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J.J. Wilcox is tending to plantar fasciitis in his right foot, but he's expected to be healthy in time for training camp, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Impact

Wilcox missed the Cowboys' first minicamp practice Tuesday with what was termed a "minor" foot injury. According to the Dallas Morning News, the foot underwent a PPR injection in order to treat the chronic issue, but he'll be able to work out next week in anticipation of full health by the start of training camp. If he's indeed over the ailment by that time, he'll aim to hold onto the starting free safety gig in a secondary that is suddenly laden with cornerback depth following the selection of Byron Jones in this year's draft.

Martavis Bryant (illness) has returned to practice, the Beaver County Times reports.

Impact

Bryant, who fell ill in practice last week after taking a supplement, now appears past the issue. As a rookie last season, the 6-4 wideout caught 26 passes for 549 yards, in the process recording eight TDs in 10 games for the Steelers. While teammate Antonio Brown remains in line to be the team's most targeted wideout in 2015, Bryant's red-zone upside continues to provide him with fantasy utility, with fellow receivers Markus Wheaton and rookie Sammie Coates also candidates to see targets in the Pittsburgh offense.

Zach Brown (shoulder) has looked healthy and impressive so far in OTA's, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

The 2012 second-round pick missed all but four snaps in 2014 due to a torn pectoral muscle, but early signs from Titans camp point to a full recovery. Brown recorded over 90 tackles in each of his first two seasons, and the inside linebacker should once again be a pivotal piece for head coach Ken Whisenhunt's defense if his strong play continues.

A.J. Green has looked sharp in OTAs, the Bengals' official site reports.

Impact

Despite the fact that Green was slowed last season by three different injuries – including a concussion that kept him out of the team's Wild Card Game – the wideout managed to rack up 69 catches for 1,041 yards and six TDs in 13 regular season contests. Thus the important thing to glean from this nugget is that assuming no injury setbacks, the Bengals' top wideout is poised to approach next month's training camp in good health.

Larry Donnell remained sidelined Tuesday due to an Achilles' issue, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

While a timetable for Donnell's return to the field has not yet been established, the tight end – who partially tore his Achilles in college – continues to sport a walking boot. In his absence, the likes of Daniel Fells, Jerome Cunningham and Will Tye are seeing added tight end reps for the Giants in practice. When healthy, Donnell is on the fantasy radar in deeper formats, on the heels of a 2014 campaign in which he caught 63 passes for 623 yards and six touchdowns.

Drew Stanton (knee) led the second-team offense in last week's minicamp, the Cardinals' official site reports.

Impact

Stanton was able to participate in the entire offseason program, meaning the sprained ACL and Grade 2 MCL sprain suffered in Week 15 last season is behind him. Meanwhile, with Carson Palmer (knee) cleared for 11-on-11 work, Stanton predictably moved back to his expected role as the Cardinals' backup quarterback, where he'll reside in case of emergency.

Kelvin Benjamin missed Wednesday's minicamp practice due to a right hamstring strain, the Associated Press reports.

Impact

Previously, Benjamin was afflicted by left hamstring issues during OTAs, missing a handful of practices. The recurring hamstring injuries are something to keep in mind when preparing for upcoming drafts, but the receiver expects to be healthy when training camp kicks off in late July. No matter, his status as Cam Newton's primary receiving threat outside of Greg Olsen sustains Benjamin's value, as he prepares for his sophomore season.

Allen Robinson has impressed the Jaguars' coaching staff during the last few weeks of practice, the Florida Times-Union reports.

Impact

The second-year receiver appears to have moved past the foot injury that shelved him near the end of last season, and coach Gus Bradley was complimentary of Robinson's athleticism and ability to bring down 50/50 balls. However, Bradley noted that the biggest challenge for Robinson will be adjusting his mindset. "The challenge is for him is to play angry," Bradley said. "Play where he is competing to get the ball and competing in all of his routes. I think he is extremely competitive. He's got a 40-plus vertical jump. We want to be able to throw it up to him and know he's going to come down with the ball. Sometimes when you do that in training camp, when we have the pads on, you'd like to see that part of him. I believe he has that and hopefully we see that." The 6-3 Robinson hauled in 48 passes for 548 yards and two scores as a rookie in 2014, and he's expected to compete for the No. 1 receiver designation when training camp rolls around.

Marqise Lee (knee) is being held out of minicamp this week, but is expected to be at full strength when training camp begins, ESPN reports.

