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Daniel Jones QB, NYG

Will be active for training camp

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-07-16

Jones (knee) won't be placed on the PUP list and will be active from the start of training camp next week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Jones said early Tuesday during an appearance on the "Simms Complete" podcast that he's had no setbacks in his recovery from last November's ACL surgery, and the Giants' decision not to place him on the PUP list essentially confirms that. This news means the QB is unlikely to have any limitations in preparing for the upcoming campaign and will be ready to go as New York's Week 1 starter, assuming he doesn't incur any new health issues prior to the beginning of the season. Jones will lead a new-look Giants offense that lost Saquon Barkley in free agency and Darren Waller to retirement in the offseason while adding new first-string RB Devin Singletary and exciting rookie Malik Nabers, who is slated to be the team's No. 1 wideout.

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Ricky Pearsall WR, SF

Starting camp on NFI list

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-07-16

The 49ers placed Pearsall (undisclosed) on the active/non-football injury list Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.

Pearsall's placement on the NFI list indicates that his injury was sustained away from team activities. The details and severity of Pearsall's injury remain undisclosed, but the 2024 first-round pick's placement on the NFI list comes at the same time as Brandon Aiyuk's official request to be traded, potentially depriving the 49ers of both negotiation leverage and receiver depth, depending on his expected recovery timetable. If Aiyuk's request is granted and he ends up traded, Pearsall will benefit from a substantially clearer path to starting reps alongside Deebo Samuel and Jauan Jennings, but he'll first need to get healthy and return to the practice field.

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Brandon Aiyuk WR, SF

Officially requests trade

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-07-16

Aiyuk officially requested a trade from the 49ers on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Aiyuk's trade requests follows a tumultuous offseason, and though his recent meeting with the team was reported to have gone well, the star wideout is now looking to force San Francisco's hand with training camp just around the corner. It now seems realistic that Aiyuk, who is currently positioned to play out the 2024 season on a $14.12 million salary under the fifth-year option of his rookie deal, could hold out of training camp if no trade comes quickly to fruition. The 49ers selected Ricky Pearsall in the first round of April's draft, giving the team a pivot option behind top wideout Deebo Samuel should Aiyuk move on, and also brought back Jauan Jennings on a two-year deal.

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Daniel Jones QB, NYG

'No real setbacks' in ACL recovery

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-07-16

Jones (knee) said Tuesday during an appearance on the "Simms Complete" podcast that he has had a "pretty smooth process" and "no real setbacks" in his recovery from ACL surgery, Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post reports. "At this point, I'm doing pretty much everything -- running, cutting, everything I need to do," Jones said.

Jones didn't explicitly say that he's been medically cleared for the start of training camp next week, but he previously said in June that he expects to be on the field for the Giants' first practice of the summer. Once he's fully cleared for 11-on-11 contact drills, a healthy Jones will once again look to prove that he's the Giants' long-term answer at quarterback. The Giants eschewed using the No. 6 overall pick in April's draft on a signal-caller and instead selected wideout Malik Nabers, and the front office appears to be betting on the addition of the dynamic receiver and better health from the offensive line being enough to prop up the Jones-led offense. Jones is entering the second season of the four-year, $160 million contract he signed in March 2023, and if the Giants elect to go in a different direction at quarterback following the 2024 campaign, the team would have to take on only $22.2 million in dead money by cutting him.

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Nick Chubb RB, CLE

Encouraging workout progress

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-07-15

Chubb (knee) was shown in a video posted Monday to his documentary film's Instagram account handling two squat reps of what appears to be 558 pounds, Chris Easterling of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Chubb didn't do any on-field work during OTAs or minicamp and declined to put a timetable on his return back in June, but the four-time Pro Bowler continues to make progress in his recovery with the start of training camp approaching, as veterans report for Cleveland on July 23. The 28-year-old suffered a season-ending ACL, MCL and meniscus knee injury Week 2 last year, requiring separate surgeries to repair his MCL on Sept. 29, then his ACL on Nov. 14. When Chubb suffered a similar injury to the same knee at Georgia he didn't miss a single game in the Bulldogs' following season, but at that time his ACL wasn't torn. It still remains to be seen whether Chubb will be available for the start of training camp as even a limited participant, or whether he'll be on the field Week 1 versus Dallas, but the Browns are optimistic he'll be fully healthy and suiting up at some point during the 2024 campaign. Cleveland has depth to lean if Chubb isn't able to play early, as the team added bruiser D'Onta Foreman and pass-catching specialist Nyheim Hines (knee) to a backfield already housing Jerome Ford and Pierre Strong.

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Tee Higgins WR, CIN

Won't sign extension

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-07-14

Higgins and the Bengals will not agree to a contract extension by Monday's deadline, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Higgins signed his franchise tag in mid-June and will play on that tag this year before likely becoming a free agent in the 2025 offseason. Per Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site, it's possible the Bengals could franchise-tag Higgins again or work on a tag-and-trade scenario, though it's likely that this will be his final season as a Bengal. Higgins missed five games last season due to injuries but racked up over 1,000 receiving yards in each of the prior two campaigns.

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Dak Prescott QB, DAL

Out of walking boot

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-07-09

Prescott (foot), who has been spotted without a protective boot on his right foot Tuesday while his youth football camp, said there is "absolutely nothing" wrong with his ankle, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Prescott clarified that the walking boot he was spotted in early July was only worn as a precautionary measure after soreness developed in his right ankle, per Todd Archer of ESPN, despite initial reports that he was nursing a minor sprain. The veteran quarterback underwent surgery on that ankle back in 2020 due to a compound fracture and dislocation, so it isn't surprising to see him treating soreness with extra caution, but at this point there are no signs any discomfort is still lingering, or that he'll be less than a 100 percent participant for the start of training camp. Prescott also said that his agent and the Cowboys have had conversations about a contract extension, as Archer reports, and that he has plans in place to workout with potential holdout candidate CeeDee Lamb before the start of camp, per Machota.

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Dak Prescott QB, DAL

Managing foot sprain

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-07-04

Prescott was spotted Thursday wearing a protective boot on his right foot due to a sprain, but the injury isn't considered serious, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

The Cowboys wrapped up the final practice of mandatory minicamp June 5, roughly one month ago, and Prescott has reportedly been wearing his protective boot only for about a week, so it remains unclear how he suffered the injury. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network confirms that the injury is considered minor, so it doesn't seem like the franchise quarterback's foot sprain is at much risk of impacting his availability for the start of training camp July 25. Now heading into his age-32 season, Dallas and Prescott have yet to come to terms on a new contract extension, and he remains scheduled for a $55.46 million cap hit in 2024. Meanwhile, star wideout CeeDee Lamb could be a candidate to hold out from training camp if he doesn't receive a new contract of his own.

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CeeDee Lamb WR, DAL

Could hold out from training camp

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-07-01

Lamb isn't likely to report for the start of training camp July 24 if he doesn't have a new contract by then, according to Jon Machota of The Athletic.

Lamb didn't show up for June minicamp, which means he can be fined a little more than $100,000. He's scheduled to make $17.99 million under a fifth-year option in 2024, whereas a long-term contract will cost the Cowboys nearly twice that much per season. It might nonetheless lower Lamb's cap hit for 2024, depending on how the deal is structured, and Machota suggests the most likely outcome is a long-term contract before Dallas players report to camp July 24. If not, Lamb may continue his holdout and accrue further fines while his agent negotiates for a deal.