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."
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The swelling in nose tackle Dan Williams’ left knee has gone down, he said.

All that’s left is a little tightness, but Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians expects Williams to return to the field Friday. Williams has been sidelined since Sunday’s practice because of the swelling. The swelling was so severe that Williams couldn’t bend his knee, he said.

Williams said the first time his knee swelled like that was April 2013 during OTAs. He called his condition a “high knee cap.”
CINCINNATI -- One day after giving their players a day off, the Cincinnati Bengals placed four under the concussion protocol Wednesday.

At least one of the injuries dates back to Sunday afternoon's practice.

Linebackers J.K. Schaffer and Jayson DiManche joined tight end Kevin Brock and offensive tackle Andre Smith on the protocol list. Schaffer's injury occurred Sunday, the last day he practiced. Smith's injury goes back to Monday when he was helped off the field during the second straight fully padded day the Bengals had this training camp. DiManche's apparently occurred that day, too.

Brock, who practiced early Wednesday, was added to the protocol following the workout.

Of the players on that list, Smith's name is the biggest. The sixth-year veteran is the team's starting right tackle. With starting left tackle Andrew Whitworth nursing a calf injury since before camp began, the Bengals are now thin along the edges of their offensive front. Veteran free-agency addition Will Svitek has seen action in his place.

Schaffer and DiManche are in a battle for linebacker spots, while Brock would be the team's fourth tight end if the position group was at full health. Jermaine Gresham still is out with a back injury suffered this offseason. He, Whitworth, receiver Marvin Jones, quarterback AJ McCarron and receiver Ryan Whalen remain on the team's active injury lists.

Earlier Wednesday, the Bengals activated off the physically unable to perform list defensive tackle Geno Atkins and linebacker Marquis Flowers.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens are concerned that the knee injury suffered by rookie defensive end Brent Urban on Wednesday may be serious.

Urban, the team's fourth-round pick out of Virginia, went down after a block by offensive tackle Jah Reid in a drill less than an hour into practice. He couldn't put any weight on his right leg and needed a trainer under each arm to get off the field.

An MRI is scheduled for Urban on Wednesday night.

"We'll just hope and pray for the best on that one," coach John Harbaugh said.

This is the first significant injury of Ravens camp (unless cornerback Lardarius Webb's back issue becomes more severe) but it's not the first injury of the year for Urban. He was limited for the early offseason workouts after undergoing ankle surgery in February.

Urban had been projected to back up Chris Canty this season. If Urban is out for an extended period, Kapron Lewis-Moore would become the primary backup.

But Harbaugh hasn't completely ruled out Urban for the season.

"I'm still hopeful that he'll be back, but we'll have to see," Harbaugh said.

The sixth practice of training camp featured a play that nearly cost the Ravens two rookies on the defensive line. On the same drill where Urban was injured, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan had to leave the field as well.

Jernigan, a second-round pick from Florida State, appeared to hurt his back. He went inside the team facility without any assistance from trainers.

"Timmy looks fine," Harbaugh said.

Defensive line is one of the positions where the Ravens can absorb a hit to their depth. Outside of the starters (Canty, Haloti Ngata and Brandon Williams), the Ravens have intriguing backups in Jernigan, Lewis-Moore and DeAngelo Tyson.

While the Ravens were expecting a huge impact from Urban, a major injury could curtail his development. Urban likely would have a shot at starting next season.

He is the perfect fit for a 3-4 defensive end, which is also referred to as "five technique." At 6-foot-7, 298 pounds, he has nearly the same build as Canty (6-7, 317) but has more upside.

“Brent has made steady progress since the first day he walked in here,” defensive line coach Clarnece Brooks said. “We liked him when we drafted him and after he was here for a couple days we knew exactly what we liked about him. He’s a great kid, works hard.”
ANDERSON, Ind. – The Indianapolis Colts have already lost running back Vick Ballard (Achilles) for the season.

The team now must worry about guard Donald Thomas.

Thomas limped off the practice field Wednesday after it’s believed that he re-injured the same right quad that kept him out of all but two games in 2013, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Thomas was clearly upset after he got up off the ground and made his way off the field. He’s expected to undergo an MRI on Wednesday evening.

