Vonta Leach has re-signed with the Ravens (USA Today Sports Images)
We're less than a week away from the start of the preseason. Here's a look at what you may have missed around NFL training camps on Monday, July 28:
• The Vonta Leach saga is officially over as the Pro Bowl fullback was re-signed by the Baltimore Ravens.
"Having Vonta back gives you a physical presence for sure with your offense – short yardage, goal line," said Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. "Also, it’s a leadership presence. Obviously, we’ve been hopeful that this would happen all along. This is not something that we weren’t hoping for, and it worked out in our favor."
• A few days after being released by the Denver Broncos, veteran linebacker Joe Mays officially signed with the Houston Texans on Monday. Mays adds depth at inside linebacker as Darryl Sharpton is on the "non-football injury" list to start training camp.
• Another day, another Philadelphia Eagles lost for the season due to a torn ACL. This time, it was linebacker Jason Phillips, who was scheduled to provide depth at inside linebacker this season. Phillips was signed to a two-year, $1.46 million contract on March 15 that included $150,000 in guaranteed money.
Phillips, who tore the ligament in his right knee, will join wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on injured reserve.
• Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert left Monday's practice with a sprained right ankle, an injury that occurred as a result of friendly fire. Gabbert was kicked in the shin by guard Uche Nwaneri.
Kevin Kolb (USA Today Sports Images)
• Twitter Overreaction of the Day: The Bills official Twitter account posted the following quote from quarterback Kevin Kolb: "I've never played with a guy like @StevieJohnson13 before. He's a special athlete".
Naturally, the quote was re-tweeted by those who immediately mentioned Larry Fitzgerald, the Arizona Cardinals' all-world receiver who played with Kolb the previous two seasons. Now here's the actual quote from Kolb, whose comments about playing with an unorthodox receiver like Johnson could not be accurately conveyed in 140 characters or less:
"I’m learning every day. Stevie and I had one today, we missed it early in practice, came back and hit it in the team (period) late in the practice. Then there’s one I threw it at his feet, where I’ve now gone back with coach and we’ve discussed something where now with how Stevie runs the route, let’s change some things of my footwork up for him because now I know how he’s going to run it. That stuff is ever evolving and that’s exciting because you get a feel for your guy. You know what you can expect. Y’all have seen Stevie, he’s a very special player, very talented and very special, so we have to...Me personally, I’ve never played with a guy like him before, so I’ve got to change up my footwork here and there, my thought process, throwing to him sometimes because he’s such a special player."
• Indianapolis Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill will miss the first four games of the 2013 season after violating the league's substance abuse policy. Brazill admits the suspension was triggered by a positive test for marijuana, which he's now cut out of his life.
"It’s either money or marijuana,” Brazill said, via Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star. "I know any one of you would choose money any day. That’s gone. I’ll choose money any day."
• In other news from the quarterback class of 2011, Mark Craig of the Star Tribune writes that the one thing that's consistent about Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is his inconsistency. That will have to change for the Vikings to have any chance of a repeat appearance in the playoffs.
• NFL personnel notice roundup: A couple of previously reported signing became official, as Arizona Cardinals first-round guard Jonathan Cooper put pen to paper on his four-year rookie contract. The Denver Broncos officially signed center Steve Vallos, as well. Veteran free agent signings included the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signing safety Troy Nolan and the Oakland Raiders adding linebacker Omar Gaither.
The Green Bay Packers signed wide receiver Omarius Hines and safety Chris Banjo and placed safety Ryan McMahon on waivers. The St. Louis Rams filled out their 90-man roster by signing rookie offensive tackle Graham Pocic.
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