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  Jaguars | Dante Fowler arrested    Wed Jul 19, 01:05 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars DE Dante Fowler Jr. was arrested on misdemeanor charges of simple battery and criminal mischief after an altercation Tuesday, July 18, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Footballguys view: Fowler got into the altercation after a man criticized his driving. He's gotten several traffic tickets according to reports and may be facing league discipline for this incident.

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  Bills | Shaq Lawson impressive    Tue Jul 18, 11:02 PM

Buffalo Bills DE Shaq Lawson has looked 'fantastic with his hand in the ground coming off the edge so far,' according to fellow defensive end Jerry Hughes.

Footballguys view: A 4-3 defensive end in college at Clemson, Lawson was drafted in the first round last year and played outside linebacker for Rex Ryan. With Ryan gone and Sean McDermott taking over, Lawson will go back to his more natural position.

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  Eagles | Vinny Curry in a prove-it season    Tue Jul 18, 10:29 AM

Philadelphia Eagles DE Vinny Curry is entering a pivotal year with the club as they could cut the 29-year-old next offseason and save $5 million in cap space.

Footballguys view: Curry was supposed to do more last year, but he registered only 2.5 sacks and fell out of favor with the coaching staff. The Eagles added Chris Long in free agency and selected Derek Barnett in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. Both are signs that Curry's days as a significant contributor with the Eagles are numbered.

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  Eagles | Brandon Graham had a good year    Tue Jul 18, 10:25 AM

Philadelphia Eagles DE Brandon Graham generated a lot of pressure and was excellent against the run last season.

Footballguys view: Graham flourished last year playing the in the 'wide 9' defense of Jim Schwartz. The 5.5 sacks he posted in 2016 aren't going to blow you away, but Graham was a sound tackler who led the NFL in QB hurries (40) in 2016. Projecting him for double-digit sacks this year (while maintaining strong tackling numbers) isn't outlandish.

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  Eagles | Derek Barnett pushing Chris Long    Tue Jul 18, 10:25 AM

Philadelphia Eagles DE Derek Barnett is pushing DE Chris Long for the starting job. Long is expected to be the starter for now.

Footballguys view: Barnett was one of the most productive players to come out in the 2017 NFL draft. He broke Reggie White's all-time sack record at the University of Tennessee, and Barnett has the makings of a star pro. Even if he doesn't win the starting job, Barnett should get plenty of snaps as a pass rushing specialist for the Eagles.

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  Rams | Three Rams could receive extensions    Mon Jul 17, 08:45 PM

Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald, LB Alec Ogletree and CB Lamarcus Joyner are players that the Rams are interested in signing to contract extensions.

Footballguys view: Donald skipped voluntary work this offseason but he did show up for mandatory minicamp. He was non-committal when asked about a potential holdout in training camp. A first-round pick in 2014, Donald is under the team's control through the 2018 season.

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Aaron Donald player page
Lamarcus Joyner player page


  Buccaneers | Gerald McCoy getting work at DE    Sat Jul 15, 01:02 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy saw time at right defensive end during minicamp in June, and the team hopes to use him in that spot on occasion when it uses a 3-4 defensive front this season.

Footballguys view: The Bucs are just trying to get McCoy on the field for pass-rushing opportunities as much as possible...and in as many ways as possible. He's a leader on the defense and should be projected to get around seven sacks in 2017.

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  Raiders | Shilique Calhoun noticeably bigger    Sat Jul 15, 11:53 AM

Oakland Raiders LB Shilique Calhoun heads into training camp about 20 pounds heavier than he was at the end of the 2016 season, according to Eddie Paskal of Raiders.com.

Footballguys view: A third-round pick out of Michigan State in 2016, Calhoun's rookie season was cut to 10 games due to injury. When healthy, Calhoun has multiple moves to get after the passer and good burst when closing in on the quarterback. He's competing to be a starter in 2017.

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  NFL | Multiple teams interested in Greg Hardy    Sat Jul 15, 10:27 AM

Several NFL teams have expressed interest in free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Cowboys), according to agent Drew Rosenhaus, although no deal appears imminent.

