Duke Johnson is officially practicing with his new team.
Johnson sought a trade out of Cleveland in hopes of landing with a squad with whom he could have a larger role. The 25-year-old could find such a role behind starter Lamar Miller in Houston, at the very least as a pass-catching back.
Practicing Tuesday puts Johnson on a path to be ready Week 1 if no setback occurs.
Here's other NFL news we're tracking on Tuesday:
- Former Patriots WR Dontrelle Inman is signing back with the Los Angeles Chargers, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed. The Chargers made an offer that stood as he took visits. The Jets made an offer, too, but the pull from QB Philip Rivers played a big part, Rapoport added.
Inman spent three-plus seasons with the Chargers before being traded in 2017 to the Chicago Bears. The receiver racked up 1,463 yards and seven scores on 106 receptions from 2014 to 2017 with the club. Inman will compete with Travis Benjamin, Geremy Davis and other down-roster Bolts wideouts for snaps when the season begins.
- Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich said quarterback Andrew Luck will continue to be held out of practice this week. Luck has been held out the entirety of training camp due to a lingering calf injury that turned into an ankle issue. Reich said the primary concern for Luck is "full speed movement vs. pain threshold", per The Athletic.
- Arizona Cardinals rookie wide receiver Hakeem Butler has an avulsion fracture in his hand, Rapoport reported, via a source. Butler, who was drafted in the fourth round, is a candidate for injured reserve and could be sidelined for the entire season, Rapoport added. Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed Butler will miss the remainder of the preseason and said it's too soon to tell whether he'll go on IR.
- NFL Network's Michael Giardi confirmed that New England Patriots wideouts Julian Edelman and Demaryius Thomas will be rejoining the team in the near future.
Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper, who remained out of practice, told reporters he isn't overly concerned about his heel strain, noting it's an issue he's had before and played through, including his rookie season and sophomore year at Alabama.