Brenton Bersin WR CAR (11) 2 hours ago
Bersin, who underwent offseason ankle surgery, has returned to practice during training camp, Steve Reed of The Associated Press reports.
Bersin had surgery in early June to remove bone spurs from his left ankle, but the depth wideout has fortunately recovered quick enough to be back on the field during the opening days of camp. As a result, Bersin will avoid missing valuable reps in his quest to make the Panthers' roster for the fourth straight season.
Jourdan Lewis DB DAL (6) 2 hours ago
Lewis was back at practice Thursday, DallasCowboys.com reports.
A not guilty verdict Tuesday in his domestic violence trial cleared the way for his return to the Cowboys, but the third-round pick is still a little behind the rest of his rookie DB cohort in training camp. Lewis didn't take part in any team drills on defense but did see some work as a punt returner, although Ryan Switzer is expected to hold that role in the regular season. Lewis should begin team drills by Saturday.
QCurtis Samuel WR CAR (11) 2 hours ago
Samuel is dealing with a strained hamstring, leaving it unknown when he'll return to practice, Bill Voth of Panthers.com reports.
Samuel missed Friday's practice session after experiencing tightness in his hamstring Thursday. The rookie second-rounder was sent to have the ailment evaluated by medical personnel, who revealed that he suffered a strain. Knowing that, it wouldn't be surprising if the speedster is sidelined further, but it remains to be seen when he can be expected to return to the fold. With him out, Russell Shepard figures to get more action at slot receiver.
QCrockett Gillmore TE BAL (10) 2 hours ago
Gillmore suffered a right leg injury in Friday's practice, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.
This is a frustrating development for Gillmore, who entered camp with as good a shot as anyone to land the starting tight end gig for the Ravens in light of Dennis Pitta's hip injury and Darren Waller's year-long suspension. According to Zrebiec, Gillmore's injury "didn't look good." The Ravens figure to have a further update on the severity of Gillmore's injury in the coming days, at which point Baltimore's tight end situation should have some more clarity. If Gillmore is to miss extended time, Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle should get more reps alongside Ben Watson.
QJohn Ross WR CIN (6) 3 hours ago
Ross (shoulder) has been cleared for practice, but is expected to be limited until he's 100 percent healthy, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Ross underwent surgery to repair his labrum this spring, but following a few months of rehab, this year's ninth overall pick has been given the green light to take the practice field. In doing so, Ross will be able to familiarize himself with the Bengals offense through live reps, but Cincinnati will remain cautious with their prized asset and limit his activity level. Although Ross isn't 100 percent healthy yet, coach Marvin Lewis said earlier this week that the speedster should be ready to play at some point during the preseason, which would bode well for his Week 1 status.
QCurtis Samuel WR CAR (11) 3 hours ago
Samuel missed Friday's practice while dealing with a hamstring injury, Max Henson of Panthers.com reports.
Samuel, Carolina's second-round pick, is anticipated to compete for the team's slot receiver position during training camp. Thanks to a hamstring issue, however, the rookie missed out on reps Friday. At the moment, the extent of Samuel's ailment is unknown, but his visit with the Panthers' medical staff should help clarify his situation before long.
QJoe Flacco QB BAL (10) 3 hours ago
Flacco's absence from practice is mostly due to stiffness in his back rather than a disc problem, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports.
Flacco's back injury was initially described as a disc issue, but it thankfully appears that his impediment is more so related to stiffness. The quarterback's flexibility has been hindered by the problem, causing Flacco to be pulled from practice this week. While there's no concrete timetable for Flacco's return, and the Ravens will rightfully exercise caution with their signal caller, the team hopes some rest will allow Flacco to take the field again next week.
Christian McCaffrey RB CAR (11) 4 hours ago
McCaffrey lined up in a variety of positions with the Panthers' first and second stringers during the opening day of training camp, NBC Charlotte's Jeremy Igo reports.
McCaffrey was seen running the ball both between the tackles and out wide, and also ran routes into the flats during his first day of camp. This year's eighth overall pick is clearly someone the Panthers intend to use in multiple ways this season, and his ability to line up all over the field figures to allow him to often share the field with starting tailback Jonathan Stewart. Although McCaffrey is still getting up to speed with Carolina's playbook after missing virtually all of OTAs while graduating from Stanford, the rookie is already drawing promising reviews from his first appearance on the practice field and seems destined to rise up fantasy draft boards in the buildup to the regular season.
Tyler Eifert TE CIN (6) 4 hours ago
Eifert (back) has been fully cleared for the start of training camp, The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr. reports.
Eifert was limited throughout the offseason program and even hinted he might not be ready for the start of training camp, but he apparently made significant progress in the six weeks since June minicamp ended. While he still has a sketchy injury history and will have plenty of competition for targets, Eifert's prowess in the red zone -- 18 touchdowns in 21 games the past two years -- makes him an appealing option whenever he takes the field. He has no real competition for snaps at tight end, and while Cincinnati's offseason additions mean there are more mouths to feed, the changes should also make it easier for Eifert to get open over the middle.
QSammy Watkins WR BUF (6) 4 hours ago
Watkins (foot) wasn't quite a full go Thursday at the first practice of training camp, but he did participate in some team drills and didn't appear to be hindered at all, WKBW's Joe Buscaglia reports.
Watkins upped his participation to include 11-on-11 drills at June minicamp, putting him a bit ahead of the original schedule in his recovery from January surgery. His limited workload at the start of training camp is a non-concern, as Bills coach Sean McDermott already made it clear that was part of the plan to keep the star wideout healthy. Watkins said Thursday his foot injury is a thing of the past and he doesn't want to be asked about it anymore. While he figures to be back at full strength soon enough, his injury history is still cause for concern, considering major foot issues have a high rate of recurrence. It does at least seem the Bills aren't rushing Watkins back this time around.