FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb bruised his right thigh late in Monday’s practice and left the field for treatment.
The injury did not appear to be serious. Team spokesman Mark Dalton said Kolb took a knee to the thigh and that the injury was being iced as a precaution. He said more will be known about the injury today.
Kolb was listed as the No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart in the Arizona game notes in advance of Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game against New Orleans in Canton, Ohio. But team officials said that listing did not mean Kolb has won the competition with John Skelton for the starting quarterback job.
SPARTANBURG — Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said center Ryan Kalil’s prediction of a Super Bowl victory this season was “pretty cool.”
Kalil took out a full-page advertisement in The Charlotte Observer last week guaranteeing Carolina fans would be rewarded for their unwavering support with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Richardson made a similar prediction when the Panthers received an NFL franchise in 1993, guaranteeing a Super Bowl win within 10 years — although it didn’t happen.
Richardson called Kalil “a man of conviction.”
“He didn’t say anything detrimental about anybody else,” Richardson said. “He just thanked his coaches and teammates and the fans and entire organization. I thought it was pretty cool.”
ALBANY, N.Y. — Projected starting cornerback Terrell Thomas re-injured his surgically repaired right knee and his status for the New York Giants’ season is uncertain.
Thomas was sent to the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on Monday after reporting that he had swelling in his right knee.
An MRI and an examination by Dr. Russell Warren, the team orthopedic surgeon, showed that the five-year veteran suffered another injury to the knee involving the ACL.
ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Redskins couldn’t make it through four training camp practices without suffering major injuries.
Starting left guard Kory Lichtensteiger underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday to remove loose particles from his right knee and is expected to be out until the Sept. 9 opener at New Orleans.
Also, backup inside linebacker Jonathan Goff is out for the year after tearing his right ACL during practice July 28. Goff was sidelined for all of 2011 with the same injury while with the New York Giants.
“It was really a shame because he’s come in here and worked so hard to make this football team,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “I was really pulling for him. He’s a class individual, a guy’s guy, very intelligent, a very hard worker. He’ll come back and fight and hopefully next year he’ll be able to play.”
MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returned to the team’s training camp residence hall after an allergic reaction at lunch sent him to a local hospital.
Coach Leslie Frazier said after Monday’s practice that Peterson ate some seafood that caused his face to swell and shortness of breath. An ambulance was called, and Peterson was diagnosed with the allergic reaction at the hospital. He returned to the Minnesota State University campus soon after.
Frazier says the situation was a “little bit of a scare” but that Peterson is “fine now.” He says he expects Peterson to continue his left knee rehabilitation at full speed this morning.
Wide receiver Percy Harvin also missed part of practice with a jammed finger on his right hand but returned to drills soon after.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — One of the positives from the Jacksonville Jaguars offseason work was a noticeable improvement in the passing game.
Quarterback Blaine Gabbert was throwing the ball with more confidence, accuracy and zip than he showed as a rookie. A receivers group that included free-agent signees Laurent Robinson and Lee Evans, coupled with No. 1 draft pick Justin Blackmon, was significantly better than what the team had in 2011.
Throw in an offensive coaching staff that specialized in passing and the Jaguars’ last-place team ranking in that category appeared to be a thing of the past.
While it’s only the third day of camp, the passing game has not maintained the same sharpness it showed in the spring.
For his part, Gabbert has been pretty efficient. He’s looked far more polished than he did a year ago at this time.
Instead, coach Mike Mularkey is calling out the wide receivers, Robinson in particular.
“We’ve got to do a better job. We’ve got to make more catches,” Mularkey said. “We’ve had plenty of opportunities to make some catches down the field and we’ve got to make them.”
He said Robinson has to make plays.
“Maybe he’s pressing, I’m not sure,” Mularkey said.
Robinson acknowledged he has struggled somewhat but feels it’s just a matter of time until he and Gabbert get their timing down.
“I’m getting off the line pretty good. I just can’t catch the deep ball right now,” said Robinson, who has 143 receptions for 1,858 yards in five NFL seasons with three different clubs. “It’s a work in progress and it’s going to come.
“It’s going to take some time with Blaine, but that’s why you have training camp so everybody can get on the same page.”
Robinson registered career highs with 54 catches for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns a year ago with the Dallas Cowboys. He signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in March with the belief he would become the team’s No. 1 receiver.
Some theorized Robinson was pressing to prove he deserved that job.
“I’m trying to make that big play, trying to make it happen,” he said when asked if he was trying to do too much. “It’s taking a little more time than expected. I’ve just got to keep working hard and when the ball hits my hands, I’ve got to make the catch. It’s a matter of making the play when it comes your way.”
