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|8/2/2015||Bobby Wagner, Sea, LB|
|The Seattle Seahawks and Bobby Wagner have finalized a four-year contract extension that keeps the All-Pro middle linebacker with the club after this season. Team owner Paul Allen confirmed Wagner's extension in a tweet late Saturday night. NFL.com first reported the deal and that it's worth $43 million which would make Wagner the highest-paid middle linebacker in football.
Analysis: Wagner was an All-Pro last season and finished second on the team with 104 tackles after missing five games with a painful toe injury. Wagner has been Seattle's starting middle linebacker since being selected in the second round of the 2012 draft.
|8/1/2015||Brandon Boykin, Phi, CB|
|The Pittsburgh Steelers have acquired cornerback Brandon Boykin from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft. The team announced the trade Saturday night.
Analysis: Boykin is entering his fourth NFL season after being selected by the Eagles in the fourth round (123rd overall) of the 2012 draft from Georgia. He has appeared in 48 regular-season games with six starts. He has seven interceptions and 32 pass breakups.
|8/1/2015||Jarryd Hayne, SF, RB|
|On the opening day of his first NFL training camp, former Australian rugby league star Jarryd Hayne reiterated how sorry he is for offensive comments last month about Jews that drew criticism from the Anti-Defamation League and others.
Analysis: Hayne and the San Francisco 49ers were gearing up for a night practice Saturday at Levi's Stadium, their first under new coach Jim Tomsula. The rookie running back and kick returner is trying to win a spot on San Francisco's 53-man roster out of camp in what is sure to be a daunting transition to the pace and hard-hitting nature of the NFL.
|8/1/2015||Billy Winn, Cle, DE|
|Winn has been carted off the practice field with a potentially serious injury to his right knee.
Analysis: Winn got hurt during an inside running drill Saturday as the Browns practice in full pads for the first time in training camp. Coach Mike Pettine says the team will know more about the extent of Winn's injury following an MRI and X-rays.
|8/1/2015||Willie Colon, NYJ, G|
|The New York Jets activated guard Willie Colon from the active/physically unable to perform list, and he participated in the team's first padded practice Saturday.
Analysis: Colon was placed on the active/PUP list Wednesday when players reported for camp because of pain in his left knee. Both Colon and coach Todd Bowles were optimistic Friday that he would be activated soon, with the guard saying that he felt good and it would be "time to roll" when he was activated.
|8/1/2015||Kyle Williams, Den, WR|
|Williams tore his left Achilles during a punt return drill at training camp Saturday and will miss the season.
Analysis: The oft-injured Williams missed much of the Broncos' offseason workouts with sore hamstrings. He was out of the league last year after playing in all four of Kansas City's preseason games.
|8/1/2015||Sheldon Richardson, NYJ, DT|
|New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan was supportive of Sheldon Richardson, but noncommittal on the defensive lineman's long-term future with the team.
Analysis: Maccagnan addressed reporters Saturday for the first time since Richardson was suspended four games by the NFL for marijuana use in early July and his arrest less than two weeks later in Missouri after high-speed road racing.
|8/1/2015||Stephen Hill, Car, WR|
|Hill was carted off the field Saturday with a right leg injury. Hill attempted to make a catch across the middle during an afternoon practice in intense heat, but came down wrong on his leg and fell to the ground screaming in pain.
Analysis: Trainers taped Hill's knee before helping him on to a cart. Hill left the field with his head in his hands and a towel draped over his head.
|8/1/2015||Devin Smith, NYJ, WR|
|Smith will miss the majority of training camp after fracturing his ribs Friday.
Analysis: Smith was hospitalized overnight as a precaution after getting hurt while making an impressive catch. Smith, a second-round draft pick out of Ohio State, caught a long pass from Geno Smith that deflected off the hands of cornerback Marcus Williams. While Smith was coming down, he was hit from behind by safety Jaiquawn Jarrett - and it appeared Smith's head and neck area took the brunt of it.
|7/31/2015||Tony Romo, Dal, QB|
|Romo missed the second full practice of training camp Friday because of a sty in his left eye. A sty is a painful lump that forms on the eyelid and usually disappears in a couple of days.
