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  • Chris Culliver gets medical clearance
    49ers CB Chris Culliver (ACL) has been medically cleared for training camp.

    Advice: Culliver tore his left ACL last August. The fourth-year corner is penciled in as the 49ers' starter opposite Tramaine Brock, with Jimmie Ward at nickel back.
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1745th)
  • Report: Henry Melton will be cleared for camp
    Cowboys DT Henry Melton (ACL surgery) is expected to be cleared for the beginning of camp.

    Advice: According to reporter David Moore, the Cowboys aren't expecting any "red flags" with Melton's Wednesday physical. That was expected all along, but is still much-needed news for the Cowboys' undermanned defensive line. Melton is now 10 months removed from tearing his left ACL.
    Yesterday, 7:55 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.51 (1010th)
  • Bolts first-rounder not ready to practice
    Chargers first-round CB Jason Verrett (shoulder) isn't expected to practice before August.

    Advice: The Union-Tribune San Diego's Tom Krasovic predicted earlier this month that Verrett would be ready for camp, but August was always his timeline. Verrett underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in March. He needs to return before the third preseason game, or he could be looking awfully green come Week 1.
    Yesterday, 7:35 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.04 (1651st)
  • Preston Brown working as backup MLB
    Bills third-round pick Preston Brown opened camp as the second-team middle linebacker behind Brandon Spikes.

    Advice: A pre-camp report stated Brown would be in the hunt to replace WLB Kiko Alonso (ACL), but Mike 'backer is his natural position. He figures to take over there in 2015, when Spikes hit free agency. Nigel Bradham is getting the first crack at Alonso's weak-side job, with Keith Rivers stationed on the strong side.
    Yesterday, 7:08 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1088th)
  • Justin Houston expected to report for camp's Ian Rapoport reports Chiefs OLB Justin Houston will report for training camp.

    Advice: Houston skipped the Chiefs' entire offseason program, but isn't prepared to go to contract war. Reporting is a good-faith gesture that could get talks rolling in the right direction. Still only 25 and headed into the final year of his rookie deal, Houston has 21 sacks over past 27 games. The Kansas City Star believes Tamba Hali's five-year, $57 million deal is a potential "starting point" in talks.
    Yesterday, 4:35 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.51 (862nd)
  • Michael Sam says he's shed 13 pounds
    Rams DE Michael Sam says he's lost 13 pounds since OTAs, and will report to training camp at 257.

    Advice: Sam, who was listed at 261 at the Combine, said he's "faster and stronger." According to reporter Nick Wagoner, Sam has slimmed down so he can "help on special-teams coverage units." Although the off-the-field scuttlebutt rages on, Sam appears squarely focused on cracking the Rams' 53-man roster. Wagoner has projected that Sam will make the cut.
    Yesterday, 4:20 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.90 (855th)
  • Falcons DT Peters beginning camp on PUP list
    Falcons placed DT Corey Peters (Achilles') on the active/PUP list.

    Advice: He'll be joined there by second-year S Zeke Motta (neck). Peters went down last Week 16, so it's far from a guarantee that he'll be ready for the regular season. He's a candidate to sit out training camp and revert to reserve/PUP, which would cost him the first six games.
    Yesterday, 3:10 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.88 (1181st)
  • Bucs release presumptive slot CB D.J. Moore
    Bucs released CB D.J. Moore.

    Advice: It's a surprise in that Moore entered camp as the presumptive starter in the slot, but not a surprise in that Moore spent the majority of 2013 on the street. Danny Gorrer and third-year pro Leonard Johnson will now duke it out at nickel back. Moore is only 27, but it's a poor sign for his NFL future that he's been cut loose by coach Lovie Smith, whom he played for in Chicago from 2010-12.
    Yesterday, 3:05 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1670th)
  • Rolando McClain missing camp time for trial
    Cowboys LB Rolando McClain's trial for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct will begin Friday in Decatur, Ala.

