AFC Camp Notes

ColtPower takes you on a virtual tour of the other 15 AFC teams' camps. Get the hottest news in one article!


Texans running back Domanick Davis' received a five-year contract extension worth $21.1 million. Davis got a $5 million signing bonus and the $380,000 base salary that he was scheduled to make under his original contract. ILB Kailee Wong practiced a bit at tight end last week. Expected starter at SS, Glenn Earl, separated his shoulder and will miss at least ten days of action.


QB Byron Leftwich is not off to a great start. His throws aren't showing the same accuracy he displayed last season. And the news isn't any better for 36-year old WR Jimmy Smith, who is still showing good quickness, but has been having trouble catching the balls that are reaching him. The two players having strong camps so far are WR Reggie Williams and CB Rashean Mathis.


RB Travis Henry sat out the first week of training camp with a sore ankle. LT Brad Hopkins is waiting for the NFL to inform him about how long of a suspension he will have to serve at the beginning of the season after pleading guilty to a domestic assault charge. WR Drew Bennett is turning heads in camp with a great performance so far.


Packers head coach Mike Sherman observed Bills QB J.P. Losman during the Packers' controlled scrimmage against the Bills this past Friday and said, "He'll be one of those surprises, like a Roethlisberger type surprise this year to a lot of people."

CB Kevin Thomas, the Bills' nickel back last season, has been placed on the physically unable to perform list after suffering a setback in his recovery from microfracture knee surgery.


Miami is shuffling their offensive line due to C Wade Smith fracturing his forearm last week. The Dolphins signed Frank Middleton, who could become the new starting right guard if Rex Hadnot moves over to center.


The Patriots meet the Bengals in their first presason action, and if the inside linebackers struggle against the run, expect the Patriots to get busy on the phones trying to make a trade. Chad Brown, Mike Vrabel, Matt Chatham and Monty Beisel don't have much experience playing in the 3-4 scheme.


QB Chad Pennington took two days off after practicing for five days. The Jets don't want to overstress his surgically-repaired right shoulder since he has been showing good progress so far. RB Curtis Martin was so enthusiastic about the Jets' overtures towards Ty Law that he offered to rework his contract to help clear cap room.


First-round draft pick Mark Clayton signed a five-year, $8.2 million deal ending his five-day holdout. His deal includes roughly $6 million in guaranteed bonuses. Meanwhile, the Ravens may have lost their second-round pick, LB Dan Cody for the season. He badly sprained the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The Ravens are going to wait a couple of weeks and have it examined again before reaching a final decision on his status, but it's bad enough that they've reportedly contacted Peter Boulware's agent to discuss his possible return.


Look for Chad Johnson to have a big season. He appears more focused than ever, posting 266 receiving yards and 17 receptions in an intra-squad scrimmage and mock game this past weekend. QB Carson Palmer is trying to get used to wearing a brace on his left knee. He plans to wear it during game action throughout the season after experiencing an MCL strain that ended his season in week 13.


The Browns' biggest concerns right now are at QB and pass rushing. Their quarterbacks haven't looked sharp, muddling their offensive efforts. And they really don't have a serious pass-rusher on the team. "We're still searching," head coach Romeo Crennel said. "We have some guys who are trying. They have enough ability, but right now we're not as effective as we need to be."


Running back Duce Staley lasted just three days before he had to battle swelling in his right knee. On Monday he underwent surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear that was at the root of the problem. He's expected to be out for a month.

The other big story out of Pittsburgh is that the Steelers have started their second week of camp without star receiver Hines Ward. The Steelers have refused to talk to his agent since camp started and say they won't talk to him until his client reports for camp. Ward should look at the team's history and realize that the Steelers' aren't likely to budge until he reports. Back in 1984 they traded star RB Franco Harris when he was a camp holdout.


Former Browns DE Courtney Brown just can't catch a break. The star performer out of Penn State never played at the level he was capable of in Cleveland because of knee, biceps, ankle and foot injuries. Now he's going to miss 3-6 weeks after dislocating his elbow eighth day of practice in training camp.

"He's a great guy and a great kid, and he will come back," defensive coordinator Larry Coyer said.

On a more positive note, former Giants RB Ron Dayne is off to a strong start running behind a Denver zone-blocking scheme that is similar to the one that helped him earn the Heisman Trophy at Wisconsin.


Head coach Dick Vermeil is losing his patience with his top draft pick from 2004, Junior Siavii, who has been battling tendinitis in alternating knees early in camp, forcing him to the miss practices. "He could make the Pro Bowl Rehab team," Vermeil said. Meanwhile, 10-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Will Shields has been unable to practice since injuring his arthritic back during the first workout of training camp on July 28th.


Rookie CB Fabian Washington hasn't made a move up the depth chart yet and is still working with the third team defense. Injuries are mounting for the Oakland receiving corps. Jerry Porter and Carlos Francis both suffered hamstring injuries and are expected to miss at least a full week of practice. Doug Gabriel, dislocated his finger on Saturday.


OLB/DE Shawne Merriman signed a five-year deal with a projected value of $15 million. He will receive $9 million in guaranteed money. Meanwhile, TE Antonio Gates is still a holdout, reportedly seeking a five-year deal averaging roughly $4.5 million per season. LB Randall Godfrey is anticipating that this will be his final year in the NFL. He's battling knee problems in camp that are forcing him to miss some practice time.

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