Dez Bryant
Cowboys' Dez Bryant: X-ray on upcoming schedule
Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
5/28/2016
News: Bryant will have an X-ray in the next few weeks to determine if he'll receive full clearance to resume football activities, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The Cowboys have relayed that Bryant is expected to be cleared for offseason practices in early June, but an X-ray appears to be the linchpin for the final decision. With OTAs taking place until their three-day mandatory minicamp commences on June 14, the organization will wait with bated breath for the news that Tony Romo's (back) No. 1 target is officially back in the fold.

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Dennis Pitta
Ravens' Dennis Pitta: Participates in OTAs, encouraged by progress
Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
5/28/2016
News: Pitta (hip) had a strong showing at OTAs on Thursday, Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun reports. "To be honest, I feel really good physically out there. I haven't played football for awhile, so there are things that I'm getting back used to...I feel like I'm running like I want to, and used to, so that's very encouraging," said Pitta.

Pitta's return to practice after missing all of last season due to a serious hip injury is a step in the right direction for the veteran tight end, but OTAs are nowhere near as physical as what he'll be up against when the Ravens begin training camp in July. As such, Pitta's progress should likely be taken with a grain of salt at this point because until he's able to make it through full contact practices, it will be difficult to determine how his hip will hold up. If Pitta is able to return to form this season, he'll be another weapon at the tight end position for Joe Flacco, who already has the likes of Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore, and Maxx Williams at his disposal.

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Mark Sanchez
Broncos' Mark Sanchez: Aided by experience
Mark Sanchez, QB, DEN
5/27/2016
News: Sanchez's experience figures to give him an edge in the Broncos' starting quarterback competition, The Denver Post reports.

Sanchez, who had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his non-throwing hand's thumb earlier this month, participated in seven-on-seven and positional drills along with rookie Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian during OTAs this week. Although those two were also able to go through team drills, something Sanchez was unable to do, Sanchez's previous experience as an NFL starter bodes well for him going into training camp. That's when the Broncos' quarterback competition is expected to heat up, and despite not having started a Week 1 game since 2012, Sanchez's veteran status gives him the early leg up on Lynch and Siemian.

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Breshad Perriman
Ravens' Breshad Perriman: Back at full speed
Breshad Perriman, WR, BAL
5/27/2016
News: Perriman (knee) returned to full speed during the Ravens' OTAs this week.

Perriman lost his rookie season due to a reoccurring PCL injury last year, but has now gotten to the point where he no longer thinks about his knee while running. At this week's OTAs, Perriman reportedly showed great burst and deep speed. The 2015 first-rounder also practiced with the Ravens' first-team offense on Thursday, and should compete with Steve Smith (Achilles), Mike Wallace and Kamar Aiken for snaps during training camp.

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Jimmy Graham
Seahawks' Jimmy Graham: Will ease into training camp
Jimmy Graham, TE, SEA
5/26/2016
News: Although Graham (knee) is expected to "ease into training camp," head coach Pete Carroll believes that the tight end will be ready for the regular season, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR reports.

The Seahawks held their first batch of OTAs this week, which Graham was unable to participate in, as expected. However, he fit in some light running and caught some passes on the side Thursday, so he seems to have reached a good place in his recovery from a torn patellar tendon in his right knee. In the end, his ability to handle snaps during the preseason will forecast if he's on pace to be on the field in Week 1.

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Thomas Rawls
Seahawks' Thomas Rawls: Optimism abounds
Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA
5/26/2016
News: Although Rawls (ankle) is expected to "ease into training camp," head coach Pete Carroll is of the belief that the running back will be ready for the regular season, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR reports.

In yet another optimistic comment from one of the Seahawks' luminaries, Rawls appears on pace to complete his recovery from a season-ending broken ankle in time for Week 1. Ultimately, his health will be tested during the preseason slate, but if his rehab is at all delayed, reserve running backs Christine Michael and C.J. Prosise appear poised to receive ample reps in advance of the season.

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Kelvin Benjamin
Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin: Participates in OTA on Thursday
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
5/26/2016
News: Benjamin (knee) was a limited participant during Thursday's OTA session, his first organized practice with the Panthers since suffering a torn left ACL during last year's training camp prior to the 2015 season.

Benjamin was held out of 11-on-11 activities as he won't rush the lengthy recovery process that results from an ACL injury, but the fact that he was on the field for individual drills is a good sign with training camp fast approaching. His Week 1 status is not currently up in the air, while he's expected to once again be a limited participant in OTAs when the team gets back on the practice field next Tuesday.

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Ameer Abdullah
Lions' Ameer Abdullah: Underwent shoulder surgery in January
Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET
5/26/2016
News: Abdullah underwent shoulder surgery in January to repair a torn labrum and he could miss the remainder of the offseason as he continues to rehab, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Abdullah is coming off a rookie campaign with the Lions in which he led the team in rushing yards with 597 on 143 carries, while he played the final two games of the season with an injured shoulder that would eventually require surgery. The team has elected to proceed cautiously during their potential starting running back's rehab until training camp, but he appears to be ahead of schedule. Abdullah's Week 1 status isn't currently in doubt, while Theo Riddick, Stevan Ridley, Zach Zenner, and incoming rookie Dwayne Washington should see additional opportunities this offseason with Abdullah sidelined.

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Arian Foster
Arian Foster: Needs another month to rehab
Arian Foster, RB, HOU
5/26/2016
News: Foster (Achilles) said he probably needs another month to get back into top shape, ABC 13 Houston reports.

Foster made it clear he expects to regain his top form, even though he'll turn 30 before the season and is recovering from a torn Achilles suffered in late October. He'll likely join a team before training camp, with Miami, Washington and New England among the potential fits. He visited the Dolphins at the end of March, but has repeatedly made it clear he's in no hurry to sign a contract.

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Cameron Jordan
Saints' Cameron Jordan: Expects to be ready by training camp
Cameron Jordan, DE, NO
5/26/2016
News: Jordan (back), who underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure on his lower back in February, is not currently participating in OTAs but expects to be back by training camp, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "We're playing it safe," Jordan said on Wednesday. "I can't give out a timetable for me coming back, but I do know that it will be well within camp season."

Jordan played through the back injury most of last season, occasionally missing practice time but never a game. Despite the lingering malady, he still managed to accrue 10 sacks and earn his second Pro Bowl appearance. While Jordan has a tendency to disappear -- he recorded only a single tackle four separate times in 2015 -- his consistent double-digit sack totals nevertheless make him a valuable IDP commodity.

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