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|6/26/2017||Nick Fairley, NO, DT|
|Fairley was placed on season-ending injured reserve Monday because of a heart issue. Fairley consulted with at least three specialists this offseason, with at least one suggesting that he no longer play football, Saints coach Sean Payton said earlier this month. The results of the third specialist were not immediately known.
Analysis: Fairley inked a four-year contract worth between $28-$30 million in March, including an $8 million signing bonus and a total of $14 million in guarantees. The 29-year-old was diagnosed with an enlarged heart before he joined the NFL as a first-round draft pick with the Detroit Lions in 2011. Fairley had 43 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 16 games with New Orleans last season.
|6/26/2017||Cam Newton, Car, QB|
|Newton threw 45 passes to the Panthers' team trainer during Monday's OTA session, the first time he's tested out his right shoulder since undergoing rotator cuff surgery in March.
Analysis: "Obviously, it's still not 100 percent, but seeing the ball come out of my hand in a throwing motion was good," the 2015 NFL MVP said in an interview posted on the Panthers' website. Newton is progressing as scheduled and should be close to full strength by the time training camp opens on July 26.
|6/23/2017||Tyrunn Walker, LAR, DT|
|The Los Angeles Rams released Walker after a report surfaced that he has been accused of sexual assault in Lafayette, La. Walker, 27, was signed as a free agent in March after playing the last two seasons with the Detroit Lions. He was expected to be a possible backup for tackles Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers.
Analysis: Lafayette authorities are concluding an investigation into claims of sexual assault lodged by two women against Walker and an acquaintance on Feb. 28, according to a report by the Baton Rouge Advocate. The Advocate reported that Walker and another man are "accused of forcing themselves on an unconscious woman at a hotel after a night of drinking at a nightclub."
|6/21/2017||Lorenzo Mauldin, NYJ, LB|
|Mauldin was arrested after allegedly attacking a man at a New York City nightclub, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday. Mauldin turned himself in to police and was charged with misdemeanor assault. A man alleged that Mauldin punched him in the face after he allegedly spilled champagne on Mauldin on April 2. The accuser is suing Mauldin in civil court, claiming Mauldin's punch broke bones in his face. If convicted, Mauldin could spend up to a year in jail.
Analysis: Mauldin is entering his third season with the Jets. He played in 11 games, including two starts, in 2016 and had seven tackles, nine assists and 2.5 sacks.
|6/21/2017||Derek Carr, Oak, QB|
|The Raiders and Carr are close to finalizing a deal expected to pay the quarterback approximately $25 million per season, ESPN reported Wednesday, citing league sources. The contract is expected to be completed soon, perhaps as early as the end of the week, according to ESPN. Carr had given the Raiders a training camp deadline for the deal or planned to shut down negotiations and play the final season of his existing four-year contract.
Analysis: The deal may make Carr one of the highest-paid players in the league. Andrew Luck of the Colts receives an NFL-best $24.6 million per year, just ahead of fellow QBs Carson Palmer ($24.35 million) of the Cardinals, Drew Brees ($24.25 million) of the Saints and Kirk Cousins ($23.9 million) of the Redskins. Carr enjoyed a stellar season in 2016 before sustaining a broken fibula in Week 16. He passed for 3,937 yards with 28 touchdowns against just six interceptions.
|6/21/2017||David Harris, NE, LB|
|The Patriots and Harris have agreed to terms on a two-year contract.
Analysis: The 33-year-old will stay in the AFC East after spending his first 10 seasons with the rival Jets, where he started 147 games and led the team in tackles in each of the past eight years. Harris, who was released by the rebuilding Jets on June 6, figures to start in New England's base defense but may come off the field in nickel situations.
|6/20/2017||Justin Gilbert, Pit, CB|
|Gilbert, who was the eighth overall pick in the 2014 draft, was suspended for a year by the NFL on Tuesday after violating the league's substance abuse policy for the second time in less than two months, NFL Network reported.
Analysis: Gilbert was suspended for four games after a violation of the drug policy in May. But that suspension was increased after a second violation. Gilbert would have to apply for reinstatement before he could return in 2018.
|6/20/2017||Khyri Thornton, Det, DT|
|Thornton has been suspended for the first six games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. The 27-year-old Thornton will be able to rejoin the Lions following a game against the Saints on Oct. 15. The Lions have a bye the following week, meaning his first possible game action will be against the Steelers on Oct. 29.
Analysis: Thornton had 18 tackles and one sack in 13 games for the Lions last season. He signed a two-year, $3.3 million deal in the offseason.
|6/20/2017||Marquess Wilson, NYJ, WR|
|The New York Jets have signed former Chicago Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson. The team announced the move Tuesday, adding depth to an inexperienced receiving corps.
