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|7/31/2014||Julio Jones, WR||Jones says his right foot has fully recovered from surgery last October, adding that he will be 100 percent when the Atlanta Falcons host New Orleans in the season opener.
Analysis: Jones showed his breakaway speed at the end of practice late Thursday afternoon when he ran past cornerback Desmond Trufant to catch a 40-yard pass from quarterback Matt Ryan. Though he's not sure if the Falcons will let him play in preseason games next month, Jones' primary concern is making sure he has no setbacks.
|7/31/2014||Brent Urban, DE||Urban is done for the season after tearing his right ACL in practice. The injury occurred during practice Wednesday. Coach John Harbaugh confirmed Thursday that the fourth-round pick from Virginia was lost for the year.
Analysis: Urban is no stranger to injury. He tore the ACL of his left knee before and had a bad ankle injury during his senior year at Virginia. This injury occurred when Urban was trying to shake off a block. The 6-foot-6, 298-pound Urban signed a four-year, $2.52 million contract in May that includes a signing bonus in excess of $300,000.
|7/31/2014||Marshawn Lynch, RB||Lynch's holdout is over, ending one distraction so far for the Super Bowl champions.
Analysis: Lynch arrived at the Seattle Seahawks practice facility on Thursday afternoon following the team's morning practice. The team confirmed Lynch had reported for camp, ending a holdout that spanned a week. Lynch was caught by television cameras talking on his phone out near the Seahawks practice fields wearing a hooded "Beast Mode" sweatshirt and knit cap on an 85 degree day.
|7/30/2014||Donald Thomas, G||Thomas limped off the field and toward the locker room late in Wednesday's afternoon practice and did not return.
Analysis: Afterward, team spokesman Avis Roper told reporters that doctors weren't sure what the injury was. Thomas appeared to injure his right leg during a team drill when he ended up on the ground. He got up, limped behind the team, tried to walk it off and put both of his hands on his head before leaving the playing field. Last season, Thomas missed all but two games with a torn right quad and a torn biceps.
|7/30/2014||Fred Jackson, RB||Jackson signed a one-year contract extension with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday.
Analysis: Jackson is signed through 2015. The veteran running back has established himself as a leader and top playmaker for the Bills. He has 5,121 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns in seven seasons. Known for his physical running style, Jackson ran for 890 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013 while dealing with two separate knee sprains. Jackson is expected to split carries with running back C.J. Spiller once again in 2014.
|7/30/2014||James Develin, RB||The New England Patriots are short-handed at tight end so James Develin is getting another chance to show the versatility that has earned praise from coach Bill Belichick.
Analysis: Rob Gronkowski isn't ready for full-time practice as he continues his recovery from knee surgery. Michael Hoomanawanui has been sidelined the past two practices with an undisclosed injury. So Develin is getting more practice time at tight end while continuing to run plays from his usual fullback position.
|7/30/2014||David Wilson, RB||The New York Giants said Wilson will not practice for the rest of the week and is out for Sunday's Hall of Fame game after suffering what the team called a "burner" in practice on Tuesday.
Analysis: Late in Tuesday afternoon's practice, Wilson took a short pass from backup quarterback Curtis Painter and ran with his head down into the back of reserve guard Eric Herman. Soon after, Wilson was taken off the field by an assistant trainer.
|7/30/2014||Nigel Bradham, LB||Bradham has been suspended by the NFL for the team's regular-season opener for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Analysis: The suspension is yet another setback for Buffalo's defense. With linebacker Kiko Alonso out for the season because of a knee injury, Bradham worked with the starting defense at weakside linebacker during the first week of training camp.
|7/30/2014||Tyron Smith, T||The Dallas Cowboys have signed Smith to an eight-year contract extension that locks up the Pro Bowl left tackle through the 2023 season.
