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|7/26/2017||Cardale Jones, LAC, QB|
|The Los Angeles Chargers have acquired quarterback Cardale Jones from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for an undisclosed conditional draft pick.
Analysis: The 6-foot-5 Jones led Ohio State to a national title during the 2014 season. After one more year with the Buckeyes, he was a fourth-round pick by Buffalo in 2016.
|7/26/2017||Teddy Bridgewater, Min, QB|
|Bridgewater was placed on the physically unable to perform list Wednesday.
Analysis: The move was expected for Bridgewater, who is working his way back from tearing his ACL and dislocating his left knee during a late August practice last year.
|7/26/2017||Marcus Smith, Phi, DE|
|The Eagles released Smith, the team's first-round pick in 2014, on Wednesday.
Analysis: Smith was drafted to play outside linebacker in the 3-4 front and made the transition to 4-3 defensive end in 2016. He played in 37 games in his three seasons with the team and recorded just four sacks.
|7/26/2017||Allen Barbre, Den, G|
|The Philadelphia Eagles had planned to release Barbre, but after announcing they had waived the veteran offensive lineman Wednesday, they instead were able to trade him to the Denver Broncos for a 2019 conditional draft pick.
Analysis: Barbre, 33, started 12 games last season for Philadelphia, playing left guard and some right tackle. He missed part of the spring with a calf injury. Barbre had been with the Eagles since 2013 and started 29 games. He started all 28 games he played the past two seasons.
|7/26/2017||Lucky Whitehead, NYJ, WR|
|The New York Jets claimed Whitehead off waivers, multiple outlets reported on Wednesday. The move comes two days after Whitehead was cut by the Dallas Cowboys following an initial report that he was accused of petty larceny. Police later reported that it identified the wrong man and regretted the impact its errors had bestowed upon Whitehead and his family.
Analysis: Whitehead denied he was in the state of Virginia at the time of the arrest and claimed it was a case of mistaken identity, which Prince William County Police Sergeant Jonathan L. Perok confirmed Tuesday in a statement. Whitehead recorded just nine receptions in two seasons with the Cowboys, but he returned 44 punts for 305 yards and 33 kickoffs for 846 yards.
|7/26/2017||Jordan Reed, Was, TE|
|Reed was a surprise inclusion on the Washington Redskins' physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp.
Analysis: The inclusion of Reed came out of nowhere. Washington's top pass-catcher skipped voluntary offseason workouts, but looked good during minicamp in June. The 27-year-old had 66 catches for 686 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games last season. He missed time with a concussion and a shoulder injury.
|7/26/2017||Bobby Rainey, Bal, RB|
|The Ravens have signed Rainey after finding out Kenneth Dixon would miss the season with a torn meniscus.
Analysis: The 29-year-old Rainey never had a carry for the Ravens in the regular season in 2012 before going on to play for the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants. His best season came in 2013 when he rushed for 532 yards and five touchdowns in nine games. Rainey ran for 63 yards on 17 carries in 15 games for the Giants last season.
|7/26/2017||Reshad Jones, Mia, S|
|Jones has been placed on the active-non-football injury list by the Miami Dolphins for the start of training camp.
Analysis: The team didn't disclose the nature of the injury Wednesday, but it's not believed to be serious. Jones, who was limited to six games last season by a shoulder injury, can be activated at any time.
|7/26/2017||Myles Garrett, Cle, DE|
|Garrett has recovered from a foot sprain and will be on the field Thursday when Cleveland opens camp following a miserable 1-15 season.
Analysis: Garrett suffered a left lateral foot sprain while rushing quarterback Brock Osweiler during minicamp in June. He was placed in a walking boot and there was some concern that he might be sidelined for an extensive period. However, coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday that Garrett is "totally healthy" and will be on the field for the team's first workout. Garrett will be monitored during practices and it's possible he could be kept out of some drills.
|7/26/2017||Everson Griffen, Min, DE|
|The Vikings have signed Griffen to a four-year contract extension worth $58 million - $34 million guaranteed - that will keep him with the organization through the 2022 season.
