Chargers' Branden Oliver: Fully healthy following 2016 Achilles injury
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(10:39 am ET) Oliver has fully recovered from the season-ending Achilles injury he suffered during the 2016 preseason, ESPN's Eric Williams reports.

Head coach Anthony Lynn suggested Oliver is back to full health, making all the necessary cuts and jukes during recent OTAs. Where Oliver will fit in the Chargers offense remains to be seen, as the 25-year-old has flashed nimble moves evocative of since-departed scatbacks Danny Woodhead and Darren Sproles. Oliver also has been a capable runner when healthy, finishing with 582 yards on 160 carries in his rookie season. More than likely, Oliver's role will be to spell workhorse Melvin Gordon while occasionally contributing as a third-down threat out of the backfield, but we'll gain more information as the team trudges towards training camp.

Steelers' James Conner: Pulls hamstring in OTAs
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(9:07 am ET) Conner is dealing with a pulled hamstring and has been sidelined during OTAs as a result, Mark Kaboly of reports.

Conner's hamstring injury isn't believed to be serious, but he may be sidelined until next week's trio of OTAs, which start back up again on Tuesday. The Pittsburgh product, who overcame both a torn MCL and Hodgkins lymphoma during his collegiate career, is no stranger to adversity as he'll battle for the No. 2 spot at running back upon his return to the practice field.

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch: Being held out of OTAs
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(8:59 am ET) Lynch is being held out of OTAs by the Raiders' coaching staff, Kevin Patra of reports.

Lynch isn't dealing with any injuries or health concerns, but the Raiders are keeping the 31-year-old on the sidelines during OTAs as he continues to learn the new system. He may not suit up for practice until training camp, but for now, seventh-round pick Elijah Hood figures to see additional reps at running back as Lynch serves as his mentor.

Buccaneers' Jeremy McNichols: Signs contract Tuesday
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(5/24/2017) McNichols (shoulder) signed his rookie contract with the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Scott Smith of reports.

McNichols slipped to the fifth round in April's draft after having surgery on his labrum following the Combine, but was initially rated as worthy of a first- or second-day pick. The Boise State alum boasts a well-rounded skill set and reminds many observers of new teammate Doug Martin, who he'll compete for playing time with this season. In addition to compiling 3,205 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns in three college seasons, McNichols also hauled in 103 catches and another 11 touchdowns through the air> He also graded out as an above-average pass protector.

Colts' Marlon Mack: Makes positive first impression with head coach
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(5/24/2017) Mack has made a positive impression on head coach Chuck Pagano thus far into OTAs, Kirk Larrabee of 247 Sports reports. "He's a quick learner, quick study. He's picking up things extremely fast. He's got good hands. He's good vision, he's got a nice jump cut. He's explosive, he can burst, good in traffic, and he's learning the protection part of it," Pagano said.

Mack is a big-play running back who set the all-time rushing record at South Florida in just three seasons, averaging 1,203 yards per year at 6.12 yards per carry. The Colts picked him in the fourth round to add depth to a thin backfield that features only the 34-year-old Frank Gore, career backup Robert Turbin and undrafted second-year player Josh Ferguson. While it will be very difficult for Mack to unseat Gore ahead of Week 1, he likely has a legitimate shot to wrestle the No. 2 role from Turbin (while Ferguson focuses on his role as the team's primary kick returner), especially if he can prove himself in pass protection.

Ravens' Danny Woodhead: Practicing without restrictions
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(5/24/2017) Woodhead (knee) is participating in the Ravens' OTAs without restrictions after tearing his ACL during Week 2 of the 2016 season, Ryan Mink of reports.

Woodhead has reportedly been running routes for three months already, and the 32-year-old feels solid after months of recuperation. He'll be part of a crowded running-back crew that includes Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon (suspension), but Woodhead's versatility figures to be used as a weapon out of the backfield or even in the slot.

Reggie Bush: Intends to play in 2017
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(5/24/2017) Bush said he plans to play in the NFL in 2017, Kevin Patra of reports.

Bush, a former No. 2 overall pick, will be entering his 12th NFL season in 2017. He played in 13 games for the Bills last year, totaling minus-three yards and one touchdown on 12 carries. The poor showing with the Bills coupled with the fact that Bush is now 32 years old have limited his suitors this offseason, but once injuries begin to trickle in during OTAs and training camp, a team could have more interest in the former Heisman Trophy winner's services.

Chiefs' C.J. Spiller: Looking to bounce back in 2017
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(5/24/2017) Spiller believes he can revitalize his career in Kansas City, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.

Once viewed as an upper-tier fantasy back, Spiller has been a major disappointment the last two seasons. He's bounced around among the Saints, Jets and Seahawks during that span, playing in 19 games and averaging just 3.1 yards per carry. In addition to his lack of productivity, Spiller has dealt with a myriad of injuries, including a knee issue that required surgery in 2015. After inking a contract with the Chiefs in February, the 29-year-old believes he's as healthy as he's ever been, but he may need a standout training camp to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Though the Chiefs bid adieu to longtime bell cow Jamaal Charles, holdovers Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West and second-round pick Kareem Hunt will likely open camp ahead of Spiller on the depth chart.

Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Suffers head injury
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(5/24/2017) Elliott (head) missed a second consecutive OTA on Wednesday after he was a passenger in a car accident over the weekend, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Elliott apparently hit his head in the "minor" incident, according to Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site. As a result, the team will hold Elliott out of practice for the time being, but he'll still get in some work on the side, per Moore. Even if there isn't technically a concussion protocol in the offseason, Elliott will be treated with the utmost caution as one of the cornerstones of the Cowboys' offense. In the interim, Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and Jahad Thomas will handle the RB reps.

Vikings' Latavius Murray: Sits out of OTAs
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(5/24/2017) Murray (ankle) sat out Wednesday's OTAs, Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Murray, who underwent ankle surgery in March, is still in the recovery process and may be held out until training camp. His absence will give Dalvin Cook and Jerick McKinnon a head start on the competition for starting duties at running back, but after serving as Oakland's workhorse the last two years, Murray could quickly reestablish himself as the top option on the depth chart once he shows that he's healthy.

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