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5/25/2017 Ryan Tannehill, Mia, QB
Back from a season-ending knee injury, Tannehill says he has healed and feels "totally normal," allowing him to take part in offseason workouts now underway. Speaking publicly Thursday for the first time since the season ended, Tannehill said he has no remaining hurdles in his recovery, and pronounced his knee healed.

Analysis: Tannehill missed last season's final four games, including a playoff loss at Pittsburgh, after spraining the ACL and MCL in his left knee. After surgery was ruled out, Tannehill rehabilitated the partially torn ligaments and underwent stem cell treatments.
5/25/2017 Victor Cruz, Chi, WR
The Chicago Bears signed Cruz to a one-year contract Thursday.

Analysis: A feared receiver with the Giants, he helped them win the Super Bowl before being slowed by injuries. He was released after seven seasons in February. Cruz has 303 catches for 4,549 yards and 25 touchdowns. A knee injury and a calf problem caused him to miss most of the 2014 season and all of 2015. Last year, he had 39 catches and one touchdown reception.
5/24/2017 Myles Garrett, Cle, DE
Garrett, the No. 1 overall draft pick, is not practicing because of an unspecified injury.

Analysis: Garrett was not on the field Wednesday, and after the workout he said the team is being "cautious about a little nick." The former Texas A&M star would not reveal the injury and said he'll be back practicing next week.
5/24/2017 Teddy Bridgewater, Min, QB
Bridgewater has reached the point in rehabilitation where he's able to drop back to pass on his surgically repaired left knee.

Analysis: Just when the 24-year-old quarterback might return to live action with the Minnesota Vikings remains largely unknown.
5/24/2017 Dre Kirkpatrick, Cin, CB
Kirkpatrick was on the sidelines at practice for voluntary organized team activities due to a broken hand suffered in "freak accident."

Analysis: Kirkpatrick, sporting a cast on his hand, told reporters Tuesday he has a small fracture on his right hand and expects to be out of practice for two to three weeks, although he did not elaborate on the accident.
5/24/2017 Ezekiel Elliott, Dal, RB
Elliott missed a second consecutive day of voluntary workouts with the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday after reportedly being involved in a car accident.

Analysis: Elliott was away from the team after being a passenger in the car accident on Sunday. He was not seriously injured but reportedly was treated for a head injury.
5/24/2017 Andrew Hawkins, NE, WR
The New England Patriots agreed to a one-year contract with free agent wide receiver Andrew Hawkins on Wednesday.

Analysis: Hawkins, who played last three seasons with the Cleveland Browns, confirmed the deal in a video posted to Uninterrupted's Twitter account.
5/24/2017 Colin Kaepernick, SF, QB
The Seattle Seahawks are planning to work out Kaepernick as a possible backup option behind starter Russell Wilson.

Analysis: Kaepernick, waiting for an opportunity almost three months on the free agent market, will work out for the team Wednesday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Seahawks also plan to bring in other reserve quarterbacks to work out. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said last week that Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III were among the free agents they were considering as a potential backup to Wilson. The Seahawks currently have Jake Heaps and Trevone Boykin on the
5/23/2017 David Irving, Dal, DE
Irving is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL performance-enhancing drug policy.

Analysis: According to multiple reports, Irving informed the league he would appeal and believes there is "evidence" that will clear him. Irving had four sacks and led the Cowboys with 26 quarterback pressures in 2016. Dallas signed Irving in 2015 off the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad. He signed a one-year deal as an exclusive rights free agent in 2017 and can become a restricted free agent at the end of the upcoming season.
5/22/2017 Devin Smith, NYJ, WR
Smith has been placed on injured reserve after clearing waivers.

