Ravens' Maxx Williams: Returns to field
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(6:24 pm ET) Williams (knee) was able to practice Saturday for the first time since injuring his knee, Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official site reports.

Williams' return is a welcomed sight for a Ravens team that has dealt with a multitude of serious injuries to their tight end corps in recent years. He'll likely be heavily limited to start training camp, which commences Thursday, but the 2015 second-rounder should return to top form sooner rather than later.


Saints' Josh Hill: Ready for training camp
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(4:35 pm ET) Hill (leg) passed his physical and is anticipated to be ready for training camp, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports.

Hill is coming back from a broken fibula suffered in Week 13 of last year. The injury prevented him from participating in New Orleans' on-field work during the offseason, but the veteran is apparently ready to return now. In nine games last year, Hill caught 15 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown.


Chiefs' Travis Kelce: To avoid PUP list
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(3:20 pm ET) Kelce (shoulder) will not be placed on the Chiefs' PUP list to begin training camp, NFL Network's James Palmer reports.

Kelce missed all of OTAs after undergoing surgery on his shoulder this offseason, but now is finally reportedly healthy. Although Kelce could potentially be limited once he first takes the field, the Chiefs have been consistent with their expectation that he'll be ready sometime during training camp, and him avoiding their PUP list solidifies that sentiment. With former top wideout Jeremy Maclin now out of town, Kelce is slated to be Kansas City's undoubted focal point in the passing attack this season.


Broncos' Jake Butt: Placed on NFI list
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(3:13 pm ET) Butt (knee) will begin training camp on the Broncos' active/non-football injury list, NFL Network's James Palmer reports.

Butt is still recovering from the torn ACL he suffered during Michigan's bowl game back in January. That unfortunate occurrence caused Butt to slide all the way to the fifth round of this year's draft, and, as expected, will now prevent him from being ready to start his rookie campaign. As it stands, it's unclear when Butt will be available.


Bengals' Tyler Eifert: On track for start of camp
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(8:33 am ET) Eifert (back) should be ready to participate when the Bengals begin training camp Friday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

It will be interesting to see if Eifert is able to participate without restrictions, however, as he was limited in OTAs during the offseason following surgery in December. In a Cincinnati offense with plenty of weapons for quarterback Andy Dalton, Eifert should be one of the more heavily targeted pass catchers in the red zone, where he's been targeted 27 times over his last 21 games dating back to the start of the 2015 season.


Bears' Zach Miller: Health to be factor in determining roster spot
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(7/23/2017) Miller's (foot) roster spot will be entirely dependent upon his recovery from the injury he suffered last season, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.

The Bears have plenty of options to replace Miller should he be unable to return to full health. Not only does the team return Daniel Brown and Ben Braunecker, but it added Dion Sims in free agency before spending a second-round draft pick on Adam Shaheen. However, should Miller prove to be healthy, he's likely to remain the top pass-catching tight end option this season.


Gary Barnidge: Workout scheduled with Jags
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(7/19/2017) Barnidge will work out with the Jaguars on Tuesday, July 25, Mike Kaye of First Coast News reports.

After sending Julius Thomas to the Dolphins in the offseason, Jacksonville's front office didn't do much to fill the void in the tight end ranks, bringing free agent Mychal Rivera into the fray. Rivera will join Marcedes Lewis (calf), Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling (concussion), among others, so it's logical for the Jaguars to kick the tires on another veteran TE. Barnidge parlayed a breakout 2015 campaign (79 catches, 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns) into a three-year extension from the Browns. However, he managed just 55 receptions for 612 yards and two TDs last season, spurring his former employer to move on. If he lands another contract, expect Barnidge to compete with Lewis and Rivera for top billing at the position during the preseason.


Rams' Tyler Higbee: Avoids jail time
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(7/16/2017) Higbee will avoid jail time after pleading guilty to assault for a fight outside a bar in Kentucky last year, ESPN reports.

Higbee has been sentenced to 250 hours of community service and needs to pay the victim an undisclosed sum of money, among other requirements, as part of the deal. However, since the altercation took place before he was in the NFL, the former Western Kentucky standout won't be subject to the NFL's personal conduct policy. With this incident now behind him, look for Higbee to open training camp as the Rams' No. 1 tight end in the wake of Lance Kendrick's departure for Green Bay -- thought second-round tight end Gerald Everett should begin applying pressure in due time.


Patriots' Matthew Lengel: Undergoes offseason finger surgery
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(7/15/2017) Lengel's offseason has been impacted by a finger injury that required offseason surgery, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

The Patriots have "been bringing [Lengel] along slowly" and it isn't clear if the second-year tight end will be fully healthy when training camp opens later this month. However, even if he's a limited participant at first, missing a little practice time shouldn't be much of a problem for Lengel in his competition with James O'Shaughnessy, Jacob Hollister and Sam Cotton for the No. 3 tight end job in New England.


Jets' Austin Seferian-Jenkins: Carries momentum into camp
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(7/14/2017) Seferian-Jenkins (suspension) appears to be the Jets' clear starter at tight end heading into training camp, the New York Post's Brian Costello reports.

Seferian-Jenkins finished with 10 receptions for 110 yards in seven games for the Jets last season. While those totals are underwhelming -- and Seferian-Jenkins will be suspended for the first two games of the upcoming campaign for a DUI arrest that led to his release from the Buccaneers -- the 24-year-old reportedly raised eyebrows with his performance during OTAs and mandatory minicamp. Along with losing 25 pounds and quitting drinking, ASJ was deployed all over the field in new offensive coordinator John Morton's offense. On a team lacking perimeter playmakers and an answer at quarterback, the towering Seferian-Jenkins could become a safety blanket in Year 2 in New York.


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