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7/27/2014 Kyle Rudolph, TE The Minnesota Vikings have signed tight end Kyle Rudolph to a five-year contract extension. The Vikings announced the deal Sunday night. The deal, which was first reported by Fox Sports, is worth $36.5 million with just $20 million guaranteed. Incentives can push the deal to $40 million.

Analysis: Rudolph missed eight games because of a broken left foot last season. He caught 30 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns last year, but was still named to the Pro Bowl and earned MVP honors in the game.
7/27/2014 Tom Nelson, S The Panthers announced they have signed Nelson, giving them added depth at safety.

Analysis: Nelson, 27, has played in 24 regular season games during his career and has 36 tackles and one interception. He has not played in an NFL game since 2011. Nelson signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and played two years with the Bengals. He has also spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears. He attended training camp with the Bears last summer but did not make the 53-man roster.
7/27/2014 Jace Amaro, TE Amaro was sidelined in the middle of practice after tweaking his right knee.

Analysis: Amaro, New York's second-rounder, says his knee buckled Sunday, the result of a nagging tendon injury he has felt throughout the offseason. He says he should be fine when the Jets next take the practice field on Tuesday.
7/27/2014 Calvin Pryor, S Pryor has been diagnosed with a concussion.

Analysis: Coach Rex Ryan clarified Sunday that Pryor was injured while covering a kickoff - not a punt return, as he originally thought - during drills Saturday when the returner was knocked into him. Pryor, the team's first-round draft pick, was not at practice and will be sidelined while he goes through the NFL's protocol for head injuries.
7/27/2014 Travelle Wharton, G Wharton is retiring after 10 NFL seasons. There will be a retirement news conference Tuesday at Wofford College, where the Panthers are training. He is the fourth Panthers offensive lineman to retire this offseason, joining Jordan Gross, Geoff Hangartner and Jeff Byers.

Analysis: The 33-year-old Wharton played in 115 games and started 111. A third-round pick out of South Carolina in 2004, Wharton played with the Panthers until 2011 before signing as a free agent with the Bengals. He returned to Carolina last season following a slew of injuries.
7/27/2014 Davin Meggett, RB The Colts re-signed running back Davin Meggett on Sunday.

Analysis: Meggett, the son of former NFL running back Dave Meggett, played at the University of Maryland and was on the Colts practice squad in December 2012 but has not played in an NFL game.
7/27/2014 Aaron Morgan, LB The Colts put linebacker Aaron Morgan on injured reserve Sunday.

Analysis: Indianapolis did not say what Morgan's injury was.
7/27/2014 Greg Orton, WR The New England Patriots have released Orton two days after he suffered a leg injury.

Analysis: Orton was taken off the practice field on a cart Friday just two days after signing as a free agent. He was on the practice squads of Denver for part of the 2011 season and all of the next season and of the Patriots from Dec. 31 to May 22.
7/27/2014 Willie Colon, G The New York Jets have activated Colon from the active/physically unable to perform list, and he is practicing for the first time at training camp. Colon had offseason arthroscopic knee surgery in late May. He is in full pads and participating in some drills Sunday after missing the first three days of practice. Brian Winters, who started at left guard last season, and Oday Aboushi had been filling in for Colon.

Analysis: Coach Rex Ryan said Saturday that Colon was "real close" to returning. The 31-year-old Colon was re-signed by the Jets in March to a one-year, $2 million deal. He started all 16 games last season, but was recovering from a torn right biceps in the season finale before dealing with the knee issue.
7/26/2014 Tyler Gaffney, RB Gaffney will have season-ending surgery after tearing the lateral meniscus in his left knee.

Analysis: Gaffney was Carolina's sixth-round draft pick out of Stanford and was expected to provide some depth in the backfield. Coach Ron Rivera says the team will miss Gaffney, calling him a "workhorse" style of back.
7/26/2014 Tony Moeaki, TE Moeaki is out indefinitely with a hamstring injury.

Analysis: Coach Doug Marrone said Moeaki will miss a "significant" amount of time, but likely won't miss the remainder of Buffalo's training camp.
7/26/2014 Ben Roethlisberger, QB Roethlisberger says his contract situation won't be a distraction as he prepares for the 2014 season.