Analysis: A second-round pick of the Jets in 2015, Smith's professional career has been wrecked by injuries that include an ACL tear he sustained during offseason workouts. The 25-year-old has caught 10 passes while appearing in only 14 games over his first two seasons.
5/22/2017 O.J. Howard, TB, TE
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed tight end O.J. Howard, the team's first-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Analysis: Howard, the 19th overall pick out Alabama, signed a four-year rookie contract with a fifth-year club option. Terms of the deal were not released but it is projected to be worth $11.2 million with about $6.2 million to sign, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
5/22/2017 Kyle Long, Chi, T
The Bears may shift Long to left guard -- a position he hasn't played since college -- for the 2017 season and flip veteran Josh Sitton to the right guard spot, sources told Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

Analysis: In 2015, the Bears moved Long to right tackle but last season the team moved him back to right guard. The 28-year-old Long is still rehabbing a right ankle injury suffered Nov. 13 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
5/19/2017 Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB, QB
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reached an agreement with Fitzpatrick on Friday to serve as the backup to Jameis Winston.

Analysis: The deal is for one year and worth a reported $3 million that includes incentives to take the base salary higher. The 34-year-old Fitzpatrick has started 116 games over his 12 seasons in the NFL, including 27 the past two years with the New York Jets. He made $12 million last season. Fitzpatrick will be joining his seventh NFL team.
5/17/2017 Jason McCourty, Cle, CB
McCourty has signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.

Analysis: McCourty played the past eight seasons in Tennessee, starting 90 games for the Titans. The 5-foot-11 McCourty fills a major need for the Browns, who are thin in their secondary. He gives the team experience and depth. After being named a starting cornerback in 2011, McCourty led Tennessee during the past six seasons with 11 interceptions. Last season, he started 14 games and led the Titans defensive backs with 64 tackles.
5/17/2017 LeGarrette Blount, Phi, RB
Blount and the Eagles have agreed on a one-year contract.

Analysis: Blount led the NFL with 18 touchdowns rushing in 2016 while helping the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl. He ran for 1,161 yards, averaging 3.6 per carry. The deal gives Philadelphia a big, tough back to complement its group of smaller, speedy runners.
5/17/2017 Will Sutton, Min, DT
The Vikings have signed Sutton.

Analysis: Sutton joins the Vikings after spending the first three years of his career with the Bears, playing in 36 games with 18 starts and compiling 60 tackles. The 6-foot-1, 290-pound Sutton, a third-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Arizona State, was released by the Bears last week. In 2016, Sutton played in eight games before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.
5/16/2017 Deone Bucannon, Ari, LB
Bucannon has undergone ankle surgery to repair a lingering problem. Coach Bruce Arians said after Tuesday's first OTA session that "if everything goes perfect," Bucannon could be ready for the season opener Sept. 10 at Detroit. But Arians said there's always a chance he won't.

Analysis: Bucannon was selected as a safety in the first round out of Washington State in 2014. The Cardinals soon moved him to inside linebacker because of a need at that position and he's been there since. Bucannon led the team in tackles each of the last two seasons. He had 127 two seasons ago and 100 last year.
5/15/2017 Tre Boston, LAC, S
The Chargers signed Boston on Monday.

Analysis: Boston, who was released by Carolina earlier this month, recorded 108 tackles, 10 passes defended and three interceptions in three seasons with the Panthers.
5/15/2017 Eddie Lacy, Sea, RB
Lacy weighed in at 253 pounds Monday to earn a $55,000 bonus for being under his first target by two pounds.

Analysis: Lacy, who turns 27 next month, had an incentive to come in under 255 pounds in his first official weigh-in after struggling to maintain a proper weight with the Green Bay Packers. He signed a one-year deal in March and is set to make $5.5 million, with $3 million fully guaranteed. Lacy's contract with the Seahawks contains seven potential weight bonuses worth a total of $385,000, according to ESPN. The next weigh-in will be on June 12 and requires him to be at 250.
5/15/2017 Patrick Mahomes II, KC, QB
Mahomes II, the Kansas City Chiefs' top pick in last month's NFL Draft, was uninjured after being robbed in Texas.

Analysis: Mahomes, the former Texas Tech quarterback selected 10th overall after the Chiefs traded up in the first round, was back in his hometown of Tyler, Texas, when he was robbed on Friday night, according to the Smith County Sheriff's office. Deputies were dispatched at about 9:15 p.m. to a residence when they found Mahomes and three others who said they had been robbed by a man pretending to have a gun.
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