Mularkey also said Pro Bowl tight end Marcedes Lewis needs to be in better shape.
“When you don’t train here in the heat — he lives out in California — it’s going to take him a little bit to acclimate to this kind of weather,” Mularkey said.
The passing game wasn’t effective again on Monday, the first day the team practiced in shoulder pads. Near the end of the two-hour practice, Gabbert had completed just one pass on 12 pass plays encompassing several series. Seven times he had to pull the ball down and scramble up field. The other four plays resulted in incompletions.
The pass protection drew Mularkey’s ire.
“We’ve got to do a better job (on our blocking and passing),” he said. “There’s just too much pressure in the pocket and our linebackers are doing a good job.
“They’re literally coming through our backs, so we’ve got to step up and hold the line up at the line of scrimmage.”
NOTES: The Jaguars did receive good news Monday in that three players — Terrance Knighton, Zach Miller and Uche Nwaneri — all came off the physically unable to perform list and can resume normal practice later this week. ... The bad news is that the team incurred its first season-ending injury when reserve CB Reggie Corner was placed on IR due to an ACL injury. ... Jacksonville signed fourth-year CB Trumaine McBride to replace Corner. McBride has played in 47 games with 10 starts since entering the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick of Chicago in 2007. ... The Jaguars will hold their first workout in full pads on Tuesday.
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‘Hard Knocks’ scrutiny easy so far for Dolphins
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DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Tannehill had forgotten about “Hard Knocks” when he reported to the Miami Dolphins training facility late Saturday night to sign his rookie contract.
He was quickly reminded.
“I get in the locker room, I turn around and there’s like eight guys with cams,” the Dolphins’ first-round pick said. “Whoa! It’s definitely different, but got to make the best of it.”
The Dolphins are the focus of this year’s edition of “Hard Knocks,” the HBO series that takes viewers behind the scenes of an NFL training camp.
To compile about 300 hours of footage before it’s whittled down to 60 minutes for each of the five episodes, NFL Films cameras are everywhere — in the meeting rooms, in the locker room, even in the middle of the practice field. According to show director Rob Gehring, there are five cameras shooting at all times, along with eight robotic cameras.
That kind of intrusion can be distracting, which is why not every team likes the idea of doing the show. But Dolphins players and coaches say they barely notice a difference.
“Aside from this thing stuck on my chest here,” first-year Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said, pointing to a small microphone, “the cameras I wasn’t even aware of. We told our coaches in the meetings and we told the players that we have to be ourselves. We have a job to do, as does NFL Films. It wasn’t a big deal.”
The Dolphins got a trial run at the “Hard Knocks” experience during the offseason when players were mic-ed up and cameras were everywhere, and second-year tight end Charles Clay said that was a big help.
“It was very weird,” Clay said. “There were times in meetings where you’re taking notes and you see the big lens, and it would kind of throw you off. I could not crack a smile a lot of times. Now, it’s kind of second nature. You get used to it.”
The Dolphins have two players who have appeared on “Hard Knocks” before — wide receiver Chad Johnson with Cincinnati in 2009 and linebacker Jamaal Westerman with the New York Jets in 2010. Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle also was with the Bengals in 2009.
There was no “Hard Knocks” series last year because of the lockout, and this year’s version will debut Aug. 7.
The series took a hiatus between 2002 and 2007, although footage was shot in 2004 at the Jacksonville Jaguars training camp. That was turned into “Inside Training Camp” and aired on the NFL Network.
New Dolphins quarterback David Garrard was a member of that Jacksonville team.
“The cameras weren’t quite as much in my face, but I got used to them then and you get used to them now,” Garrard said. “After a few days with them running around poking a camera in your face, you can actually talk to them and tell them, `Maybe not right now.’ Or you just keep going on doing what you’re doing. You don’t have to act. It’s not acting. It’s not like we’ve got to put on a show for the cameras. We just do what we do and if that was a good bite for them, then great. If not, they’ll just find something else to plug in there.”
When it comes to sound bites, there’s no player on the current Dolphins roster — and few players around the league — who can deliver like Johnson.
He was a star on the 2009 version of “Hard Knocks,” and it would be safe to assume he’ll be prominently featured again.
Even his teammates are looking forward to seeing what Johnson will come up with.
“I want to see Chad,” second-year center Mike Pouncey said. “They have him mic-ed up every day, so you know he’s going to give you guys a show.”
Defensive end Jared Odrick said the only time the cameras are pointed out is by reporters.
“For some guys, they’re all up in the cameras,” he said. “But we’re practicing the same, if not better, knowing that there’s more eyes upon us across the world.”