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  Cardinals | Sean Weatherspoon leaves early    Sat Aug 1, 07:55 PM

Arizona Cardinals LB Sean Weatherspoon left practice early Saturday, Aug. 1.

Footballguys view: Weatherspoon is coming off an Achilles' injury, but he didn't miss any time in organized team activities. It is unclear what caused Weatherspoon's departure.

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  Ravens | Elvis Dumervil update    Sat Aug 1, 02:39 PM

Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens LB Elvis Dumervil (knee) missed his second consecutive practice Saturday, Aug. 1, because of knee tendinitis.

Footballguys view: Dumervil is a seasoned veteran, so it's not like he needs a ton of reps in the preseason. We'll see if he can bounce back soon from this knee problem.

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  Raiders | Sio Moore returns     Sat Aug 1, 02:13 PM

Oakland Raiders LB Sio Moore (hip) returned to practice Saturday, Aug. 1, after being placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 27.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman will practice    Sat Aug 1, 10:07 AM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) passed his conditioning test Friday, July 31, and will be able to participate in practice Aug. 1. Bowman will wear a brace during practice to protect his surgically repaired knee.

Footballguys view: Bowman missed all of the 2014 season due to multiple knee problems, so the team will have to be incredibly cautious with him as he returns to the field this year. He's wearing a bulky brace, and earlier reports indicate that the knee is inconsistent in how it feels. It would be a shock to see him return to All-Pro form his first year back.

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  Broncos | Brandon Marshall making progress    Fri Jul 31, 07:37 PM

Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall (foot) said his injured foot is around 90% at this point. Marshall has shown improvement since he worked with the rookies Monday, July 27.

Footballguys view: Marshall should be a tackling machine for the Broncos this year so long as he's healthy. He's starting as the team's "Sam" (strong-side inside) linebacker.

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  Redskins | Junior Galette joining roster    Fri Jul 31, 12:07 PM

Updating previous reports, free-agent LB Junior Galette (Saints) will sign a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Washington lost Brian Orakpo in free agency, although injuries had kept Orakpo from having a huge impact lately. Galette is instantly the second-best edge rusher on the roster and should help the Washington pass defense. He signed a league minimum deal, which he can afford to after getting 20+ million guaranteed from the Saints last year.

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  Bills | Mario Williams activated from NFI    Fri Jul 31, 11:22 AM

Buffalo Bills DE Mario Williams (undisclosed) was activated from the non-football injury list Friday, July 31.

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  Bengals | Rey Maualuga placed on NFI list    Thu Jul 30, 06:39 PM

Cincinnati Bengals LB Rey Maualuga (hamstring) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Thursday, July 30.

Footballguys view: Maualuga is talented, but he gets banged up from time to time. The team will be cautious with him as he deals with this hamstring injury.

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  Patriots | Dont'a Hightower making progress    Thu Jul 30, 04:21 PM

New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) is optimistic after the first day of training camp Thursday, July 30.

Footballguys view: Hightower indicates things are headed in the right direction, but there's no timetable for when he will be cleared for full contact. He underwent shoulder surgery earlier this offseason.

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  Bills | Two defensive players on NFI list    Thu Jul 30, 03:53 PM

Buffalo Bills DE Mario Williams (undisclosed) and CB Leodis McKelvin (undisclosed) were placed on the Non-Football Injury list Thursday, July 30.

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  Ravens | C.J. Mosley cleared for contact    Thu Jul 30, 12:32 PM

Baltimore Ravens LB C.J. Mosley (wrist) said his broken wrist is close to 100% and that he has been cleared to participate in contact drills.

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  Redskins | Junior Galette to visit 'Skins    Thu Jul 30, 01:10 AM

Free-agent LB Junior Galette (Saints) will visit the Washington Redskins Thursday, July 30. He will take a physical and meet with team officials.

Footballguys view: Released by the Saints last week, Galette could draw some interest from other teams even though he's had trouble off the field. Washington is looking for a pass-rusher to use opposite of Ryan Kerrigan, and coming off a 10-sack season Galette could be that guy.

