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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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  Bengals | Vontaze Burfict is a question mark    Wed Jun 24, 08:57 PM

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) is working his way back from microfracture surgery on his knee and is viewed as a question mark heading into training camp.

Footballguys view: Burfict exploded in 2013, but injuries took him out of 2014.The knee is a concern and starting off training camp on the PUP list would be concerning. If he's healthy, he should be a fantasy stud, but there seems to be real doubt as to whether he will be healthy.

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  Texans | Jadeveon Clowney ahead of schedule    Sat Jun 20, 09:04 PM

Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is progressing so well from microfracture surgery that the new goal is to have him on the field for the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: Clowney was the first-overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, but he didn't make much of an impact last year as a rookie. Inactive for most of the season, Clowney only appeared in four games and made a total of seven tackles for the year. Reports have been positive about his recovery, but we won't know how the cartilage in his knee regenerates until he gets back to the football field in a full role. He may be ready for the start of training camp, but the Texans will ease him into action.

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  Broncos | Brandon Marshall will run soon    Wed Jun 17, 05:50 PM

Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall (foot) will begin running next week. Marshall had surgery on his injured foot in March.

Footballguys view: Marshall is a key part of the new Broncos defense. As the strong-side inside linebacker (SAM) in Wade Phillips' 3-4 defense, Marshall should get plenty of tackles. Watch his progress in training camp.

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  Saints | Junior Galette avoids surgery    Tue Jun 16, 08:32 AM

New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette (pectoral) won't require surgery on his pectoral injury after meeting with Dr. James Andrews.

Footballguys view: The Saints need Galette on the field to boost their pass rush. The injury should require rest and rehab. We'll know more when this team gets closer to training camp.

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  Raiders | Sio Moore does some work    Sun Jun 14, 10:17 AM

Oakland Raiders LB Sio Moore (hip) was able to participate in some team drills during the minicamp this week, and the team hopes he will be able to full participate when training camp begins.

Footballguys view: According to this report, the team was happy with Moore's progress in team drills. This hip injury will just take time to get over, and the Raiders will bring him along cautiously.

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  Falcons | Vic Beasley signs deal    Fri Jun 12, 04:38 PM

Atlanta Falcons LB Vic Beasley signed a four-year deal worth $14.5 million with the team Friday, June 12. The deal includes an $8.8 million signing bonus.

Footballguys view: Beasley was one of the best pass-rushers in the 2015 NFL draft. He's quick off the ball and has the ability to bend and burst around the edge. Beasley has a good bag of tricks as a pass-rusher, including a deadly spin move that can get him by blockers quickly and cleanly. The Falcons were looking to upgrade their defense, and Beasley will certainly help that.

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  Texans | Jadeveon Clowney will be limited    Fri Jun 12, 11:37 AM

Updating a previous report, Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) should be ready for Week 1, but the team isn't planning to give him a full load of snaps right away, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

Footballguys view: That's a smart move for the Texans. Clowney was the number-one overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, but he only appeared in four games last year and failed to register a sack. If healthy, Clowney could be a very disruptive pass-rusher. We'll see if he can get healthy enough to be effective (and dangerous) in 2015.

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  Broncos | Shane Ray dealing with injury    Thu Jun 11, 02:41 PM

Denver Broncos DE Shane Ray (quadriceps) has missed some snaps during workouts because of a strained quadriceps. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said the minicamp will be important for Ray to receive more reps.

Footballguys view: The Broncos would like Ray to come along more quickly to compete as a part-time pass-rusher behind Von Miller and Demarcus Ware, but it's not mission-critical. Ray should be able to give either Miller or Ware a breather, and he plays like every snap is his last. Ray should be a nice pass-rusher as a rookie for the Broncos when he's finally healthy.

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  Panthers | Shaq Thompson returns to practice    Thu Jun 11, 02:08 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Shaq Thompson (hamstring) participated in practice Thursday, June 11.

Footballguys view: Thompson's debut was delayed by the hamstring as well as the end of Washington's school year. With Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis this could be a dangerous group of linebackers. We love that Thompson can play a Kam Chancellor-like role for the Panthers defense.

