NFL: Luck takes over as Colts' QB

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--Andrew Luck, the Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback and the No. 1 overall draft pick, reported to the team's first day of training camp in Anderson, Ind., Saturday.

Luck easily garnered the most attention among the 90 Colts who reported at Anderson University in an otherwise uneventful day that included the players checking in, getting processed and moving into the dormitory they will live in for the next three weeks.

Luck said he is ready for the next stage in his football career. He is expected to lead the Colts as their starting quarterback after starring at Stanford.

"Yeah, you know it's nice," he said on the Colts' website. "I try not to get too caught up in, 'Oh I'll never have this feeling again,' or whatever that may be. I'm just glad to be out here and have training camp sort of getting to go."

He said it sunk in that he is actually at NFL training camp after he checked in.

"I definitely had a little bit of that feeling," he said. "You get your dorm room, you take your clothes out, put your sheets down on the bed. It definitely hits you. ... I think you get a lot of the same stuff (as when he was a college freshman) -- (a) dorm room, don't know what to expect. It's great to be here."

Luck also admitted to feeling nervous.

"I think it's good to be a little nervous about things," he said. "I'm very excited to get going, anxious."

Luck said it was helpful to work out during the week at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center to prepare for camp. The Colts had stopped pre-camp work in mid-June.

"It's always nice to get extra work in, especially as a quarterback coming into a new system and having missed a couple of the OTA's," he said. "It's nice to sort of go through the shock again of starting practice where the first day may be a little easier for the rookies now because we've been out there running and doing all that."

Colts practices start on Sunday. They will hold 26 practice sessions in Anderson before opening up the preseason schedule Aug. 12 against the St. Louis Rams at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"I think you get a little more sense of urgency because training camp is the beginning of the season really," Luck said. "You understand there are games coming up. I think you put a little more pressure on yourself to make sure you really are in the playbook and understanding the maybe nuances of what is going on."

Luck's most important personal items over the next few weeks are his personal iPad and playbook as he prepares to take over the Colts' offense.

"Practice reps will definitely help," he said. "I hope I just continue to improve playbook-wise every day."

--The Jacksonville Jaguars placed running back Maurice Jones-Drew on the reserve/did not report list, Scout.com reported Saturday.

The Jaguars can fine Jones-Drew $30,000 for each day of camp he misses, under the NFL collective bargaining agreement.

The team has said it will not renegotiate Jones-Drew's $31 million contract it agreed to three years ago. Jones-Drew has already been paid $21.85 million, but is due $4.45 million this year and $4.95 million in 2013.

Jones-Drew has missed the team's entire offseason program because of the contract dispute.

Last year, he led the NFL in rushing with 1,606 yards.

--Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper suffered a fractured left collarbone at training camp Saturday and could miss a month or more.

Cooper, a third-year player who caught 16 passes for 315 yards last season, fell awkwardly when he and cornerback Curtis Marsh collided during one-on-one drills.

"I think it's a bump in the road," general manager Howie Roseman told Philly.com. "He'll recover from it. He's had a good offseason, and because he's had that offseason he's gotten a lot of reps ... and gotten stronger and got more knowledge of our system, and that will benefit him when he's ready to come back."

Also, defensive end Jason Babin suffered a calf strain and was scheduled for an MRI on Sunday. It was not thought to be serious.

--The sale of the Cleveland Browns could be finalized sometime in August, NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk reported Saturday.

The Browns announced Friday that Randy Lerner was selling his controlling interest to Jimmy Haslam.

A source with knowledge of the sale told Pro Football Talk that the sale is on the "fast track" and could be approved by the NFL in August.

The recent sale of the Jacksonville Jaguars from Wayne Weaver to Shahid Khan was approved by the league in similar fashion.

Because Haslam owns a small interest in the Steelers makes it more likely that the process will go much smoother than if he had no previous NFL ties, Pro Football Talk reported.

It is not known if Lerner will continue to own a smaller share of the Browns. One person can control a team by owning as little as 30 percent of all equity, according to league rules.

The Browns have been valued at $977 million by Forbes.com, which reported that Haslam paid $920 million for the team. That could mean he plans to buy the team outright. He might also sell off shares of the team to other investors.

Pro Football Talk speculated that Lerner decided to liquidate the Browns to finance Aston Villa, his English soccer club.

--The Oakland Raiders signed their top draft pick, offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom, the team announced Saturday.

Bergstrom was taken by the Raiders in the third round at No. 95 overall. They did not have draft picks in the first two rounds this year. He is the fifth of six Raiders draft choices to be signed under first-year general manager Reggie McKenzie.

Bergstrom, who is 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds, played four years at Utah. He started 38 of 48 games at right tackle.

Bergstrom was named to the All-Pac 12 first team after starting 12 games his senior year. He was on the preseason watch lists for the Outland Trophy and Lowe's Senior CLASS Award while grading a career-best 85 percent for blocking consistency. Bergstrom started 13 games and was named second-team All-Mountain West Conference his junior year.

--The St. Louis Rams signed fullback Ovie Mughelli to a one-year contract, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Saturday.

Mughelli, 32, was released by the Atlanta Falcons on May 8. He played seven games with the Falcons last year before a knee injury cut his season short.

The 2003 fourth-round draft choice of the Baltimore Ravens went to the Falcons after four years and signed a six-year, $18 million deal with Atlanta. That 2007 deal was considered to be the biggest ever given to a fullback.

Mughelli was a Pro Bowler in 2010.

The Falcons needed to clear salary cap space after trading for cornerback Asante Samuel, so Mughelli was released. He had been due to earn $3 million this season. Atlanta also drafted fullback Bradie Ewing of Wisconsin in the fifth round.

Mughelli, known as a strong run blocker, will compete with Brit Miller and undrafted rookie Todd Anderson for the starting fullback job for the Rams.

--The Chicago Bears signed cornerback Jeremy Ware and waived kicker David Teggart on Saturday.

Ware, a seventh-round pick by Oakland in 2010, was waived after training camp last year. He appeared in eight games for the Raiders in 2010, recording one interception and three passes defensed.

The Bears had signed Teggart, an undrafted rookie out of Connecticut, in May.
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