Analysis: Both Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall were cut this offseason in cost-saving moves, leaving Quincy Enunwa as the Jets' No. 1 receiver in front of several inexperienced players such as Robby Anderson and Charone Peake. Wilson was a seventh-round draft pick of the Bears out of Washington State in 2013. He set the Cougars record with 3,207 yards receiving from 2000-12. With the Bears, Wilson had 56 catches for 777 yards and three touchdowns.
|6/18/2017||Eric Decker, Ten, WR|
|The Titans and Decker have agreed to terms on a one-year deal. Decker visited the Titans on Wednesday, met with coach Mike Mularkey and took a physical. He was released this month by the New York Jets after three seasons with the team.
Analysis: Decker, who spent his first four seasons with Denver, has three 1,000-yard seasons with 12 100-yard games in his seven-year NFL career. He has 33 touchdowns in the red zone since 2012, second in the NFL only to Brandon Marshall (35) in that span. He also ranks 18th in the NFL with 43 touchdown receptions and 4,535 yards receiving since 2012. Hip and shoulder injuries limited Decker to three games last year.
|6/16/2017||Jalen Ramsey, Jax, CB|
|Ramsey underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury, the team announced on Friday. The Jaguars did not disclose how long Ramsey would be sidelined, however a typical recovery from this type of surgery is approximately six weeks. That timetable would put the 22-year-old Ramsey back for the first week of training camp.
Analysis: Ramsey, who was the fifth overall pick of the 2016 draft, collected 65 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble while starting every game during his rookie season.
|6/16/2017||Terron Armstead, NO, T|
|Armstead needs surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder and his rehabilitation is expected to take four to six months, said a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Friday because there has been no announcement about the specific nature of Armstead's injury.
Analysis: The 6-foot-5, 304 pound Armstead is in the first year of a five-year, $65 million extension that he signed before the 2016 season. He has been a starter since late in his rookie season in 2013. Leg injuries have hampered him for parts of the past two seasons.
|6/16/2017||Michael Floyd, Min, WR|
|Floyd may have violated the terms of his house arrest by drinking. Floyd is scheduled for a show-cause hearing in Scottsdale (Ariz.) City Court on June 26, according to ESPN.
Analysis: TMZ reported Friday that Floyd recently tested positive for alcohol at least three times and skipped another test altogether while under house arrest after he was found guilty of extreme DUI in February.
|6/16/2017||Christine Michael, Ind, RB|
|The Colts have placed Michael on injured reserve.
Analysis: The injury isn't known quite yet and his status is uncertain.
|6/16/2017||Star Lotulelei, Car, DT|
|Lotulelei is recovering from offseason surgery to clean up his shoulder. Lotulelei's surgery had not been previously reported, but he is expected to be ready for the start of training camp next month, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Analysis: The 27-year-old Lotulelei was on the sideline as the Panthers' three-day minicamp wrapped up Thursday. The team's 2013 first-round pick participated in position drills this week while being held out of scrimmage situations. The 6-foot-2, 315-pound Lotulelei is set to earn $6.76 million in the final year of his rookie deal after the Panthers exercised his fifth-year option. He made 26 tackles and a career-high four sacks in 16 starts last season.
|6/14/2017||Max Unger, NO, C|
|After an initial five-week recovery period, Unger is ready to take the next step in his return from foot surgery this spring. Unger, who had a procedure to repair a space in the Lisfranc area of his foot, said Wednesday the next phase of his rehab will be a walking boot.
Analysis: After that is a return to the practice field sometime in August, and if all goes well, he will take his usual spot in the starting lineup for the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 11.
|6/14/2017||Myles Garrett, Cle, DE|
|Garrett has a sprained left foot, but is expected to be ready for training camp next month. The No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL draft injured his foot late in practice Wednesday. The Browns waited until Garrett received a second opinion before providing an update Saturday.
Analysis: The team said Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist with OrthoCarolina, agreed with a diagnosis by team physician Dr. James Voos of University Hospitals that Garrett has a lateral foot sprain. He was spotted in a walking boot on Friday at Cleveland Hopkins Airport.
|6/14/2017||DeAngelo Hall, Was, S|
|Hall said Wednesday he agreed to a pay cut in the hopes of remaining on the roster after missing most of last season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Hall, who has been in Washington since 2008, was set to count more than $5 million against the salary cap.
Analysis: The 33-year-old converted from cornerback to safety midway through the 2015 season and is still recovering from surgery last fall. Achilles tendon, toe and knee injuries have limited Hall to 17 games the past three seasons. Coach Jay Gruden called Hall a mainstay who "keeps the boat from sinking from time to time."
|6/14/2017||DeShone Kizer, Cle, QB|
|Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer has signed his four-year contract. The deal is projected to be worth nearly $5 million and include a $1.7 million signing bonus.
Analysis: The second-round draft pick from Notre Dame has shown progress during the team's mandatory minicamp and Kizer took snaps on Tuesday with Cleveland's starting offense. Kizer is battling veterans Cody Kessler and Brock Osweiler for the starting job. Kizer has been pleased with his development so far, but reiterated Wednesday that he has a lot to learn.
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