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|7/25/2014||Darius Johnson, WR||Atlanta waived Johnson, announcing the move Friday.
Analysis: Johnson made a surprising contribution last season after star receiver Julio Jones went down with a season-ending injury. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Johnson played in 10 games with two starts, making 22 catches for 210 yards and one touchdown. He was signed as a college free agent before the 2013 season.
|7/25/2014||Ty Walker, WR||The Vikings signed Walker on Friday.
Analysis: Friday spent time with Green Bay's and Seattle's practice squads last year.
|7/25/2014||Andy Cruse, WR||Minnesota signed Cruse on Friday.
Analysis: Cruse spent time on Houston's practice squad last season.
|7/25/2014||Chase Ford, TE||Minnesota placed Ford on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp.
Analysis: Ford is in a cast with a broken left foot and will be out indefinitely.
|7/25/2014||Andrew Sendejo, S||Minnesota placed Sendejo on the physically unable to perform list to open camp.
Analysis: Sendejo is dealing with nagging lower-back and ankle problems.
|7/25/2014||Captain Munnerlyn, CB||Minnesota placed Munnerlyn on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp.
Analysis: Munnerlyn has a minor hamstring injury.
|7/25/2014||Cecil Shorts III, WR||Shorts left the team's first training camp practice with a tight hamstring. Coach Gus Bradley says trainers pulled Shorts for precautionary reasons late in Friday's two-hour workout.
Analysis: It's the latest injury issue for Shorts, who missed most of organized team activities with a calf injury and hasn't made it through a full season in three years. He missed six games with a hamstring injury in 2011, missed two games because of a concussion in 2012 and sat out the final three games in 2013 with a groin injury that slowed him all season.
|7/25/2014||Bobby Felder, CB||The Buffalo Bills have signed cornerback Bobby Felder on Friday.
Analysis: Felder entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2012 with the Minnesota Vikings and has spent time on the practice squads of Minnesota and Tampa Bay. He had 12 career interceptions in college at Nicholls State.
|7/25/2014||Ryan Tannehill, QB||Tannehill dropped at least three snaps during the first practice Friday. The first time he threw long, he misfired deep to Mike Wallace - a frequent occurrence last year - but they later connected on a 40-yard throw that brought a cheer from spectators.
Analysis: Tannehill predicted mistakes will be cleaned up quickly, and like all teams in July, the Dolphins are optimistic about their playoff chances. Owner Stephen Ross said anyone not expecting to make the playoffs shouldn't be in the league.
|7/25/2014||Andy Levitre, G||Levitre is starting training camp on the non-football injury list after having an appendectomy the day before the Titans reported.
Analysis: Coach Ken Whisenhunt joked Friday that Levitre came up with the worst excuse for getting out of the running test that he's seen. Levitre had surgery Thursday and wrote on Twitter that the procedure went great and that he can't wait to get back on the field.
|7/25/2014||Jon Beason, LB||Beason says he is hopeful he can play in a preseason game for the New York Giants. Beason has been sidelined since breaking a bone in his right foot and incurring ligament damage in June. The 29-year-old Beason is running on an underwater treadmill, is active in the weight room, and he's eager to get back on the field. But he says he won't do anything foolish and suffer a setback in his recovery.
Analysis: Beason was acquired last October and his first game was the sixth straight loss for the Giants to open the season. But they went 7-3 the rest of the way, and the defense that had struggled before he arrived finished eighth in the NFL overall.
|7/25/2014||Andre Johnson, WR||Johnson is back with the Houston Texans, saying he reported to camp simply because he loves the game.
Analysis: The star receiver had skipped offseason workouts and mandatory minicamp after wondering in May whether Houston was "still the place for me." The 33-year-old Johnson, whose 1,407 yards receiving in 2013 ranked second in the AFC, rejoins a team that is looking to bounce back from a disastrous 2-14 season.
|7/25/2014||Jason Babin, LB||Babin is practicing with the New York Jets a day after signing a two-year deal. The 34-year-old Babin is expected to be a pass-rushing specialist. He was wearing No. 58 on Friday and listed as a linebacker, though he has also played defensive end.
Analysis: Babin signed Thursday after agreeing to terms Wednesday, shortly before the team reported for training camp at SUNY Cortland. Babin had a team-leading 7 1/2 sacks last season for Jacksonville and was released in the offseason. He has 62 1/2 career sacks in 10 NFL seasons, including a personal-best 18 in 2011 with Philadelphia. He was a first-round draft pick by Houston out of Western Michigan in 2004 and also has played for Seattle, Kansas City and Tennessee.
|7/25/2014||Marshawn Lynch, RB||Lynch is not expected to be present for the first day of the Seattle Seahawks' training camp according to close friend and former teammate Michael Robinson.
Analysis: Appearing on NFL Network on Thursday night, Robinson said he spoke with Lynch and Seattle's star running back plans to hold out of the camp that begins Friday. At dispute is Lynch's contract. Lynch can make up to $5.5 million this season in base pay and roster bonuses. It's the third year of a four-year contract Lynch signed with Seattle before the 2012 season.
|7/24/2014||Jared Wheeler, C||Carolina waived Wheeler and linebacker Billy Boyko.
Analysis: The moves were done in order to make room for the signings of guard Fernando Velasco and center Kevin Matthews.
|7/24/2014||Demaryius Thomas, WR||Thomas will miss the first few days of the Denver Broncos' training camp to attend the funeral of the grandmother who helped raise him in Georgia.
Analysis: Thomas attended the Broncos' team meeting Wednesday, a day after his grandmother died, and received permission from coach John Fox to leave for a few days. He's expected to rejoin his teammates Monday. Thomas' agent and the Broncos have exchanged proposals on a long-term contract that general manager John Elway wants to get done within the next two weeks so that it doesn't become a distraction.
|7/24/2014||Kevin Matthews, C||The Panthers have announced they have signed guard Fernando Velasco and Matthews, giving Carolina some experienced depth on the offensive line heading into training camp.
Analysis: Matthews is the son of Hall of Fame guard Bruce Matthews. He played in 14 games in 2012 but was cut last year in training camp by Washington.
|7/24/2014||Josh Gordon, WR||A person with knowledge of the meeting tells The Associated Press that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will have a hearing with NFL officials in New York on Aug. 1.
Analysis: Gordon was arrested this month on charges of driving while intoxicated after speeding down a street in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was released on bail. The 23-year-old player was suspended for two games last season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He still led the league with 1,646 yards receiving.
|7/24/2014||Fernando Velasco, G||The Panthers have signed Velasco and center Kevin Matthews, giving them some experienced depth on the offensive line.
Analysis: Velasco has NFL experience, starting 11 games at center for Pittsburgh last season before suffering an Achilles injury. Velasco signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted rookie and spent his first two season on the practice squad. He moved into a starting role in 2012, starting 13 games at center and three at guard.
|7/24/2014||Roddy White, WR||The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a new contract with White. The Falcons announced the four-year extension Thursday. Terms haven't been released.
Analysis: White holds the team records for career receptions (685) and yards receiving (9,436). But he battled ankle and hamstring injuries last season, missing three games and ending his streak of 133 in a row. White did end the year on a hot streak, with 43 catches for 502 yards and two touchdowns over the final five games.
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