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By on August 5, 2010

As of Wednesday morning, August 4th, only two first round draft picks remain unsigned, Russell Okung of Seattle and CJ Spiller in Buffalo.  I can understand why Spiller hasn’t signed, who would want to play for the Bills?  Okung, however is missing valuable time acclimating to NFL schemes and needs to get this worked out ASAP.

So, in case you haven’t heard, Brett Favre “retired” Tuesday.  I say retired reluctantly because, according to Vikings officials, they haven’t heard official word from Favre himself yet.  If this is the case, it severely alters the balance of power in the NFC North.  Depending upon what Tarvaris Jackson took from his experience working behind Favre, he could still lead this team back to the playoffs, as he did at the end of 2008.

Washington Redskins’ defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth still has a sore left knee, according to Haynesworth.  I don’t know if it’s really that bad, but whether the knee is really preventing him from completing a simple exercise or if he’s just trying to prove a point, this is making him look very bad.  He has proven throughout the offseason that the only thing he cares about is himself. 

Injury Notes:

Wes Welker returned to the practice field for the New England Patriots.  He did not participate in contact drills, but did make some sharp cuts and ran routes at full speed.

The Denver Broncos lost their top two running backs on the first day of training camp.  Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) and Correll Buckhalter (back) both left the field shortly after practice began.  Moreno is said to be out about three weeks while Buckhalter appears to be day-to-day.

Speaking of injured running backs, Cleveland Browns second round choice, Montario Hardesty twisted his knee in the Browns’ first day of camp.  While it was originally reported he would miss several weeks, word out of Berea, OH is that he is making significant progress and may return ahead of schedule.

Wide receiver Dez Bryant, another rookie expected to make big contributions for his Dallas Cowboys, sprained his ankle while making a reception and almost certainly miss all of training camp and perhaps more.  A high ankle sprain like Bryant experienced is a fickle injury.

The Baltimore Ravens historically vaunted defense is facing some real trials by fire this offseason.  Ed Reed, the prolific safety, is unsure whether he will be able to start the season on the active list or PUP list.  Domonique Foxworth, who was supposed to be one of their starting cornerbacks, tore his ACL and will miss the entire 2010 season.  Then 2010 second round pick, DE Sergio Kindle, fell down two flights of stairs, fractured his skill, and is uncertain whether he will be able to play at all this year.  On a good note, the Ravens’ other slated starting DB, Fabian Washington, has passed his physical and can begin practicing with the team.

That’s all for now, check back next week for more updates and thoughts.

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