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Brian Cushing (shoulder) is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, Alex Del Barrio of CBS Houston reports.


Cushing was given days off during OTAs as he's still working his way back from January shoulder surgery. Expect the Texans to continue to be cautious with their starting linebacker until the regular season rolls around.

Demetri Goodson (knee - ACL) is ahead of schedule in his recovery, Michael Cohen of the Green Bay Post-Gazette reports.


Goodson tore his ACL in gruesome fashion last November but is already back on the field working with a trainer on the sidelines. After it was thought he might not be ready in time for the start of the 2017 season, the Baylor product is now eyeing a return for the middle of training camp.

Billy Turner sustained a "semi-high ankle sprain" on the first day of OTAs, Ben Swanson of the Broncos' official site reports.


Turner initially needed a walking boot to move about but he's now able to walk on his own. He should be ready to go in time for the opening of next month's training camp.

Cameron Erving will transition to playing right tackle this season, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports. "I play football," Erving said. "At the end of the day, I'm professional and I have to roll with the punches wherever they may fall. I'm in a good position now and that's all I can think about."


Erving will switch to his third position in as many seasons with the Browns, as the team looks to fill its right tackle slot – the only line position not revamped this season in free agency. He'll be competing with Shon Coleman for reps throughout training camp. Erving has had stints at all five line positions for the Browns during his career but played at center for almost the entirety of the 2016 season.

Kavon Frazier (foot) is nearing 100 percent health, Kevin Casas of The Star-Telegram reports. "My foot is 100 percent, but I'm not working in the team drills yet, just a lot of individual stuff as a precaution," Frazier said during June's minicamp.


Frazier – who underwent foot surgery in March to prevent a stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal from becoming something more serious – expects to be prepared for training camp. After playing in nine regular-season games as a sixth-round rookie in 2016, the Central Michigan product is expected to compete for a starting safety role in the wake of Dallas' decision to part ways with veterans J.J. Wilcox and Barry Church this offseason.

Nick Fairley (illness) was placed on the Saints' reserve/non-football injury list Monday, effectively ending his 2017 campaign, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.


Fairley's future in the league has been put into serious question due to his heart condition, which was first revealed earlier this month. The issue comes just a year after the 29-year-old recorded career highs with 43 tackles (29 solo) and 6.5 sacks across 16 games in New Orleans. It's a devastating blow for the Saints defense, and Fairley's absence leaves David Onyemata and Tony McDaniel as the frontrunners to fill in for him along the line. At this point, it seems like the safest option for Fairley is to hang up the cleats for good.

Michael Floyd was sentenced Monday to one day in jail and ordered to serve the final five days of his house-arrest sentence for violating the original terms of his punishment, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.


Floyd, who began serving the 24-day jail sentence in February after pleading guilty to extreme DUI, was deemed to have violated his 96-day house-arrest sentence by testing positive for alcohol earlier this month. Although Floyd reportedly blamed the positive tests on a fermented tea containing trace amounts of alcohol, the 27-year-old was sent back to jail for a day-long stint. From there, Floyd will need to serve his final five days of house arrest before completing his punishment. Despite Floyd's tumultuous offseason, he's expected to battle for a top-four spot on the Vikings' depth chart at receiver during training camp, at which point his current legal troubles will be behind him.

Devonta Freeman (R, Atl)

Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Monday that he's confident the team will reach an agreement with Devonta Freeman on a long-term contract soon, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.


Freeman, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, has totaled over 1,500 yards from scrimmage and at least 13 touchdowns in both of the past two seasons. Given that production, the 2014 fourth-rounder is clearly more valuable than the $1.79 million he's scheduled to earn in 2017. With both Freeman's representatives and the Falcons recognizing his worth, it's anticipated that the 25-year-old will ink a lucrative extension with the franchise before long, which would eliminate a potential distraction during training camp.

Matt Elam's drug charges stemming from a February arrest were dropped Monday, ESPN.com reports.


Elam was pulled over for reckless driving before police booked him on charges of marijuana possession, possession with intent to sell or deliver and possession of a controlled substance. However, all those charges were dropped Monday, clearing Elam of any wrongdoing. While that obviously comes as good news for the 25-year-old, it also follows Elam having charges of grand theft and battery stemming from a May incident that was dropped last week. With no pending legal situations any longer, Elam seemingly now has a better chance of signing with a team, but the free agent's lack of on-field production may not even make him worth the risk.

Zach Miller (foot) could be challenged for a spot on the roster by Daniel Brown during training camp, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.


Despite being productive during the 10 games he played last season, Miller's durability issues could factor into the Bears' determining that they might be better off with Brown, a converted wide receiver, as their receiving tight end. However, with the team having selected Adam Shaheen in the second round of this year's draft, keeping Miller around for the last year of his deal, which has a base salary of $1.5 million, might allow the rookie a year to acclimate to the professional game while the team has a solid receiver in Miller during the transition. As long as Miller makes it through training camp healthy, he should have little trouble holding off Brown, who produced just 124 yards in six games last year after Miller injured his foot. Miller should be a solid backup tight end for fantasy teams should he hold onto his roster spot.

Cameron Brate is expected to remain a prominent figure in the Buccaneers' red-zone offense, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.


