Around NFL training camps: July 26

Updated: July 26, 2008, 8:40 PM ET
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HAYNESWORTH 'A LITTLE RUSTY' (8:40 p.m. ET)
Tennessee Titans All-Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth got a reminder Saturday that there's nothing really that can simulate being on a football field pushing against other 300-pounders in training camp heat.

Haynesworth found himself being double-teamed by veteran center Kevin Mawae and left guard Eugene Amano on the first play of team drills. He also managed to pressure Vince Young on a couple plays before finishing up a session where it felt like 97 degrees, causing him to lose 8 pounds.

"It was difficult. Like I said before, you can't substitute any training you do for football, for actually being out on the field, and it was like that today," Haynesworth said.

Asked if the temperature being about 10 degrees hotter made a difference, Haynesworth said maybe.

"I'm still a little rusty. I've got to get back into it. I missed those OTAs [organized teams activities] and say by the middle of camp, I should be just like I am," Haynesworth said.

-- The Associated Press

ROOKIE RB JONES PRACTICES WITH COWBOYS (7:56 p.m. ET)
Felix Jones was on the field for the Dallas Cowboys' second practice Saturday, the first of training camp for the team's highest draft pick.

The Cowboys came to terms on five-year deals late Friday night with both of their first-round picks: Jones, a running back from Arkansas, and cornerback Mike Jenkins from South Florida.

Jones arrived in California in time to take part in the afternoon practice on the second day of training camp. Jenkins, who flew from Florida, made it on the field about halfway through the 90-minute workout.

Jones was the 22nd overall pick in April. He is expected to complement Marion Barber with the Cowboys much as he did in college with Darren McFadden.Jenkins, the 28th overall pick, is expected to compete for playing time at cornerback, where the Cowboys already have Anthony Henry, Terence Newman and Adam Jones.

-- The Associated Press

BILLS' McKELVIN REACHES CONTRACT AGREEMENT (5:47 p.m. ET)

Bills first-round draft pick Leodis McKelvin's agent says his client has agreed to a five-year deal with the team.

McKelvin was one of only of four first-round draft picks yet to reach contract agreements with their respective teams. The cornerback's agent, Hadley Engelhard, says they agreed on terms Saturday.

Selected 11th overall out of Troy University, McKelvin was the first defensive back selected in the draft, and the Bills expect him to immediately compete with Jabari Greer for a starting job opposite Terrence McGee.

He missed four practices over the first two days of camp as contract negotiations continued but took part in all of the team's spring minicamp sessions.

-- The Associated Press

MCALLISTER APPEARS TO BE FINE (5:07 p.m. ET)
New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister sat out a practice on Saturday morning because he had fluid drained from his surgically repaired left knee, then the Saints sent him for a precautionary MRI.

McAllister said later in the afternoon that everything appeared to be fine.

"Everything looks good in there," McAllister said in a text message to The Associated Press. "They just wanted to make sure."

McAllister had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in that knee last season. He was at practice, wearing his jersey and shorts, but only watched.

"He had some swelling so we backed off of him this morning," coach Sean Payton said. "Anytime you're coming off of a major surgery, you're optimistic and hopeful. It's just managing the injury."

-- The Associated Press

WOODHEAD'S NFL DREAM ON HOLD (4:50 p.m. ET)
Danny Woodhead, the NCAA's career rushing leader, injured his left knee while practicing on Friday, and the New York Jets placed him on the waived-injured list the next day.

"Nothing certain, but I'd say it's not looking good for him to be back anytime soon," said coach Eric Mangini.

The exact nature and severity of the injury weren't immediately known.

The stocky 5-foot-7 running back went down after running the ball during 11-on-11 drills and pointed to his knee before being helped to the sideline by running back Thomas Jones, fullback Tony Richardson and a team trainer.

He was attended to in a small tent on the sideline, and, after several minutes, Woodhead was carted from the field and into the team's facility.

-- The Associated Press

REDSKINS DT MONTGOMERY BREAKS BONE IN RIGHT HAND (4:36 p.m. ET)

Washington Redskins defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery broke a bone in his right hand during Saturday's training camp scrimmage in Ashburn, Va.

Redskins coach Jim Zorn says the team does not know how long Montgomery would be out.

Montgomery started 15 games last season with 47 tackles.

-- The Associated Press

DOLPHINS AGREE TO 4-YEAR DEAL WITH QB HENNE (4:08 p.m. ET)

The Dolphins have come to terms with rookie quarterback Chad Henne on a four-year contract, a source with knowledge of the negotiations told ESPN.com in Davie, Fla.

The second-round pick from Michigan was the team's last unsigned draft pick and did not participate when training camp opened Saturday morning.

Henne is in South Florida, but it's uncertain if he will be in uniform when the Dolphins return to the field at 5 p.m.

