Giants Thursday injury roundup

July, 31, 2014
Jul 31
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It was a bit of a rough day out on the practice field at New York Giants training camp, as several players sat out due to injuries and quite a few more had to leave practice early. Running back David Wilson, who injured his neck Tuesday and is sitting out while he and the team await a verdict from his spine surgeon next week, stood off to the side and watched. Rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who hasn't practiced since July 22 due to a hamstring injury, did his normal routine of catching balls off a JUGS machine and not running. Here's the rundown on the rest of them:
  • Cornerback Bennett Jackson, the team's sixth-round pick out of Notre Dame, could be the most serious one. He got his feet tangled up with those of wide receiver Corey Washington on a deep pass play and injured his ankle. The team sent him for X-rays, and coach Tom Coughlin said he hoped it was just a sprain. Washington also sat out the remainder of practice with a sore heel following that play.
  • Defensive end Robert Ayers also injured his ankle during team drills and did not return, but that injury did not seem to be as worrisome as Jackson's.
  • Left tackle Will Beatty left practice early, but the team said that was due to an illness, and nothing to do with the leg injury from which he's been working his way back since he broke his leg in Week 17 of the 2013 season.
  • Defensive tackle Mike Patterson sat out practice with a shoulder injury.
  • Guard John Jerry, who had been doing some first-team work lately at right guard, missed Thursday's practice entirely due to some soreness in his surgically repaired knee.
  • Linebacker Spencer Paysinger sat out practice with a concussion. He has not practiced since Sunday.
  • Wide receiver/kick returner Trindon Holliday missed another practice due to a hamstring injury.
  • On the good news front, wide receiver Rueben Randle practiced in full two days after missing Tuesday's practice with a hamstring injury.
The only remaining member of the Houston Texans' non-football injury list is the most important.

While starting right guard Brandon Brooks is still not eligible to practice, the Texans did regain the services of two players who passed their physicals on Thursday.

Running back Jonathan Grimes was activated from the non-football injury list. Linebacker Trevardo Williams was activated from the physically unable to perform list.

Grimes initially came to the Texans as an undrafted rookie in 2012. Williams was a fourth-round draft pick in 2013 and spent all of his rookie season on injured reserve.

Both players already counted against the Texans' 90-man roster, so they did not have to make any corresponding moves.

Two players remain on the Texans' physically unable to perform list -- inside linebacker Brian Cushing and nose tackle Louis Nix. If they are not activated before the start of Week 1 then they must remain on PUP for at least the first six weeks of the season.

Jaguars Camp Report: Day 6

July, 31, 2014
Jul 31
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Jacksonville Jaguars training camp.
  • No, the Jaguars weren’t doing anything radical on defense on Thursday. Safety Johnathan Cyprien and cornerback Dwayne Gratz did not switch positions, although that’s what it looked like. They just switched jerseys. It was Cyprien’s idea, and it caused a bit of confusion at the beginning of practice for anyone that was watching. "Just to switch it up in practice, I guess, have a little fun," Cyprien said. "It was something that just came to me today. Maybe I did do it one or two times in college." Let’s hope it doesn’t start a trend or the media is going to waste a lot of time asking coach Gus Bradley why defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks is playing tight end.
  • Bradley called a team huddle after a water break late in practice and lit into the players a bit. It’s not that he wasn’t happy with the energy level. He just wanted to make sure the players didn’t start to slip as the first week of camp ended. "We just have to pick up the level of intensity," Bradley said. "It was good, but I just felt like at this point in time in practice and training camp, we haven’t felt a lull. And I didn’t want it to become a lull, so I just readdressed it: ‘OK, you may start to feel this. This is what we’ve been talking about. Let’s fight through this.’ And I thought they did a good job with it." Quarterback Blake Bortles was a little more succinct in describing Bradley’s message: "Let’s go."
  • Rookie linebacker Telvin Smith, who is up to 219 pounds after reporting to rookie minicamp at 218, flashed his speed with an interception return for a touchdown. Defensive tackle Ziggy Hood tipped Chad Henne’s pass at the line of scrimmage and Smith grabbed the deflection and scored. Smith has been getting reps with the first-team defense in the nickel package to take advantage of his speed. "We’ll see how that works out with Geno [Hayes]," Bradley said. "Right now, how we’re doing it is Geno is going with the first and second down, Telvin on third down."
  • Several players went down with injuries on Thursday: receivers Tandon Doss (ankle) and Allen Robinson (hamstring), linebacker John Lotulelei (sprained MCL), and defensive tackle Jordan Miller (knee). It’s another setback for the receivers. Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and Ace Sanders (leave of absence/suspension) are also out so there’s not much experience left. Here’s a recap of the injuries as well as what it means for the receivers.
  • Linebacker Paul Posluszny, tight end Marcedes Lewis and defensive end Chris Clemons were given veteran days off. … One of the highlights of the one-on-one offensive line versus defensive line battles was defensive end Gerald Rivers surprisingly beating left guard Zane Beadles twice.
  • The Jaguars will practice at 9:55 a.m. Friday.
The Baltimore Ravens' depth on the defensive line took a hit Thursday when it was announced that rookie defensive end Brent Urban is out for the season.

