NFL Training Camp 2013: Tracking News, Position Battles, Injuries And More

Follow along as we track the news coming out NFL training camps across the league.

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Asomugha wins 49ers' No. 3 CB spot

Asomugha, the once-dominant 32-year-old defender, has earned a spot as the Niners' nickel corner.

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WR Manningham will start season on PUP list

Manningham is still a long ways away from returning from a torn ACL.

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Bears sign veteran QB Trent Edwards

The journeyman quarterback has found a home, at least temporarily, in Chicago.

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No new QB for Bills after Manuel injury

The Bills are not looking to add another quarterback in the wake of E.J. Manuel's knee surgery

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Chargers working out WR Ajirotutu

The Chargers are considering signing the wideout for a third time in the last four years.

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Injured Colts TE Allen improving

Allen has cast away his walking boot and is expected to be ready for the regular season.

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Kolb improves in Bills camp

After injuring his knee in a strange slipping mishap, Kevin Kolb has returned to camp to compete with E.J. Manuel for the Bills' starting quarterback job.

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RGIII's return to team drills still uncertain

After sitting out the Redskins' preseason game on Thursday night, it seems the star quarterback will continue to be treated with caution heading into the next week of camp practices.

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Darren Sproles Injury: Saints Likely To Wait Until Week 1

Due to a knee injury, New Orleans running back Darren Sproles will be held out of game action until the first regular season game, according to The Times-Picayune. While Sproles said he could play right now for the Saints, there's no point in risking it in either of two remaining preseason games.

"The important thing his for him to get ready for that Week 1 game with him," offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael told the newspaper. "But he's going to get a chance to get back here in practice before that game. So we're good."

Sproles injured the knee in the Saints Week 2 preseason game against the New England Patriots, and hasn't practiced in full capacity since. The 5-foot-6, 190-pound back has been doing individual drills and said he feels almost completely healthy.

Neither the running back nor his coaches think Sproles's lack of practice time will hurt come the Saints' opener against the Washington Redskins on Sept. 9. He told The Times-Picayune that timing could be the only issue when he returns, but that shouldn't take to long to get a handle on. Sproles said he's worked with quarterback Drew Brees extensively through the offseason and into training camp.

The Saints will next be without Sproles Saturday against the Houston Texans.

Check out more news on the New Orleans Saints at Canal Street Chronicles or hit up SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Roy Helu Returns To Practice

Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu returned to practice Wednesday, head coach Mike Shanahan told the Washington Post after his club's practice. Helu, who's been nursing a sore Achilles tendon for the last week and a half, was limited in his participation and its still unknown when he will be back to full strength.

Shanahan also told the Post that he still does not know whether or not Helu or starting tailback Tim Hightower, who's recovering from knee surgery, will be ready for Saturday's preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts, or the season opener vs. the New Orleans Saints, Sept. 9.

Because Hightower is still rehabbing from a knee surgery, it was expected Helu would make a push for the Skins' No. 1 running back job. However, the former Nebraska Cornhusker has struggled to stay healthy. A return to the field for a long period of time would help build confidence in the second-year back, as right now there's still a lot of question marks.

For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven and SB Nation DC.

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Greg Jennings Injury: Packers WR Returns To Practice

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings was back at practice with the first-team offense Sunday after missing time with a concussion, as Ty Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Jennings has sat out the past two-plus weeks with the head injury, but he's shown steady improvement.

According to Dunne, the Packers expect to have Jennings back in the lineup for their third preseason game. Green Bay has been cautious with its top pass-catcher given the nature of the injury, but it doesn't seem he'll be impacted during the regular season.

Jennings, 28, suffered the concussion during a scrimmage on Aug. 3, and he didn't return to the field until Sunday morning. After catching 67 passes for 949 yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games during a relative down year in 2011, he should be able to pass the 1,000-yard plateau again in 2012 if healthy.

For more on Greg Jennings and the Green Bay Packers, visit Acme Packing Company.

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Giants-Jets, Redskins-Bears Highlights Week 2 Preseason Action

The second week of the preseason cruises along with six games on Saturday night.

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Greg Jennings Likely To Miss Preseason Week 2

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings is still dealing with the lingering effects of his concussion, and will almost certainly miss the Packers' second preseason game of the year Thursday night against the Browns. Jennings suffered the concussion in a scrimmage on Aug. 3, and hasn't practiced or played since that date.

In 2011, Jennings caught 67 balls for 949 yards and nine touchdowns. Candidates to replace him in the starting lineup include veteran James Jones and Randall Cobb, who has electrified onlookers in training camp so far this year. Across the field will be Jordy Nelson, who may have replaced Jennings as Green Bay's top receiver.

Jennings has been relatively healthy throughout his career, never missing more than three games in any season and playing a full 16 games in three of his six seasons in the NFL. In 2011, he missed the final three games of the season with a knee sprain before returning for Green Bay's playoff loss to the New York Giants.

For more on Greg Jennings and the Green Bay Packers, visit Acme Packing Company.

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Nnamdi Asomugha Not At Eagles Walk Through Following Monday's Collision

Philadelphia Eagles fans breathed a sigh of a relief Monday, when they learned the collision between cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and safety Nate Allen didn't lead to a concussion to either player -- more importantly to the All-Pro Asomugha.

But because of the head injury, Asomugha did not participate in the Eagles' walk-through Tuesday at Lehigh University. The news isn't a complete shock considering Asomugha was seen laying motionless being being carted off the field after the collision, which took place during a 7-on-7 drill.