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  Chargers | Donald Butler has high expectations    Wed Jul 29, 09:05 PM

San Diego Chargers LB Donald Butler said 2014 fell far short of his expectations, Wednesday, July 29. 'It wasn't good enough,' Butler said. 'I'm my own worst critic, so it wasn't good enough hands down. But I'm looking forward to this year. I'm back healthy and ready to go,' said Butler. The veteran linebacker was found to be in great shape when Chargers players reported to training camp.

Footballguys view: The Chargers are likely to make a playoff run this year. They could push the Broncos for the AFC West title, and they're certainly a team to watch in that conference.

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  Cowboys | Two players hit IR list    Wed Jul 29, 06:39 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Cameron Lawrence (undisclosed) and OT Ryan Miller (undisclosed) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, July 29.

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  Redskins | Ryan Kerrigan signs extension    Wed Jul 29, 01:29 PM

Washington Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan signed a five-year contract extension Wednesday, July 29, worth $11.5 million per season, according to a source. The deal includes a $16 million signing bonus.

Footballguys view: Kerrigan has dominated during his time in the league. Set to play on his fifth-year option that would pay him roughly $7 million this season, Washington decided it was best to lock up a guy who hasn't missed a start since he came into the league back in 2011.

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  Bengals | Hope Vontaze Burfict can play in preseason    Wed Jul 29, 12:39 PM

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list, but the team is hoping he can return to the field in time to play in the third preseason game so he can prepare for Week 1.

Footballguys view: That may be a bit optimistic as Burfict is trying to come back from microfracture surgery and neck problems. Burfict may not be ready at the start of the regular season, and he could end up on the PUP list at that time. That would force him to miss the first six weeks of the regular season.

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  Bengals | Two more players go to NFI list    Tue Jul 28, 05:55 PM

Cincinnati Bengals DE Margus Hunt (undisclosed) and LB Sean Porter (undisclosed) were placed on the Non-Football Injury list Tuesday, July 28.

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  Bengals | Vontaze Burfict to go on PUP list    Tue Jul 28, 03:23 PM

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to a source.

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  Vikings | Anthony Barr to increase workload    Tue Jul 28, 12:45 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr (knee) will increase his workload Tuesday, July 28, as the team has its first practice in pads.

Footballguys view: Barr was in line to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year last season before this knee injury knocked him out of the lineup. The reports have been positive about Barr's recovery, and he should be ready by Week 1 of the regular season.

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  Raiders | Sio Moore close to being ready    Tue Jul 28, 08:25 AM

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders LB Sio Moore (hip) had major hip surgery in the offseason and won't need extensive time on the Physically Unable to Perform list before he's ready.

Footballguys view: This is what we thought was the case with Moore. Putting him on the PUP list to start the season insures the team can use the PUP designation on Moore to start the regular season if need be. If healthy, Moore can be activated at any time during training camp.

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  Raiders | Sio Moore placed on PUP    Mon Jul 27, 05:27 PM

Oakland Raiders LB Sio Moore (hip) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 27.

Footballguys view: Moore had hip surgery earlier this offseason, and the plan was for him to be ready at the start of training camp. This move affords the Raiders the option of putting him on the PUP list to start the regular season if his recovery is slowed even more.

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  Saints | Junior Galette officially released    Mon Jul 27, 05:25 PM

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette was officially released Monday, July 27.

Footballguys view: Galette was reportedly part of the chemistry problems the Saints had on defense last year. He led the team in sacks last year, but the off-field incidents proved to be the last straw. Galette suffered a severe pectoral injury at minicamp, and his status for Week 1 is unknown.

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  Patriots | Several players placed on PUP list    Mon Jul 27, 05:24 PM

New England Patriots DT Dominique Easley (knee), LB Dane Fletcher (undisclosed), DT Chris D. Jones (calf), WR Matthew Slater (undisclosed), DT Vince Taylor (undisclosed), C Ryan Wendell (shoulder) and LB Chris White (undisclosed) were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 27.