Urban, the team's fourth-round pick, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Wednesday. The results of his MRI were what the Ravens had feared.

"It's a clean tear -- that's a positive," coach John Harbaugh said.

Losing Urban means the Ravens need a productive season from Kapron Lewis-Moore. Urban had expected to be the primary backup to Chris Canty, but that role now falls on Lewis-Moore.

A sixth-round pick from a year ago, Lewis-Moore missed his entire rookie season because of a torn ACL he suffered in his final game at Notre Dame. There has been increased buzz about Lewis-Moore this offseason and in camp.

Coming back from an injury is nothing new for Urban. He tore the ACL in his left knee five years ago, and he came back from offseason ankle surgery this year.

Here are the other injury updates from Harbaugh:
  • ILB Daryl Smith has a minor groin injury and hasn't practiced for the past two days. "We gave him a little time," Harbaugh said.
  • WR Jeremy Butler also has a groin injury and didn't practice.
  • DT Timmy Jernigan is suffering from back spasms after leaving the field Wednesday. "He'll be back soon," Harbaugh said.
OXNARD, Calif. -- Left guard Ronald Leary was taken off the physically unable to perform list Thursday morning and could be a full participant in practice as soon as Saturday.

Leary went through the morning walkthrough, working with the second-team offense, and will take part in individual drills during the Thursday afternoon practice. Head coach Jason Garrett said Leary, who strained his hamstring during the player-organized conditioning run before training camp, would then be evaluated to determine whether he is ready to do team drills after the off day.

After starting all 16 games last season, Leary will have to beat out Mackenzy Bernadeau to keep his starting job. They are competing for that spot after the Dallas Cowboys drafted Zack Martin in the first round and plugged him in at right guard, where Bernadeau started most of last season.

The fact that Leary has yet to practice during training camp doesn’t help his cause, but Garrett made it clear that he still expects a strong competition to unfold for the starting job at left guard.

“Ron’s played a lot of football for us,” Garrett said. “He’s still a young player who’s played a lot of snaps, so it’s disappointing that he hasn’t been able to get them this first week of camp, but he’ll be back out there. There’s a lot of football to be played before this preseason game and really throughout this preseason, so there’s plenty of opportunity for him to show up in this competition.”

Leary, a powerful run-blocker who needs to improve his consistency in pass protection, feels like he made progress during the first week of camp despite not being able to practice.

“I don’t feel like I fell behind any,” Leary said. “I’ve been getting all the mental reps. This has just given me more time to focus on the playbook, to get all the fine details down with that. You want to be on the field, but it won’t take long to get that back.”