Impact

Coach Gus Bradley acknowledged that Lee continues to sit out as a precautionary measure, and he noted that Lee would be on the practice field if it were a regular season game week. "If I had the choice to go I'd be going," Lee said. "I haven't been in OTAs all summer. We've got three practices and they want to keep me out for the three practices. No reason to try to come back and do anything. As long as I take the mental reps and stay on top of my plays I'll be OK." Entering his second NFL season, Lee is expected to emerge as one of the Jaguars' top three receivers, provided he can stay on the field. The USC product has dealt with a laundry list of injuries dating back to his college days, and he missed a handful of games last season due to a nagging ankle injury.

Victor Cruz (knee) hopes to avoid starting training camp on the Giants' physically-unable-to-perform list, the Daily News reports.

Impact

Cruz, who is bouncing from the patellar tendon injury that ended his 2014 season, suggests that he believes he could already pass the team's pre-training camp conditioning test at this stage, while optimistically noting that "by late July, early August, (he) should be somewhere around 100 percent." For now, however, Cruz is among the Giants who are not participating in practice during the team's current minicamp.

Chris Conley has seen some snaps with the Chiefs' starters during the team's offseason practices, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Though Jeremy Maclin is entrenched as the Chiefs' top wideout, the team's pecking order at the position beyond that has yet to be solidified. Conley – a third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft – thus has an opportunity to jostle with Albert Wilson, Junior Hemingway, De'Anthony Thomas and Jason Avant for slotting on that front.

Dorin Dickerson suffered a torn Achilles' tendon on Tuesday, wkrn.com reports.

Impact

The backup tight end did not record a catch with the Titans in 2014, and was not expected to bring significant pass-catching value in 2015. This injury should have little impact on the top of the team's tight end depth chart, where Delanie Walker and Anthony Fasano (in that order) remain the favorites for targets.

Duke Johnson has signed a four-year deal with the Browns, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Impact

Johnson's potential to emerge as a viable pass-catching threat out of the Browns' backfield already has him on the PPR radar, though with Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West also in the team's running back mix, the rookie may be a break or two away from a steady workload in terms of rushing attempts.

Tashaun Gipson was held out of Tuesday's minicamp practice due to a hamstring injury he suffered while working out on his own, ESPN Cleveland reports.

Impact

Gipson said he likely would be able to play if the Browns had a game on their schedule this week, but since the regular season is still a few months away, the Pro Bowl safety will proceed carefully with the recovery process. Gipson had previously entered the offseason nursing a sprained MCL that kept him out of the final six regular-season contests, but he said he's 100 percent recovered from that particular injury.

Dennis Pitta (hip) hasn't received clearance to practice, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Impact

That explains why Pitta isn't taking part in the initial minicamp practice Tuesday. He's already participated in individual drills throughout OTAs, though, so he is making a semblance of progress in his recovery from his second dislocated right hip. On the other hand, there's no telling if he'll be able to handle contact when training camp starts in late July.

Albert Wilson (hamstring) missed the Chiefs' first day of minicamp Tuesday, BJ Kissel of the team's official site reports.

Impact

Since sustaining the hamstring concern on June 3, Wilson's activity level has oscillated from practice to practice. Consequently, he may be held out for the rest of minicamp as a precautionary measure but should return to full health by the time training camp commences in late July.

Dontari Poe (back) practiced in full Tuesday, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Impact

Poe missed the last two weeks of OTAs due to back spasms, but his return Tuesday effectively clears him of the concern. With only one game missed in his three-year career, his pass-rushing prowess (10.5 total sacks the last two seasons) should translate to IDP relevance in 2015.

Rolando McClain (knee) didn't practice Tuesday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last month, McClain's rehabilitation has taken place in Alabama, for the most part. As a result, he missed the entirety of OTAs but was able to partake in the walkthrough portion in Tuesday's drills. The Cowboys hope that McClain will be a full participant once training camp begins on July 28, as he aims to build upon an 81-tackle initial season with the Cowboys in 2014.

J.J. Wilcox missed Tuesday's practice due to a minor foot injury, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.

Impact

Because the Cowboys' secondary is overflowing with cornerback depth, there's no guarantee that Wilcox retains the value from his productive sophomore season, in which he tallied 74 tackles (62 solo), five passes defended, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble in 16 games. Ultimately, his performance in training camp will determine whether he fends off competition like rookie Byron Jones, among other defensive backs.

Nick Perry underwent offseason shoulder surgery and may not be ready for the start of training camp on July 30, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. "Without a question, it was something that had to be done," he said. "We're good now. We're on the right track."

Impact

Perry endured the injury for much of last season, but it was only severe enough to force inactive status in Week 12. Nonetheless, the procedure was performed after the campaign's conclusion, forcing absences in all offseason practices to date. Because the Packers intend to utilize Clay Matthews at both inside and outside linebacker in 2015, snaps will be there for Perry to take advantage of, if he can avoid the injury bug that has capped him at 32 of a possible 48 career appearances.