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-- Rookie Mini-Camp Update for May --
Sun May 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- 2016 May Dynasty/Keeper Fantasy Rankings Released! --
Fri May 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Shoulder Surgery Could Put Ameer Abdullah on Shelf Entire Off-Season --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football The Detroit Free Press reports Lions RB Ameer Abdullah underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in January and could miss the rest of the off-season, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who wasn't authorized to speak publicly. Abdullah, who led the Lions in rushing yards (597) and the NFL in kick-return yards as a rookie, suffered his injury in a December win over the New Orleans Saints. He played the final two games, wins over the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears, and visited Dr. James Andrews for surgery after the season. Abdullah, who has been rehabbing in Atlanta and also with the team this off-season, is said to be ahead of schedule in his rehab, but the Lions intend to proceed cautiously until training camp.


-- 2016 Enhanced Executive Draft Master Debuts! --
Thu May 19, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- 2016 May Fantasy Player Re-Drafter Rankings/Masters List Customizeable Cheatsheets Released! --
Thu May 19, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Mastermind Drafts in the 2016 FF Index Magazine Mock Draft Best Ball League! --
Wed May 18, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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Sat Apr 23, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Rookie Mini-Camp Update for May --
Sun May 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football May has come and gone. It's time for FFMastermind.com's Rookie Specialist John Holler to take a look at how The Rookie Class of 2016 Performed in May Mini-Camps. Who looked good and who looked out of place? Log into your premium account to find out!

-- More Details on Jets' Offer to Fitzpatrick --
Sun May 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

Yahoo Sports reports the New York Jets' current offer to free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is three years and $24 million, with $12 million in year #1, but only an average of $6 million per season over the final two years.

-- Broncos Starting QB Job Wide Open --
Sun May 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Denver Broncos official website reports the Broncos' starting quarterback job is a wide open competition.

-- How the Jets Plan to Use Matt Forte --
Sun May 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New York Jets OC Chan Gailey still is figuring out ways to deploy RB Matt Forte, the NFL's most prolific pass-catching back since his rookie year, 2008. When asked how Forte fits into his system, Gailey replied, "That's not the question. The question is, how do we adjust the system to fit Matt Forte?" A good reference point might be RB C.J. Spiller, formerly of the Buffalo Bills. From 2011 to 2013 under Gailey, Spiller caught 115 passes. Gailey moved him around the formation, sometimes lining him up wide or in the slot. Forte has that kind of versatility.

-- Working Doubletime to Help You Win! --
Sun May 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Baldwin: Lynch Not Coming Back --
Sun May 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin is willing to go out on a limb, at least as it relates to RB Marshawn Lynch’s most recent team. “I’m most certain that he’s not coming back,” Baldwin said regarding Lynch during a Friday appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, via the Seattle Times.

-- Nic Jacobs Has Fractured Hand --
Sun May 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Florida Times-Union reports Jaguars TE Nic Jacobs (hand) sustained a hairline fracture of his left hand May 2 when he hit a blocking sled and will be in a cast until next week. But when he was participating in route-running drills, he felt the difference after losing 15 pounds after playing last year at 290. “I feel a hell of a lot quicker and more explosive,” Jacobs said. “I wouldn’t say my top-end speed has increased, but my acceleration has. And it’s a lot better for my knees.”

-- Malcolm Butler No-Shows OTAs --
Sun May 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New England Patriots CB Malcolm Butler was one of 17 players who didn't participate in Thursday's voluntary organized team activity. While the reason for his absence is not known, don't be surprised if it was related to his contract status. Butler has told teammates and friends he plans to push for an adjustment to his contract before the 2016 season, and staying off the field in voluntary workouts would be a decision that limits injury risk and also could be viewed as a statement to the organization that he's unhappy with the status quo and/or the movement/specifics of contract talks. It's fair to say it's a situation to monitor in the weeks and months ahead.

