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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.


Earl Wolff supplants Nate Allen as starting safety
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:57 am ET) The Eagles moved safety Earl Wolff to the first team Wednesday, demoting Nate Allen, reports CSNPhilly.com. Wolff hasn't locked up a starting job opposite Michael Jenkins, but he "has undeniably made plays through the first four days of camp," the report said.

Wolff played in 11 games as a rookie, making 45 tackles and an interception.


Calvin Pryor returns to non-contact drills
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:50 am ET) Jets rookie safety Calvin Pryor, who sustained a concussion last Saturday, participated in non-contact drills at practice Thursday. The first-round pick is a projected starter.

If Jordan Reed can stay healthy...
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:44 am ET) Redskins tight end Jordan Reed missed seven games last season, six due to a concussion. He had durability issues in college. But coaches and teammates know that if Reed can stay on the field, he'll do special things, reports ESPN.com.

"He’s always been a natural route runner," offensive coordinator Sean McVay said. "He just gets it. You don’t have to overcoach him. He just naturally separates."

The 6-2, 237-pound Reed is one of the team's top basketball players and has a killer crossover move he's adapted to football, the website said.

"The way he can move his body and be in total control all the time is really special," fellow tight end Logan Paulsen said. "He does a lot of things that receivers can’t do and that will make him so special for a long time. I have never seen anyone run routes the way he runs them. I’m not exaggerating at all when I say that. He’s a special talent. He’s just wired in an explosive athletic way. You see a guy cross somebody up in basketball; he has that move. Even though you know it’s coming he still gets guys to bite. It’s incredible."

Coach Jay Gruden called Reed a fluid athlete who still has a lot to learn.

"He’s effortless the way he runs and very smooth and very difficult to cover and he can stop on a dime and get out of cuts," Gruden said. "He’s very sudden, and he’s got a good feel for the zones. It’s just a matter now of perfecting his craft, both in the passing game when he has to protect and in the running game. So, you know that takes some time. He’s only in his second year and this is a new system, new terminology for him and he’s doing a good job but he has a ways to go before we mention him with the great tight ends in the NFL."


Josh Gordon's appeal set for Friday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:36 am ET) Browns receiver Josh Gordon indeed will have his appeal hearing before the NFL on Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Schefter reported earlier the hearing would be delayed until next week.

Gordon will argue that his one-year suspension is unwarranted, Schefter said.


Jags update Blake Bortles' progress
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:28 am ET) Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles showed "quality retention of the scheme" coming off the five-week break into training camp, reports the Florida Times-Union.

"One of the things we asked of him was to come in here and not just start from Day One again," Fisch said. "We didn't want Groundhog Day. We didn't want a repeat performance. We didn't want it to be like nothing has changed from the day before. So, how much does he know and recall? What he showed me is he actually dug deeper into the plays."

Fisch said Bortles, who remains the No. 2 quarterback behind Chad Henne, has a good grasp of the system.

"One of the things you worry about is how does a guy handle something he's never done before," Fisch said. "He's had OTAs and minicamp. Now, he's got four weeks to figure out what he's going to do. I thought he really prepared, so he came back ahead of where I thought he was going to be."

The Jaguars are using the 6-5, 230-pound Bortles on rollouts, according to the paper. 

"I love the fact that when Blake moves, he's a strong, tough guy to bring down," Fisch said. "He also throws the ball nicely on the move. It's something clearly he's done throughout his career in college. That's part of our system, so they have to do that."


Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer will have distinct roles
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:16 am ET) Although Stepfan Taylor has been running ahead of Jonathan Dwyer in training camp, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the running backs are not competing for the backup role behind Andre Ellington. Instead, Arians plans to use each back based on his strengths.

"We have all the confidence in the world in Stepfan and Jonathan," Arians said. "Jonathan had a big, long run (Tuesday) and Stef did an unbelievable job in pass protection. It’s an ongoing thing, and we’ll use them both.

"We won’t really have a two and a three. They’ll have roles and go into games with roles so everybody knows exactly what to expect. And when your number’s called to increase your role, you better be ready."


 
 
 
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