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Jones Reiterates: Tony Romo Is 100 Percent (7/30 11:42 PT)

The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... The Cowboys held Romo out of Tuesday's training camp practice, but the franchise is brimming with confidence over the quarterback's surgically repaired back. "He is 100 percent. He's 100 percent," team owner and general manager Jerry Jones told reporters Tuesday. "He's just being real smart and sensitive about having come off the back surgery. He's certainly not losing any ground from the standpoint of opening up against San Francisco (in Week 1)." Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: The team would like to ease Romo into action, but Jones assured reporters that "nothing in any way would concern you certainly about his back." The quarterback underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in December, missing the final game of last season. He said in June that he was "getting to a point right now where I could go out and play if I had to." As NFL.com notes, back injuries are tricky. Still, fantasy football owners should assume the best until they have reason to believe otherwise.

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Odell Beckham Meets With Coughlin To Share Frustration (7/30 11:38 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Beckham knows he'll be day-to-day with his hamstring injury. But until he hits the field, he wants the understanding of his coach. Tom Coughlin expressed some frustration with not having Beckham on the field learning the offense, especially after Beckham missed a majority of the spring with the same hamstring injury. So Beckham, fresh off a series of tests yesterday, wanted to meet with Coughlin and assure him that the frustration is mutual. "I talked to Coach Coughlin and like he said, it's frustrating on both ends," Beckham said. "He wants me out there as bad as I want to be out there. You work so hard to get where you are now and you can't go out and do the thing you want to do. It's hard to take that all the time and have your coach be frustrated at the same time." Reported by the Newark Star-Ledger

Diehards Line: Beckham was taken early in a busy first round surrounded by need-based players the Giants could have selected. He was naturally concerned that his first impression, especially after the second injury, might not be the best. Part of his meeting today was to ensure that he's looked upon as a hard worker. "The bad part is that first impressions are the ones that last forever," Beckham said. "You don't want to leave a bad first impression. ..." Meanwhile, Coughlin's frustration likely is with the circumstance. The training staff, wary of lingering or worsening hamstring injuries, has been overly cautious. Beckham said he has pulled a hamstring and returned to college games. He appeared all too willing to do the same at Giants practice but instead has to improve on a "day to day" level. ... Stay tuned.

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Rookie DE Demarcus Lawrence Out 8-12 Weeks (7/30 11:35 PT)

The Facts: The Cowboys' defense continues to take injury hits before the season starts. Lawrence, the No. 34 overall pick, broke his right foot at practice on Tuesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported early Wednesday that tests confirmed Lawrence's injury, and the pass rusher will need surgery to set it, per a source who has spoken to the player. Lawrence's recovery time is eight to 12 weeks, per Rapoport, which knocks him out for at least the first month of the season. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: The Cowboys are still reeling from losing Sean Lee for the season due to a torn ACL, not to mention losing defensive linemen DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher in free agency. The organization already was struggling to find pass rushers, and they hope that Lawrence can make a big impact this season at defensive end. A broken foot is a significant setback.

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David Wilson To Undergo Further Evaluation On Monday (7/30 9:34 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Wilson went to the hospital for a battery of tests after suffering a burner during Tuesday’s practice, but that won’t be the end of the medical evaluations for a player who had spinal fusion surgery last year. The Giants said Wednesday, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, that Wilson will visit Dr. Frank Cammisa on Monday. Cammisa performed the surgery on Wilson and will presumably checking to make sure that Tuesday’s injury didn’t adversely impact the structural repairs made during the operation. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Given all this, Wilson will be out of action until at least that appointment, which means he won’t be practicing this week or facing the Bills in the Hall of Fame game on Sunday. As PFT notes, that game is one of five that the Giants will play this preseason, so there will still be a lot of time for Wilson to shake off any rust during the preseason as long as the doctors feel that playing won’t create further problems. But much will depend on the coming evaluation. ... Stay tuned.

