ESPN reports that Jets receiver Stephen Hill has a lot of work to do heading into training camp. The report says Hill "followed a disappointing rookie year with a drop-filled minicamp." Hill has dealt with a knee injury this offseason, which could have contributed to his poor minicamp.
Jets receiver Santonio Holmes told the official team website the Lisfranc injury he was diagnosed with was a Grade 4, which is the most serious kind, meaning a muscle tear and joint separation in his mid-foot. Screws and a plate were removed in a follow-up surgery in March, but he said two screws will remain in his foot permanently. Holmes hopes to be ready for the first day of training camp, but that seems overly ambitious, considering he still isn't running and cutting.
In an interview with CBSSports.com, Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline said the addition of tight end Dustin Keller is big. Kelller signed as a free agent from the Jets this offseason. "His presence in the passing game is going to be huge," Hartline said. "You can see, kind of speaking hopefully for myself, were designing our offense through the passing game. Having a dynamic pass-catching tight end like Dustin Keller is important."
Bucs general manager Mark Dominik told NFL Network he expects cornerback Darrelle Revis to be ready for Week 1 against the Jets. Revis tore his ACL last September while playing for the Jets. "Fully confident," Dominik said. "He's in great shape right now. He's running full speed. He's cutting, he's doing all the things we wanted him to do from a training standpoint and a rehabilitation standpoint. We're going to keep him at our pace but the whole point is he'll walk out there the first day of training camp, he'll have pads on and he'll be ready for the Jets in Week 1. We're expecting that."
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Steelers tight end Heath Miller might not be ready for the start of the regular season as he continues to work his way back from a torn ACL along with other ligaments in his knee. Miller hurt himself late last December.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is off crutches and feels ready to go following last week's minor right knee surgery. Roethlisberger said Tuesday he will be ready to begin training camp July 26. "It feels great," Roethlisberger said. "I've been off crutches for a couple days now and moving around pretty good. I think I could play Sunday if I had to. According to doc, the surgery went really well, my knee is in great shape. They took care of the little problem. It had been bothering me a little bit last year and we just decided now is the time to take care of it." Roethlisberger missed three games last season with injuries to his right arm and chest. He had played a full 16-game schedule only once in his nine seasons in the NFL. He had the same procedure done to his right knee during the 2005 season, which caused him to miss three games. "I think it was just general wear and tear. It's my right leg, so it's my plant leg. Every time I drop back I put a lot of pressure on my right leg," he said. "A lot of quarterback's right knees are probably a little banged up."
After Steelers linebacker coach Keith Butler said it would be "miraculous" if Sean Spence ever played again last week, coach Mike Tomlin had a rosier outlook on his linebacker's future. "All the rehab is going to according to plan," Tomlin said according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "No news there. I did hear the opinion regarding Spence. My opinion differs. I think he'll have a full recovery. But now you have two opinions, neither of which are expert medical opinions, so do with it what you wish."
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports the Dolphins have signed free agent receiver Mike Wallace on Tuesday. Wallace, who agreed to terms on a five-year deal for $65 million, more than fulfills the Dolphins' stated goal of wanting to get play-makers this offseason. Wallace, the speedy free agent from the Pittsburgh Steelers, provides the downfield big-play threat Miamis pedestrian passing offense has been missing for years. Last season, he had 64 receptions for 836 yards and eight touchdowns. Two years ago he had 114 receptions for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns.