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Antone Smith began running during his rehabilitation from a fractured right leg.

Smith's rehab from surgery has progressed well, but Smith is still a ways off from returning to action. He'll miss all of OTAs and probably some of minicamp as well. He should be ready in time for full training camp. Analysis: Howard Bender

Sean Lee (knee) has been cleared to practice and is expected to participate in organized team activities.

Lee missed all of last season with the knee injury. He is expected to be back in full force this summer and is expected to lead the Cowboys defense from the middle. Analysis: Howard Bender

Albert Wilson will be given the first chance to win the starting wide receiver job opposite Jeremy Maclin.

The second-year wideout caught 16-of-28 targets for 260 yards in what was a lost season for Kansas City wide receivers. He'll get the chance because hye knows the system, but the undersized Wilson is going to really need to step up his game. Analysis: Howard Bender

Andre Johnson has a strong grasp of the playbook, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.

Johnson is looking to resurrect his career with the Colts and getting a good grasp of the playbook is the best place to start. Andrew Luck has the rapport with T.Y. Hilton and his tight ends, but could really use someone strong to replace veteran Reggie Wayne. Johnson has the ability to fill that void so he's going to do as much as he can to ensure a strong number of targets. Knowing the playbook backwards and forwards will certainly help that. Analysis: Howard Bender

Joplo Bartu was fined $50,000 for an alcohol-related offense after a two-game suspension was rescinded.

According to the report, Bartu pleaded no contest to driving under the influence and received a two-day suspended sentence and 12 months of probation, along with enrollment in a risk reduction class. Players had until Nov. 1, 2014 to resolve DUIs for them to be accepted under the old policy that did not require a suspension. Bartu did not go before a judge until after the deadline. He was issued a two-game suspension as a result. That was then reduced to the $50K fine because no one felt he needed to learn a lesson. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jonathan Massaquoi (shoulder surgery) will not participate in the Titans' first organized team activities.

He may not make minicamp either, but there's a good chance he returns for the start of training camp. Massaquoi will compete for a role on the defensive line this season. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jeff Cumberland and Jace Amaro will both start this season, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

Cumberland has been the incumbent but Amaro, who is now in his second year, is expected to be a high-quality pass-catcher. Expect to see numerous two-tight end sets this season and watch for with whom Geno Smith grows more comfortable. Analysis: Howard Bender

Owner Steve Bisciotti and general manager Ozzie Newsome have both made clear this offseason that the team would like to sign Marshal Yanda to a contract extension.

Yanda proved to be a major asset to the offensive line and was very much a part of running back Justin Forsett's breakout season. Locking him up long-term would be a wise move. Analysis: Howard Bender

Marvin Jones (foot) should be able to participate in offseason workouts next week.

Jones missed all of 2014 with a fractured foot, but he is making good progress and should be good to go for training camp. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Carlos Hyde is dealing with a leg injury that isn't considered serious.

The 49ers will take it slow with the second year running back, but he should be fine soon and it is unlikely to be a factor going forward. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Blair Walsh said there has been some communication between the team and his agent regarding a contract extension.

Walsh has been a steady producer for the Vikings, but he doesn't have a ton of leverage because, well, he's a kicker. The team should he able to work out a deal with Walsh before the start of the season though.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Justin Hardy is projected as the Falcons' No. 3 receiver.

Hardy was drafted in the fourth round this season by the Falcons, and has apparently impressed early on in camp, as he is likely to be the Falcons' number three receiver behind Julio Jones and Roddy White. He's pretty limited in fantasy this season, but Hardy could assume a larger role with the Falcons in 2016, with Roddy White aging and declining. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Jets coach Todd Bowles said his team's running back situation may take until the preseason to sort out.

Ivory is competing with Zach Stacy and Stevan Ridley for the starting job at running back. This is a pretty unique situation, as all three are plodders and need a high volume of carries to be successful, so there's a chance that one of the three backs that loses the competition could get cut from the roster. Whoever wins the competition probably isn't a great option in fantasy though, as all three players are pretty uninspiring options. Analysis: Ben Diamond

James Wright (knee) is expected to participate in offseason workouts next week.

The seventh round pick in 2014 was starting to breakout for the Bengals last season before injuring his PCL in November, and is just now coming close to full strength.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Andre Smith (triceps) should be ready for the start of training camp, but is not expected to participate in offseason workouts.

Smith is recovering from torn triceps and subsequent surgery, causing him to miss the final five games of the regular season and the Bengals only playoff game. He has not participated in organized team activities, but Smith should be good to go for training camp. Smith is expected to start at right tackle for the Bengals this upcoming season, and his presence will be a big part of their offense. Analysis: Ben Diamond

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