NFL Player News: All Positions

News: Shepard (thumb) doesn't need surgery and may return to practice before the end of training camp, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
Impact: Early reports hinted at the broken thumb potentially threatening Shepard's Week 1 availability, but coach Pat Shurmur said Friday that he isn't at all worried about the injury, per Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York. It's some much-needed good news for a Giants team that lost fellow wideout Corey Coleman to a torn ACL during Thursday's practice. Regardless of his preseason participation, Shepard is expected to be fine for Week 1 at Dallas.
News: Shepard suffered a thumb fracture Thursday and will be evaluated week to week.
Impact: Shepard's timetable presents the possibility that he still will be ready for the start of the regular season. Should his injury leak into Week 1 and beyond, Golden Tate presumably would take over as the top wideout and one of Corey Coleman, Cody Latimer or Bennie Fowler would start opposite him.
News: Thomas isn't reporting for the start of training camp, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Impact: Entering the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, Thomas reportedly is seeking a pact that will put him first among all wide receivers in average annual value. A report from June suggested the two sides were far apart on compensation, with the 26-year-old seeking $22 million per season and the Saints thinking more along the lines of $18 million.
News: Edelman is reportedly recovering from a broken left thumb but is expected to be ready to play in the Patriots' regular-season opener Sept. 8 versus the Steelers, sources tell Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Impact: According to Rapoport, Edelman sustained the injury approximately three weeks ago while playing catch during a workout. Per Mark Daniels of The Providence Journal, Edelman was spotted on the sideline at Thursday's training-camp session without a cast on his left thumb, signaling that he's already made some meaningful progress in his recovery from the injury. While the Patriots will likely exercise caution with Edelman and may even hold him out of the entire preseason, his usage during the exhibition slate probably would have been limited even if the veteran wasn't dealing with an injury. Assuming he hits no unexpected snags in his recovery over the next few weeks, Edelman should be locked into his familiar high-volume role in the New England passing attack once again in 2019, with his fantasy value getting its usual spike in PPR formats.
News: Guice (knee/hamstring) received clearance to practice without any limitations, John Keim of reports.
Impact: Guice made good progress in his ACL recovery throughout winter and spring, only to pick up a minor hamstring injury at some point during the summer. Neither his knee nor his hamstring are apparently concerns entering training camp, but it bears mentioning that players are often more susceptible to other medical issues in the first year back from a severe injury. Running backs coach Randy Jordan already said he envisions a 50-50 or 60-40 carry split between Guice and Adrian Peterson, with Chris Thompson presumably getting most of the snaps in passing situations. Although he doesn't find himself in the most ideal backfield situation, the 2018 second-round pick at least will have a chance to emerge as the leader of a crowded position group.
News: Gordon informed the Chargers he won't report for the start of training camp Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: Tom Pelissero of relays that Gordon will stay in Florida while his teammates begin camp. The Chargers can fine Gordon for each day he's absent, though it wouldn't be the best idea if they still have serious interest in signing him to an extension. Earlier in July, Gordon's agent said there's a "strong possibility" the running back could extend his holdout into the regular season if he doesn't receive a new contract before Week 1. In the meantime, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson are in line for the majority of first-team reps at camp.
News: Boyd is signing a four-year, $43 million extension, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: Boyd broke out for 1,028 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in his third NFL season despite missing the final two weeks with an MCL sprain. He returned healthy for the offseason program, now locked in as the No. 2 pass-game option in a Cincinnati offense with serious depth concerns at both wideout and tight end. Boyd did his best work last season when A.J. Green (toe) also was in the lineup, averaging 6.1 catches for 79.7 yards and 0.6 touchdowns on 8.2 targets in the nine games both receivers were active for. Boyd averaged 4.2 catches for 62.2 yards in the five games he played without Green, though Andy Dalton's absence was probably the bigger factor contributing to a mini-slump late in the season.
News: The Chargers aren't willing to meet Gordon's current expectations for a contract extension, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Robinson suggests the team is preparing for a holdout as negotiations remain far apart on the eve of training camp. Gordon has a sliver of leverage in the form of his team's win-now mentality, perhaps hoping the Chargers will sacrifice future salary-cap flexibility to keep things harmonious in 2019. The aging curve for running backs suggests a pricey extension would lead to regret within a couple years, though Gordon at least is coming off a 2018 campaign with career-high marks for yards per carry (5.1), yards per target (7.4) and scrimmage yards per game (114.6). Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson are the top candidates to rep with the starting offense if Gordon doesn't report Thursday for the start of training camp.
