Training Camp Watch: The latest news from around the NFL

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7/30/2014 1:39:56 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, provides the latest rumours, reports and speculation from around the NFL beat.

Getting An Edge

Training camp is still in its early stages, but it appears a frontrunner is emerging in the Oakland Raiders' backfield.

According to Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko, Darren McFadden has the edge over free-agent pickup Maurice Jones-Drew. Klemko also mentioned the Raiders will likely go with a committee of running backs this season as McFadden hasn't played a full season in his six years in the NFL.

Jones-Drew signed a three-year contract with the Raiders in the off-season after spending the first eight years of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Not Going To Push It

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been practicing in full pads this training camp, but that might be about it before Week 1 rolls around.

According to the Boston Globe, Gronkowski won't likely play in any of the Patriots' preseason games as he's still working his way back from a torn ACL and MCL which caused him to miss the second half of last season.

"I feel like I've been making a lot of improvement week to week. No setbacks, just every single week doing more, running more, putting more pressure on my leg, so it's coming along well," he told the Boston Globe.

The 25-year-old has not been taking any hits during practice so far in training camp.

Big Loss For Big D

The Dallas Cowboys' defence took a big blow on Wednesday with the news that rookie defensive end Demarcus Lawrence will be out for the foreseeable future with a broken foot.

According to ESPN's Todd Archer, Lawrence will be need surgery on his right foot and will be out for 8-10 weeks. The injury occurred when Tyron Smith tackled the rookie to the ground during one-on-one drills on Tuesday.

The Cowboys selected Lawrence with 34th pick in the 2014 Draft out of Boise State.

Rookie Troubles

Struggling rookies during their inaugural training camp comes as no surprise, and Detroit Lions first round pick Eric Ebron is no exception to the rule.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the tight end has dropped an "inordinate number" of passes over the first couple days of camp.

Head coach Jim Caldwell said he's not worried about Ebron's early struggles and attributes it to the complex nature of the position. Having said that, Caldwell and the Lions' brass expects the University of North Carolina product to play a major role this year alongside Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson.

"He's got to learn and adjust and there's a lot of things going through his mind right now," Caldwell said to the Detroit Free Press. "But I think you're going to see that he'll just continue to improve, get a little bit better because he does have an unusual skill set."

Back At It

The Houston Texans got some good news on Wednesday with running back Arian Foster returning to practice.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Foster returned after missing the last two days with a hamstring injury. After practice, Foster spoke to the media for the first time since the end of the 2013 season and revealed next to nothing.

The 27-year-old responded with some variation of "I'm just trying to be the best teammate I can be," to every question asked by the reporters.

Wide receiver Andre Johnson missed his second day of camp in a row on Wednesday with a hamstring injury.

Off The List

The Cincinnati Bengals will have one of their cornerstones on defence back in the fold sooner than later as Geno Atkins was taken off the physically unable to perform list on Wednesday.

The defensive tackle can now practice after he missed the second half of last season with a torn right ACL. Atkins will likely take it easy over the next few days and might not see a lot of action in the preseason, but should be ready to go in Week 1.

The 26-year-old is a two-time Pro Bowler.

Darren McFadden  (Photo: The Canadian Press)


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