Eric DeCosta, Baltimore's GM-in-waiting who has been with the club almost since its inception, gives a behind-the-scenes account of the NFL Draft and how the Ravens used their bounty of picks with numerous holes to fill.
Bryant (suspension) will participate in the Browns' offseason program despite being suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season, Cleveland.com reports.
Bryant is not only suspended for the first quarter of this season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, but he was also indicted in February on felony drug charges. Despite those troubling off-field issues, Bryant will be with the Browns when their offseason program begins next month, even though his status with the team beyond then remains a bit more uncertain.
Haden's status for the beginning of the regular season is uncertain after he underwent ankle surgery last week, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Haden had surgery last Friday to repair damage to cartilage and ligaments in his left ankle. The Pro Bowl cornerback reportedly injured himself during an offseason workout, but initially sprained the same ankle during his final regular season appearance Nov. 1. While the Browns were obviously disappointed to hear of Haden's injury and subsequent surgery, head of football operations Sashi Brown conceded it's "too early to tell" whether Haden will be ready for Cleveland's regular season opener, making his situation all the more frustrating.
Hartline (collarbone) took part in practice Thursday, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Hartline was contained to an exercise bike at Tuesday's iteration of drills, but an increase in activity level just two days later is an encouraging sign in his recovery from a season-ending broken collarbone. In a receiving corps populated by the likes of Andrew Hawkins (concussion), Gary Barnidge, and little other established talent, Hartline will have every opportunity to make his mark in 2016.
Hawkins (concussion) took part in April minicamp, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Hawkins missed eight games due to a pair of concussions last season, ultimately landing on injured reserve for the final two weeks. He should be back in the mix for a key role out of the slot, though the Browns did add possible competition for snaps, selecting four wide receivers in the recent draft. Meanwhile, Robert Griffin and Josh McCown are expected to compete for the starting quarterback job.
The Browns placed Johnson on injured reserve Tuesday with a groin injury.
Johnson appeared in all 12 games for the Browns this year, but his season will come to an early end due to a groin injury suffered in Sunday's loss to the Bengals. Offensive lineman Darrian Miller was signed to take Johnson's place on the roster.
The NFL has denied Gordon's request for reinstatement from his one-year suspension for repeated violations of the league's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Gordon's next opportunity to apply for reinstatement will arrive on Aug. 1, according Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
On Monday, it was widely reported that Gordon had failed a drug test in March. Both the A and B samples were revealed to have "traces of marijuana and dilute," and despite the former falling short of the threshold required for a positive test, his presence in Stage 3 of the drug program sealed his fate. Once Aug. 1 rolls around, Gordon will have the chance to reapply, though commissioner Roger Goodell is notorious for taking longer than the 60-day mandate for a response recommended under the current CBA. As a result, Gordon is in danger of missing his second season in a row.
Bell -- who tore his MCL in Week 8 of the 2015 season -- is pleased with the work he has been doing of late with Owens Recovery Science, ESPN.com reports.
Per the report, Owens "focuses on maintaining muscles around a rehabbing knee using a treatment called blood flow restriction." Though Bell's injury rehab appears to be progressing in the right direction, at this stage the Steelers don't have a precise timetable for the running back's return, but Bell does hopes to be back in time to be ready for Week 1 of the upcoming season.
Green, who underwent ankle surgery following the 2015 season, expects to be ready in advance of training camp, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Green dealt with some ankle issues last season, but the situation was addressed by the procedure. The Steelers put the tight end through a physical before inking him to a four-year, $20 million deal, so evidently there's no real injury concerns on their part. In any case, Green fills a big need for the Steelers at the tight end position following the retirement of Heath Miller, who caught 60 passes for the team in 2015. While Miller -- a long-time fixture in the Pittsburgh offense -- isn't an easy act to follow, Green is viewed as a player with untapped potential, after having worked behind Antonio Gates in San Diego over the past four seasons.
Mitchell confirmed Friday that he's had surgery on his left shoulder and left hand this offseason, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Mitchell has been afflicted by injury throughout his two seasons with the Steelers, but no DNPs dot his game log during that stretch. In 2015, he racked up a career-high 80 tackles (58 solo), while contributing three interceptions, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. It's unclear if he'll be ready for the start of the offseason program in April, but his availability for the 2016 season doesn't appear to be in peril.
Suisham (knee) will have to fend off competition for the Steelers' kicking job, Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Susiham suffered a torn ACL in his non-kicking knee in August, causing him to miss the entire 2015 season. Rookie replacement Chris Boswell filled in more than capably, converting 36 of his 39 field-goal attempts and 27 of his 28 extra-point attempts between the regular season and playoffs. Suisham was excellent from 2012 to 2014, so he should at least have the opportunity to win back his job. Even if Boswell wins the battle, Suisham might find a landing spot with a different team.
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.