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Benson Mayowa is set to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday, Clarence Hill of Star-Telegram.com reports.

Impact

Mayowa is expected to be ready for Cowboys training camp in six weeks, as the team doesn't believe his injury is anything serious. He figures to have an expanded role on the defensive line early in the regular season with projected starters DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory suspended for the first four games due to violations of the league's substance-abuse policy. An update on Mayowa's recovery following Tuesday's surgery should be available prior to training camp.

Bills head coach Rex Ryan said Karlos Williams is "nowhere near where he needs to be" in terms of conditioning, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports.

Impact

This seemingly confirms the rumors that Williams showed up to minicamp overweight – perhaps even to an extent that was readily visible on a frame that's already listed at 6-1, 230. It's probably not a major concern with training camp still more than a month away, but it will start to become worrisome if Williams hasn't trimmed down by late July/early August. Coming off a rookie campaign in which he ran for 5.6 yards per carry and scored nine times in 11 games, Williams is again slated for a chance-of-pace role behind LeSean McCoy, who is currently dealing with an ankle injury that's believed to be minor. Buffalo led the NFL in rushing yards (2,432), YPC (4.8) and rushing touchdowns (19) last year, with both McCoy and Williams, in addition to QB Tyrod Taylor, proving to be quite effective when healthy. Williams missed five games, McCoy missed four, Sammy Watkins (foot) missed three and Taylor missed two.

Sammy Watkins (foot) is no longer wearing a walking boot, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW Buffalo reports.

Impact

Watkins is still healing from mid-May surgery on a Jones fracture, with his recovery timetable estimated at 8-12 weeks. The Bills expect him to be ready for Week 1, as the stated timetable puts him on track to be available at some point during training camp. Though progressing as expected so far, Watkins still shouldn't be viewed as a sure thing for Week 1. There's also a very real risk he aggravates the injury, just as Dez Bryant did last season. Other receivers, including Julio Jones and DeVante Parker, have also dealt with complications from similar injuries in recent years. All that being said, a healthy Watkins would offer tantalizing upside after ending 2015 with 35 catches for 679 yards and six touchdowns in his final six games, with 80+ receiving yards in each of those contests. The Bills added little-to-nothing in the way of competition for targets this offseason.

LeSean McCoy (hamstring) took part in individual drills Tuesday at minicamp, Chris Brown of the Bills' website reports.

Impact

Merely dealing with some minor hamstring tightness, McCoy missed a few practices and will likely be somewhat limited during this week's mandatory minicamp. His training camp availability doesn't seem to be in question, but it is worth noting that he dealt with hamstring issues for much of last year. Second-year runner Karlos Williams is one of the league's more valuable handcuffs, even offering stand-alone appeal in the vast majority of leagues. The Bills led the NFL in rushing yards (2,432), YPC (4.8) and rushing touchdowns (19) last year, with their 509 carries ranking second only to Carolina's 526. Even if quarterback rushing numbers were subtracted, the Bills still would have finished among the top five in nearly every significant running category.

Victor Cruz (calf) is taking part in individual drills at Tuesday's mandatory minicamp practice, Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports.

Impact

A report last week said Cruz wouldn't participate in the three-day minicamp, but he's apparently ready to run routes and catch passes without facing a defender. This bodes well for his training camp availability, as he was already tentatively expected to be ready for the start of camp. It remains to be seen if Cruz is still effective, having last played in a game Nov. 12, 2014. He may also have to compete with rookie second-rounder Sterling Shepard for snaps, though the Giants figure to once again rank among the NFL leaders in use of three-wide formations.

Steve Smith (torn Achilles) said he isn't sure when he will be available, adding that he probably can't play in Week 1 unless he gets in some work at training camp, ESPN.com reports. "I don't know when I'm coming back," he said. "I just know I have to be able to do something in training camp to be able to play for the season. That's just the way I operate. I can't go from doing absolutely nothing [and] sitting on my butt for all of training camp and then go out there and play."

