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Nate Washington would start at wide receiver if the Texans were playing a game today, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Impact

It's important to note that this news is not coming from Houston head coach Bill O'Brien; it's the writer's opinion based on what he has observed. Also, there's a long way to go until the regular season kicks off. Washington had a good offseason and is probably the leader among a pack of candidates that includes Cecil Shorts, Keshawn Martin, Jaelen Strong and Keith Mumphrey. Along with the competition at quarterback, who starts opposite DeAndre Hopkins will be a major story line during training camp and preseason.

LeGarrette Blount has apparently passed his conditioning test and returned to practice in full pads,Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

Impact

At this point, Blount should be ready for full practice participation and start competing in what seems to be a wide open running back competition. His eventual role does seem obvious though, as a short-yardage, power back.

Tony Romo missed Friday's practice due to an eye infection, the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Impact

He'll be re-evaluated Saturday, but this shouldn't be something that costs Romo many reps in camp, much less affects him in Week 1.

Devin Smith suffered from broken ribs and will miss the majority of training camp, the team announced on Friday.

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The team said he is being held in the hospital overnight as a precaution, but it doesn't appear to be too severe seeing as though Smith is expected to return towards the end of camp. Smith was a second-round draft pick out of Ohio State in this year's draft and brings plenty of talent to the Jets' receiving core. Should he get healthy, expect Smith to at least challenge for the third or fourth receiving spot on the team.

Kelvin Sheppard is giving Koa Misi a run for his money at starting middle linebacker early in camp, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Impact

Sheppard started over Misi on Friday but that may just be because they want to see if he can handle the starting job should they decide to move move Misi to the strong side, something they have been tinkering with over the past few seasons.

Jay Ajayi is now saying the injury that forced him to leave practice on Friday was only arm cramps, reports Miami Herald's Armando Salguero.

Impact

Originally it was reported that the injury was to his shoulder but apparently Ajayi just needs to get used to the heat. He should be good to go in a day or two as this injury is not expected to keep him out of practice for any length of time.

Chris Neild signed with the Texans, the team announced on Friday.

Impact

The Texans are solidified at defensive tackle, with both Vince Wilfork and Louis Nix currently on the roster, so while signing Neild adds depth to the position, it's likely he will rarely see the field in 2015.

Percy Harvin spent some time at cornerback during Friday's opening training camp session, BuffaloBills.com reports.

Impact

It sounds like the team was just testing out a fantastic, veteran athlete on defense while Leodis McKelvin continues to recover from injury. In the fantasy realm, this could even be considered a negative, as the best bet for Harvin's value would be if he spent as much time as possible on offense, preferably in a main role as one of the top two wideouts.

Louis Murphy was placed on the non-football injury list (NFI) on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Impact

This was expected, as Murphy is apparently still recovering from an ankle injury that caused him to finish last season on injured reserve. He is expected to compete for the No. 3 receiver spot with Kenny Bell this season, but it is unclear as to what Murphy's status will be come Week 1 of the regular season.

Orson Charles has been suspended for the first game of the 2015 season for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

Impact

Charles spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons with the Bengals before signing with the Saints this year. He currently sits behind both Ben Watson and Josh Hill for the tight end position and any chance of moving higher takes a hit as a result of the suspension. Except in the case of injury, Charles likely won't see much of the field this season after week one.

Alex Boone will move from right guard to left guard this season, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.

Impact

Boone is considered the best guard on the 49ers' roster, so they will move him to the left side to help protect Colin Kaepernick's blind side.

Paul Richardson (knee) was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list on Friday, Danny O'Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

Impact

Head coach Pete Carroll was initially optimistic regarding Richardson's return to the field after suffering from a knee injury back in January, but now the second-year wideout has officially been ruled out for training camp. Richardson isn't expected to make a huge splash right away in 2015, so it is still a possibility that he starts the regular season still on the PUP.

Daniel Kilgore (leg) is expected to be sidelined for at least half of the 49ers' training camp, CSN Bay Area reports.

