Yeldon's return to full health will be especially important this offseason after the team selected Leonard Fournette in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, creating even more competition alongside Chris Ivory. Yeldon, who missed the 2016 regular season finale due to an ankle injury, ran for just 465 yards on 130 carries last year, but proved his worth as a pass-catcher with 50 receptions for 312 yards.
Kirkpatrick was held out of practice Tuesday due to a wrist injury, Jim Owczarski of the Enquirer reports.
Kirkpatrick's wrist injury is not believed to be too serious. His absence appears to be more of a precautionary decision than anything else at this point.
Speights opted out of his $2.1 million contract for next season Tuesday and will become an unrestricted free agent.
Speights signed with the Clippers for the veteran minimum last offseason and ended up playing in all 82 regular season games for the first time in his now nine-year NBA career. He did, however, play just 15.7 minutes per game, as the former Florida standout has played in a fairly limited role for most of his career. Now, after opting out, Speights may be looking for a larger role and pay raise elsewhere in the NBA. The big man is coming off yet another solid season from behind the arc, as he hit 37.2 percent of his shots from long range while taking a career-high 3.4 threes per game.
Johnson (shoulder) will go through shootaround and pre-game warmups with the intent of testing his shoulder up until the tipoff of Tuesday's Game 4 matchup against the Cavaliers, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports.
There hasn't been any word about Johnson's MRI results, but it could be assumed it's nothing major if he's questionable for Tuesday's game. Johnson said the shoulder is 'feeling better', which is also a positive sign for his Game 4 availability. All that in mind, Johnson definitely remains a risky DFS play due to the fact he could either get scratched right before tipoff or have his minutes limited.
Decker (shoulder) is participating in team drills during OTAs on Tuesday, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv reports.
Decker's early participation in contact situations is a good sign for his eventual training camp availability, especially after having already claimed to be on track. The departure of veteran Brandon Marshall has Decker in line for a No. 1 receiver role if he remains healthy, while Quincy Enunwa, rookie ArDarius Stewart, and Robby Anderson figure to battle for targets as well. Decker's involvement will continue to be monitored heading into July's training camp.
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