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Per ESPN Milwaukee, Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson returned to OTAs Wednesday. He took part of individual drills in his first practice back. He had hip surgery during the offseason and is expected to be for the start of training camp.
According to the teams’ website, Detroit Lions aren't sure if running back Joique Bell will be in shape by training camp. "Really, I think your biggest concern is just, is he going to be able to get in the shape that you wanted to at the beginning of camp," OC Joe Lombardi said. "But we’ll be careful with him and smart and ramp him up as we go." Bell had surgery on his knee and Achilles this offseason, and has not participated in any offseason program. There was a lot of buzz surrounding Bell after the team parted ways with Reggie Bush, but if he can’t get on the field then he won’t be able to take advantage of the opportunity. Meanwhile, rookie Ameer Abdullah has been working with the starters and making a positive impression. We’d be apprehensive taking Bell at his current fifth round ADP.
Chiefs’ wide receiver Jeremy Maclin sat out Wednesday's OTA and is considered day-to-day with a foot inflammation, per Terez Paylor on Twitter. For now it doesn’t appear serious, but it’s worth keeping tabs on. We will keep you posted on his status as we hear it. Maclin no longer offers the upside he did in Chip Kelly’s offense, but should remain a viable fantasy option.
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (ACL) has been cleared to participate in 11-on-11 drills, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. I feel great," said Palmer. "I probably never worked this hard in my life and I've always worked hard. I feel as fast as I've ever been, as quick as I've ever been, I'm stronger than I've ever been just because I've been going since late November." Palmer was having a very good season last year prior to injuring his knee in Week 10 that kept him out for the season. He can be viewed as a QB2 this upcoming season, but durability can be a concern.
Dolphins’ rookie receiver DeVante Parker is expected to miss 8-12 weeks after undergoing foot surgery. He had a procedure to replace a small screw with a larger screw in the fifth metatarsal, which is not a long-term concern. Julio Jones and Demaryius Thomas both had this procedure and have flourished in the NFL. If Parker goes the full 12 weeks, he should be ready to roll Week 1, but there’s a good chance he’d be behind Kenny Stills and Greg Jennings until he gets up to speed. He remains a first round pick in rookie only drafts.
Panthers signed QB Cam Newton to a five-year, $103.8 million contract extension. The deal includes $60 million guaranteed, and $67.6 million over the first three years. As far as fantasy is concerned, he remains a No. 1 fantasy quarterback and offers a dual threat with his legs and arm. This just means the Panthers wanted to lock the 26 year old up long term.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has returned to the team and will attend Tuesday's OTAs, per Josina Anderson. “Basically it's time for me to come in and test the waters and re-familiarize myself with our offense and the direction they're trying to go in," he said. It appears that he didn't have much leverage after all. Peterson quickly becomes a top five fantasy back and could be drafted in the early parts of the first round. Age can be somewhat a concern, but then again he did get rest last season.