By KEN RITTER
In this March 24, 1978 file photo, O.J. Simpson, left, smiles next to San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. at a news conference where the 49ers announced that Simpson had been traded to them from the Buffalo Bills, in San Francisco. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate, will have a lot going for him when he appears before state parole board members Thursday, July 20, 2017, seeking his release after more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (AP Photo/Sal Veder, file)
LAS VEGAS (AP) O.J. Simpson could have a good chance at parole when he asks officials this week to let him out of a Nevada prison after serving more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia.
Now 70, Simpson has history in his favor and a clean record behind bars while serving his sentences for a 2007 armed robbery.
He is due to appear by videoconference Thursday from the Lovelock Correctional Center to be questioned by parole commissioners who sided with him once before.
Prison was a stunning fall for the charismatic celebrity with sports, acting and advertising careers.
He was one of the world's most famous people even before his 1995 trial and acquittal in the killings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (hamstring) has been cleared for training camp. He's been out for offseason programs, but is ready for a full workload to start camp. Beasley is starting his age-28 season, looking to improve on his career highs from last season (98 targets and 75 catches). He's a solid depth WR with a high floor but a low ceiling.
New Orleans Saints exclusive rights free-agent WR Willie Snead said he'll report to camp Thursday, July 27, despite his desire for a new contract.
Indianapolis Colts S Clayton Geathers (neck) will be on the Physically Unable to Perform list to open the season and miss at least the first six weeks, according to general manager Chris Ballard.
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to general manager Chris Ballard. The team expects Luck to come off before the beginning of the season.
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) was placed on the active/Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 24.
Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee, quadriceps) was placed on the active/non-football injury list Monday, July 24. LB Shaan Washington (undisclosed) was placed on the active/Physically Unable to Perform list.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) looked quick and explosive in offseason work. He's due for a monster season, according to beat writer Eric D. Williams.
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) is likely to be cleared for the beginning of training camp. Bernard is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) is expected to be ready for training camp.
Washington Redskins FS DeAngelo Hall (knee) and LB Houston Bates (knee) will begin camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) was one of the veterans to show up with the rookies for an early start to training camp Sunday, July 23. 'It'll be helpful for me just being here,' Murray said. 'I'm happy to be able to dive back into the playbook, and again, I want to learn it as much as I can, inside and out, so when I'm back on the field I'm able to play fast.'
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is the only player in NFL history with at least 90 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons.
Green Bay Packers WR Jeff Janis should make the 53-man roster this season but will likely be limited to a role on special teams, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones could emerge as the third-down back this year, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) may receive limited snaps during training camp since he missed some offseason workouts because of knee tendinitis, according to head coach Doug Pederson.
Philadelphia Eagles CB Dwayne Gratz was released Sunday, July 23.
Philadelphia Eagles DT Beau Allen (pectoral) and CB Sidney Jones (Achilles') were placed on the Non-Football injury list Sunday, July 23.
Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (neck) has yet to be medically cleared from offseason neck surgery, and his surgeon doesn't want to revisit the matter until sometime in August, according to a source.
Free-agent QB Robert Griffin III (Browns) has started to attract 'mild interest' from NFL clubs, four months following his March release from Cleveland.
San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin is more than just a deep threat, according to WR Jeremy Kerley. 'Working with him for the last two or three months, he's an all-around receiver and he knows what he's doing,' Kerley said.