Andre Williams
Andre Williams shining early
Andre Williams, RB, NYG
News: Giants rookie running back Andre Williams impressed coaches at Wednesday's practice and continued to be used in goal-line packages, reports the team's website. Williams "is a rookie, he’s got a lot of burst, a lot of energy and he’s very fresh, so I was excited about what he did," running backs coach Craig Johnson said.

Williams is trying to carve out a niche in a backfield that includes Rashad Jennings, David Wilson and Peyton Hillis.


Jameel McClain
Jameel McClain returns to full practice
Jameel McClain, ILB, NYG
News: Giants linebacker Jameel McClain, who left Tuesday's practice with a foot problem, was a full participant Wednesday. "He did well," coach Tom Coughlin said. "He came out and practiced and went the whole practice, so I think he’s fine. A little sore, but he was able to go."

McClain is vying to start at middle linebacker while Jon Beason (foot) is out.


Ezekiel Ansah
Lions place Ziggy Ansah on PUP list
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, DET
News: The Lions placed defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, who's recovering from shoulder surgery, on the PUP list. Ansah had eight sacks as a rookie and is fully expected to be ready for the season opener.

Terrance West
Report: Terrance West goes on injury list
Terrance West, RB, CLE
News: The Browns put rookie running back Terrance West on the non-football injury list, reports NFL Network. The reason was not immediately clear. West is slated to compete with Ben Tate for the starting job.

Golden Tate
Report: Golden Tate put on PUP list
Golden Tate, WR, DET
News: The Lions put receiver Golden Tate on the PUP list to start training camp, reports NFL Network. Tate's injury was not immediately known.

NaVorro Bowman
NaVorro Bowman starts on PUP list as expected
NaVorro Bowman, ILB, SF
News: As expected, the 49ers put All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman on the PUP list. Bowman suffered a torn ACL and MCL in the NFC Championship Game and is not expected to return until midseason.

Spencer Nealy
Vikes waive Spencer Nealy, add Michael Higgins
Spencer Nealy, DE, MIN
News: The Vikings waived defensive end Spencer Nealy, who was recently suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. To fill his spot, Minnesota signed former Saints tight end Mike Higgins.

Jamaal Charles
Jamaal Charles more than doubles his salary
Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
News: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles received a two-year contract extension that includes $18.1 million in new money, reports NFL Network. Instead of making $3.9 million in 2014, Charles will earn $8.3 million.

Charles' new contract, which runs through 2017, makes him the NFL's second-highest paid back behind Adrian Peterson.


Justin Smith
Justin Smith ready to go after shoulder surgery
Justin Smith, DE, SF
News: 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith had offseason shoulder surgery to repair damage he sustained in camp a year ago, reports Smith, 34, spent the offseason rehabbing and missed all the on-field drills.

But Smith, who did not miss a game last year, says he's ready to go. "I feel healthy compared to last year," Smith said. "I feel a lot better than I did last year. This is it. This is the one I’m thinking about."


Odell Beckham
Giants worried about Odell Beckham's hammy
Odell Beckham, WR, NYG
News: Giants rookie wideout Odell Beckham only was able to go through stretching and warmups Wednesday, one day after tweaking the hamstring he had injured during OTAs.

"He missed part of spring ball with a hamstring and he tweaked it yesterday. Obviously there is a concern," general manager Jerry Reese told The Star-Ledger. "But you see that in some young players sometimes. They're a little bit nervous, a little bit anxious and that happens to them."

Coach Tom Couglin said he had no idea when Beckham would be back at full strength. "Those hamstrings, don't ask me. I have no idea," Coughlin said. "He missed today. He said it's sore. That is about all you can ask."


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