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|7/29/2014||Chris Harris Jr., CB||The last of the Denver Broncos' defensive starters who missed the Super Bowl has been cleared to return to practice. Cornerback Chris Harris Jr., who tore his left ACL in the playoffs and underwent surgery after the season, passed his physical and was taken off the PUP list Tuesday.
Analysis: Harris' ligament wasn't completely torn when he got hurt against San Diego and the Broncos are optimistic he'll be able to return to the starting lineup by the season opener Sept. 7 against Indianapolis and resume his role as a leader on Denver's defense.
|7/29/2014||Calvin Pryor, S||Pryor sat out practice while he recovers from a concussion, although coach Rex Ryan says the first-round pick is "making strides."
Analysis: Pryor was hurt during a kickoff return Saturday and is going through the NFL-mandated protocol on head injuries. He must be cleared before he can return to practice. Pryor was on the field Tuesday and stretched before practice, and then worked with trainers.
|7/29/2014||Josh Gordon, WR||A person familiar with the decision says Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has hired attorney Maurice Suh to represent him at his appeal hearing with the NFL.
Analysis: Suh, who helped Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman win an appeal for a suspension in 2012, will be with Gordon in New York on Friday, said the person who spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. Gordon is facing an indefinite ban under the league's substance abuse policy. While he awaits his hearing, the Pro Bowler has been at training camp with the Browns.
|7/29/2014||Anthony McCoy, TE||McCoy left Seattle Seahawks practice on Tuesday after being helped to a cart and the team fears he could have a serious Achilles injury to his left leg.
Analysis: McCoy was hurt late in the practice. He was face-down on the field for several minutes before limping to a cart. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said the initial diagnosis is that McCoy's injury is significant and that it's on the opposite leg of a previous torn Achilles that cost him all of last season. McCoy injured the Achilles on his right leg during offseason workouts before the 2013 season.
|7/29/2014||Le'Veon Bell, RB||Bell isn't worried about a tweaked hamstring slowing him down at training camp.
Analysis: Bell sat out Monday's first padded practice as a precaution after feeling a twinge in his hamstring on Sunday. He insists it won't be an issue going forward as he tries to improve on one of the best rookie seasons in team history. Despite missing the first three games with a foot injury, Bell had 1,259 total yards in 2013, breaking Hall of Famer Franco Harris' rookie record set more than 40 years ago.
|7/29/2014||Tony Romo, QB||Romo will sit out a competitive practice for the first time at training camp as the Dallas quarterback continues to ease his way into playing shape coming off back surgery.
Analysis: Coach Jason Garrett said Romo wouldn't participate in the afternoon practice Tuesday after getting "mental work" in the morning walkthrough session. Garrett said Romo has not had any setbacks. Romo skipped some lighter sessions earlier in camp, but went through the first two full-pad workouts Saturday and Sunday. The team was off Monday.
|7/29/2014||Travelle Wharton, G||Wharton officially announced his retirement at a press conference at Wofford College, about 30 minutes from he grew up and started playing the game.
Analysis: Wharton, 33, played in 115 games and started 111 for Carolina. He also spent time with Cincinnati, though he never started a game for the Bengals due to injuries.
|7/29/2014||Lyle Sendlein, C||Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says starting center Lyle Sendlein will be sidelined for three weeks with a calf injury.
Analysis: Sendlein injured his left calf during the team's first practice in pads on Monday. Ted Wilson will take Sendlein's spot with the first team.
|7/29/2014||Alfonso Smith, RB||The San Francisco 49ers have signed former Arizona Cardinals running back Alfonso Smith to a one-year deal.
Analysis: Smith spent the past four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals after a collegiate career at Kentucky. He had 48 carries for 156 yards and two touchdowns in 43 games for Arizona. He also had 13 tackles on special teams.
|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||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.
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