News: Bell's suspension has been reduced to two games, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: The suspension is the only thing limiting Bell's draft stock, and while he'll still have to miss two games, the decreased punishment makes him that much more attractive to prospective owners. He's almost fully recovered from the knee injury that held him out of last season's playoff game, with various reports suggesting he has regained all of his explosiveness. If not for the suspension, Bell would be the first player off the board in the vast majority of drafts. Even with the two-game ban, a strong case can be made for Bell to be the first running back, or even first player, selected. Boasting superstars at quarterback and wide receiver, along with an excellent offensive line, the Steelers provide their immensely talented running back with the perfect context to succeed.
News: The NFL has upheld Brady's four-game suspension to start the 2015 season, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Brady was suspended for the Patriots' first four games of the coming campaign for "violations of the NFL Policy on Integrity of the Game," and the league has elected not to overturn or reduce the quarterback's punishment. Now that the NFL has held firm on Brady's four-game suspension, stemming from his alleged role in "Deflategate," we'd imagine that the QB will pursue some sort of legal action against the league. However, factoring in the team's Week 4 bye, Brady remains in line to miss games against the Steelers, Bills, Jaguars and Cowboys and would be eligible to return to action in Week 6 against the Colts. Second-year signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo is thus on track to start at QB for the Patriots when they open their 2015 regular season slate.
News: Williams, one of the possible replacements for NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray, has been released by the Cowboys. The oft-injured Williams was among three players cut Tuesday before the team left for training camp in Oxnard, California. The first workout is Thursday.
Impact: The 25-year-old Williams was a second-round pick by Arizona in 2011 but has appeared in just five games because of knee and shoulder injuries. He missed most of this offseason with knee problems.
News: Freeman has re-signed with the Dolphins four days after they released him.
Impact: The moves involved a contractual issue. Freeman re-joined the team Tuesday, two days before the start of training camp. The 2009 first-round draft pick first signed with Miami in April. He has 60 career starts but hasn't played since October 2013, and will try to challenge Matt Moore for the backup job behind Ryan Tannehill.
News: Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game last season has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Impact: The New England Patriots' star quarterback was suspended by NFL executive Troy Vincent in May following a league-sanctioned investigation by Ted Wells. The Patriots were fined $1 million and docked a pair of draft picks. The team didn't appeal its penalty, but Brady and his lawyers made their case during a 10-hour appeal hearing on June 23.
News: A person familiar with Wilkerson's plans says the defensive end will report for training camp with the Jets despite being unhappy with his contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because neither Wilkerson nor the Jets announced the decision.
Impact: Wilkerson reported for mandatory minicamp last month, but was non-committal about showing for training camp. He stayed away from the team's facility during voluntary workouts and practices earlier in the offseason while looking for a long-term deal. Wilkerson, one of the key parts of new coach Todd Bowles' defense, is in the last year of his rookie contract and is due to make $6.97 million this season.
News: The Jets have signed Hill and released kicker Andrew Furney, one day before the team reports for training camp.
Impact: Hill was signed by Oakland as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Arizona by Oakland in May, but released two weeks later. He had 49 catches for 635 yards and four touchdowns last year after missing the 2013 season with a knee injury.
News: The Jets have signed wide receiver Austin Hill and released Furney, one day before the team reports for training camp.
Impact: Furney spent last summer with the Jets, and kicked a 51-yard game-winning field goal in New York's preseason opening win over Indianapolis. He was cut after training camp, but re-signed to a reserve-future contract last December. The move Tuesday leaves veteran Nick Folk as the only kicker on the Jets' roster.
News: Poe will miss all of training camp and could miss part of the season after the Pro Bowl run-stuffer had surgery last week on his ailing back.
Impact: Poe first hurt his back during offseason workouts, but coach Andy Reid said Tuesday that he aggravated the injury training at home. Poe was diagnosed with a herniated disc and had surgery July 15, and trainer Rick Burkholder said he will be out indefinitely.
News: The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks and Sample on the physically unable to perform list.
Impact: Sample, a fourth-round draft pick in May, broke his forearm during organized team activities in June and had surgery the following day. He is expected to miss at least the first two weeks of camp.
News: The New Orleans Saints have released Bunkley, citing a failed physical.
Impact: The 6-foot-2, 306-pound Bunkley has spent three seasons in New Orleans, starting all but two of 38 games in which he played. He hasn't had a sack since 2012, but was often effective holding his position at the line of scrimmage and occupying blockers.
News: Smith will participate in the Denver Broncos' training camp after tending to a personal matter that kept him away from the team's offseason workouts this summer.
Impact: The Broncos' brass and Smith decided it was best for him to stay away from the team after reports surfaced in late May that prosecutors in Texas were investigating a criminal sexual complaint against Smith. Smith never was arrested nor were any charges filed in the case.
News: The Buffalo Bills have released Williams a day before players begin reporting for the start of training camp. The Bills announced the move on Tuesday evening.
Impact: Williams' status was uncertain after he missed all of the team's spring practices while still recuperating from back surgery in October. Though the Bills medical staff was monitoring his progress, Williams did not report to the team's facility until the start of a mandatory minicamp last month. The Bills were counting on Williams to fill a starting spot when they signed the free agent to a four-year contract in March 2014.
News: Berry has been cleared by the Kansas City Chiefs' medical staff and his doctors to return to the practice field after undergoing treatment for lymphoma.
Impact: The Chiefs said in a brief statement late Tuesday that Berry would join quarterbacks, rookies and injured players in the first day of training camp Wednesday at Missouri Western. Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease last December, shortly after complaining of pain in his chest following a game against Oakland. He was treated at Emory University in Atlanta and went through the final round of it in June.