The Colts can’t afford to lose Thomas for an extended period of time because not only is he projected to start at left guard, he’s also the team’s primary backup center.

Rookie Jack Mewhort, Lance Louis and Joe Reitz are guards on the Colts' roster.

DENVER – In a driving rainstorm for much of their 2 1/2-hour practice Wednesday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the Denver Broncos held defensive end DeMarcus Ware out of the workout.

Ware suffered a bruised lower right leg Sunday in the team’s practice at the stadium and has not practiced since. Broncos head coach John Fox continues to say Ware’s injury is not significant, but field conditions were slippery in an uncharacteristic storm that has dumped rain on the Denver area for the past two days.

Ware did some conditioning work on the side, including sprints.

The Broncos also held out defensive end Chase Vaughn (right knee), defensive end Greg Latta (right hip), safety John Boyett (back) and linebacker Shaquil Barrett (ankle). Cornerback Louis Young left the practice with a groin strain.

With Vaughn and Latta having missed several days of practice, the Broncos signed two defensive linemen Wednesday – Will Pericak and Cody Larsen, both defensive tackles – to bolster their numbers. Pericak played in college at Colorado and had been at some of the offseason workouts as a tryout player.

The Broncos' roster is now at 89 after the two signings.


Bears Camp Report: Day 5

July, 30, 2014
Jul 30
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Chicago Bears training camp:
  • Coach Marc Trestman watched as Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin held court in front of a JUGS machine with receivers Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Marquess Wilson along with tight end Martellus Bennett. For Trestman, the moment seemed a perfect one to pull out his iPhone to snap a shot. Instead, the coach was forced to handle his daily news conference duties with the media. “I was just getting ready to go take a picture with my iPhone, but I missed out,” Trestman joked. “That’s a nice picture. That man was a heck of a player and knows a lot of football. So I’m glad they had a chance to spend some time together.” The opportunity to snap a picture remained for Trestman after fulfilling his media obligation as Irvin and the Bears players remained grouped together talking shop. But if Trestman pulled out his phone to take a picture, “You guys would be taking pictures of me taking the picture,” the coach joked.
  • Cornerback Tim Jennings (groin) took part during individual drills, but the staff continues to hold him out of full-team work. Rookie Kyle Fuller worked in Jennings’ place with the starters, while Kelvin Hayden kicked inside to nickel. Isaiah Frey worked as the extra defender in dime packages. Other non-participants included safeties Chris Conte (shoulder) and Craig Steltz (groin), guard Kyle Long (viral infection) and receiver Terrence Toliver (toe). Jeffery (foot) returned to the practice field after being held out on Monday.
  • Trestman spent several minutes after practice working with backup quarterbacks Jordan Palmer and Jimmy Clausen, putting the duo through rope-ladder drills. Holding the ball, the quarterbacks simulated their drops through the ladder. It appears the coach is working to improve the quarterbacks’ footwork.
  • Out since the start of camp after undergoing shoulder surgery in the offseason, Conte spent several minutes before the start of Wednesday’s practice catching balls from a JUGS machine. Conte started camp on the active physically unable to perform list, but the expectation is he’ll be cleared to practice soon. Regardless of when Conte returns, he’s been all but declared out of the preseason opener Aug. 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles by Trestman. Conte needs to return soon, though, as competition at the safety position remains heated with several players vying for two openings.
  • The Bears signed receiver Dale Moss to a one-year contract on Tuesday, and on Wednesday he made one of the most eye-popping plays of the day. Coming over the middle in heavy traffic, Moss made a leaping grab as linebacker DeDe Lattimore laid a bone-jarring lick. Moss managed to hang onto the ball, and even threw out a first-down hand gesture on the way back to the huddle.
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Athletic trainers carted off backup Chicago Bears guard Eben Britton after the veteran suffered a left hamstring injury during a one-on-one drill against defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff.

Britton said the injury isn’t serious, that he’s “fine,” and club officials expect the veteran to be on a day-to-day timeframe for recovery.

Britton sustained the injury battling Ratliff during a pass-rushing drill in which the defensive tackle appeared to win. As Ratliff rushed past Britton, the veteran grabbed his left hamstring. After spending a few plays watching the drill, Britton walked over to the athletic trainers’ station to be checked.

Minutes later, the athletic trainers carted off Britton.

