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|7/27/2017||Marcus Murphy, NYJ, RB|
|Murphy was claimed off waivers from the Saints on Thursday.
Analysis: Murphy played in 16 games for the Saints over the past two seasons, primarily as a returner. He has 34 career punt returns for a 9.4-yard average and a touchdown, along with 19 kickoff returns for a 21.3-yard average.
|7/27/2017||Reuben Foster, SF, LB|
|Foster has been medically cleared to participate in training camp.
Analysis: A troublesome shoulder was one reason the 2016 Butkus Award winner fell to the 31st overall selection in this past spring's draft despite being rated by numerous scouting circles as a top-10 talent. If fully healthy, Foster should immediately compete for a starting job.
|7/27/2017||Rob Gronkowski, NE, TE|
|Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters Gronkowski will not be under any restrictions during training camp.
Analysis: Gronkowski also wasn't limited during offseason work, so it's safe to assume last year's back issues that required season-ending surgery are behind him. The perennial All-Pro should again be among the elite fantasy tight ends provided he can maintain good health, though that's surely not a given.
|7/27/2017||Devontae Booker, Den, RB|
|Booker is expected to miss six weeks with a wrist injury and will be placed on the team's physically unable to perform list. He'll be re-assessed prior to the team's regular-season opener.
Analysis: The 25-year-old supplanted C.J. Anderson as the team's starter last season after the latter went to injured reserve prior to Halloween. Booker finished with a team-best 612 yards rushing and added 265 yards receiving with five total touchdowns during his rookie season. Anderson heads the backfield which also consists of former Pro Bowl selection Jamaal Charles, who signed a one-year deal with the team in free agency.
|7/27/2017||John Urschel, Bal, G|
|Urschel has retired from the NFL at age 26.
Analysis: Given his long-range plan, the news was not likely a surprise. Since 2015, Urschel has been taking PhD track courses at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2016, he took four courses and recorded straight As. At Penn State, Urschel graduated in four years - bachelor's and master's degree in math - with a 4.0 grade point average. In three seasons with the Ravens, Urschel appeared in 40 games with 13 starts, including three last season.
|7/27/2017||Ronnie Hillman, Dal, RB|
|The Cowboys are expected to sign Hillman, according to an ESPN report.
Analysis: Hillman will join Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris behind star Ezekiel Elliott, who is facing possible discipline from the NFL for an alleged domestic violence incident in July 2016. Hillman rushed for a career-best 863 yards and seven touchdowns in his final season with the Denver Broncos in 2015. He has totaled 1,976 career rushing yards and 12 rushing scores over five seasons with the then-San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings and Broncos.
|7/26/2017||Joe Flacco, Bal, QB|
|Flacco is dealing with a back injury and will at least miss the start of training camp, according to multiple reports Wednesday. The Baltimore Sun reported that Flacco could be limited early in camp while nfl.com took it a step further, saying Flacco is preparing to miss 3 to 6 weeks with a disc issue in his back.
Analysis: Flacco is set to enter his 10th season. Last season, he threw for 4,317 yards with 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. For his career, he has thrown for 32,639 yards with 182 touchdowns and 117 interceptions. He also has a 61.5 percent completion percentage and a 84.5 passer rating for his career.
|7/26/2017||Cardale Jones, LAC, QB|
|The Los Angeles Chargers have acquired quarterback Cardale Jones from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for an undisclosed conditional draft pick.
Analysis: The 6-foot-5 Jones led Ohio State to a national title during the 2014 season. After one more year with the Buckeyes, he was a fourth-round pick by Buffalo in 2016.
|7/26/2017||Teddy Bridgewater, Min, QB|
|Bridgewater was placed on the physically unable to perform list Wednesday.
Analysis: The move was expected for Bridgewater, who is working his way back from tearing his ACL and dislocating his left knee during a late August practice last year.
|7/26/2017||Marcus Smith, Phi, DE|
|The Eagles released Smith, the team's first-round pick in 2014, on Wednesday.
Analysis: Smith was drafted to play outside linebacker in the 3-4 front and made the transition to 4-3 defensive end in 2016. He played in 37 games in his three seasons with the team and recorded just four sacks.
|7/26/2017||Allen Barbre, Den, G|
|The Philadelphia Eagles had planned to release Barbre, but after announcing they had waived the veteran offensive lineman Wednesday, they instead were able to trade him to the Denver Broncos for a 2019 conditional draft pick.
