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Travin Dural Headshot

Dural signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports.

Dural spent the season on the Saints' practice squad but will now get an opportunity to showcase his abilities this offseason in hopes of landing a spot on the active roster in 2018.
5:40 pm (EST)
Justin Thomas Headshot

Thomas signed a reserve/future contract with the Steelers on Tuesday, the Steelers' official site reports.

Thomas spent time on the Steelers' practice squad throughout the year after failing to make the 53-man roster heading into the regular season. The 23-year-old will now get an opportunity to further his development in the team's offense this offseason.
5:35 pm (EST)
Mike Hilton Headshot

Hilton signed a one-year contract extension with the Steelers on Tuesday, the Steelers' official site reports.

Hilton played in all 16 regular season games for the Steelers this season, logging four starts. He recorded 64 tackles (48 solo), six passes defensed, four sacks, two interceptions and one forced fumble on the year. Hilton sits behind Joe Haden and Artie Burns on the depth chart, but only 23, the young cornerback could potentially fly up the ranks in his second season with Pittsburgh.
5:26 pm (EST)
Nick Truesdell Headshot

The Vikings signed Truesdell to their practice squad Tuesday.

The 27-year-old tight end previously joined the Vikings for their offseason program and the preseason before being cut loose in September. Truesdell, who has spent time in the Arena Football League and Indoor Football League since turning pro, is still awaiting his NFL debut.
3:49 pm (EST)
Mitchell Loewen Headshot

Loewen (ankle) has returned to full health after undergoing surgery earlier this season, Nick Underhill of The Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Loewen is healthy and able to run again after suffering a high-ankle sprain in the Saints' Week 2 loss to New England. The converted linebacker who went undrafted out of Arkansas looks to persevere through a plethora of injuries (including a Lisfranc injury in his final collegiate game) which has kept him from making a significant impact on the Saints' defensive line. Loewen failed to record a tackle in two regular season appearances in 2017, although he did record 1.5 sacks during the preseason.
3:36 pm (EST)
Tyler Matakevich Headshot

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that Matakevich will undergo shoulder surgery Wednesday, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Pittsburgh may not have a clear grasp on Matakevich's timetable until after the procedure is completed, but it will more than likely prevent the linebacker from being a full participant during the team's offseason program. The 25-year-old didn't see his responsibilities increase much in his second NFL season, as he appeared in 15 games but managed just 23 tackles (18 solo) in a backup role.
2:02 pm (EST)
Cliff Avril Headshot

Avril (neck) told Steve Wyche of NFL Network on Monday that he plans to continue his playing career following November disc surgery. "I believe so," Avril said, when asked if he thinks he'll play football again. "Right now it's all about recovery for me. I had surgery. It's a long process, it's a long journey. When I get to the end of that, then I'll figure out what's next."

Avril required the season-ending procedure after he took a heel to the chin from the Colts' Jacoby Brissett in Week 4, resulting in the defensive end briefly losing feeling in his arms. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll acknowledged that Avril's quality of life could be affected if he continued playing through the neck injury, but it appears the veteran is willing to accept the risk. Avril, who tallied a career-best 11.5 sacks in 2016, is due a base salary of $7 million in 2018, but the Seahawks may want to ensure he's fully healthy before keeping him on the roster heading into next season.
1:59 pm (EST)
Tim Semisch Headshot

Semisch signed a reserve/future contract with the Titans on Monday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

The Northern Illinois product has yet to make his NFL debut since going undrafted in 2014. He'll join the Titans for their offseason program, but the tight end may need to stand out in those workouts in order to stick around through training camp.
1:25 pm (EST)
Alex Anzalone Headshot

Anzalone said Tuesday that he's progressing well from October surgery to repair his right shoulder and indicated that he's "excited" to get back on the field in 2018, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

The linebacker was less confident that he would be at full strength for the start of the Saints' offseason program in the spring, but it doesn't appear Anzalone is concerned about his recovery stretching into the start of training camp. A 2017 third-round pick, Anzalone had served in a starting role in the Saints' first four games before suffering the season-ending injury and finishing his inaugural NFL campaign with 16 stops and one sack.
1:20 pm (EST)
Terron Armstead Headshot

Armstead posted on his personal Twitter account following Sunday's 29-24 divisional-round loss to the Vikings that he had been playing through a torn hip flexor.

The left tackle was a mainstay on the Saints' injury reports throughout the 2017 campaign, missing six games while battling shoulder, chest and thigh issues. It would seem the hip flexor Armstead alluded to is related to the thigh injury, but according to Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune, the 26-year-old declined to elaborate further about his health when asked Tuesday. He did acknowledge that he doesn't believe surgery will be necessary during the offseason, however, so Armstead doesn't appear in much danger of missing the start of training camp in the summer.
1:16 pm (EST)
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