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Training camp watch: Sunday's latest from around the NFL

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TSN.ca Staff
8/3/2014 10:22:09 AM
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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.

Mind Games

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey suffered a concussion in practice and will be out until he is cleared to return.

Heyward-Bey is in his first season with the Steelers after spending last season with the Indianapolis Colts. He managed 29 catches for 309 yards and one touchdown in 16 games with the Colts in 2013.

The former college standout - known for his speed - was drafted seventh overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2009. The Steelers signed Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract in the offseason.

While Heyward-Bey waits to be cleared, former undrafted free agent Derek Moye is expected to see added snaps. Moye caught two passes for 20 yards and one touchdown in seven games with the Steelers in 2013.

Packing it in?

On the same day rookie wide receiver Jared Abbrederis confirmed he tore his ACL in practice, fellow rookie Colt Lylerla was carted off the field with a leg injury in the Packers team scrimmage on Saturday.

Abbrederis was a fifth-round pick in May's draft and was expected to compete for the team's returning duties as well as offensive snaps. Lylerla, a heavily talented tight end with off-field issues, went undrafted before signing with the Packers.

Lylerla was later spotted on crutches following the scrimmage. If healthy, Lyerla will compete with Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick, Ryan Taylor and Jake Stoneburner for snaps at tight end.

Working His Way Up

The Akron Beacon-Journal believes Johnny Manziel has "narrowed the gap" between himself and Brian Hoyer for the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback job.

According to the Beacon-Journal, Manziel electrified the crowd attending the Browns team scrimmage on Saturday with his scrambling and playmaking ability. Manziel went three for seven in the passing game for 14 yards, while he struck runs of nine and five yards.

Manziel took snaps exclusively with the Browns second-team offence on Saturday, however coach Mike Pettine said the coaching staff would look at mixing the first-round pick into the starting offence.

Hoyer went completed seven passes on 11 attempts in the scrimmage for 56 yards.

Super Returns?

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll announced on Saturday that safety Kam Chancellor is on the verge of returning to practice, while Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith is roughly a week away from returning.

Chancellor, the Seahawks starting safety opposite Earl Thomas, is coming off hip surgery, performed in April. Smith, who appears set to work in a reserve linebacker role this season, had offseason ankle surgery.

Both players should be ready when the Seahawks open the NFL regular season on September 4 against the Green Bay Packers.

Kam Chancellor (Photo: Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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