Footballguys view: Hardy was out of the league last year due to his off-field issues. There may be some interest but we don't see teams falling all over themselves to add an oft-troubled player like Hardy.

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  Bills | Adolphus Washington arrested    Mon Jul 10, 10:54 PM

Buffalo Bills DT Adolphus Washington was arrested for possession of a firearm Sunday, July 9.

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  Bills | Shaq Lawson comfortable with defense    Mon Jul 10, 06:57 PM

Buffalo Bills DE Shaq Lawson said he is comfortable with the defense that head coach Sean McDermott is bringing to the team because it is the same scheme he played at Clemson.

Footballguys view: He was a 4-3 defensive end in college but Rex Ryan wanted him to play outside linebacker in the Bills 3-4 last season. That just didn't fit his game and Lawson struggled through injuries as a rookie. More comfortable and in a better fit, Lawson can thrive as an edge-setting defensive end.

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  49ers | Solomon Thomas should have early role    Mon Jul 10, 06:08 PM

San Francisco 49ers DT Solomon Thomas is expected to be part of the defensive line rotation this season and likely will be an inside pass rusher.

Footballguys view: The 49ers made Thomas the no3 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft for a reason. He's built for a large workload and has the tenacity that should make him a nightmare for opponents. Thomas has strength, snap anticipation and pursuit speed/burst to be a playmaker.

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  Panthers | Star Lotulelei's long-term future uncertain    Sun Jul 9, 02:52 PM

Carolina Panthers DT Star Lotulelei will likely play out the final year of his rookie contract while the team monitors the progress of 2016 first-round DT Vernon Butler this season before the team decides whether to lock Lotulelei up long-term, according to the Charlotte Observer's Joseph Person.

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Vernon Butler player page


  Jets | Dylan Donahue may push for playing time    Sat Jul 8, 02:28 PM

New York Jets LB Dylan Donahue could push LB Lorenzo Mauldin for playing time at outside linebacker during training camp.

Footballguys view: The Jets have rising second-year OLB Jordan Jenkins to take up the most snaps at outside linebacker, but he doesn't have the pass rush talent of Mauldin or Donahue. Donahue seems to be a favorite of outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene, so that could help him if the battle for playing time is close.

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  Dolphins | Two rookies may not be ready for big roles    Fri Jul 7, 08:27 PM

Miami Dolphins DTs Davon Godchaux and Vincent Taylor do not appear to be ready for a major defensive role at this point, according to an unnamed player.

Footballguys view: The Dolphins will be relying on Ndamukong Suh and Jordan Phillips to play a ton of snaps at defensive tackle. If they suffer an injury to one of those two, the interior defensive line play will suffer.

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  Raiders | Jihad Ward may be PUP candidate    Fri Jul 7, 05:38 PM

Oakland Raiders DE Jihad Ward (foot) could be a candidate for the Physically Unable to Perform list if he is not ready to practice when training camp begins.

Footballguys view: His surgery was supposedly minor, but the team will be very cautious with him. He was a starter for most of his rookie year, so his presence will be missed if he's not ready for the season opener.

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  Cowboys | Jordan Carrell drops weight    Fri Jul 7, 05:37 PM

Dallas Cowboys DE Jordan Carrell has lost around 30 pounds this offseason and has improved his speed, which should give him more explosiveness at the snap.

Footballguys view: Carrell also has been working on the switch to a 4-3 defense, so he is probably practice squad material, although the early season suspension of David Irving could give him a chance to make the opening day roster.

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  Rams | Teammate supports Aaron Donald    Fri Jul 7, 04:08 PM

Los Angeles Rams DT Michael Brockers said he believes DT Aaron Donald deserves a new contract and will respect any decision Donald makes in terms of a possible holdout.

Footballguys view: Donald deserves to be among the highest paid defensive lineman in the game and it makes sense to want to lock that pay in now instead of risking the loss of the big payday if he suffers a serious injury. The Rams defense is switching to a 3-4 under Wade Phillips, so this is important time for Donald to missing if he has a protracted contract dispute. Stay tuned.

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Aaron Donald player page


  Browns | Myles Garrett doing well    Fri Jul 7, 04:08 PM

Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett (foot) said his injured foot is doing fine. He likely will be limited during the early part of training camp because of the injury.

