Joseph's (knee) workload included running drills at Sunday's first training camp session, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.
Joseph and his fellow Raiders rookies reported to camp Sunday, and the first-rounder was able to test his surgically-repaired knee by running at practice. Since his ACL tear happened back in October, Joseph is now nine months removed from the injury, so his activity level should increase further as camp unfolds. A playmaking safety that could ultimately earn a three-down role, Joseph's progress should be worthwhile for IDP owners to monitor in the coming weeks.
Smith (suspension) will be investigated by the NFL for a potential violation of protocols required for a player seeking reinstatement from a suspension for violating the substance abuse policy, ESPN.com reports.
Smith is currently serving a one-year suspension as a repeat violator of the league's substance abuse policy, but could be subject to further discipline after a video recently circulated of an unidentified man, suspected to be him, talking about a hand-rolled cigarette shown on screen. The video is titled "Fire up session" and archived in a Periscope account Smith has used and clearly appeared on over the past two months. No stranger to off-field transgressions, Smith is eligible to apply for reinstatement in September, but the results of the league's investigation could ultimately impact his case and future availability altogether.
Walford (knee) was able to run during workouts Sunday, but will be eased into training camp, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.
Walford is still working his way back from a knee laceration suffered during an ATV accident earlier this offseason. The ailment prevented Walford from featuring in spring practices, but it appears he's increasing his workload on the verge of training camp. While the Raiders are still expected to ease their second-year tight end back into action, the team will be relieved by Walford's progress, as a knee injury limited him during the first handful of games last season.
Ball (knee) is "doing everything" and expected to be "ready to roll" for the offseason program by Raiders' GM Reggie McKenzie.
Ball emerged in Week 5 of last season by holding Denver TE Owen Daniels without a catch on five targets. The performance earned him his first career start versus San Diego in Week 6, but shortly into the game he suffered a knee sprain and was ruled out by halftime. Ball will serve as depth for an imposing Raiders' outside linebacking corps in 2016 behind Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin, Malcolm Smith and perhaps Aldon Smith (suspension), should he return in November.
Reece has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs, CSN Bay Area reports.
Reece, who will sit out Sunday's season finale against the Chiefs, is thus eligible to return to action after the Raiders' third game of the 2016 season. In the meantime, he can participate in all of the team's offseason and preseason practices and games.
Bell says 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.
Green, who is bouncing back from offseason ankle surgery, is looking forward to participating in training camp, the Steelers' official site reports.
Thanks to the procedure, the tight end -- who agreed to a four-year, $20 million contract with the Steelers in March -- was unable to participate in the team's offseason program as anything but an observer, though the 26-year-old has been working on absorbing Pittsburgh's offensive playbook in the meantime. While it remains to be seen how much Green will able able to do on the field next week when training camp opens, there's nothing to suggest that his Week 1 status is in any danger. In the wake of the retirement of Heath Miller, Green is slated to serve as the Steelers' unquestioned No. 1 tight end, an assignment that should allow Antonio Gates' former understudy (in San Diego) to put up fantasy-worthy numbers in 2016.
Mitchell (shoulder) is ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder and hand surgery, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Mitchell hasn't missed a game either of the past two seasons, but underwent shoulder surgery this offseason to repair a torn labrum that seemed to plague him during the conclusion of the 2015 campaign. The veteran went under the knife in December, and initially planned on taking his rehab slow, so to not take any risks before training camp, but he quickly progressed ahead of schedule in his recovery, and fully participated in June's minicamp just over four months removed from surgery. Mitchell should be full-go for the commencement of training camp come July 28.
Bryant was never under consideration of being cut by the Steelers despite his recently imposed year-long suspension, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Bryant's multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy triggered a minimum one-year suspension from the league, but the Steelers never considered releasing him, according to general manager Kevin Colbert. Instead, Pittsburgh will hope Bryant makes the necessary changes to his life to get reinstated next year, when he would have two years remaining on his contract with the team. With Bryant suspended, Steelers receivers Markus Wheaton and, more specifically, Sammie Coates, will be looked upon to take advantage of their increased opportunities this season.