Arian, Andre out for Texans
The Houston Texans are without a couple key veterans early in training camp:
Andre Johnson and Arian Foster missed practice again. #Texans— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) July 29, 2014
Johnson is coming back from an offseason where he sat out minicamp and offseason training activities due to frustrations with the team's direction. He finally reported for training camp and said he is ready to move on and play football, but a hamstring injury kept him out of practice on Monday and Tuesday of this week.
As for Foster, he's dealing with "something," a mystery ailment the Texans will not discuss any further. It doesn't seem major, but the secrecy only adds to speculation.
Kelvin Benjamin out 1 week
The Carolina Panthers got some good news on Tuesday with the report that wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin would only miss a week with a bone bruise.
Sounds like the time frame for #Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin’s return from a bone bruise is about a week. Could have been much worse.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 29, 2014
Benjamin was the team's first-round selection in May's draft, and is the only real impact receiver on the roster. After losing Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn and Domenik Hixon in free agency, the Panthers enter the season thin at the position. They made other moves such as signing veteran Jerricho Cotchery, but Benjamin is a key to the offense as a high-upside receiver for Cam Newton.
Hoyer like Brady?
The Cleveland Browns are apparently in a much better position at quarterback than you might think. And it's not because they drafted Johnny Manziel. Star left tackle Joe Thomas threw media members a nice line about quarterback Brian Hoyer by comparing him to Tom Brady. Yep, that Tom Brady.
"He's a lot like Tom Brady,'' Thomas said at training camp Monday. "When you look at the way he competes and the way he demands the most out of everybody around him, it's no coincidence that those guys played together. (Hoyer) has a lot of those same mental attributes and that's a great thing for a quarterback to have.
"He's the ultimate competitor, and no matter if we drafted a quarterback No. 1 overall, I knew that in his mind he expects to win the job because that's the type of competitor he is and the type of quarterback.''
Browns haven't had Hoyer contract talks since exchanging proposals a while back. None planned. If he shines, as always, the price goes up...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) July 29, 2014
Giants have rough day
The New York Giants could use some good news. As everyone continues to adjust to a brand new offense under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, the Giants are having a hard time keeping the personnel on the field to gain the much-needed preseason reps.
Odell Beckham Jr. continues to sit out of practice and he said today that he would not be available to play in the NFL Hall of Fame game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. In addition, wide receiver Rueben Randle did not practice today either, limiting the team's receiving corps.
Rueben Randle is off to the side not practicing today. So the Giants' WR group is really coming together so far.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) July 29, 2014
That's only part of the story. Running back David Wilson left practice with what head coach Tom Coughlin called a "burner," a minor neck injury.
Coach Smith: Steven Jackson injured his hamstring yesterday that kept him out of practice today. He'll be ready for the first game. #aftc14— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) July 29, 2014
Matt Johnson will be out at least a week— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) July 29, 2014
#Falcons linebacker Walker May (Vanderbilt) was off to the side working alongside Corey Peters and the trainers. Undisclosed injury.— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) July 29, 2014
Starting CBs Brock and Culliver both left practice early Sunday. Neither in uniform this a.m., though neither injury appears serious.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) July 29, 2014
Dolphins center Sam Brenner carted off field during practice with apparent leg injury http://t.co/o2nCmsti6T— Sun Sentinel Sports (@Sentinel_Sports) July 29, 2014
Several teams made various moves on the day, the most prominent of which is veteran offensive tackle Eric Winston signing with the Seattle Seahawks.
According to @AdamSchefter , former Cards RT Eric Winston signed with the Seahawks— Revenge of the Birds (@revengeofbirds) July 29, 2014
Texans sign RB Cornett, OT Farrell; waive LB Sapp http://t.co/4a6w2mH3qN— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) July 29, 2014