NFL rumors: Latest news around training camp, injuries, free agency
Now that NFL training camps are finally under way, attention starts turning away from free agency and toward how existing rosters will get ready for the 2015 season.
Of course, there are still moves to be made, especially if players get injured during practice. Teams expected to contend once again will see if their strengths have carried over from last year; those seeking turn around efforts will get another opportunity to see what improvements are possible. And unfortunate injuries are always impossible to predict, forcing teams to scramble ahead of the regular season.
So, what’s the latest on teams and players? Check back often as we update below with the latest scoops on transactions, news and rumors.
• Free agent cornerback Alfonzo Dennard will work out for the New Orleans Saints, reports ESPN.com's Josina Anderson. Dennard spent the first three seasons of his NFL career with the New England Patriots.
• Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley said the team is "almost in quarterback purgatory" due to the lack of a franchise quarterback. Former first-round pick EJ Manuel, veteran Matt Cassel and career backup Tyrod Taylor are all competing for the starting nod this season.
• With running back Arian Foster injured—he will reportedly have groin surgery—the Texans are looking to sign another running back. They brought in former Texas A&M player Ben Malena and veteran Joe McKnight, according to Aaron Wilson of& The Baltimore Sun. Houston tried to sign former Saints running back Pierre Thomas but the two sides couldn’t agree on the terms of a deal, his agent said.
• Carolina Panthers cornerback Chris Houston told the team on Tuesday that he will retire after seven seasons in the NFL. Houston played three seasons with the Falcons, followed by four the Lions, and missed all of last season with a toe injury.
• Giants linebacker Jameel McClain had his practice cut short on Wednesday due to a stinger, head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters. A cart came out to get McClain but he walked off under his own power.