Now that NFL training camps are in full swing and as teams start their preseason schedules this week, attention has started turning away from free agency and toward how existing rosters will get ready for the 2015 season.
Of course, there are still moves to be made, especially if players get injured during practice. Teams expected to contend once again will see if their strengths have carried over from last year. Those seeking turn around efforts will get another opportunity to see what improvements are possible. And unfortunate injuries are always impossible to predict, forcing teams to scramble ahead of the regular season.
So, what’s the latest on these teams and players? Check back often as we update below with the latest scoops on transactions, news and rumors.
• Eagles running back DeMarco Murray said he was “100% healthy” on Wednesday, but did not practice with the team on Thursday, reports Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com. Murray missed previous practices due to illness and hydration concerns, and the likelihood he plays in the Eagles' first preseason game against the Colts on Sunday is decreasing, reports Mark Eckel of NJ.com. Linebackers Mychal Kendricks, Kiki Alonso, DeMeco Ryans and Bryan Braman and safety Earl Wolff also did not practice.
• Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer ended practice early on Thursday after making the team run a lap, reports the AP. Zimmer was “infuriated” by the team's halfhearted performance in the last practice before returning to Minneapolis.
• Former NFL quarterback Rex Grossman could be available to join the Jets in about a week if New York remains interested in the 12-year veteran, Grossman told ESPN. He is recovering from a sprained foot. The Jets contacted Grossman on Tuesday after quarterback Geno Smith sustained a broken jaw in an altercation with teammate IK Enemkpali. Grossman last played in the NFL in 2013 after 12 seasons with the Bears, Texans and Redskins.
• Smith has chosen to have surgery to repair his broken jaw, reports ESPN. He will likely be unable to play for 6–10 weeks.
• Denver quarterback Peyton Manning will not play in the Broncos' preseason opener against the Seahawks on Friday. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak told 9 News that the team has “a few guys...that have a lot of birthdays,” so 39-year-old Manning will not face the NFL's No. 1 defense.
• San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has denied allegations that former 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith vandalized his car. One report stated that Kaepernick's Mercedes-Benz was vandalized, but Kaepernick pointed out that he has a deal with Jaguar prohibits him from driving a Mercedes. Smith was released by San Francisco on Friday after he was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run, driving under the influence and vandalism, his fifth arrest in the past three years.