A sixth-year veteran, Britton played in 13 games for the Bears last season, starting in four of those as a sixth eligible lineman. Britton’s production last season prompted the Bears to sign him in April to a one-year contract.

Prior to joining the Bears, Britton started 30 games for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2009-12, making 23 starts at right tackle and seven more at left guard.
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears announced Wednesday that Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long has been cleared to return to practice, after starting training camp on the non-football injury list due to a viral infection.

The club plans to spend the next few days putting Long through conditioning work, and the expectation is he’ll join teammates Saturday when the Bears conduct a night practice at Soldier Field.

“We’re just going to continue to condition him,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “He’s got to get his legs back underneath him. I think by Saturday night you’ll see him in pads. We’ll work him into individual [drills] in pads on Saturday night. That would be the hope and we’ll take it from [there]. If we feel he’s got his feet underneath him and his pads are where they should be, we’ll see where Saturday night goes. That would be the plan, but we’re going to take one day at a time.”

Long declined to speak with reporters Wednesday, as he walked off the field at the conclusion of practice.

Long met with a physician on Monday, and the club held him out of practice again on Wednesday. After the workout Wednesday, Long was still listed on the team’s non-football injury list.

In all, Long has been held out of all five training camp practices. During the period of inactivity, Long has “done minimal things” to stay in shape, Trestman said.

“He hasn’t put pads on for quite some time, and hasn’t played football for quite some time, even through the OTAs and now the time away of the first five days of practices,” Trestman said. “We’ve been here six or seven days learning and doing those kinds of things, and he’s been away some of that time. That all goes into the mix and we’re trying to do the right thing. We’ll do what the trainers and doctors tell us to do. He’ll be back in meetings and he’ll get back on his feet and we’ll get him going.”

Arian Foster took in his first padded practice Wednesday, getting ample time for stretching in between.

Foster looked smooth while taking the first two carries of team drills on handoffs from backup quarterback Case Keenum.

"We put him back in there today and he ran some plays, did a good job," Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "He’s a really good football player, obviously. This team is really counting on him. You know, he’s a guy that is smart, instinctive and obviously very talented. The Houston Texans need a healthy Arian Foster, so it was good to see him out there today."

O'Brien doesn't always listen to what players feel about their bodies, but in Foster's case he will. Foster turns 28 in August, so he has a lot of mileage and knows his body well by now.

"We follow the direction of Geoff Kaplan and then our doctors and what they say on each player," O'Brien said. "But you know, guys that have played a lot of years like an Andre Johnson, that’s a guy that you’re going to definitely listen to how he feels before you put him back out there."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have lost reserve tight end Clay Harbor for a month, and possibly longer.

Harbor sustained a calf injury during Monday's practice at Bartram Trail High School and had his lower left leg in a protective boot on Wednesday. He and starter Marcedes Lewis are the only tight ends on the roster that have caught a pass in an NFL game. The other three tight ends are either undrafted rookies or first-year players.

Harbor caught 24 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns last season and has 71 catches in his career as a flex tight end. Coach Gus Bradley said he and general manager David Caldwell have not yet discussed trying to find and add a veteran tight end.

Harbor's absence will mean more reps for undrafted rookies D.J. Tialavea, Reggie Jordan and Marcel Jensen, as well as first-year player Brandon Barden, who played in three games for Tennessee in 2012.

"Those guys will get some opportunities," Bradley said. "I think the H-spot is really what we're looking at. That’s where Clay played, so that would be the spot that we need to discuss."
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Two of the Baltimore Ravens' rookie draft picks were injured on the same play at training camp Wednesday.

Defensive end Brent Urban and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan both got hurt on a running drill against the offensive line less than an hour into practice.

Urban, a fourth-round pick out of Virginia, looks more seriously hurt with what appears to be a right knee injury. He needed to be helped off the field by two trainers and was later carted off.

The Ravens expected Urban to be the primary backup to Chris Canty. Urban missed some early offseason practices after undergoing ankle surgery in February.

Jernigan, a second-round pick from Florida State, suffered a back injury. He followed Urban inside team headquarters but he walked off the field on his own power. Jernigan, who was competing for a starting job, had been one of the more impressive rookies at this year's training camp.