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  Texans | Jadeveon Clowney placed on PUP    Mon Jul 27, 05:07 PM

Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 27.

Footballguys view: This should come as no surprise. Clowney is reportedly walking without a limp, but he's still recovering from the microfracture surgery on his knee that ended his rookie season. His status for Week 1 is unknown, but it's possible he could miss the first six weeks of the regular season on the PUP list too.

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  Broncos | Shane Ray ready for camp    Mon Jul 27, 02:29 PM

Denver Broncos LB Shane Ray (foot) said his foot is 100% and he will be ready to fully participate in training camp.

Footballguys view: Ray has the potential to eventually be one of the best pass-rushers in the league. This season, Ray should work as a part-time player who can rotate in at linebacker to keep Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware fresh.

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  Chargers | Denzel Perryman missed time    Mon Jul 27, 10:46 AM

San Diego Chargers LB Denzel Perryman (hamstring) missed practices this offseason due to a hamstring strain.

Footballguys view: The rookie linebacker can be an impact player at the pro level. Perryman does a good job of sniffing out plays as they unfold in front of him, and he arrives at the ball-carrier with natural violence. The Chargers will monitor him closely during training camp to prevent any aggravation of the earlier strain.

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  Vikings | Anthony Barr to work on conditioning    Mon Jul 27, 09:04 AM

Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr (knee) will be limited to start training camp as he needs to work on his conditioning after missing much of the spring. 'He feels much better,' head coach Mike Zimmer said. 'He's had a really good last two weeks. He's not in the best physical condition right now.'

Footballguys view: A first-round pick of the Vikings in the 2014 NFL draft, Barr had a strong rookie year (70 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries) before this knee injury cut his debut season short. The team will ease him into action as he comes back, and a Week 1 debut is not out of the question.

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  Packers | Casey Matthews to IR    Sun Jul 26, 02:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Casey Matthews (hip) has been placed on injured reserve due to a hip injury that occurred during the team's offseason program.

Footballguys view: After spending four years with the Eagles, Matthews signed with the Vikings earlier this offseason. He was going to compete for a reserve linebacker position and contribute on special teams.

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  Vikings | Anthony Barr close to full health    Sat Jul 25, 01:58 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr (knee) said he's close to 100% health but may ease himself into training camp.

Footballguys view: Barr had a knee scope in December, and he missed some time earlier this offseason because of a knee injury. The Vikings are wise to ease Barr into action as training camp starts.

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  Saints | Junior Galette released    Fri Jul 24, 02:23 PM

New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette was released Friday, July 24, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Galette's off-field incidents proved to be too much for Sean Payton. He suffered a pectoral incident earlier this year in minicamp, and his status for Week 1 is in question. The Saints will turn to Anthony Spencer with Galette now bounced off the team.

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  Colts | Chuck Pagano believes in Robert Mathis    Thu Jul 23, 10:01 PM

Indianapolis Colts LB Robert Mathis (Achilles') 'will make a huge impact' this season, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.

Footballguys view: The Colts need all the help on defense they can get. Their offense is jam-packed with superstars, but their poor offensive line and poor defense is a serious concern. They're most certainly a Super Bowl contender, and getting great play from Mathis would definitely help.

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  Seahawks | No progress on Russell Wilson deal?    Thu Jul 23, 09:27 PM

Seattle Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner could agree to a long-term deal by the start of training camp, and the team's focus on Wagner's deal could be a sign of little progress with the negotiations for QB Russell Wilson, according to NFL Network's Rand Getlin.

Footballguys view: We'll see if the Seahawks can get something done with Wilson, but the time will have to be right. There's no reason to predict this contract situation going either way. We'll know more about their desire to keep Wilson in the future.

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  Cowboys | Rolando McClain could begin on PUP list    Wed Jul 22, 07:58 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain (knee) could be a candidate to begin the season on the physically unable to perform list, according to executive vice president Stephen Jones Wednesday, July 22.

