Atlanta wants to get Coleman more carries and feature him more in the passing game this season, the Falcons' official web site reports. He was used in a variety of passing routes Thursday in 11-on-11 drills.
Coleman has also been mentioned as a potential kick returner. Running backs coach Bobby Turner has said he'd like to reduce starter Devonta Freeman's carries in 2016 to keep him fresh. It's not clear how many touches per game Coleman will get in the backfield and he'll need to end his fumbling issues (3 lost fumbles in 12 games) to stay on the field. Still, the early buzz in training camp is that Coleman may have a larger role in the offense than many expected.
Forte is day-to-day with a "tweaked" hamstring, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.
The injury is not considered serious as the Jets are likely being cautious with the centerpiece of their new-look backfield. For fantasy purposes, the sooner Forte takes the field, the sooner we will know how the Jets may plan to utilize him in OC Chan Gailey's scheme. Though Forte projects to be the workhorse, Bilal Powell offers similar passing game chops and Khiry Robinson (lower leg) may be the best-suited back for goal-line duties out of the Jets' RB stable.
Head coach Mike Tomlin said Thursday that the appeal of Bell's (knee) four-game suspension will take place in the second week of August, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
In conjunction with Tomlin's remarks, Bell wouldn't elaborate on the reason for allegedly missing drug tests, which precipitated his second ban related to the topic. The distraction aside, Bell expected to be fully recovered from last season's MCL and PCL tears at the start of training camp. The Steelers' first practice in the coming days will ultimately relay Bell's current level of health, but DeAngelo Williams is yet again in a prime position to have sustained relevance for the first quarter of the 2016 schedule.
Rawls said in early July that he expected to be fully healthy entering training camp, but, with camp just a few days away, general manager John Schneider said that Rawls isn't likely to practice on Saturday, the first day of Seahawks camp. Despite not currently being at 100 percent, Rawls status for the regular season is not in question and he'll be the team's starting running back after playing well in relief of Marshawn Lynch last season.
Robinson remains embedded in his recovery from last season's broken tibia, but there's an expectation that he'll join the Jets at some point during the preseason. With Matt Forte leading a revamped backfield in 2016, Robinson will likely only see the field when Forte requires a breather, thereby limiting his utility. However, Robinson has averaged 4.1 YPC, while corralling 25 of his 31 career targets, so his all-purpose ability should help him earn playing time at some point in the upcoming campaign.
Dixon (knee) suffered a Grade 1 sprain of his MCL, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
A Grade 1 sprain is the least severe variety, but with plenty of time remaining in training camp, the Ravens have no reason to rush Dixon back onto the practice field. While the rookie could conceivably return as soon as next week, a longer absence wouldn't necessarily be major cause for concern. Dixon is expected to compete for a role in a Baltimore backfield that also includes Justin Forsett, Javorius Allen, Terrance West and Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot). Dixon, Forsett and Allen are seemingly locks to make the final roster.
Caldwell's lack of response doesn't necessarily mean anything, as Abdullah is still expected to be ready for the start of training camp Friday. The second-year pro is a clear favorite to earn the lead-back role, despite missing the Lions' entire offseason program after having surgery in January to repair a torn labrum. Abdullah finished his rookie year on a high note, even successfully playing through the aforementioned injury in his final two games.
Dixon (knee) could be back at practice as soon as Friday, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Initial reports suggest Dixon merely suffered a minor injury Thursday during the first full-team practice of training camp. It's still worth keeping an eye on, as the Ravens may want the fourth-round rookie to undergo further testing. If healthy, Dixon could push for an immediate role in a Baltimore backfield that also includes Justin Forsett and Javorius Allen.
Taliaferro (foot) was placed on the PUP list Thursday.
Absent for the start of training camp after reportedly enjoying a healthy offseason, the 2014 fourth-round draft pick is apparently now dealing with yet another foot injury. Taliaferro's first two professional seasons were both cut short by foot/ankle injuries, and he'll likely need to fight for a roster spot this time around.
Dixon injured his leg Thursday during the first practice of training camp, ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley reports.
Dixon was helped off the field by teammate Justin Forsett, the incumbent starter at his position. Assuming this injury isn't serious, the fourth-round rookie is expected to compete with Forsett and Javorius Allen for snaps.