clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Miles Austin could be Browns No. 1 receiver, Eric Berry banged up in training camp Thursday

Injury news and position battles dominate the headlines for any training camp, and it was no different on Thursday.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Training camp continued for most of the NFL on Thursday and, as usual, the biggest news pieces of the day revolve around injuries and training camp battles. Here's a few things that were noteworthy:

Eric Berry appears to be OK

Thursday saw fewer injuries than the past few days, but a few players got banged up. Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry was one of them, as he went down with what appeared to be an ankle injury and left practice. He was in the medical tent for a while, and then was carted off to the Chiefs' facility. Fortunately, head coach Andy Reid confirmed that Berry just has a sore ankle, and the team doesn't think it's related to an Achilles tear or anything like that.

It's also worth noting that Sanders Commings, another defensive back for the Chiefs, sustained an injury on Wednesday and was having surgery on his ankle on Thursday. The Chiefs wound up signing veteran safety Steve Gregory after Commings and Berry were injured.

Jags' Doss goes down

Then there's Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Tandon Doss, who also sustained an ankle injury. He went down after colliding with linebacker Geno Hayes while catching a pass, and had to be carted off the field with a cast on his ankle, according to Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. Doss will have to have an MRI to determine the severity of what the Jaguars are calling an ankle sprain.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, David Wilson also sidetracked

Another noteworthy injury is to Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. He left practice late on Thursday with a what appeared to be a head injury. The report comes from Don Banks of Sports Illustrated, who says he believes Heyward-Bey left "due to concussion symptoms."

There was also plenty of injury news from earlier camp injuries, as well. David Wilson's return form spinal fusion surgery is apparently not going very well, and it's unlikely that he will be back with the Gants. According to, Wilson "needs a miracle" to be able to come back.

Seattle's McCoy, Ravens' Urban, Colts' Thomas to miss season

Seattle put tight end Anthony McCoy on injured reserve on Thursday, as McCoy tries to come back from a 2013 season that he missed entirely due to an Achilles injury. Now, he may have hurt his other Achilles, according to Head coach Pete Carroll said that the early indication is that McCoy's other Achilles is injured, and that it's a "real heartbreaker," since McCoy "worked so hard to get back."

Baltimore Ravens rookie defensive end Brent Urban will miss the entirety of the 2014-15 season with a torn ACL, head coach John Harbaugh confirmed to reporters on Tuesday. This is the second season-ending injury for the Ravens thus far in training camp. Aaron Ross tore his Achilles early on in camp.

Lastly, Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Donald Thomas tore his quad and will require season-ending surgery. Head coach Chuck Pagano announced the news early on Thursday . Thomas was placed on injured reserve, disappointing for both player and team as he was expected to start at one of the guard positions this season.

Miles Austin could be Browns' No. 1 WR

The quarterback battle is all anyone wants to talk about in Cleveland, but the depth chart at wide receiver should be interesting. With the news surrounding Josh Gordon still up in the air, Miles Austin has taken center stage with the Browns, and according to coach Mike Pettine, he could lead the group come September:

Ravens free safety battle heats up

With Matt Elam moving to the more natural strong safety position, the Baltimore Ravens are currently trying to determine who will start at the free safety spot. James Ihedigbo went to the Detroit Lions this offseason, vacating the spot that was filled by Ed Reed from 2002 to 2012.

Darian Stewart, Terrence Brooks and Jeromy Miles are currently battling, but it's looking like Stewart may have the edge on this battle:

Peria Jerry retires

Defensive lineman Peria Jerry announced his retirement on Thursday and the Atlanta Falcons will be looking for a young player to step up to take his spot on the roster.

As noted by The Falcoholic, that could definitely be Travian Robertson, a seventh-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Robertson was already looking to take the next step this offseason, and with Jerry out of the way, his spot on the roster is looking more and more secure.