    Advice: McClain's attorney had attempted to have the proceedings delayed so McClain wouldn't have to miss time in training camp, but the judge refused. The case has already been delayed three times. Even with the Cowboys' defense in utter disarray, McClain is a long shot to crack the 53-man roster.
    Yesterday, 3:00 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (376th)
  • Jameel McClain's X-rays come back negative
    X-rays on Giants SLB Jameel McClain's foot came back negative.

    Advice: However, ESPN's Josina Anderson reports McClain could undergo an MRI on Wednesday. For now, the Giants are saying McClain is simply dealing with "soreness" after being carted off the practice field on Tuesday. The G-Men can ill afford McClain's injury to be serious with Jon Beason (foot) on the shelf.
    Yesterday, 2:48 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.20 (794th)
  • Leon Hall expected to be activated this week
    Bengals RCB Leon Hall (PUP, Achilles') is expected to be activated within the week.

    Advice: Coach Marvin Lewis has raved about Hall's recovery all offseason, and kept at it this week. Hall is now nine months removed from the injury that ended his 2013. With tears to both Achilles' now on his r‚sum‚ heading into his age-29 campaign, Hall will be a question mark this season.
    Yesterday, 2:18 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.79 (1723rd)
  • Falcons take chance on ex-Colts LB Angerer
    Falcons signed LB Pat Angerer, formerly of the Colts.

    Advice: Angerer is apparently over the knee injury that ended his 2013 and required microfracture surgery. Injuries have limited the 2010 second-rounder to 11 appearances in each of the past two seasons, but he'll have a good shot at cracking the 53-man roster if he can remain healthy. The Falcons are ad libbing as they look to make up for the loss of ILB Sean Weatherspoon (Achilles').
    Yesterday, 1:14 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.81 (-th)
  • Falcons work out free agent ILB Pat Angerer
    Free agent ILB Pat Angerer worked out for the Falcons on Tuesday.

    Advice: Angerer, 27, ended last season on injured reserve with the Colts due to a knee injury that required offseason surgery. His workout with the Falcons is his first nibble of action since. The former second-round pick has also battled concussion and foot problems the past two years. Atlanta is simply looking for bodies after losing ILB Sean Weatherspoon to a torn Achilles' in the spring.
    Yesterday, 12:28 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.81 (-th)
  • Chargers release first-round bust OLB English
    Chargers released OLB Larry English.

    Advice: English was the 16th overall pick in the 2009 draft and is not subject to waivers. The 28-year-old has missed 28 games over the past four seasons mostly due to right foot problems. He has 11 career sacks across 52 career games, but has never accumulated more than three in a season. English's roster spot has been in jeopardy the past couple years, and GM Tom Telesco finally cut the cord. He should be able to latch on with another team for the summer.
    Yesterday, 12:20 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (681st)
  • Adrian Wilson didn't tear Achilles' in 2013
    Bears SS Adrian Wilson says he didn't tear his Achilles' last summer, but was dealing with Haglund's deformity.

    Advice: Haglund's deformity is most common in women. It's a bony enlargement on the back of the heel near the Achilles' tendon that often leads to bursitis, a painful inflammation of the bursa sac. It becomes irritated when rubbing against shoes. Wilson is competing for a roster spot in a wide-open Bears safety group.
    Yesterday, 9:57 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1289th)
  • Geno Atkins (knee) expected to play Week 1
    Bengals DC Paul Guenther said he expects DT Geno Atkins (knee, active/PUP) to be ready for Week 1.

    Advice: Coach Marvin Lewis said they'll hold Atkins on the active/PUP list for a few days to open training camp just to "get a look at him." It sounds like he'll be practicing sometime within the next week or so. The Bengals will likely limit Atkins' snaps during the preseason in an effort to have him 100 percent for the opener.
    Yesterday, 9:26 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.73 (967th)
  • Report: Raiders CB Hayden still not healthy
    Sources have informed former NFL scout John Middlekauf that Raiders second-year CB D.J. Hayden (ankle) is still not healthy, and may open training camp on the active/PUP list.

