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Josh Gordon's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed Thursday that his client is appealing his suspension and has a hearing coming up, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Impact

Gordon's agent failed to confirm the exact date of the hearing, nor did he comment on how his client's recent DWI arrest may have an effect on the appeal process. The reigning NFL receiving yards leader reportedly tested positive for marijuana in early May, and is facing a year long suspension from the league. A resolution on the case – including any pending suspension – is expected to be announced before the start of Browns training camp in late July.

Ryan Grant, a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, will likely make the final roster, CSN Washington reports.

Impact

Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts are expected to work as the Redskins' top three receivers, leaving Grant to compete with the likes of Leonard Hankerson, Santana Moss and Aldrick Robinson for the No. 4 and 5 spots on the depth chart. Speaking at rookie minicamp earlier this offseason, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said that Grant plays like a 10-year veteran.

Deonte Thompson will have to battle for a roster spot, the Ravens' official website reports.

Impact

Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Jacoby Jones and Marlon Browns are all locks to make the roster, and will likely occupy the top four spots on the depth chart. That leaves a host of wideouts to compete for just one or two roster spots, with Thompson's chief competitors including Michael Campanaro, LaQuan Williams and Kamar Aiken. Thompson may have an advantage due to his blazing speed and ability to return kicks, but the Ravens likely plan on using Jacoby Jones as the primary return man for both punts and kickoffs.

Dekoda Watson may begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list, after undergoing sports hernia surgery in late June, The Florida Times-Union reports.

Impact

LaRoy Reynolds has worked with the first-team defense in place of Watson, who is still expected to be ready for the Jaguars' Sept. 7 opener in Philadelphia. After spending his first four seasons with the Tampa Bay Bucs, Watson may finally get enough playing time to be useful as an IDP.

Marcus Martin has been placed on the non-football injury list, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.

Impact

It's unclear why Martin is being placed on the list, as no injury has been reported. With the 49ers losing former starting center Jonathan Goodwin this offseason, Martin may get a chance to compete for the starting job as a rookie.

Bruce Ellington will begin camp on the non-football injury list, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Impact

Ellington hasn't been dealing with any known injuries, so it's likely the ailment isn't overly serious. The move should free up space to bring a few more bodies into camp. Once fully healthy, he'll compete for a reserve slot receiver role with the 49ers.

Kaleb Ramsey (undisclosed) will open camp on the physically unable to perform list, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Impact

Ramsey will be eligible to return when healthy, but the procedural move will clear up space to invite a few more players to training camp. The seventh-round draft pick is fighting for a roster spot as a reserve defensive end.

Aaron Lynch (undisclosed) will open camp on the physically unable to perform list, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Impact

Lynch will be eligible to return when healthy, but the procedural move will clear up space to invite a few more players to training camp. The rookie is expected to compete for a reserve outside linebacker role in 2014.

Travis Benjamin (knee) said Thursday that he doesn't expect to be placed on the physically unable to perform list, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Impact

Benjamin endured a torn ACL during the 2013 season, and was previously considered to be a candidate for the PUP list at the beginning of camp. Although nothing is set in stone just yet, Benjamin is optimistic that the team will allow him to practice once training camp starts in late-July. The 2012 fourth-rounder showed big-play upside prior to going down with the injury, and is a potential candidate to see targets this season due to the uncertainty surrounding Josh Gordon, but will first have to prove himself to the new coaching staff in camp.

Joe Staley (thumb) signed a two-year contract extension with the 49ers on Thursday.

Impact

Staley's new deal will keep him in San Francisco through the 2019 season. The 29-year-old projects to once again start at left tackle in 2014, where he'll pave the way for the running game and play a major role in protecting quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He's currently dealing with a minor thumb injury suffered in the final game of 2013, but doesn't expect to be limited by it at the start of the season.

Marcus Lattimore (knee) will begin training camp on the non-football injury list, ESPN Insider Field Yates reports.

Impact

Lattimore sat out the entire 2013 campaign while recovering from a serious knee injury, but remains in the final stage of his rehab process. No new complications have surfaced regarding the injury, as the move is said to be merely procedural. Lattimore was a full participant in May's OTAs, and expects to finally be ready to contribute in the 2014 campaign, where he'll compete with Kendall Hunter and Carlos Hyde for carries behind starter Frank Gore.

