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|6/8/2017||Walt Powell, Buf, WR|
|Powell has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season without pay after violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Analysis: Powell caught 14 passes for 142 yards last season.
|6/8/2017||DeMarco Murray, Ten, RB|
|Murray is sporting a cast on his right hand, but coach Mike Mularkey didn't appear to be too concerned on Thursday. "DeMarco had a little hand procedure. He should be ready to go," Mularkey said of the 29-year-old Murray, who has been dealing with a nagging injury to his ring finger for nine months. "He wants to work next week, I'll see. But he should be out of the cast Monday. If not he'll be ready for camp, obviously."
Analysis: Murray recorded 293 carries for an AFC-best 1,287 yards and nine touchdowns last season.
|6/8/2017||Sammy Watkins, Buf, WR|
|Watkins has been easing his way back to health after undergoing surgery on his left foot in January. Bills coach Sean McDermott announced that Watkins would work in a limited capacity Thursday after returning to individual drills two days ago during organized team activities.
Analysis: Watkins has been dealing with the injury bug over the last two seasons, forcing him to miss 11 games in that span. Watkins had surgery to repair a stress fracture that limited him to playing just eight games last season. He finished with 28 receptions for 430 yards and two scores in 2016. Watkins caught 65 passes for 982 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie. He set career highs of 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns in his second season when he had 60 receptions in 13 games.
|6/8/2017||Julian Edelman, NE, WR|
|The New England Patriots and Edelman reached agreement on a two-year contract extension, multiple media outlets reported Thursday. Financial terms of the extension, which runs through the 2019 season, were not immediately available.
Analysis: Edelman has been Tom Brady's most frequent target over the last four years, reeling in 356 receptions for 3,826 yards and 20 touchdowns in that span. The 31-year-old recorded team highs in catches (98) and receiving yards (1,106) last season, although he managed only three touchdowns.
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