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LaMichael James has history of dislocated elbows
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:33 am ET) The dislocated elbow 49ers running back LaMichael James sustained Sunday is the third of his career, reports ESPN.com. He suffered the same injury in 2011 and in high school.

James, who is out a month, got hurt on a blitz pickup drill when he was blown backward by inside linebacker Michael Wilhoite, according to the Sacramento Bee. James has gotten injured before the regular season in each of his three NFL seasons. He hurt his ankle in the 2012 preseason and sprained a knee ligament in last year's preseason.


Matthew Stafford displaying better mechanics -- so far
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:18 am ET) Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he's impressed with quarterback Matthew Stafford's approach so far, especially the way he's been absorbing the playbook and paying attention to detail.

"He is getting better," Caldwell told the Detroit News. "His command of the offense has been good."

Caldwell said it was obvious how much work Stafford put in before coming to camp. "I was impressed when he came back that first of all he did not miss a beat," Caldwell said. "He’s a very, very smart guy. You could tell he’s worked at it even during the summer.

"In every facet when he came back, I could see improvement — footwork, accuracy, timing, command of the offense, all of those things. Now we get a chance to see if we can put it together a little bit more, add a few more things, keep progressing and then get some real challenges from our opposition as we start preseason."


Julio Jones shows 'explosion' in most extensive work to date
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:09 am ET) Falcons receiver Julio Jones saw his most extensive practice action Sunday since undergoing right foot surgery and "looked like the Jones of old," reports ESPN.com. "His explosion was evident with every step, and he blew past [corner] Desmond Trufant on a play during one-on-one drills."

Trufant sounded impressed. "He's looking good, man," Trufant said of Jones. "To come back like he did ... he didn't do any of the (organized team activities). He was just doing rehab. He didn't miss a beat. That's exactly what we want to see. And he's going to definitely have a comeback season this year."

Jones, the report concluded, "was spectacular and in sync with Matt Ryan." Jones is off Monday as the team tries to manage his comeback.


Bernard Pierce 'most impressive back' in camp so far
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:00 am ET) Running back Bernard Pierce, expected to start while Ray Rice is suspended, has been the Ravens' most impressive back in camp so far, reports ESPN.com. Pierce's weight ballooned to 248 pounds following offseason shoulder surgery, but he's down to 222 pounds now.

"The weight loss is most evident in Pierce's elusiveness in between the tackles," the report said. "He can make better lateral cuts because he doesn't feel the weight as much on his knees." 

Coach John Harbaugh said Pierce has "seized the opportunity."

Pierce averaged 4.9 yards per carry as a rookie in 2012, just 2.9 yards per carry last season. "It definitely is motivating and also was humbling coming from the year before," Pierce said. "I think everybody's intention this year is to climb back up the chart and show everybody that we can get this run game started and we're still the Ravens from 2012."


Chip Kelly: Jeremy Maclin looks 'fantastic'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:41 am ET) Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin, who tore his ACL a year ago, looks "fantastic" in training camp, according to coach Chip Kelly. For his part, Maclin said he's a stronger version of his former self.

"Even yesterday being able to defeat guys at the line of scrimmage," Maclin told Philly.com. "Being able to dig and go track balls down. Being able to plant and come back to balls. Those are the plays I made before I got hurt and those are the plays I'm making now."


Alshon Jeffery not practicing
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:34 am ET) Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery came out dressed for practice but then removed his helmet and pads and stood on the sideline watching, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. It was not immediately clear why Jeffery isn't practicing.

Redskins land Everette Brown
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:28 am ET) The Redskins signed defensive end Everette Brown, who was cut by the Cowboys in February. Brown has seven sacks in four NFL seasons.

Ray Rice did not challenge suspension
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:25 am ET) Ravens running back Ray Rice did not appeal his two-game suspension stemming from an altercation with his then-fiancee, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. He had three days to do so.

Rice is allowed to participate in training camp and all preseason games.


Kelvin Benjamin getting an MRI on his left knee
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:20 am ET) The Panthers announced Monday that rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin is getting a precautionary MRI on his knee after banging into a defensive back in practice on Sunday. He won't practice with the team. The Charlotte Observer reports it's his left knee that got dinged. 

Golden Tate activated from PUP list
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:20 am ET) The Lions activated receiver Golden Tate from the PUP list, reports the National Football Post. Tate had what he called a minor shoulder injury.

 
 
 
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