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GM: RG3 Wasn't Ready To Start The 2013 Opener; This Season Is Different (7/30 12:08 PT)

The Facts: Redskins VP and GM Bruce Allen said Robert Griffin III should not have opened the season as the starter a year ago, not because his knee wasn't ready but rather because of his game. Allen, speaking on ESPN 950 radio Monday, said Griffin, coming off knee surgery to repair multiple ligaments, did not have enough practice time to get ready for an NFL season. "What you saw last year was almost a little disrespectful to the game of football," Allen said. "It's impossible to ask a player to perform well during the regular season if you haven't practiced." Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: Though doctors cleared him to resume practicing, then-coach Mike Shanahan said Dr. James Andrews told him he should not play in any preseason games. Griffin eased his way back into the lineup, working alone and off to the side during practices while wearing a brace on his right knee. He started taking first-team snaps in mid-August, near the end of training camp. By then, with preseason games underway, the Redskins' work weeks were interrupted by exhibition games. That limited his number of practices. That obviously isn't the case now. "This year he's had a full offseason," Allen noted, "his knee is 100 percent, knock on wood, and he's had all [the practices], and that's how you get ready to play a football season. ..." Fantasy football owners clearly have high expectations for RG3. We're among those eager to see if Griffin is ready to make good on our belief in him.

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Michael Crabtree In Line For A Contract Extension (7/30 12:06 PT)

The Facts: The 49ers have two players in their contract years who could command big-money deals as free agents. GM Trent Baalke said the 49ers will attempt to sign OG Mike Iupati and Crabtree to contract extensions before they become unrestricted free agents next spring. “We’re going to try,” Baalke said. “We’re going to work at it, certainly. But at some point, you got to stop negotiating deals and let these guys concentrate on playing football. I don’t know what point that is. We’ll make that determination as a club." Reported by CSNBayArea.com

Diehards Line: According to CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco, the sides are not believed to be remotely close to new contracts for either Iupati or Crabtree. ... Meanwhile, Crabtree has looked good in training camp after being limited last season due to a torn Achilles. He could take a step toward being regarded as an elite NFL receiver. With a strong season, he could fetch a lucrative contract. If he hits the open market, it might be difficult for the 49ers to retain him. Crabtree missed the first five games of his NFL career in a contract dispute after being the No. 10 overall pick in the 2009 draft. The 49ers have the franchise tag available for next season. This year, the franchise number for a wide receiver was $12.312 million, while the tag was $11.654 for an offensive lineman. Some increase can be expected next season. ... Stay tuned.

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Teammate Compares Brian Hoyer To Brady (7/30 12:05 PT)

The Facts: When asked about Hoyer's potential as the Browns' starting QB, highly-respected teammate Joe Thomas compared him to arguably the best QB in the history of the game. "He's a lot like Tom Brady,' Thomas said 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." Reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Diehards Line: Thomas continued: "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.' According to Plain Dealer staffer Mary Kay Cabot, Thomas spoke for plenty of his teammates when describing the respect Hoyer commands. "He commands a level of respect because of the way he goes about doing his business the right way and acting like he is the starting quarterback that has taken us to five playoffs," Thomas explained. "I think it's that attitude and that swagger that demands respect. And, he also goes and backs it up out on the field. ..." While Thomas heaped praise on the sixth-year pro, he's also appreciated how Johnny Manziel has approached his new job. "You don't walk in because of what you did in college and you just have the respect of everybody,' Thomas said. "It's a process of earning that respect and it's going to happen on the field. ..." Thomas has been through enough QB competitions to know that anything can still happen, but at this point Manziel has considerable ground to cover before he's ready to move ahead of Hoyer.

