Wright returns after breaking down at Dolphins camp

Updated: July 31, 2005, 1:52 AM ET
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Miami Dolphins: Dolphins rookie defensive tackle Manuel Wright returned to practice Saturday, four days after he was publicly scolded by coach Nick Saban and left the field in tears.

Saban ripped into the 6-foot-6, 329-pound Wright as players were warming up Tuesday. Wright left the field wiping his eyes, and the episode made national headlines.

Wright missed subsequent practices while recovering from a sore back.

"It was a tough week, but that's part of being a professional," Wright said. "You have to learn how to overcome things. Things like that are fuel in the gas tank for me."

Wright, who played on Southern Cal's national championship team last year, was taken in the fifth round of last month's NFL supplemental draft.

"I'm happy to see that he feels better about his situation and that he feels that he can contribute here," Saban said.

Meanwhile, offensive tackle Stockar McDougle also returned to practice Saturday after the shooting of his brother, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jerome McDougle.

The Dolphins excused McDougle for Friday's practice so that he could be with his brother, who was shot by armed robbers late Thursday night in southwest Miami-Dade, police said.

Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals on Saturday waived three-year veteran defensive tackle Wendell Bryant, the team's first-round choice in the 2002 draft, and the 12th player chosen overall that year.

The release of Bryant, just 24, continues the trend of purging the roster of most of the underachieving players who were obtained before coach Dennis Green arrived.

A former Wisconsin standout, Bryant appeared in just 29 games in three seasons and had just nine starts. He recorded 51 tackles and one sack.

"When you look at the numbers, and who we have along the defensive line, we just did not see a role for Wendell," Green said.

The team added journeyman defensive tackle DeVone Claybrooks, who has played in 13 games in stints with Tampa Bay (2002), San Francisco (2003) and Dallas (2004).

-- Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer

Carolina Panthers: Stephen Davis, recovering from microfracture surgery on his right knee, was unable to practice when the Panthers opened training camp.

"Age has nothing to do with it," the 31-year-old running back repeated four times when asked about it Saturday.

For now, he can only watch DeShaun Foster, Nick Goings and rookie Eric Shelton at his position.

On Friday, the Panthers placed Davis on the physically unable to perform list, saying he failed his physical and was not ready to practice. But he quickly disputed that, claiming he was never really examined because it had already been determined that he would slowly continue to rehab.

He said he's targeting the third preseason game as his return date and said he will be disappointed if he isn't ready for the Sept. 11 season opener.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars opened camp without first-round draft pick Matt Jones and with running back Fred Taylor nursing his surgically repaired left knee.

Jones, a quarterback at Arkansas who is making the transition to receiver, was the team's lone no-show when players reported to camp Friday.

The oft-injured Taylor had surgery in January to repair two partially torn ligaments in his left knee and was limited Saturday.

He cut gingerly, ran with a noticeable limp and wore a protective knee brace. He participated in most team drills, but was tentative during them.

Detroit Lions: Charles Rogers and Boss Bailey, the top of the Detroit Lions' 2003 draft class, were back in pads for the first time in almost a year Saturday after missing last season with injuries.

Rogers, who broke his right collarbone twice and has played only five games, rolled after a catch and a chorus of teammates urged him to get up. He bounded to his feet and returned to the huddle.

"I saw him catch it and get up and I never thought another second about it," head coach Steve Mariucci said.

Bailey, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, was limited to one practice.

Kansas City Chiefs: Guard Will Shields missed practice with back trouble and coach Dick Vermeil acknowledged he's concerned about his 10-time Pro Bowl guard.

Shields, a 13-year veteran, debated during the offseason about whether to retire or play one more year. He said in an interview on Thursday that his hesitation "was more physical than anything else."

Vermeil said Saturday that Shields would see another doctor for what amounts to a third opinion on his ongoing back problem. Asked if he was worried that Shields might not play at all this year, Vermeil said, "I think you always have to have a little concerned."

Buffalo Bills: Bills cornerback Kevin Thomas was placed on the physically unable to perform list Saturday as the team opened training camp.

Thomas, entering his fourth year with the Bills, has been bothered by a right knee injury since spring minicamps.

There is no date set for Thomas' return.

Thomas, a sixth-round draft pick in 2002, played in all 16 games for the Bills last season, making one start. He has appeared in 34 consecutive games for the Bills, dating to the 2002 season. In 38 career games, he has one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

While Thomas is the most seriously injured Bills player, three offensive linemen sat out drills on Saturday.

Ben Sobieski and Ross Tucker attended but did not take part. Mike Williams participated in the morning but sat out the evening with a hamstring injury.

Williams and Tucker, who has a back injury, are day to day. Mularkey didn't say why Sobieski was held out of practice.

Indianapolis Colts: Dwight Freeney could miss the Indianapolis Colts' trip to Japan next week.

Freeney, last year's NFL sacks leader, missed the first seven practices of training camp after having offseason shoulder surgery. On Saturday, the defensive end said there was a good chance he would not travel to Japan for Indianapolis' preseason opener against Atlanta.

He said he believes he's healthy enough to practice, but team doctors are taking a cautious approach and have not yet cleared him.

"I feel I'm there now," he said. "But they're going to probably hold me back and make sure everything is OK."for the start of training camp.

Washington Redskins: Veteran linebacker Mike Barrow was waived Saturday, and safety Andre Lott was let go after agreeing to an injury settlement with the team

Barrow, a 12-year veteran, missed all of the 2004 season due to tendinitis in his left knee and attempted to come back this offseason, working out at Redskins Park regularly. He had spent most of his career with Carolina and the New York Giants.

Lott, a fifth-round pick in the 2002 draft, had suffered a hairline tibia fracture on the last day of the June 17-19 mini-camp but was expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.