Analysis: The extension signed Wednesday is worth $98 million, pushing the total value of his deal to 10 years and $110 million. Smith gets a $10 million signing bonus and $40 million in guaranteed money. The long contract means Smith will likely be the most important blocker for Tony Romo and whoever replaces the 34-year-old quarterback.
|7/30/2014||Alex Smith, QB||Smith says that the time is approaching where he will shelve all talk about a contract extension and focus solely on football for the remainder of the season.
Analysis: The Chiefs have been discussing a new deal with Smiths' representatives for months, though the sides remain far apart. Smith said after practice Wednesday that he's yet to set a date to break off negotiations, but he acknowledged that "at some point mentally it'll come to me." Smith is due $7.5 million this season, the final year of his contract, and many expect him to get an extension similar to what Colin Kaepernick received from the San Francisco 49ers.
|7/30/2014||Donald Stephenson, T||Stephenson returned to practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Stephenson missed Monday's workout with a left ankle injury and the Chiefs had Tuesday off.
|7/30/2014||Sanders Commings, S||Commings was carted off the practice field Wednesday after getting juked to the ground by running back Jamaal Charles and hurting his right ankle. Commings broke his collarbone in his first practice as a rookie and was finally getting up to speed. He was trying to tackle Charles in the open field when he whiffed, turning his ankle in such a way that he was unable to put any weight on it.
Analysis: Commings was in a heated competition for a backup job, and the Chiefs hoped he would push veteran Husain Abdullah for the free safety spot that opened when Kendrick Lewis departed.
|7/30/2014||Geno Atkins, DT||The Bengals cleared Atkins to rejoin practice on Wednesday, completing his comeback from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Analysis: Atkins hurt his knee during a game Oct. 31 at Miami and had hoped to be ready for the start of training camp last Thursday, but coach Marvin Lewis wanted to be cautious. Atkins was limited to drills on a side field for the first week. Atkins was a 2012 All-Pro and a two-time Pro Bowl selection. He had 12 1-2 sacks in 2012, the most by an NFL interior lineman, and led the team with six sacks when he was hurt last season.
|7/30/2014||Patrick Peterson, CB||Peterson says he has reached agreement on a five-year, $70 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals, with $48 million guaranteed.
Analysis: Peterson revealed the terms via twitter Tuesday night. The Cardinals announced the deal a short time later, but did not disclose the terms. Peterson has made the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons in the NFL, first as a kick returner then the last two seasons at cornerback, after Arizona made him the No. 5 pick overall out of LSU in 2011.
|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.
|7/29/2014||Terrell Thomas, CB||The Seattle Seahawks have added Thomas.
Analysis: Thomas will be reunited with Seattle coach Pete Carroll after playing for him at USC. Thomas played in 16 games last season for the Giants after being out of football in 2011 and 2012.
|7/29/2014||Eric Winston, T||The Seattle Seahawks have added depth to their offensive line by signing NFLPA president Eric Winston.
Analysis: Winston has started 119 of 124 NFL games, spending his first six seasons with Houston before one season in Kansas City and last season with Arizona. The move could be a sign of uncertainty about Seattle's situation at right tackle. Michael Bowie suffered a shoulder injury at the first day of camp and rookie Justin Britt is his backup.
|7/29/2014||Kelvin Benjamin, WR||Benjamin says he woke up Tuesday morning feeling "like a new man" and plans to play in preseason games.
Analysis: Carolina's first-round draft pick gave the team a scare on Sunday when he injured his left knee during practice. However, an MRI Monday revealed Benjamin only has a bone bruise. Benjamin sat out practice Tuesday. He isn't sure when he'll return to practice, saying he'll follow the advice of the trainers.
|7/29/2014||John Abraham, LB||Authorities say Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham was arrested on a drunken driving charge a month ago in the Atlanta area. Abraham has been absent from the team's training camp since Friday.
Analysis: DeKalb County Jail records show that the 36-year-old was taken into custody June 29 and released the same day. The records show Abraham was charged with driving under the influence involving alcohol, as well as stopping, standing or parking in a prohibited place. Records from the jail do not indicate whether the case had been resolved as of Tuesday, nor do they list an attorney for Abraham.
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