Second-year Dallas Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford was carted off the field with what appeared to be a serious lower-leg injury during the team's opening day of training camp on Sunday. Just one hour into practice, the second-year man went down, and was reportedly referring to it as an Achilles injury as he was taken off the field. The injury caps a rough couple of days for the Cowboys, who placed Jay Ratliff and Mackenzy Bernadeau on the preseason physically unable to perform list over the weekend.
Just one day after signing defensive end Dion Jordan to a rookie contract, the Miami Dolphins have placed their 2013 first-round pick on the Non-Football Injury list. The move is not a surprise, as the No. 3 overall selection has been rehabbing a surgically-repaired shoulder since February. The NFI list prevents a player from practicing with the team, though they can continue to attend team meetings and can be removed from the list at any time. Expectations are that the Oregon product will take a week or two to finish healing before being cleared as a full practice participant.
The New England Patriots signed rookie free agent Justin Green on Sunday afternoon, bringing their total roster to 89, just one below the 90-man limit. Green, a cornerback out of Illinois, is a long shot to make the final cut, but was productive in his senior season with the Illini, starting 11 games and recording 36 tackles and six pass breakups.
Entering the final year of his contract with the Chicago Bears, Jay Cutler will be under pressure to perform in 2013. That pressure will not affect his play, however, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago:
If Cutler has a great season for the Bears in 2013 he can expect to sign a new deal in the range of $18-$20 million per year. But even if he plays his way out of Chicago, a team out there will pick him up and give the quarterback around $15 million per season.
The coming season is shaping up to be a big one for Cutler, who's been one of the NFL's better quarterbacks since entering the league in 2006, but has failed to live up to some of the loftier expectations. He has thrown at least 19 touchdowns in three of his four years since joining the Bears, but has led his team to the playoffs only once during that span.