24 Teams Wrap Up Mandatory Minicamp

Mandatory minicamp week has come and gone as 24 teams finished up the last portion of the offseason before training camp.

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How About Adam Weber As Peyton Manning's Backup?

While there is no question in Denver as to who the starting quarterback will be, the competition to be Peyton Manning's backup is heating up.

The Broncos signed free agent Caleb Hanie and drafted Brock Osweiler in the second round, but it may be Adam Weber who wins the No. 2 job. Weber, who spent last season on the Broncos practice squad, operated as the No. 2 quarterback during the Broncos recent minicamp.

The three players will battle for the backup job during training camp, but for now Weber is saying all of the right things.

"A long time ago, I made a decision that I'm not going to worry about things I can't control," Weber said via the Denver Post. "I don't read too much into it. As long as I get an opportunity to take a snap, I've got a chance."

Weber signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He holds the University of Minnesota record for passing yards and touchdown passes.

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Kendall Wright Injury: Titans WR Hurts Shoulder On Thursday, Will Have MRI

The Tennessee Titans witnessed a troubling scene at Thursday's offseason training activities when rookie wide receiver Kendall Wright left the practice field with a shoulder injury.

According to Terry McCormick, the Titans do not believe it to be a serious injury, but Wright will undergo an MRI to learn more.

Wright injured his shoulder going up for a pass from quarterback Jake Locker. He received attention from the trainers before being taken off the field.

A first-round pick out of Baylor, Wright figures to be a key part of a Titans offense that plans to stretch the field. He can work out of the slot or on the outside, where his explosiveness and quickness look to give him an edge over many defenders.

Receiver Kenny Britt, recovering from a torn ACL suffered last season, was on the field doing a limited amount of work as he continues to recover.

The Titans have a minicamp scheduled for next week.

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Jah Reid Carted Off At Ravens Practice

Like 23 other teams, the Baltimore Ravens are wrapping up mandatory minicamp this week. On Thursday, they received a potential scare when offensive lineman Jah Reid was carted off the field, according to a report from Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times.

The type of injury and severity are undetermined, but his right leg was extended on the cart as he was driven off the field to the training room.

It could be something minor, but you never want to see a player getting carted off the field. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh gave no update on Reid's condition after practice.

At first glance, the Ravens look set at offensive tackle with Bryant McKinnie and Michael Oher, but McKinnie didn't work out this week due to conditioning concerns.

Reid, an offensive tackle out of Central Florida, was the Ravens' third-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

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Tim Tebow Wants To Put On Weight

Tim Tebow is already extraordinarily large for a quarterback. Considering his average to slightly below average height for a quarterback at 6'3", he was a very heavy 240 pounds last year. Apparently, this is not heavy enough for his new team, the New York Jets.

The Jets have Tebow listed as their backup quarterback and he has been practicing as a QB with the second team offense, but that's probably not his primary function with the team, and the fact that the team is asking him to add bulk is evidence of that. Tebow is up to 249 pounds, and the Jets expect him to play at 250 this season. Said Tebow, about his condition, "I'm trying to be in shape, be strong enough to do anything, but also fast enough to run around a little bit as well."

Tebow is going to be used as a blocker on punts, and is also expected to play frequently in wildcat sets in the red zone. His biggest asset in 2011 was probably his ability to shed tackles, and a bigger version of Tebow is only going to be more effective in that aspect of his game.

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Joe Flacco Misses Ravens Practice For Good Reason

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was not in attendance at the team's mandatory minicamp on Wednesday, but he wasn't just playing hooky. The Ravens excused their QB from the practice because his wife was giving birth to their first child. Flacco had to skip out of practice on short notice when he got a big phone call on Wednesday morning.

"Joe got the call this morning," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "Obviously, the labor started and Joe was high-tailing up the road to Philly to be with Dana [Flacco]. We wish them nothing but the best."

If you're a heartless individual who cares way too much about football and reads way too much into minicamps, you'll be interested to learn that Tyrod Taylor took snaps with the first team offense in Flacco's absence.

Also notable: Ed Reed missed practice as well, and it was not because his wife was going into labor, to anyone's knowledge. He's probably going to get fined.