-- DeAndre Levy Looks OK --
Sun May 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (hip) looks to be OK. It should be taken as an encouraging sign that the linebacker was not only practicing Thursday but appeared to be running and moving pretty well. He didn’t participate in the whole practice -- he was absent during the last 11-on-11 drill of the session -- but his working in individual drills and some team drills is a good sign he should be absolutely fine by the time the Lions need him at the start of the season. He said he’s still rehabbing but everything seems to be on track there.

-- Reshad Jones Protesting Due to Contract --
Sun May 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Miami Herald reports Dolphins S Reshad Jones remains away from OTAs in protest over his contract.

-- How Jameis Winston Lost 18 Lbs --
Sat May 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston shared some details of how he’s dropped an estimated 18 pounds over the last three months. Winston says he’s focused on portion control in his diet, has avoided late-night snacks and has tried to make the most of high-intensity workouts with renowned trainer Tim Grover, to whom Winston reached out early in the offseason. “I heard from around the league that most rookies that come in, if they have a great year, they don’t have a plan for the offseason,” Winston said. “I had never handled an actual offseason before.”

-- Dennis Pitta Flashes --
Sat May 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Baltimore Sun reports Ravens veteran TE Dennis Pitta (hip surgery) is trying to come back a second time from what appeared to be a career-ending hip fracture, and for the second-year wide receiver who missed his entire rookie year with a mysteriously nagging knee injury, even a two-hour simulation beats rehab or, in Pitta’s case, premature retirement. Pitta flashed Thursday on the practice field in Owings Mills of what he hopes to display in the coming months. Pitta demonstrated his ability to catch balls in tight spaces while becoming one of QB Joe Flacco’s favorite targets in 2011 and 2012. “To be honest, I feel really good physically out there,” Pitta said. “I haven’t played football for awhile, so there are things that I’m getting back used to. But overall I can’t complain. I feel like I’m running like I want to, and I used to, so that’s very encouraging.” “I feel good, I don’t have any lingering issues, nothing that I’m worried about,” said Pitta, who will turn 31 on June 29. “I’m encouraged by how I feel and how I’m moving and excited to hopefully get back to playing to the level that I was.” Said HC John Harbaugh: “He looks like Dennis Pitta to me. If you’re asking for a comparison to what he was when when he was playing to what he was now, he’s removed from football for a couple of years and we’re in – this is nothing. As far as the stability of the hip, how he feels about it, running around, making catches, looking like a football player, it’s all good.”

-- Sign Up for Free Fantasy Newsletters! --
Sat May 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- More Details on Jets Offer to Fitzpatrick --
Sat May 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports while it's true the Jets are offering QB Ryan Fitzpatrick a total of $12 million in the first year, which sounds like a fair deal, it's the second- and third-year proposals that his camp deems unacceptable. The combined total for 2017 and 2018 is believed to be about $12 million, which would make it three years for roughly $24 million, averaging only $8 million per season.

-- Cowboys Not Trading a RB --
Sat May 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports after the draft, the Dallas Cowboys fielded calls about whether they wanted to trade one of their veteran backs. But they said no. That’s the word from Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones, who says teams called asking about trading for RB Darren McFadden or RB Alfred Morris, but the Cowboys wanted to keep them. “We got calls during the draft asking to trade for a couple of our running backs, and we just don’t have that interest,” Jones said, via the Star-Telegram.

-- Jets' Offer to Fitzpatrick Far From Good --
Sat May 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports when the New York Jets leaked word that they’re offering free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick a contract that would pay him $12 million this year, the clear implication was that it’s a good offer. The reality is that, for a starting quarterback in today’s NFL, it’s not a good offer. According to the salary database Spotrac, there are 16 quarterbacks in the NFL who currently have a contract that pays an average of $18 million a year or more. So half of the league’s starters are making at least 50 percent more than the Jets are offering Fitzpatrick. Another six quarterbacks are making more than $12 million but less than $18 million. Which means Fitzpatrick, if he took a contract paying $12 million a year, would be paid less than 22 NFL quarterbacks. And among the starters making less than Fitzpatrick are several who are still on their rookie contracts but would surely make more on the open market, including QB Jameis Winston, QB Marcus Mariota, QB Andrew Luck and QB Blake Bortles. This year’s first two picks, QB Jared Goff and QB Carson Wentz, are also in the group of quarterbacks who will make less than $12 million a year only because of the rookie salary structure, not because the market has decided that they’re actually worth less than $12 million a year. Also bear in mind that the Jets specifically leaked only what they were offering to pay Fitzpatrick this year, not what they’re offering to pay him in future years of a multi-year contract. That suggests that the deal the Jets are offering Fitzpatrick is actually worse than $12 million a year.

