consultation, we felt the right thing was to have Dr. Anderson clean out the ankle.' Manning's timetable should have him ready for the majority of the team's offseason workouts.
Huddle Up:  As expected, the surgery -- if all goes right -- should hardly affect Manning's offseason prep, and it should be a non-issue come training camp.

Ed Dickson - TE - Carolina Panthers Posted 4/10/14 4:01pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
The Carolina Panthers signed TE Ed Dickson (Ravens) on Thursday, April 10.
Huddle Up:  Aside from his second season (2011) with the Ravens when he had 54 catches for 528 yards and 5 TDs, Dickson didn't top 25 receptions, 273 yards or a TD in his other 3 campaigns, and now he'll be playing behind Greg Olsen, the Panthers' clear No. 1 passing-game target now that WR Steve Smith has left for Baltimore. In short, a change of scenery should do nothing to alter your minimal fantasy expectations for Dickson.

Eli Manning - QB - New York Giants Posted 4/10/14 4:01pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
New York Giants QB Eli Manning (ankle) will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his ankle Thursday, April 10.
Huddle Up:  With today's ease of arthroscopic procedures, Manning should be fine by the time training camp rolls around, and he can get to work trying to erase his awful 2013 campaign.

Brandon Lloyd - WR - Free Agent Posted 4/10/14 4:01pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
The San Francisco 49ers are talking to free-agent WR Brandon Lloyd (Patriots).
Huddle Up:  The well-travelled Lloyd didn't play last season following his 74-catch, 911-yard 2012 showing in N.E. Now, he's eyeing a return to his original team, where he'd be no better than the third WR option behind starters Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. The Niners have been kicking the tires on wideouts this offseason, so see if anything develops.

Ndamukong Suh - DT - Detroit Lions Posted 4/10/14 3:45pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions teammates and coaches were not surprised that DT Ndamukong Suh was not taking part in voluntary workouts. "It certainly didn't blindside me," head coach Jim Caldwell said. "We certainly knew. He and I have probably had more discussions than any player that we've had on the team. He's been in-and-out. I think he was here on a couple days when I came on a visit, so we kind of knew exactly what was going on."
Huddle Up:  So Suh's absence wasn't a surprise, but it doesn't sound like it was exactly welcomed by Caldwell and the Lions' new staff, either. Suh, who had 5.5 sacks and 9 tackles for losses last season, has always marched to his own beat, and Caldwell and Co. are more or less going to have to adjust.

Colin Kaepernick - QB - San Francisco 49ers Posted 4/10/14 3:45pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault, but no charges have been filed. According to reports, an unnamed woman said she had an encounter with Kaepernick, 49ers WR Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette April 1 at a Miami hotel. The woman told police she drank and smoked marijuana with the players and wound up in Kaepernick's room. She told police that she and Kaepernick both removed their closes but didn't have sex. Kaepernick later left the room, and the woman said she couldn't remember anything after that.
Huddle Up:  It's a rather curious but obviously potentially serious incident and with the investigation only in the beginning stages, it's way too early on speculate on things.

Reggie Bush - RB - Detroit Lions Posted 4/10/14 3:45pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush said he is fine with a potentially smaller workload in 2014. RB Joique Bell is expected to cut into Bush's workload more this season.
Huddle Up:  Bush had 277 touches this past season to Bell's 219, and if the above is true, it's basically shaping up as 50-50 split in the Motor City this coming season. Adjust your draft board accordingly.

Chris Johnson - RB - Tennessee Titans Posted 4/10/14 12:37am et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans) will not be engaging in private tryouts for anyone, according to a league source. The thinking is that he has generated six years of game film, and he's a proven commodity.
Huddle Up:  At this point it's tough to see CJ?K getting anything more than an incentive-laden one-year "show me" type of deal, so why not rest on his body of work?

Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings Posted 4/10/14 12:37am et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin) is close to full strength and plans on participating in offseason workouts when he does get back to full strength. There is no timetable for his return.
Huddle Up:  Given what he's recovered from in the past there's little reason to worry about Peterson or his availability this offseason. However, it'll be a new offense with potentially a new quarterback so a few reps wouldn't hurt before he hits the ground running in August.

Santonio Holmes - WR - Free Agent Posted 4/8/14 11:25pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Free-agent WR Santonio Holmes (Jets) is likely to wait until after the NFL Draft to select his next team, according to a league source.
Huddle Up:  Holmes is coming off 2 injury-addled seasons -- missing a combined 17 games and catching only 43 total passes -- but should be able to catch on somewhere with a 1-year, incentive-laden deal.

Reggie Wayne - WR - Indianapolis Colts Posted 4/8/14 11:25pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne (knee) is expected to be cleared for football activities April 25 after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in Week 7 last season. 'I feel good, I'm ahead of schedule,' Wayne said. 'I'm at the point where I'm tired of doing the same rehab stuff, to be honest with you. I'm excited to get back to football activities. I feel good.' Wayne wants to participate in the team's minicamp, but he'll be held out as a precaution.
Huddle Up:  With Wayne turning 36 this November and coming off the injury, his 100-catch seasons figure to be behind him, but barring any offseason setbacks, there's no reason he can't re-assume his role as Andrew Luck's No. 1 target -- even with the recent addition of Hakeem Nicks and the continued development of young wideout T.Y. Hilton.

Jermichael Finley - TE - Free Agent Posted 4/8/14 11:16pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
Free-agent TE Jermichael Finley will have X-rays on his neck Thursday, April 10, and will undergo an MRI exam within two weeks. The scans will then be looked at by Dr. Joseph Maroon, the neurosurgeon who performed the spinal fusion on Finley last year. Finley hopes to share the results with interested teams if they are positive. The Green Bay Packers, Finley's former team, are one of the interested parties, according to head coach Mike McCarthy.
Huddle Up:  Here's hoping for the best prognosis for Finley, who was limited to 6 games, 25 catches, 300 yards and 3 TDs this past season with the Pack.

Lestar Jean - WR - Houston Texans Posted 4/8/14 11:16pm et  Share this news item on Facebook!  Tweet this news item!
The Minnesota Vikings signed WR Lestar Jean (Texans) on Tuesday, April 8. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up:  Jean who had 10 catches for 186 yards and a TD in 3 seasons with the Texans, will compete for the Vikings' No. 3 WR job with holdovers Jerome Simpson and Jarius Wright.

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