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  Texans | Jadeveon Clowney should be ready for Week 1    Thu Jun 11, 01:40 PM

Houston Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

Footballguys view: The Texans can't afford the 2014 first-overall draft pick to miss another year after he missed his rookie season. With questions about work-ethic and drive still on some people's minds, Clowney has much to prove in order to avoid being labeled a "bust" in his second season.

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  Falcons | Brooks Reed practicing    Tue Jun 9, 01:45 PM

Atlanta Falcons LB Brooks Reed (groin) was back at practice Tuesday, June 9, after missing some practice time recently.

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  Lions | Kyle Van Noy not completely healthy    Sun Jun 7, 09:50 AM

Detroit Lions LB Kyle Van Noy (hernia) said he is not 100% at this point but is able to fully participate in organized team activities. He has been working with the first-team defense at strongside and weakside linebacker.

Footballguys view: A second-round pick in 2014, Van Noy's rookie season was hampered by this hernia, and he missed the first eight games of the season because of it. For a player who never missed a game in college at BYU, it had to be frustrating. He's getting a fresh start this season, and he wants to carve out a role as an impact player. Van Noy constantly made plays on the other side of the line of scrimmage (63 tackles for a loss, 26 sacks) in college, and the Lions are hopeful he can play like that this season.

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  Saints | Junior Galette seeking another opinion    Fri Jun 5, 12:30 PM

New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette (pectoral) is likely to have a decision on surgery in the next week or so. Doctors are split on whether he should have surgery, and he's seeking another opinion.

Footballguys view: The reports out of New Orleans seem to indicate we could be a "week or so" away from a decision. If he needs surgery, Galette will miss a significant amount of the season.

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  Colts | Robert Mathis' timetable shifts    Fri Jun 5, 10:25 AM

Indianapolis Colts OLB Robert Mathis (Achilles') has shifted his timetable from being ready for training camp in August to preparing to be ready by the season opener in September.

Footballguys view: The Colts are moving things back here. Achilles' injuries aren't quite as devastating as they used to be, but for an older player like Mathis any extra recovery time is a good thing. If he suffers any setback during recovery, then starting the season on the PUP list could be an option.

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  Saints | Junior Galette could be out a while    Thu Jun 4, 06:59 PM

New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette (pectoral) recently suffered an injury to his pectoral and is supposedly considering surgery, according to sources. The cause and extent of Galette's injury is unknown at this time.

Footballguys view: Any sort of surgery on the pectoral muscle could cost Galette six months for recovery. It would be a crushing blow for the Saints defense as Galette led the team with 10 sacks in 2014. Starting the season on the PUP list (forcing him to miss the first six weeks) may be the plan for Galette.

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  Eagles | Four Eagles sitting out    Tue Jun 2, 12:29 PM

Philadelphia Eagles RB Kenjon Barner (undisclosed), LB DeMeco Ryans (Achilles'), LB Marcus Smith (leg) and SS Earl Wolff (knee) are out of practice Tuesday, June 2.

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  Browns | Two Browns in red jerseys    Tue Jun 2, 12:12 PM

Cleveland Browns OLB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) and WR Vince Mayle (undisclosed) are practicing with red, non-contact jerseys Tuesday, June 2.

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  Broncos | Shane Ray signs contract     Mon Jun 1, 06:13 PM

Denver Broncos DE Shane Ray signed a contract with the team Monday, June 1. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The Broncos moved up in the first round for the first time under the guidance of general manager John Elway. Ray is a talented pass-rusher who plays like every snap is his last. He's an alpha male with a chip on his shoulder, and he should be able to generate a lot of pressure as a part-time player behind Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware.

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  Colts | Robert Mathis to be ready for training camp?    Mon Jun 1, 03:20 PM

Indianapolis Colts DE Robert Mathis (Achilles') plans to be ready for the start of training camp Aug. 1.

Footballguys view: Getting him back on the field to rush the passer will greatly help the Colts defense. Mathis is not currently participating in organized team activities as he continues to recover from a torn Achilles', but he is training with the medical staff.