-- If Lynch Unretires; Seahawks Unlikely to Welcome Him Back --
Sat May 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports if RB Marshawn Lynch does decide he wants to play again, would it be with the Seahawks? The Seahawks have Lynch's rights through 2017. If he decided that he wanted to play again, they would have four options: pay him under the terms of his current deal ($9 million salary in 2016); negotiate a pay cut; trade him; or release him. Lynch is 30 years old and missed nine games last season with a number of different injuries. When he played, he averaged 3.76 YPC, which ranked 37th in the NFL. RB Thomas Rawls led the NFL in YPC (5.65) and looked perfectly capable of being the lead back, assuming he recovers from his fractured ankle injury. The team also spent three draft picks on the running back position and re-signed RB Christine Michael. In other words, they've moved on. There's virtually no chance that they'd pay Lynch under the terms of his current deal, and a renegotiation wouldn't make sense for either side. The bottom line is that Lynch has plenty of friends and supporters in the Seahawks locker room. In the coming months, they'll likely talk about how much they miss him and how they'd welcome him back. But the guys who make the decisions are GM John Schneider and HC Pete Carroll. Looking at it from their viewpoint, it's tough to envision any kind of scenario where it'd make sense to bring Lynch back.

-- Devin Smith Doubtful to Play Week #1 --
Sat May 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New York Jets WR Devin Smith (knee) underwent major knee surgery in December, and will begin training camp on the PUP list. He is doubtful for the start of the regular season.

-- Lions Injury Update - Abdullah & Ebron Sit --
Sat May 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Detroit Lions official website reports Lions RB Ameer Abdullah had offseason shoulder surgery, HC Jim Caldwell confirmed to reporters in Allen Park this week. Abdullah suffered the injury late last year and had the procedure done shortly after the season concluded. “He is recovering nicely,” Caldwell said after Thursday’s open OTA session to the media. Caldwell did not give a timetable for his return and responded with, “we’ll see,” when asked if Abdullah would be ready to go by the start of training camp. It’s not surprising that WR T.J. Jones reacted with frustration when he went down in the first 15 minutes of Thursday’s practice. He got up slowly after getting caught in a tangle of players after catching a pass. As he limped away from the pile of players, Jones threw one of his shoes. It was soon obvious that Jones did not sustain a serious injury. Within a couple of minutes he was taking part in position drills and took his regular turn in the rest of practice. The Lions practiced without three starters on offense. RB Ameer Abdullah had offseason shoulder surgery and is expected to miss time. TE Eric Ebron sat out due to an unspecified injury, and WR Golden Tate wasn’t at the session at all. Tate’s absence wasn’t injury related, according to Caldwell. As for Ebron: "He’s healing," Caldwell said. "He’s coming along, so we’ve got a few guys with some bumps and bruises and some issues, but he should be back." Among some of the others sitting out were DT Caraun Reid, TE Brandon Pettigrew, S Glover Quin (sat out team drills) and RB Dwayne Washington (away at school).

-- Bears Sign 1st-Rounder Leonard Floyd --
Fri May 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Chicago Bears have signed first-round draft pick LB Leonard Floyd to a four-year contract.

-- Keep Coming Back! --
Fri May 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Ravens Sign 6th-Rounder Keenan Reynolds --
Fri May 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sporets reports the Baltimore Ravens have signed 6th-round draft pick QB Keenan Reynolds to a four-year contract.

-- Source: Ryan Fitzpatrick Offer Details from Jets --
Fri May 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The New York Post reports contrary to reports of a low-ball offer from the Jets to free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, NFL sources say the offer on the table is for three years with $12 million for first year. The offer has sat on the table for four months.

