Newsbreakers Recap

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June 12, 2005 1:55 PM ET
*****: Peterson will ease into camp
The News
***** Pro Bowl linebacker Julian Peterson is about 75 percent recovered from the torn Achilles' tendon that ended his season last October 10. "That sounds pretty good to me, considering I have two months to go before camp even starts," Peterson told the San Jose Mercury News. "I should definitely be ready to play by the start of the season." Peterson will still be rehabbing when camp opens on July 29, but hopes to play in one preseason game.
Our View
Peterson was arguably a top-10 fantasy linebacker prior to his injury, so owners in leagues that use individual defensive players will want to keep tabs on his recovery this summer. Between his injury and the Niners' shift to a 3-4 scheme, however, Peterson should not be counted on to contribute big numbers early in the season.

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June 12, 2005 12:50 PM ET
Jets: Pennington still isn't throwing
The News
Jets' quarterback Chad Pennington, who is recovering from surgery to repair his torn right rotator cuff, did not do any throwing during the recent organized team activities. At the time of his surgery four months ago, doctors said he would resume throwing in three or four months. Still, head coach Herm Edwards is not concerned, and told the New York Daily News that he expects Pennington to begin throwing by July 1. As for Pennington, he says that he expects to have a "normal" training camp and will be ready in plenty of time for week one.
Our View
Any time a quarterback has offseason surgery like this, you need to be a little concerned, but it's not time to worry yet. If the recovery lingers into the preseason games, you can officially begin decreasing his draft day fantasy value.

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June 12, 2005 12:41 PM ET
Patriots: Colvin back to full strength
The News
Patriots' linebacker Rosevelt Colvin, who broke his hip in 2003, is finally back to full strength and looking good during minicamp workouts. "Colvin didn't miss a practice all year (in 2004)," coach Bill Belichick told the Boston Herald. "But I feel, and I think that Rosy feels as well, that he was a different player and a better player in December than he was in July or August."
Our View
And he's an even better player now. Attention owners in IDP leagues, you might want to keep an eye on Colvin this summer. We smell sleeper. Remember, this is a guy who had 10.5 sacks in both 2001 and 2002 before getting injured the next season.

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June 12, 2005 12:31 PM ET
Bills: McGahee's absence not a concern
The News
Bills head coach Mike Mularkey deosn't seem fazed by the absence of running back Willis McGahee from the first two weeks of voluntary spring practices. "No question he's been working out, and physically he's a specimen," Mularkey told the Buffalo News. "I know that group down there (at the University of Miami). They work hard. There are a number of them with a strict workout. You can tell he's been working out. He's in top physical condition."
Our View
Mularky obviously wants to keep things positive and not create any unnecessary waves, but it would have been a nice gesture by McGahee to show up for these workouts like 76 of the other 85 players on the roster bothered to. Sure he's "working out" down in Florida, however, we'd hate to see a half-season of success make him think he can rest on his laurels.

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June 12, 2005 11:14 AM ET
Chargers: Caldwell recovering well from knee injury
The News
Chargers' wide receiver Reche Caldwell told reporters following his fourth practice in two days on Friday that his right knee feels "really good." Caldwell tore the ACL in his knee last October and missed the rest of the season. He told the San Diego Union Tribune on Friday that his knee is now "95 percent healthy."
Our View
We'll take that 95 percent stuff with a grain of salt since it's only been eight moths since his injury. Keep an eye on Caldwell during training camp and preseason because he was on his way to having a breakout season last year and might be the No. 1 wideout the Chargers have desperately needed.

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June 12, 2005 10:44 AM ET
Dolphins: Williams moving to South Florida
The News
Ricky Williams is moving closer to a comeback…literally. The embattled running back is making final preparations to move from California to South Florida. "He's coming soon," Williams' agent Leigh Steinberg told the Palm Beach Post. "He wants to start his workout program down there. Things are still on track for his return — and they'll stay on track." Ricky will also soon re-enter the NFL's substance abuse program. Dolphins' players are speaking of Williams in terms of him being back on the team. Case in point, quarterback Gus Frerotte spoke to the media on Friday after minicamp workouts about using Williams to create mismatches with opposing defenses.
Our View
Nothing is ever certain when it comes to Ricky Williams, but his return to the Dolphins is basically a done deal barring any last minute screw ups or changes of heart on his part. Look for him in Dolphins training camp and pay close attention to how they plan to incorporate him along with first round draft pick Ronnie Brown into the backfield.