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  Broncos | Shane Ray practicing    Mon Jun 1, 01:55 PM

Denver Broncos DE Shane Ray (foot) is participating in drills during organized team activities Monday, June 1.

Footballguys view: Ray plays with a mean streak, and he has great snap anticipation and first-step quickness. He has good closing burst to the quarterback, and he should be a great reserve player for the Broncos this year behind Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware.

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  Buccaneers | Lavonte David to be extended soon?    Sat May 30, 02:19 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Lavonte David could receive a long-term extension between now and the start of training camp, according to ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas.

Footballguys view: The Buccaneers need to wrap up David ASAP. In just a few years, David is one of the best players at his position. Undersized at linebacker, David uses incredible instincts, football intelligence and a high motor to make play after play for the Bucs defense. We don't anticipate any problems in negotiations from the Bucs side because David is so damn good.

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  Broncos | Shane Ray sits out of OTAs    Thu May 28, 08:56 AM

Denver Broncos DE Shane Ray (toe) did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, May 27. Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said Ray is close to returning from turf toe and will be fitted for orthotic inserts in his shoes. Ray could begin individual drills soon, Kubiak said.

Footballguys view: The Broncos have high hopes for Ray, but they can take it 'slow' with him since Von Miller and Demarcus Ware are the starters. Of course, Ray moving to outside linebacker makes every snap count, even OTAs, but he should be ready to go shortly and shouldn't have issues catching up.

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  Chiefs | Tamba Hali recovering     Tue May 26, 07:08 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Tamba Hali (knee) said he is feeling good as he recovers from a knee scope he underwent this offseason to remove loose cartilage.

Footballguys view: There's no word on when the scope happened, but it sounds like Hali is going to be ready to go when training camp starts. Hali took a $3 million pay cut earlier this year, and he's looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2014 where he compiled only six sacks.

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  Bengals | Vontaze Burfict has work to do    Tue May 26, 04:59 PM

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) will be rehabilitating throughout the summer and has a long road to recovery ahead of him, according to head coach Marvin Lewis. Burfict is recovering from surgery on his left knee.

Footballguys view: Burfict is currently recovering from microfracture knee surgery, and his status for the start of training camp is up in the air. In fact, Burfict might not even be ready at the beginning of the regular season. He's a candidate to begin the regular season on the PUP list.

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  Falcons | Brooks Reed injures groin    Sun May 24, 04:21 PM

Atlanta Falcons LB Brooks Reed (groin) suffered a minor groin injury during a recent voluntary minicamp for veteran players.

Footballguys view: He could wind up missing the beginning of OTAs as a result. LB O'Brien Schofield is expected to receive reps with the first team during his absence.

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  Bengals | Vontaze Burfict's status uncertain    Fri May 22, 02:43 PM

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict's (knee) status for the start of training camp is uncertain at this point. Burfict hopes to be ready for camp and does not want to be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Footballguys view: The PUP list to start camp is different from the PUP list to start the regular season. If on the PUP list at the start of training camp, Burfict would be clear to return at any time he's ready. If on the PUP list to start the regular season, Burfict would be forced to miss the first six weeks of the season. We feel he'll be ready for Week 1, but his status for the start of training camp is clearly up in the air.

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  Redskins | Ryan Kerrigan has surgery    Wed May 20, 05:13 PM

Washington Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan (knee) has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery and will miss some of the organized team activities, according to a source.

Footballguys view: We think Kerrigan will miss most of the OTAs as Washington prepares for 2015. He's in extension talks with Washington, and this knee scope could impact those negotiations. However, we think Kerrigan should be ready in time for training camp.

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  Texans | Jadeveon Clowney on track    Tue May 19, 10:42 AM

Updating an ongoing story, Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is doing well in his recovery from microfracture surgery. Clowney has been working hard at rehabbing the knee, according to Texans head coach Bill O'Brien.