It was critical for Henne to get on the field as quickly as possible because the Dolphins' starting job is up for grabs. He has an outside shot to win the starting job from veteran Josh McCown and last year's second-round pick, John Beck.

Henne started all 47 games of his collegiate career, breaking Wolverines records for completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns. He completed 59.7 percent of his passes for 9,715 yards and 87 touchdowns with 37 interceptions.

-- Tim Graham, ESPN.com

PATROITS SIGN VETERAN RB JORDAN (4:05 p.m. ET)

The New England Patriots have signed veteran running back LaMont Jordan a day after he was released by the Oakland Raiders.

The Patriots did not disclose the terms of the deal with the 29-year-old Jordan, which was announced Saturday.

The Raiders released Jordan on Friday after being unable to trade him.

Oakland signed Jordan in 2005, but he never developed into the elite back the team envisioned. He had 19 carries in the final nine games last season.

-- The Associated Press

FALCONS AGREE TO DEAL WITH OL BAKER (2:55 p.m. ET)

The Falcons will have all of their draft picks on the field when camp opens Saturday after agreeing to terms with first-round pick Sam Baker and signing second-round pick Curtis Lofton.

Baker, an offensive tackle from USC, came to an agreement Friday evening, shortly after his father, David Baker, announced his resignation as commissioner of the Arena Football League. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

The 6-foot-5, 309-pound Baker was the second of Atlanta's first-round picks, taken at No. 21 overall. Quarterback Matt Ryan was Atlanta's top pick at No. 3.

Lofton, a linebacker from Oklahoma, signed a four-year deal.

-- The Associated Press

CARLSON, SEAHAWKS COME TO TERMS (1:51 p.m. ET)
John Carlson and the Seattle Seahawks agreed to terms of a multiyear contract, putting the rookie tight end on the practice field for the second day of training camp.

Seattle traded up in April to take Carlson in the second round out of Notre Dame. The Seahawks expect him to start this season.

Coach Mike Holmgren said during the first day of camp on Friday that it was important for Carlson to get in immediately to learn the offense.

He was the final Seahawk to report. The team is expected to make a corresponding roster move Saturday to get to the training camp limit of 80 players.

-- The Associated Press

RAMS SIGN SECOND-ROUND PICK AVERY (1:01 p.m. ET)
Second-round pick Donnie Avery signed with the St. Louis Rams. The wide receiver was expected on the field for the day's second practice.

Avery, from Houston, was the first wide receiver taken in the draft, and the Rams believed that fact contributed to the brief holdout. He was the last of the Rams' draft picks to sign, with first-rounder Chris Long agreeing to terms a week ago.

Coach Scott Linehan said the contract was completed during the morning workout. Avery was nearby during negotiations, allowing him to make it to camp quickly.

"He'll be here this afternoon, catching up," Linehan said. "Maybe get him a few extra reps, so it's good to get that one out of the way."

-- The Associated Press

WILLIAMS, PORTER AMONG JAGS ON PUP LIST (11:09 a.m. ET)
The Jaguars placed receiver Reggie Williams and four others on the physically unable to perform list Saturday.

Receiver Jerry Porter (hamstring), Jeremy Mincey (wrist), safety Chad Nkang (wrist) and tight end George Wrighster (knee) also were placed on the PUP list.

The Jaguars also opened practice without first-round draft pick Derrick Harvey, who remains unsigned, and star running back Fred Taylor. Taylor was attending the funeral of Samari Rolle's father in South Florida.

-- The Associated Press

TITANS INK TOP PICK JOHNSON (10:38 a.m. ET)

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a deal with their first-round draft pick, running back Chris Johnson.

The deal is for five years at a little more than $12 million, with $6.9 million in guarantees.

The deal came a day late for the start of Titans training camp, but Johnson, the 24th pick overall from East Carolina, will be at camp on Saturday.

"We've been working on this deal during the week, and the process takes time," agent Joel Segal said. "It was important for Chris not to miss any more practice. He told me, 'Let's get the deal done so I can get to work.'"

-- ESPN.com's John Clayton and The Associated Press

THE LITO SHUFFLE IN EAGLES SECONDARY? (8:55 a.m. ET)

Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard is unhappy about his contract and concerned about the apparent logjam in the defensive backfield, where free agent acquisition Asante Samuel is all but certain to start at one of the two corners. But Sheppard told reporters on Friday that he's trying to stay professional.

"My job is to come here and perform and play, and I let my agent and the Eagles take care of everything else," Sheppard said. "Hopefully, we'll come up with something pretty soon."

During workouts on Friday, Samuel and Sheldon Brown were the first-team starters and Sheppard rotated in.

Would Sheppard be happy not starting? "Of course not," he said. "I feel like I'm a Pro Bowl-caliber player, so why wouldn't I be starting?"

"I guess that's what you get when you have an unresolved situation -- you get rotated," he said. "It's a mind game. I just do what I'm told at this point, and we'll see how it goes."

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