Tyler Varga opted to retire from the NFL on Tuesday, John Kryk of the Toronto Sun reports.
Varga suffered a concussion roughly nine months ago, but earlier this month was cleared to return to football activities. Despite previous reports indicating he intended to play during the 2016 season, Varga has now changed his mind and will hang up the cleats, as he doesn't want to risk his future health any further. Varga spent just one year in the league, seeing action in three games, while providing two rushing yards and 18 reception yards.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed J.R. Sweezy (undisclosed) on the active/PUP list on Tuesday.
Sweezy will miss the beginning of training camp with an undisclosed injury. The former Seahawk signed with the Buccaneers in March in order to replace Logan Mankins at left guard. He did not participate in OTA's, but can return to the field as soon as he is medically cleared by staff.
The Arizona Cardinals placed Zack Wagenmann (foot) on the active/PUP list on Tuesday.
Wagenmann is likely to miss the beginning of training camp, although the severity of the injury is still unknown. He can return to the field once he is medically cleared.
The Oakland Raiders have placed Greg Townsend (undisclosed) on the PUP list to begin training camp, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Townsend, son of the Los Angeles Raiders' all-time sack leader by the same name, is an undrafted rookie out of USC. When cleared by the team, he will compete for a spot along the defensive line.
The Arizona Cardinals placed Frostee Rucker (foot) on the active/PUP list on Tuesday.
Rucker will start training camp on the sidelines as he nurses a foot injury that could be related to the ankle surgery he underwent during the offseason. The veteran defensive end registered 28 tackles and three sacks through 13 games last season.
The Arizona Cardinals placed Justin Bethel (foot) on the active/PUP list on Tuesday.
The veteran corner will now miss the beginning of training camp as he continues to nurse his foot after undergoing surgery back in April. Bethel is the favorite to win the starting corner position across from Pro-Bowler Patrick Peterson, but a prolonged absence during training camp could complicate the situation. The Cardinals signed veteran Mike Jenkins recently and drafted two rookie corners that could compete for the starting gig.
Colin Kaepernick received clearance from the Colorado doctor that performed his shoulder surgery in November, but the San Francisco 49ers ' medical staff must still clear him for training camp, which kicks off Sunday, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.
In a two-month span, Kaepernick underwent procedures on a torn labrum in his left shoulder and a ligament tear in his right thumb, as well as a scope on his left knee, but the first surgery was the one that limited his reps in the offseason program. As a result, Blaine Gabbert currently has a leg up in the competition for starting QB, which will begin in earnest this weekend. Considering Kaepernick's noted mobility would be an asset in new head coach Chip Kelly's system, his ability to take the practice field immediately will aid in his quest for the top gig.
Joe Flacco (knee) is not on the PUP list for the start of training camp, the Baltimore Ravens ' official site reports.
True to his word, Flacco is available for the start of training camp, despite suffering ACL and MCL tears only eight months ago. The health of his receiving corps seems to be the bigger issue, with both Steve Smith (Achilles) and Breshad Perriman (knee) unavailable for the start of camp and uncertain for the beginning of the season.
Blaine Gabbert is the early leader for the starting quarterback job heading into training camp, CSN Bay Area reports.
Gabbert's late-season success last year and his healthy presence during OTAs are the likely reason he gets the early lead in the position battle. He provides a more stable option in comparison to Colin Kaepernick, but the latter could surpass him on the depth chart if he has a strong training camp and preseason.
Unless something changes in the next few days, Drew Brees (foot) will not have a new contract in place before the New Orleans Saints kick off training camp, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports. Brees, however, has insisted that he will not hold out or skip any practice time, and he fully participated in OTAs and minicamp. Saints veterans report to training camp in West Virginia on Wednesday.
Brees is entering the last year of his contract, but the Saints appear content to let him play out the year with a whopping salary-cap figure of $30 million. He's stated that the unofficial deadline to complete an extension is the start of the regular season. Given that Brees continues to be productive -- he led the NFL in passing for the fourth time in five seasons last year with 4,870 yards in just 15 games played -- it would not be surprising to see the Saints and their franchise quarterback strike a deal prior to Sept. 1.
The Denver Broncos would like to see Paxton Lynch take the reins at some point this season, 9NEWS reports.