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WR Charles Johnson Making Waves In Cleveland (7/30 12:03 PT)

The Facts: Johnson, the receiver the Browns signed off the Green Bay practice squad last October only to discover he had a torn ACL, has been a revelation in the first days of training camp. “He’s a guy that we hope can emerge from this as a guy that can help us,” said HC Mike Pettine.  Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: Physically imposing (6-2, 215), deceptively fast (4.38 40 time) and surprisingly up to speed on the Kyle Shanahan offense, ESPN.com's Tony Grossi believes Johnson could be the receiver that comes out of nowhere to lessen the impact of -- if not offset -- the impending suspension of Josh Gordon. Johnson participated fully on the Packers’ practice squad well into October despite recurring pain in his left knee and at least one MRI that revealed a slight tear of the anterior cruciate ligament. Asked why he did that, Johnson explained: “It wasn’t a pain I couldn’t get through. I’ve got people that depend on me, so I’m out there working. The pain is temporary, but quitting is forever. It was hurting sometimes, but once the ball was snapped I couldn’t feel nothing. ...” Grossi added the $6,000 weekly paycheck Johnson received on the Packers’ practice squad meant everything to him. He had two infant daughters and a third on the way to support, and a father battling multiple illnesses. That's the kind of desire that can spur a man on to bigger and better things. Johnson is worth watching over the next month.

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Rookie WR John Brown Continues To Impress (7/30 12:02 PT)

The Facts: After springtime’s worth of reports alerting us to Arizona's rookie receiver "blowing everyone away" and drawing "favorable" comparisons to Colts burner T.Y. Hilton, Brown is off to a hot start at training camp. "I can tell you so far we haven't been able to cover him," said Cardinals GM Steve Keim on Monday, per ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: The third-round pick out of Pittsburg State has drawn parallels to Hilton because of their similar size and identical 4.34 speed. The 5-11, 179-pound Brown is a candidate to leapfrog Ted Ginn as a deep threat alongside Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd in three-receiver sets. As NFL.com suggests, it's notable that a rookie is excelling against a talented trio of Cardinals corners in Patrick Peterson, Antonio Cromartie and Justin Bethel, but Keim acknowledged he wants to see Brown do the same in pads. And his first reception in pads? Brown beat Bethel for 80-yard TD. ... Can't hurt to get him on your radar.

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Steven Jackson Has An Injured Hamstring; Aiming To Be Ready For Week 1? (7/29 6:35 PT)

The Facts: Jackson suffered a right hamstring injury and did not participate in practice on Tuesday. “Steven injured his hamstring yesterday,” HC Mike Smith said. “We kept him out. We don’t think it’s going to be real significant. He will be ready for the first game.” Reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Diehards Line: Ready for the first game? If Smith was trying to be intentionally vague, mission accomplished. The Falcons play the Saints on Sept. 7. ... For what it's worth, the coach pointed out that it was not the hamstring that Jackson injured last season, when he suffered an injury to his left hamstring in the second game of the season. That injury helped end Jackson’s streak of eight consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. The Falcons are counting on Jackson to bounce back and carry the rushing attack this season. But if he doesn't? Behind Jackson, the Falcons have Jacquizz Rodgers and fourth-round rookie Devonta Freeman. Antone Smith, who flashed in spot duty last season, is also available. We like Freeman, especially if Jackson's injury lingers. We'll be watching for more.

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Josh Gordon Will Use Second-Hand Smoke Defense (7/29 4:51 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Gordon is appealing the NFL's imposition of a yearlong suspension for a positive test for marijuana. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Gordon's legal team will argue that the positive tests are so marginal that they show uncertainty as to whether the test results were truly positive, and even if so, were the result of exposure to second-hand smoke, according to sources familiar with the case. Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: Schefter explains that Gordon's "A" sample tested at 16 nanograms per milliliter, a bare one nanogram per milliliter above the 15-nanogram-per-milliliter threshold, while Gordon's "B" sample -- which should theoretically be consistent with the "A" sample, as it comes from the exact same specimen -- tested at 13.63 ng/ml, lower than the threshold. With both samples coming from the same specimen test, the results should be consistent. Gordon's attorneys do not believe their client should be suspended for a year for differing disputed test results, especially when only one was barely higher than the threshold, sources said. Gordon's attorneys also plan to introduce witnesses who will testify that Gordon's scores indicate he was the victim of breathing in second-hand smoke, according to sources. The league has maintained that it does not intend to suspend players for second-hand smoke. And lastly, Gordon's attorneys also will point out that with their client being subject to over 70 drug tests, there was only one time since his rookie year that a test came back positive for marijuana, and even then, the "A" and "B" samples did not match. ... Gordon is facing the indefinite one-year ban for violating the league's substance-abuse policy for at least the third time. If he loses, he'll have to wait a year to apply for reinstatement. ... Stay tuned.

