Dennis Pitta
Ravens TE Dennis Pitta hopeful for 2015 return
Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
4/25/2015
News: Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta hopes to take the field in time for the 2015 season, but admits it's too early to determine if that goal can become a reality.

Pitta has undergone surgeries to repair a fractured and dislocated hip in each of the last two years.

"We still have some time to be able to assess where I'm at," Pitta told the Baltimore Sun. "I sure hope that I'll be on the field next year. That's my hope; that's my goal. We'll just see if I can get there."

Pitta has played in just seven games in the last two seasons combined.

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Justin Blackmon
Jaguars planning to play 2015 season without Justin Blackmon
Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
4/24/2015
News: As far as the Jaguars are concerned, Justin Blackmon will not be lining up at receiver for them this season. 

At least that's the approach Jacksonville is taking. Blackmon has been indefinitely suspended since Nov. 1 2013 for three violations of the substance-abuse policy under the old CBA.

"Our process hasn't changed," Caldwell said, via ESPN.com. "[We] plan to go without him, but if he emerges, he emerges, and he's going to go in with those top guys and compete with those other guys. Hopefully we're able to get some news, but if not we weren't planning on [having Blackmon]. We're just going to go [without him]."

Before he can re-join the Jaguars, he'll need to file an application for reinstatement, with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell making a decision within a 60-day window. The application letter would include details of the treatment he's received. 

Since being selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft, Blackmon has only played in 20 games. He has 1,280 yards and six touchdowns in his career. 

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Andre Ellington
Andre Ellington OK with Cardinals drafting another running back
Andre Ellington, RB, ARI
4/24/2015
News: If the Cardinals decide to draft a running back in one of the higher rounds, running back Andre Ellington would be OK with it. 

Ellington was a three-down back for Arizona last year that got plenty of touches in the running and passing games. But if the Cardinals use a high pick on a running back, that could cut into Ellington's touches. 

That's something that wouldn't bother Ellington. 

“It’s whatever will better our team,” Ellington told the team's website. “That’s most important. No one is going to hate any decisions. I’m sure those guys will make the best decisions to help the team. We’ll accept any guy who comes in.”

Another quality runner could help Ellington, who dealt with numerous injuries a year ago, in the long run. His season ended last December after undergoing hernia surgery. 

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Stephen Tulloch
Recovering Lions MLB Tulloch: I could play now if needed
Stephen Tulloch, MLB, DET
4/24/2015
News: Lions middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch has spoken encouragingly about his recovery from knee surgery, claiming he could play currently if necessary.

Tulloch ended his season in embarassing fashion, sustaining the injury celebrating a sack of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Tulloch was mimicking the move used in Rodgers' "Discount Double Check" commercials.

"I feel great," Tulloch told the team website. "...I have a good team of people down in Miami that take care of me. They've gotten me back to a point I can train with the team. I can lift weights and run around. It feels good to be back out there again."

Tulloch contributed to more than 100 tackles in five consecutive seasons before going down in 2014.

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Vick Ballard
Colts' Vick Ballard said he'll be 100 percent by training camp
Vick Ballard, RB, IND
4/23/2015
News: Colts running back Vick Ballard said he's continued to stay on track with his recovery from a ruptured Achilles, according to Scout.com

Ballard has missed just about all of the previous two seasons due to injuries. He tore his Achilles before the 2014 season and was unable to play. When training camp comes around, it will mark almost a year from when he sustained the injury. 

He said he should be good to go for the start of camp, though.

“Yeah, definitely man,” Ballard said. “Training camp is a long time from now, so truth be told, I probably could participate now, but there’s no rush. Just trying to take my time with it.”

Ballard led the Colts in rushing as a rookie in 2012 with 814 yards and two touchdowns. He only played in one game in 2013 before tearing his ACL in a practice the following week. His Achilles tear came during the 2014 preseason. 

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Victor Cruz
Giants WR Victor Cruz has no doubts he'll be ready for season opener
Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
4/23/2015
News: Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is confident he'll be healthy enough to play in the team's season opener, reports NFL.com.

"There's zero doubts that I'll be playing in that first game," he said.

Cruz is attempting to comeback from a surgically-repaired knee and general manger Jerry Reese said the team is pleased with Cruz's progress.

"He looked good, he's running pretty good, right now and he's scheduled to be back ready for the opener for us," Reese said. "But until you get out there and turn it loose, you never know what a guy is going to do. But he looks great right now."

Cruz added that he intends to return to the same player he was before he suffered the knee injury.

"I do feel like I can continue to be the same guy that I was before," he said.

During his rehab, Cruz has been able to do some straight-line running, but has not been cutting on his knee, reports The Record

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C.J. Mosley
Ravens LB C.J. Mosley (wrist) will be limited in offseason work
C.J. Mosley, ILB, BAL
4/22/2015
News: Linebacker C.J. Mosley, who underwent wrist surgery after last season, remains in a cast and will be limited as the Ravens begin their offseason practice schedule, according to The Baltimore Sun. 

Mosley led the Ravens in tackles and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie last season, but hurt the wrist in a December game. He is not participating in all of the weight work the team is doing but feels confident he will be at full strength come training camp. 

"Everything is progressing," he said. "I haven't had any major setbacks so far."

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Jerod Mayo
Patriots restructure LB Jerod Mayo's contract
Jerod Mayo, MLB, NE
4/22/2015
News: The Patriots are working on restructuring linebacker Jerod Mayo's contract in order to keep the injured team captain in New England, per Fox Sports. 

The two-time Pro Bowl backer tore his patella tendon last October, ending his season in Week 6. Mayo had an injury guarantee of $4.5 million, meaning the Patriots would have to pay him in full if they released him before he was fully healthy. 

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Taiwan Jones
Raiders move Taiwan Jones to running back
Taiwan Jones, RB, OAK
4/21/2015
News: After spending the last two seasons as a cornerback, the Raiders will move Taiwan Jones back to running back this season, reports CSNBayArea.com.

Jones was drafted in 2011 as a running back out of Eastern Washington. He has been playing in the defensive back field since the 2013 season. Jones missed 15 games last season with a foot injury.

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Jimmy Smith
Report: Ravens, Jimmy Smith agree to contract extension
Jimmy Smith, CB, BAL
4/21/2015
News: The Ravens and cornerback Jimmy Smith have reportedly agreed on a contract extension, according to the Baltimore Sun. The extension is for four seasons, with $21 million guaranteed, according to ProFootballTalk.com.

Smith was entering the final year of his current contract with Baltimore. He totaled 28 tackles with one interception in eight games last season. In his first four season, Smith has played just one full year, playing 47 of a possible 64 games. He's totaled 140 tackles with five interceptions in those seasons.

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