-- Blake Bortles & Julius Thomas Working Hard Together --
Fri May 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles said he and TE Julius Thomas met several times during the offseason with the goal of getting back the same kind of chemistry they had last offseason. "We had a chance this offseason to sit down multiple times, watch film and talk about things," Bortles said. "Talk about what he wanted from me and what I wanted from him and how we can quickly get on the same page to grow together. "He’s been unbelievable. He’s obviously a freak athlete and he’s continued to prove that and make plays." Thomas caught 45 passes for 455 yards and five touchdowns in 2015. That was actually the second-highest reception total of his career (65 in 2013) so he certainly didn’t have a terrible season. WR Allen Robinson and WR Allen Hurns flourished during the two months that he missed so it was hard for Thomas to get into a rhythm. He caught seven passes in his second game back but then caught 11 passes over the next four games. He did catch a touchdown in four games in a row, but he also finished the season by catching two passes for 12 yards in each of the final two games.

-- Breshad Perriman Watch --
Fri May 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Baltimore Ravens official website reports back on the field at full capacity for the first time since last year’s training camp, Ravens WR Breshad Perriman is putting his lost rookie season behind him and moving on. In Thursday’s practice, he looked just as explosive as before the injury. After Perriman missed his entire rookie season, the shots didn’t stop coming. In March, Perriman’s good friend and former Ravens cornerback, Tray Walker, died. Earlier this month, Perriman’s father, Brett, collapsed and was on life support, according to multiple reports. In the year-plus since he was drafted by the Ravens in the first round, Perriman has been tested – both physically and mentally. So when Perriman took the microphone Thursday at the end of the Ravens’ first week of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), he had a different demeanor. “I feel much stronger,” he said. “I feel like I went through a lot last year, and it made me a better player and a better person.” Perriman said it wasn’t until a couple months ago that he started to feel like his old self, physically. He said he was still being cautious running and had to push himself to go full-speed. In Thursday’s practice, Perriman looked like the same impressive receiver from last summer. He showed burst off the line of scrimmage and speed stretching the field. “I don’t even think about it anymore. I feel great,” Perriman said.

-- DeSean Jackson Expected to Show Up Monday --
Fri May 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson is expected to show up for OTAs on Monday.

-- Browns Sign 4th-Rounder Derrick Kindred --
Fri May 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Beacon Journal reports the Cleveland Browns have signed 4th-round draft pick S Derrick Kindred to a four-year contract.

-- C.J. Spiller Looks Better --
Fri May 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller's (knee) health and movement skills are noticeably different thur far this offseason, according to HC Sean Payton. "He worked his butt off in the offseason to get the strength back in that leg he [injured]," Payton said. "That's been real encouraging."

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Fri May 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Michael Thomas Sees First Unit Reps Thursday --
Fri May 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas practiced with the first-team offense during OTAs on Thursday with WR Brandin Cooks (undisclosed) missing practice.

-- Martellus Bennett Impresses During OTAs --
Fri May 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The New England Patriots official website reports with the players not in pads the focus was obviously on the passing game and there were some performers who stood out during OTAs this week, specifically TE Martellus Bennett, who got the bulk of the work with TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) among those missing the practice.

-- Sharrif Floyd Sits This Week --
Fri May 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee/ankle) sat out this week's OTAs with lingering injuries from last season. Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said he doesn't expect Floyd to miss any time at training camp, but the fact Floyd is still dealing with the knee and ankle issues he had last season is a bit of a concern. Floyd's biggest issue has been staying healthy; when he's on the field, he can be a disruptive presence, but he's missed a lot of time with nagging injuries while playing for a coach who doesn't seem to have a great deal of patience for players who struggle to stay on the field.