Chiefs Camp Report: Day 8

July, 31, 2014
Jul 31
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Kansas City Chiefs training camp:

  • Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry was taken off the practice field in a motorized cart with an ankle injury. The extent of Berry’s injury was still being evaluated but it didn’t appear to be serious. Berry walked over to a medical tent adjacent to the practice field under his own power for an initial examination. He soon walked over to the cart and was taken away from the practice field. He did not return to the field before the practice session ended. The Chiefs are thin at safety behind the starters, Berry and Husain Abdullah. Berry was replaced in the starting lineup by an undrafted rookie, Daniel Sorensen. He normally would have been replaced by Sanders Commings. But Commings had surgery Thursday for a broken ankle. Whether or not Berry returns quickly, the Chiefs need to find a veteran safety. They lost veterans Kendrick Lewis and Quintin Demps from last year’s roster and failed to replace them with a veteran.
  • Veteran cornerback Sean Smith moved back into the starting lineup toward the end of practice, but only because Marcus Cooper was also carted off the field with an injury. Cooper strained a hamstring. The Chiefs are similarly thin at cornerback. They released one starter, Brandon Flowers, during the offseason. Meanwhile, their only cornerback acquisition of consequence was third-round draft pick Phillip Gaines of Rice. Gaines has yet to receive any work with the starters.
  • The Chiefs spent an extensive practice period working inside the 20-yard line. One of the defensive highlights happened when Cooper, before his injury, broke up a pass intended for Dwayne Bowe in the end zone. The offense later retaliated with touchdown passes on consecutive plays, the first from Aaron Murray to Richard Gordon and the other from Alex Smith to Kyle Williams. "There were some good things on both sides," coach Andy Reid said. "We kind of traded back and forth."
  • The Chiefs are sorting through a large group of wide receivers who appear to have legitimate hopes of making the roster. One backup, A.J. Jenkins, left practice early because of a sore hamstring. Two others, Junior Hemingway and Mark Harrison, did not practice, each because of a sore hamstring. Those absences leave more snaps for young players like Frankie Hammond Jr. and Albert Wilson. "I feel the young guys," Reid said. "We’ll keep playing them. Everybody’s playing out here. We’ll give them as many reps as we can. Everybody’s going to play once we get to the first preseason game. It takes a little time to evaluate it." The Chiefs begin the preseason on Aug. 7 against Cincinnati at Arrowhead Stadium.
  • The Chiefs practice again on Friday at 8:15 a.m. CT.
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Rob Foldy/Getty ImagesRookie WR Allen Robinson once again missed an opportunity to get reps as he continues to nurse a tight right hamstring.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars can't seem to keep their receivers healthy.

Tandon Doss suffered a badly sprained right ankle on the final play of Thursday's practice, and second-round pick Allen Robinson sat out most of practice with tightness in his right hamstring. Both will be out for an undetermined amount of time.

With those two out, the Jaguars now are left with only eight healthy receivers, only three of whom have caught a pass in an NFL game.

The Jags already were without receivers Cecil Shorts and Ace Sanders. Shorts is out for at least another week because of a right hamstring strain, while Sanders is on a leave of absence for personal reasons and also is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

"It's a very physical game, a lot of contact, and the reality is that injuries do happen," said Mike Brown

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Defensive end DeMarcus Ware returned to practice Thursday after missing two days' worth of practice with a bruised lower right leg. Ware was limited some but participated in some drills.

Ware suffered his injury Sunday in the team’s practice at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and had not practiced since. He had done conditioning work and looked to be running without any problems during the team's stadium practice Wednesday.

Defensive end Derek Wolfe, who was pulled out of a practice earlier in camp with stiffness in his lower back, was taken out of Thursday’s practice as well.

"(He) should be fine, we’ll evaluate him day to day," Broncos coach John Fox said.

The Broncos also held defensive end Chase Vaughn (right knee), defensive end Greg Latta (right hip) and cornerback Lou Young (groin) out of Thursday’s workout.

Safety John Boyett (back), who had not practiced this week, returned to practice as well. Boyett had a big hit in red-zone drills when he knocked rookie running back Brennan Clay off his feet.
RENTON, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks placed tight end Anthony McCoy on injured reserve Thursday, meaning he is out for the season.

McCoy, 26, who missed the 2013 season with a torn right Achilles tendon, tore the left Achilles tendon during Tuesday’s practice.

