Alex Smith QB KC 5 Hrs
Walk-year QB Alex Smith said he will table his contract discussions with the Chiefs if they become a distraction.
"You're getting to the point where either way, you want it to stop being a distraction," Smith said. "You're finally gonna cross a line where it's like, it's just football from here on out." Smith has already said he wants to stay in Kansas City, but "significant differences" still exist between the two sides. It appears unlikely a deal will be struck before the season.
Jah Reid BAL 6 Hrs
Ravens OT Jah Reid says he is down 20 pounds since last season.
"I'm a little lighter than I've been in the past, so I feel good," Reid said. "I feel faster." Reid shed the weight in an effort to become a better fit in new OC Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme. Reid is competing with Rick Wagner to be the starting right tackle.
Cordarrelle Patterson WR MIN 6 Hrs
Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson is back at practice Wednesday.
Patterson struggled with a foot injury early in camp, but he is back on the field. A dynamic athlete, Patterson needs to show he has the receiving ability to consistently make plays in the NFL. He is currently coming off the board in the fourth round.
Fred Jackson RB BUF 6 Hrs
Bills signed RB Fred Jackson to one-year, $2.6 million extension.
The extension comes as somewhat of a surprise. Already the oldest running back in the NFL at 33, Jackson is now under contract through 2015. The arrival of Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon may prevent Jackson from getting the 252 touches he saw last season, but this contract suggests he will remain a big part of a run-first offense. He is worth a flier in the ninth round.
Courtney Bridget DB WAS 6 Hrs
Redskins waived/injured CB Courtney Bridget.
Bridget needs surgery on the shoulder he injured during practice Monday. Bridget will land on the Redskins' IR if he clears waivers.
Jesse Williams DL SEA 6 Hrs
Seahwaks DT Jesse Williams suffered a leg injury during practice Wednesday.
Williams has to be carted off the field. The injury specifics are unclear, but Williams has battled chronic knee issues throughout his NFL career, with coach Pete Carroll conceding he thought Williams was "done" after last season. Williams is battling for a roster spot behind Kevin Williams and Brandon Mebane.
Aldon Smith LB SF 7 Hrs
49ers OLB Aldon Smith traveled to Los Angeles on Wednesday for a hearing regarding his arrest for allegedly making a bomb threat at LAX airport.
Smith will not face charges for the allegations, and the hearing is simply to close out the case. Smith has also faced felony gun charges and been arrested for DUI over the past year. He figures to be suspended for at least the first four games of 2014.
LaMichael James RB SF 7 Hrs
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said RB LaMichael James (elbow) is expected to be ready Week 1.
James is expected to miss a month after dislocating his elbow for the third time in his career. With Kendall Hunter also on the shelf, rookie Carlos Hyde has stepped in as the No. 2 back in San Francisco. James will serve as a return man and change of pace option when healthy.
Dez Bryant WR DAL 7 Hrs3 Comments
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Cowboys LT Tyron Smith's new contract makes an extension for Dez Bryant "nearly impossible."
Rapoport added there had been "little progress anyway," and that Dez "may benefit from playing it out." Dez wants to be paid like one of the top receivers in the league, but the Cowboys have reservations about handing a big-money extension to a player with the injury and the off-the-field history of Bryant. Dallas' train wreck of a salary-cap also does not help the situation. Bryant is set to make $1.78 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Kory Faulkner QB SF 7 Hrs
49ers waived QB Kory Faulkner.
Faulker drew praise from OC Greg Roman in the spring, but the front office obviously didn't see enough long-term potential in him. A UDFA out of Southern Illinois, Faulker earned a $3,000 signing bonus for his 49ers stint.