NFL ROUNDUP Training camp notes
Bengals: Former Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel, waived by Chicago after starting five games for the Bears last year, still sees himself as a starter in the NFL. Right now, he's battling for the No. 3 spot on the Cincinnati Bengals' depth chart behind Carson Palmer and Jon Kitna and just hopes to be around next year for a shot at becoming Palmer's backup. "I definitely think this can be a great fit for me in terms of career development," Krenzel said Wednesday. "Being able to watch Carson do this thing, it will be a great opportunity to sit back and learn and continue to work on fundamentals and develop and mature in the game." Krenzel, who led Ohio State to a 14-0 season and the national championship as a junior in 2002, won his first three starts with the Bears last season but injured an ankle in his fifth start, on Thanksgiving Day at Dallas, and missed the rest of the season. Then Chicago drafted Purdue standout Kyle Orton in the fourth round this spring.
Ravens: Star running back Jamal Lewis had his first practice in pads following an offseason of legal turmoil. The 2003 NFL Offensive Player of the Year served four months in federal prison and two months in a halfway house after pleading guilty to using a cell phone to arrange a cocaine deal. On Wednesday, he took part in a few team drills, but didn't participate in full-contact practice. "He looked fresh, which is what you would expect after not being here for the first week," Ravens coach Brian Billick said of Lewis, limited to a career-low 1,006 yards last season as he dealt with his legal problems and injuries. "We'll just continue to push him through it, put him through his paces and see if we can get him to that next level of conditioning."
Dolphins: Junior Seau's frustrating road back from injuries finally might be over. Seau was back on the Miami Dolphins' practice field, apparently recovered from a calf injury that kept him sidelined for the first 2 1/2 weeks of training camp. The 36-year-old linebacker, with whom the Dolphins will be cautious, took part in the team's only full-pads workout of the week, one that will be capped Saturday night in a preseason game at Jacksonville. Seau hurt the calf while conditioning in San Diego on July 22. "He did well, actually better than I thought he would," Dolphins coach Nick Saban said. "We did not want him to go the whole practice because we didn't want him to get in an overuse situation where he might fatigue that particular injury and have additional problems."
Jaguars: Cornerback David Richardson missed his second straight day of practice with a right ankle sprain and is out indefinitely. Richardson, listed as the starter opposite Rashean Mathis, was on crutches and wearing a protective boot over his ankle at practice. Richardson was injured Monday night when he came down awkwardly on his ankle while defending Ernest Wilford on a fade pattern. Without Richardson, Kenny Wright and third-round pick Scott Starks are splitting time with the first team defense.
Bills: Tight end Kevin Everett, the Bills' third-round draft pick, signed, although it's not clear when the injured player will be cleared for practice. Everett has been rehabbing in Orchard Park, N.Y., since he had surgery in May to repair a torn left knee ligament he hurt during the team's first day of minicamp. Everett's agent, Brian Overstreet, expects the Bills to place his client on the physically unable-to-perform list and that he'll probably miss at least the start of the season while he continues working out on his own.
Cardinals: Top draft pick Antrel Rolle's first practice with Arizona went well. A day after the cornerback signed a six-year, $43 million contract that includes $13.6 million in guaranteed money, coach Dennis Green said Rolle would play Saturday in the exhibition opener against Dallas -- possibly in more formations than at first anticipated. After spending the first hour of practice in a skull session with secondary coach Richard Solomon, Rolle got some repetitions with the second-string base defense, as well as in nickel coverages, where Green said he would be slotted for the game.
Bills: Rookie receiver Roscoe Parrish grimaced in pain as he was led off the field after he hurt his right hand. The extent of the injury was not immediately known, but it could be a blow for the Bills, who had been impressed by the second-round draft pick's performance since camp opened July 30. It happened about an hour into Buffalo's scheduled two-hour practice, when Parrish was running step-for-step with cornerback Jabari Greer up the right hash mark. Diving headfirst for a 40-yard pass thrown by Kelly Holcomb, Parrish missed the overthrown ball and seemed to land awkwardly on his wrist.