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Training Camp Watch: Monday's latest from around the NFL

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TSN.ca Staff
7/28/2014 4:31:43 PM
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With NFL training camps underway, the league is abuzz with position battles, injury news and rookies making an immediate impact.

Each day, TSN.ca provides the latest rumours, reports and speculation from around the NFL beat.

Nice To Know You

The Indianapolis Colts seem to be all business this training camp. The Colts released promising running back Chris Rainey Monday less than a week into camp. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the 26-year-old was released for violating team rules and not for performance-based reasons.

The move comes as a surprising one with running back Vick Ballard slated to miss the entire season after tearing his left Achilles' tendon last week. 

Rainey signed with the Colts late last season and played in two games as a return man.

Why Risk It?

Adrian Peterson might not see any action this preseason, not due to an injury, but because there's no point using such a talented player in a meaningless game.

According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he has nothing to see from the 29-year-old running back in exhibition games and might just keep him on the sidelines. At the most, Peterson may get a carry or two if he's interested.

The six-time Pro Bowler is entering his eighth NFL season in 2014.

Not Taking Any Chances

If the Houston Texans are going to improve on their dismal 2-14 record from a year ago, they'll need Arian Foster to be healthy and ready to go for Week 1.

That's why the running back will not participate in Monday's practice for the Texans after leaving Sunday's workout early with a leg injury. The 27-year-old only played in eight games last year with a back injury.

Head coach Bill O'Brien was asked about Foster's condition after practice on Sunday.

"Is Arian OK? As far as I know."

Getting An Edge

Micah Hyde has been one of the more delightful surprises for the Green Bay Packers this training camp.

The second-year player is being converted from cornerback to safety and has the early edge over Ha Ha Clinton-Dix whom the Packers selected 21st overall in this year's draft. 

"Seamless," head coach Mike McCarthy told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel regarding his initial impressions of Hyde. "Micah Hyde is a football player. I think you can line him up anywhere. You really can."

The Journal Sentinel also says that Hyde's playmaking ability and familiarity with the defence has given him the advantage in the Packers' secondary.

Hyde appeared in all 16 games last season with Green Bay, starting three.

Rookie Worries

Kelvin Benjamin has yet to play a single game in the NFL and has already had his first MRI.

The Carolina Panthers wide receiver underwent a precautionary MRI on Monday after banging knees with a teammate Sunday during practice. The MRI results indicated Benjamin has a bone bruise in his left ankle and is day to day.

"We got a bit of good news," Rivera said Monday. "It's stable and everything is fine. There's nothing structurally wrong. It is bruised. There is a swelling and what we refer to as a hot spot."

The Florida State product was selected in the first round (28th overall) of this year's draft and was expected to help replace the loss of veteran wide receiver Steve Smith, who left for the Baltimore Ravens.

Feeling Alright

After missing the entire 2013 season with a devastating ACL injury, Philadelphia Eagles wider receiver Jeremy Maclin is back and as healthy as ever.

Head coach Chip Kelly says the 26-year-old looks "fantastic" in training camp and many believe he'll be the No. 1 wideout on the Eagles' depth chart when Week 1 rolls around.

Maclin told the Daily News that this is the strongest he's been in a long while.

"You can just base it off certain things that you do in the weight room, on the football field," he said. "And also mentally stronger. When I talk about stronger I mean everything that goes into it."

Philadelphia is relying on Maclin to help replace DeSean Jackson, whom the Eagles released at the end of last year reportedly due to off-field problems.

 

Chris Rainey and Chuck Pagano (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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