Footballguys view: Garrett's foot injury was not just a minor nick if it will still be limiting him early in camp. It could come up again during the season and affects his value in IDP redraft leagues. We'll be watching this closely.

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  Raiders | Jihad Ward had surgery    Thu Jul 6, 04:29 PM

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders DE Jihad Ward (foot) underwent minor surgery on his injured foot this offseason. While the Raiders will not rush him back, he is expected to be ready by mid-August, however.

Footballguys view: As Auric Goldfinger told James Bond, "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action" - or in NFL terms, third time is cause for concern. Ward had surgery on the same foot in 2015, then had a knee operation in 2016. Here we are in 2017 and it's another date with a surgeon. He didn't have much impact in his rookie year and this won't help his chances to change that in the coming season.

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  Raiders | Jihad Ward has leg injury    Thu Jul 6, 03:44 PM

Oakland Raiders DL Jihad Ward (leg) is wearing a cast due to a left leg injury. He hardly participated in organized team activities this offseason.

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  Packers | Montravius Adams signs contract    Wed Jul 5, 06:39 PM

Green Bay Packers third-round draft choice DT Montravius Adams signed his contract Wednesday, July 5. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Adams was very consistent in his senior season, and could help bring some stability to the middle of the Packers defensive line. We like the fit, though it could take a while for him to emerge as a solid and consistent producer.

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  Raiders | Eddie Vanderdoes signs contract    Wed Jul 5, 02:38 PM

Oakland Raiders third-round draft choice DT Eddie Vanderdoes signed his four-year contract Wednesday, July 5. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The former UCLA Bruin missed most of 2015 with a torn ACL but seemed to be fully recovered during the 2016 campaign. Long term there is concern about the knee, but he can be a disruptive force for Oakland. Not likely to have a huge impact in year one, Vanderdoes is a guy to watch with the future in mind.

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  Eagles | Vinny Curry had sprained MCL    Mon Jul 3, 04:11 PM

Philadelphia Eagles DE Vinny Curry (knee) suffered and played through a medial collateral ligament sprain last season. Curry aggravated the injury and admitted he was not able to play at full health in 2016.

Footballguys view: The Eagles added Timmy Jernigan and first-round pick Derek Barnett to an already strong defensive line this offseason. Their ability to keep everyone fresh and generate relentless pressure and penetration in Jim Schwartz's defense will increase and possibly push them into the top third of the league. If Curry is better than he was last year, that will only add to their profile.

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  Titans | Karl Klug may miss some time    Mon Jul 3, 02:36 PM

Tennessee Titans DT Karl Klug (Achilles') may miss part of training camp and/or the regular season if he needs more time to recover from his Achilles' injury, as Jim Wyatt of titansonline.com alluded to.

Footballguys view: Klug has been a rotational contributor, but he's not a key piece of the defensive line. The Titans had a rash of bad luck injuries in OTAs, but it doesn't sound like they will be lingering problems into camp.

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  Ravens | Brandon Williams looking rush the passer    Mon Jul 3, 01:04 PM

Baltimore Ravens DT Brandon Williams wants to rush the passer more and increase his sacks total after signing a contract extension in the offseason. Williams, known for his run-stopping ability, has 4.5 sacks in four seasons.

Footballguys view: The Ravens have rookie sensation Michael Pierce next to him taking up the spot Timmy Jernigan left open when the team traded him to Philadelphia. Williams is probably a DT1 for IDP leagues that break the position out from defensive line.

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  Bills | Shaq Lawson expected to be more comfortable    Sun Jul 2, 04:28 PM

Buffalo Bills DE Shaq Lawson is expected to be more comfortable in the team's new 4-3 defensive alignment because he will be lining up at defensive end. Lawson never felt truly comfortable as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 defensive alignment.

Footballguys view: Lawson was limited to 10 games during his rookie year in 2016. The first-round pick had a shoulder injury coming out of Clemson and he had a minor knee procedure this offseason. The team needs him to have a breakout season and avoid any sort of sophomore slump in 2017. Lawson has a powerful lower body and violent striking hands. The best part of his game can be featured as an edge-setting defensive end.

