Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) said he's been fully cleared to participate in training camp.
Hoyer being cleared is step one in the learning process for Johnny Manziel as the Browns would prefer the veteran presence under center to start the season. Is it possible that Hoyer holds the job all year? Probably not. As I stated in the 2014 Fantasy Alarm Football Draft Guide, "this offense is going to have some serious struggles this year and the Browns dont want to put Manziel through the nightmarish beginning of the year to open his career. If he takes over the team at 0-6, then hes a hero who will do what he can given the circumstances and everything just gets chalked up to experience. But if hes the one starting the season at 0-6, then too much focus and too much undeserved blame is going to fall on him and it will impact his career negatively." ANALYST: Howard Bender
Adam Wainwright threw off a mound on Friday.
Wainwright got off to an excellent start to the 2015 season, pitching to a 1.44 ERA and 18-to-3 K/BB ratio across his first 25 innings. However, in his fourth start, he suffered an Achilles injury that kept him out for the rest of the campaign apart from three relief appearances in the final week of the regular season. The Cardinals would certainly benefit greatly if their now 34-year-old ace is back at 100 percent for 2016. Analysis: Nate Miller
The Rockets are surprised by the lack of strong offers for Dwight Howard.
The Rockets might be surprised, but this should not be that difficult to understand. Potential suitors for Howard are almost certainly concerned over the price tag that could come along with a player that simply cannot be trusted to stay healthy on a consistent basis and has a track record of off-the-court conflicts. When healthy, Howard still has the ability to produce in the paint as well as, if not better, than any other player in the NBA. However, he is making above $22M this season and has a player option of better than $23M for 2016-17. Analysis: Nate Miller
The Bears informed RB Matt forte they will not be attempting to re-sign him in free agency.
The handwriting was on the wall this past season as the Bears looked to make the transition from the 30-year old Forte to the 24-year old Jeremy Langford. When Forte was injured, the door opened for the team to make the move without looking like the "bad guy" and Langford played so well that he was just expected to remain in the backfield rotation even when Forte was healthy. Had Forte played a full 16 game, he easily would have eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for a fourth-straight season, so there is plenty left in the tank. He'll land with another team fairly easily, though at his age, it seems unlikely that he'll land a long-term deal. Analysis: Howard Bender
Jordan Hamilton is finalizing a contract with the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
The former 2011 first-round pick (26th overall) has been a bust since landing in the NBA and had just one moderately decent season split between Denver and Houston back in 2013-14. The Vipers are an affiliate of the Rockets, so while he won't join their roster, they'll definitely get a better look at him than most of the other teams around the league. His chances of returning to the NBA are somewhat slim, but if he can prove to be a reliable depth player, he just might find himself with a 10-day contract at some point. Analysis: Howard Bender
Blue Jays sent RHP Chad Jenkins outright to Triple-A Buffalo.
You know you've hit rockbottom when you're bumped from the 40-man roster for Gavin Floyd and no one claims you off waivers. It's not exactly the end of the road for the 28-year old right-handed reliever, but after a poor showing in the spring and regular season last year, it looks like Jenkins is going to have to significantly step up his game this spring if he wants his roster spot back or, at the least, an early call-up. Analysis: Howard Bender
John Wall remains questionable for the NBA All Star Game.
Wall is dealing with a knee injury right now and according to the guard, who still managed a double-double over 42 minutes Thursday, "it's hurting badly." While everyone loves the All Star game festivities, Wall's health is vastly more important and if the knee is still bothering him after a few days of rest, he'll be held out to spare any unnecessary wear-and-tear. If he doesn't play over the weekend, there is no loss on either the real or fantasy front. Analysis: Howard Bender
Bradley Beal played 37 minutes Thursday night.That's back to back games of 30 minutes or over.
He's also now played 30 minutes or more in three of the last four games. Beal missed almost a month earlier in the season with a stress reaction in his leg and then lost time due to a broken nose and concussion, but seems to be at full health now. He's being entrusted with more minutes as it appears his body can handle the workload again and he should be able to keep this momentum with added rest over the All Star break. Look for Beal to come out strong for the second half of the regular season. Analysis: Howard Bender