Lions' Tim Wright: Sustained torn ACL
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(5/31/2016) Wright sustained a torn ACL during the Lions' offseason program, which spurred the team to release him Thursday, The Detroit News reports.

After clearing waivers Tuesday, the Lions placed the tight end on injured reserve, thus retaining his rights while he spends the next year or so in rehabilitation. In three professional seasons with a trio of organizations, the hybrid wideout/tight end has totaled 89 catches (on 125 targets) for 907 yards and 13 touchdowns in 41 games.

Jets' Jace Amaro: Could play H-back
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(5/30/2016) Amaro (shoulder) could be used as an H-back or fullback this season, though he believes he should be used as a pass-catching tight end, reports.

Amaro missed all of last season due to a torn labrum, and with the current coaching staff unfamiliar with him after they took over last season, it's unclear what kind of role he will be given. With Jeff Cumberland gone, the Jets will have Amaro compete with Kellen Davis and Zach Sudfeld, which is hardly considerable competition for a player who was a significant part of the passing game in college at Texas Tech.

Ravens' Dennis Pitta: Participates in OTAs, encouraged by progress
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(5/28/2016) Pitta (hip) had a strong showing at OTAs on Thursday, Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun reports. "To be honest, I feel really good physically out there. I haven't played football for awhile, so there are things that I'm getting back used to...I feel like I'm running like I want to, and used to, so that's very encouraging," said Pitta.

Pitta's return to practice after missing all of last season due to a serious hip injury is a step in the right direction for the veteran tight end, but OTAs are nowhere near as physical as what he'll be up against when the Ravens begin training camp in July. As such, Pitta's progress should likely be taken with a grain of salt at this point because until he's able to make it through full contact practices, it will be difficult to determine how his hip will hold up. If Pitta is able to return to form this season, he'll be another weapon at the tight end position for Joe Flacco, who already has the likes of Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore, and Maxx Williams at his disposal.

Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Shines during Thursday OTA session
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(5/27/2016) Brate enjoyed a particularly productive OTA session Thursday, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

The third-year Harvard product made a habit of exceeding expectations during his unexpected opportunity during 2015, and continued that trend in Thursday's OTA session. Brate made an eye-opening one-handed catch during the individual drills that kicked off practice, and also notched multiple receptions during team drills. The 24-year-old brought in 23 of 30 targets last season for 288 yards, while also notching the first three touchdowns of his career. The additional playing time largely came as a result of Austin Seferian-Jenkins' extended absence with a shoulder injury, but Brate played well enough to continue logging a decent amount of snaps after the starter's return in the latter part of the season. While he's currently listed behind Luke Stocker on the tight end depth chart, the latter's limited pass-catching ability renders Brate as the second-best pass-catching threat at tight end for the Bucs.

Seahawks' Jimmy Graham: Will ease into training camp
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(5/26/2016) Although Graham (knee) is expected to "ease into training camp," head coach Pete Carroll believes that the tight end will be ready for the regular season, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR reports.

The Seahawks held their first batch of OTAs this week, which Graham was unable to participate in, as expected. However, he fit in some light running and caught some passes on the side Thursday, so he seems to have reached a good place in his recovery from a torn patellar tendon in his right knee. In the end, his ability to handle snaps during the preseason will forecast if he's on pace to be on the field in Week 1.

Lions' Eric Ebron: Missing OTA practice
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(5/26/2016) Ebron missed Thursday's OTA due to an unspecified injury, Tim Twentyman of reports.

Ebron is expected to be one of the main receiving targets for quarterback Matthew Stafford this season now that Calvin Johnson has retired, but the team doesn't seem to be too worried that Ebron missed practice. Head coach Jim Caldwell said in reference to Ebron, "He's coming along, so we've got a few guys with some bumps and bruises and some issues, but he should be back." While it remains unclear why the tight end is out, it doesn't appear he'll be out for too much longer, and he should be considered day to day for a return to practice.

Bengals' Tyler Kroft: Starter with Eifert out
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(5/25/2016) Kroft is the top tight end on the Bengals' depth chart while Tyler Eifert (ankle) is out, Cole Harvey of ESPN reports.

Kroft is normally the backup tight end to Eifert, but, now that Eifert had ankle surgery, Kroft will be the starter for the time being. Eifert's recovery is projected to take three months, which would equal a return in mid to late August. If that timetable holds true, Kroft will see added reps in training camp and the preseason, which could equate to extra time during the regular season. If Eifert's recovery takes any longer and lasts through the first few weeks of the season, then Kroft will be the team's first option to begin the year, which likely would mean increased numbers for the second-year tight end. Kroft saw extra time near the end of 2015 when Eifert missed time with a neck injury and a concussion. During that stretch, Kroft recorded 11 receptions on 14 targets for 129 yards and a touchdown.

Titans' Jerome Cunningham: Awarded to Titans
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(5/25/2016) Cunningham was claimed off waivers by the Titans.

This marks Cunningham's third team this calendar year, as the tight end was once waived by the Giants before getting the ax from the Jets on Tuesday. In nine games last season, the Southern Connecticut State product caught just eight passes for 59 yards. Now in Tennessee, Cunningham will provide depth behind Delanie Walker, Anthony Fasano, and Craig Stevens.

Bengals' Tyler Eifert: Might miss time early on
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(5/25/2016) Eifert, who will undergo ankle surgery Wednesday, could potentially miss the first couple games of the upcoming NFL season, reports.

Such a scenario remains speculative at this stage, given initial estimates relayed by the Cincinnati Enquirer that "a three-month recovery is anticipated, which puts Eifert's return to the field sometime in August." On the plus side, Eifert's upcoming surgery has been referred to as a "minimal procedure," so it's a little too early to count out the tight end for the Bengals' regular season opener on Sept. 11 against the Jets.

Raiders' Clive Walford: Should be cleared for camp
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(5/24/2016) Walford (knee) will likely be cleared before training camp, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

Walford is sitting out the first round of OTAs after injuring his knee in an offseason ATV accident. He may miss out on a few reps, but he should still have every opportunity to push for an increased role, likely at the expense of Mychal Rivera. The 2015 third-rounder caught 28 passes for 329 yards and three scores on 51 targets as a rookie; Rivera had 32 receptions for 280 yards and a touchdown on 46 targets.

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