News: Edelman is expected to be out for the next three weeks with a thumb injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: Spotted with a brace over his left thumb, Edelman reportedly will miss most or all of training camp. The missed practice time isn't a huge concern for a 33-year-old veteran with 115 regular-season games and 18 playoff appearances to his name. Edelman's absence should free up additional first-team work for a number of players, including N'Keal Harry, Maurice Harris and Braxton Berrios.
News: The NFL does not plan to fine or suspend Hill after completing its investigation into allegations of child abuse, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Impact: The investigation didn't provide enough evidence to conclude that Hill violated the league's personal conduct policy. He's now eligible to participate in all team activities, including regular-season games. The NFL's statement acknowledges the possibility of another investigation, but only if the league receives new information from law enforcement. The Chiefs released their own statement saying that Hill will have his team suspension lifted to allow for participation at the outset of training camp. Palmer believes it will be a matter of weeks or even months before the Chiefs consider signing Hill to a contract extension. The 25-year-old wideout is entering the fourth and final season of his rookie deal.
News: Elliott is weighing his options for a potential holdout but hasn't made a final decision, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Impact: A prolonged holdout would put the most pressure on the Cowboys, but Elliott would lose an accrued season towards free agency if he doesn't report to training camp by Aug. 6. The relationship between team and player reportedly remains cordial, albeit with the complication of Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper entering contract seasons. Elliott doesn't seem to be the immediate priority, as he's under team control through 2020 via the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. Discussions with Elliott should progress much faster if/when the Cowboys finalize deals with his teammates.
News: Lindsay (right wrist) feels good to go in advance of training camp, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. "In my mind I'm ready," Lindsay noted Monday. "I'm 100 percent."
Impact: The running back did, however, acknowledge that Denver's coaches and training staff will determine the amount of reps he takes once camp opens up Thursday. The 24-year-old joined the Broncos last season as an undrafted free agent, and the 5-foot-8, 190-pounder emerged as the team's lead back en route to logging 192 carries for 1,037 yards and nine rushing TDs to go along with 35 catches for 241 yards and a receiving score. Lindsay heads into the coming season atop the Broncos' depth chart at his position, with Royce Freeman and Devontae Booker on hand to see complementary duty in the team's backfield.
News: Herndon has been suspended for the first four games of the 2019 regular season, Tom Pelissero of reports.
Impact: Herndon was charged with DWI last summer and pleaded guilty in January. He'll be eligible to participate in training camp and preseason before missing the first four games of the regular season. With the Jets on bye Week 4, the 23-year-old tight end won't be able to play until Week 6 against the Cowboys (Oct. 13). Eric Tomlinson, Daniel Brown and Trevon Wesco are the other tight ends on New York's roster.
News: Gordon's agent said there's a "strong possibility" the running back will hold out into the regular season if he doesn't receive a new contract, Tom Pelissero of reports.
Impact: Gordon reportedly will ask for a trade if he doesn't get his contract before July 24 when the Chargers report to training camp. The team still hopes to reach an agreement, but Gordon's public reveal of his plan for a holdout suggests the two sides are far apart on money. Despite missing four games last season, the 26-year-old achieved personal bests in a slew of statistical categories, including yards per carry (5.1), yards per target (7.4), scrimmage yards per game (114.6) and total touchdowns (14). Backup running back Austin Ekeler also had an efficient campaign, but he struggled when tasked with a larger role, averaging 3.2 YPC and 3.8 YPT in three starts. Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome are the other leading candidates to see carries if things ultimately don't work out between Gordon and the Chargers.
News: Gordon doesn't plan to report to training camp unless he signs a contract extension first, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: The 26-year-old is scheduled for a $5.6 million salary in 2019 under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. It's a nice bargain for the Chargers after Gordon answered long-standing concerns about his efficiency with impressive marks of 5.1 yards per carry and 7.4 yards per target last season, though he missed four games along the way. His agent, Fletcher Smith, told ESPN he'll demand a trade if Gordon doesn't receive his desired contract before the start of training camp in late July.
News: Garoppolo (knee) anticipates having no restrictions for the start of training camp July 27, Josh Schrock of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: The 27-year-old quarterback mostly was limited to 7-on-7 drills throughout the offseason program, eventually taking one snap in 11-on-11s at the end of June minicamp. The 49ers presumably will monitor his workload throughout training camp and preseason, but Garoppolo appears set to gain clearance for full-team drills. He'll be surrounded by a deep group of pass catchers, with second-team All-Pro George Kittle locked in at tight end while a slew of players compete for snaps at running back and wide receiver.