Lynch became Denver's future the moment they traded up in the first round to nab him. Ever since, however, the conversation around 2016's starter has been around Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian. Lynch is easily the most physically gifted of the three, but he's supposedly still refining his game and adjusting to a pro offense. Whether Lynch ends up finding the playing field will likely depend on whether Denver's defense and running game is carrying it to another playoff berth. Head coach Gary Kubiak opted for experience over physical skill last playoffs, albeit in the form of a future Hall of Famer in Peyton Manning, not a journeyman like Sanchez. This scenario has played out in Mile High before under offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. Denver was 7-4 with Jake Plummer under center in 2006, only to test out Jay Cutler and fall to 9-7, out of the playoff race.
Joe Flacco (knee) plans to participate in practice when the Baltimore Ravens begin training camp on July 28, ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley reports.
Flacco has stated numerous times that he intends on being in action when training camp starts, reassuring fantasy owners of his progress since suffering a torn ACL last November. The quarterback is already able to sprint and make cuts, so taking the field with his teammates later this month would represent the next step in his return. At this point, it seems likely that Flacco will be ready to roll once Week 1 kicks off, but it should still be worthwhile to monitor his involvement and performance level throughout the preseason.
Arian Foster (Achilles) is expected to be a big part of the passing game out of the backfield, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
How much Foster will contribute to Miami this season will depend on how well is Achilles has healed and whether or not he has lost a step. He will need to pass a conditioning test Friday before participating in camp. Head coach Adam Gase is a big believer in Foster's ability to catch the ball out of the backfield even comparing his route tree to that of a wide receiver. Jay Ajayi still goes into training camp atop the RB depth chart, but if Foster proves to be completely recovered from his injury, it would seem that he could go into Week 1 as the starter.
Keith Marshall probably won't be a serious threat to Matt Jones' workload, according to ESPN's John Keim.
Not your typical seventh-round rookie, Marshall led all running backs at the Combine in both the 40-yard dash (4.31) and bench press (25 reps), also checking in with ideal size (5-11, 219). His college track record is the drawback, as knee injuries and talented teammates combined to keep him off the field for most of his time at UGA. While Marshall could instantly compete for a reserve role in an unproven Washington backfield, the team has strongly suggested that Matt Jones is slated for the lead-back job.
LeGarrette Blount (hip) was not among the New England Patriots placed on the team's initial preseason PUP list, the Providence Journal reports.
Blount didn't participate in any of the Patriots' spring practices, but unless the team elects to add the running back to the list in the coming days, it looks like he'll be able to take the field in training camp. Assuming he is able to re-prove his health in the coming weeks, Blount would appear to have the inside track at reclaiming his role as the Patriots' top "big back."
Roy Helu (hip) has been placed on the Oakland Raiders ' physically unable to perform list for the start of training camp.
Helu did not practice in any of the Raiders' offseason workouts while recovering from offseason hip procedures, and he'll continue to sit out of practice as training camp begins. It's unclear how long he'll remain out, but the more time he misses, the more likely it is that he gets cut, as Oakland has several other running backs also on the roster, including Latavius Murray, DeAndre Washington, George Atkinson and Taiwan Jones.
Dion Lewis (knee) is set to open training camp on the New England Patriots ' active/PUP list, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Lewis' inclusion on the list comes as little surprise, given that he is bouncing back from surgery this past November to repair a torn ACL. To date, his progress appears to be going well, but the running back will be one to watch in the coming weeks, nonetheless. Players on the active/PUP list are eligible to come off the list (and resume practice) at any time during training camp, though as long as Lewis is out or slowed at all, the likes of UDFA D.J. Foster and veteran Donald Brown figure to have added opportunities to make cases to secure spots in the Patriots' 2016 backfield.
Le'Veon Bell (knee) said he will win the appeal of the potential four-game suspension he faces for missing drug tests and thus won't miss any games as a result of the situation, ESPN.com reports.
Bell's rejection of potential suspension talk came in the form of a comment from his verified Instagram account on a picture posted by someone else. At the moment, Bell is reportedly appealing the suspension, which is why it hasn't been announced. According to the league's collective bargaining agreement, a player can miss up to two drug tests without forfeiting games, but a four-game suspension is triggered upon a third missed test. Earlier this offseason, Bell denied missing or failing any tests, but despite what he says, his situation is still obviously one of huge importance for fantasy owners to monitor going forward.
Josh Gordon (suspension) suffered a quad injury this summer and won't be able to practice for at least a couple weeks, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Gordon was conditionally reinstated by the NFL on Monday, allowing him to participate in training camp as he prepares to start the season with a four-game suspension. The Cleveland Browns then announced that they will give the star wideout another shot, setting him up for a long-awaited return in Week 5, assuming he avoids any off-field issues in the meantime. However, Monday's plethora of good news was hindered a bit Tuesday, as the 25-year-old wideout has apparently been recovering from a quad injury that was previously unreported. While details weren't provided, initial reports suggest the quad is a major concern, with Gordon expected to miss "at least a couple weeks" at the start of training camp. Even if the injury doesn't threaten his Week 5 availability, it's worrisome that Gordon may miss a good chunk of camp (and possibly the preseason), as he already faces the tough task of returning from a 22-month layoff between NFL games, rejoining a Browns team that looks nothing at all like the version he last played for. Gordon will start camp on the Non-Football Injury list.
