Teams around the league are evaluating their rosters following the first full week of preseason, and preparing themselves for the next slate of games. Front offices are simply hoping their key players can make it through August intact, as a rash of severe injuries around the league have already put a damper on some teams' 2013 seasons.
The Kansas City Chiefs avoided one of these scares today, with the report star running back Jamaal Charles did not sustain a major injury in training camp. It was initially reported that Charles was "carted off," conjuring up images of the running back missing significant time. However, a negative x-ray confirmed that he sustained a foot strain, and not a break or tear.
Charles will likely miss several days recovering from the injury, but it shouldn't be anything that sidelines him for a while. The Chiefs' back is already preparing to practice on Friday, if his foot allows.
Investigations continue into the Aaron Hernandez murder trial, and authorities have turned their attention to Shayanna Jenkins, Hernandez's fiancee. Police searched a storage unit, as court documents show that the prosecution believes Jenkins may have knowledge regarding the whereabouts of the alleged murder weapon, as well as misleading the police investigation.
The Washington Redskins' quarterback -- and 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year -- continues to recover from an ACL tear sustained in the playoffs. Despite missing the Redskins' first preseason game, RGIII is convinced he'll be ready for the first game of the regular season -- facing off against the division-rival Philadelphia Eagles.
"There's no doubt I'm playing Week 1," Griffin III told the media Monday at the team's training camp. At this time there is no indication that he'll participate in any of the preseason games, with Washington's coaches likely hesitant to play their quarterback before necessary.
Head coach Gus Bradley's tenure might not have gotten off on the right foot, as Jacksonville lost the Miami Dolphins 27-3 in their first preseason game -- but help is on the way. Offensive playmaker, wide receiver Justin Blackmon, as well as rookie strong safety Jonathan Cyprien will both begin participating in practice.
Blackmon is recovering from offseason groin surgery, while Cyprien continues to recover from a hamstring injury that occurred prior to training camp. There's no indication how quickly they'll return to action at this time.
The Jacksonville receiver will miss the first four games of the regular season due to Blackmon's failed drug test, but getting preseason reps in the new-look Jaguars offense will be vital to put them in good standing when he's ready to play later in the season.
The Baltimore Ravens may have to make do with newly-signed tight end Dallas Clark to begin the regular season. The team hoped that Ed Dickson could be leaned on in 2013, as the Ravens deal with an injury to Dennis Pitta, which will keep him out for the entire season as he recovers from a fractured and dislocated hip. However, a report today makes Dickson's future murky.
The tight end tore his hamstring in training camp, and doesn't want to rush returning to action too soon. It's certainly the right move for both Dickson and Ravens, but it remains to be seen how their offense will operate with a new tight end -- and without wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who was traded earlier this year.