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David Wilson Undergoing Tests In The Wake Of Burner (7/29 4:49 PT)

The Facts: After suffering a “burner” in practice Tuesday, the Giants are going to take no chances with Wilson. The team announced that Wilson was being taken to the Hospital for Special Surgery for a battery of tests and a complete workup. “We were all praying that it would be not an issue,” HC Tom Coughlin said. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Wilson had neck surgery this offseason, so it’s an obvious concern. They don’t know much at this point, but any injury anywhere near his neck is worrisome for the Giants given what Wilson has gone through already. We'll continue to follow this one closely.

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Tony Romo Gets A Day Off; No Setbacks, Just Rest (7/29 4:47 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Romo will not practice Tuesday afternoon, HC Jason Garrett said. There are no injury concerns with Romo, who went through the morning walkthrough after Monday’s off day. He is expected to practice Wednesday. Reported by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Diehards Line: Garrett said the team will practice their two-minute offense this afternoon and felt that it would be best for Romo to watch from the sidelines. The Cowboys are continuing to take a cautious approach with their star quarterback early on in camp even though he was deemed full-go at the start. “He hasn’t had any setback but the biggest thing that we talked to Tony about and really all of our players about, is honest feedback,” Garrett said. Romo, who was also held out Friday afternoon, is coming back from having a second back surgery in the past year. He underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk last December, which forced him to miss the final game. “We know he’s going to be our starting quarterback, you’re really pointing yourself towards that first game against San Francisco [Sept. 7],” Garrett said. “You want to have that in mind the whole time.” Fantasy football owners can appreciate that approach.

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Rueben Randle The Latest Giant With A Sore Hamstring (7/29 4:42 PT)

The Facts: Randle sat out Giants practice Tuesday with a hamstring injury, joining rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham, rookie tight end Xavier Grimble and wide receiver/kick returner Trindon Holliday among those missing practice with the same injury. "He was sore in the hamstring, so we held him," HC Tom Coughlin said of Randle.  Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: As ESPN.com's Dan Graziano notes, it didn't sound like a serious problem, but we will see. The Giants are off Wednesday and return to practice Thursday. It's possible Randle returns after missing just this one day, but if he doesn't, there's obviously a strong chance they won't play him Sunday night in the preseason opener against the Bills in Canton, Ohio. We already know Beckham won't. ... Stay tuned.

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Kelvin Benjamin Call Injury A Little Setback; Should Return Next Week (7/29 4:40 PT)

The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... The Panthers are counting on Benjamin to bolster their thin receiving corps, but the rookie is already injured. The 6-5 rookie suffered a bone bruise in practice Sunday, and he's expected to miss just a week, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Benjamin called it "a little setback" and said he hopes to break camp as Carolina's No. 1 receiver, something well within his grasp considering the competition. However, as NFL.com suggests, he can't afford to miss precious practice reps if he wants to achieve his goal. And given the team's lack of high-end talent beyond Benjamin at the position, the sooner he gets up to speed, the better off Cam Newton will be.

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Shonn Greene Works On The Side Tuesday (7/29 4:34 PT)

The Facts: Greene left Tuesday's practice with a trainer, per NFL Media's Albert Breer. It's unknown what caused him to exit at this time. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: Greene, who took the bulk of the first-team reps during Titans practice on Monday, is returning from offseason knee surgery. Nashville Tennessean staffer Jim Wyatt reports that Greene was putting in an exhausting workout on side field. "Can't imagine the Titans would be working him this hard if (he was) really hurt," Wyatt added. Greene did not participate in any of the OTAs or minicamp. Worth noting: HC Ken Whisenhunt told reporters on Monday that Greene could afford to drop five to 10 pounds. Greene is listed at 5-11 and 233 pounds, but apparently is slightly over that weight at present. We'll be following up on today's situation as further details come to light, but it doesn't sound major. The sixth-year pro missed five games last season because of a knee injury and finished with career lows of 77 carries for 295 yards. Rookie Bishop Sankey is a far more popular fantasy football prospect at this point.

