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Nationals | Make roster moves

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:20:41 -0700

The Washington Nationals placed RP Matt Purke (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list. They also reinstated OF Eury Perez (foot) from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse.

Giants | Jon Beason aiming for preseason opener

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:16:43 -0700

New York Giants LB Jon Beason (foot) is hopeful he can play in the preseason opener. He's running in water as part of his rehab.

FANTASY TIP: Beason was a revelation as he stayed healthy for the Giants last year. He's a big IDP contributor when on the field and could be a bench addition or more (depending on his recovery) when drafts come around. The Giants are a matchup DT still.

Ravens | Lardarius Webb exits

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:03:14 -0700

Baltimore Ravens CB Lardarius Webb (undisclosed) ran off the field under his own power for treatment of an injury early in practice Friday, July 25, and hasn't returned. The injury didn't appear serious.

Eagles | Excuse Keelan Johnson from camp

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:59:28 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles S Keelan Johnson was excused from training camp Friday, July 25, as he deals with his arrest for assaulting an Arizona police officer.

Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace connect

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:44:28 -0700

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill and WR Mike Wallace connected on a deep throw on the first day of training camp Friday, July 25. According to Omar Kelly, the two connected on one deep ball in five weeks during last year's camp activities.

FANTASY TIP: A positive note from someone paid to watch such things. Bill Lazor's new offense and another year of experience between the two could lead a fantasy rebound for both this season, making them fine buy-low candidates.

Giants | Brandon Belt update

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:43:19 -0700

San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt (head) still feels no improvement regarding his concussion symptoms and is expected to see a specialist in San Francisco, even though he said he wasn't sure if he would.

FANTASY TIP: This sounds like a long healing process for Belt. He may not return until mid- to late August.

Indians | Michael Bourn doesn't have a timetable

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:40:13 -0700

Cleveland Indians OF Michael Bourn (hamstring) has no definitive timetable in his recovery from his strained left hamstring. He played catch in the outfield Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: This could last at least another week. And for someone whose value is typically driven by stolen bases, the time it'll probably take for him to get back into shape doesn't bode well for his late-season contributions.

49ers | Stevie Johnson impresses

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:32:40 -0700

San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring) looked healthy in Day 1 of training camp. QB Colin Kaepernick raved about Johnson's quickness and deceptiveness that fuel his ability to create separation.

FANTASY TIP: Johnson's fantasy prospects in this crowded receiving corps don't bode well for his week-to-week consistency in terms of numbers. He's a WR4 most weeks, with more upside depending on the matchup. But his presence improves this passing game as a whole, giving Kap more cred as a top-10 fantasy QB.

Phillies | Ryan Howard won't be released

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:25:19 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is not a candidate to be released, according to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., but that a straight platoon arrangement is possible. Amaro anticipates Howard being with the team next year at spring training.

FANTASY TIP: Howard, however, will lose playing time to Darin Ruf, which strips away much of his already tenuous mixed-league value. Howard is the subject of trade talks, so maybe a better situation will help him recover.

Redskins | Robert Griffin III in sync with Andre Roberts

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:51:12 -0700

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III and WR Andre Roberts are displaying good chemistry in practice Friday, July 25.

FANTASY TIP: Roberts is a WR5 with upside. Griffin is a weak QB1 or a solid QB2.

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Dolphins | Shelley Smith the front runner at center

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:41:08 -0700

Updating an earlier report, Miami Dolphins OG Shelley Smith was told he's the guy at center shortly before camp. Smith said he has never started at center at any level.

Saints | Kenny Stills pulls up lame

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:40:53 -0700

New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills (hamstring) pulled up lame on a deep route in practice Friday, July 25, and is being examined by trainers.

Ravens | Will Hill signs

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:37:27 -0700

The Baltimore Ravens signed free-agent FS Will Hill (AFL) to an undisclosed deal. He's suspended for the first six games.

Phillies | Jimmy Rollins close to vesting option

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:29:28 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins needs two more plate appearances to vest his $11 million option for 2015.

NFL | Will Hill loses appeal

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:26:26 -0700

Free-agent FS Will Hill (Giants) lost his appeal for his six-game suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy. Hill signed with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League in the offseason.

Saints | Nick Toon impressing

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:24:17 -0700

New Orleans Saints WR Nick Toon looks poised for big things this season, according to beat writer Jim Corbett. He shields well and looks like a tight end at 6-foot-4.

FANTASY TIP: Toon could be worth a flier as a WR5 in this offense.

NFL | Mike Shanahan interested in coaching again

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:07:45 -0700

Former head coach Mike Shanahan is interested in coaching again for a contending team with the right ownership.

Jets | Chris Ivory returns

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:05:05 -0700

New York Jets RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) returned to practice Friday, July 25.

FANTASY TIP: Ivory figures to be in the mix with Chris Johnson, but he is relegated to RB4 status.

Chiefs | Sean McGrath absent

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:43:20 -0700

Kansas City Chiefs TE Sean McGrath is absent from training camp Friday, July 25, and may be cut.

Titans | Marcus Dixon could begin on PUP

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:39:27 -0700

Tennessee Titans DE Marcus Dixon (calf) could begin camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list after suffering a calf injury in June.