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Still recovering from a torn Achilles suffered Nov. 1, the 37-year-old Smith has progressed to jogging but seemingly still has quite a ways to go. While doubtful to be ready for the start of camp in late July, he might be available at some point in August, which would give him a few weeks to prepare for the start of the season. Even if he's available, there's no assurance Smith will look like the same player we saw last year, as Achilles' ruptures often sap players of their explosiveness for quite some time after the injury is healed. Meanwhile, the Ravens got some good news Tuesday when it was announced that fellow wideout Breshad Perriman (knee) should be able to rehab his partially torn ACL without reconstructive surgery. Still, Perriman and Smith should both be considered questionable for Week 1, possibly leaving Kamar Aiken, Mike Wallace and others to carry a heavier burden than might have otherwise been expected.

Darren McFadden underwent surgery on a fractured elbow Tuesday, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Impact

McFadden participated in OTAs while dealing with elbow pain all last week, but an X-ray revealed that the issue is actually a fracture, which means he won't participate in this week's minicamp. Given that the injury required surgery, it's quite possible McFadden's absence will extend into training camp, though he is expected to return at some point before camp ends, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. This could help Ezekiel Elliott's bid to secure the lead role, and it might also assist Alfred Morris' effort to land a key backup job. McFadden has been mentioned as a possible trade candidate, but his likely absence for part of training camp could make it tougher to find a partner if the Cowboys are indeed interested in trading him.

Breshad Perriman (knee) received a stem-cell injection Tuesday and is expected to be available in 2016, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Impact

Diagnosed with a partial ACL tear over the weekend, Perriman was hoping to avoid reconstructive surgery, which would likely require 8-12 months of recovery. It appears he'll get his wish, as Tuesday's arthroscopic procedure revealed that he should be able to make a recovery with the help of stem-cell injections. Of course, it's still unclear when Perriman might be ready to practice, and he'll probably be at risk of aggravating the injury all season. The 2015 first-round pick missed his entire rookie year due to a torn PCL in his other knee. Though Perriman's career is off to an ominous start, the Ravens presumably still hope to have him play a big part of the offense this season, joining Kamar Aiken, fellow burner Mike Wallace and maybe Steve Smith (torn Achilles) at the top of the wide receiver depth chart.

Myles Jack (knee) was present at Tuesday's minicamp practice, as he's completed his academic obligations at UCLA, Jeff Darlington of NFL Network reports.

Impact

Jack was forced to miss rookie minicamp while completing the rest of the academic year, but the linebacker will now join the rest of his teammates as team activities begin to ramp up. The second-round pick is expected to be a difference-maker in Year 1, and his sideline-to-sideline speed could keep him on the field in third-down situations from the start.

Jalen Ramsey (knee) did some light running at Tuesday's practice, Jeff Darlington of NFL Network reports.

Impact

Ramsey continues to work back from surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus, and he appears to be making tangible progress. The Jaguars won't rush the No. 5 overall pick back, though, and he likely won't return to full-speed work until training camp.

Ronald Leary said Monday that he would attend this week's mandatory minicamp, CBS Dallas-Ft. Worth reports.

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The fifth-year guard skipped voluntary OTAs as he tries to pressure the Cowboys' front office into trading him, but Leary will return to the team and avoid any fines that might have resulted from a minicamp no-show. He's a starting-caliber NFL guard, but he remains stuck behind Zack Martin and La'el Collins in Dallas and would much prefer to hold down a starting job somewhere in 2016 as he heads into free agency.

Justin Bethel (foot) missed the entire offseason program, the Cardinals' official site reports.

Impact

After inking a three-year extension in early December, Bethel was pressed into starting duty within weeks due to Tyrann Mathieu's torn ACL in Week 15. Bethel subsequently tallied 25 tackles, four passes defended, and one interception in four games, including two postseason tilts. As the offseason proceeded, the team allowed veteran cornerback Jerraud Powers to leave via free agency, which placed Bethel at the top of the depth chart at cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson. However, Bethel's offseason has so far centered about rehab from surgery to repair a "slight" fracture in his foot. With no activity in the offseason program, he may have hindered his chances in pursuit of the gig, but the prudent approach is expected to ensure that he's 100 percent once training camp begins in late July.

Patrick Peterson (ankle) took part in individual drills during the Cardinals' mandatory minicamp last week, the team's official site reports.

Impact

Peterson hasn't missed a game in his five-year career, but nagging ankle concerns seemingly forced the All-Pro cornerback under the knife as a preventive measure in mid-April. Handed a 6-to-8 week recovery timetable, his lack of participation in OTAs wasn't a surprise by any means. His return to drills during minicamp signals that his rehab is on schedule, though, with the aim of full health by the time training camp rolls around in late July.

