Training camp roundup: Redskins QB Robert Griffin III participates in 11-on-11 drills

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

Wednesday was an eventful day around NFL training camps, with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady suffering a left knee injury, the Oakland Raiders losing their left tackle for possibly the entire season and a few suspensions in the NFC West, including St. Louis Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar.

Here's what else you may have missed on Aug. 14:

• Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time.

"It was nice to get him into a team atmosphere," head coach Mike Shanahan said. "I thought he did a good job. We got out scout team defense for the first time this season. It’s always nice to set up defenses that you’re going to face in the upcoming game, but it was a good first day.

"When you start out on 7-on-7, when you’re doing different type of agility work, you get yourself back in football shape, get the arm strong, make sure he feels comfortable within his body, and today’s the next step," said Shanahan. "It was getting some 11-on-11 work. I thought he got a few reps. He’ll get more accustomed every practice he has, every rep he gets, and obviously our goal is to get him ready for the first game. Hopefully there is no setback."

• Good news for the Cincinnati Bengals, as they got wide receiver A.J. Green back on the practice field. Green has been out since suffering a bone bruise on his left knee early in training camp.

• The Kansas City Chiefs are being cautious with running back Jamaal Charles, who strained his foot on Monday.

"He’s getting better," head coach Andy Reid said on Wednesday. "He worked out today doing position play work. He’s just not quite there yet. He is making progress and feeling a lot better. If push comes to shove, he probably could have gone today, but we kept him out. We’ll see how he does in the next couple of days. I haven’t determined anything about whether he’ll play or not play. We’ll take it day by day. If he can play, he’ll play, if he can’t play, then he won’t."

• Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril returned to practice after missing a few weeks. Afterwards, Avril discussed his role on the Seahawks' defense.

"In Detroit, I played all left end. Here, it’s both sides," said Avril. "That’s probably the biggest difference is being able to adjust and be able to play on right and left (side). It’s kind of long. Mentally, football is football. Pass rushing is pass rushing. You just got to get used to different things, but it’s coming a long way."

Avril participated in the individual drills and head coach Pete Carroll will know after Thursday's practice if Avril can play on Saturday night.

• The Miami Dolphins made a major roster move on Wednesday, terminating the contract of veteran kicker Dan Carpenter. A 2009 Pro Bowler, Carpenter was scheduled to earn $2.675 million in base salary in 2013, the final year of his contract. Releasing Carpenter means fifth-round pick Caleb Sturgis has the inside track on the Dolphins' kicking job.

• Veteran wide receiver Devery Henderson had his veteran minimum contract terminated by the Redskins on Wednesday.

• Cleveland Browns running back Montario Hardesty's bid for a roster spot took a hit as the 2010 second-round pick will undergo knee surgery on Thursday. Injuries cost Hardesty his rookie season and the former Tennessee standout has rushed for just 537 yards and one touchdown in 23 games over the last two seasons. Hardesty had been battling a hamstring injury during training camp and suffered a dislocated thumb earlier this week.

• Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will play in the preseason, but head coach Leslie Frazier is not sure when, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

"Between this week and next week would be the time we're going to play him, if we play him in the preseason," Frazier said. "We want to do something in these next couple of weeks."

• The details are in on the renegotiated contract signed by Denver Broncos guard/center Chris Kuper earlier this week. Kuper had been scheduled to earn $4.5 million with a $5.415 million cap hit, but according to a source with knowledge of the contract details, Kuper will now earn $1.05 million in fully guaranteed base salary and can earn up to $100,000 in "per game active" roster bonuses. Kuper's cap number is now at $2.065 million, which results in a $3.35 million cap savings for the Broncos.

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