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NFL training camp roundup: Broncos lose C Koppen for season

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Broncos center Dan Koppen is out for the season after tearing his ACL. (USATSI)
Broncos center Dan Koppen is out for the season after tearing his ACL. (USATSI)

There was good news and bad news on Sunday.

First, the good news: there were fewer season-ending injuries on Sunday than there were on Saturday and Friday combined.

Now, the bad news: For the third day in a row, at least one NFL player's season ended before it started thanks to an ACL injury in training camp. That player on Sunday was Broncos center Dan Koppen.

The team confirmed that Koppen will miss the 2013 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during a 9-on-7 drill in practice. With Koppen out, the Broncos are now down to their fourth-string center -- Manny Ramirez. The Broncos had already lost backup centers J.D. Walton and C.J. Davis to injury.

Koppen's injury comes on the heals of Saturday's season-ending ACL injury suffered by Philadelphia receiver Jeremy Maclin and the season-ending hip injury suffered by Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta.

Jets cornerback Aaron Berry and Chargers linebacker Jonas Mouton will also miss the 2013 season after tearing their ACL's on Friday.

Dolphins wide receiver Armon Binns may have also suffered a torn ACL on Sunday, according to the Miami Herald.

Things have gotten so bad that this meme now exists on the internet.

Season-ending injuries are happening daily. (Twitter)
Season-ending injuries are happening daily. (Twitter)

Here's a roundup of the most interesting news and notes from Sunday, July 28.

Injury bug

Tebow time

When you're in the media, you're contractually obligated to mention Tim Tebow's name as often as possible, so lets get this started. Tebow did something in practice today that nobody thought was possible: he threw a beautiful deep pass. Sure, there was no defense, but this is news because it's news any time Tebow completes a pass.

If you're not a Tebow fan and you also happen to be looking for a new favorite actor, you may want to go with Robert Duvall. Duvall was at New England's practice on Sunday and got a chance to meet Tebow and Tom Brady. Both quarterbacks stuck out their hands to greet Duvall, guess who Duvall shook hands with first? Not Tebow. Even Tebow seems stunned by that.

You're suppose to always shake Tebow's hand first. (Instagram)
You're always supposed to shake Tebow's hand first. (Instagram)

J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS

No more Tebow talk, but we are going to talk about Tebow's old team: the Jets. General manager John Idzik said on Saturday that he's going to play a 'big role' in deciding who the Jets starting quarterback is. On Sunday, Rex Ryan got a chance to respond and he insisted he's not losing any power because choosing a starting quarterback has always been a team decision.

Speaking of the Jets quarterback situation, Geno Smith took plenty of first team reps on Sunday. Smith completed 4-of-6 passes during practice, including a 50-yarder to Stephen Hill, according to the New York Daily News.

Money, money, money, money, MONEY

  • You remember Tarell Brown -- he's the guy that lost out on $2 million because he didn't workout with his team during the offseason. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was asked about the situation on Sunday and he said he thinks "there's a solution there." He didn't say what that solution might be, but he's smart -- he does quote Shakespeare -- so lets assume he'll come up with something beneficial to everyone involved.

  • If you're wondering if Ben Roethlisberger is jealous that every quarterback in the NFL seems to be making more money than him, he's not. Roethlisberger told USA Today on Sunday that he's not jealous and that he supports his fellow quarterbacks, "Congratulations to them. Good for them," he said about the quarterbacks that signed contract extension in the offseason.

Hard Knock life

  • New Bengals linebacker James Harrison hates cameras and he really hates Hard Knocks cameras. Harrison told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the cameras are a "Pain in the A double S."

  • Staying with the Bengals, wide receiver Marvin Jones plans on drowning everyone in his talent this year. That's how you interpret this tweet to, right?
  • You may remember Andre Smith -- or you might not because he hasn't practiced since signing an extension with the Bengals in April. Well, he might actually participate in a practice this week because he's finally been cleared to play, at least that's what he tweeted on Sunday.

Fight night

Fights this year seem to be limited to the AFC South. On Saturday it was the Tennessee Titans who got into it, on Sunday, it was the Texans. You can see a short video of the not-to-violent scuffle here.

Celebrity sightings

Chip Kelly's only been an NFL coach for less than seven months, but he's already inviting famous people to training camp. On Sunday, Miami Heat coach Erik Spolestra made an appearance at Lincoln Financial Field.

LaDainian Tomlinson made the trip to Chargers training camp on Sunday and Philip Rivers was kind enough to take time out of his busy day to pose for this picture.

It looks like Philip Rivers and LaDainian Tomlinson are still on friendly terms. (Instagram)
It looks like Philip Rivers and LaDainian Tomlinson are still on friendly terms. (Instagram)

Fan of the Day

Finally, we're going to end with our Fan of the Day. There won't be a fan of the day every day, but there will be any time a fan shows up to training camp in full pads, wearing a helmet.

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