“It’s a big blow for him,” said Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. “We felt horrible for him. He did such a great job at working his way back, and it was a long way back from last year. He worked harder than anyone.

“But we have to move on. Now it gives guys like Cooper [Helfet] and RaShaun [Allen] opportunities.”

The Seahawks also added former USC wide receiver Ronald Johnson (5-11, 200) to the 90-man roster Thursday.

Johnson, 25, was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2011 draft. He spent the 2011 season on Philadelphia’s practice squad, but he missed all of 2012 with a broken ankle.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- David Wilson's latest neck injury has raised significant concerns for the New York Giants, as a source close to the situation told on Thursday that the team would be very surprised if the running back played for them again.

The source said it would take some unexpectedly good news from Wilson's surgeon on Monday to convince the Giants that it's OK for their 2012 first-round pick to return to action.

According to another source close to the situation, Wilson has been very upbeat and has told people he'll be fine again after a couple of days off. His teammates backed that up in conversations Thursday.

"It was good to see him back in the meeting room, bright-eyed and ready to go," fellow running back Rashad Jennings said.

Wilson is upbeat and optimistic by nature, and there's a chance his assessment of the situation won't ultimately jive with the team's.

Wilson had spinal fusion surgery in January to repair a disk problem and wasn't cleared for contact until July 21. He practiced with the Giants for the first week of training camp, but he left the field Tuesday after a collision in practice with guard Eric Herman, and he was diagnosed with a burner.

"As soon as I saw him walk off the field, I started to hurt," Jennings said. "Someone who's been working as hard as he has to get back on the field, when he has a little setback, it's frustrating as a friend, a brother and a teammate."

The Giants sent Wilson to the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York for tests Tuesday night. On Wednesday, they announced that he would sit out the remainder of this week's practices and Sunday night's preseason game.

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Mo Claiborne to sit out today

July, 31, 2014
Jul 31
OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne will not practice on Thursday because of a sore tendon in his right knee, according to a source.

 Claiborne suffered the injury during a seven-on-seven drill when his cleats got caught in the ground as he attempted to break up a back-shoulder throw to Terrance Williams. He remained on the ground for a few minutes and was examined by the team’s medical staff but did not take another snap the rest of the practice.

The hope is rest and treatment will be the only thing Claiborne needs. Claiborne missed time in his first two training camps as well.

"It’s just tendonitis," Claiborne said after the morning walkthrough. "I’ve had it for a while now. Every since I got in the league, I’ve had it. It’s something that you’ve just got to manage as best as you can, take care of it as best as you can. Yesterday, I just kind of made it mad. Got stuck in the grass and aggravated it a little bit. I’m a little sore, but I’ll take this day and the off day and get back to practice Saturday."

With Claiborne out, the Cowboys moved Sterling Moore up to the first team and rookie Terrance Mitchell took some snaps later in the workout with the No. 1 defense. Brandon Carr has missed training camp to tend to his ailing mother, and there is no timetable for his return.

Fullback J.C. Copeland will also not practice because of a knee injury. He went down during special teams’ drills on Wednesday.
OXNARD, Calif. -- Some of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's best moments have come when he has had to improvise when a play breaks down.

Coming off two back surgeries in less than a year, including a discectomy last December, Romo believes he can continue to have those moments.

"You guys will never see anything really different," Romo said. "If anything, it's just like, 'You'll play. You'll play. You'll play and then you'll be done playing at 39.' This won't affect, 'Oh, I've slowed down.' You just won't play if you got to that point. You wouldn't be able to."

Romo has said on more than a few occasions he is 100 percent and if he struggled with his movement, then "that means it's not healed. You couldn't be able to play," he said.

"I'll be the same. I'll be able to go."

The Cowboys would want to limit the amount Romo gets hit. He was sacked 35 times last season in 15 games after being sacked 36 times in 2011 and 2012. The Cowboys added their third first-round pick in four years on the offensive line with Zack Martin joining Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick. They want to be able to run the ball more as well, which would keep Romo upright.

But there will be times where Romo will have to create opportunities on his own. And there will be times he will have to realize when to take a sack or when to throw the ball away.