-- Perry Riley Rehab Update --
Fri May 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

CSNMidAtlantic.com reports one of the more surprising developments from the first week of Washington Redskins OTAs was LB Perry Riley (foot surgery) on the sidelines wearing a walking boot. The inside linebacker was enjoying one of the best stretches of his career late last season when he hurt his foot. The injury, which occurred in practice, was expected to sideline him for 3-6 weeks following a procedure to insert a pin into the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Nearly six months later, Riley is still experiencing soreness and discomfort. He acknowledged this week that he overexerted himself in the lead-up to January’s playoff game and suffered a setback. In all, Riley missed the final five regular season games and the Wild Card loss to the Packers. Redskins HC Jay Gruden said Wednesday that Riley is scheduled to be reexamined by a specialist. “He has some issues with his foot; a little soreness,” Gruden said. “We’re keeping him in a boot to protect it, and then we’ll consult a doctor and hopefully get him back soon.” An exact timeframe for Riley has not been determined, but the seventh year veteran indicated to reporters that he intends to be ready for training camp in late July, if not sooner. The Redskins have two more weeks of OTAs and a mandatory veteran minicamp in mid-June.

-- Why Christine Michael is Getting First Team Reps --
Fri May 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports with RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) sidelined, Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael gets the reps at running back with the first team during OTAs.

-- Ty Montgomery Rehab Update --
Fri May 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports he tried to come back once, and it didn't work. And that's why Packers WR Ty Montgomery (ankle surgery) has the patience of a saint right now. The second-year Green Bay Packers receiver doesn't really have much choice but to have the best attitude possible about his recovery from left ankle surgery and accept where he is — still on the sideline. during the opening week of organized team activities, he admitted he wasn't thrilled about still being sidelined. But he's also resolved to get the ankle healthy, strong and fully recovered. "It's definitely frustrating to not be out there," Montgomery said. "Injuries stink and they're not fun — but there's positivity and hope in the fact that you're going to come back. And that's what you look forward to." Montgomery's determination to return to action impressed Packers HC Mike McCarthy. "I give the young man a lot of credit," McCarthy said during the NFL owners meetings in March. "He's a tough young man. Fought like crazy to get back on the field, and he's been very diligent in his rehab." McCarthy said Tuesday he had no "long-term concerns" with Montgomery's injury. Saying that he's been pain-free since almost immediately after the surgery, Montgomery can do some running and cutting. He said his flexibility also has shown consistent progress. But the Packers have a checklist of the things they want to see him be able to do, and until he's marked off those boxes, he won't be on the practice field. He's maintained his cardiovascular stamina from the stationary bike and he's been somewhat careful about what he eats so he doesn't put on weight. He wouldn't even venture a guess when he might return to the field — whether it would be next week, the June minicamp or sometime in training camp. "I'm very, very confident, and optimistic, about the success of the surgery," he said.

-- 2016 May Dynasty/Keeper Fantasy Rankings Released! --
Fri May 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football 2016 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl package subscribers take note. Are you looking for UPDATED fantasy keeper/dynasty player rankings? Need to make a cutdown on your roster by June? No problem! Keeper Korner columnist Brent Lathrop has just released his 2016 May Dynasty/Keeper Fantasy Rankings (including comments for each player ranked) for your viewing pleasure. Remember, these rankings could change significantly once training camps begin later this summer, but they do represent a good current guideline for how we feel players in keeper/dynasty leagues stack up. Log into your premium account and Enjoy.

-- Jimmy Graham Returns to Practice --
Fri May 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (torn patellar tendon) was on the practice fields during OTAs on Thursday and managed to catch some passes from QB Russell Wilson, QB Trevone Boykin and QB Jake Heaps while jogging around during early workouts. While it’s far from being ready from the rigors of the football season, it’s a good sign that Graham will be ready before games start in September. “We’re thinking that that’s real possibility, yeah,” HC Pete Carroll said. “That’s kind of what we are thinking. We have to avoid setbacks, obviously. But we are kind of counting on it.”

-- Sen'Derrick Marks Rehab Update --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Jacksonville Jaguars official website reports Jaguars DT Sen'Derrick Marks (torn triceps) says he's believes he'll be ready to go for the start of training camp.

