05/26/16 - Ty Sambrailo, Colorado St, Broncos OL Ty Sambrailo is expected to take part in team repetitions next week after recovering from a torn labrum. Sambrailo is currently projected to work at right guard in the wake of the free-agent signings of Russell Okung and Donald Stephenson. Prior to suffering his torn labrum last season, Sambrailo worked at left tackle.
05/26/16 - *Shane Ray, Missouri, Broncos LB Shane Ray looks to be particularly better after an offseason spent improving his diet and refining his study habits. The 244-pounder has just 10 percent body fat after changing his diet to focus on lean meats, fruits and vegetables.
But perhaps his best tool is his demeanor.
"His attitude has been tremendous, and I think that's a real key for him," defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. "When you come in and you're a first-round pick, and you've got DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller playing out there in front of you, and you're not the starter, I think it's a little tougher mentally.
"But he's come through that with shining colors and I think he's ready to step up his game."
05/26/16 - Jalston Fowler, Alabama, Titans FB Jalston Fowler, who has been dealing with a shoulder problem, is another player who has been held out of team drills, giving undrafted fullback Sam Bergen a chance to get extra work, even with the first team.
05/26/16 - Marcus Mariota, Oregon, Titans QB Marcus Mariota came to the offseason program a few pounds heavier, saying he believes it can help him with his durability, and hopefully without sacrificing any speed. Mariota now weighs 225 pounds after playing most of his rookie season at 220 pounds.
05/26/16 - Steven Nelson, Oregon St, Chiefs CB Steven Nelson had an impressive first week of play in the OTA practices, working both in slot coverage and at outside corner. A third-round choice in the 2015 draft, Nelson saw very little playing time as a rookie, as he had trouble adjusting to the league after his college career at Oregon State. But he's displayed obvious improvement, and has broken up at least one pass in each of the three practices. "He really started picking up towards the end of last year, said head coach Andy Reid. "He kind of took off the last quarter of the season. We were excited to see if he'd continue to grow at that inside position. He made some nice plays. That's positive."
05/26/16 - *Jay Ajayi, Boise St, Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi took the field as the starter in this week's OTA, which isn't a surprise considering the youth and inexperience behind him. But that's the problem. Miami is very green at running back.
05/26/16 - Tony Lippett, Michigan St, Dolphins CB Tony Lippett remains the starter at left corner over rookie Xavien Howard. Lippett, a 6-foot-3 converted wide receiver from Michigan State, said he's learning how to use his body so he can become a "big" cornerback.
05/26/16 - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon, Browns CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee) was cleared to practice and participated in this week's OTA.
05/26/16 - Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska, Lions RB Ameer Abdullah underwent shoulder surgery, and it's unclear when he'll return to practice, head coach Jim Caldwell said Thursday.
"He's recovering nicely," Caldwell said.
Caldwell said Abdullah had the surgery early in the offseason, but declined to provide more information.
"You know I don't talk about injuries and all that stuff in those kind of details," he said.
Abdullah was the Lions' leading rusher as a rookie in 2015 with 597 yards and is set to be the No. 1 back again in 2016.
05/26/16 - John Lowdermilk, Iowa, Undrafted S John Lowdermilk, signed two weeks earlier, was placed on the reserve-retired list Tuesday by Tampa Bay.
05/26/16 - Neal Sterling, Monmouth (NJ), Jaguars TE Neal Sterling has moved to the tight end position after being used as a wide receiver a year ago.
05/26/16 - Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska, Lions RB Ameer Abdullah will not participate in offseason workouts because of shoulder surgery in January to repair a torn labrum.
According to multiple reports, the Lions expect Abdullah to return for training camp.
A second-round pick from Nebraska in 2015, he led the team with 597 rushing yards and was the team's primary kick returner last season.
05/26/16 - Sammie Coates, Auburn, Steelers WR Sammie Coates was drafted in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft as insurance against another misstep by Martavis Bryant. The decision might pay dividends in 2016 because Bryant was suspended for the season for a violation of the NFL's drug policy.
Coates, who dressed for only seven games as a rookie, will have an opportunity this spring and summer to replace Bryant.
