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Posted: 8th August 2012 by FFR Squad in Misc.
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Delmas Has Knee Surgery

Posted: 8th August 2012 by FFR Squad in Injury Updates, News & Notes
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According to the Detroit Lions Louis Delmas underwent surgery on his left knww.

Delmas was not at practice Wednesday and hasn’t practiced for most of the past 10 days because of what the team said was knee soreness.

The team didn’t specify the nature or severity of the surgery but said it was performed by Dr. James Andrews.

The team said the four-year veteran had surgery to “assist in his recovery from knee soreness he developed early in camp.”

While it doesn’t seem to be too severe, this is not great news for the Lions. Having one of your star players dealing with a knee injury all year could cause them problems.

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After a rough start to training camp Jake Locker picked up his performance in a joint practice with the Atlanta Falcons. Locker is in a tight competition with Matt Hasselbeck for the starting job.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean opines that the two passers had similar performances against Atlanta’s defense, and Titans HC Mike Munchak seemed to concur with his remarks after the session.

“They were competing, they were put in some tough spots with the guys they were playing with,” Munchak noted. “But overall we have to be very happy with both of them. We have two good quarterbacks who love to compete, and that’s what they did again today.”

We’ll start to get a better feel for who is in the lead after a few preseason games. The Titans preseason opener is Saturday against the Seahawks.

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Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press writes that the Cal product “remains in a holding pattern” regarding his return from two concussions suffered in 2011 (on top of multiple concussions previously). While speculation persists that Best may have played his last NFL down, the veteran of the group thinks No. 44 will be back on the field at some point.

“I hope so,” Smith said. “I’m not a doctor. I don’t know anything about his injury or to what extent, but I know that he has to put himself and his family first because this is a game in life that we play, but real life is real life. But I hope so. Jahvid’s a great talent, he’s a great teammate.”

With Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure coming back from injuries, Kevin Smith and Stefan Logan will be inline for a lot of touches early this year.

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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Chicago Bears receiver Devin Thomas announced his retirement Sunday via a message on Twitter, and the team confirmed he indeed has called it quits.

“I have decided to retire from the NFL,” Thomas wrote Sunday morning on his Twitter page.

“God has blessed me (with) achieving a childhood dream,” Thomas wrote. “I want to give back to my hometown and coach/mentor kids so they can reach their own.”

Thomas told ESPNChicago.com that he’d been considering retiring for some time, but the daily grind of training camp played a role in coaxing out the decision.

“I definitely feel like it’s a weight lifted, the beginning of my true life. I’m very excited to be able to live my life without anything holding me back.

“It’s something I meditated on for some time. But as I was preparing for the upcoming season, my spirit was telling me it was time to turn over a new leaf and put away this childish game idolized by so many people.”

Bears coach Lovie Smith said he didn’t attempt to convince Thomas to stay.

“He’s not with us anymore; decided he didn’t want to play any more football,” Smith said. “You don’t want a guy out here if he’s not totally into football and he has a passion to play it. So it’s not like I try to talk guys out of it when they’ve made up their minds.”

A second-round draft pick of the Washington Redskins in 2008, Thomas played in 55 career games (including 11 starts) with the Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers and New York Giants, with whom he earned a Super Bowl ring in the 2011 season.

With Thomas now out of the picture on the Bears depth chart look for Dane Sanzenbacher to have a clear path to make the team. Thomas was showing that he still had something in Bears camp showing good burst, but dropping some balls. Thomas was set to be a staple in Dave Toub’s special teams units this year. In a corresponding move Bears decided to bring back standout special teamer Rashied Davis.

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According to the Washington Times, Cooley is set to play some fullback against the Buffalo Bills in place of the injured Darrel Young. Cooley has proven his worth as an in-line blocker from the TE position, but can he handle the rigors of doing so out of the backfield?

“As far as getting the blocks done, I’ve never had a problem getting the blocks done out of the backfield,” Cooley proclaimed Monday. “Would you ever look at me as a punishing, Mike Sellers-, Darrel Young-type of blocker? No, but I’ll get the block in the hole and I’m going to get my hat on the linebacker and the running backs always have a chance to make a cut.”

Cooley’s versatility can only help him win a roster spot and help him stay on the field. With Cooley’s ability to catch the ball he could see a few balls thrown his way out of the backfield.

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Mat McBriar and Chas Henry have been in a battle for the punting job in Philadelphia. McBriar was listed as the starting P on the team’s depth chart for Thursday’s preseason opener, per the Philadelphia Inquirer, though the veteran cautions that nothing is yet set in stone.

“I don’t know if it’s totally official,” McBriar noted. “Maybe they know a little bit more about Chas and just want to see where I’m at, and maybe I’ll get some more opportunity. I don’t know. It’s really nothing to me. Doesn’t matter to me.”

The former Cowboy is recovering from a nerve condition called foot drop.

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Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur announced what had been an open secret after practice on Monday: Weeden, the No. 22 overall pick, will start Friday night in Detroit.

“Brandon is the starter and we’re moving forward,” Shurmur said. “We’re rolling and I’m not looking back.”

Weeden has taken snaps with Cleveland’s first-team offense throughout training camp. He was pleased by the decision.

“I busted my tail for 10 practices now and put in a lot of work,” Weeden said. “I’ve had my ups and downs. We play Friday. My job is to get the team playing better and win games … starting Friday.”

Don’t expect Weeden to have much of a fantasy impact this season.  Rookie quarterback coming into an offense that hasn’t been very good. With Weeden taking the starting job, Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace will battle for the backup spot.

Jags Sign Blackmon

Posted: 6th August 2012 by FFR Squad in Rookie Contracts
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The Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to terms on a contract with their top draft pick, wide receiver Justin Blackmon on Monday.

The team announced the news through their Twitter feed and said Blackmon would officially sign the contract Tuesday.

The Jacksonville Times-Union reported that the No. 5 overall pick’s four-year deal is worth approximately $19.5 million.

Blackmon was the lone unsigned first-round pick from the 2012 NFL draft.

Andre Johnson Returns To Practice

Posted: 6th August 2012 by FFR Squad in Injury Updates
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“I thought he looked good. We put a play count on him,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said, according to the team’s Twitter feed. “It’s about getting him going again. … I thought he held up well.”

Johnson, who turned 31 in July, missed nine regular-season games last season with hamstring injuries and was sidelined from the first organized team activities in the spring after arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Johnson said it was “a lot of fun” to return to the practice field Monday.

“I’m glad I’m able to be back out here. I’ll keep working,” he said, according to the team’s Twitter feed.