Brate scored all eight of his touchdowns from inside the 20-yard line last season, when his 57 catches for 660 yards also marked career highs. Despite that production, the Buccaneers opted to draft fellow tight end O.J. Howard in the first round, leaving some questions about Brate's role heading into 2017. While Howard's presence, along with that of towering wideout Mike Evans, gives Tampa Bay another big-bodied target, Brate is expected to remain in the mix through regular two-tight end sets.

Jason Verrett (knee) isn't allowed to take part in team drills but could return in time for training camp, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports. "He's trying to get in there," coach Anthony Lynn said. "I had to kick him out of walk-through last week. He can't even do walk-though because that's considered a team drill…It's kind of wait-and-see, but yes I'd love to have him back for training camp."


Verrett has proven to be one of the best corners in the league when healthy but has missed 24 games over the past three seasons due to various injuries. While he's making progress on a torn ACL, it may still be awhile until the 26-year-old is cleared to take the field. Look for more updates to come once training camp rolls around.

Alshon Jeffery (W, Phi)

Eagles wide receivers coach Mike Groh said Monday that Alshon Jeffery has enjoyed his best offseason since 2013, Tim McManus of ESPN.com reports.


Jeffery worked under Groh in Chicago from 2013 to 2015, and the wide receivers coach says he's pleased with where the offseason import is both physically and mentally upon being reunited in Philadelphia. It's worth noting that Jeffery's lone Pro Bowl appearance came in 2013, when he caught a career-high 89 passes for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns. Given that success, it's encouraging to hear Groh compare Jeffery's current form to that of his best offseason to date. While Jeffery still needs to solidify his chemistry with quarterback Carson Wentz ahead of the regular season, the fact that he'll be playing on a one-year contract should motivate him to have another strong campaign.

Khalfani Muhammad will look to contribute on special teams this season for the Titans, Jason Wolf of The Tennessean reports. "Most definitely I'm looking forward to special teams in general," Muhammad noted. "Special teams, that's something that impacts the game. It's very crucial in the game, so going out there and being electrifying and making a play and sparking up a team, that's something special and I can't wait."


A seventh-round selection in April's draft, Muhammad is one of the fastest backs in his class, boasting a 4.34 40-yard dash at California's pro day workout. However, with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry already in line to handle the bulk of the carries, it will be tough for Muhammad to find reps on offense as a rookie. Instead, the Titans plan to utilize Muhammad's speed on the special teams, where he has an opportunity to take over returning duties. He'll have to compete for that role in training camp with veteran Eric Weems, who the team signed in March.

Sammy Watkins (W, Buf)

Sammy Watkins (foot) is unlikely to be handed a full workload once training camp begins, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.


Watkins is coming off two foot surgeries over the previous two seasons, but was able to partake in a handful of plays during team drills at Buffalo's mandatory minicamp earlier this month. That progress provided a source of encouragement going into the summer, but coach Sean McDermott maintains the Bills will handle Watkins on a day-to-day basis once training camp starts. As a result, it's doubtful that he'll be turned loose in a full capacity right away. Instead, expect Watkins to gradually build his activity level, with a larger focus on being ready for Week 1.

Cam Newton (Q, Car)

Cam Newton threw Monday for the first time since having offseason shoulder surgery, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.


Newton tossed 45 passes in total, throwing to Carolina's head athletic trainer from three different positions. The session took place in the Panthers' locker room, an indication that Newton will proceed carefully in his recovery from the shoulder issue before taking the field again. Following surgery on his partially torn right rotator cuff in late March, the quarterback said he's yet to regain his full range of motion, but Newton admitted it felt good to finally be able to throw again. In order to shake some of the stiffness in his arm, Newton is scheduled to continue one-on-one throwing sessions for the next four weeks, and if all goes according to plan, he'll be cleared to throw to teammates the day the Panthers open training camp on July 26.

Paxton Lynch made a strong push for the Broncos' starting quarterback job during the last week of OTAs and weeklong mandatory minicamp, Mike Klis of KUSA-TV 9 News reports.


Lynch is said to have underwhelmed early on during Denver's offseason program, but the second-year signal caller found his form over the final two weeks, playing more instinctively in a live setting. In doing so, he closed the gap on incumbent Trevor Siemian, who was the Broncos' starter for the majority of last season. New coach Vance Joseph has stated that Lynch and Siemian will compete for the No. 1 job during training camp and the preseason, so Lynch's noticeable improvement later in OTAs and during minicamp gives him momentum heading into the summer. Still, he'll need to maintain that level to oust Siemian for the starting gig this time around.

John Greco (foot) did not participate in June's minicamp, Jeff Schudel of The News-Herald reports.


Greco, who finished the 2016 season on injured reserve, still appears to be recovering from foot surgery. It isn't clear if he'll be back in time for training camp.

Clint Boling (shoulder) feels he'll be ready for the start of training camp, Jim Owczarski of Cincinnati.com reports. "Everything's been going well. It's coming along well," Boling said. "I've been able to work out and do pretty much everything in the weight room. Just kind of keep taking the time and I should be back here pretty soon."


Boling underwent shoulder surgery this offseason after finishing the 2016 campaign on injured reserve. He's expected to return to his usual role as a first-string guard when healthy.

Hroniss Grasu (knee) is now healthy after tearing his ACL last summer, H. Rick Bamman of The Clay Center Dispatch reports.


Grasu tore his ACL in training camp last summer and spent the entire 2016 season on injured reserve. He was a limited participant in OTAs this spring but said he'll be "120 percent" by the start of training camp.