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Seahawks TE Anthony McCoy Believed To Have Torn An Achilles... Again (7/29 4:32 PT)

The Facts: McCoy, who is battling for the backup job this season, injured his Achilles tendon during Tuesday’s practice, according to coach Pete Carroll. Reported by the Seattle Times

Diehards Line: McCoy missed all of last season with an Achilles injury, but Carroll said the “early indications” are that McCoy injured his other Achilles. He was carted off the field during practice after staying down on the field for a few minutes. “If it is what they think it is, it’s just a real heartbreaker,” Carroll said. “He worked so hard to get back.” When asked if the injury appeared serious, Carroll said yes. ... Zach Miller and Luke Willson are still the more likely receiving threats, but McCoy is a well-rounded veteran.

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Colts Sign RB Phillip Tanner (7/29 4:32 PT)

The Facts: The Colts added a free agent today, as they continue to look for depth in the wake of losing RB Vick Ballard to a torn Achilles. The team announced they have Tanner. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Tanner spent the last three years with the Cowboys, mostly as a special teamer. He has 56 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns in his career. He will provide depth behind Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw. With Bradshaw still not fully cleared following last season's neck injury, Ballard done for the season and Chris Rainey released following a violating team rules, there could be some opportunity.

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David Wilson Leaves Practice With Burner (7/29 2:25 PT)

The Facts: Wilson left Giants practice early on Tuesday and Giants coach Tom Coughlin said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, that he left the session because he suffered a burner. Burners, sometimes called stingers, are nerve injuries to the neck that can cause muscle weakness and pain down an arm.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: The Giants took their time clearing Wilson for a return to the lineup after last year’s neck injury and surgery, but as PFT's Josh Alper notes, the fact he didn’t make take it any longer before there was a reminder of why there was so much uncertainty about Wilson’s future. While burners and stingers don’t tend to be long-lasting injuries, Wilson’s history with his neck makes it something of a setback in his return to action that the Giants are likely to take seriously in the coming days. Coughlin didn’t offer any timeline for Wilson’s return, which leaves his availability for the Hall of Fame Game, at the very least, in doubt. Rashad Jennings, Peyton Hillis, fourth-round pick Andre Williams and Michael Cox round out a Giants running back group that could find itself back to hoping Wilson can contribute this season rather than expecting it.

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Chris Ivory First Up For Goal-Line Role (7/29 1:11 PT)

The Facts: Chris Johnson may be looking mighty spry at Jets training camp, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be the one pounding in touchdowns for Gang Green when the team is close to pay dirt. Running backs coach Anthony Lynn said he hasn’t determined who the Jets’ short-yardage back will be, though it sounds like Ivory is the early favorite. "If we were playing tomorrow, Chris Ivory would be on the goal line, obviously,” Lynn said on Monday. “Sometimes in those situations you have an extra defender that you can’t block, and you need a back that can take him on.” Reported by the New York Daily News

Diehards Line: As the Daily News suggests, Ivory, given his hulking 222-pound frame, looks from the outside as the clear-cut choice. Lynn, in a week when the Jets are pumping their chests, went so far as to call Ivory “the best power runner in the game.” While that sounds like a reach, Profootballfocus.com’s stats reveal that Ivory was tied for third with Adrian Peterson in yards after contact per attempt last season. Donald Brown and Andre Ellington were first and second. The Jets rushed from or inside the five-yard line 15 times last season, using four different rushers. Ivory led the pack with six attempts, followed by Bilal Powell (five), Sheldon Richardson (three) and Geno Smith (one). "Some guys have that unique ability to get skinny in a hole, find a soft spot,” Lynn said of short-yardage backs. “It’s not necessarily a power back.” But it doesn't hurt if they are.

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