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1Osi Umenyiora, ATL, DE2
2Tyrann Mathieu, ARI, FS1
3Erin Henderson, MIN, LB1
4Zach Brown, TEN, OLB1
5Jason Hatcher, WAS, DE1
6Micah Hyde, GB, CB1
7Barkevious Mingo, CLE, OLB1
8Stevie Brown, NYG, SS1
9Ryan Shazier, PIT, OLB1
10C.J. Mosley, BAL, ILB1
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2John Abraham, ARI, OLB-3
3Devin McCourty, NE, FS-3
4Prince Amukamara, NYG, CB-3
5Donte Whitner, CLE, SS-3
6James Anderson, NE, LB-3
7Jon Beason, NYG, OLB-3
8Jared Allen, CHI, DE-2
9Von Miller, DEN, OLB-2
10Bobby Wagner, SEA, MLB-2
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Jeff Heath works past minor injury scare
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Cowboys safety Jeff Heath suffered a minor injury scare during Sunday's practice, ESPN reports. Heath jammed his wrist while trying to make a tackle on Lance Dunbar. He briefly left practice and was evaluated by team trainers before returning to the field taped up.

Kyle Rudolph signs five-year extension
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph won't have to worry about entering the final season of his contract without an extension any longer. He signed a five-year extension on Sunday, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. The deal is worth $36.5 million, with $19.4 million guaranteed, per ESPN.

Rudolph has lost about 15 pounds and is expecting a bigger role this upcoming season. His 2013 season was cut short because of a broken left foot. He caught 30 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns in eight games last season.


Will Smith bothered by minor groin issue
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Cowboys linebacker Will Smith missed Sunday's practice because of groin injury, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The injury is not expected to keep him sidelined for an extended period of time.

The Cowboys will start preseason Aug. 7 at San Diego.


Jake Ballard given a day off due to thigh bruise
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Cardinals tight end Jake Ballard was unable to practice Sunday because of a thigh bruise, ESPN reports. The injury is not expected to keep him sidelined for too long, as he is expected to return on Monday, head coach Bruce Arians told reporters.

Lardarius Webb misses second day of practice due to minor issue
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb missed his second practice on Sunday because of a back issue. He is not expected to be sidelined an extended period of time, according to ESPN.

The Ravens will open preseason Aug. 7 at home against the 49ers.


Mark Barron working his way back from offseason surgery
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Buccaneers safety Mark Barron revealed that he underwent right knee surgery in the offseason, ESPN reports Sunday.

Barron has been practicing, but is not 100 percent healthy from the procedure, per the report. The 24-year-old missed the final two games of the year in 2013 because of hamstring injury. He should be ready for the start of the season.

Scott Chandler suffers groin injury in practice
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Bills tight end Scott Chandler was removed in the first hour of Sunday's practice with a groin injury and was unable to return at any point, WGR 550 Sports Radio AM reports.

The Bills are already without Tony Moeaki (hamstring) and Chris Gragg (heat cramps) due to injury. No timetable has been set for Chandler moving forward.

The team will start the preseason Sunday against the Giants in Canton.

Dan Williams exits practice with left knee issue
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Cardinals defensive lineman Dan Williams was forced out of Sunday's practice because of a swollen left knee. No word on the seriousness of the injury, the Arizona Republic reports.

The Cardinals will open their preseason at home against the Texans on Aug. 9.

David Snow will need surgery to repair broken foot
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Steelers center/guard David Snow suffered a broken foot during Friday's practice, ESPN reports Sunday. Head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters that he will need surgery to repair the fracture. 

Report: LaMichael James to miss a month with dislocated elbow
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) 49ers running back LaMichael James is expected to miss nearly a month of work because of a dislocated elbow sustained in a pass-blocking drill, the Sacramento Bee reports.

James was carted off the field with the injury on Sunday, just two days after Kendall Hunter suffered a torn ACL. Rookie Carlos Hyde and Jewel Hampton are the only two healthy backup running backs left for San Francisco.

 
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