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  Cowboys | Demarcus Lawrence expected to start    Sun Jul 2, 10:48 AM

Dallas Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence is expected to be the team's starting left defensive end entering training camp.

Footballguys view: He's a starter for the Cowboys, and they're looking for Lawrence to bounce back after an injury/suspension shortened 2016. Lawrence is a starter for the Cowboys, but fantasy owners should only consider him a boom/bust DL4 in IDP leagues.

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  Browns | Nate Orchard recovered from injury    Fri Jun 30, 07:33 PM

Cleveland Browns LB Nate Orchard recovered from his ankle injury and was able to participate in offseason workouts. Orchard is expected to play defensive end in the 4-3 defensive alignment.

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  NFL | Roy Miller receives interest    Fri Jun 30, 04:42 PM

Free-agent DT Roy Miller (Jaguars) said he has received interest from several teams and expects to visit with some teams in July. Miller has received clearance to practice after recovering from an Achilles' injury.

Footballguys view: Miller is a seasoned veteran but is more of a rotational player at this point in his career. Now that he's been cleared, we're certain at least a handful of teams will be interested.

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  Texans | Jadeveon Clowney healthy, loving role    Thu Jun 29, 09:56 PM

Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (ankle) said he is healthy after dealing with a sore ankle during OTAs, and he is enjoying the defensive schemes that have him lining up all over the field.

Footballguys view: Clowney should once again wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks this year. J.J. Watt is back healthy, and the Texans defense should give opponents nightmares on a weekly basis.

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  Saints | David Onyemata could have bigger role    Tue Jun 27, 04:51 PM

New Orleans Saints DT David Onyemata could receive a bigger role on defense this season because DT Nick Fairley (heart) has been ruled out.

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  Saints | Nick Fairley won't play this year    Mon Jun 26, 04:50 PM

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints DT Nick Fairley (heart) will not play in 2017 due to his heart condition. His career is also in jeopardy.

Footballguys view: This condition was known since Fairley came into the league as a first-round pick out of Auburn in 2011. He has received opinions from at least three doctors about this issue and a conclusion was made that he's done for this year and maybe his career. Fairley is coming off a career-high 6.5 sack season in 2016 and losing him is a huge blow to the Saints defense. Back in March, the Saints re-signed Fairley to a four-year, $28 million contract, including an $8 million signing bonus. Sheldon Rankins (first-round pick in 2016) will be asked to do more in Fairley's absence.

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  Saints | Nick Fairley placed on NFI list    Mon Jun 26, 04:41 PM

New Orleans Saints DT Nick Fairley (heart) was placed on the Resereve/Non-Football Injury list Monday, June 26, with a heart condition, according to a source. It is a possibility that Fairley will not play in 2017.

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  Eagles | Philly DEs will be part of rotation    Sat Jun 24, 04:14 PM

Philadelphia Eagles DEs Derek Barnett, Brandon Graham, Chris Long and Vinny Curry are expected to be a part of a rotation at the defensive ends spots during the regular season.

Footballguys view: The Eagles have a nice mix of experience and youth at this position. We love the upside of Barnett, one of the most productive players coming out of college in 2017. Barnett finished his college career as the all-time leader in sacks at the University of Tennessee. His technique and hustle could help him make an early impact as a pro.

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Brandon Graham player page
Vinny Curry player page


  Steelers | L.T. Walton practices with starters    Sat Jun 24, 10:24 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers DE L.T. Walton received first-team reps at defensive tackle during organized team activities and minicamp, due to an undisclosed injury to DT Javon Hargrave.

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  Vikings | Sharrif Floyd expected to be on PUP list    Fri Jun 23, 04:05 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee, quadriceps) is expected to start the 2017 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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  Rams | Tyrunn Walker released    Thu Jun 22, 04:14 PM

Los Angeles Rams DT Tyrunn Walker was released Thursday, June 22.

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  Panthers | Mario Addison expects more work    Wed Jun 21, 04:38 PM

Carolina Panthers DE Mario Addison said he expects to receive more snaps this season but does not care if he starts. 'I feel they are going to give me more snaps,' Addison said. 'That's good. The more snaps the better. I'm glad that I gained their trust and they believe that I can get the job done. Whenever they throw me out there I am going to make it happen.'