Analysis: Barbre, 33, started 12 games last season for Philadelphia, playing left guard and some right tackle. He missed part of the spring with a calf injury. Barbre had been with the Eagles since 2013 and started 29 games. He started all 28 games he played the past two seasons.
|7/26/2017||Lucky Whitehead, NYJ, WR|
|The New York Jets claimed Whitehead off waivers, multiple outlets reported on Wednesday. The move comes two days after Whitehead was cut by the Dallas Cowboys following an initial report that he was accused of petty larceny. Police later reported that it identified the wrong man and regretted the impact its errors had bestowed upon Whitehead and his family.
Analysis: Whitehead denied he was in the state of Virginia at the time of the arrest and claimed it was a case of mistaken identity, which Prince William County Police Sergeant Jonathan L. Perok confirmed Tuesday in a statement. Whitehead recorded just nine receptions in two seasons with the Cowboys, but he returned 44 punts for 305 yards and 33 kickoffs for 846 yards.
|7/26/2017||Jordan Reed, Was, TE|
|Reed was a surprise inclusion on the Washington Redskins' physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp.
Analysis: The inclusion of Reed came out of nowhere. Washington's top pass-catcher skipped voluntary offseason workouts, but looked good during minicamp in June. The 27-year-old had 66 catches for 686 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games last season. He missed time with a concussion and a shoulder injury.
|7/26/2017||Bobby Rainey, Bal, RB|
|The Ravens have signed Rainey after finding out Kenneth Dixon would miss the season with a torn meniscus.
Analysis: The 29-year-old Rainey never had a carry for the Ravens in the regular season in 2012 before going on to play for the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants. His best season came in 2013 when he rushed for 532 yards and five touchdowns in nine games. Rainey ran for 63 yards on 17 carries in 15 games for the Giants last season.
|7/26/2017||Reshad Jones, Mia, S|
|Jones has been placed on the active-non-football injury list by the Miami Dolphins for the start of training camp.
Analysis: The team didn't disclose the nature of the injury Wednesday, but it's not believed to be serious. Jones, who was limited to six games last season by a shoulder injury, can be activated at any time.
|7/26/2017||Myles Garrett, Cle, DE|
|Garrett has recovered from a foot sprain and will be on the field Thursday when Cleveland opens camp following a miserable 1-15 season.
Analysis: Garrett suffered a left lateral foot sprain while rushing quarterback Brock Osweiler during minicamp in June. He was placed in a walking boot and there was some concern that he might be sidelined for an extensive period. However, coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday that Garrett is "totally healthy" and will be on the field for the team's first workout. Garrett will be monitored during practices and it's possible he could be kept out of some drills.
|7/26/2017||Everson Griffen, Min, DE|
|The Vikings have signed Griffen to a four-year contract extension worth $58 million - $34 million guaranteed - that will keep him with the organization through the 2022 season.
Analysis: In his first seven seasons, Griffen owns 273 total tackles, 48 sacks, 71 tackles for loss, 281 quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and one interception in 106 regular-season games. Since becoming a full-time starter in 2014, Griffen started all 47 games he appeared in and recorded the fifth-most sacks in the NFL with 30.5 during that span. Griffen has been named to the Pro Bowl for the past two seasons.
|7/26/2017||Jacquies Smith, TB, DE|
|Smith will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list as he recovers from a torn ACL last season.
Analysis: The 27-year-old Smith suffered the injury to his right knee while attempting to cover a punt in the first quarter of a season-opening win at Atlanta last season. The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Smith recorded 13 1/2 sacks in 27 games during the 2014-15 seasons.
|7/25/2017||Koa Misi, Mia, LB|
|Misi's season has ended two days before the start of training camp.
Analysis: A six-year starter, Misi was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after he failed to receive medical clearance. Misi suffered a career-threatening neck injury last season and played in only three games.
|7/25/2017||Andrew Hawkins, NE, WR|
|Hawkins says he is retiring from the NFL and donating his brain to research.
Analysis: The six-year NFL veteran signed with the New England Patriots in May as a free agent. But he said in a video on uninterrupted.com that his body isn't responding as he prepared for training camp. The 31-year-old undrafted free agent out of Toledo played three seasons each with the Bengals and Browns. In 2014 he had career highs of 63 catches and 824 yards. He also helped the Montreal Alouettes win back-to-back Grey Cup championships in the Canadian Football League.
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