Notes from Camp: 8/6 gives our viewers and unpdate on NFL camps and the goings on. Find out about Radle-El, Bryan Thomas and a pair of rookies in the Big Easy.

NFC East

Eagles: Starting Defensive Tackle To Have Surgery

Philadelphia Eagles starting DT Hollis Thomas will undergo surgery Thursday in Chicago on his right foot. The club will update his situation after the surgery is performed. 

In other injury news, first-round pick CB Lito Sheppard (hamstring) was unable to finish practice. Starting G John Welbourn (knee) and starting S Brian Dawkins (muscle strain) are day-to-day. Starting DT Corey Simon (groin) returned to practice after being limited over the weekend. 

Head coach Andy Reid talked about the defensive tackle position now that Hollis Thomas is out.

"We have got a nice group in there that we can rotate. You add (starting DE) Brandon Whiting into that mix and we are in good shape there. Would we like to have Hollis Thomas? Absolutely. We are in a good enough position, where we can go in there and compete at a high level with (backup DT Paul) Grasmanis, (backup DT Darwin) Walker and Whiting all working in there and obviously (starting DT) Corey (Simon). N.D. Kalu moved back to the defensive end position. That gives us another body in there and another ligament player."

Starting RB Duce Staley has put together a decent camp so far and Reid talked about him today.

"He's a little bit lighter. He came in about six pounds lighter. He had the whole offseason to condition himself for football, not rehab. He looks great. He's in good shape running hard, running strong."

NFC North

Bears: Starting Quarterback Rests

Chicago Bears starting QB Jim Miller was rested today. Miller has a sore Achilles. That's the one that he tore two years ago.

Miller, who missed the last June camp because of a rib cage problem, is taking it slow in camp.

"There's nothing wrong. I'm fine. For me it's obviously great. I get to rest my arm an extra day.

"I did miss that last minicamp. They just want to take it slow. I think we're being pretty smart about everything. I feel good. I feel I'm having a good camp and hopefully it continues."

Meanwhile, starting DE Brian Robinson (wrists) participated during contact drills for the first time since late last season. Starting DT Ted Washington (ankle) participated as well. Starting S Mike Brown (hand) participated in non-contact drills. Starting G Chris Villarrial (broken thumb) will miss at least one more week or not more time. WR Marcus Robinson participated in non-contact drills. Robinson is practicing one time every other day. 

Vikings: Rookie Safety In Starting Lineup; Alexander Practices

Minnesota Vikings rookie S Willie Offord has been reward for his fine play with a promotion to the starting lineup, according to head coach Mike Tice.

"We've shown you how we've felt about him.  We moved him to starter, so that can definitely show you how we like him."

Elsewhere, WR Derrick Alexander (calf) returned to practice for the first time in over a week.

NFC South

Buccaneers: Starting Receiver Injured But OK

Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting WR Keenan McCardell suffered a sprained left knee during Monday's morning practice. An MRI taken showed just a mild sprain. 

"It looks like he's going to be out for a few days, maybe up to a week. But, fortunately for us, there's nothing serious there. I know Keenan's going to work hard and I'd be surprised if he's not back on the field here in a couple of days," head coach Jon Gruden said after practice. #3 WR Joe Jurevicius will fill in until McCardell returns. 

Starting RB Michael Pittman (ankle) was limited and starting DT Warren Sapp (knee) didn't practice. 

Falcons: Vick Limited

Atlanta Falcons starting QB Michael Vick hooked up with #1 WR Brian Finneran on a 40-yard pass during the morning practice. Then he was limited during the afternoon practice with a sore shoulder. Starting MLB Keith Brooking (knee) missed Monday's practices and is day-to-day. TE Alge Crumpler practiced once today after missing the weekend's practices.

Panthers: Key Receiver Hurting

Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith suffered a sprained ankle during practice. Smith is vying for the #2 job against Isaac Byrd. Head coach John Fox touched on all the injured players today after practice.

