Kyle Rudolph
Kyle Rudolph signs five-year extension
Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
7/27/2014
News: Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph won't have to worry about entering the final season of his contract without an extension any longer. He signed a five-year extension on Sunday, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. The deal is worth $36.5 million, with $19.4 million guaranteed, per ESPN.

Rudolph has lost about 15 pounds and is expecting a bigger role this upcoming season. His 2013 season was cut short because of a broken left foot. He caught 30 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns in eight games last season.

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Jake Ballard
Jake Ballard given a day off due to thigh bruise
Jake Ballard, TE, ARI
7/27/2014
News: Cardinals tight end Jake Ballard was unable to practice Sunday because of a thigh bruise, ESPN reports. The injury is not expected to keep him sidelined for too long, as he is expected to return on Monday, head coach Bruce Arians told reporters.
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Scott Chandler
Scott Chandler suffers groin injury in practice
Scott Chandler, TE, BUF
7/27/2014
News: Bills tight end Scott Chandler was removed in the first hour of Sunday's practice with a groin injury and was unable to return at any point, WGR 550 Sports Radio AM reports.

The Bills are already without Tony Moeaki (hamstring) and Chris Gragg (heat cramps) due to injury. No timetable has been set for Chandler moving forward.

The team will start the preseason Sunday against the Giants in Canton.
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Zach Ertz
Zach Ertz 'could be the X-factor' in Eagles' offense
Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
7/27/2014
News: Following Sunday's practice, the Philadelphia Inquirer praised the development of Eagles tight end Zach Ertz and said he "could be the X-factor" in the offense this year. The paper noted linebacker DeMeco Ryans "had zero chance keeping up with the second-year player when he ran a zig route up the numbers on one play."

Ertz made several catches during the practice, but dropped a short throw in individual drills, the paper said. He had 36 catches for 469 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie.

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Jace Amaro
Jace Amaro has knee tendinitis
Jace Amaro, TE, NYJ
7/27/2014
News: Jets rookie tight end Jace Amaro is dealing with knee tendinitis but is expected to be on the field when the team resumes practice Tuesday, reports ESPN.com. Amaro was unable to finish practice Sunday.
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Rob Gronkowski
Rob Gronkowski participates in team drills, but not at full speed
Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
7/27/2014
News: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is steadly increasing his workload at training camp. Coming back from a torn ACL, Gronk initially stuck to individual drills and wasn't on the field for 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 work.

That changed Sunday. According to NFL.com, Gronkowski took part in team drills at half to 3/4 speed. All signs point to Gronk playing Week 1 when New England visits Miami, the website said.

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Tony Moeaki
Tony Moeaki may miss extended time with hamstring injury
Tony Moeaki, TE, BUF
7/26/2014
News: Bills coach Doug Marrone said Saturday that tight end Tony Moeaki "could be out a while" while dealing with a hamstring injuy, the Democrat and Chronicle reports.

Moeaki has played in just 16 games over the last three seasons while dealing with a variety of injuries. He logged one game with the Bills last season but didn't tally any receptions.

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Nate Byham
Nate Byham let go by Patriots
Nate Byham, TE, NE
7/26/2014
News: Five days after signing tight end Nate Byham, the Patriots have released him. Byham had played 29 games over four seasons with San Francisco and Tampa Bay with eight starts. He compiled 11 receptions as mostly a blocker during that time.
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James Oboh
James Oboh leaves Saturday practice with knee problem
James Oboh, TE, CLE
7/26/2014
News: Browns tight end hopeful and rookie free agent James Oboh walked off the field with a trainer after going down and grabbing his knee during 11-on-11 drills, per the Akron Beacon Journal. The extent of his injury has yet to be revealed.
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Marcedes Lewis
Marcedes Lewis 'in best shape of his life'
Marcedes Lewis, TE, JAC
7/25/2014
News: Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis is making a good impression so far, reports the Associated Press.

The report says Lewis "absolutely killed his conditioning test," which impressed general manager Dave Caldwell.

"He's in the best shape of his life," Caldwell said.

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