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William Beatty, who tore his pectoral muscle while lifting weights, could miss five-to-six months of action, nj.com reports.

Impact

The Giants' left tackle underwent surgery to repair the issue and based on that timetable it's clear that he'll miss time at the start of the coming season. His injury is a blow to the team's offensive line and presumably puts top draft pick Ereck Flowers (who had been penciled in to work at right tackle) in a position where he must fill in for Beatty out of the gate.

Ben Tate is slated to work out for the Cowboys on Thursday, ESPN.com's Todd Archer reports.

Impact

Tate's 2014 campaign was largely forgettable, as he opened the season with a frustrating eight-game stint with Cleveland, before seeing work in three games with the Vikings and then the Steelers (in the playoffs) as well. In the wake of the departure of DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys curiously declined to select a running back in 2015 NFL draft, leaving the team with a backfield headed by Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams. Whereas Tate was a highly sought-after free agent last year, at this stage, it looks as though he's simply hoping to catch on somewhere as a depth option, with an eye toward re-establishing his on-field value.

Vince Mayle (thumb) is expected to be "100 percent" by late-July, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Impact

Mayle is currently wearing a soft cast that was put in place following last week's surgery on his right thumb, but is expected to have that cast removed within two weeks. It's been an ongoing issue for Mayle since suffering the injury during a Senior Bowl practice, and the team decided surgery would be the course of action that gets him back on the field the quickest. Despite the inability to grip the football during the first few days of rookie camp, head coach Mike Pettine stated that "It should not be an issue in the fall."

Randall Telfer could miss a couple of weeks of the regular season while recovering from a Lisfranc injury, Cleveland.com reports.

Impact

Telfer was picked in the sixth round by the Cleveland Browns in 2015 NFL draft. In four years at USC, Telfer only caught 65 passes, but was drafted to be a blocking tight end for the Browns. Telfer underwent surgery in February. It is unknown exactly how many weeks he may miss after sustaining the injury in late December.

Ryan Mundy isn't expected to challenge for a starting role this season at one of the Bears' two safety spots, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Though Mundy led the Bears with 103 tackles and tied for the top honors on the team in interceptions (four), it was mostly a product of circumstance than pure skill. After veteran Antrel Rolle was signed in the offseason to play strong safety, it appears Mundy won't be given a legitimate chance at competing for the free safety role, where Brock Vereen and rookie Adrian Amos are the top candidates for those duties. Instead, Mundy is expected to see most of his work as part of sub packages, where his lower expected snap count will make tackle opportunities more scarce.

New offensive coordinator Adam Gase expressed enthusiasm after the Bears' recent rookie minicamp about working with Jay Cutler this season, ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson reports. "I feel comfortable with [Cutler]. I mean, we have a good relationship so far and we're just going to keep working to get better," Gase said.

Impact

Gase is Cutler's fifth offensive coordinator in seven years, but the preexisting familiarity between the two could lead to a fruitful partnership. Cutler's stint with the Broncos partially overlapped with Gase's time as the team's receivers coach, and though the quarterback left Denver on poor terms, it doesn't appear he had any discontent with Gase. Since Cutler's departure from Denver, Gase's reputation as an offensive savant only grew, as he oversaw record-setting production by Peyton Manning in 2013 and earned plenty of consideration for head-coaching jobs after the season. While Cutler won't be held to the same lofty standard as Manning, his strong arm and mobility at least provides Gase with a nice canvas to work with. And for all the drama that surrounded Cutler during the Bears' 5-11 season, he still established career-best marks in touchdown passes (28) and completion percentage (66.0%).

Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey relayed Wednesday that Geno Smith is on track to remain the Jets' starting quarterback, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

Impact

Per the report, Gailey notes that it was "never a thought" for the team to have a quarterback competition between Smith and veteran addition Ryan Fitzpatrick in training camp. In any case, despite throwing 34 interceptions over his first two pro seasons, Smith will remain the Jets' presumed top QB in the absence of an injury. In an effort to provide Smith with added pass-catching weapons this coming season, the Jets traded for veteran wideout Brandon Marshall and drafted the speedy Devin Smith in the second round of the NFL draft. The newcomers will bolster a pass-catching corps that returns wideouts Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley, as well as a pair of capable tight ends in Jeff Cumberland and Jace Amaro.

Matt Shaughnessy has moved from outside linebacker to defensive end this offseason, the Cardinals' official site reports. "We can always stand him up in run defense if we want to do that," coach Bruce Arians said. "He gives us such good position flexibility. Get him inside and let him get back to his natural stuff."

Impact

Before a knee injury limited Shaughnessy to eight games in a sack-free 2014 season, he racked up 18.5 across 67 contests in his first five professional seasons, shedding light on his pass-rushing prowess. Because he's struggled to keep his weight in relation to playing linebacker, according to Arians, the switch in positions appears logical and could push Shaughnessy into the fringes of the IDP landscape in the upcoming campaign.

The Packers have signed Ty Montgomery to a four-year deal that is expected to be worth nearly $2.9 million, Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports.

Impact

As a rookie, Montgomery will provide the Packers with added wideout depth behind Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams, with the third-rounder initially having his best chance to make an impact out of the gate as a returner.

Muhammad Wilkerson is skipping the Jets' voluntary OTAs, which began Tuesday, nj.com reports.

Impact

Wilkerson, who is under contract with the Jets for 2015 at a salary of $6.97 million, is looking for a contract extension, an outcome that seems likely down the road, given the team's stated desire to keep the defensive end in the fold. In any case, Wilkerson's presence is not considered mandatory until next month's three-day minicamp. Wilkerson is coming off a 2014 season in which he recorded 56 tackles and six sacks in 13 games.

Vontaze Burfict's (knee) status for the start of the coming season remains up in the air, the Bengals' official site reports.

Impact

Per the report, it could be a "tight call" as to whether the linebacker will ready for Week 1, with the possibility remaining that he could start the season on the Bengals' PUP list. Burfict – who is bouncing back from microfracture knee surgery – was limited to just five games and 29 tackles last season. In 2013, he racked up 171 tackles for the Bengals.

Rishard Matthews hopes to be traded or released by the Dolphins, the Miami Herald reports.

Impact

While Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson are no longer in the team's wideout mix, DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills and Greg Jennings have been cycled in to work along with returnee Jarvis Landry. As is stands, Matthews slots in as the Dolphins' No. 5 option at the position, an assignment that doesn't carry a ton of field time with it. Matthews – who caught 41 passes in 2013 – recorded just 12 catches for 135 yards and a TD in 14 games in 2014.

Stevan Ridley (knee) took part in positional drills during the Jets' OTAs Wednesday, Rich Cimini of ESPN reports.

Impact

Ridley was reportedly moving well Wednesday, which is certainly a positive sign for a player coming off knee surgery. He remains on track to be ready to go when training camp begins in July.

Bills running back coach Anthony Lynn said he'd like to see Jackson's workload cut roughly in half this season, The Buffalo News reports. Said Lynn, "I think he wore down a little bit at the end of the season. If we could take half of that off his plate, I think you're going to see a fresher Fred Jackson and a more explosive Fred Jackson."

Impact

Jackson had 548 snaps last season, much of that due to the C.J. Spiller injury. He also averaged a career-low 3.72 yards per carry. But with Jackson being 34 this season and with LeSean McCoy prepared to be the feature back, he's not going to be nearly as big in the offense unless McCoy gets hurt. Right now it sounds like the Bills see Jackson as a versatile veteran and possible third-down back.

Ronald Darby, the team's second-round pick, signed his rookie contract Tuesday, BuffaloBills.com reports.

Impact

Darby probably won't start as a rookie with the team already having a nice cornerbacks corps with Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, and Corey Graham in the mix, but Darby has world class speed and is used to dealing with top receivers coming out of Florida State, so his long-term future appears bright.

Derek Carr is dealing with an injury to his right ring finger, which may require surgery, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports.

Impact

Carr sat out Tuesday's OTA's with what the team initially called an undisclosed injury, but it now appears to be something that could cause him to miss significant offseason time. If he undergoes surgery, Carr could sit out the rest of OTA's, but the team is reportedly optimistic that he'd be ready for the start of training camp. In Carr's absence Tuesday, Christian Ponder worked with the first-team offense.

Sean Weatherspoon made all the defensive calls during the Cardinals' first OTA on Tuesday, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

Impact

Weatherspoon's injury-laden career culminated in a torn Achilles last June, which erased the entire 2014 campaign, but shortly after signing a one-year contract with the Cardinals in March, he relayed that the most recent ailment was "completely healed." In the previous two offseasons, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim inked Karlos Dansby and Antonio Cromartie to such prove-it deals, which they were able to parlay into significant paydays after productive seasons. Only 27 years old and a 2010 first-round pick, Weatherspoon's background indicates that his best years could be in front of him, if he avoids the injury bug.

Carson Palmer (knee) participated in individual and 7-on-7 drills during the Cardinals' first OTA on Tuesday, the Cardinals' official site reports.

Impact

Palmer told Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic that he felt "rusty" but moved well considering he's sixth months and two days removed from the procedure to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. While Palmer remains two months away from receiving the all-clear, coach Bruce Arians relayed that the quarterback could ease into 11-on-11 work during next month's minicamp. Expect Palmer to be a full participant once training camp commences in late July.

Devin Gardner signed with the Steelers on Tuesday, Jim Wexell of Scout.com reports.

Impact

The converted quarterback was waived by the Patriots, and he'll come to Pittsburgh hoping to earn a roster spot in 2015.

Chimdi Chekwa has signed with the Raiders, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Impact

Chekwa, who had signed with the Patriots in March, returns for another stint with Oakland, where he notched 16 tackles in 10 games in a backup cornerback role with the Raiders.