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Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seattle Seahawks
(7/29/2014 8:08pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has been fined $275,000 for missing his sixth straight day of training camp, per collective bargaining agreement rules.
Huddle Up: Ouch -- that's quite the Beastly penalty as the stalemate continues. In the meantime, the fantasy stocks of backups Christine Michael and Robert Turbin continue to climb.
Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
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Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (neck) will return to practice Wednesday, July 30, after sitting out Tuesday, July 29.
Huddle Up: Good news for the speedy second-year back who has generated much fantasy buzz this offseason as he assumes the starting role in the desert.
Pat Angerer - LB - Atlanta Falcons
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Atlanta Falcons LB Pat Angerer left practice Tuesday, July 29, with an undisclosed injury. Angerer reportedly appeared to be favoring his right leg.
Huddle Up: Angerer was brought in to ease the pain over Sean Weatherspoon's season-ending injury, but the former Colt isn't without his own injury issues, having missed a combined 10 games over his last 2 seasons in Indy. Keep an eye out for further updates.
Ahmad Brooks - LB - San Francisco 49ers
(7/29/2014 8:00pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
San Francisco 49ers LB Ahmad Brooks restructured his contract to give the team $2 million more in cap space, according to a source.
Huddle Up: With NaVorro Bowman likely to miss the first half of the season, the Niners will be counting heavily on Brooks, who is coming off career highs last season in total tackles (60), passes defensed (7) and sacks (8.5).
Steven Jackson - RB - Atlanta Falcons
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Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson injured his hamstring Monday, July 28, which is why he wasn't practicing Tuesday, July 29. Head coach Mike Smith said Jackson will be ready for the team's first preseason game.
Huddle Up: Something to definitely monitor as Jackson missed 4 full games last season and finished with a career season lows in rushing yards (543) and yards from scrimmage (734).
Jairus Byrd - S - New Orleans Saints
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New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (back) practiced for the first time this offseason Tuesday, July 29. Byrd will gradually make his way back and did not take part in full-team drills.
Huddle Up: The ball-hawking safety and prize free-agent acquisition (22 interceptions and 5 fumble recoveries in his first 5 seasons) is coming off offseason back surgery and it could even take a few regular-season games for the Pro Bowler to hit his full stride.
Anthony McCoy - TE - Seattle Seahawks
(7/29/2014 5:59pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
Seattle Seahawks TE Anthony McCoy (Achilles') reportedly tore his left Achilles' in practice Tuesday, July 29. McCoy would likely miss the entire 2014 season.
Huddle Up: You really have to feel for McCoy, who missed all of last season with an injury to his right Achilles'. In the meantime, Zach Miller and Luke Willson remain atop the Seattle TE depth chart,and we'll have to see if the defending champs add anyone else for depth purposes.
Andre Johnson - WR - Houston Texans
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Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson left practice Tuesday, July 29, with a strained hamstring.
Huddle Up: This was reported as an early-camp strain and nothing more at this point, but it immediately conjures up painful memories of the WR's hammy-hampered 2011 campaign (7 games) in which he recorded career lows across the board with 33 catches, 492 yards and 2 TDs.
Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
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Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will argue that second-hand marijuana smoke caused a positive test, and that he should not be suspended in an appeal hearing Friday, Aug. 1.
Huddle Up: Nothing definitive here to alter any draft strategies -- just the latest update on 2013's top fantasy WR and his ongoing battle to avoid a year-long suspension.
Phillip Tanner - RB - Indianapolis Colts
(7/29/2014 3:52pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
The Indianapolis Colts signed RB Phillip Tanner (Cowboys) Tuesday, July 29. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Indy continues to bolster its backfield depth in back of Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw following Vick Ballard's season-ending Achilles' tear last week. There's no real fantasy implications here unless the backfield injuries continue.
David Wilson - RB - New York Giants
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Updating a previous report, New York Giants RB David Wilson left practice with a neck burner Tuesday, July 29.
Huddle Up: The Giants and Wilson's fantasy owners can only hope this isn't a surgery-related setback for the RB who had just been cleared after recovering from last season's neck procedure. Updates will be forthcoming from the team.
Brian Hoyer - QB - Cleveland Browns
(7/29/2014 2:00pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) is outperforming rookie QB Johnny Manziel so far in camp, and the starting quarterback job has been Hoyer's job to lose, as observed by Jason La Canfora. Hoyer looks crisper with his mental speed, including actions in the huddle, at the line and during plays. Hoyer is not gun-shy as his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament continues 'to wow the Browns,' according to La Canfora. Manziel also has acted somewhat guarded around his new teammates.
Huddle Up: Hoyer is certainly the man if you need to draft a viable starting QB for right now, but Johnny Football still remains the best option for those fantasy GMs looking farther down the line.
Jimmy Clausen - QB - Chicago Bears
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Chicago Bears QB Jimmy Clausen was accurate with his throws during practice Monday, July 28, and he led a touchdown drive during a two-minute drill. Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com believes Clausen is 'very much' in the mix for the backup QB job.
Huddle Up: Hey, who knows, Clausen could find himself in fantasy play at the controls of one of the league's top offenses if something happens to starter Jay Cutler. Jordan Palmer and 6th-round pick David Fales also are in the running for the No. 2 QB gig so stay tuned.
Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
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Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) isn't running outside of the pocket during training camp, but he has been able to plant in the pocket to make throws without any complications.
Huddle Up: All indications are Cam is right on track and even ahead of schedule, and the Panthers certainly aren't going to have the QB scrambling all over and pushing things during the early stages of camp.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WR - New York Giants
(7/29/2014 1:47pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) will not play in the team's preseason game Sunday, Aug. 3.
Huddle Up: It had certainly been heading that way with the first-round pick dealing with a nagging sore hammy, but the Giants still do have 4 more preseason contests after Sunday's HOF Game so the rookie will still have time to get back on track and establish his role in the N.Y. WR corps.
Pierre Garcon - WR - Washington Redskins
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Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon could return to practice Wednesday, July 30, after suffering a minor hamstring injury in practice. "I'll be good," Garcon said. "No need to really rush it, or trying put everything to the wall right now. It is the first week of training camp."
Huddle Up: The vet Garcon definitely has the right outlook with Washington's first preseason contest still 9 days away.
Aaron Dobson - WR - New England Patriots
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Updating an ongoing story, New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson underwent surgery March 10 to have a screw permanently implanted into his injured left foot. Dobson had a stress fracture fixed, and the initial prognosis of two to three months is now an overly optimistic timetable. He began running in July but has not showcased any change-of-direction work in practice.
Huddle Up: The games that count are still more than a month away, but in the meantime, Dobson -- who's on the PUP list -- is falling behind fellow second-year WRs Kenbrell Thompkins & Josh Boyce and FA signee Brandon LaFell in the battle for WR pecking order on the squad.
Chris Ivory - RB - New York Jets
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New York Jets RB Chris Ivory is likely to be the team's goal line back, according to running backs coach Anthony Lynn.
Huddle Up: Before you hit the panic button on Chris Johnson's fantasy value, keep in mind that CJ?K tends to score more touchdowns from 50 yards and out than he does from five yards and in so this shouldn't ding his stats significantly. It does, however, give Ivory some value in TD-heavy scoring systems.
Rod Streater - WR - Oakland Raiders
(7/29/2014 10:32am et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater (concussion) is dealing with a concussion, head coach Dennis Allen confirmed Monday, July 28.
Huddle Up: Streater should be among the Raiders' top receivers, but any time you're dealing with a concussion it puts the timetable on hold. Worse, after one concussion a player is more susceptible to future concussions, so you can officially move Streater into the "injury risk" category.
Jerrel Jernigan - WR - New York Giants
(7/29/2014 10:32am et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
New York Giants WR Jerrel Jernigan is expected to compete with rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) for a starting spot.
Huddle Up: Beckham is not helping himself by missing time with a hamstring injury. Jernigan has been a solid contributor and offers Eli Manning and the Giants a nice fallback plan.
Marcus Lattimore - RB - San Francisco 49ers
(7/29/2014 10:32am et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) has not been cleared to practice yet due to lingering concerns about his surgically repaired right knee. However, he appears close to joining his teammates.
Huddle Up: The Niners drafted a running back in the second round because they weren't sold on Lattimore's recovery yet, a move that at this juncture looks to be a wise one. Anything San Francisco can get from Lattimore would be a bonus, but with all the injuries in the 49ers backfield and Frank Gore in the twilight of his career there may be no better opportunity for Lattimore than right now.
Alfonso Smith - RB - Free Agent
(7/29/2014 10:32am et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
The San Francisco 49ers are expected to announce the signing of free-agent RB Alfonso Smith (Cardinals) Tuesday, July 29. The team needs healthy reinforcements with RBs Kendall Hunter (knee) likely out for the season, and RB LaMichael James (elbow) out at least a month.
Huddle Up: Smith is a depth guy behind Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde, but at the rate running backs are dropping in San Francisco he may yet wind up with fantasy value.
Gavin Escobar - TE - Dallas Cowboys
(7/29/2014 10:32am et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
Dallas Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar has often lined up out wide during training camp, and offensive play-caller Scott Linehan is experimenting with different ways to get him involved in the offense.
Huddle Up: Escobar is the heir apparent to Jason Witten, but Witten ain't done yet so Linehan is getting creative in finding ways to get Escobar on the field. Don't be surprised if Escobar carves out a red zone role as a mismatch problem while he bides his time behind Witten.
Mario Manningham - WR - New York Giants
(7/28/2014 11:49pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
New York Giants WR Mario Manningham (knee) said he is still not 100 percent confident in his surgically repaired knee. 'I'm working on it,' he said of overcoming that psychological hurdle. 'Every day I feel better. (I'm) going out and just trying to get back to where I was.'
Huddle Up: Manningham should be able to lock up a roster spot with his old team if he can show some solid progress after a lost season (6 games, 9 catches) last year in San Fran.
Anthony Dixon - RB - Buffalo Bills
(7/28/2014 11:49pm et)  Share this news item on Facebook! Tweet this news item!
Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon was listed as the No. 3 back on the team's first official depth chart with RB Bryce Brown listed as the No. 4 back.
Huddle Up: You'd think it would be just the opposite with all the glowing Brown reports coming out of Bills' camp so far, but we haven't even gotten to the Hall of Fame Game yet so no need to pay these early depth charts too much attention.

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