For more on the Ravens, head over to Baltimore Beat Down.

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Saints DE Greg Romeus Tears ACL And MCL During Practice

The New Orleans Saints held their mandatory minicamp last week and continued with OTAs this week. At one of those practices, defensive end Greg Romeus suffered an unfortunate injury. Saints coach Joe Vitt confirmed to reporters that Romeus tore his ACL and MCL this week, which could end his season prematurely.

That's a six to eight month injury and from the way Vitt talked it sounds like the Saints could shut him down for the year.

"He was just running down the field and his non-surgical knee gave on him and he has an ACL and an MCL and he's going to miss the next 6-8 months," Saints coach Joe Vitt said. "This kid has really worked hard. The whole team feels bad for him, the coaching staff feels bad for him. It's part of the game. This kid has put in the time, he has put in the effort and he has to go through the whole process all over again. So we're going to be there for him and we're going to support him."

Romeus also tore his ACL in college and spent his rookie season on injured reserve. Bad break for him.

If there's a bright side to this it's that the injury occurred now and not at the end of training camp. At least the Saints have time to plan for his absence.

For more on his injury, visit SB Nation's Canal Street Chronicles.

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Peyton Manning's Arm Strength Still Not 100 Percent

The Denver Broncos took the field on Tuesday for their first practice of a three-day minicamp and new quarterback Peyton Manning might not have had the strongest arm at practice for the first time in quite a while. The former league MVP is still recovering from the issues that kept him out all of last season.

"I still have a lot of work to do,'' Manning told USA TODAY Sports' Jim Corbett on Tuesday. "Last season being injured was new for me. I thought I had a good attitude about it and tried to handle it the best I could. Certainly, it feels good to be back out on the field.

"I continue to rehab. I have work to do and progress that I still need to make.''

By all accounts Manning looked accurate and to form, but he is still focusing on rehabilitating the nerve damage in the triceps of his throwing arm and getting stronger. Manning's arm is plenty strong enough to make all of the necessary throws, but he feels it can get stronger.

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Chris Clemons Skips Seahawks Mandatory Minicamp

The Seattle Seahawks kicked off their three-day mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, and to head coach Pete Carroll's surprise defensive end Chris Clemons was not in attendance.

"In communication with Chris, I thought he was coming, so this was a little bit of a late development that he's not. I'm a little surprised that he's not here,'' Carroll told reporters after practice on Tuesday. "We've had open communication with the agent and Chris and feel like everything is on the up and up and very amicable and all of that. It continues to be one of our priorities and we would like to get him back.''

Clemons is in the final year of a five-year deal that will pay him close to $4 million. Clemons can be subject to fines totaling up to $60,000 however if the Seahawks decide to fine him.

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Matt Forte Absent From Bears Mandatory Minicamp

A handful of NFL teams began mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, but quite a few teams were missing players from practice. One of those players missing was Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, who the team hit with the franchise tag during the offseason. Forte's absence wasn't unexpected though, as head coach Lovie Smith expected it and noted he's not bothered by it.

"It's not an issue for me and it can't be," Smith said told media on Tuesday.

"During the course of the year you have guys who aren't here for whatever reason," Smith continued. "You coach the guys who can go, who can practice. We've been spending all our time with that. I know Matt Forte. I'm sure he's getting ready to go. But in the meantime, the best thing we can do for the Chicago Bears is just keep this train going, which we've done."

Forte hasn't signed his franchise tender yet, which is set to pay the running back $7.74 million guaranteed for the 2012 season. Since Forte has not signed his tender, he's technically not under contract and is not subject to fines.

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Ed Reed Absent From Ravens Mandatory Minicamp

Ed Reed was absent from the Baltimore Ravens first mandatory minicamp Tuesday, according to Jeff Zreibac of the Baltimore Sun. The veteran safety is still on the fence about playing this season, and appears to be sitting out practice until he can make a decision.

Reed said last month that he has been contemplating retirement for the last three offseasons, citing concerns about his health and long-term future. This despite Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti saying last Friday that he expected Reed to show up for the first day of minicamp.