Analysis: Roethlisberger has two years remaining on the $102 million contract he signed in 2008. The 32-year-old Roethlisberger has a base salary of $12.1 million this season, a relative bargain compared to some of his contemporaries.
7/26/2014 Rolando McClain, LB McClain was back on the practice field with the Dallas Cowboys a day after the linebacker's disorderly conduct conviction in an Alabama courtroom.

Analysis: McClain said Saturday he was ready to resume his career after the former top 10 pick by Oakland retired and quit twice in Baltimore. The Ravens traded him to Dallas earlier this month. The 25-year-old McClain was sentenced to 18 days in jail on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in his hometown of Decatur, Alabama. He appealed the conviction.
7/26/2014 Ndamukong Suh, DT Suh is ready to start training camp - and he says any uncertainty about his contract shouldn't be a distraction.

Analysis: Veterans report to camp Sunday for the Detroit Lions. Suh is entering the final season of his contract, and as always, the spotlight will be on the two-time All-Pro when he takes the field this year. Suh says he doesn't have a timetable for contract talks - and that his agent can handle that while he focuses on football.
7/26/2014 Jonathan Stewart, RB Stewart says he isn't concerned about his latest injury limiting his effectiveness this season. The six-year NFL veteran is expected to miss about two weeks of training camp after pulling his hamstring in workouts earlier this month. He expects to be ready for the regular season.

Analysis: A former first-round draft pick, Stewart has missed 17 games the past two seasons with foot and ankle injuries. Stewart, 27, has been limited to 516 yards rushing the past two seasons and one touchdown after running for 3,500 yards and 26 TDs during his four seasons in the NFL.
7/26/2014 Calvin Pryor, S Pryor, the team's first-round draft pick, is being evaluated for a concussion after injuring his head during practice Saturday. Coach Rex Ryan says Pryor was hurt when he collided with a teammate while serving as a punt protector during a special teams drill early in the session. Ryan says the team was still awaiting test results for Pryor, who jogged off the field with a trainer after the play and remained on the sideline for most of the rest of practice.

Analysis: The injury came on the first day the Jets wore full pads since training camp practices began Thursday. Pryor, the No. 18 selection out of Louisville, is a likely starter for the Jets opposite either Dawan Landry or Antonio Allen.
7/26/2014 Cecil Shorts III, WR Shorts III will miss at least two weeks with a strained right hamstring. Shorts got the diagnosis Saturday, one day after feeling tightness in his hamstring during the team's first training camp practice.

Analysis: Shorts, who has a history of injuries, says he "can't catch a break right now. My frustration level might be at an all-time high." The fourth-year pro missed most of organized team activities with a calf injury and hasn't made it through a full season since college. 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.
7/26/2014 Kendall Hunter, RB Hunter's season is over before it began. The 49ers confirmed Saturday that Hunter tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Friday's practice. Hunter began training camp as the No. 2 running back behind Frank Gore.

Analysis: Hunter's knee buckled awkwardly as he tried to make a move during a non-contact portion of practice. His injury leaves LaMichael James, Carlos Hyde, Jewell Hampton and Marcus Lattimore to fill the void behind Gore. Hunter rushed for 358 yards and three touchdowns on 78 carries last season. He has averaged 4.6 yards per carry in three years since San Francisco selected him in the fourth round of the 2011 draft out of Oklahoma State.
7/26/2014 Jordy Nelson, WR The Packers have signed receiver Nelson to a contract extension, securing their top player at a position that has had several high-profile departures in recent years. Green Bay announced the deal Saturday after the first practice of training camp. Terms of the contract were not announced by the team, and NFL.com reported it was a four-year, $39 million deal with an $11.5 million signing bonus.

Analysis: Nelson was a second-round pick in 2008 who posted career-highs of 85 catches and 1,314 yards last season. He has developed into one of the top receivers in the league with his ability to make sideline catches.
7/26/2014 Vick Ballard, RB Colts coach Chuck Pagano says Ballard will miss the entire season due to a torn Achilles tendon. Pagano says the running back will have surgery soon.

Analysis: The injury leaves Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson competing for the starting job. Ballard was hurt on a pass play during Indy's afternoon practice. After initially getting up and limping, Ballard was taken to the locker room on a golf cart. He wasn't hit on the play. Last season, Ballard tore the ACL in his right knee during a September practice and missed the final 15 games.
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