Jordy Nelson 's knee issue is a result of tendinitis from overcompensating during rehab, Ed Werder of ESPN.com reports.
The injury is not viewed as serious and shouldn't affect Nelson's status for the beginning of the season. Despite early reports, the tendinitis is located in the opposite knee of the torn ACL that Nelson suffered almost a year ago. Look for more updates to come as training camp gets underway.
Louis Murphy (torn ACL) will start training camp on the Active/PUP list, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Bouncing back from an ACL tear suffered in October, Murphy was previously expected to be ready for the start of training camp. He served as the team's No. 3 wideout prior to last year's injury, but even if he gets healthy soon, there's no shortage of competition for the job.
Jordy Nelson relayed Tuesday that he recently experienced a "hiccup" with his left knee, which isn't the side that endured a torn ACL last preseason, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
When the Green Bay Packers made the call to place Nelson on the active/PUP list Monday, it was widely assumed that the medical staff was exercising caution with the last stages of the wideout's recovery. However, he told Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the ACL in his right knee is "totally fine." There's no specific timetable for Nelson to make an appearance at practice, but in his mind, his status for Week 1 isn't "in jeopardy."
Laquon Treadwell said he was never fully healthy last season at Mississippi but is at full speed heading into training camp. "I wasn't 100 percent in anything I did from the beginning of spring ball (in 2015) to pro day (at Mississippi on March 28). I was playing on one leg my whole junior season. Last year wasn't fun going out and being hurt and trying to play," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Treadwell broke his left tibia and dislocated his left ankle in a gruesome injury in a Nov. 1, 2014 game. He came back to catch 82 passes for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns last season at Mississippi in his first season back from the injury. He also ran a disappointing 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds, but was still the 23rd overall pick in the 2016 draft. If Treadwell wasn't at full speed last year, that suggests he has more potential than his play last year showed. He'll need to earn a starting job this summer, but it's expected he'll begin the season as the No. 2 receiver.
Michael Miller was placed on the active/non-football injury list with an undisclosed injury on Tuesday.
The severity of the injury is still unknown, but Miller, a rookie undrafted free-agent, will now miss the beginning of his first training camp. Fellow tight end Darion Griswold was placed on the PUP list, leaving the Indianapolis Colts with five healthy tight ends to open up training camp.
Darion Griswold has been placed on the active/PUP list.
The undrafted rookie free agent will miss the beginning of training camp with an undisclosed injury. He is joined by fellow tight end Mike Miller, leaving only five healthy tight ends at Indianapolis Colts camp. The severity of Griswold's injury is still unknown.
Vance McDonald -- who started seven games last season -- is a likely candidate to be one of the San Francisco 49ers ' two starting tight ends this year, according to the Mercury News.
McDonald recorded 281 yards and three touchdowns in the seven games he started after Vernon Davis was traded last season. That was done on a 31st-ranked San Francisco offense in 2015. With a new Chip Kelly offense that utilizes a lot of two-TE sets, McDonald should be in line to see an expanded role in 2016.
Garrett Celek is an early favorite to co-start with Vance McDonald at tight end this season, the Mercury News reports.
Celek was recently signed to a four-year extension, indicating that the San Francisco 49ers plan to implement him in the offense. With Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense and heavy use of two-TE sets, Celek could be in line for an expanded role after putting up 186 yards and three touchdowns in 2015.
Clay Harbor (unspecified injury) is set to open training camp on the New England Patriots ' active/PUP list, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Harbor figures to secure a roster spot with the Patriots, assuming his current injury issue doesn't linger, but given that the tight end works behind both Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett, fantasy relevance remains a break or two away.
Justin Tucker and the Baltimore Ravens have agreed to a four-year, $16.8 million contract extension that includes $10.8 million guaranteed, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Tucker took a hard stance by saying he wouldn't re-sign with Baltimore if no long-term deal was reached by Friday's deadline, and the Ravens responded by giving him the most money guaranteed to a kicker in NFL history. At 26 years old, Tucker has converted nearly 88 percent of his field goal attempts and has never missed an extra point across four seasons, emerging as one of the league's best kickers since entering the league.
