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LeSean McCoy Injures Thumb, X-Rays Negative

LeSean McCoy left the Philadelphia Eagles' 31-21 preseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers with a right thumb injury.

X-rays on McCoy's thumb were negative, but he didn't return after his 22-yard touchdown catch gave Philadelphia a 7-0 lead.

Chip Kelly called McCoy's thumb injury "no big deal," although McCoy acknowledged it was sore.

"A helmet hit it," McCoy said, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. "It definitely hurts. But there have been times I've been banged up and it turns out fine. We'll see what happens."


Cam, Crabtree, Lacy, Boldin On #NFLRank 60-51

ESPN released its fifth group of 10 players in its #NFLRank of the best 100 players on both offense and defense.

60. Eddie Lacy
59. Evan Mathis
58. Antonio Gates
57. Pierre Garcon
56. Reggie Wayne
55. Matt Ryan
54. Anquan Boldin
53. Mike Iupati
52. Cam Newton
51. Michael Crabtree

60. Brent Grimes
59. T.J. Ward
58. Tyrann Mathieu
57. Cliff Avril
56. Lance Briggs
55. Kenny Vaccaro
54. Alterraun Verner
53. Elvis Dumervil
52. Calais Campbell
51. Charles Johnson

Via RealGM Staff Report

Romo, Eli, Hilton, Fairley On #NFLRank 70-61

ESPN released its fourth group of 10 players in its #NFLRank of the best 100 players on both offense and defense.

70. T.Y. Hilton
69. Trent Williams
68. Mike Pouncey
67. Jason Kelce
66. Randall Cobb
65. Russell Okung
64. Jordan Cameron
63. Jake Long
62. Eli Manning
61. Tony Romo

70. Michael Johnson
69. Thomas Davis
68. Darnell Dockett
67. Ryan Kerrigan
66. Charles Tillman
65. Dashon Goldson
64. Nick Fairley
63. Star Lotulelei
62. Derrick Johnson
61. Jerod Mayo


Griffin Dares Critics To Keep Doubting Him

Robert Griffin III is daring people to doubt his abilities and that he is accustomed to dealing with it.

"They doubted in High School
They doubted a turnaround at @Baylor 
They doubted a Heisman was possible
Keep doubting. It's nothing New," wrote Griffin on Twitter.

Griffin did not say his Tweet was in response to any one thing.

"I said what I needed to say, there's no need to look into it," Griffin said Thursday. "It's right there on Facebook, it's on Instagram, it's on Twitter. It is what I believe and what our household deems necessary to go out every day and be successful. That's all I've got to say."

Via John Keim/ESPN

Kaepernick Played Through Foot Injury For Most Of 2013

Colin Kaepernick played through a foot injury in 2013.

Kaepernick revealed to The Sacramento Bee this week that he suffered a chipped bone on his forefoot and a ruptured capsule in the ball of his foot when a Seahawks defender landed on it in a Week 2 loss at Seattle.

After rushing for 87 yards against the Seahawks, Kaepernick didn't clear 20 yards on the ground again for more than a month.

"I noticed it, especially in practice," Jim Harbaugh said in March of Kaepernick's limited mobility. "I think anytime you have a foot, a hand or a finger, it affects you throwing and running."

Via Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Da'Quan Bowers Could Be Cut By Buccaneers

Da'Quan Bowers dropped to the second round in the 2011 draft due to medical issues and could end up getting cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bowers is currently suffering from a groin strain.

"I think every day you don't practice you're hurting your chances (of making the team),'' coach Lovie Smith said, per the Tampa Bay Times. "We've seen enough to like Da'Quan a lot. But all the reps that he's not getting, someone else is getting them. The best way to beat your competition sometimes is just to stay on the field. You can't get Wally Pipped. Da'Quan is trying to get back. Again, I think he has a future in the league, whether it be as a defensive end outside or more of a third down rush guy inside.''

Via Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Chandler Jones Used By Patriots At Linebacker In 3-4

The New England Patriots plan on using Chandler Jones at linebacker in a 3-4 system.

Jones, who can also line up at defensive tackle, is now getting work in 7-on-7 drills. He winds up covering tight ends at times.

"It's fun, I enjoy it," Jones said. "It gives me a chance to get out and run a little bit. I always joke in practice, 'Oh, I'm Darrelle Revis!' And everyone laughs.'"

Via Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com

Devonte Holloman's Career Likely Over With Neck Injury

DeVonte Holloman's career may be over due to a neck injury.

The Dallas Cowboys were hoping Holloman would help replace Sean Lee at linebacker.

The second-year player left Saturday's contest against the Baltimore Ravens after injuring his neck late in the game. A sixth-round pick in 2013, Holloman missed seven games last season with a spinal contusion.

"I don't know anything medical about it," Jason Garrett said. "I don't know that much about it, specific things in regards to that. But it has to do with his neck and he had that injury last year, and dealt with it again this year. And it's a very challenging, difficult thing for a young man who has dreams of being an NFL football player, achieves those dreams. And I told him this morning, I said, 'You're a 10-year player in my mind, you were gonna play for a long, long time.'"

Via Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount Faces Marijuana Charges

Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will be charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop the day the Pittsburgh Steelers flew to Philadelphia for their third preseason game.

Ross Township detective Brian Kohlhepp said traffic officer Sean Stafiej pulled over a Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. after Stafiej, who was on a motorcycle, noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Stafiej found a 20 gram bag of marijuana inside the car. Bell, Blount and a female passenger all claimed ownership of the marijuana, according to police.

Bell, 22, was taken to a hospital to have blood drawn and is expected to be charged with driving under the influence of marijuana.

Bell and Blount have been close since the latter signed a two-year, $3.85 million contract as an unrestricted free agent with the Steelers in March.

Via Scott Brown/ESPN

Vontaze Burfict, Bengals Agree Upon Four-Year, $20M Deal

The Cincinnati Bengals and Vontaze Burfict have agreed upon a four-year, $20 million deal.

Burfict will receive $7.6 million in 2014.

Burfict was an undrafted rookie in 2012 and has been a consistent performer at linebacker.

Via Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk