Brenton Bersin getting 1st-team run
Brenton Bersin | CAR
(August 1, 2014 3:01 PM EDT)
With Kelvin Benjamin nursing a bruised left knee, third-year UDFA Brenton Bersin is running with the Panthers' first-team offense.
Bersin and Jerricho Cotchery have been the outside receivers, with Jason Avant in the slot. Bersin appears to have leapfrogged Marvin McNutt, Tavarres King, and Tiquan Underwood on the depth chart. A Wofford alum, 24-year-old Bersin stands 6-foot-3, 210 with modest 4.60 speed and a 35-inch vertical. Put simply, the Panthers need their top receivers to stay healthy this season.
Harbaugh discusses Marcus Lattimore
Marcus Lattimore | SF
(August 1, 2014 2:49 PM EDT)
Coach Jim Harbaugh was noncommittal Friday on RB Marcus Lattimore (knee, hamstring) having a role on the 2014 49ers.
"Marcus is going to be part of this team in some form or fashion," is all Harbs would commit to. Lattimore has yet to practice in training camp, remaining on the active/NFI list. We've never seen him as a likely 2014 on-field contributor.
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Harbaugh: Michael Crabtree out 'week or two'
Michael Crabtree | SF
(August 1, 2014 2:35 PM EDT)
Coach Jim Harbaugh revealed Friday that Michael Crabtree will miss "a week or two" with an undisclosed injury.
The Niners have given no details on Crabtree's illness or injury, but Harbs assured "it's not foot or Achilles' related." Harbaugh doesn't necessarily have a great track record of honesty when it comes to injury information, however. Keep a close eye on this situation. If 100 percent, Crabtree is a prime contract-year bounce-back candidate after missing 11 games last season.
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Packers activate OLB Nick Perry
Nick Perry | GB
(August 1, 2014 2:22 PM EDT)
Packers activated OLB Nick Perry (undisclosed) from active/PUP.
A Ted Thompson whiff thus far as the 28th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Perry missed the entire spring before failing his pre-camp physical. If not for his draft status, Perry might be entering 2014 on the roster bubble.
Jeff Janis missing camp time with Shingles
Jeff Janis | GB
(August 1, 2014 2:17 PM EDT)
Packers seventh-round WR Jeff Janis has not yet practiced in training camp.
He's on the non-football injury list with Shingles, but the Packers expect Janis to come off NFI next week. A deep-sleeper rookie out of Saginaw Valley State, Janis impressed this spring but is fighting for a roster spot.
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Arian Foster back on the shelf at Texans camp
Arian Foster | HOU
(August 1, 2014 1:39 PM EDT)
Arian Foster (undisclosed) is sidelined again at Texans camp.
Under ex-Patriots assistant Bill O'Brien, the Texans are taking a Belichickian approach to injuries, declining to divulge locations and extents. So they won't say whether Foster suffered a setback with his early-camp hamstring injury. Foster returned to practice Wednesday, and was out Thursday. "He’s doing OK," O’Brien said of Foster. "It’s kind of a day-to-day thing. It’s nothing serious. I would assume – (but) guess you can’t assume anything – he’d be back pretty soon." 28-year-old Foster tore his hamstring during 2011 training camp, so there is history here. He's an incredibly high-risk early-round fantasy investment.
Houston Chronicle
Sanders Commings suffers severe injury
Sanders Commings | KC
(August 1, 2014 1:23 PM EDT)
Updating a previous item, Chiefs S Sanders Commings suffered both a fractured ankle and fibula in training camp.
This is a tough injury for NFL players to bounce back from, as we've seen regularly in the past. A 2013 fifth-round pick, Commings was in the mix to start at free safety, battling Husain Abdullah. Abdullah is now locked in.
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Seahawks place DT Williams on I.R.
Jesse Williams | SEA
(August 1, 2014 1:14 PM EDT)
Seahawks placed DT Jesse Williams on injured reserve, ending his season.
Williams suffered a significant knee injury in Wednesday's camp practice after missing his entire rookie year with a knee problem stemming from Alabama. The Seahawks feared Williams would never played again following last year's training camp, and they probably have the same concerns now.
Cardinals take a shot on veteran T Max Starks
Max Starks | ARZ
(August 1, 2014 12:55 PM EDT)
Cardinals signed OT Max Starks.
Coach Bruce Arians brings in a veteran he knows well from their Pittsburgh days. Starks, now 32, spent the first nine seasons of his career as a Steeler and started 96 games at left tackle. Last year, he spent a few weeks on the Rams' roster before getting handed his walking papers before Week 5. If Starks sticks with the Cardinals, he'll be depth behind Jared Veldheer and Bobby Massie.
Marvin Jones remains on active/NFI
Marvin Jones | CIN
(August 1, 2014 12:36 PM EDT)
Marvin Jones (ankle) remains on active/NFI.
Jones hasn't practiced since rolling his ankle at a post-OTA passing camp arranged by Andy Dalton. It's a bit of a concern considering Mohamed Sanu has been lighting up camp in his absence. Jones remains a fine late-round flier candidate, but we'd like to see him make his camp debut in the next week.
Cincinnati Enquirer