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    • Sun, Aug 2, 8:01pm

      Hodges could be given a chance to win the middle linebacker role in the preseason, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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      Analysis: Audio Cole begins camp as the starting middle linebacker with rookie Eric Kendricks behind him. Kendricks will likely take over the starting role eventually, but Hodges could get a shot. Hodges could get time at all three linebacker spots, so he could be a starter if any injury occurs.

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    • Sun, Aug 2, 7:51pm

      Everything at Raiders training camp has suggested that Murray will lead the backfield, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.

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      Analysis: Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said in June that Murray is the favorite to start, confirming what was widely expected. Unless he struggles badly during training camp and the preseason, Murray should have every opportunity to lead the Oakland rushing attack. Roy Helu is probably best suited to a backup role, though he could also get a large share of the passing-down work.

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    • Sun, Aug 2, 7:34pm

      Helu worked with the second-team offense as the Raiders started contact practices Sunday, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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      Analysis: Latavius Murray is the clear favorite to start, with Helu likely spelling him and getting a lot of the work on passing downs. Trent Richardson and a slew of young players will likely compete for one roster spot, but Helu probably won't face much of a challenge from any of the bunch. If Murray doesn't run with his opportunity, Helu may get a shot to lead the Oakland backfield.

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    • Sun, Aug 2, 7:27pm

      Irving (knee) will not begin the preseason on the PUP list, ESPN reports.

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      Analysis: Irving is coming back from ACL surgery and will likely be limited to individual drills for some time, but this is a good sign. If healthy, Irving could be the top backup at both inside linebacker spots, which would leave him one injury away from IDP relevance in deeper leagues.

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    • Sun, Aug 2, 7:19pm

      Jets head coach Todd Bowles does not think Wilkerson's hamstring injury is serious, the Jets' official website reports.

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      Analysis: Wilkerson left Sunday's practice early due to tightness in his hamstring. He's mostly stayed healthy throughout his career, missing three games with turf toe last season but previously playing 16 games in each of his first three NFL campaigns. With Sheldon Richardson suspended for at least the first four games of the season, there's no reason to worry about No. 6 overall draft pick Leonard Williams taking a few snaps from Wilkerson.

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    • Sun, Aug 2, 6:39pm

      Gaines (knee) was stepped on in training camp Sunday and limped off the field under his own power, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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      Analysis: It didn't appear to be anything serious, but Gaines will certainly get some tests run just to make sure. Gaines is battling Trumaine Johnson for the second starting cornerback spot, so any setback would hurt his chances.

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    • Sun, Aug 2, 6:29pm

      Hopkins (wrist) has participated in the first two days of training camp, the Texans' official site reports.

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      Analysis: We weren't sure when Hopkins, who underwent wrist surgery back in February, would return but he was ready for the start of camp Saturday.

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    • Sun, Aug 2, 5:47pm

      Brown is day-to-day with a back injury, the Baltimore Sun reports.

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      Analysis: Kamar Aiken is the only healthy player competing for the No. 2 wide receiver job, as Brown and Breshad Perriman (knee) are both currently sidelined by minor injuries. Aiken also got a larger share of first-team reps during offseason practices, but Perriman's athleticism and draft spot may allow him to quickly make up ground. Brown seems least likely of the three to win the starting job.

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    • Sun, Aug 2, 5:43pm

      Williams, who sat out all spring practices while recovering from offseason hip surgery, has been a full participant in training camp, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said Williams, "Actually the first day my expectations were to just be out there and know my responsibilities. But after being out there and running around out there on the field I felt like I haven't lost a step, which is a good thing. So it feels good to be back and flying around with these guys and working hard."

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      Analysis: While the Bills have an all-out battle for the strong safety spot, Williams is the surefire starter at free safety. He has the potential to put up strong IDP totals given that he'll be a key part of a Rex Ryan defense with a fierce pass rush in front of him.

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    • Sun, Aug 2, 5:34pm

      Connor will miss a week of training camp practices after suffering a hamstring injury Sunday, BuffaloBills.com reports.

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      Analysis: It may be tough for Connor to make the team even though the Bills plan to use the fullback spot in their offense this season, as Jerome Felton seems to have the upper hand.

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