-- FFMastermind Wins $10,000 in the 2015 FFPC High Stakes Fantasy Football Main Event! --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Browns Sign 2nd-Rounder Adam Gotsis --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Cleveland Browns have signed 2nd-round draft pick LB Emmanuel Ogbah to a four-year contract.

-- Carroll Has Not Spoken to Marshawn Lynch --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Seattle Seahawks HC Pete Carroll says retired RB Marshawn Lynch has not contacted him about playing this season.

-- Ronald Leary Allowed to Seek a Trade, But... --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Telegram reports the Cowboys have allowed OG Ronald Leary to seek a trade partner, but won't deal him for little or nothing.

-- Lions Release Tim Wright --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Detroit Lions official website reports the Lions have waived TE Tim Wright (undisclosed) injured.

-- LB Brandon Marshall Limited in OTAs --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

9News in Denver reports Broncos LB Brandon Marshall had off-season surgery on his right index finger. That is why he's been limited during OTAs.

-- Jeremy Maclin Tweaks Ankle --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Kansas City Star reports Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin left practice during OTAs early after tweaking his ankle. He walked off a tad gingerly.

-- Cameron Jordan Rehab Update --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports DE Cameron Jordan has not been cleared to participate in organized team activities after a February back surgery. But the New Orleans Saints defensive end said he still considers himself “ahead of schedule” and expects to be fine in plenty of time for the 2016 season. Jordan, who made his second Pro Bowl as an alternate last year, had a minor back surgery, which he said was to help deal with herniated discs. Jordan dealt with the back issues last season, missing some practice time but playing in every game. He finished with 10 sacks. “We’re just being safe and playing it safe,” Jordan said Wednesday night at teammate Tim Lelito’s charity softball game. “I can’t give out a timetable for me being back 100 percent, but I do know that we’ll be well within camp, season. This is as expected. We set a timetable for everything to go along smoothly. And technically I think I’m ahead of schedule. So definitely in the right direction.”

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-- Koa Misi Detained, But Not Arrested --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

TMZ Sports reports Miami Dolphins LB Koa Misi was detained after a weekend nightclub fight in Fort Lauderdale, but not arrested. Misi allegedly struck someone in the head before struggling to be subdued by police. He was released without being arrested after the alleged victim declined to press charges.

-- Texans Sign 3rd-Rounder Braxton Miller --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Houston Texans have signed 3rd-round draft pick WR Braxton Miller to a four-year contract.

-- Ravens Fined & Stripped of Three OTAs --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Baltimore Ravens have been fined and stripped of three OTAs sessions for having players practice in pads at rookie mini-camp. "We made a mistake and we are sorry for that," the team said in a statement. "We accept the NFL discipline."

-- Breshad Perriman Runs Thursday --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee), the team's 2015 first-round pick, is back running at Thursday's OTA after missing all of last season with a knee injury

-- Cooks & Byrd Sit Thursday --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints just wrapped the first OTA practice that was open to the media. S Jairus Byrd and WR Brandin Cooks did not practice, instead working off to the side with trainers. HC Sean Payton declined to get into many injury specifics but said Byrd is rehabbing the same knee that bothered him the last two years and is on schedule to be back before training camp. It's unfortunate for Byrd, who seemed on track for his first fully healthy offseason in New Orleans, but there's still ample time to get back to 100 percent.

-- Kelvin Benjamin Participates in OTAs --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Carolina Panthers official website reports Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (torn ACL) made his OTA debut Thursday, his first organized practice since tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament during last year’s training camp. As expected, Benjamin participated in individual drills and was held out of 11-on-11 periods. "We have time – so why rush it?" Benjamin said back in April at the start of offseason conditioning. "I am coming back off an injury, so I just want to get back out there and get the pace of the offense again and get real comfortable with the plays. They did a lot of things different last year than my first year. I just want to get back out and get into the offense."

-- Dez Bryant Set for More X-Rays Soon --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) said he will have more X-rays on his right foot in the near future and hopes to do more as the offseason goes on. He said he needs to be patient in his recovery but he feels great. He went through the early part of OTAs Wednesday, catching a few passes before heading in for some rehab.