"Steve Smith has a slight ankle sprain. He will be practice to practice. (Starting DE) Julius Peppers (head) was fine this morning, so he practiced. (K) John Kasay, it is going to be day to day with him. With any muscle pull, it is about getting it healed and then getting the strength back. When it is in your kicking leg, you've got to get it pretty much 100 percent.

Elsewhere, the rookie head coach will go with two veteran cornerbacks in the starting lineup against the Redskins this week as well as a veteran back.

"We have a starting lineup in place right now, but it could change by Saturday. Terry Cousin and DeRon Jenkins at corner. We haven't really talked about which way we want to go with right guard yet. That's one (position) where we've got some competition. There are a couple of guys that are considered a sixth starter on the offensive line or a fifth starter on the defensive line, and we will pretty much treat it that way until they separate themselves. At tailback, Lamar Smith will start, and DeShaun Foster will get quite a bit of playing time. We will equal out the playing time and see who wins that out. We haven't met on the quarterbacks yet because Rodney (Peete) is just getting back and we don't know if he is going to be in the mix or if he is, how much.

Saints: McAllister Practices; Stallworth Still Out

The New Orleans Saints had two practices today and starting RB Deuce McAllister returned to practice after getting hit in the head by a helmet during Friday's practice against the Jaguars. 

``He had some double vision, but he's doing well,'' head coach Jim Haslett said. Rookie WR Donte' Stallworth (hamstring) remains out and is not expected to play in the first pre-season game this week.

``It's a day to day thing. He said he felt better after he went into the pool. He was working underwater stuff and he said he felt better," the head coach said. 

Elsewhere, fourth-round pick CB Keyou Craver has put together an impressive camp thus far.

"I like Keyou. He's a guy during his senior year that weighed 210 pounds. He was overweight for the position. Nebraska plays it more like a linebacker's spot. He's down to his weight as a junior, which was 188 (pounds). He's fluid. He's smart. He makes plays. He had two interceptions out here this morning and one the other day. He's a guy who really has a knack for finding the football, Haslett said.

Craver has a good shot to take over for starting CB Dale Carter (substance abuse suspension). 

NFC West

49ers: Starting Guard Out At Least Two Weeks

San Francisco 49ers starting G Ron Stone suffered a sprained elbow against the Redskins on Saturday and will miss two to four weeks of work. Starting C Jeremy Newberry (calf) is still out but started to run today. 

Seahawks: Starting Running Back Not Practicing

Seattle Seahawks starting RB Shaun Alexander got hit in the head during an intra-squad scrimmage over the weekend and is day-to-day.

"Shaun Alexander still has a little headache from a bump he got in the scrimmage. We just are always very, very cautious with those things, so we kept him out one more day," head coach Mike Holmgren said. 

AFC East

Jets: Starting Defensive Out Four to Six Weeks

An MRI taken today on New York Jets starting DE Jon Abraham's left knee revealed grade 2 MCL sprain. Abraham is expected to miss four to six weeks of work. Veteran DE Steve White is expected to take his place in the starting lineup. First-round pick DE Bryan Thomas is expected to also see more playing time. 

Patriots: Starting Receiver Injured

The New England Patriots got a serious scare this morning when starting WR Troy Brown was slow to get up after a play. Brown apparently injured his right knee and was unable to practice for the rest of the day. The good news is that there are no indications at this point that the injury is serious.

Yeah he kind of landed on his knee there, I don't think its anything serious," head coach Bill Belichick said. 

"He just went up to jump for a ball and came down a little awkward," starting QB Tom Brady said. "I think he is fine now, but at first I was going, 'Oh shoot, not now."

Backup RB J.R. Redmond did not practice today due to injury. He did sprints and rode a stationary bike while the rest of the team practiced.

