Report: Foles’ injury not bad

From Mirror, wire reports

NFL.com on Friday was reporting that the shoulder injury to Eagles quarterback Nick Foles — suffered Thursday night against New England in a preseason game — was minor, and that the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia hero should be fine for the season opener.

Foles was confident that the shoulder injury that forced him out the game was not serious, and tests on Friday confirmed his feelings. A source informed of the situation told the NFL Network that the Eagles did not anticipate him missing much time.

The reigning Super Bowl MVP suffered the injury during the second quarter when he took a hit to his throwing arm on a sack by the Patriots’ Adrian Clayborn. Foles was visibily in pain, grabbing his arm near the elbow and shoulder area. His next few throws were off target.

The Eagles lost the game, 37-20, to fall to 0-2 in the preseason.

Browns, Dez on hold

CLEVELAND — Dez Bryant and the Browns are in a holding pattern.

The free agent wide receiver concluded his visit with Cleveland on Friday without agreeing to a contract, but “conversations continue” between the sides, a person familiar with negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.

A three-time Pro Bowler during eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Bryant and agent Kim Maile met with Browns officials at team headquarters Thursday. The discussions carried over to a second day, ending with a promise to stay in touch.

One of the NFL’s top receivers, the sometimes temperamental Bryant was cut by Dallas in April. Although the Browns are coming off a 0-16 season, Bryant is intrigued about joining them.

The 29-year-old reached out to general manager John Dorsey after watching the team on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”

Bryant is also friends with wide receiver Jarvis Landry, a three-time Pro Bowl selection with Miami who came to Cleveland in a trade.

The Browns have significantly upgraded their talent and there is renewed optimism about a franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2002. If Bryant signs, the Browns would have three Pro Bowlers — Bryant, Landry and Josh Gordon — on their roster. Gordon is not with the team to deal with health issues, but the Browns are confident he’ll be back this season.

For your consideration

RENO, Nev. — The Oakland Raiders are considering holding training camp in Reno when the team moves to Las Vegas before the 2020 season.

Team President Marc Badain toured potential training sites Thursday at the University of Nevada and two high schools.

He told reporters following the tour with Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve and others that he is committed to making sure the training camp is in northern Nevada.

Badain said the decision will be based partly on where the team does its offseason training. He said the Raiders scouted three dozen sites before picking their current training camp site in Napa, California.

Schieve said she’ll do what she can to bring the Raiders to Reno but won’t support the use of local tax money to get it done.

Seattle changing

RENTON, Wash. — The Seahawks added veteran linebacker Erik Walden on Friday and terminated the contract of defensive end Marcus Smith.

Smith spent 2017 with Seattle and re-signed with the team this offseason on a one-year deal. However, the former Philadelphia Eagles first-round pick had missed the last few days of practice due to a personal matter and the Seahawks released him so he could tend to those issues.

“Really, there were some personal reasons that came into it,” head coach Pete Carroll said. “He has been a great kid in the program and all, and all things considered, that’s as far as I’m going with it. It was the right thing to do, and he understood and he agreed with it.”

Smith spent all of last season at defensive end for Seattle, but has been used as a strong-side linebacker in training camp.

Walden, 32, is a 10-year veteran who spent last season with the Tennessee Titans and the previous four years with the Indianapolis Colts. He had a career-high 11 sacks in 2016 before serving in a mostly rotational role last year with the Titans.

The team also signed running back Justin Stockton and waived cornerback Elijah Battle.

Stockton adds depth at running back as Rashaad Penny recovers from surgery to repair a broken finger and Gerald Holmes sits out due to a concussion.

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