Chris Boswell will keep the Pittsburgh Steelers ' full-time job at kicker during 2016, NFL.com reports.
In the wake of Shaun Suisham's knee injury and subsequent release from the team in June, Boswell should have the kicking job in Pittsburgh all to himself during 2016. As a rookie (in 2015), Boswell converted 29 of 32 field goal attempts, with his longest coming from 51 yards, to go along with 26 of 27 extra point attempts. Despite, QB Ben Roethlisberger's desire to go for two points after every touchdown, Boswell should retain fantasy relevance as the leg for the Steelers' high-octane offense.
Shaun Suisham is still recovering from a torn ACL on his non-kicking leg, which ended his 2015-16 season, Mark Kaboly of TribLive.com reports.
Suisham has yet to attempt a kick due to the injury he suffered over 10 months ago, and is unsure if he'll be ready for the late-July start of training camp. Chris Boswell, heading into his sophomore campaign, filled in for Suisham last season, converting 36 of 39 field-goal attempts and 27 of 28 extra-point attempts. The two are expected to compete for the starting job, but even if Suisham isn't able to win back the gig he's held for three seasons, he could find his way onto another team's roster given his impressive track record.
Roberto Aguayo signed a four-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Aguayo, the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, enters the 2016 season atop the kicking depth chart in Tampa Bay. The team had enough faith in his ability to spend a second-round pick on the former Florida State standout, so he should make an immediate impact on the Bucs' special teams unit.
The New Orleans Saints will sign Connor Barth , Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
After cutting Josh Scobee loose earlier this week, the Saints were seemingly in the market for a kicker with just Kai Forbath on the roster. An invitee at rookie minicamp last week, Barth will be tabbed to challenge Forbath, and the former's success rate in the Superdome (8-for-8 in his career) could very well aid in the competition.
The New Orleans Saints will sign Connor Barth, who will now compete with Kai Forbath , Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
After cutting Josh Scobee loose earlier this week, the Saints were seemingly in the market for a kicker with just Forbath on the roster. An invitee at rookie minicamp last week, Barth will be tabbed to challenge Forbath, and the former's success rate in the Superdome (8-for-8 in his career) could very well aid in the competition.
The NFL has suspended Vontaze Burfict for the first three games of the 2016 season due to repeated violations of safety-related playing rules, the NFL reports.
Burfict has oscillated between brilliant and bone-headed during his four-year career, and Saturday's wild-card defeat to the Steelers was no exception. Although his strip sack of Ben Roethlisberger (a play in which the quarterback was knocked out until the final drive due to a shoulder injury) and interception of backup Landry Jones spurred the Cincinnati Bengals ' comeback bid, he also committed a crucial unnecessary roughness penalty on Antonio Brown with 22 seconds remaining, which compounded with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty from Adam Jones to set up the Steelers' game-winning field goal. On a more serious note, Burfict has been flagged for 14 unnecessary roughness calls since he entered the professional ranks in 2012, seemingly necessitating Monday's action from the NFL. Pending an appeal, he'll begin the suspension in Week 1 of next season.
Paul Posluszny underwent surgery Tuesday to repair his fractured right hand, the Florida Times-Union reports.
The procedure obviously clouds the linebacker's Week 14 status, but at this stage Posluszny has yet to be ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts. If Posluszny is forced to sit out this weekend's action, Jordan Tripp would be in line to start in his place.
Darrelle Revis (concussion) is out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
This represents something of a break for Miami's top wideout Jarvis Landry, with Marcus Williams a candidate to start in place of Revis on Sunday, per NJ.com.
Coach Rex Ryan says Williams (knee) has a 50-50 chance to return this season.
Williams is a Pro Bowl player and he's always been worth every bit of those honors, so it'd be a big loss for the defense if he's unable to return this season. Fortunately, the Buffalo Bills have three other very capable and healthy linemen in Marcell Dareus, Mario Williams, and Jerry Hughes, though it looks like the hope of the foursome being the league's best this season may be fading thanks to Kyle Williams ' injury.
Luke Kuechly (ankle) is listed as probable for Sunday's game in Tennessee.
Kuechly returned to practice as a limited participant Thursday, and then logged a full session Friday. There may be some lingering soreness, but Kuechly still figures to work in his usual every-down role, thus making him a top IDP option.
Clay Matthews (ankle/knee) is listed as active Sunday at Carolina, the Green Bay Packers ' official site reports.
After taking a hit to his lower leg last Sunday, Matthews will gut out ailments to his ankle and knee, as he attempts to corral the elusive Cam Newton.