Coach John Harbaugh will be asked about the injuries following practice.

Chiefs Camp Report: Day 7

July, 30, 2014
Jul 30
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Kansas City Chiefs training camp at Missouri Western State University:
  • Rookie De'Anthony Thomas had perhaps his best practice at training camp so far. Thomas lines up as a running back or a receiver and made several big plays, the best being when he caught a deep fade from quarterback Alex Smith for a touchdown. That Thomas is having an impact after a week of training camp is no surprise. He missed a lot of offseason practice because of NFL rules prohibiting rookies from participating if their college, as Oregon was, was still in session. He had daily Skype sessions with running backs coach Eric Bieniemy to go over what he was missing in Kansas City, but he was still behind in learning the offense and is only now catching up. The Chiefs are also a little late in figuring out what they can and can’t do with Thomas.
  • Safety Sanders Commings, who had a strained foot, practiced for the first time at training camp but didn’t finish the session. He was in the unfortunate position of having to tackle Jamaal Charles in the open field. Charles put a move on Commings that sent him crumpling to the ground. Commings was soon carted off to the locker room with a right ankle injury. The Chiefs were hopeful Commings could play as an extra defensive back in passing situations, but a second injury is ruining those chances.
  • The backups got the better of the starters in an interesting goal-line drill. The starting defense allowed four touchdowns on four plays to the No. 2 offense. One of the touchdowns was a Tyler Bray pass to an uncovered Richard Gordon in the end zone. The starting offense scored just once in four plays against the backup defense, the score coming on a Knile Davis run. The offense should have had another touchdown, but tight end Demetrius Harris inexplicably wasn’t looking for Smith’s pass.
  • Undrafted rookie wide receiver Albert Wilson is making a strong bid for a roster spot. Wilson received several snaps with the first team, a sign the Chiefs are encouraged about what they have in him. Wilson has been utilized both in the slot and as an outside receiver and is not only fast but has shown the ability to elude coverage. “He just looks so smooth with his routes, and he’s able to really create some space and make some friendly throwing (lanes) for us," quarterback Aaron Murray said.
  • Things remain tough for cornerback Sean Smith. A former starter, Smith is now running second team. Then reserve wide receiver Mark Harrison beat him to a jump-ball catch. After making the catch, Harrison taunted Smith by flipping the ball at him.

DeMarcus Lawrence surgery set

July, 30, 2014
Jul 30
OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will fly back to Dallas on Wednesday to have surgery on his broken right foot on Thursday, according to a source.

Lawrence suffered the injury in Tuesday’s practice in pass rush drills against Tyron Smith. The Cowboys hoped he only had a sprained ankle, but X-rays confirmed a broken foot, which will keep him out 8-10 weeks, according to sources.

Lawrence, the Cowboys’ second-round pick, was off to a good start in training camp and beginning to push Jeremy Mincey for work at right defensive end with the first-team defense. He could miss the first three-to-six regular-season games depending on how fast he can recover.

Chris Harris Jr. moved off PUP

July, 30, 2014
Jul 30
DENVER -- As expected, the Denver Broncos on Wednesday moved cornerback Chris Harris Jr. off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list to the active roster.

Harris, who had ACL surgery earlier this year, had visited Dr. James Andrews on Monday and said before he left Denver he believed he would be cleared to practice by Andrews.

“I’ll show him I can do everything and get back on the field,’’ Harris said before his visit with Andrews.

Harris will practice on a limited basis initially, much like Von Miller and Kevin Vickerson have since the opening of camp -- the two have taken part in individual drills and Miller has participated in 7-on-7 drills. Harris has said throughout training camp he expected to be cleared for full contact by the Broncos' third preseason game Aug. 23 against the Houston Texans.

In Harris' absence, Kayvon Webster has worked with the starters in Harris’ right cornerback spot while rookie Bradley Roby has taken snaps as the third cornerback in the nickel (five defensive backs).

By the time the regular season begins, the Broncos hope Aqib Talib and Harris will be the starters with Roby coming in for the nickel package. Webster would play in the dime.

The Broncos are scheduled to practice at Sports Authority Field Wednesday as a steady rain has fallen much of the day, one of three practices open to the public during training camp. Their training camp practices have been closed to the public because of construction at their complex.