NFL Player Wire

We catch up with notes from around the NFL from the last few days, including a couple of draft picks who are injured already.

  • Giants WR Mario Manningham suffered a left hip flexor injury early in a minicamp workout. Manningham said the injury wasn't serious. "If it was serious," he said, "I wouldn't be walking."

  • QB Andre Woodson injured his left quad during 11-on-11 drills at a morning workout at his first minicamp with the Giants. Woodson was rolling out to his left and pulled the muscle.

  • QB Joe Flacco had a strong showing in his first practice with the Ravens. Flacco threw the ball with accuracy and confidence in a downpour at the first session of a three-day minicamp. Flacco is in competition with Troy Smith and Kyle Boller to replace Steve McNair as the No. 1 quarterback in Baltimore.

  • DE Terrell Suggs was a no-show at Ravens minicamp. Suggs, the team's franchise player, is seeking a long-term contract.

  • QB Matt Schaub returned to the practice field for the Texans, who weren't certain Schaub would be ready to practice at full speed after missing five games with various injuries in his first season in Houston.

  • Ravens OL Oniel Cousins and DT Amon Gordon sparked a team-wide brawl during which nearly the entire team was involved in a shoving match. The fracas lasted more than 90 seconds before order could be restored. RB Allen Patrick took a handoff up the middle when Cousins, an offensive tackle, and Gordon engaged. Much of the team on the field and from the sideline entered the shoving match.

  • OT Orlando Pace is hoping to be back on the field for the Rams when training camp opens. Pace is rehabbing from season-ending injuries suffered Week 1 of the 2007 against Carolina. Pace tore his labrum and rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

  • DT Marcus Thomas, who had been arrested for cocaine possession in March, was not charged in Clay County, Fla., where the pending case against Thomas has been dropped. The talented Thomas was dismissed from the Florida Gators' program in 2006 for repeat positive tests for marijuana. The Broncos traded up to draft Thomas in the fourth round in the 2007 draft.

  • WR Koren Robinson was released by the Packers. Robinson, who was drafted by the Seahawks, signed with the Packers in 2006 after one season with the Vikings.

  • Houston OT Charles Spencer was back on the field for the first time since suffering a broken left leg in the second game of the 2006 season. Spencer, who feared the injury could be career-threatening, was the Texans' starter for the first two games of that season. He could compete with Ephraim Salaam behind rookie first-round pick Duane Brown, who has been named the starter.

  • Patriots DB Willie Andrews entered a plea to a marijuana possession charge stemming from his arrest in February, when Andrews was pulled over in Lowell, Mass. He was in possession of a half pound of marijuana and almost $7,000 cash. Andrews, 24, won't face prison time.

  • TE Quinn Sypniewski will miss the 2008 season. Sypniewski suffered a serious knee injury on April 18 in an on-field drill and was carted off the field. Coach John Harbaugh chose not to comment on the injury until Spyniewski, the top backup to Todd Heap, had surgery, which he did before the Ravens opened minicamp Friday. Said Harbaugh: "He had surgery. The ligament tore off the bone, and the piece of the bone that came off the ligament shattered, which made it a situation where it's going to be 6-9 months (to recover)."


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