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|7/28/2014||Morris Claiborne, CB||Claiborne says he's "not accepting anything less than great" from himself after just one interception in each of his two years.
Analysis: Claiborne had already told reporters he was ready to prove he was worthy of Dallas' dramatic move up the draft board to get him with the sixth overall pick in 2012. Now he's talking big again in a pivotal season for the third-year cornerback.
|7/28/2014||Chris Rainey, RB||Rainey has been cut by the Colts for violating a team rule, according to coach Chuck Pagano.
Analysis: Rainey played in two games for Indy last season. He is a free agent.
|7/28/2014||Kyle Rudolph, TE||Rudolph has a new contract to match the significant value the Minnesota Vikings have considered him to be for their offense.
Analysis: Rudolph has 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns over his three-year NFL career. Jimmy Graham exceeded both of those totals last season for New Orleans, and Rob Gronkowski did the same three years ago for New England.
|7/28/2014||Ndamukong Suh, DT||The Detroit Lions are postponing contract talks with All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the season.
Analysis: Suh is entering the final season of his contract, and team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew said before practice Monday that negotiations are being tabled. Lewand and Mayhew both expressed optimism that a deal can eventually be reached.
|7/28/2014||Demaryius Thomas, WR||Thomas is missing his seventh workout of training camp. Coach John Fox had said Sunday he hoped to have Thomas back at practice Monday morning, but the wide receiver was apparently still making his way back from Georgia following the death of his grandmother.
Analysis: Thomas caught a team-best 92 passes for 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. He also set a Super Bowl record with 13 receptions.
|7/28/2014||Jason Pinkston, G||The Browns say Pinkston has not been medically cleared to practice. The team and Pinkston's agents released a joint statement Monday saying the four-year veteran has been in communication with the Browns. The team says it will respect Pinkston's privacy and not provide further details "at this time."
Analysis: Pinkston started 16 games as a rookie in 2011. The next year he was sidelined with blood clots in his lungs, threatening his career. The fifth-round draft pick from Pittsburgh played only three games last season because of an ankle injury. On Sunday, first-year coach Mike Pettine said there was a "possibility" Pinkston will return to the team. Pinkston said on Twitter he has not considered retiring.
|7/28/2014||Kelvin Benjamin, WR||The Panthers have sent Benjamin for an MRI on his left knee after the first-round draft pick bumped knees with another player during practice Sunday. Benjamin was not at Monday morning's practice at Wofford College.
Analysis: Benjamin has been working with the starters and is having an outstanding camp. He has been catching everything in sight and trying to adapt to quarterback Cam Newton, who is coming off an ankle injury. Benjamin was the 28th player drafted. He caught 54 passes for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns last year for Florida State, including the winning touchdown against Auburn in the national championship.
|7/27/2014||Kyle Rudolph, TE||The Minnesota Vikings have signed tight end Kyle Rudolph to a five-year contract extension. The Vikings announced the deal Sunday night. The deal, which was first reported by Fox Sports, is worth $36.5 million with just $20 million guaranteed. Incentives can push the deal to $40 million.
Analysis: Rudolph missed eight games because of a broken left foot last season. He caught 30 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns last year, but was still named to the Pro Bowl and earned MVP honors in the game.
|7/27/2014||Tom Nelson, S||The Panthers announced they have signed Nelson, giving them added depth at safety.
Analysis: Nelson, 27, has played in 24 regular season games during his career and has 36 tackles and one interception. He has not played in an NFL game since 2011. Nelson signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and played two years with the Bengals. He has also spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears. He attended training camp with the Bears last summer but did not make the 53-man roster.
|7/27/2014||Jace Amaro, TE||Amaro was sidelined in the middle of practice after tweaking his right knee.
Analysis: Amaro, New York's second-rounder, says his knee buckled Sunday, the result of a nagging tendon injury he has felt throughout the offseason. He says he should be fine when the Jets next take the practice field on Tuesday.
|7/27/2014||Calvin Pryor, S||Pryor has been diagnosed with a concussion.
