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Jimmy Smith (foot) expects to be ready for the start of training camp in late July.

Impact

Smith enters the 2016 campaign coming off right foot surgery, but it appears he'll be full-go at training camp prior to the regular season. He currently slates in as the top cornerback for the Ravens on the outside with Shareece Wright across from him.

Joe Flacco (knee) announced Thursday that he expects to ready for the start of training camp, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Impact

Flacco's Week 1 availability appears to be a lock at this point given the fact he plans to be ready for day one of training camp this summer. Despite ending the 2015 season prematurely with a torn ACL, it sounds like potential fantasy owners shouldn't have to be worried much longer when it comes Flacco's health, barring any setbacks. In additional good news for the Ravens' aerial attack, wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) is expected to return to the practice field prior to the start of regular season, supplying Flacco with a valuable target.

Josh Doctson (Achilles) is expected to be healthy for the start of training camp in late July, The Washington Post reports.

Impact

The 22nd overall pick in the 2016 draft, Doctson missed most of the offseason program due to soreness in his left Achilles. With no indication that the injury is a long-term concern, he should still have all of training camp to earn a role in a crowded wideout group that also includes DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder. Though not expected to open the season as a starter, Doctson should push for an immediate role on obvious passing downs and/or in the red zone.

Dez Bryant (foot) will be a full go July 28 when training camp begins, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Impact

Though fully recovered from January surgery, Bryant has only been a partial participant at minicamp, with the Cowboys unsurprisingly opting for an abundance of caution. Bryant made an interesting admission Thursday, saying he doesn't think he worked hard enough last year, when he missed most of the team's offseason program due to a contract holdout. He now plans to significantly increase his activity level during the six weeks between minicamp and training camp, with his docket including some individual work with Tony Romo, who has already been cleared for all activities.

Robert Ayers, who described the state of the defensive line as "terrible" early in the offseason, has seen the unit progress over the last several weeks, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "We're a little less terrible," Ayers said. "We're getting better and that's all we can ask for. We're trying to get to the end of the tunnel, so each day is a day to get better, a day to prepare, a day for me and my guys to get to know each other better and grow as a unit and build a chemistry."

Impact

The offseason acquistion had made his initial assessment in the very early stages of his unit being introduced to new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, but continued reps have served to kick-start the gelling process. Ayers had been highly complimentary of the talent he already saw on the line before he came on board, and his everyday exposure to those players has only boosted his opinion of them. "I feel like we can compete," Ayers said Wednesday. "I'm not just saying that because I'm here now, but from the outside looking in, I always thought Tampa (Bay) man, they're right there. We've got some guys. The big three on offense, one of the best defensive tackles in the game with Gerald, Clinton (McDonald) who's been and underrated dog, Jacquies (Smith), who got hurt last year, but talking about pass rush, that guy was beasting until he got hurt. Noah (Spence) can play. Howard (Jones) is super-fast out there. Kourtnei Brown. Akeem (Spence). There's some talent, man." The 30-year-old pass rusher notched a career-high nine sacks in 2015 while with the Giants, and has seen time at both end spots and inside at tackle during the offseason.

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he expects Luke Kuechly (shoulder) to be ready for the start of training camp in late July, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Impact

Kuechly suffered a partial labrum tear in Week 17 last season, yet still managed to record 29 tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery, four passes defensed and two interceptions (both returned for TDs) in three playoff games. He had offseason surgery and was thus limited to team drills during OTAs and minicamp, but his availability for training camp has never been in much question. Still only 25, Kuechly will look to get back north of 150 tackles after a concussion cost him three games last year.

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he expects Kelvin Benjamin (knee) to be ready for the start of training camp in late July, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Impact

Now 10 months removed from tearing an ACL, Benjamin has stated on multiple occasions that he expects to be ready for the beginning of camp. He was a limited participant throughout OTAs and minicamp, only taking part in individual drills. Benjamin should be ready to practice with his teammates by late July – at which point he'll likely step right back in as the No. 1 wide receiver, leading a group that also includes Ted Ginn, Devin Funchess and Philly Brown.

