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    • Fri, Jul 21, 5:43pm

      Browns DE Myles Garrett is dealing with a sprained left foot ahead of training camp.

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      Analysis: Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, went down in June's minicamp and required a walking boot to move around as part of his recovery. However, most concern over his availability for the start of the regular season completely subsided when the injury was later revealed to be a lateral foot sprain -- a relatively minor issue in the grand scheme of things. While Garrett is expected to be in good condition when training camp opens July 26, expect Cleveland management to take every precaution with their prized lineman, since losing him for any period of time in 2017 would represent a blow to the Browns' defensive efforts.

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  • Dre Kirkpatrick DB - cin
    • Fri, Jul 21, 5:23pm

      Kirkpatrick is healthy after fracturing his hand in May, Jeff Wallner of United Press International reports.

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      Analysis: Kirkpatrick's fracture was never considered very serious. He was already back on the field in a limited capacity for June's minicamp and shouldn't have any restrictions when training camp opens July 27.

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    • Fri, Jul 21, 4:52pm

      Bengals CB Adam Jones was suspended for the first week of the 2017 season.

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      Analysis: Jones was suspended for violating the league's personal conduct policy back in January. It's unfortunate for the Bengals that their top corner won't be available for a game that happens to be against the Ravens, who are one of the most pass-happy teams in the league that added 2014 Pro Bowl receiver Jeremy Maclin to its wideout corps in the offseason. In Jones' stead, 2014 first-rounder Darqueze Dennard and 2016 first-rounder William Jackson will need to be ready to perform. However, the versatile Jones is also the Bengals' primary kick return man, and his void in that area of the game could further dampen the potential of the Bengals D/ST for the regular season opener.

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  • Chris Johnson RB - ari
    • Fri, Jul 21, 4:14pm

      Johnson is expected to earn snaps when the Cardinals use two running backs this season, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports. "We'll have some two-back stuff with he and David back there," head coach Bruce Arians said Friday.

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      Analysis: Johnson re-upped with the Cardinals on Thursday, putting him on course for his third season with the organization. The previous two have been abbreviated due to injuries, with sports hernia surgery containing the running back to four games in 2016. His best bet to gather snaps will occur in the aforementioned two-RB sets, as David Johnson will handle nearly all the snaps afforded the position in Arizona. The situation doesn't make the nine-year vet too appealing, but he appears to be the secondary option in the backfield to his younger teammate.

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  • Dez Bryant WR - dal
    • Fri, Jul 21, 3:46pm

      Bryant arrived three hours late to the Cowboys' facility Friday, causing him to miss his mandatory conditioning test, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. The wideout is also reportedly dealing with a sinus infection, which he's been working with the team's training staff in hopes of overcoming.

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      Analysis: Bryant's illness may have prevented him from being able to take his conditioning test Friday anyway, but he still didn't inform the team ahead of time that he'd be late to the proceedings. To his credit, Bryant's tardiness was in part due to him hosting a kickball game and barbecue in his hometown of Lufkin, Texas, on Thursday night. Additionally, Bryant reportedly apologized and took responsibility upon his arrival at the Cowboys facility. At this point, Dallas is believed to consider Bryant being late a non-issue, as it is instead focused on ensuring his symptoms subside before training camp really kicks off.

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  • Deone Bucannon LB - ari
    • Fri, Jul 21, 2:14pm

      Bucannon (ankle) will open training camp on the Cardinals' physically unable to perform list, Darren Urban of the team's official website reports.

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      Analysis: Bucannon underwent surgery to repair a lingering ankle issue back in May, which always casted doubt over his availability to start camp. An appearance on the PUP was deemed the likely result, and upon having his team reconvene Friday, coach Bruce Arians confirmed that's where Bucannon will indeed reside. As it stands, Bucannon remains without a timetable for his return, but he stated earlier this week that his goal is to be ready for Week 1. Knowing that, it wouldn't be surprising if the Cardinals proceed with caution with their hybrid linebacker, who has recorded at least 80 tackles in each of his three seasons.

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    • Fri, Jul 21, 1:10pm

      Goodwin is expected to enter training camp as one of the 49ers' two starting wideouts, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.

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      Analysis: Not a huge surprise here, as Goodwin was expected to serve as the deep threat in the 49ers' revamped offense under Kyle Shanahan. Pierre Garcon and Jeremy Kerley figure to receive the lion's share of targets on short and medium routes, but the former Olympian and his career 15.9 YPR should see his fair share of deep targets. Goodwin projects to be a boom-or-bust fantasy option if he can hold on to a starting job come Week 1.

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  • Ezekiel Elliott RB - dal
    • Fri, Jul 21, 12:30pm

      Elliott is not expected to find out this weekend whether the NFL's investigation into his personal conduct will result in a suspension, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

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      Analysis: Elliott is the subject of a league investigation into a 2016 domestic violence allegation against him, and recent off-field incidents are presumably also being taken into account with regard to potential punishment. While a ruling on Elliott's status is not expected over the weekend, the running back's response to the findings report he received from the NFL last week has reportedly been submitted, setting the stage for the situation to be resolved in the near future. Elliott is scheduled to report for the start of Cowboys training camp Saturday.

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  • Cam Newton QB - car
    • Fri, Jul 21, 12:20pm

      Newton (shoulder) has resumed throwing to his teammates, cementing the expectation that he'll be ready to do so when training camp begins, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

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      Analysis: Newton, who underwent surgery on his right shoulder back in March, began throwing for the first time since his operation nearly a month ago. While those tosses were stationary and to a team trainer, the Panthers' quarterback has now advanced to working with his usual targets ahead of the start of camp July 26. Although Newton is expected to be limited early on as Carolina rightfully errs on the side of caution, it's encouraging to hear that he's making such strong progress.

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    • Fri, Jul 21, 12:09pm

      Boldin will visit with the Bills on Monday, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.

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      Analysis: Boldin entered free agency after accumulating 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touchdowns in his lone season in Detroit. Despite that production, the 36-year-old remains without a team. Ranked third among active players in both career receptions (1,076) and touchdown grabs (82), Boldin's average yards per catch has declined for five straight seasons, but his physical presence is still a considerable asset in the red zone and running game. Furthermore, with the Bills' wideouts rather unaccomplished behind the delicate Sammy Watkins (foot), Boldin could provide needed leadership and reliability, should his visit culminate in a contract agreement.

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