Posted on: August 1, 2010 12:47 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2010 2:55 pm
Not a great few minutes for Denver during its morning practice today.
Within a few plays of each other, Broncos RBs Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter left the field with injuries. First, it was Moreno, who was taking part in 7 on 7 drills and injured his leg, according to Broncos Rapid Reporter Lee Rasizer . He had to be carted off the field.
Then, with Buckhalter upgraded to the first team, he appeared to injure his left hamstring. He went to the locker room as well, but he walked there himself.
That means fourth-year player Kolby Smith – who spent his first three years in the NFL with the Chiefs – is the prime candidate to take first-team reps. Rasizer also mentioned the team could look toward free agent Brian Westbrook. This, of course, is assuming the injuries to Moreno and Buckhalter are serious.
UPDATE (2:48 PM): According to the Denver Pos t, Moreno has a hamstring injury, while Buckhalter has an upper-back pull. Of the two, Moreno's injury appears more serious. Jason La Canfora of NFL.com says Moreno will have an MRI to determine whether he tore his hamstring.
For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .
Posted on: June 16, 2010 7:18 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2010 7:19 pm
Just days after finally signing his RFA tender, Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly was excused from the mandatory minicamp (June 21-23) so that he could focus on his legal issues. Jolly has a felony drug trial in Texas (he’s facing up to 20 years in prison, but not the death penalty) on July 30. That happens to be the day the Packers report to training camp.
Bears tight end Brandon Manumaleuna is coming back from arthroscopic knee surgery. The hope is that he’ll be ready for training camp. Manumaleuna is new to town but, having played for the Rams, already understands Mike Martz’s system.
The Broncos signed former Chiefs running back Kolby Smith today, which means you can rule out the idea of Brian Westbrook going to Denver. The 5’11”, 219-pound Smith will compete with J.J. Arrington (coming off a serious knee injury) for the No. 3 job. Smith’s problem is that he’s not a very physical presence between the tackles.
Patriots DE Ty Warren eschewed offseason workouts (and a $250,000 bonus) to go back to Texas A & M and get his degree this past offseason. Normally these stories stop being interesting after the headline, but Shalise Manza Young of Boston.com offers a fun read on Warren’s story.
Bucs WR Sammie Stroughter has been taking some reps at the outside position lately, but still, you can expect him to spend most of 2010 in the slot. That’s where Stroughter’s fluidity and quickness will be most effective. Plus, the Bucs just drafted two 6’1”, 215-pound wideouts to fill the starting spots (Arrelious Benn, second round; Mike Williams, fourth round).