NFL train­ing camp notes

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DOL­PHINS Tan­nehill rein­jures knee

DAVIE, Fla. — Mi­ami Dol­phins quar­ter­back Ryan Tan­nehill rein­jured his left knee in prac­tice Thurs­day when it buck­led as he scram­bled and fell without be­ing hit.

Tan­nehill walked slowly off the field ac­com­pa­nied by train­ers. He un­der­went an MRI, and the Dol­phins were await­ing re­sults.

Tan­nehill missed last sea­son’s fi­nal four games, in­clud­ing a play­off loss at Pitts­burgh, af­ter sprain­ing two lig­a­ments in his left knee. He de­cided against surgery and took part in all off­sea­son drills.

He was wear­ing a brace when his knee seemed to give out near the right side­line while run­ning full speed to es­cape tackle Ndamukong Suh. Tan­nehill stayed on the ground at least 15 sec­onds sur­rounded by team­mates be­fore ris­ing and leav­ing the field.


LB John­son re­turns

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs line­backer Der­rick John­son re­turned to train­ing camp Thurs­day af­ter miss­ing two work­outs with a tooth ab­scess, while a trio of cor­ner­backs had to leave prac­tice early with var­i­ous in­juries.

Ter­rance Mitchell, who could start at corner­back along­side Mar­cus Peters, went to the locker room on a cart with a sore ham­string. Ros­ter long shots J.R. Nel­son left with a groin in­jury and Keith Bax­ter with a wrist in­jury.

Run­ning back Char­can­drick West con­tin­ued to do re­hab work af­ter deal­ing with an an­kle in­jury ear­lier in the week. De­fen­sive end Chris Jones and left guard Parker Ehinger also con­tin­ued their re­hab. Jones had knee surgery in July and Parker had surgery to re­pair his ACL last Novem­ber.

EA­GLES Vet­eran Gra­ham signed

The Philade­phia Ea­gles signed vet­eran safety Corey Gra­ham to a one-year deal Thurs­day, giv­ing them depth at safety and a po­ten­tial spe­cial-teams con­trib­u­tor who earned a Pro Bowl in­vi­ta­tion in 2011.

Gra­ham, 32, is en­ter­ing his 11th NFL sea­son. He started ev­ery game the past two sea­sons with the Buf­falo Bills, and has played for the Bills, Bal­ti­more Ravens and Chicago Bears in his ca­reer. Gra­ham has 64 ca­reer starts, 612 ca­reer tack­les and 15 ca­reer in­ter­cep­tions. He was with the Ravens when they won Su­per Bowl XLVII, and his time in Bal­ti­more over­lapped with Ea­gles ex­ec­u­tive Joe Dou­glas. He started nine games for the Buf­falo Bills in 2015 when Jim Schwartz was the de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, so he has even more con­nec­tions to the Ea­gles staff.

Ex­hi­bi­tion sched­ule THURS­DAY’S GAME

Dal­las 20, Ari­zona 18


Hous­ton at Carolina, 6:30 p.m.


Min­nesota at Buf­falo, 6 p.m. At­lanta at Mi­ami, 6 p.m. Wash­ing­ton at Bal­ti­more, 6 p.m. Jack­sonville at New Eng­land, 6:30 p.m. Den­ver at Chicago, 7 p.m.

New Or­leans at Cleve­land, 7 p.m. Philadel­phia at Green Bay, 7 p.m.


Pitts­burgh at NY Gi­ants, 6 p.m. Tampa Bay at Cincin­nati, 6:30 p.m. San Fran­cisco at Kansas City, 8 p.m.


Ten­nessee at NY Jets, 6:30 p.m. Dal­las at LA Rams, 8 p.m. Oak­land at Ari­zona, 9 p.m.


Detroit at In­di­anapo­lis, 12:30 p.m. Seat­tle at LA Charg­ers, 7 p.m.

PAN­THERS New­ton held out again

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Carolina Pan­thers quar­ter­back Cam New­ton was held out of pass­ing drills for the third con­sec­u­tive day while bat­tling sore­ness in his sur­gi­cally re­paired right shoul­der.

Coach Ron Rivera was vague on whether this is part of the team’s plan for New­ton or if he’s had a set­back.

Rivera said af­ter prac­tice Thurs­day, “We are go­ing to do what the doc­tors and train­ers tell us.”

Rivera said it’s un­clear if the league’s 2015 MVP will par­tic­i­pate in Fan Fest in Char­lotte sta­dium tonight.

New­ton un­der­went surgery in March to re­pair a par­tially torn ro­ta­tor cuff. He par­tic­i­pated in the first five train­ing camp prac­tices at Wof­ford Col­lege, but was held out of the sec­ond half of prac­tice Sun­day with shoul­der sore­ness. He’s only thrown two warmup passes since then.


WR Davis has exam

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ten­nessee Ti­tans rookie wide re­ceiver Corey Davis is hav­ing an MRI exam on his ham­string af­ter be­ing hurt catch­ing a pass dur­ing a 1-on-1 drill.

Coach Mike Mu­larkey said he didn’t have an up­date on Davis when prac­tice ended Thurs­day.

The fifth over­all pick out of Western Michi­gan and the first wide re­ceiver drafted made a move, turned back for the catch against corner­back Lo­gan Ryan. Davis went to the side­line, then limped off the field. Davis had been work­ing with the first-team of­fense since sign­ing his con­tract last week­end.

Pro Bowl run­ning back DeMarco Mur­ray also sat out prac­tice with his own sore ham­string. Mu­larkey said Mur­ray is day-to-day and spent prac­tice work­ing in­side.

That left the first-team work to Der­rick Henry for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive prac­tice.

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