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1Marcell Dareus, BUF, DT5
2Osi Umenyiora, ATL, DE4
3Yeremiah Bell, ARI, DB4
4Rob Ninkovich, NE, DE3
5Bernard Pollard, TEN, SS3
6Lamarr Houston, CHI, DE3
7Nick Roach, OAK, MLB3
8Michael Johnson, TB, DE3
9Antoine Bethea, SF, SS2
10Chris Long, STL, DE2
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2Wesley Woodyard, TEN, MLB-5
3Mark Barron, TB, SS-4
4Devin McCourty, NE, FS-4
5Mike Mitchell, PIT, FS-4
6Brian Cushing, HOU, ILB-4
7Sean Lee, DAL, MLB-3
8Bobby Wagner, SEA, MLB-3
9Robert Mathis, IND, OLB-3
10Cameron Jordan, NO, DE-3
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Eric Berry sustains dislocated finger in practice
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:06 pm ET) Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry sustained a dislocated finger Saturday in practice, ESPN has reported. It remains to be seen if or for how long it sidelines him from training camp.

The All-Pro took back two interceptions for touchdowns a year ago.


Coach praises Miles Austin for Saturday work
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:57 am ET) Mike Pettine has praised Browns veteran wide receiver Miles Austin for his performance at practice Saturday, per WKNR-AM. He also expressed encouragement regarding other players at that position, perhaps as he braces for the impending drug suspension of top wideout Josh Gordon.

Austin is hoping to bounce back from an injury-plagued 2013 in which he was limited to eight starts, 24 catches, 244 yards and no touchdowns. He is at this point the team's most accomplished wide receiver.


James Oboh leaves Saturday practice with knee problem
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:50 am ET) Browns tight end hopeful and rookie free agent James Oboh walked off the field with a trainer after going down and grabbing his knee during 11-on-11 drills, per the Akron Beacon Journal. The extent of his injury has yet to be revealed.

Trent Richardson misses second straight practice
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:42 am ET) A day after losing Vick Ballard for the season to injury, the Colts are holding out fellow running back Trent Richardson from practice again Saturday with a soft tissue issue.

Richardson, whose problem has not been deemed serious, was a bust in 2013 after the trade brought him from Cleveland. He averaged just 2.9 YPC as his playing time decreased as the season progressed.


Evan Royster dealing with hamstring tweak
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:32 am ET) Redskins running back Evan Royster is nursing a hamstring pull sustained Friday and is not practicing Saturday, per the Washington Post.

Royster finished last season on IR with an ankle injury after having been limited to two carries all year.


Chuck Pagano: Vick Ballard done for the year
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:27 am ET) What was feared is now official: Chuck Pagano has confirmed that Colts running back Vick Ballard will be sidelined for the season with an Achilles tear sustained in training camp Friday.

Ballard missed nearly all of the 2013 season with an ACL injury. He showed promise in 2012 by rushing for 814 yards on 3.9 YPC.


Jimmy Clausen might have leg up on Jordan Palmer
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:21 am ET) Jimmy Clausen might have gotten the jump on incumbent Jordan Palmer in the battle for the backup Bears quarterback job behind Jay Cutler. The former is working with the second-team Saturday in practice, per ESPN.

Injuries have prevented Clausen from throwing an NFL pass since 2010 with Carolina. It remains to be seen if he can hang on to the backup spot with Chicago.


Report: Jordy Nelson comes to four-year agreement
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:14 am ET) Packers prolific wide receiver Jordy Nelson has signed a four-year contract for $39 million with $14.2 million guaranteed, per NFL Network. Nelson had asked for $10 million a year.

The 29-year-old veteran managed arguably his finest season in 2013 with 85 catches for 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns.


Report: Cecil Shorts a no-go for Saturday practice
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:07 am ET) Hamstring tightness that forced Jaguars top receiver Cecil Shorts out of practice Friday has apparently prevented him from participating Saturday. He is not on the field, according to the team website, though the injury is not considered serious.

The team can certainly use a healthy Shorts this season. Though his production weakened as the year progressed, he did finish with 66 receptions for 777 yards.


Geno Hayes off Saturday, ready to work every other day
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:01 am ET) Jaguars outside linebacker Geno Hayes, who underwent offseason knee surgery, was off from practice Saturday. He will work only every other day in camp, per The Associated Press, as the team does not want to push him.

Hayes racked up 58 tackles, 19 assists, one sack and two interceptions a year ago in his first season with Jacksonville.


 
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