The Contra Costa Times reports that Raiders rookie running back Latavius Murray remains sidelined during minicamp with a sore foot. Murray, a sixth-round pick from Central Florida, is competing with Rashad Jennings to be the No. 2 running back in Oakland behind Darren McFadden.
The Contra Costa Times reports the departure of Brandon Myers to the Giants in free agency left a huge void for the Raiders to fill at tight end. Myers led the Raiders in receptions last season, and he played almost every down, while David Ausberry and Richard Gordon bided their time on the sideline. Ausberry and Gordon are back for another crack at earning more playing time. The Raiders drafted Nick Kasa and Mychal Rivera as a means of creating more competition. Its pretty wide open, coach Dennis Allen said. All those guys are doing a nice job. Obviously, its hurt not having Kasa (hamstring) out there because hes a guy we really anticipated being able to step-in and potentially fill a role for us. So, hopefully, well get him out there soon. The big thing, again, with those guys, just like it is with everyone else, its going to be the consistency issue because they are relatively young at the position.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer says on- and off-the-record conversations suggest running back Trent Richardson will indeed be ready for the start of Browns training camp on July 25. Richardson is expected to start a running program for his strained muscle behind his right shin, something he wouldn't do if there was concern about a stress fracture. It is possible Richardson will get his legs checked out by noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews before camp and if there's still some concern could sit out the first week of camp.
The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that Browns receiver Josh Gordon already has two strikes against him after testing positive for codeine in February and could get kicked out of the NFL for at least a year if he fails a third drug test. Gordon's two-game suspension and four-game fine for the codeine -- which he said was contained in cough syrup prescribed for strep throat -- means he was already in Stage 2 of the NFL's substance abuse program. For a player to be suspended, he must have violated the policy at least one other time. That means that Gordon -- who failed three marijuana tests in college and was dismissed from Baylor and Utah -- has tested positive at least five times since October 2010. The report says "one more failed test and Gordon's storybook NFL career could be in serious jeopardy."
The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that Browns tight end Jordan Cameron, who has been dealing with groin and hamstring issues during offseason workouts, is expected to be ready for training camp. The report says he could be "somewhat limited" even if he does practice on time.
The Raiders official team website reports that newly signed receiver Josh Cribbs hopes to have a role on offense as much as just being a return man. "Definitely. I feel like its a definite possibility for competition at that position," Cribbs said. "At this point, my job is to come in and be a special teams' guru to help solidify our special teams unit in the NFL and to raise our goals and our standards. If we do that, we will become an elite unit." Cribbs also addressed the health of his knee. "Im doing well," Cribbs said. "If we were lining up to play football in June then it would be a hot topic. I will be ready to play football when its time to play football, and I think that is the important thing."
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Thursday that the quarterback battle for the starting job has not been decided yet, but Brandon Weeden is the leader heading into training camp ahead of Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer. "We are where we are right now," Chudzinski said. "I know Brandon is working with the first group right now. Jason is a second-teamer working with the twos, and Brian is with the third group. There is a lot of time between now and when we are playing, whether it's the preseason or our opener. All these guys are going to get plenty of opportunities. There are a lot of reps and a lot of practices between now and then."