Footballguys view: Clowney had better get on track or the "bust" term is going to be flying around him more than it is today. He was the number one overall pick last year, but Clowney failed to stay healthy as a rookie and made no impact. At this time, he's almost six months removed from microfracture surgery.

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  49ers | No plans to sign Lance Briggs    Fri May 15, 07:19 PM

Free-agent LB Lance Briggs (Bears) has drawn interest from the San Francisco 49ers this offseason, but the 49ers have no immediate plans to sign the veteran with LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) looking great in his recovery from a serious knee injury.

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  49ers | SF interested in Lance Briggs    Mon May 11, 10:16 PM

The San Francisco 49ers are interested in free-agent LB Lance Briggs (Bears), a source said Monday, May 11. Any player signed after May 12 does not count against the NFL's formula for awarding compensatory picks.

Footballguys view: The 49ers are in need of linebacker help in any way possible. NaVorro Bowman and Michael Wilhoite should be the 49ers' starting inside linebackers this season. They didn't select a linebacker in the draft, but they did add Nick Bellore and Philip Wheeler in free agency.

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  Texans | Whitney Mercilus signs extension    Mon May 4, 06:47 PM

Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus signed a four-year contract extension worth $26 million Monday, May 4. The deal includes $10.5 million in guaranteed money.

Footballguys view: Instead of picking up his fifth-year option, the Texans went ahead and got a long-term deal done with Mercilus. He may not be the pass-rusher many envisioned when he came out of Illinois in 2012, but he's a strong run-defender and obviously a key piece to what Houston does defensively.

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  Seahawks | Bruce Irvin's option won't be picked up    Mon May 4, 01:00 PM

Seattle Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin will not have his fifth-year option picked up by the Seahawks, and Irvin was not happy about the decision, sending out several profane tweets Monday, May 4. The option would have paid him $7.8 million in 2016.

Footballguys view: This move was expected. Irvin will play the 2015 season at $1.5 million and become a free agent after the season. Head coach Pete Carroll said the team still hopes to re-sign the talented pass-rusher.

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  49ers | Philip Wheeler signed    Thu Apr 30, 03:15 PM

Free-agent LB Philip Wheeler (Dolphins) signed with the San Francisco 49ers Thursday, April 30. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Just a depth addition for a front seven which took a few hits this off season.

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  Seahawks | Not picking up option on Bruce Irvin    Wed Apr 29, 11:25 PM

The Seattle Seahawks do not plan on picking up the fifth-year option on LB Bruce Irvin, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Irvin may be on the trade block as there are rumors the Seahawks will ship him off to Atlanta at some point during the 2015 NFL draft. Stay tuned.

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  Broncos | Danny Trevathan to be ready for training camp    Wed Apr 29, 04:51 PM

Denver Broncos LB Danny Trevathan (knee) said he should be at full speed when training camp starts in late July. Trevathan is practicing on a limited basis during voluntary minicamp as he is recovering from season-ending knee surgery.

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  Bengals | L.J. Fort released    Wed Apr 29, 03:02 PM

Cincinnati Bengals LB L.J. Fort was waived Wednesday, April 29.

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  Broncos | Danny Trevathan limited    Wed Apr 29, 01:03 PM

Denver Broncos LB Danny Trevathan (knee) said he has been limited during offseason workouts since he is returning from multiple knee injuries. Trevathan said his goal for this upcoming season is to stay healthy.

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  Broncos | Danny Trevathan works out    Wed Apr 29, 01:42 AM

Denver Broncos LB Danny Trevathan (knee) was able to take part in workouts as the team started its offseason program Tuesday, April 28.

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  Texans | Jadeveon Clowney doing well    Tue Apr 28, 02:05 PM

Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is doing well in his progress from microfracture knee surgery, according to general manager Rick Smith. Smith said he is encouraged by Clowney's recovery and expects him to be a major contributor in 2015.

Footballguys view: Clowney's rookie season was a wash due to this knee injury. He needs to start putting up the numbers on the field to avoid being labeled a first-round bust. If healthy and motivated, Clowney has the potential to be one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL.

