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NaVorro Bowman (Achilles) is making good progress through his rehab but still doesn't have a timetable set for his return to full activity, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.


Bowman is currently working his way back from a torn left Achilles suffered in Week 4 against the Cowboys. That setback came after he suffered a horrible left knee injury during the 2014 NFL Championship, giving Bowman perspective for his rehab. According to the 28-year-old, his latest injury hurdle is far easier to approach than his knee rehab was, and although he's yet to receive a timetable, Bowman is confident he'll be back performing at a high level once healthy.

Tyler Lockett

Tyler Lockett (leg) is confident he'll be ready for Week 1 of the 2017 season, saying, "Oh yeah, for sure I will," when asked about that possibility, Gee Scott of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.


Lockett suffered a gruesome compound fracture to his left fibula and tibia during Week 16 of the regular season, requiring him to undergo surgery after catching 41 passes for 597 yards and a touchdown. Since his operation, Lockett has been working hard in his rehab, which caused coach Pete Carroll to project last month that the wideout would be healthy for the start of next season. Although he's still unable to run, Lockett recently confirmed Carroll's expectation, which is certainly an encouraging development regarding his fantasy stock, but his status should still be tracked over the course of this offseason.

Rashad Jennings (R, NYG)

Rashad Jennings was released by the Giants on Monday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN reports.


Jennings had a disappointing season in 2016. He entered the campaign as the Giants' top running back but produced just 794 total yards while having the lowest yards per catch of his career and the lowest yards per carry average since joining the Giants in 2014. His release gives the Giants an extra $2.5 million in cap space and leaves Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen as the team's top running backs. Jennings is now free to sign with any team.

Victor Cruz (W, NYG)

Victor Cruz was released by the Giants on Monday, Art Stapleton of The Record reports.


Cruz caught 39 passes for 586 yards and a touchdown in 15 games played this season, which came after knee and calf injuries restricted him to just six appearances over the previous two campaigns combined. Although Cruz proved his health by only missing one game in 2016, his season-ending totals clearly couldn't justify his $9.4 million salary cap hit for 2017. Knowing that, Cruz hoped to be able to return to the Giants on a restructured deal, but the team decided to move on from him after seven seasons, which included over 300 catches, 4,500 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns. While Cruz being released leaves the Giants in obvious need of a No. 3 wideout ahead of next season, the 30-year-old veteran will now have a head start on considering his options in free agency next month.

Kenny Britt (W, LA)

Kenny Britt (shoulder), an unrestricted free agent this offseason, is not anticipated to return to the Rams, ESPN's Alden Gonzalez reports.


Britt posted career highs in receptions (68), targets (111) and yards (1,002) despite dealing with mostly dreadful quarterback play this past season. While that success makes the timing of Britt's impending free agency rather opportune, new Rams coach Sean McVay may prefer to pursue more consistent receiving threats, including a pair of wideouts he coached in Washington, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. That scenario would likely result in Britt signing elsewhere, potentially giving the 28-year-old a chance to pair with a more reliable quarterback, but likely within an offense less dependent on Britt to cover its deficiencies.

K'Waun Williams (ankle) is making a free-agent visit with the Lions on Monday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.


Williams did not play this past season after a disagreement with the Browns over an ankle injury resulted in him being released during the preseason, which preceded him failing a physical with the Bears after they attempted to claim him. In his two seasons with the Browns, Williams started 10 of 26 games played, registering 77 total tackles, 10 pass deflections and three forced fumbles. Although Williams reportedly already has a visit scheduled with the Jets, if all goes well Monday in Detroit, he could enter the fray to compete for the Lions' nickel cornerback job, which is currently an area of need after Quandre Diggs suffered a torn pectoral in December.

Tyrod Taylor (Q, Buf)

Bills beat writer Vic Carucci says he's been told Tyrod Taylor (core muscle surgery) is unwilling to agree to a restructured contract that would reduce his pay, The Buffalo News reports.


It's also been reported that Taylor would prefer to return to the Bills, but Carucci's sources say the quarterback and his agent are convinced they can receive a boatload of money if Taylor hits the open market, so they may be unwilling to take a pay cut to keep Taylor in Buffalo. We'll see how much new coach Sean McDermott pushes to keep Taylor in the fold, though the thought all along had been that if the quarterback was going to return for another season, it would be under a reduced deal given that the team has mixed feelings about his 2016 performance.

Niles Paul

Niles Paul (shoulder) is progressing ahead of schedule after undergoing shoulder surgery in November, Jake Kring-Schreifeis of the team's official site reports.


The veteran tight end said of his progress, "My progression is crazy and I'm in the weight room doing things I'm not supposed to be doing. I was doing pushups two months out and they couldn't believe that. I'm just trying to get right and to be mentally healthy for next season." Paul has only played in eight games the past two seasons due to various injuries but will look to put all that behind him in 2017. He is under contract for one more season and will look to compete with Jordan Reed, Derek Carrier and others for reps once healthy.

Reshad Jones (shoulder) is scheduled to begin offseason workouts after making a full recovery from shoulder surgery, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.