"It's self-preservation but you don't want to suggest he's taking a dive," coach Jason Garrett said. "Sometimes when you're a quarterback you have to fold the cards and say, 'Let's get to the next down.' So we feel like his decision making was outstanding last year. Very, very productive player for us as reflected by the touchdowns that he threw and he did a really good job of taking care of the football as reflected by how much he minimized his interceptions. When you play quarterback you have the ball in your hands every play and every plays is about risk and reward and understanding that part of your job is to make sure that you allow this team to make plays and score points but the other part is you take care of the ball. It's not Tony's ball. It's our ball. And we emphasize that all the time and sometimes when you're in a situation that's compromised -- a guy comes free and nowhere to go -- that's the right decision. We think he did really good job of that."

Colts' Donald Thomas tears quad

July, 31, 2014
Jul 31

ANDERSON, Ind. -- The Indianapolis Colts have suffered their second significant injury to an offensive player just a week into training camp.

Donald Thomas, who was expected to start at guard this season, re-tore the same quad that cost him all but two games during the 2013 season. He will miss the entire 2014 campaign.

"Donald worked extremely hard to get back. I feel awful for Donald," said Colts coach Chuck Pagano. "He was playing extremely well and doing a great job. Donald will be fine and he'll go back to work to rehab that quad."

Thomas will have surgery on the quad, likely ending any possibility of him playing this season.

Thomas tore the quad late in the Colts' Wednesday afternoon practice. It became obvious that the injury was severe when Thomas finally got up from the ground and threw his helmet in anger.

Rookie Jack Mewhort, the Colts' second-round pick, will likely get the first shot at starting at guard in Thomas' place.

The Colts lost running back Vick Ballard for the season with a torn Achilles on July 25.

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OXNARD, Calif. -- With the long-term view on the regular season, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said he will play some in the preseason, but perhaps not the Aug. 7 opener against the San Diego Chargers.

"You're constantly evaluating it and you're constantly, I don't want to say adjusting because you stick to the plan, but it's a progression," Romo said. "It's leading up to San Francisco [on Sept. 7 for the season opener]. I am going to play in the preseason, obviously. I think it's important. The first game, we'll talk about it as we move into the weekend."

After having surgery to remove a cyst from his back last year, Romo did not play in the 2013 preseason opener in the Hall of Fame Game against the Miami Dolphins. He saw action in the second preseason game, completing six of eight passes for 88 yards in two drives.

Romo returned to practice on Wednesday after sitting out Tuesday's afternoon session as he continues to monitor his training camp work because of back surgery last December. Romo plans on practicing again Thursday with the Cowboys scheduled for an off day on Friday.

He said the start to training camp has gone the way he expected.

"It's just a little unknown so you'd rather play it safe than be silly and just go out and do everything over and over again and all of a sudden have to sit out for a week or so," Romo said. "I think more than anything we're playing the long game and I think that's smart."

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OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne left Wednesday's practice after twisting his right knee.

The team's medical staff was going to evaluate the knee after the practice. Owner/general manager Jerry Jones said he didn't know the severity of Claiborne's injury but was not as concerned as he was the previous day about rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, based on the initial evaluation.

X-rays showed Lawrence had a broken bone in his right foot that will sideline him from eight to 12 weeks. Jones said he did not know if Claiborne's injury was serious enough to need an MRI exam.

"[Head athletic trainer] Jim Maurer felt pretty good about it," Jones said. "Our head trainer looked at it. Certainly it was enough to get examined. He's been one of our highlights."

Claiborne said his knee twisted when his cleats got caught in the ground as he attempted to make a play on the pass. He did not take another rep after the play, a back-shoulder fade to Terrance Williams in 7-on-7 drills, watching the rest of the practice from the sideline.

The Cowboys had been encouraged by Claiborne's performance early in camp. There was legitimate hope that this could be a breakout campaign for the 2012 sixth overall pick, who was limited by injuries in his previous two training camps.

Asked if he feels jinxed, Claiborne said, "I don't know. I'm fixin' to go find out."