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Alfred Morris likes Redskins' running scheme
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:54 pm ET) The Redskins are moving away from the zone-blocking scheme favored by former coach Mike Shanahan and toward a power-running game. Running back Alfred Morris likes the design of the new running game, which will include elements of both.

"Power is my favorite play, just downhill plays [are] my favorite," he said. "I came out of the offense in college, went to the zone, and I’ve been successful in the zone. Any offense they want to throw at us, I’m able to adapt and adjust to it and fit into it. That’s just the type of guy I am, but I love downhill running so to get the best of both worlds mixed into one, I’m loving it.

"We’ve been running both in here in camp and both have been successful. It’s hit or miss sometimes. Sometimes you’re going to get stopped and that’s just a good play by the defense, but sometimes we have wide-open lanes and we’re running down the sidelines. It’s awesome to get a mixture of both of them in there, which is a first for me because in college, high school, even here it’s either been zone or it’s been downhill running, power I."


Kevin Ogletree favored to be Lions' No. 3 receiver
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:39 pm ET) Lions receiver Kevin Ogletree has opened training camp by running with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate on the first team, reports MLive.com. Ogletree took the lead for the No. 3 job with stellar play during OTAs and "several nice catches during minicamp," the report said.

"This is the biggest opportunity of my career," Ogletree said, "and it would be selfish of me not to indulge in it and bury myself in the playbook. Just overcommit myself to getting better every day.

"I've always felt confident about my game. But like I said, this is the biggest opportunity of my career. And there was no way I was going to mess this thing up."

Ogletree caught 13 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown after signing with Detroit for the final 12 games last year. He went through a grueling training program to get ready for 2014, the website said. While he lacks Johnson's size or Tate's speed, Ogletree "runs nice, consistent patterns and has had a knack for getting separation from defensive backs."

Ogletree also has had few, if any drops in camp, the website said.


Colts make roster moves
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:20 pm ET) The Colts placed guard Donald Thomas (quad) on injured reserve and re-signed undrafted free agent offensive tackle Eric Pike, reports The Herald Bulletin.


Brent Urban has torn ACL
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:18 pm ET) Ravens rookie defensive lineman Brent Urban, who had impressed during camp, has a torn ACL, the team announced. The fourth-round pick was expected to see significant snaps as a backup.

Riley Cooper, Chris Polk still out
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:05 pm ET) Eagles receiver Riley Cooper (foot) and running back Chris Polk (hamstring) remained unable to practice Thursday, reports CSNPhilly.com. Coach Chip Kelly has said neither injury is serious.

Rob Gronkowski 'doesn't look' like he had a torn ACL
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:59 am ET) Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski "doesn't look like someone coming off a torn ACL/MCL," reports the Boston Globe. He's "firing off the line, planting hard, cutting and catching passes from [Tom] Brady."

It's another indication Gronk is on track to be ready for the season opener.


Case against Lorenzo Taliaferro dropped
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:42 am ET) Prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor case against Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro, who was charged with destruction of property and being drunk in public, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Tony Romo unsure if he'll play in preseason opener
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:35 am ET) Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will play during the preseason at some point, but it might not be in the Aug. 7 opener against San Diego. He's seven months removed from back surgery.

"I want to make sure it’s progressing and continuing to go forward," Romo told the Dallas Morning News. :They’re going to try and have me sit out more than I want to. But that’s also because they’re smart and they know what they’re doing."

Romo practiced Wednesday and declared himself 100 percent, the paper said. The team has held him out of multiple practices.

"You just want to take every rep and do everything," Romo said. "And you feel good. And you’re like, ‘I feel good. Let’s go.’ But at the same time you feel good until you don’t. There’s not a lot of history doing this over and over and over again. It’s a little different than most injuries because we don’t have 10 other guys who have gone through this in the last three years. We’ve just kind of got to be real smart. We’ve just got to be smart with it."


No sign of Joique Bell's injury
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:17 am ET) Lions running back Joique Bell missed offseason workouts while recovering from a knee injury, but "you wouldn't know it" by the way he looks in training camp, reports MLive.com. "Bell cut and accelerated with ease" during team drills, the report said.


Brent Urban suffers serious knee injury
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:04 am ET) Ravens rookie defensive end Brent Urban, a fourth-round pick out of Virginia, suffered "a longterm injury to his right knee," reports the Baltimore Sun. Urban was carted off the field Wednesday and was taken for an MRI.

He was unable to put weight on his right leg.


 
 
 
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