Edmund Kugbila CAR 19 Hrs
Panthers OG Edmund Kugbila will have back surgery Aug. 8 and is out for the season.
Kugbila, a fourth-round project pick out of Valdosta State last season, missed his entire rookie year due to knee surgery. Now his sophomore NFL campaign is already done. It further thins out an offensive line that was completely decimated by defections and retirements this offseason.
Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 20 Hrs7 Comments
Jonathan Stewart pulled his hamstring prior to training camp and will miss the first 1-2 weeks.
Michael Vick QB NYJ 20 Hrs
Michael Vick got just four first-team reps as Jets camp opened, compared to 13 for Geno Smith.
As expected, the starting job is clearly Smith's to lose. "I think that's already been addressed as far as who the starter is. There's no more speculation about that," Vick said Wednesday.
Jason Verrett DB SD 20 Hrs
Chargers first-round CB Jason Verrett (shoulder) opened camp with the starters.
Jason Pierre-Paul DL NYG 20 Hrs
Jason Pierre-Paul (back) said he's now "110 percent."
"I'm awesome," Pierre-Paul said Thursday when asked how he's feeling. It's music to the ears of the Giants, as their defense crumbled with JPP a shell of himself last season. A return to All-Pro 2011 form is necessary if this unit is going to return to respectability this season.
Rob Gronkowski TE NE 20 Hrs
Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) is not participating in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 work Thursday.
It's a reminder that even though Gronkowski has avoided the PUP list and been medically cleared, he's not 100 percent. Less than seven months removed from reconstructive surgery, the Patriots are going to ease him in gradually in the hope that he'll be ready to play all the snaps come Week 1. The good news for Gronk is that we still have more than six weeks until the opener.
Aaron Ross DB BAL 20 Hrs
Ravens CB Aaron Ross tore his Achilles' tendon during a conditioning test.
Ross missed most of last season due to a back injury and now he's likely done for this year as well. Going on 32, he's nearing the end of the line. Ross wasn't a lock to make the Ravens' final roster anyway.
Trent Richardson RB IND 21 Hrs
Coach Chuck Pagano said he'd like to have a "bell cow" at running back this season.
In the same breath, Pagano added that he's not against employing a running back by committee. The message is clear. Ideally, Trent Richardson will find the form that made him the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft and be 260-carry kind of workhorse this season. But he'll be on a short leash, with Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard both ready to fill roles if Richardson faceplants again. For now, we've placed 26th among running backs in our Draft Guide -- a ranking that will rise if he separates in camp.
Amobi Okoye DL DAL 21 Hrs
Cowboys placed DT Amobi Okoye (illness) on active/NFI.
Okoye is still battling an unknown issue that kept him out of the league last season. The No. 10 overall pick in the 2007 draft hasn't been a regular starter since 2010 while with the Texans.
Anthony Spencer DL DAL 21 Hrs
Cowboys placed DE Anthony Spencer (knee) and LG Ronald Leary (hamstring) on active/PUP.
Spencer underwent microfracture surgery last October, but is still no lock for Week 1. This is one of the most serious procedures an athlete can undergo, and the rehab timetable can be up to 12 months. By placing Spencer on active/PUP, the Cowboys leave themselves the option of putting him on reserve/PUP to start this season. Leary strained his hamstring during a conditioning test.