Backup WRs Jimmy Farris and Deion Branch continue to make a name for themselves. Farris was signed off the 49er practice squad during the Pats playoff run last season and is a close friend of 49er starting WR Terrell Owens. Branch is the team's second-round pick.

AFC North

Browns: Fullback Out a While; White Moving Up the Depth Chart?

With Cleveland Browns FB J.J. Johnson sidelined for at least a month, the club decided to dip into the free agent pool and add some depth at the position on Monday.

Added to the roster were FBs Chris Floyd and Kevin McLeod. Both have spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the past. CB Lamar Chapman and H-Back Rod Monroe were placed on the waived/injured list in order to clear space on the roster for the both of them.

Rookie LB Ben Taylor and starting MLB Earl Holmes (knee) were sidelined during practice on Monday to rest minor injuries. Rookie RB William Green (shoulder) dressed for practice, but did not participate.

Backup RB's Jamel White and Autry Denson shared first-team reps in place of Green. White has been the team's most impressive back in camp so far and might have moved ahead of second-year RB James Jackson on the depth chart.

Oft-injured OL Tre' Johnson was also sidelined Monday with a minor left knee sprain. Head coach Butch Davis is unsure if Johnson will play in Saturday's exhibition game vs. Minnesota.

"If this was the season…he would probably play," Davis said. "With four preseason games to go, it's possible that he may play 12-15 plays. But it's yet to be determined."

Ravens: First-Round Pick Practices; Veteran Linebacker Signs

Baltimore Ravens first-round pick FS Ed Reed participated in his first in his first training camp practice with the team on Monday. He received reps with the second-team as fellow rookie S Chad Williams continued to work with the first-team.

Head coach Brian Billick is pleased that Reed is signed and in camp but acknowledged that the rookie has plenty of catching up to do.

"It was just business," Billick said. "He knows what he was missing. He wanted to be here. What he has missed he can't get back. He made a business decision, now he's in camp and we go forward. There's no rancor with it… He's gotta catch up."

Reed accepts the fact that he has to go out and earn a spot due to his holdout.

"They have been practicing and they're in football shape for the most part, but I'll be all right," he said. "I have a big fight. The guys have been here and they've been competing. They're competing to be starters just like me, so I'm just going to go out and try to do my job and hopefully, I can get back on top."

Billick talked about starting RB Jamal Lewis after practice.

"He looks quicker and faster with every practice," Billick said. "We're easing toward giving him more and more contact. We'll decide as the week progresses where we're at with it and decide if indeed he at all plays on Friday.  Probably not."

Rookie RB Chester Taylor remains sidelined with a leg injury. He isn't falling far behind in his quest to win a backup role behind Lewis as backup RB's Tellis Redmon, Dameon Hunter, and Derek Homer struggled in Friday's intrasquad scrimmage and have done nothing to distinguish themselves.

The team also completed a semi-significant free agent move by signing former Green Bay Packer starting MLB Bernardo Harris. He's expected to compete for playing time against LB Ed Hartwell. The team also waived LB Casey Tisdale (injured) and S Chonn Lacey.

Steelers: Wide Receiver Shuffle

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher revealed today that he's making a few changes at receiver. When the club goes to it's three-wide package, starting WR Hines Ward will move to the slot while backup WR Troy Edwards will move out wide for Ward. It was expected that rookie WR Antwaan Randle El was going to be the slot receiver but not at this time. This new look will be on display Thursday against the Jets.

"It's where we are right now. It's where we were through the offseason program. Those guys have worked hard, and they're all working very hard. We'll see how Antwan does there, and we'll move some people around. (Backup WR) Terance (Mathis) has had a pretty good camp, so we'll see how that whole thing unfolds. Terance has done a lot of good things as well, as has (rookie WR) Lee Mays. I feel like we have some options, but that's how we're starting."

Starting WR Plaxico Burress re-injured his strained groin on Monday and is day-to-day. Ward (hamstring) is also day-to-day.

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