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-- Shoulder Surgery Could Put Ameer Abdullah on Shelf Entire Off-Season --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- B.J. Dubose Tears ACL; Lost for Season --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings DT B.J. Dubose suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during Wednesday’s workout, and is expected to miss the entire season. The injury happened during an 11-on-11 drill.

-- Knile Davis Watch --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports RB Knile Davis is third on the depth chart this spring as the Kansas City Chiefs go through spring practice and will drop to fourth when RB Jamaal Charles (torn ACL) returns from the rehab of his torn ACL. It’s clear now Davis won’t be the eventual replacement for Charles, as the Chiefs hoped when they drafted him. Everything else about his future with the Chiefs isn’t quite as obvious. He’s working as the No. 1 kickoff returner in practice, but the Chiefs may not want to carry him on their regular-season roster if that’s all he does. “I hope so, but that’s not up to me," Davis said about the possibility of remaining with the Chiefs. “This is my team. I’m under contract. I’m here until I’m not." Reports surfaced earlier in the spring that Davis had asked for a trade and the Chiefs were trying to comply. But Davis said he never asked the Chiefs to trade him and that he never directed his agent to make the request. While it’s unlikely his Chiefs career will come to a happy ending, Davis said he was still confident he would fulfill his potential, wherever that might be. “I feel like I’ve showed glimpses of good ability," Davis said. “I just need an opportunity. Some people in this league wait six years for their opportunity. Some people get theirs quicker than others. The name of this business is stay healthy and be patient and that’s what I’m doing."

-- Wes Welker Watch --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent WR Wes Welker is undecided on whether he wants to continue to play in the NFL this coming season.

-- Drew Brees Contract Watch --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports QB Drew Brees said he's "not stressing" over the fact that he and the New Orleans Saints haven't discussed a long-term contract extension in about two months. But Brees did say Wednesday night that he would love to get a deal done before the season starts, or else he will wait until after the season to resume talks. "I don't like to talk about contract during the season," Brees said. "If you go back to 2011, where it began to drag into the season, three weeks in I was like, 'I don't want to deal with it anymore, I want to focus on football, I want to focus on the season.' ... That'll be my approach again. So there's a deal to be done now, and then if it doesn't get done now, then there will be a different deal to get done at the end of the year."

-- David Bakhtiari Rehab Update --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Packers OT David Bakhtiari (ankle) hobbled away from Lambeau Field in January on a left ankle shredded with five torn ligaments, three severely. "A lot of damage," the Green Bay Packers left tackle said as he cleaned out his locker. Not 48 hours before, Bakhtiari had played all 73 snaps in an overtime playoff loss at Arizona. He gritted through the pain, showed an offensive lineman's toughness. It left him with a short off-season that, Bakhtiari said, went by way too fast. Bakhtiari said Tuesday he didn't need to have his ankle surgically repaired this off-season, but there was plenty of work to do. Alternating rest and rehab, it took a focused plan to prepare him for this week's start of organized team activities. His work remains unfinished. Bakhtiari said his high sprain Week 15 at Oakland was the type of injury that "changes" an ankle, in that it will now need regular attention. Asked if his ankle is 100%, Bakhtiari said it's healthy enough to "do everything I want to do" as a left tackle. There are no limitations — Bakhtiari practiced Tuesday while right guard T.J. Lang and center Corey Linsley sat out — but rehab was a constant grind over the past few months. "It's hard when something like that changes your ankle," Bakhtiari said. "It's obviously going to be a little bit different, but to let me do everything I want to do, it took me the off-season to get it right. "You have to be conscientious of it and make sure that if anything happens, or if you notice anything, just make sure to take care of it and not let it linger."

-- Source: Marshawn Lynch Thinking About Playing in 2016 --
Thu May 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports a source says retired Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch told two ex-teammates that he is still thinking about playing this upcoming season. That said, Lynch's agent maintains his client is not considering playing this season. As for the Seahawks, they may not want him back if he wants to play due to his cap charge as well as his injury history.

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