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|7/22/2014||Danny Woodhead, RB||The San Diego Chargers agreed to a two-year contract extension with running back Danny Woodhead. Woodhead signed a two-year contract when he joined the Chargers as an unrestricted free agent from New England in March 2013. His new contract runs through the 2016 season.
Analysis: Woodhead is coming off a career year. He had career highs of 76 catches (second on the team), 605 yards and six touchdowns. He ranked first among all running backs in touchdown catches and ranked second in receptions and yards receiving.
|7/22/2014||Ace Sanders, WR||Sanders says he is facing a four-game suspension and won't be around for the majority of training camp.
Analysis: He declined to discuss the reason for the pending suspension, but says "personal reasons" will prevent him from attending the start of training camp Friday. Sanders says he will seek counseling and not rehab.
|7/22/2014||Jeremy Ebert, WR||The Falcons signed wide receiver Jeremy Ebert, who had three catches for 18 yards in five games with Jacksonville last season
Analysis: Ebert was a seventh-round pick by New England in 2012. He spent time on the Patriots' and Eagles' practice squads in 2012.
|7/22/2014||Pat Angerer, LB||The Atlanta Falcons have added depth and experience at linebacker by signing former Colts starter Pat Angerer.
Analysis: Atlanta lost linebacker Sean Weatherspoon for the season with a torn Achilles in June. Angerer, a second-round pick by Indianapolis in 2010, made nine starts in 2013 and had 63 tackles with one interception. Angerer finished last season on injured reserve with a knee injury. He made only three starts in 2012 because of a foot injury.
|7/22/2014||Larry English, LB||The San Diego Chargers have released outside linebacker Larry English, a former first-round pick.
Analysis: San Diego parted ways with English on Tuesday. He was limited to nine games last year, including five starts in place of Dwight Freeney, because of a pectoral injury he had after sacking Peyton Manning in a loss to Denver. The Chargers drafted him 16th overall in 2009 and he played in all 16 games as a rookie. He played in just 13 games over the next two years because of foot injuries. English has 11 career sacks in 52 games, nine starts, over his five-year career.
|7/22/2014||Geno Atkins, DT||The Bengals expect cornerback Leon Hall to be ready for the start of training camp and defensive tackle Geno Atkins to join them for full workouts sometime later.
Analysis: Hall and Atkins are their two biggest questions heading into camp. Both are starters who mean a lot to a defense that ranked third in the NFL last season. Atkins tore a knee ligament Oct. 31. Lewis says Atkins won't be cleared to practice at the outset, but he expects him to be back sometime during camp.
|7/22/2014||Leon Hall, CB||The Bengals expect cornerback Leon Hall to be ready for the start of training camp and defensive tackle Geno Atkins to join them for full workouts sometime later.
Analysis: Hall and Atkins are their two biggest questions heading into camp. Both are starters who mean a lot to a defense that ranked third in the NFL last season. Hall tore his right Achilles tendon midway through last season, the second time he's sustained such an injury. Coach Marvin Lewis said Tuesday that he expects Hall to be cleared for full practices when camp opens Thursday.
|7/22/2014||Rolando McClain, LB||An Alabama judge has denied a motion from Dallas linebacker Rolando McClain to delay his trial because of training camp.
Analysis: Decatur Municipal Court Clerk Jessica Haggard said Tuesday that Judge Bill Cook Jr. declined to push back the trial set for Friday on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. McClain's local attorney, Carl Cole, had filed a motion to reschedule because the Cowboys start camp on Thursday. Dallas acquired the rights to McClain from Baltimore on July 1. He was the eighth overall pick by Oakland out of Alabama in 2010 but had retired and hasn't played since 2012.
|7/22/2014||T.J. Ward, S||Ward is scheduled to be in court for charges stemming from an incident at a strip club.
Analysis: Ward faces misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace charges for allegedly throwing a glass mug at a female bartender May 10 at PT's All Nude Club. Ward's hearing in Denver County Court is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The 27-year-old Ward signed a four-year, $22.5 million deal with Denver this spring. He is coming off a Pro Bowl season in Cleveland, where he also earned second-team All-Pro honors last year.
|7/22/2014||David Tyree, WR||The New York Giants have hired former receiver David Tyree as director of player development.
Analysis: Tyree's spectacular catch against his helmet was a key play in the team's 2008 Super Bowl upset of undefeated New England. He replaces Charles Way, who became the head of the NFL's Player Engagement Department earlier this month. The 34-year-old Tyree played for the Giants from 2003-08. He spent the last two years working in player engagement and development at the NFL office.
|7/21/2014||Reese Wiggins, WR||The Detroit Lions have claimed Wiggins off waivers.
Analysis: Wiggins was released by the New England Patriots last week. He had 26 receptions for 372 yards and four touchdowns last year at East Carolina and caught 80 passes for 1,012 yards and eight touchdowns over three seasons.
|7/21/2014||Leon Hall, CB||Hall was among nine players placed on the physically unable to perform list Monday by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Analysis: Hall tore his right Achilles tendon on Oct. 20. It was his second such injury in three years.
|7/21/2014||Geno Atkins, DT||Atkins was among nine players placed on the physically unable to perform list Monday by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Analysis: Atkins missed seven games and the Bengals' one playoff game last season after undergoing surgery on his right knee. He was injured on Oct. 31 at Miami and was not expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
|7/21/2014||Johnny Manziel, QB||Manziel is No. 2 on Cleveland's depth chart but No. 1 as the NFL's top-selling jersey.
Analysis: The league said Monday the rookie quarterback's No. 2 jersey outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on NFLShop.com. The Browns drafted the former Texas A&M star with the No. 22 pick. He'll enter his first training camp as Brian Hoyer's backup.
|7/21/2014||David Wilson, RB||Wilson has been cleared for contact work after recovering from neck surgery.
Analysis: Wilson said the doctors gave him permission to return with no restrictions. "I can play regular football with no special equipment, no medication, or anything else," he said. The 2012 first-round draft pick appeared in only five games last season. He has largely been a fantasy bust so far for the Giants.
|7/21/2014||Chris Snee, G||The veteran guard told the New York Giants on Monday that he is retiring.
Analysis: Snee met with coach Tom Coughlin, who also is his father-in-law, then said he was ending his NFL career after 10 seasons. He has had two hip surgeries and now is most troubled by right elbow and wrist problems. He sat out minicamp last month but indicated he expected to play this season.
|7/21/2014||Nathan Williams, LB||The Bills have released linebacker Nathan Williams.
Analysis: Williams is now a free agent.
|7/21/2014||Ramses Barden, WR||The Bills have released receiver Ramses Barden.
Analysis: Barden was previously a bust with the Giants.
|7/21/2014||Naaman Roosevelt, WR||The Buffalo Bills have shuffled their roster by signing Roosevelt and defensive tackle Landon Cohen.
Analysis: Roosevelt rejoins the Bills after spending the 2010 and 2011 seasons in Buffalo. He's a University at Buffalo product and split the past two seasons on the Lions and Cleveland Browns practice squads.
|7/21/2014||Landon Cohen, DT||The Buffalo Bills have shuffled their roster by signing Cohen and receiver Naaman Roosevelt.
Analysis: Cohen has five years of NFL experience, dividing last season between Dallas and Chicago. He was drafted by Detroit in the seventh round in 2008. Cohen reunites with former Lions coach Jim Schwartz, who is in his first season as Buffalo's defensive coordinator.
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