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|7/31/2014||Ray Rice, RB||Rice says his actions against his then-fiancee were "totally inexcusable" and insisted he had never been a part of any domestic violence incidents before.
Analysis: Rice was arrested on assault charges following a Feb. 15 altercation in New Jersey in which he allegedly struck Janay Palmer. Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being dropped. He received a two-game suspension from the NFL and a fine in excess of $500,000. He said he never intended to appeal the punishment.
|7/31/2014||Donald Thomas, G||Thomas will require season-ending surgery to repair his injured right quad. Coach Chuck Pagano said Thursday an MRI confirmed the diagnosis.
Analysis: Thomas also missed most of last season with a torn right quad in Week 2. The Colts also said he had offseason surgery to repair a torn biceps. Indy thought Thomas' return would solidify an offensive line that couldn't stay healthy in 2013, struggled to open running lanes and allowed franchise quarterback Andrew Luck to be hit far too many times. Rookie Jack Mewhort, Indy's second-round pick, and NFL veteran Lance Louis will now compete for the open job.
|7/31/2014||Eric Berry, S||Berry left Chiefs practice on Thursday after hurting his lower right leg, the second injury that the Pro Bowl safety has sustained so far in training camp.
Analysis: Berry missed some time earlier with a dislocated finger. It was unclear what happened to Berry during one of the early sessions of practice at Missouri Western. He was checked by trainers in the injury tent next to the field, then talked with other team officials on the sideline before leaving the field on a cart. Berry was able to put weight on the leg, but was noticeably limping.
|7/31/2014||Eric Berry, S||Berry left Chiefs practice on Thursday after hurting his lower right leg, the second injury that the Pro Bowl safety has sustained so far in training camp. Berry missed some time earlier with a dislocated finger.
Analysis: It was unclear what happened to Berry during one of the early sessions of practice at Missouri Western. He was checked by trainers in the injury tent next to the field, then talked with other team officials on the sideline before leaving the field on a cart. Berry was able to put weight on the leg, but was noticeably limping.
|7/31/2014||Vincent Brown, WR||Brown missed another practice on Wednesday because of a sore calf.
Analysis: Brown is hoping for a rebound season, but he hasn't taken a rep since straining his left calf on Friday, the Chargers' second day of camp.
|7/31/2014||Rod Streater, WR||Streater made a quick recovery from the concussion he suffered early in training camp and is expected to be cleared for full contact for Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Streater didn't participate in any team work Wednesday and was limited to light duty wearing shorts and shoulder pads while the rest of the team worked out in full gear. He ran crisp patterns during passing drills and made a handful of nice catches after missing one practice after getting hurt over the weekend.
|7/31/2014||Chris Lewis-Harris, CB||Lewis-Harris was suspended for two games Wednesday for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Analysis: Lewis-Harris can participate in preseason games and practices. He'll miss the first two games without pay and can return to the active roster on Monday, Sept. 15.
|7/31/2014||Quintin Payton, WR||The Detroit Lions have claimed wide receiver Quintin Payton off waivers from Tampa Bay. Detroit made the move Wednesday, adding the undrafted rookie from North Carolina State two days after he was cut by the Buccaneers.
Analysis: The 6-foot-4, 212-pound Payton will get a chance to compete for a roster spot at a position led by Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.
|7/31/2014||Cordarrelle Patterson, WR||Patterson and Captain Munnerlyn made their training camp debuts for the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday after missing the first four days with injuries.
Analysis: Patterson, the team's dynamic second-year receiver and kick returner, had missed time with a foot injury.
|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.
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