Andre Ellington is expected to have a role within the Cardinals' crowded backfield in 2016, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. "We'll definitely get him in there," head coach Bruce Arians said. "How many touches he gets is going to depend on how all three of them are playing."

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Ellington followed up a game-breaking rookie season in 2013 with a dud as the Cardinals' lead RB in the next campaign. Injuries certainly played a role, but the Cardinals were proactive with the offseason additions of David Johnson in the 2015 NFL Draft and Chris Johnson in the middle of training camp. Despite these moves, Ellington entered the year as the No. 1 back, only to sustain a PCL injury in Week 1 that thrust the Johnsons into larger roles. Chris Johnson was highly effective as the starter for the ensuing 10 contests, but maladies to both the elder Johnson and Ellington in Week 12 paved the way for David Johnson's late-season explosion. Due to the performance, David has been deemed worthy of "bell cow" status by Arians heading into training camp, while the re-signing of Chris provides insurance for the corps. As a result, Darren Urban of the team's official site has speculated that Ellington will serve "more as a receiver than straight runner," which is likely the best use of his skill set due to the injury-prone label levied upon him since his time at Clemson.

Fletcher Cox signed a six-year, $103 million extension with the Eagles on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

The deal includes over $63 million in guaranteed money, making it the highest guarantee for a non-quarterback in NFL history. Only 25, Cox attended his first Pro Bowl last season after recording 71 tackles, 9.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles in 2015. The defensive tackle hasn't missed a game in the last three seasons and will look to be a cornerstone of the Eagles' defense in 2016, led by new coordinator Jim Schwartz.

Austin Willis was released by the Lions on Monday.

Impact

After signing Andre Roberts and Keith Lewis on Monday, the Lions released Willis to make room for their new additions. The 24-year-old signed a reserve/future contract with the Lions back in January after spending time with the Raiders last season.

Stephen Tulloch is not participating in offseason workouts as he awaits his release, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Impact

Tulloch was told by the Lions in February that he was not a fit in their future plans and would be released, but he has not yet been let go. The 10-year veteran linebacker, who led Detroit in tackles last year, said that he would attend offseason workouts to avoid being fined, but the team agreed to not fine him for missing practices prior to his release. Neither Tulloch nor the team has specified the reason for the delay, but general manager Bob Quinn has indicated it's due to a contractual issue. Whenever Tulloch is released, he'll likely be able to find a role as a backup or two-down linebacker on another team.

Reshad Jones plans to skip the Dolphins' mandatory minicamp as he continues to hold out for a new contract, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Impact

Jones didn't take part in any of the Dolphins' voluntary offseason workouts in an attempt to get the team to renegotiate his contract, and he appears willing to raise the stakes in his demands. He'll face a fine upwards of $25,000 for each of the three practices he misses this week, and faces even larger fines if he chooses to hold out into training camp and the regular season. Jones is currently on track to make just over $14 million over the last two years of his contract, but none of that money is guaranteed, which is the primary reason he wants to renegotiate the deal. Coming off a season in which he recorded 135 tackles and five interceptions, both career highs, and played in 97 percent of Miami's defensive snaps, Jones is one of the team's best defenders and a top IDP player.

Breshad Perriman is slated for surgery Tuesday on the partially torn ACL in his left knee, after which a prognosis should emerge, Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official site reports.

Impact

The procedure will be performed by noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who is expected to provide a more concise timetable for Perriman's recovery after repairing the tear. Although the surgery will be "minimally invasive," the potential exists for a full reconstruction of Perriman's ACL, which would clearly rule him out for the upcoming campaign. On the other side of the coin, he may merely receive a stem cell injection in the hope that the ailment is self-healing. A wide range of return dates remain on the table, but the Ravens should know in short order whether the injury-plagued wideout can take the field in 2016.

Alshon Jeffery reported to the Bears' mandatory minicamp Monday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Impact

This comes as no surprise, as Jeffery was expected to attend minicamp after signing his franchise tender on March 8. However, he opted to skip the volunteer portion of the offseason program, and spent his time training in Miami. Although he's seeking a long-term contract, multiple people with knowledge of the situation expect Jeffery to play this season on the tender he signed, and consider a new deal getting done by July 15 to be unlikely. Should he play on the tender, he'll be plenty motivated to be at his best this year, so that he can earn a big payday in free agency.