The Ravens are cautiously optimistic that Breshad Perriman (knee) will be ready at some point during training camp in August, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Perriman was recently diagnosed with a partial ACL tear, which led to fear that he might start his career with a second straight missed season. Fortunately for the Ravens, the tear wasn't severe enough to require reconstructive surgery, so Perriman instead received a stem-cell injection to help the ligament heal. Although the team is optimistic, head coach John Harbaugh admitted that Perriman still faces a very uncertain recovery timetable. The 2015 first-round selection missed his entire rookie season with a PCL injury in the other knee, and he'll presumably have added risk for suffering a full ACL tear whenever he does make it back onto the practice field. Steve Smith (knee) is also expected to miss the beginning of camp – at the very least – leaving Kamar Aiken and Mike Wallace as the likely first-team wideouts when the team takes the field in late July.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Junior Galette (Achilles) should be ready for the start of training camp, Mike Jones of The Washington Post reports.

Impact

Released by the Saints last summer amid domestic violence allegations, Galette quickly caught on with Washington but then tore an Achilles toward the end of training camp. He served a two-game suspension while recovering from the injury, and all known charges/suits against him have either been dismissed or dropped. The 28-year-old Galette hopes to regain the form that saw him record double-digit sacks for the Saints in 2013 (12.0) and 2014 (10.0), but it does appear he'll have to compete for snaps on a Washington defense that's well-stocked at outside linebacker. In addition to long-time starter Ryan Kerrigan, the Redskins have 2015 second-round pick Preston Smith (eight sacks as a rookie) and 2014 second-rounder Trent Murphy (23 career starts).

Kenny Bell was impressive once again in Wednesday's mini-camp session, notching several touchdown grabs, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Impact

The former Cornhusker continues to make up for lost time after having sat all of his rookie campaign in 2015 with a hamstring injury. Bell has been impressive throughout the offseason, and turned heads again Wednesday with several touchdown grabs from backup quarterback Ryan Griffin. The 23-year-old has received extra reps this week due to veteran Vincent Jackson sitting for precautionary reasons, and he's used the opportunity to catch the eye of his head coach. "Kenny definitely had a good day today and a couple really nice throws there in the red zone from Griff (Griffin)," coach Dirk Koetter said. "If you were out here enough, every guy has his ups and downs, has his good days and bad days and Kenny certainly made a couple plays."

Redskins coach Jay Gruden expects Perry Riley (foot) to be ready for the start of training camp, Mike Jones of The Washington Post reports.

Impact

Riley had foot surgery in late November and missed the rest of the season, finishing with 43 tackles (23 solo) and two interceptions in nine games. Assuming no complications, he'll likely step back in as a starter at inside linebacker, with Mason Foster and Will Compton expected to compete for the other job. Riley has missed nine games over the past two years, but he did record 115+ tackles and 3+ sacks in back-to-back seasons not so long ago (2012-13).

Derek Carrier (knee) probably won't be ready for the start of training camp, Mike Jones of The Washington Post reports.

Impact

Traded from San Francisco to Washington in exchange for a fifth-round pick before the 2015 season, Carrier caught 17 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown on 22 targets, working as either the No. 2 or 3 tight end. He then tore his ACL and MCL in mid-December, putting his 2016 availability into serious question. Even if he makes it back at some point in camp, Carrier will have to fight for a roster spot, as Washington also has Vernon Davis, Niles Paul (knee) and Logan Paulsen (toe) on the depth chart behind Jordan Reed.

Elvis Dumervil said the preventative procedure he had during the offseason took place "somewhere in my foot area", the Baltimore Sun reports.

Impact

Dumervil didn't provide any other details, but he did make it clear that the injury affected him last season, perhaps helping to explain why he had fewer than 9.5 sacks for the first time since 2008. He did manage a three-year high of 48 tackles, taking on an every-down role in the absence of Terrell Suggs (Achilles), after mostly playing on passing downs the previous two years. The Ravens likely plan on scaling Dumervil back to his old role that focused on pass-rushing, as the team hopes Suggs will be ready by Week 1. Dumervil won't necessarily be ready for the start of training camp, but he expects that he'll have plenty of time to prepare for the season.

Steve Smith (Achilles) will not play in the preseason, ESPN.com reports. "I've been very comfortable throughout my career not playing in the preseason," Smith said Wednesday. "So, I don't have a problem with that. [it's] just four games that don't count and the liability of injury. At the senior-citizen age that I am, I think staying out would be good."