Analysis: The team said Romo would be re-evaluated for Saturday's workout. The aging 35-year-old is coming off his first full offseason of work since 2012 after sitting out spring practice the past two years following back surgeries.
|7/31/2015||Bashaud Breeland, Was, CB|
|On a tumultuous day for Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland, the second-year player was suspended by the NFL on Friday, nearly a year after being cited for marijuana possession, then was carted off the field because he got injured in practice.
Analysis: Breeland went down to the ground a couple of hours after the league announced that he had been suspended for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. NFL spokesman Randall Liu said Breeland will serve his suspension in the first week of the regular season, when Washington hosts the Miami Dolphins, whether he is healthy or injured.
|7/31/2015||Earl Thomas, Sea, S|
|Thomas is starting training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
Analysis: Thomas had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder during the offseason and was in uniform but just a spectator when the Seahawks opened training camp Friday.
|7/31/2015||Matt Forte, Chi, RB|
|Forte was asked this week if he was disappointed new general manager Ryan Pace said no when he asked for an extension. "Like I've said plenty of times both sides have to want to do it," he said. The Bears did not.
Analysis: Now, at age 29, the four-year deal he signed in 2012 is set to expire. He enters his eighth season not knowing if his time in Chicago is winding down, if he will be suiting up for another team in 2016. Forte insisted he has put whatever disappointment he felt in the spring behind him. "The NFL is production-based," he said. "You produce, you get rewarded."
|7/31/2015||Devin Smith, Pit, CB|
|Smith has a partially punctured lung, as well as broken ribs, and is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks.
Analysis: Smith was injured at practice Friday while making an impressive catch, and the team announced he would miss the majority of the remainder of training camp. The Jets confirmed Saturday that Smith also has the lung injury, but said it wouldn't affect the timetable for wide receiver's return.
|7/31/2015||Bobby Wagner, Sea, LB|
|Wagner, Michael Bennett and Kam Chancellor all took different approaches Friday to show displeasure with their contract situations with the Seattle Seahawks.
Analysis: Wagner and Bennett said they considered holding out but decided to show and avoid paying a fine of up to $30,000 per day. Wagner was an All-Pro last season despite missing five games with a painful toe injury and has been Seattle's starting middle linebacker since being a second-round pick in 2012.
|7/31/2015||Kam Chancellor, Sea, S|
|Chancellor, Michael Bennett and Bobby Wagner all took different approaches Friday to show displeasure with their contract situations with the Seattle Seahawks.
Analysis: Chancellor said nothing other than with his actions, by holding out from the start of training camp and potentially incurring fines of $30,000 per day. Chancellor's hold out is due to his displeasure with the compensation in his contract signed prior to the 2013 season that will pay him $4.5 million for the 2015 season.
|7/31/2015||Michael Bennett, Sea, DE|
|Bennett, Kam Chancellor and Bobby Wagner all took different approaches Friday to show displeasure with their contract situations with the Seattle Seahawks.
Analysis: Never shy about speaking his mind, Bennett used his words to convey unhappiness. Bennett and Wagner said they considered holding out but decided to show and avoid paying a fine of up to $30,000 per day.
|7/31/2015||Louis Murphy, TB, WR|
|The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed Murphy on the active/non-football injury list with an ankle injury that will sideline him for the start of training camp.
Analysis: Coach Lovie Smith also said Friday that defensive tackle Akeem Spence has a back injury that will prevent him from practicing. Spence was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list.
|7/31/2015||James Jones, Oak, WR|
|The New York Giants have reached a contract agreement with Jones.
Analysis: Entering his ninth NFL season, Jones had 73 catches for 666 yards and six touchdowns with the Oakland Raiders in 2014.
|7/31/2015||Shaquille Richardson, Ari, CB|
|The Arizona Cardinals have signed Richardson, who played collegiately at Arizona.
Analysis: Richardson was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers last year and spent most of the season on the practice squad before being released on Oct. 15. He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in February but was released on April 21.
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