Jones was forced to sit out of the team's last 10 games of the season due to a shoulder injury. According to the report, Jones claims that he "feels great" and should be a full go for the start of the season barring any setbacks. Jones figures to function as a depth secondary weapon next year.

Rashard Robinson (ankle) is slated to be fully recovered by the start of the 49ers' offseason program in April, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.


Robinson was carted off the field during the team's Jan. 1 loss to the Seahawks, but he luckily avoided any serious damage despite leaving the facility on crutches. He's projected to compete for a starting spot at cornerback in 2017 after a rookie campaign in which he racked up 28 tackles, eight passes defensed, and one interception in 14 games.

Eric Reid (biceps) expects to be fully ready for the 49ers' offseason program, ESPN reports.


Reid met with a team doctor Wednesday to discuss the status of his torn biceps and was told if there were a game this week, he'd be able to practice. In fact, his only current limitation is he can't do any weightlifting with the palm of his hand facing down. Considering he sustained this injury in late November, Reid appears to have had a speedy recovery and a full return for the start of offseason workouts in April certainly seems realistic.

Kolby Listenbee, who underwent three different surgeries in 2016 for hernia/pelvis issues, is expected to be fully cleared by training camp. "I talked to the surgeon when I first had surgery and he said four months for a full recovery," he the receiver. "They've also said that I won't be back until training camp. So when we get to OTAs I should be able to run, but it might just be on the side. Just learning technique and walking through plays so I can be ready for training camp."


Listenbee missed his entire rookie season following his sixth-round selection out of TCU. He'll have to impress a brand new coaching staff – one that didn't select him – in order to land a roster spot. However, if he can finally get back to full health he has a few things working in his favor, namely his world-class speed and the lack of signed receiving options that are locked with the Bills.

David Quessenberry (illness) had a successful fight against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and is in the process of regaining his strength, the Houston Chronicle reports.


Quessenberry spent the 2016 season on the Texan's non-football illness list and is scheduled to be an exclusive-rights free agent in the offseason. However, it isn't clear when he's expected to return to full strength.

Derek Newton (knee) faces an "extremely long road" to recovery, the Houston Chronicle reports. "It was a tough injury," coach Bill O'Brien said. "I don't think anybody has any idea as far as his timetable, but I know this: We'll do a good job of taking care of him. We care about Derek. I think all of us at some point in time have been in touch with him and I know he's working hard to get back. I'm not sure where he is right now. You know more about the medical part of it than I do. I just know that it was a tough injury and I know he's working hard to get back."


Last October, Newton suffered a devasting setback that involved ruptured patellar tendons in both of his knees, an injury that ended the careers of players like WR Wendell Davis and QB Gary Baxter. Newton, however, likely has a better chance of resuming his career due to advances in medical science. He's under contract through 2019 and O'Brien's words appear to be confirmation that Newton's immediate future is secure with the Texans.

Justin Perillo signed a contract with the Bears on Friday, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.


Perillo spent his first three seasons in Green Bay before receiving his walking papers last November. Staying within the division, he now joins a crowded Bears tight end corps that's already five deep at the position.

Connor Wujciak (shoulder) was waived by the Eagles on Wednesday, ESPN's Field Yates reports.


A first-year player out of Boston College, Wujciak spent the season on injured reserve after suffering a shoulder injury last August. When he returns to full strength, Wujciak could be a cheap option on the free-agent market for a team in need of depth along its defensive line.

Ryan Fitzpatrick (Q, NYJ)

Ryan Fitzpatrick has virtually no chance of re-signing with the Jets this offseason, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.


Fitzpatrick and the Jets took the entirety of last offseason to come to terms on a one-year deal to keep him in New York, contentiously making the veteran journeyman prove his impressive 2015 campaign wasn't an aberration. Although it took $12 million and a 5-11 season for the Jets to prevail justified for not meeting Fitzpatrick's long-term desires, both parties now enter this offseason essentially back at square one. The Jets remain without a reliable starting quarterback, while – with his contract expiring Friday – Fitzpatrick returns to free agency needing to convince a team to take a chance on him. What's different, though, is that Fitzpatrick doesn't have a favored landing spot this time around, and his 12 touchdowns versus 18 turnovers last season make him unlikely to be considered for a starting role elsewhere.

'Unga (undisclosed) was waived with an injury designation Wednesday, NJ.com reports.


A one-time starter for the Giants back in 2015, 'Unga spent the entire 2016 season on injured reserve with an unknown injury. He'll need to get healthy in order to land another contract.

Mike Harris (undisclosed) was released by the Vikings on Friday.


Harris missed all of this past season due to a non-football illness, but he totaled 21 starts in 28 regular-season appearances after joining the Vikings in 2014. He will now be free to sign with any other team once free agency begins.

Brandon Fusco was released by the Vikings on Friday.


A sixth-round pick in 2011, Fusco has started 63 of his 66 career games played, predominately featuring at right guard. However, after the Vikings surrendered 104 quarterback hits, the seventh-most in the league this past season, and finished last with 3.2 yards per rush, change was inevitable along their offensive line.