News: Jacobs could miss the start of training camp thanks to an ongoing contract dispute, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
Impact: One of six 2019 first-round picks not to have signed a contract as of Saturday, there's reportedly a possibility Jacobs could miss the start of training camp while he negotiates for more signing bonus in his rookie contract. While the likes of Joey Bosa and Roquan Smith stand out as two recent highly drafted rookies to hold out for a better deal, it's more than likely the Raiders will come to terms with their running back prior to the start of training camp, particularly with HBO's Hard Knocks, which will follow the Raiders this preseason, set to premiere August 6.
News: Elliott won't face discipline from the league as a result of his involvement in an incident that occurred in Las Vegas in May, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Impact: Commissioner Roger Goodell met with Elliott on Tuesday, and Elliott issued a statement later that day volunteering "to take advantage of the resources available to help him continue to grow personally." The league issued a statement pertaining to its investigation into Elliott that noted "there was no violation of the personal conduct policy and no further action is warranted." With that, Elliott is seemingly in the clear and will not face a suspension to begin the 2019 season.
News: Elliott will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday to discuss a May incident at a music festival in Las Vegas, Todd Archer of reports.
Impact: The NFL has proven especially sensitive to any incident caught on tape, though Elliott's recent encounter isn't comparable to past examples involving serious violence. He was placed in handcuffs at the music festival after bumping into a security guard who wouldn't let him pass through a restricted area. Police released Elliott without arresting him or charging him with any crime, but the NFL has a lower standard for punishment under its personal conduct policy -- something Elliott already learned when he served a six-game suspension in 2017. His status as a potential repeat offender increases the odds of a suspension, but it doesn't seem like an incident that would warrant a lengthy ban.
News: Michel has recently been missing practices after requiring a knee scope, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Given that Michel is described as having missed the "final portion" of the offseason workout program, it would appear he picked up the knee injury earlier in the spring. While Michel likely won't be taking part in the final days of minicamp, he's on track to be ready for training camp and there doesn't appear to be any concern over his regular-season availability.
News: Gurley (knee) said Tuesday that he is feeling fine and will be ready for training camp, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Gurley's optimism is encouraging, but he has been held out of OTAs because of his injury, and it's still too early to tell if he will be on the field when training camp kicks off for the Rams on July 23, and further out, how healthy he will be when Week 1 rolls around.
News: Rudolph has agreed to a four-year, $36 million extension with the Vikings, Adam Schefter of reports.
Impact: Rudolph and the Vikings have been hammering out the specifics of the extension over the past two months and have finally reached an agreement. He's spent his entire eight-year career in Minnesota, totaling 386 receptions for 3,787 yards and 41 touchdowns in 112 career games. In 2018, Rudolph was third on the team with 64 receptions for 634 yards and four touchdowns, clearly showing he remains one of the top fantasy tight ends in the game. The Vikings also drafted tight end Irv Smith in the second round of April's draft, but it's clearly Rudolph's job for now.
News: Jones won't partake in drills at mandatory minicamp this week while he rehabs a foot injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: Jones was absent for voluntary workouts in May while he attempts to secure a new contract but reported to the Falcons' practice facility Monday still recovering from the foot issue. It's not clear how the 30-year-old sustained the injury or where he's currently at in his recovery. Jones has two years and just over $21 million remaining on his current deal, and general manager Thomas Dimitroff indicated last month both sides "are having really good conversations" toward a new contract, per Vaughn McClure of
News: Hill is not expected to be with the Chiefs for mandatory minicamp but there is a good chance he will be back with the team for training camp in late July barring any additional developments, Tom Pelissero of reports.
Impact: This comes alongside news that the police investigation into charges against Hill is no longer open, which could provide an avenue for Hill's suspension from the team to be lifted prior to the start of the regular season. However, given that the NFL is still undergoing its own internal investigation, a lot could still transpire over the next month or so, which could include the league handing the Pro Bowl wideout a suspension for the start of the season.
News: Wentz signed a four-year contract extension with the Eagles on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Impact: Wentz had two years remaining on his rookie contract, so the extension will keep him with Philadelphia through 2024. The young passer has missed eight games the past two seasons, plus both playoff runs, but has lived up to the billing of his No. 2 overall selection in the 2016 draft when healthy. He's at full strength for offseason practices after recovering from a stress fracture in his back.
News: Watson announced Sunday that he'll be suspended for the first four games of the regular season after testing positive for a banned substance.
Impact: Watson took the substance while he was planning for retirement and seeking out other career opportunities, and with that, it doesn't appear he will appeal the suspension. As a result, Watson will be ineligible to play until Week 5, leaving Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Matt LaCosse as the top candidates for the starting job at tight end early in the season.