    Advice: Unreal. According to Middlekauf, even if Hayden doesn't end up on PUP, he's not expected to be a full participant in training camp, "similar to last season." Hayden was reportedly out of his walking boot earlier this month, but still can't seem to get his ankle right. Hayden battled a heart issue in college before undergoing abdominal surgery shortly after the Raiders drafted him with last year's No. 12 pick. He then played in eight games before landing on I.R. with a groin injury. The Raiders don't have much at corner behind Hayden, Carlos Rogers, and Tarell Brown. Fourth-round rookie Keith McGill would be the next man up.
    Yesterday, 7:56 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.46 (1630th)
  • Iloka has 'stranglehold' on starting SS job
    The Cincinnati Enquirer reports George Iloka has a "stranglehold" on the Bengals' starting strong safety job.

    Advice: Iloka started all 16 games last season as a first-year starter and racked up 66 tackles, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and an interception. The Bengals signed Danieal Manning as a free agent and also have Taylor Mays and sophomore Shawn Williams as options at safety. Manning is expected to play the majority of his snaps as the nickel corner. Reggie Nelson is the free safety.
    Yesterday, 6:44 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.14 (1559th)
  • Rookie Lawrence expected to be Cowboys RE
    The Cowboys' official website expects second-round rookie Demarcus Lawrence to open the season as the starting right end.

    Advice: Dallas traded up to No. 34 to grab Lawrence in May's draft in an effort to replace DeMarcus Ware. Lawrence will compete with veteran Jeremy Mincey, but should have no problem outperforming him. He has a chance to make an IDP impact right away under DC Rod Marinelli. George Selvie is penciled in at left end.
    Yesterday, 6:06 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.44 (627th)
  • Saints NT John Jenkins opens camp on PUP
    Saints placed NT John Jenkins (pectoral) on the active/PUP list.

    Advice: Jenkins underwent surgery on his pectorals over the offseason and missed all of spring. We'll consider him day-to-day for the time being. Jenkins is going to push Brodrick Bunkley for nose tackle spot in DC Rob Ryan's defense.
    Monday, 3:17 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.85 (783rd)
  • Brian Cushing (knee) opens camp on PUP
    Texans placed ILB Brian Cushing (knee, leg) on the active/PUP list.

    Advice: Cushing is recovering from a broken fibula and torn LCL, and should be ready within a couple weeks. He's missed 20 games over the past two seasons thanks to hard-luck injuries. Cushing's status for Week 1 isn't in question.
    Monday, 3:06 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.72 (562nd)
  • Pats first-rounder Easley starts on NFI list
    Patriots placed DL Dominique Easley (knee) on the active/NFI list.

    Advice: Easley is in the final stages of his recovery from a torn ACL, and is week to week. Barring a setback, Easley should see the field in the preseason. Joining him on the NFI list are RB Roy Finch, LB Deontae Skinner and OT Chris Martin.
    Monday, 2:23 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.45 (694th)
  • Geno Atkins (ACL) beginning camp on PUP list
    Bengals placed DT Geno Atkins (knee) on the active/PUP list.

    Advice: Joining him there will be OG Clint Boling (knee), LB Marquis Flowers (hamstring), CB Leon Hall (Achilles), P Kevin Huber (neck), WR Colin Lockett (hamstring), DT Zach Minter (back), DT Devon Still (back) and WR Ryan Whalen (hamstring). Updates on Atkins' status have been scarce, but he's now roughly nine months removed from blowing out his knee. He could end up missing the entire preseason, but should still be considered better than 50-50 to be ready for Week 1. His status will be updated in the coming weeks.
    Monday, 1:02 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.73 (967th)
  • Bowman likely sidelined until Week 9
    According to the Sacramento Bee, the "smart money" is on ILB Navorro Bowman (ACL, MCL surgery) returning after the 49ers' Week 8 bye.

