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Ravens establishing themselves as run-first team
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:19 am ET) Under new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, the Ravens have a different mindset and plan to be a run-first team again, reports ESPN.com. The revamped offensive line has pushed defenders off the line, and running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce "are lighter, and as a result, more explosive," the report said.

Baltimore leads the NFL with 194 rushing yards in the preseason, 69 more than any other team.


Cowboys still being cautious with Tony Romo
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:15 am ET) Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo did not practice Wednesday as the team stays cautious with him, reports the Dallas Morning News. The team is sticking to its plan of not having Romo practice more than two consecutive days.

Romo, coming off back surgery, will play in the club's third preseason game Saturday at Miami.


Steelers cut Al Lapuaho
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:04 am ET) To make room for the re-signing of defensive end Brett Keisel, the Steelers released defensive tackle Al Lapuaho.

49ers, Michael Crabtree moving closer to agreement
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:01 am ET) The 49ers and receiver Michael Crabtree have gotten closer to an agreement on a contract extension, and there's hope a deal gets done before the season, reports NFL Network. Crabtree is scheduled to make $3.5 million this season in the sixth and final year of his rookie deal.

Calvin Johnson to 'move around a lot this year'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:52 am ET) Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said receiver Calvin Johnson will "move around a lot this year: Inside and outside and motion," reports the team's website. Johnson caught 16 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns out of the slot last season.

Leodis McKelvin sidelined again
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:42 am ET) Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin left practice with a groin injury and might not play Saturday against the Buccaneers, reports the Buffalo News. McKelvin did not play in the first two preseason games after coming back from offseason hip surgery.

Last year he had 72 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in 15 games.


No settlement talks in Josh Gordon matter
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:38 am ET) There have been no settlement talks between the league and Browns receiver Josh Gordon over his looming one-year suspension, reports Pro Football Talk. Both sides continue to await a decision from arbitrator Harold Henderson.

Gordon appealed the suspension, which stems from his latest failed drug test, more than two weeks ago. A ruling is expected at any time.


Joseph Randle 'really playing outstanding'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:27 am ET) Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has rushed for 91 yards on 20 preseason carries (4.6 yards per carry). Owner Jerry Jones said Randle "is really playing outstanding" and "that's not an exaggeration," reports ESPN.com.

Randle, who averaged 3.0 yards per carry last year, said he's bigger, stronger and smarter. "I'm a year smarter in the playbook. I think that's all things that help me play fast," he said. "Now, I'm just working on playing fast every play I'm out there. That comes with practice."

Randle is running third behind DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar.


Knowshon Moreno's conditioning 'getting there'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:07 am ET) Dolphins coach Joe Philbin told the Miami Herald that running back Knowshon Moreno's conditioning is "getting there. This is a big week ... I think Wednesday and the rest of this week will be important for his conditioning."

Moreno missed the first two preseason games following offseason arthroscopic knee surgery. Miami hosts the Cowboys on Saturday.


Browns name Brian Hoyer Week 1 starter
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8:22 am ET) The Browns have named Brian Hoyer as their starting quarterback to begin the season. Rookie Johnny Manziel will back him up. The Browns play at Pittsburgh in Week 1.

"He was the clear leader from the beginning," Browns coach Mike Pettine told the official team website. "We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room."

Through two preseason games Hoywe has completed 8 of 20 passes for 108 yards with no scores or turnovers. Manziel has completed 14 of 27 passes, mostly in backup duty, for 128 yards and a touchdown. Manziel also has 26 yards rushing on seven carries. 


 
 
 
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