Taylor Lewan's trial regarding three misdemeanor charges will begin between Oct. 27 and 29, John Glennon of The Tennessean reports.

Impact

Lewan is facing three separate charges from an apparent assault last Dec. 1 – one count of aggravated assault along with two more counts of assault and battery – and his fate will seemingly be determined during the Titans' bye week. There was speculation that the incident would hinder his draft stock, but the organization opted to select the offensive lineman anyway with the 11th overall pick of this year's NFL Draft, despite having no clear opening on the offensive line. Expect him to settle into a reserve role behind veterans Michael Roos and Michael Oher as a rookie.

Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements indicated the team intends to get Eddie Lacy more involved in all aspects of the offense during the upcoming season, NFL.com reports. "We haven't sat down and figured out 'X' number of carries for Eddie," Clements said, "But we want to get him touches, trying to get him more involved in all aspects of the game."

Impact

The lengthy absence of Aaron Rodgers already resulted in a heavy workload for Lacy as a rookie, as he logged 284 carries over 15 games. With Rodgers healthy and some capable backup options on hand in James Starks and DuJuan Harris, it wouldn't be a surprise if Lacy's carry total took a slight dip, but seeing more time on passing downs could make up for it. Lacy had a modest total of 35 receptions last season, a number that shouldn't be hard to clear as the team looks to capitalize on the running back's ability in space. Put it all together, and it's easy to see why Lacy is receiving plenty of a buzz as a top-five pick in both standard and PPR formats.

Leodis McKelvin (hip) was placed on the active/PUP list on Wednesday, ESPN reports.

Impact

McKelvin was limited during OTA's after undergoing a minor hip procedure this offseason. Nonetheless, he's not expected to miss much of training camp and can be activated at any time. Once healthy, McKelvin figures to start opposite Stephon Gilmore (hip) at cornerback this season.

Mike Caussin was released by the Bills on Wednesday, ESPN reports.

Impact

Caussin has battled injuries in recent seasons, preventing him from catching a pass since 2011. With that in mind, the Bills opted to free his roster spot for someone more capable of providing reliable contributions.

Stevenson Sylvester was signed by the Bills on Wednesday, ESPN reports.

Impact

Sylvester has spent each of his four professional seasons with the Steelers, accounting for 34 career tackles (25 solo) thus far. The linebacker features primarily on special teams, but will also be able to provide depth to the Bills' linebacker rotation this season.

Kiko Alonso (knee) was placed on the active/non-football injury list on Wednesday, ESPN reports.

Impact

Alonso suffered a torn left ACL during a workout this month and is now slated to miss the entirety of this season. As a rookie last year, Alonso ranked third in the league with 159 tackles. As such, his absence creates a significant void at weakside linebacker in Buffalo's defense. Linebackers Nigel Bradham and Keith Rivers are expected to fill Alonso's role this season, while former Steeler Stevenson Sylvester was also signed by the Bills on Wednesday.

Armond Armstead announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday, the Patriots' team website reports.

Impact

Armstead signed with the Patriots in February of 2013 after playing one season with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. While Armstead was seen as a versatile defensive lineman with much promise, adverse health overshadowed his career, as he suffered a heart attack at age 20 and spent last season on injured reserve due to an infection.

Marqise Lee agreed to terms on his rookie contract with the Jaguars on Wednesday, the team's official website reports.

Impact

Lee plans to sign his four-year contract on Friday. The former Southern California standout was selected 39th overall in this spring's draft and went for 3,655 yards and 29 touchdowns in three college seasons. With Cecil Shorts installed as Jacksonville's No. 1 receiver and Justin Blackmon's future uncertain, Lee is expected to compete with Ace Sanders and fellow rookie Allen Robinson for targets this season.

With Kyle Orton officially no longer in the Cowboys' plans, Brandon Weeden will enter the season as Tony Romo's backup.

Impact

Given Romo's injury history, Weeden could be worth keeping on your radar, but his stint in Cleveland doesn't provide much hope that he could be a productive fantasy option as a starter.