    Advice: Likely to open the season on reserve/PUP, Bowman could return in Week 7 in a best case scenario. As San Francisco's bye is the following week, however, Week 9 as a target date makes sense. The 49ers will hold a camp battle to choose Bowman's first-half replacement. Michael Wilhoite is the early favorite.
    Monday, 10:27 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (671st)
  • Jairus Byrd's back rehab is on schedule
    Jairus Byrd's recovery from back surgery has reportedly gone as expected.

    Advice: Byrd underwent a minor procedure in late May to correct a disc issue. He might be limited when camp opens later this week, but no one around the Saints is concerned with his Week 1 status. Byrd, who landed a $54 million contract in free agency, will pair with Kenny Vaccaro to form arguably the game's premier safety duo.
    Monday, 8:11 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.10 (1551st)
  • Christian Kirksey expected to start for CLE
    The Akron Beacon-Journal expects Christian Kirksey to beat out Craig Robertson for a starting inside linebacker job.

    Advice: Robertson ran with the first-stringers during the offseason program, but that was likely a case of easing the rookie in. Kirksey projects as a far superior player in coverage, and was hand-picked by new head coach Mike Pettine -- who helped turn Kiko Alonso into a star as a rookie last season. We like Kirksey as a late-round sleeper IDP pick.
    Monday, 7:22 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.44 (465th)
  • Nigel Bradham opens as starter for BUF
    The Bills opened camp with Nigel Bradham and Keith Rivers as their starting outside linebackers.

    Advice: Former Patriot Brandon Spikes is the middle linebacker. It's been the expected alignment ever since stud WLB Kiko Alonso tore his ACL. Although DC Jim Schwartz considers Bradham and Rivers "interchangeable," Bradham is the preferred IDP sleeper because he's likely to be part of the nickel package. He's also playing on the weak side primarily, which is Alonso's old position. Bradham just has to hold off third-round rookie Preston Brown through camp.
    Monday, 6:29 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.20 (840th)
  • D.J. Moore remains favorite for nickel duties
    D.J. Moore will open training camp as the Bucs' slot corner.

    Advice: Moore spent the majority of last year out of football, but his experience in Lovie Smith's Tampa-2 has him as the favorite for snaps in nickel packages. His main competition will be Danny Gorrer and third-year CB Leonard Johnson. Moore had 10 interceptions in three seasons under Smith from 2010-2012.
    Saturday, 4:32 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1670th)
  • Bowman to be placed on PUP list next week
    49ers ILB Navorro Bowman (ACL, MCL surgery) will be placed on the active/PUP list when he reports to training camp next week.

    Advice: It's merely a procedural move, as Bowman is expected to open 2014 on the reserve/PUP list. Bowman is five months removed from knee surgery and targeting a midseason return.
    Saturday, 12:46 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (671st)
  • Rookie Verrett expected back in time for camp
    The Union-Tribune San Diego's Tom Krasovic says rookie CB Jason Verrett (shoulder) is expected to be ready for camp.

    Advice: Verrett was expected to be out until at least August recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum. The early return helps his chances at earning a starting job in camp, and at the very least Verrett should contribute in sub packages as a rookie. The additions of Verrett and newly-signed Brandon Flowers should make the Chargers secondary a more formidable force this season.
    Saturday, 10:20 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.04 (1651st)
  • Michael Sam projected to make Rams roster
    ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner projects seventh-round DE Michael Sam to make the 53-man roster.

    Advice: The Rams have kept a ninth defensive lineman in each of coach Jeff Fisher's first two seasons, and that's the spot Sam is competing for with DT Matt Conrath, DE Sammy Brown, and UDFA Ethan Westbrooks. The Rams gave Westbrooks a generous signing bonus, while Brown has made strides since being scooped up as a 2012 UDFA. Whoever wins the job will have to show well on special teams. Brown may actually be the best player of the group.
    Friday, 9:00 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.90 (855th)