Derek Carr
Raiders' Derek Carr: Expected to be 'full go' for offseason activities
Derek Carr, QB, OAK
3/27/2017
News: Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Carr (fibula) will be "full go" for offseason activities, CSN's Scott Bair reports.

Carr broke the fibula in his right leg during a Week 16 game against the Colts on Christmas Eve last season and was initially slapped with a six-to-eight week timetable for recovery. However, that was the minimum requirement for healing and, according to Dr. Nick Grosso via the Bay Area News Group, Carr would need an additional four to six weeks before he'd be able to play football again. The Raiders begin offseason workouts on April 17th, which aligns almost perfectly with the back end of that timeline. Thus, by all accounts, it appears Carr's recovery couldn't have gone much better than it has so far and the fourth-year quarterback will be ready to begin preparations for the 2017 campaign with the rest of the team when voluntary practices commence next month.

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Marcus Mariota
Titans' Marcus Mariota: Sheds walking boot, eyeing training camp return
Marcus Mariota, QB, TEN
3/27/2017
News: Mariota (fibula) is out of his walking boot and is confident he'll be ready for training camp. "I'm in a good spot," the quarterback said.

Mariota has spent the offseason in recovery from a fractured fibula he suffered in the Titans' second-to-last game of the 2016 season. After swapping a motorized scooter for a walking boot in late February, the Titans QB is now free from wearing any appendage designed to help him move about. In fact, the Hawaii native, who is currently back home and has been running on the beach as part of his rehab, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that his recovery "is going a little better than planned." Next up for Mariota is awaiting clearance to return to football activities. He's scheduled to report to Nashville next month and will be reevaluated at that time.

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Andrew Luck
Colts' Andrew Luck: Colts to be patient with franchise quarterback
Andrew Luck, QB, IND
3/27/2017
News: The Colts are relying on team doctors to determine how much of a workload Luck (shoulder) will carry this offseason. "We are not going to be rushing him," owner Jim Irsay said. "We are going to make sure, obviously, that the shoulder has to be ready and the doctors are going to give full approval before he starts putting real reps on it and that sort of thing. This is going to be a huge benefit in the long run. We really feel that he's going to be completely healed for the season and he's going to have a great season...If we need an extra arm in camp, as we start doing our work, we will be prepared for that."

Irsay also stated how Luck, who underwent shoulder surgery in January, continues to heal well and recently received a positive checkup from his doctor regarding his recovery. Regardless, the Colts remain committed to restricting Luck's practice reps for the time being in order to make certain their franchise quarterback's throwing arm is in top shape entering the 2017 campaign, which is likely a wise move considering the health of his shoulder was consistently an issue last season and the reason he appeared on the injury report ahead of every single game. In the event Luck remains under heavy limitations when training camp opens up in July, look for Irsay and Co. to add an "extra arm" to make sure summer practices go smoothly.

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Scott Crichton
Bills' Scott Crichton: Claimed by Bills
Scott Crichton, DL, MIN
3/27/2017
News: Crichton (undisclosed) was claimed off waivers by the Bills on Monday, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Crichton was recently let go by the Vikings and is yet to record a sack in 21 regular-season appearances since being selected in the 2014 third round, but his signing could boost Buffalo's options along the defensive front this season.

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Trevor Siemian
Broncos' Trevor Siemian: Backed to compete this spring
Trevor Siemian, QB, DEN
3/27/2017
News: According to Broncos general manager John Elway, the team will "stay the course" at quarterback, where Siemian and Paxton Lynch will compete for snaps this spring, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

Siemian earned Denver's starting quarterback job last season despite the team drafting Lynch in the first round last year. Although Siemian generally performed admirably, Lynch's long-term potential leaves him looking at another competition for snaps this spring. While that's hardly anything new for the Northwestern alumnus, Elway's comments seem to suggest the Broncos may no longer be interested in acquiring Tony Romo. In that scenario, Siemian would only need to beat out Lynch again to start, which is far more likely than him potentially keeping his place over Romo.

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Mackensie Alexander
Vikings' Mackensie Alexander: Will get chance to win nickel corner job
Mackensie Alexander, CB, MIN
3/27/2017
News: Alexander will get a chance to win the starting nickel corner job after the departure of Captain Munnerlyn in free agency, head coach Mike Zimmer told a local radio station, according to ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities.

It's possible the Vikings could sign a conerback late in free agency to play nickel corner, but it looks like Alexander will get a shot at a regular role. Alexander played just 68 snaps last season, so it's a little surprising he'd be a prime candidate for the job. However, Zimmer has confidence in the 2016 second-round draft pick. Alexander was placed on injured reserve after an abdomen injury late last season, but it's not thought to be an issue as spring practices approach.

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Le'Veon Bell
Steelers' Le'Veon Bell: Doesn't have timetable at moment
Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
3/26/2017
News: Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the team does not have a rehab timetable for Bell (groin), the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac reports. "Our goal is to have [Bell] 100 percent for the 2017 season," Colbert said.

Bell had surgery March 13 to repair the core muscle injury that left him sidelined for most of the AFC Championship Game. He also received the Steelers' franchise tag earlier this offseason, with the two sides hoping to reach a long-term agreement while Bell recovers from his surgery. There's still plenty of time before the July 15 deadline, and Bell's rehab process isn't expected to interfere with his Week 1 availability. While the current injury shouldn't have too much impact on negotiations, the Steelers can't ignore that their star running back has missed 20 of a possible 70 games since entering the league in 2013.

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Theo Riddick
Lions' Theo Riddick: Recovering from surgery on both wrists
Theo Riddick, RB, DET
3/26/2017
News: Riddick had surgery on both wrists late last season, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Riddick missed the final four games of the season with a wrist injury, but it was never revealed if he had surgery. While it turns out he actually needed procedures on both wrists, Riddick is still expected to be a full participant when organized team activities begin later this spring. Backfield mate Ameer Abdullah (foot) has already been fully cleared to return, but even with him and Riddick both expected to be healthy, the Lions are rumored to have interest in drafting a running back.

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Cam Newton
Panthers' Cam Newton: Expected to be ready by Week 1
Cam Newton, QB, CAR
3/26/2017
News: Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he has no doubt Newton (shoulder) will be ready for the season opener, NFL.com reports.

The Panthers entered this offseason with the expectation Newton would avoid surgery on his partially torn right rotator cuff, but he's now scheduled to have an arthroscopic procedure March 30. He's tentatively scheduled to begin an individual throwing program 12 weeks after the surgery, with a return to throwing in a team setting expected at the 16-week mark. The timeline rules him out for the offseason program and leaves his training camp availability in serious question, but it should allow the 27-year-old quarterback to be ready by Week 1.

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Josh Gordon
Browns' Josh Gordon: Expected to be traded or released if reinstated
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
3/26/2017
News: The Browns likely will trade or release Gordon (suspension) if he is reinstated by the NFL, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Gordon applied for reinstatement in early March and expects to get an answer around the time of the NFL Draft. He's been suspended for 43 of the last 48 regular-season games, with his only appearances since 2013 occurring late in the 2014 season. He'll still only be 26 years old for the upcoming season, and he did look good in his two appearances last preseason, but then entered an inpatient rehab facility instead of rejoining the Browns after Week 4. While his willingness to take responsibility for his actions should help his case, Gordon's lengthy track record of substance-abuse issues means that any reinstatement likely would have a slew of conditions attached. Given his age and modest contract, Gordon might still fetch a middle-round pick in a trade. It's also possible, though not likely, that the Browns might reconsider their stance and give Gordon another shot.

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