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
"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
"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.
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
"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
Jones, a quarterback at Arkansas who is making the transition to
receiver, was the team's lone no-show when players reported to camp
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
He said he believes he's healthy enough to practice, but team
doctors are taking a cautious approach and have not yet cleared
"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.