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NFL | Joshua Brent has support system

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:16:16 -0700

Former Dallas Cowboys DT Joshua Brent has a support system in place if he opts to apply for reinstatement into the NFL. Fellow former Cowboys WR Michael Irvin and OG Nate Newton have reached out to Brent to offer their guidance.

Lions | Ryan Broyles focusing on rehab

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:03:57 -0700

Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles (Achilles') is trying to take things one day at a time after two days of training camp following a torn Achilles' tendon in 2013, saying he feels "pretty good right now." Broyles missed time in 2011 and 2012 with torn anterior cruciate ligaments in both knees, and he understands how to prepare for a season while rehabbing a major injury. Broyles has a new speed coach and is working on becoming more explosive, while not putting too much stress on his knees.

FANTASY TIP: Broyles is best left for your league's waiver wire.

Bears | Ego Ferguson struggling with discipline

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:55:25 -0700

Chicago Bears rookie DT Ego Ferguson jumped offsides twice in the same repetition Wednesday, July 30, in one-on-one drills. He jumped at a hard count and then again after being allowed to reset, which may illustrate the adjustment he is going through in his first NFL training camp.

Bears | Danny McCray likely to make the team

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:49:45 -0700

Chicago Bears SS Danny McCray is likely to make the final roster because of his special teams skills. Bears special teams coach Joe DeCamillis said McCray was the best player he had while coaching the same position for the Dallas Cowboys.

Bears | Danny McCray worked with starters

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:47:21 -0700

Chicago Bears SS Danny McCray worked with the first-string defense Wednesday, July 30, ahead of rookie SS Brock Vereen. Bears head coach Marc Trestman warned not to read into the situation, saying he wanted to see how McCray, a special teams standout, would fit in with the starters. "In terms of covering and in terms of the run game, his effort level has been very high," Trestman said. "He's a highly intelligent player. He has played consistently and continued to ascend over the last few days."

Cowboys | Cole Beasley turning heads

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:24:43 -0700

Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley may not come off the field when Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is moved around. Beasley primarily works out of the slot, but Bryant sometimes will move into the slot to take advantage of a mismatch. Bryant went as far as calling Beasley a "rare talent" and praised the third-year receiver's ability to get open and make plays. Beasley has worked to improve his blocking skills, an area of his game he noted needs to get better. Beasley is stronger, which will help him beat press coverage, according to Dallas head coach Jason Garrett.

FANTASY TIP: Beasley is a sleeper candidate to target in the late rounds of PPR drafts. He may be the fourth target some weeks, but Dallas' likely putrid defense could mean even more passing than usual from this wide receiver-friendly system.

Blue Jays | Colby Rasmus benched for being late

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:58:00 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus was benched Thursday, July 31, after showing up late to the ballpark. "I was late getting here to the field," Rasmus said. "Wasn't here when I was supposed to be and they punished me as they should have."

FANTASY TIP: On the plus side, Rasmus isn't dealing with an injury of any kind so his absence should be a one-game occurrence.

Reds | Aroldis Chapman aggravates hamstring

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:45:29 -0700

Cincinnati Reds CL Aroldis Chapman (hamstring) needed a visit from the trainer after throwing a pitch Thursday, July 31. Chapman threw a couple of warmup pitches but eventually closed out the game. He said after the game that he should be available Friday.

FANTASY TIP: The fact that Chapman finished out the game is an encouraging sign, but his availability is still worth checking on for the next day or so. He is one of the most dominant closers in the game so it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Reds give him a day or two off.

Royals | Jason Vargas likely to return Saturday

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:42:38 -0700

Kansas City Royals SP Jason Vargas (appendix) is expected to start Saturday, August 2.

FANTASY TIP: Vargas has posted a solid 3.39 ERA this year, but you may want to hold off on starting him in his return since he draws a tough matchup against Oakland.

Mariners | Danny Farquhar update

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:32:02 -0700

Seattle Mariners RP Danny Farquhar (bicep) suffered a bruised bicep after being hit by a line drive Thursday, July 31. He said he would be fine, according to Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times.

FANTASY TIP: It doesn't sound like he will miss much time, but it's worth checking back on his status in the coming days to make sure he is ready to go.

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Mariners | Danny Farquhar hit by liner

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:31:12 -0700

Seattle Mariners RP Danny Farquhar (arm) left the game Thursday, July 31, after being hit on his right arm by a line drive.

Royals | Eric Hosmer has stress fracture

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:26:10 -0700

Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (hand) has a stress fracture in his right hand and will miss about a month, according to manager Ned Yost.

FANTASY TIP: Based on Yost's comments, Hosmer needs to be removed from lineups for the foreseeable future.

49ers | Chris Culliver returns

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:18:28 -0700

San Francisco 49ers CB Chris Culliver (knee) practiced Thursday, July 31, for the first time since Sunday, July 27.

Raiders | Four work with trainers

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:14:22 -0700

Oakland Raiders WR Juron Criner (hamstring), LB Kaluka Maiava (hamstring), LB Marshall McFadden (hamstring) and FS Usama Young (quadriceps) worked with trainers on the side before practice Thursday, July 31.

Raiders | Two miss practice

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:11:38 -0700

Oakland Raiders WR Greg Little (hamstring) and DT Antonio Smith (groin) missed practice Thursday, July 31.

Raiders | C.J. Wilson practices

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:08:46 -0700

Oakland Raiders DE C.J. Wilson (hamstring) came off the Non-Football Injury list Thursday, July 31, and practiced for the first time during training camp.

Raiders | Austin Howard returns to practice

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:04:07 -0700

Oakland Raiders OG Austin Howard (back) returned to practice Thursday, July 31, one day after leaving early with a back injury.

Falcons | Julio Jones taking it slow

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:59:46 -0700

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) is working with a restricted snap count during training camp and is wearing special shoes designed to take stress of the bone that he fractured in his right foot last season.

Browns | No leader in QB competition

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:51:10 -0700

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer and QB Johnny Manziel remain in a close battle for the starting quarterback job, according to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan said the competition has been "back and forth" and that he doesn't "think one is in front of the other."

Rams | Jake Long, others return to practice

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:38:38 -0700

St. Louis Rams OT Jake Long (knee), C Scott Wells (undisclosed), CB Trumaine Johnson (undisclosed) and DE William Hayes (undisclosed) returned to practice Thursday, July 31.