With the lights shining down on them, the Houston Texans went about the business of preparing for their Aug. 12 preseason opener.
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Patriots fans are hoping that Kevin Faulk's outstanding receiving skills coming out of the backfield will rub off on rookie Laurence Maroney.
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After seeing Jeremy Shockey get lit up by teammate Will Demps, numerous Giants display their fear of being on the rude end of a highlight reel. Although simply riding stationary bikes, the G-Men wear their protective head gear because one never knows when Big Blue head man Tom Coughlin might toss them onto the practice field.
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Jets quarterbacks (from left to right) Patrick Ramsey, Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens are all trying to impress new coach Eric Mangini.
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Center Hank Fraley and the Eagles offensive line are hoping to do a better job of protecting Donovan McNabb this season.
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Joe Zelenka will again be the premier long-snapper on Jacksonville's squad this season.
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Tom Brady laughs while signing autographs for hundreds of fans. It's nothing new for the Patriots QB, who has led New England to three championships in the last 5 years.
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The Cardinals are hoping that hard work translates into an improvement on last year's 5-11 record.
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Jimmy Martin, the Chargers final draft pick of 2006, stretches during warm-up calisthenics.
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The Raiders won their preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, but can they find success during the regular season under new coach Art Shell?
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Eagles offensive tackle Winston Justice has a lot of promise and has been showing some of his potential during training camp at Lehigh University.
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The defending Super Bowl champion Steelers, shown here working on a special teams play, open their season at home against the Dolphins.
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Patriots defensive end Mike Wright played his college ball at Cincinnati and hopes to make a good showing when New England travels to Ohio to face the Bengals in October.
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Two Ravens work with an assistant on exploding off the ball.
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Bengals QBs Carson Palmer (9) and Doug Johnson took turns throwing footballs through a set of rings at camp.
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Green Bay QB Brett Favre, who's back for his 17th and perhaps last season, looks to stay fresh and agile in training camp.
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Cardinals Alan Reuber (66) and Deuce Lutui thrashed a punching bag under the hot sun in Flagstaff, Ariz., last week.
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Cowboys coach Bill Parcells hopes the stars align perfectly for his Cowboys this season.
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After flying up and down the pitch, a few Ravens attempt to cool their wings off.
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Ravens rookie quarterback Drew Olson lines up behind five rubbish bins during a drill in Westminster, Md. The former UCLA Bruin is competing with Kyle Boller and Brian St. Pierre for a backup job behind Steve McNair.
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Running backs Jamal Lewis and Cory Ross (40) practice footwork on the ladder during training camp.
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Eagles coach Andy Reid hopes to have a more enjoyable season this year without T.O. in the mix.
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New Brown Willie McGinest, now in his 12th year in the league, loosens up prior to a training camp workout.
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It didn't take Packer rookie A.J. Hawk long to get in on the Green Bay tradition of riding a bike to the practice field.
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