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Astros | Collin McHugh deemed ready

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:00:02 -0700

Houston Astros SP Collin McHugh (finger) is "ready to come back," manager Bo Porter said Friday, July 25. The team is expected to announce its updated rotation plan Saturday, July 26.

Buccaneers | Two LBs asked to lose weight

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:57:43 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LBs Mason Foster and Dane Fletcher were asked by head coach Lovie Smith to lose weight this offseason so they can become quicker, and both players did lose some weight.

Bears | Dylan Gandy signed

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:50:10 -0700

The Chicago Bears have signed free-agent C Dylan Gandy (Lions) to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed. The team also waived DE Jamil Merrell.

Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson day-to-day

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:48:55 -0700

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (leg) is considered day-to-day because of a leg injury.

FANTASY TIP: It appears Patterson is only dealing with a minor injury, but he could still sit out a few days of practice. This injury should not affect his fantasy value much at all.

Rams | Kourtnei Brown signed

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:34:35 -0700

The St. Louis Rams have signed free-agent DE Kourtnei Brown (Lions). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived injured WR Jamaine Sherman (hamstring).

Redskins | Leonard Hankerson not rushing back

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:26:10 -0700

Washington Redskins WR Leonard Hankerson (knee) has received clearance to start running but will not rush back to practice. "I'm not sure how fast I can run, but I can run. It's about having some confidence in it, about being around 95 to 100 percent. I don't have the explosion yet. I come out here, I line up and run routes and it's not explosive. So, I know there's no reason to go out there yet. I'd probably just go out there and embarrass myself or something like that," Hankerson said.

Redskins | Leonard Hankerson not rushing back

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:26:10 -0700

Washington Redskins WR Leonard Hankerson (knee) has received clearance to start running but will not rush back to practice. "I'm not sure how fast I can run, but I can run. It's about having some confidence in it, about being around 95 to 100 percent. I don't have the explosion yet. I come out here, I line up and run routes and it's not explosive. So, I know there's no reason to go out there yet. I'd probably just go out there and embarrass myself or something like that," Hankerson said.

Steelers | Maurkice Pouncey will not be limited

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:23:18 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (knee) will not be limited during training camp even though he is coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

Steelers | Two players excused from reporting

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:20:42 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers P Adam Podlesh and OG Ramon Foster were excused from reporting to training camp on time because of personal issues. There is no timetable for when either player will report.

Steelers | Two placed on PUP list

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:13:06 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed RB Alvester Alexander (groin) and SS Mike Mitchell (groin) on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Mitchell is considered day-to-day and could miss the first week of training camp.

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49ers | Kendall Hunter injured

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:10:55 -0700

San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (knee) suffered a knee injury during practice Friday, July 25. He was able to walk off the field on his own and did not appear to have a limp.

Colts | Vick Ballard tears Achilles'

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:08:49 -0700

Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (Achilles') suffered a torn Achilles' tendon during practice Friday, July 25.

FANTASY TIP: Ballard likely will miss the entire season because of the injury. Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw probably will get a majority of the reps at the position unless the team adds another back. Richardson should be considered a starting running back in all fantasy leagues, while Bradshaw probably would be a later-round pick that could be a No. 4 or 5 running back on a team.

Padres | Jeff Francoeur starting

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:59:42 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Jeff Francoeur is in the starting lineup and hitting fifth Friday, July 25, against the Atlanta Braves.

FANTASY TIP: Francoeur could hit his way into semi-regular at-bats and should be owned in NL-only formats. His numbers at Triple-A El Paso were impressive.

Patriots | Jimmy Garoppolo struggling

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:56:46 -0700

New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo has struggled mightily through two days of training camp practices. The rookie has thrown three interceptions and fumbled once.

Patriots | Kenbrell Thompkins standing out

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:52:38 -0700

New England Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins has stood out through two days of training camp practices, catching several diving balls along the way.

FANTASY TIP: This is encouraging news, specifically showing Thompkins and QB Tom Brady are getting on the same page after a shaky rookie year for the receiver. Thompkins is a WR4 fantasy gamble, whose upside could return WR2 stats.

Orioles | Manny Machado out again

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:52:12 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (back) is not in the lineup Friday, July 25. It's the fourth consecutive day he has missed. Machado said Thursday, July 24, that he was getting better, though.

FANTASY TIP: Keep playing the waiting game, but don't be surprised if a retroactive DL stint comes to pass.

Braves | Gavin Floyd update

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:46:16 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Gavin Floyd (elbow) passed his first post-surgery test from a fractured right elbow. There is still no timetable for a return, but the injury is expected to be season ending. Floyd will have a second checkup and X-ray in another four weeks. He isn't ready to begin baseball activities, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.

FANTASY TIP: Don't expect any fantasy production from Floyd until next season.

Browns | Johnny Manziel acknowledges mistakes

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:44:36 -0700

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel said Friday, July 25, at his training camp press conference that he has met with team officials to discuss his off-the-field issues and admitted he made some mistakes. He said everyone involved is now on the same page.

Browns | Alarmed with Johnny Manziel's behavior?

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:41:49 -0700

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel's off-the-field behavior reportedly has alarmed members of Cleveland's brass. Photos of Manziel rolling a $20 bill in a bathroom of a bar caught the attention of head coach Mike Pettine. Manziel regressed in practice after the first week of organized team activities, leading Pettine to call out Manziel's dedication to learning the offense.

Dodgers | Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez return

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:40:20 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig (hand) and SS Hanley Ramirez (hand) are in the starting lineup Friday, July 24, against the San Francisco Giants.

FANTASY TIP: Return Puig and Ramirez to your lineups.