Footballguys view: We'll be watching the Cowboys defense in training camp and the preseason to see who is set to benefit most from his early season suspension in IDP leagues. Sean Lee and Anthony Hitchens are the top candidates.

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  Texans | Jadeveon Clowney looking good    Wed Jul 22, 05:03 PM

Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) looks spectacular, according to a team doctor. Clowney is seven months removed from microfracture surgery on his knee. It was previously reported that Clowney will probably be brought along slowly in training camp and could end up being ready for the regular season opener.

Footballguys view: He may look spectacular according to the team doctor, but that shouldn't change the team's approach with the second-year pass-rusher. We'll see if Clowney can start getting after the quarterback this season after his rookie season was a bust.

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  NFL | Dwight Freeney wants to play    Tue Jul 21, 09:11 PM

Free-agent LB Dwight Freeney (Chargers) told Sirius XM NFL Radio Tuesday, July 21, he wants to play in 2015 but it has to be in the right situation defensively.

Footballguys view: Freeney is no longer the player he used to be, but we could see a team giving him a shot at some point in training camp. It would be best to use the veteran pass-rusher as a part-time player at this point in his career.

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  Giants | Jon Beason could be limited at camp    Tue Jul 21, 04:45 PM

New York Giants LB Jon Beason (toe) may see limited repetitions during training camp. Beason said he expects the team to make him be careful with his workload, while also doing what he can to adequately prepare for the season.

Footballguys view: Beason missed all but two games last year due to this toe injury. He's playing the "Mike" for the Giants this year, and Beason should see plenty of action. The Giants need to make sure he's at his best when the regular season starts.

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  Texans | Jadeveon Clowney to be brought back slowly     Mon Jul 20, 04:55 PM

Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) will not be rushed back in his recovery from microfracture surgery. Clowney is on schedule in his recovery and could play Week 1.

Footballguys view: Clowney was the number-one overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, but his rookie season was a bust due to this injury. If he doesn't want his career to be a bust, then coming back from microfracture surgery is going to take some time. It's best that the Texans ease him back into action so they don't risk re-injuring their potential star pass-rusher.

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  Texans | Jadeveon Clowney could start Week 1    Mon Jul 20, 04:50 PM

Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is continuing his rehabilitation process but could be healthy enough in time to play the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Footballguys view: Even if Clowney starts in Week 1 against the Chiefs, we could see him playing more of a part-time role. Coming back from microfracture surgery, Clowney is going to be eased back into the lineup.

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  Panthers | Luke Keuchly extension coming?    Fri Jul 17, 09:09 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly is a free agent after the 2015 season, and the team would like to sign him to an extension this year, according to a league source.

Footballguys view: The $101 million contract OLB Justin Houston just signed with the Chiefs shouldn't impact Kuechly's upcoming deal. However, we're expecting Kuechly to set the market price for middle linebackers with an incredibly rich contract. A first-round pick in 2012, Kuechly had his fifth-year option picked up by the Panthers earlier this year. He's set to make $11.1 million in 2016, but the Panthers may want to lock him up with a long-term deal at some point this year.

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  Broncos | Will have plan for Von Miller    Fri Jul 17, 03:26 PM

Denver Broncos LB Von Miller is slated to become a free agent next season. His value will supposedly be in the range of $14 million. While it is a whole season away, vice president John Elway said the Broncos will have a plan to sign Miller.

Footballguys view: With Demaryius Thomas signed to a new long-term deal, the team can turn their attention to Miller. He should thrive in the Wade Phillips defense, and the Broncos may slap the franchise tag on him next offseason to give themselves more time to work out a deal that could be $100 million or more.

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  Chiefs | Justin Houston signs new deal    Wed Jul 15, 11:58 AM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston signed a six-year, $101 million deal that includes $52.5 million guaranteed Wednesday, July 15.

Footballguys view: This contract is the richest in Chiefs franchise history and the largest deal ever for a linebacker in NFL history. Houston is certainly worth it. Over the last 43 games, Houston has 43 sacks. Last year, he nearly broke the single-season record for sacks (half a sack short) with 22 sacks. He's one of the best pass-rushers in the game, and Houston is now locked up for the long term.

