Vontaze Burfict
Bengals' Vontaze Burfict may start year on PUP
Vontaze Burfict, OLB, CIN
5/23/2015
News: Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict's rehab may not be progressing as quickly as the team had hoped.

Burfict had microfracture knee surgery and initial post-surgery reports said that he could be recovered by the start of training camp. 

This week, the team's website said that Burfict's status was "up in the air" and that a return by the start of the season would be a "tight call".

If Burfict isn't ready by the opener, the Bengals may choose to put him on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. 

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Daryl Washington
Report: Cardinals' Daryl Washington unsure of NFL standing
Daryl Washington, ILB, ARI
5/22/2015
News: Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington is approaching the one-year mark for his suspension though his NFL status is still in limbo. 

But according to a report from FOX Sports 910 in Phoenix, Washington is unsure about his status with the league. He was suspended a year ago on May 30, 2014 for being a multiple offender of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. 

However, he was expected to apply for reinstatement a month ago but did not do so. 

Assuming Washington is reinstated to the NFL at some point he will likely be subjected to punishment under the NFL's domestic violence policy. On March 24, 2014, he pleaded guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend. 

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Tom Brady
Union: Goodell must back off hearing of Patriots QB Tom Brady
Tom Brady, QB, NE
5/22/2015
News: NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith is growing impatient awaiting word from Roger Goodell on the request of the NFL commissioner to recuse himself as arbitrator of the appeal hearings ofPatriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The league suspended Brady for the first four games next season for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal, claiming that he likely knew that game balls were being deflated for his benefit before the 2014 AFC title game.

Smith is claiming that neither Goodell nor the Wells Report, which investigated the incident, could legitimately claim impartiality. He added that the NFLPA will "advance the volume" of the request if they don't hear from Goodell by next week. Part of the union's press release reads as follows:

Given a process that has contained procedural violations of our collective bargaining agreement, the Commissioner's role as a central witness in the appeal hearing and his evident partiality with respect to the Wells report, the Commissioner must designate a neutral party to serve as arbitrator in this matter. The players also believe that the Commissioner's history of inconsistently issuing discipline against our players makes him ill-suited to hear this appeal in a fair-minded manner.

As for the Wells Report, Smith stated that "you can't really have credibility just because you slap the word independent on a piece of paper." He offered into evidence the findings in regard to NFL official Walt Anderson, who was a key figure in the investigation, citing one part of the report questions his memory and another credits it.

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Marcell Dareus
Report: Bills still want to extend Marcell Dareus
Marcell Dareus, DT, BUF
5/22/2015
News: The Bills still want to extend the contract of defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, according to a report by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport

Despite the one-game suspension levied by the league against Dareus on Thursday, the team still hopes to have an extension wrapped up before the start of training camp. 

2015 is scheduled to be the last season of Dareus' current contract. He'll make $8.06 million.

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Dante Fowler
Report: Jaguars' Dante Fowler to have ACL surgery next week
Dante Fowler, OLB, JAC
5/21/2015
News: Jaguars rookie defensive lineman Dante Fowler will have surgery next week to repair a torn ACL sustained in rookie minicamp, according to the Florida Times-Union

Fowler was injured during an 11-on-11 drill during his first practice with the Jaguars on May 8. He'll miss the entire 2015 season. Fowler is still with the team participating in strength and conditioning exercises. 

Fowler is expected to remain in Jacksonville to rehab his knee. 

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Derek Carr
Derek Carr's agent said Raiders QB won't need surgery
Derek Carr, QB, OAK
5/20/2015
News: Derek Carr's agent, Tim Younger, said the Raiders quarterback will not need surgery on his injured right ring finger, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

It was previously reported by ESPN that surgery was a potential option for Carr. 

“I don’t know where this idea came up that he’s going to be having surgery,” Younger said. “The situation, I don’t even want to call it an injury, is very minor, and we’re just being cautious.”

Carr has been held out of team activities to start the offseason. 

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Carson Palmer
Bruce Arians: Palmer knows 'the clock's ticking' on winning
Carson Palmer, QB, ARI
5/20/2015
News: Cardinals' head coach Bruce Arians said quarterback Carson Palmer understands the window to win now is getting slimmer, according to NFL.com.

"He knows the clock's ticking," Arians said Tuesday, via the team's official website. "It is for a lot of guys on this team. You get a window to make a run and most of it depends on your quarterback. Right now, it's our window. There is a sense of urgency."

The Cardinals were 8-1 last season before Palmer went down with a season-ending ACL tear.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick
Jets OC Gailey: Geno Smith 'probably' Week 1 starter at QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, NYJ
5/20/2015
News: Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said there would not be a quarterback competition during training camp and that incumbent QB Geno Smith would "probably" be the team's starter during Week 1 of the regular season, per the Daily News

Smith, who threw for 2,525 yards, 13 touchdowns with 13 interceptions a season ago, figured to be locked in a battle with Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starter's role, instead will go into camp with the job his to lose, according to Gailey. 

"You see an awful lot of talent there … he can be pretty good if he can get it all together," Gailey said. 

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NaVorro Bowman
Healthy NaVorro Bowman impressing 49ers
NaVorro Bowman, ILB, SF
5/16/2015
News: 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman is doing on-field work, as he recovers from a serious knee injury. 

"Bowman is looking great," coach Jim Tomsula said, per 49ers.com. "I’d say we’re treating Bow more like a vet than a post-injury vet."

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Dennis Pitta
Ravens' Dennis Pitta confident he'll return from injury
Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
5/16/2015
News: Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta is returning from his second hip dislocation and fracture in the last two years. He said he's "optimistic" that he'll be back for the season. 

"I feel good, but obviously, it's a process," Pitta said, per NFL.com. "I have an idea in mind of where I'd like to be in a couple months, but at the same time you don't know. I know what it felt like to do this one time. I've never known what it felt like to do it twice."

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