Injuries are a significant factor in the NFL and unfortunately for a few teams, they are already beginning to crop up just a few days into training camp. The Cowboys defensive line took another hit on Monday while the Ravens are currently without one of the stars from the Super Bowl.
All of that and more as we catch up on Monday's NFL news.
Dallas defensive end Anthony Spencer missed practice for the second straight day on Monday and may need surgery on the bone bruise he aggravated during a conditioning drill on Saturday. Spencer said the injury is a concern and is currently taking it day by day. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said the team doesn't think the injury is severe but will come up with a recovery plan in the next few days.
If he's forced to undergo surgery, Spencer would likely miss 2-3 weeks, but return in time for the start of training camp.
Jacoby Jones was one of the stars in Baltimore's Super Bowl victory, but it will be at least another day before he takes the practice field for the defending champions. Jones failed his conditioning test on Monday and was placed on the non-football injury list. The test involves a series of timed interval runs, and Jones is not the first player to fail on the first try.
It's not uncommon for linemen to fail the test on their initial try, but skill players like Jones usually have a better go of it. While not a major concern, the failed test is less than an ideal start to the season for Jones, who missed some offseason workouts while participating on "Dancing With the Stars." The Ravens are counting on Jones this season and as more than just a return man. With Anquan Boldin now in San Francisco, Jones has an opportunity to play a significant role on offense this season.
The Buccaneers agreed to trade cornerback Eric Wright to San Francisco on Friday, but the deal fell apart when Wright failed his physical with the 49ers on Monday. The trade was nullified, and Wright was instead released by the Bucs.
Tampa Bay was reportedly close to releasing Wright before agreeing to the trade with the 49ers. He signed a five-year, $37.5 million deal with Tampa Bay last offseason, but wound up spending just one season with the Bucs. The guaranteed money in his deal was voided after he was suspended for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. By releasing Wright, the Bucs save $1.5 million in salary cap space.
Trent Richardson was an injury concern coming into camp, but was able to participate fully at practice at last week's pre-camp. Richardson was plagued by injuries last season and then again in offseason workouts, where he pulled a shin muscle.
There was some doubt Richardson would be ready for the start of training camp, but he recovered ahead of schedule and is healthy heading into his second season. Whether he stays that way throughout the season remains to be seen.
The NFL and the NFLPA are working closer to an agreement on human growth hormone testing and the league will begin taking blood samples as part of a population study. The union sent a memo to agents informing them the two sides had agreed to conduct a population study.
The study will be used to determine a threshold for a positive test and is another sign the NFL and the NFLPA are working toward an agreement for HGH blood testing. As part of the study, every player in the league will be tested. The blood samples will not be used for any other purpose.