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  Broncos | Von Miller affecting Demaryius Thomas?    Tue Jul 14, 05:18 PM

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas and the Broncos have not agreed on a long-term deal despite the deadline for doing so being Wednesday, July 15. The Broncos have already exchanged proposals with Thomas and his agent, but Thomas wants more money. One reason Denver may be hesitant to pay Thomas more is because LB Von Miller will become a free agent after this season. Miller is expected to cost at least $14 million per year, according to Mike Klis of 9news.com.

Footballguys view: The Broncos could always use the franchise tag on either Thomas or Miller next offseason. Miller is going to be able to shine perhaps brighter than ever under new defensive coorindator Wade Phillips. We wouldn't be shocked to see Miller snare 15-20 sacks in 2015. If he puts up those type of numbers, Miller is going to see a huge pay day for 2016 and beyond.

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  Patriots | Don't'a Hightower ahead of schedule?    Mon Jul 13, 02:26 PM

New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) said he doesn't have a target date for his return, but said he has visited a doctor and could be ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation.

Footballguys view: Hightower had shoulder surgery in February with an initial recovery time of six or seven months. He wants to be ready for the start of the regular season, but there's no guarantees that Hightower is going to be ready. He's an option to begin the season on the PUP list if the shoulder isn't healed enough for him to play.

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  Chiefs | Derrick Johnson ready to play    Mon Jul 13, 02:10 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson (knee) said he's looking forward to training camp after missing all but one game last year with a torn Achilles' tendon.

Footballguys view: Johnson had missed practices during organized team activities with knee inflammation, but should be full go once training camp starts. The Chiefs defense is a strength, and they're even stronger with Johnson on the field.

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  Broncos | Brandon Marshall making progress    Fri Jul 10, 06:23 PM

Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall (foot) is making progress in his rehab from a foot injury and started running a few weeks ago. Marshall is focused on being ready for the start of the regular season but hopes to participate in training camp.

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  Broncos | Danny Trevathan hopes to be ready for camp    Fri Jul 10, 06:22 PM

Denver Broncos LB Danny Trevathan (knee) hopes to be ready for training camp but is focused on being ready for the start of the regular season. Trevathan was able to do some running during offseason workouts.

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  NFL | Brandon Spikes pleads guilty    Thu Jul 2, 09:01 PM

Free-agent LB Brandon Spikes (Patriots) pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run Wednesday, July 1. The plea was meant to clear the road for a return to the NFL for Spikes.

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  Cowboys | Rolando McClain suspended    Thu Jul 2, 03:01 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league's policy and program for substances of abuse.

Footballguys view: McClain's career had seemingly ended in disappointment after a 2013 retirement, but 2014 saw a revival in Dallas, and McClain was set to come back and start again this year. The Cowboys could give free agent signing Jasper Brinkley a shot inside, or move Sean Lee or Anthony Hitchens into McClain's spot for the first four games of the season.

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  Redskins | Ryan Kerrigan doing well    Thu Jul 2, 01:29 PM

Washington Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan (knee) said his rehab from knee surgery is going well and that he has been able to start running. Kerrigan said he is focused on building strength in the surgically repaired knee.

Footballguys view: Kerrigan has become the leader of the Washington pass rush, and with Brian Orakpo gone to Tennessee, he'll be even more important for them this year. He's an LB2 in sack-heavy/big play IDP leagues with enough activity to be relevant in deeper balanced leagues too.

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  Jaguars | Paul Posluszny still starting?    Mon Jun 29, 04:07 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny (pectoral) is still expected to be a three-down player despite coming off a torn pectoral, according to The Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran.

Footballguys view: Posluszny is a tackling machine when healthy. Even with lack of durability concerns, IDP fantasy players should consider him a top-5 ILB in re-draft leagues. Projecting him for around 100 tackles in 2015 is not out of the question.

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