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  Titans | Karl Klug working hard on return    Wed Jun 21, 04:37 PM

Tennessee Titans DT Karl Klug (Achilles') said he is working hard in his recovery from an Achilles' tendon injury and hopes to return to the field as fast as possible. Head coach Mike Mularkey indicated that Klug may not be ready for the start of training camp.

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  Rams | LA Rams ink remaining draft picks    Tue Jun 20, 09:41 PM

Los Angeles Rams fourth-round WR Josh Reynolds, fourth-round LB Samson Ebukam, sixth-round DT Tanzel Smart, sixth-round FB Sam Rogers and seventh-round LB Ejuan Price signed their four-year rookie contracts Tuesday, June 20. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

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  Falcons | Grady Jarrett highly impressive this spring    Tue Jun 20, 12:38 PM

Atlanta Falcons DT Grady Jarrett 'totally jumped out' to the coaching staff during offseason workouts, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

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  49ers | DeForest Buckner probably will see less snaps    Mon Jun 19, 08:07 PM

San Francisco 49ers DE DeForest Buckner played 1,005 snaps in 2016, but defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said he would like to see Buckner play around 500 to 600 snaps this season to make sure he can make an impact when he is on the field. Buckner said he was tired at times last season but would not be taken out of the game.

Footballguys view: Buckner should be more effective with fewer snaps...at least that's what his coaches are counting on. A first-round pick in 2016, Buckner had 6.0 sacks last year and could easily match or best that number this year even with fewer snaps.

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  Browns | Myles Garrett in walking boot     Mon Jun 19, 04:27 PM

Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett (foot) is wearing a walking boot as he deals with a lateral foot sprain.

Footballguys view: Garrett has been diagnosed with a lateral foot sprain. He's in the boot right now and should be for a month or so. However, Garrett should be ready for the start of training camp.

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  Vikings | Danielle Hunter poised to start    Mon Jun 19, 11:20 AM

Minnesota Vikings DE Danielle Hunter is in line to start at left defensive end with DE Brian Robison moving to a situational role. Hunter had 12.5 sacks as a reserve last season, and he's likely to play in at least 80 percent of the snaps this year.

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Danielle Hunter player page


  Dolphins | Charles Harris disruptive    Mon Jun 19, 10:35 AM

Miami Dolphins DE Charles Harris' quick first step was problematic for the team's offensive linemen in organized team activities and minicamp. He should make an impact in 2017 despite a limited role, in the opinion of beat writer James Walker.

Footballguys view: In college at Missouri, Harris stood out because of his agility, burst and athleticism when getting after the passer. The Dolphins first-round pick in 2017, he's got an array of pass-rushing moves that most young players just don't have. Harris is likely to get onto the field as a part-time pass-rusher during his rookie season.

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  Saints | New Orleans not counting on Nick Fairley    Sun Jun 18, 05:04 PM

The New Orleans Saints are preparing as if DT Nick Fairley (heart) will not be able to play in 2017.

Footballguys view: Last we heard, Fairley was waiting on a third opinion from doctors regarding his heart condition. There is a chance that Fairley doesn't ever play football again.

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  Browns | Caleb Brantley inconsistent during workouts    Sun Jun 18, 04:40 PM

Cleveland Browns DT Caleb Brantley looked like a first-round pick at times during offseason workouts but looked like he did not deserve playing time at other points of the offseason, according to defensive line coach Clyde Simmons.

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  Browns | Myles Garrett may be limited early    Sun Jun 18, 04:34 PM

Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett (foot) could be limited during the early part of training camp because he is recovering from a foot injury.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. The Browns are going to take it easy on the first-overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. We'll know more about his availability when training camp gets closer.

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  Browns | Myles Garrett should be ready for camp    Sat Jun 17, 04:16 PM

Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett (foot) has been diagnosed with a left lateral foot sprain and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: That's good news for the Browns. The 2017 no1 overall pick is in a walking boot and will obviously take it easy during the break. Expect the Browns to ease him into camp when he's ready to participate.

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