This was Asomugha's second head injury in less than a year, as last season the cornerback suffered a concussion against the Seattle Seahawks in December. Asomugha had a quick recovery, returning to the practice field after missing just four days.

For more coverage of the Eagles, head over to Bleeding Green Nation and SB Nation Philly. For all your NFL injury news, visit SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Plaxico Burress Working Out For Patriots, According To Report

Plaxico Burress is visiting and working out with the New England Patriots on Sunday, according to ESPN.com. Burress has been a growing topic of discussion lately after it was reported, then refuted, last week the Dallas Cowboys were interested in the wide receiver. The Pats appear to have legitimate interest.

The Patriots have taken on Randy Moss and Chad Johnson in the past despite the reputations that preceded them. Burress, of course, was sentenced to two years in jail on charges stemming from an incident in which he accidentally shot himself in his own thigh at a nightclub in 2008.

He came back strong last season, however, catching 45 passes for 612 yards and eight touchdowns for the New York Jets.

For more on the Patriots, check out Pats Pulpit and SB Nation Boston.

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Adrian Peterson Activated From Vikings' PUP List

Adrian Peterson has been activated from the Minnesota Vikings' physically unable to perform list, apparently. The team did not announce anything officially, but the running back was spotted taking a handoff during the team's walkthrough Sunday. Peterson is recovering from a torn ACL and MCL injury that ended his 2011 season prematurely.

Prior to Sunday's news, Peterson was expected to return by the start of the regular season, but not too long before. He was placed on the active/PUP list, giving the Vikings an extra roster spot to work with during training camp. The fact that the veteran was taken off the list so soon has to be encouraging to fans, but expect coaches and staff to continue to be overly cautious.

For more on the Vikings, visit Daily Norseman and SB Nation Minnesota.

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Michael Vick Expected To Practice Saturday

Michael Vick gave fans a scare on Thursday night when he left the Philadelphia Eagles' preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers after suffering a thumb injury in the first quarter. It appears that the quarterback will be okay, however. Vick is reportedly expected to practice Saturday.

Vick sustained the injury after his throwing hand landed on the helmet of center Jason Kelce during a pass attempt. Vick never left the Eagles' sideline for more extensive medical treatment, however, and X-rays taken of the thumb that evening came back negative.

On the face of the story, it does not appear that Vick's long-term status is any jeopardy. It will be interesting to see how the team handles him for the rest of preseason, however. No one would blame the Eagles for being extra cautious with what is arguably their most indispensable player.

For more on the Eagles, visit Bleeding Green Nation and SB Nation Philly.

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How To Follow All 32 NFL Teams During Training Camp

NFL training camps are rolling along. Here is how to follow all of the action from practice through the preseason.

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Michael Crabree Injury: 49ers Wide Receiver Hurts Ankle ... We Think

Michael Crabtree had to sit out practice at San Fransisco 49ers training camp on Saturday, but the team isn't exactly being forward about his injury. He had to leave practice on Friday because of an injury to his right ankle, but the extent of that injury, or what he specifically did to his ankle isn't known. Check out what a team spokesperson had to say about Crabtree's absence from practice.

It's unlikely that anyone from the league is going to have a word with the 49ers for being ambiguous about an injury during training camp, but they're not going to be able to get away with this kind of thing during the regular season. Crabtree could return on Monday or could be seriously injured, for all anyone outside of the organization knows.

For more on the 49ers and Crabtree's possibly real injury, head over to Niners Nation and SB Nation Bay Area.

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Riley Cooper Injury: Eagles WR Suffers Broken Collarbone In Training Camp, According To Report

Riley Cooper reportedly suffered a broken collarbone in Eagles training camp on Saturday.

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Adrian Peterson's Injury Keeps Him On Vikings' PUP List

Adrian Peterson hopes to be ready for the Minnesota Vikings' first regular season game but he's not quite there yet. Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier told reporters on Friday that Peterson would start the season on active/PUP. This is different from the regular season PUP and it's not as concerning.

A player can't be added to the active/PUP list during training camp. He has to be placed there before it starts. So this gives the Vikings and extra roster spot for camp while Peterson continues his rehab.

If he's going to be ready for Week 1, he'll need to come off that list sometime during camp.

Earlier this month, Frazier said the team will "be smart" with Peterson's rehab.

"He's so valuable to our organization that we have to be smart. We'll tread lightly as far as Week 1 and how much he'll contribute on the field. Even when we get to training camp, he's going to be chomping (sic) at the bit but we'll have to be smart."

For more on the Vikings, visit Daily Norseman and SB Nation Minnesota.

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Mike Wallace Not Expected At Steelers Training Camp, According To Report

Mike Wallace has yet to sign his restricted free agent tender which will guarantee him $2.472 million in the 2012 season. The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't holding their breath that he'll have a change of heart and show up to training camp. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Steelers don't expect Wallace at the start of training camp and they are also likely to suspend negotiations with him.

So that leaves two options for Wallace at the moment. He can either sign the tender and report to Steelers training camp or don't sign the tender and don't show up to camp. Considering he's missed the entire offseason program to this point it wouldn't be a surprise to see him sit out.

Wallace has only one source of leverage and that's to sit out. It may not help in the long run to miss camp but there's nothing else he can do to protest his lack of a long-term contract.

Training camp ends in mid-August but the preseason continues through the end of the month. If he skips all of the preseason, then he may not return to work until the first week of September. Steelers fans obviously hope otherwise.

For more on the Steelers, visit Behind The Steel Curtain and SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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