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  Broncos | Brandon Marshall undergoes surgery    Fri Apr 17, 02:59 PM

Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall (foot) underwent foot surgery last month. Marshall should be ready for the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: Marshall is going to be asked to do a lot in the team's new 3-4 defense under Wade Phillips. Working as the "Sam" (strong-side inside) linebacker, Marshall will clean up as a run-defender. It won't be a surprise to see him lead the team in tackles this season so long as he can stay healthy.

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  Broncos | Danny Trevathan back at 100%    Thu Apr 16, 09:51 PM

Denver Broncos LB Danny Trevathan (knee) participated in team-organized workouts Monday, April 13, and said he was at 100% after suffering a dislocated kneecap last season.

Footballguys view: The Broncos would still be wise to stay cautious with Trevathan. He came back from his first knee injury last year only to almost immediately suffer another knee injury. Look for the team to ease him back into action with the hopes of having him fully participate at the beginning of training camp. He will play the "bow" linebacker spot (weak-side inside) in the Broncos new 3-4 defense under Wade Phillips.

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  Seahawks | Picking up Bruce Irvin's option?    Tue Apr 14, 06:39 PM

Seattle Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin's fifth-year option is expected to be picked up for 2016.

Footballguys view: They won't have to make this move until next offseason. The team will want to see how things work out with Irvin before they commit to him with a new long-term deal.

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  Giants | Victor Butler suspended four games    Fri Apr 10, 03:12 PM

New York Giants LB Victor Butler has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs.

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  Buccaneers | Larry Dean signs with Tampa    Thu Apr 9, 10:36 AM

Free-agent LB Larry Dean (Bills) signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, April 9.

Footballguys view: Dean is a special teams guy who played under Leslie Frazier in Minnesota a few years back. That's likely all he'll be doing for Frazier in Tampa Bay as well.

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  Lions | DeAndre Levy could get new deal    Wed Apr 8, 10:57 PM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy is nearing the end of his rookie contract, and team president Tom Leward mentioned Levy as a possible candidate for an extension. "In the case of DeAndre, we haven't even begun conversations with him, so I wouldn't know where those would take us, and we'll see where it goes, but every circumstance is a little bit different," Lewand said.

Footballguys view: Levy has flourished as a star outside linebacker over the last two seasons for the Lions. His 151 tackles in 2014 were good for second-best in the league. Levy can get his hands on interceptions and obviously has a nose for the ball. It would be wise for the Lions to wrap him up with a new long-term deal if at all possible.

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  Jets | Erin Henderson agrees to terms    Tue Apr 7, 05:11 PM

Free-agent LB Erin Henderson (Vikings) agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal with the New York Jets Tuesday, April 7, according to a source. Henderson didn't play last year after he was cut by the Vikings after two arrests for drunk driving in a span of three months. Henderson completed a 30-day drug and alcohol rehab program last year.

Footballguys view: It's been more than a year since Henderson played in the NFL. His career with the Vikings was cut short by substance-abuse problems. Now that he's sober, Henderson is looking to his second chance with the Jets.

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  Texans | Hope Jadeveon Clowney can return during camp    Fri Apr 3, 06:14 PM

Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) continues to recover from microfracture surgery, and the team hopes he will be able to return to the field at some point during the later stages of training camp.

Footballguys view: Clowney was the number-one overall pick in the draft last year and his rookie season was a wash. He's got amazing natural ability as a pass-rusher, but this knee injury could rob him of the potential he had coming out of college.

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  Dolphins | Spencer Paysinger signed    Thu Apr 2, 03:53 PM

Free-agent LB Spencer Paysinger (Giants) signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins Thursday, April 2, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Paysinger should take the special teams role Jason Trusnik just left. Overall his impact will be negligible unless there are injuries.

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  Dolphins | Meeting with Spencer Paysinger    Thu Apr 2, 03:32 PM

Free-agent LB Spencer Paysinger (Giants) is meeting with the Miami Dolphins Thursday, April 2, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Paysinger might be thrust into the special teams role Jason Trusnik just left when he signed with the Panthers earlier this week.

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