Around NFL training camps: Aug. 6

Updated: August 6, 2008, 9:04 PM ET
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COWBOYS OWNER WAITING WORD ON JONES' STATUS (8:52 p.m. ET)
When it comes to Adam Jones' status, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is treading lightly.

The still-suspended cornerback can play in the preseason for the Cowboys, who open Saturday night at San Diego. But the team still doesn't know when it will find out if he will be fully reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for the regular season.

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Goodell has said only that a decision on Jones would come before the regular season, and could come as late as the week of the Cowboys' opener Sept. 7 at Cleveland.

Jerry Jones wouldn't speculate on when he expected to hear from Goodell, acknowledging that the decision "probably will be very late in the preseason." Jones did say, however, that he anticipated to at least "get a feel" of what to expect before the Cowboys have to cut their roster to 53 players on Aug. 30.

Coach Wade Phillips said Wednesday that rookie cornerback Mike Jenkins, one of the team's two first-round picks in April, would likely start at left corner against the Chargers in place of injured Pro Bowler Terence Newman (groin). Jones has been working primarily on the right side behind starter Anthony Henry.

Jones hasn't played in a game since the Tennessee Titans' season finale on Dec. 31, 2006.
-- The Associated Press

COWBOYS' CRAYTON FOCUSED ON ROLE (5:30 p.m. ET)
Patrick Crayton hears that outside talk about the Dallas Cowboys needing another veteran receiver, somebody in the No. 2 spot to complement Terrell Owens.

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Crayton, a former seventh-round pick who was a quarterback and receiver at NAIA school Northwestern Oklahoma State, set career highs with 50 catches for 697 yards and seven touchdowns last season. His TD total would have been at least tied for the most on 17 other NFL teams.

Since Terry Glenn was hurt the first day of training camp last summer, Crayton got most of the snaps with the starting offensive unit that was learning then-new coordinator Jason Garrett's scheme.

Owner Jerry Jones hasn't ruled out the possibility of adding another receiver before the season or even the idea of Glenn returning if he doesn't sign with another team.

But that kind of stuff doesn't bother Crayton, who is focused on his job.

"To come out here and compete, and bust my [rear end] and be there for my team," he said. "We were actually having fun playing football. Any time you can have fun doing your job, it makes your job a lot easier."
-- The Associated Press

RIVERS MADE MOST OF HOLDOUT (4:12 p.m. ET)
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers says he used homework to keep from falling behind during his holdout.

The Bengals' top draft choice signed a five-year contract late Tuesday night, then joined the team Wednesday at training camp in Georgetown, Ky., for practice.

Coach Marvin Lewis says the coaches will evaluate Rivers this week before deciding how much to play him in the team's first preseason game, at Green Bay on Monday night.

Rivers says he studied the playbook, worked out and kept up to date with teammates through text messaging during his holdout.
-- The Associated Press

WHITNER OUT SATURDAY (4:00 p.m. ET)
Starting strong safety Donte Whitner will miss the Buffalo Bills' preseason opener at Washington on Saturday because of a sore left ankle.

Whitner, who was held out of his third practice on Wednesday, says tests on his ankle came back negative and he expects to return to practice next week. Whitner jammed his ankle last weekend and he says it's still sore.

Receiver Josh Reed is also expected to miss the game Saturday because of a nagging lower back injury. Reed has not practiced since Friday.

Receiver James Hardy, the Bills' second-round draft pick, returned to practice Wednesday after missing nearly a week with a sore left hamstring. Coach Dick Jauron has not yet determined whether Hardy will play Saturday.
-- The Associated Press

TORAIN OUT 6-8 WEEKS (3:49 p.m. ET)
Broncos rookie running back Ryan Torain was carted off the field Wednesday morning after being shaken up during 9-on-7 drills.

Head coach Mike Shanahan said Torain is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a broken bone in his elbow.

Torain, a fifth-round draft pick out of Arizona State, stayed down after being hit by linebackers Nate Webster and Jamie Winborn.

Torain has been a standout in training camp and was set to get plenty of playing time early in the season. Torain was pushing No. 1 tailback Selvin Young and because Young has had durability issues, Torain was going to get his share of carries.

As team doctors were leading him off the field, Torain collapsed to the grass behind the goalposts and stayed down for several minutes before sitting up and drinking water.

Shanahan paid Torain a huge compliment Wednesday when discussing his loss by using Terrell Davis' name in comparison to Torain.

"It's a big loss. I thought he had a chance to compete to be the starting running back," Shanahan said after Denver's practice. "He's one of the most gifted running backs I've been around for a long time. He is very similar to Terrell Davis when he came in. Obviously he has a setback that he has to deal with. It's tough with these guys. He has to take it day-by-day as well, but any time you break a bone in that elbow area obviously it's a setback. I'm just hoping there is not too much ligament damage, but we will find out, obviously, after the MRI."

Ligament damage to Torain's elbow could slow down his recovery.
-- The Associated Press and Bill Williamson, ESPN.com