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Another day around NFL training camps, two more season-ending injuries to wide receivers.
• The Philadelphia Eagles announced that wide receiver Arrelious Benn suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during a special teams drill in practice. Benn was acquired in March from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who picked Benn in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft. Benn's rookie season was ended with a torn ACL in the same left knee.
Benn is the second Eagles receiver to go down for the season. Earlier in camp, they lost starting wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, also to a torn ACL. Losing Maclin and Benn leave the Eagles with DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant and the Riley Cooper as the only experienced receivers on the roster.
• San Diego Chargers wide receiver Danario Alexander suffered a torn right ACL during Tuesday's practice. Alexander went undrafted out of Missouri in 2010 largely due to concerns about his knees, which had undergone multiple surgeries in college and a few months before the draft. In 2012, his first season with the Chargers, Alexander caught 37 passes for 658 yards and seven touchdowns and ranked 16th in Football Outsiders' receiving DYAR (Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement) metric.
Alexander, 25, was scheduled to earn $1.323 million in non-guaranteed base salary as a restricted free agent this season. Alexander was projected to start opposite Malcom Floyd, a role that will now go to either Vincent Brown, Keenan Allen or possibly Robert Meachem, a free agent bust in 2012 whose $5 million base salary this season is fully guaranteed.
• The Eagles held a joint practice with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, a practice that also featured a scuffle between Eagles cornerback Cary Williams and Patriots second-round wide receiver Aaron Dobson. Bill Belichick and Chip Kelly had lengthy discussions in the days leading up to these practices and one of the rules was if you fight, you sit, regardless of who started it.
"Someone got in extracurriculars they were going to be done for the day," said Kelly. "It was one way we made sure that didn't continue. So I don't know exactly name-wise who it was for them, but he sat and our guys sat. That was one thing we agreed upon. We didn't want this to turn into a wrestling match. Both of our squads knew before it happened. If you're going to get in a skirmish, you're going to sit."
• New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will return from his June back surgery when he's ready , not when the team's front office says he should, writes Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News. With Pierre-Paul nearing the end of his rookie contract, the Giants may have no choice but to treat lightly in their dealings with the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end.
• On his way towards earning a starting job last summer, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson played a lot in the 2012 preseason. As the starter, Wilson likely won't play as much in this year's preseason as he did last year, but Wilson acknowledged how important staying in the game from a mental perspective is to his continued development.
"You know last season, obviously I played a lot. But this preseason, I’m still going to be in on every play even if I’m not in the game," said Wilson. "I want to play a lot, but obviously coach is going to make that decision. In terms of being in the game, whether I’m on the sideline or in the game, I’m going to be paying attention and making sure that I understand what’s going on so that I can get that many more plays. If there’s 75 plays in the game I want to get every single one of the snaps, every one of them. I think that’s the focus that I have to have on a daily basis."
• Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is not writing left tackle Bryan Bulaga (torn ACL) off for the season, but the team apparently has a very capable option in fourth-round pick David Bakhtiari, writes Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
• Potentially bad news for the Atlanta Falcons: Right tackle Mike Johnson was carted off the field with a very serious left leg injury, reports D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Like the Packers, the Falcons have a talented replacement in 2012 third-round pick Lamar Holmes, who did not play much as a rookie.
• The Cleveland Browns announced that they have signed long-snapper Christian Yount to a four-year contract extension. Yount has appeared in 28 games over the last two seasons, including 21 games for the Browns, who signed the former undrafted free agent out of UCLA as a street agent late in the 2011 season. Yount had been scheduled to earn $555,000 in non-guaranteed base salary this season and is now signed through the 2017 season.