Analysis: Coach Rex Ryan clarified Sunday that Pryor was injured while covering a kickoff - not a punt return, as he originally thought - during drills Saturday when the returner was knocked into him. Pryor, the team's first-round draft pick, was not at practice and will be sidelined while he goes through the NFL's protocol for head injuries.
|7/27/2014||Travelle Wharton, G||Wharton is retiring after 10 NFL seasons. There will be a retirement news conference Tuesday at Wofford College, where the Panthers are training. He is the fourth Panthers offensive lineman to retire this offseason, joining Jordan Gross, Geoff Hangartner and Jeff Byers.
Analysis: The 33-year-old Wharton played in 115 games and started 111. A third-round pick out of South Carolina in 2004, Wharton played with the Panthers until 2011 before signing as a free agent with the Bengals. He returned to Carolina last season following a slew of injuries.
|7/27/2014||Davin Meggett, RB||The Colts re-signed running back Davin Meggett on Sunday.
Analysis: Meggett, the son of former NFL running back Dave Meggett, played at the University of Maryland and was on the Colts practice squad in December 2012 but has not played in an NFL game.
|7/27/2014||Aaron Morgan, LB||The Colts put linebacker Aaron Morgan on injured reserve Sunday.
Analysis: Indianapolis did not say what Morgan's injury was.
|7/27/2014||Greg Orton, WR||The New England Patriots have released Orton two days after he suffered a leg injury.
Analysis: Orton was taken off the practice field on a cart Friday just two days after signing as a free agent. He was on the practice squads of Denver for part of the 2011 season and all of the next season and of the Patriots from Dec. 31 to May 22.
|7/27/2014||Willie Colon, G||The New York Jets have activated Colon from the active/physically unable to perform list, and he is practicing for the first time at training camp. Colon had offseason arthroscopic knee surgery in late May. He is in full pads and participating in some drills Sunday after missing the first three days of practice. Brian Winters, who started at left guard last season, and Oday Aboushi had been filling in for Colon.
Analysis: Coach Rex Ryan said Saturday that Colon was "real close" to returning. The 31-year-old Colon was re-signed by the Jets in March to a one-year, $2 million deal. He started all 16 games last season, but was recovering from a torn right biceps in the season finale before dealing with the knee issue.
|7/26/2014||Cecil Shorts III, WR||Shorts III will miss at least two weeks with a strained right hamstring. Shorts got the diagnosis Saturday, one day after feeling tightness in his hamstring during the team's first training camp practice.
Analysis: Shorts, who has a history of injuries, says he "can't catch a break right now. My frustration level might be at an all-time high." The fourth-year pro missed most of organized team activities with a calf injury and hasn't made it through a full season since college. He missed six games with a hamstring injury in 2011, missed two games because of a concussion in 2012 and sat out the final three games in 2013 with a groin injury that slowed him all season.
|7/26/2014||Kendall Hunter, RB||Hunter's season is over before it began. The 49ers confirmed Saturday that Hunter tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Friday's practice. Hunter began training camp as the No. 2 running back behind Frank Gore.
Analysis: Hunter's knee buckled awkwardly as he tried to make a move during a non-contact portion of practice. His injury leaves LaMichael James, Carlos Hyde, Jewell Hampton and Marcus Lattimore to fill the void behind Gore. Hunter rushed for 358 yards and three touchdowns on 78 carries last season. He has averaged 4.6 yards per carry in three years since San Francisco selected him in the fourth round of the 2011 draft out of Oklahoma State.
|7/26/2014||Jordy Nelson, WR||The Packers have signed receiver Nelson to a contract extension, securing their top player at a position that has had several high-profile departures in recent years. Green Bay announced the deal Saturday after the first practice of training camp. Terms of the contract were not announced by the team, and NFL.com reported it was a four-year, $39 million deal with an $11.5 million signing bonus.
Analysis: Nelson was a second-round pick in 2008 who posted career-highs of 85 catches and 1,314 yards last season. He has developed into one of the top receivers in the league with his ability to make sideline catches.
|7/26/2014||Vick Ballard, RB||Colts coach Chuck Pagano says Ballard will miss the entire season due to a torn Achilles tendon. Pagano says the running back will have surgery soon.
Analysis: The injury leaves Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson competing for the starting job. Ballard was hurt on a pass play during Indy's afternoon practice. After initially getting up and limping, Ballard was taken to the locker room on a golf cart. He wasn't hit on the play. Last season, Ballard tore the ACL in his right knee during a September practice and missed the final 15 games.
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