Analysis: In his first seven seasons, Griffen owns 273 total tackles, 48 sacks, 71 tackles for loss, 281 quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and one interception in 106 regular-season games. Since becoming a full-time starter in 2014, Griffen started all 47 games he appeared in and recorded the fifth-most sacks in the NFL with 30.5 during that span. Griffen has been named to the Pro Bowl for the past two seasons.
|7/26/2017||Jacquies Smith, TB, DE|
|Smith will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list as he recovers from a torn ACL last season.
Analysis: The 27-year-old Smith suffered the injury to his right knee while attempting to cover a punt in the first quarter of a season-opening win at Atlanta last season. The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Smith recorded 13 1/2 sacks in 27 games during the 2014-15 seasons.
|7/25/2017||Kenneth Dixon, Bal, RB|
|Dixon is reportedly out for the year after undergoing knee surgery.
Analysis: Dixon was initially expected to miss six to eight weeks - and the first four games of the season for a PED suspension - but now likely won't play in 2017. This is a big blow after an impressive rookie season, and it's Dixon's third knee injury in the last 12 months.
|7/25/2017||Dannell Ellerbe, NO, LB|
|Ellerbe (foot) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
Analysis: Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported the Saints plan to release Ellerbe once he's healthy. Ellerbe had four sacks in nine games last season.
|7/25/2017||Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Jax, CB|
|The Jaguars have signed Jean-Baptiste two days before the start of training camp, adding depth following injuries to Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Colvin.
Analysis: Jean-Baptiste previously spent time with Kansas City, Seattle, Detroit and New Orleans. The Saints selected him in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft. Jean-Baptiste has appeared in four games, all with the Saints as a rookie. The Chiefs waived him June 15. Jean-Baptiste says he's "excited for another opportunity. It's been a year since I've been on the field. I'm just happy to show what I can do."
|7/25/2017||Koa Misi, Mia, LB|
|Misi's season has ended two days before the start of training camp.
Analysis: A six-year starter, Misi was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after he failed to receive medical clearance. Misi suffered a career-threatening neck injury last season and played in only three games.
|7/25/2017||Andrew Hawkins, NE, WR|
|Hawkins says he is retiring from the NFL and donating his brain to research.
Analysis: The six-year NFL veteran signed with the New England Patriots in May as a free agent. But he said in a video on uninterrupted.com that his body isn't responding as he prepared for training camp. The 31-year-old undrafted free agent out of Toledo played three seasons each with the Bengals and Browns. In 2014 he had career highs of 63 catches and 824 yards. He also helped the Montreal Alouettes win back-to-back Grey Cup championships in the Canadian Football League.
|7/24/2017||Lucky Whitehead, NYJ, WR|
|The Cowboys cut Whitehead on Monday hours after police in Virginia announced that he is facing misdemeanor petit larceny charges stemming from an arrest in June. The move came despite Whitehead's agent, Dave Rich, telling NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport that his client was not in Virginia at the time of the incident.
Analysis: The third-year pro played little on offense but was the Cowboys' primary returner who averaged 7.8 yards on 25 punt returns and 23.2 yards on 17 kick returns last season.
|7/24/2017||Andrew Luck, Ind, QB|
|Luck will be placed on the physically unable to perform list when the team opens training camp on Saturday.
Analysis: Luck had surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder and only began throwing last week. It's still unclear when he will be cleared to practice, but general manager Chris Ballard says he is hopeful that Luck will be activated before the Sept. 10 season opener in Los Angeles against the Rams.
|7/24/2017||Sharrif Floyd, Min, DT|
|The Vikings have placed Floyd on the non-football injury list as he tries to move past the nerve issues caused by his right knee surgery last September.
Analysis: Floyd played in last year's season opener against the Tennessee Titans and then underwent knee surgery.
|7/24/2017||Latavius Murray, Min, RB|
|The Vikings have placed Murray on the physically unable to perform list on Monday as training camp got underway.
Analysis: Murray, 27, is still recovering from offseason right ankle surgery. He reported to camp at Minnesota State University in Mankato. Murray spent the past four seasons playing for the Oakland Raiders before signing a three-year, $15 million deal -- $8.55 million guaranteed -- with Minnesota as a free agent. He missed all of spring drills following his March 22 ankle surgery.
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