Impact

Kilgore was already placed on the PUP list prior to training camp but hopes to be back in action before the season gets underway after undergoing a follow-up procedure on his left leg. He is currently the favorite to win the starting center position out of camp, health permitting.

Michael Wilhoite was placed on the non-football injury (NFI) list on Friday after the team announced he has a muscle strain in his leg.

Impact

Wilhoite was in a good position to start at middle linebacker following Chris Borland's retirement, but he has encountered a setback to start training camp. However, reports state that the strain is minor, so it looks as if it is not something to be overly concerned about for now.

Although he said Joique Bell (knee/Achilles) is progressing quickly, Lions head coach Jim Caldwell also said there is no timetable for the running back's return, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Impact

Bell was placed on the PUP list to start training camp, but he can be activated at any point before the regular season. Although the Lions have made it clear that they still plan on having the veteran lead their backfield come Week 1, it's fair to wonder if Bell will be impacted by the aftermath of his offseason surgeries. He said a month ago that he wasn't worried, but the recovery process has already lingered quite a bit longer than expected. With Bell absent from training camp, Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick will get extra snaps with the first-team offense.

Rod Streater (foot) was placed on the active/non-football injury list Friday, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Impact

Streater was said to be fully recovered from last season's broken foot, so it's possible this is an unrelated issue, or else he may have just failed a conditioning test. Either way, Streater hopes to eventually compete with Michael Crabtree for the starting spot across from Amari Cooper, who will likely be Derek Carr's go-to guy this season. If nothing else, Streater should have a leg up on Andre Holmes, Kenbrell Thompkins and Brice Butler for the No. 3 receiver role.

Larry Donnell (Achilles) is participating in team drills at training camp Friday, ESPN.com's Dan Graziano reports.

Impact

Donnell, who missed mandatory June minicamp because of tendinitis in his Achilles, was never expected to miss training camp. This is still a situation worth watching, as the tight end recently mentioned that he dealt with a similar issue in college. If the Achilles starts to bother him again, it may just be a lingering issue that he'll have to deal with throughout the season.

Junior Galette (chest), who signed a one-year contract with the Redskins on Friday, will participate in Saturday's practice.

Impact

Galette's pectoral injury is apparently a non-issue, even though it was once feared (back in May/June) that he tore the muscle. The Redskins said he'll have to compete for a starting job, but given his performance the past few years, it's hard to imagine he won't win the competition. The team has a very promising group of outside linebackers, with Galette and Ryan Kerrigan supported by second-round rookie Preston Smith and 2014 second-rounder Trent Murphy. The rest of the Washington defense appears far less impressive, but a strong pass rush can go a long ways in hiding other holes. There is some chance Galette will lose time to a suspension this season, as he was recently released by the Saints for allegedly striking a woman with a belt in an old video of a beach fight. He was also arrested for domestic violence in January, and while the charges were ultimately dropped, the NFL will likely still look into the incident.

Trent Richardson was placed on the non-football injury list Friday, Steve Corkran of RaiderBeat.com reports.

Impact

With no report of an injury, it's possible Richardson just failed a conditioning test, in which case he could get on the field within a matter of days. It's still not a good sign, as conditioning was seemingly part of Richardson's problem during his unsuccessful stints in Cleveland and Indianapolis. He'll likely be competing for a backup role in Oakland, with Latavius Murray the heavy favorite to start, and Roy Helu expected to handle most of the work on passing downs. If Richardson struggles during training camp, he may end up on the wrong side of roster cuts.

Dorial Green-Beckham weighs 240 pounds but hopes to get down to 230 by the beginning of the season, Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com reports.

Impact

The rookie ballooned up to 246 pounds while recovering from a hamstring injury, but the fact that he's already shed some of the weight bodes well for his chances to get down to 230. Green-Beckham is now healthy and participating in training camp, competing with Justin Hunter, Harry Douglas and Hakeem Nicks for snaps and targets.