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Jets | Muhammad Wilkerson never considered holding out

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:59:06 -0700

New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson did not consider a contract holdout, citing his responsibilities as a team leader. Wilkerson's 2015 fifth-year option was picked up earlier this year.

49ers | Stevie Johnson cleared

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:57:46 -0700

San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring) passed his physical and has been cleared to practice Thursday, July 23.

FANTASY TIP: Hamstring injuries are tricky and could linger as the year goes on even if a player thinks they are healthy. Johnson is probably a WR4 on draft day.

Chiefs | Jamaal Charles extended two years

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:55:26 -0700

Updating an ongoing story, Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles' contract extension is two years, bringing his total deal length to four years. The financial terms remain unknown.

NFL | Training camp financials

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:51:55 -0700

NFL rookies and first-year players make $925 per week in training camp. Veterans earn $1,700. Housing and travel expenses are also compensated.

Mariners | Will skip Taijuan Walker's next turn

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:49:38 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Taijuan Walker will have his next turn skipped, as the club instead will have SP Hisashi Iwakuma start Tuesday, July 29. This will keep Iwakuma and the other starters on normal four days' rest.

FANTASY TIP: Walker's rotation spot may be tenuous as James Paxton (lat) nears a return and Erasmo Ramirez continues to impress.

Redskins | Maurice Hurt not in shape

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:49:22 -0700

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins OT Maurice Hurt was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list because he is out of shape.

Dodgers | Hanley Ramirez, Yasiel Puig still out

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:44:58 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hand) and OF Yasiel Puig (hand) are not in the starting lineup Wednesday, July 23.

FANTASY TIP: Both players are still considered day-to-day at this point, and owners in daily leagues should keep them out of their lineups until they are able to play.

Broncos | Von Miller to avoid contact for a while

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:42:50 -0700

Denver Broncos LB Von Miller (knee) will not take part in any contact until the third preseason game at the earliest.

Chiefs | Jamaal Charles receives contract extension

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:42:47 -0700

Updating an ongoing story, Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles has agreed to an undisclosed contract extension and is on his way to training camp, per sources.

FANTASY TIP: Well, that was fast. ... Charles is still a top-three draft consideration.

Patriots | Tyler McDonald gets the axe

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:39:36 -0700

The New England Patriots released WR Tyler McDonald Wednesday, July 23.

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49ers| Justin Smith feels fully healthy

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:36:14 -0700

San Francisco 49ers DE Justin Smith (shoulder) said he is fully healthy entering training camp after offseason shoulder surgery.

Mariners | James Paxton update

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:35:31 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP James Paxton (lat) said he felt great Wednesday, July 23, after a three-inning rehab start Tuesday, July 22, for Triple-A Tacoma. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits while recording a walk and four strikeouts. He expects to make his next outing Sunday, July 27, before he and the club determine the next step.

FANTASY TIP: Paxton should get a chance to rejoin the rotation when he's healthy. Taijuan Walker's performance until then may determine who sticks in the bigs.

Patriots | Greg Orton returning

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:34:42 -0700

The New England Patriots re-signed free-agent WR Greg Orton to an undisclosed contract Wednesday, July 23.

Astros | George Springer to DL

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:30:29 -0700

Houston Astros OF George Springer (quadriceps) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right quadriceps strain. In a corresponding move, 1B/OF Marc Krauss was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

FANTASY TIP: It's retroactive to Sunday, July 20, but this could be a slow recovery and potentially affect his SB potential when he gets back. This cements AL-only asset Enrique Hernandez in center field. Deep mixed leaguers can give Robbie Grossman a try if they can only find an alternative via Houston. Krauss has some pop, and Hernandez has risen through the farm ranks the last few years, but neither is a recommended grab in mixed games.

Blue Jays | Two may not need rehab assignments

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:29:34 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion (quadriceps) and 1B Adam Lind (foot) may not need to go on rehab assignments before being activated from the 15- day disabled list, according to manager John Gibbons.

FANTASY TIP: There is still no definite timetable for either player, but owners should add them to their starting lineups when they come off the disabled list.

Vikings | Waive Spencer Nealy

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:29:06 -0700

The Minnesota Vikings waived TE Spencer Nealy Wedenesday, July 23.

Twins | Matt Guerrier DFA'ed

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:28:52 -0700

Minnesota Twins RP Matt Guerrier was designated for assignment. RP Ryan Pressly will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester.

Vikings | Sign Michael Higgins

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:28:36 -0700

The Minnesota Vikings signed TE Michael Higgins (Saints) Wednesday, July 23. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Blue Jays | Brett Lawrie will require rehab

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:25:40 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 2B/3B Brett Lawrie (finger) will require a rehab assignment before coming off the disabled list.

FANTASY TIP: His owners will have to be patient. At the keystone in the meantime, it's a mess between Munenori Kawasaki, Ryan Goins and maybe Steven Tolleson.

Giants | Odell Beckham Jr. dealing with hamstring injury

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:22:14 -0700

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) tweaked a hamstring in practice Tuesday, July 23, according to general manager Jerry Reese.

FANTASY TIP: This is not the first time Beckham Jr. has dealt with the hamstring, and it is something that could linger all year. It is probably best to avoid him in single-year leagues.