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DeSean Jackson injures ankle, Johnny Manziel gaining on Brian Hoyer

It's been a busy day at NFL training camps: Washington could be without both starting wideouts in the preseason opener, Manziel is impressing in Cleveland and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is getting starting reps in Green Bay.

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Jackson questionable for preseason opener

Washington wide receiver DeSean Jackson suffered what Jay Gruden called a "fluke" injury when cleated during a walkthrough. Gruden said he's unsure whether Jackson will be on the field Thursday against the New England Patriots.

Washington has been going through joint practice with the Pats all week, and it would appear that Darrelle Revis was the one who accidentally stepped on Jackson during the walkthrough. Jackson was noticeably hobbled and left the practice field with a wrap on his left ankle.

Given that Pierre Garcon is already dealing with a hamstring issue, it's possible that Robert Griffin III will be without both of his top wideouts on Thursday.

Bucs corners still banged up

Injuries continue to linger for Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerbacks, as both Alterraun Verner and Mike Jenkins were held out on Wednesday.

Verner is locked in as the No. 1 corner, but Jenkins is in a fight with Johnthan Banks for the other starting spot. The loser of that battle will drop all the way to fourth on the depth chart, as reports that Leonard Johnson is set to start as the nickel.

In better news, wideout Tommy Streeter returned after missing one practice.

Cameron won't play against Lions

The Cleveland Browns tight end was held out of practice on Wednesday and it seems the team is being cautious with him moving forward. Wide receiver Travis Benjamin also sat out on Wednesday, but there's been no word on his availability for the preseason game.

More injury news

Position battles

Manziel gaining on Hoyer?

Brian Hoyer has been named the starter for the Cleveland Browns' preseason opener, but it would appear as though Johnny Manziel is making up ground in a hurry. Manziel took first-team reps on Wednesday and put on a show.

Meanwhile, Hoyer wasn't helping his own cause.

The Browns' hardline stance on Hoyer being their starter is steadily softening, to the point where head coach Mike Pettine told the Akron Beacon Journal that it's "possible" that Manziel could start the second preseason game against Washington.

Greene the starter in Tennessee … for now

At least for now, veteran Shonn Greene is holding onto the starting running back job for the Tennessee Titans.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt has said Greene is on top because he has the most experience -- he's essentially been penciled in by default. That sounds like the door is open for Sankey, the Titans second-round draft pick, to move ahead.

Clinton-Dix impressing in practice

Green Bay Packers rookie safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has been stuck behind Micah Hyde on the second team for most of training camp, but he got a chance with the ones on Wednesday and impressed.

An injury to Morgan Burnett -- the scheduled starter at strong safety -- allowed Clinton-Dix to practice with the starters. He'll still need to beat out Hyde if he wants to start in Week 1.

Wilson's tearful goodbye

David Wilson got bad news earlier this week when New York Giants medical staff advised him to permanently step away from the game of football, the effect of a lingering spinal injury he suffered last season. Wilson spoke to the press on Wednesday for the first time since the news broke and delivered a moving, upbeat speech on his future.

Ballard retires

Speaking of leaving the game, Jake Ballard, who helped the New York Giants in their 2011 Super Bowl run, has announced his retirement. Ballard tore his ACL in that championship game and he cited lingering effects from the injury as the impetus for his departure.

"After sustaining a serious knee injury while playing for the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, my body never felt the same," Ballard said in a statement. "Having a quality of life after football is very important to me and I have witnessed it taken away from others. I will miss the game tremendously, but I am ready for this next chapter in my life."

Ballard played in eight games for the Arizona Cardinals last session, starting three of them.

Wilson released by Titans

Remember when Tyler Wilson was being touted as a first-round draft prospect and Heisman candidate at Arkansas? That seems like a long time ago. The Tennessee Titans cut Wilson on Wednesday, the second time the former fourth-round pick has been dropped in as many offseasons. The Oakland Raiders made the shocking move to release him last September, just four months after taking him in the 2013 draft.

Whisenhunt said the decision was made to give Zach Mettenberger more reps and allow Wilson to catch on somewhere else.