Denard Robinson: Drawing interest from Dallas
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The Cowboys brought Robinson in for a workout on Thursday, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, has also drawn interest from the Bears this offseason and even attended their veteran minicamp in May. While he obviously left Chicago without a contract, Robinson is still a serviceable backup who could provide depth to the Cowboys' shallow backfield, which could come in handy if the league office decides to suspend Ezekiel Elliott for the beginning of the season in the aftermath of the NFL's year-long investigation into the runner's legal situation.

Ronnie Hillman: Trying out for Cowboys
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The Cowboys brought Hillman in for a workout this week, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Along with Hillman, the Cowboys gave former Jaguars running back Denard Robinson a tryout too as it seems Dallas management is seriously bracing for the possibility of an Ezekiel Elliott suspension. A 2012 third-round pick of the Broncos, Hillman split time last season with the Chargers and Vikings, finishing the year with 131 rushing yards on 41 carries (3.19 YPC).

Texans' D'Onta Foreman: Drug tests come back negative
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Foreman, who was charged with marijuana possession as part of his arrest last weekend, tested negative for illegal substances Friday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Foreman was arrested in Austin last Sunday on charges of unlawful gun possession and possession of marijuana, but he volunteered to take a urinalysis test in order to prove his innocence on the latter allegation. Although the results came back negative, Foreman likely isn't in the clear just yet. However, both the league office and the Texans will likely wait for the legal process to unfold before issuing any sort of punishment, should they choose to do so.

Cardinals' Chris Johnson: Will earn snaps in two-RB sets
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Johnson is expected to earn snaps when the Cardinals use two running backs this season, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports. "We'll have some two-back stuff with he and David back there," head coach Bruce Arians said Friday.

Johnson re-upped with the Cardinals on Thursday, putting him on course for his third season with the organization. The previous two have been abbreviated due to injuries, with sports hernia surgery containing the running back to four games in 2016. His best bet to gather snaps will occur in the aforementioned two-RB sets, as David Johnson will handle nearly all the snaps afforded the position in Arizona. The situation doesn't make the nine-year vet too appealing, but he appears to be the secondary option in the backfield to his younger teammate.

Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Discipline decision not expected over weekend
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Elliott is not expected to find out this weekend whether the NFL's investigation into his personal conduct will result in a suspension, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Elliott is the subject of a league investigation into a 2016 domestic violence allegation against him, and recent off-field incidents are presumably also being taken into account with regards to potential punishment. While a ruling on Elliott's status is not expected over the weekend, the running back's response to the findings report he received from the NFL last week has reportedly been submitted, setting the stage for the situation to be resolved in the near future. Until then, however, Elliott is scheduled to report for the start of Cowboys training camp Saturday.

Dolphins' De'Veon Smith: Placed on PUP
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Smith (undisclosed) was placed on the PUP by Miami on Thursday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Smith was signed by Miami after being passed over during the 2017 NFL Draft. He is a long shot at best to make the team and his odds will get longer if he misses significant time during training camp.

Cardinals' Chris Johnson: Returns to Arizona
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The Cardinals and Johnson agreed to a one-year contract Thursday, Adam Schefter of reports.

After missing just one game through his first seven NFL campaigns, Johnson has managed just 15 appearances the past two years, including four in 2016 due to season-ending surgery to repair a sports hernia. The developments on the health front paved the way for the emergence of David Johnson, who the elder RB will backup in his return to the Cardinals. Due to David Johnson's workhorse nature, expect Chris Johnson to do little more than spell his teammate.

Broncos' Devontae Booker: Better Prepared For Year 2
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Less than a year removed from two knee surgeries, Booker hit a rookie wall in 2016, but is poised to improve during his sophomore campaign, Jeff Legwold of reports.

Rumors flew after the 2016 draft that, had Denver not been able to nab Paxton Lynch, Booker was on their radar in the first round. He slid to the fourth and his quick-twitch style paired with a bruising physique made many wonder how long it would take for Booker to capture Denver's lead job. It ended up being after Week 7, as C.J. Anderson's season-ending knee injury left Booker as Denver's top dog. It didn't work out as Booker averaged just under three yards per carry for the rest of the season. He did show flashes as a talented all-around back, however, including his 109-total-yard performance in Week 17 during which he scored two touchdowns. The Broncos depth chart, outside of Booker, is deep, but features a ton of question marks including the inconsistent Anderson, injured Jamaal Charles, and inexperienced De'Angelo Henderson. That depth can make it difficult for Booker to get too many touches. The quality of that depth could also mean that Booker is the Broncos' lead back before long.

Ravens' Danny Woodhead: Providing underneath threat for Flacco
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Woodhead's route running and ability to get open impressed quarterback Joe Flacco during team activities this offseason, Jamison Hensley of reports.

Hensley points to the fact that Flacco's primary short-yardage passing options from 2016, Dennis Pitta (hip) and Kyle Juszczyk, are both gone, which leaves a hefty amount of targets up for grabs in the Baltimore offense. Woodhead, who has had a speedy recovery from a torn ACL suffered in Week 2, has gotten on the same page with Flacco in terms of pace and timing on routes, and Flacco lauds Woodhead's ability to find soft spots in coverage. Flacco tends to operate more smoothly when there's an underneath threat keeping the defense honest, which is exactly what Woodhead figures to do in the offense. Look for Woodhead to see a high-volume role out of the backfield even if his workload in terms of carries is minimal.

Bears' Jeremy Langford: Slowly recovering from offseason ankle surgery
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Langford has been slow to recover from offseason ankle surgery, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The procedure was to address a high-ankle sprain in Langford's right leg that he suffered in Week 3 of last season and never fully recovered from. Since his availability for the preseason appears to be in question, it's fair to assume Langford won't be ready for the start of training camp, which starts July 27.

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