Impact

Although Smith isn't worried about missing the preseason, he did say just a few days ago that he'll need to get some work in at training camp if he's going to be ready by Week 1. Recovering from a torn Achilles suffered Nov. 1, the 37-year-old wideout hasn't taken part in any offseason workouts and doesn't seem to have much chance of being ready for the start of training camp. He still hopes to be available at the start of the season, and his presence (or lack thereof) may be even more important than expected, as Breshad Perriman (knee) now faces a potentially-lengthy rehab process of his own. Of course, there's no guarantee Smith will be productive if he's available, given his age and the serious nature of his injury.

Mike Wallace was an everyday participant throughout voluntary OTAs, the Ravens' official website reports.

Impact

When Wallace agreed to a two-year, $11.5 million contact in March, it appeared he would face tough competition for targets, joining a team that already had Steve Smith (Achilles), Kamar Aiken and Breshad Perriman (knee), in addition to a stable of capable pass-catchers at running back and tight end. Though the latter part of the equation remains unchanged, Wallace's competition for snaps out wide may be lacking, as both Smith and Perriman are uncertain for the start of the season. Set to turn 30 in early August, the speedy veteran is trying to bounce back from a career-worst 39-473-2 receiving line, hoping he won't be marginalized in the Ravens offense the way he was with Minnesota.

Tajae Sharpe has impressed coach Mike Mularkey with his ability to catch the ball and run polished routes, earning some first-team reps as a result, Jason Wolf of the Tennessean reports.

Impact

It appears the Titans found a steal in the fifth round this offseason, as Sharpe continues to prove that his incredibly productive time at Massachusetts was no fluke. The wiry rookie is still fighting an uphill battle to earn significant playing time among a deep Titans receiving corps, but he's quickly closing the gap on expected leading options Kendall Wright, Dorial Green-Beckham and Rishard Matthews.

Mark Sanchez (thumb) is engaged in a neck-and-neck battle for Denver's top job with Trevor Siemian, The Denver Post reports.

Impact

Just a week ago, the team's official website reported that Sanchez was cementing his place as the starter. So what gives? Chalk it up to the offseason news cycle that magnifies every ebb and flow in a position battle. While Siemian does have the most experience in Denver's offense, Sanchez has a background in it and has far more playing time under his belt. Both Siemian and first-round pick Paxton Lynch are dark horses to steal the job with strong camps - Sanchez is hardly the kind of quarterback who a team can hang its hat on - but it would still be an upset at this point if the veteran didn't start the season opener against Carolina.

Trevor Siemian is neck and neck with Mark Sanchez for the starting QB job, the Denver Post reports.

Impact

Siemian's candidacy for the starting job has been talked up more and more in recent weeks, with head coach Gary Kubiak fanning the flames by complimenting the young passer in the press. Denver's lone returning starter benefits from a superior understanding of the team's offense, but it would be a shock if last year's seventh-round pick, who has yet to throw a professional pass, secures the job by the end of training camp. Sanchez is reportedly close to learning the entire offense, and rookie first-round pick Paxton Lynch is likely the most physically gifted of the three and may only lack additional experience in order to compete.

Von Miller does not anticipate sitting out this season or playing for another team, the Denver Post reports.

Impact

The Broncos' and Miller's standoff has been dissected almost daily, with even the stud linebacker's Instagram providing fodder. A few positive remarks in an interview should not be seen as a turning point, but they are certainly better than the harsher stances fellow stars have made with their teams during negotiations. Don't expect for him to back down, however. In the end, Miller's positivity comes from the knowledge that the market favors him, especially following Fletcher Cox's $103 million contract, and that the Broncos will have little choice other than upping their offer.

Dee Ford left Wednesday's practice early with a sore knee, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.

Impact

Ford, Kansas City's 2014 first-round draft pick, has been working with the first-team defense throughout the offseason as Justin Houston (knee) and Tamba Hali (knee) remain on the sideline. Fortunately, his knee injury doesn't appear to be nearly as costly as the ones suffered by his aforementioned pass-rushing counterparts; the Auburn product was observed walking off the practice field under his own power, and the team has expressed minimal concern over the matter thus far. For now, Ford should be considered questionable for the Chiefs' final day of minicamp, but until further notice, he should be ready for full participation in training camp come August. Fifth-year pro Dezman Moses slid into the first-team lineup in Ford's absence Wednesday, a development that could well repeat itself Thursday.