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Smith,Steve (New York Giants) (5/29/2011)

---------------------------------------------------------- WR Steve Smith said he is making good progress in his recovery from microfracture surgery on his left knee in December.

"I just got out of a really tough workout in the pool right now," Smith told ESPN New York 1050 radio. "I am running in the pool, doing a lot of strength work and I am doing pretty good. Things are looking good for me. I'm really excited and I can't wait to get this lockout done."

When the lockout ends, the Giants hope to be able to re-sign Smith. He was given a second-round tender before the impasse began, but the rules could change under a new collective bargaining agreement. Smith is one of several free agents with less than six years of accrued service who could become unrestricted free agents depending on what the free agency rules end up being.

"It is a little bit of uncertainty but I am confident, the Giants want me there and I want to be there," Smith said. "I love New York and I love the fans and we have had so much success there, I just hope that we can get a deal done and I will be back."

Smith suffered the injury during a Dec. 12 game against Minnesota. Up until then, he had 48 receptions for 529 yards and three touchdowns for the season.

Tebow,Tim (Denver Broncos) (5/30/2011)

---------------------------------------------------------- QB Tim Tebow organized workouts with Denver Broncos receivers in the Jacksonville area last week, according to a report by ESPN.

That included the second-year quarterback flying in Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney and Britt Davis and putting them up in a hotel for a week of workouts in Tebow's hometown.

Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) and Eddie Royal (hamstring) did not participate as they recover from injuries, and Eric Decker had a previous commitment, according to the report.

Tebow and his receivers worked on conditioning and timing, among other things, and there are plans to work out again together in Arizona in June.

Tebow also participate in player-only workouts organized by Broncos safety Brian Dawkins earlier this month. He's expected to compete with Kyle Orton for the starting job as long as Orton isn't traded before the start of the season. Brady Quinn could also factor into the competition.

Collie,Austin (Indianapolis Colts) (5/30/2011)

---------------------------------------------------------- WR Austin Collie said walking away from football was never a consideration despite suffering multiple concussions in 2010.

"I don't think for me there really was a decision," Collie told the Indianapolis Star. "I didn't even entertain the thought of not coming back. I think the media made their own stories as far as what I was going to do."

Collie was named as the winner of the 2010 Noble Max Award by the Colts in December. The award, which goes to a player who has overcome adversity during the season, was voted on by media who cover the team on a regular basis.

Collie had 58 receptions for 649 yards and eight touchdown catches in just nine games. He had 60 total catches and seven touchdowns in 16 games as a rookie.

Collins,Kerry (Tennessee Titans) (5/30/2011)

---------------------------------------------------------- QB Kerry Collins might not be interested in returning to the Tennessee Titans to serve as a mentor to rookie Jake Locker. He will become a free agent once the lockout ends.

"I'm not sure Kerry isn't going to say, 'I'm done,' and ride off into the sunset," offensive lineman Jake Scott told Sirius XM NFL Radio. "I don't think he wants to come back and be a nursemaid to a young kid. Money's not an issue to him."

The next quarterback on the depth chart is second-year player Rusty Smith, meaning the Titans would likely seek to bring in another veteran for the 2011 season, although Locker could take over the starting job at some point depending on how quickly he picks up the offense and make the transition to the NFL.

Ponder,Christian (Minnesota Vikings) (5/31/2011)

---------------------------------------------------------- QB Christian Ponder, the No. 12 overall pick in April, is expected to be among 10-15 Minnesota Vikings to take part in a three-day session of workouts at the IMG Madden Football Academy in Bradenton, Fla. beginning Tuesday, according to a report by ESPN.

Ponder was able to get a copy of the playbook after being drafted in the one-day window when the lockout was temporarily lifted and then reinstated. He has spent the past several weeks studying the playbook, and is expected to be joined by fellow quarterbacks Joe Webb and Rhett Bomar for workouts to be conducted under the supervision of former Florida State and NFL quarterback Chris Weinke, now the director of football at the academy.

Ponder and Webb have been working with Weinke the past few weeks to learn the terminology and concepts of the Vikings' new playbook. Bill Musgrave is the new offensive coordinator under coach Leslie Frazier. Darrell Bevell was hired as the Seattle Seahawks' offensive coordinator.

Ponder said earlier this month that he was looking forward to working out with Vikings receivers Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice at some point during the lockout. Harvin typically works out in Tampa and Rice in Miami.

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