"We just have to go out here and work every day," Coates said. "Whatever happens, happens. We lost a player. We have to pick up his slack. Everybody has to work together and get it done."
While Coates only had one catch for 11 yards during the regular season he did have a breakout game against Denver in the playoffs. With Antonio Brown out with a concussion, Coates caught two passes for 61 yards.
"That's part of this business," Coates said. "You have to be ready all the time. I knew my chance will come and I took advantage of it. I built the confidence during the regular season, doing the scout team. You build confidence throughout the season. When I had a chance to step up I was just ready."
05/26/16 - Senquez Golson, Ole Miss, Steelers CB Senquez Golson, who missed his rookie season with a shoulder injury, is getting the first shot to earn the slot corner position. He has been lining up with the first-team defense with veterans William Gay and Ross Cockrell occupying the outside corner spots.
"I was just getting my feet wet last year," Golson said. "It's definitely easier than last year with me knowing the playbook already. I have the playbook down. At this point it's just learning the communication from the other players, learning how they talk."
05/25/16 - Kyshoen Jarrett, Va Tech, Redskins S Kyshoen Jarrett (nerve damage in shoulder) is still seeing a specialist in Denver. He sustained the injury Jan. 3 in the regular-season finale and his chances of playing this season appear remote.
05/25/16 - *Eli Harold, Virginia, 49ers OLB Eli Harold has bulked up from 245 to 270 pounds in an effort to be a better run-stopper this season. The second-year prospect from Virginia is considered a serious candidate to be a starter after having made only 14 tackles all of last season.
05/24/16 - Andre Debose, Florida, Raiders WR/KR Andre Debose, who had an Achilles tear last season and spent the season on injured reserve, was waived/injured.
05/24/16 - Neiron Ball, Florida, Raiders LB Neiron Ball, who had knee surgery last year in Week 7, did not practice with the team Tuesday.
05/24/16 - Clive Walford, Miami, Raiders TE Clive Walford, who was hurt in an ATV accident not believed to be serious, stretched with the team before returning to the weight room Tuesday.
05/24/16 - *Shaq Thompson, Wash, Panthers LB Shaq Thompson showed no residual effects from a Sunday morning head-on collision that left former Duke QB Anthony Boone hospitalized. Thompson practiced in full on Tuesday and made the play of the day for the defense, stepping in front of WR Brenton Bersin to pick off a pass from QB Cam Newton during nine-on-nines. Thompson did not stop to speak with reporters afterward.
05/24/16 - D'Joun Smith, FAU, Colts CB D'Joun Smith has been sidelined during some of the OTA practices as he rehabs a 2015 injury. Smith is a candidate for a starting role with the Colts after getting off to a slow start as a rookie last season in a backup role. He continues to rehab a knee issue that limited his playing time last year.
05/24/16 - Tyler Varga, Yale, Undrafted RB Tyler Varga participated in Tuesday's OTA workout. Varga missed most of the 2015 season due to concussion issues. He did not practice with the team during last week's Tuesday media availability. Varga , an undrafted free agent in 2015, impressed the Colts' coaching staff last spring and in training camp with his versatility.
05/24/16 - *D.J. Humphries, Florida, Cardinals T D.J. Humphries said he's dropped more than 20 pounds since the start of last season and that he's gained added strength now that he's been on a proper diet.
"I really needed somebody to teach me to eat the right way," he said. "When to eat carbs, when not to eat carbs, how many calories I should be eating. And eating the right stuff instead of just burgers, fries, chicken, chicken fries.
"I realized that I have the money to eat grass-fed steaks, good fish - the right kind of stuff. I don't have to hit the drive-throughs all the time."
05/23/16 - *Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, Chargers RB Melvin Gordon, who is coming off microfracture knee surgery, looked good in the individual drills Monday, but he didn't play during the team period. Coach Mike McCoy said he is pleased with where Gordon is. Gordon made all the cuts and stops and starts when working with running backs coach Ollie Wilson.
05/23/16 - Chris Highland, Illinois St, Undrafted LS Chris Highland was waived by the New Orleans Saints on Monday.