Reed faces progressive fines for each day of minicamp that he skips. He could be fined $10,000 for missing the first day, $20,000 for the second and $30,000 for the third, for a total of $60,000. Reed is in the final year of his five-year contract, and is set to earn $7.2 million this season if he plays.

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Jason Witten Has Jury Duty, Misses Cowboys Minicamp

Jason Witten missed the start of Dallas Cowboys minicamp Tuesday while doing his civic obligation and attending jury duty. Witten has never missed an offseason practice, mandatory or not, in his career entering his 10th season in the league, and probably would have kept the streak going if it wasn't a federal crime to skip out on court.

Luckily, the defendant pleaded guilty in the case, and Witten is expected to attend the afternoon portion of practice. The veteran tight end will not be fined for missing a mandatory practice.

Witten caught 79 passes for 942 yards and five touchdowns last season for the Cowboys.

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Andrew Luck Returns To Indy For Colts Minicamp

Andrew Luck, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, took in his first NFL minicamp on Tuesday. Due to rules on players' academic schedules, Luck hasn't been with the Indianapolis Colts this offseason outside of a three-day rookie minicamp last month.

The Indianapolis Star quoted Colts head coach Chuck Pagano as saying Luck "hasn't missed a beat." He's expected to be the Colts starting quarterback in Week 1, so this is an important week for him as he takes in practice for the first time with the veteran players.

"I've managed to learn the playbook a little bit," Luck said. He added, "I have somewhat high expectations for myself."

In other Colts minicamp news, Stampede Blue passes along word that Dwayne Allen, and not Coby Fleener, ran with the first team at tight end.

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Brian Waters Only Player Absent From Patriots Minicamp

The New England Patriots opened mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, and they are at near perfect attendance. Head coach Bill Belichick confirmed reports that veteran guard Brian Waters is not present at the team's minicamp, citing personal reasons as the excuse for the lineman's absence.

Waters flirted with retirement after the season, but subsequent reports have indicated he will return this year. Traditionally he works out on his own during the offseason, but this is a mandatory portion of the offseason. With Belichick saying Waters has been excused, he may not be fined for missing.

Waters was signed shortly before the start of the 2011 season and still performed very well as a starter on the Patriots offensive line. His absence likely won't affect his standing with the team moving forward. If he plays this year, you can expect to see him at training camp.

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Mike Jenkins Arrives At Cowboys Mandatory Minicamp

The Dallas Cowboys opened their mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, and cornerback Mike Jenkins was in attendance. Jenkins reportedly requested a trade this offseason after the Cowboys gave cornerback Brandon Carr a $50 million deal in free agency and drafted cornerback Morris Claiborne.

There have been trade rumors swirling around Jenkins, but Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones has consistently said he wants Jenkins on the team.

Jenkins is entering the final year of his contract. Missing this week's mandatory minicamp would result in a $10,000 fine the first day, $20,000 the second day and $30,000 the third day for a total of $60,000 in fines.

While he's present at Cowboys minicamp, he's not participating since he's recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

Jenkins' status will be a question mark all offseason, as a couple of teams were reportedly interested in trading for him. Don't expect those rumors to go away, despite what Jones says about keeping Jenkins on the team.

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Darrelle Revis Shows Up To Jets Mandatory Minicamp

The New York Jets were happy to see cornerback Darrelle Revis show up to the team's mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. Revis, who has two years remaining on his current contract, recently publicly expressed a desire for a new deal, leading some to wonder if he would show up this week.

Missing mandatory minicamp is pricey -- $10,000 fine for day one, $20,000 for day two and $30,000 for the third day. That'd be $60,000 for missing a three-day minicamp, which Revis apparently isn't interested in doing.

Revis will likely continue to make some noise about his deal, but the next key deadline is training camp, which starts in late July. If he's holding out by the time camp arrives, the Jets have a problem on their hands. Until then, there's not a high level of concern if he's showing up to the required portions of the offseason program.

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Mandatory Minicamp: Which NFL Players Won't Be Showing Up?

Mandatory minicamps are starting up this week for two dozen teams. Which NFL stars won't be attending minicamp due to contract concerns?

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