A source tells Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com on Wednesday that Seattle receiver Sidney Rice has decided to retire from football due to a history of concussions, and that news is now official. The 27-year-old Rice ends his NFL career with 243 receptions, 3,592 yards and 30 touchdowns.

So how does Rice's departure impact the Seahawks receiving corps heading into 2014? For one, it could help a couple receivers solidify a spot on the team.
The Detroit Lions showed what they thought of BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy back on draft day when they traded up to select him No. 40 overall, a higher spot than most draft experts projected the versatile 24-year-old to go.

Now the question is whether Van Noy will start as a rookie. Here's the latest on that.

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Tavon Austin's 40 catches and four touchdowns in 2013 were decent numbers for a typical rookie receiver, but it's safe to say St. Louis expected a whole lot more when they selected Austin eighth-overall last April.

On Wednesday, we learned what may have been holding the 5-foot-8 receiver back in his first year in the league.

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The San Francisco 49ers have plenty of veteran depth in their WR corps but little in the way of sure-fire playmakers. Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin top the depth chart, but Crabtree will have to stay healthy and Boldin is aging. And if offseason additions Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd are unable to secure the No. 3 role, they may not even make the final cut.

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As a rookie, Doug Martin carried the ball 319 times, fourth most in the NFL. He outpaced that average of 19.9 carries per game last season with an average of 21.2 carries during the six games in which he took part.

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The Oakland Raiders used the 12th overall pick in last year's draft to select D.J. Hayden, who had abdominal surgery soon after the draft and missed the end of last season with a groin injury.

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The massive potential seen in Sammy Watkins is why the Buffalo Bills traded up five spots to take the wide receiver with the No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft. The long-term upside is obvious, but what can we expect from him as a rook?

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The Houston Texans have a pair of interesting contract quandaries as training camp nears. Andre Johnson, who is 33 and has three years remaining on his current contract, continues to holdout, because he wants to be traded. On the other end of the spectrum is 25-year-old J.J. Watt, who is under contract through 2015 after the Texans picked up the fifth-year option on his contract this offseason.

Time will tell how things will work out with Johnson, but the Houston Chronicle's John McClain expects the Texans to give Watt an extension sooner than later.

"... Watt, 25, won't play under his current contract in 2015. The Texans' philosophy for their best players has been to extend their contracts with a year remaining," McClain wrote.

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Since the Cleveland Browns eschewed a glaringly obvious need at wide receiver to select offensive lineman Joel Bitonio with the 35th pick of this year's draft, it's no surprise that he slid right in as their starting left guard during OTAs.

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On Monday, veteran guard Chris Snee called it a career, announcing his retirement from the NFL due to a troublesome elbow. Who will replace him at right guard for the New York Giants?

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Ever since David Wilson sustained a season-ending neck injury in Week 5 last year, his short- and long-term futures were in doubt. However, Wilson tweeted Monday that he has been given medical clearance to hit the gridiron.

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It's no surprise that the ugly knee injury that NaVorro Bowman sustained in the NFC title game is expected to force him onto the PUP list when the San Francisco 49ers get their training camp underway this week. Although his recovery from surgery that repaired his torn ACL and MCL has been going well, he also is slated to remain on the PUP list when the regular season gets underway.

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Over the weekend, we examined one NFL writer's thoughts on whether Ben Tate will be able to hold off rookie third-rounder Terrance West to be the lead rusher in the Cleveland Browns backfield this season.

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The Detroit Lions finally added a legitimate No. 2 option to work off of Calvin Johnson when they signed free-agent WR Golden Tate during the offseason.

Tate, who caught 64 passes for 898 yards and 5 TDs last season with the Seahawks, said this offseason that he envisions himself working in a Lance Moore-type role as Lions OC Joe Lombardi installs his version of the New Orleans Saints offense. Moore's heaviest workloads with the Saints had him reeling in 79 passes in 2008 (16 games), 66 passes in '10 (16 games) and 65 passes in '12 (15 games).

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The NFL has allowed more types of referee calls to be challenged by coaches in recent years, but they still don't allow a coach to throw a red flag when he questions the validity of a pass-interference call made -- and not made -- by the refs.

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