Archive for July, 2009

Around the league

Odds and ends before I hit the 405 (uggh) and then the security lines at LAX.

Pats interested in Vick? Belichick won’t say either way

On the same day that Michael Vick was in a Virginia court for bankruptcy proceedings, speculation about where he may earn his next paycheck began to heat up.

Bengals first-rounder Smith misses first practice

Bengals first-rounder Andre Smith missed the first practice of training camp in a holdout.

Smith was the sixth overall pick in April’s NFL Draft and is expected to be a major part of the Bengals’ offensive line overhaul this season.

Haley puts Chiefs through tough physical test

New Chiefs head coach Todd Haley isn’t wasting any time in sending a message to his players. On Friday, Haley put his team through rigorous pre-camp physicals that a handful of players did not pass.

Haley wouldn’t specify those players by name, but DT Glenn Dorsey admitted he was one of them.

Pats’ Brady expects to play during preseason

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he expects to see some playing time next month during the Patriots preseason exhibition games. Brady was held out of preseason action last season while nursing an injured foot.

Tomlinson out to prove critics wrong

LaDainian Tomlinson is motivated to show he still has what it takes to be an elite running back at the age of 30.

Cowboys WR Williams puts in strong practice

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Roy E. Williams seems well aware of the expectation for him to step up as the Cowboys’ No. 1 receiver now that Terrell Owens is gone.

WR Jones training, waiting for a second chance

As the Michael Vick decision showed us again this week, this is a country, and league, of second chances. Right now former Jaguars receiver Matt Jones, a 2005 first-round pick, is working out daily in Florida and wondering when his second opportunity will come.

LB Cushing, CB Robinson absent at Texans’ camp

There is good and bad news for the Houston Texans on Friday.

First the good — Pro Bowl TE Owen Daniels arrived at training camp after considering a holdout over a contract extension.

The bad — rookie LB Brian Cushing, the Texans’ first-round pick was not at camp as he remains unsigned. Also not in camp was veteran CB Dunta Robinson, who is upset that the Texans used the franchise tag on him this season.

Chargers, top pick English agree to terms

First-round draft pick Larry English and the San Diego Chargers have agreed to contract terms, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Specifics of the deal were not immediately available.

Orakpo’s deal worth up to $20 million over five years

NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reports defensive end Brian Orakpo‘s deal with the Redskins includes $12.1 million guaranteed as part of a five-year deal. The contract is worth up to $20 million, according to a league source.

Cowboys enjoy the friendly confines of the Alamodome

This isn’t the Dallas Cowboys’ first training camp in the Alamodome, but it still boggles the mind to see an NFL team conduct its entire camp indoors. You’re so used to these summer sessions being held on a college campus, under the hot sun, in some remote location.

QB Jackson practicing with Vikings’ first team

Now that the Brett Favre “will he or won’t he” drama seems to be over, Tarvaris Jackson appears to be maintaining a business-like approach to the team’s quarterback battle.

Pair of marquee Colts start camp on PUP list

Colts coach Jim Caldwell announced that Bob Sanders and Adam Vinatieri will start training camp on the PUP list.

Snapshots from training camp

NFL.com has compiled the best images from NFL training camps. Check it out!

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