Dwayne Bowe likely to watch Saturday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:02 pm ET) Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe (quad) did not practice again Wednesday and is not expected to play Saturday against the Vikings, reports ESPN.com.

Jordan Norwood out for the year with a torn ACL
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4:47 pm ET) Broncos receiver Jordan Norwood tore his ACL in Wednesday's practice and will miss the season, reports the Denver Post.

Santonio Holmes expects to play Friday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4:45 pm ET) New Bears receiver Santonio Holmes expects to play Friday against the Seahawks, but it's unclear what kind of a role he'll have, reports ESPN.com. "I'd like him to dress," coach Marc Trestman said.

"I haven't had a chance to talk to him and see where he is. As I said yesterday, we want to get him in there as quickly as possible. We also want to respect him and do the right thing."


Still a chance Emmanuel Sanders plays Saturday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4:17 pm ET) Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders has not yet been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Texans, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Sanders was "involved" in Wednesday's practice, but not in "live" settings, La Canfora wrote.

The free agent acquisition has been hampered by a quad injury for more than two weeks.


Justin Hunter basically unstoppable on fades
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3:04 pm ET) Titans receiver Justin Hunter is making the fade pattern "look all too easy," reports the Tennessean. When the team get near the goal line, Jake Locker lofts a pass toward the corner of the end zone and "the 6-4, 203-pound Hunter turns into the Titans' version of a jack-in-the-box, leaping over defenders to haul in a touchdown pass – just as he did in Friday's loss to the Saints," the paper said.

"He's so big and so long, and he has the ability to jump and he has such a big catch radius," Locker told the paper. "You're able to put the ball a lot of places to give him a chance. That puts a lot of pressure on the defense at that point."

Hunter beat the Chargers with a leaping 34-yard touchdown catch in the closing seconds last year. He's looking for a lot more opportunities in the end zone this season.

"They want to use my big frame, so they throw it to me there," Hunter said. "The cornerback has to turn his back at some point to try to defend me. That's when I can use my leaping ability to go over the top of him – before he gets a chance to figure it out."

Allen Robinson could return early next week
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:52 pm ET) Jaguars rookie receiver Allen Robinson will make the trip to Detroit for Friday's third preseason game despite having been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Coach Gus Bradley told the Florida Times-Union that Robinson could return to practice early next week.

Cecil Shorts to get about 15 plays
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:50 pm ET) Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts, sidelined early in camp with a hamstring injury, will play about 15 plays in his preseason debut Friday against the Lions, coach Gus Bradley told the Florida Times-Union.

Calvin Johnson to wear protective splint
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:37 pm ET) When Lions receiver Calvin Johnson makes his preseason debut Friday against the Jaguars, he'll be wearing a protective splint on the finger that required offseason surgery, reports MLive.com. "It doesn't affect me," Johnson said.

"Doctors did a great job making the thing so that it doesn't affect the way I catch the ball. We'll give it a go and see how it feels."

Johnson, who also had offseason knee surgery, dealt with knee pain much of last season. He said the way his body feels now, compared to the end of last season, is "night and day."


Michael Crabtree on last season: 'I wasn't me'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:46 pm ET) 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree missed the first 11 games last season recovering from an Achilles injury. In the ensuing eight games, counting playoffs, Crabtree caught 34 passes for 487 yards and a touchdown.

"I was fast enough to be on the field," Crabtree told CSNBayArea.com. "But I wasn't me."

Crabtree is itching for this season to start. "It's going to be an exciting year," he said. "I can't wait to get out there."


Jordan Norwood carted off with leg injury
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:17 pm ET) Broncos receiver Jordan Norwood was carted off the field with a leg injury during Wednesday's joint practice with the Texans, reports ESPN.com.

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