Here's a look at some of the top rumors for Tuesday, August 4:
The Miami Dolphins are unsure when rookie wide receiver DeVante Parker, a first-round draft pick, will return from offseason foot surgery. "It's hard to say; we're not sure exactly when he's going to get back. I don't know if he's going to practice? How much he's going to practice? If he's going to play in the preseason? Those are all hypotheticals," coach Joe Philbin said. Parker has been at training camp every day working on the side with trainers, ESPN's James Walker reports. Parker cannot run full speed but is walking fine without a boot, Walker noted. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald speculates that it could be three to four weeks before Parker is fully cleared to practice, which would give him approximately two to three weeks of preparation before Miami's regular-season opener on September 13. Meanwhile at Dolphins camp, rookie running back Jay Ajayi has been said to be a disappointment so far. Ajayi, a fifth-round pick, fumbled a pitch from quarterback Ryan Tannehill in Tuesday's practice, Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that Houston Texans running back Arian Foster will need groin surgery but should be able to return at some point during the season. Foster was injured Monday night during the team's first fully-padded practice of training camp. Alfred Blue took over some of Foster's first-team reps in his absence Monday night. Blue also reportedly left the field in the same practice for cramps. On the bright side, coach Bill O'Brien said first-round pick and cornerback Kevin Johnson has had a good start to camp. O'Brien also said veteran Nate Washington is the team's No. 2 receiver right now, on the other side of No. 1 receiver DeAndre Hopkins. ESPN's Tania Ganguli observed a 20-yard pass from quarterback Brian Hoyer to Washington in Monday's practice, which she called one of Hoyer's better throws of the day.
Jacksonville Jaguars GM David Caldwell said he doubts suspended wide receiver Justin Blackmon will ever play in the NFL again. "I have not heard anything and I guess I harbor a little bit of hope but realistically I think when you're away from the game for two-and-a-half years what you were once is not what you probably will be," Caldwell said. The Jaguars have reportedly had no contact with Blackmon over the past 21 months that the former first-round pick has been away from the game. Blackmon was suspended indefinitely for his third violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy in 2013 and must apply for reinstatement to return to the field. Jacksonville is not expected to cut Blackmon because his spot on the reserve/suspended list means he doesn't count against the roster limit or salary cap and the team doesn't have to pay his salary, ESPN's Mike DiRocco reports. Among the standouts at Jaguars training camp so far are recievers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, according to Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union. O'Halloran notes that Hurns and Robinson have been the Jaguars' top two receivers in full-team drills, both ahead of Marqise Lee. Another standout named by O'Halloran is cornerback Nick Marshall, who played quarterback at Auburn last season.
Sources tell ESPN's Ed Werder the Philadelphia Eagles are discussing a short-term contract extension with quarterback Sam Bradford, who is entering the last year of his rookie deal. Despite concerns over Bradford's injury history, Eagles coach Chip Kelly recognizes the potential of the former No. 1 pick. "Peyton Manning switched teams because of an injury," Kelly said of Manning, who moved from the Indianapolis Colts to the Denver Broncos after a year off following neck surgery. "Drew Brees switched teams because of an injury. So we went down that path." ESPN's Phil Sheridan, however, notes the challenges that a new Bradford contract would present to the Eagles. Sheridan writes that Bradford, despite only playing in seven games over two seasons, has made too much money in his career to accept anything less than his market value.