Matt Thornton (Achilles) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday but still remains without a timetable for return, Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Thornton's Achilles is said to be healing but still needs added time to heal completely. The left-hander intends to ramp up running activities within a week but manager Andy Green indicated that fielding practice will be an important benchmark to surpass before a return to the diamond becomes a legitimate possibility. The 39-year-old was placed on the 15-day DL on April 8.
The Carolina Panthers selected Beau Sandland in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 252nd overall.
Sandland is a former Miami transfer who had a fine showing at Montana State, as well as the Combine, heading into the draft. His athletic profile gives the impression of a player with pass-catching upside, but evidently the NFL did not agree, as he barely was even drafted.
The Philadelphia Eagles selected Walker in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 251st overall.
Walker is a light and light-footed linebacker who stands out for his passing-down potential, thanks in particular to a pro day showing where he ran a 4.6 40 and showed strong jump and agility numbers. Such traits also translate well to special teams.
Fairbairn made all 47 of his extra points and 20 of his 24 field-goal attempts during his senior year. Nick Novak ended the 2015 season as Houston's kicker, but he didn't perform so well that the Texans shouldn't entertain other options.
Brian Hoyer will sign a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears .
Hoyer was waiting out the 2016 NFL Draft before deciding on his fifth NFL destination, and he wasted no time by agreeing to terms with the Bears on Saturday evening. After starting 11 games in Houston last season, the 30-year-old will serve as a backup to Jay Cutler in 2016.
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